Friday, July 19, 2019

Lotusland's horticultural clock

I have so many photos yet to share from my April visit to Lotusland; so looking for something quick to write about today I thought of the garden's 25-foot round horticultural clock. The clock is surrounded by topiary animals and features the twelve signs of the zodiac, hundreds of succulents, and large time-telling hands.

It's slightly over the top, in a lovable Lotusland sort of way.

Is it gauche of me to share the fact tomorrow is my birthday? Nah, Facebook will tell everyone, so why can't I?

I guess that's what got me thinking of this clock, the fact my "sign" is the crab, cancer. Neither one of those labels are particularly cheerful or optimistic, and I'm not a particularly "woo-woo" person, but damn I fit the description of this zodiac sign to a tee.

Cancer the Crab is a sign of feelings, home, and the artistic soul. Cancer season is the full flowering of Summer.

Cancer is a homebody and has a primal need for security on the home front. But the Crab is also ambitious, like other cardinal signs, and is often tenacious when moving toward its goal. 

Cancer's are Moon-ruled and can become a bit looney, especially when worn down, emotionally hurt, lonely or overwhelmed. Moods come and go quickly, and the Cancerian is intimate with the waxing and waning — the Moon in all her phases.

Cancer is at its most powerful when using the power of emotion to move people and experience meaning. (source)

What do you think? Does your personality bear a resemblance to the theoretical qualities of your zodiac sign?

Oh, and in case you're wondering I did not see a crab among the topiary animals.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Nest, at Flicker Farm

I've got just one last post from my June visit to Flicker Farm, on Sauvie Island. Today I give you—The Nest, a work in progress...

This is just the kind of thing I imagine having fun with, if I had the wild space to do so.

The construction methods are simple, but sturdy.

All I'd need are a couple of pillows and a glass if wine and I could spend an afternoon right here.

Weather Diary, July 17: Hi 75, Low 63/ Precip trace

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday Vignette, rusty balls at Flicker Farm

I've been rather vocal about my dislike of art in the garden, just for ART's sake.

A pyramid of rusty balls in a mown field though, I like this.

Weather Diary, July 16: Hi 82, Low 65/ Precip trace

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Flicker Farm on Sauvie Island

As part of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's Study Weekend event in June I visited Flicker Farm Gardens for a second time, my first visit was back in 2016. This is a large garden, one and a third acres, began by Linda Wisner in 2003.

I grew up on acreage in a rural setting, I got my fill of that life and have no desire to ever live in the country again. Still, I do have to admit, that I sometimes fantasize about living on Sauvie Island. It's close to the city with room to spread out and has a killer neighborhood nursery. This garden has a special place in my imagination.

Mossy logs! Wouldn't it be great to have a stash of mossy logs just hanging out under the trees waiting to be put to use?

The first part of the garden we'll walk through is a shady woodland, I think this may be Polystichum setiferum v.‘Divisilobum’.

This stacked concrete bench looks like a great place to sit for a bit.

Dryopteris sieboldii

Asplenium scolopendrium and another nice mossy log.

Astrantia, as we work our way back out into the sun...

I do love a densely layered planting.

Punctuated with colorful flowers.

Schefflera trevisioides

The grapevines strung out over the courtyard seemed so natural, I swore they were there on my first visit (they weren't).

Many of the yuccas around town started blooming at the end of June, mine came a little later.

This rusty metal piece is part of the enclosed veggie (and flower) garden. Island living means sharing (or not) with the wildlife.

Linda made several signs—"Flicker Farm garden stories"—which she placed around the garden. They were a great way for her to share what she would have told her many visitors that day, if she could have walked the garden with them.

Ochagavia carnea, I believe

That's a fabulous little rock.

And I wanted to take the piece with the cylindrical cut-outs home with me.

Walking on...

I managed to resist temptation.

There were several places to sit and relax in the garden.

I didn't wander this far back in the garden on my first visit, so this was new to me.

What fun!

Walking back towards the house now...

It appears to be a great year for Acca sellowiana flowers all over town.

While I love tall Tetrapanax, there's something about looking down on the large leaves that's super appealing too.

I'll share a little more from this garden tomorrow and Thursday.

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