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Monday, 29 February 2016

Rain or shine, I was determined to plant lilies today, and (because the library is closed on Mondays) take some plants to the community building.  Happily, we got started in mild, non-windy, dry weather.

our garden

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some “Pam Fleming” grass

Pretty sure we got the above grass, to the left of the photo, from Back Alley Gardens when Pam was the brilliant plant buyer there.  Or, at least, she admired it in my garden.  Whatever it is, it was spectacular the first year, then disappeared for a year, and then all these seedlings came up.  While it may not be very perennial,  it will serve my purpose at the community building.

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nearby: gold hypericum underlaid with crocus

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one of the peonies I got from MaryBeth

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Allan digging out a couple of Fuchsia magellanica (the pale pink one)

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Hellebore ‘Golden Sunrise’ from Xera Plants

 

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Impatiens omeiana, the silver leafed one that I think I got from Xera, is spreading…

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as is this Impatiens omeiana which has finally gotten well established.

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Pulmonaria by the bogsy wood

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double hellebore

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My Smokey

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Tulips closed tightly in grey weather

 

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Pittosporum ‘Marjorie Channon’ from Debbie Teashon

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’

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hellebore

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hellebores black and white

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one of several dwarf conifers that I cannot name

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plants for the community building garden

A thought to remember: I must take a couple of different pulmonarias to the shade garden there!

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Ilwaco post office garden still looking dull.

I wonder why my garden looks so much more vibrant, even with bulbs, than this garden?

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a bit of colour in our post office garden

Ilwaco Community Building

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with grasses and sedums and libertia added

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Geranium macrorrhizum (a POLITE spreader) instead of kinnikinnick

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Allan’s photos, before, with blackened kinnikinnick

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and after

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Geranium macrorrhizum around the trees

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Most areas still are full of the dreaded quack grass roots.

Those white tough roots that go miles down into the clay soil are one reason I want clumping plants like the sedums, that can be lifted once a year and cleaned up, instead of a groundcover that gets just full of that grass like the kinnikinnick didd.

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Allan planted the Fuchsia in a sheltered nook.

We contributed to the community building garden two colours of Geranium macrorrhizum,  some Ranunculus ‘Brazen Hussy’, three kinds of large flowering sedums, Libertia, the grasses, poppy seeds, golden oregano, and the fuchsia.

Diane’s garden

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We planted violas and another pot of Stargazer lilies.

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Allan’s photo

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Narcissi

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We had an audience.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case is not open for the season yet.  Fred will sell bagged soil amendments and early violas by appointment.  We were after ten bags of Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost.

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Basket Case, Fred and Nancy’s front garden

Golden Sands Assisted Living

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on the way, going west on Cranberry Road

At Golden Sands, we planted lilies and a couple of Fuchsia magellanica starts.  The garden still looks so dull.  The Costco lily bulbs are much bigger than the pitifully small Fred Meyer lily bulbs.

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NW quadrant

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NE quadrant; wish the garden would hurry up.

Also planted a couple of heleniums from bags.  Two that I wanted, Moorheim Beauty and…another one.  Usually I never buy perennial plants in bags from a general store’s garden department, and yet I wanted these.  They looked pretty small and unpromising.

Anchorage Cottages

The Anchorage owners’ meeting is this coming weekend.  We added violas to the containers and detailed the garden.

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window box

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narcissi

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The Anchorage garden has stuff going on!

Maybe the reason the post office and Golden Sands are lacking is because I don’t spend money on the post office garden like I do my own…and Golden Sands has a low plant budget so I don’t add as many cool plants??  And yet I am sure I planted plenty of early tulips and narcissi at the post office.  Are they being picked? Are deer browsing early tulips?  I must look closer next time.  Maybe the difference is that my garden and the Anchorage have sheltered microclimates that encourage early flowering.

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Anchorage north wall garden

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Allan’s photo: a hardy fuchsia went in by the arbor, cut way back so it won’t look wilty for owners’ meeting

Depot Restaurant

Next we applied two bales of Gardner and Bloome at the Depot Restaurant garden.

