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Friday, February 22, 2019

Let's Do The Time Warp Again

Our recent cold, snowy weather has me thinking back to last summer, when I visited lots of gardens that were open for the Northwest Perennial Alliance's Open Garden Tours. I saw plenty of gardens that I never posted about.

Let's Do The Time Warp Again

Although I took loads of photos, I'm always reluctant to post about them, because I'm really pretty terrible at putting posts like this together. They never do justice to the hard work and artistry that I know gardeners do getting their spaces ready for viewers. But I thought perhaps in the interests of remembering the warmth of last summer I'd take a stab at it.

So, come with me and Tim Curry as we travel back in time to last summer and the garden of Lucinda and Jerome Capers.

Here's what they published about this garden in the NPA's Open Gardens booklet.

This trellis is on the left-hand side of the driveway as you enter the property.

Just beyond that is this interesting area with its jigsaw puzzle patio set in gravel

I thought this tripod designed to keep visitors from traipsing all over the plant growing in the gravel was smart

I also liked these wire plant stands rising out of the bed of frothy ground cover (Pachysandra, I think)

Continuing on toward the house, this sheltered patio/gravel area provides pass-through into the back garden

A nice area to sit and rest in the shade

Just beyond the house you're faced with a choice -- head left into what looks like wilderness or....

Go right into a much more manicured area?

Lots of choices of paths to take

I decided to head into the wilderness

It was a rather civilized wilderness

I eventually ended up back at the house.

A large patio for entertaining stretches the entire length of the back of the house

Another pathway

The path leads into this cul-de-sac and patio covered with a trellis dripping with blue Atlas cedar branches

Underneath were interesting foliage combos

I finally headed back out to the front of the garden.

More interesting foliage

They do like their Green Men

Then it was back to the car and on to the next garden. I hope you enjoyed this visit to the past. Don't forget to tip your tour guide as you get out of the vehicle. Perhaps I'll make time travel a Friday feature. What do you think?


  1. A marvelous garden with so many cool ideas. Love the interesting pavers and especially the sun and warmth. Hurry up summer, we're tired of the cold.

  2. I completely understand your misgivings, because it is so hard to do justice to gardens from the brief glimpse we get on tours that are mid-day, crowded, etc. But so much to learn from here! (And have I told the story enough times of when the Rocky Horror Show, before it became the cult movie, was just a play in a tiny venue on Sunset, the Roxy, and Tim Curry was stomping around in those platform shoes within arm's length? And we were all showered in the glitter that flew off of him when he shimmied and danced? Time warp indeed...)

  3. I think you did a wonderful job featuring this garden! From the get go, the truly picture-perfect trellis on the left-hand side of the driveway was an indicator of things to come. I totally see how they can spend year round in the garden; it's a large and fantastic space. "10 feet in 5 years"! Ha. We've all been there, right?

  4. If you have more photos like this stored away, you should definitely make it a feature, Alison. I love that jigsaw puzzle patio.

  5. Love your pictures, and not just because they look warm! What a great garden; I agree that tripod is very smart!

  6. I'm pretty sure we visited this garden, and yet it looks almost new to me here in your photos. Maybe it's just that I can't remember what summer looks like.

  7. All that green and sunshine! Sigh...

  8. Yes! Do a Friday time warp! I'm all for armchair traveling through gardens, any time.

  9. This was soul enriching for gardeners .. I loved it .. I sat in my housecoat and furry socks (cat included) and was actually a bit cross eyed because the tour was spectacular but I was laughing my blank off with your funnies on the side bar .. I SO NEEDED THAT !! THANK YOU !! (yes .. of course all caps !!) LOL
    Crazy Canadian from way up north ;-)

  10. I liked the fish sculpture and blue pots best. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. A very lush garden. I like the blue umbrellas.

  12. Wow, what a garden, it's amazing. You've definitely given me inspiration to defrost and get ready for spring. :-)

  13. Beautiful garden, very PNW. A two acre garden has a much different vibe than a 500 square foot one.


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