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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Randi’s Garden

Earlier today, we had been to Stacie Crooks’ own beautiful garden, so we were pleased to see another designed by her.

up the long driveway

partway up, a bocce ball court with artificial turf

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

not afraid to use a tree in front of part of the lower view; good privacy for bocce court

steps up the hill from the bocce ball level

the front terrace (with usual digicam distortion)

Allan’s photo

Allan taking in the view

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Returning to the driveway, we attained the upper level behind the house.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

delicious shade and lemonade; it was a hot day.

flowers

stewartia in bloom

pizza oven and friendly hosts

another garden host (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

tour guests enjoying superb pizza with roasted corn as one of the ingredients.

Walking back down the driveway, I noticed the salal which had been clipped back to make fresh new growth and which was well contained by concrete.

on the way back down

There was one more garden available to tour today.  Alison and Allan and I had all been there in 2014.  Even though the program promised a new tea house had been added since then, we skipped it because of time and because of its lack of accessibility (100 railing-less steps).  It is a fascinating garden.  You can read about our previous visit right here.

We were eager to get back to the hotel for the Saturday evening soiree, next.

 

 

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Soul Garden, Edmonds

…flowering currants and lots of small Japanese maples to flow and weep over the boulders.  Hellebores bloom in winter, and rodgersia send up their plumes of pink flowers in springtime.  This garden was featured in Val Easton’s NW Living Column, April 10. 2015.

Allan’s photo

the front garden

entering the back garden

Allan’s photo

 

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

the kitchen garden, above the little waterfalls

Allan’s photo

an easy path above the waterfall

looking down into the little stream

waterfall (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

the pond

Allan liked the hose reel firmly mounted to the house.

I loathe free standing hose reels; this looks much easier.

at the back of the garden

tour guests consider the labyrinth

testing

I mean no disrespect when I write that someone would find it hard going to get me to walk a labyrinth instead of either gardening or reading a book.  Maybe I should have tried it instead of lurking around the edges.  You can read more about the gardener’s philosophy of labyrinth walking here, beautifully described.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Fortunately for me, there was an easier path than this.

interlude

On the way to the next garden, Allan photographed this seemingly abandoned greenhouse.

I wonder what the story is here.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Unlike the first night at the hotel, I had only gotten about four hours of sleep.  We had to rise at the shocking hour of 7 AM for the morning lectures.  (The lecture notes will appear all together, later.)  Today, Alison of the Bonney Lassie blog drove again in her car with its superior satnav system.  Unlike yesterday’s cool grey weather (great for photos), today was hot and bright.

The garden I was most excited to see was our first stop.

Cascadia Art Museum/Salish Crossing

I am such a fan of Withey and Price, having heard wonderful lectures by them in the past, going way back to when they had a garden at the home of one of their mothers.  And, of course, public gardening is my life so this garden would be of special interest.

Just feast your eyes on all this.

Alison happy to see and smell a floriferous garden

embothrium, which I recently acquired thanks to Steve and John of the bayside garden

I can get a free start of Tiger Eyes sumac at KBC and will put it somewhere in Long Beach!

cars included for scale

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

like a lace curtain over the roses

I was in heaven.

Allan’s photo

I later learned that this is Alstroemeria ‘Rock and Roll’.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The garden goes around a corner to a restaurant courtyard where the wall is this high. (Allan’s photo)

Allan saw a gardener working on the plants and talked to him for a bit, not realizing he was either Withey or Price.  I was intrigued and found where he was working, with a couple of people talking to him, but I got an attack of the shys and walked away.

Withey…or Price (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Little did Allan know he was chatting with one of my idols.

I followed Alison across the parking lot to what must be the Salish Crossing gardens.

 

I felt inferior but inspired.

You can view Alison’s exquisite photos of flowers in the Hampton garden and this garden right here.

This, and a garden that we will see tomorrow, were my two favourites of the tour.

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

The last garden of the tour…approximately garden number 20 or 21? I’ve lost count!…was one of my favourites.  (My other favourites were Froggwell, Hummingbird Hill, and the Tucker garden and the Galicic garden.)  All of my favourites are busy rather than completely serene, green gardens.  It’s a matter of personal taste.

We leave the Steen garden and walk past just two or three houses, admiring the extra wide parking strip.

We leave the previous garden and walk past just two or three houses, admiring the extra wide parking strip.

We leave the previous garden and walk past just two or three houses, admiring the extra wide parking strip.

looking down the block toward Jon's garden

looking down the block toward Jon’s garden

Jon Dove’s garden

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This luscious parking strip bed announced that we had arrived.

