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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Gig Harbor Garden Tour - Garden 5

Yes, we skipped #4. That was the order we visited the gardens, and so my #4 photos are at the end of the "roll". Remember when we used film? 

Anyway, I may not get back to #4 and I wanted to be sure to show you gardens 5 and 6. 

Garden 5 surrounds the Carlson home. They have lived on this property for 20 years, but eight years ago they tore down the old house and built a new one. They lived in an apartment over the garage while the new one was built. Most of the garden is new since 2008.

This property is low bank waterfront overlooking Lay Inlet, Raft Island, and the Olympic Mountains. 

 That's the apartment over the garage, one of several garages. We haven't come to the house yet. 
 Vendors here were a painter and a nursery. 

 Hydrangeas are a specialty in this garden.
 Here is Mrs. Carlson explaining all the garages. 

 Here we go around the side of the house to the back. 

 And up on the deck. 

 Down on the lawn another painter found a shady spot to work. See her earlier painting of hydrangeas propped up against her paint case? 

 Crocosmia Lucifer and day lilies made a bold splash of color. 

 Down at the boat house. You can see that the tide is low. 
 Steps to the pebble beach. 
 I doubt that I would ever score an invitation to this house, so the great thing about garden tours is that you get to go and see how the other folks live. 
But even without a place this grand, we can all create some bit of beauty wherever we are. 


  1. Lovely garden. I wonder how much help they need to keep it looking so trim.

  2. I do love hydrangeas and day lilies. Hard to imagine there are people in the world who can live like this couple. Guess it's good that it doesn't take all that to make me happy. I enjoyed looking at their gardens but am content where I am in life, don't need all the trimmings. Fun to see though.

  3. Crocosmia Lucifer? I wondered what it is called. Another lovely place! Thanks for the tour, Linda. :-)

  4. Wow. That is some home. I could sit in those chairs by the water all day.

  5. This one has some open space which allows a better look at things.

  6. Well I am sure #4 is bummed at being skipped over but this really is an amazing property and gardens. Love the view.

  7. Good grief! What a fancy, gorgeous house and garden.

  8. Garden tours are a great way to see how others live and garden. So, what's the story of all the garages? Very colorful and well-kept garden!


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