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

Monday, August 26, 2013

Some August Flowers

What do you do with your tall Eupatorium?
I pinch its tops, but the plants are still so tall, they lean almost to the ground.



Hollyhocks are not rusty this year.
I collected seeds at the shore on Bainbridge Island. The plants are about 8 feet tall and long blooming.


Lavatera:


This is one of my favorite places in the garden.
Lavatera branches, like curtains, frame the entrance to the arch:
Martha Washington Geraniums are blooming non-stop.
Roses are saved from deer thanks to Liquid Fence.
Fuchsia Double Otto was moved from big pots to the soil. So far, it's doing just fine.
First Chrysanthemums:
Hybiscus didn't like our acidic soil, so I planted it in the container with some lime added:
Liatris:
The new plant in my garden, Toad Lily. I need to watch it closely. It looks happy so far, but I already moved several other plants from here. They get crowded by arborvitae roots.
Fuchsia in the hanging basket overwintered on the tree branch and is blooming profusely.


I hope your August gardens are full of blooms too.

***Copyright 2013 TatyanaS

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Minter Gardens - Last Season

It's a bitter-sweet feeling:
I recently got to see the beautiful Minter Gardens in British Columbia, Canada
for the first time and these gardens will be closed for good in October.
You can read a press release here: Minter Gardens Marks Final Season
Minter Garden is included in Rae Spencer-Jones's book '1001 Gardens You Must See Before You Die'.
I hope you enjoy my pictures of the gardens taken in early August.








Wall of water:












































Thank you, Brian and Faye Minter for creating this extraordinary place and sharing it with us!
***Copyright 2013 TatyanaS

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