Friday, July 1, 2011


My thanks to Pat who sent me these photos.  I gather that the description was written by whomever took the pictures.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

For years many have passed this house and marveled at the floral display at 3725 No. Vassault St. in Tacoma . Last year there was no display and we had wondered if the Asian man who owns this house was ill. This year the display was back in force and we stopped this past Sunday to photograph it. We went up to the owner and told him how much we had enjoyed his garden all these years and he invited us to tour his creation. We found the backyard to be as beautiful as the front. He is Vietnamese, shy, very soft spoken, and speaks very little English, so we couldn't discuss too much with him about the garden.

View from the street, which always catches our attention.

As you can see a lot of the flowers are in pots. I guess this is so they can be changed easily.

 I wonder if he takes the pots in at night to keep them from being stolen.

Here is the master gardener! I wish we could have communicated.

 Look at how precise the hanging pots are lined up.

Entrance to the backyard.

 And here is the backyard. WOW!

A hand shows the size. It is hard to believe this is one man's work
           and I believe he must work on it every day, all day long.

Humor --

From ‘Dear Abby’

DEAR ABBY:  My boy friend is going to be 20 years old next month.  I’d like to give him something nice for his birthday.  What do you think he’d like?

DEAR CAROL:  Never mind what he’d like.  Give him a tie.

DEAR ABBY:  I know boys will be boys, but my ‘boy’ is 73 and he’s still chasing women.  Any suggestions?

DEAR ANNIE:  Don’t worry.  My dog has been chasing cars for years, but if he caught one, he wouldn’t know what to do with it.

DEAR ABBY:  I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford a lot of money to do it.  Any suggestions?

DEAR SAM:  Yes.  Run for public office.


  1. Wow!!! Talk about sharing the joy!!!

  2. Dinnerplate Dahlias. Love'em. My sister lives in Tacoma; I bet she knows that house.

  3. When I went to a summer school in Essex (England) I remember the dahlias in one man's garden. He had upside down clay pots filled with straw to attract the earwigs. Clearly he was a showman protecting his valuable flowers! I've grown some dahlias, and had some bugs nibble a few petals. If I were showing, I imagine I'd be angry. Right now I'm trying to grow sweet peas and so far so good. I'll let you know if snails or fungus get my crop. Er, and even if they all bloom, I'll never make it online like Tacoma-guy (not that I want to.)