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Title: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on January 27, 2013, 10:21:57 AM
Hi,
In the last 2 years I have taken up quite an interest in Japanese gardening.  Traveling to the gardens in Seattle, Portland, and soon in Vancouver.  When there, I often take pictures.  I will try to upload a sample from the Garden in Portland taken Autumn of 2012 for others to enjoy.

I have been buying many books and I just love to learn more about Gardening in the Japanese style.  I have started creating a Japanese Garden in my own yard.  Moss areas, putting in rock features,and I have the basis of a new pond/stream that I hope to complete this year. 

Thank you.  Michael
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: don on January 27, 2013, 10:29:53 AM
Welcome to the forum, Michael.  Beautiful picture!
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: zvone on February 10, 2013, 03:50:05 PM
Welcome to the forum, Michael.  Beautiful picture!

Hi Mihael!

Welcome on forum!

Most beautiful part is in front of you: construction of Japanese garden. I wish you much luck and successes. Consult, investigate and listen to also others. But he does finally like this, as a heart is telling these, like this you are feeling corner alone. I am convinced , that you won't fail.

Best regards! Zvone

P.S. Beautiful pictures! Thank's!
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on February 10, 2013, 08:31:44 PM
Welcome to the forum, Michael.  Beautiful picture!
Most beautiful part is in front of you: construction of Japanese garden. I wish you much luck and successes.

Best regards! Zvone

P.S. Beautiful pictures! Thank's!

Zvone,
Thank you. I have been gathering up information on my garden had I have posted a bit there.  http://www.facebook.com/MichaelsGardenProgress  I have never created a Facebook page like this.  If you cannot see it please let me know.

Thanks... Michael
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: zvone on March 05, 2013, 11:36:42 AM
Welcome to the forum, Michael.  Beautiful picture!
Most beautiful part is in front of you: construction of Japanese garden. I wish you much luck and successes.

Best regards! Zvone

P.S. Beautiful pictures! Thank's!

Zvone,
Thank you. I have been gathering up information on my garden had I have posted a bit there.  http://www.facebook.com/MichaelsGardenProgress  I have never created a Facebook page like this.  If you cannot see it please let me know.

Thanks... Michael

Thank's Michael!

Your Garden Progress is best!

Best Reagrds!  zvone
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on May 25, 2013, 10:26:29 PM
It may not seem like much to all the folks who know more about gardening than I.  But I wanted to share this little success. 

Two years ago I found out I had Iris in the yard after living here for about 10 years.  One bloomed, so suddenly I knew it was not simply tall seasonal grass.  I fed it, watered it. And no flowers the next year.  I learned it needed more light, so I moved half the mass last fall.  And now this year, I have 20+ flowering.   ;D  And they are already moved to the back yard....  where a future stream/pond area will be.  I am a happy gardener.  Dreaming of Koi some day.

I thought I would share my joy.  Happy Gardening.  8)

(http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1657.0;attach=2819;image)

Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: K.T. Cannon-Eger on June 01, 2013, 11:38:59 PM
beautiful...thanks for sharing this photo and the news of multiplying irises
kt
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on July 04, 2013, 07:31:03 AM
2013 Summer Growth in the garden:
New things for the garden. Hostas have achieved flowering for the first time. Himalayan maidenhair fern have returned from winter (and I added a few more). Right near July 4th the humming birds and Crocosmia have emerged.
(http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1657.0;attach=2835;image)

If you would like to see more pictures, they are visible from a public share on facebook below.

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.589371157780167.1073741832.522771921106758&type=1

Happy Gardening!!!
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: K.T. Cannon-Eger on July 08, 2013, 06:31:22 PM
lovely...and thanks for the FB album.
wish we could grow hosta here in Hawaii, but I haven't found the right climate for them even at 4,000 feet in the Volcano golf course subdivision. plus there are those voracious slugs and snails!
best wishes with your lovely garden,
kt
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on January 05, 2014, 01:15:54 PM
I thought I would share one collage image from my garden from the last few weeks. A few snapshots of the garden in fall colors and snow.  These pictures are from about the last 12 weeks.  As autumn came and winter set in.  I just love that within the compression of a few weeks the bright hue of autumn turned into the pure white of winter.
(http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1657.0;attach=3118;image)
Even though I did not do alot to modify the garden around the house this year it feels like it is maturing.  A special thanks to all those on the forum for contributing ideas and always helping me improve as the garden and I grow together.

I managed to get out into the garden and clean it a bit on the first day of 2014.  I saw the first snowdrop flower had emerged at the same time as the last maple leaf still clung to the tree.  It was wonderful.

