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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Sunday's well-worn itinerary

Sunday’s well-worn itinerary

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On the way from Ernst/Fuller Gardens to the Rhone Street Garden, our tour bus was halted by a freight train.  We were all astonished that in the middle of the city, a train that long was allowed to block so much traffic.  Since then, I’ve done some reading on freight trains in Portland and found this was probably not unusual.

Again, the two Fling tour buses were going in a different order to the small gardens so that only 40 of us at once would descend on each one.

trainwatching

trainwatching

It is no exaggeration to say that the train had us sitting there for at least fifteen minutes, cutting into our Rhone Street Gardens time.

Rhone Street Gardens at last

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I should have thought earlier in this blog series of enlarging just the text.  Might go back and fix the previous entries!

I should have thought earlier in this blog series of enlarging just the text. Might go back and fix the previous entries!

Joy!!  I was so very excited to visit Rhone Street Gardens, as that and Danger Garden are blogs that I adore.  To see both of these gardens in person will deeply enhance my blog reading experience. I also was very much enjoying the smaller gardens, as they were much more accessible to me in my sore legs state of being, and I did not have to go far afield and away from all the other humans to find a place to sit.  In the small gardens, one can go round several times and catch every detail.

I wish I had remembered to ask owner Scott (who also was one of the Fling organizers) what the story was about flooding, as I could not picture how a garden like this floods.  Perhaps the story was written in his blog before I discovered it, so I’ll poke back and have a look.  (I did, and learned that the flooding was along the parking strips.)

Bloggers arrive at Rhone Street Gardens

Bloggers arrive at Rhone Street Gardens; Scott is to the very left

Allan's photo, approaching the garden

Allan’s photo, approaching the garden

I believe that is Lisa, a blogger who most impressively came all the way from Spain

I believe that is Lisa, a blogger who most impressively came all the way from Spain.

(Lisa’s blog: http://descubriendohojas.blogspot.com/)

sit spot by the front steps

sit spot by the front steps

steps to the front porch

steps to the front porch

Leslie from California explores the sidewalk gardens.

Leslie from California explores the sidewalk gardens.

(Leslie’s blog: http://www.starappleediblegardens.com/)

along the sidewalk

along the other length of sidewalk along the front of the house

Below: wood edges on sidewalk, perhaps added recently to counteract flooding?

really paved in 1911???

really paved in 1911???

Allan's photo: "kit for raised garden lumber detail"

Allan’s photo: “kit for raised garden lumber detail”

grasses swooping next to the sidewalk

grasses swooping next to the sidewalk

to my right: sloped garden by the house

to my right: sloped garden by the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

grasses and perennials mixed

Parking Strip:  grasses and perennials mixed

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

What is this grass?  I must acquire it!

What is this grass? I must acquire it!

Allan's photo: "Schizachrium looks better than ‘blue oat grass’  no dead center"

Allan’s photo: “Schizachirum looks better than ‘blue oat grass’ no dead center”

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Maybe Scott wrote this down for Allan.

I see that I need to start collecting ornamental grasses again.  I used to, then got complacent and slacked off.  These are wonderful.

salvia, I believe

salvia, I believe

galvanized pots mark one end of the L shaped parking strips

galvanized pots mark one end of the L shaped parking strips

looking to the right

looking to the right

I meant to have some of the delicious orange juice on my second walk-through but got so absorbed in the garden that I forgot!  As you can see, and as I forgot to mention earlier, the day was not blazing hot and the light on the gardens was not all harsh sun and shadow as it had been on Friday and Saturday.

As I turn up the path, the porch is to my right. (I have a terrible time with left and right, and Allan often reads the blog after it is published and gives me corrections. ;-)

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As I turn up the path, the porch is to my right.

on the porch

on the porch, a blogger gets a photo looking out

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo from the porch

a secret sit spot behind the grasses

a somewhat secret sit spot behind the grasses

Scott wrote here about the creation of this sit spot.

I remember Lucy Hardiman speaking about how she likes the secret sit spot behind shrubs in her garden so that she can eavesdrop on what people say about it.

This one caught my eye, of course.

