Welcome! I began this online gardening journal in March 2014 with the goal of chronicling these gardens on Coppertop Trail while learning to care for them. The gardens are what first drew me to this mountainside home.
We purchased these five acres on the northern Olympic Peninsula in Washington State in late 2013 and moved into our home in early 2014. About half of the land is wild forest, and the other half was beautifully landscaped by the original owners/builders since 2001 with an abundance of perennials, bulbs, trees, native plants, climbing vines, shrubs, herbs, groundcovers, vegetable and flower beds, berries, and a small orchard. A stream bisects our land, flowing into a pond, then out through a wild, marshy area. The soil toil is continuous, but the joys are never-ending as well. This view eases the labor.
Hubby and I lived nearly 30 years of our 55+ all over the globe, as he served those years as a pilot in the US Navy. We give thanks to God for adventures that developed in us and our three adult children a love for exploration in many forms. We entered a new, slightly more settled phase of life together in the Pacific Northwest, a gorgeous place we both have ties to, and we are developing roots 😉 while maintaining our love for exploring.