How Lorene managed to do the lion’s share of the work to put on the Seattle Bloggers’ Fling and also open her garden to us amazes me. Then, today, I read on her blog she’d had 900 visitors only the week before. I would have been a fright, but she was all smiles.
Like all gardeners who tend their spaces, hers was very personal and filled with projects she made for her upcoming book, Handmade Garden Projects. I’m impressed by her clever use of space. Her garden is multi-leveled because it is on a hill and is a standard 60′ by 120′ lot plus any other space she can garner. I kept wondering if I could garden so effectively in such a small space.
Not until I must. When I am very old and can no longer stoop and bend. Then, I plan to move to town and give my garden to someone else, but that is a another post for another day.
With so many bloggers oohing and aahing and snapping photos as they wound around the paths, it was a bit claustrophobic, but everyone was full of good humor and allowed others to take photos while they maneuvered to stay out of the frame.
Unless, of course, you wanted them in it.
I was so excited to see Willi Galloway of DigginFood again. She’s been hard at work on a book, and I missed her smiling face at the last two events I’ve attended.
Although I found fun everywhere in Lorene’s garden, I thought the hypertufa and other re-purposed containers to be most intriguing. Almost all of my photos were of these small vessels.
I asked Lorene which project was her favorite.
“Ah…. Favorite huh? On which day? I can sure tell you the ones that beat me down!!! But when all was said and done I’d have to say my favorite was probably the pebble mosaic accents in the tiny gravel landing outside the door to my trailer. Easy to make with stuff I mostly already had around so they felt like play. One of my goals for Handmade Garden Projects is to reclaim that sense of outdoor fun we ALL had as kids… back before playing outside was hijacked by ‘yard work.'”
Indeed. We all want that sense of play and serenity in our gardens. I knew Lorene and I could be friends when I saw the cool-i-o trailer in her back garden. A sense of fun and retreat exuded from her landscape.
As for her favorite plants?
“Sweet peas – they were my nana’s favorite and I am in awe of their emotional power. FAVA BEANS!!! I do love me some fava beans, and they can be very difficult to find at the farmers market. Other than that I would say I relish and adore how plants weave together and knit into a composition that’s way more than the sum of their parts. Oh yeah… and brown – I love brown plants. Rumex flexuosus, carex sp., Uncinia uncinata, Podocarpus alpina ‘County Park Fire,’ etc. I always think I should put up a sign before garden tours that simply says… ‘Yes, it’s supposed to be that color. It’s not dead!’”
Being a lover of black plants myself (I also like brown,) I often have to explain to people why I find them so interesting so I get what you’re saying Sister Friend.
Lorene was a wonderful hostess throughout the weekend, and I knew you’d want to see her garden. Unfortunately, things were so crowded I didn’t get a shot of the trailer’s exterior pebble mat. Maybe another blogger did. If so, feel free to link below.