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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 7: Marla’s Real Living Garden

Marla’s urban farm overlooks Willapa Bay and benefits from her early years of living on a Washington farm.  She says, “I am still amazed at nature.  You plant a seed or start and an awesome plant grows.”  In just two years, she has grown and built quite a bit, including fencing, lawn, landscaping, irrigation, flower and vegetable beds,  hanging baskets and a chicken coop.  Her pride and joy are the beautiful hens and the eggs they lay.

I wrote about Marla’s garden a year and a month before this year’s tour.  Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed it this year on June 1st.

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

driveway

driveway

tour day!

tour day!

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

in the driveway

in the driveway

front gate at SW corner of the house

front gate at SW corner of the house

birds

a landing spot for baby birds

a landing spot for baby birds

soft

Allan’s photo

inside the front gate

inside the front gate

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps, photo by Kathleen Shaw

clematis seedheads

clematis seedheads

by the stairway

by the stairway

perennial sweet pea

perennial sweet pea

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

containers packed with perennials and annuals

containers packed with perennials and annuals

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pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

tour day, with the porch gate open

tour day, with the porch gate open

I love the porch, all its adjacent plantings, its art and decor and the way it wraps around two sides of the house.  I’d like to pick it up and put it right down next to my house!  So we’ll explore the porch first, and then the garden.

view down back porch steps

view down back porch steps, with Marla’s mother in pink top, seated

Marla's colourful flower baskets

Marla’s colourful flower baskets (Allan’s photo)

plants

Allan’s photo

walking along the porch, looking at the garden

walking along the porch, looking down at the garden

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour.  photo by Kathleen Shaw.

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour. photo by Kathleen Shaw.

looking north

looking north toward the Charles Nelson B&B next door

on the porch

on the porch

On the east side of the porch, Portland guitarist Terry Robb performed for tour guests.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb (Allan’s photo)

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

While I listened to him, Marla's mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

While I listened to him, Marla’s mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view to the east

view to the east

over Willapa Bay

over Willapa Bay

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

Now we’ll walk return along the porch to the back steps.

south side of porch

south side of porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

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down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

porch decorations at top of stairs

porch decorations at top of stairs

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

patio corner

patio corner

Marla's next door neighbour, whose garden we'll visit next, gave her this sign.

Marla’s next door neighbour, whose garden we’ll visit next, gave her this sign for the fence by the patio.

on the patio table:  Marla's grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

on the patio table: Marla’s grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

farm whirlygig

farm whirlygig

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks, photo by Kathleen Shaw

plants

flowers

Allan’s photo

birdhouses

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looking east from the patio

looking east from the patio, pre-tour visit, June 1st

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

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ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking back at the patio

looking back at the patio

astilbes

astilbes

SE corner of house

SE corner of house (Allan’s photo)

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

cosmos, tour day

cosmos, tour day

cosmos

cosmos

over the fence

over the fence

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (right)

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (lower right)

north side of house

north side of house

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

deck on north side of house

deck on north side of house

Plants were for sale by Marla's  brother in law who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

Plants were for sale by Marla’s brother in law, Greig Warner, who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

I want to get to know this fellow better as he is a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut).  I missed out on a way cool plant here, as you will see in the next garden tour post.  I met him briefly at the tour and learned that he is moving to the beach so I hope we will get to know him.

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

gunnera by back deck, looking west

gunnera by back deck, looking west

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in the NW corner of the yard: the chicken coop and veg garden

Gunnera, June 1st

Gunnera, June 1st, looking east

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

gunnera flowers

gunnera flowers and lawn clippings to help retain moisture (Allan’s photo)

the hens' domain

the hens’ domain

on the north deck

on the north deck

Erysimum 'Constant Cheer', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Erysimum ‘Constant Cheer’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium 'Jade Frost', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

painted yard stick plant tag

painted yard stick plant tag (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of the making of the plant tags

Allan’s photo of the making of the plant tags

view east from the henhouse corner

view east from the henhouse corner

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

pre-tour visit, June 1

pre-tour visit, June 1

On tour day afternoon, because of the unusually hot weather, the chickens were in the shade of their coop.

not a chicken to be seen!

not a chicken to be seen!

Fortunately, they had been out and about on June 1st when Nancy and I visited the garden for sneak peek photos.

Marla's beloved flock

Marla’s beloved flock

the coop

the coop

Marla’s garden was a close contender for my favourite because of its intensive container plantings, its whimsical decor, and the chickens.  While I don’t feel that I have time to care for chickens, I would surely love to incorporate a barnyard corner like this into my garden someday.  And the wrap around porch.  And the nice, friendly neighbours.  When Nancy and I visited earlier, Marla just matter-of-factly put the exciteable galloping dog into the fenced yard of the neighbour to the north.  And her neighbour to the south will be our next garden tour visit.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools.