This luscious parking strip bed announced that we had arrived.

looking back along the sidewalk

looking back along the sidewalk

the enviably extra wide parking strip

the enviably extra wide parking strip

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the house

the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the front walk

the front walk

Allan's photo: front porch

Allan’s photo: front porch

narrow side yard

narrow, leafy side yard

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

hazed out purple Clematis

hazed out purple Clematis

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

into the back garden

into the back garden

Jon his very self

Jon his very self

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the corner, a tiny cottage

in the corner, a tiny cottage

I was immediately drawn into the small building in the back corner of the garden.

I was immediately drawn into the small building in the back corner of the garden.

This tiny cottage is what popped this garden up into my top five favourites of the tour.

This tiny cottage is what popped this garden up into my top five favourites of the tour.

mirror over daybed

mirror over daybed

and old books!

and old books!

in the corner, a cabinet of little houses

in the corner, a cabinet of little houses

view out the front windows

view out the front windows

overhead

overhead

looking out the side

looking out to the side porch

rabbit with carrot laptop

rabbit with carrot laptop

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; Jon’s mother had contributed this

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view over the rabbit's head

view over the rabbit’s head

beside the retreat

beside the retreat

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the back corner

in the back corner

On the other side of the fence was a parking lot and some sort of offices or warehouse.

a hideway from the city

a hideaway from the city

the back wall of the house

the back wall of the house

second story balcony

second story balcony

and out the front walkway

and out the front walkway

in the parking strip garden

in the front garden

Allan's photo:  You can just glimpse the commercial/industrial building to the left of and behind Jon's house.

Allan’s photo: I think that you can just glimpse the commercial/industrial building to the left of and behind Jon’s house.

Jon's parking strip from across the street

Jon’s parking strip from across the street

What a paradise!

What a paradise!

For more on Jon Dove’s garden, see this article by Valerie Easton.

Jon is instrumental in organizing the Georgetown Garden Walk.  I’d love to go back, but have another gardening event to attend that very weekend.

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I found a blog entry here with more photos of Jon’s garden.

For more about the study weekend garden tours, see:

Bonney Lassie’s overview of all the agaves and other popular plants, and her post about several of the gardens, which includes links to others’ blog posts on the subject.



 

Georgetown postscript

Just down the block from Jon's garden, on a lawn; I believe the hedge hides a commercial parking lot.

Just down the block from Jon’s garden, on a lawn; I believe the hedge hides a commercial parking lot.

I would really enjoy living in this neighbourhood, despite the planes flying low overhead.

I would really enjoy living in this neighbourhood, despite the planes flying low overhead.

the door even has its own code

the door even has its own code

Allan's photo of me nosing around across the street from Jon's garden

Allan’s photo of me nosing around across the street from Jon’s garden

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across the street, more wide parking strips

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peace sign mailbox

rustic gazebo in the peace sign garden

rustic gazebo in the peace sign garden (fence festooned with bindweed)

another house across the street

another house across the street

I like the way the chainlink fence is softened with wood.

I like the way the chainlink fence is softened with wood.

I feel like a lot of soulmates live in this block.

I feel like a lot of soulmates live in this block.

further down, a set of townhouses

further down, a set of townhouses

softened with Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' (if that is what it is, must note that mind could get big!)

softened with Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ (if that is what it is, must note that mine could get big!)

Someone's big stand of Euphorbia

Someone’s big stand of Euphorbia

a lively door

a lively door

a coop for city chickens

a coop for city chickens

parking strip by the chicken coop house

parking strip by the chicken coop house

with list of bee friendly plants

with list of bee friendly plants

and a little free library

and a little free library

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With that, we left Georgetown (where I could have browsed for well more than a day) and headed for the West Seattle ferry and home.  The Northwest Perennial Alliance had outdone themselves with fabulous study weekend garden tours.  If you live in the Seattle area and join them, you will find out about all sorts of garden tours that they offer all season long.

Next: the road home and my plant bounty

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

We continued on a short drive through Georgetown to the next two gardens, which were only a few houses apart.

a well planted Georgetown traffic circle

a well planted Georgetown traffic circle

Or maybe not so well planted if the shrub prevents traffic views, but it is certainly attractive.

The garden descriptions in the booklet are presented in the reverse order of the order in which we viewed them.  I tried to reverse the gardens  in the blog to reflect the order (since one description refers to the other) and found that I could not.  This blog is all about presenting events in order as they happened and I found I could not mess with that without feeling uncomfortable.  We saw Jon’s garden after the Steen garden and I have to be honest about that.

Steen garden

The Steen garden

On the curbside of the Steen garden.  Have you EVER seen such a wide parking strip?  I think I never would have left Seattle had I possessed a parking strip of this width by my old house.

On the curbside of the Steen garden. Have you EVER seen such a wide parking strip? I think I never would have left Seattle had I possessed a parking strip of this width by my old house.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of a different part of the parking strip

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

entering the garden

entering the garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: Clematis tangutica, I bet.

Allan’s photo: Clematis tangutica, I bet.

along the side

along the side

an attractive rain barrel

an attractive rain barrel

Allan's photo; of course it caught his eye, as well.

