Garden Photo of the Day

Revisiting Linda’s garden in Washington, plus a heads up!

Today’s photos are from Linda Skyler in Washington State. We visited Linda three times in 2013 (refresh your memory HERE, HERE, and HERE), but this is our first look at what’s happening in 2014!

She says, “I love all of the pictures that are sent in everyday and get so inspired by all of the great gardening ideas and plant selections/combinations that gardeners try. We have a large gardening community where I live on Bainbridge Island and this summer has been a most bountiful season with more sun then I can ever remember. Gardens everywhere are just thriving.

My gardens, in approximately Zone 8, resemble a small jungle this time of year but every morning I am armed with clippers as I do my walk-about to keep things under control in my small 1/3 acre gardens. I have been gardening here for about 35 years and never tire of it. All gardeners have different talents, budgets, and energies, and working within these is what makes gardening fascinating.”

So true, Linda. Your garden is looking amazing!

Hey everyone! Even with our recent technical difficulties, the GPOD just keep getting more and more popular. So much so that we’ve created a new department in the magazine (the PAPER version!) to showcase one of your gardens each issue! It’s called Our Readers’ Gardens, and We’e featuring Kevin Kaiser’s Virginia garden in the November/December 2014 issue, and we’ve already featured Betsy Thompson’s upstate New York garden in the September/October 2014 issue and John Blair’s Michigan garden in the July/August 2014 issue. 

We love how it lends another human, home-gardener aspect to the magazine. So this is just one more incentive to SEND IN PHOTOS OF YOUR GARDEN! If we feature you on the GPOD, we might actually feature you in the magazine, too! This blog only exists because of awesome gardeners like you. Without your contributions, I can’t post, so get out there with your cameras and share your garden pride and joy with us!

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  1. perenniallycrazy 09/04/2014

    What an abundantly LUSCIOUS garden Linda/Meelianthus! What's your secret in growing such vigorous perennials?

    Like all the previous posts (which I had to check out once again), I can't make up my mind where to look first. I am really needing that enlarge feature for these photos today. I'd really love a plant list and a close up of all your garden art especially those glass spires. After attending the Northwest Flower show this year, I'm curious to know if you sourced all your garden art locally and which artisans in particular.

    Thanks for checking back in this year. It's such a pleasure to see your garden!

    1. Meelianthus 09/05/2014

      Thank you PC ~ My garden secret is - that I never really have a plan. I am one of those gardeners who commits the ultimate sin of buying a plant I love and sticking it wherever. My garden art is purchased mostly on garden tours and also in different galleries in the area. No particular artist just whatever grabs my eye.

      1. Meelianthus 09/05/2014

        Thank you all for your nice comments. I love sharing my gardens but MOST of all I love viewing all of the photos that all of you keep sending in, it is such a refreshing and inspiring way to start the day.
        And so many thanks to Michelle for creating this wonderful website. ^_^

      2. perenniallycrazy 09/05/2014

        Garden tours and local galleries? I've gotta start shopping where you shop Meelianthus!

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    meander_michaele 09/05/2014

    My goodness, Linda, what an extravaganza of fact, those potted variegated hosta look like they could answer a casting call for Jurassic Park...they are so huge! I would soo love to walk your paths and take forever to do so. In fact, in my ideal scenario, there would be a full moon so I could just keep lingering and looking!
    By the way, what is the white flowering plant on the left in the first picture of the potted hostas...that is a very cool photo.
    And, shout out to Michelle, this garden is a must for your new Reader's' Gardens feature. It is endlessly fascinating.

    1. Meelianthus 09/05/2014

      Hello Meander ~Yes, I thought I saw a dinosaur out front the other day munching on things! It is amazing what a little rain and a lot of sunshine can produce.

      The fluffy white flower is growing on Rodgersia, a shade loving plant that has a beautiful soft fragrance to it.

  3. claudiaweisz 09/05/2014

    What a beautiful garden, Linda. There is nothing like established hostas to give a feel of elegance to a garden. You've done a wonderful job!

  4. NCYarden 09/05/2014

    I really can't stand these photos...only because I so wish I was there in your garden. Pow! and Wow! It's amazing. I could get lost in there for days. I'm really getting jealous of the Washington State gardeners' abilities to grow plants.

