Friends In the Garden – A Three-Part Series

By Marie Jones.
                 
One of the wonderful things about gardening is meeting friends who share your love of the same hobby. I am blessed to have several friends that enjoy gardening, and I'd like to introduce three of them to you over the next few weeks.

Today I'll start with Annie, who's had a love for gardening since she was a young girl. Her early interest came by way of her dad, who planted lilacs and grew tomatoes at every house they lived at.
               
Carrying on that early zeal, Annie grows over 30 varieties of tomatoes each year. The plants are started from seed on her kitchen counter in late winter and later transferred to the greenhouse in April. Finally, as is the case each year, they are planted outside on Mother's Day. For 20 years, she hosted a yearly garden sale that included tomatoes and plants started from seed, items out of her own garden, and plants she bought as special features.
From working on-site with landscaping to having her own landscaping design business, Annie has had plenty of experience with plants. After taking classes in horticulture and design, her own yard became a laboratory. Over the years, it has been completely transformed, with only four original trees remaining while everything else is new. After years of hand watering and using sprinklers and soaker hoses, she and her husband put in a water system. Recently she has been taking the yard through a selective reduction to make it less work intensive and easier to care for.
Some highlights of plants included in this luscious landscape include over 25 varieties of hydrangea bushes. One bush brought from her last home is called "Annabelle" and is over 43 years old. An impressive row of lilacs now compiles a hedge along the driveway. From late winter throughout the fall, there are many varieties of bulbs, perennials, and trees popping up and blooming, including a delicious smelling jasmine, a trumpet vine, and 12 types of rose bushes. Throughout the yard are potted plants tucked in and around flowerbeds and onto the back deck and the house's front entrance.
There are many handmade pieces of art in Annie's garden. Some of the items she has created include mosaic stepping stones made from broken pottery, hypertufa pots, and giant leaf castings. There is also a chicken coop that her husband built. After a season of chickens and eggs, they scrubbed it down and converted it into a playhouse for the grandchildren.
Some pathways lead to secret gardens with seating areas, gnomes, and other delights that grandchildren and guests alike have enjoyed over the years.

From a wedding and receptions to hosting her garden group, this fabulous environment has been the backdrop to many gatherings for family and friends. It continues to be a remarkable venue reflecting ingenious creativity and hospitality.
Posted in

Recent

Archive

 2022
 June
Mangia Mangia with MercuriAt Home in my Burien GardenPentecostCity Council Summary: 5/2/2022City Council Summary: 5/16/2022The Joys of Being a Grandparent in BurienShow Me the MoneyReal Estate in BurienShavoutGrandma's WisdomGareth's Story - "Prison Ministry Has Changed My Life."Silver WisdomFrom the Front Lines of AddictionWhat is Good Government?What do King County, WA State, and Dozens of Cities Have in Common?Local Florist Strives for Burien to Flourish as a Small TownIntroducing Wine Wednesdays!Restaurant Review: Three Tree Point StoreBurien's BeginningsQuiet HeroesThe Joy of Youthful Nature WalksMarriage: The Long HaulThe Most Important AccountService with a Smile!Urban Farming: Sunny GardensSummer Swim: How it Began"God Wasn't Done With Me." Mark's StoryMeet Your Local Law EnforcementWine Wednesday!Ready for Father's Day?Memories of Our FathersLetter to the Editor: Danny HouseThe Art of SavingMemories of our FathersIt's Not Too Late, DadMy Favorite Memory with DadSouthern Cooking with SheriThree Fathers and Four Generations of HospitalityRestaurant Review: Centro Neighborhood KitchenHistory Of Gelato From Dolce Diletto In BurienWake up and Live in Burien (Part 1)A Look Into Burien's High-End Real Estate MarketSunny Gardens - Growing Pains, WateringGrandma's WisdomWine Wednesday!Bright Gems: MidwayRestaurant Review: Dek ThaiCity Council Extends Conditional Offer to Adolfo BailonNeighborhood Night OutBringing Good News to Burien: Just In TimeIntroduction to the High School Sports SeriesSchool Board Meeting Summary: 6/22/22An Overview of Highline School District's BudgetCity Council Summary: 6/21/2022The Heat is On!Highline's Spring Season HighlightsLetter to the Editor: To the Highline School BoardKennedy's Spring Season HighlightsWake up and Live in Burien (Part 2)Wine Wednesday!Restaurant Review: B-Town Halo GrillHappiness

Categories

Tags

Addiction recovery burien Alcohol recovery burien Arugula Battle For Biurien Burien football news Burien football Burien latinx Burien news Burien Buriien Football Coach Deontae Cooper Coach House Deontae cooper Eastside Catholic Gem of the Sound Sports Highline Pirates Defensive Backs Coach Hope in homelessness JT Jackson Kennedy Catholic Kennedy Lancers Kennedy athletic director Kennedy football Kennedy lancers football Kennedy Morgan Rosoborough Riverton Place Steilacoom Sentinels Title IX Program United Gospel Mission addiction support burien argula arts a glow battle for burien be a lancer brown fiesta btown coffee btown budgeting burien events burien gelato burien shopping event burien sidewalk sale burien sports burien washington buriennews bur catholici catholic city of burien coach cooper coach cross covid policies highline covid vaccine side effects covid custom made coffee seattle wa data privacy highline discover burien events discover burien don hoffman downtown burien dq big game end of summer sale faith finances gardening gelato in burien gelato gem of the sound gemofthesound highline football highline kickoff highline pirates highline pirtates highline school district highline school dist highline school sports highline school highline stadium highlinepirates homelessness in burien ice cream in burien jamboree kennedylancers king5sports lance leasure lancers football lancers latina heritage burien latino heritage burien localfootball pirates football pirates kickoff game pirates versus lancers pirates pugetsound sidewalk sale burien town and country coffee wake up and live series wild wild arugula wild argula yummy treats in burien