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 6: Rita and Ken’s Garden

The landscaping on Rita and Ken’s property, located on a ridge between Nahcotta and Oysterville, surrounds a lodge-like home.  The front gardens and meditation alcove and upper pond are connected by a cascading stream to a lower pond, home to fish and frogs. The courtyard, deck and gazebo overlooking  Willapa Bay will invite you to sit, relax and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the view.  

We parked in a field by the road and walked up the long driveway.

We parked in a field by the road and walked up the long driveway.  (Allan’s photo)

driveway circle garden

driveway circle garden

welcome

driveway circle garden

driveway circle garden (Allan’s photo)

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bark

Allan’s photo

circle

storage shed and potting shed

storage shed and potting shed

the back of the driveway bed, looking west (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

the back of the driveway bed, looking west (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw, with one of the original signs for Clarke Nursery.

Shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw, with one of the original signs for Clarke Nursery.

Clarke Nursery may sound familiar to regular readers; it was on the properties now owned by Ron Barclay and Steve and John.  All longtime gardeners on the Peninsula have fond memories of it.

potting shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw

potting shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw

turning south, walking toward the front (west side) of the house.

turning south, walking toward the front (west side) of the house.

I digress to take a path going west into the woods.

I digress to take a path going west into the woods.

The woodland paths have been extended and refined by local gardener Sara Zaga.

The woodland paths have been extended and refined by local gardener Sara Zaga.

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I turned back here, lacking time and a walking stick for balance.  The destination of the enticing paths must remain a mystery.

I turned back here, lacking time and a walking stick for balance. The destination of the enticing paths must remain a mystery.

looking east toward the potting shed from the woods

looking east toward the potting shed from the woods

tour guests in the front garden; to their right is the newly created meditation alcove.

tour guests in the front garden; to their right is the newly created meditation alcove.

meditation alcove

meditation alcove

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

front garden with Acanthus mollis

front garden with Acanthus mollis

front garden and house

front garden and house (Allan’s photo)

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Rita and Ken built this wall.  The white signs said which year each area had been created.

Rita and Ken built this wall. The white signs said which year each area had been created.

west side of house. from below the rock wall in previous photo

west side of house. from below the rock wall in previous photo

Rita plants up all her own containers and baskets with plants from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Rita plants up all her own containers and baskets with plants from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

upper pond at south end of the lawn

upper pond at south end of the lawn, the start of one of my favourite water features ever

upper pond

upper pond (Allan’s photo)

bench and garden mirror that reflects leaves and sky

by the upper pond: bench and garden mirror that reflects leaves and sky

fire pit seating on south side of house

fire pit seating on south side of house

stream emerging from upper pond

stream emerging from upper pond: Rita and Ken built this water feature.

This recirculating stream is my favourite thing here; I would love to have this in my garden (but my present garden is too flat for it to seem real).

This recirculating stream is my favourite thing here; I would love to have this in my garden (but my present garden is too flat for it to seem real).

coming around the corner of the house

coming around the SE corner of the house

looking down at the lower pond, into which the stream falls.

looking down at the lower pond, into which the stream falls.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

the deck

the deck

Acustica World Music, from Astoria, was playing from the gazebo.

Acústica World Music, from Astoria, was playing from the gazebo.

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photo by Kathleen Shaw

Acústica World Music

Acústica World Music; They probably liked it up there in their own world.

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Rainyside’s Debbie Teashon made this video featuring a song by Acustica while she was at Rita’s garden (at a different time of tour day from us).

I had the problem of not being able to get down to the deck because of stairs with no railings.  However, because Allan and I had weeded here one summer years ago (before we started cutting back on private garden jobs), I knew another way down.

alternate route: across the lawn and around the north end of the deck.

alternate route: across the lawn and around the north end of the deck.

and next to this little patio...

and next to this little patio…

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...there is a path around to the deck level.

…there is a path around to the deck level.

north side of house, below the potting shed

north side of house, below the potting shed

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Bob Duke well shows my path around to the deck level.

photo by Bob Duke well shows my path around to the deck level.

the deck, pretour photo by Bob Duke

the deck, pretour photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

our friend Shelly of Flowering Hedge Designs helped with the flower planting by the deck and patio.  Photo by Shelly Hedges.

our friend Shelly of Flowering Hedge Design helped with the flower planting by the deck and patio. Photo by Shelly Hedges.

dahlias, photo by Shelly Hedges

dahlias, photo by Shelly Hedges

the deck

the deck

view from the deck

view from the deck

I saw Our Kathleen sitting by the pond and joined her.

I saw Our Kathleen sitting by the pond and joined her.

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I especially like the way the deck is right over one side of the pond.

