Sunny Day

It’s just so lovely out today on this rare day of sunshine here in Seattle that my camera was simply begging me to go out and shoot some pictures of the garden while it’s so beautiful. For me the best way to enjoy this garden is to be In it so I tried to give a sense of what it feels like to walk thru it.

I started out in front and worked my way back to the back yard with stops on the way for some ferns and a shot of the area near the garage we just created recently. I have one that’s a bit of a vista of the whole back yard but on some shots I got down on my hands and knees to get close to the ground so it would feel more like you’re in it.

I’ve labeled each picture as to its approximate place in the garden so if you click on the first one you can run thru them as a slide show and see them all at once in a larger size with captions. As I’ve said, I’m not much a of a photographer, but I have great subject material so they came out OK in the end. 😉

I hope you enjoy this walk thru the garden in winter, when the trees are so bare and the evergreens hold it all together. It’s a quiet time in the garden now but there’s still so much to see. I see changes already although it’s only the 3rd of January. It’ll be Spring before we know it, tho there’s some harsh weather ahead. All the more reason to enjoy this day eh?

Wishing you a sunny day or two, or at least a break from the cold for a bit,

Steve

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17 responses to this post.

  1. Just Stunning Garden!!! I love the way your work the evergreens in your winter garden. It is amazing how you made a “smaller” space feel so “BIG” in the city…just one of the best winter gardens I have seen in a long time-should be in a magazine…robbie:-)

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    • Wow Robbie! Thank you so much for your fantastic comment. I’m so honored. I’ve had to be very creative in my use of dwarf conifers and other small plants to be able to fit them all in here. I have over 200 varieties on my small plot. It’s just a small city lot but it feels a lot bigger because we have so many “rooms” in the yard – a veggie garden, the front and back gardens of ornamentals, the lawns and the house all on 1/8 acre. Not much land, but it’s very efficient. 😉 I really appreciate your generous comment about the magazine. That’d be very cool, but for now I feel good just to be accessible to all of the folks here on WordPress.
      All the best,
      Steve

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      • well, amazing how you make it look as if it were there from day one-lol:-) great eye for landscaping I might add:-)

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        • Thank you for your generous comment, but I give all the credit to my plants. They’re the ones who make me look good. 😉 I used to be a professional landscaper so I do have a little background to work from. But mostly I follow my heart and do what feels right based on my intuition and knowledge. Seems to work….
          peace,
          Steve

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  2. The gardens are so lovely. I really did feel I was walking through with the slideshow. Did you plan out everything or did the design etc just come about by adding paths and new plants and fairies and stuff? lol
    It really doesn’t matter I suppose as it would give joy no matter how it came about.

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    • Thank you for the compliment. I did design the paths and the overall “look” of the garden, the deck space and fountain location, but I admit I also added plants that were favorites of mine or new ones I found and loved. So it’s a mixture and not exactly what I might do for a professional job. It’s a personal collection at heart, and a joy to be in, regardless, as you say. I’m glad you felt the sense of walking thru it. I was trying to give that feel. I so love sharing this garden with others who find solace and beauty here.
      Thank you for your visit!
      Steve
      PS. the faeries were already here, but they’ve multiplied since I began making a nicer home for them! 😉

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  3. What a fantastic garden! I love your use and talented placement of the evergreens and art. I am so glad you visited so I ended up here on a fabulous tour. Such a peaceful place.

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    • Thank you so much for your all your kind words. I’m really glad you liked the tour! I find your blog really fascinating and engaging as well. I forget how I found you but I think it was thru an award you received. They do help us to connect don’t they?
      peace,
      Steve

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      • Peace to you Steve. I am so glad to have found your blog and hope to learn more about all the wonderful conifers you have planted – it is so cool that you have labeled your plants. If I am ever in the area I will be sure to tour your garden in person!

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        • You’d be most welcome. 😉 I love walking people thru the garden, as I tried to do in this post. One of my chief joys is sharing this garden with those who find it beautiful, and the labels do help us all know what we’re seeing. Thank you for visiting me and I hope you make to to Seattle some day!
          Steve

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  4. Thank you for this magical visit to your gardens. It’s amazing how much beauty you have nourished in your limited area. It looks like a perfect place to meditate and read and just look and marvel.

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    • Thank you for your visit and comment. I do love to just hang out and look at the plants and envision them as they grow bigger and become themselves. I’m so glad you find it so magical! It may be small but it’s packed with beauty… 😉
      All the best to you,
      Steve

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  5. Congratulations for your nomination for the Shaun’y Award for blogging excellence!

    More about this nomination is at: http://mybotanicalgarden.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/the-shauny-award-thank-you-dear-kitty-some-blog/

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  6. What a beautiful day for a stroll thru your garden, while eating my supper on a dark rainy evening in London! Many gardens are brown in winter, but your oasis is full of green life and sunlight. It is very nice to see all those different trees, and it is amazing how spacious it feels. Perhaps that is always so, with a well loved piece of land.

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    • It is wonderful how a simple blog post can transport one to a place across the oceans and to a different time and place to be. I’m so glad you came to visit me on this rare sunny day here. I use a lot of evergreens to maintain that green look and it works well. I do love this land here. I so appreciate your comments.
      peace,
      Steve

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