The last two mornings the frogs have started croaking about 3am. One male and one female chatting it up. We all know what that means, they are going to start having sexy time. Should have eggs in the bowls in the next two weeks. I'm very excited, this will be the third year for the frog nursery in the back gardens. The picture above is the frog couple from last year.
One of the more popular varieties of Mammillarias that are grown in cultivation. This species quickly forms an upright cylinder 12" tall x 4" wide, usually with reddish spines and decorated with several rings of vivid pinkish purple flowers. In habitat it hangs down from vertical cliffs in the Barranca de Pilcaya in Guerrero, Mexico.
I love this plant, it is a true sign to me that Spring is here. This shrub was planted in the front garden about 15 years ago. During the first 10 years I have never done much clipping on it, just to keep it in control. In the last five years I have been pruning it into a tall cylinder shape, never clipping the top. Want the height, it is a very dominant plant in the front garden.
Beautiful soft pink five petal flowers hanging like a small cluster of grapes. Hummingbirds love them as well as chickadees, finches, and sparrows flitting about through the shrub hopefully they are finding bugs to eat.
Ribes sanguineum is a native deciduous shrub here in the Pacific Northwest and it is found from British Columbia to California. It does best in well drained soil in a sunny location and less well in heavy soil and shade. Blooms range in colors of pale pink, pink, rose, magenta, fuchsia, red, and scarlet. Does bare fruit not very palatable for humans, but perfect for songbirds. Leaves are very maple like and turn a bronze color in the fall. A perfect plant for a drought tolerant garden in the Northwest.
Beech Street Gardens is located in a USDA zone 8b, at an elevation of 253 ft./ latitude 45.54983/ longitude 122.603747 in NE Portland, Oregon which is located in the Willamette Valley of the Great Pacific Northwest. My partner Will and I purchased our 1,100 sq. ft. bungalow home that the gardens are based around in the summer of 1990. When the gardens first started there was lawn (2 1/2+ hours of edging and mowing) and a couple of flower beds. Today there is a very small lawn (15 mins. top to edge and mow) and small minor gardens within three major gardens consisting of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. These gardens are based on drought tolerant plants, very close to a Mediterranean style. Plants receive most of their water during the fall, winter, spring months from the rains and with very little help from me during the summer.
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Beech Street Gardens is an organic garden and certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation
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