Friday, July 28, 2017

Open Gardens: The Beadell Garden

Beadell garden (Portland, OR) 
While visiting the Hardiman garden, I did not realize that their next-door neighbor, Kurt Beadell, had an equally impressive garden open as well. Stepping through the garden gate at the back of Hardiman's garden leads you into Beadell's tropical-like oasis. It was like being transported to New Orleans.

This is a very small garden, packed with lush plantings, like palms, bamboo and other exotic plants and vines. 
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Pathways and steps beckon
 
Beadell garden (Portland, OR)
The garden gate that leads from one great garden to another


Beadell garden (Portland, OR)


Beadell garden (Portland, OR)
I sometimes have nightmares about Houtuynia cordata (Chameleon Plant). I would never grow it again but it looks quite tame and happy here.


Beadell garden (Portland, OR)
This garden is clearly a spectacular site for entertaining.


Beadell garden (Portland, OR)


Beadell garden (Portland, OR)

Beadell garden (Portland, OR)
The narrow side garden that winds around the house.


Beadell garden (Portland, OR)
I absolutely LOVE these doors.


Beadell garden (Portland, OR)
The front of the house


Beadell garden (Portland, OR)


Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Open Gardens: The Hardiman Garden

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I was very excited to see the garden of Lucy and Fred Hardiman. Lucy Hardiman is a garden designer at Perennial Partners. This garden certainly did not disappoint. Full of vibrant rich colors (purples, blues and pinks, a favorite combination of mine) and accented with artistic architectural structures and art pieces, as well as some favorite plants like hydrangeas and lilies. Note the big crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Zuni') in the above photo. They do grow here!

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Just look at these lilies! I was intrigued by the blue flower and she told me that it is a perennial that she herself introduced to Joy Creek Nursery. It is Galega 'Lady Wilson'.

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It was near sunset when I toured the garden and the diminishing light gave it a magical quality.

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Perfectly placed art pieces

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Yarn in the garden? Why not?

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This is the front entryway garden that leads back to the main garden.
A big thank you to the Hardiman's for including their garden on the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Open Gardens Tour. It was wonderful!

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

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'


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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