These are the species I am currently growing. Crossed out means that it died. Acca sellowiana Acacia cultniformis Agave filifera var. schidigera Agava palmer Agave ‘Blue Glow’ Andromeda polifolia’ Blue ice’ Arctostaphylos edmundsii ‘Big Sur’ Arctostaphylos hookeri ‘Buena vista’ Arcostaphylos uva-ursi x imbricata Armeria ‘Victor Reiter’ Azara microphylla ‘Upright form’ Bletilla striata ‘Bella’ Borinda (Fargesia) angustissima Callistemon pallidus ‘Elenor’ Callistemon pityoides ‘Excellent’ Callistemon rigidus ‘Red clusters’ Callistemon viridiflorus Callistemon viridiflorus ‘Xera Hedgehog’ Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’ Chamaecyparis l. ‘Barry’s Silver’ Cistus […]
Euphorbias! This really seems to be the month for them. Unfortunately there were a few plants didn’t make it, including one out of two Correa ‘Ivory Bells’. I have no idea why one died and the other didn’t. They were planted around the same time. It looked like it dried out too much, on a sunny day in March but maybe it was the cold. They were both blooming through the winter and Spring did them in! The smaller California […]
I watch dogs for a living and our backyard is pretty much a dog-zone, so today I moved the last of the potted plants to the front where they will be safe from digging paws. Also, where the dogs will be safe from the Agaves. This is my first shot with Agaves, and am hoping they survive. The substrate is a mix of potting soil, vermiculite, and turface. Turface (more on clays here) is fired clay used on baseball fields […]
After visiting Little Prince Nursery and seeing about ten greenhouses just of Sempervivum, I could not resist getting a couple. I’ve always loved these plants, and probably will always think of them as ‘Chicks and Hens’ because that’s what I grew up hearing, and always loved the name. The main reason for getting them is to plant the 6′ greenwall in the driveway that is currently not green at all. Baby plants! I made four flats of them using the […]
Lan Su garden is located in Portlands derelict China town, a few steps from the train station. Taking up only one city block, it does an incredible job of making the space feel expansive with thoughtful design and strategically placed trees. In a few months the ponds fill with water lilies, a good excuse to come back! The Koi that live in the water stay there year-round, although there did seem to be less this time than there were last […]
A slight departure from what’s normally posted here, but, eventually I’d like to have an archive of drought tolerant evergreen plants (focusing on the glaucous species) in addition to the tropical species. Most of the plants below were obtained from Cistus Nursery and Xera, located in Sauvie Island and SE Portland respectively.
By the garden gate today I noticed a conglomerate of baby spiders, probably hundreds of them, all just hatched and resting in one small web. Perhaps some of our entomologist friends can help confirm an ID, but their most distinctive feature is serrated black markings on their bottoms, with an otherwise pale yellow and brown body. They look similar to European Garden Spiders. Here is the web from afar, the whole thing is probably no more than 4 inches across at […]
This falls outside of what we usually post about, but this spider was too pretty not to put on here! She (?) lives in my garden on some flowers. The whole time I took pictures she stayed perfectly still! A little ant crawled on the flower, and while the spiders eyes didn’t move, in this picture it appears as if she is looking down at the little ant!