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We walk back the way we came to get to the fourth cottage of the tour…

past the big stone-scaped house

past the big stone-scaped house

liking the bumper stickers!

liking the bumper stickers!

back out to the beach road

back out to the beach road

another amazing garden along the beach frontage road

another amazing garden along the beach frontage road

a walkway garden by the beach front road

a walkway garden by the beach front road

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

As before, I find the gardens we walk past better than those attached to the tour cottages.  I think a separate Cannon Beach garden tour would be in order.  Although if only I had not missed the 2009 tour due to my mother’s health crisis (I simply forgot!), I would have gotten to see June Kroft’s wonderful garden, which I remembered from 1999 during an Ann Lovejoy and Lucy Hardiman Cannon Beach garden workshop.  (I think that with enough determination, one could find an article about the garden here.)

rugosa roses growing in full salt wind

rugosa roses growing in full salt wind

looking south to Haystack Rock

looking south to Haystack Rock

As we go down the next east-west street, we walk past a cottage with a most remarkable fence.

fence of polished wood

fence of polished wood

arbour

arbour

Look how well the gate fits.

Look how well the gate fits.

the remarkable fence

the remarkable fence

And now…near this exquisite little garden, we arrive at the next cottage.

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Quincy Cottage: the stuff of dreams

Quincy Cottage: the stuff of dreams

rock moldThis is the same “rock ‘n’ mold” path I used at my old house. It did not work out because so many weeds came up between the pavers, until we figured out to just stamp the design (not cut all the way through) onto a strip of soft cement. We ended up replacing the unstamped areas with plain gravel. I now use the old pavers from those paths as edging stones in my new garden.

cute little sheds in front yard

cute little sheds in front yard

with Allan for scale

with Allan for scale

and interior detail

and interior detail

path to the back yard

path to the back yard

the back yard

the back yard

table set for a picnic

table set for a picnic

an exceptionally nice outdoor fire place

an exceptionally nice outdoor fire place

the back porch

the back porch

two round window on the side of the porch

two round window on the side of the porch

and one on the back wall of the porch

and one on the back wall of the porch

a look back to the seating areas

a look back to the seating areas

coming back up the other side of the house

coming back up the other side of the house

and to the front yard again

and to the front yard again

And now, into the cottage we go.  It is a vacation rental so you could enjoy it in person, for a price.

front steps

front steps

a comfortable bench for removing our shows (and it is purple!)

a comfortable bench for removing our shoes (and it is purple!)

into the kitchen

into the kitchen

kitchen table

kitchen table

counter

counter

reproduction refrigerator

reproduction refrigerator

kitchen art

kitchen art with cobalt blue counter

view toward back yard

view toward back yard

 

table by windows

table by windows:

blueprints

blueprints

hearth

hearth

downstairs bedroom

downstairs bedroom
bedroom

bedroom

I love the headboard.

I love the headboard.

bedroom mirror

bedroom mirror

main bathroom

main bathroom

under the stairs at one side of the living room

under the stairs at one side of the living room

photo display on outer wall of stairway

photo display on outer wall of stairway

Where is she now?  Is she still alive?

Where is she now? Is she still alive?

coat rack at base of stairs

coat rack at base of stairs

upstairs, doors close together

upstairs, doors close together

flowers on white

flowers on white

black and white

black and white

imagine and dream

imagine and dream

windowside table

windowside table
old phone

old phone

a narrow room

a narrow room

the front upstairs bedroom

the front upstairs bedroom

I want to nap here.

I want to nap here.

rustic headboard

rustic headboard

I suddenly realize the phrase people keep quoting is from a book.

I suddenly realize the phrase people keep quoting is from a book.

mirror

mirror

old photo at side of mirror

old photo at side of mirror

shell hooks

shell hooks

old fashioned silhouettes

old fashioned silhouettes

From the upstairs front bedroom window we can see across the street to the cottage we toured just before this one.

view of Priddy Cottage

view of Priddy Cottage

Allan’s photo of the same view came out like a pastel dream.

view from one dreamy cottage to another

view from one dreamy cottage to another

Now we depart and have a walk of several blocks before the next cottage.

