If your mind is still a blur from all the sensory input even two weeks later, how would you write the stories of the Garden Bloggers Fling? First, we’ll start with some facts:
This year the fling was in Portland, a gardener blogger paradise.
- Three full days of glorious garden touring. We went to seventeen gardens. That’s a lot!
- The first two days were sunny and very hot–yes, in Portland. The last day was cool and rainy, perfect for taking photographs.
- Eighty plus people came. It was overwhelming for this introvert and others I hear, but also, so much fun.
Like other garden bloggers, I’ll tell the stories from the fling with my favorite photos. You can get other fling posts on the Garden Bloggers Fling website. They are linked either under the gardens, or under a miscellaneous category of sorts.
Let’s start with Chickadee Gardens and their creator, Tamara Paulat. I loved her tightly-planted, urban garden located in an historic neighborhood. Tamara and I met at the teahouse in the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Barbara Wise took a photo of us with Leslie Bennett, another of my fave freinds.
According to its description in our official handouts, Chickadee Gardens is on a typical Portland lot of 50 x 100 feet. That’s not large, but it does give room enough to be creative with plantings and design. I immediately fell in love with Tamara’s garden when I saw her wildlife and pesticide free certification signs.
RDR is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat from the National Wildlife Federation and a Pollinator Habitat certified by the Xerces Society. Chickadee Gardens is certified “gold” by the Backyard Habitat Certification Program (a collaboration between the City of Portland and the Columbia Land Trust.) Tamara plants northwest natives and other perennials in her small space, and the pollinators were in buzzing good health the day we visited. As I said before, it was sunny and hot, and Mr. Sun smiled upon the echinacea teaming with bumbles and honeybees.
Although her lot isn’t large, Tamara makes the best use of it. Here she is in the green dress coming out of her beautiful and historic stucco home.
Tamara’s house was built in 1929 and is in the Spanish revival style. It’s adorable. I love her use of color against the white facade. Below are some more shots of Chickadee Gardens. There’s nothing like seeing another’s garden to wake you up about your own plot of Earth.
Tamara and her husband collect black cat motifs. Note the name of their home. Love that rain chain.
Okay, that’s today’s Garden Blogger Fling report. Have a great rest of your week.