Today we're back in Denver at the Johnson/Miles garden, one of the private gardens we visited last June during the Garden Bloggers Fling.
We had 35 minutes to see this garden and all that it had to offer. Even though the space was small it was jam-packed and that time flew by.
This shapely pot and it's spiky contents sit to the left of the entrance (also visible in the photos above).
The entire garden was layered with plants, containers, and "upcycled artifacts" of interest...
I've seen these clay orchid pots here in Portland, I like them softened with the tillandsia.
A nice welcoming porch off the front of the home...
The railing next to the steps up to the porch was a hoot. It almost made me wish we hadn't gotten rid of the railing next to our front door but just ran over it a few times with our car and then reattached it.
There was also an impressive collection of hanging cactus. While I personally couldn't stand looking at the plastic pots, at least they all (almost) match.
A small slice of the plants on the inside of the wall, as seen with my back to the porch.
Just to the right of the above plantings was this fern on a pedestal.
This just blows my mind. I've had smaller (much smaller) versions of this plant—Sedum morganianum—and if you so much as walk past it, or even think about walking past it, it looses some of those little succulent leaves. Heck they even drop off if you look at the plant out of the corner of your eye. I have no idea how this plant looks this good. You realize they have to move it into the house in the winter time, right?
Another look at the porch.
I wonder if an agave bloomed and left behind all those pups? (there was no large agave nearby)
Looks like maybe this Yucca rostrata recently bloomed (hense the oddly shaped top).
Time to pass into the back garden, oh and remember that bit of cushion and bench you can see on the left, you'll see more of it in a minute.
Have I mentioned how inspired I was by the Colorado gardener's use of sempervivum? Yes, many times I am sure.
These gardeners also cramscape, expertly.
Every square inch, filled.
To quote from the materials we were given by the event organizers "Garden Goals: (My) main goal is usually "where can I put this?" Just trying new things or indulging in a new obsession."
There's the bench again...
About the gardener: "I have spent my life gardening, from New York to Colorado and Arizona, and have worked in horticulture most of my life, including the nursery industry, vineyards, and public gardens. This includes 22 years with the Denver Botanic Gardens Horticulture Department, currently as Curator of Native Plant Collections and Associate Director of Horticulture."
I usually like to try and photograph the gardens I visit without making the people in the garden a big part of the show, that simply was not possible here.
Even though it looks like part of the main house this was actually a wonderful out-building at the back of the property.
And the working space. I wish I had something like this out of sight.
A dramatically painted wall near the out-building...
The carved column and exfoliating tree bark make a nice pairing.
Curvy metal appeared in several places throughout the garden.
This series of three photos will give you a sense of just how packed this garden was. We Flingers were split into two buses but that still meant around 40 people were in this small garden. The time-stamp here was 1:55...
There was movement, it's now 1:56.
And a little more movement, 1:57.
By now we were being herded back on the bus but I managed two more photos first, these cones (*swoon*).
And one of the hellstrip...
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