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After a lovely walk from the first cottage, we arrive at the second official stop on the tour.

Priddy Cottage

Priddy Cottage

The cottage features metalwork by Darryl Nelson, “a third generation Timberline Blacksmith”, starting with the front gate.

gate

front gate

detail

gate detail

garage

garage

We walk past the garage to the back because I want to see the garden first.  (No surprise there.)  My attention is immediately drawn by a gorgeous Hydrangea aspera in the corner, a shrub with which I have had no success.  If it grows this well in Cannon Beach, surely I can grow one in Ilwaco?

Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangea aspera closeup.  The leaves are soft in texture.

Hydrangea aspera closeup. The leaves are soft in texture.

in the garden

in the garden

deck behind the cottage

deck behind the cottage

The Hydrangea aspera is in the far right corner of the garden (above).

 deck gate with shell detail

deck gate with shell detail

In we go at the back door, entering the kitchen first.

kitchen and back door

kitchen and back door

kitchen

kitchen

kitchen

kitchen

kitchen window.  To the left, shelves on metal frame.

kitchen window. To the left, shelves on metal frame.

shelf detail

shelf detail

sea creature

sea creature

beautiful towel rack

beautiful towel rack

The kitchen opens into the living room.

living room

living room

Off to the side is a ladder to a guest loft.

to the loft

to the loft

couch with natural light

couch with natural light

art wall

art wall

display rack

display rack

slider

living room/bedroom wall with sliding door; very cool
door slider detail

door slider detail

in the bedroom

in the bedroom

bedroom window

bedroom window

metal work mirror

metal work mirror

light fixture

bathroom

bathroom

beautiful light fixture

beautiful light fixture

detail of light fixture

detail of light fixture

The cottage is so exquisite in every detail that I have not had to spend a lot of words describing it.  Now we leave and take a walk around the narrow decks, admiring the windowboxes.

windowboxes

windowboxes

a classic cottage window

a classic cottage window

windowboxes

windowboxes

And on we go to cottage number three.  This time the cottages are so close together that there is no interlude of admiring other cottages and gardens along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cannon Beach Cottage Tour Sept 2012

The walk between the first and second cottage provides many beautiful sights in just a few short blocks in the Presidential Blocks neighbourhood (each street having a US president’s name). On the street just one block east of the beach, we pass three Japanese style entryways; the other side of these homes would have a beach view.

arbour topped with a creature

arbour topped with a creature

another arbour entry

three on the same block

three on the same block

On the other side of the quiet street stands one of my favourite cottages, The Bears.  It was on the tour a few years ago.

The Bear Cottage

The Bears Cottage

The tower building had only its downstairs open that day: a laundry room.

The Bears Cottage and tower

The Bears Cottage and tower

We pass a Fuchsia magellanica looking good against cedar shakes...

We pass a Fuchsia magellanica looking good against cedar shakes…

And turn the corner onto the road at the crest of the dunes.

turning the corner onto the road at the crest of the dunes.

windsweot beach road corner

windswept beach road corner

right on the beach front, an amazingly lush garden

right on the beach front, an amazingly healthy garden. You can just see Haystack Rock.

With the sandy dunes just beyond this garden, I am surprised at its lushness.

With the sandy dunes just beyond this garden, I am surprised at its lushness.

Dare I say (since we were on a cottage AND garden tour) that this was the best garden we saw all day?

Dare I say (since we were on a cottage AND garden tour) that this was the best garden we saw all day?

We linger and peer over the fence.

We linger and peer over the fence.

In front of the garden, a bench by the sandy road.

In front of the garden, a bench by the sandy road.

still ogling the beachfront garden

still ogling the beachfront garden

It spills into its next door neighbour's lot...

It spills into its next door neighbour’s lot…

the view south toward Haystack Rock

the view south toward Haystack Rock

On we go with a backward look at the magic garden corner.

On we go with a backward look at the magic garden corner.

On the next owner is a hardscape I have long admired...swirly rock entry patio, boulders, and beachy grass.

