Let's go back to last June's Garden Bloggers Fling shall we? Today we'll visit Peg Bier's garden in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
From our Fling itinerary: "Peg is a local gardening legend. In her words: “It is not the wow factor but the smile when some small discovery is made. Tucked behind this roadside garden and somewhat secluded are a small waterfall, miniature plants and Fairy gardens where discovery and imagination are stimulated!
As you walk down the gravel driveway where all things love to seed, you are greeted by an overabundance of container gardens, pass through a weedy lawn (no chemicals) and beyond to the wooded area and pathways that lead to further discoveries. Regardless of the time of year there is always something of interest that draws you on.
The garden has evolved according to the needs of the family, four children, their spouses and twelve grandchildren. It is a place to be, to reflect and a place to gather. It was never intended to be a showplace or a display garden but a refuge for family, friends and visitors.”
There was definitely a sense of discovery as you walked through the garden.
Around every corner there was a stylish vignette or special plant.
I'm sure there were plenty of flowers, but it was also a foliage lover's paradise.
Such luscious Hosta leaves...
Autumn fern and ???...
Every inch planted.
There is a house too, which blended right into the garden.
I don't think I would have been able to resist the temptation to plant up the pockets in the driftwood. They're just too perfect.
This shrub captured my attention for quite awhile. I love green flowers and even though I was pretty sure these were the "after-flowers" I was still intrigued.
I asked everyone who passed by for ID, even hunted down Peg herself, I got nothing! Once home I took to the magic of Facebook and the PlantIdents group, had the answer almost immediately: Abelia mosanensis.
I eventually managed to move on, couldn't let a shrub mystery keep me from seeing the rest of the garden...
What great center-point. In my mind the entire garden radiated out from here. Of course that might only be true in my mind.
Surely Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata' (Variegated Shell Ginger) isn't hardy here? Yet a few tucked in the ground.
A fenced section of the garden, deer must be a problem?
I don't think I ever heard the actual size of this garden, obviously it's on the large side.
Somehow I managed to not take a photo of the sunken patio off the back of the house. You can just make out the steps on the left-side of this photo.
And a little more here.
That's a wrap on my coverage of Peg's fabulous garden. I still have a few Fling stops left to write about, and if you're thinking this "Fling" thing sounds like fun — it is! If you've write for an active blog there are a few spots left in Austin, TX, in May of 2018...
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