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Garden Tours:  Valleylynn, Lynn Smith

By Sharon
November 12, 2011

Let's take a trip this week to Oregon and visit the lovely gardens created by Lynn Smith and her husband, Cliff. It's always fun to step out of our own climate to see what grows well in another, and sometimes it's even more fun to see what our climates have in common. You are going to love what you see!

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Name: Becky (Boo)
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Nov 11, 2011 6:08 PM CST
Lynn, What an amazing garden you have! The colors pop, there are so many instructing structures and so much green to surround everything! WOW! Big Grin I never quite realized how much "other-than-semps" you have growing. The covered bridge is fantastic...what a treat!

You have been blessed to care for all of this land. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Oh, I love those adorable dog friends too! Lovey dubby
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Calif_Sue
Nov 11, 2011 6:37 PM CST

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What a wonderful tour of all the plants in your garden Lynn, you are more than a semp gal!! Love that Concord Grape room, I plan something like that for my garden some day too. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up
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vic
Nov 11, 2011 7:23 PM CST
Oh Lynn - SO beautiful Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Thumbs up

If any of my plants smelled like peanut butter, I might eat them Whistling

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Sheila_FW
Nov 11, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Love all of the plants, especially love your succulent wreath. The gate is a special touch from your DH too! Thanks for sharing your garden Lynn.
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springcolor
Nov 11, 2011 8:25 PM CST
I loved the tour! You have so many different plants. The covered bridge is great. Thanks so much for sharing your garden. Hurray! Big Grin
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2011 8:53 PM CST
Thank you all. This year things really got away from me in the weed dept, but I'm well on the way to having it all under control again (keeping fingers crossed). We had to take the bridge arbor down this last winter, in Jan. We had a heavy ice storm that caused so much damage that there was no just fixing it. We are going to try another metal arbor over it with a deciduous vine instead of an evergreen vine. I think it would have been okay if it hadn't been covered in all that greenery from the evergreen Akebia vine.

I really am an impulse buyer, I see something that just grabs me and I have to bring it home. Then I struggle trying to figure out where it will go. But much of what is in my gardens come from trades and starts from friends and family. I started with the bright colors to please my DH. He loves bright colors. Came late in gardening to the joy of orange and purple/blue together. Not sure why I never had orange flowers. But I do now. Lovey dubby

The grape room is my little oasis on hot summer days. The dogs love to lay under it also. It really is amazing how much cooler it is under the grape leaves.
Sue I've been watching your photo postings and watching your garden grow. I love the arbors you've been putting in, they are beautiful. I also love your raised beds and paths.

Vicki I don't think you'd get very far eating these leaves. They are pretty fuzzy and I'm sure they are bitter. But boy do they smell like you just opened a jar of Jiff peanut butter. The blooms don't smell like that at all though, they have a wonderful perfume smell.

The succulent wreath was so much fun, thanks the Chris and Linda. Oh and Becky because she had the wreath contest. That was what finally got me into gear. Linda sent me the form, Chris kept showing me her wreaths and making me drool. It all came together. Group hug

There is almost always something in bloom here, except for maybe Dec and Jan.
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Calif_Sue
Nov 11, 2011 9:37 PM CST

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I always like to grow fun fuzzy and/or scented things for kids (and adults) to enjoy. One of my favorite 'peanut butter' scented ones is melianthus, which is cool even for the great looking leaves.

and my other favorite to share is related to Lamb's Ears, Stachys called Stachys coccinea 'Pow Wow'. Rub the fuzzy leaves and it smells just like 7-Up. Seven-up Plant (Stachys coccinea 'Pow Wow')

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valleylynn
Nov 11, 2011 11:11 PM CST
Sue, Lamb's Ears was one of my moms favorite plants. She loved the feel of their soft fussy leaves. I have not seen the Stachys coccinea 'Pow Wow' before. I will have to give that one a try. The blooms are such a beautiful color. And then to have a fun scent, the grand children would love that one.

I've seen melianthus before, but didn't know it had a peanut butter smell. What are the growing requirements for that plant?
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Calif_Sue
Nov 12, 2011 12:36 AM CST

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Melianthus major is OK down to 23 degrees http://www.anniesannuals.com/plt_lst/lists/general/lst.gen.a...
but there is a smaller one that can be grown in zone 8 http://www.anniesannuals.com/plt_lst/lists/general/lst.gen.a...
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SongofJoy
Nov 12, 2011 5:59 AM CST
Very nice tour, Lynn and Sharon. Lovely, lovely plants. Oregon is a beautiful state and you are taking full advantage of it. Smiling
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valleylynn
Nov 12, 2011 7:19 AM CST
Thank you Tee. I do love the State of Oregon. In one state we have the Pacific Ocean, our lovely Willamette Valley, our amazing high desert and spectacular mountains. We love taking trips to Eastern Oregon as well as the coast.

Sue I starred your above post, I think I will give Melianthus villosus “Honey Bush” a try next spring. I see it likes full sun and not much water, must be somewhat drought tolerant. My goodness, I didn't know Melianthus major got that big. What a spectacular plant. Do you have it?
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Ridesredmule
Nov 12, 2011 11:21 AM CST
Lynn, we got a Lynn? I wonder who that is?? Oh, My goodness sakes alive, it is my Lynn. Semp Lynn. Well, you sure got more than just semps, there girlfriend. Such a wonderful article. You Rock girlfriend.....I enjoyed it. How is Cliff doing? Better with each day????
Hugs and mule nuzzles...
Charleen and Charley....
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sandnsea2
Nov 12, 2011 1:50 PM CST
Lynn, Your gardens are just beautiful! Loved your Mimosa and Fig trees. Both trees I have been thinking about trying.
Of course I love my friend and mentor, Lynn!! Your semps are fabulous, as we all know, but I hadn't seen all the beauty and diversity you grow, so this tour sure was a treat!
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valleylynn
Nov 12, 2011 1:52 PM CST
Hi Charleen. Yep, it's me. Bet you all thought I only grew semps. Rolling my eyes.
I love all plants. Love those hugs and mule nuzzles. I can almost smell Charley. Love that smell. Lovey dubby

Cliff is doing great, we just came back yesterday from celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary at the coast. What a glorious 2 days it was. I'm so blessed to still have him here.

How are your gardens coming along with the advent of cold weather. Love all the brug photos you've been posting. http://cubits.org/Brugs/
Looks like one of mine made it through this last winter and the visiting grand dog this summer. The other one succumbed to the grand dog. : (
I look forward to it growing next year and actually blooming for me.
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valleylynn
Nov 12, 2011 1:59 PM CST
Janice you should be able to grow both the fig and mimosa tree. Many fig varieties can handle zone 7 to 9. If you would like to try them let me know and I can send you starts next spring. I have Vern's Brown Turkey and Lattarulla.
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Ridesredmule
Nov 12, 2011 2:02 PM CST
Lynn, if you want Brugs, please let me know.....I got enough for both of us...
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valleylynn
Nov 12, 2011 2:05 PM CST
I may take you up on that come spring time Charleen. : )
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sandnsea2
Nov 12, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Thanks for the offer, Lynn! I may take you up on it come Springtime. :)
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Calif_Sue
Nov 12, 2011 4:34 PM CST

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Yes Lynn, I just planted a 1 gal. melianthus about a month ago, it's already doubled in size!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Nov 12, 2011 10:24 PM CST
Janice I'll make sure I have some fig trees rooting for you this coming spring. There are very easy to get started. You won't regret it.

Wow Sue, they grow that fast? I won't be able to start on until spring, we are already getting freezing weather at times and are headed into frozen ground soon.
I would love to see a photo of yours.

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