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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Allan at Bella Madrona

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I couldn’t get down the steep hills into the lower gardens of Bella Madrona.  Since Allan had been there once before, long ago, probably in 2006, he went all over the garden while I happily revisited  only the upper levels.

at the entrance to the service road

at the entrance to the service road

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the little koi pond

He found the little koi pond

and the brown bottle tree.

and the brown bottle tree.

and the stream under stones

and the stream under stones

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and the chain on the rock.

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Eryngium giganteum

Eryngium giganteum

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Allan says a lot of bloggers were admiring this tree, which was about 30 feet high.

Allan says a lot of bloggers were admiring this tree, which was about 30 feet high.

He thinks we don't have room for it, but maybe Steve and John do.

He thinks we don’t have room for it, but maybe Steve and John do.

He took this note of the name.  (??)

He took this note of the name. (??)

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lights on the trees

lights on the trees

bears breeches

bears breeches

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Allan also found this fellow.

Allan also found this fellow.

After his exploration of the artistically rich gardens between the service road and the central lawn, Allan found the woodland swing.

bus driver Andy on the swing

bus driver Andy on the swing

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Andy helps set Barbara up with the swing.

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Barbara’s blog:  BWise Gardening (Nashville)

and her trailer about the Bloggers Fling

And then he began his descent into the mysterious depths of Bella Madrona.

the wild edge of the hill

the wild edge of the hill

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down into the wilderness

down into the wilderness

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I remember this!

I remember this!

further down and farther in

further down and farther in

There's my favourite bus driver again.

There’s my favourite bus driver again.

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by the bog

by the bog

lower meadow

lower meadow

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the gnome woods

the gnome woods

Andy in the gnome woods

Andy in the gnome woods

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fungi

fungi

disturbing!  No wonder gnomes can have a bad name.

disturbing! No wonder gnomes can have a bad name.

Although some appear to be nice.

Although some appear to be nice.

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way down the hill in the bog

way down the hill in the bog

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danger tree?

danger tree?

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Allan did not get totally lost in the strange lower regions of Bella Madrona; eventually he did return to the more civilized upper levels and joined us for dinner and took a walk around the house to see the blue bottle tree.

For a more organized tour of Bella Madrona, see my visit in 2011.

And thus we come to the end of the Garden Bloggers Fling.  Next year, it will be in Toronto.  I very much doubt we will make that one….but maybe you will.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

wandering at Bella Madrona

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I have visited this wondrous garden twice before, once in 2006 and once in 2011, when I attempted to do a very organized description of how it fits together.

This time, my experience was more random and wandering and my gimpiness kept me to the upper levels. In fact, I am not going to do my usual compulsive organizing and explaining; I’ll post the photos as they were taken so just walk with me while I wander here and there and then sit with me and observe. Allan had his own wanderings and adventures so I’ll divide this post into two parts.

What makes me feel so gently amused and at peace here? The gardens do not feel designed, even though there are plenty of intricate and carefully structured features. It just feels like it grew this way.

We arrive at the back entrance.

We arrive at the back entrance.

entry pillar

entry pillar

the gardens await us

the gardens await us

My first wanderings are all around the south? side of the house and big central lawn.

diving in

diving in

stacked stone wall

shade

a glimpse of the bloggers' farewell gathering

a glimpse of the bloggers’ farewell gathering

steps to the house; I find a level path instead.

steps to the house; I find a level path instead.

I find a little pond that I remember.

I find a little pond that I remember.

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little pond, big fish

little pond, big fish

I miss the enormous mossy boulder in my old garden; it was as bigger than a lorry.

I miss the enormous mossy boulder in my old garden; it was as bigger than a lorry.

Several of us were photographing this display of small brown bottles.

Several of us were photographing this display of small brown bottles.

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The garden is so large that we drifted apart again.

rock

 

There's water under that rock.

There’s water under that rock.

rock

chain

chairs

chairs

conifers

rock

pot

pot

 

path

thing

chairs

bottles

I remember all these things almost as if I have been living here in a dream for the last three years.

chairs

shoe

chair

The paths become more formal nearer the lawn.

The paths become more formal nearer the lawn.

I stick to the wilder part.

I stick to the wilder part.

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pot

vines

tile

Oh, for some pillars for my bogsy woods!

Oh, for some pillars for my bogsy woods!

