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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Monday, July 29, 2013

A Day in Portland Part Two: Name That Garden!

Do you remember the game show "Name That Tune" from the 1950's?  How about the 1970's and 1980's versions?  If you're too young to remember or have started to loose the ability to remember,  the gist of the game is that contestants would try to name popular songs played by an orchestra in as short a time (as few notes) as possible. 

Today,  let's play a slightly different version of the game and see how few clues it takes you to Name That Garden!

   
The first clue is in the title of this post - it's a garden in the Portland, Oregon area.

Here's  clue number two. 

 
Clue number three may have been in a previous post about Portland.  No fair checking back!
 
 
 Clue number four:  This gardener is not originally from Portland.

 
Clue Number five:  Pennisetum 'Vertigo'  and grasses in general.
 
Clue number six:  This gardener writes a blog.
 
Clue number seven:  That's  Impatiens balfourii blooming beautifully behind the table.  This generous gardener even shared several plants of it with me.




Did I mention Grass? 

Clue number eight: It's not Piet Oudolf but you can definitely see the influence.

Clue number nine:  This gardener is an excellent photographer and gets gorgeous early morning and evening light on his garden.  Unfortunately, it was sunny mid day and I lack his photographic skill. 

Clue number ten:  This gardener attended the recent Garden Bloggers' Fling in San Francisco, had driven to the fling, and brought plants back for several of us so that we didn't have to squeeze them into our luggage.

Clue number eleven: 
(Has nothing to do with the yellow sign showing a larger alien holding a gun to the back of the smaller alien in front of him.  I don't know what that's about.  Maybe he wants her book or something.)

Anyone?

If you Guessed that this is the garden of Scott Weber of Rhone Street Gardens,  you'd be correct! 

If you were able to name this garden in only one clue, you're the lucky winner of  the only 1968 Ford Pinto that hasn't yet exploded.   OOPS, um, well, (Stop, drop and roll! Somebody grab a fire extinguisher!  You, call 911) I guess there's no prize other than the satisfaction of knowing that you won! 

Thank you, Scott, for bringing our plants back, for being our tour guide in Portland, and mostly for letting us experience your gorgeous garden in person! 



 
 


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    1. Oh yes, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you're the winner!

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  2. My pics were similarly sun-drenched. It was great to see Scott's garden, I loved it. It was great to see Scott again, too. I've been looking for that grass Vertigo, but not finding it. Maybe next year.

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    1. Scott got his via mail order I think. If you search his blog for it, he gives the m.o. source.

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  3. It took about three clues so I guess I lost but that's not necessarily a bad thing considering the prize. I see that Alison made the trip with you too. So nice of Scott to drive plants back for you.



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    1. Scott was very kind to do that! Only three clues? You win a 1979 AMC Pacer and a year's supply of Rice a roni, the San Francisco treat. Unless you want to trade that all in for what's behind the curtain.

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  4. Is that Scott's street in the first shot? Totally confused me.

    If I didn't like Scott so much I probably would have stolen that cool planter from off his table by now...

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    1. It's looking down Scott's street. That is a cool planter! He'd probably tell you where he got it!

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  5. I finally figured it out too - but not until the grasses were mentioned, so no winner here! Alison - you can find Vertigo at Garden Fever - a very nice little nursery on NE Fremont and NE 24th - next time you're in town!

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    1. Hooray! Thanks for the Vertigo source!

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  6. Most of us are so wowed by that corner garden that we never take our eyes off of it to look down the street. Aside from that, in certain circles Scott's garden is almost as famous and recognizable as Sissinghurst.

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    1. It was way cool driving up to it in person with all of Scott's gorgeous images going through my head.

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  7. I too made the realization after the mention of grasses. Per Ricki's comment, perhaps Scott's should be called Sissinghurst West.

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    1. That could work. How about Meadow Hill?

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  8. Can't believe it took me so many pics to get this - and I've been here before!
    Scott's garden is looking very nice through your lens, Peter. Despite the harsh sun, you did a great job of showing it in a completely different light from Scott's own photos. And isn't that the beauty of different perspectives!?

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    1. I fear I didn't do the place justice. It's such a wonderful garden!

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  9. I got it on the first photo, but I borderline stalk Scott. :)

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    1. I keep wanting to "like" these comments (dammit I'm not of stupid FB) yours especially!

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    2. Hooray, another winner! You Scott Stocker!

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  10. I had it on clue #5. That was smart of Scott to drive and generous of him to carry your loot home. Gardeners are the nicest people.

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    1. I've not met a mean gardener! I agree with you that Scott was smart to drive and very kind of him to carry our loot home!

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  11. It was no problem bringing your plants back (the hard part was keeping the raccoons away from them on the porch)! It was such a pleasure to spend the day with you both (and your partners). You are all welcome back any time...Boots agrees ;-)

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  12. We can name that tune in one note :)

    Scott's garden, and a lovely one too!

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  13. That's great, including the sign! But not sure of winning a Pinto, when there are Chevettes and Gremlins to be had. At least to make into elevated planters for all those grasses at Scott's!

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    1. It was such a pleasure to see Scott's garden in person!

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  14. Peter, I can't guess but I love this nice garden, so many grasses!

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    1. Nadezda, thanks for playing! Scott is our regional grass expert and many of us have seen his garden on his blog, Rhone Street Gardens, for a while now.

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