What does this mean for all the plants that will be left behind? Well, they're free for the taking!! Oh YES. Three full city blocks of free plants. The mind boggles. How did I find all this out? I'm extra friendly with total strangers. ;^) I went for an evening stroll the other night and took a route though the abandoned blocks (which are eerily quite and creepy). Emerging on the other side I noticed that the yards were so much better maintained then from where I'd come. I noticed an arbor on the side of one house that I quite admired and thought I could do something similar in our yard and wanted to take a picture. I would be creeped out if someone just came by and took a picture of my house so I had a small internal debate about whether or not to just take the picture and go but in the end decided against it.
MID POST ALERT!!
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the Portland area and the Willamette Valley until late Thursday night. In all, seven counties in Oregon are affected by the thunderstorm watch, which was issued by the National Weather Service at about 2 p.m. The National Weather Service also issued a warning of flooding in urban areas. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. FOX 12 meteorologist Drew Jackson said large hail and damaging winds from the thunderstorms are possible.
We are having crazy weather right now. The power is flickering and we're getting 60+ mile an hour wind gusts. We're also about to get deluged and there maybe flooding. Oh goody. At least I was able to harvest the broccoli and snow peas this afternoon. ::crosses fingers for the rest of the garden::
AND NOW BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED POST
I knocked on the door. It was opened by the most delightfully friendly woman. I think she was thrilled that I was so admiring of their yard - it really was lovely. Turns out her and her husband both work at the University and he's the facilities coordinator. He knows ALL. =) They suggested that I take any and all plants that I wanted from any of the houses on those blocks (with his blessing and permission). The houses will be moved soon and the yards around them turned under and the earth moved and leveled to make a playing field.
Oh how I wish I could save all those old trees! As it is I don't have a ton of room for more plants but I do have that new small area of the new bed that needed some shade plants. Of course the trouble is most of the houses have been vacated since last November and I guess I'm late to discover the whole "free plant" thing. I did take a stroll though all the blocks and even poked around in the back yards. It was fun! It was also kinda creepy and stupid as I was alone and anyone could've been hiding in any of those houses waiting for an opportunity like me to come along. The other trouble is a lot of plants need steady water and attention so I'm sure many of them died. Many others were dug up already as evidenced by the steady amount of "pot holes" I found in the yards once I started looking for them. I was able to secure several very nice ferns, some bleeding heart and a pretty little flowering plant I don't know the name of. It's a start. I kept my eye out for a hellabore but didn't see any. Most of the yards are quite over grown with weeds at this point. I might go back - maybe I missed something?
I'm also going to cut this post short. I want to conserve some battery power on the laptop while we have this storm passing through - just in case. It's gonna be a good one - batten down the hatches!!