Walating on the garden tour - part 2
This afternoon was the second part of the local garden tour - 5 gardens today. The first two we saw were multi-million dollar homes. Both had naturalistic type plantings, particularly in the back. Lots of stones involved for paths and stairs. But the most interesting thing in the first garden was this rather unique bird feeder! (Since it was open, I'm sure it is a general wildlife feeder...) The birdseed is the center of the flower:
The second garden was on a steep lot at the edge of the floodplain of a local creek. Because it was so steep and had lots of massive stone stairs, it was not accessible for me. But the owner actually had the house open too - because it was built to bring the garden inside (not literally) - there were two story walls of windows and balconies at various places to sit and look down on the garden. It was gorgeous! And the guy was a very nice, friendly garden enthusiast too. We didn't get a good picture of the part I liked best - that was looking down on a large stone stairway interplanted with hostas, ferns and (I think) some sort of pachysandra type stuff. It was a perfect symphony of shades of light, vibrant green. The front garden was drought tolerant with the lawn removed. The new 'lawn' was the best thyme lawn I've seen. These pictures don't do either the front or back justice but will give you some idea of the space:
The rest of the gardens were small and 'ordinary' suburban gardens. The pictures are mainly of little things that particularly caught our eyes.
It's hard to tell the scale but these are the larges alliums Randy has ever seen - they're about 10" across!
Randy's a sucker for butterflies :-) and he found one in a beautybush:
And he was fascinated with this rose - I think it's Fourth of July:
This rose and clematis combination was nice. The shape of the yellow rose was unusual but there was no identification for it and the Hort. Soc. hosts didn't know what its name is:
This was a beautiful combination of a yellow tree peony and golden forest grass:
This was a cute sign we liked. The fence/wall behind it was covered with clematis (only a few in bloom). This was the garden that, in our opinion, took the prize for the neatest garden - immaculate edging; not a weed in sight!
So that was the garden tour for this year.... We ran into the two coordinators of the tour. One of them lives not far from here and walks by regularly obviously because she know everything that was blooming here at the moment! She particularly likes the roses and, of course, the Vyvyan Pennell clematis. Here are both of those as they looked when we got home this afternoon:
Vyvyan Pennell - still trying to be a dwarf!
Blanc Double de Coubert rose with angel roses hiding her bare legs: