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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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Some Parting Shots

My pal and frequent nursery field trip partner, Chris, has a gorgeous garden.  One late afternoon recently, after  visiting Vashon Island, we pulled up in front of her house and  I asked if I could take some shots of her garden.  She said that she didn't think it was really up to "blog standards."  WhatEver.  I took these few pictures of a little bit of her garden visible from the street and then the batteries in my camera went dead so we'll visit more of her garden another time.  I think you'll agree that her garden is a wonderful gift to passersby and friends alike!  


 Her color combinations are stunning and cheerful!
 I wish my garden looked this good so late in the season!

 I love the rich colors of autumn!
Yes, I said that word!  In honor of the autumnal equinox tomorrow...


Something Told the Wild Geese
by
Rachel Field

Something told the wild geese
It was time to go,
Though the fields lay golden
Something whispered, "snow."

Leaves were green and stirring
Berries, luster-glossed,
But beneath warm feathers
Something cautioned, "frost."

All the sagging orchards
Steamed with amber spice,
But each wild breast stiffened
At remembered ice.

Something told the wild geese
It was time to fly,
Summer sun was on their wings,
Winter in their cry.

This poem is in the public domain.

21 comments:

  1. Oh, I do love those exuberant color combinations, too! May we have the name of that plant with the wonderful pink, tubular flowers? - 3rd pic up from bottom.

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  2. Beautiful colours!!! I love that garden. And of course the bananas speak to my tropical loving heart

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  3. Your friend has a beautiful garden, definitely blog-worthy. If only she knew how many of us with blogs shoot our photos so judiciously, carefully cropping out or obscuring the ugliness. I too wish mine looked this good this late in the season. You'll definitely have to post more when you go back with a full battery!

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    1. Oh, she's just overly modest! Now that I'm doing a blog, I know the secret of the beautiful gardens I see in books, blogs, etc. - Camera placement!

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  4. I'll bet she has increased the foot traffic on her street. I would certainly go out of my way to saunter by that garden.

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    1. She's gotten lots of nice comments as this front garden has only been there for a couple of years.

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  5. Fabulous plantings, and now the world knows it. :)

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  6. Gorgeous! I love the different blue and red/pink flowers paired with the Rudbeckia fulgida.

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  7. It is a lovely garden, with different mixes of foliage colours and leaf textures and flowers. Have a nice day.

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    1. Thanks Karen! Hope you have a wonderful day, too!

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  8. It's beautiful, would love to see more. It's beyond blog-worthy, some of those spots could be in a magazine!

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  9. So beautiful! love those phygelius. I'm assuming they are hardy for you there?

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    1. I love them, too. Yes, they're hardy (well, most years.) and some of them bet quite large!

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  10. Wonderful colors in her perennial beds. Have a nice weekend!

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  11. Her garden isn't blogworthy?? Au contraire!! I think it's beautiful. :o) Thanks for the tour.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your thoughts.