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

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

My Visit To the Enchanted Garden of Patricia and Scott Bergford in Olympia, WA

These are the pictures from my visit to the beautiful garden of Patricia and Scott Bergford in Olympia, Washington state. I'm grateful to the Petal Pushers Garden Club that arranged the visit and kindly invited me to join it. 

This is how Patricia describes their place:
"Inspired by 'Le Jardin du Cinque Sense' in an old French monastery, our Cottage style gardens cover about three acres, with two additional acres for our Hereford cattle and a miniature donkey named Mr. Ed. As the French name suggests, there is a lovely variety of smells, sounds, tastes, textures and sights to inspire and delight.
We offer a lovely formal English garden, mature topiaries, large organic vegetable gardens, 50 mature fruit trees, a secret garden swing at the end of the bamboo walk. Additionally, there are many discoveries to be made in the large strolling garden, featuring rare perennials, a large variety of ornamental trees, and a plant collector's bounty of hydrangeas. The rose collection features hybrid teas as well as old roses, climbers, ramblers, and miniatures. The clematis is allowed to ramble freely through the arbors, lilac trees, and mature roses."

As Patricia said, there were just a couple of azalea plants and a rose bush when they bought a farm 40 years ago. What we see now is certainly a labor of love. The garden is absolutely stunning.
It evoked feelings similar to those that I experienced while visiting famous gardens of England. 
Old moss-covered trees, abundance and enormous variety of plants including old-time favorites, tasteful garden decor, hidden corners with all type of treasures...

Monday, May 13, 2019

May 2019 My Garden Pictures

Just pictures today. 
Pictures are taken on the May 1st, 9th, 11th and 13th. The same corners of the garden might be shown several times on different dates. The garden participated in the 'NPA Open Gardens', May 11-12.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Front Plant Bed at Its Best in 2018

I'd like to share the views of my Front Plant Bed that I think was in its best shape ever last gardening season. And, I know exactly what gave this plant bed its luscious, best ever look.
Of course, many plants reached substantial size and several new important plants have been added (among them, Japanese maple 'Autumn Moon' and Hydrangea 'Oregon Pride').
But, there were two more important elements which I added to this central bed in 2018.

First, one of my potted Red Banana plants (Abyssinian bananas, Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii') was placed here.
Starting from the spring when I got it out of the garage, tall Red Banana instantly added dramatic effect to the Plant Bed. In summer, when it unfurled its gorgeous dark leaves, it became a star of the Front Garden. What a gorgeous architectural plant it is!

Second, several containers with annuals were placed in the front of the Plant Bed. What's important, those were relatively tall containers, which allowed their flowers to 'float' and fill otherwise empty or dark spaces. For two of these tall pots, I bought hanging baskets and just plopped them into the pots (instant gratification!). From afar, the pots are almost invisible and the flowers look suspended in the air.

Only the central front bed is shown in this post, but the second Banana plant and several identical pots were located  further to the right, on the opposite side of the driveway. It provided a sense of unity and rhythm to the entire front garden.

Abyssinian Banana, big bush of Hydrangea macrophilla 'Oregon Pride', Phormium (New Zealand Flax) and Japanese Maple 'Autumn Moon' are striking plants defining the look of this Plant Bed

It's difficult to overestimate the impact of the Hydrangea macrophylla 'Oregon Pride' in this Plant Bed. 
It's not just the large bright flowerheads that can differ in color on the same bush, but its big leaves and striking burgundy stems that attract attention. 

 Another important plant that added interest to this Plant Bed was Senecio candicans 'Angel Wings'.
 It was sitting in the same pot as the Abyssinian Banana.  July.

In this May picture, you can see two hanging baskets sitting on the top of tall containers with hooks still attached. Baskets' hooks could be taken off the baskets or hidden among the plants. 

Blooming annuals in containers provided color to this Plant Bed even when almost nothing was blooming here. May.

Rose floribunda 'Regensberg'

Poppies, Penstemon 'Red Rocks', Lilies, Roses 'Mr. Lincoln' and floribunda 'Regensberg', Liatris 'Kobold', Chives, Eremurus,  Rose campion, Fuchsia 'Dollar Princess',  Digitalis purpurea, are among perennials growing in the Front Plant Bed.

  I just recently introduced Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria) to the Front Garden. Its vividly colored flowers seemed to be too bright to me, but now I appreciate not only its flowers, but also its bushy, multi-stem structure. A single plant of Rose campion can perk up a dark spot in a bed.

 My Abyssinian Bananas have already been overwintered four times in the garage.

 Hydrangea 'Oregon Pride' looks good next to a purple-leaf Japanese maple.

 Bigger plants in this picture are from left to right:  Sungold Thread-branch Cypress, Japanese maple 'Autumn Moon', 'Canadale Gold', Privet (Ligustrum)

Several more pictures:

 Two turquoise pots frame the way toward the central entrance of the house.  April.

The same view. End of June

  Abyssinian Banana plant just got out of the garage with its only leaf. April.

Lilies. June

 End of July


Hopefully, I can repeat the look of the Front Plant Bed in 2019.

***Copyright 2019 TatyanaS

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Unplanned Visit to Chanticleer Garden

Here are some pictures from my unplanned visit to  Chanticleer Garden Garden in Wayne, PA in last August. I loved the Garden and hope to see it again - hopefully, in May or June and not on such a sunny day.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

August Garden Pictures - 2018

These are several pictures of my August garden.
It still looks summery, with very few signs of fall.
The pictures are in chronological order.

Last beer

Dichroa fibrifuga

 Ice Crystal 

Pee Gee

Izu no Hana

Schefflera delavayi


Knock-Out Rose

Fuchsia Dollar Princess

Senecio candicans Angel Wings

Hydrangea Oregon Pride, Bigleaf Hydrangea

Begonia grandis

Red Abyssinian Banana Tree, Ensete maurelii

Buddleia, Butterfly bush bicolor

Hosta Patriot



Japanese Anemone

Begonia bowerae (?)

Wild Ginger

A rat is enjoying huckleberry

Salvia 'Black and Blue'

 Rose Regensberg Floribunda


Penstemon x mexicali (Beard Tongue) 'Red Rocks'

Fuchsia magellanica 'Aurea'

Native Bleeding Heart

Actaea simplex 'Black Negligee' 

Boehmeria tricuspis 'Akaso'

Fuchsia 'Double Otto'

Thank you for visiting!
Have a great September!

***Copyright 2018 TatyanaS

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