Allan’s photo; of course it caught his eye, as well.

a soothing square of water

a soothing square of water

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: "a very slender tree for a very slender space"

Allan’s photo: “a very slender tree for a very slender space”

looking back

looking back

Allan's photo (We almost always end up walking through gardens separately because I am shy and just look, whereas he likes to chat with the hosts at the entrance.)

Allan’s photo (We almost always end up walking through gardens separately because I am shy and just look, whereas he likes to chat with the hosts at the entrance.)

entering the back garden

entering the back garden

more water

more water

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looking back at the house

looking back at the house

looking from the small shed to the other back corner of the garden

looking from the small shed to the other back corner of the garden

a sit spot

a sit spot

overhung with fragrance (jasmine?)

overhung with fragrance (jasmine?)

now looking back at the small shed

now looking back at the small shed

a gathering room with natural light

a gathering room with natural light

Next, our last garden of the four day tour.

 

 

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend, sponsored by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

After a frustrating misadventure between Normandy Park and Georgetown, with an important small bridge over the Duwamish Waterway being closed for construction, with no detour sign pointing anywhere useful, and going in circles (“Recalculating! Recalculating!” cried our New Zealand accented GPS guide, because she neither knew or believed the bridge was closed), we finally asked for directions and got out of the mess. Sometimes one can drive far enough from a detour to have the navigator find a new route, but that method did not work for us; I almost gave up and said “Let’s just head south, to home” (on the horrible freeway!); I am so glad we preservered.

Georgetown was all I hoped it would be: a neighbourhood that I would be very happy to live in. I have read that it gets lots of railway noise from a couple of train tracks, and it has frequent airplanes flying low overhead to Boeing Field. That might have kept the property values lower, although certainly not low enough for us to move back to the city (should we ever so desire).

Seattle neighbourhoods; Phinney Ridge was where I lived till moving to the beach in December 1992.

Seattle neighbourhoods; Phinney Ridge was where I lived till moving to the beach in December 1992. Bellevue, where the Hardy Plant weekend took place, is to the right across Lake Washington.

First Georgetown garden: Reiquam garden

This description had me curious and excited all weekend, looking forward to the Monday tour.

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I pictured a slice of ground between two buildings reminiscent of the tiny sliver of garden next to the old Café Septieme in Seattle’s Belltown neighbourhood (just north of downtown). The garden turned out to be more residential than I had expected, and to my sorrow:

NOOOOOOO!!!!

NOOOOOOO!!!!

the posture of sorrow

the posture of sorrow

and again NOOOOOO!!!!

and again NOOOOOO!!!!

We had heard a rumour while at the Normandy Park gardens earlier in the day that a garden was closed. This one was, it turned out, perhaps the best one to not be able to enter because we could see some of it from the street.

I poked my camera lens through the fence.

I poked my camera lens through the fence to photograph the front garden. (The advantage of a tiny pocket camera!) There was a raised round pool (metal, I think) to my right, hidden behind some greenery.

The narrow beds were barked.

The narrow beds were barked.

the house

the house, passiflora in bloom

the side garden with motorcycle sculpture

the side garden with motorcycle sculpture

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We wish the Reiquams the best for the emergency that must have arisen, and we enjoyed every bit that we could see of the garden.

interlude

We strolled down to the other end of the block for the next garden.

two lovely painted ladies

two lovely painted ladies on the way

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Wiley garden

I had NO unsureness about the colours and combination in the little city garden we toured next. I found it so refreshing to be in a tiny garden in a working class style house.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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purple!

purple!

a simple house

a simple house; garden owner in red shirt

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the owner's card!

the owner’s card!

Allan's photo:  Wiley Youngblood

Allan’s photo: Wiley Youngblood

Allan's photo, front of house

Allan’s photo, front of house

from the front gate

from the front gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

going around the side; the stakes are tree stakes from the Chihuly garden, painted purple

going around the side; the stakes are tree stakes from the Chihuly garden, painted purple

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo with Eryngiums 'Sapphire Blue' and 'Jade Frost'

Allan’s photo with Eryngiums ‘Sapphire Blue’ and ‘Jade Frost’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, bright and dark coleus

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 chicken coop in back yard

chicken coop in back yard

Allan's photo of me taking a chicken photo

Allan’s photo of me taking a chicken photo

chickens!

chickens!

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the shed

on the shed, another touch that made me happy

corner of back yard

corner of back yard

Looking down over the back fence...veg growing in hay bales.

Looking down over the back fence…veg growing in hay bales.

in the alley behind the back fence

in the alley behind the back fence

I love alleys. My house in the Phinney Ridge neighbourhood had an alley behind it and I used to take alley walks throughout the neighbourhoods. Alleys are rare, perhaps non existent on the Long Beach Peninsula. I miss alley walks.

looking back at the sweet little house

looking back at the sweet little house…

the back yard gathering place is to my right

the back yard gathering place is to my right

back porch

back porch

The silhouette is of a hen who had run up the back stairs and gone into the kitchen to drink from a bowl on the floor!

