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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Garvey garden

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from the lower entry

from the lower entry

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At the end of the lawn below the house, tour guests walked around the pool to stairs and a path up the hill.

At the end of the lawn below the house, tour guests walked around the pool to stairs and a path up the hill.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking back to the lawn

looking back to the lawn

climbing the steps

climbing the steps

from the hillside path

from the hillside path

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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further up

further up

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo of impressively huge white flowering tree

Allan’s photo of impressively huge white flowering tree

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a vine against a stucco wall

a vine against a stucco wall

arriving on a plaza at the level of the house

arriving on a plaza at the level of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden anchored by silver weeping pear

garden anchored by silver weeping pear

stucco walls by the house

stucco walls by the house

a passageway....

a passageway….

Allan's photo of a Nandina

Allan’s photo of a Nandina

Allan's photo of Nandina ('Plum Passion"?) foliage against the stucco wall

Allan’s photo of Nandina (‘Plum Passion”?) foliage against the stucco wall

leading to an inner courtyard

leading to an inner courtyard

The weather was hot for we beach folk...

The weather was hot for we beach folk…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

colourful annuals

colourful annuals

in the courtyard

in the courtyard

the porch

the porch with water feature

an arch leading to the back of the house

an arch leading to the back of the house

along the back

along the back

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

I do love a purple wall.

I do love a purple wall.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

outdoor fireplace under an arbour lattice

outdoor fireplace under an arbour lattice

a path leading to the other side of the house

a path leading to the other side of the house

Sheila had texted me and said the way down was comprised of steep steps with no railing.  I took a look and…yes indeed.  So I went back to the courtyard and asked the kind owner if there might be a gate to the street.  She clicked a remote control and viola, the big wooden gates opened and I was able to walk down the street and meet Allan and Sheila on the lower lawn.

Meanwhile, Allan continued to tour down the the stairs.

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looking down to the grotto

looking down to the grotto

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Thanks to Allan, we have seen the whole garden!



 

There was one more garden on the east side/Bellevue tour for Saturday: The Northwest Perennial Alliance border at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

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Unfortunately, we did not have time to see it and still get back to the hotel with a slight turn around time before the evening soirée.  We decided we might be able to see it after touring on Sunday afternoon…and we were simply too tired then, as well.

 

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Patrick garden

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Another garden of poignant memory for someone who is gone.  I found this lovely article about the late Keith Patrick, beloved member of the Arboretum Foundation.  This weekend’s garden tours show that is not always true that gardening is the one form of art that dies with the artist, as this is the third garden we have seen (Froggwell and Hummingbird Hill being the others) that is being carried on in memory.

We enter through a rustic gate.

We enter through a rustic gate.

to the right, a pond with waterfall, crossed by a bridge.

to the right, a pond with waterfall, crossed by a bridge, with a large patch of black mondo grass by the path.

Allan took a series of photos from the bridge.  He says “The grandson pointed out a gold fish in the pond but that they keep disappearing and we speculated why…probably raccoons.”

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still water beside the bridge

Allan's photo: "A colorful tree over the bridge was pointed out to me by other guests admiring it."

Allan’s photo: “A colorful tree over the bridge was pointed out to me by other guests admiring it.”

 

an artistic grove of white birch underlaid with white edged hostas

an artistic grove of white birch underlaid with white-edged hostas

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Neither of us got a good photo of the entire studio.

Neither of us got a good, glare-free photo of the entire studio.

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inside, a kiln

inside, a kiln

There were two snickerdoodles left in the other room.

There were two snickerdoodles left in the other room.

And then there was one;  touring is hungry work.

And then there was one; touring is hungry work.

Allan's photo of a growth chart on the door frame.

Allan’s photo of a growth chart on the door frame.

a return to strolling on woodland paths past the pottery studio

a return to strolling on woodland paths past the pottery studio

a small gazebo overlooking the ravine

a small gazebo overlooking the ravine

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a ravine below

a ravine below

a path along the edge

a path along the edge

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The path returns toward the little studio building.

The path returns toward the little studio building.

coming around to the other side of the studio

coming around to the other side of the studio

I walked through the studio and out the other door.

a more formal path returning to the pond

a more formal path returning to the pond; you can see the big patch of black mondo grass on the left

Allan's photo with some garden art

Allan’s photo with some garden art

beside the pond again

the bridge over the pond

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The pond and its mossy rocks, so close to the front gate, open and closed our tour of this garden.

Garden tourers walking to and fro. The garden was at the end of the street, and we had passed the next garden on the way.

Garden tourers walking to and fro. The garden was at the end of the street, and we had passed the next garden on the way.

