Joanne Fuller and Linda Ernst gardens
Four years ago these two next door gardens were on the tour and I rhapsodized about how wonderful it would be to have such a neighbour and how it reminded me of the book Gardening from the Heart. Some changes had been made to each garden. I’m sure one of them had a new back yard water feature…
the sidewalk shared by the two gardens
first garden driveway
Tall Azara microphylla on corner of first house
I do hope my new Azara microphylla gets this tall. The one in my old garden had gotten fairly tall and was just about to bloom when it fell over in a storm. (It blooms in late winter and indeed, the flowers smelled of vanilla; the opened just as the broken tree lay on the patio.) When we moved to our new garden, I noticed that the old Azara stump had put out new leaves so perhaps it has come back for the new owner of that garden.
My favourite early bloomer was the Azara lanceolata that mysteriously died in that same garden and I have not yet managed to get me one of those.
in the first garden
the bright panels draw you in
a little fire spot
in the side garden
artful colour echoes
from the side yard….to the back yard patio. Mike Darcy on right, new water feature right, past the three square pavers. Also: a table with treats.
beautiful water feature in first garden back yard
This called for many photos.
Jeffrey Bale Mosaic
In the second garden we’re treated to the sight of a mosaic by Portlander Jeffrey Bale. (His own intricately mosaiced home and garden will be in the next journal entry.)
second garden, back yard
chair in second garden
chair and glass flowers
bright glass accents
shady porch, sunny garden
a water feature
path around side of house
At the front of the house, a seating area positioned on the roof of the garage overlooked the residential street.
the garage at street level; above it, the chairs and table
At street level and to the side of the seating area, opaque screens provided privacy while letting in the light. I think these were made from shower doors, as we will see in one of the next days most spectacular tour gardens.
beautiful light capture
on the stairs to the sidewalk, the gift of a volunteer seedling
The neighbouring gardens are joined across the front yard as well as the back.
If my neighbour, who is in her 80s and no longer gardens, were still able I know that she would garden with me like this.
A very new garden
Next we did a quick walk through a garden that was very new. Too new, I felt, to be on the tour. I think that to Portland gardeners the designer might have been well known, and therefore her new work may have been of great interest, but to outsiders there was just not….enough. (How carefully I choose my words so as not to hurt the feelings of the gardener who may chance upon this. I am sure the garden is wonderful as I write this in spring of 2012!)
On the way into the garden: Cerinthe major purpurascens, one of my very favourite annuals.
The Portland neighbourhood
The Portland neighbourhood, however, provided many lovely vignettes on the way to the next garden.
a white flowering street tree…breathtaking…what is it?
And the houses of Portland are so lovely, so cheerfully painted and filled with such rich architectural detail.
lady in red
matching paint and foliage
Oh dear, garden touring is not much fun for dogs!
Next (as soon as I find time to write it; this catch-up project has gone into mid April and gardening season is upon us!): the unique, the colourful, the bright, the whimsical Jeffrey Bale garden! [I ended up taking up this tale again many months later!]
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