Thursday, December 18, 2014

Shadowland V2

It was last July when I rounded the corner in our living room and saw this image on the wall.

Naturally I grabbed the camera and started snapping away.

This scene was captured in August. The lacy foliage of the Wingthorn Rose.

Just outside our back door, November 15th.

Rosemary and an olive tree.

The bedroom wall.

Blue chalk sticks and other succulents on the window sill.

This one got a little dramatic.

The neighbors Trachycarpus fortunei.

As seen from inside our house, November 30th.

On the kitchen wall, the horizontal lines created by the sun streaming through the window screen.

An aloe (noid) and Euphorbia tirucalli.

This is V2 because there was a V1, years ago.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A little variegation to brighten up a grey day...

Walking behind the shade pavilion "greenhouse" the other day I was struck by the bright shades of this Disporum cantoniense 'Moonlight'.

Variegation does that in the low-light of winter, a little bit of light, shining brightly.

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' is a great example of this trick. Arriving home at dusk one evening I was surprised to find them glowing.

The Yucca recurvifolia 'Margaritaville' has the same qualities, but with a bit of subtle class about it.

If I were able to grow big monster sized Agave americana 'Variegata' in the front garden I'm sure their impact would be magnificent. As it is I appreciate their brightness just outside the back door.

Fatshedera lizei 'Aurea Maculata' (or whatever the heck it's name is) has extremely subtle variegation.

But I adore it.

The Yucca 'Bright Star' is already getting it's characteristic winter-time discolored splotches on it's lower leaves. I wish this were a tougher plant in my garden, Nonetheless it glows.

The phormium that survived last winter! A NOID with great yellow variegation.

And finally Pleioblastus fortunei looking as lush as a summer's day. These visions of bright, creamy, variegation are my contribution to this month's Foliage Follow-up. An opportunity provided to us by Pam, and her blog Digging, to join others in appreciating the role spectacular foliage plays in our gardens.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

December's bloomday...

Watering a few things stashed in the shade pavilion greenhouse I noticed something pale in a sea of green.

My Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' is blooming for Bloomday, how wonderful. This is the first bloom on a plant gifted to me last summer. I'm hopeful there will be many more in the future (but maybe not until next summer).

Also in the "greenhouse"...Banksia ericifolia and Grevillea 'Peaches and Cream' are looking lovely.

There are a couple of buds on the Grevillea 'Austraflora Fanfare', that's one to the right of the banksia. Maybe next bloomday?

I really should bring this bright bloom (Fascicularia pitcairnifolia) into the house where we can enjoy it's progression. Maybe after the Christmas tree is taken out.

Out in the garden proper Grevillea 'Neil Bell'...

It's put on a lot of growth this year, maybe next December we'll be able to see the blooms from the house.

Grevillea victoriae 'Murray Queen'

Grevillea ‘Poorinda Leane’ is covered in not-yet-open buds. I loved how it's fanned out over the palm, so pretty it had to be included.

Our recent windstorm did a number on the Fatsia japonica blooms, this is one of just a couple still intact. I might not get to make that fatsia/black mondo grass wreath I was dreaming about.

The rosemary (along with almost every other plant in the front garden) collected a lot of blowing leaves, there's a day of clean-up in my future. Thankfully the huge branch that fell from the neighbors Doug Fir ended up on the patio, not flattening any plants in the process.

Post bloom, but looking fabulous, Mahonia fortunei 'Curlyque'.

And in all her glory, Mahonia x media 'Charity'...

I love this plant! As always visit May Dream Gardens for links to all the bloggers posting for Bloomday, and thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

And the winners are...


I am happy to announce the five random winners of the pinecone string lights from Gardener's Supply. There were 45 qualifying comments and the random number generator selected:

15 - Mindy
38 - icitea
16 - MulchMaid
11 - robin
41 - Anne (annon)

I've emailed you all to get your mailing address, well all except Robin who linked to a blog that I don't have access to. Robin you've got until Monday the 15th at 5pm (Pacific time) to contact me (spiky plants at g mail dot com) with your address. If I don't hear from you by then another winner will be selected.

Thanks to Gardener's Supply for the opportunity and thanks to all of you for your comments!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The garden of snakes…


Okay not really, but isn’t that what they look like? You know, except soft and cuddly, and green. We parked in front of this garden in Berkeley, CA, or maybe it was Oakland, I started to lose track of where one stopped and the other began. The light was not doing my photo taking any favors but I still had to try. I mean just look at them…

Snakes I tell you! (AKA Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii')…

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The NOID Opunita, it's my favorite plant in the garden (this week)...


Nothing says welcome like a pot of prickly cactus at the front door...

This is one of those favorites that I sadly don't have a name for. This group and many more scattered throughout my garden all came from a neighbors plant. She brought them to Portland from somewhere in the Midwest. The are extremely hardy, I've only had a few show signs of rot even after the wettest winter.

They do tend to flop a little in the wintertime, not a huge problem when they're in the ground (I either stake them upright or let them flop and root) but could be unfortunate when they're up in a container like this. It's a long way to the ground.

This last Halloween was a banner year for us, we had more trick-or-treaters than ever before. My favorite was a little boy who pointed at this plant and said "hey lady, where'd you get the cactus?" I still laugh when I think about it.

Normally I'd share the cultural info on the plant being featured, but since I don't know it's name...well...I can tell you there are opuntia hardy to USDA Zone 3. And there are cactus native to every one of the contiguous U.S. states (with the exception of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont) and northward into Canada. That's pretty cool right? Are you growing any opuntia?

Don't forget, there's still time to enter to win a string of pinecone lights from Gardener's Supply (click here) the drawing will take place on Saturday, Dec 13th.

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