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 Gardner and Bloome for fluffing. (Used to be called Soil Building Compost.)

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forgot to take an after photo because THIS started.

Mike’s garden

We were determined to mulch Mike’s garden, because otherwise the heavy bales would have to be stored at home and then reloaded.

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Mike’s garden, front path

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before

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after

The sky grew dark as dusk and we finished in a downpour.

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cold and unpleasant

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big drops of rain

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at home

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two mulching jobs erased from the work board!

I am pretty sure we will have tomorrow off, as this came to me via email, Facebook, and my weather apps:

HIGH WIND WARNING:

SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST
Areas Affected:
South Washington Coast
Effective: Mon 1:05 pm Updated: Mon 5:52 pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Tue 4:00 pm Severity: Severe Certainty: Likely

Details:

.A STRONG PACIFIC FRONT WILL PRODUCE STRONG WINDS ALONG THE SOUTH
WASHINGTON AND NORTH OREGON COASTS AND THE EXPOSED AREAS OF THE
ADJACENT COASTAL MOUNTAINS ON TUESDAY…WITH QUITE WINDY
CONDITIONS INLAND.
…HIGH WIND WATCH UPGRADED TO HIGH WIND WARNING…IN EFFECT FROM
6 AM TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND NORTH AND
CENTRAL OREGON COASTS…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY.
* WINDS: BEACHES AND HEADLANDS…SOUTH WIND 30 TO 40 MPH WITH
GUSTS 60 TO 70 MPH. COASTAL COMMUNITIES…SOUTH WIND 25 TO 35
MPH WITH GUSTS 50 TO 60 MPH.
* TIMING: WINDS WILL INCREASE FAIRLY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING AND
CONTINUE THROUGH A GOOD PART OF THE AFTERNOON.
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ASTORIA…TILLAMOOK…LINCOLN CITY…
NEWPORT…FLORENCE…RAYMOND…LONG BEACH…OCEAN PARK.
* IMPACTS: WINDS WILL LIKELY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ON ROADS
SUCH AS HIGHWAY 101 ALONG THE COAST…AS WELL AS FOR HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES SUCH AS TRUCKS AND VEHICLES PULLING TRAILERS.
THE WINDS MAY ALSO CAUSE TREE DAMAGE AND LOCAL POWER
DISRUPTIONS.

Information:

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

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That’s a long storm to go all the way from Ocean Park (north of Long Beach) to Florence.

Newport is the location of the beloved Sylvia Beach Hotel which will surely be creaking in the wind.

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Friday, 4 September 2015

With four days off because of the Monday holiday, I began a weekend of light garden puttering.  My goal, except for one excursion to the Saturday Market, was to not leave my property for four days.  Allan’s weekend story will be more scintillating, as he went boating twice (next two posts after this one).

While I was working on a not very impressive looking task (picking poppy seedheads into a bucket while sitting in a chair) Todd dropped by for a visit.  He told a tale of having driven across the Astoria bridge at the height of last Saturday’s storm to pick up some sunflowers for a wedding floral display.

plant talk: Allan's photo

plant talk: Allan’s photo

Todd collected seeds from the way cool Eccremocarpus scaber that Nancy got me from Annie’s Annuals, and we gave him an extra Annie’s Annuals catalog for reference.

more plant talk over the front fence (Allan's photo)

more plant talk over the front fence (Allan’s photo)

caterpillar (Allan's photo)

caterpillar (Allan’s photo)

Todd told us that when he worked on the display garden at Plant Delights (as the curator, no less!), he had to contend with poisonous snakes and caterpillars with stinging spines!

Allan put wires across the new arbour so that I could plant two vines there.

Later on Friday, Allan put wires across the new arbour so that I could plant two vines there.

My gardening verve had returned with cooler wetter weather.  I managed to dig up the sad, parched white sanguisorba from the front garden and move it to a back garden spot which gets much more water.