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pot

While I was not having a physically painful day, I found it hard to do the gentlest steps, so I wandered the paths that I remembered would help me avoid steps, even the easy ones by the water feature below. The garden had stayed in my memory well, probably from blogging about it. I have more detailed photos of this cool waterfall stream in my 2011 post.

at the top of the waterfall stairs

at the top of the waterfall stairs

I take another route

I take another route; this path must lead to the central lawn.

I don't want to stop wandering yet.

I don’t want to stop wandering yet.

not yet...

not yet…

back to the wilder spots

back to the wilder spots

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I have come round to the bottom of the waterfall steps.

I have come round to the bottom of the waterfall steps.

coolest water feature ever

coolest water feature ever

level path below

level path below

path

path

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where the land begins to slope downhill

where the land begins to slope downhill

stream

back past the waterfall steps

back past the waterfall steps

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I look at the path going downhill, but am pretty sure what used to be grass is now gravel, so I turn back to the level path below the central lawn. (Gravel can be slippy to walk on downhill. Later Allan tells me the service road took him down to the lower garden, but that was a route I did not know.)

the arches below the guest house

the arches below the guest house

or the stairs to the lawn

or the stairs to the lawn

this is the top of one of the paths from below

this is the top of one of the paths from below

I couldn't get down those steps today.

I couldn’t get down those steps today.

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arches

path to the guest house

path to the guest house

coming up from below

coming up from below

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There's the water closet.

There’s the water closet.

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I made it up the stairs!

I made it up the stairs!

a peek out onto the lawn

a peek out onto the lawn

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stuff

all kinds of ingredients

all kinds of ingredients

lawn

porch

at the edge of the lawn

at the edge of the lawn

guest house

guest house

Itea ilicifolia: must have

Itea ilicifolia: must have

diners above the lawn

diners above the lawn

food

What a spread of food!

What a spread of food!

on the table, more swag: free CDs by Pink Martini.  (upside down, sorry)

on the table, more swag: free CDs by Pink Martini. (upside down, sorry)

Pink Martini loves to perform in this garden, and the CD we are given has a song set here: In the Garden of Sampson and Beasley.

I found this beautiful article about the Sampson-Beasley wedding in the garden.

Two large dogs and two pug dogs have joined us on the lawn.

Two large dogs and two pug dogs have joined us on the lawn.

A pug named Olive gets some love.

A pug named Olive gets some love.

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more pug lovin'

more pug lovin’

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With a plate of delicious food, I find a place to sit just above the lawn.

my view

my view

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Then I decide I had better take an amble around the house gardens.

walk

gate to the parking lot

gate to the parking lot

chairs

ducks

I turn aside after taking a photo of these pretty ducks.

My good friend Sheila pointed something out to me when we were here in 2011.

My good friend Sheila pointed something out to me when we were here in 2011.

a window clipped in the hedge

a window clipped in the hedge

window

court

turning 180 degrees

looking back

looking back

hedge

chairs

 

I tell another blogger about the hedge window.

I tell another blogger about the hedge window.

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The ducks have gone to sleep.

The ducks have gone to sleep.

the greenhouse near the house

the greenhouse near the house

urn

yellow

the deck behind the house

the deck behind the house

patio

patio

patio

deck

by the main house

by the main house

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beside the house

beside the house

around to the front

around to the front

the front porch

the front porch

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I remember seeing on telly (maybe Mike Darcy’s In The Garden) how Sampson and Beasley decided that since they did not enter from the front gate, they would just rip out the front sidewalk to the porch and fill it with plants.

around the other side of the house

around the other side of the house

the memorable blue bottle tree

the memorable blue bottle tree

I instagrammed it.

I instagrammed it.

bottle

a new repair

a new repair

on the way back to the lawn again

on the way back to the lawn again

lion

birdbath

lawn

the guest house (or studio?)

the guest house (or studio?)

I go on more wanderings (hobbling rather slowly) because the light is so pretty.

Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangea aspera

aspera

back to the top of the waterfall stairs

back to the top of the waterfall stairs

I wanted to see this fellow again.

I wanted to see this fellow again.

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pavers

on the lawn again

on the lawn again

lawn

patio

the pug lovin' still going on

the pug lovin’ still going on

pug

lawn

Andy!

Andy!

