Friday, May 8, 2020

An April visit to the Hummingbird Garden (formerly known as the Kuzma-Halme Garden)

I usually post a tour of this garden late each year, or occasionally I run over into the next, like I did for 2019—see those photos here. Last month I got an email offering trimmings from a couple of their opuntia, naturally I wasted no time driving over to pick them up, and of course I took a few photos while I was there. I thought I might as well share them now, rather than holding on to them for later...

Look at the sexy legs on that arctostaphylos!

There are the opuntia patches, at the base of the Yucca rostrata. They look at home in my garden now too.

I think this is Agave americana 'Yellow Ribbons'.

Looking back at the front garden, Nolina 'La Siberica' on the right.

Akebia vine on the front of the house, I don't think I've ever visited when this is in bloom.

Grevillea victoriae

Entering the back garden...

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. niphophila

Later in the season that container is usually filled with a big blooming brugmansia.

Palms, palms and more palms!

Agave ovatifolia, stunning, always.

Melianthus major 'Purple Haze', emerging from its winter slumber.

Their Rhodocoma capensis is given the room to strut its stuff, I'd love to grow this but know there's just not room in my small garden.

A mild winter means no agave mishaps.

And this not hardy Sedum rubrotinctum looks amazing!

Another eucalyptus and the always stunning simple red pot...

This is the first time I've seen the greenhouse full of plants.

The bamboo also has room to really show off here.

Epimedium wushanense, I believe.

Abutilon megapotamicum x 'Marathon'

And now we're just about back around to the beginning.

But not before we pause to appreciate the variegated daphniphyllum.

Hopefully I'll visit again later in the season and can share summer's bounty with you as usual.

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  1. You had me at "the sexy legs on that arctostaphylos" shot. No picture of the opuntia score?

    1. It was raining and thus only the essential photos were taken. Now they're planted around the garden!

  2. Exquisite design, such great plant repetition.

    1. Thank you for the reminder that I should have credited Sean Hogan for the design.

  3. It's a stunning garden. I'm so glad we were able to see it at Portland Garden Bloggers Fling! So why is it called the Hummingbird Garden now? Did the owner name it or what?

    1. Yes, John and Kathleen named the garden last year. And I too am glad we were able to share this garden with the Portland Fling attendees!

  4. It's always wonderful to see this garden. Your post has me thinking about trying an Akebia vine (again). When I saw the crevice garden, it suddenly occurred to me that might be a great way to stymie the blasted gophers who are currently expanding their underground territory in my front garden. I now understand the movie 'Caddyshack'.

    1. I would love to see a video of a gopher trying to dig in a crevice garden. Would he succeed in upending the rocks? Or give up and move on?

  5. What a super garden! Gosh!

    There are a lot of really interesting plants in it.

    Crown lifting works so well on shrubs and small trees.

    I am almost wishing that mine would grow a bit quicker so that I could show off their legs a bit more, ha ha!

    1. There are so many interesting and beautiful plants in this garden, I hope you clicked on the link to my previous post which shared more of it.

    2. I just had a look now and you are right about it being a super collection of interesting and beautfiul plants.

      Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Wowza how everything has grown. Is the Leucadendron argenteum still there?

    1. It is! The winter protection was still partly in place so it was hard to get a decent shot. I'll do better come summertime...

  7. That red/green sedum is a show stopper. Love all those beautiful tree trunks but what I really want to do is live in the greenhouse. What a beauty.

  8. That red/green sedum is a show stopper. Love all those beautiful tree trunks but what I really want to do is live in the greenhouse. What a beauty.


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