It's not your imagination, you have seen this garden before. Most recently—on Jan 28th—when I shared some images of the steep back garden and it's agaves, at least one of which is visible in this photo. Prior visits have featured photos of the front garden, with it's unique (summer) succulent plantings.
Back on April 6th, Dale—the garden's creator—invited Patricia and I over for a look at his garden on the eve of his version of The Great Migration. This garden undergoes a sizable transition every spring and autumn, one that makes me look like a poser.
Here's a corner of the front garden with plants that were in place over the winter. A little soil has been disturbed though, in preparation for plants coming out of storage...
Like these, in the "giraffe greenhouse" (storage for tall plants) the on east side of the house.
There's a brugmansia, a couple of palms, and a cycad tucked in there. We'll see the cycad from the other end later in this post.
Back out front we stopped to admire the tall trunking Agave attenuata Dale brought home from SoCal in their RV earlier in the season, just $6! Of course I was also taken with his horse collection (I wrote about Portland's horse obsession here).
Another shot of the Agave attenuata along with the Azara microphylla and a berm of freshly laid compost in the background.
Walking around back now Dale was excited to point out the 8-foot Beaucarnea recurvata that he protects in place, no moving that bad-boy.
We took a short jaunt down the steep back-side of the property, as seen in the first photo at the top of the post. I know Dale built these walls himself, but I should have thought to ask where he sourced all the urbanite.
Sadly the glorious Arbutus (Madrone) is dying. I can't imagine this back garden without it.
There are more agaves visible from above. Dale mentioned he wished you could see them from the street below, but I thought it was kind of nice to have a few that only the homeowners see.
In this shot you can barely make out the large variegated Agave americana that is visible from below.
There are grape vines too!
Looking up at the enclosed back patio of the home, where plants are overwintered behind custom made enclosures.
A narrow planting bed along the back of the house seemed custom-made for a little zone-pushing.
Unfortunately the barrel cactus said no to to the experiment and kind of imploded.
I am a sucker for a fancy fountain. How fabulous is this?
And here's the back-side of the giraffe greenhouse we looked at earlier. Isn't that an amazing cycad? It's just begging to get out in the front garden and start enchanting passers-by.
Heading back around to check out the other plants in captivity...
But wait! What's that stash? A Portland Nursery score on the left, and a trio of Agave ferdinandi-regis Dale brought back from SoCal for just $23ea.
The over-wintering gang...
Pretty amazing right? As I said, Patricia and I were there the morning of April 6th and after we left Dale was going to get started with his Great Migration, as many of these are moving back out to the front garden. I told him how much better this project made me feel about my own Great Migration (set to get started that same afternoon), as his plants were bigger in both size and quantity than mine.
And just when you were already overwhelmed...there was another "greenhouse" to see! Patricia for scale...
Wall planters full of cuttings.
And agaves in the ground.
Here's what the front of the house looked like as Patricia and I wished him much luck with the move(s) and set off to work in our own gardens, after all it was a glorious sunny day headed into the 70's.
But then this happened. Yep. You've seen my snow photos (here), but Dale sent me a few he took on the 11th. AFTER he'd moved tender plants out into the garden.
I did a drive by this last Monday, the 18th (a week after the snowfall), and snapped these last three images.
Things are looking good Dale, the plants look like they didn't miss a beat!
Those of us crazy enough to garden on the edge are a hardy bunch. I look forward to stopping by in a couple of months to see Dale's garden at it's best...
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