Sweet Little Log Planters

Sweet Little Log Planters

We had a wonderful, cool misty break from summer heat last week. The plants and the Portlanders seem to be in much better spirits. I know I am.

We’ve naturally been showing off sun worshipping plants the last few months, but I don’t want the woodland plants to feel left out. I have always had a soft spot for shady characters that make me think of a cool, mossy, ferny forest. I’m loving the little log gardens I’ve noticed here and there lately.
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a quick hello

a quick hello

Greetings gardeners.

I’m giving the gray matter a wee rest this week, so I don’t have a story for you. I know, hard to believe. Instead, I thought I’d share a few pictures of plants behaving themselves in the late summer garden. Have you noticed when you focus closely, there’s so much wonder to behold–even in the dog days.

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Yellow on Green, Part 1 – the soft leaves

Yellow on Green, Part 1 – the soft leaves

In February I wrote about my love for green on green variegation. While that particular combination is still very much an obsession I thought I’d showcase a few of my yellow (or cream) and green variegated plants. I love how they draw your eye, break up the sea of green and lighten-up darker areas of the garden.

Interestingly I’ve noticed a few of the same plants I saw as green on green in February have now taken on more of a creamy yellow hue. Must be the sun? Or maybe just because I see shades of both and can’t ignore a plant I love no matter what the supposed focus? Probably both! (more…)

Tiny Garden

Tiny Garden

Happy September! This is my absolute favorite month. All the big leaved plants are peaking. Trees and shrubs start pushing new growth. The weather gets more cooperative for digging, moving, planting. And we’re bathed in golden diffused sunlight at the end of each day. What could be better?

I wanted to share another little bit of happy today. There’s a tiny but well done sidewalk garden on Broadway that always makes me smile. The bold, bright wall color is such a cheerful backdrop for a few well selected plants. I love instant gratification in a garden, and this is the type of garden you could pop in to a little sidewalk planter in an afternoon, and have a fab planting, no patience required.
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