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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sherri's Garden

The NPA Garden Tour on Bainbridge Island happened to fall on a very hot and bright day.
But, the gardens that we visited had shade corners for coolness and literally were just cool.
Here are some pictures of Sherri Wilson's 2-acre garden.

Frog Princess is a sure sign that there will be some surprises ahead!

This is what Sherri said about her garden in the NPA brochure:
"Inspired by Heronswood, my garden is a mixture of unusual trees, shrubs and perennials.
There is a raised-bed garden with a rusty grain auger fountain, a boxwood parterre with a pebble mosaic, and a greenhouse made of vintage windows.
Also a chicken coop, old apple orchard, and extensive mixed borders in both sun and shade."

Mature trees and inviting seating areas around the house can help to beat the summer heat.

 I really loved this cozy porch which is perfect for reading, morning coffee and refreshments.
But, let's wait for the latest, Sherri has an even better place for it!

Perfect pooch/foliage color coordination.

Cornus controversa shelters another seating area at the house.
What a beautiful canopy!

Everything that can hold soil can be used as a planter. 

Densely planted reliable perennials create colorful vibrant garden tapestries.

Unique auger fountain

My pictures don't reflect the attractiveness of the boxwood parterre.
The pebble mosaic was laid by Sherri's husband. I take my hat off to him! 

At some point, the northwestern style cottage garden suddenly turns to a southwestern-style succulent garden.
And what a garden it is! I could spend an hour there admiring the variety of healthy plump plants!
These were truly enjoying a dry hot day!

This is where succulents overwinter.  Vintage windows are used in this greenhouse.

Another Frog Princess!

I loved how Sherri arranged her treasures.
While there, I felt like a kid in a candy store.

Find one more frog...

Tomato plants can be a part of garden decor too!

Love this rustic cockerel water feature!

Wonderful abutilon

I noticed how well color-coordinated is this area, particularly the chairs, terracotta pots and some blooms.

Burro's Tail in a circle planter with strong verticals of tree trunks in the background - beautiful!

When we thought that we've seen it all, Sherri showed us one more structure.
She turned a corner of an old barn into an outdoor room that even has a bar!
Bravo, Sherri!
I am sure your guests enjoy tea or stronger drinks here!

Sherri said she bought the piece which serves as the bar top at a charitable auction on the island:

There are so many interesting collections here, like these teapots at the lovely window:

Isn't it a Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa), gracefully arching its stems and framing the picture?
One more look at the greenhouse:

Sherri's garden is full of interesting details that bring additional charm to the borders and plant beds.

One more accent that gives a warm countryside feeling to this garden - chickens!
Be careful, chickens! Apples can fall down from the heavily laden branch!

We left this garden in wonderful mood.
Thank you Sherri for opening your garden and for being such a good host!
Your garden is wonderful!

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