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Monday 13 July 2009 - Filed under Plants

New Zealand Flax in a Lincoln City Parking Lot
Apparently the Oregon Coast is the hot spot for New Zealand Flax. It was big, it was blooming, it was everywhere. I didn’t even know it got this big. Here, in a parking lot between a taco time and a budget hotel, is one of the countless clumps of New Zealand Flax we passed driving along Highway 99 in Lincoln City. The top of the foliage was well beyond my reach, 8 or 9 feet tall, with flowers extending several feet above that. I should have taken some shots with cars dwarfed under them for scale. Maybe there’s bigger New Zealand Flax somewhere in the world (New Zealand?) but I’ve never seen it. The mild, cool, cloudy, misty weather characteristic of our beaches apparently agrees with it.

Cactus pruned skyrocket juniper in a Taco Bell Parking Lot
This made me laugh. At a Taco Bell, they had a juniper(?) pruned like a saguaro cactus. I’m not as a rule into plants sheared into goofy shapes, but considering the fast food parking lot location virtually guarantees plants badly pruned into blobs, this one seemed to have a sense of humor. That, or too many hours stuck in traffic jams left me easily amused.

2009-07-13  »  megan

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  1. Karen
    13 July 2009 @ 6:59 am

    Traffic james on vacation? Not good! Glad you got out to the coast and that flax is super impressive – I’ve never seen one in flower before, much less so big. I cracked up at the juniper saguaro too, that’s topiary with a sense of humor for sure.

  2. Patricia
    13 July 2009 @ 8:25 am

    There’s another massacre of trees underway at the Hollywood Fred Meyer. I just wrote to their corporate office asking how they could show such contempt for their customers–hiring people who clearly don’t know what they’re doing instead of trained arborists. As if the trees need “pruning” in the first place!

    I’m asking that they replace the destroyed tree to demonstrate community good will. So if anyone wants to jump on the bandwagon…

  3. Janet
    13 July 2009 @ 9:09 am

    Love the ‘Cactus’!! Good sense of humor.

  4. Loree
    13 July 2009 @ 10:21 am

    I want that flax! And I love the cactus juniper…I wonder what hoops someone had to jump through at Taco Bell corporate to get them to approve that?

    As a rule I avoid the parking lot at “my” (Hollywood) FM by sneaking in the side entrance on 28th and parking by the nursery then driving around the back of the store, past the storage containers, and out on the other side…I guess I am going to have to force myself to actually look at these trees Patricia speaks of.

  5. tina
    13 July 2009 @ 1:04 pm

    That is funny! I love it!

  6. Jane
    13 July 2009 @ 3:29 pm

    I officially have flax lust, at least for a robust specimen like that. All mine, quietly recovering from the winder look pretty lackluster by comparison!
    The topiary saguaro is great! Thanks for the laugh.

    Patricia, I hope you get some kind of positive response from FM. I haven’t been to the Hyster store in awhile, but I sadly remember hack jobs on some of their parking lot trees a few years ago.

  7. Jane
    13 July 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    Uh, that’s “winter”, not winder!

  8. Beach gardens | nest maker
    29 July 2010 @ 7:09 am

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