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, September 21, 2018

Revisiting The Brindley Garden

I had the pleasure of visiting the glorious garden of Sam and Karen Brindley garden for the first time in July of last year.  (post here.)  When pal Loree told Alison and I that she'd be coming up our way this August and wanted to visit Windcliff and Far Reaches Farm, we suggested that she might also like to visit the Brindley garden which was also open that day.  Her post is here.  Another post with lots of pictures so I'll try not to say much.

Gorgeous plantings along the driveway.

Love this!  I learned that Karen made them (there are a pair) and is selling her wares at a farmer's market.  (Maybe Indianola?)  Must visit the farmers market next summer!

I love how the espaliered tree frames the brugmansia in the background. 

Yucca 'Margaritaville' is a favorite of Shayne Chandler, the garden's designer and there are several gorgeous specimens in the garden.  One seldom sees them at nurseries here for some reason but I have several that were given to me by Hoover Boo.

I love before, during, and after shots!

Fabulous color combination!

Sam is demonstrating that the stone benches are on casters of some sort and move easily. 

Agave parryi looking very happy growing in a rock wall. 

So many areas and moods in this garden.

The view of the sound and Seattle is spectacular. 

Walking Iris (Neomarica spp.)  new to me.  What a cool plant. but only hardy in zones 10 and 11 so it would need to come inside for the winter.

Back out to the road some more exceptional plantings along the drive. 

Including a couple of happy-looking tree ferns. 
Happy Weekend all!


  1. I've already gone through twice which I also did on Loree's post. What a fabulous garden. Plant combos are noteworthy but what really makes it is the scale of the plantings and the incredible tree canopy. Love that they mimicked a classic bench in wood. And that peach rose!! I also always notice how close to the house people plant. It is much more common where you live to have the house surrounded by fairly dense plantings. That's what I have but I don't think you see it here as much.

  2. Thanks again for taking me to this fabulous garden!

  3. Love it, so many interesting plants and ideas.

  4. I would also have loved to stroll through this wonderful green garden (maybe better park?) and enjoy that view over the ocean!

  5. Always interesting to see in such a big garden with so many fabulous plants and that great view, in your post and in Loree's, how you focused on different things from me. I don't remember those tree ferns. It's easy to overlook the very large shade area beside the long driveway as you head down toward the house.

  6. No fair. I want to grow a tree fern and that pot of sarracenias also makes me very jealous. Ooh to have so much land that you can grow everything. Great post.

  7. A gorgeous garden and the view of the water make me green with envy. ;)

  8. WOW!!! So much to see and enjoy. The tall trees are amazing too. I love it.


  9. *SIGH* Gardening on a scale I can only imagine. And that view!

  10. You may receive multiple comments from me. Third time the charm. The 7th photo from the top looks like the phlomis that had a massive leaf shed here late summer and died, P. 'Sunningdale Gold' - what the old Heronswood catalogue called a "miffy" grower! Also, the aloe in the pot with a strap reminds me of the one I chased at plant sales all summer, A. broomii. And has anyone up there planted golden forest grass with Acacaena inermis 'Purpurea' in the foreground similar to second photo from the bottom? And lastly a question, the photo with the orange daisies and some glaucium. Did you happen to note what those daisies are? Maybe one of the new coreopsis cultivars?

    1. I planted orange carex with Acaena intermis 'Purpurea' in the foreground because it's evergreen but golden forest grass would look stunning with the purple as well. Sorry, I'm not sure what the orange daisies are but thought they looked a bit like Helianthus (maybe a bit small though) https://depositphotos.com/80225752/stock-photo-yellow-orange-helianthus-flowers-in.html

  11. Still lots of color, and of course, wonderful form and texture.

  12. What a beautiful garden to be able to wander through with delights round every corner. You must have had a wonderful time.

  13. Now that's a real garden! Thank you for including the photo of the "before" photos. The home now snuggles into the landscape, no longer a stark white rectangle plunked onto the ground like a box of gym shoes sitting on a bench at Foot Locker.

  14. Delightful post! Looks like a peaceful place.

  15. Incredibly beautiful pictures! It's really an absolute delight to watch your clicks. Some are breathtaking. Einstein said Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. I understand now this quote.

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  16. Very beautiful, very PNW! And what views! Also, what is that in the 8th picture down - lamprey eels emerging from a vase?


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