The tall guy in glasses is my favourite bus driver, Andy. A bit earlier I had found him wandering the garden. He said he had found a really great swing and suggested I try it; I declined, but later I found Allan had got some fun pictures of Andy trying out the swing. (Next post.)

more wandering

more wandering

path

these things again

these things again

chairs

the most beautiful, perfectly warm evening imaginable

the most beautiful, perfectly warm evening imaginable

the bottles again

the bottles again

balls

The cord shows that these must light up at night.

Finally, I return to my seat above the lawn. The party is going on well past 6 PM as no one can bear to leave.

Andy and Mr. Beasley

Andy and Mr. Beasley

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We do eventually all depart on the buses and after getting back to the hotel, Allan and I made the two and a half hour drive home. But before I come to the end of the fling, next comes Allan’s adventures at Bella Madrona.

For Loree’s take on Bella Madrona, see her excellent post on Danger Garden (with a book recommendation that I must read). She resisted posting 100 photos, but I didn’t.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Floramagoria, part 2: the back garden

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We’ve visited the front garden; now let’s go around the shady side of the house to the back.

side

lovely clematis

lovely clematis

This is one of those gardens where it is so hard to explain how all the wonderful parts fit together.  I will try to make you feel like you have been there with us.

just inside the back garden

just inside the back garden gate

inside

pitcher plant raised display

pitcher plant raised display

pitchers

 

look closely

look closely

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

godzilla

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to the left

turning to the left

and as I turn, this is in a little shed to my left against the back wall of the house

and as I turn, this is in greenhouse to my left against the back wall of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The view of the garden has me absolutely gobsmacked, so I walk along the back wall of the house first.

gravel

against the house

wall with cactus display

to my right: a low wall with cactus display

cacti

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

straight ahead, a covered deck

straight ahead, a covered deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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flowers

to my right: just beyond the green wall that borders the house patio

Oh!

Straight ahead:  Oh!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

wall

Let’s focus on the details right behind the house before become overwhelmed by the garden.

deck

shelf or seating

shelf or seating

gnome

 

 

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Allan’s photo, garden host, center courtyard outside house

love the way the house opens onto the garden

love the way the house opens onto the garden

our host and his dog

our host and his dog

inside

inside (Allan’s photo)

what a beauty (Å)

what a beauty (Allan’s photo)

 

corner

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Looking from the house out into the garden

Looking from the house out into the garden (Allan’s photo)

out

 

on a corner of the low green wall (from previous photo)

on a corner of the low green wall (from previous photo)

 

one of these on each side of the low green wall

one of these is on each side of the center patio.  Note the inlaid carpet, lower right

like this

The pillars are placed like this.

Just beyond the little head pillars, one step down,  is the carpet inlay:

carpet

 

carpet

 

brugmansia

brugmansia

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

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gunnera leaf

gunnera leaf

 

frog

behind the fire area

wall

 

leaves

 

bamboo behind the wall

bamboo behind the wall

a good place to warm up after rain

a good place to warm up after rain

 

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

To our right as we face the fire is a big bamboo-roofed dining pavilion (thanks to the Garden Bloggers Fling website for helping me know what to call it!).   In researching what the structure might be properly called, I found out that the glorious Laura Crockett was instrumental in designing this garden.  Of course!  Her own garden was one of my favourites that I have ever toured.

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

the dining pavilion

the dining pavilion

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

cookies!

cookies!

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion looking toward the house

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

a candle pillar by the shade garden

a candle pillar by the shade garden

Beyond the pavilion, in the back corner of the garden, a huge sequoia provides shelter in a shady corner.

the giant sequoia

the giant sequoia

with a bubble machine

with a bubble machine

at the base of the tree

at the base of the tree

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

shady corner

shady corner

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

perfect for a hot day

perfect for a hot day

from the shade garden

looking from the shade garden to the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

Now on into the sunny gardens.  To our  right as we face the fire seating area are flower beds (out from the part of the house that has the greenhouse).  Here’s a little head pillar to orient yourself by:

beside the center patio

beside the center patio

a haze of pink

a haze of pink

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba and pink poppies

sanguisorba and pink poppies

ruffles and feathers

ruffles and feathers

pink

more pink on pink

more pink on pink

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

conifer cluster

conifer cluster

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

vane

blue

looking toward the house and the low green wall with cacti pots

Nigella (love in a mist)

Nigella (love in a mist)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The other side of this blue wall is the green wall of the shade garden.

