Sunken Garden Gazette 8/2

Green Thumbs…

As promised, the south end points received new plants.  Elegant buddleia adds a delicious aroma and soft texture to contrast with the vertical, pink lined leaves of cordyline.  On the other side of cordyline, lantana repeats the soft texture with color that accents the beauty of the rock in the stone wall.  Cheerful petunia in pink punctuates the design.

Behind the Scenes

The young poinsettias were pinched this past week to encourage them to grow into well branched plants full of holiday color.

Its Holiday Show companion lavender is thriving in the greenhouse.  I don’t often need to water them because like other herbs they like to be on the dry side, but what a treat when I do.  Their moistened leaves release relaxing aromatics into the greenhouse. Ahhh.


Look up and out through the glass ceiling of the conservatory for added ambiance.  Some days you can see the avian acrobatics of a family of swallows as they swoop over and around the Sunken Garden roof.

Plant of the Week

This is the first time I’ve ever grown Lewisia and I love it!  A relative to purslane, it is endemic to the rocky slopes of north-central Washington and neighboring Canada, so it’s been a challenge to keep it as well drained as it likes.

Answers for Last Week’s Sunken Garden Scavenger Hunt

These are what I found for answers; you might have found something else that works just as well or better!

  • A flower that looks just like a little white moth. (Hint: it sways atop a thin stalk)

  • A tall, green stem whose top looks like it has burst into green fireworks. (Hint: ancient Egyptians used this to make paper)

  • A pink flower that would make a great trumpet for a garden fairy.

  • A leaf that is shaped like a pie with a very thin slice cut out.

  • A white flower that is the size and shape of a gumball.

This Week’s Kids (of all ages) Challenge

Unscramble these three words to reveal the current color theme of the Sunken Garden:

Kipn dan theiw

Good Luck. Answers in next week’s blog!


– Karri, your happy horticulturist