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Saturday, 21 May 2016: Allan’s day

warning: The following content may be limited in variety as there are only a few different shots available. When you got to keep up with the group and the group consists  of identical looking red boats, camera fiddling just slows you down.

I had been looking forward to this trip for months. West Cast Sailing, who had sold me my boat was inviting everyone with similar Hobie boats to an afternoon sailing around Ross Island in Portland Oregon. Picnic provided and over fifteen boats had RSVP’d. “It looks like we will have good wind and a low probability of rain.” The owner of the shop, Peter McGrath, had confirmed all around and I was looking forward to learning, looking around and fun as sailing kayaks are scarce around here.

The event was at Willamette Park in Portland. The plan was to sail around Ross Island and return for socializing. The computer said about two and a third hour trip, the GPS for the car said three and a third hours. SO, I believed the car’s GPS and set out really early. As I cruised past Hillsboro, just west of Portland, it showed I still had over an hour to go. I backed out the screen’s view. I was headed to Willamette Park in Corvallis, south of Salem. The Portland park of the same name wasn’t listed. I reprogrammed it to Ross Island Grocery Store which would  get me close and presto,  now I was going to be an hour early. Yay. Wish I had brought a paper map.

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Portland (the rose city) features roses heavily in their landscaping such as this freeway ramp

 

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Setting up forty minutes early should make me on time when they start

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A delightful audience of a young boy full of questions and observations as I expertly fuddled about. All was good except an outrigger is installed backwards (a training wheel to the little guy).

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A wooden dory with leather oarlocks, and a good sail boat to boot. I would have loved to listen more as he explained it to the fellow with the brown shoes but the party was beginning.

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Carl and Connie had just arrived from the tri-cities, about 220 miles away, a day trip that humbled my 85 mile trip.

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He brought his new two passenger  model (with the comfy seats).

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A home modified version  of a similar trailer we use for Tangly Cottage Gardening.

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Our host Peter  (in the back), and his guest, Carl & Connie in the middle red boat …and that was it. The rest canceled partly because showers were predicted.

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I was putting the wheels away (I now see that they can ride behind), and guess who was going to be last in?

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A trampoline is handy for phones and strong enough for people or crab pots.

Julez from the Salt Hotel told me before I left: “What makes an adventure is when things go wrong.”

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A Canadian goose is first out

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Leaving the dock by foot power

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Heading off. Carl on the left using the new spinnaker, Peter sailing, and I’m about to head for the beach to flip around the outrigger.

The wind was so light we all went about 4 mph no matter what. Carl put up two sails and I pedaled harder. Peter just sailed. His shop has a wide array of small sail boats but these are the only ones with built in pedal drives. That feature allows sloppy sailing techniques for the rest of us. He’s been sailing almost weekly since his teens. I pedaled, sailed hard and caught up with him so I could shadow him and learn. “How do you know where to head without a wind vane?” “I’m a wind ninja” Ah. more practice is needed.

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Connie with her phone on a stick camera. Carl now has both sails up. We’re still all together.

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Ross Island is a rock processing site. Couldn’t really explore as I had to keep up.

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Rounding the top of Ross Island near the Hwy 26 Ross Island bridge. The Tilikum Crossing is behind it.

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The wind was much stronger on this side of the island

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Kayakers under the Tilikum Crossing, the largest car free bridge in the country.

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I barely got my camera ready in time to catch this fast paddler with an outrigger.

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A fireboat quietly went by on its way to a kayak gathering up north.

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Peter giving the ‘thumbs up’ as I might be able to share this good pic with him later. My better camera was back in its bag after refusing to snap pics.  I found out later that it recorded a useless ten minute movie instead. It’s busy out there!

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Connie taking my picture after I ran parallel with them on the last stretch

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Peter heading off while the fire boat displays for a kayak event up north. It even briefly sprayed a red white and blue pattern.

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Peter mixing with his own kind and a fishing boat on the right.

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A tourist boat glided by among all the little boats.

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Keeping up as we headed back to the launch. Note the wet sail. Nothing says fast like lots of water splashing in your face. The newer boats have designed out a lot of the splashy fun.

A forty-six second video of Carl & Connie sailing can be seen here.

With just one person and 64 percent of their sail area I felt pretty good about keeping up. Nine mph felt fast because of the wind and spray.

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Packing up for a long ride halfway across the state. My boots also were filled with water.

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One way around Ross Island

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The Portland Aerial Tram went by overhead. First time I became aware of its existence.

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Tree bases are set in stone with car / bike / people deflector stones on either side.

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Must be art on poles. I looked it up and it’s called Inversion Plus Minus

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Whump! A gale blew in so suddenly I saw a convertible on the shoulder working on getting the top up – quickly.

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Sunset over the Columbia from Astoria’s Maritime Museum.Back to the quiet local waterways and home.

