Wednesday February 7th, on our way up to Seattle for the NWFG Festival, we stopped in Tacoma for lunch — and so Andrew could take a peek at the excellent used book offerings there. Meanwhile I zipped over to the Outlaw's place to drop of Alison's branches (I failed as a friend to get them all the way to her, but I got them nine tenths of the way there). Naturally my camera was in hand and I snapped a few photos of the public areas of the Outlaw's garden. Holy Agave ovatifolia!
Peter had suggested I step up on his porch to view the Tetrapanax buds that are (were?) still threatening to bloom. They really are amazing, I wonder if they'll make it unscathed through this cold snap?
My camera accidentally took another shot of the garden to the north (? I think) of the front porch...
And it peeked through the gate to check on the Schefflera delavayi.
But then it remembered its manners and went back to photographing the public spaces...
You know, since the Outlaw wasn't home to welcome us into the private parts (hmm....)...
Daphne odora (I think), about to burst open and fill the air with its lovely fragrance.
This vignette made me all sorts of giddy. Poncirus trifoliata backed by golden grasses.
The same grass with Euphorbia wulfenii and Melianthus major, Peter and Tom's beautiful home in the background.
This Arctostaphylos had me week in the knees.
Peter do you know which one it is?
The trunk of Aralia spinosa (?)
The tassels on his Garrya elliptica were so magical. I had to unwind these to take a photo as the wind had tangled them up.
How nice is it that he shares the shocking yellow beauty of his Pinus contorta var. latifolia 'Chief Joseph' with the whole neighborhood?
Some might lock this beauty away behind a fence, not Peter...
Way back in the fall of 2013 several of us garden bloggers met up at Peter's house — in the wee morning hours — and then headed north for a jaunt around the Olympic Peninsula. We visited Valley Nursery, Heronswood, Celestial Dream Gardens, Far Reaches Farm and The Desert Northwest. Before we left his place Peter happened to point out this plant, Lomatia tinctoria. I was smitten and picked one up at Far Reaches later that day. It's since become a favorite. Thank you Peter!
Look at all that magic ahead! Peter is lucky to have an extra wide hellstrip bordering the long side of his property.
It's a foliage fantasy!
With a healthy dose of flowers mixed in.
And a Paulownia tomentosa that's allowed to flower and set those amazing seed pods.
Let's not forget the stained glass accents.
They definitely let a passer-by know an artist lives here.
Bamboo and Tetrapanax fighting it out for supremacy.
Oh! He's got that new Mahonia, M. 'Soft Caress'! (inside joke)...
I think this is my favorite photo of all that I took that day. I am quite jealous of his healthy Euphorbia stygiana...
Cupressus arizonica ‘Blue Ice’ (?)
It's such a pleasure to stroll around the public parts of Outlaw's Garden.
Aren't his neighbor's lucky?
Weather Diary, Feb 19: Hi 40, Low 30/ Precip 0 — ha! a 30 F low when 19-23 had been forecast, I'll take it!
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