Thursday, July 30, 2015

Garden Touring 4

We got a late start on our NPA garden touring last Saturday so we only had time to get to two gardens in the Snoqualmie Ridge development.  They were small gardens, but both were lovely.

Susan Ransey used every bit of her small yard to create a magical world of color and texture. 

 I liked the lights on the arbor, that can be seen from the dining room. 

 The mixed sedum borders added interesting color and texture. t. 

 There was even a vegetable garden squeezed between the houses. 

Leona Persinger created a tranquil space for outdoor living in her small garden. 

 Leona's granddaughter helped her create this fairy home, hidden deep in a garden corner. 

 Even the planting along the back alley was meticulously groomed. 
That ends the tour from last weekend.

This weekend is fast approaching, and the weather has gone hot on us again, so it will be a scorcher.  No more garden touring this weekend.  Instead there will be hydroplanes on Lake Washington, and the Blue Angels flying overhead, and a Sounders match at the stadium Saturday night.  It's SeaFair Weekend in Seattle.

Some of us will go to the actual boat races on Sunday, and some of us will stay home and watch on TV.  We'll all also be preparing to depart on Monday for Rockaway Beach on the Oregon coast. Busy times. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Garden Touring 3

Yep.  New header. I was sad to let that oak tree go, too, but it's time for some summer flowers, picked this morning from the Reeder garden patch. 

The garden of Nita and Kelly Walker is set on ten acres bordering Paradise Valley Conservation Area, in the Cascade foothills.

In this potting shed we found yummy cookies and the guest sign in.
 These giant zinnias were started in the greenhouse. 

 The greenhouse is behind the potting shed. 

 A friend was displaying her glass flowers for sale to visitors.  I didn't need any :-)

 There beautiful plantings led us from the front of the house around the side and to the back.
 There terraces led to a lawn and the edge of the forest.
 The deck overlooked it all,

 including this wonderful border of summer perennials. 

 Another border around the other side of the house was full of self-sown nicotiana and dahlias. 

What fun we were having visiting all there lovely gardens.