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Saturday, 27 July 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

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Adams-Sirchie garden

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We parked about a block away and crossed a busy street and inched (me; my companions strode) on foot carefully along a narrow verge to turn in to a dead end street just by a sharp curve in the road.  Fortunately, traffic cones were set up and a sign to warn drivers to slow down.  The garden was at the end of the dead end street.

getting there: Allan's photo

getting there: Allan’s photo

down a long dead end street

down a long dead end street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

By the time we got there, we were rushed for time, through no one’s fault but ours for not pacing ourselves better.  The garden was wonderful, especially inspiring for having been created from a blackberry hillside, and I would have gone around three times and explored every corner if I had time.  I am so mad at myself that I did not remember to find the “poodle pavilion”.

I didn't follow the arrow (oops) but went up these easy steps instead.

I didn’t follow the arrow (oops) but went up these easy steps instead.  Didn’t notice the arrow till I saw this photo!

I was hoping Allan’s photos would show the other way up, but they don’t, so I missed seeing that whole area of the slope.  Darn 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

partway up, colour echoes

partway up, colour (and shape) echoes

people going up the way the arrow suggested

people going up the way the arrow suggested

up another level

up another level

a splash of water

a splash of water

many paths to explore

many paths to explore

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

water

guest

refreshing cool beverage at the top level

refreshing cool beverage at the top level (is that the poodle palace?)

rock

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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looking back down some steps that I might have come up had I followed the arrow.

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Allan’s photo, at the back of the house up against a steep hill

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hosta

house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a sit spot around the back of the house

a sit spot around the back of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shade

bowl

Having come round to the other side of the house...

Having come round to the other side of the house…

and a work area (always something me and my good friend Sheila look for in a garden).

and a work area (always something me and my good friend Sheila look for in a garden).

the kitchen garden

the kitchen garden (not sure what the white thing is!)

kitchen garden, on the other side of the house from the stairs I went up

kitchen garden, on the other side of the house from the stairs I went up

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glass

having come full circle to the driveway

having come full circle to the driveway

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A beautiful stem (Todd and Allan photo)

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down the driveway to the street

down the driveway to the street

I recall that around this time I DID notice the arrow to where we were supposed to enter, and I thought I should walk round to see that lower corner of the garden, and then I looked at the time and realized we had to get on to the next garden.  I wish I could have spent another half hour exploring the Adams-Sirchie garden.

We hustled up the dead end street toward the busy curve and back to Todd’s truck, as it was 4:19, the tour ended at 5, it would take several minutes at least to get back to the truck, and we still had Tom Fischer’s garden to see.

Along the dead end street, someone had done a planting right on the edge, with some solar lights, and we all marveled that it did not get driven over.  Todd thought it might have been created by the owners of the garden we had just toured; looking at the photo, I think it is by the owners of the pretty picket fence garden.  I find it miraculous it is not driven over; what a good bunch of neighbours.

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Allan’s photo

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

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Here's a pretty garden that is either across from or somewhere on the way to the De Sousa garden

Here’s a pretty garden that is either across from or somewhere on the way to the De Sousa garden

JJ & Jose De Sousa garden

from the program:  While our garden has two distinct personalities, cool and shady in front and hot and dry in the back, it is all about entertaining!  We have a few dining rooms, a few lounges and a few living rooms to seat up to 66 people in colorful comfort!  Several level changes create intentional spaces for entertaining and lounging while taking in the eclectic assortment of plant material and art.  Agave and olive trees highlight the back while huge hostas, exuberant coleus, and orange begonias fill in the front.  Orange is the color of the day and it is intentionally and liberally placed throughout the garden, to tie everything together, and to create a unified space that is as fun to be in as it is to look at!

You can see many more photos of this garden, and a more complete tour, and compare last year with this year, if you read about our visit to it in July of 2014.

the carrot gate

the carrot gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the front garden patio

the front garden patio

looking down from the front garden patio

looking back to the gate across  the front garden patio

looking down on the entry walk and mossy bench

looking down on the entry walk and mossy bench

looking across the entry walkway

looking across the entry walkway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

corner

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

cheers

in the front garden

in the front garden

around to the side garden

around to the side garden

I asked Todd what this was because I covet it and of course, I immediately forgot the answer.

I asked Todd what this was because I covet it and of course, I immediately forgot the answer.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo looking back at the back garden’s entrance

entering the back garden

entering the back garden

I get dizzy on stairs without railings, so just like last time, I did not go up to the deck.

I get dizzy on stairs without railings, so just like last time, I did not go up to the deck.

I also get dizzy up high without a railing so that deck is not for me.

I also get dizzy up high without a railing so that deck is not for me.

I delegated Allan to take deck photos and sat in the outdoor living room with couches...

I delegated Allan to take deck photos and sat in the outdoor living room with couches…

and a fire pit...

and a fire pit…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and looked up at the deck.

looking up at the deck.

Todd sat, too, after his exploration of the upper level.

Todd sat, too, after his exploration of the upper level.  It was in the 90s, even though the day was blessedly overcast.

He thoughtfully commented on the possible combination of a glass of wine and a tumble off the deck.

