Everyone should have a driveway this beautiful!
One never knows what he or she might encounter around the next bend in the road. The garden gnomes here look so life-like!
Hydrangeas are very photogenic!
This was the second time I'd admired this plant (Illicium anisatum 'Variegata') with it's stunning new burgundy growth.
There were none available for sale but some were being rooted for Monrovia to try. I asked about it in 2015 and these had all been sent off. I couldn't believe it on my most recent visit earlier this week when Robert told me that there was one on the table for sale. Out of the thousands of people and plants that pass their way, he somehow remembered my inquiry from a year ago, bless his heart!
Rhodocoma capensis which seems to be among the hardiest of the Restios in PNW gardens. In severe winters mine get brown so they're now grown in large pots which I drag inside the greenhouse if really low temperatures are predicted. Here they seem to flourish with little protection.
On one side of the driveway there are several groves of bamboo.
Eucomis (I think) simply glow in the misty light.
Perfectly blending plant lust and design, Hinkley and Jones have created another masterpiece which is a joy to visit. Like Heronswood, this is a place that is both aesthetically brilliant and intellectually stimulating. (Okay, maybe it's more intellectually stimulating to plant nerds than to the general population.)
Dan once wrote of Heronswood, "Every garden needs an audience." The sharing of their garden space with the public while maintaining their privacy must be a delicate balance. Did I mention that there are also plants for sale on site?
Romneya coulteri beginning to bloom. I've not noticed these here when they're not in bloom and mine always look dreadful in the fall and winter. Do these get cut to the ground?
Incredible view. In pictures from later visits, you'll see that on the left is the Seattle skyline and on the right is Mount Rainier. Sigh. BTW, there are a couple of parcels of land along this same side of the water currently for sale!
Smitten by this brilliant stair arrangement!
Waterside opuntia bring a smile. Not what one might typically think about growing near water but the contrast is stunning!
There are outdoor showers on each end of the house, a perfect way to clean up at the end of a long day of gardening before entering the house.
The floors of the showers are the creation of Jeffrey Bale. You'll see more of his work in later Windcliff posts.
The work of Marcia Donahue also adorns Windcliff. Again, more in later posts.
tropaeolum speciosum buds.
Here, Tropaeolum speciosum clambers through shrubs. One can see how it got the common name Flame Flower. It was at Heronswood that I first saw and fell in love with this nasturtium which now adorns my own garden.
Fabulous bank of cube containers on the north side of the house beside the driveway.
Dreamy variegated Daphniphyllum macropodum.
Up the hill, beyond the sunny growing area and greenhouse is the shade plant propagation area sheltered by huge old trees.
I'll end this post with a shot of Davidia involucrata ‘Tricolor’ which Dan describes as, "A superb, extremely rare and choice form of the rarified Dove Tree, with foliaged bordered in intense tones of cream, green and purple in spring, fading in intensity by late summer. A somewhat smaller size of 30-40’ can be expected on this clone which is already ‘biologically’ enough." I was smitten with the tree but not the price. Imagine my glee when, a few months later, their price had been cut in half.
Thank you Dan and Robert, for opening your garden so frequently to allow us to continue studying and learning about fabulous flora!