I suppose if Robert Burns can compose an address to a haggis, I can create a visual love letter to a garden I visited on our Pacific Northwest trip last month. If anything I’m even more in love with this garden now, four weeks later. Maybe the fact that it’s 105°F (41°C) in our backyard as I write this has something to with it—just looking at the photos I took in this lush jungle makes me feel cooler.
Schefflera delavayi dwarfing Peter
The garden I’m swooning over is in Tacoma, Washington, and it belongs to Peter Herpst. He’s one of the most prolific garden bloggers out there, and many of you follow his blog The Outlaw Gardener.
What makes him the Outlaw Gardener? The answer is right there on his blog:
Why Outlaw Gardener? I like to break the rules of good taste, plant placement, and plant hardiness. Also, I have received periodic "love notes" from the city code enforcement officer telling me that my parking strip plants encroach on the city's right-of-way. When expressing my distress over the latest such notice, I exclaimed to my pal Loree (Danger Garden) "I'm an outlaw gardener!" To which she replied,"That would be a good name for a blog."
It is for all of these reasons that I fell in love with the Outlaw Garden. I’m sure after seeing my photos, you’ll understand why.
Note: The Pacific Northwest was in the throes of a heat wave of its own when we visited. It was a bright, sunshiny day when I stopped by Peter’s house on June 25, and many of the photos I took are very contrasty. I tried to tame the contrast as best as I could in Photoshop, but the Outlaw Garden deserves even better photographic treatment. I hope to go back one day and photograph it in more gentle light.