This one caught my eye, of course.

rain chain

rain chain by the porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

standing by the sit spot

standing by the sit spot

birds must love this garden

birds must love this garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Now I turn my attention to the shed of wood and metal (a look that I like very much.)

with a blogger enraptured with plants

with a blogger enraptured with plants

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the best green roof, with grasses and flowers

the best green roof, with grasses and flowers

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(I do hope this inspires Allan to build a little shed like this between us and Nora’s security light… I have no such skills.  I used to think that I should wait and see if I get a gardening neighbour next door, but have realized from the Ernst/Fuller garden that a privacy wall is good, even with a friend next door.)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

passageway between house and shed

passageway between house and shed

shed

looking back at the shed

with garden detail

with garden detail

I walked around three times and took a photo each time.

I walked around three times and took a photo each time.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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OOOh, Allan took a photo of the building details!

OOOh, Allan took a photo of the building details!

beside the path

beside the path

just past the shed

just past the shed

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little courtyard behind the shed

little courtyard behind the shed

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Earlier this year, Scott wrote about the need to create a privacy screen for this particular sit spot.  (In rereading that post, I finally realized that the metal trough planters that I like have a name: stock tanks.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

sign on fence by that little sit spot

sign on fence by that little sit spot

 

lily at corner of house

lily at corner of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bloggers turn the corner from the sit spot to the back of the house

bloggers turn the corner from the sit spot to the back of the house

I could hear water among this greenery in the back corner.

I could hear water among this greenery in the back corner.

a little secret bubbler

a little secret bubbler

Allan's photo: looking out to the driveway

Allan’s photo: looking out to the driveway

looking back from the arbour that leads to the driveway

looking back from the arbour that leads to the driveway

looking back from the driveway to the side of the house

looking back from the driveway to the side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Scott said the neighbours' chickens like to visit.

Scott said the neighbours’ chickens like to visit.

At the foot of the driveway, Scott’s cat (or the neighbour’s orange cat?) was looking suspiciously at the big tour bus parked across the street.

what the heck is that?

what the heck is that?

I'll lie down but I'm still keeping an eye on it.

I’ll lie down but I’m still keeping an eye on it.

Allan's photo of me taking the picture

Allan’s photo of me taking the picture

and trying to get some attention from the cat

and trying to get some attention from the cat.

I think the standoffishness indicates that this was the neighbours’ orange cat…or else he was really obsessed with that bus.

from the foot of the driveway, looking down the parking strip toward the corner from where I started

from the foot of the driveway, looking down the parking strip toward the corner from where I started

Allan's photo:  "soft sidewalk edge"

Allan’s photo: “soft sidewalk edge”

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Echinacea pallida (must have!!) and a verbascum

Echinacea pallida (must have!!) and a verbascum

parking strip

parking strip

fireweed against the house

fireweed against the house

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I just so much appreciate touring a garden in a house that was made for the working or middle class!

I can imagine living here.

I can imagine living here.

Having come full circle, here are the stairs to the front porch.

Having come full circle, here are the stairs to the front porch.

parking strip plants

parking strip plants

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I back up for some more street views.

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the kitty appears

the kitty appears

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I'm mystified as to where Allan took this photo; maybe from the front porch??

I’m mystified as to where Allan took this photo; maybe from the front porch??

I found out that Scott's husband likes Star Trek!

I found out that Scott’s husband likes Star Trek!

As our time at Rhone Street Gardens drew to a close and we all began to gather near the front steps, Boots decided it was time to pose.

(I hope I have his name right.)

(I hope I have his name right.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Kylee from Ohio and Boots

Kylee’s blog:  http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com/

Allan's photo: cat admiration society

Allan’s photo: cat admiration society

cat photos

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Allan’s photo: more cat photos

Allan's photo of a photo of garden owners (all three of them)

Allan’s photo of a photo of garden owners (all three of them)

happy family

happy family (Allan’s photo)

and then...some territory defending! (Allan's photo)

and then…some territory defending! (Allan’s photo)

At the end…We had difficulty tearing ourselves away.  The garden completely lived up to my expectations and I was sorry to leave.

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Next: the John Kuza garden in collaboration with Sean Hogan.

P.S.:

Allan noticed this cute license plate and wondered which blogger it belongs to!

Allan noticed this cute license plate and wondered which blogger it belongs to!

 

 

 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Sunday's well-worn itinerary

Sunday’s well-worn itinerary

leaving the hotel....There's my favourite bus driver Andy, but ooooooh, drat, he is driving the other bus!

leaving the hotel….There’s my favourite bus driver Andy, but ooooooh, drat, he was driving the other bus!

