This time it was Nat's garden from Gardening in Boise, Idaho.
Just look at all that shade! And we needed it as the temp has been over the 100 degree mark for a few days now.
The pergola is a recent addition. She's planted a grape vine and a climbing hydrangea on it.
The large trees help limit the amount of water needed by her garden and lawn; so great in our dry area.
She has surrounded her patch of lawn with a variety of great garden plants including this kniphofia. I didn't realize they came in this lovely color.
She's not been content to rely on established trees though, and has planted a redbud, quaking aspen and golden chain tree. (I wish homeowners in our area thought so highly of trees).
There were plenty of attractive details and areas of interest.
Jordan, her co-gardening husband, has put their shed to good use by growing some veggies on the roof.
I loved her heather. I need some!
Can you believe today was the first time I've eaten a borage blossom? Well, it was. And I liked it. I need to grow this again.
I love these stepping stones Jordan made.
And of course I had to meet the "girls"; Fern, Iris and Daisy. I can't believe they're so grown up and just one month older than ours.
And their dog Songo, she's smart as a whip. I couldn't believe all the tricks she knows.
What did I learn? Plenty. (I love that.)
1. Straight vinegar or boiling water really help eliminate weeds. (Nat doesn't use any insecticide in her garden.)
2. If a hosta is planted next to a bleeding heart the hosta will disguise the tattiness of the bleeding heart as it grows.
3. I need heathers.
4. I need borage.
5. I even got a tip on a new fish for my aquarium.
6. Squirting a small stream of water from a water bottle will help train chickens to stay out of flower beds.
I haven't even mentioned her raised beds in which she's growing tomatoes, cucumbers and purple green beans. She also has potatoes growing in potato bags and squash is growing in hanging baskets from the new pergola. Obviously she's not afraid to experiment. My kind of gardener.
Thanks for a great morning Nat! It was a lot of fun.