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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, August 22, 2014

The Miller Garden Part Two; The Sunny Side

Continuing yesterday's tour of the Miller garden, as one wends ones way further down the steep forested hill, there is a clearing and a sunnier garden which gives way further down to some trees marking the edge of the cliff that drops off into the bay.  Let's explore, shall we?


Beautiful views of Puget Sound!

Sun loving and drought tolerant plants in this area bordering a parking area.
 
 Did you see the beautiful large callistemon in the previous picture? 

Looking back up at the house from the sunny parking area  below that divides the garden.
 I wonder how many brilliant plantsmen and women have had fascinating conversations sitting here?


Hello Yucca rostrata, how long have you been here?
 
Many potted plants, some hardy, others not indicate that plant nerds aficionados are still at the helm of this garden!

Guest house?  Tool storage?  Forgot to ask.

Grand staircase with half buried pots. 

There's no escaping Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame'  this season. 

Schefflera delavayi  looking very happy in it's sunny location.  What a versatile plant, it also grows well in shade!

This is the other side of that cool semi-circular rock bench from an earlier photo. 
 
 Insect enjoying a leaf  of Acer campestre 'Pulverulentum'

More potted treasures on the lowest deck/patio/seating area.

Begonia 'Fireflush'  in front of a collection of maianthemums (guessing.)

Someday my Pyrrosia sheareri  will look like this. 

Seems like we shop at the same nurseries!  Acer palmatum 'Fairy Hair'  whose foliage turns brilliant red in the fall. 

View from the  deck.
 
 
 Aesculus hippocastanum laciniata.

Arisaema collection
 
 
I'd never seen a variegated fig leaf before.
 
 
 Holding area where lots of treasures await planting in the garden along with that cool greenhouse where I imagine the tender potted plants spend the winter.

 Although, it looks pretty full already!
 
Thanks again Alison for the opportunity to see this incredible  garden about which I'd heard so much.  Happy weekend all!


31 comments:

  1. I don't actually remember seeing that greenhouse all three times I was there. Thanks for the look inside! Glad you had fun.

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    1. Thanks again, Alison, it was a blast. The greenhouse is fabulicious. If only it could fit in my car...

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  2. Gosh, what an incredible garden, thank you for the tour, Peter. I hope to see it someday. Thank you thank you!

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    1. It's a wonder to see in person so I hope you do get to see it!

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  3. Nice garden,
    what is the climber plant on the "other side of that cool semi-circular rock bench"?

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    1. I don't know but will try to find out. It's very interesting!

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  4. Wow! Beautiful!! Thanks for the tour!!

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    1. My pleasure indeed. Thank you for coming along!

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  5. Great second half! I could be very happy there.

    (and thanks for the links yesterday, but I wasn't hinting that you'd forgot me!!!)

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    1. You should probably just move in. It's such a large garden that they probably wouldn't notice you. Might need to paint your car green for better camouflage though.

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  6. I never saw a callistemon doing so well around here. It's a favorite childhood tree that bring back many memories! That insect on the white maple makes a beautiful picture.

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    1. Some Callistemon varieties do fairly well here. Notice that this one is planted on a sunny slope with pavement below to radiate heat for it.

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  7. Nice tour, beautiful garden, but oh, those PNW trees! Also, I'm trying to get everybody to stop posting photos of I-want-one-of-those, amazing greenhouses. I guess you didn't get the memo. ;)

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    1. I do love the trees out here! Sorry about the greenhouse porn. If it makes you feel any better, I was also more than a little green with envy!

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  8. Need me some 'Fairy Hair'. One would never tire of that view...especially these folks, as they obviously have little time left over from gardening to gaze out at the water.

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    1. I got mine at Dragonfly Farms but I also saw a couple at Portland Nursery on Stark Street earlier this summer. A clever gardener could gaze and garden simultaneously.

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  9. Beautiful views, beautiful hardscape, a very sophisticated collection. A stellar garden!

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    1. It is a very special place and only part of the legacy of the amazing Betty Miller!

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  10. Stunning, and with so many plant treasures! This garden reminds me so much of Cornish valley gardens.

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  11. Nice semi-circular seating, and greenhouse! Hardscaping makes a lot of difference. The soldier beetle on the strangely spotty maple reminds me of the night one suddenly hit me in the face as I sat on the sofa. The opulent bottlebrush takes me back to my years in San Diego with all the tropical and subtropical plants. Beautiful garden, thanks for the tour!

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    1. Thanks for coming along and also for identifying the beetle!

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  12. I have very little knowledge of these rare plants, but I certainly appreciate to beauty of it all.

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    1. It's a lovely garden which hopefully you'll see sometime soon!

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  13. Beautiful and a view to die for! You certainly have some wonderful gardens to visit in your part of the world, thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the garden, Pauline! Right back at you with the wonderful gardens to visit and your kindness in sharing them with us!

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  14. With those views of Puget Sound and that lush, jungly garden, you must have loved exploring this place. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  15. Wow and double wow. That is an impressive place. I could easily cozy up and enjoy a cuppa with that view.

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  16. Ha! Eddie Lizard. Eddie Izzard is my fave comedian. Good actor, too. Thanks for taking us along on great nursery tour. Want those crows atop my weathered timber fence posts. I'm off to try to locate similar here or online. Always a chuckle and good inspiration from Outlaw.

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    1. Meant this for previous post. Will post there. Sorry! (Can't figure out how to remove this one.)

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