Neighborhood Gardens of Portland Part III
It seems as if winter is making an early appearance this year. Therefore, it's time to revisit some of our neighborhood gardens before the weather turns everything into a wasteland. In the final installment of Neighborhood Gardens of Portland for 2014, I give you the colors of early and mid-autumn.
To start off, I wanted to share this street very near to an entrance we take to Mt. Tabor. These photos are fairly recent. Before we get into all those yellows and oranges, however, let's backtrack and begin in September and move our way forward through the months.
OK, here we go - some September photos. First up, is a hell strip planted with summer bulbs - dahlias, lilies and some perennials, too.
Speaking of dahlias, here's a colorful bunch.
A lovely heather. I really am beginning to love heathers, they grow so well here in our acid soil and are colorful textures at times when virtually nothing else is blooming. I encounter many heathers all over the neighborhoods blooming at different times of the year.
This is a sweet little garden around the corner from us, not far from Bob the cat. There are veggies, perennials, some natives and nice hardscaping that is all quite new.
They grew some lovely beans and I think those are orange cosmos on the left. The bees loved those this year.
Bob the cat's garden. He keeps a nice one, don't you think?
A bit closer towards Mt. Tabor a really attractive Perovskia atriplicifolia with a cotinus in full bloom.
There is this wonderful old building on Belmont Street in the Mt. Tabor area. It is pinkish in color and reminds me of a European structure, perhaps French. Covered in Boston ivy, it always makes me stop in my tracks.
Just some beautiful ornamental grasses.
We have visited this garden before, you can revisit that post here. This is early autumn, the Joe Pye Weed is done blooming and seed heads are beginning to form.
This is the same view in October.
Here is the tiny vineyard in August.
Here it is again in early November.
Some lovely California fuchsia or Zauschneria californica on a really dry, exposed corner with a lot of traffic. This is one tough plant and native to California and southern Oregon. I love it and so do the hummingbirds.
Some urban fruit trees planted in a hellstrip.
This was late October, a sumac and some pumpkin buddies.
Near that same street, a garden I often admire with many small shrubs, conifers and perennials. Trees on Mt. Tabor in the background.
I don't know about other cities, but Portland has its share of urban chickens. I thought this was a particularly handsome coop.
Just a favorite corner garden, always something interesting to see.
Here it is again from a different angle. I admire this garden regularly on my neighborhood walks.
Detail of the above garden.
Here's the same garden early December.
I believe this is a crabapple tree, displaying some festive colors.
Mid-November in the neighborhood, full color.
Two different maples, interesting placement but oh boy, what color!
Different garden but electric nonetheless. I guess we did have some great fall color after all.
Peony seed heads.
A hanging basket on a cold frame veggie garden. I like it!
For those of you familiar with Chickadee Gardens, you'll recognize this. Many people proudly display these all over the Portland metro area. If you are interested in one for your own garden and are outside of Portland, you can get them here. If you are in Portland, you can to to Metro's website and take the pledge and get one for free, details are here or you can find them where Master Gardeners are on hand at farmer's markets and the like. Go on, take the pledge!
Rose hips, late September.
Some autumn color on Mt. Tabor in early December.
That concludes our tours of Neighborhood Gardens of Portland for 2014, I'm sure to have more for next year. Next week a special treat, stay tuned for the flora and fauna of Nepal via my husband, safely home after a long month away.
Thank you for reading and until next week, happy gardening!