Northwest Garden Whimsy

I love the many unique gardens of the Pacific Northwest. Here is a just a small sampling of those I have visited recently.

The centerpiece of Butchart Gardens in Victoria BC is the beautiful Sunken Garden, built in an abandoned limestone quarry a hundred years ago…..

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RoozenGaarde in Mount Vernon has a glorious array of tulips and Mt Baker in the background.

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In Sequim there are the lavender farms with fragrant fields of blooming lavender..

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For roses, there is the International Test Garden in Portland where you can vote for your favorites during the Rose Festival…

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And then there are the more humble gardens we call our own.  Ours is a backyard forest garden, rustic and full of whimsy and surprise, where you never know what you may find…..

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Recently while walking in my garden, quietly so as not to awaken the tree, I thought I saw something new…

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Beyond, past the stream…

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Around the corner, a bicycle stood in the ivy where none had been the day before..

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Had it been there long?  Had I missed it somehow? I sought out the garden curator and asked where the bike might have come from and what it might mean.

“I saw it standing just like that in a neighbor’s yard when I was out on my morning walk. It’s from the nineteen fifties. I asked to buy it. Do you like it?” he asked smiling and hopeful.

“Indeed I do,” I replied.

And so another story and another artifact added to the garden.  Who knows what I will find tomorrow in my Northwest Garden of Whimsy?

5 Comments on “Northwest Garden Whimsy

  1. All SO very lovely–love the bike, too–your husband has a good eye! We moved from the PNW to the Snake River/prairie biome of E. Washington. We love it here, too, though its beauty is subtle. I admit, tumblweed is an acquired taste, but folks here take up the challenge and grow orchards and beautiful gardens.

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    • Thank you. I think I could grow to love east of the mountains too. Clear blue skies and fewer gray and rainy days is appealing. And if roses and lavender do well I would be happy!

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      • Roses thrive here with enough watering, and there are lavender farms in Walla Walla, so it definitely thrives east of the Cascade.

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