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- 06/12/13--06:00: Hey Look, Something's Going On There; Vashon Farmers' Market
- 06/13/13--06:00: Vashon Island Part 3; Visiting Kathy's Corner Nursery
- 06/14/13--06:00: Wordless Wednesday a Couple of Days Late and With Some Words
- 06/15/13--05:23: Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day June 2013
- 06/17/13--06:00: Foliage Follow Up, Random As Usual.
- 06/18/13--06:00: DIG! Meanwhile back on Vashon Island...
- 06/20/13--06:00: Solanum Quitoense, My Favorite Plant This Week
- 06/25/13--06:00: So, The Other Day...
- 06/26/13--06:00: Tropaeolum speciosum, My favorite plant in the garden..this week.
- 06/27/13--06:00: Has it been a year already?
- 06/28/13--06:00: Char's Garden: A quick walk by.
- 07/01/13--06:00: The Garden of Terri Dufault
- 07/02/13--06:00: Hot and Cool
- 07/03/13--06:00: Wordless Wednesday
- 07/04/13--06:00: Exciting Developments in the Outlaw Garden.
- 07/05/13--06:00: Visiting Raft Island Roses
My pal Alison of Bonney Lassie, Tom, and I hitched a ride on a Washington State ferry just like the ones on "Grey's Anatomy" to Vashon Island to attend our first group of Northwest Perennial Alliance Open Gardens.
This sign from the ferry is reassuring. It seems that if you're falling apart, you can get yourself together here.
Here we are arriving at Vashon Island. I love the relaxed pace of the island and the friendly folks who live there. It's only a 10 minute ferry ride from Tacoma, where I live, 20 from Seattle but it feels like it's much farther away.
The Garden of Jonathan Morse is located on the north shore of the island and is, I'm assuming, where Jonathan came up with the name of his business, North Shore Garden Design. The first area we explored was this one with the beach view closest to the parking area. As we came down the driveway, we saw fabulous sets of gates which we thought led to the gardens of neighbors. We learned that these were all part of North Shore Gardens!
Here's a view of the very ferry that we just arrived on making another crossing. The spot on the water fairly close to the dry part of the shore just about in the middle of the picture is a Great Blue Heron doing a little fishing. Unfortunately I didn't bring my big zoom lens with me.
Do deer, of which there is a large population on the island, like hostas or is this slug damage?
Another of my plant favorites, Podophyllum delavayi. Jonathan reports that he's found seedlings of these far from the parent plants coming up between rocks in full sun so something is transporting the seeds.
Red Orach is a reseeding annual and I'm told that once you have it, you've got it for as long as you want it. I found a plant of it at the Vashon Farmers Market later in the day.
What a wonderful property with towering evergreens as backdrop and views of the bay! It's an island, there's a lot of that kind of thing happening there!
Hill from Jonathan's home to the main house with quintessential Pacific Northwest plants, Salal and sword ferns both evergreen.
In one part of the garden Giant Horsetail was allowed to grow. I know it's considered a weed but I think it's gorgeous and it's a native to boot!
So, Alison and I drove through town on our tour of gardens, saw the Vashon Farmers' Market and decided to stop and check it out. I'm easily distracted by anything that looks like it might be fun and fortunately, Alison puts up with me. We parked across the way and walked to the market. I've always loved this Boston Ivy covered building!
There was live music, and lots of beautiful island-grown produce, fabulous baked goods, hand made local beer, and much more. Did I think to take pictures of any of that? No. I was very excited to find this Purple Orach plant after having just seen it at Jonathan's North Shore Garden a few minutes before.
Alison and I spent a long time looking at Lisa Betz Originals because we found both her personality and her work delightful.
Is this salmon beautiful or what? When I see wonderful mosaic work like this I get the urge to do more myself. It usually passes when I remember how messy and tedious grouting is.
Fresh, locally grown strawberries that aren't the size of your head and really taste like strawberries are one of my favorite things in the world! Guess what we ate for a couple of days?
I apologize for not doing a better job of showing all the wonders at the market but it sure was a delight! We were thrilled to see this rare Vashon Island Bear/Sheep hybrid. An extremely mellow and happy fellow, he bid us farewell as we left the farmers' market!
