Imagine living next door to Dan Hinkley's Windcliff, would the plant passion rub off on you? Or would you veer off in the opposite direction and just let the native plants of the area take over, vowing not to turn into one of "those people"? Well I can't report on the other neighbors, but the Brindley's appear to be embracing the fun and are definitely on the gardening bandwagon...
Isn't the entrance fabulous? No doubt a gate is needed to keep out hungry deer as well as lookie loos.
Just inside the gate are several treasures such as this tall Schefflera delavayi.
And tree ferns!
Who knew Yuccas and tall conifers could look so perfect together?
I believe the darker green layer above the Hakonechloa, and below the chartreuse froth, are multiple Aloe striatula (or as we're supposed to call them now, Aloiampelos striatula)
Before I go much further I should mention this garden was designed by the talented Shayne Chandler, who's garden I visited back in 2013 (here), he's done a fabulous job!
I believe the matching Yucca are Y. recurvifolia 'Margaritaville'.
You may have spotted a few raindrops in earlier photos. As luck would have it a little moisture did start to fall from the sky at this point, not enough to do anything other than make my hair a mess for the rest of the day. I took advantage of the greenhouse though, to pop in and change the battery of my camera, which was dying.
Then I had a feeling I was about to round the bend and...
...see an amazing view of the Puget Sound...WOW! Right? Of course a blue sky would have made it all the more gorgeous.
Here's where I have to mention that I find lawns in various stages of summer dormancy (a little green, a lot golden) very distracting. They detract from an otherwise beautiful garden. I edited my photos down as much as possible to cut out the lawn, but I have to wonder of the homeowners just get used to it and don't see it anymore? Or does it not bother them?
Scabiosa or Knautia? I don't know how to tell the difference.
Eryngium yuccifolium, I believe?
I saw this plant in a few gardens I visited this weekend (after the Kitsap Peninsula on Saturday I toured a few Seattle gardens on Sunday) and believe it's Oenothera odorata, possibly 'Apricot Delight'.
My camera just kept gravitating towards the view...
Anyone care to venture a guess on the bright green business in the foreground?
Wow, that's a lot of Saracennia.
The soft blue Verbascum almost looks like an Agave, or is that just me?
Time to explore the deck and along the back of the house...
Making great use of the rocks.
Those Echium pininana are self-sown (I learned that from Alison, who visited the garden with me that day and posted about it here).
Pots on the deck...
And oh ya, in case you haven't seen enough of it yet, THAT VIEW! Oh, and the garden too...
Another of the self-sown Echium.
I've no idea what this is, but feel like I should.
I'm assuming the blue-leafed tree is an Acacia, there were several growing next-door at Windcliff.
I wonder if the area between the flat rock "benches", with the pebbles and round cement balls, is plumbed for gas?
I also wonder if the Acacia cognata Cousin Itt goes elsewhere for the winter? Or is it really mild enough here that it can overwinter outdoors, in a container?
One last look at the garden and towering Madrones (which I realize I've neglected to call out until now)...
Oh but what's that!? Anyone want to go glamping?
Pretty cool. I was told by another visitor that Karen Brindley made these and is selling her work at a nearby farmers market (I promptly forgot which one...).
So that's a wrap on my visit to the Brindley garden, I do hope to be back someday...
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