It's front left, very unhappy but will have a much better 2016.

It’s front left, very unhappy but will have a much better 2016.

After that, I had a planting spree and got several ladies in waiting into the ground.

Pittosporum in the front garden

Pittosporum in the front garden

from my friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside and of Kingston Henery Hardware.

from my friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside and of Kingston Henery Hardware.

another variegated pittosporum

another variegated pittosporum

Holboellia coriacea 'Cathedral Gem' got moved to this new and better home.

Holboellia coriacea ‘Cathedral Gem’ got moved to this new and better home.

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata 'Elegans' on the other side

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata ‘Elegans’ on the other side

two agastaches, one in front and one on the west side: 'Pink Pop' and 'Champagne'

two baby agastaches, one in front and one on the west side: ‘Pink Pop’ and ‘Champagne’

I’ve been waiting a long time for damp enough weather to plant this rhodo from Steve and John!  It’s next to that tree trunk.

R. 'Capistrano'

R. ‘Capistrano’

R. 'Capistrano'

R. ‘Capistrano’

At the end of the day of pleasant puttering, the sunset was especially lovely.

looking east from the front porch

looking east from the front porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the eastern sky

the eastern sky

east over the greenhouse

east over the greenhouse

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a wash of pink

a wash of pink

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo from the bogsy wood

Allan’s photo from the bogsy wood: Note at the top, a dangerous loose branch just sort of cradles there.  That will be dealt with this weekend!

looking east on Lake Street

looking east on Lake Street

back garden right after the pink faded from the sky

back garden right after the pink faded from the sky

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Allan left at a shockingly early hour to be at a boating event in Ocean Shores, over two hours away, by 9 AM.  (Tomorrow’s post!)

I made my weekly trip to the Saturday Market to get some photos for Discover Ilwaco.  This time, I was rewarded with a delicious meal given to me by Anthony of Blue Collar Eats, who likes the photos I’ve been taking of his booth.

Our friend Joe, Jenna's son, was sous chef in training.

Our friend Joe, Jenna’s son, was sous-chef in training.

Anthony De Luz

Anthony De Luz

Blue Collar Eats

Blue Collar Eats

a delicious meal at the market

a delicious meal at the market

Don Nisbett's hanging basket...battered by the storm but still going. (The other one was a goner.)

Don Nisbett’s hanging basket…battered by the storm but still going. (The other one was a goner.)

The baskets at the port office re-hung after being sheltered behind the building during the storm.

The baskets at the port office re-hung after being sheltered behind the building during the storm.

newly planted flowers by Purly Shell Fiber Arts

newly planted flowers by Purly Shell Fiber Arts

On the way home, I was pleased to see a bit of water in the pond at the back of the Lost Garden.

I wish the kids that had made that fort would clean up the debris before the pond fills up again.

I wish the kids that had made that fort would clean up the debris before the pond fills up again.  (It blew apart and into the pond in a later winter storm.)

I had gotten distracted at the Pink Poppy Bakery market booth by a conversation with Maddy about how it had been an exceptionally windy summer.

I had brought back this delicious pound cake which I saved to share with Allan in the evening.

I had brought back this delicious pound cake which I saved to share with Allan in the evening.

In the afternoon, I did a whole bunch of small extensions of garden beds in the back garden.

before and after

before and after

another slightly expanded bed

another slightly expanded bed

and a weeded patch; I finally had a day with low enough wind to weed by the bogsy wood!

and a weeded patch; I finally had a day with low enough wind to weed by the bogsy wood!

Sunday, 6 September 2015

We had had this much glorious rain overnight, meaning that we would not have to water the planters until Wednesday!

a wonderful rain

a wonderful rain

Passiflora in the garden (Allan's photo)

Passiflora in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Allan got a rope over the danger branch that was caught in a tree.  I was busy digging up and transplanting plants in the front garden so I missed this event although I did hear the crash when the branch came safely down.

rope over the danger branch

a string to lift the rope over the danger branch

winch hooked to the most stable thing, the water boxes!

winch hooked to the most stable thing, the water boxes!

branch coming down

branch coming down

It was a big one and had been poised over a bed that needs weeding.

