Saturday, July 23, 2011

Spring Fling - Just Pictures

Day 2 of the Garden Bloggers' Fling in Seattle had me realizing what a wonderful treat it has been to be invited to tour private gardens I have only ever seen in magazines. Each garden is unique and beautiful in it's own way, and all provide a visual feast that I happily gobbled up. And now I'm pooped. and have only the energy to share just a smattering of what today's first garden offered.
Variegated Hellebore

This garden by Michelle and Christopher Epping was gorgeous and just plain delightful to meander through, discovering its many treasures.

This inspires me to incorporate more statues in my garden.

 The lovely Jayme Jenkins of aHa! Modern Living gets caught in my attempt at photographing a territorial hummingbird among the Crocosmia. Do you see it?
Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisema)

Striking color combination

A view of the garden from above

Friday, July 22, 2011

It's a Fling Thing!

A place to rest among the trees

The Garden Bloggers Fling kicked off in Seattle with beautiful weather and breathtaking gardens as garden bloggers from around the country, (as well as Canada and England!), converged on the Emerald City. After visiting two private gardens and Dunn Gardens, then a rendezvous at Ravenna Gardens I am in much need of some rest. But alas, a quick update is a must!

Hours could be spent wandering the garden of Jim and Suzette Birrell. There are delightful surprises tucked in, under and behind all corners of this lovely space that features a wonderful mix of edible and ornamental. Most of my time was spent furiously snapping photos with my mouth agape, in awe at the size of many plants. When asked how she does it, Suzette replies "Compost! Compost! Compost!"
Blueberry bushes the size of VW Bugs

Lovely contrast with garden art

A sink top overflowing shade lovers, including Japanese Painted Fern

Good times were had by all. Many more expected before this Fling is finished!
Thanks for a wonderful first day!! More to come ...