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Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - September 2021

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' Last week I wrote about the joys of new Abba and Vera and this week there is more excitement - we have rain in the forecast! And the possibility of a good rain - at least one inch. Keep your fingers crossed for us. We are in dire need of it and I'm sure the plants would be overjoyed as well. Despite the drought, there are lots of blooms in the September garden. I will start with the container plants which get daily watering. Note to self - less containers next year. Two matching baskets hang on the pergola - they are filled with Begonia 'Bonfire' and Fan Flower ( Scaevola ). I don't remember the name of this begonia. I've overwintered it for the past two winters in the garage.   I tried to overwinter Hell's Bells ( Datura ) last year but it didn't make it. We liked it so much that I got another one this year. Oxalis 'Plum Crazy' Another beautiful begonia (a customer recommended this one) and an overloaded fuchsia at

"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

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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