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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tulips and Trees: The Union. (Skagit Valley, WA. Part 4)

Petals and limbs, young and old, fragile and strong, light and dark, small and big, fine and rough, colorful and sublime, 'here & now vs forever', beauty and the beast... They are so different. Nevertheless, trees and flowers are united in a moving, touching show created by RoozenGaarde tulip growers.

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There are more pictures from the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, WA,  in three previous Tulip posts.

***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS

Friday, April 27, 2012

Looking at My Blog's Statistics

Thanks to Blogger statistics, we can see what posts attract the most attention to our blogs. Among the MySecretGarden blog posts, there are several absolute leaders. Who could guess that there are so many people gardening on a slope! Post  Slope Garden Extraordinare written in August 2010 has more than 8 thousand pageviews.
Garden of Terri and Ron
 The owners of that featured garden, Terri and Ron, did a great job. Colorful, deer- and drought resistant, the garden looks great from both the house and the street.
Other popular posts are three entries showing pictures of creative vegetable gardens in Washington state and Alaska (10,500 pageviews).
Sprucing up a Vegetable Garden part 1,
Part 2
Part 3
Garden in WA
Layout of a vegetable garden, type, shape and size of raised beds, type of mulch around them, support for climbing plants, containers for growing vegetables, ways to make vegetable gardens not only practical but also attractive and other aspects of vegetable gardening - this what 'Sprucing Up a Vegetable Garden' is all about.
Garden in Alaska
As for the posts about my own garden, one of the posts that scored high is Front Flower Bed Summer Transformation. I love that plantbed myself. I remember how two landscape designers, who worked with our builder, showed me their plans for that bed. Their designs were beautiful. They involved a large number of several varieties of plants, 20-40 of each type. I appreciated their vision, experience and time, but decided to do the job myself. Step by step, I planted shrubs and perennials which I loved. I got a specimen garden as a result.  It might not be a textbook garden, but I am pleased with it.  I posted the view of it from above, and got many e-mails and comments about it (Front Flowerbed. View From Above).
This picture was taken on the 19th of August 2011.


Some people asked me to name the plants in this bed. Here they are:
Melianthus major, Hardy Fuchsias, Euphorbia, Cotinus, Japanese maple, Stella D'Oro Daylily, Rose Mr.Lincoln, Stachys byzantina (Lamb's Ear), Liatris (Gayfeather), Astilbe, Spanish Lavender, Geraniums, Helleborus foetidus, Tradescantia virginiana (Virginia spiderwort), Zonal Geraniums in pots, Hebe Quicksilver, Boxwood, Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper, Sungold Threadbranch Cypress, Canadale Gold Euonymus.

Returning to statistics, it helps to see what other gardeners are interested in and follow up on those subjects. For example, I hope to again visit the slope garden of Terri and Ron this summer and will be happy to ask Terri questions on your behalf. So, you are welcome to leave your questions related to her experience of taming a slope.

***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Stunning Tulips. Skagit Valley, WA. Part 3

This is another batch of pictures from the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, state of Washington. They were taken is the fantastic  RoozenGaarde display garden.
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***Copyright 2012 TatyanaS

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