In the summer of 2012 I and a group of gardening friends toured the Pacific Northwest . It was a memorable trip that included among others, the garden of Little and Lewis (since closed to tours) Dan Hinkleys' Windcliff ( no photos allowed in those days) the Danger Garden and a visit to the iconic private garden of Linda Cochran. How we managed to score a private tour of Lindas' garden I can't recall, but I do know I can't take credit for it. Nevertheless it is all the more a significant visit to me now; this home and garden were sold and Linda has started a new, smaller garden in Port Ludlow. Her blog is updated occasionally and the posts are always informative with a high level of horticultural knowledge and curiosity. The Puget Sound-Kitsap Peninsula area seems to have a rich and active gardening culture, with a web of connected and gifted plantspeople.
Bainbridge Island Washington is USDA zone 8B which indicates average low winter temps in the 15 to 20 degree range. We western gardeners often prefer the Sunset zones which zoom in on our micro-climates that are heavily moderated by the Pacific and the geography of our mountain ranges. The seacoast and Puget Sound influence the Bainbridge Island climate and sunset zone 5, unlike the USDA map, hones in on the marine environment and places the winter low averages in the 30 to 40 degree range. There are plenty of areas in the south and deep south that are also USDA 8B, for example Houston Tx and Tallahassee Fl which clearly have nothing in common with the Pacific Northwest except for average lows. Lindas' garden was located in that enviable place where it's not too hot and not too cold.
I wish now that I had spent more time in the front garden which was an eclectic mash up of textures and colors, with plants I would not have expected to see that far north.
I took lots of smaller vignette shots but neglected to get a wide view.
Lindas' back garden was fenced against deer and was bordered with a perimeter of mature architecturally imposing plants.
Oh these culms.
And then there's the Lilys. The PNW is Lily heaven .
Bold color combinations, and they all work.Not sure I would have ever thought to combine Lobelia tupa and Geranium maderense.
Linda and Denise chat as the potted succulents look on.
Tune in next Thursday for another garden visit !