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READER PHOTOS! Michael’s garden in Oregon

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michael Follose

Today’s photos are from Michael Follose in Oregon. He says, “Our home and garden are located in Central Oregon, a high desert area with a short (about 90 day) growing season.  We live in a farming community which receives irrigation from snow melt in the Cascade Mountains.  I’ve been gardening here for about 35 years, but the property has been in my family for almost 75 years. All three of these photos are from our side garden.  The land here is very flat, so we built a 78-foot long retaining wall, brought in truckloads of fill and topsoil, terraced it with lichen-covered lava rocks from our property, and then finally finished the waterfall three years ago. Since then we’ve been filling in the area with perennials and small shrubs.” Beautiful job, Michael! Thanks so much for sending in photos.

Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michael Follose
Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Michael Follose
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  1. gottagarden 12/07/2011

    I love the lush, crowded, cottagey look of flowers and conifers. Gorgeous!

  2. Bluevale 12/07/2011

    Your Waterfall looks great, set in to your stunning shrubs and flowers! I fell in love with Oregon during a 4 month work term at one of our divisions there. From the Cascades the coast and the high desert area Oregon is a majical place.
    Ontario Canada

  3. Kris_at_Blithewold 12/07/2011

    So pretty! And now I know that my ninebark has been needing a Russian sage all along. Thanks!

  4. jdigi 12/07/2011

    You have done a lovely job. You have reminded all of us that it's a good idea to plan for your own view from the porch and from the windows--how wonderful to look out and see all the color.

  5. Deanneart 12/07/2011

    So pretty! and what a lovely 'Pick me Up' to see this on a cloudy dreary day. Thanks for sharing Michael

  6. Lisianne 12/07/2011

    Flat but getting irrigation from mountains? Guess I learned something about Oregon! I'm really enjoying all these photos from areas across the country. A nice diversion from my flat, rural, northwest Ohio scenery! The photos are lush!

  7. Wife_Mother_Gardener 12/07/2011

    Wonderful gardens! I love the cornus bush in your boarder. It really lightens everything.

  8. greenthumblonde 12/07/2011

    The land you've transformed is a work of art.

  9. sheilaschultz 12/07/2011

    Michael, your side yard could not be more lovely. All of your hard work and thought paid off... Bravo!

  10. tractor1 12/07/2011

    My wife likes gardening but not so much as she loves knitting, she would live on that porch.

  11. KarinCa 12/07/2011

    First of all,your yard looks lovely, so colorful and varied! Love the use of the grasses too (oat grass?). What I don't understand is how your Russian sage looks so lush with only a 90 day growing season and here (zone 9, California), I can't get mine to get bigger than a twig or two!!! I'm inspired to try it one last time next year.

  12. graciebelle 12/12/2011

    I love how the light is shining through those Tropicanna canna leaves too - amazing! What beautiful gardens. Thanks for sharing!

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    simplesue 11/29/2022

    Oh wow the water feature is an amazing accomplishment!
    What a gorgeous focal point, it looks totally natural!
    Great garden!

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