I took the time to observe the reflection of the trees in a dew drop, the sun warming and drying freshly fallen leaves, snow gently accumulating on the lanterns and buds that had tucked themselves in for the winter.

The newest garden members, the inspiring waterfall stone and beginnings of the karesansui ocean for Galápagos looked wonderful blanketed in snow.

Words to express how I feel in the garden are difficult to summarize. Last time I tried I came simple expression in words of how I would like it to unfold in the future the following words came to mind:

I think 2013 in the garden made progress in those directions.  I feel it captured a little bit of that in the dew drop picture.. and of course the "drop" in the karesansui ocean... A special thanks to all those on the forum for contributing ideas and always helping me improve as the garden and I grow together.

If your interested in seeing a few more pictures.... They are online here in the MichaelsGardenProgress (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.685754101475205.1073741838.522771921106758&type=1) area of Facebook I set up.

If you want to get updates of my facebook page on your Facebook news feed, simply "like" the top level page (http://www.facebook.com/MichaelsGardenProgress). Comments are always welcome.  On the forum and off.

Thanks and Happy Gardening in the new year..... Michael
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: don on January 08, 2014, 08:34:15 PM
Beautiful Michael.  Thank you for sharing.  Your transient view of the pine in the mist and your view of your garden trees in the drop - one time, one meeting:

Ichi go, ichi e
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on January 15, 2014, 10:13:27 AM
Ichi go, ichi e

Thank you don.  I have been pondering for quite some time on a name for my garden, or possibly a brief poem to have carved in stone....   Ichi go, ichi e and and fits to how my thoughts on the pacific northwest and Japanese gardening in a 'natural zoki form' have been evolving.

Also... Shotoku no Senzui and the thoughts of nature captured in the Sakuteiki seem to summarize it a bit... Or I guess it would be better to say.. I my limited understanding of what Sakuteiki presents after worked to read though Sakuteiki Visions of the Japanese Garden by Jiro takei, Marc P. Keane (http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?topic=1836.0).

Is there a time it is best to name a garden?  In a way, I feel like I want to keep it open forever.  However, It is very true that I have thoughts and feelings about it that are a centering force on the garden design/evolution.

Any suggested poems or ways I can refine these thoughts on a name of the garden and/or capturing it's targeted design essence?  Ok, that is deep enough for me, especially before coffee in the morning.  ;) Have a great day everyone.
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: don on January 17, 2014, 09:08:20 AM
I do have a couple of thoughts. 

When we got our first golden retriever pup, we were greatly concerned with what to name him.  My brother-in-law suggested the latin phrase for 'nothing to name' so as to leave his meaning open for change.  Of course he almost named himself - he could not pass up a stick!  So we named him Woodruff and called him Woody.  So for you it would be Wa namae nai and would then forever remind you that it has no name and therefore many names.  What is the sound of one hand clapping?  It is deafening!!!

The other would be to read one of my favorite books, 'The Art of Setting Stones' by Keane. Its not really about setting stones literally, but for me the essays capture the essence of what Kyoto felt like.  The can put you in a state of deep appreciation of the garden.  I think it may be an inspiration that will help you name your garden.
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on January 17, 2014, 09:53:17 AM
Don,
Thank you.  I will read the 'The Art of Setting Stones' by Keane and perhaps start a little review on it :)

... Michael
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on April 04, 2014, 09:53:01 PM
Hi All,
I like to upload a picture now and again of my garden here in my intro thread.  This year I managed to catch spring emerging with the maples and a few other plants.  I hope you all enjoy the Collage from Spring 2014. :)

(http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1657.0;attach=3303;image)

If you would like to see a few more images...  I posted some on my MichaelsGardenProgress  (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.738515039532444.1073741840.522771921106758&type=1) on Facebook
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: zvone on May 03, 2014, 02:45:57 AM
Hi All,
I like to upload a picture now and again of my garden here in my intro thread.  This year I managed to catch spring emerging with the maples and a few other plants.  I hope you all enjoy the Collage from Spring 2014. :)

(http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1657.0;attach=3303;image)

If you would like to see a few more images...  I posted some on my MichaelsGardenProgress  (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.738515039532444.1073741840.522771921106758&type=1) on Facebook

Vau Michael!

Beautiful!

Still forward successfully!

Best regards!  zvone
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on July 06, 2015, 12:33:28 PM
A few snapshots/updates from North East corner showing 2015 progress in the garden. 

