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Garden Photo of the Day

Garden Photo of the Day

Calvin's garden in Washington state

comments (15) February 25th, 2013 in blogs
MichelleGervais Michelle Gervais, Senior Editor
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Photo: Courtesy of Calvin Caley

Happy Monday, everyone! Let's start off the week gently with this serene scene from Calvin Caley in Sammamish, Washington. Calvin says, "I have been an amateur gardener for 20+ years but on my current property for 1 1/2 . I have an acre and a quarter of second-growth Pacific Northwest forest, which is adjacent to a wetland and backs up to over three hundred acres of parks and nature preserves. Most of my property, including the naturally-occurring clearing shown in the photo, is restricted to Native Plants Only-but that doesn't mean it can't be pretty to look at, useful, and interesting.
       In this photo you are looking at a triple-trunked mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana) in the foreground, with mostly snowberry (Symphoricarpos alba) and western sword fern, maidenhair fern, lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta), subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa), salal, and evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) in the middle distance. Toward the background is some Alaska cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis) and then the border of native forest and the wetland margin. Lower right is a dry streambed that redirects runoff during the Northwest rainy season (January through December) away from the home an into a Zen garden, which changes the surface area of water and slows its flow. Next to the gravel garden is a Douglas fir stump left over from logging in the '30's, planted with fern, vine maple (Acer circinatum), salal, and kinikinik (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). The whole composition is held together (and my soil literally held in place) by native mosses and their companion groundcovers, which I cultivate and also carefully transplant from the deeper woods. The area was weeds, debris, leaves, and harsh clay soil before I started…it looked like something from a Tim Burton film." Stunning, Calvin. I looks like it's always been there. **Hey--want to see more of what Calvin can do? Check out his blog, A Thistle in my Sensitive Area (ha!).**
 



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Comments (15)

siesperanza writes: Thanks for the inspiration. Your garden is helping me along as I work on a new area in my garden. Posted: 10:02 am on March 5th
cwheat000 writes: Sorry I missed your garden on Monday. I really appreciate native woodland gardens. Magical! Posted: 5:32 pm on February 26th
passwords writes: What a naturally, beautiful area, Calvin. You done a remarkable job as it looks like it has always been that way. Just like Mother Nature wanted. Posted: 7:06 pm on February 25th
Happily_Gardening writes: The picture of where I want to be! Spectacular Calvin! Glitter and colored feathers in nook and crannies, oh my I'm giddy with delight. Posted: 11:32 am on February 25th
Caleone writes: Thank you, everyone, for your much-appreciated comments and for visiting my blog (and thank you, Michelle, for using my photo and information on your site, double exclamation points)! I am pretty sure there are fairies out there--my daughter occasionally finds glitter and colored feathers and such in the root-hollows beneath the overhanging bigleaf maples--there are also bobcats, coyotes, lynx, black bears and possibly Sasquatches. You are all quite kind! Best to all, Calvin Posted: 11:22 am on February 25th
tractor1 writes:

Gorgeous natural woodland composition, my kind of gardening... right click, save... I was going to save it to enlarge, frame, and hang it on my wall but alas, not nearly enough pixels. :-( Calvin, I enjoyed your blog. Send a bunch more pictures. I got the same wagon for my grands, the matching trike too...
Wagon:
http://i47.tinypic.com/rrnlfk.jpg
Jilly The Triker Chick:
http://i46.tinypic.com/20gbofp.jpg
http://i49.tinypic.com/2ltg9k2.jpg




Posted: 10:50 am on February 25th
SilkPurseGarden writes: As soon as the roads are clear from yet another Maine blizzard, I'll head to Goodwill for a Mossmaster 3000 (dare I hope to score a Greenburst Thunderspore Mach IV?). Love what you do. Will troll your blog one more time through and make some notes on plant names. Awesome garden, great blog. Thanks for sharing! Posted: 10:47 am on February 25th
pattyspencer writes: @bee1nine - I would love that!! Posted: 8:39 am on February 25th
bee1nine writes: pattyspencer,if there were a bench, you and I could sit
together to watch for faires!! Posted: 8:34 am on February 25th
pattyspencer writes: Calm and soothing to the eyes - I just love it. I think if I could I'd put a pathway to a bench somewhere so I could sit and watch the faries that live there. Posted: 8:03 am on February 25th
pattyspencer writes: Calm and soothing to the eyes - I just love it. I think if I could I'd put a pathway to a bench somewhere so I could sit and watch the faries that live there. Posted: 8:03 am on February 25th
meander1 writes: Well, Calvin, it seems like you, Mother Nature, and the "trust us, we know best" regulators (yes, I started reading your blog) are working well together to create a very beautiful space. I love how the mosses are making themselves at home and spreading generously...they are already giving the ground that rich, multi-hued tapestry effect. Thanks for all the plant names. I wish I could walk among things and see them in person.
Posted: 7:38 am on February 25th
bee1nine writes: Your aim to create and respect the natural habitat really
shows! Considering the rigid restrictions upon you.
Rugged yet serene! One could lose their thoughts of the out
side world, here. GREAT job,Calvin!! Posted: 7:35 am on February 25th
wGardens writes: Wonderful! Looks so much like the area we were fortunate to have when my siblings and I were young- we loved it then, love it now. And I appreciate that you listed plant/tree names. Great diversity, lovely harmony. Posted: 7:25 am on February 25th
tntreeman writes: beautiful! calming and a perfect place to comtemplate, rejuvenate and regenerate. i think it's very difficult to create a realistically natural garden and you nailed it. i had to read the description twice before i caught the rainy season comment! tim burton? i think you just got the Oscar for set decoration Posted: 5:35 am on February 25th
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