Friday, November 22, 2019

Patio ready (one of these things is not like the others)

An errand to get rebar had me at the orange big-box store. Since I could see the garden department was open I decided to check it out first, before walking to the other end of the store for the rebar. Imagine my surrpise when I saw a table full of Agave attenuata, in November, in Portland.

This is one of the wimpiest agaves there is, melting near 30F, what is it doing at a big box in Portland? Oh! It's Patio Ready! Does that mean these were supposed to be merchandised over the summer? (they weren't here a month ago when I was at the same store).

Hmmm, and one of these things is not like the other...

You're not an Agave attenuata! Of course the label on the side of the pot said it was.

I wonder if they'll have the smarts to put these all on clearance before they freeze?

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Weather Diary, Nov 21: Hi 57, Low 34/ Precip 0

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Perplexed (WWTT?)

I love it when I'm out for a walk and I come upon a scene that makes me stop and wonder: What Were They Thinking? Yes indeed...this here is a head-scratcher!

Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of horsetail, Equisetum hyemale—love the stuff. I also know it can be horribly invasive, so I don't let it loose in the ground. But here they did...

And not just at one corner, but two...



And five!

Five corners planted up with the stuff!

I wonder why the other two were left alone? And why right at the corners?

Weather Diary, Nov 20: Hi 58, Low 40/ Precip 0

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wednesday Vignette, oh to have an opuntia tree

I snapped this photo at the Ruth Bancroft Garden last April, during a visit with Gerhard. Can you imagine having an opuntia of tree-like proportions?

From Brian Kemble (curator at the garden) I learned it's an Opuntia leucotricha, one of the tall-growing species from central Mexico. He says the name “leucotricha” (white hair) refers to the trunk, which sports wispy white hair-like spines. Sure enough, if you click on the photo to enlarge it you can see the white "hairs". Aren't plants cool?

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Weather Diary, Nov 19: Hi 55, Low 47/ Precip .29

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Jenn Ferrante's garden, from the HPSO Study Weekend

Back to June and the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon's Study Weekend garden tours. I'd visited this garden previously, in 2014. Five years later I was curious to see what had changed...

From the tour booklet: "Foliage Rules!" on this large corner city lot. The garden owner says that she swoons over chartreuse and dark-leaved plants, and many have found their way home to her garden. Rustic basalt paths lead around the house to a shady plant-filled east side, a private back corner oasis, and through to the sunny west side with a large deck.

The previous views were of the hellstrip, now we enter the garden proper...

Looking to the west, but the preferred flow is to head east first...

...and so we go east...

They're looking up, I thought maybe we were being invited to go up the stairs, but you'll soon see those stairs are creatively blocked.

Pyrossia! I'm experiencing a bit of a pyrossia obsession at the moment.

See, aren't these metal planters a nice way of saying "don't go up there"...

But we can go here, stepping down into the west-side garden.

These are what I most remembered from my first visit five years ago.

I was thrilled to see they were still here.

The booklet specifically mentions them: "The original old terracotta drain tubes that were dug up during garden development have been artfully re-purposed throughout."

I believe these "planters on a stick" were done by the same artist who did the stair-blocking planter (Indio Metal Arts).

Chartreuse and dark wonder I love this garden!

I covet this planter too, and was glad to see it was still in use.

Weather Diary, Nov 18: Hi 58, Low 52/ Precip .10"

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Arizona, 1951

When our Portland Bloggers group met up at Little Prince of Oregon for our annual shopping adventure last March, Linda of the blog Whatsitgarden, and the Etsy shop Littleplantpots gave me this black and white photo. Don't those ladies look thrilled to be standing by that huge saguaro?

Handwritten on the back of the photo is: Feb. 17, 1951 — Near Tucson, Arizona.

I came home and put the photo up on our fridge, where it stayed for months. Many months. Our fridge has become the traditional American catch all of reminders from the dentist, a calendar, a gift card, as well as a few photos.

Sometime over the summer Andrew decided he wanted to visit a couple antique stores, he was looking for some old black and white photos to use in handmade Christmas cards. We thought it would be fun to drive over to Vancouver, WA, have lunch there and a hit a couple of their shops. While shopping he picked out a photo for me, and when we got home he put it up on the fridge. It stayed there for a couple of weeks, then one morning when I walked into the kitchen to get my first cup of coffee I noticed he'd taken both of the photos off the fridge and laid them on the table, next to each other. I guess I should share the photo that he'd picked out for me...

Isn't that a great photo? Anything seem familiar?

Here they are side by side.

I don't know that I would recognize her if not for that hat. Well, and not that I did recognize her. The photos were on the fridge for quite awhile before Andrew picked up on the fact the same lady was in both of them. On the back of the newer photo is this: Cotton field — Feb (date illegible), 1951 — Somewhere in Arizona.

Pretty crazy right? Two different people gave me photos that have the same, unknown to me, person in them. It got a little less odd when I asked Linda where she picked up the first photo and it turns out they both came from the same antique store. Still, strange...

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Weather Diary, Nov 17: Hi 56, Low 49/ Precip .08"

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Friday, November 15, 2019

November's Bloomday (where I decide I really do need to become fabulously rich and go south for the winter)

Is it summer yet? Know, I know, it's not even winter yet, technically. I haven't even had a hard frost in my garden. Yet I yearn for summer. I wish I were one of those people who gets all giddy at the idea of rain, and dark and being shut up inside the house. But I am not. I want summer, heat, and barefoot days. I know, I need to suck it up and be happy with the mild hand my garden has been dealt. Okay . . . okay . . . here's what's blooming here this November 15th—aka Garden Blogger's Bloomday. Abutilon Nuabyell

Abutilon megapotamicum 'Paisley'

Fatsia japonica 'Variegata' (Camouflage) represents all the Fatsia in my garden that are busting out their sputnik blooms about now (a pair of Fatsia japonica and a Fatsia polycarpa ‘Needhams Lace’).

And Mahonia x media 'Charity' does the same for the Mahonia blooming (several Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress', a Mahonia gracilipes, and a pair of Mahonia x media 'Marvel').

It's kind of crazy how tall the x media 'Charity' is now, I have to hold the camera over my head to even photograph the flowers on the shortest part of the plant.

The rosemary is ALWAYS BLOOMING!

The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is just getting started (I think I forgot I was taking a picture of the small white flowers and instead got sidetracked by the leaves).

This was a surprise. Years ago I had a good size patch of Sedum 'Autumn Joy' going under Clifford, the big leaf magnolia. I became bored with the sedum and ripped it all out to plant Epimedium wushanense and a cast of assorted ferns. One little straggler came up the next year and I pulled it out. The roots came with. You can't just toss a survivor like that in the yard waste bin, right? I tucked it into another part of the garden and forgot about it. Last week when I was picking up the blanket of fallen magnolia leaves I found this guy, blooming. Ha.

Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

And this! Another surprise. Correa 'Ivory Bells', I picked this one up at the Pat Calvert Greenhouse, at the UW Arboretum Foundation last fall.

Finally, Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel' has been putting out flowers still...yet none when I went to take my Bloomday photos. Instead you get closed blooms and yellow ginkgo leaves...

...and closed blooms and raindrops. Hey it's November, what do you want!?

Weather Diary, Nov 14: Hi 57 Low 43/ Precip 0

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Steppe Garden, at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Let's go back to the Denver Botanic Gardens, shall we?

This is the Steppe Garden. Their website says: In the Steppe Garden, learn about the fragile steppe biome and about steppe landscapes across the world with climates and plant communities similar to our semi-arid region. Featured are Central Asian, South African, Patagonian and North American Steppes. 

I wish I could tell you I sought out each of those featured locations and would be telling you more about them, but I did not. If there was further labeling about the regions I missed it.

Being a lover of potted plant collections I scooted right over to check these out

And was THRILLED to discover this, Hoodia gordonii (Southern Africa).

I don't remember how it happened but Andrew and I were looking for something online when I found this plant and he fell in love with it. I bought seeds last year but they weren't the real it was wonderful to see a blooming plant here "in the flesh"...

What the garden is all about...

I've no idea what this is, but the flowers are pretty fabulous.

And damn but Denver does Delosperma (ice plant) well!

And rocks. I previously called sempervivum the "it plant" of the Denver Fling but it may have been more accurate to go with rocks.

Not that I'm making fun of this incredible crevice garden "egg" it was amazing.

It had a flat-topped sibling.

I did not.

Nor did I climb on this strange thing.

More pots...

I guess I can see kids feeling the urge to get up there and conquer the rocks.

Kinda like this plant is doing.

When I was there it didn't feel so beige, but looking back, beige.

Huh, lifted when cold weather hits, no doubt.

Another... (cycad)...

Did I mention the rocks?

Bukiniczia cabulica!

And a bunny, a bunny just chomping away...

Weather Diary, Nov 13: Hi 53, Low 44/ Precip 0

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