The silhouette is of a hen who had run up the back stairs and gone into the kitchen to drink from a bowl on the floor!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

interlude

a nearby grocery store

a nearby grocery store

We drove off (could have walked) to the next stop, passing this cute little grocery store that would be so handy to walk to.

art in the traffic circle

art in the traffic circle by the grocery store

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more traffic circle art (reward of being too lazy to walk)

more traffic circle art (reward of being too lazy to walk)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo. I am loving Georgetown

and walked down the block to see...this!

By our next parking spot, we walked down the block to see…this!

a stunning house

a stunning house

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detail of grand house

detail of grand house and an outbuilding? set further back

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an impressive tetrapanax papyrifer

an impressive tetrapanax papyrifer

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Could it be for sale?!?  No, this turned out to be for a tiny house tucked back in the deep shade next door.

Could it be for sale?!? No, this turned out to be for a tiny house tucked back in the deep shade next door.

We thought this was part of the garden but have now realized it's a walkway to the house next door.

We thought this was part of the garden but have now realized it’s a walkway to the house next door.

from the realtor: tiny hidden house

from the realtor: tiny hidden house

real estate photo

real estate photo

“Fabulous condo alternative. Next to the Castle in Georgetown you will find this remarkable carriage house. Cute & cozy. Set off the street and very private. Across the way, you will find the community pea patch and “The Hat and Boots”, local icons. Come live in this hip neighborhood near restaurants & services. ” See more (while it lasts) at: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6422-Carleton-Ave-S-Seattle-WA-98108/48822160_zpid/

When I learned that the tower house is called the Georgetown Castle, I found some articles about it here, here, and a tour of the inside here.

Oxbow Park (Hat and Boots Park)

While not one of the tour gardens, the Hat and Boots was a suggested stop, and I was pleased to find a P Patch (allotment garden) there.

from Seattle Parks and Recreation: In 1953, Seattle artist Lewis Nasmyth was hired to “rustle up” a design for a western-style gas station in Georgetown. Featuring a 44-ft. wide cowboy hat and 22-ft. high boots, the Hat n’ Boots opened the next year to a stampede of customers. In fact, for a time it was the biggest selling station in the state. Legend has it even Elvis dropped by when he was in town during the World’s Fair in ’62. But in the early 60’s, a brand new interstate, I-5, started diverting traffic away from the station. By the late 80’s it pretty much looked like trail’s end for the Hat n’ Boots. That’s when some Georgetown residents saddled up to rescue the soul of their community. “The Hat n’ Boots is as important to Georgetown as the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco,” says Allan Phillips, former director of the Georgetown Community Council. “If the Hat n’ Boots were ever to be gone from Georgetown, it would be like losing our soul.”

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“Respect the Hard Work of Your Neighbors; Please Do Not Disturb the Gardens”

mosaic retaining wall

mosaic wall

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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the back of a bench made of recycled plastic

the back of a bench made of recycled plastic: “378 milk jugs were recycled to make this nice place to sit”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Oh, yes, and the hat and boots

Oh, yes, and the hat and boots

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

 

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend, sponsored by The Northwest Perennial Alliance

Zazzi garden

The Zazzi garden, right next door (sharing the same driveway) with the Galicic garden in Normandy Park, had no description in the study weekend booklet or driving directions.  You can make up your own as we walk through this elegant green garden.  Allan spoke with one of the owners and found out that they have lived there for thirty years.  They used to have berms and a horsetail problem; they removed all the berms, having the soil taken away; the horsetail must have come in on the berm soil as they no longer have that problem.

Right next door to the Galicic garden; was maybe added to the tour at the last minute, as the Zazzi name is not on the booklet's list of garden hosts.

Right next door to the Galicic garden; was maybe added to the tour at the last minute, as the Zazzi name is not on the booklet’s list of garden hosts.

Even if it was a recent addition, the garden was certainly ready to be toured.

behind a big driveway gate

behind a big driveway gate

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inside

inside

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the entry patio

by the entry patio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

A shady path leads beside the house.

A shady path leads beside the house.  On the other side of the fence would be the shared driveway.

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strolling through the shade garden

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a secret sit spot

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

circling around the house; we can't get lost.

circling around the house; we can’t get lost.

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I like how the house fits into the landscape.

I like how the house fits into the landscape.

a stunning clematis

a stunning clematis

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the way to the street

continuing around the house

continuing around the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view toward a neighbour

the view toward a neighbour, with a friendly path

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continuing around the house

into the back yard

into the back yard

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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a doorway to an alley (a pedestrian walking alley)

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peeking out to the compost and work area

peeking out to the compost and work area

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a look back

a look back

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Allan’s photo

a splash of colour in a mostly green landscape

a splash of colour in a mostly green landscape

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the back deck

the back deck

with fireplace

with fireplace

As we left along the shared driveway, the cat from the next door garden said goodbye.

