Monday, October 13, 2014

Westwind Farm Studio - #GBFling14

We departed the Old Germantown Gardens
(if you missed it, please click here to see that post)
for our final garden tour of day 1 of the Garden Bloggers Fling #GBFling14:
Westwind Farm Studio.

The hills were alive with music, lavender,
and bloggers making their way to the main home and gardens!

Gathering in the shade for some refreshments and

a short talk by John Greenlee about the history of the property,
and the transformation to make it an attractive setting for wildlife.
The time flew by, and it seemed there was little time to meet and visit
with other bloggers. But I was so pleased to have met three
of those pictured above. They are
Lisa of Descubriendo hojas,
Pam Penick of Digging, and Penick Landscape Design,
and Kristin of That Bloomin' Garden and Ladner Community Garden.

Then we all set out to wander acres of beauty.

I loved the combination of Monarda and grasses.
Some of the other Garden Bloggers published some great shots
of bees and hummingbirds that were attracted to the Monarda flowers,
however I only got one little bee coming in for a landing in the middle shot above.

Speaking of grasses, the golden seed heads were spectacular against the sky.

The home was nestled with plants, giving it a one-with-nature look.

I love cattails. It was fun to see them growing here.
To read about native cattails, click here.

Approaching the walk up to the greenhouse,
large swaths of plants dwarfed the people nearby.

The stairs to the greenhouse were tucked into a sea of colors.

Inside the greenhouse there was a gorgeous variety of plants.

The yoga/exercise/guest house was so inviting.

From the other side of the partition,
you could feel any stress melt away.
The structure was so organic.

One of the views from the yoga house above,
and another below.

Exiting, the views continue....

Many bloggers took advantage of the pool's cool water
on the blisteringly hot day.

A simple but elegant entry garden to the front door
was beautiful and welcoming.

But the time had come to depart, and we did so,
with one last gaze over the meadows and valley.

  I look forward to sharing posts of Day 2 garden tours
the Portland Japanese Garden,
International Rose Test Garden,
McMenamins Kennedy School,
Danger Garden,
JJ De Sousa Garden,
and Chickadee Gardens.

Until then, Happy gardening to you!

~Kit Aerie-el

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Monarch emerged today

Isn't she lovely? #Monarch #butterflies #insect #Lepidoptera

from around the world.

~Kit Aerie-el

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Old Germantown Gardens, #GBFling14

We're continuing on Day One of the Portland Garden Bloggers Fling 2014, 
going strong, and ready to soak in more beauty and knowledge.
We were in for a treat, at the Old Germantown Gardens.

There was a beetle Bug near the driveway's island garden,
but no IPM was needed in this case.

One of the owners of the property
gave us a history and overview of the gardens.

And then we began our walk through the nearly 2-acre hillside garden.


After learning about Inulas at Joy Creek Nursery,
it was interesting to see and identify them in these gardens.

I think this is Inula magnifica,
whose leaves can grow to 3 feet. 
Janet, of The Queen Of Seaford blog, 
 was kind enough to be a hand model to show the size of this plant.

 I love the brilliance of the leaves of the honey locust against the blue sky.

It is a real focal point in the gardens.

Flowers. A favorite of mine, Eryngium, center in the distance.

I have such a fascination with fasciation.

There were so many beautiful views.

And wonderful, artful accents.

The combination of the Euphorbia and this Inula,
with their yellow and brown colors,
played off each other so well.

This beauty beckoned everyone who walked by.

Watch out, spiky plants!

Looking up at the house.

A great place to sit, don't you think?

Never mind sitting, how about this stand of bamboo?

But no more standing around now,
we're off to the Westwind Farm Studio next!

See you then!
~Kit Aerie-el

Monday, August 18, 2014

Joy Creek Nursery, #GBFling14

Continuing on the journey with other Garden Bloggers on day one, 
we once again boarded the buses, leaving Cistus Nursery (see previous post) 
bound for Joy Creek Nursery.

The view of Joy Creek Nursery was magical and welcoming.

As we ate our lunches, we were given a Dramm demonstration and 
one of the owners talked about the Nursery.

Then it was time for exploration! What was beyond the gate?

An expanse of Hydrangeas that was as far as the eye could see.

I loved the contrast of the dark stems with the foliage and blooms.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nigra'

And the blooms of this Hydrangea m. 'Merritt's Supreme' Blue 
were supremely gorgeous.

The plant tag for this beauty said:
H.m. need I.D. poss H.m. 'Hobella'

I really like Hydrangeas but there was so much more to see,
more paths to explore.

The Inula blooms were pet-worthy prior to beautifully blooming.

The Crocosmia attracted butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and bloggers.

The Eryngium was buzz-worthy,

as was the Monarda,

and Rudbeckia.

The Viburnum was heavy with beautiful fruits.
Moving on, from red fruit to the white blooms of

one of the many Clematis I fell in love with that day.

And another.
Leaving the display gardens, there was still plenty to see, 
and yearn for...
These bird baths were beautiful and unique.

But this is the one I was drooling for.....
To meet the luggage weight limit, I would have emptied my suitcase to fit this in, 
but my worry was that it would have broken in transit to St Louis. 
So, sadly for me, this bird bath remained available for another to purchase.

My head was aswirl with ideas, information, and inspiration.
But wait, there's more at the Old Germantown Gardens,
coming soon, in the next post.

Thanks for sharing this part of the #GBFling14 journey with me.
And once again, thanks to the organizers, and the Oregon bloggers who helped
make this such an action-packed, informative, and enjoyable weekend.

~Kit Aerie-el

~No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden. 
~Hugh Johnson