Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Floramagoria; it doesn't disappoint

Floramagoria is one of those gardens that imprints itself so vividly on your psyche that to visit once is to be able to return, in living color, whenever your mind calls up the garden. Which may be why even though I haven't been there in person since 2015, I feel like I was just there yesterday. Well yes, okay, in this instance it was almost yesterday. I visited on Saturday, June 29th.

For those of you who haven't been, this is the original mullet garden. Business in the front, party in the back. The front is green and ferny and quite lovely...

There are a pair of fern table plantings up near the house.

And a privacy screen with planting shelves.

Then you walk down the narrow side yard (I was unable to get a shot that wasn't all legs, visitor legs) and enter the back garden...where carnivorous plants great you.

Then you look to your left and get an idea of just what wonders lie ahead...

The greenhouse, spiffed up for the occasion.

This spiky forest against the back of the house is protected in the wintertime.

Agave 'Sharkskin'

Agave 'Blue Glow'

They do containers well here...

Very well...

Looking straight ahead towards the back of the garden. Where we just explored is on my right, the back entrance to the house is behind me.

To the left...

To the right...

Moving ahead...

Looking back towards the house now, and the pavilion off the back of the house. I didn't take any photos under the pavilion as there was a crowd.

Walking back towards the front of the house, on the veggie garden side of things.

Well, they're not all veggies...

Turning back where we've just been, and saying adiós! Well, until tomorrow, when we'll briefly return for a vignette shot. Isn't this garden just amazing?

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20 comments:

  1. It does look amazing. I wondered at first if you had been invited to visit for a private time other than during Study Weekend. Four years ago when I went to Portland for Study Weekend, you literally could not move through this garden unless the person beside you moved. It was wall-to-wall people (most of the gardens were like that -- one of the reasons I decided to skip it this year). Thanks for sharing another visit.

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    1. I stopped by during that Study Weekend 4 years ago (I wanted to show Andrew the garden) and had the same experience. This year I headed there first, and so missed a lot of the crowds. That said, I really didn't experience that super crowding in any of the gardens. It was nice. I wish you would have come down.

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  2. This brings back fond memories. Glad to see the garden hasn't changed too much.

    I love the metal tables and privacy screen in the front garden and the metal containers in the back.

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    1. It changes just enough to keep your attention, but not so much as to be disorienting.

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  3. Oh my, what a heavenly garden. I read your post from 2015 too as its always nice to see a garden matures over the years. This visit was exactly the same time of year: was it the HPSO that presented the opportunity to revisit? I particularly love the wonderfully odd planters where the carnivores plants live.

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    1. Yes, my last two visits have been through the HPSO Study Weekend, which is always the last weekend of June. There are two posts on earlier visits at different times, but I didn't link to them.

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  4. I trace my determination to grow pitcher plants to this garden -- love the flanking mini bogs with stone pedestals. Nice to see the potted melianthus and the Begonia boliviensis combination lives on!

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  5. They have managed to have temperate, tropical and desert in all one property! Nice hardscaping, too. Truly amazing garden.

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    1. Temperate, tropical and desert all smooshed into one is something we're lucky to be able to do here in Portland.

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  6. Nancy SarpolaJuly 09, 2019

    Great photos and remarkably few photo bombs considering the number of people that visited!

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    1. It definitely paid to get there early.

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  7. I love this garden so much. I was glad I headed there first ! I could see that some plants remained the same , but some had changed , and the containers were new and different. I hope I get the chance to see it again someday-it's a gem.

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    1. I'm sure you will, you're a frequent enough Portland visitor.

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  8. This is a garden I'd love to see in person one day but seeing your coverage of it is the next best thing. Although every facet is inspiring, I fixated on the privacy screen with plant shelves and the potted plant shelves shown in photos 22 and 23. I think I'm going to have to re-imagine my back patio once the dust settles here and those photos provide plenty of food for thought.

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    1. If ever you visit Portland I'll do my best to get you in.

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  9. This is such a great garden! I remember the fern tables from the fling. I just love their metal stands... Mullet garden, huh? Made me laugh! You did a fantastic job taking people-free photos. Not an easy feat on Study Weekend!

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  10. The geometry of the structures really lets the plants shine. Without that, it might be too overwhelming for me. Loved that central paved area with the green growing square in the middle of it.Beautiful idea and execution.

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  11. AnonymousJuly 11, 2019

    It looks a little tamer, with fewer goofy touches than when I was last there...or did you just skip that part?
    rickii

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  12. It's grown quite a lot since I saw it--everything is taller! Still an incredible garden. Always a joy to see it again in photos. Thanks!

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