RECENTLY LOREE OF Danger Garden fame, featured photos of a large agave growing on a meticulously groomed berm in Portland. It reminded me of a similarly-sized agave growing in a Corvallis yard, not quite so meticulous, as I discovered from my lunch-hour voyeurism.
|The house is located a stone's throw from the Oregon State University campus. Things in this area are,well,|
relaxed. Notice the chair left in the driveway. This sort of thing is not uncommon around here.
|I wish the owner would have emerged and given me a tour. As it was, I shamelessly clicked photos|
while cars zoomed by on the busy street. This is a section of the tiny front yard.
|Wait for it... Here it is, Loree! Just a peak while the neighboring fan palm vies for attention.|
I didn't noticed until after uploading the photos that the mother agave has babies!
|Viola! Ain't she a dandy! She could use some clean up but, along this south-facing wall she's thriving.|
Perhaps thriving a little too well since it's clear she's outgrown her post.
|Her babies, to the left with an unidentifiable succulent between them.|
|No Danger Garden would be complete without an Opuntia grove.|
|The view inside the fence. Try not to drool, Loree! Thems some dangerous looking spikes.|
|The house color blends nicely with the Opuntia. Check out that cute cactus hiding behind the half eaten agave.|
|An island bed posing as a "tropical" island maybe?|
|And there you have it. A Danger Garden right in the thick of Corvallis culture.|
|I had to photograph the building next door. I was half expecting Evita to|
spring open the door and start singing.
|While on the subject of garden voyeurism, I had to include these last photos.|
This is the largest Loropetalum I've seen. It grows just a few blocks from
the Danger Garden and is in full bloom. Lovely!
|To close, this is one of my smaller garden inhabitants. He's a little camera shy.|