It was in this garden (the second of the day) that I realized I was going to be saying “I have no idea” a lot over the next few days. Being from the Northwest my fellow “flingers” assumed I would be able to identify plants (and trees!) that were foreign to them. No luck. Had they been asking about an Agave or Yucca I would have had a chance but instead they were flowers and the like. I am a poor representation of a Pacific Northwest Gardener. Of course there were a few favorite plants of mine here, like a large Melianthus major… And what I think is a Paris polyphylla? But nobody asked me about the ones I knew! Looking at this I really regretted having pulled out my Rush earlier this spring, mine never looked this good though. My second realization was that I take so much for granted gardening here. Over and over people were amazed at the size of the plants. Reminded me of a conversation I had with Maurice Horn of Joy Creek Nursery, we were talking about the size listed on plant labels and how they rarely apply here, where everything grows faster and bigger. Then there was the sun. On a sunny day Seattle is one of the most beautiful places in the world, we enjoyed 3 glorious days of sunshine for everyone to fall in love with Seattle, but then luckily on the last day it was cloudy and rained, I heard several people say they had hoped to see the rain, a funny thought. So again I’m rambling and here we are in another lovely garden, this one at the home of Suzette and Jim Birrell, a lovely brick ranch home I might add. The garden was a more traditional one (as opposed to the gravel garden next door), but there were still several details for me to fall in love with. Like these fabulous metal gates. Asphodeline lutea… This is a plant I fell for in another garden earlier this summer, it was good to see it a little further along and getting a little sloppy. I think (please correct me if I am wrong) this is Crambe cordifolia? They have a lovely vegetable garden in the back. I was especially taken with the support for the beans. Rusty fence detail… Anyone know what this next plant is? More photos from the garden... Next we were off to the historic Dunn Gardens…so many plants to see!