Here we go! (Allan's photo)

Here we go! (Allan’s photo)

Our bus, with a perfectly nice driver (but not Andy!) took us into a lovely treed Portland neighbourhood.

just one of the handsome houses we passed

just one of the handsome houses we passed

The streets were enclosed by a green tunnel of trees.  Our driver told us that the bus drivers carry a stepladder and loppers to clear the way of low hanging branches if need be, if the city has not limbed them up.

street trees of Portland

street trees of Portland

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He said one bus company in particular has a strict policy that drivers must not allow the tops of the buses to be scratched by low hanging branches.

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I asked him if he was joking but he swore he was telling the absolute truth!

Ernst/Fuller Gardens

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I’ll make the text bigger further on down this entry.

Bloggers gather below Linda's house.

Bloggers gather below Linda’s house.

Ernst house

Ernst house

to my right, pots on top of the garage

to my left, pots on top of the garage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

further to the right, the front of the Fuller house

further to the right, the front of the Fuller house

I remain covetous of these transparent privacy panels.

I remain covetous of these transparent privacy panels.

in front of the Fuller house

in front of the Fuller house

partway up the Ernst driveway, looking across the front of the two houses

partway up the Ernst driveway, looking across the front of the two houses

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the brightest of red daylilies in Linda's garden

the brightest of red daylilies in Linda’s garden

I remember this huge Azara microphylla on the corner of the Ernst house.

I remember this huge Azara microphylla on the corner of the Ernst house.

Ernst garden foliage

Ernst garden foliage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Linda's garden is an extra half lot wide and this area is to the right of the driveway.

Linda’s garden is an extra half lot wide and this area is to the right of the driveway.

foliage

one of many sit spots

one of many sit spots

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Both gardeners are skilled at placing focal points.

Both gardeners are skilled at placing focal points.

a frilly little poppy

a frilly little poppy

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still in the Ernst garden side yard

in the corner of a small lawn

in the corner of a small lawn

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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looking back toward the street

looking back toward the street

and away from the street from the lawn to a little courtyard (still all next to the driveway and garage!)

and away from the street from the lawn to a little courtyard (still all next to the driveway and garage!)

just outside the courtyard of colourfulness

just outside the courtyard of colourfulness

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colour

bright zinnias and marigolds

bright zinnias and marigolds

gold hosta

gold hosta and coleus

ladies in waiting on a storage shed roof to the garage side of the courtyard

ladies in waiting on a storage shed roof to the garage side of the courtyard

I learned the new term “ladies in waiting” for unpotted plants from (I think) one of the Austin bloggers.

table in the little courtyard

table in the little courtyard

in front of the garage

in front of the garage

container to the right of previous photo

container to the right of previous photo

I sat here for a spell.

I sat here for a spell.

Linda’s spouse said the garage has not been used for a car in years; because the area is all planted with containers, it could be changed back to a car garage if need be.

Awww...in the back door of the house.

Awww…in the back door of the house.

where the car lives

where the car lives?

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan thinks the car must live in a garage because it is so impeccably clean and shiny.

Allan thinks the car must live in a garage because it is so impeccably clean and shiny.

beside the driveway

beside the driveway

vine support

vine support

Now we’ll enter the patio and garden behind the Ernst house.

in Linda's back garden

in Linda’s back garden

the neighbourly door

the neighbourly door

next to the garage

next to the garage

beds of colour

beds of colour

wall

and a water feature

and a water feature

perfectly level to create a sheet of water

perfectly level to create a sheet of water

subtle colours in the corner

subtle colours in the corner

on the patio table

on the patio table

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Between the two gardens, a privacy wall and a friendly door.

Between the two gardens, a privacy wall and a friendly door.

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I like the combination of privacy and friendship here.

Allan's photo with Mark from England

Allan’s photo with Mark from England

mossy lion by the neighbour door

mossy lion by the neighbour door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Through the door into Joanne Fuller’s garden:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a Jeffrey Bale mosaic

a Jeffrey Bale mosaic; garden owner Joanne in dress, with Loree of Danger Garden and Neil Jones from England.

just to the left of the mosaic, sculptures from Glass Gardens of Mukilteo

just to the left of the mosaic, sculptures from Glass Gardens of Mukilteo

further to the left, a nook by the back door, Little and Lewis columns

further to the left, a nook by the back door, Little and Lewis columns

love the colours

love the colours

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a bubble of water

a bubble of water

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a step up onto a patio

ahead, a step up onto a patio

arbour

the curtained nook from the deck

the curtained nook from the deck

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deck seating

deck seating

and a hospitality center

and a hospitality center

bamboo

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at ground level, a fire circle

at ground level, a fire circle (the deck is behind it)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The neighbour's yard on the other side is all bindweed...trying to creep through.

