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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Floramagoria, part 2: the back garden

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

side

lovely clematis

lovely clematis

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

just inside the back garden

just inside the back garden gate

inside

pitcher plant raised display

pitcher plant raised display

pitchers

 

look closely

look closely

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

godzilla

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to the left

turning to the left

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shed

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

gravel

against the house

wall with cactus display

to my right: a low wall with cactus display

cacti

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

straight ahead, a covered deck

straight ahead, a covered deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

deck2

flowers

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

Oh!

Straight ahead:  Oh!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

wall

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

deck

shelf or seating

shelf or seating

gnome

 

 

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Allan's photo

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

love the way the house opens onto the garden

love the way the house opens onto the garden

our host and his dog

our host and his dog

inside

inside (Allan’s photo)

what a beauty (Å)

what a beauty (Allan’s photo)

 

corner

house

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Looking from the house out into the garden

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

out

 

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

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

 

one of these on each side of the low green wall

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

like this

The pillars are placed like this.

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

carpet

 

carpet

 

brugmansia

brugmansia

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

fire2

 

gunnera leaf

gunnera leaf

 

frog

behind the fire area

wall

 

leaves

 

bamboo behind the wall

bamboo behind the wall

a good place to warm up after rain

a good place to warm up after rain

 

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

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

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

the dining pavilion

the dining pavilion

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

cookies!

cookies!

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion looking toward the house

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

a candle pillar by the shade garden

a candle pillar by the shade garden

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

the giant sequoia

the giant sequoia

with a bubble machine

with a bubble machine

at the base of the tree

at the base of the tree

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

shady corner

shady corner

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

perfect for a hot day

perfect for a hot day

from the shade garden

looking from the shade garden to the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

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

beside the center patio

beside the center patio

a haze of pink

a haze of pink

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba and pink poppies

sanguisorba and pink poppies

ruffles and feathers

ruffles and feathers

pink

more pink on pink

more pink on pink

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

conifer cluster

conifer cluster

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

vane

blue

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

Nigella (love in a mist)

Nigella (love in a mist)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

agave

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Melianthus major in a pot

Melianthus major in a pot

glass

looking across the center of the garden

glass

looking toward the house

looking toward the house

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

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

across

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

deck

head

 

just beyond previous photo

just beyond previous photo

flower

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

looking toward the fire

looking toward the fire

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

looking toward the pavilion

looking toward the pavilion

close up from previous photo of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

close up of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

stepping into the side garden

stepping into the side garden

bamboo

looking out

looking out from the center patio

into a gold and orange themed garden area

into a gold and orange themed garden area

gold daylily and yarrow

gold daylily and yarrow

with bloggers galore

with bloggers galore

dahlias

 

path

the path to enter the gold and orange garden

bambooflowers

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

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

looking back toward the center of the garden

looking back toward the center of the garden

poles

and toward the back fence

and toward the back fence

flowers

flowers

shrubs toward the back fence

shrubs toward the back fence

looking toward the covered deck

looking toward the house

ruffled daylilies

ruffled daylilies

flowers

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

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

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

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And so the planting continues.  I got off lightly as till the last job I just planted in containers and did pruning and weeding while Allan got the plants into the ground.

First:  Larry and Robert’s garden.  This satisfying project from last year, just half a block from our house and across Pearl from the Hornbuckle garden,  is looking very nice indeed, and got some of my two favourite perennials, Eryngium and Agastache, as well as three of one my favourite annuals, Nicotiana langsdorfii.

Larry and Robert's garden boat

Larry and Robert’s garden boat

narcissi

narcissi

corner garden

corner garden

I am so happy to see that their brand new Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ (background, above) has tiny new leaves coming out (as does mine at home).

Muscari 'Ocean Magic'

Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’

Then we added some plants to the Port Office garden:

Allan planting at port office

Allan planting at port office…foreground: Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

We did some weeding in the Howerton Street curbside gardens, including Time Enough Books:

Time Enough Books garden boat

Time Enough Books garden boat

tulips in the boat

tulips in the boat

Fuchsia magellanica about to bloom in the boat...already!

