Sunday, July 24, 2011

Garden delights in sunny Seattle...

The private gardens we've seen at the Garden Bloggers Seattle fling are among some of the prettiest I've seen.

The garden of Suzette and Jim Birrell was filled with whimsy and color. It was delightful and filled with plenty of places to sit and enjoy the garden.

Garden-inspired art and decor surprised us around every turn.


Looking for lights for their garden and project shed, Jim decided to convert simple, galvanized buckets into whimsical lighting.

The brightly-colored shed provides contrast with other vibrant colors throughout the garden.

A small section of lawn provides a play area and a soothing companion to the bright and busy garden areas.

Years of work to create this lush and peaceful garden made for a wonderful morning tour for the garden bloggers.

15 comments:

getgrounded said...

Good grief, Diana, I feel like I'm in the desert here in Austin when I see these lush photos! I can't imagine what it would be like to have a garden that actually grows green things that bloom. Ah, rainfall, that's the secret, right? How gorgeous, and your camera is working some magic.

Cheryl said...

I love all the chartreuse and lush mosses...so pretty!

Lancashire rose said...

So funny that we both highlighted this garden with the same opening photo. Both these gardens were my favorite on the tour. Very artistic gardeners at both and great plants people.

Linda/patchwork said...

Looks wonderful. So lush and green. Really enjoying seeing all these gardens through your lens.
Thanks.....

katina said...

I love that you and Jenny used the same vantage point for your first picture. I also like the bucket lighting--reminds me of a friend's house in Boulder, Colorado - she wanted christmas lights, but thought the glare was too much so she made little lampshades out of cardstock for each light on the string. It gave a very nice lighting effect.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Very inviting garden. Love those pails on the light fixtures. Those benches and chairs make it look very welcoming.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

What a beautiful garden! I'm so glad to be reading all of the fling posts since I wasn't able to go. I just love the galvanized pail lights, wish I was that creative!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Diana, it was so nice meeting you yesterday at the Dragonfly Farms nursery! Thanks for the pictures!

Kate @ Gardening and Gardens said...

Hi Diana - I agree that this was one of my favorite gardens. How did I miss the bucket lights though?! Must have been so intrigued by the blue, blue shed ;)

kacky said...

Great photos- looks like an incredible trip/experience. I love the first shot. Creative little lights- with the pails- I like that! Guessing all these were shot with your new camera? Are you enjoying it?

Diana said...

Kacky - I did shoot with my new camera, but my shots are the best from the last day (not yet posted) after we had a great photo workshop with professional photographer David Perry. Amazing what a handful of tips can do to change everything! I've been reinspired to stick my hands back in my own soil and work in the garden. I'll be seeing you soon!

Gail said...

It was a treat to spend time in these beautiful gardens and to see you again Diana! xogail

Jayne said...

That garden shed is something else! thanks for sharing your photos.

Cassy said...

Such a lovely and beautiful flower garden. How I wish I can a flower garden as lovely as that.

Thanks for sharing those photos.

Cassy from Beginner Free Guitar Lessons

jake Allen said...

That wooden shed of yours is bursting with color. I never thought that such colors will work but it did!