The neighbour’s yard on the other side is all bindweed…trying to creep through.

sea of bindweed next door

sea of bindweed next door

This reminds me of how bindweed is creeping into my garden from Nora’s side!

other side of bamboo deck screen

other side of bamboo deck screen

more glass enhancing a corner

more glass enhancing a corner

gate to the side walkway

gate to the side walkway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wish this meter hiding thingie was in focus

I wish this meter hiding thingie was in focus

Yay for Allan! He got it!

Yay for Allan! He got it!

Allan's photo, looking back

Allan’s photo, looking back

around the corner into the front garden

around the corner into the front garden

that translucent privacy solution

that translucent privacy solution

gentle curve along the front of the house

gentle curve along the front of the Fuller house

hostas and ferns

hostas and ferns

pots

on top of the garage

on top of the garage

and on the porch

and on the porch

more bamboo screening (between the two porches?)

more bamboo screening (between the two porches?)

across the front of the Linda Ernst house

across the front of the Linda Ernst house

lilies

The driveway up which we entered is in sight again.

The driveway up which we entered is in sight again.

the Ernst front porch

the Ernst front porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and back to the driveway

and back to the driveway

I made the whole circuit around the gardens twice, so let’s hit the high spots again.

the huge Azara microphylla at the corner of the house!

the huge Azara microphylla at the corner of the house!

the side garden

the side garden

the lilies!

the lilies!

Patio of Colours!

Patio of Colours!

driveway garden!

driveway garden!

that smooth sheet of water that you just have to touch.

that smooth sheet of water that you just have to touch.

back door sit spot

Linda’s back door sit spot

bloggers still chatting

bloggers still chatting

privacy walls

privacy walls

Joanne's glass swirls and curtained nook

Joanne’s glass swirls and curtained nook

Joanne's exuberant foliar jungle

Joanne’s exuberant foliar jungle

Back down on the sidewalk:

the two houses

the two houses

Quite tired, I have a seat on Joanne's stairs.

Quite tired, I have a seat on Joanne’s stairs.

my view

my view to the left

and to the right

and to the right

and up into a street tree

and up into a street tree

I don’t sit for long before I realize there is discussion going on at the next door parking strip.  I had admired it earlier and had assumed it belonged to the neighbours there, even though it did not seem to fit with the rest of their yard.

next door parking strip

next door parking strip

Joanne, whose garden is mostly shady, is using it to grow sunny plants!

Joanne, whose garden is mostly shady, is using it to grow sunny plants!

parking strip lilies

parking strip lilies

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here’s the fling preview about these two gardens.


 

I’ve been to these gardens twice before, and as far back as 2007 (when I saw it during a Hardy Plant Study Weekend) I mentioned briefly  the enviability of having a gardening neighbour right next door.

In 2011, I revisited it during the next Portland study weekend and again rhapsodized about gardening neighbours.

It was something I had wished for since I began gardening in earnest in my thirties; I am still holding onto the dream that a gardening neighbour might move in right next door if the house to the west of us (now empty after the passing of our elderly and beloved Nora) ever goes up for sale.  However, I am almost 60, so it had better happen soon if it ever does.

I thought I had a close gardening friend nearby; even visiting back and forth from a few doors away was a lot of fun before things went wrong (and made my heart sore).   The idyllic dream of an adjoining garden and a gardener right next door with a friendly neighbour gate between still lives on in my heart, inspired by the book Gardening from the Heart: Why Gardeners Garden.  In my fantasy, she or he or they share the same plant nuttiness that I do, we could enjoy views of each other’s gardens, and maybe even share a kitchen garden outside my back garage door.

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You can bet that if the house ever does go on the market, I will be urgently sharing the listing in the gardening community online.   I’m accustomed to close friendships lasting for 10-40 years (depending on how long ago we met!), so it would not be a risky proposition.  I do think it helps if friends are of the same economic class, though, so I am glad it’s not a mansion next door!  (GBLT friendly please and no tea partiers except for actual garden tea parties!)

 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

garden touring postscript

On the way home, we saw the most fun and fascinating sight from the bus at a bar down the street a few blocks from our hotel; Allan happened to be on the side of the bus where he could get some photos.  Oh, how I miss going dancing at LBGT bars, and oh, how I sometimes miss being young and able to dance till 2 AM.

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It was Superhero Saturday in Portland!  We later learned from garden blogger Kristin‘s spouse that there had been a big fun run during the day featuring superheros of all ages.

The contigent from the Embers Bar was pouring out onto the street and into the town.

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Superhero crossing guard

Superhero crossing guard

That all made me very happy.

We had had a dream that Saturday evening we would make it to Powells Books, the famously large Portland Bookstore to which Allan had never been.  I was much too tired, and I don’t think Allan had a huge amount of energy left either.  So we just went to the Portland Marriott restaurant to have a not delicious dinner.  (Food burnt, not nicely charred, just burnt so one had to scrape the burnt parts off if one did not have the energy to send it back.)

The dining room views were an interesting sight for a former city person...

The dining room views were an interesting sight for a former city person…

...now a country mouse.

…now a country mouse.

The nice server comped us two desserts when she saw how much blackened food we had set aside, and we enjoyed them in the bar with Kristin and her spouse.

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Next: Five more Bloggers Fling gardens await us on Sunday!

 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Saturday Itinerary with times

Saturday Itinerary with times

map

map

Chickadee Gardens

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Chickadees were my grandmother‘s favourite birds, and I remember her calling to them, “Chickadee-dee-dee-dee-dee!”  The combination of love of birds, love of cats, and the lovely architectural style of the stucco house made this garden a special treat.

 Mary Ann Newcomer and a friend of hers had kindly offered me a car ride from JJ De Sousa’s garden to avoid me climbing the tour bus steps, so we got to Chickadee early and were able to take lots of photos with no one else in the garden.

rudbeckias by the sidewalk

rudbeckias by the sidewalk

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (later)

Allan's photo after he arrives on the tour bus.

Allan’s photo after he arrives later on the tour bus.

As we arrived, the owner said to us “I de-spidered everything!”  He meant that he had gently removed cobwebs from the garden paths, certainly not that he had hurt any spiders.

pesticide

by the front sidewalk

You can order yourself a Pesticide Free Zone sign for your garden here, with bee or ladybug.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the front porch

by the front porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Casa de los tres gatos

Casa de los tres gatos

architecture admiration

architecture admiration

I love this style of house.

I love this style of house.

a path along the woodsy front garden by the house

a path along the woodsy front garden by the house

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the front porch

the front porch

a window detail

a window detail

It is interesting to me that they have such a large tree in a pot.

It is interesting to me that they have such a large tree in a pot.

I am still trying to figure out where to plant my precious Davidia ‘Lady Sunshine’; I wonder if a very large pot would do?

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

walking up the driveway and looking back to the street

walking up the driveway and looking back to the street

at the end of the driveway, by the garage, refreshments and literature about bird-friendly gardens.

at the end of the driveway, by the garage, refreshments and literature about bird-friendly gardens.

a splash of colour as we peek into the back garden

a splash of colour as we peek into the back garden

Wow, just the sort of colours I adore!

Wow, just the sort of colours I adore!

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colour echoes

colour echoes

Allan's photo after the bus arrived.

Allan’s photo after the bus arrived.

love!

love!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking from the table to the house

looking from the table to the house

back porch

back porch

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

cat silhouettes on the fence

cat silhouettes on the fence

There was some loose netting at the top of the fence that kept the family cats from getting out.  The owner said his cats are not interested in bothering the birds; very good kitties indeed.

Allan got a photo of it!

Allan got a photo of it!

flowers against the fence, Allan's photo

flowers against the fence, Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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in the back garden

in the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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by the back porch (Allan’s photo)

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back wall of house

The owner told us that a friend lives over the garage.  What a delightful arrangement for all!

a green roof next to the garage apartment

a green roof next to the garage apartment

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

under the green roof

under the green roof

All the details greatly appealed to me.

All the details greatly appealed to me.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

How I would love to have an apartment to offer to a dear friend.

How I would love to have an apartment to offer to a dear friend.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Echinops (blue globe thistle), Allan's photo

Echinops (blue globe thistle), Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Having gotten there early, I found it mindlessly refreshing to just sit in a chair along the driveway, enjoy some yummy chips and dips and gaze up at the architecture of the house and garage.

looking up at the back corner of the house from the driveway

looking up at the back corner of the house from the driveway

another blog on Chickadee Gardens:  Alternative Eden

 

 

 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Saturday Itinerary with times

Saturday Itinerary with times

map

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JJ De Sousa Garden

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Even the name of this garden evokes music, vibrancy, and fun.

the bloggers arrive

the bloggers arrive

handsome privacy screen for the front garden

handsome privacy screen for the front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

from the sidewalk to the front gate

from the sidewalk to the front gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The entry walk is low and between two walled gardens.

