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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

The itinerary for our bus was different than on the schedule.

crossing one of Portland's many bridges.

crossing one of Portland’s many bridges.

Along many areas beside the city freeways, drifts of roses are planted.

Along many areas beside the city freeways, drifts of roses are planted.  (photo taken from the bus, of course)

John Kuzma Garden

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As soon as I saw this garden, I again wanted to tear up all of my grass (as is usual when I see a gravel garden).  One of the main thing that stops me is that we cannot get decomposed granite or even washed gravel.  The only gravel around here is full of “fines” and is not the proper sort for building a garden like this (as far as I know).

the bus arrives

the bus arrives and we are greeted by our host, John Kuzma

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Gravel drifts all the way to the street.

Gravel drifts all the way to the street.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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As we arrived, it began to rain.

taking shelter by the front door

taking shelter by the front door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front porch, Allan's photo

front porch, Allan’s photo

the front garden

the front garden

Allan's photo, a rhodo for Steve and John

Allan’s photo, a rhodo for Steve and John

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front

front

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Now…walking around the side of the house:

side garden

side garden

And into the truly enormous back garden:

entering the back courtyard

entering the back courtyard

an elegant water feature

an elegant water feature

water

water

against the house

against the house

in the center of the courtyard

in the courtyard

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And now into the upper level of the back garden:

just a few steps up

just a few steps up; I’d hardly had to do any stairs all day.

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cactus

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The garden was big enough to let us spread out.

The garden was big enough to let us spread out.  Also so nice and level for my walking comfort.

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crevice garden

crevice garden

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crev

 

crevice

 

Allan's photo; I was smitten with his crevice garden idea.

Allan’s photo; I was smitten with his crevice garden idea.

The rain had begun to bucket down.

The rain had begun to bucket down.

I hustled to a shed at the back corner of the garden.

I hustled to a shed at the back corner of the garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

with a living roof

with a living roof

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shelter from the storm

shelter from the storm

I had to get back out for more photos.

foliage

Soon it seemed I was the only one who had stayed out in the garden.

urn

urn

gunnera toward the back of the garden

gunnera toward the back of the garden

a small kitchen garden

a small kitchen garden

leaves

looking back to the house

When I heard thunder and saw dramatic forked lightning strike on the other side of the house, I decided I had better get inside!

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a quick route via an unexplored area

a quick route via an unexplored area

rose, maybe Mutabilis

rose, maybe Mutabilis?

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Eucalyptus at the edge of the garden

Eucalyptus at the edge of the garden

I found the bloggers clustered on the back porch, donning garbage bags as rain gear.  One of the organizers had thought to bring them after seeing the forecast of thunderstorms.

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the donning of rain gear, Allan's photo

the donning of rain gear, Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

our host, Mr Kuzma

our gracious host, Mr Kuzma, who let us drip into his house for lunch if we so desired.

This was our lunch spot; the other bus would be dining at the Floramagoria garden at the same time.

This was our lunch spot; the other bus would be dining at the Floramagoria garden at the same time.

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view from the back porch

view from the back porch

stairs to the upper level

stairs to the upper level

Along with several other people, I went into the house to eat.

another delicious sandwich from Elephants Deli.

another delicious sandwich from Elephants Deli.

view from the kitchen window

view from the kitchen window; you can see one side of the upper back garden does not have stairs to enter.

kitchen view

kitchen view

kitchen view

kitchen view

front door view

front door view

view from the front porch

view from the front porch

In the house, garden designer Sean Hogan's plant encyclopedia (Allan's photo)

In the house, garden designer Sean Hogan’s plant encyclopedia (Allan’s photo)

During lunch, the contigent of California bloggers were talking about Instagram and one of them gave me a quick tutorial.  I had it on my phone but had only used it once and had not realized it had become such a big thing.

Then the bloggers fanned out into the garden to take photos, rain or no rain.  (It had almost stopped.)

after lunch

after lunch

With the rain stopped, I could finally take photos looking up.

With the rain stopped, I could finally take photos looking up.

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up

up

And with my phone, I took and posted my first Instagram.

And with my phone, I took and posted my first Instagram.

Allan joined the other bloggers for a post-rain tour of the garden; photos below are all his:

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Xera plant tag

Xera plant tag

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Aw....I had this back in 2012.

Aw….I had this back in 2012.

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Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web'

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’, I believe, and a little rhodo

This is the sort of garden where I have no clue what most of the plants are.

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If I were twenty years younger…I might dig up every scrap of sod at home and find a way to get the right sort of gravel.  Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden is one of my favourite books. I had no lawn at my old garden and liked it, but even better I like the way the paths, courtyards, and plantings are as one in a garden like this.

I think that Robert Nold of The Miserable Gardener would love this one.

Next: Floramagoria, a garden which I have heard is rarely open for tours.

 

 

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

a fourteen hour day!