It’s always such a pleasure to have two gardens on the same block, and be able to walk instead of drive between them.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Lane-Allers garden

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Because I knew I would be taking many photos and using them for the blog, I had my resolution set rather low.  Perhaps you will be able to read this hand out that was available for tour goers:

with a magnifying glass?

with a magnifying glass?

At the streetside edge of the garden

At the streetside edge of the garden

I chose this path that led to my left away from the front driveway.

I chose this path that led to my left away from the front driveway.

I passed a mirror on a wall that reminded me of how we had used a mirror for that window-like effect on our old house.

I passed a mirror on a wall that reminded me of how we had used a mirror for that window-like effect on our old house.

deeply shadowed woodland path

deeply shadowed woodland path

The hand out said all of the rocks were brought in to the property.

The hand out said all of the rocks were brought in to the property.

little bits of whimsy along the path

little bits of whimsy along the path

emerging into sunshine

emerging into sunshine

a bog, with lawn of clipped creeping buttercup

a bog, with lawn of clipped creeping buttercup

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a bird by the bog

a bird by the bog

walking past the buttercup lawn

walking past the buttercup lawns

with the pond to our left

with the pond to our left

Allan's most excellent photo

Allan’s most excellent photo

a rustic sit spot

a rustic sit spot

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Turning left, we cross the bridge.

Turning left, we cross the bridge.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: two garden guests pondering

Allan’s photo: two garden guests pondering

steps leading toward the house

steps leading toward the house

from the bridge

from the bridge

I've grown this primula, but it took another tour guest to show me that the flowers are sweetly fragrant.

I’ve grown this primula, but it took another tour guest to show me that the flowers are sweetly fragrant.

in bogland

in bogland

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Cercis 'Forest Pansy'!

Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’!  Note the glimpse of a folly just past the tree.

more of the big rocks

more of the big rocks

Someone thought this was the 20,000 lb one.

Someone thought this was the 20,000 pound one.

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Here is the folly that we saw just past the Forest Pansy tree.

Here is the folly that we saw just past the Forest Pansy tree.

For readers not from the Pacific Northwest, you may have noticed that several tour gardens have structures like this.  They were inspired by and often built by Little and Lewis.  I had the good fortune to tour their former garden once upon a time.

I would like one in my bogsy wood!

their beautiful book

their beautiful book

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The above view was taken from these steps:

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Now we will wend our way through the woods a bit more.

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a glimpse of the outside world

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and of a sunlit lawn

and of a sunlit lawn

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out into the sunlight

out into the sunlight

a mirrored green wall

a mirrored green wall

more cunning mirror placement

more cunning mirror placement

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Near the mirrors, this path led right down to the street.

Near the mirrors, this path led right down to the street.

Imagine being able to have an unfenced garden without deer.  And what a surprise for anyone who wanders up that path into this amazing garden.

looking back to the sunny lawn and borders

looking back to the sunny lawn and borders

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Rosa pteracantha

Rosa pteracantha

and why I was so pleased to purchase a Rosa pteracantha to replace my diseased one.

and why I was so pleased to purchase a Rosa pteracantha to replace my diseased one.

That's what this rose is all about.

That’s what this rose is all about.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a totem

a totem of leaves

another woodsy path

another woodsy path

steps

Let’s go up these steps.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the house

by the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a patio for parties

a patio for parties

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by the patio

by the patio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo of an area that I somehow completely missed.

Allan’s photo of an area that I somehow completely missed.

As we depart, a neighbour swings on a garden gate watching all the comings and goings.

As we depart, a neighbour swings on a garden gate watching all the comings and goings.

I wonder if we missed anything in this intriguing garden?  We must move on as we have three more gardens to see before the evening soirée (and I can tell you now, we did not make it to the final garden because of lack of time).

You can see more glorious photos of the Lane-Allers garden here on Alison’s Bonney Lassie blog.

 

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend

private estate with garden by Daniel Mount

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On the driving directions and on a separate handout was this request:

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I felt a little funny about it while I was there, especially when we found that volunteers were lined up to keep us (surely not Hardy Plant riff raff?) from going anywhere near the house!  Even on the most wealthy estates we had visited, the owners let us trek all around the houses, decks, and porches.

Later, I realized that the garden had not the owner’s name attached to it but the name of the garden designer, Daniel Mount, and then I felt better.  Clearly, this was an owner who needed privacy and yet had agreed to open his or her garden so that we could admire the skill of the garden creator.

I do try to protect the privacy of garden owners to some extent, often using only their last names unless I find much about them online that reveals their full names.  I realize that in the days of Google, just a last name could guide a person to a garden that is written about online.

