Monday, March 9, 2015

Graham's Garden, Monday morning Walkabout.

My friend Graham lives in a very beautiful heritage home that hugs the cliff overlooking the seaside in a very Tony enclave of our city....
Graham possesses what all serious gardeners envy "he has been born with a green thumb."
He is a gifted artist when it comes to plant pairings and uses the landscape as a canvas for his vision...
the rocky outcroppings and the canopy of Garry Oaks give his garden exquisite "bones" and he has worked his magic to orchestrate a magnificent cacophony...

Mondays are his dedicated "Garden Day" so my friend and I invited ourselves over for a tour and with Graham's permission I took photos to share with you here on the blog...be prepared to be impressed....
I am still reeling...the word that best describes my 60 minutes = GOBSMACKED.

I am very fond of mixing colours and textures of unusual and interesting foliage in the garden...
you will see how Graham mixes these effortlessly.
Artfully juxtaposed in the beds are pots and paraphernalia...
and occasionally and bit of whimsy.

I'll let the pictures speak for themselves....






































Pictures of Graham's Glass House will be featured on another post.
Hope that you enjoyed tagging along on the garden walkabout.

In gratitude and many thanks to our convivial and generous host...
I loved wandering around in your garden and am so happy that you have invited us back to see it this summer.
This post is for you Graham!
Hugs.
Hostess
XO

29 comments:

  1. Wonderful! So inspirational and full of great ideas for any gardener. Thank you.

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    1. He's incredibly talented...I always come away from his garden feeling so invigorated and inspired.

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  2. What interesting textural combinations. I love the urn filled with grasses and that mossy gnome and table.

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    1. The living table and the gnome are both favourites of mine too...

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  3. What an amazing garden! The more I looked at each photograph, the more I discovered. I thought that the mossy gnome was very interesting. I didn't realize what it was until I studied it for a minute. I really liked the way some features were almost hidden, just waiting to be discovered. La Vie Quotidienne was right when she wrote that this garden is "full of great ideas for any gardener." Graham's garden looks like (is) a continually changing, evolving work of art.

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    1. A garden is usually a work in progress...and serious gardeners are always on the look out for the new and unusual plants. Graham had a few pots of new plants ready to plant the day we toured...

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  4. Does Graham have a book or blog about his garden? I would love to know even more about it.

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    1. Graham does not have a book or a blog that I am aware of...his garden has been featured in various publications over the years.

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    2. Graham's garden photos are on his Facebook account...please email me and I will send you his name and you can "befriend" him.
      bungalowhostess@gmail.com

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  5. What a gorgeous, fascinating place. The tablescape is so unusual and beautiful. Thank you for sharing, Hostess.

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    1. I showed only a handful of images of his acreage...there is so much more to see in person and with each season new vistas to discover and enjoy!

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  6. There are so many textures and different shades of green in the garden! The combinations of plants are unexpected. The garden would be a wonderful place to sketch. What an interesting visit!

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    1. Oh what a great idea!
      Artists sketching in such a magical place would certainly be a fabulous event!

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  7. Wow. Some beautiful pictures!

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  8. Apparently a dinosaur hatched in his garden. 'Love the old French cafe chairs.

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    1. It is a very organic looking vessel...I can see why you would liken it to a prehistoric egg.

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    2. It always nice to hear back from you, Hostess. I am looking forward to your next visit and the post on his house, too.

      Will you be posting garden pictures from Paris and elsewhere in France?

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    3. I will blog when I get home from my trip...
      I want to live in the moment and savour everything while I am away...I might post from France on my Instagram as it is so quick and easy.

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  9. Beautiful!! I look forward to seeing the garden in summer!

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    1. It will have the same bones but will be fuller and no doubt there will be a riotous display of beauty that will shock and stun us...I am keen to see it in full regalia.

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  10. Lovely blog entry certainly a 'green thumb' garden, love the companion planting and many of the plants are in my garden and I live in Australia, interesting.
    Look forward to the next instalment.
    Lyn

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    1. Graham uses plants that are not always known to be hardy in our climate zone but he knows how to care for their special needs.

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  11. So much to see in this amazing garden. All the beautiful moss and shades of green and grey. Lovely. A place of peace and quiet. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  12. Truly enjoyed this...variety and loveliness!

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  13. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. There are such gems hidden behind shrubbery and fences in our beautiful city. Thank you for sharing these photos - lots of inspiration here!

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  15. Thank you so much for these; you just can't have a garden like that in Montréal, so it was utterly transporting to 'walk through'.

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