1 Another fabulous garden that we toured while visiting Indianola belonged to Karen and Sam Brindley, who live next door to Dan and Robert. They, too, have a spectacular view.
2 This is Karen and her gardener, Shayne Chandler.
3 Karen showed us this interesting before and after aerial shot of the property. She and Sam bought it a few years ago and did a major restoration of the house and property.
4 As is often the case in the Pacific Northwest, it was raining slightly when we arrived at the garden. Here I am standing on a stone foot bridge spanning a dip in the yard, which has the feeling of a small stream.
5 That "stream" is planted with a pretty purple sedum, giving it a nice flow.
6 We had an early 7:30 start, as we had many gardens to see that day.
7 The rain quickly subsided and we were better able to enjoy the garden. I was amazed at this Echium pininana, which was at least 13-feet tall.
8 Echium pininana is a biennial, showing little more than leaf the first year. The following year, it sends up a huge spike covered with a dense mass of leaves and small blue flowers.
9 This is an unusual variegated agapanthus.
10 Trachelium, or throatwort, is a perennial flower native to the Mediterranean region, mainly the country of Portugal.
11 Butterflies love this plant.
12 The Brindley garden is a great mix of foliage, color, and texture.
13 This blue agapanthus is one that Dan Hinkley hybridized. Living next door to a famous horticulturist has its merits.
14 These blue thistle flowers look great against the peeling red bark of the madrona tree.
15 Here's another "stream bed", this one made of stone.
16 I really liked this yellow flowering pitcher plant, a carnivorous plant that lures and traps insects.
17 These windows face the Puget Sound and the Brindleys were careful to plant low-growing specimens, so as not to block the view.
18 These gardens are planted with a mix of grasses in gold and green hues.
19 The terrace wall is planted with trailing succulents.
20 A pretty yellow foxglove and a variety of heuchera
21 Karen explained that she likes to plant in color groupings. Obviously, this is the red/pink area. Bright pink passion flowers trail from above, meeting a bright pink hydrangea below.
22 The beautiful passion flower
23 There's a real tranquility in this garden.
24 More of the red garden - The bright red flowers are echinacea.
25 Nice balance and contrast
26 This is a bush variety of fuchsia.
27 This fuchsia produces pendulous soft pink bells.
28 An overview - I have many of the same plants growing in my own garden.
29 The plant with orange flowers is abutilon, which is in the mallow family.
30 I thought this was very clever. A pear tree is being trained on an arch to create a circular espalier.
31 This double flower lily was beautiful.
32 This gravel walkway from drive to house obviously passes through the pink garden.
33 A pretty geranium in the purple garden
34 A view of the house from the driveway garden
35 What a vista!
36 Turning the other way, a view of the house
37 In this garden there is variegated canna, pampas grass, and ornamental grass.
38 An overall shot
39 Another shot of the madrona tree, which is native to the Pacific Northwest. The bark sheds in the summer revealing a silky smooth glistening pale green yellow bark underneath. As the new bark ages during the year, it turns red and then dark red.
40 This is the colorful greenhouse garden.
41 Another overview
42 The "cracked ice" terrace reminded me of Skylands, my home in Maine.
43 It's easy to see why Karen and Sam wanted to live here.
44 Thank you Sam and Karen!