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Friday, 26 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

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Lost Lagoon Farm, Sauvie Island

From the program: Jane Hartline and Mark Greenfield, Lost Lagoon Farm.  See what happened when two seasoned gardeners unleashed their energy and passion for gardening, wildlife and native plants on 3 acres on Sauvie Island.  A decade ago, we researched what plants were truly native to our land ecosystems, ripped out agricultural weeds around our 1/4 acre pond and planted more than 2,500 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns to provide habitat for songbirds, amphibians and other wildlife.  The self-guided tour of our habitat restoration project is the main event, but the gardens around our house are charming, with lots of interesting (non-native) plants and garden art, a rain garden, an awesome vegetable garden with a work space that will make you envious, and several cozy, verdant nooks for relaxing.

on the way into the garden

on the way into the garden

It was too hot for wearing wool coats.

It was too hot for wearing wool coats.

Because of the heat and extreme contrast from sun to shade, I’ve decided not to try to fix the contrast on the photos.  Walk with us; this is the experience that we had, back and forth from deep shade to blinding sunshine.

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Start Here: the walk toward the house

a woodsy approach

a woodsy approach

One of several shady sit spots.

One of several shady sit spots.

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The path becomes more formal.

The path becomes more formal.

We could go this way...but...

We could go this way…but…

We turn toward the barn.

We turn toward the barn.

another sit spot

another sit spot

I like the mulch of fallen cones.

I like the mulch of fallen cones.

the barn

the barn (Looking through, you can see the resting flock of sheep.)

Inside the barn, with a few of the chicken coop

Inside the barn, with a view of the chicken coop

chicken coop view

chicken coop view

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back to the shady path...well planted along the sides.

back to the shady path…well planted along the sides.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We are seeking the house.

We are seeking the house.

light at the end...

light at the end…

a bright circle

a bright circle

We turn right to inspect the kitchen garden.

delicious compost!

delicious compost!

tour goers and veg

tour goers and veg

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purple martin houses

purple martin houses on a tall pole

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

purple martin pictures: Allan's photo

purple martin pictures: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The weather was so hot that a jug of water by the veg garden workshed was hot like from a recently boiled teakettle.

Perhaps I exaggerate slightly.

Perhaps I exaggerate slightly.

tools in the kitchen garden shed

tools in the kitchen garden shed

work area

work area

artfully screened wall

artfully screened

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking across the lawn to the house

looking across the lawn to the house

lawn surrounded by garden

lawn surrounded by garden

a familiar shed

a familiar shed

We toured this garden on the Garden Conservancy tour in 2009.

photos from 2009

photos from 2009

Redwing blackbirds were all over this.

Redwing blackbirds were all over this feeder by the kitchen garden fence.

Small birds flew all around the house patio, where many feeders served them.  They flew up onto the roof when we approached.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (hats)

the patio

the patio

The birds decided it was safe to come down.

The birds decided it was safe to come down.

They kept a close eye on us.

They kept a close eye on us.

Ah...icy cold water

Ah…icy cold water

patio corner

patio corner

 

lemon tree

lemon tree

looking back toward the veg garden

looking back toward the veg garden

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

A path leads around the house.

A path leads around the house.

shrubs

 

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another example of a house with lovely, big garden embracing windows

another example of a house with lovely, big garden embracing windows

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in a side yard: native plants for sale...

in a side yard: native plants for sale…

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Darmera peltata (umbrella plant) is one that I do like to have in my garden.

Darmera peltata (umbrella plant) is one that I do like to have in my garden.

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tour guests

tour guests

We’ll now leave the house gardens and walk the self-guided tour of Lost Lagoon.  As we followed the path, we made every effort to take photos that will share the experience and information with you.  We were both impressed with the high quality of the information signs.

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raccoon

 

Allan's photo

 (Allan’s photo)

Raccoon Camp

Raccoon Camp

snags

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snags

path to Lost Lagoon

path to Lost Lagoon

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cottonwoods

oak

brush

warbler

Warbler Tree Bench

Warbler Tree Bench

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pollinator

turtle

turtle highway

turtle highway from the farmland irrigation ditch…

to the Lost Lagoon.

to the Lost Lagoon.

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Lost Lagoon

Lost Lagoon

nettles

wildlife

wildlife corridor

wildlife corridor

martins

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We continue around the lagoon.

We continue around the lagoon.

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view to the bridge from behind the pond

view to the bridge from behind the pond

As we continued our walk, we could see the Sauvie Island bridge. (This is slightly telephoto)

from the backside of the lagoon path: Sauvie Island bridge. (This is slightly telephoto)

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swaths

 

Allan's photo

viewing bench

viewing bench

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an idyllic life

an idyllic life

messy

prairie

The path goes under a weeping willow.

