Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Garden touring last August (when things were "normal")

In late August the Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) holds its annual nursery industry trade-show, Farwest, here in Portland. Well, every year except this year that is, thanks to COVID-19 this year's show has been cancelled. The best thing about the Farwest show is the sheer quantity of plant lovers that come to town. Last year Sean Hogan capitalized on this and gathered a bunch of us together for a private garden tour—that is the tour was private and the gardens we visited were mostly private. We started the morning at Ryan Wilson's North Portland garden. 

I know Ryan because of his work at both Cistus Nursery and Xera Plants. He's moved on from both, but would be a familiar face to those of you've regularly shopped at either of these Portland institutions.

Sedum palmeri in the hellstrip...

And the unexpected, a desert fern.

I'm sure the other attendees were tossing around the name of this conifer, but I don't remember it. I'm rather conifer adverse, although even I can tell this one is a beauty.

Yes, I suppose I have to admit that when 11 months transpire between photo taking and photo posting, well, names are forgotten. I'm sure I knew what this charming pair of yuccas were back then, now I'm just not sure, perhaps Yucca schottii.

I do feel safe saying the big guys along the driveway are Yucca rostrata, and the shimmering beauty in the hellstrip is probably a Dasylirion wheeleri.

A family of Agave bracteosa lives at the base of the Yucca rostrata.

(I couldn't decide on just one photo)

The front porch, with containers, of course.

There are agaves...

And towering tetrapanax...

Pseudopanax ferox

Magnolia laevifolia

Schefflera delavayi

And look! Another collection of potted succulents.

Fatsia polycarpa

Blechnum chilense, which I guess we're now supposed to be calling Parablechnum cordatum.

Here's a plant I usually don't care for, Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'. It looks good here, in Ryan's garden. In other words it doesn't look sickly. 

I think this bit of needley goodness must be a Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'. If you're starting to wonder how big this garden is, well let me reassure you that it's not, not big that is, it's the standard Portland 50ft x 100ft. It is however expertly planted and tended.

There's even a nice open space for sitting and lounging.

And palms backed with blue sky.

And bananas...

This area near the back of the house was in transition, bamboo canes going up for privacy.

It echos the bamboo growing in the ground.

After Ryan's garden we traveled on to the garden of Greg Tyler (post next week), then my garden, a tour and lunch at the Kennedy School, and the rest of the group then went off to John Kuzma's garden. We all met up later at Sean's place on Sauvie Island. It was a grand day.

Weather Diary, July 6: Hi 69, Low 57/ Precip 0 

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Monday, July 6, 2020

First, I noticed the flies...

This time of year the wind kicks up in the evening and by the time darkness falls it sometimes gets downright crazy. I know this, because I dread it. It means trash from the fir trees behind us rains down upon the patio, into the potted plants, and the stock tank pond. A quick clean-up becomes part of my daily routine. So I was out sweeping one morning when I realized there were flies, a lot of flies. It took awhile, but I located what it was they were after, see that red, uhm, "thing?"

It reminded me of a fungus that broke out years ago in one of our bamboo stock tanks, at the time I called them martian penises. I swear I did a blog post about them, but I could not find it. As with any mushroom/fungus question I hoped to get answered, I emailed my friend Tiffany. She was able to identify this "growth" as a stinkhorn mushroom. In her reply she also included a link to an online article that asked "Can an orgasm be caused by the scent of a mushroom? — the stinkhorn mushroom" ya, you should probably click on that link and go read the story.

Alternatively, or additionally, you can watch this video I took of the flies and the stinkhorn. Also, for what it's worth I did not detect a scent, thus I did not, well, you know...

Weather Diary, July 5: Hi 75, Low 57/ Precip 0 

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Friday, July 3, 2020

My pond-side Agave ovatifolia, a retrospective

Last week I found myself looking—really looking—at the Agave ovatifolia next to our stock tank pond. My thoughts were along the lines of "how much longer am I going to be able to leave that agave in that container?" It's getting big, really big. Of course I have no idea how I would get it out of the container without smashing it to bits—something I don't plan to do.

Then—as though she read my mind—Pam Penick posted about switching placement of two of her 'ovatifolia'. Just like that—bam—huge spiky plants were moved. She hired help, even then I don't know that I could do it. I imagine a smashed pot and a broken agave.

Here's what it looked like when I planted it, in 2014 (post here). The thing was so small I stuck other agaves in there with it, so it didn't look pathetic!

These photos were taken right after we had the fence built (there had been a large, unruly, privet hedge). It's freaky how new and wide-open everything was!

Here's how things looked a year later, in 2015 (this post)...

Then in 2016 (post)

And here's a photo from 2017. In that post I actually wrote: "How much longer can I let the Agave ovatifolia live in that container? I can't imagine trying to free it."...

Here's a double-shot from 2018 (post)...

And from 2019 (post)...

And today...

What really caught my eye, and got me thinking about it's size, was the way one of the leaves has hit the tank and is growing up, at a 90-degree angle. It's hard to see in this photo, but it's under the large one growing out over the tank.

It's been my experience that pot-bound agaves stay smaller than those in the ground...so I am surprised it's gotten this large. Time will tell if it just keeps growing, starts to decline, or reaches some point where it's just content to hang out...

Weather Diary, June 3: Hi 72, Low 56/ Precip 0

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Moss and adventure...

On a wet day in early June Andrew and I headed out, southeast of town, following the Clackamas River. As we drove I became enthralled with the trees covered in hanging lichen. The images I saw were a PNW version of Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) found in warmer climates.

I wanted to take home armfuls and drape it around my garden.

As I photographed the moss and lichen the sun came out.

This growth looked like a miniature staghorn fern.

Walking on I discovered this contraption. Wanna go for a ride?

Just a couple of slats for your bum and a place to rest your feet...

And off! Across the river you go...

Sadly the ride was labeled with private property, no trespassing signs and locked up... so I can't tell you about how much fun it was...

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Weather Diary, July 1: Hi 66, Low 57/ Precip .05 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wednesday Vignette; an opuntia of many colors

On any regular day this big mass of opuntia is pretty fabulous, however in bloom, well, it's an opuntia of many colors...

Any plant that has yellow and orange flowers at the same time is spectacular.

Then you throw in the fact they turn pink when they've closed and things get really wild.

I am rather jealous.

Weather Diary, June 30: Hi 72, Low 58/ Precip .01

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