Which was okay...it got me home at a decent hour and into bed, so I was fresh in the morning to go to a plant sale and garden tour at a place close to me. I had to ride through the country to get there. Which I LOVE. I have a weakness for barns and I loved how the blue on this one matched the color of the sky!
The garden is one I have wanted to visit since first learning of it last year during the Garden Conservancy Open Days tour I went on. The proceeds from those tours went towards the preservation and upkeep of Chase Garden. The garden was originally part of a private home, but now is owned by the Garden Conservancy and a nonprofit organization. You can read more about the garden HERE.
The house itself is modest, but the view is sensational. If the day had been clear you'd see Mt. Rainier in the distance. I plan on returning on my next clear day opportunity! The valley below is the Puyallup River valley which runs from Mt. Rainier to Puget Sound.
The gardens were designed to mimic the mountain meadows and fir forests across that valley. This photo reminds me of some I've taken when visiting Mt. Rainier
The style of the gardens is pretty natural, but there is also beautiful lawn to compliment the more natural areas.
Lots of paths and interesting features including this "stream" bed that reminds me of looking down on the rivers near the mountain - except in miniature.
Can you imagine have this gorgeous path to stroll down while drinking your morning coffee?
Much of the garden is devoted to mass plantings of native and well suited plants to the Pacific Northwest. There are some plants that just look better in groups than alone..like bergenia at the center left of this picture.
And these dainty little anemones
Several benches are scattered in the garden for resting and taking it all in
There were a few bulbs planted here and there. More of a compliment to the natives than the focus. Like these daffodils amongst the pulmonarias
And these cute little grape hyacinths
I loved this little sweet clump of blue anemone. I have some growing in my front yard under the viburnum. I'm always excited to see it emerge each year.
There were some really nice shrubs planted throughout including some huge rhodys. It's still early for most to be blooming, but this was was already putting on a show.
This monster hellebore had me thinking I better do some dividing in my yard!
Here and there were patches of primroses running rampant...not a bad thing at all!
Here's a little different perspective looking toward the mountains and house with a view of the "meadow" and paths.
We are still very early in spring here and the heather which is a winter bloomer is still looking pretty
This walkway made my heart go pitter patter.
Beyond the meadow is a wooded area that will have you thinking you were deep in the woods
Ancient fallen trees and moss typical to this area give it a lush green feel.
You can see evidence of a "nurse" tree - fallen many many years ago and "new" trees that grew on and over them hence the elongated exposed roots.
Signs of spring were in the woods too including this spread of trillium or Wake Robin as its commonly known. Do you think its called that since it blooms in spring and its a sign to the Robin to wake up?
Here's a closer look
And here's a little native that I had to buy at the plant sale after seeing it on my tour. Its called Erythronium revolutum or Pink Fawn Lily. The flowers are dainty and fairy like and the foliage is a neat purple and green variegated
Hope you enjoyed the tour. I plan on returning several times this year to photograph it through the seasons. I was told May would be spectacular...so I'll try to hit it then.
I'm joining in for Mosaic Monday over at Little Red House. Check it out HERE.