Envision a neighbor who loves gardening as much as you, and whose garden is only a few feet from your own. Imagine living on a residential block of ethereal loveliness spearheaded by two adjoining properties.
Think healthy competition with a fine and beautiful edge.
The first two gardens we saw this morning in Seattle were excellent examples of how people express themselves individually even if they grow similar plants.
On Shelagh Tucker’s side, the front garden is a xeric paradise inspired by Beth Chatto’s dry garden in England (written about recently by Layanee of Ledge and Gardens.) Waterwise plants were showcased by the crushed rock and by their placement. Interestingly, her back garden was very different. A lily pond in the round sat next to a paved courtyard, and the garden was very English in style.
While I was strolling Jim and Suzette Birrell’s garden next door,which had the largest and healthiest vegetables I’ve ever laid eyes upon, Carol of May Dreams Gardens called my iPhone.
“Do you want to smell sweet peas?” she asked.
“Do I? Of course.” I’ve tried to grow sweet peas at least a dozen times without any success. Told they smell sublime, seeing and smelling one or three has been on my bucket list.
What can I say? I’m a simple girl at heart.
“Get back to the other garden. I’m next to the greenhouse. She has sweet peas.”
I darted through crowds, avoided photographers like land mines and finally found Carol and the sweet peas.
Oh . . . my, sublime is right. I have never smelled anything like them, and I probably never will again.
I think Carol and I could garden as next-door neighbors, a little friendly competition, two very different styles. Alas, we live three states apart, so we must do our garden sharing virtually.
Aren’t we all glad to have technology? Doesn’t it often make our lives easier?
I know I am.
Many thanks to the Seattle Fling committee whose members have tirelessly helped all of us to have such a good time. Also, thank you to the gardeners who opened their beautiful outdoor spaces to us so far. I am in love with Seattle and its gorgeous weather. I just know I and the Texas bloggers brought our heat with us and ended Seattle’s cold, wet, rainy season. I’m sure it was us.