Category Archives: Cool plants

Be they great for background, solitary primadonnas, ugly ducklings, unexpectedly edible or – to my mind – in any way cool and interesting, but somehow underrepresented in the horticultural world, chances are I might write about them here. I also have a lot of fun finding beautiful planting combinations which are fun to feature.

Belated Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-up – March 2014

…. or as it could also be called; “The dance of the yet unplanted”. Temperature-wise, this winter was a rough one, and it was also a very busy one. So busy, in fact, that most everything procured last fall are … Continue reading

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A stroll through the Lan Su Garden

The Lan Su Garden is a true gem in our city. It is a garden the size of a city block, which was built as a collaboration between Portland and its sister city Suzhou in the Jiangsu province in China. … Continue reading

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Fall foliage, berries, and a few blooms too…

How I could completely miss both October Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-up is beyond my comprehension. When I finally realized it, and wandered out back to survey the garden, I realized I had indeed missed a bunch of things out … Continue reading

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Going gaga over green flowers

The delight of the out-of-the-blue, sudden blossoming of one of my cacti a few weeks ago – for the first time in seven years! – carried with it another surprise… The flowers were green! How cool! Their obvious oddball appeal … Continue reading

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If you can’t plant a tree, plant a rain garden!

As our world is warming, more and more water evaporates. And, as we all learned in physics class, what goes up must sooner or later come down. As Portland is bracing for at least a week of more or less … Continue reading

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Garden tidings, September 2013

Did you know that over 50 of the world’s 165, or so, species of lupine can be found here in the Pacific Northwest? Well, I didn’t either, until quite recently. I love seeing the blue expanses of it covering the … Continue reading

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Veni vedi WeHoP – part 3 – fabulous plants, color, and texture

While the previous two posts about our awesome adventure focused more on overall shots and a chronological narrative of our trip, I figured I’d cram a few more photos into a final post on the matter. It was such a … Continue reading

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