The path goes under a weeping willow.

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Looking back through the willow: magical

Looking back through the willow: magical

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tour guests view the lagoon

tour guests view the lagoon

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(Sorry all blurry, and the beaver lodge was too shady to photograph.)

(Sorry all blurry, and the beaver lodge was in shade too deep to photograph.)

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a bit about frogs

a bit about frogs

Having circled the lagoon, we return to the house.

Having circled the lagoon, we return to the house.

arbour at front of house

arbour at front of house

"Variegated climbing hygrandea!" said another tour guest.

“Variegated climbing hygrandea!” said another tour guest.

front door

front door

more of those enviable windows

more of those enviable windows

I think this is just a regular garage door, but painted...which I would like at our house.

I think this is just a regular garage door, but painted…which I would like at our house.

another bird feeder (Allan's photo) in an area with fewer tour guests

another bird feeder (Allan’s photo) in a front garden area with fewer tour guests

Joe Clifton was selling artwork near the Raccoon Camp

Joe Clifton was selling artwork near the Raccoon Camp

Joe Clifton

Joe Clifton: Allan bought a screwdriver flower sculpture, which would have been my pick, too.

Allan's photo

 Allan’s photo

birds on the Raccoon Camp fence

birds on the Raccoon Camp fence

As we drove out of the parking lot, we saw Todd driving in, and had a conversation through our vehicle windows.  He’d gotten a late start due to having to do watering back on the Peninsula, and was running one garden behind us.  Because Allan and I were not going to go to all five tour gardens, we had time to make a side trip to Cistus Nursery.  That will be a comparatively short bonus post tonight, since I hope, for my own sake, to get caught up to the present day before the end of summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

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We were up and in the hotel restaurant by 8:30 AM, ever so early for two night owls.  I had a look at Facebook on my phone and almost burst into tears of joy.  I could hardly speak to tell Allan what I saw without flapping my hands to hold back the tears.

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What a day: To begin with something so wonderful that in my 20s through 40s I never thought I would see in my lifetime, followed by garden touring, and visits to both Xera and Cistus nurseries, and closing with a lecture by Dan Hinkley.

We took our non freeway route out of Portland, heading back west down the same quiet industrial streets we had entered by last night.  Other than waiting for a long train to pass, we made good time and got to our destination only half an hour after the first garden opened.

the back roads of Portland

the back roads of Portland

our destination: Sauvie Island

our destination: Sauvie Island

Here we are just coming off the bridge onto Sauvie Island.

Here we are just coming off the bridge onto Sauvie Island.

Much of the island is farmland, both agricultural and horticultural.

Much of the island is farmland, both agricultural and horticultural.

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houseboats on the river channel

houseboats on the river channel

gravel barge on the river channel, heading to Portland

gravel barge on the river channel, heading to Portland

We arrived at our first garden, one that we had visited on the Garden Conservancy tour in 2009.

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend: Soule-Horn garden

from the program:  This is the home of George Soule and Joy Creek Nursery co-owner Maurice Horn, who will explore the evolution of this large rural island garden during his lecture on Saturday.  This country garden is located in what was once an oak savannah.  It has many borrowed views of distant mountains, oaks, hills, and a seasonal lake.  A formal knot garden near the house transitions to less formal garden rooms, terraces, and perennials borders, which transition to mown paths through open fields.  The original design was by Wallace Huntington.  Subsequent design and plant selections have been done by Sean Hogan and Maurice Horn.

The temperature was in the mid 90s, and the light glaring for photography.

By the field in which we parked, a neighboring farmer rents a space for beehives.

all abuzz

all abuzz

up the long driveway flanked with lavender

up the long driveway flanked with lavender

The driveway divides.

The driveway divides.

below the house

below the house (Allan’s photo)

to the right, a tropical island

a tropical island

Their tetrapanax was running vigorously.  I wish mine would (I think).

Their tetrapanax was running vigorously. I wish mine would (I think).

 the lower side of the house: a collection of plants

the lower side of the house: a collection of plants

approaching the house

along the left-hand branch of the driveway

to the left, over the lavender hedge

to the left, over the lavender hedge

(Allan's photo)

Allan’s photo

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We took the lower path to a stairway farther on.

terraced garden below the house

terraced garden below the house

the sloping garden

the sloping garden

detail

detail

Maurice and George had kindly arranged to have flocks of butterflies throughout the garden.

