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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Not only pretty, they’re terribly handy to move about to temporarily cover garden bald spots while waiting for something to grow in. Instant gratification!

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They’re also helpful in creating a little protection for delicate new plantings that are likely to be trampled by a naughty puppy, should you have such a thing. And I do.

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Plus, they look like a happy home for wildlife. It’s amazing how much wildlife we get in the city, really. Patricia’s former house in a fairly busy city neighborhood always had a salamander or two on the loose. My father in law spotted a garter snake in his Oregon City neighborhood. And earlier this year, I heard a frog croaking in the back yard. Wouldn’t they love to hide in here?

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Several of these planters were at the McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern. Those McMenamins gardeners are always up to something interesting.

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Woodland plants look perfectly at home in the logs, but they’re not the only ones. A set of sedum/sempervium planted logs cropped up right along a convenient dog walking route nearby, where I get to admire them regularly. And hey, there’s a Xera Plants tag in that one! Hot stuff.

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I hope you’re enjoying this glorious September!