It was a big one and had been poised over a bed that needs weeding.

That reminds me of a passage I just read in an excellent book:

Shelter, by Sarah Stonich

Shelter, by Sarah Stonich

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Allan says our rechargeable battery saw is much better than hers, and it is a boon to have a quiet saw to use at resort jobs where we can’t be hauling out a screamingly loud chainsaw (if we even had one).

Allan helped me get the decorative crab pots repositioned by the front arbour.

before: held up with rebar, and with a narrow space that would be hard to weed

before: held up with rebar, and with a narrow space that would be hard to weed

after: All nicey nice and they don't need rebar any more.

after: All nicey nice and they don’t need rebar any more.

The one on the other side can't be moved yet as it has sweet peas growing through it.

The one on the other side can’t be moved yet as it has sweet peas growing through it.

dug up and transplanted some huge plants, including Thalictrum 'Elin'

dug up and transplanted some huge plants, including Thalictrum ‘Elin’; divided half out to share with Todd, along with some sanguisorbas.  A productive afternoon.

I moved Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’ to where the Thalictrum had been, and planted the Thalicturm divisions back in a moister part of the back garden.

In the evening, we had a campfire.  Fortunately, Allan’s Monday boating trip would not require rising at 7 AM.

The rain made the wood damp and slow to start.

The rain made the wood damp and slow to start.

success and sausages

success and sausages

left: buttered and salted corn on the cob wrapped in foil, roasted for six minutes per side

left: buttered and salted corn on the cob wrapped in foil, roasted for six minutes per side

fire with the lights from the port in the background

fire with the lights from the port in the background

I briefly gazed upon those lights with a feeling of mild annoyance instead of the mild affecton of previous years, because it is one of the two businesses that would not let us use their hose for the curbside gardens this summer.  It’s going to take me a long time to get over that, apparently.  (“I’m quite fond of my grudge.  I tend it like a little pet.” —Liane Moriarty in Big Little Lies.  That quotation amuses me but I am really not fond of a grudge.  It was just an infuriating long dry summer.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of the smoldering ashes

Monday, 7 September 2015

Mary looking especially cute.

Mary looking especially cute.

Smokey being cute, as well.

Smokey being cute, as well.

J9 came over and picked some tomatoes and we had a visit.

J9 came over and picked some tomatoes and we had a visit.

I did quantities of edging.  I love edging.

front path, before and after

front path, before and after

My neighbour, Onyx, strolling through the garden

My neighbour, Onyx, strolling through the garden

stalked by Smokey

stalked by Smokey

I finally got my last two shrubs-in-waiting planted.

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In a most imperfect spot, as I have run out of perfect showcase spots.

In a most imperfect spot, as I have run out of perfect showcase spots.

It's behind this fennel, which I can't cut down as it is a "stop the eye" plant near the edge of the garden.

It’s behind this fennel, which I can’t cut down yet as it is a “stop the eye” plant near the edge of the garden.

Hydrangea 'Cityline Rio' got a much better spot, front and center on the north side of the house.

Hydrangea ‘Cityline Rio’ got a much better spot, front and center on the north side of the house.

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Cityline Rio stays quite small.

Cityline Rio stays quite small.

When Allan got home from his latest boating trip, he just had time to offload his boat before we departed for a special dinner at the Depot Restaurant:  their annual Labor Day special of ribs and corn.

The Depot Restaurant, from our favourite table at the end of the bar

The Depot Restaurant, from our favourite table at the end of the bar.  Chef Michael talks with diners at the Chef’s Table

the wine of the evening

the wine of the evening

ribs, corn, cornbread, beans (Allan's photo)

ribs, corn, cornbread, beans (Allan’s photo)

Allan's salmon with mushroom sauce

Allan’s salmon with mushroom sauce

sorbet duo

sorbet duo (Allan’s photo)

peach cobbler!

peach cobbler!

