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File: June 2010

2010-06-30 :: megan // General
Gossler Farms Field Trip

I had a day off a couple weeks ago, and decide to make a day trip of it, visiting nurseries and gardens. My mom and I headed off to Eugene, to spend some time at Gossler Farms, then Greer Gardens, and then we were going to try a nursery that we always see off I5 [...]

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2010-06-24 :: megan // Plants

Echium death star is one of many plants I wish I could grow in my Portland garden, but I’m a zone or two outside of it’s range, and lacking the sunny spot and poor soil it would thrive in. I might get the chance to grow it as an annual some years, but I’m destined [...]

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2010-06-18 :: megan // Plants
Extra Large

There are many big dramatic plants I love and work hard for, because it’s worth it to ruin your back to dig a bog for a huge gunnera, or to feed and water the bananas and papyrus for a lush tropical summer garden. However, they can’t all be high maintenance, or I wouldn’t stand a [...]

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They have some of the best acanthus I’ve ever seen growing in the gardens in front of Portland’s World Trade Center. Big, glossy, deep green leaves that always seem to make it through the winter intact. I was at an event at the building recently, and got a closer look at the plants. They have [...]

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2010-06-11 :: megan // Gardens + Plants
Signs of urban farming

I stopped a couple weeks ago to get a closer look at a plant that had been catching my eye on a busy North Portland street on my drive home. At a pedestrian’s pace, I couldn’t turn around without seeing irrepressible gardens behind bars. I take it as proof that gardening is contagious, to see [...]

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2010-06-09 :: megan // Nurseries + Plants
An important lesson

It turns out that wet compost is heavy. It also turns out, that if you shovel wet compost into a wheelbarrow until it is heaping full, it creates the perfect lever for wrenching your lower back into a crippling state for two weeks. So for anyone else that’s worrying about a pile of compost in [...]

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Trays of succulents as cupcakes, perfect for a garden party. Making a miniature landscape with Dyckia as agave and Pachypodium as a tree. If the huge rhizomes of Canna Stutgart produced similarly huge plants. If I had planted my new Furcrea already, how nice it would work as a bookend to the container garden

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