I spotted this one on one of our alternate school routes the other week, before the snows. I hadn’t walked by it before and had to go back for a closer look later, with camera.
Although rock gardens are not my own personal style, I had to admire this gardener’s flair for the unique. This certainly does not look like any other parking strip or front garden I’ve seen elsewhere in Seattle!
What is that pink thing, a slice of petrified wood? I love the beds outlined in darker rocks, also the festively-copper-painted fire hydrant.
Fairly common Northwest plants are not always paired with gravel and rock-decorated beds like these. Here there is a conifer and a small senecio, and some of you will probably know what the low-growing yellow variegated groundcover in the foreground is, its name is escaping me at the moment.
Here it is up closer, next to an antler as garden art!
The wackiness continues on the other side of the sidewalk in the house’s front garden, where all of the lawn has been removed and half has been given over to further rock garden beds.
The other half of the front former-lawn made me think of a northwest mostly-green version of a South Pacific idyll.
You can see that they have not been shy about their house color either – bright yellow!
This New Zealand flax plant was looking very healthy. I wonder how it survived the cold weather that hit just afterward? Many I have seen in street gardens did not fare so well. They are kind of at the edge of hardiness in our zone, so this was not a good winter for them. I’m curious to see if any will rebound.
Dotted throughout the front are what look like home-carved totems of some sort. I looked at idols and images from many cultures and didn’t find any that looked like this. Maybe they are the owner’s idea of garden spirits?
Nyack Backyard had an interesting post about homeowners associations and garden restrictions. You can bet this garden wouldn’t pass muster in one of those communties! Yet another reason I could never live in one. I love it when gardeners let their freak flags fly! How about you, got any wacky gardens in your ‘hood?