Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Whimsical Garden Tchotchkes

I admit that I love my "Homie Gnomes".  What's a "Homie Gnome" you say?!? 

They are Gnomes but they are "hipster" Gnomes.

How can you not love a Gnome wearing a leather coat and a wallet chain or Gnome with a skateboard?!? They seem like such a "Portland" thing to have.

"Blaine" the Gnome
"Pants on the ground" Gnome
The Lents Farmer mascot
That being said, I drew the line at five garden Gnomes, but sometimes it's tempting to add more. Now they even come as bobble-heads, but that would be weird, right?!?

I recently came across some options for future garden tchotchke additions. 

Let me know what gets your vote!

Assistant Yvette could have posed for this?!?
Botticelli approved?
Not a Homie Gnome
Ed Asner?
Our Lady of the Bunnies
Perhaps something for the lily troughs?
Fire hydrant or mushroom?
The boot would be cute filled with Sedums!
That bear is pretty cute!
One of these things is not like the other.
Sad puppy or Mickey?
Cute otters in a fountain


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gratuitous Peony Pics

It's that time of year, when I can't help myself and have to take lots of pictures of peonies.

In early spring, I was quite sure that I wasn't going to get any more peony plants this year.  That lasted until I saw the first tree peonies for sale at the local nursery. I bought three...

I was also quite sure that I was not going to make the pilgrimage to Adleman Peony Garden outside Salem this year. But I took a friend last weekend and ended up with two plants and then two more plants after I saw the cut flowers. (More about that in a separate post)

For now, here are some of the ones currently blooming:

Peonies everywhere!
Paeonia lactiflora 'Leslie Peck'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Coral Charm'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Red Charm' busting out.
Paeonia lactiflora 'Red Charm' with 'Prairie Moon'
Paeonia x Itoh 'Callie's Memory'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Rivida'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Bowl of Beauty'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Double Red'
Paeonia lactiflora 'FĂ©lix Crousse'
Noid White
Paeonia lactiflora 'Prairie Moon'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Jean Ericksen'
Paeonia lactiflora 'Cream Puff'