Fling 2014: McMenamins Kennedy School
An example of how our mood affects how we see things, if ever one was needed. We'd been to six(?) gardens before McMenamin's Kennedy School by that time of the day, and it was hot, hot, hot, and I was starting to hurt all over. I would have gone and sat on the bus a while, but the bus was about ten degrees hotter than the outdoors--getting the picture? Grumpy I was.
Yucca(?) leaves with curly tips tried to cheer me up:
My mood was lifted when McMenamin's head gardener arrived and gave us a tour of the plantings. McMenamins Kennedy School, I discovered, was not a school named after someone with the odd first name of McMenamins.
I got several shots of the curly-tipped leaves, but it would have been smart to get a photo of the front of the building at least. I was too tired (and hot! Did I mention it was hot?) to be smart at that point.
It's a former elementary school, previously known as the Kennedy School, of course, converted into a hotel/bar/entertainment complex by McMenamins, a chain of Portland brewpubs. It was featured on our tour due to the grounds, which are planted quite a bit beyond the typical commercial style of shrubs, lawn, and annual bedding color.
Barberry (Berberis) I understand is a vastly-overplanted shrub, somewhat invasive, in many parts of the country. Not to southern California eyes, where it's not planted and is therefore interesting. I liked it. Hopefully this is actually a Berberis. Uhhh...unless it's a Lophomyrtus? Lophomyrtus 'Red Dragon'? Even better.
Our guide was a true plantsman and very informative, but I had a hard time hearing him most of the time, or I was too tired to listen (and hot, really hot).
Neat plants and grasses and shrubs. It was late afternoon and the light was either non-existent or blazing-bright.
Neat trees, out of the ordinary trees we do not see in Southern California.
This tree cast lovely cool shade, if you stood in the right spot. If you stood in the blazing direct sun, you could hear our guide, or you could not hear him and stand in the lovely cool shade. I picked the shade.
Lonicera there in the background?
Lots of Arctostaphylos. I think.
That's either a nice plant, or a weed, or Saliva mexicana 'Limelight' (Thanks, ks!)
Towards the end of our tour, we came around the side of the property and were met with an amazing show of dramatically back-lit plants. Unfortunately at that point my photo skills were--well, it was hot, you know? Most everything I shot was out of focus.
The Echinops looked so cool back-lit. I took dozens of shots but they were all out of focus. These are the couple that were sort of in focus, but not quite.
Why does the shape always make me think: "Sputnik"? I know I am not alone in this.
This was a weird little plant. Someone thought Potentilla of some sort. Out of focus, like my mind at that point.
Loved the dark red lilies.
When you are tired, when everything hurts and it is hot, this is how your blog post turns out.