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one of the nicest little garden ponds around; imagine the splashing of the waterfall.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw; we were told that Rita had made the mosaic sign.

the frog in question (spotted by Kathleen)

the frog in question (spotted by Kathleen)

lower pond wall, photo by Kathleen Shaw

lower pond wall, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hydrangeas, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hydrangeas, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Shelly Hedges

photo by Shelly Hedges

mosaic bench by Renee O'Connor, photo by Kathleen Shaw

mosaic bench by Renee O’Connor, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

the stairs from lawn path to deck patio

the stairs from lawn path to deck patio

Railing-less stairs flummox me with dizziness and uncoordination.  I think there were refreshments up on the upper deck, but for me, they might as well have been up a rickety ladder.    (Our Kathleen said that as soon as she saw the stairs, she knew I would have a problem.)

pretty but impassible to me without a railing

pretty but impassible to me without a railing

I was reminded of that garden in Portland where I sent Allan up the railingless steps to take photos of cool collectible plants on the deck.  This time, I could not find him to see if I could get him to bring me some water or food. We had no phone signal, but fortunately I found him eventually when he came down to the deck level.  By then, we had to move on to see the last two gardens (and one non-garden).  Because I was feeling flustered and frustrated, I am sorry to say that I did not take as many photos of the flowers as I otherwise would have.  This garden was a favourite of many people, so I feel I “let down the side”.  Being unable to preview the garden for “sneak peek” photos also means I have fewer photos to work with here.

steps to house deck, lined with flowers on both sides

steps

I’ve fallen down almost every set of steps everywhere I’ve lived, so accessibility in a garden is something that I think about.

Allan's photo when he finally found us.

Allan’s photo when he finally found us.

Kathleen was heading out in reverse order from us, so we would not see her again until our post-tour dinner at The Depot.  Her camera battery had died; I lent her the camera known as Spot so that she could keep taking photos.  Garden Tour Nancy had just arrived, but I was on a quest for a drink of water and toddled back down to the parking field as fast as I could.

Next two posts: one of my favourite gardening situations, two gardening neighbours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 5: Somsri’s Garden

A fire-circle patio welcomes you to this plant collector’s two-year-old garden, whose owner has shopped globally for unique plants from Hong Kong, Japan, and her native Thailand as well as nurseries in the Pacific Northwest.  Her beautiful raised-bed septic drain field includes driftwood creatures and garden art partially hidden among the flowers.   More magical pairings of plants and art await your discovery throughout this garden.  

Sit yourself down and make yourself comfy as I have a lot to share about this garden, which I visited twice before the tour as well as on tour day.

Nancy and I went out pre-touring on June 1st.  When we got to north Surfside we took a wrong turn and ended up half a block west of Somsri’s garden.  On that block, I said we must stop and look at the raised septic field garden.

down the block from Somsri

down the block from Somsri

a driftwood serpent

a driftwood serpent

with a marble eye

with a marble eye

When Nancy and I went in the right direction, and saw Somsri’s garden, I realized that she must have created the neighbouring one, too.  Yes, she said, she helped her neighbour by planting that garden and making the artistic touches.  I am always smitten with someone taking her personal gardening outside of her own space to beautify the world.

As usual, I will intermingle pre-tour with tour day photos of Somsri’s garden.

Somsri's garden: Photo by Bob Duke

Somsri’s garden: Photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

On tour day, we arrived at the same time as our friends Ed Strange and Basket Case Greenhouse’s Fred Aust.

Basket Case Nancy was gone visiting her mother, so Fred and Ed toured together.

Basket Case Nancy was gone visiting her mother, so Fred and Ed toured together. (Allan’s photo)

My nephew Jackson

My nephew Jackson

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Jackson was having a break from riding in the truck.

Pretty soon Debbie Teashon also turned up!  She was touring at a slower pace than ours because of taking photos and videos and listening to some of the music.  In fact, she saw only six of the gardens.  That’s a good reason to have no more than seven gardens next year, in my opinion.

me, Debbie, Ed and Fred

me, Debbie, Ed and Fred

west side of the garden

west side of the garden

south side

south side

main entrance via the driveway

main entrance via the driveway

east side of driveway

east side of driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

June 1st

June 1st

June 1st: the moment I fell in love with this garden.

June 1st: the moment I fell in love with this garden.

tour day

tour day

Somsri’s repurposed found objects and her driftwood scupltures are throughout the garden all the way out to the street.

driftwood and shell planter

driftwood and shell planter, June 1st

acanthus

patio

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patio

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Across the patio, the music tent.

walkway to front door, photo by Kathleen Shaw

walkway to front door, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

entry garden, west garage wall, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Debbie taking photos.

Debbie taking photos.

front porch

front porch

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

west window garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

west window garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

balls

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

dierama, July 3rd

dierama, July 3rd

and on tour day

and on tour day

planters

Brian O’ Connor was the tour day musician.

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This man has an excellent voice.

This man has an excellent voice.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

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Somsri (whose nickname is Sam), right, walks with a tour guest.

Somsri (whose nickname is Sam), right, walks with a tour guest.

