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U.S.A., Washington State. USDA zone 8a. Sunset climate zone 5

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Peter's Garden (Washington State, U.S.A.)

                                                                                                        'If you look the right way,
                                                                                                You can see the whole world is a garden"
                                                                                                             F.H.Burnett "The Secret Garden"

I feel almost bad publishing this post: I don't want to take away a 'surprise' moment 
from the people who haven't seen this garden yet. 
So, dear guests of this blog, if you plan to visit Peter's Garden in the close future, 
please restrain yourself from looking at the pictures. 
It's like getting a preview of a movie before you see it. 
I don't want to take the Wow factor from you. You've been warned!


If I thought I'd see just a garden, I was mistaken. 
What I saw that sunny July day was a concoction of museum of modern and not very modern art, 
headquarters of some secret service, 
chamber of Riley's 'Believe it or Not' type of place, 
a jungle, a toy store, a labyrinth and a lot of other things
 that I'd never ever guess could exist in the middle of a town. 
And, after all, it was a Garden! 
Unexpected, unbelievably entertaining, creative, full of contrasts and very-very personal.

Peter, you treated visitors of your NPA Open Garden with something they'll never forget.
Your place is so unique and almost unreal that it took more than a month for me 
to get ready to show it on my blog. 
It takes several minutes to look at some of the pictures. 
You just can't absorb everything in a pic by just glancing at it briefly. 
You need to sit and indulge yourself by slowly moving your eyes from object to object, 
admiring the multitude of big and small details.
I am so grateful to you for opening this treasure grove to us!


There could be a dozen posts written about Peter's Garden. Let's see... what would be the tags?
1- Cacti and succulent garden
2- Art in the garden
3- Humor in the garden
4- Container gardening
5- Perennial garden
6- Trees, vines and shrubs
7- Rear and exotic plants
8- Greenhouse
9- Shade garden
10- Paths, pavers, stepping stones
11- Found objects and collectibles in the garden
12- A Garden of a glass art instructor
13- How to create an oasis in the middle of a city
Etc., etc.


There won't be many comments below. 
Don't expect to see many names of the plants either. 
I need a second chance to see the garden for that. 
My first encounter with this place was all about emotions, 
oohs and aahs, about discoveries and just pure amusement.
You might see the same corners of the garden several times. 
It's because I made two circles around the garden... no, three circles.... or four?
Let's go! 

Excitement starts brewing already upon approaching the Garden...



 If I wouldn't know which garden on the street is an NPA Open Garden, this guy would tell me, he has a sign:


 Heavenly Romneya greets the visitors


There is a promise of something special ahead...



Can you believe, it's not a garden yet? It's what  passersby and neighbors can enjoy daily:

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