Vashon Island is one of my favorite places to visit and luckily, it's not far from where I live. Today, Alison and I continue our day on the island with a visit to Kathy's Corner Nursery. You may remember my previous post about this nursery nearly a year ago. Most of what I would say about the nursery is contained in that post so do check it out.
Kathy's Corner always has a lot of fabulous plants and at this time of year the nursery is bursting at the seams with glorious color!
There is a wonderful article written by Kathy, the owner of this establishment, in the publication Green Profit here. I've been visiting the island for at least 16 years and have followed the ups and downs Kathy mentions in her article and it's interesting to hear her perspective as a nursery owner.
What follows is a few of the many wonderful things that grabbed our attention on this trip!
Double flowered Nasturtium (Tropaeolum) whose name escapes me and I'm too lazy to go outside with a flashlight to find it.
here, Danger Garden's visit here, and my previous post here. In the meantime, aren't these floating peonies lovely?
Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Sarracenia bloom. It's nice that this flower has some modesty and tries to cover up it's reproductive organs!
This may not count because I only brought it home a week or so ago but Jasminum polyanthum's fragrance makes me smile every time I'm in the vicinity of this plant!
The red table is sort of like a green room for plants waiting to find a place. Some may spend the summer here but will need to find more attractive pots.
The Agave weberi that decided to live, the saga of which can be found here with Pelargonum 'Indian Princess.'
The plant that always reminds me of our host Pam Penick because it's one of her favorites and is featured in her foliage follow-up post this month. Do click on over to her site to join in the foliage festival!
Choisya 'Sundance' holds this warm gold color all year long. The bud is that of a purple/blue clematis that will be blooming soon.
Fatsia polycarpa 'Needham Lace' that came from the Cistus area at the Fabulous Fronderosa Frolic a couple of years ago. Such a fun road trip and event! I hope that you denizens of the pacific northwest make plans to attend this year!
Recently found Callicarpa japonica 'Snow Storm' If it bears fruit as heavily as it's non variegated relative in my parking strip, there may be an exchange.
Tradescantia pallida 'Pink Stripe' Just about ready to go in a candy apple red pot when I noticed that the one from last year, left outside, is coming back from it's roots. Cool.
Her ideas are worth stealing and truth be told, I've bought planted containers here because they are so beautifully done.
This echiveria planted left of center in this shallow tray is stunning. Like a huge Dahlia in a mid century painting crossed with an ikebana arrangement.
This one particularly tugged at my heart. The pot, plants, and placement - oh la la, as Cisco might say.
This guy also looks pretty peaceful. Don't know what his excuse is. I didn't realize that homelessness was an issue on the island but Sylvia and Ross, owners of Dig, are quite charitable letting him stay like this.
More succulent goodness.
I am crazy about the new (2 years old) greenhouse! This little slice of zone 9 would take up most of my garden. (I'm eyeing our detached garage...do we really need it? ) The incredible stone table that runs down the center has me swooning. Wouldn't this be an amazing place to display one's plant collection and to entertain? Picture it - dramatic lighting, gorgeous plants, this stone table that could seat 40 of your closest friends...
Did I mention that on Northwest Perennial Alliance Open Garden day, Dig offers a 25% discount to NPA members? I recouped the price of membership in savings here. One of these four packs of aloes came home with me. Aren't they cute?
I like screaming color better though. It adds so much vibrancy to our gray northwest winters!
Must go back for some of these cute little potted tillandsias. Those pots are about an inch and a half tall.
Maybe even smaller. This idea is really fun and would be perfect for the conservatory in your doll house!
Placing floaters in tall glass containers allows us to appreciate the dramatic root structure.
Much has been written about Froggsong, the garden of Cindy and Steve Stockett. For more articles about the garden you can visit Fine Gardening, The Seattle Times, Country Living, Sunset Magazine, and The Beachcomber. Cindy maintains a blog about her garden which you can visit here.
In the words of Cindy as published in the NPA guide, "Froggsong garden, a three-acre [Other sources say twelve acres.] estate garden, is a blend of formal and informal design. A rose pergola, roundel garden, parterre garden and knot garden share a space that frames and defines the senses. I call this type of garden 'Northwest Formal,' a mixture of defined, structured areas that are relaxed by the casual disorder of perennial cottage gardening."
