Sunday, 13 July 2014
Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland
John Kuzma Garden
As soon as I saw this garden, I again wanted to tear up all of my grass (as is usual when I see a gravel garden). One of the main thing that stops me is that we cannot get decomposed granite or even washed gravel. The only gravel around here is full of “fines” and is not the proper sort for building a garden like this (as far as I know).
As we arrived, it began to rain.
Now…walking around the side of the house:
And into the truly enormous back garden:
And now into the upper level of the back garden:
I had to get back out for more photos.
Soon it seemed I was the only one who had stayed out in the garden.
When I heard thunder and saw dramatic forked lightning strike on the other side of the house, I decided I had better get inside!
I found the bloggers clustered on the back porch, donning garbage bags as rain gear. One of the organizers had thought to bring them after seeing the forecast of thunderstorms.
Along with several other people, I went into the house to eat.
During lunch, the contigent of California bloggers were talking about Instagram and one of them gave me a quick tutorial. I had it on my phone but had only used it once and had not realized it had become such a big thing.
Then the bloggers fanned out into the garden to take photos, rain or no rain. (It had almost stopped.)
Allan joined the other bloggers for a post-rain tour of the garden; photos below are all his:
This is the sort of garden where I have no clue what most of the plants are.
If I were twenty years younger…I might dig up every scrap of sod at home and find a way to get the right sort of gravel. Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden is one of my favourite books. I had no lawn at my old garden and liked it, but even better I like the way the paths, courtyards, and plantings are as one in a garden like this.
I think that Robert Nold of The Miserable Gardener would love this one.
Next: Floramagoria, a garden which I have heard is rarely open for tours.