I've made a new friend here in Seattle (yea! She has made my stay here so much more fun) and she invited me to her home to see her garden. I knew that she loved collecting blown glass and that she often attended art shows, but I really learned about "her eye" when I saw how artfully she has designed her outdoor living area. I loved it!
It was a little too cool and misty to sit outside that evening, but I fully intend to walk around on the patio and spend some quality time talking out there when I get the chance. I was particularly drawn to the woods behind her garden. Enormous pine trees with long smooth trunks surrounded by fern - I could see into the woods for a long distance and there were a million shades of green. I kept commenting on the woods and I realize now that I probably sounded funny to them.
It reminded me of when we had a friend who had been living in Kazakhstan visit us. When we were leaving for dinner, I was telling him about the "signature pasta salads" at a restaurant we were going to. He said he really just wondered if they'd have a salad of green lettuce. Um...yes? He said that it was hard to get fresh produce that time of year in Kazakhstan and he couldn't wait to have "green lettuce." I felt the same way in this beautiful Washington forrest. I was supposed to be noticing the garden art (which I did love) but I couldn't stop talking about the trees.
Look at these glass flowers! Perfectly at home in this natural setting and a brilliant way to bring year round color to an outdoor space. I had never seen art pieces like this on display in a private setting. I had only seen them at art shows and when 50 pieces are together, they are beautiful but the color and movement is too overwhelming for me. Here, when they are artfully arranged, I can see them exactly as they were intended and I love it!
(2/19/16 Update: I just met the artist that made the flowers (in the first photo) at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. Her name is Katy LaReau and you can buy her work here.
It is a fairy garden for grown ups. Bravo!