There are so many great gardens around the Portland area, ones I've had the pleasure of visiting many times during the "garden touring" season. Sometimes though, I get the opportunity to visit in the off season, when the garden is sleeping.
I can now confidently say Old Germantown Gardens is amazing anytime of the year.
The visit during which I took these photos happened on March 3rd. The garden's owners/creators, Bruce and Jerry, hosted a reception for John Anderson, "The Queen's Gardener" after his talk for the HPSO earlier that day.
Those of you who attended the Portland Garden Bloggers Fling toured this garden in July. The last visit I last wrote about was in May (here). It was amazing to see the difference in early March, for example the pond is so open.
The Petasites just starting to emerge.
Only a hint at what they will become.
Looking back at the house.
Walking on you discover multiple stalks from last year's Cardiocrinum giganteum.
The opened seed pods are sculpture.
There are a million happy Hellebores spread throughout the garden.
On the left a tall Daphniphyllum.
And looking up at the tall foliage.
A downed stump turning into a nurse log.
If I'd remembered I would have asked if I could take a couple of these pulled out Cardiocrinum stalks home with me. Hopefully they aren't just going in the compost pile.
Hmm, this reminds me, I have not seen my orange Crocus emerging yet.
Love the colored up Bergenia.
And finally my favorite part of this garden...
The tall evergreen is wrapped with filament to keep it from splaying out with snow load.
Don't ask me how they got all the way to the top.
Yuccas and Agaves, oh my!
And Opuntia too.
Podocarpus matudae, along with several friends.
Finally, back up at house level, the greenhouse.
Check out those super tall Echium!
Here's Bruce (closest to the door) and the guest of honor, John Anderson peeking at the goodies in the greenhouse.
So many plants!
Weather Diary, March 10: Hi 52, Low 26/ Precip 0
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