Garden Bloggers Bloomday-The Late Edition

This is actually Bloom Evening-I'm a bit behind schedule . It's still the 15th at May Dreams Gardens, where Carol provides us a platform to share our flowers on the 15th of every month, but I'm right under the wie for midnight on the east coast. Here is a small sample of what I have going on in zone 9, Northern California.

 This has become one of my favorite Lilys, Carte Blanche, an Orienpet from the Lily Garden in Vancouver Wa. 6 to 7 ft tall in my garden , which allows for easy viewing of the slightly down turned blooms, unless you are in the NBA.

All Fuchsias are in full bloom, but I only took a photo of "Winston Churchill a favorite I have grown for at least 20 years. You can see the damage from one of the few hot days we have had this summer .

 One of my fave Sanguisorbas, my un-named seeding from Far Reaches Farm.

 This patch of Eucomis is scheduled for removal  this fall-it takes uo way too much space and in a small garden 3 big clumps of Eucomis is overkill.

Flingtastic Colorado- The Gardens on Spring Creek

Garden Bloggers Fling , the annual meet-up of blogging gardeners, took place this year in the Denver Colorado area  encompassing Fort Collins and Boulder as well as Denver. The organizing team put together an outstanding itinerary that was firmly rooted in the unique environment of the mountain west.

 In this post we will visit The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins , which is currently 18 acres and is owned and operated by the city of Fort Collins. I really loved this garden. The sense of place, the attention to detail and the obvious passion of the staff was a perfect circle of excellence. The garden is  at the tail end of  an expansion which includes a renovated visitors center, a butterfly house and a cafe. The grand opening of the newest additions to Spring Creek is expected to take place in fall of this year. We were able to see enticing snippets of the gardens around the visitors center from beyond the caution tape and every bit of the still developing areas of this …

Scarecrows of Luscher Farm-Lake Oswego Oregon

After 3 heady days of great speakers and great gardens at HPSO Study Weekend (more about this event in future posts) I had a couple of 'wind-down' days with relatives in Lake Oswego before heading home. My agenda included a visit to Rogerson Clematis Garden, which was located only a couple miles from where I was staying . No trip to RCG is complete without a stroll around the adjacent Luscher Farm Community Garden , where there is, I am told,  always a waiting list for plots.There is a robust mixture of flower gardens and edibles with bucolic farm-y views in every direction.
 And it appears that scarecrows are A Thing. I took several hundred photos on this trip, and coming on the heels of Garden Bloggers Fling Denver my external hard drive where I store all my images is nearly full and will not accommodate my Portland photos from HPSO study weekend. Before I left for that event I ordered a new, larger storage external drive which I will install this upcoming weekend For now, …

Garden Conservancy Open Day -Marin County

If I ruled the world, Marin County Open Gardens would commence at 7:am and end at 11.  There was no heatwave for a change (that event happened the following week)  but the only year I have been able to capture decent images was when the gardens were on the coast-Bolinas and Stinson Beach specifically. That tour was posted about here and  here. The sun is not soft in our Mediterranean climate, 
 I visited four gardens on this June Garden Conservancy tour, and batted 500- two were good one was ok, just not to my taste , and one was well, kinda bad.I won't include the latter two in this post .

 First ups is the garden of Roger-all owner IDs on this day were first name only . There were areas of deep shade and full sun and they were adjacent  so I didn't come back with many usable photos. I found this garden to be extremely pleasant to be in. The low profile of the house never intruded and there was a nice mixture of colorful areas and artful combinations of shrubs and small tre…