Garden Photo of the Day

A Prolonged Fall in the Pacific Northwest

By Kim Charles

'Hinoki' Cypress, Ivy, 'Karmina' Geranium and Vine Maple

Sunny days give way to a long and beautiful fall in Patty Clark's garden.

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"Fall is in the Air in Washington's Yakima Valley. With 300 sunny days a year our autumn is very long and full of beauty. I hope readers enjoy some photos of my rural garden."


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Wall of "Karl Foerster' Reed Grasses

'Elegantissima' Red Twig Dogwood and Apple Tree

Side view of Espalier Apple Trees secured by wire stakes

One of my 'Golden Delicious' Espalier Apple Trees

'Lilacina' Lacecap Hydrangea and 'Beanpole' Yew

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  1. frankgreenhalgh 11/24/2016

    Hello there Patty - Wonderful ornamental and fruitful garden in a picturesque and sunny rural setting. Great that you have highlighted your productive espalier and traditional apple trees. The apples look very healthy indeed, and ready for harvest. Can you tell me which insects are being targeted with the trap on the tree with traditional architecture (do you have codling moths?)? The entrance to your house is also an absolute cracker. Cheers from Australia

    1. Chris_N 11/24/2016

      We do have coddling moths in the US but I think you're looking at a bird feeder in the tree.

      1. frankgreenhalgh 11/24/2016

        Thanks Chris.

    2. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Hi Frank! Sorry, I don't know what trap you are referring to but we do spray. The Yakima Valley is one of the largest Apple producing areas in the world. We are famous for growing high quality apples of every variety. My home was built in an old south facing hillside orchard. Some Apple trees in my garden are 70 years old.

    3. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Are you thinking the red bird feeder is an insect Trap?

      1. frankgreenhalgh 11/24/2016

        Yes Patty - I thought it was an insect lure. I'm sure your orchardist use such devices as part of their Integrated Pest Management program.

  2. frankgreenhalgh 11/24/2016

    Cooee Rhonda - Hope that turkey you 'dedicated' to me wasn't tough, crusty and tasteless. Cheers from Oz

    1. user-4691082 11/24/2016

      I'll let you know how it turns out. What does cooee mean? And if you don't eat turkey, what do you eat? Just don't tell me koalas!!!

      1. frankgreenhalgh 11/24/2016

        Kangaroo! (another joke). No, we do eat turkey and chicken and duck (i.e. all poultry) - and emu (imagine the leg of an emu on your plate for Thanksgiving).

        'Coo- ee' is a shout used (often in the bush/outback) to attract attention. It is saying - are you out there Rhonda (and you certainly are). It's cool.

        Seriously, I hope your turkey is tender, tasty and delightful - and somebody else cooks it for you. Lovely to communicate with you. Cheers from Oz

  3. frankgreenhalgh 11/24/2016

    Sorry Diane I put you on the wrong track with my comment to Rhonda on Patty's post. Cheers, Frank

  4. frankgreenhalgh 11/24/2016

    Hello Diane - Rhonda will see both our comments (mine is attempted Aussie humour with Rhonda), but these photos are from Patty not Rhonda. I really enjoy your informed regular comments on GPOD i.e. you are more than adept in your comments. Unfortunately, we don't share your love of turkeys on this day in Australia. Must be a great bonanza for the turkey industry in your neck of the woods. Kind regards, Frank

  5. frankgreenhalgh 11/24/2016

    Yep I sometimes have the habit of putting people on the wrong track, Diane. And yes, I have a lot to be thankful for in my life - nice comment!

  6. wGardens 11/24/2016

    What a fabulous entryway! Your wall of grass is also outstanding. Love the apple trees! Thanks for posting and am anxious to see more of your gardens/yard at some point!

    Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

    1. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Thanks and I have several pics on GPOD already! Enjoy!

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    meander_michaele 11/24/2016

    Happy Thanksgiving, fellow gpod-ers. Besides enjoying Patty's wonderful pictures from today's sharing, if anyone needs some private moments of de-stressing during the course of the day, type Patty Clark in the search box and see some additional pictures of her stunning garden. You will feel transported to a place of elegant serenity. I really enjoy your choices and placement of ornamentation that provide a pleasing color echo to the neighboring fruit...very fun. And, the wall of grasses is sublime...sitting in one of those chairs when a gentle breeze caresses the seed heads...sigh...I feel relaxed just imagining it.

    1. Sunshine111 11/24/2016

      Had no luck with this

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        meander_michaele 11/24/2016

        There have been times that the search bar hasn't worked for me either. The cyber gods can be fickle! Anyway, here's a direct link that should work if you have time. Maybe save it for another day.

