Monday, July 8, 2024

A visit to Emily's garden, in Oregon City

I've been hinting for awhile now, hoping that Emily (proprietor of the online plant shop In Search of Small Things) would host a Portland area Garden Bloggers plant swap/happy hour so we could see her "new" garden. That visit finally happened! 

Our tour of her front garden began with an introduction to droopy, a large Juniperus rigida 'Pendula' they inherited with the house.

Emily has been gardening here for 3 years now, I also visited her previous home where I was awed by her plant growing setup, you can see that post here. Oh, it looks like droopy has opened the front gate and is inviting us in...

I must share a photo of Emily's genius watering system, a way to get the sprinkler up where it can better reach far distances. I didn't ask if they roll the metal sculpture around the garden to water other spots. It would seem to make sense though, maybe?

These red-tipped glads were unexpected and quite beautiful.

Lomatia, maybe L. myricoides, or perhaps L. fraseri?

Grevillea x juniperina 'Pink Pearl', I believe.

And Grevillea ‘Poorinda Leanne’...

When I first saw it, I called this striking arctostaphylos 'Ghostly', 

But the real Arctostaphylos silvicola 'Ghostly' was planted nearby (no ID on the above arcto)...

It was fun to finally see this metal sculpture/planter in Emily's garden. I knew she'd purchased it, I'd lusted after it for years when I saw it at the Rare Plant Research open house.

I'm lusting after it here too!

Cotula 'Tiffindell Gold'!

Another photo of droopy, he has such a presence.

Yucca linearifolia 

Acca sellowiana (pineapple guava) foliage...

And flower...

I love seeing the low loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) foliage. This plant (tree) will be huge in a few years, but right now it's playing with the surrounding plants.

I think I remember Emily saying this twisty stump was an inherited lilac that finally gave up the ghost.

Cistus x ‘Snowfire’

Droopy again, are Jane and Evan talking about him behind his back?

I wish I would have got a pulled back shot of the happy poppies out along the front of the fence, streetside—but with the close up you can see the bumbles. I'm so glad I finally got to see your garden Emily, it did not disappoint!

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  1. "Droopy" does indeed have a presence! I LOVE the Lomatia.

    1. Ya that lomatia has me thinking where I might be able to plant one...

  2. Amazing what Emily accomplished in a few short years. Now I wish I had asked to tour inside to see her set up for the mini tropicals.

    1. I'm sure she'd welcome another visit from you.

  3. AnonymousJuly 08, 2024

    I love this plant palette! Envious of what can be grown in that area vs. my NJ zone 7(b).

    Steve B.

    1. We are lucky. Although with the extremes of winter and summer getting more extreme who knows what any year might bring to the garden...

  4. great garden love the arcto!

    1. I wish I knew what the first one was, I love it! Not that I have room for another.

    2. AnonymousJuly 09, 2024

      yeah no room for me either, but I might pull something for that one.

  5. What a fun garden, Droopy is the perfect welcome. The first arctostaphylos has such sharp coloring along the edges, I love that.

  6. Funny with the species name rigida it is so droopy, but a beauty nonetheless.

    Good collection of interesting plants there, and the metalwork is indeed desirable.

  7. Thanks so much Loree! it's nice to see Droopy getting so much love here :~)


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