I love getting away from Oregon for the coldest, darkest and wettest months. In late January or early February, I get anxious about what’s happening in the garden at home, what’s blooming and what plants may be lost to freezing weather or water-logged clay soil. I start counting the days. I wonder whether the house is OK or if we’re going to arrive home to broken pipes or other problems. This year I have a new concern and something else calls me home: my kitty, Scruffy. I worked so hard to gain her trust and even though she is in the loving care of my friend and neighbor Kimmie, I miss her and worry that I will have to begin all over again in winning over this semi-feral little girl. She accepts the mister and she accepts Kimmie, but without a doubt, I am her person.
I looked for some photos of the garden from last January or February, the only time I’ve been at home in Oregon at this time of year in a decade, but there are none as my father was in hospice care and I was spending as much time as possible with him. I can’t even remember what might have been blooming. Perhaps some Schizostylis, now renamed Hesperantha coccinea, a name I can sometimes remember, sometimes not; perhaps the Iris reticulata, one of my favorites so I hope I don’t miss them.
My friend Flora Gardener of Tangly Cottage Gardening recently posted some photos of them blooming on the Long Beach Peninsula in SW Washington state where she lives and gardens both for pleasure and professionally. It’s quite a bit milder there than in the Willamette Valley so perhaps they are ahead of the I. reticulata at New Leaf and I will still get the pleasure of their fleeting beauty when I return home. I planted several hundred new ones last fall, so it would be a shame to miss their blooms.
Since I can’t share my January garden with you, I want to show you some photos of August’s and Laurel’s little hillside garden which I told you about in an earlier post, Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin, into the future….
August and his wife Laurel are retired and came to Morro Bay from Oregon. They live in a small apartment on top of a tourist shop facing the bay, below the house on top of the hill that you see in the below photo.
They’ve carved out a wonderful patio deck and garden area on the hillside. In the below photo, you see at left the door to their apartment. They even have sedum containers on the porch roof and the apartment roof.
Without having my own garden to photograph, I’m always in search of other interesting gardens and plants. There aren’t many gardens here due to the drought and resulting water restrictions and very small and expensive lots. Here are a few interesting plants and flowers I spotted yesterday afternoon on my walk.
And crab pots down by the bay. I’ve seen crab and fishing boats from Astoria in our little harbor. Perhaps there are some from Ilwaco as well. Some of my peninsula friends might even know the owner of these.