Tuesday, June 14, 2016

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines)

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington  
The second garden we toured on Sunday is the creation of Roger & Judy McElhaney. It is a large garden, a labyrinth of winding paths that showcase a collection of conifers, Japanese maples and various shrubs and trees. It was quite spectacular. Many of the plants were labeled and I should have been taking notes.

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington
This was one of my favorite views in the garden. Absolute perfection!
  "Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington  

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington
Ninebark (Physocarpus) is on my wishlist.

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington
There were a number of hydrangeas in the garden. This is an unusual one that we grew
in our Alabama garden. Hydrangea aspera (if I am not mistaken).

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington
We saw a number of Gingko trees. I am sure the garden owners are collectors. I did not know
there were so many different varieties.

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington
There were also several different varieties of Smoke Tree (Cotinus).

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington

"Matsu Kaze" (Wind in the Pines), Roger & Judy McElhaney garden, Vancouver, Washington  
Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful garden. What a treat. I especially loved the Ginkgo's.

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  2. What a lovely, peaceful garden. That's a very pretty ninebark. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  3. Stunning! Thank you for the photos, I must visit this garden someday. Lots of take-away ideas!

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you Phillip!

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  5. What a nice post! This is surely well-designed Japanese garden! Most of the plants here are common in Japan, but I've never seen the Hydrangea aspera:) It's lovely! Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Wow.

    Love the smokebush.

    And all the other plants, of course :)

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  7. So much textural interest Philip... exactly the style of garden that I most enjoy visiting.... thanks for sharing! Larry

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  8. Wow, yeah. Awesome. Want! That! Garden! Not that any of it would grow in my climate.

    And excellent photos, too.

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  9. I'm in awe of all that green! We've entered our usual summer dry spell a bit early this year, and the lawn is already burned up. I've already forgotten how lovely that deep, rich green can be. There were two other shocks you showed me above, the ninebark and smoke tree. I have both of those, and they look NOTHING like that! Just plain wow.

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  10. How wonderful to have a property large enough that you can spread out all those big trees and shrubs. It looks great.

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