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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Tong Garden, Seattle

A host was giving out bottles of water under the white tent.

easy access via the driveway

around to the back garden. The green lawn is an adjacent golf course.

a glorious sun room to the left

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I love Little and Lewis.  We toured their former garden years ago.

dripping columns

Little and Lewis columns, a dream of mine to have this

Allan’s photo: I hope he was figuring out how to make something like this!

from all angles

Everyone’s photos involved a lot of waiting for other tour guests to leave the side of the water feature.

On the terrace overlooking the Little and Lewis columns:

just around the corner

Allan’s photo, nicely trimmed and thus fresh-looking salal

Back to the terrace view: I love this sort of thing.

Allan’s photo

exploring the shady side

looking from the shady end of the garden into the bright sun

Event speakers Jimi and June Blake from Ireland

the sun room

Next, we enjoyed the front garden.

Allan’s photo

Little and Lewis pool…

I think that is Mount Rainier on the horizon.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

one more look

I could have happily lingered much longer in this small but so satisfying garden.

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardly Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden four: Mediterranean style

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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

approaching Tom and Judy’s garden

The front garden looked promising.

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Allium schubertii (Allan's photo)

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

entering the walled garden

Allan took this picture of an aerial photo that was on display:

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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

satellite view for orientation in this complex garden

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I like that the mulch is dark and rich looking.

I like that the mulch is dark and rich looking.

large, handsome Rosa rubrifolia/Rosa glauca

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.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Agapanthus (Allan's photo)

Agapanthus (Allan’s photo)

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I do love a stucco house.

I do love a stucco house.

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rose garden

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Hardy Planters

Hardy Planters

well done!

well done!

white garden

white garden

Hardy Planters (Allan's photo)

Hardy Planters (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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a lower level

a lower level

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I found it too hard to go down the few railing-less steps to get a close look at the sitting room.

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

looking back toward the house, Allan chatting with the garden owner

bee drinking (Allan's photo)

bee coming in for a drink (Allan’s photo)

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all sorts of good plants incorporated into the formal framework

all sorts of good plants incorporated into the formal framework

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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!

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!

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berries (Allan's photo)

berries (Allan’s photo).  I think this fenced garden might be set off to one side of the house; I didn’t see this.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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coming around the other side of the house

The Northwestern style front garden doesn't hint at the walled garden paradise in back.

The Northwestern style front garden doesn’t hint at the walled garden paradise in back.

returning to the front of the house

returning to the front of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the front

the front

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a last look

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.

 

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