He thoughtfully commented on the possible combination of a glass of wine and a stumble.  I’m so clumsy I’d be afraid to have a glass of wine up there; I know i’d tip right over the edge.

one of the plants I could admire from the lower level

one of the plants I could admire from the lower level

below the deck

below the deck

Here are Allan’s photos taken to give me, and you, a virtual tour of the deck itself.  (I think that all of JJ and Jose’s friends must be agile like mountain goats.)

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I sure wish a nursery around here carried these.  I had them one year and just loved them.

I sure wish a nursery around here carried these. I had them one year and just loved them.

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Digs Inside and Out, JJ's business

Digs Inside and Out, JJ’s business

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Thanks, Allan!  I feel almost like I got to go up there, without the embarrassment of having to ask for help getting back down again. (Next time I am determined to go up there, even if I have to ask for help.)   It is true that I was mentally urging Allan to hurry and rejoin us, because I was getting anxious; time was slipping by and we still had two more gardens to see!

 

 

 

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

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Wright garden

wright

from across the street

from across the street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The garden provides privacy from a busy street and a bar and other businesses.

The garden provides privacy from a busy street and a bar and other businesses.

in the curbside garden

in the curbside garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Every time I go garden touring in Portland, I remember that of all my Eryngiums, I still do not have Miss Wilmott's Ghost.

Every time I go garden touring in Portland, I remember that of all my Eryngiums, I still do not have giganteum.

By the time I remember, it's always gone from the nurseries I visit.

By the time I remember, it’s always gone from the nurseries I visit.

(If anyone wants to send me seeds, my address is Tangly Cottage, PO Box 278. Ilwaco, Wa 98624 😉  )

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curbside garden

curbside garden

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

I think Todd told me what this is, but I have already forgotten.

I think Todd told me what this is, but I have already forgotten.

plant appreciation

plant appreciation

between sidewalk and house foundation

between sidewalk and house foundation

at the garden entry

at the garden entry

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

arching fronds over the entry way

arching fronds over the entry way

steps

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

entering the garden (Allan's photo)

entering the garden (Allan’s photo)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

into the garden

into the garden

by the back porch

by the back deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

A roughly U shaped path guides people around the garden.

A roughly circular path guides people around the garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at the back of the garden

at the back of the garden

 

the center bed

to my left: the center bed

further along

further along

To my right, I spy a little work area tucked in, always of interest.

To my right, I spy a little work area tucked in, always of interest.

the corner with the pagoda

the corner with the pagoda

hosta in the shade

hosta in the shade

looking back from the pagoda

looking back from the pagoda

by the pagoda, against the fence, just the kind of bamboo that I want...

by the pagoda, against the fence, just the kind of bamboo that I want…

with fabulous stripes...

with fabulous stripes…

that alternate with each section.

that seem to alternate with each section.

densely planted

densely planted

overhead

overhead

another shady corner

another shady corner

another perfect hosta

another perfect hosta

coming up the other side of the path

coming up the other side of the path

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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on the back deck

on the back deck

looking out into the garden from the deck

looking out into the garden from the deck

I decide to take another stroll around the garden.

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Allan went up onto the front porch that overlooks the street.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

outside: busy city streets

outside:  city streets

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

back to the sidewalk garden

back to the sidewalk garden

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red

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green

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another eryngium

another eryngium

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white

by the stairs

by the stairs

succulent

looking back from the corner

looking back from the corner

used to have this alstroemeria, saw it at Xera yesterday, did not buy it, wish I had...

used to have this alstroemeria, saw it at Xera yesterday, did not buy it, wish I had…

I could happily have gone all around this garden again, but we had three more gardens to see and time was ticking away.  Next:  We revisit the JJ De Sousa garden, which we also saw during last year’s Garden Bloggers Fling.

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

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Saturday, June 27 2015:  Schweppe garden

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Allan's photo, from the street

Allan’s photo, from the street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

entering by the front driveway

entering by the front driveway

I walked up the driveway and saw this gate but decided to go round the other way.  This is the gate by which we eventually exited.

I walked up the driveway and saw this gate but decided to go round the other way. This is the gate by which we eventually exited.

a hedge of Lonicera 'Hedge Hog'.  I love the name of it, and I love golden boxleaf honeysuckle, so I want this plant.

a hedge of Lonicera ‘Hedge Hog’. I love the name of it, and I love golden boxleaf honeysuckle, so I want this plant.

a volunteer hellebore by the front porch

a volunteer hellebore by the front porch

water

front garden fountain

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front garden windowbox

front garden window box

barberry hedge in front garden

barberry hedge in front garden

Paris podophylla

Paris podophylla

At the corner of the house, the Paris podophylla stopped me in my tracks.  Fortunately, Todd was right behind me and was able to ID it immediately, and I then saw one of the gardeners’ good ID tags.

acquired from Heronswood

acquired from Heronswood

I remembered that it had been my list of top plants to acquire after seeing it in a slideshow by Dan Hinkley, and that I had ordered it from Heronswood and…then what?  It got lost somewhere in the move from my old house.  I MUST have it again.

Todd communing with the plant.

Todd communing with the plant.

looking out into the front garden

looking out into the front garden

We walked up the side of the house to the paradise of a small back garden.  The 50X100 foot lot is the size of my old garden in Seattle, and I remember what it was like to just have narrow side yards.

coming around the side, peeking through the sun porch into the back garden (Allan's photo)

coming around the side, peeking through the sun porch into the back garden (Allan’s photo)

the back garden

the back garden

in the back garden, a shady sit spot and outdoor shower

in the back garden, a shady sit spot and outdoor shower

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

head

hydrangea

quicksilver

bamboo

corner of the back garden

astrantia

astrantia

astrantia and bee

astrantia and bee

I suggested to Allan that he make me a water feature like this.

I suggested to Allan that he make me a water feature like this.

It emerged from the shady corner.

It emerged from the shady corner.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo  (I hope he was thinking deep thoughts about this.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of the balanced wind art

birds

Todd and Allan

Todd and Allan (perhaps discussing how to construct that water feature)

the garage wall behind the umbrella

the garage wall behind the umbrella

cabinet on garage wall

cabinet on garage wall

shelf with pots behind the umbrella nook

shelf with pots behind the umbrella nook

umbrella

a deck overlooks the garden

a deck overlooks the garden

sunporch overlooking the garden

sunporch overlooking the garden

looking diagonally toward a sunny corner

looking diagonally toward a sunny corner

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potting bench

potting bench

Another tour guest said she had never seen borage this tall.  (You can use the pretty little blue star shaped flowers as a garnish on soup or salad.)

Another tour guest said she had never seen borage this tall.

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bee

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inside the back gate

inside the back gate

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the inside of the gate by which we exited

the inside of the gate by which we exited

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the door fitting the arch

As we departed, we paid attention to the curbside garden.

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at the curb

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of  another way to highlight mondo grass

view across the street to a neighbour's garden

view across the street to a neighbour’s attractive garden

(Maybe to get a gardening neighbour, I need to just pick up and move to a new home with at least three good gardens in close proximity!)

Todd asking for a plant ID

Todd asking for a plant ID

If Todd, the former display garden curator at the famous Plant Delights Nursery, doesn’t know the name of a plant, I most certainly won’t!

looking back at the luscious paradise

looking back at the luscious paradise

a thoughtfully placed "garden advance" bench along the street

a thoughtfully placed “garden advance” bench along the street

 

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

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There may be nothing I love or envy more than a situation where next door neighbours share a love for gardening and a common gate between two versions of paradise.  We saw this with the Ernst-Fuller gardens during previous tours, and today we enjoyed going back and forth between the Hardiman and Beadell gardens.  Walk with us while we swirl around from one garden to the other…and wish me luck in someday having a gardening neighbour like that.  I’m 60, so time is getting short.

Hardiman‘s Horticultural Haven

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Allan's photo: So happy to get to see Lucy's again.

Allan’s photo: So happy to get to see Lucy’s again.

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The stone bench, Lucy’s gift to the street, with a heart inset in stone, is a much photographed feature of her garden.

Allan's  photo

Allan’s photo

up

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the curbside garden

the curbside garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hebe:  Allan's photo

hebe: Allan’s photo

pebble Persian carpet

pebble flying carpet mosaic

curbside

curbside

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

lilies towering overhead

lilies towering overhead

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I remember attending Lucy’s wonderful lectures years ago and hearing how it took her and Fred years to be able to afford to have the stone walls built to create this raised garden.

Hellebore flowers would be at eye level from the sidewalk.

Hellebore flowers would be at eye level from the sidewalk.

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up the front stairs

up the front stairs

Lucy has described sitting in this nook, behind shrubs, and being able to hear what passersby say about her garden, comments like “Wow, what’s that?”.  Her slideshows introduced me to two of my favourite plants, Cerinthe major purpurascens and painted sage and also to her concept of a “garden advance” (her welcoming bench for passersby) as well as a garden retreat (private spaces).

entry garden

entry garden

globe

at the corner where you walk around to the side

at the corner where you walk around to the side

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

table

the house walls facing the back garden.

the house walls facing the back garden.

Lucy got many questions about those planters.

Lucy got many questions about those planters. (Allan’s photo)

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detail

window

The temperature had been predicted to be 103, so we were grateful it was “only” about 97.  We all made a beeline to fresh cold water on the patio by the apartment building that is part of the Hardiman Horticultural Haven.

beeline

 

potting bench

potting bench

Lucy has a passion for mosaicing things.

Lucy has a passion for mosaicing things.

Have I mentioned that the sun was hot and bright?

Have I mentioned that the sun was hot and bright?

just off the porch

just off the porch

blue

ornate

from the lawn, looking back at the house

from the lawn, looking back at the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tour guests clustered in a shady corner

tour guests clustered in a shady corner

spray painted alliums

spray painted alliums

gazebo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking back: Lucy chats with tour guests

looking back: Lucy chats with tour guests

back porch of Fred and Lucy's house

back porch of Fred and Lucy’s house with their apartment building to the left

I just remembered that Lucy said it was so hot that houseguests (speakers for the event) slept out on the lawn rather than in the upstairs guest rooms.

