Danger Garden, Will Robinson.
It's always exciting to see in person a garden that one visits via computer on a regular basis. I feel a special fondness for the Danger Garden and it's gardener as it was here that we first met in person five years ago, a special surprise for my 50th birthday. It was Loree who encouraged me to start my own garden blog and answered multiple questions as I started doing just that. It was also Loree's enthusiasm for agaves and yuccas that made me take a second look at both. Now I share the love of these beasts and have a collection of my own.
If you were lucky enough to attend the Portland Garden Bloggers' Fling, you remember visiting this garden.
I really should have spent more time exploring the front garden as it's full of treasures like the two large Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue,' a Cistus introduction. Read more about this plant here and here.
However, the back gate was open and the welcoming committee beckoned.
"Come on back!"
Agave weberi that's lived outside for a couple of years now, only being dragged into the unheated garage once during an especially cold snap.
A recent creation, this wall-mounted piece is perfection!
The foliage shape echo of Schefflera taiwaniana and Syneilesis aconitifolia frames this area beautifully.
Euphorbia something or other showing off in the sun.
These rectangular planters are masterfully put together.
Loree showing the split down the middle bi-colored flower on her Canna 'Cleopatra'.
Isn't this wavy character cool?
I admire the way Loree combines plants that I wouldn't have thought of putting together and gets beautiful results like this.
Where the heck are we? California? Texas?
Head gardener, Lila, and her helper, Loree.
Later, we returned as Lila needed her medication and a walk so I was alone in the Danger Garden for a few minutes. For just a moment, the garden was mine. Can you imagine having a garden where nothing needs to be done? Not a weed to be pulled, no new beds need digging, everything is in it's place, all is watered, no encroaching bamboo needs to be pulled, cut, dug. This is what peace feels like. Did I sit and take it in, enjoying the warmth of the sun and gentle breeze? Nope. I explored the space more.
Backlit by the sun this begonia is as beautiful as any stained glass creation.
Morticia, er, I mean Loree points out that she left the blooms on the begonia in her circle pot just for my visit. Once I leave, they're doomed. Say, that's two begonias in the danger garden. That constitutes a collection, yes? I predict more to come.
Aloe marlothii on the right. Love this plant and recently found one on sale.
The Andrew-created shade pavilion. With the elevation and center orange table, chairs on the side, it looks a bit like an altar to the goddess Flora.
One last look before we head out.
I hope you enjoyed visiting this gorgeous garden as much as I did. Thanks, Loree for sharing your garden so freely!