Saturday, 19 July 2014
Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula
Patti Jacobsen’s Garden
I have had a long connection with Patti’s Seaview garden. We’ve been friends since well before she started the Music in the Gardens Tour in 2007; after three or four years, she passed the organizational torch to Garden Tour Nancy.
It was high time that her garden was on the tour again, especially since this may be the last year it is under her care. She has put her home, with its two darling rental cottages, up for sale as she is looking to downsize.
I was sorely tempted by this until I realized how much I enjoy being able to say that Allan and I have completely created our garden ourselves. The design of Patti’s is so excellent that if I bought the place, I would not want to change much at all (except to add more of the weird plants I like). There is also the slight matter of being in debt for the rest of our lives! But for someone, perhaps a garden blogger!, this is a perfect paradise just waiting to be found.
We were among the first tour guests to arrive at Patti’s garden.
Who could resist this house?
Patti greets Allan.
When Patti needed some gardening help this year and we were unable to fit her garden in (due to our various extra long weekends of skiving off to garden tours), I recommended a couple of other good gardeners to her. She said she did not want them “because they don’t come with Allan.”
Patti’s good friend Susan ready to greet guests; Allan’s photo
Patti, pre-tour, was squirting some organic mosquito repellent around the garden.
As I look longingly upon the house and try to remind myself of the good reasons to stay where we are, I also remind myself that Ilwaco does not seem to have a big mosquito problem.
the front borders
I had suggested to Patti over the years solutions for the corner of a yard where a big Cryptomeria had half dead limbs touching the ground. The first thing she showed me was how she had had it cleaned up (because she did finally find a gardener who was as good as Allan!).
Allan’s photo showing the newly limbed up tree
clean path into the back corner; big tree is to the left
under the tree, with refreshed river rock
We had offered to haul the pile of debris away and then I had forgotten all about it, so I was glad to see it all done and so very welcoming a space now.
to the south of the lawn; big tree is to the right
Allan’s photo, looking out to the lawn
The whole space around that tree is so opened up now and it is possible to walk all down that side of the garden.
As the tour began, Long Beach city administrator Gene Miles was among the first to arrive. His exquisite small garden was on last year’s tour.
On the south side of the house, a patio with plenty of room for entertaining is bordered by a river rock bed and a small pond.
looking back to the front garden
from the patio: a path leads west to the limbed up tree
The driftwood bench is from one piece found buried in mud along Willapa Bay.
dry creek bed by the pond
French doors, south side of house.
The French doors and porch were built by my former partner, Robert, while he lived at Patti’s for a year some time after he and I parted ways. Now there’s a tale! He installed the patio was well with his excellent sense for negative space and for not filling everything up with plants. (I still strive to learn from this.)
As we go around the corner of the house, the patio gravel makes a wide entry to the back deck.
Around the corner
Robert also made the water feature by the back door. (photo from earlier in June)
Behind the low hedge (photo above the water feature) in the southeast corner of the yard is Patti’s kitchen garden.
raspberries and veg; I neglected to photograph the gorgeous stained glass over the entry arbour!
tour guests in the kitchen garden
The garage is on the north side of the back garden, with a little lean to greenhouse at the end.
Patti’s rose garden to the east of her deck.
the east end of the garden
the lean to greenhouse
work area with compost bins and chicken coop; Patti used to keep chickens years ago.
The other gate leads to the little garden belong to Rose Cottage, one of Patti’s rental cottages (studio sized).
the back of the house
Patti (Allan’s photo)
One of the birdhouses was occupied by baby birds.
around the northeast corner to the north garden
Allan’s photo, looking into the garden from the arbour that leads from the side gate to the back deck
looking through the lattice to the north side lawn
West of the shade garden lawn is the two bedroom rental, a sweet situation if you get the right tenants.
It has its own little fenced yard. (The two yews in the background mark the front gate of Patti’s garden.)
looking back to the garage and back deck
and then around to the front garden again
and another look back
The south side of the rental cottage makes one side of Patti’s front garden.
The front porch beckons.
While we made our walk around the house, the tour had jumped into full swing. (Over the course of the day, over 371 people would come through the garden.)
tour guests arriving
Patti’s daughter’s dog; her own wiggly dog was boarded for the day.
classic porch swing
on the porch: raffle items for those who purchase a Water Music Festival membership
at one end of the porch, treats
and fine local coffee
Patti’s daughter enjoying the visitors. Oat cakes and jam!
Susan on the porch swing
tour guests Helen and Debbie arrive.
Helen is the owner of the fabulous Westbrook garden in Astoria which we must visit again soon; Debbie is a staunch reader of this blog.
more friends arrive! Debbie and me (Allan’s photo)
Debbie (left) of Rainyside.com had come all the way from Kingston, and Allison (center) had come from Bonney Lake (the Bonney Lassie blog). We were so pleased to see them both.
guests browsing the garden
In the living room, Cheri Walker of the 42nd Street Café warmed up on her harp. One of the unusual features of this garden tour is that because it is a benefit for the Water Music Festival (which in turn benefits music programs in local schools), each garden features an accomplished musician.
Cheri in Patti’s living room
which is so beautiful I can’t even imagine living there!
the view from the living room onto the patio
Cheri set up so her music would waft out of the French doors onto the patio.
at the corner of the patio porch
We sat on the porch for awhile, even though I knew we should be getting on as we had ten gardens to see!
view from the porch, Allan’s photo
visiting with Helen and Debbie (Allan’s photo)
I told Patti we would be back later (although as it turned out, we saw the last garden in the closing minutes of the tour and never did get back that day to take more photos of Patti’s garden). Although there’s probably no surprise in the news that Patti’s garden was my favourite, there are many fine gardens to come.
For another view of Patti’s garden, see Alison’s post on the Bonney Lassie blog.