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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Beyond The Tour Gardens

Gardens from garden tours are beautiful, sometimes stunning, and always full of ideas for our own gardens. But what about the usual gardens, those that we see along the road, that are not intended to participate in any kind of tours? I see them everywhere while traveling in Washington state and beyond.
We like to go to Port Townsend at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula.
What a beautiful border on the picture below:

This fence and the plants in front of it were shown in my post Fanciful Fences .
It was in early spring:

What a change summer brought!

I needed to stop in front of this house!

Charming, charming, charming...

It would be just a pile of dirt without the poppies growing on it and an old truck nearby:

These are more images from Port Townsend, Washington's Victorian seaport:

This clematis is a showstopper in Port Gamble, WA.

Gardens are like an additional bonus to the striking natural beauty of Washington state's San Juan Islands.

I found this display of container plants to be simple, but captivating:

Cosmos, just cosmos, but what a border the owners of this island farm created with it!

In front of the little shop in Friday Harbor:

Roche Harbor has the cutest little garden in front of the historic Hotel De Haro:

The following are pictures from Alaska.
This residence is unique, but the little flower boxes and pots were the things that made me to stop and smile.

Through the windshield, I could see a gentleman working on his computer. He certainly got used to the view in front of him:

Isn't it a neat idea, to use nine wagons to display container plants? I think it is great!

Washington or Alaska, Hawaii or Minnesota, gardeners make this world a better place.
One garden at a time.


  1. How true, Tatyana. Quite often we oooh and aaah over the beautiful landscapes but forgot about the gardeners who faithfully toil day and night to make gardens look good. All these pictures are lovely.

  2. It is so amazing the things people can come up with to display flowers.
    The home with the fence is amazing. There is always a season in that bed.
    That fella did a lot of work on the bus to make it into a home. How creative.
    That is a bunch of wagons. Easy to move also.
    Wonderful pictures.

  3. Those are some beautiful fence gardens! I can see hwy you like to stop and visit. There are definitely some gardeners with good taste there in Port Townsend. (Not a bad name either ;))

  4. Two summers ago, I was up in that area, and I'll include Seattle-- it's true there are many unique and lovely gardens. It's nice to see them in your post. The wagons are cute. When my husband was a little boy his Christmas gift each year was a new red wagon.

  5. I'm so glad you share my feelings toward these gardens. Their owners make traveling much more exciting.

  6. The PNW is one of my fav places to visit. Thank you for the great photos of the extraordinary gardens of ordinary people, or is it the other way around.

  7. Carolyn, your husband was (and is) a lucky boy! I don't know why, but we didn't give a red wagon to our boys till the age of 7 or 8. I never forget how I sat in it, and two of them gave me a ride around the cul-de-sac. I'm glad they didn't see my wet eyes.

  8. Nell Jean, wow! this is exactly how I wanted to name this post -The Extraordinary Gardens Of Ordinary People! Then, I decided to connect this post with my recent post about garden tours.

  9. Amazing gardens and I thank you for sharing them. They are so inspiring and wonderful.

    I love what that man did to his home on wheels. Fantastic and what a glorious view.


  10. Pink Valerian in my garden, but I would want the Alliums. Love those perfect globes of blue.

  11. What lovely photos and all so quaint

  12. All these shots are fantastic...loved them all.

  13. Such lovely gardens and images. So lovely! Thanks for sharing these!

  14. I love garden hopping, but I always forget to bring my camera. What great post. Gardens make the difference.

  15. Таня, прихожу на эту страничку, любуюсь, наполняюсь душевным теплом, воодушевляюсь и с удовольствием выполняю предназначенное мне обязательное, чтобы освободить время для желаемого.
    Да так происходит на каждой страничке твоего Блога. И я благодарю тебя!


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