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soft kitty, soft lambs ears

At last, we were now on our way to view four gardens in Georgetown, a working class (now somewhat gentrified) neighbourhood by the railway lines that had long fascinated me from afar.

 

 

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend sponsored by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Allan, Sheila and I had all gotten confused Sunday night trying to plan out Monday’s tour; the study weekend booklet only had three of the six gardens and the driving directions handout seemed to be missing the description of the Zazzi garden, the second one on the tour.  Sheila decided (not for that reason) that she was too tired to deal with city traffic, tour gardens, and then have a five hour drive back to her Oregon home, so we parted ways.  For various reasons of disorganization (not hers or mine is all I will say!), Allan and I got a late start touring.

leaving the Bellevue Hilton

leaving the Bellevue Hilton

As we drove toward the first tour gardens, we saw an official city sign by the main road:  “Welcome. We are building an inclusive community”.   I love that so much more than a community describing itself as “family friendly.”  I am not sure which of the communities we drove through has the sign.

It was a relief to finally get to the first garden, an hour or more after the tour opened for the day.

Two gardens right next door each other is always a treat as it means less driving and parking.

Two gardens right next door each other is always a treat as it means less driving and parking.

Galicic Garden

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Walking up the driveway of this Normandy Park garden, we passed two long tables filled with cool plants for sale.

that schlumpy gal again

that schlumpy gal again

Solanum laciniatum, would have bought but already had bought three at the event's plant sale.

Solanum laciniatum, would have bought but already had bought three at the event’s plant sale.

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'; I have one in the ground at home but should have taken the opportunity to buy another.

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’; I have one in the ground at home but should have taken the opportunity to buy another.

We walked past this to our right on our way up the driveway.

We walked past this to our right on our way up the driveway.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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entering from the driveway into the back garden

entering from the driveway into the back garden

I find myself in a kitchen garden area.

I find myself in an elegant kitchen garden area.

kitchen garden

kitchen garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: how to guide a vine up a tree

Allan’s photo: how to guide a vine up a tree

Another arbour leads to a lawn.

Another arbour leads to a lawn.

a quiet area

a quiet area

a look back to the kitchen garden

a look back to the kitchen garden

and a greeter to the busier garden near the back of the house

and a greeter to the busier garden near the back of the house

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Zazzi: winner hands down in the snack department!

Galicic: winner hands down in the snack department!

Allan was also impressed.

Allan was also impressed.  Plantain is on the lower tier.

I was so taken with the garden views that I forgot to snack on any of the proffered treats.

an entertaining patio, viewed from the snacks table

an entertaining patio, viewed from the snacks table

cool plants in every nook

cool plants in every nook

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and a waterfall pond!

and a waterfall pond!

This is one of the most interesting ponds I have seen, and we will examine it carefully!

This is one of the most interesting ponds I have seen, and we will examine it carefully!

the main waterfall

the main waterfall

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan gazes upon the pond, to the great interest of the white cat.

Allan gazes upon the pond, to the great interest of the white cat.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking across to a bridge and a tiny gazebo

looking across to a bridge and a tiny gazebo

a momentary distraction

a momentary distraction

looking back toward the patio

looking back toward the patio

some shy koi

some shy koi

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

My attention returns to the waterfall.

My attention returns to the waterfall.  It made a nice loud splashy noise.

to the other side of the pond

to the other side of the pond

On the back side of the bridge is another waterfall.

On the back side of the bridge is another waterfall…

and a very small pool.

and a very small pool.

a tropical feeling

a tropical feeling

There is a little sideway rlll that spilled water down into a narrow curved channel that went around the back of the tiny gazebo.

There is a little sideway rlll that spilled water down into a narrow curved channel that went around the back of the tiny gazebo.

like this

like this

and curving around

and curving around

and curving around some more.

and curving around some more.

very damp and mysterious

very damp and mysterious

I remember poking at the channel’s water to try to figure out which direction in flowed in, so I think the water came from both sides (a side rivulet from each waterfall).  I was completely flummoxed and gobsmacked would would most certainly like to have a water feature like this at home.

I couldn’t get a good photo of the little gazebo without being IN the pond, and I did not think to take a telephoto from the other side of the pond.

by the house

by the house

looking back along the house

looking back along the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Another white arbour beckons.

Another white arbour beckons.

along the side of the house

along the side of the house

Eryngium (agavafolium, pretty sure)

Eryngium (agavafolium, pretty sure)

Eucalyptus against the house

Eucalyptus against the house

detailed plantings

detailed plantings

along the side of the house

along the side of the house

into the front garden

into the front garden

Looking to my right along the front of the house

Looking to my right along the front of the house

Instead of turning, I walk straight ahead into a shade garden.

