Frazel garden San Juan Island 2015- present

Elaine and Miles Frazel didn’t intend to make this the home it has become. Elaine didn’t intend to garden either but a home and garden have flourished and I am fortunate enough to have been a part of it from the start.

A cloak of blackberry thicket over a pile of cobble and tires, rusty, slightly recognizable bits of vehicles, bottles and old metal cans transformed, with the help of Forrest’s mini excavator, a flail mower and multiple buckets and thumbs. First a fence, a few maples, that all died from verticillium wilt, and then it all rolled on from there; a parade of plants and a passion revived.

Brief: sandy soil, deer browsing, within sight of the sea, sun, wind, desire to minimize irrigation; all limiting and expanding.

It has become a kind of on-going experiment nourished by my own passion for plants, combinations and ecological design and Elaine’s love and commitment to her blossoming garden and learning new things. It has become richer everyday for each of us. It is a joy to be in and grow.

Most plants are chosen for their suitability to dry, free-draining soils, sun and wind, and deer presence, browsing and rubbing; the last one is most difficult.

Forrest begins the bramble removal. November 2015

Forrest begins the bramble removal. November 2015

First trees going in, soil prepped. I admit to using machines when necessary. This soil can handle it. Brambles  enrich; there is no doubt about that.

First trees going in, soil prepped. I admit to using machines when necessary. This soil can handle it. Brambles enrich; there is no doubt about that.

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England

Some images…

The Peaks

The Peaks

birch trees

birch trees

Birch Trees

Birch Trees

Ruth’s

Ruth’s

Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road

The V&A

The V&A

South Ken farmers’ market

South Ken farmers’ market

S. Ken farmers’ market

S. Ken farmers’ market

coming soon Summer 2018.... Plants for Sale!

Nursery revival.  This summer, with my friend and colleague Elaine,  I'm returning to growing and selling some perennials and below is a list of what I expect to be offering sometime in June and beyond. You'll see this list is short but heavy in  Scrophulariacea and Lamiaceae; the families I am most drawn to. 

Available starting June 2018:

Digitalis lanata 'Cafe Creme'

Digitalis ferruginea 'Yellow Herald', D. ferruginea var. gigantea and D. f. straight species

Digitalis ambigua

Digitalis trojana

Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta'

Verbascum phlomoides 'Spica'

Verbascum chaixii '16 candles'

Verbascum chaixii album

Salvia nutans

Salvia hians

Salvia jurisicii

Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica

Thalictrum delaveyi

very few Lepechinia chamaedryoides and Lotus formosissimus

and a collection of scabiosa: 

S. atro. 'Fata Morgana', S. atro. 'Summer Fruits', S. caucasicum "Perfection Blue' and 'Perfection White'. 

 

Available later in summer 2018:

Glaucium flavum

Glaucium flavum var. aurantiacum

Digitalis laevigata

Digitalis lutea

Digitalis obscura ‘Sunset'

Digitalis parviflora

Digitalis purpurea ssp. heywoodii

Digitalis thapsi ‘Spanish Peaks’

Verbascum bombyciferum

Verbascum chaixii f. album 'Wedding Candles’

Verbascum roripifolium

Calycanthus occidentalis

 

Available next year:

Geranium macrorrhizum

Phlomis purpurea

Helleborus, 'Miss Jekyll's Scented’

Iris Pacific Coast Hybrids

Patrinia scabiosifolia

Cephalaria alpina    ......among others...

 

 

We'll be growing with OMRI certified potting medium and fertilizers and offering the plants in fiber pots with wooden plant labels. NO PLASTIC.  

stay tuned for additions and email for picture and descriptions. 

Iris

Iris sp.  in the wild.  (Iris purdeyi?) NW California.

bark