The entry walk is low and between two walled gardens.

It's already clear that orange is a theme.

It’s already clear that orange is a theme.

inspired by the fabulous carrot gate

inspired by the fabulous carrot gate?

GMTA (Allan's photo)

GMTA (Allan’s photo)

front entryway rock walls

just inside the gate to the right, rock walls, with water feature behind the grasses

water bubbler

water bubbler

a wee rhodo for Steve and John (Allan's photo)

a wee rhodo for Steve and John (Allan’s photo)

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front door

front door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

DeSousa pooch (Allan's photo)

DeSousa pooch (Allan’s photo)

What a cutiepatootie!

What a cutiepatootie! (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

bamboo against the chimney

bamboo against the chimney

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This is why the buses split to only bring half of us at a time to the tiny gardens! (Allan's photo)

This is why the buses split to only bring half of us at a time to the tiny gardens! (Allan’s photo); That’s JJ herself in black.

from patio on left side as you walk to the house

from patio to the left as you face the front door; you can see how the sundial is situated right inside the gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

with shady sit spots

with shady sit spots

on the patio table

on the patio table

the carrot gate

the carrot gate

against the front wall of the house

against the front wall of the house

and around the corner to the shady side

and around the corner to the shady side

a light thingie!

a light thingie!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; the fence must be by the neighbour’s house on the shady side.

cool refreshing foliage on the shady side

cool refreshing foliage on the shady side

in the back gate

in the back gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan was clearly smitten with this seed pod.

Allan was clearly smitten with this seed pod.

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Allan’s photo

My memory does not serve me well whether this red door is in the front or the back.  I'm guessing the back.

My memory does not serve me well whether this red door is in the front or the back. I’m guessing the back.

the back yard is a party space

the back yard is a party space

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two levels of seating

two levels of seating; I have never seen furniture like that outside in the Pacific Northwest

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

corner of back yard; I'm fond of fences made of metal like that.

corner of back yard; I’m fond of fences made of metal like that.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(It may be dull for the reader, but for my own amusement I like to see our similar photos.  Remember, I plan to read this someday in the assisted living home, should I and WordPress live that long!)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of Stipa gigantea (my favourite ornamental grass)

I can't get up there!

I can’t get up there!

Even with no injuries, I cannot do stairs without railings because I am just and have always been kind of clumsy. (Allan's photo)

Even with no injuries, I cannot do stairs without railings because I am just and have always been kind of clumsy. (Allan’s photo)

(Another blogger told me she got there early and “crawled up and down” before anyone was watching; that I could have done!)

It’s time to say “Allan, would you take photos up there for me, of everything!?”  I returned to the shady front patio and sat with Mary Ann Newcomer for the rest of the visit.

Allan’s photos:

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on the upper deck

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looking down on the couch corner

looking down on the couch corner

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back door: adorable!

back door: adorable!

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fuzzy tails!

fuzzy tails!

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looking down through Stipa gigantea

looking down through Stipa gigantea

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Allan has now enlightened me that this area is at ground level down another flight of stairs at the other side of the deck, in a corner of the garden.  The little greenhouse is down there, as well.

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Now he appears to be back up on the decks again.

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Thanks to Allan, I feel we got to see every detail of this garden.

I overheard something about the garden owner own a garden and interior design shop called Digs, and that a lot of the containers in the garden were spray painted, and that the day before the tour she had re-painted some chairs from black to orange or the other way around.

The De Sousa blog is here.

Here she is on Pinterest.

And in an article by Kym P0korny.  Thanks to Kym, I now know the secret of that outdoor couch area: “The horseshoe sectional is made of recycled polyethylene, which is naturally anti-microbial to keep mildew at bay. “

more stunning photos from Alternative Eden here

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

Saturday Itinerary with times

Saturday Itinerary with times

map

map

Our bus tour had split into two buses, each going in a different order so as not to overwhelm the smaller gardens with 80 people at once. There were three gardens on the tour days that I most wanted to see, and Danger Garden was one of them.

Danger Garden

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How delighted I was to walk up to the garden of Loree, one of the tour organizers, and author of a highly entertaining gardening blog.

Her spiky fierce plants were likely really enjoying the heat.

Her spiky fierce plants were likely really enjoying the heat.

The colour of the house sets of the green and silvery foliage just beautifully.

a fascinating collection of plants, almost none of which I grow.

a fascinating collection of plants, almost none of which I grow.

