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, August 18, 2017

A Morning Walk in The Bresemann Forest

On Thursday Morning, after leaving one of the pups at our vet in Spanaway,  I decided to explore Bresemann Forest.  "This naturally wooded site is approximately 70 acres with a system of pedestrian nature trails.  The beautiful and secluded walking trail may have users thinking they are miles from the city as they stroll along Morey Creek."  I'd driven by this area for years without realizing that it was a public park.

In the parking lot of Spanaway Lake Park, across the street from the Bresemann Forest, was this vintage VW Bug.

With mostly vintage items on the luggage rack. 

I have a poor sense of direction and as traffic noise faded and trails split off in all directions, it felt a bit like being lost in the woods.

Who or what stripped the bark from this tree exposing the beautiful wood beneath?  

Do you see the house across the water?  Wouldn't it be grand to live there? 

Native Mahonia (Oregon Grape) 

Although I saw no other people walking the trail, there were signs of human carelessness.  Really, is it that hard to take your garbage out with you?

My favorite native tree, Arbutus menziesii (Madrona) doing its annual striptease act. 

Happy weekend all!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wendy Lagozzino's Garden

Back on the Northwest Perennial Alliance open garden trail on a sunny day at the beginning of June I visited the garden of Wendy Lagozzino.

"Welcome to the garden of a 117-year-old Queen Anne home."

From the parking strips in front of the house, I could tell that this was the garden of a fellow plant addict.

Even the top of the garage was covered with plants.

Wendy told me the name of this cool plant but I forgot.  Do you know it?  Thanks to Alison and Anna B. for identifying this as Phacelia tanacetifolia. 

The bumble bees were certainly enjoying it.

Look, that's Tropaeolum speciosum climbing through the shrubbery.

Rhododendron sporting tillandsias.

Carpenteria californica

"I transformed a muddy path into a stroll over mosaics and ground covers, planted in a recycled plastic grid."

What a great way to use Abutilon megapotamicum.

"I keep finding projects to make art for the garden that add to my already extensive collection of purchased art.  Is it too much?  Maybe, but I'm having fun anyway."

The ceiling of this entire bottom floor is bedecked with dried flowers.  It's difficult to tell from the pictures how large an expanse this is.

 Back outside to explore more of the garden.

Love this collage of found pieces.  Wouldn't it be fun to make one? 

I imagine that Wendy also comes home from walks with pockets full of interesting rocks, cones, seed pods, etc.

All too soon it was time to walk back out to the car. 

Thanks, Wendy, for opening your garden and basement for us all to enjoy!