Let's start street-side with the peeling bark on Arctostaphylos x ‘Austin Griffiths'...
Little did I know by taking these photos, I was creating a record of the garden before the arrival of heat like Portland has never seen. On Saturday afternoon, as I was working on this post, we broke our record of 107 for all time high temperature, when we hit 108. As predicted Sunday was even hotter at 112 and this afternoon is predicted to top out at 114. Good lord.
June is yucca time...
Yucca filamentosa that is. When I finally got out to check on things around 5:30 on Saturday most of these blooms had already crisped up, or dropped.
Ditto for the Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy Red'—crispy!
Had I been thinking I would have cut a few, they make great cut stems. I wonder if those flower buds will abort?
Cotinus coggygria 'Royal Purple' with Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy'
There are so many flowers on the pineapple guava this year! It's been fun encouraging visitors to snack on them. Fingers crossed for fruit later in the season.
Artemisia versicolor 'Sea Foam' looks cool on a hot day.
A reminder of a previous version of the front garden. I inherited a huge clump of this orange daylilly and so grabbed another when I saw one available. Now the original is gone, while this one lives on.
I was caught with a few plants still unplanted in the driveway stock/holding tanks. Thankfully I don't think this blooming Aristaloe aristata will mind...
Also in the drive, this long-tortured Agave americana that came to me as a tiny pup from my in-laws plants in Truth or Consequences, NM.
It did great in the front garden until the evils (snow, cold, ice) of January 2017 almost killed it, but certainly deformed it. I dug it up and put it in the large galvanized container to recover. Now it's facing extreme heat (possible sunburn) on the cement of the driveway. We've got an umbrella up for shade but I can't be out constantly moving it so some sun happens.
Nearby are several of these little cuties (haworthia?) tucked in a strawberry pot.
More driveway agaves...
Agave 'Kissho Kan', a recent adoptee from Lance Wright.
Moving into the back garden now, Clematis recta 'Purpurea Select'.
Coniogramme emeiensis 'Golden Zebra'
Ferns and bromeliads long the side of the garage...
Saxifraga x geum 'Dentata'
Look! A clematis I'd given up for dead is making a rebound. I think this is Clematis 'Danielle'...
Palm shadows, not depressing.
Planting that fuzzy agave was one of the last things I did in the garden, before the ankle incident. I came labeled as Agave parviflora but evidently is actually Agave x leopoldii.
My cloudy cabbages—aka Bukiniczia cabulica, along with Lonicera crassifolia (blooming) and a small Deuterocohnia brevifolia.
I've got 3 or 4 Aloiampelos striatula, formerly Aloe striatula blooming.
Spikes in containers, a hechtia...
And a NOID, I assume it's a dyckia.
The northeast corner of the patio...
The large Agave ovatifolia you see above in the container.
First bloom on the Passiflora 'Amethyst Jewel'.
As I captioned this one on Instagram: ‘Blue Glow’ and bougainvillea, is this Portland or Palm Springs?
The carnivorous gang. Pitchers...
Dyckia ‘Nickel Silver’
Up in the sky... doesn't the Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ look magical in this photo?
On the patio table...
I always think of a mummy (or several) when I look at this cactus.
The back of the garage... the bromeliad trashcan lids that would normally be perched on those cylinders hadn't yet made it out of the garage before the ankle break, now they're waiting in the shade for the crazy heat to pass. The other circles on the back of the garage have also come down, temporarily.
Close-up of the contents of stock tank visible in the photo above.
And an arty shot of the Blechnum chilense.
Acanthus mollis bloom and Nepenthese miranda
And I'll end this long post with a look up at the blue sky with the big leaves of my Magnolia macrophylla and Tetrapanax papyrifer. By the time this post goes live we'll be into the last—and worst—day of the heat. Fingers crossed for my plants.
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