Thursday, July 23, 2015

Some Florid Prose. Pictures Too.

It's the current prevailing wisdom of many gardening fiends that foliage is the backbone of the garden. Flowers are great, but they don't last long, and it's folly to base your entire garden around them, rather than the wonderful contrast of texture, color and form that leaves offer. It's what drives the intrepid plant explorer to rappel down a cliff in the misty mountains of China, gathering seeds of the rare Folia magnifica, which is then freed from chaff by rubbing them on the thighs of Vestal Virgins. Blah blah blah blah blah. Blah blah.

Oh, bugger that!

Sometimes, there is no substitute for looking at some pretty flowers.

"Last Chance Garden," The Garden of Suzy Blair and David Servick












The Garden of George Shriver and Omar Watson


















 Are you basing your entire garden on foliage? You might be barking up the wrong tree.






That gorgeous Arbutus trunk was in The Garden of Pam and Karl Hillsenberg.

From the Federal Way Symphony Tour of Gardens.


16 comments:

  1. For dramatic colour display, have to say nothing beats flowers!

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  2. What glorious gardens you've toured. Exfoliating bark, interesting phenomenon of the garden, is as eye-catching as blossoms.

    As to the flowers, I was reminded of my mother's criteria for filling out forms: You must put something in every space. Croscosmia, prominent in both gardens, will do that for you.

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  3. Thanks for the laugh! ...thighs of vestal virgins... still chuckling. There were sure some great floriferous gardens on that tour; so glad you thought of going as it was sure a fun day!

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  4. I too am a flower floozy. Flowers are the best!

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  5. Wow! I can't stop scrolling up and down. What a marvel both these very floriferous gardens are. If only I could create spaces such as these I'd be more than happy. I'm more of a 'the more the merrier' kind of gal - off flowers that is.

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  6. Haha...good stuff, Alison. Flowers are fab. Hummingbirds don't visit foliage, after all.

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  7. But what about the colors "clashing"? Beautiful gardens and wonderful point. Bring on the flowers!

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  8. Haha, you crack me up. I must say though in that first photo from the garden of Suzy Blair and David Servick my eye went immediately to the tiny Castor Bean and then the larger one to the right. You can smack this girl upside the head with flowers but she's still drawn to the foliage.

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  9. Summer is the time for bright, clashing, glorious color...in flowers! Thanks for the great photos.

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  10. I love the Floralpalooza! Summer always means flowers to me, which really makes little sense here as summer heat usually means that flowers retreat.

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  11. Thank you for posting this!! I am a sucker for flowers, flowers, flowers. Your opening paragraph made me laugh! Best post ever! :o)

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  12. Thanks for the laugh! I have to admit, as much as I uphold the importance of foliage, I still love flowers. Those tigridia are amazing! Still, the first thing to draw my eye was that fiery orange heather in the top photo. And in another it was Gated comans. And I am a huge fan of bark. Can't I love it all?

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  13. I'll have both please. Foliage and flowers. And possibly a new pair of sunglasses.

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  14. You call out the foliage snobs among us in such an entertaining way. Ouch! Do that again, please!

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  15. Hahahahahahaha! My yard is a riot of flowers right now and would make the foliage foragers twitch.

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  16. Lovely flowers. I especially love the way those Crocosimas appear to be twining around the column. And what are the two purpley-looking plants in the 12th and the 15th photos? The 12th looks like some sort of Liatris and the 15th like a Scabiosa. Whatever they are, I need some right now! And that peeling Arbutus is crazy wonderful! It looks like sculpture or some sort of curly mosaic.

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