Sunday's gardens were clustered in North Seattle. As time allows this week, I'll try to post some of my photos of some of the other gardens we visited.
I started with this garden, belonging to Kent and Valerie Ferris, because something startling happened here.
This garden is located adjacent to Ravena Park, in an area of stately old homes. The removal of a big pine tree five years ago allowed the owners to build a new garden.
You can see the greenbelt that is Ravena park in the distance here. ↑I love Pacific Coast iris. I need to find a place for more of them.
We were enjoying studying the plants and details of this garden. When we rounded the corner of the house we saw this wonderful foliage bed, and then someone shouted "It's Linda Reeder!"
I looked at the person accosting me and had no idea who she was. As far as I knew I had never seen her before in my life.
Well, her name is Glenda and she knew me because she reads my blog, and she even shares it with her husband, who you see here behind her. She said she knew it was just a matter of time before she ran into me.
I was really taken aback at first. Then it slowly dawned on me that if I post my life on my blog, then my life is an open book and you never know who might "know" you that you don't know. I said, "Oh, you are one of my lurkers", and we laughed. Turns out she runs a small bridal shop in Olde Burien, a few doors down from where I get my hair cut. If I mention that I got a haircut on my blog, she says "Yep. I saw her walk past my shop." Oh my.
Anyway, we talked for quite a while and enjoyed each other. She also mentioned you, Peter, The Outlaw Gardener. In fact several people mentioned you to me. Turns out you are even more famous than I am. Alison, Bonnie Lassie, you are too.
We continued to work our way around the house, enjoying the beauty of well chosen and well tended plants.
Up on the deck, and then back around to the front again.
Glenda had moved on, but we had some good conversation with the gardener, Kent, before leaving for the next garden on the tour.
Glenda, I know you'll be reading this. It was great fun to meet you. I'll have to stop in and say "Hi" next time I get a haircut.