Garden Photo of the Day

Spring in the Skyler Garden

Gardening in paradise

Today’s photos come from Linda Skyler.

The Skyler garden is located on Bainbridge Island, a half-hour ferry ride from Seattle. Bainbridge Island is a true gardening mecca. A mild climate with ample rain provides a great background for gardening almost year-round. I have been gardening on our small 1/3 acre for almost 40 years and will admit I am out there almost obsessively every day to enjoy all of the life. I have to share the gardens with giant Douglas firs, which cause a lot of roots and shade, but they were here first, so I have learned to accommodate them and enjoy shade gardening too.

Mown-grass paths

Mown-grass paths edged with stone provide a tidy structure around the lush beds overflowing with beautiful foliage and flowers.

Contrasting foliage shapes and colors provide interest, while a container set into the border helps provide additional height.

A shady seating area from which to enjoy the garden. Repeated accents of orange pots and garden art contrast with the lush green of the garden and pull the space together.

Curving paths invite you to explore and discover what lies hidden around the next bend.

Containers and garden art in rich cobalt blue provide a counterpoint to the green foliage in this section.

candelabra primroses

Tall candelabra primroses (Primula japonica, Zones 4–8) in full flower. These primroses prefer moist soil and are much taller than most types of primroses.


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  1. PattyLouise 06/04/2020


  2. sagebird52 06/04/2020

    Awesome - love the contrasts and curves. Great Job!

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    meander_michaele 06/04/2020

    Linda's photos from today activate those brain tickles that whisper "I want to see more". Well, put her name in the search bar and some previous postings come up that help satiate that desire for additional views of her beautiful garden. Everything looks so lush and positively luxuriant...ha, even those ribbons of gorgeous lawn inspire admiration and envy. So nice to see your garden this time of never disappoints.

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      treasuresmom 06/04/2020


    2. Meelianthus 06/04/2020

      Thank you Michaele, I know your gardens must be beautiful this time of year too. Aah, your beautiful grasses.

  4. rosys_villa 06/04/2020

    Wow! Just wow!

  5. mgol1068 06/04/2020

    I love all of the curves and the vignettes. beautifully tended.

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    simplesue 06/04/2020

    A very inviting garden with all the soft grassy paths winding through the planting beds. The kind of garden you can't see all at once in a glance, so you want to explore it's mystery of what's around the next bend.
    I really like what you've done here, really pretty and full of interest!

    1. Meelianthus 06/04/2020

      Thank you, so glad you enjoyed

  7. Chris_N 06/04/2020

    Linda - Visiting your garden through your photos, is always a delight. Thanks for sharing again.

    1. Meelianthus 06/04/2020

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed the visit.

  8. arboretum 06/04/2020

    linda, everything about your garden is FANTASTIC except you need to list the plantings in each photo! please!

  9. btucker9675 06/04/2020

    Fabulous! Those primroses are so pretty - I've never had good luck with them so am envious of yours.

    1. Meelianthus 06/04/2020

      The candelabra primroses need a nice damp area to do well- I just water mine frequently and seems to be enough They also reseed beautifully/

  10. carolineyoungwilliams 06/04/2020

    Linda, your garden is very beautiful. Your obsessive work routine is paying off in an awesome way. Thank you for sharing. Be Blessed.

  11. user-5117752 06/05/2020

    I think "luscious" is the word for your gardens. There's definitely something to be said for a grass path or grass spaces that sets off a garden so beautifully. My front of the house gardening is all done on either side of a blacktop driveway and, no matter how hard I try, how many plants I plant, I can't get that feeling of lusciousness your garden has. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Meelianthus 06/06/2020

      You are so very welcome.

  12. carolineyoungwilliams 01/06/2021

    Skyler, Your garden is beautiful. I really enjoyed your display of pots and garden art. Thank you for sharing.

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