On the west side of the garden, the raised drain field, required in modern septic systems at the beach, has been transformed into an eye level garden.  In my opinion, this area is the star, planted up with cool plants chosen by a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut) who is always on the lookout for something new and interesting.

south end of the drain field garden

south end of the drain field garden

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

eye level garden

eye level garden

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Allan’s photo

June 1st

June 1st

Sam and a tour guest

Sam and a tour guest

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

July 3rd

July 3rd

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June 1st

June 1st

July 3rd

July 3rd

June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

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June 1st

June 1st

north end of raised garden. June 1st

north end of raised garden. June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

plants

plants

I could walk around and around this raised bed garden for hours.  It’s great seeing the plants at this level.

pulsatilla

pulsatilla

Nothing much gets past Somsri's desire to turn objects into art.

Nothing much gets past Somsri’s desire to turn objects into art.

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Allan’s photo

farm

hens

bird

nest

Allan’s photo

dahlias

Allan’s photo

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white centaurea, June 1st

white centaurea, June 1st

A driftwood fence backs up the garden on the north side of the house.

north side of house

north side of house

a tour guest explores

a tour guest explores

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Among the beach pines on the south and west sides of the lot, Somsri places her driftwood, fishing float, and shell planters and decorations.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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The garden extends out to the street.

The garden extends out to the street.

Gunnera, June 1st

Gunnera, June 1st

guests

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

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out4

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Allan’s photo

June 1st

June 1st

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo; Someone else had told Allan to look for the painted driftwood pieces.

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June 1st

June 1st

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am sure that if you were to walk by Somsri’s garden and saw her outside, that she would invite you to tour the garden and share her love and enthusiasm for each plant and each creation.

Somsri talks to us about a plant she brought back, years ago, from Thailand.

Somsri talks to us about a plant she brought back, years ago, from Thailand.

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Allan’s photo

It spends the winter indoors.

It spends the winter indoors.

She calls it Siam Lucky Plant.

She calls it Siam Lucky Plant.

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Allan's photo: Somsri's spouse quietly watching the tour guests.

Allan’s photo: Somsri’s spouse quietly watching the tour guests.

I told him that I loved the garden because walking through it was the best kind of experience of being in the gardener’s mind.  He said Sam has a very busy mind, and he just helps her realize her ideas.  What a nice man.  I also told both of them that Somsri’s edges out all the other gardens as my favourite, because she is an artist and a plant collector and her garden has the quirkiness that I adore.  Another reason it was my favourite is because she does it all herself, and that always pleases me.  It’s not made to impress or dazzle anyone but Sam and her spouse, yet provides delight for anyone who walks through.  It had plants I had never seen before (ones she’d brought from Thailand and Japan years ago when it was easier to bring plants through customs).  I’d like to see the garden in all seasons.

interlude

Before we left for the next garden, I took a walk a block down the street and saw Sam’s influence on other gardens.  The way her passion for gardening has spilled out into the neighbourhood is another reason her garden was this year’s favourite of mine.

a couple of houses to the west

a couple of houses to the west

I like the wooden deck.

I like the wooden deck.

wooden deck next to raised drain field.

wooden deck next to raised drain field.

a half block to the west, the garden Sam helps out with.

a half block to the west, the garden Sam helps out with.

It has that Somsri touch.

It has that Somsri touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools.

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 4: High Tide Hilton

The High Tide Hilton lives up to its name.  The resort-themed compound features a home and guest cottage, and a garden filled with fun regional art on exterior walls and in planting beds, along with driftwood gates and trellises and manicured lawns.  The amenities include an enclosed outdoor shower, a greenhouse, and  a magazine-worthy outdoor kitchen, the Surf Lounge, complete with stainless appliances.  

Just outside the gate, we met Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Landscaping) about to enter the garden.

Dave and Melissa

Dave and Melissa

oar gate, photo by Kathleen Shaw

oar gate, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Hight Tide Hilton is half a block east of our longtime gardening job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.  The nest can be seen from the highway.

nest

 

photo by Allan Fritz

photo by Allan Fritz

pre-tour photo by Bob Duke

pre-tour photo by Bob Duke

Crafted by the previous owners of the property, this sturdy nest has been up there for years.

Crafted by the previous owners of the property, this sturdy nest has been up there for years.

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gumdrop

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

walk to the outdoor kitchen

walk to the outdoor kitchen

Garden Tour Nancy and I did not manage to get a pre-tour of this garden because on that day, the owners had been on a camping trip.  When we peered wistfully through the gate, I noticed a sign hereabouts with some sort of Survivor reference (something about the walk to tribal council).  I enjoyed that sign but forgot to look for it on tour day.

by the path to the Surf Lounge

by the path to the Surf Lounge

Surf Lounge outdoor kitchen

Surf Lounge outdoor kitchen

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photos

view south from the Surf Lounge

view south from the Surf Lounge

The landscape is all about amenities and easy maintenance.  I could not help but envision it filled with a high maintenance garden of exotic and tropical feeling plants like a jungly castaway island.

