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 7, 2018

Windcliff in Late Summer

Last month, pals Alison, Loree, and I set out on a nursery adventure to include Valley Nursery in Poulsbo, Windcliff in Indianola, and Far Reaches Farms in Port Townsend.   The sky was spitting a few raindrops into the wind as we wandered through Windcliff but conveniently, the heavy showers fell after we'd left the garden.  I'm going to be relatively quiet and simply let you enjoy the garden.  If you are curious about any plant names, just ask in the comments area and I'll be happy to identify them for you.  Well, except for the specific varieties of Agapanthus as I haven't a clue about those.

The four words that make plant addicts swoon, Open Garden and Plant Sale.

New artwork . 

This one was a favorite of several visitors.  For a moment, I thought it might be some sort of rare plant.

Nope, just the giant tentacle popping out of the earth.  Not a monster with which one would want to tangle!

It must be a spectacular sight when the grape leaves strut their autumn scarlet colors against the bluegreen fir.

Helleborus hercegovinus

Trevesia aff. palmata or Brassaiopsis dumicola

Maianthemum somethingorother
Itea ilicifolia

Love how the evergreen echoes the shape of the prayer flags. 

Love this Marcia Donahue agave!

 Hope you have a great weekend and don't forget to stop by the Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society's Odd Plant Show and Sale at Sky Nursery!


  1. Wowza! It is really back to its historic level of beauty and inspiration. Like Bellevue yesterday, it is the scale and sweeps of plants that is so breathtaking. Then add in the trees and the distant views. Stunning. And the Marcia Donohue piece is just perfect.

  2. You have had nice time in the nursery, Peter. What the Marcia Donahue agave!Great! I also liked the combination of bright blue and red colors on your photos. Very pretty!

  3. The Marcia Donahue Agave is clever, the shape of an Agave and the colors of a turkey tail fungus.

  4. Thank you so much for facilitating my visit to this garden. I can enjoy your photos all the more since I've finally been there. (I was hoping you'd include a photo of the outdoor shower since I missed it)

  5. Inspired by Hinkley's use of agapanthus with grasses, I finally planted some a few years ago -- here in the Land of the Ubiquitous Agapanthus. And it wasn't as easy as I assumed! I tried just crowding them in, assuming they'd know what to do, but they wanted more space, light, and air circulation than I had to give. Now that's a plantsman -- someone that makes you see a common plant in a new light! Loved this tour, thank you, Peter!

  6. *SIGH* So many beautiful plants I can't grow. However, between your post and Loree's I'm now wondering if I need more Agapanthus!

  7. I love these tall skinny evergreens that they are coming out with now. What is not to like in this garden. WOW.

  8. Seems like whenever you visit this garden there is some pop of color that sets off all the wonderful buff tones and soft colors and textures. It is masterful.

  9. Fantastic garden with wonderful views and carvings. The Agapanthus are amazing and make me want to buy lots more for my front border!

  10. What a lovely mixture of artistry and nature! Thanks for sharing.


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