Today’s photos come from Victoria Ray.
I live in Puyallup, Washington. I moved here 20 years ago to a yard overgrown with English ivy (Hedera helix, Zones 5–9) and giant, spindly, overgrown rhododendrons. All the hard work has been worth it. Needless to say, you are never done with a garden. There are always new plants to add and empty spaces to fill.
I rescued this Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5–9) from my brother-in-law. It was in a pot with brown leaves, and we were sure it was dead. I cut the dead branches off, repotted it, and kept it watered well. To my amazement, it started sprouting. Today, 12 years later, it has changed from a dead stick to a beautiful tree with year-round interest. I don’t know the variety, but I would like to.
Bright blue chairs bring a pop of color to the sitting area.
Here’s a view of doublefile viburnum (Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Mariesii’, Zones 5–8), Fothergilla, ‘Esk Sunset’ maple (Acer psedoplatanus ‘Esk Sunset’, Zones 5–8), and a rhododendron that was a gift from my mother-in-law, who got me started gardening.
From a front window after a light snow.
Here’s the same view in fall. The Japanese maples are ‘Red Lace’ and ‘Bloodgood’. I designed and helped my friend Wally build the arbors.
A row of mature red rhododendrons at the end of May.
A large, unidentified, pink rhododendron
Wolf garden art with paperbark maple (Acer griseum, Zones 4–8), pine, and azalea.
This area, along another large portion of the yard, was completely covered with English ivy when we moved in 20 years ago. Now oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia, Zones 5–9) bloom.
Hydrangea augustipetala ‘Golden Crane’. This hydrangea is placed near the sitting area, as it has a nice fragrance.
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