If I lived here, I'd have most of my meals in that kitchen.

If I lived here, I’d have most of my meals in that kitchen.

Here's the castaway's shipwrecked boat.

Here’s the castaway’s shipwrecked boat.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

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island

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Seattle duo The Winterlings were the musicians for High Tide Hilton.

Seattle duo The Winterlings were the musicians for High Tide Hilton.

I was smitten with The Winterlings just from their own description of their music: “With songs as vivid as feature films, Seattle Alt-Folk duo The Winterlings take listeners on an unexpected journey through flooded barns and cedar forests, chemistry labs and ferries crossing Puget Sound.

The Winterlings

The Winterlings

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I was as smitten by their performance as by their description, and I got tears in my eyes when they sang Long May You Live.  While I had more four more gardens to see and couldn’t linger, I resolved to see their show at Waikiki Beach (at Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, not Hawaii) on August 22.  Meanwhile, I had to move on.

the main house

the main house: Surf Lodge

lodge

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

private path to north side of main house

private path to north side of main house

photo by Bob Duke; there may be two guest cabins.

photo by Bob Duke; there may be two guest accomodations (one at the back of the garage?)

walk

the guest cabin

the guest cabin; I wish I’d thought to peer in the window.

looking back to the Surf Lodge

looking back to the Surf Lodge

looking from the deck in front of the cabin toward the side door of the garage (another guest room?)

looking east from the deck in front of the cabin toward the side door of the garage (another guest room?)

water feature

water feature

door

sign

South end of garage: a greenhouse

South end of garage: a lean-to greenhouse

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

behind the guest cabin: a fully enclosed outdoor shower

behind the guest cabin: a fully enclosed outdoor shower

outdoor shower room

outdoor shower room

guest cabin, back of garage, greenhouse door; outdoor shower is behind guest cabin

guest cabin, back of garage (left), greenhouse door (left); outdoor shower is behind guest cabin

I liked how the buildings were joined by boardwalks.

I liked how the buildings were joined by boardwalks.

Back we go to the Surf Lodge.

Back we go to the Surf Lodge.

Melissa and Dave outside the Surf Lodge

Melissa and Dave talk with the owner outside the Surf Lodge

looking east from the Surf Lodge across the driveway

looking east from the Surf Lodge across the driveway

looking east from the Surf Lodge across the driveway

looking east from the Surf Lodge across the driveway

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

The resident dog was happy about all the company.

The resident dog was happy about all the company. (Allan’s photo)

Dax (Allan's photo)

Dax (Allan’s photo)

We parted ways with Dave and Melissa, who had started from their home near Oysterville so were doing the gardens in a different order.  (Our Kathleen was at this garden at a completely different time of day.)

Regular readers of this blog can readily guess that this garden was not “plant-y” enough to be in the running for my favourite of this tour, but I sure did love the boardwalks, the guest cottage and outdoor shower, and the fantasy castaway island feeling of the place and I’d love (be able to afford) to incorporate some of that into my own plant-y garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 3: Mimosa Garden (Holtermann Garden

Waving tropical fish flags greet you as you begin your tour of an art-filled patio garden with colorful pots, choice and well-grown plants, and a wall pocket of textured succulents. Stroll through the full-sun gardens wrapping around the this dune-facing home, which well meets all the challenges of the wind, fog and salt air.  Enjoy the many spots to sit, a working potting bench, and a small kitchen garden.

This aerial photo taken by local photographer Bob Duke with the aid of his drone show how close the garden is to the dunes:

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke, showing the triangular shaped lot

garden tour day

garden tour day

on a pre-tour visit June 1st

on a pre-tour visit June 1st (when we just looked at the garden from here, as we were making a spontaneous drive-by)

fish

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

entrygarden

south side of house

Mimosas and lemony ice water were on offer at the welcome table.

Mimosas and lemony ice water were on offer at the welcome table.

treats (Allan's photo)

treats (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Gardener Pat's t shirt (Allan's photo)

Gardener Pat’s t shirt (Allan’s photo)

west side, photo by Kathleen Shaw

west side, photo by Kathleen Shaw

cheerful entry garden

cheerful entry garden

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

The garden had looked just as perfect when Nancy and I visited on July 3rd to get some “sneak peek” photo for the tour’s Facebook page as it did on tour day.  I noticed how well-grown the plants are.  Just two days before the tour, Pat’s husband sent us this photo captioned “Working through the pain to get ready for the garden tour.”  Pat had hurt her leg and was continuing the preparation on crutches.  Because the garden already looked so fine, it was not the disaster it would have been for someone like me whose garden is not perfected till about one day before a tour.