Instead of turning, I walk straight ahead into a shade garden.

Allan's hydrangea photo

Allan’s hydrangea photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

every detail impeccable

every detail impeccable

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I emerge onto a front yard lawn.

I emerge onto a front yard lawn.  Way in the back, you can see the white arbour entry to the kitchen garden where our tour began.

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the formal entry

the formal entry

side view of entry fountain

side view of entry fountain

the front porch

the front porch

at the front corner of the house

at the front corner of the house

And you can see how close the next garden is!

And you can see how close the next garden is!

 

 

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Tucker garden

Our last tour garden in North Seattle was one I especially wanted to see because Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden is one of my favourite books.

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by the street

by the street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking up into the garden

looking up into the garden

detail in the low retaining wall around the patio

detail in the low retaining wall around the patio

the front yard patio

the front yard patio

Allan's photo of thyme on the patio

Allan’s photo of thyme on the patio

front garden

front garden

from gravel to lawn in the front garden

from gravel to lawn in the front garden

gravel path, front garden

gravel path, front garden

very Beth Chatto

very Beth Chatto

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the first of a selection of assorted Eryngiums…my favourites!

Dahlias, Allan's photo

Dahlias, Allan’s photo

a mosaic step up the lawn

a mosaic step up the lawn

gazing upon the lawn and house

gazing upon the lawn and house

next to the pebble mosaic: a cluster of Salvia viridis (painted sage), my favourite annual and one you don't see in many gardens.

next to the pebble mosaic: a cluster of Salvia viridis (painted sage), my favourite annual and one you don’t see in many gardens.  It is not quite blossomed out yet.

painted sage, which I discovered in a slide show lecture by Lucy Hardiman

painted sage, which I discovered in a slide show lecture by Lucy Hardiman

Eryngium

Eryngium again, backed with Ceanothus

looks like my friend Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

looks like my friend Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a tour guest photographing poppies

a tour guest photographing poppies

Here's why!

Here’s why!

I see Sheila heading for the back garden.

I see Sheila heading for the back garden.

I look back at the gravel garden.

I look back at the gravel garden.

Into the back garden.  Note the pond to the left.

Into the back garden. Note the pond to the left.

Perfection!

Perfection!

I poked at the lip to see if I could ascertain whether or not it was made from a big round tub.  Couldn't tell.

I poked at the lip to see if I could ascertain whether or not it was made from a big round tub. Couldn’t tell.

I have begun Googling “huge round tubs for ponds” and certainly hope I can find something like this, so nice and round, not one of those squiggly shaped plastic forms.  Looks like it has a wide lip for setting the pavers.  Maybe it is not a tub at all.

To my right, the garden.

To my right, the garden.

a trough garden

a trough garden

a reading spot

a reading spot

Along the same side of the garden as the pond, a wall drips with ferns over a path lower than the lawn.

Along the same side of the garden as the pond, a wall drips with ferns over a path lower than the lawn.

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blossoms drifted onto a fern

clematis fluff drifted onto a fern

Stepping from the fern grotto up onto the lawn

Stepping from the fern grotto up onto the lawn

a single yellow rose

a single yellow rose

levels in the back garden

in the back garden

There's Ciscoe!

There’s Ciscoe!  Note the sunroom to the left.

The sun room is open for tour guests to enter.

The sun room is open for tour guests to enter.

The sun room is open for tour guests to enter.

stunning.

stunning…may I have this AND the round pond, please!

a frog welcome mat at the door that goes straight out the back.

a frog welcome mat at the door that goes straight out the back.

into the garden

into the garden

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more levels of stone and plants

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another angle

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another water feature

another water feature

I got distracted by a conversation and did not get any detail photos of this lovely area.  However, if you look at this entry in the Bonney Lassie blog, not only will you see an excellent photo of it but also links to other blogs about this garden.  (Alison, do you think that big round pond is a tub??)

looking down at the house and sunroom

looking down at the house and sunroom

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another level up, above a greenhouse, and going up to a little shed

Another level up, above a greenhouse, and going up to a little shed.

looking down

looking down

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little greenhouse

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greenhouse and shed

a path between greenhouse and an outbuilding (as I recall)

a path between greenhouse and an outbuilding.

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a shady nook by the house

We are about to go around the other side of the house.

We are about to approach the other side of the house.

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more simply lovely single roses

fern planter

fern planter

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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in the front garden again

in the front garden again

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I asked Sheila to take one more photo for me out the passenger window before we drove away.

I asked Sheila to take one more photo for me out the passenger window before we drove away.

This garden was very much my cuppa tea in every way and I feel now, looking at the photos, that I was too punchy and distracted to catch all of the details.  It is four hours way from me now, so I will have to read other people’s blogs to see more of it.


