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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, June 5, 2014

The Garden of Shelagh Tucker; Seven Gardens, Two Nurseries, Six Hours the Final Chapter

Alison and I both loved this garden which she'd visited two summers ago when the garden bloggers' fling was held in Seattle.  She was excited to see the garden again and to share it with me.  If this garden looks familiar it is perhaps because you visited during the Seattle Fling or read Alison's recent post about it.  If you do a web search, you'll find that many bloggers have shared wonderful posts  about this stunning garden!


A combination that I want to remember!

The front Mediterranean style garden is drought tolerant and gets no supplemental water. 







Rhododendrons in the distance hint that the style of the garden may change a bit behind that picket fence.



 Indeed, it does!


Beautiful rock terracing!

So many things to love about this beautiful garden!   Say, is that Darth Vader hiding at the bottom?



Another combination not to be forgotten.  The colors are fab but the idea of combining an azalea with polygonum red dragon is inspired.  The polygonum is known to flop over and smother everything nearby.  The support of the woody shrub is just what the polygonum needs and the dash of purple helps the deciduous azalea  look interesting after the blooms fall.




Shelagh has some really interesting pots.  I've decided to call this one the twelve apostles pot. 

Another great pot!

 A courtyard between the house and garage. 




What could make this garden any more wonderful, you may ask?  How about a spacious solarium in the midst of it from which one can gaze at the garden even in foul weather? 

The metal door mat on the outside of the solarium are delightful!  I need one!

In addition to being a gardener Shelagh is a water color artist.  Her studio sits in a building at the top of the garden and has a nice view of the grounds. What view isn't better when seen through a lovely beveled glass panel?  

 This American Victorian panel is also in the studio.  Notice the nearly chartreuse and teal glass placed together?  And we thought that was a new trend.

Thanks, Shelagh, for opening your garden once again for us to enjoy! 


38 comments:

  1. Oh, I loved seeing your photos of Shelagh's garden! It was great to see what you noticed that I missed. And I did very much enjoy sharing this garden with you.

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    1. Thanks pal, you know all the best places!

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  2. The pathways, the different levels, the different materials and unique touches, the serenity it imbibes, simply an amazing garden. No wonder you are both enamoured by it!

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  3. I was thrilled to see the Rhodocoma capensis in your photos as I'd wondered if it was still alive. I think this garden is the first place I ever saw one of size.

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    1. Yes, it's still there and doing well.

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  4. A remarkable garden. Is the garage move-in ready? I am! A tasteful tapestry of so many great things. What part of seattle is this home located?

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    1. The garage is move-in ready but it might be cramped with both of us living there. The garden is in North Seattle.

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  5. Wow, my eyes are going crazy from all this green (remember, I live in the Golden State, which should more correctly be called the Brown State). This is a truly spectacular garden. I love the many different areas just begging to be explored.

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    1. They call this the evergreen state and Seattle the Emerald City for a reason! While I am totally in love with all of the plants that are hardy in the ground in your wonderful state but don't know if I'm ready to give up all of our green. The various areas of this garden are very skillfully put together!

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  6. My goodness! that's absolutely fabulous. So many different areas to explore. All things planted with artistry to create a visual treat. This post gets my creative juices flowing and makes me want to run outside and get in the dirt. Thanks for sharing

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    1. It was a beautiful place and had a very nice gardener! You go out and play in the dirt!

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  7. I probably SHOULD go back and read more carefully....but does she have help keeping this garden so beautiful???? I'm SO glad you posted your photos and the explanations, etc. I'm going to skp on over to see Alison's now.....

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    1. I'm not sure if she has help or not. It wouldn't surprise me as the garden is in such great shape

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  8. This did have a familiar feel to it, but your take is all your own...and much appreciated.

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  9. Beautiful garden and photo tour! Thank you : )

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    1. Always a pleasure to have such nice company!

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  10. What a beautiful garden. I bet you really enjoyed your time there, gathering ideas for your own lovely garden.

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    1. It was grand to be there but my poor garden is so jungley and crowded, that it could never look as lovely as that garden. I'm a bit of a plant hoarder. Mine is an interesting collection of plants. It's always fun to visit beautiful gardens like this and dream about someday doing something like it!

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  11. I think something's amiss with the word verification security function this evening so if you receive 2 messages from me, that's where I'm laying responsibility. I loved this garden when I saw Alison's photos but I fell for it all over again when I saw your photos. I covet that solarium even, although it's arguable that a solarium in southern California is utterly unnecessary.

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    1. It's a wonderful garden! The solarium is wonderful and could be air conditioned in your climate to make viewing the garden in the heat of the afternoon more comfortable.

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  12. Its a stunning garden with lovely accents and delightfully patterned stone paths. I love how the pebbles are creatively used. The lush foliage and massive flowers are simply lovely!

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    1. I agree, this garden was a delight from start to finish!

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  13. I think this is one of the nicest gardens you have shown us, so many different areas with contrasting planting, lovely art work showing off the planting, it really is delightful!

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    1. This garden is very special and you're right, the various areas are so well done as individual garden rooms! I wish Ms Tucker would redesign my garden!

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  14. I remember this garden from the fling posts and enjoy seeing it each time. Beautifully done and personal gardens like this are so special.

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  15. Wow ! Such a beautiful place and so gorgeous garden !

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    1. Thank you Ela, I agree that it is a gorgeous garden!

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  16. Oh my! That is a marvelous garden!

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  17. I remember this garden well from the Fling and am happy to see your new views of it. She has created so many delightful spaces and vignettes.

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    1. This is indeed a memorable garden and I'm glad it was on the Seattle fling itinerary! Looking forward to Portland! Only a month away!

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