Hardy Plant weekend: Affirmation Garden
July 2, 2016 by Tangly Cottage
Friday, 24 June 2016
Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend: Salem, Oregon
We arrived at the first garden at 9:30. (Not being morning people, even that was a struggle. It was about a half an hour from the Oregon Garden Resort.) Because I was feeling worried about making it to all nine gardens, I did not browse the metal art even though I would have liked to.
When I have to rush through a garden, looking at the photos later is how I see more of the details. I didn’t find the stack of garden maps till we were leaving.
As you can see, Rick Smith’s creations were enticing.
Bright sun vs. intense shade made it hard for my little pocketcam to cope.
shaded side of potting shed
Brilliant additions to A Frame, if you have a wide lot with room to add long one story wings.
I like a planted rock wall surrounding a patio.
Kathy said she climbs into this bed to weed among the roses.
I like art displayed on the wall of a house.
a tower of clematis with tiny bells
through the arch
a joy to gaze upon
As I walked around the house…I heard the happy barking of some dogs.
perfect bed to the side of the house
The chickens were housed behind the garage. (Also saw two very cute large dogs, or maybe three, friendly and waggle tailed, in a pen. Too wiggly for pics.)
Allan got a photo! The dogs were soon moved to somewhere quieter. I would like to have petted them! They usually have the run of the garden, on ordinary days.
coming around behind the house
back porch deck
well grown variegated sage
large gravel patio below
view from the deck
entrance to the Affirmation Trail
I love (and covet) the metal walls.
one corner of the back patio
looking back at the house
brick patio with mosaic and bay windows and metal pieces with stars…lovely
Through the pointed metal arch was the affirmation trail. I asked Allan to bring me some photos of it, as it was too steep for my hobbling. Because his back was “out” as of that morning (and was hurting him all weekend), we were a pitiful pair.
down the trail
We walked around the other side of the house….
I do wish I’d gotten some of this fragrant white nicotiana. Next year!
returning to the front of the house
We walked through the front and side gardens again.
clematis seedheads (Allan’s photo)
not your ordinary clipped balls….
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this half-ball clipping idea before.
We went out that very path to the next garden which was just down the road. At the edge of the street, we found the kitchen garden.
the kitchen garden
I felt particularly inspired by the planted stone wall around the patio, the metal walls in the back garden, and the use of low boxwood hedging to enclose exuberant semi-shade beds. This was one of my favourite gardens of the three day tour.
Next: two tiny gardens