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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.

start here

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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veg

 

purple martin houses

purple martin houses on a tall pole

martin

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

screen2

 

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

 

patio3

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…

douglas

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.

fringe

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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lost

raccoon

 

Allan's photo

 (Allan’s photo)

Raccoon Camp

Raccoon Camp

snags

snags2

snags

path to Lost Lagoon

path to Lost Lagoon

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cottonwoods

oak

brush

warbler

Warbler Tree Bench

Warbler Tree Bench

oregon

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

martins2

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We continue around the lagoon.

We continue around the lagoon.

chains

 

winter

 

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)

currant

swaths

 

Allan's photo

viewing bench

viewing bench

cafe2

an idyllic life

an idyllic life

messy

prairie

The path goes under a weeping willow.

The path goes under a weeping willow.

wood

Looking back through the willow: magical

Looking back through the willow: magical

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lagoon

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tour guests view the lagoon

tour guests view the lagoon

azolla

(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.)

dock

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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