Cedar and Stone
Our new house and garden on Taka Lane
Primula vialii (right) and
Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
There are  lots of granite boulders,  artfully placed by the previous owner, a skilled stone mason. The soil is glacial till, left over from the last ice age, so it is gritty, one reason everyone gardens with gloves up here. The other being that it is sometimes wet and cold.  But only sometimes!
Since so many artists have studios nearby (our favorite weekend is the studio open house called "Art In the Woods"), gardens must have their garden art.  We got these fun "Solsticks" during the last tour  from a husband-wife team. He does the metal; she does the glass. 

Trilliums grow wild in our woods (below). Imagine! And in fall, edible mushrooms sprout in the same cedar-shaded spot.
I' ve always wanted to grow the hauntingly blue meconopsis from the Himilayas so they were one of the first things planted, bought at a sale before we had even found a house!
We've planted about 35 rhododendrons, including R. glaucophyllum (above).  We got lucky and  inherited  some nice Japanese maples. They're about the only plants we saved but, of course,  we added  more, choosen mostly  for glorious fall color.  Autumn is a favorite season.


The rock gardens are looking good (at left), filled with all sorts of  things we've always wanted to grow.
We finally moved in over Thanksgiving 2009,  greeted by a little snow flurry that dusted the garden. I began planting the garden while the house was being re-built and by spring it had filled in nicely. We have 10 acres but most of that is alder forest and wetlands down below. The garden is only a couple acres with a nice little view of the Cascades.  On either side, there are noisy streams in deep ravines, where immense maples, firs and hemlocks grow. It's quite lovely and peaceful, with some spectacular sunrises...a magical placel!
We added a guest bedroom on the left and a   dining room on the right, seen here last winter. Below is a view of the front with a massive granite slab for a bench and rock gardens to either side of the front path. A nice covered patio (with a skylight!) lets us sit outside even when it's pouring.
While raking out the rototilled lawn area, I found a 15,000 year old Cascade point. I guess we aren't the first to camp here.
R. 'Virginia Richards' (near right) and 'Buttered Popcorn'  (middle). We can also  grow  peonies.  Iin fact, we now have several rows in a cuting garden, given to us by a friend, but the one pictured (at  right) is a species, P. delavyi.)
Tiger lilies and
Rhododendron. 'Fireman Jeff'
Several yummy mushrooms grow here including the HUGE Agaricus augustus seen below.
Fall in the garden
And, did we mention our bear??