I have been following Lorees blog, the Danger Garden, for over a year now. It is amazing for lots of reasons, but one of my favorite things about it is Loree’s ‘it’s possible’ attitude. Not only in regards to working with prickly plants, which are one of her many areas of expertise but in regards to design decisions (why not have a summer gazebo that turns into a greenhouse every winter?) and freedom in choosing plants (zone 9, let’s test that!). […]
This Clametis x cartmanni ‘Joe’ is blooming for the first time in the garden. It’s been in full bloom for about two weeks and more flowers are still opening up. Originally I meant to have this climb a metal arch, but, that didn’t happen! It seems happy enough being supported by a bamboo pole for now. Growing next to it is Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’. Various blooms and pre-blooms, and some more beautiful Cotinus foliage. I’m not sure which I like better, the […]
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 […]
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 […]