Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Part Two of my 2019 visits to the Kuzma-Halme Garden

We spent yesterday in the front garden, today we're exploring the back garden, starting with this striking eucalyptus in June...

And from a slightly different perspective, in August.

When I visited in May the pond was undergoing a little repair—thus no photos. In June; it was looking fantastic

August and everything is a little bigger, more mature...

A slight jump back in time now, to June. Note the Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'  just to the left of the pond.

And now, in August, it's larger...

A detail shot.

The Agave ovatifolia and Leucadendron argenteum in May.

In June...

And in August...

A corner of the garden, in August.

I was especially enamored with this vignette and took a few photos, this one in June.


More August...

The Caesalpinia gilliesii was blooming in June...

And still going in August.

In May the stones of the crevice garden were still visible.

By June they were nowhere to be seen...






Agave parrasana 'Meat Claw', in August.

Abutilon 'Victor Reiter', if my memory is correct (August).

The colocasia is lush, in August.

And the gunnera is huge!



In May the trachycarpus were in bloom.

June brought Magnolia blooms, sadly I'm drawing a blank on which one this is.

The pathway to where we started in the back garden is narrowing in June.

Variegated daphniphyllum, June



And the non-variegated version, June.

I'll end this year's coverage (last year's? These photos were taken in 2019) with luxurious brugmansia blooms, in June. I hope jumping around from May to June to August wasn't too distracting.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Part One of my 2019 visits to the Kuzma-Halme Garden

Longtime readers may recall my annual blog posts on this Portland garden, since 2011. A lot has changed in eight years, and the garden now has a name: Hummingbird Garden. Visit on a sunny day in June and you'll see why. Speaking of June, that's when the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon held its 2019 Study Weekend event—garden touring, lectures, a plant sale. Lots of people got to wander through this garden and marvel at what the garden's owners John Kuzma and Kathleen Halme—along with Sean Hogan (Cistus Nursery)—have created. I took this photo as I entered the garden that day.

Here's almost the same perspective on a cloudy day in August.

Again, August.

I visited the garden multiple times last year, and so I'm doing something a little different with my coverage. Instead of a organized walk through the garden on just one day, I'm going to jump from May, to June and on to August. It won't be quite as comprehensive as the posts I usually do, but I think will be interesting to see how particular areas change throughout the season. Today we'll spend time in the front garden.

Here we stop to admire the peeling bark on a stunning arctostaphylos, in August.

My May visit was the morning, around 11am. The sun was illuminating the yellow stripes on this agave.

Also in May the Magnolia laevifolia was in glorious bloom.

As well as the Embothrium coccineum, aka Chilean firebush...

The blooms on my plant are so high I never get good photos of these.

Now it's June and there are a couple of blooms on the opuntia beneath the Yucca rostrata, see the pink? I have no idea why I didn't get a close up.

Nearly the same scene, just a bit to the left, in August.

Also in August these Yucca, with their subtle yellow stripes, got my attention.

I wish I could remember their name.

I wanted to call this Rhododendron pachysanthum...

But it's not. Nor can I remember what it is! In August it was looking especially lovely with Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'...

And on its own.

August was also when I spotted this pretty little roscoea.

And these emerging aspidistra leaves.

Here's that same agave I shared above, only from the other side, and in June.

Looking back across the front garden (May).

And a little further back, in June.

The Nolina ‘La Siberica’ (June)

The same, but back a little bit, in May.


And the Grevillea victoriae in August...those buds have probably been open and tantalizing the hummingbirds all winter.

Come back tomorrow for a look at the back garden!

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