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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Weather Diary, July 15: Hi 77, Low 64/ Precip .03"
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