Last year a new McMenamins opened in Kalama, WA. This one is a change from the traditional McMenamins formula of rehabbing an existing property. I guess when a great location right on the Columbia River offers itself you do what you've got to do, even if it means building new...
I finally stopped last October, on my way up to Seattle to tour the Amazon Spheres, and checked out the plantings.
Looks like this Gunnera is going to be happy soaking up rainwater run-off from the parking lot.
And that's a lot of sedum!
The sky kept flirting with blue, but then the fog would settle back in.
That's a big container grouping!
I've walked around to the north side of the lodge now, the river is in the distance.
The plants here are still small, I'll have to make this a regular stop to, or from, Seattle, so I can watch them fill in. That tall gangly guy is a Magnolia macrophylla.
And here's a little Magnolia laevifolia.
The tiniest Schefflera delavayi I've ever seen.
Isn't this Melianthus hilarious? It looks like it can't decide how it wants to grow.
Moody river scene...
A Beschorneria? I even think I asked McMenamin's gardener Ryan Miller (he also cares for the Kennedy School gardens and I happened to run into him up here) about this plant, but that was 4 months ago and my memory fades...
Love this combo, the colors especially.
Looking back the direction I came from. That brown building is the Port of Kalama.
The fog, the river, it was all very photogenic that morning.
Check out the tunas on that Opuntia!
Tiny baby Agaves...
These two appear to be best friends.
Finally, I'm not going to lie, my jaw dropped when I saw this. Agave! Columbia River! My signature plant growing on the edge of my river. My heart was happy.
I know there were little Agaves before I spotted this one, but a mighty river deserves a mighty Agave and this A. americana (I'm assuming) definitely fits that description. Can you imagine the massive clump this could become with time? I'm giddy!
These are pretty sweet.
I think that's a Grevillea...
And that's a charming wrap around balcony, or two.
The Port of Kalama Marine Park is to the south of McMenamins.
They were installing an amphitheater.
Lawn gets no respect.
I'd seen an Instagram photo of this Aloe cooperi, aka “Grass Aloe” — so I knew to walk around into the empty outdoor dining area to get a close up look at it.
It's foliage is good looking too.
Annie's Annuals says it's hardy to USDA Zone 8. I think I may need to try this one out.
Okay, my fingers were frozen and it was time to get back in the car and warm up! Hope you enjoyed this visit as much as I did.
Weather Diary, Feb 25: Hi 38, Low 32/ Precip .01"
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