I had to Adjust supports for the weeping atlas cedar to accommodate the 3 years of growth and continue it's flow into the north/side yard.  Also, I fine tuned level of side yard meeting the front yard in the North East portion of the garden (where lantern is in water). 

Wide panorama shot:
(http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1657.0;attach=4640;image)
The high spot of the tsukubai to the right (East) of the Atlas Cedar flows nicely to water the Cedar.  This will be reworked in the future since so much growth has happened in the last few years.  The overflow will go directly to the maple tree on the downhill/left.

Other Images below:
I set the Lantern foundation to be covered with one layer of black pebbles to simulate what will happen in heavy rain.   the water comes forward to the edge about 3 pebbles back from the scalloped crushed granite pathway and descends to water the maple in the neighbors yard that sometimes gets too dried out in the summer.  There is a spot on the north side of the house for resting and looking out on this from across the moss and various ferns.  In the morning, bird song, shadows, breeze, dripping water, humming birds on the Crocosmia. 

A few little sort videos (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8V0NrUM5KhA_VVnYnnPot79uJLv7_pbK) to show what it is like with a bit of morning motion.

(http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1657.0;attach=4642;image)

More pictures on FB (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.937708206279792.1073741846.522771921106758&type=3) for those with interest.   

If you like Black Pebbles, there is a forum post here with more pictures of  Black Pebble/Beach ~ Nature Inspiration (http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?topic=2155.msg16545#msg16545)

Happy Gardening...  :)
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: mslater on July 06, 2015, 02:04:59 PM
Michael,

Thanks for posting pictures. Would you be willing to interpret one of photos? I would be interested in learning how you put one of your designs together.

Mike
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on July 06, 2015, 06:15:44 PM
Of course. 8)  I am going to be off line a bit.  But as questions. I will do my best to answer.  :)
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on June 19, 2017, 08:19:59 AM
Continuing to improve the existing Tsukubai after repair to the stonework and landscape from this falls major garden installation.  This little area has become a tsubo mini garden that includes many waterfall stones I have collected it controls water flow in the north east corner of the property. 

Tsukubai ~ waterfall stone tsubo mini garden images:
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on July 09, 2017, 01:22:09 AM
Another picture
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Healeyjet on July 13, 2017, 08:41:23 AM
Looking good!

Ward
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: K.T. Cannon-Eger on July 13, 2017, 11:47:40 AM
very nice ... thank you for the progress photos on your tsukubai.

kt
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on July 15, 2017, 11:44:57 PM
Thanks Ward and KT!  It was hard work... but I love this... the water brings dragonflies and humming birds. :)
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: nola on July 16, 2017, 09:27:16 AM
Very cool. Do you have a reservoir beneath the above-ground vessel? How do you deal with algae? I have a pot with a fountain pump in it and have to dump, rinse and refill at least weekly. The pot is in sun, so I am sure that doesn't help.
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on July 16, 2017, 07:35:57 PM
Nola,
Thank you.  No beneath ground reservoir yet.  One is planned for the future.  Still have some micro leveling to do as the stones blend with the shaped grass. Right now the water it tied to the main watering system so it only runs when I am watering.  I let it dry out if need be.. only minor algae issue.. I clean it spring and just clean it as needed. 

Lots of water needed in this area for the blue atlas cedar that competes with the neighbors arborvitae hedge that is 25-30 feet tall just behind the Tsukubai.

Longer term, I will make most of the water flow to the cedar more directly and perhaps put a solar powered recycle pump to keep a minimum flow moving most of the day.  Dragonfly, hummingbird, and other birds love this area...  It is a joy to sit near in early in the morning and sip coffee.

Note: this is all the grass left I have anywhere on the property. I wanted to have just  a little... I left a run of clover though the center... 4 leaf often appear there.. I am sure they will take over the grass again... I will let nature win in the end... :)
Title: Re: Hello from Seattle
Post by: Michaelinseattle on January 16, 2018, 07:49:52 AM
Another few images from the garden this year.  Edzard recommended planting something with a touch of color for mid winter included are a few images of Witch-hazel (Hamamelis) cultivar H. japonica × H. mollis named named 'Jelena' and two kinds of Camellia. Camellia Japonica ~ Yuletide with snow, and a Camellia ‘Unryu’ bloom. 

‘Unryu’ , as I understand it, is Japanese name means “Dragon in the Clouds”.  This rare camellia has an unusual zig zag branching pattern. At each growth node on a branch, the growth changes direction, and so creates a twisted, contorted form. I believe it was given its name because to the Japanese, the plant apparently looks like a dragon climbing up into the sky.

(http://japanesegardening.org/talk/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1657.0;attach=5913;image)