photo by John Holtermann

photo by John Holtermann

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

tour day

tour day

colour

lookback

front door

front door

pre-tour visit, July 3rd, digiplexis

pre-tour visit, July 3rd, digiplexis

digiplexis

Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’

pre-tour visit, July 3rd:  This little heart bench belonged to Pat's mother.

pre-tour visit, July 3rd: This little heart bench belonged to Pat’s mother.

tour day

tour day

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

stepping stones to patio on west side of house

stepping stones to patio on west side of house

patio4

pre-tour visit, July 3rd, Scophularia vareigata (variegated figwort)

pre-tour visit, July 3rd, Scophularia vareigata (variegated figwort)

west side patio

west side patio

patio2

lower windows tip out

lower windows tip out

Our Kathleen toured the garden in the late afternoon and found Barbara Bate playing piano on the west patio.

bate

Barbara Bate

north wall of patio

north wall of patio

On a pre-tour visit on June 1st

On a pre-tour visit on June 1st

succulent pocket garden on pre-tour visit, July 3rd

succulent pocket garden on pre-tour visit, July 3rd (lower right corner: Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’

July 3rd

July 3rd

and on tour day

and on tour day

pots

chair

hydrangea at gate to next area

hydrangea by the entry to the next area of the garden

window reflection with more plants inside

window reflection with more plants inside

looking back on the west side patio

looking back on the west side patio

to our left as we step through into the next area

to our left as we step through into the next area

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

The little watering can is a clever reference to the flowing shape of Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'.

The little watering can is a clever reference to the flowing shape of Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’.

Or is it 'All Gold'?

Or is it ‘All Gold’?

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Allan’s photo

When we were there in the morning, Barbara Bate was playing in the north side garden.  For her second set, she moved into the sun where Kathleen found her later on.

Barbara Bate

Barbara Bate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo “They were talking Beethoven while Barbara Bate was playing him some samples by memory.”

Barbara Bate

Barbara Bate

Barbara Bate

Barbara Bate

As in all the gardens, I wished for more time to sit and enjoy the music.  I have a soft spot for Barbara, who played at my mother’s memorial at Golden Sands and who knew her favourite song, Because (you come to me with naught save love, and hold my hand, and lift mine eyes above…).

Gunnera in the triangle corner of the garden

Gunnera in the triangle corner of the garden

Every now and then, I run across a garden blogger who lists all sorts of garden descriptive phrases we are not supposed to use anymore because they’ve become passé (“architectural foliage” is one, and “garden rooms” is another).  Well, too bad, because here is a great example of architectural foliage in a garden room.  Each section of this garden is enclosed by a fence, a dense planting, or the wall of the house or a shed and it is like a series of outdoor rooms.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Barbara and the reflected garden

Barbara and the reflected garden

back

garden room with chairs and a carpet

curve

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

daisies

Here’s that aerial photo again; you can pick out the white daisies and the gunnera in the corner.

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

yellow

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

garden room with chairs and tub

garden room with chairs and tub

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

on the north fence

on the north fence

window2

flag

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

gate to the kitchen garden

gate to the kitchen garden

kitchen garden

kitchen garden

pre-tour visit, July 3

pre-tour visit, July 3

garden shed

garden shed

hosta detail

hosta detail

diascias

diascias

looking back

looking back

east wall of house

east wall of house

another sit spot

another sit spot

Another aerial photo shows the garden shed and another enclosed nook near the front driveway.

drone photo by Bob Duke

drone photo by Bob Duke

pots2

chairs

photo by Kathleen Shaw in the afternoon

photo by Kathleen Shaw in the afternoon

hydrangea2

The weather was so scorching hot that some plants were wilting, so garden owner John began to water.

John chats with Allan while watering in the nook off the driveway.

John chats with Allan while watering in the nook off the driveway.

by the driveway

by the driveway

Waterlogue

Waterlogue

The Mimosa Garden was a close contender for my favourite 2015 tour garden because of the garden rooms, the whimsical decorations, and the selection of interesting and well grown plants.  To be a contender, a garden must have art that tells me something about the owner, must have more garden than lawn, and must not be a barkscape; the plants must touch and intermingle.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 2: Lynda’s Garden

In this one-year old garden, all of the decks, fences, gates, and a unique water feature were designed and built by the owner.  Beside the lawn, a stage holds inset planters with aromatherapy plants such as jasmine, gardenias, and pinks, and is shaded by sails that dance in the wind.  A view of Loomis Lake is framed across the street through well-placed fences and a multi-grafted espaliered apple tree.

from the street

from the street

Our friend (and pro mower) Ed Strange had recommended that this garden be on the tour, and the day before he came over and mowed and trimmed the grass, saying “I got you into this!”  It’s just around the corner from our friend J9’s house, and when Allan and I went to scout it out for the tour, I wondered why I had not noticed it when I walked from J9’s to the lakeshore park.  Then I realized that was because my walk to the lakeshore park was over a year ago, and Lynda has done all this gardening and carpentry since then.  When Garden Tour Nancy and I went back to see the garden together, Nancy was thrilled at Lynda’s can-do attitude.  “The tour is July 18th?  Great, I have a month to get everything done!”

