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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Woodinville Garden Tour -- Foliage Followup

Pam Penick of Digging hosts Foliage Followup on the day after Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, for garden bloggers to focus on the foliage, rather than the blooms. I'm not showing any foliage from my own garden today. Instead, I'm showing foliage pictures from a garden tour that I took today, in Woodinville, WA -- the 12th Annual Tour of Gardens hosted by the Woodinville Garden Club.

Woodinville is home to one of the biggest and most impressive nurseries in western Washington -- Molbak's. Also, the city is a unique winery destination, home to more than half the wineries Northeast of Seattle. In fact, Woodinville is the site of a major wine-tasting event -- the Passport to Woodinville Weekend.

Anyway, without further ado, here are my foliage pics from the tour. Many of the plants, especially the conifers, didn't have tags, so I don't know names.

I love how on some conifers, the new growth is a different color, almost as good as flowers!

I found myself fascinated by this line of trees, all so different.

I thought this was one the most beautifully balanced borders in terms of foliage.

I thought it was very clever the way the gold foliage repeats in several spots, although none are the same plant.

I had to include this chicken topiary.

This interesting grass looks like it is made of fiber-optic cable.

Stipa tenuissima/Mexican feather grass

Golden Hops

This Japanese garden made great use of Japanese forest grass.

I have quite a few more pictures to share from the tour, of flowers and garden sculptures, but for now this will have to suffice.

Check the comments in Pam's blog for links to other great foliage pictures!


  1. So many wonderful examples of the use of beautiful foliage!

  2. I wonder when the garden tour was? You were just minutes from our house. I hope you stopped into Molbaks, it's a great nursery! I love your foliage pictures. Those golden hops are really pretty.

  3. Alison, I was on a garden walk today also, but guess who forgot her camera? I'm so glad you didn't forget yours! Love the foliage (and the rocks, of course). Conifers are becoming my next new love because they are going to help me garden into my dotage if I'm lucky to live that long. I forgot to buy seed for Stipa this year and I'm missing them so much, I won't forget next year.

    I also love your post for FF too, the picture of the shasta daisy opening in stages was fantastic. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

  4. Oh, I LOVE the Japanese garden! Your pictures are stunning. I always feel as if I've really been on these tours with you!

    Did you enjoy a glass or two of wine after your tour? Or are you denying yourself that pleasure while you're focussing on losing weight, which is coming along well, I hope?

    I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the pictures you took :)

  5. Your balanced border comment reminds of one of landscape design teachers who said he always worked burgundy and chartreuse combos into his designs. When he told us this I was dubious, but looking at my own garden now I see the same colors at work.

  6. Alison, what a awesome tour you've taken us on! I remember Catherine mentioning Molbak's but didn't realize it was quite 'the' nursery up your way. Very cool. I think I am enchanted the most by the pics of the rocky stream; it's beautifully done.

  7. Those last photos of the Japanese garden are really outstanding. I love the rocks, water and plantings. And the "balanced border" is also awesome. What a fun tour. I look forward to more photos.

  8. Love various foliage, what an great display.


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