It was a rainy day and I didn't take the time to work with the settings, instead I was just chatting and snapping photos as I used to do—thus many of these images are blurry, which is so sad! Anyway...
This is my second visit to this garden, the fist was in 2017 and a lot has changed since then.
Evan gardens on a rather large chunk of land in Castle Rock, Washington, which he's transformed into a small botanic garden.
You couldn't see the dry creek bed in the above photo, thus I share this one too, even thought they're quite similar.
The color on this little patch of Comptonia peregrina was rather gorgeous.
There was plenty of the usual green as well.
Wow! Check out that Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' border (I assume it's 'Black Scallop').
There were a lot of us bloggers there, I am surprised my photos are so empty of people...
×Fatshedera some somebody.
While I love my tall tetrapanax I kind of miss them at this height.
Beneath the bamboo is a nice patch of Blechnum penna-marina (now called Austroblechnum penna-marina) some of which Evan has shared with me. I love this little fern.
And here's the larger Blechnum chilense, now known as Parablechnum cordatum.
Cunninghamia lanceolata 'Glauca', I believe
Not sure what this little number with the gorgeous variegation is.
And I'd be guessing if I tried to assign a specific name to this abutilon.
I was quite jealous when I spotted the dark leaves of a Pseudopanax crassifolius, a plant I tried planting out in the garden and promptly lost to a bad winter.
Sandwiched in the middle there is a mahonia, perhaps Mahonia eurybracteata 'Indianola Silver'.
How masterfully are all those different types and colors of foliage mixed? I was in awe and really wish it hadn't been wet so I could have lingered longer in front of each and every vignette.
The cordyline on the left kind of surprised me, not figuring Evan for the cordyline type. I like it very much, especially for the contrast value.
I do love a good mossy stump—and I think it's time to let the photos stand on their own and stop captioning for a bit, just scroll and admire...
I so wish I had room for an Araucaria araucana (monkey puzzle tree).
The other end of the dry creek bed which you saw at the beginning of this post.
Oh and there's a masked Evan! Probably answering plant questions—Evan's blog is called The Practical Plant Geek, hence the name of this post.
I promised I would remember the name of this hardy fuchsia, but guess what? Not a chance.
Ditto for the plant with the golden fruit. Maybe a sarcococca? No, I think they're usually darker.
Okay, just a couple more photos and then I needed to go join the others for our plant swap near the barn.
I love the repetition of the hakonechloa and farfugium.
Evan had talked like this might be our last chance to visit this garden before he moves on. I hope not. I would love to visit on a dry day where I can wander slowly and catch every detail. Until then, I thoroughly enjoyed this look at the garden, thank you Evan!
Weather Diary, Dec 17: Hi 51, Low 43/ Precip .01
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