Every time I visit a different neighborhood in Seattle, I try to remember to take my camera along to record what gardeners have got going on in their parking strips (aka hell strips, planting strips, tree lawns, or nature strips).
When I met the other blogger in the family for a lovely Thai lunch on Queen Anne Hill on a sunny day last week, we made sure to build in enough time for a postprandial stroll so that I could check out the neighborhood’s late-winter gardens.
Queen Anne is one of Seattle’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods. We walked around its northern reaches, which are full of stately (and pricey) homes that mostly feature very manicured gardens. I’m guessing that quite a few folks in this neighborhood hire out their gardening tasks, but it was a pleasant surprise to find as many street gardens as I did in just a quick survey, including many planter boxes that look like they’d be full of edibles come summer.
This well-constructed, multi-level raised rock bed was just off Queen Anne Avenue, the area’s main drag.
Raised beds with drip systems:
Parking strip flower garden, beginning its run with crocus and daffodil bunches:
Funny gumdrop shrubs (very old-school):
Hell strip rose garden!
This looked like it might have been a recent design/install job. I had to resist the urge to test out to bridge to see if it was “real”:
I’m going to try to put up a second post about the trees I encountered, as this neighborhood has a wide variety of mature species. I also want to go back when things are a bit further along in the planting/blooming cycle, and see more of the inventive ways people have carved out a little more garden space.
150 years is the blink of an eye in some parts of the world, but around here it counts as incredibly antique! To learn more about the neighborhood’s past, visit the Queen Anne Historical Society site.
(Curly branch window screen at the next table over.)