A very warm thank you to Valerie Easton and the Seattle Times for featuring our garden in Pacific Northwest Magazine. Valerie is such an outstanding garden writer and we are fortunate to have her local. If you have not seen the article yet – www.seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw/2015874618_pacificpnwl21.html. Valerie also writes a blog “Plant Talk” – www.valeaston.com and has a new book coming out in 2012…I’m sure I will adding it to my collection.
Archive for the ‘about bliss’ Category
I can finally sit back and reflect on the gardens installed this spring and enjoy the spaces we created. I think the end tally was seven gardens that were installed or spruced. I had some wonderful clients & projects and made fabulous new furry friends (that means you Louie and Sadie…). Sadie would bound outside every time I came to the garden – except the days it hailed. Then she stayed on her kitty bed inside, nice and warm. At another garden, Louie was always thrilled to see me and even happier to lick my face.
A few before and afters. Looking forward to seeing the gardens fill in over the next year…
Beach Garden -
This is a gem of a garden proves that you can accomplish much in a tight space. Like most beach properties, neighboring houses are situated close around this garden and a sense of enclosure was needed without creating a dividing wall between neighbors. Horizontal fencing not only adds a modern flair, but echoes the existing screening. Fence sections were offset to create privacy without making the space feel closed in. New stairways were added from the house to connect home and garden. A stock tank water feature ties into the metal siding on the house and the modern architecture. This is a garden I could live in. See before & after shots below.
Hilltop Garden -
The house was perched at the top of a knoll, yet disconnected from the landscape. The clients had done a great job on the back gardens and wanted a new direction for the front. We needed structure and formality, while still relating the gardens to the rural surroundings. The clients wanted a Pac NW modern/Asian feel, yet the architecture is country modern. So we settled in the middle for a design with modern tones that honors the site and architecture. The entrance is more formal and plantings are predominantly evergreen to provide all season interest. Around the terracing and a small patio within the garden, the plantings become less formal and evocative of the surrounding mowed field.
Meadow Garden – Year 3
The third year brings lush growth and maturity to the Meadow Garden – see Case Studies on the Bliss site for more information about this garden. A few pictures from this spring….
Thank you to Jim McCausland and the folks at Sunset Magazine for including Bliss in an October 2010 article on border color – see page 45. Adam just brought 6 copies home in his bike panniers…
On newsstands now!
Thanks to Jim McCausland & Sunset for recently including Bliss in their ‘fresh dirt’ blog. Check it out: