Garden Photo of the Day

More from Donna’s garden in Washington

Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Donna Umland

Way back in the beginning of last October we visited Donna Umland’s reclaimed-pasture garden in easterm Washington state. (refresh your memory HERE) I begged for more photos, and she sent them, but they got buried deep in my inbox, and I just stumbled upon them again yesterday. Sorry, Donna! Sorry to you guys, too…. Better late than never, right? Anyway, they are so worth the wait. Enjoy!

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  1. trashywoman62 03/17/2014

    Hey, Michelle,

    How many other beautiful, undiscovered gardens are lost in your inbox? Sounds like you need one just for GPOD!!

    Just think of all those gardens that didn't get posted and their gardeners are now no longer even gardening because they weren't showcased here. They think they aren't worthy and now become spiteful, crotchety old gardeners who pick apart other gardens.

    Oh and I love the expansivness of your garden Donna! Established shrubs are a wonderful backdrop to changing perennials. A treasure find today!!

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    meander_michaele 03/17/2014

    I've really enjoyed this additional opportunity to see more views of your garden, Donna. My fingers are busy scrolling, hitting enlarge and going back to your previous sharing to compare and contrast. You have so much wonderful diversity of plant material which makes your garden a visual delight all four evidenced by the elegant willow (?) all dressed in white for the winter ball.
    What is the deep pink blossom filled tree in the first photo? It looks so perfectly situated with the blue spruce 'Montgomery" and crimson pigmy barberry as its smaller neighbors....a very lovely composition.
    Are you having hints of spring yet where you are?

  3. SisGof5 03/17/2014

    This is breathtaking! I think this must be one of my favorites so far. What a fabulous job you have done Donna!

  4. Wife_Mother_Gardener 03/17/2014

    Wonderful plantings! Thanks for sharing them this morning! Nice especially to see some tulips as we are still waiting for signs of spring here in PA.

  5. grannieannie1 03/17/2014

    Thick and lushly planted with lots of textures, your garden is my cup of tea. The pebble walkways combine well and make me want to stroll in it.

  6. greengenes 03/17/2014

    Very very very nice,Donna! I love grasses so much. You have done a great job setting up "The Bones" in your gardens. If you live in eastern Washington it is flat and open and it looks like you have turned something of that type of land into an oasis! Your weeping willow is so full and beautiful.Did you know that there is a white willow out there? I recently saw one in Ireland and it was the most beautiful tree I have ever seen! Its so much fun and its educational to see all of these gardens. Thankyou Donna for sending these in for us all to be inspired by!

  7. pattyspencer 03/17/2014

    Beautiful pictures - I really like the one pic (3rd one down - right side)as it shows the sun highlighting the upper branches of trees and bush/trees - really pretty

  8. tractor1 03/17/2014

    Beautiful photo compositions of plants and sky... that frosted tree is gorgeous. Wonderful, thank you, Donna.

  9. janetsfolly 03/17/2014

    What a beautiful space, you have done a superb job with color, texture, it! If I could bring Monet back for a day, I'd plop him in your garden! I think he would be very happy!

    Thanks for the great mining job, Michelle!

  10. GrannyMay 03/17/2014

    Yours is one of my favourite gardens! I love the blending of trees, shrubs, grasses, perennials and bulbs! Love the huge beds with masses of colour, or with mostly shades of green, or the sunny area beside the deck, or the one with the tulips, or the grasses at the garage.... love it all! Thanks so much for sending more photos, Donna.

  11. Gardenutty 03/17/2014

    Beautiful landscaping! I too wondered what the tree in the first picture was with the red or deep pink blooms? It looks similar to a crape myrtle tree but being in Ohio and not being able to grow one I'm doubting it would be in Washington. :)

  12. GrannyCC 03/17/2014

    Always pleased to see more of your wonderful garden. Love how it is designed to have such lush full borders in all the seasons. Wonderful use of grasses.

  13. CJgardens 03/17/2014

    Wonderful additional photos of your gardens. Your designs make me wish I could go back and start over in my yard. Truth is I didn't have enough sun to plant trees around my perimeter. But I get to enjoy yours. I like the picture of red peonies and pink tulips. Another favorite is the golds, yellow, and orange border section. In your previous submission I was attracted to the purple & orange combination. Still trying to find a place I can try that in my own yard.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Verbenabon 03/17/2014

    Thank you all for such wonderful comments. To answer Meander 1 and Gardenutty, the deep pink blossomed 'tree' is the wonderful, very hardy Wm Baffin climbing rose (which has never been seriously pruned in 20+ years) grown as a shrub. It is in its prime but does bloom sporadically all season. Last week was fabulous and I was able to cut down 90% of spent foliage and all grasses most of which I leave up for winter interest. Today - not so much with sustained 35+ mph winds and gusts to 50 mph - not to complain knowing what a harsh winter many of you have endured. Thanks again, Donna

  15. Meelianthus 03/17/2014

    Donna ~ How wonderful to see more of your very expansive gardens. You have done such an amazing job of weaving all of your areas into a beautiful parade of plants. I really enjoyed the view. Thanks

  16. user-7006902 03/17/2014

    Oh, beautiful for spacious skies ... when my garden grows up I sure hope it looks like yours!

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    meander_michaele 03/17/2014

    Wow, Donna, I would never have guessed that was a rose. I was thinking a cherry or crab-apple tree. Thanks so much for popping back in and setting me straight. And, how amazing that you get additional flower flushes throughout the growing season even if they aren't quite as lush as in the picture you shared. What a fabulous rose for your garden.

  18. OfGardens 03/17/2014

    Such a lush, full garden. The grasses are particularly well sited. I am a little envious of the WA climate for gardening.

  19. NevadaSue 03/17/2014

    Donna, I lived in S. E. Wash. state about 6 yrs ago and now down here in Nevada wishing for some of that wonderful soil. Thank you so much for sharing more pictures. I loved the first ones and I love these as well. It really is a feast for the eyes and nurture for the soul. I love all the shrubs and trees that give it that lush feel. Love the lawn and the border beds. You have done a terrific job of making it a real place of beauty. Thank you, Thank you. I'm guessing that flowering tree in the first picture is a Rose bush. but it is beautiful whatever it is.

  20. NevadaSue 03/17/2014

    Donna, I keep drooling over your pictures. :) Thanks for the last picture of the frosted tree, that is beautiful. Winter does have its beauty, I'm just glad spring is not far away because we have a a really could winter.

  21. GardeningRocks 03/17/2014


    Your gardens are wonderful! Beautiful plant combinations! Thank you for sharing your pictures!

    I thought that must be a rose bush in the first picture! I have a similar one that was my grandmother's, called American Pride, I think. It was introduced shortly after WWI, grows on it's own roots, has enormous thorns (which my husband says attack him when he mows the lawn!), and blooms only once in June when it is absolutely covered with flowers. Mine grows up into two apple trees. It is wonderful to have a rose like that!

  22. Clarkpark 04/26/2014

    Donna, your large garden beds are very beautiful and professional looking! My garden as well as four other gardens will be featured on the Yakima Area Arboretum garden tour on June 21-22. I would love to meet you and will send you a ticket if you want to see some other eastern WA gardens. If possible, I'd love to see your beautiful gardens in person!
    Patty (509) 961-8500

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