This garden has an interesting juxtaposition of styles sort of like throwing a formal garden, billowing perennial borders, and a woodland into a blender, mixing it up, and having Picasso sort it out.
On entering the garden, one might not suspect what surprises await. Like a chef garnishing a dish with a little of what might be expected flavor-wise from a creation, we get a small clue of the mix inside this garden with the formal evergreen hedge, acer palmatum, and free flowing hakenechloa.
Here's a closer view. Cindy is a retired elementary school teacher. I bet her classroom was full of fun surprises.
Hey look, a pot. Looks like plants that we just saw at DIG. Hmmm...coincidence? I don't think so.
This view begs for a focal point at the end to draw us on. Instead we have the mystery of the woods.
Here we have a couple of neatly clipped box hedges looking like parentheses holding back side conversations. (Works for me.)
Love this shade of blue here. It's echoed in the hosta in the foreground and spruce behind and contrasted with golden foliage on the left and the purple to the right.
My favorite part of the garden is this natural looking pond and marsh area with weeping willow trees.
More old fashioned formality but with a contemporary center. Instead of being surrounded by formal hedges, the hundred-year old doug firs are the background.
Love the white variegated tree with fine foliage and the large white variegated hosta beneath. Notice the partial formally trimmed box shrub on the left.
Stunning view! I love the look of weeping willow trees! The fabulous foliage colors and shapes here are stunning! The bisecting line of boxwood spheres, the fireworks of the phormium. Sigh.
Round the back of the house is this sweet building that contains a sauna, there's a hot tub nearby and in the background, you can see the glass doors of the huge shower which can also be entered from the master bath.
That's Corsican mint all round the path. The fragrance was divine but imagine tiptoeing through this from hot tub to shower. It's a beautiful set up but I have to admit to wanting solid walls around me when nekkid. (The world breathes a collective sigh of relief!0
Loree at Danger Garden has been posting weekly for a while about her favorite plant and has invited other bloggers to join in this meme. Today the plant that is thrilling me and my non gardening partner is Solanum quitoense. The Solanaceae family is large and includes both edible and poisonous members. Solanum quitoense has gorgeous purple veined furry leaves that can reach a foot or more in length. They look cute as a teddy bear but have prickles that are cleverly hidden on the undersides of the leaves. Solanum quitoense, known as naranjilla (little orange) in Ecuador and Panama and as lulo in Colombia, is a subtropical perennial plant from northwestern South America. The specific name for this species of nightshade means "from Quito."
I've grown this plant for years and have often had it flower but last summer, for the first time, it decided to produce fruit.
The plant, hardy in zones 9 - 12 lives inside my house in the winter. Look what happened to the fruits!
The fruit supposedly has a citrus flavor that is described as a cross between lime and rhubarb. The juice of this orange fruit is green. The fruit can be eaten out of hand (the furry outer part is discarded) and the juice is a popular drink in parts of South America.
The plant, not taller than I, recently got moved back outside for the summer but I don't want to cut it back as usual because of the cool orange fruit. Because it was in an out of the way room for the winter, the non gardening partner didn't notice the fruits until I moved it outside and he passed it on his way into the house. While it's got ripening fruit on it, it's still producing buds to make more. How sweet is that?
Alison's car has a built in GPS which is fabulous for garden tours. Since heretofore, most of my driving has been from home to work and other familiar places, I've not thought much about such a device. When going to strange places, Tom and his smart phone which has a GPS feature are often along. Being a Luddite, I haven't a cell phone either. Anyway, Alison's GPS had a friendly voice that seemed very wise and didn't swear once if we didn't do what it advised. Nice.
We turned down a driveway and came to a large clearing in the woods surrounded by meadow covered hills currently full of foxglove flowers and parked in the large grassy parking lot and walked through a red gate.
Calycanthus, one of several varieties on the property, was large and impressive.
At various points along the path descending into the next levels, there are areas to "pause and reflect." That's fancy talk for to catch your breath and look at the pretty stuff.
Cardiocrinum preparing to bloom, peonies at it's feet. The way cardiocrinums bolt so quickly always makes me think of Jack and the Beanstock!
The boulder outcropping fits the space so well it seems like it might have been an existing natural element. Truth is, it's only been there for five years.
