Hardy Plant Weekend: 3 small gardens
July 10, 2016 by Tangly Cottage
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Hardy Plant Study Weekend, presented by Salem Hardy Plant Society
The previous garden and the one we are about to visit were surrounded by farm fields.
garden 21: Adelman Peony Garden
Allan’s photo. He says these fields of fescue were soon to be cut, and that Adelman’s had once used this field for peony growing.
Like the Schreiner’s Iris Gardens display, the peony garden would look amazing during peony bloom time, which was over. However, the garden surrounding the home was immaculate and had other plants of interest.
yellow rose at the edge of the parking area above the house
the vista at the upper garden entrance
The eucomis may enjoy the warmth of living inland. Mine never do more than put out three or four leaves and one flower. Eucomis envy!
AND delphinium envy
Acanthus (Allan’s photo)
Allan commented how each plant is given its own space. (Allan’s photo)
would be spectacular during peony time
Mighty Velvet Lamb’s Ears is going on my must have list.
a bit of welcome lattice shade in 90 degree weather
waterfall in the garden below the house
Inside the cool indoor display area, I drank lemonade and admired peonies. These flowers had been kept refrigerated until garden tour day.
garden 22: Craftsman Bungalow Garden
I adore a Craftsman Bungalow. My home in Seattle was one, although not nearly as beautifully detailed as Mary Beth’s. I also adore a garden made with love more than with money. This garden and home were immensely pleasing to me.
from the side, across the street (It was a hot, bright day.)
front of the house from across the street
I also adore a good hellstrip like this one.
front porch (Allan’s photo)
love this!! (Allan’s photo
shady corner of front garden; next door is a parking lot
archway to the back garden (which is actually a side garden)
into the back garden
catalpa tree (Allan’s photo)
I had thought I did not like Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’. Now I deeply regretted having passed up the opportunity to buy one earlier this weekend.
a pond in the center of the garden
This was the first sign I saw all weekend of a device to keep predators out of a pond.
the catalpa tree
garden creator (center)
much fancier that my bungolow was (Allan’s photo)
After this weekend, I feel a great need for a sideways weeping cedar.
a sit spot by the back wall of the garage
note the metal fence on the property line
from the little behind-the-garage courtyard
inside the carport, exterior wall of house
In front of the garage. I absolutely love the salvaged metal fence and wish I had one.
an admiring look at the back of the house
I’d love to have stayed longer. We had two more gardens to see and then the drive home. The next two were within walking distance (albeit a hot walk in 90 degree sunshine). After the last garden visit of the day, as we walked back past Mary Beth’s to return to our van, she was out in the side garden weeding and pruning.
garden 23: Misty’s garden
We actually saw this small garden last (it was #23 on the program but #24 for us) because I got mixed up on the addresses. Neither Allan nor I did a good job of capturing it. I found myself concentrating on walking on uneven surfaces and not looking much at the plants. (A woman emerging, also with a cane, commented on it being difficult walking. A young garden creator would not notice this.)
new acquisitions from Dancing Oaks nursery (Allan’s photo)
treehouse (Allan’s photo)
path to back garden
into the back garden
I regret that I completely failed in getting a photo of the waterfall behind this bridge.
Next: Our last garden visit of the three day tour proved to be one of my top five favourites of the whole tour.