The other side of this blue wall is the green wall of the shade garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

agave

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Melianthus major in a pot

Melianthus major in a pot

glass

looking across the center of the garden

glass

looking toward the house

looking toward the house

the cross view from one side of the garden to the other

the cross view from one side of the garden to the other

across

We’re going now to the other side (straight ahead in the above photo.  It would be to our left as we face the fire seating area.) The next part of the garden is below the covered deck with the memorable pool boy.

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just beyond previous photo

just beyond previous photo

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You can orient yourself by the little pillar heads; four closeups from above tableau follow:

looking toward the fire

looking toward the fire

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

looking toward the pavilion

looking toward the pavilion

close up from previous photo of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

close up of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

stepping into the side garden

stepping into the side garden

bamboo

looking out

looking out from the center patio

into a gold and orange themed garden area

into a gold and orange themed garden area

gold daylily and yarrow

gold daylily and yarrow

with bloggers galore

with bloggers galore

dahlias

 

path

the path to enter the gold and orange garden

bambooflowers

bambooSome painted bamboo is going to make its way into my garden.  I say that every year but this time I really mean that I am going to get around to it.  Really!

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

looking back toward the center of the garden

looking back toward the center of the garden

poles

and toward the back fence

and toward the back fence

flowers

flowers

shrubs toward the back fence

shrubs toward the back fence

looking toward the covered deck

looking toward the house

ruffled daylilies

ruffled daylilies

flowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed the many details of this back garden and have some idea of how it is arranged.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

Next, we’ll go around the corner of the deck for part three of our Floramagoria tour, what our host called “our farm area”.  You’ll get a buzz out of it.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

Floramagoria, part 1: the front garden

There were three gardens I was especially excited to see on the tour, two because I read blogs about them (Rhone Street and Danger Garden), and Floramagoria because I had heard it is wonderful and rarely has a garden open.

Because I like to put every single last detail of gardens I tour into our blog, so that I can relive the experience later, I have divided this garden into two (or maybe even three) sections, thus avoiding an entry with over 100 photos! You will understand when you see the back garden.

The front garden is “NW/Asian” in style and is five years old.

arriving at Floramagoria; Allan's photo

arriving at Floramagoria; Allan’s photo

front

along the driveway

front

dog sculpture

dog sculpture

woodsy front garden

woodsy front garden

bird draped with Japanese forest grass

bird draped with Japanese forest grass

raised fern display

raised fern display

I suggested to Allan that he do something like this to squeeze more ferns into his garden.

I suggested to Allan that he do something like this to squeeze more ferns into his garden.

daylily...a hint of brightness to come

daylily…a hint of brightness to come

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I found the front garden pleasant, but I knew the garden was about flowers. Allan did not know that as he had not read hints about it online, as I had. So he was quite content in the front garden, especially because of his love of ferns.

Allan’s photos:

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Fatsia 'Spider's Web" (he has one in his garden)

Fatsia ‘Spider’s Web” (he has one in his garden)

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a gentle adjustable limb brace

a gentle adjustable limb brace

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Allan was in fern heaven and I believe he thought that’s what the garden was all about…until he looked up and realized everyone else had disappeared and he wondered where we had all gone.

That’s when he came around the side and joined the rest of us in the back garden.

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Prepare to have your sock knocked off!

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

crossing one of Portland's many bridges.

crossing one of Portland’s many bridges.

Along many areas beside the city freeways, drifts of roses are planted.

Along many areas beside the city freeways, drifts of roses are planted.  (photo taken from the bus, of course)

John Kuzma Garden

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As soon as I saw this garden, I again wanted to tear up all of my grass (as is usual when I see a gravel garden).  One of the main thing that stops me is that we cannot get decomposed granite or even washed gravel.  The only gravel around here is full of “fines” and is not the proper sort for building a garden like this (as far as I know).

the bus arrives

the bus arrives and we are greeted by our host, John Kuzma

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Gravel drifts all the way to the street.

