Monday, July 27, 2020

A visit to Tangly Cottage Gardens

I first met Skyler during the Portland Garden Bloggers' Fling, held in the summer of 2014. I started following her blog, Tangly Cottage Garden Journal after that, and I have been entranced by her easy writing style, self-made gardening career, and her serious gardening and propagation chops ever since. 

In late May, I had the pleasure of a real visit to Tangly Cottage Garden just prior to Skyler's spring plant sale. Everything was as tidy as possible, and Skyler's partner, Allan Fritz was just finishing up mowing the grassy paths when we arrived.

The first plant I set eyes on blew me away; Fremontodendron (californicum?) or flannelbush, has been on my lust list since I saw it at McMenamin's Edgefield property. This one was in perfect flower and showed the gorgeous range of warm color that makes it uniquely appealing.

We were trading plants via the garage, so I somehow missed going inside the front garden. As a result, I have just a few pics of the driveway area and side garden.  I loved this juxtaposition of the foxglove with the Agave americana variegata.

A Grevillea I have forgotten the name of. So pinky-red, with such bright green foliage!
Skler loves a container, and can cleverly integrate almost anything that will hold soil (and even a few things that don't) into her planting groups.

Here she is doing some last minute weeding behind one of her largest containers, a decommissioned canoe that's being used as a pond.

The canoe floats up a stream of Allium christophii, punctuated by Rosa sericea f. pteracantha and geraniums.

The freshly mowed paths lead me throughout the sizeable back garden beds.

With a garden this size, Skler can grow the really big plants my modest urban garden can only dream of, like the Gunnera manicata, above, the Fremontodendron at the beginning of this post, or Calycanthus ('Hartlage Wine'?), below.
This green and purple portal is about halfway down the garden, and seems to mark the change from more intensively cultivated beds to beds of bigger shrubs and trees.

There's lots to discover and enjoy as you head deeper into the garden

Cistus x hybridus 'Mickie'


Turning back and approaching the house, you see Skyler's love of strong color come into play again.

It was a delight to to actually tour the garden Skyler blogs about almost daily, as she chronicles her work and home gardens, what she's reading, and her philosophies and musings, in the small Washington coastal town of Ilwaco. If you give it a read, I bet you'll be as hooked as I was.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - July 2020

Like many of the gardeners I know, I have been spending even more time in my garden this month. So you'd think I'd have even more flowers to show for my efforts on this July Bloom Day. Not so much. The flowers in my garden typically peak in June, so there's generally more foliage and fewer blooms as summer moves along. But I still have flowers, so here come the stars of my July garden.

Aesclepias tuberosa is winding down but still happily attracting pollinators.

Catananche caerulea is hitting its mid-summer stride.

The odd but pretty flowers on a Syneilesis aconitifolia hybrid. I like the dark and light contrast.

Callistemon 'Woodlander's Hardy Red' has pushed out a few last blooms.

I know it's Bloom Day, but I think the foliage of Eryngium pandanifolium var lasseauxii rivals its blooms. Let's enjoy them both!

And here are the bigger, fatter blossoms on Eryngium agavifolium.

A surprise, late-blooming Lewisia cotyledon 'Sunset Shades'.

It's Agastache time. My all-time favorite, below, is Agastache 'Acapulco Orange'. 

And here are A. 'Apricot Sprite' in back, and A. rupestris in front.

Keeping it red hot (with apologies for the equally hot exposure) is Echinacea 'Sombrero Salsa Red'.

And heating up the shade, Clivia miniata 'Belgian Hybrid Orange'.

An unknown heather, putting on the pink.

Eucomis comosa 'Sparkling Burgundy'.

Helenium puberulum had a rough go of establishing itself, but it has stabilized and is blooming with lots of goofy round flower-balls.
Dianthus barbatus 'Green Ball' was a novelty impulse purchase a few years ago. I never expected it to winter over for multiple years, but it's better than new. (ummm, kindly ignore that tuft of oxalis I missed weeding out.)

I love the waxy look and the peachy-pink color of Hesperaloe parviflora flowers.

Let's conclude with the vine and flowers whose scent epitomizes summer to me, Trachelospermum jasminoides.

And that's it for blooms at Longview Ranch, where I'm joining Carol, of May Dreams Gardens, to celebrate the flowers of July.

Happy Bloom Day!

Monday, June 15, 2020

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - June 2020

It's a wet Bloom Day here at Longview Ranch, but June will not be denied! She is forging on through our cool, damp late-spring, enticing blooms to open throughout the garden. Let's look at them in color order, beginning with lots of orange flowers.

Begonia boliviensis is livening up the patio with its florescent orange blooms. Believe it or not, they are even brighter than this picture shows.

I have two abutilons, (correction: 'Red Tiger' is the cultivar, not 'Temple Bells') both of which wintered over in the garden and are blooming for the first time this year. I'm so glad I didn't yank them out for non-performance last year!

Punica granatum is just getting started. Like me, it is so ready for more sun and heat!

Lobelia laxiflora. I see the Anna's hummingbirds checking these blooms regularly.

Verbascum bombiciferum camps out happily on the hell strip.

Halimium ocymoides in its first year.

Rosa 'Sally Holmes' blooms every June.

The interesting flowers (seed heads?) of Luzula nivea.

A cool, acid-green Nicotiana from a plant swap last year has returned. I used to know its species name but I've lost my tag - anyone?  (Edit: It's N. langsdorfii. Thanks for the memory jog, Kathy.)

Despite the lush bloom each year on this NOID olive, the flowers don't seem to interest pollinators so I get little fruit. I'm ready to take matters into my own hands with a tiny paint brush. Do you think it would work?

Daphne x transatlantica 'Eternal Fragrance' has overflowed her space. She is one of several foundation shrubs slated for removal and replacement in fall, but for now, she sweetly scents the air.

Dianthus petraeus var. noeanus.

Trachelospermum jasminoides provides some of our best screening and covers a chain link fence nicely. Plus it smells great!

Geranium x. oxonianum 'Katherine Adele' brightens up the shade.

Erigeron glaucus, looking perky.

This lavender is another plant that's outgrown its space and it's flowing over into the street from my narrow hell strip. I'll enjoy it while it blooms and do the dirty removal deed later on.

Sidalcea oregana, Oregon Checker Mallow in the Northwest Territory.

Penstemon... speciosus(?) Well, it's a penstemon of some kind.
Finally, Triteleia laxa 'Corinna' is the deepest, most beautiful blue in the garden this month. Last year I moved it into an area of the Northwest Territory where it gets more sun, and it's rewarding me this month with amazing color.
Bloom Day is hosted each month over at May Dreams Gardens. If you like these blooms, check out way more flowers on Carol's site. There are some amazing blooms in the links there!

Happy Bloom Day!