Friday, August 5, 2011

A garden surprise around every corner...

One of my favorite Seattle private garden tours was that of Denise Lane's garden. We all enjoyed a break and a nice lunch in her wonderful outdoor entertaining area.
We spent quite some time in this amazing garden and were able to stop and visit and admire in many cozy seating areas throughout the garden. Here, Layanee of Ledge and Gardens and Cindy of My Corner of Katy spend a quite moment talking plants.

Denise Lane shared her garden's history with us with a photo album chronicling each step of the process.
The flowing garden curves were all filled with beautiful border plants.
The garden's secret series of paths led us to many different sculptures and works of art. I know you see the metal heron, but did you notice the lime and brown cat tails in the background? I almost missed them myself.
My favorite scene in the garden was this water feature flanked by Doric columns and covered with vines and plants from every angle. It was so packed with texture and color and sounds and was very hard to capture it all in a photo.
Austin blogger and my travel mate Jenny, of Rock Rose, was as taken with this garden display as I was. I managed to pull her away from her photography for just a moment.
Another lovely place for bloggers to rest and contemplate the garden.
I love this little birdhouse with the green roof. Makes sense - birds are far greener than we are!
This Greek column just popped up out of nowhere in the garden.
Several beautiful pieces of pottery adorn the garden, or maybe the garden adorns several pieces of pottery.
It was hard to choose among all my photos because so many of their subjects are so interesting like the pairing of these succulents.

This was a delightful garden, full of surprises and creativity and beauty. I could have spent an entire day there.


Gail said...

It's so much fun visiting the gardens again with Flingers. Especially, since we can't have seen it all~ I missed several of the pieces of art you've shown! Where was that Greek column! gail

getgrounded said...

Good grief, Diana, everytime I read another post from you flingers, I'm blown away at the lushness. Looks like a garden book there, doesn't it? Things we dream about here! Great pics, by the way.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

There was so much to see in that garden. I don't know how I missed that column too. I could have spend several hours exploring.

Jean said...

I missed several of those things in the garden including that cute little birdhouse. I want one! Oh yes, I missed that column too. That was a pretty special garden.

Commonweeder said...

I am so grateful for all those photos because I dropped my camera after taking only three photos in that garden. No more photos all that day until a wonderful young man at the photo store got me going again. Many thanks.

Jayne said...

Thanks for taking us to Seattle with you :-) This is a lovely garden and is giving me the urge to create more seating areas in my own garden!

Layanee said...

See, I was relaxing while you were snapping photos. I loved that garden but then I loved them all. The patio was well done with the stained concrete and Mexican beach pebble inlay. Creative and interesting. Thank you for the link love.

Diana said...

Gail -- Looking at everyone's blog is almost as fun as being there, except for missing the chatting!

GetGrounded -- Lush was the word of the weekend for sure.

MMD - I'm sure you saw something that I missed - it was like a maze!

Jean -- I loved when she was showing us the before and after pictures of the garden.

Commonweeder - I know that was so frustrating, but so glad you got it fixed for the rest of the days.

Jayne -- Seating areas are just so inviting, but I don't have enough tucked away nooks to put them. I loved the paths and walkways with the tall trees overhead that made them like secret trails!

Layanee -- Relaxing is good, too. And that certainly was a garden that you could sit in (in lots of places) and pontificate for hours!