I've been trying to make the huge 7 block trek to this garden for years now...but it finally happened. What took me so long? My most recent near-miss was a private party where the owners of Far Reaches Farm were speaking and selling their amazing plants. That was last spring, March I think. I got sick, very sick, and stayed home...bummer. Still, finally seeing the garden on a gorgeous sunny afternoon did kind of make up for all the lost opportunities...
Does this chair look familiar? The garden owner/designer Suzinn Weiss had just picked up a couple and when I remarked on their good looks and comfort she clued me in to where I could pick up a pair for my own garden. Thank you Suzinn!
There was so much to see and I had to find the sweet spot between enjoying Suzinn's company and personally experiencing the garden vs. photographing it for a blog post. This is something I wrestle with! I've sort of come up with a compromise — if it's an open garden on a tour, or through the HPSO, then it's all about looking and taking photos. Whereas if it's a visit to the garden of a friend or new acquaintance I try to keep the camera tucked away, to be there as a person not a "journalist"...of course the rules do get broken. Hence the fact I was taking photos on this visit...
The back of the garage has been converted to a studio. I love this idea!
A fountain for the birds.
But also quite sculptural.
The deep colors of the Hydrangeas seem extra magnificent this year.
At its base a happy Fuchsia.
Mahonia eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'
And there were lilies, beautiful, fragrant lilies...
And these guys too. Suzinn grows them well.
Trochodendron aralioides and Schefflera delavayi
I wish I could remember the name of this ground-cover. It smelled terrific.
Pathway made of salvaged stone, turned on it's rough side.
The house has one of those huge front porches dreams are made of...
Complete with a fabulous paint job and space to relax!
I had to leave in a bit of a rush (dog duties) but had every intention of returning to photograph the intensely planted hellstrip before posting on this garden. That was 3 weeks ago. I realized I'd better just post these inspiring photos now and hope to be invited back in the future. Thank you Suzinn!
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