Summer isn’t really here. It was just playing. It’s been grey here. A little warm–in the 70s, but this is hardly what a girl born and raised in 100 degree summer heat would consider summer.
On Sunday, in spite of the grey and wet day, Mr. Mate and two friends joined me for the West Seattle Garden Tour. It was a lot of fun to see what other people are doing in their gardens. And to be truthful, the overcast day and rain drops made the plants pop! Here are some images from the day… forgive me, I didn’t start snapping way until halfway through.
|Precious. This garden featured a ton of “Gabions”.|
|Love the texture and colors.|
|Love the front door and pot color combo!|
|The lilies in these gardens were amazing.|
|Wheels are such a great idea! As are fruit trees in pots.|
|Love these pink sedums!|
|Purple beans, mmm.|
|Mr. Mate has requested one of these. Sadly it would take up half our yard.|
|So lush and celebratory.|
Part of my interest in going on the tour was to get ideas on what to do in our yard. I’m not very good at choosing plants (I tend to want to stick with natives and feel guilty not using them, plus I never buy enough!), but I’ve learned some lessons: include different colors of foliage, pay attention to using different heights of plants (including fence mounted baskets), repetition is your friend, and use lots of plant textures.
|My harvest of garlic and shallots. Not too shabby.|
Our yard, despite all the inspiration is on hold until after the Seattle Gift Show. Until it closes on August 16 my brain and body are devoted to business, but after that and a trip to Chico, watch out!