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Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Short Visit to a Small Seattle garden

Back in the summer after I came back from the Garden Bloggers Fling, I got an email from my garden blogging buddy Peter The Outlaw Gardener, wanting to know if I was interested in meeting up with him to tour a few NPA Open Gardens in Seattle. It had been a while since I'd seen him, and I was anxious to see a few local gardens after having gorged on gardens in the D.C. area at the Fling, so I jumped at the chance.

Our first stop was a little gem, the garden of Myrna Torrie. Peter blogged about this garden several months ago here, but I thought I'd share my own pictures, too.

It's hard to get a good candid picture of Peter when we go garden hopping. He is always way ahead of me, and has the camera up to his face, so the only shot I get of him is this view, from behind. If you check out the post from his blog of this garden, he turned around a few seconds later and took a shot of me on the stairs above.

There were many little tapestries of foliage and texture throughout Myrna's garden.

And some beautiful flowers!

I hope you enjoyed this quick little garden tour from last summer!

And by the way, if you haven't joined the NPA yet this year, get cracking! They're hosting the Hardy Plant Study Weekend this year right here in the Seattle area June 22-25 and I just know it's going to be great. I've been kicking myself for not joining last year and missing out on lots of great Open Gardens, lectures and workshops.

I've joined already, so you should too!


  1. I always have fun spending time with you! Thanks for the memories of that warm summer day and of Myrna's lovely garden!

  2. What a pristine garden! So will you be doing the study weekend? I'm bummed to be missing it, especially since the Fling is early this year and so I didn't think there would be a conflict!

  3. Oh those roses! And that lily! It looks like a garden one could happily immerse oneself in.

  4. Thank you for the bit of sunshine on this wet winter day. Gorgeous...and inspirational.

  5. Oh, I think I forgot to join. I'll have to check and see. We are very interested in the study weekend - a chance to see so many wonderful gardens.

  6. Lovely, lovely shots of this beautiful garden.
    I've really enjoyed the Hardy Plant Study Weekends I've attended, but will unfortunately miss this year's. I'll look forward to seeing your blog posts about it!

  7. This garden looks charming and so well put together! I love all of the interest in the shade garden. The contrast of light and dark colors and different textures is really beautiful.

  8. I hopped over to Peter's older post to be reminded of his experience. It's interesting to see different points of view of the same garden. I recall being inspired by the use of the black mondo grass and it seems to be a feature throughout your post too. That last rose picture makes me swoon.


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