A City Garden for People and Critters
So another garden that we visited during the Portland Garden Bloggers Fling was that of Tamara, who writes the blog Chickadee Gardens. I liked that this wildlife-friendly garden is on a 50’x100′ city lot.
The front has a pleasing mix of small trees, perennials, annuals, and grasses.
In the parkway the mix of plants looks full but not wild or overgrown. That’s a Fling coach back there.
Parts of the front were in strong sun, others were partly shaded by trees.
I liked the use of these tiny sedums (?) as a groundcover.
Tamara’s garden has a seal of approval from the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, a collaboration between the Portland Audubon Society and a regional land trust. This program sounds much more substantial and exacting than the one run by the National Wildlife Federation.
The back garden has a sort of courtyard feel. Seeing this garden shed made me want to fly back home and paint my house blue or turquoise.
Tamara welcomes birds and other wildlife with feeders, bird baths, brush piles, bat houses, and 200 plant species native to the Pacific Northwest.
Space is also made for growing fresh food for the human inhabitants of Chickadee Gardens.
The house opens onto a deck overlooking the back garden.
Check out the green roof.
There was a lot more to this garden, which had the feel of a lush oasis. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to talk much with Tamara, but clearly she is a skilled and creative gardener.