That unlikely scenario is how I ended up in this amazing garden having tea one afternoon last week. Isn’t the internet grand?
When I picked up the booster seat (left for me on the porch) I got a hint of the fabulous style of this design savvy homeowner…just look at that beautiful lounging spot (the daybed, not the bikes)…And the fabulous driveway and walkway pavers…
But nothing prepared me for what I saw when I stepped out back.
I went in the front door of a home in NE Portland and walked out the back door into a secret hideaway in a far away place (wow!).
The covered dining deck is built on the former driveway.
The former garage is now a work-from-home office.
Complete with a sun deck.
The beautifully appointed interior couldn’t be further away from what you would expect to see in a “garage.”
The garden itself was lush and overgrown (in the best sense)…
And have you noticed the multiple Tetrapanax around the garden?
The multiple huge Tetrapanax?
These (and others that have been gifted away) all came from one single plant bought years ago at Cistus. It seems their reputation as spreaders is well deserved, but when you can dig them up and pass on the beauty where’s the problem?
Back out front I paused as I was leaving to notice the details I had missed before. Like the huge Catalpa (Paulowina?).And the row of Zebra Grass along the drive.
There are two stately Chestnut Trees in the front of the house. I’ve had a life long love affair with Chestnuts, but like Pampas Grass I’m glad to enjoy them in somebody else’s garden. Especially after learning they sometimes fall from the tree and smack the homeowner on the head while she’s working in the garden. I guess that makes this a danger garden too!