Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Kuzma / Halme garden 2022 visit

Worry not my faithful blog readers! The streak remains solid (going strong since 2011) and I have a post for you on one of my very favorite gardens; that of my friends John Kuzma and Kathleen Halme. 

My visit took place in mid October '22...

Although frankly most of these photos could pass for high summer.

Such an expressive agave, it's got something to say.

Looking back at the front garden ...

Walking around now to the side garden, and the massive gate into the back garden.

Along with very vibrant tibouchina flowers.

Stepping into the back garden, under eucalyptus branches.

The stairs not taken (we'll come down those stairs at the end of this post).

Looking towards the star on this visit, the container-grown brugmansia which was erupting in bloom—beyond that, the fountain.

So many trumpets!

It was extraordinary.
The fountain/water feature is a favorite of mine.

Trachycarpus trunk covered with Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Nishiki' (I think).

Turning towards the back of the house now. Where to start! The palm who's name I can never remember is looking fabulous, and the Leucadendron argenteum/Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea' combo has perhaps never looked better.

Ditto for the Agave ovatifolia!

The Leucadendron argenteum...
Back to the (currently) shady side...

Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer'

Melianthus major 'Purple Haze'

With tradescantia...

Walking further into the garden...

Drama shot

Yucca schottii

I couldn't decide which orange flower shot I liked better, so you get both. I think it's Papaver atlanticum (Moroccan Poppy)?

And I think this is Cestrum aurantiacum ‘Orange Zest’?

And not to be outdone we have sunshine yellow—I visited at just the right time didn't I?

But, we mustn't over look the agaves! They were looking spendid—'Blue Glow' in the front there.

A pair of Agave ovatifolia...

One with some unique growth going on.

The iconic red pot shot...

John is an abutilon fan, I only managed one photo of the favored flower.

No doubt their stunning greenhouse is filled to the gills right now.

It looks quite inviting doesn't it?

I can't remember which magnolia made this seed pod.

But I did pick up a handful to bring home.

Underneath the variegated daphniphyllum...

… and with the blooms of Passiflora 'Fata Confetto'—it's a wrap! Thanks again John and Kathleen for inviting me to your garden...

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  1. I love that massive iron gate and the electric blue tibouchina flowers, both are stunning. The two arctostaphylos framing the entrance is one of may favorite shots.

    1. You picked up on some of my favorites as well. Those blue tibouchina flowers always remind me of this garden.

  2. All so inspirational. I need to go back and review all of your Kuzma/Halme garden posts and learn a few things. Thank you Loree!

    1. Have fun! I looked at the first post, and then a couple of Fling posts. So many changes over the years!

  3. Hi garden is looking freaking amazing, better than ever. I'd love to see it again someday, but grateful for the Fling visit a number of years ago.

    1. Well, the next time you're in Portland maybe we can swing by!

  4. Thank you thank you thank you for this. Just what I needed after discovering thieves stole two agaves from our front garden AND losing our Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'. Seeing the Kuzmas' baileyana brought home how much I'll miss it.

    The Kuma garden will always be one of my favorite gardens, and I'm so glad you continue to chronicle its evolution.

    1. I'm so glad you've been able to see it in person a couple of times!

  5. Every vignette is striking! I love the splashes of bright color too. I can't believe how big those Yucca rostrata are - and I keep wondering if mine will ever have any trunk at all.

    1. The secret is to buy them with a little bit of trunk already showing... then they seem to grow much faster.

  6. I'm always up for a virtual visit to this garden. Johns dedication to his Leucadendron argentuem always makes me happy-still looking perfect after all these winters !

    1. Right? Seeing that plant (and caressing it's furry leaves) always makes me smile too.

  7. Jubaea chilensis and a mighty fine looking specimen as well!

    The garden gate is very cool.

    I do get a lot of Yucca envy when I see beautiful specimens ilke this growing vigorously and happily, sigh!

  8. That leucadendron is so cool. All of it is! Amazing. Jim N. tabor

  9. The Y. rostrata group looks like a family photo, with Mom leaning in on the left.

    It lifts the spirit to see this beautiful garden again. Many thanks for all the tours of it over time. (And to the brilliant gardeners who created and care for it.)


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