Welcome to the last garden tour from my Monday night marathon of HPSO open garden visits a few weeks back.
This garden is located on one of those shady streets in inner NE Portland with trees as old as my house (or older). I am jealous. While I’m making great use of all the sunshine my almost treeless street allows I would love to live in a neighborhood like this.
I love it when the colors of the plants work so well with the colors of the house...
I was memorized by this Alstroemeria
It was huge!
Going around the side of the house to the drive-way
Again not much parking going on in that garage!
Now we've walked back through the front garden and are on the other side of the house, headed into the back garden.
Empty containers like this make me kind of anxious, do they you? Put something in there already!
And here's where I discover this gardener, like me, has a thing for containers...there are a lot of them!
I love this group!
Does anyone know what it is? A bromeliad?
The back border...
I do love colorful zinnias!
More containers in the corner...
And looking back at the house.
Where everyone else sees fun colorful garden art I see stairs and a possible accident. See the homeowner bought this sculpture from Digs Inside & Out, my friend JJ's shop here in Portland. JJ bought them on our trip to San Francisco last spring. I carried these very breakable pieces up 2 very steep flights of stairs, and then back down again when it was time to pack up. The important part of that story is that I'm a bit of a klutz, and these aren't cheap. Thankfully, not a single piece was broken!
Does this scene look familiar? Yes this garden was part of my inspiration for this post.
Heading back out to the front of the house...
I was just about ready to leave when I realized there was an area to the right of the driveway that needed to be explored...
This is one of those lovely paths that makes you think the garden spreads out in another direction, when actually it ends here just behind that bench.
And yes, so ends this garden visit!