The word was out that there was a bakery close by that we must visit.
Pam, Caroline, Diana and I joined the long line of locals eager to get inside the store and make our selections.
Diana tweeted with the sweets.
LORENE EDWARD FORKNER GARDEN
It was then time to move on to the next treat of the day.
The garden of one of our wonderful hostesses, Lorene Edwards Forkner.
Here she is on the balcony of her house giving us a few pointers before we are let loose on her garden.
and here are the adoring crowds.
Lorene gardens in a much smaller space than any of the other gardeners we had met. She makes use of ever square inch of her property and like the other gardens her garden is bursting with fun ideas for garden decor; like this two tiered pot which adds height without breaking the bank account.
I'm not sure if this is a workspace but it certainly would be a nice little hidy-hole to tuck oneself away.
I'm with this. Just wish I could make them grow in Texas.
Gabions are an innovative and inexpensive way to create retaining walls and seating, as well as a neat little coffee table.
Lorene's book, Handmade Garden Projects, will be coming out in the fall where you will see these and many of her other garden projects.
KATE FARLEY GARDEN
I am starting to think that my eye is drawn more to garden structure than to the garden planting itself. Certainly this has been the case in many of the gardens we have visited, although I will admit that many of the plants have been stunning.
There was lots to see in Kate's garden.
Pathways are my favorite especially when they are mixed media.
I love all the odds and ends incorporated into this wall. I did wonder what was behind this crumpled tin plate.
There was plenty of color to behold too.
Would you ever imagine that folk from Texas, where temperatures have been in the 100s for weeks, would be wilting by mid afternoon. Well we were. Our next visit was to South Seattle Community College Arboretum.
Here are some photos from our visit to the garden, noted for it Coenosium Rock Garden.