I have a membership to the Lan Su Chinese Classical Gardens. Of course, that means I hardly ever go–because, after all, I can go any time I like. It reminds me of a million years ago when I had a free season ski pass at Timberline on Mt. Hood. Megan‘s dad was a part time ski-instructor there, and it came with the territory.
I would be remiss to write about The Oregon Garden and not include photos from the Conifer Garden, after-all many people go there just to see the conifer collection. I’d like to think my ability to admire the conifers is an indication of my maturing as a gardener, rather than dismissing them all as boring (I grew up surrounded by a forest of Ponderosa Pine, and still haven’t completely recovered) I can finally appreciate their unique beauty.
Euphorbia myrsinites wows me every time. I hear it can be a little pushy, but well enough behaved in my gardens to date. It’s so unassuming and easy, but packs a terrific punch. (more…)
Here’s an excellent little garden I spotted while taking the long way round to find parking in Los Angeles. Of course the ginormous Agaves caused me to pause, but once I did the rustic split rail fence had me taking a closer look.
I was lucky enough to attend a seminar by Roger Gossler at Portland’s Yard, Garden, and Patio show this past weekend. Roger is an avid and generous plantsman. Gossler Farms was our very first contributing nursery on plantlust.com. I knew we were lucky when they agreed to join us for our maiden launch, but oh my, I had no idea just how lucky.
I’ve previously visited The Oregon Garden only in July, you see a very different place in January. Maybe that’s why, in past visits, I’d not noticed the small xeric garden to the left of the formal entrance. (more…)
One of the lovely things about the Lan Su Chinese Garden is the space outside the walls for passers by to enjoy. Like the garden inside, the mini-gardens bordering the block are full of plants that remind us that the garden is always changing. At the garden now, blooming Edgeworthias herald the approach of spring.
On the time moving quickly front, I’ve got plans up my sleeve that I’d love to implement this season. For me it’s a matter of sorting out priorities, then figuring out which thing gets done first. I generally find if I just can get the ball rolling–a start anywhere philosophy–things can happen. Discovery is in the process right? Or does this fall into the 6 Ps category. Proper planning prevents piss-poor performance. Can I go with a little of both? That’s a thing, right?
The pot ghetto, we all have one right? This is the time of year mine starts to grow. From now until mid-April I’ll be accumulating, but not actually planting. The photo above shows what it currently looks like, well, what the shady/protected ghetto looks like – there’s another in a more open, sunny part of the garden.