Gravel drifts all the way to the street.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front

As we arrived, it began to rain.

taking shelter by the front door

taking shelter by the front door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front porch, Allan's photo

front porch, Allan’s photo

the front garden

the front garden

Allan's photo, a rhodo for Steve and John

Allan’s photo, a rhodo for Steve and John

front

two

front

front

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Now…walking around the side of the house:

side garden

side garden

And into the truly enormous back garden:

entering the back courtyard

entering the back courtyard

an elegant water feature

an elegant water feature

water

water

against the house

against the house

in the center of the courtyard

in the courtyard

court

And now into the upper level of the back garden:

just a few steps up

just a few steps up; I’d hardly had to do any stairs all day.

upper

cactus

orange

The garden was big enough to let us spread out.

The garden was big enough to let us spread out.  Also so nice and level for my walking comfort.

orange

house

 

crevice

 

crevice garden

crevice garden

crev

crev

 

crevice

 

Allan's photo; I was smitten with his crevice garden idea.

Allan’s photo; I was smitten with his crevice garden idea.

The rain had begun to bucket down.

The rain had begun to bucket down.

I hustled to a shed at the back corner of the garden.

I hustled to a shed at the back corner of the garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

with a living roof

with a living roof

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shelter from the storm

shelter from the storm

I had to get back out for more photos.

foliage

Soon it seemed I was the only one who had stayed out in the garden.

urn

urn

gunnera toward the back of the garden

gunnera toward the back of the garden

a small kitchen garden

a small kitchen garden

leaves

looking back to the house

When I heard thunder and saw dramatic forked lightning strike on the other side of the house, I decided I had better get inside!

house

crev

a quick route via an unexplored area

a quick route via an unexplored area

rose, maybe Mutabilis

rose, maybe Mutabilis?

rose

 

Eucalyptus at the edge of the garden

Eucalyptus at the edge of the garden

I found the bloggers clustered on the back porch, donning garbage bags as rain gear.  One of the organizers had thought to bring them after seeing the forecast of thunderstorms.

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the donning of rain gear, Allan's photo

the donning of rain gear, Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

our host, Mr Kuzma

our gracious host, Mr Kuzma, who let us drip into his house for lunch if we so desired.

This was our lunch spot; the other bus would be dining at the Floramagoria garden at the same time.

This was our lunch spot; the other bus would be dining at the Floramagoria garden at the same time.

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view from the back porch

view from the back porch

stairs to the upper level

stairs to the upper level

Along with several other people, I went into the house to eat.

another delicious sandwich from Elephants Deli.

another delicious sandwich from Elephants Deli.

view from the kitchen window

view from the kitchen window; you can see one side of the upper back garden does not have stairs to enter.

kitchen view

kitchen view

kitchen view

kitchen view

front door view

front door view

view from the front porch

view from the front porch

In the house, garden designer Sean Hogan's plant encyclopedia (Allan's photo)

In the house, garden designer Sean Hogan’s plant encyclopedia (Allan’s photo)

During lunch, the contigent of California bloggers were talking about Instagram and one of them gave me a quick tutorial.  I had it on my phone but had only used it once and had not realized it had become such a big thing.

Then the bloggers fanned out into the garden to take photos, rain or no rain.  (It had almost stopped.)

after lunch

after lunch

With the rain stopped, I could finally take photos looking up.

With the rain stopped, I could finally take photos looking up.

flowers

up

up

And with my phone, I took and posted my first Instagram.

And with my phone, I took and posted my first Instagram.

Allan joined the other bloggers for a post-rain tour of the garden; photos below are all his:

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Xera plant tag

Xera plant tag

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Aw....I had this back in 2012.

Aw….I had this back in 2012.

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Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’, I believe, and a little rhodo

This is the sort of garden where I have no clue what most of the plants are.

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If I were twenty years younger…I might dig up every scrap of sod at home and find a way to get the right sort of gravel.  Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden is one of my favourite books. I had no lawn at my old garden and liked it, but even better I like the way the paths, courtyards, and plantings are as one in a garden like this.

I think that Robert Nold of The Miserable Gardener would love this one.

Next: Floramagoria, a garden which I have heard is rarely open for tours.

 

 

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Sunday's well-worn itinerary

Sunday’s well-worn itinerary

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.

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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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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. Allan says he was told the storm sewers backed up as high as the bottom step of the stairs by the sidewalk.)

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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)

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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!

Here’s Pam Penick’s ode to Rhone Street Gardens.

Here’s GardenBook on Rhone Street Gardens.

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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.

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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!

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