On the third day of Seattle Fling, my true love gave to meeee....
Five gabion benches----!
Four sunlit apples,
three climbing vines,
two handmade bricks,
and a "cocktail cabana" in the Seattle sun!
One of my ab fab favorite Seattle gardens was Lorene Edwards Forkner's garden. Writer, speaker and garden designer extraordinaire, Lorene was one of the organizers of the Seattle Fling. Here she is, inviting 70 garden bloggers from the US, Canada and the UK into her garden for an hour-long tour. Does she seem fazed or stressed in the slightest? Of course not. She hosted over 900 visitors in eight hours during the West Seattle Garden Tour the week before!
Lorene describes her garden as "Urban Hillbilly Chic" and says that "make do/can do resourcefulness on a financial shoestring is my modus operandi." I can relate to that! Examples: this rusty but inviting and yes, comfortable chair in a lushly shady spot.
Or this sedum garden accented with a bowling ball.
Or this tiny boxwood knot garden, housed in a Radio Flyer wagon.
There were just sooo many whimsical, clever and just dog gone fun things to see in Lorene's garden.
You can see more photos of Lorene's garden on my Flickr page, including the adorable interior of her Lil Loafer vintage travel trailer "garden folly." Visit Lorene's blog at PlantedatHome.com, and look for her new book, Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More coming out on Timber Press later this year. If Lorene's garden is any indication, her new book is going to be loads of fun.
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