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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

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The Jane Kerr Platt Garden

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Parking for this garden scared the jeewhillikers out of me; fortunately, after difficulties down on the curving road (which I’ll describe in my next post, so as not to detract from this garden), we were able to drive up and park in the upper parking lot.  That is where most visitors would be able to park, since most garden events here would probably not draw such large numbers all at once.  I’ve heard about this garden for years, so despite arrival problems was glad to be able to enjoy it.

From the parking lot, we walked a bit uphill and through a gap in a hedge to view the expansive garden.  It reminded me of the garden on Whidbey Island whose creator had died and left a mature garden behind, and like the Froggwell garden it gave me a poignant feeling.

looking across the lawn to the house

looking across the lawn to the house

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden beds to the side of the lawn

garden beds to the side of the lawn

path

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echinops (blue globe thistle)

echinops (blue globe thistle)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

crocosmia

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poppies

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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rose

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

scree

trees

branches

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the rock garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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rocks

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smitten with the sun on this rhododendron

smitten with the sun on this rhododendron

easy steps to climb

easy steps to climb

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at the top

at the top

woodenbench

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sedum

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Allan taking photos

Allan taking photos

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

descending to the house level

descending to the house level

trilliums

trilliums ripening

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another rhododendron gleaming in sunlight

another rhododendron gleaming in sunlight

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

returning to the lawn, as others begin to climb the stairs

returning to the lawn, as others begin to climb the stairs

I think that's an enormous stewartia.

I think that’s an enormous stewartia.

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an old character of a tree

an old character of a tree

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the house

the house

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I see an Acer griseum.

I miss the paperbark maple that I left behind at my old house, and keep forgetting to replace it.  I had a long admiration session with this one in the Platt garden.

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vista across the lawn

vista across the lawn

just below the house

just below the house

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behind the house

behind the house

bay

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

weeping

in

out

mesmerized

mesmerized

returning on the path below the house

returning on the path below the house

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back to the paperbark maple

back to the paperbark maple

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

patio and pond at front of house

patio and pond at front of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

It was still so hot that this tour guest was putting a bag of ice on her head.  (Allan's photo)

It was still so hot that this tour guest was putting a bag of ice on her head. (Allan’s photo)

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We had a sudden rain shower—a blissful moment in the heat.

Allan rejoined me and we walked down the lawn to the parking, hoping to leave at a quiet traffic moment before a number of folks wanted to leave at once.

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one last rhododendron

one last rhododendron

The study weekend was over and the time had come make our way home and get back to work.  Tonight: one last short bonus post before the work blog begins again.

For another view of the garden tours, see Alison’s Bonney Lassie blog about the art in the gardens and about touring gardens in the heat.

 

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