The plants are beautifully grown and expertly chosen to fit spaces. There are times when this garden almost feels like it just sprung up this way. (There must be a really great staff here!)
Now we're at the pond level. The water is crystal clear and has a lovely teal color. There are not plants or fish here and I'm wondering if this is strictly ornamental or if the owners enjoy swimming here.
Here's that guy that's been following us around. He was really impressed with the pond!
Yup, the pond has an island off on one side. Look at all of the gorgeous foliage. Rhododendron's leaf shape and indumentum contrasts beautifully with the color and needles of the conifer on the right.
I fell instantly in love with this rusty metal circle. One passes through this magic portal/star gate/moon gate to continue down to the next level where the houses and large perennial borders are.
Allium, clematis, peonies, delphiniums, and oriental poppies are the stars of the floral show right now. Hakonechloa is used liberally in this area of the garden. and why not? It's a gorgeous grass!
And paths leading down to the beach. We didn't explore these as they aren't mentioned on the map but others did go down to the lowest level of the property.
Breathtaking Azara microphylla variegata! I'm so glad that I put a couple of these in my shade garden. I wonder if mine will ever be this big and beautiful?
Hot pink heated up with gold foliage or cooled down with purple foliage. Beautiful either way so why not both?
Which looks to have been a temple at one time. So lovely and unexpected. The doors are intricately carved!
Are we still in Washington? Just beyond is this large dracaena in full bloom, a fairly unusual sight in these parts!
Phormiums not bothered by the Phormium killing winters but that were chopped way back a few years ago because they had gotten too big.
At half an acre, this was the smallest garden on the tour but oh my gosh, there are so many great plants and interesting features in this space that it took us as long to enjoy this one as it did to take in the larger gardens! They say that it's not the size that matters but how one uses it. That's certainly true in this gorgeous and imaginative garden!
A garden is incomplete without at least one dog and or cat! This little guy is doing a great job of keeping the sheep in a nice orderly herd. (Lambs ears edging the circular bed, get it?)
There are several mosaic pieces throughout the garden. They get so much fan mail here that they need a separate mail box just for them. Pretty special I'd say!
I visited this garden a few years ago with friends when it was part of another tour. We were all quite taken with the generous use of Baby's Tears (Soleirolia soleirolii) in several areas. It's so very green and happy looking!
Looking out over the giant chess set.
After touring the final garden, we did some shopping in town and had a delicious dinner at The Hardware Store, a restaurant located in Vashon's oldest commercial building that had operated as a hardware store for most of its 121 years of existence. In addition to the fun story, delightful ambience, and art gallery space, they serve great food!
After dinner it was time to catch the ferry home. You'll notice that the sky, very grey this morning, is now blue, the sun shining golden on the madrona branches. Boarding the ferry, we end another Lassie and Outlaw Adventure. Thanks for coming along with us on this trip to one of my favorite places!
A garden after my own heart! Every space stuffed and planted way to close together, potted plants plunked in the beds and even more plants waiting to find a place.
Dracunculus vulgaris was blooming in the parking strip but the lovely fragrance was not present.
Plants that look like they came from recent nursery visits and are waiting to be planted. Gosh this looks familiar!
Out in the parking strip was this cool cracked pot with a heap of sempervivum starts. Wonder what the eventual plan is?
Persicarias and grasses... Does Scott have a place in Tacoma that he's not telling us about? No, couldn't be as there's some bare soil here.
Another view of the Tetrapanax. I love those big leaves alongside grasses and the acer palmatum that echoes the Tetrapanax leaf shape but on a much smaller, finer, and purpler level.
Sorry for the rant but I'm a curmudgeon, it's what I do. I've heard from other gardeners that the stealing of the green seed heads is a problem whenever this is planted in public view. Have you had any experience with growing these and having them pilfered, filched, lifted, appropriated, snatched, plundered, stolen?
I'm joining blog pal Loree of Danger Garden in posting my favorite plant this week.
If you've been reading my blog since I began, you may remember this saga spanning over twenty years of plant discovery, lust, unrequited love, yearning, and at long last love (thank you Mr. Porter) all about Tropaeolum speciosum, my favorite plant this week and most frustrating plant to grow ever!