Almost every one presents some danger with thorn or spine.

Almost every one presents some danger with thorn or spine.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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the front door

the front door

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the front garden

the front garden

I foolishly leaned in to get a closer look at this.  Ouch! I got a small badge of courage dot of blood on my chin.

I foolishly leaned in to get a closer look at this (hardy orange??). Ouch! I got a small badge of courage dot of blood on my chin.

I should have known better.

I should have known better.

a flower in the front garden

a flower in the front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

where sidewalk joins driveway

where sidewalk joins driveway

front garden beside the driveway

front garden beside the driveway

in which I limp up the driveway past a lovely mister that Loree had set up.

in which I limp up the driveway past a lovely mister that Loree had set up.

I did not even know that such a thing as a hose mister attachment existed. Must acquire!

Allan's photo: the mister

Allan’s photo: the mister

 

Loree's exceptionally cute dog

on the lawn beside the driveway: Loree’s exceptionally cute dog, Lila, and the neighbours’ hydrangeas

now being even cuter

Lila, a chihuahua pog, now being even cuter

at the top of the driveway; I have been meaning to get myself some containers (water troughs) like that for the last, well, six years

at the top of the driveway; I have been meaning to get myself some containers (water troughs) like that for the last, well, six years or more…

Wine was on offer to the tour guests.

Wine was on offer to the tour guests.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

just around the corner into the back garden

just around the corner into the back garden

upper level of back garden, Allan's photo

upper level of back garden, Allan’s photo

Albizia 'Summer Chocolate', I believe, Allan's photo

Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate’, I believe, Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the upper level of the back garden; fascination without flowers

the upper level of the back garden; fascination without flowers

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

texture

plants

bloggers on upper and lower level

bloggers on upper and lower level

pure plant geek collection

pure plant geek collection

Loree told Allan that she weeds and grooms the garden with long tweezers!

a flower

a quirky flower

Allan managed to find some ferns.

Allan managed to find some ferns.

 plant admiration, Allan's photo

plant admiration, Allan’s photo

clever little container displays

clever little container displays

round

just as one steps down to the lower level

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

against the back fence, more troughs

against the back fence, more troughs

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; every sight of Lila makes me smile.

I am just going to squeeze onto the end of that bench in the shade!

I am just going to squeeze onto the end of that bench in the shade!

I sit and move my ankle and OUCH! a dangerous garden indeed.

I sit and move my ankle and OUCH! a dangerous garden indeed.

I got poked only twice; another blogger got blood on her white tennis shoe, and I will be sure to add her blog post about it here when it appears.

bright pots setting off the foliage

bright pots setting off the foliage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to my left as I sit on the bench, a raised patio under a metal roof

to my left as I sit on the bench, a raised patio under a metal roof

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Allan's photo, at the edge of the roofed patio

Allan’s photo, at the edge of the roofed patio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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There is much to contemplate while sitting.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking back at the upper level

looking back at the upper level

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a collector's paradise

a collector’s paradise

Across the lower level from the roofed patio, a trough with water

Across the lower level from the roofed patio, a trough with water

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; oh, look, there;s the “rebar plant” that died for me last winter. (Pseudopanax ferox, I believe)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At rest from the heat.

At rest from the heat.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Lila, Allan’s photo

from the side, a poached posed photo of Loree, her spouse, and that adorable dog.

from the side, a poached posed photo of Loree, Andrew, and Lila

You would think Loree would be in black leather with spikes; she looks so gentle compared to her garden.

after the photo.  I was smitten with this dog.

after the family photo. I was smitten with this dog.

bloggers similarly collapsed on the neighbours' shady lawn

bloggers similarly collapsed on the neighbours’ shady lawn

Next: another fabulous private garden with dazzling colour themes.

more about Danger Garden

1. article from apartment therapy

2. blog post from bell and star

3. slideshow from Portland Monthly

 

 

 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

Saturday Itinerary with times

Saturday Itinerary with times

map

map

McMenamins Kennedy School

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Here’a another garden where I was not at my best.  I was able to hobble all around the perimeter, but my mind was more on pain than photos.  However, I was thrilled to see a garden I’d never seen before and was filled with eager anticipation because the rest of the tour days would be private gardens, all but three of them completely new to us.

view from the bus as we arrived

view from the bus as we arrived

the front of the old elementary school, now a hotel and restaurant

the front of the old elementary school, now a hotel and restaurant

bloggers gathered in the shade by the front courtyard

bloggers gathered in the shade by the front courtyard; the weather was still blazing hot (in the 90s)

sun hat and monkey tree

sun hat and monkey tree

I sat in a courtyard chair in a great deal of knee pain and came up with a great fashion statement:  I wrapped the snazzy ace bandage (they come with velcro now!) that I’d gotten when I took my torn calf muscle (other leg!) around the outside of my jeans so I could keep adjusting the tension for comfort.

cutting edge fashion

cutting edge fashion

And then I began a long slow 3.5 block hobble around the building and its gardens, which take up the whole block (but I did not make it all the way round; took a shortcut through the back parking lot).  We were there for a full hour and I think the walk itself took me 45 minutes.

I did not examine the garden closely in the front of the building.

I did not examine the garden closely in the front of the building.

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in the front garden

in the front garden

along the south side of the building, sidewalk bordered by gardens

along the south side of the building, sidewalk bordered by gardens

Alliums caught my eye, of course.

Alliums caught my eye, of course.

on the sunny side

on the sunny side

Someone identified this plant for me, but I have forgotten.  I will ask on the fling Facebook page what it is.

Someone identified this plant for me, but I have forgotten. I will ask on the fling Facebook page what it is.

Scott of Rhone Street Gardens identified it:  Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

At the back of the parking lot was an impressive fenced kitchen garden.

At the back of the parking lot was an impressive fenced kitchen garden.

I felt I could not make it around to the gate, so I just stuck my camera through the fence.

I felt I could not make it around to the gate, so I just stuck my camera through the fence.

kitchen garden, I would imagine it supplies the restaurant

kitchen garden, I would imagine it supplies the restaurant.

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I think this might be chicory.

I think this might be chicory.

To save on walking, I cut across the parking lot instead of going round by the whole kitchen garden.  Here's the back entry of the building.

To save on walking, I cut across the parking lot instead of going round by the whole kitchen garden. Here’s the back entry of the building.

Matilija poppies in the back garden

Matilija poppies in the back garden (I think; they seem rather low)

parking lot curbside gravel garden

parking lot curbside gravel garden

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around to the shady side

around to the shady side

a glance back at the sun

a glance back into the sunny border

a bench! but it's occupied by a smoking break

a bench! but it’s occupied by a employee smoking break

side door....to sit on the steps? possibly would not be able to get up!!

side door….to sit on the steps? possibly would not be able to get up!!

Sympathy for all disabled walkers:  There might have been wheelchair ramp accessibility somewhere, but I never did see a way to get in to the building to use the restroom!

on the shady side of the front garden

on the shady side of the front garden

Let’s see what Allan’s McMenamins experience was like.

Allan’s photos:

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He does especially like ferns.

as you can see

as you can see

grasses with a hiding cat

grasses with a hiding cat

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sidewalk cat

sidewalk cat

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Surely Acer griseum (paperbark maple); I left mine, too big to move, behind in my old garden.

Surely Acer griseum (paperbark maple); I left mine, too big to move, behind in my old garden.

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method of attaching vine to wall

method of attaching vine to wall

a wall painting, says Allan

on the wall, says Allan

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I can see he did not make it into the kitchen garden.

When I got to the front again, the bloggers were just leaving for the walk to Danger Garden.  The organizers had made a plan to get the bus to take me, but the driver said she couldn’t, something about everyone or no one.  I am sure bus driver Andy (my beloved) from the day before would have found a way.  Not wanting a fuss, I said I could walk; I had just managed four blocks so surely I could make it do Danger Garden.

There they go!

There they go!

Oh dear.  Later Allan mapped the route and said it was near to half a mile.  (.39 miles)   I had to hang onto Allan’s shoulder to even step off a curb.

leaving the McMenamins garden

leaving the McMenamins garden

just pitiful

just pitiful

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a last look into McMenamins back parking lot

an attractive house along the way

an attractive house along the way

a grass-scape along the way

a grass-scape along the way

is THIS Danger Garden?? No, it's just on the way.

is THIS Danger Garden?? No, it’s just on the way.

Blogger Ann Amato-Zorich kindly walked back to see if we were managing to get there; we thanked her and sent her back to Danger Garden so she would not miss any of the one hour that was alloted to spend there.

approaching Danger Garden

approaching Danger Garden at last

too soft...must not quite be there yet

too soft…must not quite be there yet

parking strip sign

parking strip sign

Danger Garden at last!

Danger Garden at last!

You can guess what’s next in the blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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