Great Gardens Make Good Neighbors
On the last day of the Garden Bloggers Fling we visited adjoining gardens planted by two close friends and neighbors, Joni Ernst and Linda Fuller. This was back in July, you may recall, in Portland OR. I like my own neighbors, but it would be a special kind of heaven to have the next lot over be occupied by someone with a garden fixation similar to mine.
The two Ernst and Fuller gardens are linked by a path out front and an open gate in the back. We wandered back and forth between the two, so that now I’m not always positive which picture went where. However, there was so much to see that a single post would not do them justice.
So let’s start with the garden of Joanne Fuller. The modest front garden is leafy, shady, and soothing.
Steps lead to a comfortable front porch.
Shade plants grow in containers.
Not sure if this is a lantern or purely decorative, but I like it.
Lots of garden art to be seen, front and back. These textured metal columns are less my style, but to each his own.
These variegated Brunnera macrophylla look good here.
The path to the back garden, where most of the action is.
These hanging spheres are cool, though I don’t think they would be a good fit for my own garden.
Joanne’s neighbor makes fused glass objects – perhaps that’s where this came from.
This little patio made of a mosaic of small stones is really wonderful.
A fellow lover of tall plants! I don’t grow this one, but I think it is some kind of Angelica. Nice Clematis blooming in the background.
I like how these Allium seedheads look next to the tall purple stems.
Great fountain. I like the mossy look, plus this is should be an excellent spot for birds, with both splashing and shallow running water..
A wider view of the garden with the fountain. This garden has a decidedly tropical feel to it.
More glass garden art.
And a pleasant outdoor table within view of the fountain.
I loved this garden gate made with old tools.
A closer look at the gate.
This is the sort of place that makes me feel like I really should have more garden art at home. Do you ever get that feeling?
In a few days there’ll be a post on the other half of this garden duo. But my next post will be a review of the Brent and Becky’s catalog. See you then.