Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Brinitzer Garden, a stop on the 2017 Garden Bloggers Fling

The garden of Scott Brinitzer was a stop on the second day of the Capitol Region Fling last June. As we got off the bus we were greeted by Scott, and listened while he shared stories of his garden, and his (successful) attempt to beautify the street with trees, not just in his space but in the yards of his neighbors. Unfortunately I wasn't able to hear everything Scott said and so my eye wandered. I was completely transfixed by the amazing aggregate wall and urns that bordered the front and part of the side of the property.

The varied pattern of the stones made each one unique.

The rhythm of the small urns interrupted by a large one.

Scott and his partner were oh so very welcoming to us, complete with a lovely spread of snacks and beverages (Pam has great photos of the hospitality table and other vignettes I missed photographing). I am certain they shared a story about trying to repair or maybe continue the stone work but the tedious nature of the project just became to much for them.

Then again maybe I'm just imagining it, since my visit was 4 months ago...

The short blurb on the garden from our Fling materials: "Scott Brinitzer is a landscape designer and owner of Scott Brinitzer Design Associates. His intimate garden uses unique elements such as specimen shrubs and bamboo to create a sense of movement and privacy. Every feature of his organic garden is designed to eliminate runoff and direct all water into the ground, reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. "

Behind the aggregate wall was another of Hydrangea, followed by Liriope and lawn.

Simple perfection.

The sexy bark of several trees was featured perfectly.

Oh to have a nice big porch like this! (note: more aggregate)

Looking down the former driveway, re-imagined as a side garden.

Hosta perfection.

I detest the flowers of my Hosta and cut them before they're allowed to detract from the foliage. These are lovely...

Damn my memory! I think I took this photo because there was talk of an unfortunate winter accident that resulted in extreme pruning?

Love this.

Are they trying to eradicate Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'? (Bishops Weed) Or is it just slow to take hold here? (Oh the horror)

I think this might have been the modern day attempt at covering an urn and wall with small pebbles? Or maybe not...

Fabulous, either way.

Several of my fellow Flingers loved this part of the garden. I think it was my least favorite. While I do appreciate the elements it's just so "formal" — and does nothing for me.

I do love the brown grasses.

And the fountain, and pond beneath it.

Yes, I love this so much!

The side garden seems perfect for entertaining.

And of course the orange chairs and a nice zing.

Where the materials meet.

The D.C. area seems to grow Selaginella quite beautifully, must be the humidity?

Here we are, back at that wall.

This was a special garden that I'm thrilled to have visited.

Weather Diary, Oct 16: Hi 67, Low 39/ Precip 0

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Monday, October 16, 2017

October 2017 Garden Bloggers Bloomday

For those of you who play by the rules, yesterday, October 15th, was actually Garden Bloggers Bloomday. I'm late...c'est la vie! If you haven't already done so visit May Dreams Gardens for links to all the bloggers who posted for Bloomday.

To kick things off here's one of my traditional late summer/early autumn flowers, Clematis tibetana var. vernayi. Unlike some of the more fancy-pants Clematis I've purchased recently this one just keeps on blooming, year after year, no matter what. Thank you.

Next to it is Schefflera delavayi, getting its bloom on...

Another Aralia, or at least a cross with an Aralia, x Fatshedera lizei 'Annemieke'. First with the fall color of a Virginia Creeper...

And a close-up.

The Mahonia...this one is M. fortunei 'Curlyque'...

M. x media 'Charity'

It's just getting started.

M. eurybracteata 'Soft Caress'

Not a flower — but just as bright — the ripening fruit of the Poncirus trifoliata.

A first for blooms, Leucosceptrum japonicum 'Mountain Madness'.

Ditto (a first) flowers on my Impatiens omeiana.

Abutilon Nuabyell

Couldn't resist doing a shot looking up.

Once again the Tetrapanax papyrifer begins its race to bloom before the first frost...who will win? The Tetrapanax, or Mr. Frost?

Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’, which has faded to green.

NOID Rosemary, which has been blooming forever!

The end of the Bougainvillea × buttiana 'Barbara Karst' flowers.

Ditto for the Hesperaloe parviflora, but don't tell that to the hummingbird that still keeps visiting it every single day.

There must still be goodness in there, because she works the whole thing over, sits in the Edgeworthia for a bit and rests, and then starts all over again.

Nicotiana (not the one I thought I was buying, but very florific) and Bomarea sp. — notice how they're trying to win me over to the combination of orange and pink...

NOID Canna...

I've been trying to get a shot like this all summer. I love the way the orange Anigozanthos looks with the Brachyglottis greyi (Senecio greyi). It's still not exactly what my eye sees, but it's the closest I've gotten.

Right now, when they fade to this dark purple color (with bits of fuchsia) is the only time I appreciate the neighbor's Hydrangea, which grow next to our driveway.

Finally a NOID succulent that recently came inside for warmer temps and less rain. It's getting a little respite by the kitchen sink, since it's blooming. Happy October Bloomday!

Weather Diary, Oct 15: Hi 67, Low 38/ Precip 0

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