 

Cistus Nursery

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After visiting the Lan Su Chinese Garden, we boarded two tour buses (luxurious, even with bathrooms that no one used, but no hydraulic stair lift) and departed for Cistus Nursery.  On the way, our bus driver called out,  “Let me know what the temperature is like in the back; last time I walked back to check, all the passengers screamed.”  I was instantly smitten.  The air conditioning was appreciated as it was 90 degrees or more outside.

crossing the Sauvie Island bridge

crossing the Sauvie Island bridge

Allan's photo: crossing the bridge to Sauvie Island

Allan’s photo: crossing the bridge to Sauvie Island with houseboats hugging the shore

The bus took the long way around the island, giving bloggers from other areas a pleasant tour of farmland.

The bus took the long way around the island, giving bloggers from other areas a pleasant tour of farmland.

The farms are part "edible" (cabbages, and in fall corn mazes for fun and fear)

The farms are part “edible” (cabbages to the left)

and part horticultural, with fields of roses, hydrangeas, and other shrubs

and part horticultural, with fields of roses, hydrangeas, and other shrubs.

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Its white flowers also caught Allan's eye.

The white flowers of Matilija poppy caught Allan’s eye.

"Owner Sean Hogan had meant to greet people off the bus, but we "scattered like kittens", says Allan of his photo here.

“Owner Sean Hogan had meant to greet people off the bus, but we “scattered like kittens”, says Allan of his photo here.  Sean chats with Kristen.

Allan's photo:  Bloggers in the display garden.

Allan’s photo: Bloggers in the display garden.

in the display garden:  Cistus is well known for its gravel gardens.

in the display garden: Cistus is well known for its gravel gardens.

bloggers enter into plant sales paradise

bloggers enter into plant sales paradise

By the gate, a scratch and sniff challenge.

By the gate, a scratch and sniff challenge.

This is the first time I have ever been to Cistus and walked out without spending about $300.  And think what I could spend with our large van instead of the small two door Saturn.  Struggling with a sore leg and the heat, I did not feel up to wrestling flats of plants up to the hotel room, so I bought, shockingly, nothing at all.  But am longing to go back and spend some money.

The nursery sales areas are divided into sections.

The nursery sales areas are divided into sections.

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paradise for CPNs (Certified Plant Nuts)

paradise for CPNs (Certified Plant Nuts)

I believe this chicken holds fire! during summer evening events at the nursery.

I believe this chicken holds fire during summer evening events at the nursery.

I would love to go to such an event if there were a hotel (not a B&B) nearby.  And I mean REALLY nearby so one would not have to drive far after the event.

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Why, I could fit one of these in the van...I think.

Why, I could fit one of these in the van…I think.

We could hear the gentle sound of an employee raking gravel along the bamboo grove path.

We could hear the gentle sound of an employee raking gravel along the bamboo grove path.

Melianthus major 'Ginny Hunt'; my plant of this cultivar died over the winter; I couldn't face wrestling with this big of a replacement in the heat.

Melianthus major ‘Ginny Hunt’; my plant of this cultivar died over the winter; I couldn’t face wrestling with this big of a replacement in the heat.

more sniffing tips

more sniffing tips

Allan's photo: a sniff warning

Allan’s photo: a sniff warning

This had an excellent fragrance.

This had an excellent fragrance.

As did this.  I must return!

As did this. I must return!

A new Eucalyptus could surely be squeezed into the front garden.

Allan's photo: an "I want" Ficus; maybe one of the two plants he bought here.

Allan’s photo: an “I want” Ficus; he did not buy it.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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looking back down the path by which we entered the sales area

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and turning 180 degrees, we enter The Big Top.

inside the "Big Top"

inside the “Big Top”, a massive sales greenhouse

A shop dog whom I've met before takes refuge from the heat.

A shop dog whom I’ve met before takes refuge from the heat on damp gravel under a table.

bloggers buy plants

bloggers buy plants

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schmoozing with Sean Hogan

schmoozing with Sean Hogan

Sean takes on of our garden tour posters (it's this Saturday, July 19th!) and poses for Garden Tour Nancy.

Sean takes on of our garden tour posters (it’s this Saturday, July 19th!) and poses for Garden Tour Nancy.

In The Big Top: Cestrum newellii; used to have it, wish I still did, lost it in a cold winter.

In The Big Top: Cestrum newellii; used to have it, wish I still did, lost it in a cold winter.

Two bloggers from England sit outside the Big Top.

Two bloggers from England sit by the side door of the Big Top.

In the outdoor sales area, wilted bloggers seek shade.

In the outdoor sales area, wilted bloggers seek shade.

Both Allan and I did further exploration of the display gardens.

Allan's photo and caption: "A subtle sculpture under a glowing tree."  See, he could write this blog.

Allan’s photo and caption: “A subtle sculpture under a glowing tree.” See, he could write this blog.

Allan's photo:  hydrangea

Allan’s photo: hydrangea

Allan's photo: Cotinus and Eucalyptus

Allan’s photo: Cotinus and Eucalyptus

the urn down a shady, almost grown in brick path

the urn down a shady, almost grown in brick path

the main display garden path

the main display garden path

I got on the bus first because it was taking me a while each time to climb the stairs.

bus window view of other bloggers leaving Cistus

bus window view of other bloggers leaving Cistus

our previous visits to Cistus Nursery:

springtime visits 2010-12

summer at Cistus in 2011

Cistus in 2009 (June)

Cistus in 2009 (May)

Cistus in 2007

Next:  Joy Creek Nursery

 

 

 

 

 

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