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looking up at the apartment building that Lucy and Fred rent to fortunate friends.

looking up at the apartment building that Lucy and Fred rent to fortunate friends.

Lucy and Fred's delightful dog.  (I met this dog when it was a puppy, on a previous tour.)

Lucy and Fred’s delightful dog. (I met this dog when it was a puppy, on a previous tour.)

I think I met the puppy when a friend and I were in Portland and I just took her to see Lucy’s curbside garden, and Lucy leaned out the upstairs window and invited us to come in and take a tour!

After getting a belly rub from me, the dog found a place where cool drips from the water jug would fall on his head.

After getting a belly rub from me, the dog found a place where cool drips from the water jug would fall on his head.

kitty in the window

kitty in the window

looking over the garden

looking over the garden

a lovely sit spot

a lovely sit spot

rose and the tree with glass balls

rose and the tree with glass balls

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resolved: to remember to finally swipe this idea, which has enchanted me for years.

It's around this tree that we find the gate to the next door garden.

It’s around this tree that we find the gate to the next door garden.

a respectful pause

a respectful pause

looking back from the gate to the Beadell garden

looking back from the gate to the Beadell garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Kurt Beadell garden

Kurt Beadell garden

Kurt Beadell garden

just inside the Beadell gate

just inside the Beadell gate

tropical

on the table

on the table

table

back porch

back porch

patio with fountain

patio with fountain

I think everyone took a turn at standing under the deliciously refreshing mister.

I think everyone took a turn at standing under the deliciously refreshing mister.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Check out the curved porch...I love it.

Check out the curved porch…I love it.

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Kurt told me that all the electrical works, etc ("because the garden lights up at night") and the lawnmower are stored under the porch

Kurt told me that all the electrical works, etc (“because the garden lights up at night”) and the lawnmower are stored under the porch

same style of chair as in Hardiman haven

same style of chair as in Hardiman haven

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around the side

around the side

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side garden

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It always amuses me to see someone taking photos with a pad.  (I know they take good photos; it's just that the size of the thing seems unwieldy.)

It always amuses me to see someone taking photos with a pad. (I know they take good photos; it’s just that the size of the thing seems unwieldy.)

the door leading back to the side yard

the door leading back to the side yard

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Note the giant lantern on the right.

I’ve lost my party so I return to Kurt’s back garden.  There they are!

Todd and Allan under the table umbrella.

Todd and Allan under the table umbrella.

another tour guest enjoying the mist

another tour guest enjoying the mist

front porch

front porch

front of house

front of house

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Todd admiring the curbside planter.

Todd admiring the curbside planter.

Todd had parked at this side of the house, and thought, as he walked around the corner to enter Lucy’s garden, that he must show it to us…not realizing (because there was no signage on this side) that it was actually a tour garden house.

wish Ilwaco had planters like this.

wish Ilwaco had planters this size

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A previous visit to Lucy’s garden in 2001 shows how much it has changed.

Next: onward to more SE Portland gardens.

 

 

 

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

Here’s a plant geek post with a great nursery and with lecture notes.  Tomorrow morning, we will get back to garden touring posts.

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Back into Portland we drove on Friday afternoon, on a mission to get to a gardening mecca for the very first time:  Xera Plants.  Back when Pam Fleming had her own garden store in Gearhart, she would bring plants from Xera and I would buy one of everything.

The temperature kept rising!

The temperature kept rising!

Xera Plants and Contained Exuberance

Xera at last!

Xera at last!  “All plants grown locally by Xera.  Bee friendly.”

It was not till viewing my photos later that I realized that the owner of Contained Exuberance and Hyland Garden Design, the shop that shares the corner with Xera, is Bob Hyland whose garden we had just toured within the previous hour.  My reading comprehension of the program was low.  I will blame the heat.

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inside Contained Exuberance

inside Contained Exuberance

The fellow at the shop graciously accepted the Peninsula garden tour poster.  (You can see it on the desk.)

The fellow at the shop graciously accepted the Peninsula garden tour poster. (You can see it on the desk.)

Here it is, so you don't forget to come.

Here it is, so you don’t forget to come.

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next door at Xera Plants

next door at Xera Plants

It was so hot!  I wanted to browse and read every tag but couldn’t take the heat.  I’m so acclimated to beach weather.  I would pick out a plant and duck back into the shady side of the lot and put the plant on the concrete edge of the gorgeous shade display garden, then brave the heat again to find another plant.  The odd thing was that I had meant to collect shade plants anyway; the heat had addled my brain and made me think that my main mission should be to make my front garden more drought tolerant (which is not a bad idea).

the shady side

the shady side

in the sun

in the sun

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potted tetrapanax

potted tetrapanax

I bought Melianthus major 'Purple Haze', as I'd lost mine in a cold winter.

