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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, October 20, 2017

Fleur De Lis Garden Ornaments

If you've attended the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, you've probably seen the Fleur De Lis booth.  Fortunately they're located just up the street from The Glass Eye Studio so after visiting the sidewalk sale, we usually stop by Fleur De Lis. 

Off in a back corner of the parking area was this poor little trio of opuntia.  

Getting ready for Halloween.


This fellow didn't seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere. 

Parrots have taken over the shop!

This gnome didn't seem to mind.

This group, however, was not at all amused. 

There's something for just about any garden style.


A tiny treasure.



If you combine a long bench top with columns is it a columbine? 

Drunken toddlers?  Where are their parents? 

I was impressed with the relatively bubble-free detail of this one.  


Another shell encrusted turtle. 

Got milk?


This one called my name and since everything was on sale...


 This trio was very attractive but where would I put them? 
It's always a pleasure to see what they do with concrete here.  For more information, check out their website.

Happy weekend! If you're in the area, the Rhododendron Species Garden is holding it's Foliage Festival and plant sale this weekend.  Find out more here.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Beda Herbison's Seattle Garden

The wind is rattling the windows of my old house while rain periodically adds a lighter percussive punctuation as a storm blows through the area.  I'm guessing that the paths I just cleared of leaves over the weekend will once again be strewn with autumn debris.  What a nice night to sit in front of the computer with a cup of hot tea and remember a calm, warm July visit to the peaceful garden of Beda Herbison.


A bench in one of the parking strips offers passersby an opportunity to be enveloped in  this urban oasis.



The corner lot is dominated by a very old Deodar Cedar and at every turn the sculptural beauty of woody trunks is celebrated.

In addition to an interesting collection of plants, a nicely curated collection of objects punctuate the garden. 



Raised twin beds.  "The fences and other hardscapes were created by my husband/partner."




Not the best picture of this jellyfish trellis. 

Gnarled Rosemary adds to the timeless feeling of Ms Herbison's space. 






Remember those sweet days when roses bloomed with happy abandon?

Are these growths common on Deodar cedars?  I'd not seen so many on one tree before. 


This 70+ year old tree was probably planted around the time the house was built.

One last look before we jumped back into the plant mobile.
Thank you Beda for opening your garden for us all to enjoy!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wednesday Vignette - Sidecar Sweeties

Wednesday Vignette is hosted by my pal Anna at Flutter and Hum.  Follow the link to her blog to see what's caught her eye and mind this week and to find links to other participating bloggers.

These cuties were spotted outside a popular local tavern.  They were remarkable calm despite all of the attention they were getting from passersby.

I so wanted to pat them.  Okay, they were so cute I just wanted to take them home but they seemed quite happy where they were.  Maybe a bit nervous about where their person went.

I wonder if the babe in front knows that she's lead dog? 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Foliage Follow-Up October 2017

Foliage Follow-Up is hosted by Pam at Digging on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom day each month.  I'm a day late but thought I'd share some foliage seen on a walk in the park up the street from my house.

While green is still the predominant color in the park, the maples are beginning to color up nicely.

In a few days, this scene will be aflame with color.  


 Many of these large trees were planted c.1895.  




The park's Clerodendrum trichotomum  looks to be a well-behaved small tree. How do they keep it from becoming a thicket?


Soon this ginkgo tree will be wearing it's golden finery. 

Admiring this champion (largest in the state) sugar maple.



Towering Beech trees and a Japanese Maple.  There are tree maps available at the conservatory but I've never picked one up as these trees have become old friends.



Okay, it's not foliage but the bark of the 132 year-old Carolina Poplar is pretty amazing.






And back home.  My house is behind that foliage somewhere.