Tag Archives: Garden

They Got it Right…First Hill, Seattle , WA

The View from the Sidewalk

The View from The Sidewalk

I was scouting around First Hill for my photos of urns when I spotted this eye-catching arrangement of flowers. As I was photographing, I started chatting with a gentleman who related to me that he and his grandfather are the gardeners. Would I like to take a look? …Behind the gate this is what I saw:

A Wonderful Abundance of Flowers

A Wonderful Abundance of Flowers

A Close Up of Some of the Flowers

A Close-up of Some of the Flowers

These two men have taken what could have been a fairly plain concrete patio and made it into a colorful treat for everyone walking by and especially for tenants of the building. The varieties of plants and flowers are impressive and they are all so well-tended, not a yellow leaf to be seen. This garden is a triumph. First Hill, Seattle, WA, USA

They Got It Right…Courtyard Garden Building

I was on a shoot in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seattle (the Central District), when I happened upon this fantastic courtyard garden building. The building colors were clearly selected to work well with the garden. The garden  is well planned and executed. The fountain and statuary are unique and visually exciting. The plant list is impressive, Southern Magnolias, Boxwood, Italian Cypress, all lend a structure that will be attractive in any season.

Beautiful buildings make happy tenants. One friendly gentleman who lives here is an expert in orchids and he invited me to shoot a specimen that he had put in the garden to catch some sun. Click on the thumbnails to get a closer look at what would be a wonderful place to live. Central District, Seattle, WA, USA, 1920

On The Street…Wallingford, Seattle, WA

Two Story Veranda

Stone Fence Around Garden

Two Story Veranda

Two Story Veranda

Can a structure have personality? Well this one appears to have “joie de vivre.”  The two-story veranda is inviting, what a wonderful place for a morning coffee or a  relaxing glass of wine. The stonework fence is substantial and does a good job delineating the lush garden areas. The paint colors are buoyant. Doesn’t it feel like it would be fun to live here?  Wallingford, Seattle, WA, USA, Eclectic 1910

On The Street…Madison Park, Seattle, WA

Curb Strip Garden

Boxwood Parterre

Curbside Boxwood Parterre

Curbside Boxwood Parterre

Most sidewalks spur you to rush, some ask you to pause, a few invite you to linger. The boxwood parterres in a strong but simple layout is sophisticated. The play of light and shadows is wonderful. The topiaries add height interest. The spring flowers filling the parterres are charming. Special note: the witty boxwood topiary “flower baskets” in the daffodils! Madison Park, Seattle, WA, USA

 

 

 

On The Street…Madison Park

Samuel Hyde House

Samuel Hyde House

Samuel Hyde House

Built in 1910 for  Samuel Hyde. This residence was designed by architects Bebb and Mendel. The gardens are said to have been designed by the Olmsted Brothers, which is possible as they were quite active in the area around that time. This structure is currently the residence of the Consul of the Russian Federation. Madison Park, Seattle, WA, USA, Neo-Classical, 1910