Linda said that theirs is a garden built on a budget. For instance, this long urbanite wall that lines their driveway was not expensive and they did all of the work themselves! Both retired teachers, their active lives are an inspiration to me.
The side entrance to the garden goes by the greenhouse/shed that Tom built but we'll enter on the other side, passing the front of the house.
Tom keeps the echeverias in the greenhouse over the winter.
He also takes cuttings of his fancy-leafed geranium (pelargonium) collection to keep over the cold months.
Walking past the front of the house and out through the handsome old trees feels a bit like a walk in the forest.
Our first destination is the Tom-built seating area.
then up the side of the property through gorgeous perennial gardens.
To the expanse of lawn in the back garden where edibles and ornamentals are grown to perfection!
"We have lived on this half acre property for 37 years. Plants and plant fads have come and gone. Failures were replaced with things that might be happier in their habitats. Wind and weather have lent a hand in changes. However, in this park-like garden, the bones have remained constant since our first back-breaking days of clearingbrush and building walls."
"Those bones include many native plants: mature fir and cedar trees, salal, sword ferns, mahonia and vine maples."
The wildflower garden is new since last we visited.
There's a reason!
Variegated hedera helix provides a nice evergreen edge to the raised beds which are empty in the winter.
"You'll find roses in the suhn and hostas and heuchera in the shade, and perennials to suit their locations. Vegetables and cut flowers share the raised beds, backed espaliered fruit trees and raspberries. There are stuffed pots on the patio, benches on the newly rebuilt garden deck, a place for contemplation in the secret garden, and for the young at heart; a garden shad that converts to a granddaughter's playhouse. This is a garden we live and play in."
This is where I first saw these cool hosta blooms, Everlasting Alliums from Gardener's Supply Company
Linda and Tom love glass in the garden but it is expensive so they figured out how to make their own glass ornaments.
When Tom taught kindergarten, he created this story chair. A large collection of hats covered the chair and students would choose which hat Mr. Reeder would wear while reading to them. Tom collects watering cans which are placed throughout the garden.
Tall, dark, and handsome, the holly bushes are shaped each year by Tom.
Cute piece by Marriah House Studio.
Here are the "stuffed pots on the patio."
The creators of the garden.
The Carruth collection continues to grow and has been joined by other fun finds.
Another collection nicely displayed.
This fellow looks very happy here.
Albuca bracteata or pregnant onion this year planted as a happy trio.
Part of the bonsai collection all created right here in the Reeder garden.
More glass creations.
Nicely organized and good-looking potting bench!
Carruth on the side of the shed. I have a few of these myself.
Here's Irene's Flower Shop but Irene was on vacation this year so Grandma and Grandpa filled in for her.
All plants a dollar! A gallon of mondo grass came home with me.
As did two of the Agave lophantha 'Quadricolor.'
Thanks Linda and Tom for opening your garden for all to enjoy, for your cool blog, and for being such a great example to us all.