20 June: Whidbey Island: Heg Garden
June 26, 2014 by Tangly Cottage
Friday, 20 June 2014
Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend
As someone who lives in a humble double wide manufactured home, after a lifetime of living in cute vintage bungalows and then an old fishing shack, I am always interested to see how people make a manufactured home look more cottagey. This one between tour gardens on Whidbey Island caught my eye and I handed Sheila my camera to take a photo out of the passenger window.
I like it.
Allan got this photo of a sculpture on the back porch.
And now on to the next tour garden.
We walked down a long, long, gently sloping driveway to approach the garden.
Near this gate, to our left, sat a garden host who offered us a map of the enormous garden.
Through the tall wooden gates, we entered the vegetable and cutting garden and saw another matching gate at the far side of the large enclosed area.
in the enclosed garden
Even though we were in the enclosed veg garden at different times, Allan noticed the same old bench,
Allan’s photo; he was quite taken by “the good inflatable hose brand name for reference, with the brass ends & tomato in background (a small reason to tour) “. He always notices practical details.
expanse of lawn and garden beds
back to the driveway; Allan’s photo shows the dwarfing expanse of this landscape
Sheila and I followed a lawn path to our left and found the reflective pool. While touring, Allan is usually behind us a ways as he is more inclined to chat with the garden hosts.
Allan’s photo (better, as usual)
Sheila admired the nearby heron sculpture.
This small conifer spoke to me of my conifer collecting friends Stephen and John.
Here, Allan is catching up to us near the house, while I take a photo.
approaching the house
detailed gardens on the landward side of the house
Now what it THAT?
Sheila and I pondered for a while; is it an Osmanthus? with lovely serrated leaves?
?????? Whatever it is, I want one.
billows of green on green on silver..Clearly, a garden that was made from a woodland of salal.
a broken pottery and found objects edge
(Gardening in a former salal forest is tough; my mother tried to rogue it out of her garden and it kept coming back. Stephen and John have successfully gotten it out of huge areas of their Willapa Bay garden, a feat that impresses me.)
We begin to walk around the house.
and now we can see the water and skyline (where we would also see mountains on a clear day).
Allan’s photo (with deer or rabbit guard over some special plant)
Sheila on the water side of the house.
I see a clipped square and then a clipped hedge that seems to hang out in space.
The mind boggles at that clipped curve…How??
The view includes beach walkers.
a vignette on the patio
on the patio by the house
the view a bit further along
some viewing chairs off to the side
From the chairs’ angle, I can see how those hedges are clipped; the drop off is not as sheer as it appeared.
looking back to the house
There did not seem to be a path down to the beach…or was there? (I did not figure out the answer.)
looking back from the two chairs
After walking around the house, we stroll off down another wide lawn path and come across the guest house.
Allan’s photo of guest house bench
The guest house is set well off into its own woodsy landscape
Allan’s photo; sometimes we notice such similar things.
a throne like chair made of one piece of wood
Allan noticed it, too.
Allan’s photo; Sheila and I trek up the long and thankfully gently sloping driveway, past the gate to the enclosed veg garden
On up the driveway, which DID begin to seem very long indeed.
and on we go…
and on….and on….
Eventually we did reach the road and a most welcome long drink of water at the van, and were on to tour our next and last of the Whidbey Island gardens.
More about the Heg garden in this article by Valerie Easton: