Sunflowers in Song

Sunflowers in Song

Behind the sunflowers, Mr. Peepers is birdwatching too!

Behind the sunflowers, Mr. Peepers is birdwatching too!

A single row of sunflowers is a delight in my garden!  As the flowers fade and seeds form a flock of yellow canaries and some peach faced loved birds descended on the tasty seed heads. I heard them chatter, I heard their songs. They were everywhere in the garden.

Resting briefly from the sunflower buffet, this guy is among the Bird of Paradise blooms

Resting briefly from the sunflower buffet, this guy is among the Bird of Paradise blooms

I looked out my window and saw 7 bright yellow birds perched on the fountain edge. Then just as suddenly as they had appeared I had no pretty birds on the flowers.  Upon closer inspection of the sunflowers I discovered the spent bloom heads had been picked clean!  Still more blooms are opening daily so I will watch to see if as the next batch of blooms fades if the pretty yellow canaries return.

The fountain awaits the return of the canaries!

The fountain awaits the return of the canaries!

Stumpery Garden

Stumpery Garden

As a southwest gardener, wandering into a northwest woodland garden is an exciting experience. Here are the shade plants of azaleas, jack-in-the pulpit, mayflower, hostas and rhododendrons. There are great varieties of tree bark textures, conifer needles and dazzling shades of green.  Discovering  the Stumpery Garden in the Rhododendron Species Garden in Federal Way, WAContinue Reading

Farm fields of flowers

Farm fields of flowers

Driving through the Willamette Valley, near Silverton, Oregon I saw a field of poppies being raised for seed.  This wonderful agricultural area is known for fruit, wine, and more but I didn’t know there would be fields of flowers.What a crop! For me it was simply beautiful but for the farmer it was a business, aContinue Reading

Leach Garden, Portland, OR

Leach Garden, Portland, OR

Every garden holds a surprise though sometimes you have to really look for it because it is out of sight, down a path and across the water. This is exactly where I found this stone cottage. John & Lilla Leach lived the summers here in the early 1930’s while their larger home was being built. Continue Reading

Van Dusen Garden, BC

Van Dusen Garden, BC

The Alma Van Dusen perennial garden was in full bloom this July day. The bed is a large oval shape with a path meandering through it. The highlight is the delphiniums which easily grew 8’ high. An unobtrusive bamboo frame helped hold these huge stalks upright.  The flowers were in 3 shades of blue rangingContinue Reading

WW Seymour Conservatory, Tacoma, WA

WW Seymour Conservatory, Tacoma, WA

The W. W. Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park, Tacoma, WA is a glass wonder. Conservatories are so important for protecting unique plants that won’t live in local climes. But the Seymour creates a seasonal floral display four times a  year. During my visit last week it was a glorious red, white and blue boquet.  TheContinue Reading

Garden Growth

Garden Growth

When the garden was finished in early December we sat down for a minute to enjoy it.  We had a party on New Year’s Eve Afternoon and shared our happiness with many friends.  Then we waited for things to grow.  The weather was mild, wonderful and perfect for growing. The Yellow Iris I brought fromContinue Reading

Carl S English Jr Botanical Garden,

Carl S English Jr Botanical Garden,

Carl S English Jr Botanical Garden, on the ground of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.  Shipping channel locks designed by Hiram M Chittenden in 1906.  I came to see the garden which has an especially unique origin.   English came to the Army Corp of Engineer base in 1931 to work as a groundskeeper forContinue Reading

Commitment to Beauty, Lincoln’s Sunken Garden

Commitment to Beauty, Lincoln’s Sunken Garden

The road trip has long held a certain mystique in the stories of summer travels.  Driving across the US is a narrative of many movies, novels and personal nostalgia.  You might see a corn palace in South Dakota, the largest ball of twine in Cawker, KS, or if you are really lucky a community point ofContinue Reading

Flowers among the red rocks, Kanab, Utah

Flowers among the red rocks, Kanab, Utah

Kanab, Utah has red rocks, pink sand dunes and high cliffs.  There is so much to look at in the great landscape of the area one doesn’t think to look for gardens.  Yet in the city park the beauty of flowers is enhanced by the red rocks and a stretch of green grass enjoyed byContinue Reading