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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Beda Herbison's Seattle Garden

The wind is rattling the windows of my old house while rain periodically adds a lighter percussive punctuation as a storm blows through the area.  I'm guessing that the paths I just cleared of leaves over the weekend will once again be strewn with autumn debris.  What a nice night to sit in front of the computer with a cup of hot tea and remember a calm, warm July visit to the peaceful garden of Beda Herbison.


A bench in one of the parking strips offers passersby an opportunity to be enveloped in  this urban oasis.



The corner lot is dominated by a very old Deodar Cedar and at every turn the sculptural beauty of woody trunks is celebrated.

In addition to an interesting collection of plants, a nicely curated collection of objects punctuate the garden. 



Raised twin beds.  "The fences and other hardscapes were created by my husband/partner."




Not the best picture of this jellyfish trellis. 

Gnarled Rosemary adds to the timeless feeling of Ms Herbison's space. 






Remember those sweet days when roses bloomed with happy abandon?

Are these growths common on Deodar cedars?  I'd not seen so many on one tree before. 


This 70+ year old tree was probably planted around the time the house was built.

One last look before we jumped back into the plant mobile.
Thank you Beda for opening your garden for us all to enjoy!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday Vignette - Sidecar Sweeties

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by my pal Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Follow the link to her blog to see what's caught her eye and mind this week and to find links to other participating bloggers.

These cuties were spotted outside a popular local tavern.  They were remarkable calm despite all of the attention they were getting from passersby.

I so wanted to pat them.  Okay, they were so cute I just wanted to take them home but they seemed quite happy where they were.  Maybe a bit nervous about where their person went.

I wonder if the babe in front knows that she's lead dog? 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Foliage Follow-Up October 2017

Foliage Follow-Up is hosted by Pam at Digging on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom day each month.  I'm a day late but thought I'd share some foliage seen on a walk in the park up the street from my house.

While green is still the predominant color in the park, the maples are beginning to color up nicely.

In a few days, this scene will be aflame with color.  


 Many of these large trees were planted c.1895.  




The park's Clerodendrum trichotomum  looks to be a well-behaved small tree. How do they keep it from becoming a thicket?


Soon this ginkgo tree will be wearing it's golden finery. 

Admiring this champion (largest in the state) sugar maple.



Towering Beech trees and a Japanese Maple.  There are tree maps available at the conservatory but I've never picked one up as these trees have become old friends.



Okay, it's not foliage but the bark of the 132 year-old Carolina Poplar is pretty amazing.






And back home.  My house is behind that foliage somewhere.

Monday, October 16, 2017

In a Vase on Monday - From the Thrift Store With Love

As always, many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting this fun meme!  Click here to see what others have put in a vase to enjoy this week.

This summer, I found this sweet hand-painted vase at a thrift store for just a few dollars so it had to come home with me.  Must remember to grow some asters to fill it next year!

I went searching for flowers that picked up the colors of the vase.  Clerodendron trichotomum was shedding all over the lawn so those were easy.  Double impatiens won't be alive much longer.

Clerodendrum bungei 'Cashmere Bouquet', Persecaria 'Golden Arrow', foliage from ornamental grass and Berberis 'Orange Rocket'

Foliage from Persecaria 'Painter's Palette'  and some hydrangeas got thrown in. 

Foliage of Parahebe perfoliata, Lonicera nitida and some grass blooms round out the arrangement.

Joining the vase are this autumn paperweight from last year's Glass Eye sale,

A conker, some acorns, and oak foliage found on a walk this sunny Sunday, the last sunny day we'll have for a while,

And a maple leaf rose made last fall that I never got around to throwing away. 


Taking advantage of the sunny afternoon, I dragged the last of the plants into the greenhouse, planted the thankfully few bulbs I bought this year, and planted a few ornamental cabbages and pansies to enjoy this winter.   Sunny days in autumn are very special!  What have you put in a vase to enjoy this week?