Thursday, July 20, 2017

Open Gardens: The Hyland / Beckman garden

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR) 
On the way back from the Wisner/Orloff garden, I stopped at another Open Garden, that of  Bob Hyland and Andrew Beckman. It is located on a hillside overlooking the St. Johns area and nearby Sauvie Island with some nice views of several mountain peaks. 

The late afternoon sun was quite harsh and not the ideal situation for good photos. Much of the garden was shaded which helped.
Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)
A long driveway leading down to the house is flanked by a beautiful border filled with grasses and perennials.

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)




Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)


Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)

Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)
I loved this Barberry - I am thinking that it is possibly Berberis darwinii but not certain.


Bob Hyland / Andrew Beckman garden (Portland, OR)

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July Bloom Day

Yarrow, lilies, agastache, Rose 'Marie Pavie'

We have so many blooms this month that I don't know where to begin! I know there is no way to include them all so I will select a few highlights.

The white rose in the photo above and below is the Polyantha rose 'Marie Pavie'. It is surrounded by Giant Hyssop (Agastache rugosa) and a Yarrow (Achillea) that I can't remember the name of.

Rose 'Marie Pavie' and Agastache rugose (Giant Hyssop)

Achillea 'Song Siren Little Susie' and Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissimaand)
A newly acquired Achillea named 'Song Siren Little Susie'. Mexican Feather Grass (Nassella tenuissima) surrounds it.


Buddleia 'Blue Chip' and Nicotiana
Buddleia 'Blue Chip Jr.' and Nicotiana 'Fragrant Cloud'


Monarda 'Scorpion' (Bee Balm)
Monarda 'Scorpion'


Hydrangea 'Pia'
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Pia'


coreopsis-leading-lady-sophia
Coreopsis 'Leading Lady Sophia'


Chaenorrhinum-origanifolium "Summer-Skies'
Dwarf Snapdragon
(Chaenorrhinum origanifolium 'Summer Skies') and Origanum 'Kent Beauty'




Clematis viorna
Clematis viorna


Penstemon 'Blue Midnight'
Penstemon 'Blue Midnight'

Gaillardia grandiflora 'Oranges and Lemons'
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia grandiflora 'Oranges and Lemons')


Filipendula rubra (Queen of the Prairie)

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'
Hydrangea quercifolia 'Alice'


Nemesia
Nemesia - I was told that these annuals would falter in the heat of summer but they seem to be quite tough.


Nigella (Love in a Mist)
Nigella (Love in a Mist), grown from seed


Nasturtiums
Nasturtiums in the vegetable garden


Rose 'Tequila Sunrise'
Rose 'Tequila Sunrise'


Petunia 'Moonstruck' and Osteospermum (African Daisy)
African Daisy (Osteospermum) and Petunia 'Moonstruck'


Fuchsia 'Santa Claus'
Fuchsia 'Santa Claus'


Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'
Fuchsia 'Golden Gate'
Mimulus (Monkey flower)
Mimulus (Monkey Flower)
Crocosmia 'Dragonfire'
Crocosmia 'Dragonfire'
Here is a shot of the terraced beds (a work in progress) -



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Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Open Garden - The Wisner / Orloff garden

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR) 
Believe it or not, I had not been to any of the Open Gardens this year, that is, until yesterday. I knew I would be kicking myself at the end of the season if I didn't see some of the incredible private gardens that are open every weekend and Monday evenings on the HPSO (Hardy Plant Society of Oregon) Open Gardens Tour. I spent yesterday afternoon and evening touring 3 beautiful gardens.

The first garden is Flicker Farm, the creation of Linda Wisner and Chet Orloff. It is located on pastoral Sauvie Island, just outside the St. Johns area of Portland. It is an incredible place, filled with farms, orchards, a great nursery (Cistis) and calming idyllic properties like this one.

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

The garden is comprised of 1.3 acres and features lush perennials, herbs and vegetables, sculpture, artwork and a wonderfully inviting courtyard underneath a grape-covered pergola. The garden was recently featured in Country Gardens magazine.


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
The courtyard/dining area just behind the house. The grape vine hanging overhead was covered with grapes.


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
Beyond the courtyard are strolling areas filled with lush perennials and vegetable gardens.


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
The Yuccas were immense!


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
There are numerous vegetable gardens, all artfully done.


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
A nice array of art work and sculptures - some of these were the work of Portland artist Ray Huston - I am not sure if this was one of them.


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)

Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
A touch of the whimsical as well


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
The gardens in front were shadier, full of places to relax and enjoy the views


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)



Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
I thought Mimosa trees only got this big in the South. I was wrong!


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
I love the pairing of the Chocolate Mimosa with Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra)


Wisner/Orloff garden (Sauvie Island, OR)
I am late to the Open Gardens this year but this was a great way to kick it off. I can't wait to see more.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy