5.31.2009

Spring in Oregon

Spring time in Oregon is one of the 7 wonders of the natural world. Here are some images from Mrs Pliny's and my garden. We set every stone and planted every thing in the garden. I have the aching back to prove it. It's kind of a Japanese, cottage, English, Northwest fusion garden of sorts. In other words we plant and add whatever strikes our fancy at the time. Our British neighbor refers to it as rather higaldy pigaldy (sp?). We like that whether it was meant as a complement or not... We don't use any chemicals of any kind other than some organic fertilizer. We're such old hippies that we have a worm bin that processes our kitchen waste and produces the most amazing rich soil. My little digital camera doesn't do the colors justice. We're lucky to have blooms in the garden from February through November. Hope you enjoy the album half as much as we enjoy the gardening.































































































































































































13 comments:

Michael Lockridge said...

Rather nice. Very inviting.

It almost looks like an Intelligent Design. ;)

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

No it only looks like that because it evolved over many years to its current configuration ;)

oneblood said...

Pliny, it's beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

Stacy said...

Oooh! Very Purty! Rhododendrons - I wish I could grow those here. I miss them

Asylum Seeker said...

Wow! I think that is pretty much all that can be said about that!

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

Stacy - I thought you were in Florida? can't you grow rhodi's in the shade there? If not at least you have the ample compensation of being able to grow Bougainvillea. That's one plant I'd love to have in the garden (come to think of it - it's about the only plant we haven't crammed into our little space.)

Stacy said...

I can grow bougainvillea and azalea but no rhodi's. :-(

They are mai favorite.
I do have crepe myrtle's (sp?) here though and they are pretty neat.

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

Hmmm - why no Rhodi's? As you know azalea camellia and rhodi are closely related so they all should respond about the same. Is the soil really sandy (well Duh Plny! - we're talking Florida here!) Is it a soil pH issue or do you have no shade at all??

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

I have the opposite challenge - azaleas hate me. Everybody in Oregon has giant ones - except me. I have successfully grown new Rhodi's from sticking hedge trimmings into the dirt during July! But azaleas hate me.

Stacy said...

I looked into rhodi's when we first moved here.

The climate map thingy puts them right on the border. I knew that azaleas were related, so I didn't give up right away. They do great here.

Anyway,long story short ... you can't see, find or buy one anywhere. :-(

Wanna send me one? ;-)
We can do an experiment!

Stacy said...

Oh, ... i didn't answer ur questions.

Yes, the soil is very "sandy" and there isn't much shade.

It's the SUNSHINE STATE you know!:-) Except for when there is a golf tournament ... then it rains.

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

Ohh sandy soil and no shade - the poor old things would scorch for sure. We'll figure out a way to get you a start for a pot on the porch or something - though interstate trafficking in plant materials is probably some big federal no no.

Pliny-the-in-Between said...

Well, at least we know that interstate trafficking of SOME of Oregon's plant materials is a federal issue...