Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Solo shopping at Secret Garden Growers

The weekend before our Governor officially issued a stay-at-home order I emailed with Pat Thompson about paying a visit to her rural Oregon nursery, Secret Garden Growers. She'd posted on Facebook about arranging for people to schedule visits so they were able to shop solo. Being there was wonderful...

Pat has some pretty fabulous plants...(and does mail order!)

I adore the subtle variegation on this Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki'...

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'

I think I take a photo of this mossy bowl every time I visit.

The hanging solar lanterns must cast a lovely glow at twilight.

Looking out across the nursery...

Only $30 for these Yucca rostrata 'Sapphire Skies' seems like a steal!

Speaking of steal, those green marbles were so, well, tempting...

Polygala chamaebuxus, so cute!

Lonicera crassifolia, wearing it's winter red.

I've never found Azara microphylla 'Variegata' to be particularly appealing, but I think I'm in the minority there.

Chamaecyparis lawsoniana 'Wissel's Saguaro' in the display garden. I have one of these now thanks to Tamara, aka Ms. Chickadee Gardens.

The ducks—runner ducks—were very entertaining. They definitely wanted to maintain more than a 6ft distance from me.

No worries, I couldn't have touched them if I'd tried.

This is Spanky telling me I have no business going into the greenhouse. Sorry buddy but you're wrong. I asked your mom and she said I could...

I'm spoiled having been here on several private trips in the past...

Well and evidently so are the dogs! You've met Spanky, the other two are Gaia and Zeus. They are absolutely adorable.

Sorry, I didn't snap a photo of this one's tag. Pretty foliage though, eh?

Ditto for this flower...

Begonia pedatifida that are this nice looking are hard to pass up, but I managed to do so, since I already have a couple of happy clumps at home.

Clumps I will now be referring to as "Bigfoot Begonia"... ha! Who knew?

Cestrum fasciculatum

Passiflora jamesonii 'Coral Seas'

I have one of these corokia and love it.

Not sure what the yellow bloomer is but it's rather sunny.

Rubus lineatus, one of many plants I've loved, and let go...

This is a striking combination, don't you think?

Lepisorus bicolor is a new one for me.

Pelargonium 'Colocho'

Dog butt! (there was something in that flat that was very interesting...)

Arisaema ringens

Okay I rounded up the plants I couldn't live without and headed back down towards the checkout area, pausing a moment to consider stopping to play...(I did not)...

Here are my treasures...

Another Lonicera crassifolia added to my collection. This makes three...

Arisaema ringens, let's hope this one lasts longer than the last arisaema I purchased (it never returned after it's first winter).

Coniogramme intermedia 'Yoroi Musha'

Pyrrosia lingua 'Ogon Nishiki'

Pyrrosia polydactyla 'Taipingshan'

Passiflora jamesonii 'Coral Seas', which I absolutely love when it manages to bloom, which isn't always for me. I, however, found one with buds. Hopefully they won't be discouraged by our cool temperatures and will pop open sometime soon.

Here's another shot of the haul once home, because...

I neglected to get an earlier photo of the Solanum atropurpureum 'Malevolence' and it's purple spikes...oh ya!

Pat threw this one in with my haul and it wasn't until later, at home, that I noticed the danger garden reference on the tag. Fun!

And yes, I mentioned it before, but I'll say it again... Secret Garden Growers does mail order and they're open for private shopping appointments if you're in the area.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

New spikes in my garden...

You probably think I'm talking about new plants, right? An agave or maybe an opuntia? Nope, not this time...

Sometime in late January I noticed the hose hanging on the back of our house was covered in bird poop. Unbelievable quantities. Since the hose is black and the house dark brown it was rather noticeable, it seemed to have happened virtually overnight. Gross as it was I cleaned it all up, figuring it was a one time occurrence. It it wasn't. I cleaned it again and then put plastic over the hose, it didn't take long for more to show up.

The entire length of the house and some bird decides to perch on the gutter and poop right above the hose, what are the chances? Not that anywhere else would have been great, but this was the worse possible spot, it almost seemed personal.

I thought maybe there was a nest in the gutter. Andrew climbed up there to have a look, there was no nest. He tucked a section of wire fencing into the gutter to deter perching.

The poop continued to fall (please ignore the gutter in need of painting)...

I thought it looked like the guilty pooper party was actually hanging under the gutter, and sure enough there's a utility line of some sort tucked under there. A very small bird was producing very large messes. Andrew ordered stainless steel bird spikes on Amazon, can you see them tucked under there?

Here's a better shot. Most importantly there has been no new poop since they were installed. Hooray for a poop-free hose!

Since the order came with more spikes that we needed to do that job I decided to use the others for raccoon deterrent around the stock tank pond. This wire fence was my original solution. It kept the little beasts from jumping in to the tank off that short retaining wall and gave me a place to hang more plants.

But late last fall they somehow managed to start scaling the side of the tank beyond the fence to go for a swim and thrash my plants. Once the patio was closed for the season I stuck this very unattractive bit of reflective insulation in there to keep them out.

It did the trick, but wasn't something that could stay in place, obviously.

Enter my new spikes!

Fingers crossed...

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