Fuchsia magellanica about to bloom in the boat…already!

early tulip by Howerton Street

early tulip by Howerton Street

Down the block we added some plants (Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and three different santolinas) to the gardens by Queen La De Da’s Art Castle and The Imperial Schooner Restaurant.

Allan planting again

Allan weeds while I set the plants out 

Tulips by Queen La De Da's; these were just in bud last time...

Tulips by Queen La De Da’s; these were just in bud last time

Narcissi with tiny cup

Narcissi with tiny cup

how the garden related to Queen La De Da's

how the garden relates to Queen La De Da’s

Then we took some plants to Nancy’s fine new garden border.  The sun was all brighty-shady, hard to get a good photo of the whole thing.

Nancy's garden

Nancy’s garden

halfway up

halfway up

Narcissi with pale apricot cups

Narcissi with pale apricot cups

tulips

tulip

Because of all the exciting new plants and especially the tulips, Phil has built a handsome fence around the garden.  I will remember to photograph the fence next time.  Today the spring bulbs distracted me.

Next we put some blue and red plants into the garden at Veterans Field in Long Beach:  Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and Lobelia tupa.  The Lobelia tupa tag says it wants a sheltered location, and this is pretty exposed, so I am only trying four of them here.

veterans field

Veterans Field

I bet the builders are feeling the pressure to get the stage building done before dedication day on  May 5th.

Veterans Field

Veterans Field from the entrance point off the main LB street

Above:  Allan is walking toward me because we have a brief non-gardening mission: to get a treat from a new shop.

Sweet Celebrations, new shop just south of the LB Pharmacy

Sweet Celebrations, new shop just south of the LB Pharmacy

We had delicious cupcakes, me tiramisu and Allan 'smores flavour.

We had delicious cupcakes, me tiramisu and Allan ‘smores flavour.

At the entrance garden to Veterans Field, we planted a blue potato vine (Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’).   Once upon a time a huge one grew here.

baby blue potato vine

baby blue potato vine (Can you see it?)

once upon a time...

once upon a time…

Yes, that plant above is a blue potato vine reaching the very top of the Funland buildings wall.  It was a showstopper.  The Big Blow of 2007 took it down.

Back then the darn Phormiums were not huge in this garden.  I would love to have them removed but I believe the garden belongs to Funland, not the city.

huge and accursed Phormiums

huge and accursed Phormiums

I really do like the way I pruned the tree, though; it was sticking branches out over the sidewalk.

well behaved tree now

well behaved tree now

After hurriedly eating our scrumptuous cupcakes we hastened to The Anchorage Cottages and planted two more blue potato vines in the spots were two Rose ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ roses had grown till last year.  Those roses want to cover a building and were instead on low railings around the courtyard, constantly sending poky branches into the walkways, suffering from blackspot, and looking amazing only for their brief period of bloom.   Rose branches also loved to jump forward to the corner chairs where guests were trying to lounge in peace.

Allan planting the replacements

Allan planting a replacement for the rose

potato vine in the other corner

potato vine in the other corner

I am sure they will do well, as once I had this Solanum up and over the center courtyard arch but it had to be cut back severely for the arch to be re-stained and then it died.

Meanwhile, I planted a few plants in the containers around the entrance and in the courtyard and enjoyed the tulips while exercising care to not snap any off.

office courtyard

office courtyard

pinky green bud

pinky green bud

deep luscious red

deep luscious red

aglow

aglow

I had a desperate urge for more Lobelia tupa and Sanguisorbas so rushed off next to The Basket Case, but first detoured to see a tree whose beauty had been recommended by Theresa from The Planter Box garden centre.

just wow

just wow

Basket Case, middle greenhouse

Basket Case, middle greenhouse

At the Basket Case, we got our perennials and could see the big middle greenhouse with many annuals coming on.  Between here and The Planter Box we will acquire the plants for Annuals Planting Hell starting around Mother’s Day and going frantically till it is done.

I needed to figure out how to end the gardening day and decided on a project which turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be.  In three of the Long Beach planters grew six large Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’, a lovely feathery flowered plant that had turned out to be much taller than I had expected and thus tended to flop into the street.  I wanted to move them into the rather moist Fifth Street Park.  They came out like a dream!

two of the six pink elephants

two of the six pink elephants

Then into the park they went, along with some of the other cultivars I had gotten at the Basket Case.

