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

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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