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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, July 19, 2018

The Garden of Chick Stamschror and Rick Guttu

Chick and Rick's Bellevue garden was open for the Northwest Perennial Alliance earlier this month.  Little did I know that this garden was near Tom's childhood home.  On the way to the garden we visited his elementary school,  the church his family attended in his early years,  and other neighborhood points of interest. 

"I started gardening about 23 years ago when Rick and I moved to Bellevue from Seattle.  I started by removing overgrown shrubs.  The prior owners had very few perennials planted so I started going to nurseries to add color and texture and continued adding plants every year. It didn't take long to realize I was hooked on my garden."




 "My garden is a mix of things I like with no formal plan.  I have a home business and people who come over ask if they can have a tour and say they enjoy my garden." 





My jaw dropped when encountering this bistro set that is exactly the same color as the Astilbe blooms.  Chick said it was a happy accident.  She saw the bistro set at a grocery store at an end of the season sale one year and decided it needed to come home with her. 

You may have noticed that Chick is fond of  purple.   "My side yard is mostly shaded with a purple bench ariea I call my Secret Garden." 


Glass butterflies exploring a tree. 


Surprises abound. 


Did I mention purple?   This repetition of color creates a rhythm about the garden that is soothing and still fun.

"My back patio area gets morning sun and evening shade."

And what color are the doors?  You guessed it!  Love this.








Two glass floats and a matching bowling ball.  How fun is that? 





Thank you so much Chick and Rick for opening your lovely garden for so many of us to enjoy!  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday Vignette: I Need a Name!

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by Anna at Flutter and Hum/The Creative Flux.  Click here to join the fun.

Ah summer.  Out on the sidewalk gazing up through the leaves of Tetrapanax, Magnolia macrophylla and bamboo, seeing blue sky. July could last forever.

Meanwhile, in the shady inner garden, the alien/gardener has sprouted wings but he still hasn't told me his name.  Any ideas?  Icarus and Daedalus come to mind.  Michael?  Gabriel?  Quasar?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summer At Swanson's Nursery

A couple of weekends ago, after touring some Seattle Gardens we were only fifteen minutes from Swanson's Nursery so it made sense to stop by.  (It always makes sense to visit nurseries.)

Humphrey, the life-sized dinosaur is decked out in flowers for the season and is standing midst huge dahlias.  Just think of the damage a garden pest like this could do to one's garden.

Temptations abound. 



The vines are just getting started so we'll have to check back frequently to see the progress.  

Herbs and pots. 

Rieger Begonia, Elatior Begonia (Begonia x hiemalis) come in such gorgeous colors but I've never grown them.

Until 'Valentino stole my heart.  I'd admired this in my pal Alison's (The Bonney Lassie) blog in the garden of Charlene and Jim Hampton but had not seen them in person.  Then, here they were.  I've read that Riegers make great houseplants but don't appreciate drying out too much.  I'll really try to keep them going over the winter along with a few others I picked up on sale at our local everything store.

More begonias!  

I love it when nurseries create combinations that one could copy at home. 


Not interested in creating a seasonal combo pot?  Just grab one of these. 

Swanson's always has a lot of very well done combo pots!

Oh, those delphiniums.  Sigh.  

Off to the shady side. 

Hosta 'Zebra Stripes'   


A fernless fern table. 

A great variety of fern offerings. This is only a fraction of the fern area. 

Oh, look a stunning  Persicaria 'Silver Dragon'  It looks so cute in the pot and the color is wonderful but  the microcephalas tend to be a bit thuggish in my garden so this beauty stayed.


Love that plant stand.  One of these days, I need to learn to weld!

Libertia ixioides 'Taupo Sunset' (Looks more like 'Orange Blaze' to me)   Oh that gorgeous color!


The purple color of Opuntia 'Santa Rita' could make one fall hard for this one.  Oh those glochids -  sometimes love hurts.

And, as Loree says, "There's always an Agave." 


Well, hello there handsome. 

Summer fun?  The teepee seemed to be quite a hit with the kids. 

Pinus sylvestris 'Bialogon'  Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the space to grow every cool conifer one came across?

Yucca rostrata and Dasylirion.. 

Probably best not to venture back there. 

Stachyurus yunnanensis has silvery evergreen foliage, red stems and pinkish new growth.  Oh yeah, it blooms too.  What's not to love?

With dark burgundy foliage and these fantastic blooms, more pink than they appear here.  Hydrangea macrophylla 'Miss Saori'  jumped into my cart.

Hypericum 'Red Star'


Inside stuff. 

Look back there, I think that's Tephrocactus geometricus.  What a surprise to see it here.

Humphrey's relatives?




 One always has to visit the koi.

Another winning combination. 

Annual madness.

Time to take our purchases to the check out building where the sale shelves are located.  I contemplated buying one of these for a Monday vase but didn't.


Time to go to the parking lot and load the plantmobile.