After touring Tammy Schmitt's garden as part of the 2017 Garden Bloggers' Fling, we headed to Linda Hostetler's garden, arriving along with the 3 other buses of camera-ready bloggers. The crowded venue and mix of sun and shade had me struggling to capture the beauty of the place.
I never managed a good photo of the front of the property. Most of my shots focused on plant vignettes.
|There were a lot of Japanese maples in this garden, all beautiful|
|The maples in this area of the front garden were placed in full sun at mid-day, something I could never do in my own garden. The face plaque shown on the right was sited at the middle front of the bed shown on the left.|
|This large bed occupied the middle of a lawn area|
|Another good-looking Japanese maple, surrounded by other colorful foliage and flowers, with the house just visible in the background|
|There were nice patches of shade along the margins of the front garden, like this one|
|and this more formal section|
Heading back along the side of the house brought us to a patio. My immediate focus was the stream and the pond it flowed into.
|I loved the fullness of the planting around this stream|
|The stream fed into this pond, which was an integral part of the patio on the side of the house|
|And here's one of the pond's resident amphibians|
|The area next to the pond was also densely planted|
|A wider view of the area surrounding the pond, caught as I was on my way back to the bus at the end of our visit|
|Although I didn't get a good photo of the patio itself, I snapped a few close-ups of the features surrounding it, including a Japanese maple under-planted with Japanese forest grass, a cute table topper featuring frogs, and bunnies guarding a conifer|
Beyond the pond and the patio was a good-sized shed, complete with adornments of its own.
|3 sides of the shed are shown here|
My only clear shot of the house was this one from the back.
Beyond the wide gravel area behind the house was a huge backyard, already chock full of bloggers when I made it to this point.
|A wood arbor marked the entrance to the back garden|
|This stacked stone wall with its own seating area was just to the left as I walked through the arbor, if I remember correctly|
|This is the far end of the wall and seating area shown in the prior photo|
|Another colorful planting scheme, accompanied by equally colorful ornaments|
|This spiral flagstone circle was much larger than the segment captured in this photo. Edged by lawn, it created an area for the eye to rest in what was otherwise a densely planted garden.|
|Shady areas lined the area along the fence on one side of the property and we once again encountered a stream|
Cobalt blue features appeared throughout the back garden. They stood out against all the lush green but also contributed to the tranquility of the space.
|Blue arbors marked transition points in the garden and blue umbrellas and furniture provided places to sit and enjoy the view. There was also a blue birdcage, occupied by a spiky agave.|
But the centerpiece of the back garden, at least in my opinion, was another pond. There was a gazebo within easy viewing distance but I didn't get a photo of that either.
|View looking across the pond, which had a small wood bridge crossing the stream that fed it|
|I didn't have a chance to look for more frogs here|
At about this point in my rounds of the garden, the call rang out to head back to the buses for a trip to the Stone Tower Winery and lunch. I managed a few more shots as I hurried to catch up.
|This plant combination stood just beyond the bridge over the stream leading to the pond|
|And this seating area was tucked into a corner|
I enjoyed this garden tremendously. To wrap up, here are just a few close-ups of some of the stunning plants I saw:
I've covered only about a third of the gardens I saw during the Fling. I plan to cover the rest but my remaining posts are likely to be strung out over a longer period. In the meantime, if you're interested, check out the posts of other Flingers, the links to which can be found here.
Best wishes for a great weekend!
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