Monday, May 30, 2011

The end of a loooooong weekend!!!

Whew!!! What a busy social weekend!!!! Most of it was spent outside. Here's a few photos of our garden. It's looking good and it is ready for the summer.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Glorious day!!!

So sunny today that my face is sunburned. 300 people toured my garden today and we had 50 people over for dinner!!!!! Sooooo tired!!!! Totally forgot to take pictures. But I did catch this little ladybug napping in my aeonium. Perfect timing!!!! Time for sleep!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Barbara Barry

Yippee!!! Lecture is about to begin!!!

Commissioner Smith and the White House

Somehow I got on the list of small business owners to be part of a video taped round table discussion to be sent to the White House. Thank you to Commissioner Smith for including me!! Today we are heading over to Parker Furniture to hear Barbara Barry talk about her furniture and design!!!! More later!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My garden

Rain rain rain. Crap. Working hard on the garden getting ready for the Clematis tour through my garden this Saturday. Too bad no clematis are blooming. Oh well. The agave are looking lovely!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lots of pottery!!!

We got a HUGE shipment of garden pottery this morning. So many cool garden stools!!!! So many great pots!!!! Come down and check them all out!!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rare plant research...

Yippee!!!!! I'm the second person in line to get into the rate plant sale this morning!!!!! Can't wait to get in there!!!

Sent from my iPhone, so I apologize if there are spelling errors.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Emerging Poppies with Gnome B Gone

Geeky but true! Captured in our garden with the Brinno GardenWatchCam, let us know if we can order one for you!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I love my new gate!!!!

My new front gate was delivered today!!!! Gina from Experienced Materials made it and I am taking it to have it powder coated bright orange today!!!!! Yippee!!!! Looks like it will be done and installed just in time for the Rogerson Clematis tour coming through our garden next weekend!!!!! Stay tuned for the "after" photos.....

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

episode 75 (a video from me)

episode 75

Come to http://qik.ly/CFhpUQNuQPbUwa9FXaFrxR9 and see my latest video that was created using Qik VideoCamera application for the iPhone.

Sent from my iPhone, so I apologize if there are spelling errors.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In my garden this morning.

Yippee!!!! It's finally spring!!!

Garden tour photos...

I was in Victoria last summer on a garden tour and I was just going back through some of the pictures and here is what I have found......LOVELY! What great colors!!!!! Enjoy!

Look at the texture of this unbelievably beautiful eryngium planum. The color combo in the below photo with the Euphorbia Palustris is stunning! Lordy!

I have been lusting after Martagon Lilies lately and I just got Lily bulb - L. martagon x 'Claude Shride' and Lily Bulb - L. martagon x 'Orange Marmalade' from B & D Lilies at lilybulb.com all for my little self! YIPPEE!!! These plants in Victoria were amazing! The white one was super white!

I love the combination above with the Elderberry - it really picks up the stem color in the Martagon.......clever!

OK that's it.....just a few photos to share. Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

cypripedium candidum

So on Monday I was having many heart attacks because I FINALLY got my grubby little paws on two Cypripedium Candidum plants (I was as Sebright Hostas just north of Salem) that I have been dying for, for just about 2 years. Seriously, it made me tear up....

Well, silly me, I realized that I did not include pictures..... have a look at THIS! (above) I got the white one.....the other is just for show....

I am keeping these plants in their pots but planting them in the ground for at least a year....word has it that is the trick...and they will go into my moist (with good drainage) shade garden.....CAN'T WAIT TILL THEY BLOOM!...planting them not far from the other hardy orchid - Bletilla - I have - white - orchid and yellow plants and they are seriously lovely! They have just started poking their little heads about ground...they are surrounded by hakonechloa aurea and black mondo grass - quite the combo!

For those of you who have not heard of this amazing plant, you are certainly not alone. Who knew there were dozens of varieties of HARDY LADY SLIPPER ORCHIDS out there. Crazy! They are not easy to grow and they are spendy - $35 each for a teeny weeny little start, but LOOK AT IT!!!!! Worth EVERY penny!

Below are the bletilla........

Ok...there you have it - truly amazing!!!!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Sebright .....

Sebright Hostas....

Today Miss Barbara and Miss Susan went to Sebright Hostas between Woodburn and Salem. You cannot imagine how many lovely plants there were. I bought more than my fair share. For some reason, the picture of the Captain Kirk hosta got turned upside down - I did not love the hosta, but I did love the name.

The icing on the cake of my day though were the 2 cypripedium or lady slipper orchids that they had there waiting for me. Do you have any idea how difficult these are to find???? I have literally been looking for 2 years so needles to day, I am overjoyed!!! Yippee!!!! Now if I can get my grubby little paws on a few more martagon lilies.........anyone know where I can get a few....red please!