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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.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Joyce's Garden

The garden assistant a.k.a. he who's painting the house have been going on evening walks.  Since there's scaffolding up around two sides of the house and lots to do in the garden, making use of every bit of daylight left after work has moved our walk time to about ten at night.  Even in the dark, there are interesting things to see, gardens that look interesting that I want to revisit during the day.  The other night, we stopped in front of a house that had a lot of great looking plants and some cool garden art.  As we were chatting about the plants, out popped the gardener.  I apologized for alarming her but she didn't seem worried at all, just glad that we were enjoying her garden.  So, one afternoon after an appointment nearby, I went back to see the garden in the light.  Luckily, Joyce came out again and invited me to see the rest of  her garden. What a pleasure to explore the garden of another plant obsessed person!

Every inch of space is packed with plants!  You can see why, even in the dark, it was obvious that this is the home of a gardener!

Joyce's Parking strip.

Looking toward the front of the house.

Part of the front garden.

They always look so soft but yikes, those glochids are painful.  

So full of color and yet there are a number of winter-interest plants, like the Contorted Filbert (Corylus avellana 'Contorta') as well.
 The mosaic turtle and asters create a beautiful color echo.

We grow many of the same plants.  Joyce is also a fan of Jungle Fever Exotics Nursery and many of her plants and a lot  of her garden art was purchased there.

The butterfly bench is a grand place to sit in the evening to enjoy the intoxicating fragrance of the towering brugmansia behind.

Perhaps you recognize the Buddha on the left. We both got them from Jungle Fever.

One of the late Darlene Allard's (Jungle Fever) mosaic bowling balls.

Joyce's tuberous begonias are huge!


Gorgeous Trachycarpus fortunei.



Is that Yucca 'Margaritaville' next to the castor bean that Joyce started from seed?

Another of Darlene's creations.


Datisca cannabina, False Hemp looking quite happy.


More Allard mosaic work.

The blue foliage of Seseli libanotis (Moon carrot) combines wonderfully with just about any other color!


A kindred spirit, Joyce also likes using mirrors in her garden.

We have the same gunnera water feature from Jungle Fever.

Love the dragonfly!

Layers of texture and color.

Another J.F. find beneath Salvia 'Amisted' 

Fencing made by Joyce and a friend.  Isn't it great?

Clematis seed heads.

Here's our gracious host and fab gardener, Joyce.

Thank you so much for the guided tour of your beautiful garden and for sharing your garden knowledge with me!

24 comments:

  1. Gardeners with good taste. Isn't that fence wonderful?

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  2. OMG I love Joyce's kind of gardening. So much beauty. Thank you ;-)

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    1. It was my pleasure to experience Joyce's garden!

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  3. Wow! That is amazing. Please tell Joyce thank you for sharing it with you and thereby with us!

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  4. What a great garden! Thanks for sharing it with us, but sorry you scared her at 10 at night. That fence is pretty darn cool.

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    1. She said that she wasn't scared when we were there after dark but came out to see who was appreciating her garden. It is a wonderful garden in which I felt right at home both because of Joyce's hospitality and the similarities in our plant passions.

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  5. Nice find! You and Joyce seem to have been shopping/gardening in parallel universes.

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  6. I live near you and walk around quite a bit but have never run into this house. Which direction from your house did you walk? I might have to venture out to take a peek myself.

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    1. We decided to drive to a different neighborhood for our walk that evening. This garden is near Haddaway Hall (The Weyerhauser Mansion) http://www.realtor.com/news/unique-homes/historic-haddaway-hall-in-tacoma-wa-listed-photos-3/ also close to Bethany Presbyterian Church. I don't remember the address but it's close to North 45th and Stevens.

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  7. Oh my, you certainly stumbled upon a treasure and a kindred spirit too. What a garden!

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    1. It was so much fun to discover in each new area the similarities in our garden style.

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  8. How lucky you are to have a gardening neighbor like Joyce! The glass work and all the little touches are spectacular. I will look back through this post for inspiration. Thanks!

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    1. Well, she's not really a neighbor but is only a 15 minute drive away. Lots of things to love about this garden.

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  9. There seem to be a lot of plant/garden obsessed people in the PNW. Mind you, that's not a bad thing in my book.

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    1. It's because we can grow a greater number of plants here than anywhere else on the planet except the tropics. Another reason is that we love to be outside when it's not raining!

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  10. I do believe you've found a kindred spirit, Peter. I skimmed through the photos at first and came back later when I had time to actually read and take in the pictures, and noticed right away a definite similarity to your garden. You captured so many beautiful vignettes in this garden. That white fuchsia over the gunnera leaves, oh my! Moon carrot is a recent addition to my wishlist. I love that foliage!

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  11. Joice has very pretty garden and you're right saying that every inch is packed with plants. I liked the path and plants growing very tightly around it. How much work this garden needs!

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  12. I need me a Joyce in OUR neighborhood! I hope we see more of her!

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  13. "Methinks you have found a kindred spirit" was running through my brain...and of course you thought the same.

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