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Friday, 22 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

At an hour when we are usually sound asleep, Allan went to the third floor of the Mcmenamins Anderson School Hotel to get us coffee from the principal’s office (which is a bar in the evenings).

at the Anderson School

Alison, author of the Bonney Lassie blog, met us at the hotel in the early morning and did the driving.  This was wonderful for us, as she is used to city driving, and the satnav system on her Prius makes ours look like something prehistoric.  By sitting in the back seat, I did not see all of the scary traffic and had a much easier day (as did Allan).  You can read her excellent post about some foliage combinations that she liked (and didn’t) right here.

garden one: Coney Hillside Retreat in Woodinville

I always prefer to see gardens made by the garden owners.  One of my favourite gardening quotations is this: Nobody can design a more satisying garden for you than the one that you think out for yourself. It could take years, but in the doing of it, you should be in paradise. -Mary Keen

the path to the garden

on the right, partway up

A lot of the gardens had metal alliums of different sorts.  I want some!

the bocce ball court

Allan’s photo

a comfy place to watch the games

on the left across from the court

up the hill (Allan’s photo)

stairs going up and an outdoor fireplace

I kept to the gradually rising path rather than the stairs.

at the front terrace (Allan’s photo)

one level up, the giant checkerboard

the front terrace and wine cellar

Allan’s photo

I walked across the front of the house and looked down the stairs…

front patio

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

and entered the garden the back way, behind the greenhouse.

Allan’s photo

I joined another tour guest in liking this ladder idea; I had seen it before but, like many ideas, had forgotten it.

in the greenhouse (Allan’s photo)

The kind owner was giving away jade plants. (Allan’s photo)

wine bottle planters (Allan’s photo)

the hillside of the back garden

path to the greenhouse

the pond, showing the waterfall stairs

enormous koi

We admired the big rock slab for fish to hide under.

Allan’s photo

me and Alison by the pond


one of the sit spots

Allan went up the stairs by the waterfall.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

at the head of the waterfall (Allan’s photo)


on the hillside

stairs to the deck

With brace and cane, I can no longer do stairs without railings; I never know when my balance will just give out.  Even though I can usually find ways to view the gardens, I am grateful that Allan is available to fetch me a glass of lemonade.

Allan’s photo

another ladder shelf

I left the back garden at the end most tour guests would have entered by, and looked back to appreciate their first impression.

another foliar view as I departed

on the way back down (Allan’s photo)

a good plant tag (Allan’s photo, of a plant he admired)

the petasites in question (Allan’s photo)

I don’t think we could grow petasites because of snails.

I was so absorbed in looking at the garden that I did not hear the music wafting about.  Allan and Alison assured me it was there.

You can enjoy another walk through this peaceful garden, three years ago, in the Linda Letters blog, right here.







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