Tag Archives: Spring

Goodbye Spring

“Yarrow Abstract”
Heatherwood Spring

Today is the last day of spring. It is time to say goodbye to most of the flowering trees and shrubs and to say hello to the flowering perennials. We still have several shrubs (viburnums and nine-bark) that are in their last stage of bloom plus several hydrangeas that will bloom later this summer. Our perennials are just starting to display their summer glory.

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Along the Road, Looking Through

“View From the Road”
Heatherwood

This is the view from the roadside looking over Heatherwood’s front planting bed shown in my previous post. From here the tree plantings channel the viewers eyes up and then down through the lower yard then up to the hills separating Selah from Yakima. The feeling we are trying to impart is “Welcome to enjoy the view of the garden!”

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Along the Road

“Front Border”
Heatherwood

We like to share the colors and textures of our garden with our neighbors as they stroll along the neighborhood road. It is a good place to take a break to stop and chat and exchange the neighborhood news.

This area is designed to have four season interest with various colors, shapes and textures. Plant heights are kept low to encourage the walker to look up and have a nice view through the garden. (I will show the view in a future post.) The challenge in encouraging one to look up into the garden is also to shield the view to the house and garage. To address this challenge, we have planted an informal border of trees and shrubs to shield the view to the house.

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Octopi, Octopodes, or Octopuses

“Blooming Ninebark”
Heatherwood Late Spring

These two Coppertina Ninebark with their flower-laden flowing branches remind me of a pair of Octopodes … or should I say Octopi, or is it Octopuses. All three terms are frequently used, but only one is correct. Octopuses is the correct term. Mary is an English teacher and does not appreciate when I misspell a word. She constantly advises me to “Look it up!” So I did and learned the correct usage.

On a breezy day, the branches flow magically back and forth in the wind. It makes me feel like the garden is alive with monsters hiding around the bends of the pathways.

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Transition

“Lower Patio Garden”
Heatherwood Spring

The lower patio garden transitions a visitor from the rock garden shown in my previous post to the central meadow. Plants in the lower patio garden replicate those in both the rock garden and meadow. Ground covers and shrubs present in the rock garden are planted in the steeper parts of the patio garden. Perennials and grasses found in the meadow are planted in the flatter areas. In addition, a couple of trees help transition the view to the crabapple grove further below.

The different areas of Heatherwood are designed to flow into one another working together to provide a common theme. One of the challenges we face every day is where to sit and enjoy a morning cup of coffee, an afternoon beverage, or just a peaceful relaxing moment.

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Back to Heatherwood

“Rock Garden Hillside”
Heatherwood Late Spring

After exploring another garden, it is always good to come back home and see what is happening here at Heatherwood. This is especially true in late spring when it feels like the garden is going to burst out in full bloom at any moment.

This rock garden area separates the lawn at the house level from the lawn and meadow below, which I used to refer to as the “Lower 40”. A path, edged with basalt boulders, winds down back and forth from the upper to the lower lawn. Various creeping thymes, cotoneasters, and sedums fill in between the rocks and onto the recessed gravel pathway. Other perennials and evergreen shrubs provide contrast and stability to the garden. We constructed and planted this area only two springs ago. It is hard to believe how fast it is filling in.

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What is Beauty?

“Full Moon Japanese Maple and Fern”
Heatherwood Japanese Garden

What is beauty? Beauty is hard to explain. Everyone has their own perspective of what beauty is. Beauty applies to all five senses. I am a visual person, so seeing beauty is my dominant perspective. It lies in the vision of a grand vista of a natural landscape or in small vignettes of companion plants like in the above image. It can be a large architectural structure or a small piece of sculpture. It can be man-made or nature or a combination of both. It can be a person or an inanimate object. As I keep my mind and eyes open, I can find some kind of beauty everywhere I look.

Many times when I see beauty, I stop and contemplate. My other senses then kick in, and I notice the beautiful feeling of a breeze on my cheek or the sounds of a gurgling stream. I can smell the wonderful aroma from a street food cart as I look up at a skyscraper or from the scent of a flower as I walk through a garden. I can see the beauty of a young mother holding her young child and feel the love between them. Beauty is a gift that surrounds us at all times. Enjoy the moment!

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It is Hard to Believe …

“Looking Into the Woodland”
Heatherwood Spring

It is late spring and we are through with our planting projects for now. It is hard to believe that just a little over two years ago, this area was all grass. Spring of 2020 we started carving up the lawn and making planting areas in our lower property. We planted a few trees at that time. In 2021 we added several additional trees and started planting the beginning of an understory. This year we added several more plants to the understory. It is beginning to look like a small woodland.

We just added an Adirondack settee and now can just sit back and enjoy the evolving woodland garden.

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A Little Rest

“Southeast Corner Rest Station”
Heatherwood Spring

We call the southeast area of our garden the “Conifer Corner.” We planted a row of conifers around the southeast corner of our garden to create a little privacy from our neighbors. Within the corner, we also have planted additional specimen conifer trees and shrubs. We added bright ground covers and perennials to give it a little pizzaz. We finished it off with a little rest area tucked into the corner. Many times after walking down to the bottom of our property, I take a little break before walking back up the hill. More times than not, I get sidetracked and wander into a little day dream. Sitting in the Adirondack settee, I look up and gaze into the scene below.

“Wide Angle View Looking Up the Hill”

You can see how easily I could fall into a day dream!

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Shades of Green, Blue, and a Splash of Red

“Decision, Relax or Explore”
Heatherwood Japanese Garden

Today I have two thoughts to share regarding this image. First, is my initial reaction to this scene when I created this photograph. The contrasting splash of Japanese maple’s red color among the various shades of green and blue is what captured my eye and enticed me to create the image.

Second, is the landscape design intent for creating this view. This point is a transition point. To the left is a peaceful private sitting area that overlooks the japanese garden pond and waterfall. To the right is a path that leads to an open area and the exit of the Japanese garden. If I take the path to the left, I can sit, relax, and enjoy the water rushing over the rocks into the pond. If I take the path to the right, I can continue to explore and discover new things beyond.

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