I've known Justin Galicic for a several years now, and read his blog Growing Steady, even before we met in person. For the last seven years Justin has been holding a huge party "The Normandy Park Garden Festival" in his garden in July, well, actually his parents garden...but Justin is the creator of the paradise. I've never been able to attend the festival, but finally got to tour the garden...
All the goodness you've seen thus far is visible along the street-side...
But now I'm heading into the private front garden. I knew Justin wasn't there, but thought his parents might be and wanted to alert them to the fact their son had invited stranger to tour the garden surrounding their home.
But, they weren't home either, so I set off to explore — feeling a little awkward about it all.
But of course that didn't stop me!
The Seattle Times ran a story about Justin and the garden in July of 2016, they called him 'The Mad Propagationist' (read the story here), I wonder if that need to propagate has anything to do with this row of unplanted plants?
This is hands down the best "refuse container corral" I have ever seen!
Time to move around to the back garden, I was sure to make plenty of noise so I didn't surprise anyone.
Sinopanax formosanus, one of two that I spotted that day.
Tempting to sit a spell, but I pushed on...
I should have counted the palms in this garden, there were many.
A fine looking Sciadopitys verticillata (Japanese umbrella pine) on the right.
A Cryptomeria? Love the balance of tall wispy green and that lush ground cover.
If I didn't know better I'd think this was a nursery display where they push together plants to show how good their foliage looks together.
Pseudopanax ferox (and maybe Pseudopanax x 'Sabre' on the right? I can't tell from my photo and I don't remember).
Damn. I took this photo as a reminder that I needed to move my Rhododendron 'Ebony Pearl' before it's completely shaded out. Have I? No.
Tree ferns!? Justin what kind of magic spells are you casting?
The greenhouse and vegetable garden were off to the side, a perfect mix of close, but not a part of the garden proper.
I was a good ghost visitor and didn't even sample a berry, although I very much wanted to.
Squash and tequila, that's an interesting combo.
Why do fallen bamboo leaves always look good in other people's gardens but never my own?
Moving back into the garden proper to pick up a corner I'd missed previously...
Cordyline banksii Electric Flash
I'm dying to know what it is, if anyone can ID...
One last look at the private front garden before I go in search of the Agaves I know are out there on the street-side...
Ah ya, found them!
And Agave 'Mr. Ripple'
It's quite a looker isn't it?
Thanks for letting me visit your garden Justin, all it was missing was you.
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