When I signed up for the Salem Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend (held in June) I thought I'd be seeing all new-to-me gardens, so I was pleased when I noticed the garden of Carolyn and Larry Kolb on the program. After all it's always fun to revisit a great garden and see how things have gown and changed.
That first visit (covered here) was in May of 2013, back then we just pulled up and parked in the driveway. This time however I was seeing the garden on the same day as several hundred other people, so I parked just down the street and thus entered from a different side. All the better to notice the chicken coop and its plantings.
"Hens and chicks" (Sempervivum) along with various Sedums...
I was surprised to see this shady (cool) table unoccupied.
Ah the spikes! I was hoping they'd still be here.
Such a pristine collection.
And towering above them all a beautiful tree (which I believe is Robinia Pseudoacacia ‘Twisty Baby’)...
The area that had been dedicated to selling grasses (Carolyn used to run Wind Dancer, a grass nursery, from her home) is now filled with chairs and tables. Many were full of relaxing tour-goers, I didn't want to intrude by sticking a camera in their faces, thus I'll show the empty chairs...
This must be where all those lovely spikes spend their winter vacation.
Carolyn and Larry have lived here for 17 years and built up this beautiful garden from an empty lawn-filled lot with just a few Fir and Aspen trees.
The Koi pond is located right off the back of the house, perfect for enjoying while drinking your morning coffee (we should all be so lucky).
This is an idea I'll be stealing. See the water lettuce in a floating metal dish? Love it! I have a few small pieces of Salvinia minima, which get kind of lost in my stock tank with the other plants. This would be a way to keep them together and highlight them...
See the "ocean wave" made of grasses?
I love these Bromeliad and Clematis features flanking the garage, what a treat to see as you come and go from home.
There is so much to see in this garden!
But all good things must come to an end. Here I'm making my way back towards my car.
Thankfully there's a lot to look at on the way...
I've only shared three of the many gardens we visited during the weekend's activities. Oh so many more to come!
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