But first we have to hear from The Muppets.
Time in a Bottle -- The Muppet Show
The Garden of Patti and John McFerran
I met Patti McFerran last spring when she came to the class that Peter The Outlaw Gardener and I taught for the NPA on starting a blog. She was one of the students. I felt a connection with her when she described herself as a journalist, because I used to be a journalist too, and I remember more than once during the class when I talked about some of the challenges of writing blog posts and dealing with vendors who just want to use the blog as an opportunity to advertise, I met her eyes across the room and she understood. I was really looking forward to seeing her garden and it didn't disappoint.
You can read here about Patti's gardening background and find a list of articles she has written for WestSound Home & Garden, a magazine covering the West Puget Sound area (i.e., the Kitsap Peninsula) of Washington state.
|Beside the driveway as you enter the garden is this small sunny area with sedums on top of a rock wall.|
|Behind the sunny area is a more shady sloping area with a little white kitty statue peaking out on the left|
|A little further along on top of the rock wall are concrete or perhaps hypertufa containers with choice succulents.|
|Aloe aristata getting ready to bloom|
|A very tidy garden shed for seed starting and puttering|
|Just outside the door, fluffy Clematis seedheads|
|Rodochiton atrosanguineum aka purple bell vine, which I have never successfully grown, was thriving on a trellis just outside the shed as well|
|A great potting area against a wall of the house opposite the shed|
|What I wouldn't give to have that collection of terra cotta pots!|
|Another shelving unit against a wall of the shed holds an intriguing collection of plants in terra cotta|
|This mossy path and gate leads into the shady back garden|
|I loved how this Clematis bloom seemed to hang by the gate, reaching out to hug guests|
|All around the garden are seating areas, separated by islands of plants and mulch paths|
|Absolutely gorgeous thriving Fatsia|
|I'm a sucker for a big pot high up on a column -- so monolithic|
|Ferns and a Podophyllum|
|Begonia grandis (possibly ssp. evansiana?) with striking dark red veins|
|A beautiful lily|
|Another calming, green seating area with touches of blue -- they say blue is a calming color|
|A closer look at the cluster of blue pots|
From there, I headed up to the deck of the house, which overlooks the back garden and found this cool table with pots of sedums.
|The view from the deck|
|There's always an Agave|
I saw Patti and her husband that day and they were talking excitedly about moving to a new house, giving up this garden and planning a new one. I would have had a hard time leaving such a peaceful place. I saw her again a month ago and she told me they had decided not to move -- in fact, they're opening this garden again this year for the NPA!
Once again, my blogging friend Linda visited this garden a few years ago and shared it on her blog, which you can read about here.
I hope you enjoyed this visit. Come back again next Friday, I have only a few more gardens to share.