Neighborhood Gardens of Portland Part II
Shall we tour a few more? There are so many . . . perhaps I should make this a regular posting, the gardens around Portland and my neighborhood.
First up, is a lovely corner garden facing south up near Mt. Tabor. It has a wildflower hell-strip, lots of pollinator plants, a mini- vineyard and a lot of style.
So you can probably tell this is autumn - such colors on the maple in back, the Eutrochium purpureum (Joe Pye Weed) and David's sweater. Wow. He usually wears orange, which would have made him disappear but thankfully it's red this day.
The corner of the property facing south.
Same shot, a couple of months later.
Moving down the street; the neighbor has a great hell-strip.
Same block - I particularly like this shot due to the contrast in the dark Douglass fir trees behind with the golden foliage in the foreground.
Moving farther up the hill is a favorite garden we regularly pass on our weekend walks. Lots of hot colors, berries and flowers, bugs and birds.
I do like this trellis. Apologies for the bad photo.
I also really like the Japanese blood grass or Imperata cylindrdica. So lovely when light shines through it.
Now we're north from our home near the local Fred Meyer store. We call this Fred Meyer Flats. I spied a street with many mature arctostaphylos - we don't have any mature ones yet, ours are only a year or two old at the most. In fact, we lost something like seven plants this past horrific winter as they were not established yet. Therefore, I have a case of Established Arctostaphylos Envy or EAE.
Love dahlias, but we don't grow them. I don't have patience to dig up tubers. I can hardly remember where I planted things I DON'T have to dig up. This game of hide-and-seek I do not favor.
More Japanese blood grass. Lovely en-masse like this.
This interesting trunk caught my eye. I wonder if it was trained like that. Of course it was. Maybe.
I apologize for the blurriness, it's just so charming I had to share it.
How about this for maintenance? Wow. It's a little out of this world. I literally stopped in my tracks with my jaw hanging open when we encountered this sculptural wonder.
I just don't know what to say. Feel free to chime in.
Closer to our home, a local bar has this cool planting. I don't think the phormium survived the winter.
A neighbor's hell-strip.
More gorgeous flower color on the dahlias.
This is literally a block away, one of David's favorites. This planting is only a few years old, a tasteful landscaping job and already filled in.
A sunny man with his sunny flower.
A typical Mt. Tabor neighborhood garden. Nothing specific to point out. Just nice.
Maybe I should have titled this the Japanese blood grass post? Here it is again, backlit and in a different area, another Mt. Tabor garden.
Lovely sumac in the sun.
Nice cotinus...hadn't bloomed yet in this post (from around May).
This concludes this tour around our neighborhood gardens with more to come. There are some really wonderful ones I'll photograph later this summer so we can have some sunshine memories when the weather turns. We are very fortunate to live in a climate where we can grow so many different plants and equally as fortunate to have so many world-class nurseries nearby to support my plant habit...to mention a few, Cistus, Xera Plants, Joy Creek, Bosky Dell Natives, Echo Valley Natives, Wild Ginger Farm, Garden Fever, Thicket, Portland Nursery, Gossler Farms, Seabright Gardens, Cornell Farms....the list goes on. You see why I have a plant addiction?
Thank you for reading and until next week, happy gardening!!