from our June 18th visit: one of Lynda's two adorable dogs.  The other is a big one.

from our June 18th visit: one of Lynda’s two adorable dogs. The other is a big one.

one

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

flag2

flag

front

front garden from the deck

front garden from the deck

Lynda's water feature and privacy screen

Lynda’s water feature and privacy screen

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

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July 3rd

screen

on the deck: coffee and cookies

on the deck: coffee and cookies

from a pre-tour visit on July 3rd

from a pre-tour visit on July 3rd

deck2

Lynda, Kathleen, and Allan

Lynda, Kathleen, and Allan

deck3

deck is on east side of house

deck4

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here's the photo I was taking.

Here’s the photo I was taking.

more refreshments

more refreshments

wine

deck5

privacy screen, all planted and built in the past year

privacy screen, all planted and built in the past year

view of Loomis Lake over the privacy fence

view of Loomis Lake over the privacy fence

espaliered tree

espaliered tree

stone path

stone path

the fence from outside, photo by Kathleen Shaw

the fence from outside, photo by Kathleen Shaw

view of park kitty corner across the street

view of park, positioned diagonally across the street

peekaboo lake view

peekaboo lake view

After getting a big pile of rip rap dumped on site, Lynda sat by the pile and threw the rocks into place one by one.

After getting a big pile of rip rap dumped on site, Lynda sat by the pile and threw the rocks into place one by one.

south side of house

from the south side of house

south2

south facing deck

south

the firepit garden on June 18th

the fire bowl garden on June 18th, with lumber for a project

Waterlogued

Waterlogued

signs

tour day

tour day

tour day: photo by Kathleen Shaw

tour day: photo by Kathleen Shaw

the stage on June 18th

the stage on June 18th

Waterlogued

Waterlogued

stage on tour day

stage on tour day

music in the garden

music in the garden

Inset planters hold fragrant plants.

Inset planters hold fragrant plants.

Jennifer Goodenberger

Jennifer Goodenberger

Jennifer Goodenberger

Jennifer Goodenberger

Just remember this was all built in the past year.

Just remember this was all built in the past year.

the dog run door on June 18th

the dog run door on June 18th

tour day

tour day

As we departed for the next garden, we took some last photos driving past the house.

front

front

south side

south side

south side

south side

south side of stage

south side of stage

Ed Strange told Lynda that her garden was a “Neverland garden”.  She thought, “How nice, he means it’s a garden for children or fairies to enjoy” and he said that what he meant was that she will always have a new project and therefore never be done.

I so admire Lynda’s carpentry and design skills and the stage in particular.  Her garden is one that would intrigue me to take a closer look if I glimpsed its intricacies as I walked by.

interlude

Lynda’s garden is on the east side of the Tides West neighborhood, and the next tour garden is on the west side.  We like when tour gardens are close to each other.  After crossing the highway, on the way to the next garden, we passed this garden which is one that I would like to explore:

looks interesting!

looks interesting!

Saturday, 18 June 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 1: Lily and Rose Garden

The lush green entry gives you but a small clue to what is beyond. Kristine’s secret garden slopes down from a deck filled with bountiful containers of flowers and a small kitchen garden. This gentle change in elevation provides a vista of the perennials and roses she grows for bouquets. This is a classic cutting garden and bird watchers’ paradise. Continuing through a second gate to the west, you’ll discover an artistic deer fence enclosing flowers and vegetables. Granddaughter Lily’s delightful playhouse, The Lily Pad, has been the site of many tea parties.

Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed this garden on July 3rd; those photos are included in this post.

On tour day, look for the pink and red balloons.

On tour day, look for the pink and red balloons.

Kristine made all the beautiful signs for parking, guest book, and refreshments.

Kristine, an avid photographer, made all the beautiful signs for parking, guest book, and refreshments.

The day was already hot, so the greenery and shade of the front garden was restful to the eyes.

The day was already hot, so the greenery and shade of the front garden was restful to the eyes.

The garden is close to the  dunes. (Allan's photo)

The garden is close to the dunes. (Allan’s photo)

front garden

front garden

up the front door (but we are not going that way)

up the front door (but we are not going that way); note the well trimmed sword fern

front

the gate to the secret garden, with our friend Gene emerging

the gate to the secret garden, with our friend Gene emerging

(Gene’s garden was on the 2013 tour, and we have some new photos of his garden to show you in an upcoming post.)

through the gate (Allan's photo)

through the gate (Allan’s photo)

tour guests entering

tour guests entering

another of Kristine's photo signs on the entry table

another of Kristine’s photo signs on the entry table

welcome

guest book and bouquet inside the front gate

guest book and bouquet inside the front gate

The Mozart Chicks were playing under a tent in the front corner of the garden, to the right as we entered the gate.  Hot bright sun made photos difficult today.

