U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pacific NW (zone 8a) Flower Basket In September

 This is what I picked up on Saturday morning in my garden: 
one flower from each blooming variety. 
Some of these plants are finishing blooming and have only several flowers left, but some are still going strong. 
Among nice bloomers are fuchsias, dahlia, salvia 'Black and Blue', hydrangeas, 
zonal and regal geraniums, campanula, pansies, euphorbia 'Diamond Delight', Japanese anemone, shrub roses, verbena bonariensis.
The full list of flowers is shown at the end of the post.

Date: 9/13/2014
List of plants: 

Abutilon 'Windcliff Coral'
Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee' (cimicifuga, Dark Bugbane)
Asters blue
Campanula poscharkyana 'Blue Waterfall' (Serbian Bellflower)
Centranthus 'Ruby Red' (Jupiter's Beard)
Chrysanthemums white/pink
Cyclamen wild
Dahlia unknown, white
Echinacea purpurea 'Primadonna White'
Erigeron (Spanish daisy)
Euphorbia 'Diamond Delight'
Fuchsia 'Double Otto'
Fuchsia hardy 'Dollar Princess'
Fuchsia hardy unknown
Fuchsia hardy 'Hawkshead'
Fuchsia magellanica 'Aurea' (Golden Fuchsia)
Geraniums Zonal
Geraniums Regal
Hollyhock, white and pink
Hydrangea 'Endless Summer'
Hydrangea 'Nicco Blue'
Hydrangea Lacecap 'Angel's Blush'
Hydrangea Lacecap 'Princess Lace'
Japanese Anemone white and pink
Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'
Perennial Phlox
Perovskia (Russian Sage)
Rose Knock-Out
Rose Regensberg Floribunda
Salvia 'Blue and Black'
Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
Snapdragon 'Eternal'
Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort)
Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'
Verbena rigida 'Polaris'

Not shown (I missed them or blooms were too high as on climbing rose):
Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breech)
Ballon Flower
Joe Pye Weed
Lavatera 'Bredon Spring' (Tree Mallow)
Leucosceptrum stellipilum ‘Ogon'
Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan Honeysuckle)
Rose climbing Don Juan
Rose Mr.Lincoln
Toad Lily (Tricyrtis formosana)
Veronica  'Inspire blue' (Speedwell)
Previous 'Basket post' is here:
Pacific NW Flower Basket In October
I join Donna's Seasonal Celebration at Gardens Eye View

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Garden Guests. Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Charming and Exciting Garden of Rudell and Jay

The garden I want to show you became one of my all time favorites. I visited it twice during our city garden tour in 2006 and 2014. I liked it when I saw it the first time, and I fell in love with it when I saw it last June.
What amazes me the most is how two people could create such a lush, exquisite, intimate space on a not so big lot in a residential area.

Further in the post, wherever I cite the Garden Tour program, I''ll  use quotation marks.
"This is truly a 'garden-lover's garden'! 
With tender loving care, Rudell and Jay Hegnes have created a place for plant enthusiasts
 to stroll, explore, and relax.
When you walk along the path on the side of the house toward the gate, you realize immediately that you have a treat in store.
The crushed granite paths provide the proper 'crunchy'sound of a real English country garden.
The use of vertical structures and plants creates the intimate feeling of separate garden rooms as you stroll through, making this suburb back yard feel much larger than it actually is".

I love this 'checkerboard'

and the bench. Don't you love this bench?

"It is hard to believe that such a wide variety of excellent trees, including Japanese maples, katsura,
 and species evergreens can be found in a garden of this size".

"Each area is packed with a profusion of healthy, beautifully maintained beds of colorful perennials and shrubs.
The shady areas are full of hostas and astilbes but there are also sunny spots for vegetables and a functional greenhouse".

6 by 6 foot greenhouse helps to overwinter tender tropicals and succulents.
I like how the owners surrounded it with plants turning it into an organic part of the garden.

The lawn is small, but is large enough to provide a rest for the eyes, excited by the engaging beauty 
of the plant beds and borders.

"As if the lush borders weren't enough, the containers of flowering plants and
many clever water features add the icing to this wedding-cake of a garden!"

I personally  love to plant perennials, shrubs and small trees into containers.
In this garden, all the container plants looked healthy and happy. 
Besides the plants, I admired the containers themselves. 
Made from different materials, of different sizes and colors, they were artfully combined and provided a great addition to the garden.

The garden accessories and decor were plentiful, but tastefully located, tucked in nooks and corners,
they didn't look overwhelming.

The guests of the garden had a special treat as a part of a garage was turned into a garden shed.
Seasonal garden decorations, collections, tools, garden tours memorabilia, etc. were perfectly organized
and displayed to please the eye.

The large patio framed by two cedar arbors is in the center of the back yard.
Surrounded by pots with trees, roses and annuals, it surely makes a statement!

Colorful  borders were tightly planted with reliable
 perennials suitable for the local climate.

There are several bird baths, feeders and basins providing water and food for songbirds.
I especially loved this simple but elegant bowl surrounded by verbena bonariensis:

Firstly, I missed the part of the shade garden along the back fence.
Someone told me to go check it, and I was glad I did.
The narrow space behind the trees felt like a piece of wonderland.

Isn't it great?

The owners turned a slope into a showcase for a variety of trees wonderfully combining 
the foliage texture and color.

Looking at the pictures, you can tell that I made several rounds in the garden, trying to see what I missed previously.
There were so many interest points and details which you don't want to miss!

I consider these two pictures, above and below, as a good illustration for a skillful use of different materials in the garden.
It's very easy to create clashing combinations that can ruin the harmony of the space. 
Here, cobblestone,  river rocks and crushed granite are playing together thanks to their similar texture and color, and even a birdbath and a cute pig go along with them.

Lovely vignettes were multiple in the garden!

I can imagine that this garden looks great and provides a sense of enclosure and serenity in all seasons.
It has good bones, nice structure, great plant combinations, repetition of garden features, wonderful layers 
 and tasteful accessories. 
I want to thank Rudell and Jay for a wonderful opportunity to see what two hardworking people, in love with nature and gardening, could create on their own. 
I personally was greatly inspired by their charming, impeccable and exciting place!

Just to give you an idea of the tremendous job Rudell and Jay have done in 8 years between two garden tours, these are several pictures of their backyard in 2006.
Click pictures to enlarge.


This garden has been featured in 'Fine Gardening' and 'Country Gardens' magazines.

***Copyright 2014 TatyanaS

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