As you might guess, I felt for the rest of the evening like I had overindulged.  (Allan’s choice of the light sorbet duo was wiser but possibly less delicious.)  Every scrumptious morsel was worth it, though.

Next: a couple of posts about boating!  I’m looking forward to reading about Allan’s weekend excursions.

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

a side trip to Cistus Nursery on Sauvie Island

We were skipping two of the tour gardens today so that we would have time to visit two nurseries.  The first was one of my all time favourites, Cistus on Sauvie Island.

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much rejoicing at our arrival at Cistus

much rejoicing at our arrival at Cistus

We rarely get to this nursery as it is over a two hour drive from our house.

driveway between two display gardens

driveway between two display gardens

plant nerd crossing

plant nerd crossing

This is the plant nerd crossing from sales area to parking lot, from my passenger window.

This is the plant nerd crossing from sales area to parking lot, from my passenger window.

The display garden is full of plants I cannot easily identify.

The display garden is full of plants I cannot easily identify.  Acacia, I think.

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grasses

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So far, this is only in the display garden along the parking lot.

by the (by now very welcome) sanicans

by the (by now very welcome) sanicans

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On early springtime visits, I have been able to walk up this path.

On early springtime visits, I have been able to walk up this path.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

A saw a white spot; it was one of the shop cats, hiding from the sunshine.  (I had to walk in to say hi.)

A saw a white spot; it was one of the shop cats, hiding from the sunshine. (I had to walk in to say hi.)

Eryngium: Allan's photo

Eryngium: Allan’s photo

Eryngium: Allan's photo

Eryngium: Allan’s photo

entering the main greenhouse

entering the main greenhouse (Allan’s photo)

so happy to be there!

so happy to be there!

in the Big Top

in the Big Top

Allan didn't get much further than the succulents area at first.

Allan didn’t get much further than the succulents area at first.

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Solanum quitoense: I used to have one and wish I still did.

Solanum quitoense: I used to have one and wish I still did.

Solanum quitoense

Solanum quitoense, such cool thorns

I could not purchase large plants, because we would have to lug them up to our hotel room for the weekend; it would be too hot to leave them in the van.

Oooh, I love brown flowers.  This was small, so I bought it.

Oooh, I love brown flowers. This was small, so I bought it.

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more cool plants

more cool plants

 I would have bought so many more if we were on our way home.

Acacia pravissima.

Acacia pravissima.

Oh, how I want that Acacia again.  I had it, in a pot, in my old garden, till a bunch of snow slid off the roof (a most unusual snowstorm) and crushed it.  This one was too darn big to buy and lug to the hotel room.

out of the Big Top into the sunny nursery

out of the Big Top into the sunny nursery

This I've had twice, and it's died twice.  This time, I resisted it.

This I’ve had twice, and it’s died twice. This time, I resisted it.

Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon'.  I almost succumbed.

Pittosporum ‘Marjorie Channon’. I almost succumbed.

This reminds me that I must check and see how my Rhomneya is doing in the back garden...

This reminds me that I must check and see how my Rhomneya is doing in the back garden…

Albizia 'Summer Chocolate'...too big for this trip.

Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate’…too big for this trip.

I'm thinking of going much more drought tolerant in my front garden....Hmmm.

I’m thinking of going much more drought tolerant in my front garden….Hmmm.

I did buy a manageably sized Fremontodendron!

I did buy a manageably sized Fremontodendron, which will fit in the hotel room.

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zonal denial, perhaps

one of the plant sections

one of the plant sections

More Tetrapanax...

More Tetrapanax…

Perhaps my front garden could look like this.

Perhaps my front garden could look like this.

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the big chicken that is the host of summer barbecues.

the big chicken that is the host of summer barbecues.

behind the sales desk

behind the sales desk

Next time I hope to be able to buy some Really Big Plants!

Next time I hope to be able to buy some Really Big Plants!

Next: Our third tour garden of the day.

 

 

 

 

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