After dropping Nigel off at Daddy Day Care (The Clearwater Casino), I made it to Heronswood in time for the very start of the sale. After making the rounds of the plant sale tables, and picking up a few choice plants, I grabbed my camera from the car and paid my $10 entry fee. It's been quite a few years since I was at Heronswood, and the last time I was there, it was still mid-renovation. I was there for the very first garden open and plant sale after the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe bought the property, and it was in a very disappointing state at that time.
I'm very happy to report that Heronswood is looking wonderful these days. I don't know what it looked like in its glory days, but its current state is transportative. We are so lucky to have this world-class garden so close by. Dan Hinkley and the army of volunteer gardeners who have been working so hard to renovate it deserve a lot of kudos.
|A brief history of Heronswood|
|Arisaema, Primula sieboldii(?), variegated Iris, sword fern, Hellebore(?) and strawberry Begonia/Saxifraga stolonifera (so, actually, neither a strawberry nor a Begonia)|
|A little further along the driveway to the house is this trio of Trillium chloropetalum 'Volcano'|
|Trillium chloropetalum 'Volcano'|
|To the left of the driveway are three iconic pillars, looking in much better shape than the first time I saw them (they were crumbling)|
|Various perennials carpet the area beneath the pillars, including these eye-catching Primulas|
|Not sure of these ferns, but they were very tall (Royal fern/Osmunda regalis?)|
|Two impressive clumps of lady's slippers (unfortunately, the flowers were past peak and turning a bit brown in spots, so no close-ups)|
|Himalayan blue poppy/Meconopsis|
|Enormous skunk cabbage growing in boggy conditions|
|As you wander the shady pathways, eventually the Little and Lewis folly comes into view|
|The first time I visited Heronswood the folly was taped off from visitors with yellow caution tape|
|As you venture towards the house, you eventually catch glimpses of the blue and yellow border through the trees- although right now it looks mostly yellow and green|
|I was surprised to see what looks like rose campion growing near the house -- I have a lot of it and it self-sows like mad|
|Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' aka European hornbeam hedge pruned into cathedral-like arches|
|Hornbeam hedge and bog|
|Orange poppy in the potager|
|Looks like a Verbascum growing the stone wall of the potager, which should make an interesting sight later in the summer when it blooms|
|Potager beds hedged with boxwood and filled with Marigolds|
|Each section of the potager has a banana growing in the center|
|Colorful perennial beds surround the potager (you can see the hornbeam hedge in the background)|
|Who needs Spanish moss?|
|In the PNW, we have this growing in the trees|
|Acer griseum/paperbark maple growing near the house|
|Epimedium and hart's tongue fern(?)|
|Geranium phaeum and golden grass (Hakone grass? Acorus?)|
|Clematis recta purpurea|
|Blue and yellow border|
|I might copy this combo of golden creeping jenny and Ajuga|
Oh yes, there was a sale, and I bought some things, but surely you've seen enough photos? Maybe I'll do a post about my new purchases next week.
Heronswood is open every Friday and every fourth Saturday of the month through October, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. (last garden entry is 2:30 p.m.). Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7 to 17, and free if you are a Heronswood member or a Port Gamble S’Klallam Community member.