Even the sign painted on the side of this building has a period design. I'm imagining that there's some sort of city ordinance regarding historical buildings.
This building was once, maybe still is an Elks Lodge (a fraternal organization.)
After dinner, we decided to take a little walk to an antique store. Time had flown and many businesses were closed. However, we'd seen a few interesting gardens on our drive into town that we wanted to visit so off we went but not before admiring this borage growing in a large pot on a sidewalk.
This house and garden were sweet!
It featured a lot of interesting, low growing plants in place of a large expanse of lawn. Pam Penick would approve!
Another area had these raised beds but the same array of plants. Interesting.
Round the side and a little glimpse of the gazebo in the back yard.
Poppies in the front are about to pop! I never tire of the way these flowers emerge looking like that rumpled tissue tucked in your elementary school teachers sweater sleeve and become such elegant flowers, quite unlike the aforementioned tissue. That just got wadded up and stuck back in it's knitted prison.
The way the buds start out coyly looking at the ground like teenagers at their first dance.
Before you know it they're gaining confidence, looking up, and soon will bloom.
Also like teenagers, they're mostly interested in sex and before the night is through, if there are no chaperones, there will be pollination. Don't say I didn't warn you. Like those trollops, the columbines, poppies are quite promiscuous and often surprise you with their offspring.
Up the road a few yards was this garden.
It looks as if this hawthorn has been expertly pruned for years to create the beautiful pillows of foliage and bloom which contrast so nicely with the bark of the tree.
Back into the car to visit a couple of houses on our way out of town. Love these gates and think that they are probably European.
The John Quincy Adams House is for sale! For a picture of it with a different paint job, go here.
Also for sale is the sizable lot next to the house, part of the original garden. This would be a great bed and breakfast! With the additional lot, the garden could be as interesting as the house itself!
Yet another view of this house, along with a lot of other images of Port Townsend buildings, lives here.
Across the street is this beauty.
Much as we were enjoying ourselves, it was time to take our leave. I'm so looking forward to visiting and exploring more of Port Townsend.
So, here are the shots of a car full of green treasure gathered from the Kitsap Peninsula!
Notice that it was once again dark outside by the time we got home.
It was a long and exhausting day but I enjoyed every moment of it! Now, where am I going to plant all of my new finds?
Have you planted yours yet Alison? Does everyone have an out-of-the way area or areas of his/her garden where there are stored far too many potted plants awaiting the gardener's attention?