Fling 2014: Floramagoria: All This, And A Chandelier


This garden seemed to excel in nearly all ways.  

The plants, exotic or ordinary, were beautifully grown and healthy.
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There were unusual plants, highlights for the plant nerds among us.
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Bog plants, exotic for a visitor from semi-arid California:
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A garden bog.  Awesome.
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Skilled design and style.  
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Style without putting style above comfort.  
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Style without putting style above the health of the plants. 
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The front yard was a green, shady woodland.
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In contrast, the exuberant back yard was open and filled with flowering perennials, succulents, and other features.
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Fun objects d'arte--some playful, others elegant.  None cliched, or out of place.  Not too many of them.  A sense of humor, yes, but also a sense of beauty. 
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Highly functional as a space for people as well as plants--wonderful spots to sit, and to share a meal with others, and to get warm by the firepit, or cool off in the shade, and spacious enough to feel solitary and explore a bit.  The property was large enough without being a maintenance monster.  
A spacious covered area for a large dining table.  It was wonderful to sit and have lunch with fellow-visitors.  Also super comfortable as well as beautiful.
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"I can't believe how nice this is..."
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Flowers!  Darn it, I love flowers, and I don't care who knows it. 
Clematis 'Rooguchi', maybe
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Day lily
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All that, and...a chandelier in the greenhouse!
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I really, really was impressed by Floramagoria.
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Comments

  1. We weren't prepared for what we were going to see as soon as we emerged from the side passage. This garden was perfect in more ways than one. Absolutely amazing garden that has given us so much inspiration. Great post and images of a great garden!

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    1. It was so wonderful. (I can't stop saying that!)

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  2. Wow! (Yes I know I use that word a lot) What an outstanding garden and so beautifully photographed. I need to come back and look at this several times because I can't get enough of these pics. TFS

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    1. It was so wonderful. (I can't stop saying that!)

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    2. Just came back for a revisit, love that blue pot with the bonfire begonia. great combination. and that border with the castor bean, ensete, actaea, eryngium etc,. fabulous

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  3. The backyard was sunny? I remember it as being rainy... ;) Amazing place, just packed with plants, sculpture, and personal touches. Although I haven't gone through my photos yet, I already know that you captured elements that I didn't even see. Fun!

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    1. yeah yeah yeah, i need to reword that sentence. thanks for the motivation to do so. ;^)

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  4. Thanks for posting your lovely photos of this fabulous garden! This is the one that makes me regret that I couldn't make it to the Fling this year. Fortunately I live close enough to Portland that I should be able to get down to see it next time they open.

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    1. It's a not-to-be-missed, top-of-the-lister.

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  5. This was a spectacular garden in so many ways! I love touring gardens and always come away with great ideas but this one was so wonderful that it made me wonder why I even bother gardening. The balance between humor, style, and plant health/interest was so well carried out. Thanks for bringing back fond memories of this incredible garden!

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  6. This garden was oo-la-la from top to bottom. I'd never want to go into the house. Love the photos Hoov !

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    1. It was wonderful! (I keep saying that.) Thanks!

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  7. Exuberant is the word that comes to mind in seeing this garden. I'm still peculiarly drawn to that dinosaur - maybe because he's a surprise and also perfectly placed.

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    1. Yes he looks like he's going to eat the bromeliad or the cryptanthus or whatever that thing is. Plus he matches the plant.

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  8. I can never get enough of this garden. Your photo with the dinosaur is the standout for me. It perfectly captures the humor wrapped in beauty that defines floramagoria.

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    1. Me, too. Super-fabulous, super-fabulous garden. Just loved it. There I go again...

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