 

Sky Nursery

We had time to get to Sky Nursery before their closing time of six PM in order to get a birdbath that we have wanted for a long long time.  It is rather pricey (for us) and is often out of stock.

Sky Nursery

Sky Nursery

parking lot planters

parking lot planters

Allan took these three photos at my request.  The blue is Salvia patens, one of my favourites.

Allan took these three photos at my request. The blue is Salvia patens, one of my favourites.

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I bought a couple of hardy Fuchsias but was too tired to do much focused plant shopping.

mermaid birdbath from catalog

mermaid birdbath from catalog

Mer Family Birdbath

(MER-BB)

Designed by Kelly Godel

18″ x 18″ x 28″; 100 lbs (2 Pieces)

Mermaids, in folklore are supernatural, sea-dwelling creatures with the head and upper body of a beautiful women and the lower body of a fish. Many a travelled sailor has brought back tales of being enchanted by their beauty. In this original birdbath by Kelly Godel, we see all the members of a Mer family, happy in the knowledge that they won’t be disturbed by human presence. Mermaids were immortalized by Hans Christian Anderson’s famous 1837 novel, The Little Mermaid.

Mediterranean Kitchen

On the way back to the hotel (we were much too tired to go to the Bellevue Botanical Garden so missed that entirely on this trip) we had dinner at the Mediterranean Kitchen’s Bellevue restaurant.  It was a great favourite of mine in its lower Queen Ann and Capitol Hill (Komalco!) restaurants back when I lived in Seattle.  Zahrah, a deep fried cauliflower appetizer with tahini sauce, is so scrumptious.

Allan found it, close to the hotel, when he took a walk late Thursday evening.

Allan found it, close to the hotel, when he took a walk late Thursday evening.

When we arrived on Sunday night, the indoor seating was crowded so we ate on the patio.

The Mediterranean Kitchen

The Mediterranean Kitchen

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I got Farmer's Dish as it brought back happy memories of reeking with garlic.  Sheila and Allan got Dajaj Mishwi.

I got Farmer’s Dish as it brought back happy memories of reeking with garlic. Sheila and Allan got Dajaj Mishwi.

Allan's dish

Allan’s dish

I had forgotten how huge the portions were, and the sad thing was our hotel rooms at the Bellevue Hilton had no refrigerators so we could not take leftovers; the three of us could have split a Zahrah and one Dajaj Mishwi and been happy.

A dog walking with its human made eye contact with me.  I would love to have given him a taste, but garlic is not good for dogs.

A dog walking with its human made eye contact with me. I would love to have given him a taste, but garlic is not good for dogs.

back at the hotel...our new plant collection

back at the hotel…our new plant collection

and the water bottles Allan kept refilling to water the plants with, as some had been in the van for three days now.

and just some of the water bottles Allan kept refilling to water the plants with, as some had been in the van for three days now.

Tomorrow we would go home, but on our way we would visit five more gardens in southwest Seattle.

 

 

 

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend hosted by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Livingston garden

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at street level

at street level, with Eryngiums

the front garden

the front garden

walking around the right side of the house

walking around the right side of the house

first glimpse of the descent that awaits

first glimpse of the descent that awaits

a gorgeous Acer griseum

a gorgeous Acer griseum

stunning glassed in breezeway

stunning glassed in breezeway

going down one level

going down one level

a little ways down

a little ways down

further descent ahead

further descent on the other side of the house

over the tree tops

over the tree tops

a view of the compost chute; what a great idea

a view of the compost chute; what a great idea

I see people way down there and didn't know that the garden went way further down past that.

I see people way down there and didn’t know that the garden went way further down past that.

I had gone as low as I could go.

I had gone as low as I could go.

Given all day, I could have certainly worked my way partway down, but it would be slow going because of dizziness and the usual phobias, so I waited and explored, along with several others who for one reason or another could not manage railingless stairs.  We still have one more garden to see after this one, with only about an hour left in the tour day.

a hidden water feature

a hidden water feature, found only because I heard it trickling

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On the left side of the house, a sign pointed to the basement and a very welcome WC!

On the left side of the house, a sign pointed to the basement and a very welcome WC!

From here on, all the photos and captions are by Allan.

Allan's photo:  Not just a deer fence but art in itself

Allan’s photo: Not just a deer fence but art in itself

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on the compost chute side, house to left

on the compost chute side, house to left

heading around the corner of the house

heading around the corner of the house

me, before I turned back

me, before I turned back

top of compost chute.  Their wheelbarrows would face a lot of stairs but the gravel paths lower down were somehow maintained.

top of compost chute. Their wheelbarrows would face a lot of stairs but the gravel paths lower down were somehow maintained.

A fern covered old path would down under the house while the main stairs were over on the natural stream side.  We stepped carefully.

A fern covered old path wound down under the house while the main stairs were over on the natural stream side. We stepped carefully.

