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

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Duris Cucumber Farm's Market

This season is coming to the end. One of its good memories was visiting Duris Cucumber Farm's Market in Puyallup, Washington State. 
I loved the fresh produce from its own and other farms, friendly service and lovely, cheerful decor!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Visit to PowellsWood Garden

 PowellsWood includes a 3-acre garden and a 35-acre native woodland. It's located in Federal Way, WA, just a half-an-hour away from Seattle. 
There are several distinct rooms in the garden, and the following pictures show some of them.
I also provided links to the garden's website with beautiful photographs of those rooms.

The entrance gate

Actinidia tetramera var.maloides (Rosy crab-apple kiwi)
arch leading to the Entry Garden

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Visiting Lavender Farms, Sequim, WA

In July we visited three lavender farms in Sequim which is called the Lavender capital of North America. These are some pictures.

Certified organic lavender farm

Stunning contrast

Thursday, July 16, 2020

In My June Garden

There are more birds in our garden this year than ever before. So, the birdbath  gets cleaned and refilled often.

The main colors in the garden are purple, blue, pink, red and white with some occasional orange and yellow.

Peony Green Lotus. Not many blooms, but each one has character!

I don't know why, but Allium Christofii  beat other allium varieties in terms of how many bulbs were planted and how many emerged.

–źllium nectaroscordum

Very vigorous perennial phlox, variety is unknown.

I've never seen its flowers, but the leaves are the reason I got this Rhododendron.

Billardiera longiflora


Friday, June 12, 2020

Clematis montana. Picture of the Day

Clematis montana planted at the metal arch and climbing the fir trees. Part sun.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Garden of Mary and Whit Carhart - Pacific Northwest Style

Vashon Island NPA Tour. July 2019.

I love this garden. It has everything to be excited about - amazing variety of plants, including those not widely used, calmness of a shade garden, lushness of a sunny garden, harmonic coexistence of natural and man-made beauty, garden art, harmony of the house and surroundings, combination of serene spots and vibrant, cheerful areas, and  the most important - the garden owners' love for plants and nature which is shining through the tapestry of foliage and flowers.
I've visited this garden several times and still have its pictures from 6 years ago. There are so many changes and additions. Everything has grown so much!

Garden  is cultivated on 2 1/2 acres and is surrounded by Stewardship forest.

Fencing is a must to keep deer away.

 The tour starts at the top of the property.

As realtors say, location, location, location!

Following a winding path down a pretty steep hill.
Strolling through the woodland garden with Japanese maples,  hydrangea, species  rhododendrons, stewartias, oxydendrons, Jacquemontii birches, locust, dogwood, ferns, shade-tolerant perennials, groundcovers (cyclamens, trilliums, violets, hepaticas, etc).... the variety is amazing.

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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Agapanthus, Eunomis and Others in August's Windcliff

There was  a precious, long-awaited  piece of mail yesterday in my mailbox, the NPA Open Gardens 2020 catalog. Opening it was exciting and sad. 
Will we have a chance to visit, to thank garden owners for allowing us to browse, stroll, photograph, peek, observe, survey their gardens and to get new ideas for our own gardens?  Maybe or maybe not.
After looking through the catalog, I went back to my pictures of last year's open gardens, and before last year, and before-before last year's pictures. How many of them do I have?
Thousands... "Your computer is running out of space..."
It led to an urge to show those pictures. It also led to the conclusion that if I'll try to write a post, it will be a slow process. It's more realistic for me to let pictures, not words, lead the trail.
So, excuse me for the briefness of  my comments. 

Windcliff, the garden of Daniel Hinkley, naturalist, gardener, writer and Robert Jones, an architect. Indianola, Washington state.

Here are the pictures, in no particular order.

Luxuriant  Hedychium

 Cautleya spicata Robusta
Description fromWindcliff's website:
 For our climate there are fewer plants better equipped to bring the garden to life in August and September than this with saucy orange flowers emerging from burgundy stems.
Widespread and variable this is a wee bit larger to 2 ft spreading to 4 ft. Full or part sun in more moist than average soils.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

NWFGS-2020: Christianson's Nursery Display Garden

These are some pictures from the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival (Seattle, Washington State, February 2020). 
 Christianson's Nursery and Greenhouse's  Display Garden won Founders'Cup (Best in Show) and Fine Gardening Magazine Award, Professionals'Choice Award, People's Choice Award and Garden Creator's Award.

The following is the Garden's official description from the NWFGS site :


The two-time “Best in Show” winner Christianson’s Nursery takes you to a farmhouse garden in the English countryside with this floral and fragrant display. As seasoned veterans in restoring buildings and greenhouses at their home base in Mount Vernon, Washington, it’s clear their expertise carries over to this garden. Spot the antique tools and lighting that harkens back to the 1920’s, which might make you feel like you’re in the middle of an orchard taking a breath of fresh air. Using perennials and plants adaptive to the Pacific Northwest, this garden features vegetables, peonies, lilacs, iris, rhododendron and azaleas, among other plants surrounding the farmhouse facade.
Take-home ideas: Protecting your vegetables from the cold and hungry critters; use of edible plants and fragrant plants  

Garden Creator: Christianson's Nursery & Greenhouse; Mount Vernon, WA

Designed by: John & Toni Christianson

Many of the objects (garden tools, rhubarb and kale forcing domes, etc.) are vintage.
Garden includes three types of English fences.

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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Garden Memories From Last Fall

I realized that if I don't post anything right now, I hurt this blog's feelings... Four months with no posts... it's bad!
So, let me post some garden pictures from last fall.
I am looking at September pictures and can't believe that this is my garden. I spent the whole day cleaning, pruning, weeding and raking the garden, and it's difficult to believe that it will be as lush as the pictures show.  Many plants are showing up from the ground, I see many buds and new growth, but oh, my, what a difference between the September and February garden!

There were several significant projects in the garden last season.

The major change in the front garden was removing one of our fir trees and two cedars belonging to our neighbors. Additional sunlight and less competition from the big trees' roots gave a push to the plants growth on the small hill. Previously, they had stunted growth. Aralia Sun King was a big winner! It bloomed for the first time since I planted it.

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