Monday, June 7, 2021

Finding a great garden in SE Portland

This is another one of those places I found while looking for someplace else. Not a bad problem to have really, not when the found garden is as lovely as this...

Did you find yourself squinting, trying to get the image in focus? Unfortunately these photos were taken with the not so great Cannon camera that I was using last fall and winter... so blurry it is. I've since went back to Sony for quick landscape shots and casual garden visits and couldn't be happier. 

It was January 9th when I visited. Pretty amazing that a garden was looking this fabulous in early January.

You may have wondered what the large orange trunk in the above shot was attached to, for once I looked up.

And then my focus drifted to these beauties.

And of course an agave will always draw my attention.

There were a few.

Along with happily fruiting opuntia and a nice Nolina 'La Siberica'.

Such great color, especially in a winter garden.

Standing back for another overall shot...

And then walking up the sidewalk on the side of the property.

Nice mahonia, I think M. gracilipes.

Daphne, oh so fragrant.

And huge!

Definitely Mahonia gracilipes.

And finally, cyclamen...

And a lot of hellebore (I think?) foliage. No doubt the flowers were equally impressive.

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  1. A very nice discovery all the way around. The touches of red color in the bark of the Arctostaphylos, the Opuntia fruit, the Mahonia stems, and the Daphne flowers are wonderful.

    1. I had plans to go back and check on it this spring. Maybe I can talk Andrew into a drive-by sometime.

  2. Wow! What a nice spot! I love Daphne---to see one that big is so exciting---wonder if it is Daphne bholua--I know Cistus has sold that species. Thanks for sharing!

  3. That bark is so gorgeous you just want to stroke it. Didn't realize the Opuntia hangs on to it's fruit for so long. Really striking with great winter interest.

    1. So much personality in arctostaphylos bark!


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