        1. Sunshine111 11/24/2016

          Thank you! It was stunningly beautiful

    2. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Thanks for your kind words! I enjoy reading your comments every morning because you are such a good writer and I envy your Pink Muhly Grass!

  8. user-3565112 11/24/2016

    All of your photos are terrific & your Espaliered apple trees bring back fond memories of elementary school. We went on a field trip to George Washington's Mt. Vernon & he had rows of them. This is a reallly nice post for Thanksgiving, Thank you & good luck, Joe

    1. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Joe, great memories!

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    treasuresmom 11/24/2016

    Everything is just stunning. Love your 1st pic with the autumn colors.

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  10. Sunshine111 11/24/2016

    Gorgeous! Your front entrance is lovely… Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  11. user-4691082 11/24/2016

    I am tickled pink to receive all the compliments on "my"photos! LOL! Patty, I have sweet alyssum growing across my front steps. It is south facing, so when it warms in the afternoon, I get that beautiful smell when I open my front door. Your gardens are FAB!!! How long does it take to grow an espalier to get to fruit? I'm soooo jealous! That birch at your font entryway is so welcoming for some reason. I've never seen a beanpole yew, so that is cool! If I could have any conifer, it would be podocarpus. Sadly, not hardy in my zone...thanks for posting today! Thank you, Kim Charles! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    1. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Rhonda, the Espalier Trees were quite large when I found them at our local nursery. They have been planted in my garden for about seven years. Thanks for your positive post!

  12. Quiltingmamma 11/24/2016

    What a lovely serene property. Beautiful! That yew is something else! Just so you know....we are in our third snowfall for the season. Sigh.

  13. sheila_schultz 11/24/2016

    Your entrance certainly sets the tone for your beautiful property, Patty. The apple trees, the grasses, your 'beanpole' yew are all spectacular! Funny thing, we were just talking about the yews I grew up around with that had all the red berries, apparently they aren't hardy in the Denver area. Happy Thanksgiving to all that celebrate!

    1. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Some of my yews are planted in the north side and have survived minus ten degrees; I'd be surprised they are not Hardy in CO because our climate is similar. Sheila, Thanks for your compliments!

  14. greengenes 11/24/2016

    Beautiful, beautiful, BEAUTIFUL! Lover every picture! But the forester grass steals the show! Have a wonderful day!

    1. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Jeanne, Thanks! That photo really shows that a simple and uncomplicated planting can be better!

  15. Chris_N 11/24/2016

    Patty, I love your entrance. It's a perfect picture for Thanksgiving day. I had to look up Yakima again because I can never remember where exactly it is. I read you have 300 days of sunshine a year. Sounds good to me now that fall in Wisconsin has turned cold, wet and gray.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the US based GPOD'rs and have a great day to all the rest!

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    LindaonWhidbey 11/24/2016

    Good morning, Patty, from the other side of the mountains where it is not so sunny. Love your beautiful, welcoming entryway and those heavily fruited apple trees. It was a bumper crop apple year here and looks like it was there as well. Do you overwinter your bogonia in the pot by the door? Your use of 'Karl Forester' grasses is not only eye appealing but offers a great seating area. I'm hoping to find those extra photos that Michaela talked about to see more of your lovely garden, but right now I have to get my apple pie in the oven. Enjoy your Thanksgiving US Gpoders and to the rest of you, I am thankful to wake up to this site to see all of your varied gardens each morning.

    1. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Yes, my begonias are brought in for the winter. Thanks for your kind compliment!

  17. OregonGardenGal 11/24/2016

    Beautiful! The apples are as colorful as any flowers and the grass is wonderful in the Fall!

    1. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. Meelianthus 11/24/2016

    Thanks for the lovely photos of Easter WA sunshine - so different from Western WA. On this second month of almost non-stop rain here I am very envious of all your sun. Your 'Red and Golden Delicious' apples are beautiful, crisp and juicy looking and I know that takes a lot of sun. I also love your 'Beanpole Yew', so many berries, which mine never gets due to little sun I'm sure. Your front door area is a lovely, artistic setting. Thank you Patty for sharing this delight.

    1. Clarkpark 11/24/2016

      Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.

  19. user-7007940 11/26/2016

    Nice garden. I live in Newcastle, WA

  20. user-5117752 11/26/2016

    Just kinda magical, Patty! The apples are fabulous, the yew amazing and I'd like to be able to hang a print of the "Grass and Two Chairs"!!! Do send more pics! Thank you for sharing!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/28/2016

    So nice to see your garden again, Patty-even though I am late! Obviously I love your site and your wall of Karl Foerster is amazing. Love love love the espaliered apple tree. It is like an illuminated manuscript illustration or a picture from a story book. So beautiful.
    Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving!

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