Here are some pictures of the long awaited happy blooming wonderful plants blooming their heads off among the golden hops and honeysuckle vines. This was the most vigorous and floriferous year I'd ever had with these puppies that I'd been planting over and over again in as many different areas of my garden as possible.
On Sunday morning, I looked out of the back porch and what did I see in the spot where I planted the first roots of this plant in this garden 16 years ago? You guessed it! Interestingly the color on these seems to be more on the blue side. I don't know if this is one of the Heronswood original roots or one of the subsequent ones sent from Scotland that I planted there. The top images are of plants from Far Reaches Farm. Also the top ones are in full sun while the following are in only part sun. I remember the originals growing, blooming gloriously, setting seed and then very rapidly dying never to return again until now. Is it possible that the tiny vines have been sending out growth each year and gaining strength to bloom again?
Could it be that this is a vine that grew from one of the seeds that fell on the ground and took a long time to germinate? (15 years is a long time!)
I will never know from where
Came those lovely scarlet ribbons
Scarlet ribbons for her hair..."
|Height||6 ft. to 10 ft.|
|Spread||6 ft. to 10 ft.|
|Growth Pace||Fast Grower|
|Light||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Characteristics||Attracts Butterflies; Attracts Hummingbirds; Fragrant Flowers; Self Seeds; Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage; Showy Fruit; Showy Seed Heads|
|Bloom Time||Fall; Summer|
|Flower Color||Red Flower|
|Uses||Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Indoor Plant, Naturalizing, Screening, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point, Suitable as Annual, Trellis|
|Style||Herb Garden, Cottage Garden|
|Seasonal Interest||Summer Interest, Fall Interest|
|Type||Perennials (Zone 7 - 10)|
It was a year ago today that I first hit the orange publish button on blogger and began my journey as a blogger. I'd read a lot of blogs and even commented on some but didn't think I'd have much to say that would be of interest to other folks on a blog of my own. At the urging of Ms. Danger, I started anyway. A year and 276 posts later, I still don't know if I'll run out of things to post about but for the time being, I'm having fun. Perhaps in the future I won't post five days a week as I have this year. The most interesting thing about blogging has been meeting other gardeners and feeling like a part of a community of like minded (and perhaps misguided) souls who love to get their hands dirty. In reading blogs from around the country and world, I've gained a broader understanding of and appreciation for the differences in regional garden styles, plant palettes, and practices. In reading blogs from my own region, I've learned about exciting new plants to try in my garden. Thank you all for reading my blog, leaving comments, welcoming me to the blogosphere and helping me to gain more knowledge of plants and gardening!
I was thinking of doing a drawing for this post but will do that for my 300th post. Instead, today I'll post about a visit to Jungle Fever, a nursery and plantsman (Jerry Cearley) who have been instrumental in my green education and formation as a gardener and plant fanatic over the last 20 or so years.
Jungle Fever is a small nursery specializing in hardy exotics. Originally I was drawn here by the huge fragrant flowers of brugmansias but came to love the many tropical appearing large leaved plants that are surprisingly hardy here. Jungle Fever has always carried a lot of beautiful Australian natives and desert plants from our own continent like cacti and agaves. It wasn't until recently that I started appreciating those and later than that that I began to like palms, another Jungle Fever staple. A visit to this nursery, 15 minutes from my house, is like stepping into a mini tour of jungles and deserts of the world. Once inside, it's difficult to remember that we're just yards from a busy street! When the big Restio craze hit, Jungle fever was there to supply our plant lust and on this visit, I noticed some great Rhodocoma capensis! Carnivorous and other bog/water plants play on the sales tables along with a fairly specialized offering of great annuals that you won't find at a box store.
Just outside the entrance was this grevillea in gorgeous bloom. Cisco Morris learned about this group of plants and their hardiness in our region from Jerry.
Jerry's garden is just behind the nursery and a stroll up the sidewalk should not be missed.
The house sits on a corner lot. On one side there are large plants that provide shade and on the other side is a dry sunny garden that looks more like something from southern California than it does a garden in the Pacific Northwest.
Char's garden is one that I pass by several times a week but seldom have time to stop. Last September, I walked by with my camera and was glad that I did. You can read that post here. Following are a few shots taken from the sidewalk during a recent walk in the hood. This garden is full of color throughout the season!