I bought Melianthus major ‘Purple Haze’, as I’d lost mine in a cold winter. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

some of my purchases

some of my purchases

The plants were all of a size that we could easily accomodate in our hotel room over the weekend.  We weren’t sure, just before we left, if Paul had charged us for them all.  He had, but I made that stupid nervous social anxiety comment “We wouldn’t have known if you charged us twice” (because we were confused).  As if he would have done such a thing.  Why couldn’t I say something intelligent??

Allan's photo of Paul Bonine

Allan’s photo of Paul Bonine

our plants (Allan's photo)

our plants (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo; I'm in plant nerd heaven.

Allan’s photo; I’m in plant nerd heaven, and also VERY HOT.

I wish I could go back and read every tag…and probably buy one of almost everything, as owner Paul Bonine’s taste in plants is impeccable.  I was thrilled to get to meet him in person; we’ve been Facebook friends for awhile thanks to knowing garden blogger Ann.

the rest of the day

a smokin' Cotinus, from our van on the way back to the hotel

a smokin’ Cotinus, from our van on the way back to the hotel

In the hotel bathtub, I used the two buckets I’d brought to burble all the new plants, one to dunk them and one to let the water drain out.  It took about an hour.

This saved having to commandeer the hotel's waste baskets and then try to clean the overflow soil out of them.

This saved having to commandeer the hotel’s waste baskets and then try to clean the overflow soil out of them.

Hydrangea 'Pistachio'

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’

Allan brought up some floor mats from the van to set the plants on.

Allan brought up some floor mats from the van to set the plants on.

Because we had only a short while for dinner, as I was eager to check in to the HPSO event and to peruse their plant sale, we dined at the Chipotle restaurant across the street from the college.

It's a small chain restaurant with healthful Mexican food.

It’s a small chain restaurant with healthful Mexican food.

a green wall on the way to the HPSO check in

a green wall on the way to the HPSO check in

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: vertical wall

a college eco-roof project

a college eco-roof project

After checking in, we explored the HPSO offerings.

checking in: Allan's photo.  One of my gardening idols, Lucy Hardiman

checking in: Allan’s photo. I’m being a star struck goof over one of my gardening idols, Lucy Hardiman

silent auction

silent auction

Why did I not bid on this last time or this time?  It would be worth a lot to me...Darn it.  I felt shy.

Why did I not bid on this last time or this time? It would be worth a lot to me…Darn it. I felt shy.

another silent auction item

another silent auction item featuring another garden idol

When I say idol, I don’t mean I worship them; well, I sort of do.  I can’t say mentor because they don’t know me.  What’s the word for someone who is an inspiration (other than the word “inspiration”?

botanical display table

botanical display table

specimens

Lilium 'Lankon': must add to my must have list

Lilium ‘Lankon’: must add to my must have list

Anthyrium 'Ocean's Fury' (Allan's photo)

Anthyrium ‘Ocean’s Fury’ (Allan’s photo)

Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty' (Allan's photo)

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ (Allan’s photo)

Books.

Books.

I never found time to properly browse the books.  I did purchase a new collection of Dulcy Mahar’s columns.dulcy

Bottom row: Mr. Owita's Guide to Gardening is excellent.  It was given to me by Karla of Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco.

Bottom row: Mr. Owita’s Guide to Gardening is excellent. It was given to me by Karla of Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco.

Next, the plant sales rooms where collectors’ nurseries had set of tables of their choicest offerings.  My big question of Maurice Horn at the Joy Creek table was, “What was the name of your adorable dog?” (We had toured his garden earlier that day.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Roger Gossler, Gossler Farms

Roger Gossler, Gossler Farms

Sean Hogan, Cistus

Sean Hogan, Cistus

Sean Hogan, Cistus (Allan's photo)

Sean Hogan, Cistus (Allan’s photo), using tongs to groom cacti

Dancing Oaks (Allan's photo)

Dancing Oaks (Allan’s photo)

me, filled with longing for ALL the plants (Allan's photo)

me, filled with longing for ALL the plants (Allan’s photo)

Dan Hinkley, Windcliffe

Dan Hinkley, Windcliffe

Talkin' plants with Todd (Allan's photo); or maybe telling him about my watering woes at the Port!

Talkin’ plants with Todd (Allan’s photo); or maybe telling him about my watering woes at the Port!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I did not buy nearly as many plants here as I wanted.  This plant sale, unlike the one at the Bellevue/Seattle weekend, does not have a holding area, so the plants must be carried to the hotel, or one must send someone to drive up to get them, or….  The logistics were beyond me, so I only bought as many as I could (not so easily) carry for several blocks.

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The vendors had ice cubes on the plants because of the heat.

The vendors had ice cubes on the plants because of the heat.

Aspidistra elatior 'Chicory Asahi':  WHY did I not buy this??  And then it was sold out.

Aspidistra elatior ‘Chicory Asahi’: WHY did I not buy this?? And then it was sold out.

a couple of rhododendrons for Steve and John’s enjoyment:

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Used to have lots of Crocosmia 'Solfatere'...should have bought one.