    1. Meelianthus 09/05/2014

      Thank you NC Yarden ~ I sometime get lost myself !

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 09/05/2014

    Just amazing, Linda! Having spent a pathetic 2 days on Bainbridge Island, I would love to come back and linger. It's gardeners like you that make it such a magical place. Is that Sagae in the pot? Brilliant idea. Sagae and H. Nigrescens are two hostas that I love to divide frequently in order to see that amazing, vase-like structure. Elevating it only accentuates the form. Note to self: copy. While we are waiting for version 2.0 of the GPOD software, you can upload these photos full-resolution in a comment. Just sayin.......

    1. Meelianthus 09/05/2014

      Yes Tim, that is Sagae, one of my faves. I have found that Hostas do great in pots and I have many planted that way in my no-space-left gardens.

  6. hontell 09/05/2014

    I just love the look of the brick bordered lawn used as a path, gives a soft lush feel to the garden - beautiful

    1. Meelianthus 09/05/2014

      Thank you Howard, the bricks were a real labor of love. I was the love my husband the labor! It took him two summers to complete it but we are both very happy we tackled the problem of endless clipping.

  7. lesliefarrelldelongpre 09/05/2014

    Lush is the first word that comes to mind. I love your pictures. Your neck of the woods reminds me of my area in Pennsylvania. I see some of the same plants that I have. Beautiful!

  8. greengenes 09/05/2014

    Hi Linda! Its absolutely beautiful and lush this year! Everything is so green! In picture 11 is that a heptacodium or a hydrangea? What fun you must be having being out there grooming every morning! I looked back at some of the older pictures and I could see just how much things have grown! I love it all and I could spend a whole lot of more time in your gardens! Thanks for the real garden tour this summer!

    1. Meelianthus 09/05/2014

      Hi Jeanne ~ Yes, that is a hydrangea. All of my hydrangeas have just gone nuts this year! I'm going to have to do some serious clipping.

  9. GrannyMay 09/05/2014

    Linda your garden continues to delight and amaze me! Thank you for sharing again.
    You have previously said you have to contend with lots of shade and tree roots... yet everything seems to be thriving, not starved for food or light. How do you keep your plants so healthy and lush?

    1. Meelianthus 09/05/2014

      Thank you GrannyMay, I do mulch a lot. Every Fall I mulch, mulch, mulch with whatever. It feeds plants all winter long and helps some with being so root bound. Of course the giant firs always say thankyou, burp and grow another 20 feet which I am never too thrilled about !

  10. schatzi 09/05/2014

    Yes, we have had a glorious summer in Puget Sound country. Your fabulous garden is a jungle - they don't call this the temperate rain forest for nothing! Altho I suppose that applies more accurately to the peninsula. But a well-maintained and orderly jungle. It's all beautiful and as usual, I love the blue accents. Second all the kudos from other responders.

  11. annek 09/05/2014

    What a fabulous compendium of plant varieties! I love your garden. How lucky we are to view these wonderful photos with you. The accented red chairs are so perfect in the greenery. Ha! Lush is an understatement. Yes, we need some tips and pointers from you. To the GPOD website gurus: the ability to zoom in would be a grand option to hone in on the specifics of photographs like these!

  12. sheila_schultz 09/05/2014

    Wonderful photos, Linda. Your gardens are like an enchanted rain forest, bursting with very happy plants. What a treat to have so much sun this summer!

  13. cherylrife 09/05/2014

    your garden looks nice, beautiful in fact, One thing I'd like to know about this site, why don't you ever post gardens from hot, hot Florida? I live in Florida and am trying to get my garden growing but would love to see how others do it with little shade

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      meander_michaele 09/06/2014

      Hi, Cheryl, just thought I'd pop in and mention that below Michelle's comments in darker print about featuring gpod gardens in Fine Gardening, magazine, there is a place to click to see gardens by states and there are 7 Fl gardens. Maybe you've already looked them over but just in case you haven't...

      1. greengenes 09/06/2014

        Hi meander1...thanks for sharing this...I didn't know this Either ! Oh happy days!

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