On the next owner is a hardscape I have long admired…swirly rock entry patio, boulders, and beachy grass.

a swirl of rock and grass

a swirl of rock and grass

close up

close up

south side of the same house, showing stone foundation

Turning left: south side of the same house, showing stone foundation

and its closeup

and its closeup

A bit further down the east-west street, we admire this swoop of rock on the front of a house.

A bit further down the east-west street, we admire this swoop of rock on the front of a house.

And…we are almost to the second tour cottage.

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downtown

downtown

Prelude:

As always in September, except for the one year I sadly forgot, we went to the Cannon Beach Cottage tour on the second Saturday in September.  This year the cottages were back in the Presidential blocks just southwest of downtown and some of the cottages also promised open gardens.  A combination cottage/garden tour had not been done for years.

The main street of downtown is a lovely place to stroll, as all of the businesses are required to have landscaping.

We turn right at the south end of downtown and walk past one of my favourite cottages…an outbuilding, actually.

my favourite shack and a detail of the next door home's window trim

my favourite shack and a detail of the next door home’s window trim

A little further on, we pass another photogenic cottage.  Doors and trim provide the only paint colour on most Cannon Beach cottages as it seems to be the rule that they be clad in cedar shakes.

another cottage...so green

another cottage…so green

Further up the gentle hill, we must stop to smell and admire a glorious sweet pea patch.

sweet peas

sweet peas

luscious

luscious

Next, we are stopped in our tracks by this little building.  Feast your eyes!  I would definitely call this guy.

Bobby the Builder's building

Bobby the Builder’s building (206.491.6918)

Allan noticed this row of birdhouses in a garden we walked by.

birdhouses

birdhouse posts

To get to the block with the first tour cottages, we round the corner into the bright light of the beach road, then back down an east west road to the first cottage.

to the beachiest road

to the beachiest road

High Jinks Cottage

arriving at the first cottage: High Jinks

arriving at the first cottage: High Jinks

High Jinks

High Jinks

gate

High Jinks gate

First, we check out the garden in its formal simplicity.  (The tour had been extended to include Sunday this year when each cottage garden would be shown by a tour guide.  I had been glad to learn that the gardens would be open, unguided, on Saturday, saving us making two trips to Cannon Beach two days in a row.  I was very excited indeed about the garden tour.)

in the front garden

in the front garden

east and west side gardens

east and west side gardens

back yard

back yard

fire circle

fire circle

back deck

back deck

front porch

front porch

inside: a glossy table

inside: a glossy table

kitchen; I like the bright wall

kitchen; I like the bright wall tiles.

orange

orange

white

white

wood stove

wood stove

and a big fireplace

and a big fireplace

to one side and down, a big art studio (former garage?)

to one side and down, a big art studio (former garage?)

At the back, a garden view

At the back, a garden view

that lovely green light

that lovely green light

for a rainy day chess game

for a rainy day chess game

a model ship

a model ship

upstairs

upstairs

departing...

departing…

It is always appreciated to have a seat on the porch during cottage tour, as we often are asked to remove our shoes.  Now for an interesting walk to the second cottage…

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Now that the season is almost over, I look back on the lilies and the intense fragrance they brought to the garden.  Here is a photo tour of lilies and more taken on August 27th.  There is a blogging tradition of going around on a certain day (Tuesdays, I think) and photographing what was in bloom.  This was a Bloom Monday.

white cosmos with white dahlias

white cosmos with white dahlias

Nasturtiums are volunteers from piling compost clippings from work on that bed last fall.

This is from the Planter Box.  I thought it was an annual but this is its second year.  And its name escapes me.

This is from the Planter Box. I thought it was an annual but this is its second year. And its name escapes me.

sunflower

sunflower

white lilies.  I especially love the lilies that bloom late.

white lilies. I especially love the lilies that bloom late.

lilies and achillea

lilies and achillea

lilies

lilies, Echinops (blue globe thistle), Nicotiana langsdorfii, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

lily

lily

lilies

lilies

haze of pink with Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)

haze of pink with Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)

cosmos and dahlias.  Cosmos is my favourite annual.

cosmos and dahlias. Cosmos is my favourite annual.

Cleome...the only really successful one of several I planted in various gardens.

Cleome…the only really successful one of several I planted in various gardens.

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