Hardy Plant Weekend: Mediterranean Garden
July 3, 2016 by Tangly Cottage
Friday, 24 June 2016
Hardly Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon
garden four: Mediterranean style
I recall this garden was in a gated community and that as we drove past vast front lawns, I felt none too sure….
approaching Tom and Judy’s garden
The front garden looked promising.
Allium schubertii (Allan’s photo)
As soon as we entered the tile topped gate, I was thrilled. This was one of my favourite gardens on the tour. The owners did all the preparation for the tour themselves except for some help with the hedge trimming.
entering the walled garden
Allan took this picture of an aerial photo that was on display:
I like when gardens have photo albums of the progress of their creations. Unfortunately, when there are nine gardens to view in one day, I don’t feel I can take the time to look!
satellite view for orientation in this complex garden
I like that the mulch is dark and rich looking.
large, handsome Rosa rubrifolia/Rosa glauca
I do so admire a good boxwood edge. Where I live, at the coast, it seems they often turn amber in winter because of the wind unless in a protected spot.
Agapanthus (Allan’s photo)
I do love a stucco house.
Hardy Planters (Allan’s photo)
a lower level
I found it too hard to go down the few railing-less steps to get a close look at the sitting room. I should have asked Allan to get me a few closeups of it.
looking back toward the house, Allan chatting with the garden owner
bee coming in for a drink (Allan’s photo)
all sorts of good plants incorporated into the formal framework
wish I had the skill to line things up so perfectly. My garden tried (without the hedging) but is a little or a lot off kilter!
berries (Allan’s photo). I think this fenced garden might be set off to one side of the house; I didn’t see this.
coming around the other side of the house
The Northwestern style front garden doesn’t hint at the walled garden paradise in back.
returning to the front of the house
a last look
Sometimes I see a garden that clearly was made with a lot of money and I just feel annoyed at the ostentation. Not here. This garden is clearly made with love, vision, plant knowledge, and skill on the part of the garden owners and it will be one that I think about for a long time.