Sunday, March 9, 2008

A Garden in Northwest Portland

This garden is located just off 23rd Avenue, a busy commercial street in Northwest Portland.

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These photos don't make it look very impressive. I don't know. There was something charmingly incongruous about it, nestled in among big buildings.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

PIctures Around the Yard on March 1

We stopped at Wells-Medina today and picked up some groundcover.

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I'm too sick to plant or weed today, but not too sick to take a few pictures around the yard.

The most robust one of my 11 Julia Phelps Ceanothus plants is starting to bloom already.

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As are those crazy Euphorbia I planted last fall.

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I think these look really cool protruding from and spilling over the rocks.

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And I think the look fine next to the Point Reyes Ceanothus plants, which are certainly holding their own in the wall.

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The weeds are doing even better than holding their own out here. Of course, we haven't pulled a single weed back here since October. (It's time!)

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Oh, so this is what fresh spring growth on sedum Autumn Joy looks like. I'm cool with this.

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They were looking pretty iffy in the middle of the winter, but I think the Cryptomeria japonica 'cristata' are starting to make a comeback. This was always the worst-looking one.

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The fifth and last one.

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The moss is making the grass look crazy green.

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The sedum wall I love.

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My winter hazel seems slow. Why doesn't it bloom until March?

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Big green.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Pictures from the Northwest Garden Show

Today I went to my first garden show. At first I thought I didn't like it because it was too cheesy. Then I realized I didn't like it because it was too tasteful.

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There's something both cheesy and boringly tasteful about seeing all these high-end garden displays set up inside a convention center.

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For some reason I just don't like seeing trees displayed as houseplants. I don't know. Something about this whole thing just bugs me.

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The plant market section is a little better, though too crowded with jewelry and children's hats and things. Heaths and Heathers came out.

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I especially love these fiery ones. They're open on March 1 -- maybe it's worth a drive out to Shelton to go get some of these. (I'm not going to try to carry home flats of plants on the horrible 36 today.)

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Sorry to disappoint, but those are all the garden show photos I want to post.

But I will show you how our sedum are filling in at home!

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