Used to have lots of Crocosmia ‘Solfatere’…should have bought one.  I like the brownish leaves.

Variegated Gingko...I bought one four years ago (still small)

Variegated Gingko…I bought ‘Summer Rainbow’ four years ago (still small); it’s still $95.50!

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I got me a Pittosporum 'Tasman Ruffles', which I've so many times admired in Steve and John's garden.

I got me a Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’, which I’ve so many times admired in Steve and John’s garden.

At 7:15, it was time for the first seminar of the weekend.

the auditorium (Allan's photo)

the auditorium (Allan’s photo)

Before the lecture, as would happen with each segment of lectures over the weekend, names were drawn for a free raffle.  My name was drawn for the first time in six study weekends! and….I won ten zinc plant tags.  Todd’s name was drawn and he won a cool plant.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Later, Allan won a plant, so all weekend Todd teased me that we needed to get a photo of the three of us with our great prizes.  (Another coveted raffle prize given to a couple of lucky pups was a $100 gift certificate from Blooming Junction nursery, and in one case a plant which Dan Hinkley told the recipient was one of only two in production, the other of which he himself owned!)

I can’t recall who introduced the lecture, but she referred to this article from the Guardian, about natural words like “catkins” and “acorn” being replaced in a children’s dictionary by “blog” and “voicemail” and “chatroom”.

She said 491 people had signed on for the weekend.

The keynote speaker was Dan Hinkley, who is my ultimate garden idol, and about whom I hear all good things about his kindness as a person.

A Little Bit of Heaven lecture by Dan Hinkley

with Sam Decker and Nancy Davidson Short

His theme: “People who have influenced me and people who we as gardeners influence.”

Dan Hinkley (Allan's photo)

Dan Hinkley (Allan’s photo)

He has gone so far beyond slide show presentations.  On his mac, he had created an hour long montage of short films and interviews and garden tours interspersed with still photos.  He opened by saying that when he left his home in Indianola, Washington this morning to drive down, his marriage to his longtime partner, Robert, would not have been legal in all states had he driven east across the country.  By the time he got to Portland, it was legal across the whole USA. The audience erupted in applause and cheers and I got all joyfully teary eyed again.

We all laughed uproariously when he showed a slide of the Michigan Bulb Company ad from the early 60s showing bushel basket size mums.  As a child, he ordered those mum and said that he thought (after receiving an envelope of tiny plant starts instead of the bushel basket sized plants he had envisioned being delivered by a truck), “I could do this as a living someday, grow really small expensive plants and somebody out there would buy them!”

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He showed films of plant collecting in China, and of Nancy Davidson Short, the now 102 year old former editor of Sunset magazine, whose warm and witty comments about gardening, and life, and death (which she “doesn’t worry about; it’s going to be OK”) were so inspirational.  His other interviewees were his own father, and a young man named Sam, who at age 11 is a knowledgeable plantsman who is in the enviably wonderful position of having Dan as his mentor.

Sam his own self

Sam his own self

Sam was in attendance, with his dad, and after the lecture Dan brought him to the stage and the whole audience stood in applause.  As has always happened when I have heard Dan give a lecture that has touched upon personal matters, it had filled me with joy and poignancy and brought some tears.

Takeaways from my lecture notes:

One of the few advantages of getting old is the opportunity to look back and connect the dots even though some places we have visited are dark.

Nancy Davidson Short said “My grandmother was a terrific gardener.  I have a rose that came from my grandmother.”  (So do I, from mine, that is; a “sweet heart rose”, probably Cecile Brunner.)

Dan showed a slide of Great Dixter’s Christopher Lloyd planting a tree at Dan and Robert’s Windcliffe garden.

On the way back to the hotel, we walked by a line of enchanting food carts, now closed for the evening.  I never did take the opportunity to eat at one because I needed to keep my digestion completely unruffled for garden touring.

food carts

food carts

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almost to the hotel: sedums in the light rail tracks (Allan's photo)

almost to the hotel: sedums in the light rail tracks (Allan’s photo)

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Before garden touring, we had three delightful and informative lectures to attend.  We were up at 7:30 and out the hotel door by 8:15, after the tasty hotel breakfast bouquet, and hustled like mad up the slight hill to the event.  We got there just at starting time, and I was sure we would be in the back row.  Our lovely friend and early riser Todd had saved us seats at the front!

Sam, in the audience with a plant purchase

Sam, in the audience with a plant purchase

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Allan won his plant during the refreshment break,

Allan won this plant during the refreshment break,

I am going to swipe it for a sunny spot.

I am going to swipe it for a sunny spot.

Lucy raffling off plants.

Lucy raffling off plants.

Lucy Hardiman

Lucy Hardiman

the Saturday morning lectures:

You can read more about each speaker here.

