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Vicki’s garden in Washington

Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Vicki Reeve

Today’s photos are from Vicki Reeve in Washinton state. She says, “These are pictures of our 2-1/2-year-old garden in Olympia, Washington. When we moved here there was mossy grass, a run-down fence, and two dead trees. On the plus side, it had large garden shed which we rehabbed. We also made a rose garden which is home to about 20 roses and a seating area.

“This summer my husband and I reassembled an old greenhouse that was in a hundred pieces. Unfortunately only three of the side walls made it here from Tennessee so we made the fourth wall from scratch. We have planted about 20 trees using Fine Gardening recommendations over the years. The center hydrangea garden utilizes the last plant my mother sent me as a gift before her death in 2008. It is a new garden so it does not yet have the mature plant material usually featured but I think we are on our way to a very nice suburban oasis.”

You definitely are, Vicki! It looks wonderful, and so inviting with all of those beautiful seating areas. Send more photos, and keep us posted in the future, too, please!

——Winter is the perfect time to take a photographic stroll through the photos you took in your garden this year, and send some in to me! [email protected]….. Thanks!

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  1. dirtgirl1949 01/03/2014

    Absolutely wonderful, just love the beautiful garden you have created, very inspiring! How marvellous to have a forever reminder of your dear Mum in the form of a hydrangea. Would love to see more photos of your fine efforts.
    Laughed about the greenhouse in a hundred pieces. We purchased a large metal garden shed ex display model 3 yrs ago and it is yet to be erected and lays like a difficult jigsaw puzzle at the end of the garden, perhaps 2014 might be the year we get it sorted.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. wGardens 01/03/2014

    Beautiful! Love your seating area with all the hydrangeas (swoon!)... you are right~ you ARE establishing a wonderful oasis. You sure have done a lot in a short amount of time. You both obviously make a great team! (And LOTS of patience to put that greenhouse together! :-) !! ) Would love to see your garden in the spring as well.

  3. user-1020932 01/03/2014

    now that is alotta work for 2.5 years and it's coming together beautifully. the seating areas throughout are especially nice and most likely well used and the greenhouse is just perfect. how much "cussin" went on during that project? :) i'm spying many great plants that have been used too, is that Dystilium in the 4th photo? i have only started using that in the last 5 years and last night might have been it's ultimate test

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 01/03/2014

    Really great for it's youth. Love mature trees in the background and the fall color on the new trees. Do you know which japanese maple is in the first photo? Is it a japonicum cultivar?

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    meander_michaele 01/03/2014

    Vicki, I am so impressed with all you have accomplished with your outside areas. You have a wealth of well thought out plant selections, you have interesting hardescape and beautiful objects of ornamentation and you even have a greenhouse (big sigh of envy). And, it's not just any old greenhouse, it is very decorative and makes a hugely attractive focal point.
    What are the two pink blooming trees in the pots against the house. At first, I thought they were crape myrtles? but, upon enlarging, I thought maybe some kind of hibiscus? You better just come in and end my guessing game. Thanks.

  6. jagardener 01/03/2014

    You are really off to a good start. Love the different functions of your seating areas. Enjoy your handiwork.

  7. celiahoneysuckle 01/03/2014

    Yes you most certainly are on your way to having a lovely established garden. My partner and I also reassembled a greenhouse, not pretty like yours though. I have yet to use it again. Oh and Happy New Year everyone!

  8. tractor1 01/03/2014

    A lot of labor for so short a time, most people would still be thinking about where to begin. I envy that gorgeous fountain and I see many young trees about, my back aches from just thinking of all the planting holes you've dug. That greenhouse is a perfect focal point for the lovely seating area. Next project a vegetable garden. Thank you for sharing, Vicki, and send more photos.

    PS Awoke to -8 degrees and a good foot of white stuff.

  9. GreenGrammy 01/03/2014

    What a beautiful garden you've created, and in such a short time, too. Please send photos of your roses when they're in full bloom. And I, with Meander1, am deep in greenhouse envy--what a gorgeous one. Very impressive that you assembled it all from pieces. More photos, please!

  10. CJgardens 01/03/2014

    Vicki, you have beautiful flower beds and have accomplished much in a short time. Roses and hydrangas are a very good way to start. I agree, your greenhouse is cute and has a lot of charm. The weathered wood seating areas are another favorite. Wishing you continued success and keep the photos coming.

  11. quinquek 01/03/2014

    Yes, envy re. the greenhouse and brava for the beautiful work done in such a short time. I love all the seating areas. They hold the promise for much serene, relaxed, contemplation of the garden.I'm also wondering about the pink blooming trees in the pots. Love the memorial hydrangea - I have some azaleas that fall in the same category.

  12. greengenes 01/03/2014

    Hi Vickie! Well I must say it is a beautiful sight to behold at 7:30 am! Even if it is 7:30 at night! Love the hydrangeas! That is a wonderful rememberance of your mother! You are well on your way to having a full garden! Wonderful job...We aren't too far from Olympia so your growing area is great, too. Its good to hear you didn't scrap the greenhouse because it was missing a side! Its lovely! I know you will continue to have fun creating more! Thanks so much for sharing!

  13. GrannyMay 01/03/2014

    A lovely start and a huge amount of work Vicki! When you have the right location for them, as you seem to do, roses and hydrangeas are hugely rewarding, as are the peonies, hostas and hardy geraniums that I can see in your photos. Another brilliant thing you have done is to research and plant the right trees very early in the process. I look forward to seeing more photos as your beautiful garden grows and matures.

  14. GrannyCC 01/03/2014

    Love the greenhouse. Glad you were able to salvage it. You have made a great start and I am sure we will see more in the future. Are those standard roses blooming by the shed? Keep sending pictures of your beautiful garden.

  15. wittyone 01/03/2014

    Wow so much work in just two and a half years----but so worth the effort.

    You're smart to have incorporated those young trees and shrubs early in the game----it's hard to do after the fact.

    Do send spring pictures. I bet there is lots more to see.

  16. janetsfolly 01/03/2014

    This is a lovely space, oasis is the perfect word. Full of hints and promises of more beauty to come! Thanks for sharing, Vicki!

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