Thursday, September 3, 2015

The garden of Hansen-Winter...part 1

Sometimes "The Powers That Be" are strong enough, and so determined, that they don't send you just one sign, but a second. Recently I was that lucky. I met the owner/designer/curator/laborer of this garden last autumn when I took part in a library event at the HPSO offices. She gave me her business card and invited me to come see her garden. It sounded intrequing and I was thrilled at the invite.

Then life got in the way.

I lost her card.

I forgot about our meeting.

Fast forward to June when I was hanging out in my friend JJ's garden and who should I run into but Hansen-Winter. We knew we knew each other but it took awhile before we got our bearings. Turned out she was opening her garden in July for Hardy Plant Society members. I was so there!

This garden has a split personality. Today we visit the old growth sections. Plantings getting by in the shadow of tall Fir trees. Tomorrow's post will be entirely different. If I wasn't here to tell you they were the same garden I bet you'd never know.

Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca'...

Hansen-Winter is very good about labeling her plants, however if there was a name on this amazing Rhododendron I missed it.

This one too. Wait, we have a name! Rhododendron bureavii, thanks Bob.

Aralia cordata

Did you know their leaves got this big?

Daphne x houtteana

Another sexy Rhody...and this might be about when you're realizing there's going to be a lot of statuary in this garden? She's a Craigslist connoisseur.

Polystichum setiferum plumosomultilobum, it's a whirlwind...says Great Plant Picks.

Rhododendron sinogrande

Yes, wow.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum 'Red Fox'

Comptonia peregrina

Schefflera delavayi, and a gorgeous one at that.

Robinia, I think?

The stacked bits are (if I'm remembering right) some sort of buffing wheels, stacked to become a sweet planting column.

Mahonia 'I Wish I Knew'...cause it's HOT!

(I want this...so bad...)

Another Schefflera...

Okay are you ready?

Did you see my teaser last week?

Are you ready?

Here he is...

And his little dog too.

He's one of a kind.

Gears as mulch?

Or stacked?

I kept hearing water, or so I thought. Couldn't quite tell if it was close by, or just a far away sound I was interpreting as water. Can you make out the fountain in the distance, beyond the doors?

Before you enter you must look up.

What a vision.

It looks further away now, but that's just a trick of the camera.

Repurposed trellis cages...

What a vision she has!

And that's a wrap on today's post. Tomorrow we venture out into the light.

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25 comments:

  1. What is the name of the large green shrub in slide 39? In the picture it appears between the 2 pots. It looks familiar, but I can't come up with the name. Sure is pretty. I missed the garden on the open garden tour - must have been out of town or something. Very nice.

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    1. I don't know for sure but I thought it was a tree peony? You should definitely check it out if she opens again next year. I included her name (I usually don't) so that other HPSO members would know what to look out for. It's a good one!

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  2. This seems like quite a large property, and reminds me of Bella Madrona but on a smaller scale perhaps. Very nice and woodsy -- I love it!

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    1. It was, quite large! And yes there were certainly touches of Bella Madrona, minus all my blogging friends.

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  3. Since I adore today's post, I've no doubt I'll be over the moon with tomorrow's! The feel of her wooded garden is amazing... both beautiful and a tiche mysterious. I would have been happy with all of the 'oh so cool' iron pieces, but then dude and his dog showed up. He is definitely the 'watcher of her woods'! I'm in love. Is she a writer when she isn't doing gardeny things?

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    1. It's a completely different feel (tomorrow's post) but still uniquely hers. I don't think she does writing but she is in the "book industry" as she does design and typesetting for books.

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  4. What a wonderful garden! Thanks for sharing your photos, and I'm so glad you met up with her again at JJ's. Love the moss-man and the moss-dog.

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    1. It's totally personal with a great eye for plants, you'd love it in person Alison!

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  5. I love the garden already, even without part 2. I do adore rusty metal things (even more than shiny metal things).

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    1. There are plenty of rusty things in part 2!

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  6. Loving everything about this garden and am covetous of some of those great finds!

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    1. I can see many of them in your garden!

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  7. Fabulous, and fabulous sculptural finds--really, are those all from Craigslist? The Craigslist here has nothing like that.

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    1. Oh no, sorry to mislead - I'm sure she has lots of sources. I just remembered a few references to Craigslist so I went with that as representative of her ability to find the cool finds.

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  8. Wow is right! Wow. A lot of that statuary and garden art is drool-worthy. I need to get Craig's List lessons from her. Not to mention the plants, the lust-worthy plants.

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    1. There were so many lust-worth specimens and all so healthy!

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  9. That was fun! Looking forward to the next one.

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  10. I'm working backwards here, so now I have the whole picture and am properly amazed. Some might call it a split personality...I would describe it as perfectly well rounded.

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    1. Hope you can visit in person Ricki, you'll love it!

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  11. I would love to see that garden. Fantastic.

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  12. wowwww. what a dreamy place!

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