Friday, May 24, 2019

Project: fern bowl

I am completely in love with my new fern bowl, it makes me giddy every time I look at it. Rather than build up to an after shot I'm just going to go ahead and share one right away...

I have Alison, of Bonny Lassie fame, to thank for this big (20.75") metal bowl. Last spring she asked if I was interested in it and I said yes. Last summer it just leaned up against the back of our garage, in the shady corner (it's visible in the second half of this post). I knew what I wanted to do with it back then, but I guess I was just waiting for the right time to tackle the project.

First things first, I asked Andrew to drill three holes in the center for drainage, it's already dirty because I'd been experimenting with different plant combos to see what I liked.

Here's a close up of the edge detail.

And a side shot to give you an idea of the depth I had to work with.

Collecting of the plants that ended up in the bowl had been going on for months—since last summer. Back then I thought they were destined for the shady section of lawn I planned to remove (approx. 4ft x 3ft). Since I don't have time to tackle that project, planting them in the bowl was a great option.

Dryopteris sieboldii, from Sebright Gardens.

Two Asarum maximum 'Ling Ling', the one on the left has normal sized leaves, the one on the left has humongous leaves.

A Pyrrosia sheareri.

With the cutest new growth.

And a bonus Thalictrum 'Evening Star'. The Pyrrosia came from Cistus, purchased last November. Did the thalictrum seed in there, or in my garden? I guess I'll never know.

I have a tag for this cute little fern somewhere, but couldn't locate it in time for this post.

Pyrrosia polydactyla (blurry photo, not a blurry plant)

And a couple extra long, curly, Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens' which I bought for another project but didn't end up using.

Time to plant! The root "balls" on two of the ferns were too tall for the bowl, so I had to kind of split them and splay them out.

Other plants were laid on their sides.

It all made sense once I started filling up the empty bits with soil.

I bought a couple of short, wide, metal cylinders last September at BBC Steel (written about here). One of them was called into use as the base for the bowl.

Knowing metal resting on metal doesn't exactly allow for a secure grip, I added a rim of rubber tubing to the cylinder.

That's better!

And now a few glamour shots...

Rather than cover the soil with pea gravel I'm collecting bits of moss, lichen, sticks and bark.

Towards the end of planting I added a pair of Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Nishiki' for color, and so pieces of plants would fall over the edge. I had two Trachelospermum growing elsewhere that I wanted to move so it worked out splendidly.

From above...

From afar...

I'm so happy with the results. Thank you for the bowl Alison!

Weather Diary, May 23: Hi 81, Low 55/ Precip 0

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fremontodendron californicum at Kennedy School

Driving past McMenamins Kennedy School last week a blur of yellow caught my attention. I knew immediately what it was; their huge Fremontodendron californicum. I pulled over.

I planted one of these in my front garden years ago, it died. Oh well, I can admire this one so it's almost as good as having my own. Maybe better!

While out on walks I like to pick up leaves, moss, sticks, seed pods, and the like. A few years ago I put a couple Fremontodendron seed pods from this shrub in a coat pocket. That's a mistake I'll only make once, they're just as prickly as the leaves can be. From the L.A. Times: "Fremontodendrons come armored. While a USDA Forest Service information sheet identifies the leaves as edible by ruminants, they are highly irritating to humans. Under the microscope, tiny hairs look like medieval maces, said O’Brien. “Think of them as having projecting spines in every direction. If you’re doing any maintenance or raking up dead flowers or leaves, do that last and go take a shower and put those clothes into the laundry as soon as possible.” San Marcos Growers advises wearing goggles."

The whole article is interesting, read it here: The Dry Garden: Stunning flannel bush comes with prickly problems. Meanwhile I'll just be standing here admiring this dangerous beauty.

Weather Diary, May 22: Hi 74, Low 51/ Precip .11

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday Vignette, a river of blue senecio

There are many plants I wish I could grow in my Zone 8 garden and Senecio serpens, aka blue chalk sticks, is definitely on the list. Sure I've managed to take cuttings and over-winter a few plants, but what I really want is a blue river like this...

Can you even?

These photos come from a garden I visited during the Bromeliad Summit, in Santa Barbara. Anything is possible in their dreamy climate, including  river of Senecio serpens.

Weather Diary, May 21: Hi 66, Low 50/ Precip trace

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Argyle Winery in May

This was my second visit to Argyle Winery, the first was on a beautiful day late last September, the kind of day that allows you to think summer will go on forever (here).

That was fall, this is spring! As evidenced by that ceanothus in full glorious bloom (I think the white flowers may belong to a choisya, but I'm not sure).

Those grasses manage to display a little fall character .

I have no idea what this cool plant is...

The reason for this visit was an event the Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) put together. Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery was leading a tour (Sean/Cistus did the garden design). I got there a little early so I could take photos pre-tour.

This was one of my favorite vignettes last time I visited. This time I wanted to pull the tulip foliage, but other than that it was still looking grand.

Love the combo of Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’ and Astelia.

I have no memory of taking this photo but love the tangle dead center. I wonder what it is?

Ah the restios, Rhodocoma capensis, they are the stars of the Argyle garden.

Moving on...

Pittosporum patulum and acacia pravissima

Pittosporum patulum and Acacia pravissima, closer upper.

I didn't get the name of this shimmering silver beauty.

I thought the tall structure was something built for the redone tasting room (when the production facilities moved and the garden created) but I learned that wasn't the case, it was actually one of the original structures. It certainly suits the space. Or maybe I should say, the space suits it.

Last September the dried allium seedheads were amazing. Now I'm seeing them on the other side, pre-bloom.

I wish I could remember the number of Arctostaphylos we were told are planted in the garden, the quantity was staggering.

But of course my heart belongs to the Yucca rostrata.

They've got so much personality.

These four are outside the fence, along the main street through town.

The house was the original tasting room.

I'm calling this Phlomis 'Sunningdale Gold', based only on it's location and the completely GOLDEN plant I fell for on my last visit. Perhaps it takes a little heat to color up?

Unknown, but lovely, mahonia.

I do love me a Fatshedera.

Walking back into the garden...

By the bocce ball court...

And towards those comfortable chairs.

And stopping to appreciate the excellent use of wire vine, Muehlenbeckia axillaris, on my way in to grab a glass of wine...

Weather Diary, May 20: Hi 63, Low 53/ Precip .05

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