I don't often think of combining pink and red for some reason. It is sure gorgeous here and the lavender hosta blooms keeps the color family well rounded while the yellow livens things up.
Peonies have just finished and we see a dahlia growing to cover its wood supports. These were beautiful in bloom last year!
I wonder how deep the buried pot is. do you suppose it's got a liner in it to retain water for the Iris ensata? The look of the ornamental rim just above soil level is attractive.
Looking down the walk, you can see tetrapanax in the garden of a neighbor. Better check that out!
Another Northwest Perennial Alliance Open Garden Saturday found the Lassie and the Outlaw poking around the Gig Harbor area and having an enjoyable day of garden touring. Today, we'll look at Terri Dufault's garden. Situated on a hill overlooking Puget sound and the Olympic mountains, this garden utilizes beautifully colored foliage very well. I'd never seen a deep purple berberis hedge before and this one was impressive in size and color! I wonder if the thorns are an effective deer deterrent?
If given the choice, would you prefer living up high like this with gorgeous panoramic views or would you opt to live closer to the water's edge (also could have gorgeous views?)
Fortunately for us, we had a perfect sunny day for an outing. Unfortunately, the direct sun isn't the best for photographing a garden. Notice the hardy fuchsia on the left.
The edible plant area also has a high fence around it. I guess that these folks want to eat their produce themselves. Silly, right?
More stars waiting in the green room for their chance to shine. Plant addiction problem? What plant addiction problem?
I remember passing the gold house on a regular basis many years ago (over 20) and the planting scheme was similar but perhaps with more pelargoniums. Some gardeners are fickle, our tastes changing over time and with new plant passions; others know what they like and stick with it!
On one of our Saturday adventures, Alison and I visited Raft Island Roses in Gig Harbor. If you live in the greater Tacoma area, you may be familiar with the name as these folks sell their roses at several farmers' markets.
It had been years since last I visited RIR but the memory of rose perfume delighting my olfactory receptors was strong.
I know very little about roses and always say that they're really not my thing but somehow, there are quite a few of them in my garden. These lovely and fragrant climbers cover the fence of the old parking area.
I went looking for a Westerland rose but they were out. Joy Creek's inventory says that they have 36. Alison and I need to go to Portland anyway. Some sources say that Westerland has a strong fragrance; others say that it's a light fragrance everyone agrees that it blooms freely and beautifully.
être, rose complète,
que mon consentement te confond
avec mon coeur en fête.
rose, toute la vie,
et je me sens l’ami parfair
d’une telle amie.
being, perfect rose,
that my will unites you
with my heart in celebration.
as if you were all of life,
and I feel the perfect friend
of a perfect friend.
Votre joie trop fine
vous a-t-elle forcée
de devenir cette chose
Mais de qui vous protège
cette arme exagérée?
Combien d’ennemis vous ai-je
qui ne la craignaient point?
Au contraire, d’été en automne,
vous blessez les soins
qu’on vous donne.
have you assumed these thorns?
Is it your too fragile joy
that forced you to become
this armed thing?
this exaggerated defence?
How many enemies have I
lifted from you who did not fear it at all.
On the contrary, from summer to autumn
you wound the affection
that is given you.
tendresse touchant aux tendresses…
C’est ton intérieur qui sans cesse
se caresse, dirait-on;
se caresse en soi-même,
par son propre reflet éclairé.
Ainsi tu inventes le thème
du Narcisse exaucé.
Tenderness touching tenderness…
Your oneness endlessly
Caresses itself, so they say;
through its own clear reflection.
Thus you invent the theme
of Narcissus fulfilled.
This one is just starting to open and the outer petals have a green stripe down the middle. The broken coloration seems to be more subtle on the inner petals but we'll have to see what happens as it opens and ages.
Unfortunately there were no blooms fully open. This almost came home with me but it's a hybrid tea...'nuf said? It had incredibly long and strong stems for each flower & a few dozen bushes of this would be fabulous for those of you who have an acre or two devoted to a cutting garden. Still, it was very pretty. Maybe a return visit is in order.
Look at some of the other surprises we found here. Some of these non roses came home with us!
These had no label and the nice young person working there only knew that it was called a Pregnant Onion. It was kind of interesting so Albuca bracteata came home with me.