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Spring in the Pacific Northwest

40 years of work pay off in this garden

Linda Skylar wrote in and said this:

My husband and I were recently on the “Bainbridge in Bloom” garden tour, and these are some photos my husband took of our gardens just before hundreds of people came to enjoy. I wanted to share the effects of a lovely spring here in the Pacific Northwest.

We have lived in our home for 40-some years, and I have been gardening for nearly that long. I think a garden, large or small, just takes the passage of time and a lot of patience. Combine that with learning, love of plants, and a great climate, and you have a perfect recipe!

If you are itching to see more of this wonderful garden, it has been featured in the GPOD before. Click here to see it at the end of summer, and here to see what it looks like in the fall.

The most essential part of any garden: a wonderful, inviting place to sit and enjoy it. View some ideas for great, simple outdoor seating here.

Foliage is king in this bed with the big, dramatic leaves of Melianthus major (honey bush, Zones 9–11) taking center stage.

If you need a little color to contrast with all those wonderful shades of green, how about garden art? This glowing orange glass piece serves as an exclamation point in the middle of this bed. Check out our guide on how to create your own garden mosaic art here.

Who could resist wandering down these inviting paths on a spring day to see what beauty lies just around the bend?

The big, glossy green leaves of bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia, Zones 3–8) show off with ferns and hostas.

Foliage from shrubs and perennials, many of them flushed in shades of red and orange, surround this path through the garden.

Bright blue containers echo and accentuate the blue tones in the leaves of many of the hostas in this part of the garden.


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  1. brian_mazzer 06/21/2018

    Such a beautiful garden,I love the relaxation area. Well done

  2. Maggieat11 06/21/2018

    Lovely! especially like the photo with the blue containers. I am sure your guests absolutely loved their visit!!! Beautiful!

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    meander_michaele 06/21/2018

    I can almost hear the echoes of the enthusiastic chorus of delight from your many visitors as they wandered your pathways...coming upon one magical vignette after another. It's obvious that you and your husband prepared your garden to beyond perfection and it was the ultimate B and B...meaning Big and Beautiful! It is always such a treat to see pictures of your garden, Linda...definitely 40+ years well spent.

  4. Chris_N 06/21/2018

    Beautiful, Linda! I'm glad you could open it up for others to enjoy.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 06/21/2018

    I haven't had much time to anything but take a quick look at GPOD lately, but I had to make some time once I saw your name, Linda. Everything looks great and there are some scenes that I don't recognize. Wow. How generous of you to open your garden to so many visitors. I'd be a nervous wreck!

  6. user-7017435 06/21/2018

    Good morning, The PNW seems to be paradise for gardeners & yours is a terrific example. The paths are perfectly planned & maintained. No doubt your visitors took lots of photos & had enjoyed many surprises along those winding paths.
    Thank you for your post this morning, good luck, Joe

  7. user-1020932 06/21/2018

    Looks great as always, Linda! I always enjoy seeing your garden here. You were my inspiration for trying Melianthus and believe it or not 3 years later it's still in the garden here in zone 6b

    1. user-1020932 06/21/2018

      and I don't know why I am now user-1020932, Linda, this is Jeff Goodearth

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        meander_michaele 06/21/2018

        I had to fight tooth and nail (ha, stupid expression) to get rid of my number and get back to having name in the profile section. I felt all discombobulated and out of sorts just being number.

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        treasuresmom 07/09/2018

        Not sure you will even see my comment but I can't get a profile pic to stick, Jeff. Something definitely changed.

  8. mjensen 06/21/2018

    omg so beautiful, love this garden

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  10. [email protected] 06/26/2018

    Just attended the Garden Conservancy's Open Days Bainbridge Island. Somehow, Bainbridge in Bloom happens before I am aware of it, but maybe next year I will be on my toes, and make it for a tour. Sorry to have missed your beautiful garden, but maybe another time. Thanks for the great photos.

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