Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wendy Lagozzino's Garden

Back on the Northwest Perennial Alliance open garden trail on a sunny day at the beginning of June I visited the garden of Wendy Lagozzino.

"Welcome to the garden of a 117-year-old Queen Anne home."

From the parking strips in front of the house, I could tell that this was the garden of a fellow plant addict.

Even the top of the garage was covered with plants.

Wendy told me the name of this cool plant but I forgot.  Do you know it?  Thanks to Alison and Anna B. for identifying this as Phacelia tanacetifolia. 

The bumble bees were certainly enjoying it.

Look, that's Tropaeolum speciosum climbing through the shrubbery.

Rhododendron sporting tillandsias.

Carpenteria californica

"I transformed a muddy path into a stroll over mosaics and ground covers, planted in a recycled plastic grid."

What a great way to use Abutilon megapotamicum.

"I keep finding projects to make art for the garden that add to my already extensive collection of purchased art.  Is it too much?  Maybe, but I'm having fun anyway."

The ceiling of this entire bottom floor is bedecked with dried flowers.  It's difficult to tell from the pictures how large an expanse this is.

 Back outside to explore more of the garden.

Love this collage of found pieces.  Wouldn't it be fun to make one? 

I imagine that Wendy also comes home from walks with pockets full of interesting rocks, cones, seed pods, etc.

All too soon it was time to walk back out to the car. 

Thanks, Wendy, for opening your garden and basement for us all to enjoy!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Foliage Follow Up/Wednesday Vignette - Some Like it Hot!

Much of the foliage in my garden looks a bit weary of the heat and dry weather but some are looking positively radiant.

Cacti and succulents love the heat.  Notice the Yucca recurvifolia 'Margaritaville' on the left.  It's one of four that were a gift from Hoover Boo at Piece of Eden several years ago.  They've grown nicely and need to find a place in the ground this fall.

I'm relatively new to this group of plants and have only this year learned that they do enjoy water during the growing season and even a bit of dilute fertilizer.  While they survived for the past few years, some have shown their appreciation of better treatment by putting on new growth.

This collection has grown to the point that many don't get to spend the summer outside in the danger gardenette.
 In three of the purple plastic pots are the spawn of Moby, the late Agave ovatifolia from the garden of Pam Penick.  Pam is the host of Foliage Follow-Up which occurs on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day and reminds us of the important role foliage plays in our gardens every day of the year. Click here to join the fun.

My own Agave ovatifolia will someday be joined in the ground by Ishmael, Ahab, and Elijah, Moby's progeny. 

 Lithops are spreading very slowly. 

The NoID blue cactus is a new addition this year.  What a captivating color!

Fasciated Opuntia 'Thetag'sintheresomewhere' 

 Cylindropuntia (Cholla) found by the side of the road beneath a free sign four years ago.  Someone had removed a huge plant and there were large chunks of it scattered all over the place.

The danger gardenette. It'll be interesting this fall to see how all of this will fit back in the greenhouse won't it?  Stay tuned to see if it can be done.

Meanwhile, the Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society's "Odd Plant Show and Sale" will take place on September 9 and 10 at Sky Nursery in Seattle.  Since the migration won't take place until October, there'll probably be a few more plants to wrangle after that event.

This'll be my contribution for Wednesday Vignette hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum

Plant life in the soggy Pacific Northwest.
What green goodness is catching your eye this month?