The Mozart Chicks

The Mozart Chicks

Mozart Chicks

mozartchicks

the Mozart Chicks, tootling

chicks

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Kristine her ownself

Kristine her ownself

path curving around the house

path curving around the house

south wall of house

south wall of house

from a pre-tour visit on July 3

from a pre-tour visit on July 3

rose on pre-tour visit, July 3

rose on pre-tour visit, July 3

pink

I want this pale pink fringed sidalcea or whatever it is; Kristine says I can have seeds.

I want this pale pink fringed sidalcea or whatever it is; Kristine says I can have seeds.

Kristine doesn't spray anything toxic for blackspot on roses; she told us she picks off any bad leaves.

Kristine doesn’t spray anything toxic for blackspot on roses; she told us she picks off any bad leaves.

rose2

Allan's photo, looking through flowers to the deck

Allan’s photo, looking through flowers to the deck

looking up at the back deck, pre-touring on July 3

looking up at the back deck, pre-touring on July 3

July 3

July 3

July 3

July 3

tour day

tour day

guests

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

poppies

treats

bouquet, Kristine's cards, and treats

bouquet, Kristine’s cards, and treats

choc

 

pecan

Cool liquid refreshment was so refreshing on such a hot day.

Cool liquid refreshment was so refreshing on such a hot day.  It was a scorcher by beach standards, possibly up into the 90s.

containers on the deck

containers on the deck

Brodiaea in deck container

Brodiaea in deck container

flowers

view from the deck

view from the deck

from the deck, Allan (right) taking a photo

from the deck, Allan (right) taking a photo

This is the photo Allan was taking.

This is the photo Allan was taking.

roses

pinks

deckrose

view looking west from next to the deck

view looking west from next to the deck

looking southwest from the deck (telephoto)

looking southwest from the deck (telephoto)

I never find time to just sit on these garden tours, especially the Peninsula tour which always has at least eight gardens.  I know that some folks here just skip and garden or two, but as the administrator of the Facebook page, I need our photos of each one, and also I just cannot bring myself to skip a garden.

southeast corner of the garden at the top of the grassy slope, next to the deck

southeast corner of the garden at the top of the grassy slope, next to the deck

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

ferns

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Halfway down the garden from the deck, on the south side, is Kristine’s cutting garden.

cutting garden

cutting garden

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

cutting2

Kristine said she wished there had been more lilies in bloom.

Kristine said she wished there had been more lilies in bloom.

flowers2

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

Allan's photo, the Mozart Chicks viewed from the cutting garden

Allan’s photo, the Mozart Chicks viewed from the cutting garden

Allan told me he found out halfway through this garden that his camera was on a “night” setting so he did not get many photos here.

gladiola

gladiola

cutting garden path

cutting garden path

clematis in the cutting garden

clematis in the cutting garden

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

cutting

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3, 2015; a second garden area is on the other (west) side of this fence.

pre-tour visit, July 3, 2015; a second garden area is on the other (west) side of this fence.

Beside the conical tree, one enters the second (west) garden area.

Beside the conical tree, one enters the second (west) garden area.

astilbe inside the gate

astilbe inside the gate

deer fenced garden in second area

deer fenced garden in second area (pre tour visit, July 3rd)

rose climbing on deer fence, July 3rd

rose climbing on deer fence, July 3rd

looking through the deer fence

looking through the deer fence

with my camera lens poked through the fence

with my camera lens poked through the fence

a picotee gladiola

a picotee gladiola

rose

that flower that I want

that flower that I want

Outside the fence, lavender is unbothered by deer.

Outside the fence, lavender is unbothered by deer.

July 3rd

July 3rd

tours

looking through the veg patch into the playhouse patio

looking through the veg patch into the playhouse patio

and from the playhouse path looking north

and from the playhouse path looking north

veg patch, July 3rd

veg patch, July 3rd

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

Kristine’s grand daughter, Lily, is three, and could not come visit from the east coast this summer because Lily’s mom is expecting a baby soon.  As you can imagine, this has been sad for grandma Kristine.  Thanks to Skype, grandma and granddaughter can communicate daily.  This tea party was set up to Skype to Lily for her birthday.

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

tea

kitty2

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a message to Lily

a message to Lily

Oh, how I do wish I had a granddaughter named Lily (or Rose, Iris, Violet, Jasmine, Poppy, Willow, Fern…)

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

view west from the Lily Pad

view west from the Lily Pad

monkey puzzle tree to the west of the Lily Pad

monkey puzzle tree to the west of the Lily Pad

a simple border along the north fence

a simple border along the north fence

looking along the north fence toward the house

looking along the north fence toward the house

Kristine’s was a contender for my favourite tour garden because of the driftwood gate on the deer fence and the assortment of colourful plants, especially the lilies.

Next: an inspirational one year old garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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