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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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a long-awaited buying spree

Friday we set off for Seattle via Juel’s Unique Nursery in Elma, our second visit to this charming place up a long country road where the dogs are delightful and birds flutter and sing in two greenhouse aviaries. I can’t recommend this highly enough as a stop on one’s way north to the big cities. Owner Julie Sanchez has a great collection of plants for sale and has created wonderful display gardens with an inspirational recirculating stream, something I hope to do here eventually. (Juel’s would make an excellent day trip combined with Steamboat Island Nursery).

First, the adorable dogs, Sam and Gage, and a family with puppies.

the plants for sale….

….and just a glimpse of the display gardens

Plants from Juel’s: Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ (for friend Patti), Echinacia ‘Rocky Top’ and Rudbeckia ‘Black Beauty’ (for Marilyn’s garden), campanula ‘Beautiful Trust’ (for me)

Upon arriving in Seattle, we went to Sky Nursery to which Allan’s brother had given us a gift certificate.  My main plant mission for the trip was to find Lobelia tupa, and there it was in the small front display garden! I feared finding none, because it was in spectacular apricot-salmon bloom, but I did find two plants. Mission accomplished (although I would have liked five).

Sky Nursery’s entry garden with Lobelia tupa and other cool plants; it has become quite the nursery of collectible plants.

Plants from Sky: Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ (for a friend), Lobelia ‘Tupa’ for me and for KBC), and a Penstemon

Saturday morning we were off to the garden tour and a day of specialty nurseries.  After three gardens, we stopped at Bainbridge Gardens nursery where we encountered two Rainysiders who had also skipped the social picnic to shop. Kym Pykorny, writer and blogger for the Oregonian newspaper, was one.

Bainbridge Gardens

plants from Bainbridge Gardens: two Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’, an improvement over ‘Jack Frost’ (one for me, one for Allan’s mom), two “seven up plant” stachys (one for me, one for KBC), 2 Ceanothus ‘Diamond Heights, one Astrantia ‘Abbey Road’.

I had carried with us in our two door Saturn the plants acquired on Friday from Juel’s and Sky, so that I would know exactly how many plants I could fit into the smallish space.  Now onward to Mesogeo, one of our main destinations, where I planned to spend much of my wad of cash.  It had been years since i allowed myself a spending spree on my own garden…but at last I could afford it after a determined campaign to become debt free, and our garden needs an influx of exciting new plants.

our first glimpse of the greatness of Mesogeo

Mesogeo!!!  As soon as we passed the old farmhouse with its exotic display garden, one of the owners took us under his wing, introduced me to one of their fluffy black and white cats, and walked with me through the astonishing garden, a mixture of display beds and plants for sale.  I did not make it past the first group of pots before I started to make a stash of plants to buy.

Mesogeo! Entering the display gardens, and the greenhouse of wonders

Mesogeo! filled with plants to covet, and for once, I bought at least half of everything i wanted

Mesogeo display gardens (left, Lobelia tupa)

plants from Mesogeo: Salvia triloba, Melianthus major with extra big leaves, Melianthus comosus (small leaves, 3-4’), Solanum quitoense (have had/lost this before; they are developing one with no thorns!) Angelica ‘Ebony’, Lavandula viridis (so fragrant, green flowers!!), Juncus ‘lemon twist’ (variegated and stripy twisty bog rush!), Cotelydon orbiculata, Euphorbia stygiana (from the river styx, he said, and taller than millifera), Asphodeline lutea, Cytisis madavense, Gevulina avellana…some plants so new to me that I hope I have read the tags right.

Savage Plants, where we got a bumper sticker reading “Savage Plants for the Savage Gardener.” Love it!

Only because of fear that Heronswood would close before we got there did we tear ourselves away from Mesogeo and go on to the next nursery, Savage Plants, and then a quick stop at Foxglove Greenhouses before touring Heronswood.

from Savage Plants: Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’; from Foxglove: two bi colored Aquilegia and some Himalayan blue poppies

Good heavens!  I’ve forgotten a stop from Friday at Village Green Perennials, where I was sad to see the once lovely display gardens have gotten overgrown and have almost disappeared, but where I bought:

from Village Green: Aeonium ‘Shwartzkopf’, Phygelius ‘Fanfare Cream’, Euphorbia ‘Helena’s Blush’ and some baby Eryngiums

It’s sad to take someone to see a beautiful garden only to find out that nature has taken it back.

Finally, after Heronswood, we stopped at Dragonfly Farms (“where abnormality is the normality”), which had kindly agreed to stay open for the Rainysiders, and there I filled the car to what I thought was its ultimate capacity.  Dragonfly proved to be a destination nursery, a wonderland, filled with great plants (some with Heronswood tags), with garden art, and with vibrant and witty display gardens.

At Dragonfly Farms, plants and garden art for sale

…and display gardens of great charm

plants from Dragonfly Farms: a very black Sedum ‘Postman’s Pride’, Corylopsis contorta ‘Red Majestic’ (expensive! must have! red leaved contorted filbert!), Albizia ‘summer chocolate’ (at last! one of my own!), Disopeteris, Saxifrage ‘Silver Velvet’ (very dark red leaves), Acanthus ‘Tasmanian Angel’ (pricey but must have as has haunted me ever since the garden show), two ferns, Francoa apendiculata, Fuchsia procumbens (their tag for it says something about it being so cute you just want to rock it!), Bergenia with variegated leaves, Asarum splendens, and more…yes, more…I have not sorted all the plants out yet…

Finally, after a dinner in Kingston with the Rainysiders, and a day spent helping Allan’s mom in her Seattle garden, we headed home…via one last nursery stop, Ravenna Gardens in University Village, where I added plants laying sideways in the trunk on top of the luggage!  Ah, the city…where in a small nursery one finds a bottom shelf of Echiums!!!

Ravenna Gardens’ display garden…and front entry

 

plants from Ravenna Gardens: three Echevarias, two ‘Wilma Goldcrest’ Monterey Cypress, and one hardy banana.

And now we are home….with so many plants to plant and no time because work has piled up.  Still, they sit near the front door, pleasing me with their presence and promising to make our garden far more exciting than it has been for a long time.

[2012 note:  I now have the Red Majestic contorted filbert in our new garden, one of the larger plants that I moved here from the old garden.  I wonder if I still have that red velvety saxifrage…I meant to move it, but did I?  A lot of the plants might have done better in our new sunny garden than they did in our old shady one…]

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