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Last Build Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:57:35 +0000


Comment on Garden Conservancy Open Days season (Pasadena) by Nell

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:57:35 +0000

I'm glad you talked about the clipped ball shrubs, because I would never have guessed that they were 'Little Ollie' olives. They're so green; are your unclipped ones more silvery, or at least grey-green? I like a lot of things about this garden. If it became mine I wouldn't rip much out, but I'd for sure add a lot of plants, some in large containers (which the garden's crisp modernist horizontals seem well suited to handle).

Comment on scenes from the popup (big thank you!) by Peter

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:36:01 +0000

Why don't you live closer? Thanks for sharing these mouth-watering scenes from the pop-up. Glad it was a success!

Comment on Garden Conservancy Open Days season (Pasadena) by Denise

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:31:42 +0000

@Kris, yes, exactly. @Kathy, those are all good fund-raising ideas. This is not a plant-driven garden, true, but I still found lots to admire. There were details in deep shade, bright sun, I couldn't get photos of, so it's not really a fair record. Lovely bamboo in gravel on the side entrance. It was so funny to overhear a woman approach the owner about her plant-collecting husband who had no sense of design and could he help them?!

Comment on rainy thursday 4/19/18 by Peter

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:30:22 +0000

Rain looks as glorious in your garden as the sunshine felt here last weekend. I always love seeing your creation as it's so full of amazing and beautiful plants! I also lived through the first macrame craze and there has been significant eye rolling on my part on seeing the renaissance. However, they are quite effective and there may be a few holding up hanging pots in the greenhouse.

Comment on Garden Conservancy Open Days season (Pasadena) by ks

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:58:22 +0000

I hear you Denise-if I ruled the world GC gardens would open at 8 , which would help somewhat with the crappy lighting for photos. But I guess the goal of GC is not to make photographers happy. How about you double the price for those who want to get in early? If I knew the garden was good I wouldn't mind that at all. As far as this garden goes, well to me it's not a garden. Nice but kind of soulless. Am I being over-critical ? If I had a zillion bucks and bought this house I would rip out the whole thing and start over.

Comment on Garden Conservancy Open Days season (Pasadena) by Kris P

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 03:18:34 +0000

A great space for family time - and parties. I love the Lavatera. I grew it many years ago in my former garden but it never looked that good.

Comment on Solanum valerianum ‘Navidad, Jalisco’ by Denise

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:22:56 +0000

Hi Skip -- I haven't had any seeds sprout yet, so can't help you there. Most of the solanums are easy from cuttings. I should try taking a couple cuttings this spring.

Comment on Solanum valerianum ‘Navidad, Jalisco’ by Skip

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:49:43 +0000

Hi Folks, Solanum valerianum is part of the Solanaceae or nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, aubergine), and it looks quite similar to its relative, deadly nightshade... which Annie's didn't really mention. Grew to about 12' and bloomed beautifully until cold temps hit Portland late fall. It's a goner, but there are seeds on the dead vines. Came here to see if anyone knows the conditions under which the seeds sprout. If at all like deadly nightshade, should not be a problem to cultivate!

Comment on rainy thursday 4/19/18 by ks

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:23:30 +0000

I haven't dared try pitcher plants assuming they would dislike it here -but I have to believe if you kept them afloat down there it may not be impossible. I always enjoy seeing your poppies-I am going to have a decent crop of Laurens Grape this year . Clean lines-not something I excel at.

Comment on rainy thursday 4/19/18 by hb

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:52:43 +0000

We only got 10 minutes worth but it was still wonderful. Your garden manages to be filled with beauties no matter what. Gardeners will look at what they claim is a path and worm their way around and through without hesitation and without damaging a leaf, but gardener's spouses tend to freeze and declare "Didn't there used to be a path here?"