Barbara's Landscape Design Blog

My Hansville WA Garden
April 27, 2010, 10:15 pm
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Bud Break

Spring has been overcast, windy and wet. Vegetables are lagging and the bees are snoring. But…….. the ‘buds’ have been stupendous. To study the swollen bud, anxious for the blossom to come, I find the ‘bud’ may be more interesting than the flower. Is it fat expectations? The delayed impending bloom? Ah, another face of beauty…… I’ll get over it when the fragrant King George Rhododendron fills the garden with the scent of sweet nutmeg and the little yellow Welsh Poppy cheers the nooks. When the regal Clematis bud breaks out into wheels of stars and the Hosta unfurls fresh exotic foliage, I will forget the bud and move on to the riot of spring.



  • Sunset Magazine Came to My Garden…….. Kitsap County WA
    April 14, 2010, 3:37 am
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    The Stone Bench

    Pat called and asked if ‘Sunset Magazine’ could come to my garden? Of course,”YES” I yelped. Sunset Mag asked Pat Knight owner of Olive Branch Landscape, in Kingston WA, if he would build one of his wonderful stacked stone benches. We’ve collaborated on many a bench and wall over the years and he and crew are famous for fine stone work. Consequently he needed a worthy garden, and he kindly thought of mine.

    Crew, photographer and writer showed up on the appointed day. After sod removal, compacting crushed rock base, stacking stone and packing mortar, then topping it all with a blue stone cap, presto….. the garden space was transformed into a lovely garden room.

    If only just to sit on and gaze at the view or set with a picnic for family and friends, it’s lovely and useful and I love it!

    Sunset Magazine published Pat’s work in the ‘how to book’, ‘Walks, Walls & Patio Floors. A real feather in his cap.

    My Garden Project…… Kitsap County WA
    April 13, 2010, 3:42 am
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    Pat Knight's Olive Branch Crew and Sunset Magazine

    Placing stone benches into a garden will make an instant room.