It's my second to last post from the 201 Salem Study Weekend tour...this one is a double shot, two gardens! The first one is the Strubel garden...
"Our garden is a fairly young garden. Each year another area has been developed so that we now have an Aphrodite garden, a woodland garden amongst ancient white oaks), a rhododendron garden, a sunny perennial garden, an extensive lavender bank, and an inviting walk through river birches to the new vegetable garden. What makes this garden unique is the use of numerous rock walls to define areas and to keep the hill under control. All rock work has been done by Michael, including his current project: a large “foodscape” garden. This involves French Intensive gardening as well as combining edibles with ornamentals in unusual ways. This last area is experimental and fun to create and will likely be underway well into summer. Also of note are our expansive valley views to the west and north, including the meandering Willamette River, distant farmlands, and the mountains of the Coast Range."
Whew, that's a lot! I did't manage to photograph it all, and looking at my photos and that description I'm not even sure of what I did photograph...
But it was a nice garden, even if I didn't know what I was looking at.
Oh how the bees loved the Lavender...
And they even had a cute little framed artwork to call their own, should they want to.
"We are continually trying to compress a large country garden onto our city lot! With many ideas and way too much plant lust we are hampered only by space. With a great deal of shade we indulge hostas, ferns, epimediums and their many companions. We fill our sunny patches with roses, lilies, grasses and many shrubs. We're also addicted to Japanese maples and small conifers — which you're just as likely to find in pots as in the ground. Garden art is intriguing. Like treasure hunters we enjoy looking for objects that delight us — as we hope they delight you. End of day will often find us sitting by the pond watching the koi dart and the dragonflies flitting about."
Artemisia versicolor 'Sea Foam'
Chartruese and black, always a good combination. Even when blurry.
There are things I would change, but I do love the idea of using a metal egress window edge as a garden bench.
Pots sunk into the pond, to keep the fish from munching on the plants?
Aka angel's fishing rod, at the pond's edge, pun intended?
Weather Diary, June 6: Hi 80, Low 52/ Precip 0
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