Fifth Street Park, one area

Fifth Street Park, one area

I think they will do very well with Cosmos in this park.  It looks tatty now with lots of spent crocus foliage but does look well in summer (and earlier when the crocuses are in bloom).

I adore Sanguisorbas and have done ever since I saw them in a slideshow by Piet Oudolf at the Northwest Flower and Garden show some years ago.  Back then they were hard to find.  I ordered some from Dan Hinkley’s Heronswood when the cultivar names were just DJH (his initials) and a number.  Now I can get several cultivars from the Basket Case via Blooming Nursery and that makes me very happy.

While passing through Long Beach today I saw one of the regulars there, a fellow who walks around town during the day.  He waved, I waved, and I suddenly felt quite swept with joy at what a fun job we have working in a cute little beachy tourist town.

On the way home we stopped by Nancy and Phil’s again and they gave us some clams which, as I write this, Allan is cooking per Nancy’s instructions, and again we will be eating at about 10 PM.  The earlier part of the at-home evening was spent refurbishing a Facebook page for the Water Music Festival so blogging got a late start.  How I will manage to blog when the daylight time gets longer I do not know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Sept: a mystery.  Got it at Hardy Plant weekend.  Late blooming and blue.

2 Sept: a mystery. Got it at Hardy Plant weekend. Late blooming and blue.

2 September, a glorious new rose from Heirloom Roses

2 September, a glorious new rose from Heirloom Roses

2 September, sweet peas and Robinia pseudo acacia 'Frisia'

2 September, sweet peas and Robinia pseudo acacia ‘Frisia’

front garden with Veronica and Eupatorium, 5 September

front garden with Veronica and Eupatorium, 5 September
Nigella (Love in a Mist), 5 Sept

Nigella (Love in a Mist), 5 Sept

Cleome, 5 Sept; an annual

Cleome, 5 Sept; an annual

on the porch, 13 Sept.

on the porch, 13 Sept.

above, birthday basket (March 2011) from Nancy Aust of The Basket Case Greenhouse, still blooming a year and a half later! (through porch window)

front garden, 14 Sept

front garden, 14 Sept

front garden, Sanguisorba and Cleome, 14 Sept

front garden, Sanguisorba and Cleome, 14 Sept

Sanguisorbas

Sanguisorbas

I love Sanguisorbas (burnets) and have collected them every since seeing them in a slideshow during a lecture by Piet Oudolf at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show years ago.  They are one of the plants that made me long for a sunny garden.  Deer like them so I could not successfully grow them at Discovery Heights or Wiegardt Gallery, two of my more meadowy but unfenced gardens.

white sanguisorba, 14 Sept

white sanguisorba, 14 Sept

Cleome, 14 Sept

Cleome, 14 Sept

front garden, Salvia viridis, 14 Sept

front garden, Salvia viridis, 14 Sept

Salvia viridis (painted sage) is my favourite annual after Cosmos.  The pink, white or blue colour comes from bracts rather than the tiny white hidden flower.

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Annual, or tender perennial, Nicotiana langsdorfii with little green tubes is up there in my top ten (or five) favourite annuals.  I used to grow it, then had forgotten about it till I saw it on a garden tour in June 2011.  This year I got lots and lots of it from The Basket Case and more from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart (all sourced in from Blooming Nursery near Portland.)

Echinacea 'Green Envy', 14 Sept

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’, 14 Sept

above….backed with the silvery toothed leaves of Melianthus major and more Nicotina langsdorfii.

dahlia, 29 September

dahlia, 29 September

dahlia, 29 September

dahlia, 29 September

I never had enough sun in my old garden to grow dahlias although my mother and I grew scads of them in her Long Beach garden.

water lily dahlia, 29 Sept

water lily dahlia, 29 Sept

September harvest

September harvest

I did grow some edibles, but harvested the corn too late and it had turned to pure starch.  The potatoes were yummy.

south window view, 29 Sept

south window view, 29 Sept

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