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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.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Flinging in Portland - The Pre-Fling Party at Pomarius Nursery

I loved the fact that the Portland Garden Bloggers' fling was only a few hours drive away for me. We'd just arrived home from a trip to Alaska, where we visited many gardens, and had a day to get ready to leave for the fling.  At the last minute, I had the opportunity to see the Elizabeth C. Miller Garden on that day and couldn't miss that.  How nice to simply jump in the car and drive to Portland! While I had the best intentions of leaving early and checking out the area around the hotel, I waited until the last minute and arrived at the hotel just in time to leave my bag at the front desk and hop on the bus to the party.

Although I'd seen posts about Pomarius, this was my first time to see this place in person.  What a combination of  choice plants, unusual spaces, and architectural objects awaited us as we arrived. Seeing fellow garden bloggers is always exciting but Pomarius was a particularly festive venue for an evening of re connecting with people, some of whom only see each other face to face at this annual event.


Pam Penick, the Texan who dreamed up the idea of the fling years ago and has been in attendance at each one, chats with Lisa who traveled from Spain to attend.

Many of our Portland hosts (John Greenlee was an honorary Portlander for a couple of days.) wore floral accessories.  Not one's typical corsage!

Did these all come from Laura's garden?

Ann's tiara being adored by someone whose mother never told her that it's rude to point. 

An orange spray painted Allium schubertii seed head is quite a statement all by itself!

Loree chose to simply wear an agave and be the flower herself. 

So many plants/ so many plant people...


Gaz, Gerhard, and Mark.  I've forgotten what was so funny.   
 Pomarius has display areas of exuberant tropicalismo plants, succulents and other xeric plants and somewhat subdued formal offerings. There's something for everyone here!



Tammy and Jason talking about the size of something.  "Really, the aphids were this big!" Tammy seems concerned.

 "Tango" citrus

Orange-clothed tables with mason jars of delphinums, gerbera daisies, goldenrod, and hypericum fruit.




Anna finds a new use for a trachycarpus fortunei trunk.  





 I was particularly tickled by the placement of this bear!  It looks like he's going to grab the truck on the bridge.

It's a good thing he's caged!


 There are a couple of things I wish I'd picked up like some of these sweet concrete flower pots.

And at least one of these!

It was a special evening in a grand venue!  

We all went home looking forward to what was to come in the next three days and Portland most certainly did not disappoint!



21 comments:

  1. Oh I miss the fling, it was such a blast!

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    1. It sure was! The Portland team did a great job!

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  2. I absolutely loved this post!! And the picture of that agave with Loree made laugh out loud :) well...the others too...the aphids, the trachycarpus trunk, hehehe. Too funny.

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    1. Glad you liked the post. Going through the pictures brought back lots of fun memories of the evening!

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  3. great pics, love them..you saw a lot of things I missed. I really love the Loree photo, that's funny!

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    1. Thanks! I remember that your post about this evening had some great shots of plants inside a greenhouse with the golden sun illuminating them.

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  4. You got some great photos of that night, so glad you posted them! I would have wanted those tulip-shaped concrete pots too. Maybe we should pop into Pomarius some time this year on one of our trips down to Portland and see if they still have them. Because we are going on an annual plant shopping expedition down there, right?

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    1. What a wonderful idea! We'll have to hit Pomarius on one of our Portland shopping expeditions!

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  5. A new flush of Fling posts seems to be emerging. This is a swell one, and a perfect winter tonic. Thanks!

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    1. It is nice to see these nice warm summer pictures in the depth of winter. (Although this winter is pretty swell as winters go!)

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  6. Oh what a fun night that was, just great memories. Peter and the gang at Pomarius were the most amazing hosts! That photo of me and the agave, excellent capture.

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    1. It was a great night. I hope you Portlanders were able to enjoy it as much as we who just dropped by.

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  7. Great evening with a whole bunch of wonderful folks. Thanks for the charming reminder!

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    1. It was, indeed! Glad to share the memories.

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  8. Sounds like you had a fun time in Portland, Peter. I liked the new use of trachycarpus fortunei !

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    1. I had a lot of fun in Portland! That silly Anna thought of doing that.

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  9. I do have such a serious look on my face! That night was so fun. :o) And what a beautiful nursery!

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    1. It was a fun night for sure, and in a beautiful setting!

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  10. Nice set of pictures. Looks like you had fun!

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