Planting in a Post-Wild World by Thomas Rainier

my notes:

designing plant communities…

plant communities to evoke nature…

public gardens often made with no plan to maintain them (!!) …maybe I said that

painting by Albrecht Dürer: Great Piece of Turf

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about weeds….We can’t stop this…The great exuberance of plants.

He showed a slide of a library planting mulched twice a year, maintained by Master Gardeners and lots of space between plants while weeds thrive.

Wild plants are social, not individual.  He spoke of plants, not mulch, covering the ground.  OH yes, thought I, thinking of jobs I had quit because clients did not want to the plants to touch.

Regarding native plants, he said that “imbedded in the argument for natives is the ideology of NO” (no peonies, no roses, etc).  So true!   …How to get natives beyond preaching to the choir.

“The best examples of north American native plants are in Europe.”

Relate plants to place, create a palette from similar habitats.

Book recommendations: Perennials and Their Garden Habitats by Hansen and Stahl and The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden by Roy Diblik

The SilberSomer (silver summer) perennial mix by Piet Oudolf

To relate plants to plants: vertically layer, compatible species, don’t have plantings missing the ground layer. [Yes! Why oh why do even beloved clients insist on seeing soil in between the plants!]  He and other speakers liked sweet woodruff as a ground cover.  I may have to stop being anti-sweet woodruff.

Wild plantings in orderly frames can make people more comfortable.

He spoke of satellite views of the world that show dark unlit spaces that people might think are still wild, but instead they are vast areas of fuel production land, and food production land, not wilderness.

Thomas Rainier’s blog

Thomas Rainier’s book: Planting in a Post-Wild World.  I intend to purchase it post-haste.

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Old Dog New Tricks by Maurice Horn

Maurice spoke of his experience moving to Sauvie Island home and garden that he shares with his husband, George.

my notes:

Joy Creek Nursery founded in ’92, overlooks Joy Creek Canyon

He used to live on a city lot on Portland, now on Sauvie island, “the size of Manhatten but mostly wildlife preserve.”

I’ve gone back and added to the post about touring their garden these insights that he shared with us:

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.

He realized that the garden is a mandala.  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 viorna 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.

Maurice says he is a populist gardener who wants to create gardens anyone can do (I probably don’t have that quite right).

He describes his garden as “an old man’s garden who feels like a child in his heart.”

He read part of a poem called The Current by Wendell Berry

Having once put his hand into the ground,
seeding there what he hopes will outlast him,
a man has made a marriage with his place,
and if he leaves it his flesh will ache to go back.
His hand has given up its birdlife in the air.

He misted up when he said “I love my partner and my home” and then the whole audience misted up.

He and George met dancing.  He showed a photo of Garrya elliptica in bloom and said “I want to dance like that.”

He showed a slide of a burnt tray of roasted vegetables and told the story how he and George stepped outside, got lost in gardening and came back into the house to a cloud of black smoke.  “What I wish for all of us is that we can get lost in the garden like that.”

He played a song called “Let’s Think About Living, Let’s Think About Life.”

I get choked up just reading my notes about his lecture.  Lucy was all misty when she got up to introduce the next lecturer, Mike Kintgen, of whom she said that Panayoti Kelaidis called “the greatest horticulturalist I know.”

Garden Gems from the World Dry Regions by Mike Kintgen

My notes:

Kintgen works at the Denver Botanic Gardens and his specialty is the alpine garden.  When he spoke of the snowstorm in May and the hailstorm in June this year, I had already heard about this awful weather in The Miserable Gardener blog.  He said that the DBG sits on a former cemetery and that the temperature can go from 64 degrees F to 0 on one day.

He’s been a member of the North American Rock Garden Society since he was 12.  Plants in “cushions and buns”, he said, are a way of adapting to the cold.

Persian rugs were inspired by the plants of the steppes.

Plants he inspired me to seek out:  More erigerons and penstemons, arctosis, ursinia, erodium, zauchnerias, Euphorbia rigida, Sesili gummifera (moon carrot).  Each lecturerer who spoke of many plants provided a plant list to refer to later.

Sesili gummifera (Moon Carrot) as seen at McMenamin's Kennedy School garden in 2014.

Sesili gummifera (moon carrot) as seen at McMenamin’s Kennedy School garden in 2014.

We had a bit of time before garden touring to go to the plant sale again, where I bought a few more plants to schlep to the hotel.

other joyous attendees

other joyous attendees

Sam shopping (Allan's photo)

Sam shopping (Allan’s photo)

Allan thanked this nursery owner for his raffle plant donation (the one Allan got)

Allan thanked this nursery owner for his raffle plant donation (the one Allan got)

I bought three plants from his booth.

I bought three plants from his booth.

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We’d ordered the pre-packed lunch from the event, to save time; as we walked back to the hotel to join Todd for the afternoon of garden touring, I realized that we would have had time to eat at the darling food carts.

like a little village in the city

like a little village in the city

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I did not realize til now, looking at the photo below, that I had captured Todd having his lunch of a tasty shawarma.

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on the street across from the hotel

on the street across from the hotel

Next: touring Lucy Hardiman’s garden

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