Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NHS Board Garden Tour 2012

The Northwest Horticultural Society's annual Meet the Board tour was on Sunday, August 19th, 2012.  Five great NHS board member gardens were open to NHS regular members to walk though and be in awe of.

This board member has an apparent love affair with coleus, among other things.

Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nanus'
I like the dwarf mondo grass lawn (Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nanus'), although it is apparent that it does not tolerate foot traffic.  At least it doesn't require mowing.

This garden was home to many subtropical/tropical plants, including this schefflera.  Not sure of the species or if it is given any protection in the winter.

Nepenthes alata, center
The backyard was about the size of a living room and was just as cozy, although I'm not sure I'd want to relax underneath the pitcher plant (Nepenthes alata).

Rhodocoma capensis
Seeing this nice clump of Rhodocoma capensis made me want to give this plant another try after murdering one a few years ago.

Eucalyptus archeri
Look!  A eucalyptus tree that is alive!  This species is I believe Eucalyptus archeri, and was either transplanted as a very large tree from California or weathered the several recent harsh winters with flying koalas.

This bird netting over the patch of blueberry bushes is doing double-duty, keeping people away as well.

Rain barrels
Someday, I think it would be great if people built houses with rain storage containers hidden underneath the roof of the house.  UV lights could keep bacteria from growing, and the elevation difference would create an adequate amount of water pressure in order to be able to use a normal garden hose to water plants.

This "compost fence" looks like it was just recently stuffed with a bunch of yard debris.  I would love to see what this looks like in a year, when the material on the bottom has decomposed.  It's a cool idea, especially for smaller gardens.

I counted 12 chickens.  They must take their morning omelets seriously.

Eriobotrya japonica
Loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica)

Edgeworthia.  Not sure of the species.

And finally, a contemplative Easter Island head.

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  1. I do love a garden tour, thanks for the pictures!

    1. Likewise to you for some great digital garden tours.

  2. You bring up a good idea...at what point to things like rain barrels (or some form of water retention system) become standard...you'd think with our increasingly erratic weather, it'd be something many people would definitely want.

    1. I almost think having a big container of water under your roof would also help prevent your house burning down if you live where there are forest fires, and it would help weigh it down in a tornado. There's endless possibilities!!

  3. Thanks for the tour! Glad that your lack of posts was for fun rather than catastrophic reasons!

    1. Yes...I don't have anyone to replace me if I die so I'll have to do my best to stay alive. The world would be a very lonely place without this blog.