Saturday, July 23, 2011

A garden with a view...

It was a picture perfect morning in a hillside garden overlooking Lake Washington just outside of Seattle. Our first stop of the day on the Seattle Fling, we began at the award-winning home of Michelle and Christopher Epping.

It was hard to know at where to look -- at the beautiful garden, the glistening blue lake or the skyline of Seattle on the horizon.
The garden was a filled to the brim with vibrant colors and textures.

Several different pathways led through secret garden areas with statues and other interesting objects tucked into the landscape for discovery by garden visitors.
The garden was sprinkled with giant mounds of Hakonechloa, Japanese Forest Grass, seen here against a stunning sky-blue Hydrangea and a burgundy Japanese Maple in the background.
One little path led to a wooden bench that offered us a rest and a different perspective from which to admire the garden. Pam of Digging and Kylee of Our Little Acre took a little break with me in the shade.
The garden was also filled with whimsical cedar sculptures carved by the owner's father.
What an inspiring way to start the day!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

You bet this is a great way to start a day. Those sculptures are great. I can't get that forest grass to grow like that. It must be all their rain. I also bet it rarely gets to the 90's and 100's there. UGH..

Patricia Tryon said...

Beautiful photos. I love thhe way you have used depth of field.

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Wow, those giant mounds of Hakonechloe are incredible. Have never seen any that large. What fun for you all to visit in person with all the other bloggers.

Jayne said...

Wow - what a view! Thanks for taking us along on your trip to Seattle :-)