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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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

What's More Fun Than a Barrel of Monkeys? A Garden Full of Plant Crazed Gardeners!

Twice a year, the Portland areal garden bloggers organize  a plant exchange which takes place in someone's garden.  It's an opportunity to get together with a great group of folks who whose blogs and comments come into each others' homes frequently.  Talking gardening for a few hours with other plant crazed people is a delight, touring the garden of the host is a special treat and, oh yes, there are the plants.  Although Alison (Bonney Lassie) and I live far from the area, the group has been gracious enough to make us honorary members.  They're a very kind group!   Last Saturday the spring exchange was held in Tamara's (Chickadee Gardens)  brand new home and garden.

Tamara's former and current home and garden space couldn't be more different.  Her previous home was a classic  home from near the turn of the last century, smallish rooms with beautiful woodwork in a small urban garden space stuffed with special plants  Her current home, designed by an artist and built fairly recently, has big, open, and bright rooms and sits on two acres in a rural setting. The garden is pretty much a blank slate on which Tamara and her husband are just beginning to write.



A view down from the deck in the last picture, over a newly created-bed at some of the people and plants. The only person facing forward in this picture is Amy (The World's Best Garden Blog)

Another bed in the works. I've been watching the progress on Tamara's blog but it's such a treat to see her place in person.

There is a rise behind the house where some steps lead to a shade garden area.  Always delighted to see podophyllum!

The shade garden area is to the left and above the grassy area on the left hand side.


The deck in front is drenched in sun, perfect for cooler seasons, while the back patio area is covered, the cool shade a welcome retreat on hot summer days.

Plants and People. Jenni (The Rainy Day Gardener) Ann (Amateur Bot-Ann-Ist) Jane (Mulch Maid)  The plants will have to introduce themselves. 

Derek and Heather (Milk Barn Farm)


the guy in the blue shirt right of center is Matthew (The Lents Farmer)

Loree (Danger Garden) and Ricki (Sprig to Twig)
 The striped pink cryptanthus came home with me along with an Oxalis tuberosa (Thanks, Evan!)  a beesia (Thank you, Linda!) and Euphorbia 'Sticks of Fire.' (Muchas Gracias, Alison!) My goal was to bring nothing home.  Oh well.

Ricki behind her camera, Evan (Practical Plant Geek) and peeking out from behind him is our gracious host, Tamara.  Did I mention that there was also food?
 Mindy (Rindy Mae) and Heather (Just a Girl With a Hammer) look concerned. 

Scott and Norm (Rhone Street Gardens) Linda (Whatsit Garden) and Ricki

Somehow I didn't get a picture of Patricia (plant lust)  but have a feeling that this may be her bag.  If I missed anyone else, please forgive me! Next exchange I'll make everyone stand still for a group picture!

I consider myself a very lucky gardener indeed to know so many incredibly talented, hard working, creative plant nuts.  I've already got about a  carload of plants ready for the next exchange!

33 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm. Sure would like to find a local exchange! What an interesting event this appears to have been! Incidentally, I have a "stump-table" like not unlike the one Mindy and Heather are sitting beside...

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    1. It sure was interesting and fun! If you can't find an exchange, perhaps you could get one started.

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  2. Oh, Peter, it was a treat to have you over and see you once again! Everyone was so very generous with their offerings, it was truly a wonderful event with, may I say, the most amazing gardeners. What talent was there - everyone brought amazing plants...not your grandmother's plant exchange! Thanks for making the road trip down, you guys are always welcome (even without delicious cookies!!)...Always! Thanks for the lovely post!

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    1. Tamara, Thank you so much for hosting in your fabulous new digs! I adored your former house but totally understood the lure of having more property. Your new home is so beautiful, open and filled with light and to have that much garden space...sigh! It was such a pleasure to see everyone and to experience your place in person!

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  3. That looked like fun, and it would be great to see Tamara's new garden before it got established. Sort of a "I knew it when..." thing. :)

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    1. We'll have to continue to follow her progress on her blog. They've already done so much!

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  4. It looks likes an exciting get together: you and Allison are lucky to be invite.
    A two acre blank slate space (except for the home) to create a new garden: very exciting and a bit daunting too.

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    1. We are lucky for sure that they let us come to this special event! I agree about having that much space!

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  5. So great to see Tamara's garden AND so many faces familiar from the 2014 Fling. You went home with some very special plants!

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    1. It's always a treat to see the host's garden and the familiar faces! The plants are an added bonus!

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  6. I think Mindy and Heather's concern is whether they can convince someone to bring them more booze, so they don't have to get up. Looks like it was such a fun time this year, so sad that I missed it.

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  7. Our Hardy Plant Society is holding their sale with plants from our gardens this Sat. I am in charge of setup on Friday. We also hold a swap in the fall that is usually a smallish affair. But there are few local bloggers that I know of in the Madison area which would be another kind of very nice connection. Lucky to be included in the event and lucky there are so many area bloggers.

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    1. The greater Portland area does have a lot of great garden bloggers. Sounds like you're in for some fun with your sale and fall swap.

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  8. Great photos, great people, great plants! Let's do it again next weekend!!!

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    1. Didja hear that everyone? Next weekend/Danger Garden. See you there:)

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  9. How lucky you are to live close enough to visit Tamara's new place! The house and garden she's creating to go along with it look wonderful.

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    1. Lucky is the word! I didn't take pictures of the interior of the house but it's fabulous as one would expect from this amazing woman!

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  10. Lucky lot! Looks so much fun, in a fab setting too!

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  11. That new garden is a daunting project, and yet, the thrill of a clean slate!
    It was fun to see you all having fun.

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    1. It would be both exciting and a bit scary to start again with such a large clean slate. I'd need a designer to help.

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  12. Such a nice a lovely day we had ! Tamara is so lucky to have all that space to play in.

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  13. I laughed out loud at the picture of myself and Heather. And Alison's comment. Twas a great day with great people.

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    1. It sure was a great day. I can't remember what you and Heather were concerned about but Alison's interpretation is great!

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  14. Looks like a good time was had by all!

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    1. I hope everyone had as much fun as I!

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  15. Great write up of our fun plant swap!! You took such wonderful pics of T's new place!

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    1. It was good to see you. T's new place is so amazing that the pictures took themselves!

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  16. We're lucky in so many ways. One of them is having you as a roving photographer to bring it all back to life on the screen. Thanks!

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