Tatyana writes the blog My Secret Garden which I've read and admired for quite some time. Her garden and photographic skill are exceptional! How exciting it was that her garden was one of the Northwest Perennial Alliance's open gardens and that we'd get to see it in person.
Having been a fan of this garden via the blog, I was prepared for an elegant and structured garden tended by a gardener with impeccable taste. What I didn't know was that both the garden and the gardener are full of playful energy and joy.
As soon as Alison's friend Annette, Alison, and I got out of the car, Tatyana almost ran down the drive to greet us. It was like seeing an old friend. Such is the phenomenon of the garden blogging community.
Tatyana says that she might not have chosen this exact fountain (gorgeous isn't it?) but that someone wanted to get rid of it and she got it for next to nothing. What a great find!
Tatyana's Fatsia japonica is heavy with fruit. Why don't mine do that? So lovely.
On to the shade garden. Isn't that rich green incredible? sometimes we in the pacific northwest forget how lucky we are to experience this.
Tatyana has a gift for mixing natural and structured elements. Several northwest natives surround this elegant column.
This is an actual work space which Tatyana spiffed up for the tour but I'll bet it's equally interesting when there's not a tour. The doll on the lower left is her garden fairy.
A special hosta hybridized by "Hosta Jim" in a tall pot punctuates the curve to the back garden spaces.
The gorgeous evergreen backdrop gives the garden a feeling of maturity. I love them but don't envy the difficulty of growing plants beneath them!
Here's one way that Tatyana deals with those thirsty evergreen roots. Clever!
Here is the first Sphere that Jim made. Unfortunately, due to his health, he's not making them any more but it's nice to know that this first one is in such a special place.
A creative way to deal with a septic tank!
Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle!
The cow jumped over thee moon.
The little frog laughed to see such sport!
This beautiful seating area with potted palms and stunning perennial garden background seemed familiar from Tatyana's blog.
Tatyana's eye for detail shows everywhere. Love this casual arrangement of artichokes and poppy seed heads!
It's difficult to chose a favorite bird bath as all of them in this garden are exquisite!
You never know what you'll find in this enchanted place. Notice how the frog echoes the color and a bit of the texture of the tree bark.
Here's Tatyana being as playful as her garden!
Tatyana, Alison, and Annette posing for the camera. Plant people always seem happiest when they're around plants and/or each other. Am I the only one who is hearing "Three Little Maids From School" from The Mikado?
A fabulous perennial border in the side garden. Swoon!
Another playful denizen of the garden.
While some of us were playing, this busy bee was hard at work on an Eremurus.
A moment in time.
Back around to the front, this mossy fellow greets us. Another of Tatyana's thrifty finds, he seems to be saying "Don't cry over spilled milk." Of course, he looks like he's pouring it out intentionally. Is this a passive aggressive statue?
We bid a fond farewell to Tatyana and her splendid garden but long will linger in our memories the beauty of the garden and it's creator! Thanks Tatyana for the warm welcome, the personal tour, and for your inspirational blog. I hope you had a great time opening your garden!