Coverage of my September 11th visit to Heronswood Garden—across Puget Sound from Seattle, on the north Kitsap Peninsula—will span more than just this one post. Today I'm sharing photos from the original garden, the part around the house where Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones lived when they Heronswood was a thriving nursery in the 1990's. After a rather dark period in the mid 2000's (when the garden was owned by W. Atlee Burpee & Company and eventually closed) it is now owned by the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and employs a group of amazing horticulturists, who, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, are returning the garden to it's former splendor and then some (read more about the history here).
Since my photos are flipped we'll start at what was for me the end of the garden, with these rather luxurious tree ferns...
I wonder what my garden would be like if I could grow these monsters?
I believe this is a Little and Lewis feature.
Now those are some arches! If you've seen Heronswood photos on other blogs you've probably seen these as they're a distinct feature of the garden, when I visited back in 2013 they were here, but a little thicker.
Close up of a gorgeous astelia...
Which is on the right, below.
Formal-style gardens usually leave me bored, but not when there's a huge banana and towering bamboo in the distance.
Ginger! Or more precisely Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'.
The arches again, with a nice patch of sarracenia.
Schefflera delavayi, which I think might be growing in the spot once occupied by a most stunning variegated daphniphyllum. It's gone now (disease) but lives on in my memory and photos from my previous visit (here).
Can you make out the clear plant labels in this photo? I really appreciated them, ID easily located, but no ugly tags sticking out of the ground.
Eucomis autumnalis subsp. clavata
I do love a space enclosed by plants.
Another eucomis, either 'Oakhurst' or 'Sparkling Burgundy'.
I think this one may have been Eucomis bicolor.
Repetition, there's a reason it's a regularly used.
Blechnum chilense, aka parablechnum cordatum, aka Chilean hard fern
Dunno but a big leaf rhododendron always grabs my eye.
Mahonia oiwakensis, I believe.
You could see bits of the stump on which these plants are growing, when I visited in 2013. Not anymore!
Oh! I think this is Begonia aff. palmata DJHM 13008, aka Myanmar Hardy Begonia. I bought one from Dancing Oaks this spring.
More Little and Lewis. I wonder why there's nothing growing in the bowls?
Podophyllum something or other...
Arailia cordata seeds.
There were lots of roscoea around the garden.
They were not all upright.
And just like that, we're back at the beginning which, thanks to Blogger software, is also the end. More coverage of Heronswood to come!
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