The stone path enters one of the patios.  The tiled patio is upper right.

The stone path enters one of the patios. The tiled patio is upper right.

a few feet further on looking through the ferns

a few feet further on looking through the ferns

Astrantia

Astrantia

exiting the stone step trail to a patio

exiting the stone step trail to a patio

a few feet further overlooking the vegetable garden

a few feet further overlooking the vegetable garden

You can see the bottom of the compost chute to the right.

You can see the bottom of the compost chute to the right.

bottom of the compost chute

bottom of the compost chute (enlarged for detail)

the kitchen garden

the kitchen garden

more stone steps

more stone steps

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outdoor fireplace

outdoor fireplace

another terrace

He thinks the fireplace is on this terrace to the left, and that the kitchen garden was by the grass on the left.

rope bridge in ravine over a natural stream, taken from the overlook terrace

rope bridge in a ravine over a natural stream, taken from the overlook terrace.  [Look at those brave tour guests!!)

a gravel path leads down from the kitchen garden

a gravel path leads down from the kitchen garden

The stairs on the left behind the three people...

The stairs on the left behind the three people…

...have inlaid pebbles and a rivulet on the left side.

…have inlaid pebbles and a rivulet on the left side.

a detail of the rivulet as it falls into a catch basin

a detail of the rivulet as it falls into a catch basin

The woman is standing at the near side of the rope bridge.  Beyond, a steep wood stairway enters a woodland trail that hugs the ravine.

The woman is standing at the near side of the rope bridge. Beyond, a steep wood stairway enters a woodland trail that hugs the ravine.

an enlargement to show the ladder-like stairway

an enlargement to show the ladder-like stairway

Below me, on the lower patio, people were descending the path to the rope bridge on a path that had somehow been graveled and maintained beautifully.

Below me, on the lower patio, people were descending the path to the rope bridge on a path that had somehow been graveled and maintained beautifully.

a waterfall

a waterfall

looking up

looking up

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looking down at the patio I photographed the ravine from

looking down at the patio I photographed the ravine from

The other side of the mossy tree had a recirculating stream to the same viewing patio.

The other side of the mossy tree had a recirculating stream to the same viewing patio.

another view of stream, close to the previous photo, with stone bridge at bottom of the photo

another view of stream, close to the previous photo, with a stone bridge at bottom of the photo

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Looking back after crossing the stone bridge.  Rope swing by trellis.  Main steps on right.

Looking back after crossing the stone bridge. Rope swing by trellis. Main steps on right.

I am heading toward the side of the yard opposite the compost shoot, and am being shown the bends where the grids cross that make this stronger fence and trellis material.

I am heading toward the side of the yard opposite the compost shoot, and am being shown the bends where the grids cross that make this stronger fence and trellis material.

plants ready to dig in near ravine side

plants ready to dig in near ravine side

The overlook patio is in the upper right corner.  This is the steep path down to the rope bridge.

The overlook patio is in the upper right corner. This is the steep path down to the rope bridge.

same path with an adventurous log bridge going left over a real stream that the rope bridge also crosses.

same path with an adventurous log bridge going left over a real stream that the rope bridge also crosses downstream.

These women followed me down to this path that paralleled the natural stream.  Note the stumps lower right marking the path going upstream.

These women followed me down to this path that paralleled the natural stream. Note the stumps lower right marking the path going upstream.

stumps now to the left as I head upstream.

stumps now to the left as I head upstream.

a bridge to cross the stream

a bridge to cross the stream

Note its steel beam sides and rough textured steel treads.  Very secure.

Note its steel beam sides and rough textured steel treads. Very secure.

Now to climb back up.  Two women are at the top.  Even down here, shade plantings every bit as interesting as those close to the house.

Now to climb back up. Two women are at the top. Even down here, shade plantings every bit as interesting as those close to the house.

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the beginning of the recirculating stream to the view deck area.  Another guest crossing the stone bridge downstream.

the beginning of the recirculating stream to the view deck area. Another guest crossing the stone bridge downstream.

Barberry (something) Queen just going in.

Barberry (something) Queen just going in.

the fence in background as another guest was also admiring these blossoms.

the fence in background as another guest was also admiring these blossoms.

Thanks to Allan, I was able to join the rest of our readers on a tour of the Livingston garden.  The owner must be very spry, with a great sense of balance, to handle all those steep railingless stairs.

To read about Alison’s adventures in this wonderland, see this post on the Bonney Lassie blog.  Will she or won’t she cross the rope bridge?  Alison’s blog explains better just how the fireplace patio relates to the kitchen garden and has a great photo of the kitchen garden tiles.  Putting Allan’s and Alison’s photos together, I really feel that I saw the whole garden.

Next, the final garden of our north Seattle tour, to be followed the next day with more gardens in southwest Seattle.

 

 

 

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