Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Seattle Fling: Two Private Gardens


The first day of the Seattle Fling began with hugs and smiles all around, as we greeted our fellow flingers at breakfast in the hotel and in the lobby. The feeling was that of a family reunion of sorts, which wasn't surprising, given how we've gotten to know each other through our individual blogs over the months and years. Many of us see one another at other garden events throughout the year as well.

 

We boarded the buses and headed for two private gardens located next door to each other. The first belonged to Jim and Suzette Birrell. The focal point of the back yard was the bright blue shed, with contrasting trim. Set atop a hill, it overlooks an extensive vegetable garden.

Artichokes!

Broken pot? Use it anyway!

One of my favorite exotic tropical vines - Gloriosa Lily (Gloriosa
superba
'Rothschildiana') - was wending its way up the downspout.


I found a new "must have" - the Wingthorn Rose (Rosa sericea)

The back of the home consists of mostly windows, which belong to the master bedroom, giving a beautiful view of the gardens upon waking in the morning.



Next door were the gardens of Shelagh Tucker. The front yard is different in style from the back, with the front being a drought tolerant, mostly rock garden along with some raised beds.




This made me think twice about pulling out the mullein
in my own garden.


The back of the property is tiered and makes use of stacked stone which serves to delineate cozy spaces and provides contrast to the lush perennials and trees and shrubs.

 

Tucked away to one side of the back yard is a water feature large enough in which to grow water plants.

A beautiful large conservatory provides a comfortable living space while viewing the gardens from three sides. I love the look that the shade cloths give, in addition to being functional.



Besides being envious of the Seattle weather, I'm also coveting the trees and the terrain and the access to beautiful waterfront. Coming from the pancake-flat, wide-open, landlocked space of Ohio farm country, it can be challenging to create the interest that such natural features help provide. But it's the "grass is always greener" thing, isn't it? (This summer, the grass really is greener in Seattle!)

We had our lunch at The Dunn Gardens, then toured the Center for Urban Horticulture, both of which I'll share in the next Seattle Fling blog post.



9 comments:

Linda's Garden Blog said...

lovely read

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Such beautiful gardens. I like the way you put that pebble mosaic step in context. I have seen it featured on other blogs but it was just pictured. It looks even better in context. Those colorful balls in the lawn are striking too. Thanks for taking us along.

Amy Junod said...

Thanks for sharing those beautiful shots. Just breathtaking. I wouldn't know where to sit and dream first. They would have to forcibly remove me I think.

Lona said...

How beautiful. I am with you on the Wingthorn rose. What colorful thorns. Hey, if your going to get stuck by thorns at least they could be pretty ones. LOL!

Erin @ The Impatient Gardener said...

Is there anything better than taking a peek into other people's gardens? I don't think so. These are both gorgeous. I particularly love the mosiac stair landing in the second house, not to mention the entire back yard. That's my kind of garden. And the Wingthorn rose is quite interesting. I've never seen such a thing before.

Gail said...

A very nice photo essay of those beautiful gardens~gail

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

It was lovely to see you & your mom again. I also admired that wingthorn rose for those gorgeous thorns. Who'd have thought? You should never pull mullein, you never know when you might run out of toilet paper. ;^)

Jennifer said...

Beautiful pics. I am so jealous of a conservatory/living space. My sister just bought a lake cabin that has an attached greenhouse area and is doing NOTHING with it...ah, the possibilities. If I had a greenhouse, I would be in heaven all winter.

Thanks for sharing the photos of those wonderful landscapes.

Cameron said...

Wonderful tour! I'm a big fan of gravel gardens with the hot, dry summers here. Thanks for sharing

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