For more about Old Goat Farm , not a retirement community, see previous posts here. Alison and I visited a few weekends ago and I'd forgotten my camera so the phone had to be used. Here are some random pictures.
I'd seen this gabion pillar before but only this time was there water trickling through and over the stones; it's also a fountain.
Someone is collecting primulas!
Big flowered hardy hibiscus are one of the treats of late summer here. They don't love our wet winters but can take the cold in stride. My uncle grows them beautifully in his zone 3/4 garden in Vermont.
Perhaps someday my Cryptocereus anthonyanus or Selenicereus anthonyanus will look as grand as this one.
Interesting and functional potting bench.
Gorgeous huge cordylines that are hauled to the barn for winter protection.
Beautiful foliage contrasts in this shady bed illustrating how fabulous gardening in the shade can be!
Peony seed head splitting open to reveal seeds as colorful and interesting as the flower.
Colchicum popping up to remind us that it's autumn!
Possibly the largest syneilesis leaf I've ever seen.
Altar to the goddess flora?
Moss covered (even in dry September) logs remind us that we're in the beautiful pacific northwest.
Abutilon 'Red Tiger' is one I've always admired and even grown a couple of times. It's not hardy here but now that I'll have space to store it for the winter, perhaps I'll look for one.
This handsome fellow was our tour guide through his part of the garden.
If you're ever in the area when they're open, do stop by and don't miss the Chase Garden just up the road a piece.