(Allan's photo)

Allan’s photo

(Allan's photo)

Allan’s photo

staircase going up (Allan's photo)

staircase going up (Allan’s photo)

pockets of shade beside the comfortably spaced stone steps

pockets of shade beside the comfortably spaced stone steps

Hebe 'Quicksilver' spilling over

Hebe ‘Quicksilver’ spilling over

further up the steps

further up the steps

The heat had addled my brain so that I did not take a photo of the elegant stairway.  Here is a photo from 2009, when the stairway garden was just being planted.

looking down

looking down

now: mature stairway plantings in shade

now: mature stairway plantings in shade

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

how to guide a clematis up a tree (Allan's photo)

how to guide a clematis up a tree (Allan’s photo)

looking down over the hillside garden

looking down over the hillside garden

at the top of the stairs

at the top of the stairs; the house is all windows onto the garden

the knot garden

the knot garden

exuberant plants contained within the knot garden

exuberant plants contained within the knot garden

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owner George, strolling with his dog

owner George, strolling with his dog

George and a tour guest (Allan's photo)

George and a tour guest (Allan’s photo)

past the knot garden

past the knot garden

some blissful shade

some blissful shade

intense contrast between sun and shade

intense contrast between sun and shade

The knot garden segues into informal gardens.

The knot garden segues into informal gardens.

Bees came from the hives, beyond the meadow, to drink from this birdbath.

Bees came from the hives, beyond the meadow, to drink from this birdbath.

We were told the ridged bottom keeps them from drowning.

We were told the ridged bottom keeps them from drowning.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

If we had entered the other way, we would have first come to patio terraces by the house.

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the same corner in 2009

the same corner in 2009

garden tour mingling

garden tour mingling

pots

on the terrace near the house

on the terrace near the house

design drawing

design drawing

map of house and garden

map of house and garden

snacks, cool water, George, and the beautiful windows (Allan's photo)

snacks, cool water, George, and the beautiful windows (Allan’s photo)

George and Maurice's adorable dog, Ricky

George and Maurice’s adorable dog, Ricky

Allan's photo. I was in love, as I am sure you can guess.

Allan’s photo. I was in love, as I am sure you can guess.

looking out over the field of green spires

view from the terrace: looking out over the field of green spires (pruned by deer)

meadow

We walked back toward the stairs we’d entered by, and passed the scree garden next to the knot garden.

scree garden

scree garden

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the other side of the knot garden

the other side of the knot garden

Crocosmia spilling over

Crocosmia spilling over

looking back at the knot garden

looking back at the knot garden

Maurice had recently turned part of the slope past the scree garden into a rockery.  As the owner of Joy Creek Nursery, he has a ready supply of the coolest plants.

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rockery

their favourite sit spot

their favourite sit spot

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rockerytree

the view

the view

I found my way down via the lawn rather than the stairs.

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intense sun as we go further afield

intense sun as we go further afield

downhill: a bed surrounding a small shed

downhill: a bed surrounding a small shed

behind the shed, a buddleia...

behind the shed, a buddleia…

...living up to its name, butterfly bush.

…living up to its name, butterfly bush.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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butterfly photos

butterfly photos

A rhodo for Steve and John

A rhodo for Steve and John

still further afield in the mown paths

still further afield in the mown paths

At the end of another path, access to Wapato State Park

At the end of another path, access to Wapato State Park, a bird watchers’ paradise

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

With no time to explore a state park as well, we turn back.

With no time to explore a state park as well, we turn back.

Many clever garden tourers carried parasols.

Many clever garden tourers carried parasols.

the lavender edges driveway from off in the fields

the lavender edges driveway from off in the fields

looking back on the fields

looking back on the fields

We must depart, although I would see so much more by walking around the house again.

We must depart, although I would see so much more by walking around the house again.

a garden by the driveway

a garden by the driveway

Bees buzzed beside us all the way down the lavender-edged driveway.

Bees buzzed beside us all the way down the lavender-edged driveway.

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What I learned the next day in a lecture by Maurice Horn:

The original garden design called for a belvedere.  (I had to google that.)

The windows go from knee height to over (most) human’s heights.

The house is all windows except for a central bathroom.

The garden has Buddhist iconography because George is a Buddhist.

The bolsters of shrubs are earth, the yellow and red flowers are fire, Hebe ‘Quicksilver’ is water.

Clematis integrifolia and viorn2 resist the root nibbling the moles that eat other clematis roots.

The window views remind him of Japanese woodblock prints that were in his childhood home.

Next: a wetland restoration garden

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