My poor (when I was little) and later working class parents used to like to take a drive through wealthy neighbourhoods to “see how the other half lives”.  My mother would have loved to be able to see these vast estates, although they would have made her feel her life was inferior.  I am content with my “right livelihood” and the quotidian pleasures of my own life so I would not trade, but I am quite sure she would have.  My grandmother  would not have traded her “little red house” for the grandest mansion and estate garden.  It helped that, like me, she was a “stick-in-the-mud” who turned down a trip to Hawaii because she would rather be in her own place.

With that. let’s admire the lavish garden beds in this large landscape, near a body of water (that was on the other side of the house).

Allan's photo: He noticed this biplane flying over as we entered the garden.

Allan’s photo: He noticed this biplane flying over as we entered the garden.

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; he thought this bike was still functional.

Allan’s photo; he thought this bike was still functional.

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One walks past trees and a big lawn…

...to big sweeps of sunny beds.

…to big sweeps of sunny beds.

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an Alllum shrub

an Alllum shrub

display of allium heads, possibly blown down in the wind and then placed here

display of allium heads, possibly blown down in the wind and then placed here

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

lots of repetition along the edges of the borders

lots of repetition along the edges of the borders

This reminds me of an oft-photographed area of the Heronswood gardens.

This reminds me of an oft-photographed area of the Heronswood gardens.

stunning, healthy hostas

stunning, healthy hostas backed with Hydrangea aspera

bronzy iris

bronzy iris against the gold

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dahlias colour-echoed with coleus

Each garden had been provided with a guest book for tour-goers to sign.

Each garden had been provided with a guest book for tour-goers to sign.

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All around the edge of a big sunny lawn.

All around the edge of a big sunny lawn.

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You can see the vastness here!

You can see the vastness here!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a highlighted banana leaf

a highlighted banana leaf

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I love astilbes and was not the only one to enjoy the generous astilbe edging.

I love astilbes and was not the only one to enjoy the generous astilbe edging.

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Allan's photo...almost the same!

Allan’s photo…almost the same! but a little better, as usual.

poppies all agleam in the warm sun

poppies all agleam in the warm sun

a skirted rhododendron

a skirted rhododendron

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Garden designer Daniel Mount’s website showcases some more fabulous gardens.

Next: a very different garden with many outdoor rooms.

 

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Marglin garden

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from the street

from the street

plantings by the street

plantings by the street

Allan's photo:  "beach grass out front drew approving comments with its highlighting the other plantings"

Allan’s photo: “beach grass out front drew approving comments with its highlighting the other plantings”

the way in

the way in

past a textural foliage tableaux

past a textural foliage extravaganza

The owner kindly invited people to walk through the house from front to back door in order to see the inner view of the garden.

view from a kitchen sink pop-out

Allan’s photo: She invited him to admire the view from a kitchen sink pop-out

back porch

back porch

out the back door!

out the back door!

by the back steps

by the back steps

on the patio, not getting stepped on

on the patio, not getting stepped on

garden bed against the house

garden bed against the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

outside the back door

outside the back door

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Melianthus major spilling over a wall

Melianthus major spilling over a wall

overhead:  Allan's photo

overhead: Allan’s photo

a haven enclosed in coloured walls

a haven enclosed in coloured walls

a tropical feeling

with a tropical feeling

a feeling of Mexico

a feeling of Mexico

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a sunny back garden

a sunny back garden

a pretty and polite way to keeps folks out of a certain area.

a pretty and polite way to keeps folks out of a certain area on one side of the patio.

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Foot traffic in that spot would have broken the delicate stems on (my favourite grass!) Stipa gigantea.

Foot traffic in that spot would have broken the delicate stems on (my favourite grass!) Stipa gigantea.

On the other side of the patio...Note the pillows on the benches.

On the other side of the patio…Note the pillows on the benches.

two real pillows

two real pillows

and two faux pillows

and two faux pillows

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blowsy poppies

blowsy poppies

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

 

steps going up to a shadier area

steps going up to a shadier area

Heady fragrance emanated from the mock orange.

Heady fragrance emanated from the mock orange.

in the center of the garden, an enclosed patch of lawn.  Possibly it's enclosed because they had a dog (cute brown dog, did not get a good picture of her).

in the center of the garden, an enclosed patch of lawn. Possibly it’s enclosed because they had a dog (cute brown dog, did not get a good picture of her).

But someone else did, and so did Allan!

But someone else did, and so did Allan!

a very nice dog indeed

a very nice dog indeed

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a shady deck under a tree

up to the back garden, a shady deck under a tree

a gaggle of happy garden guests

a gaggle of happy garden guests

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another shady deck, great way to have plants under a big tree

another shady deck, great way to have plants under a big tree

My grandma had a sign with this poem in her garden.

My grandma had a sign with this poem in her garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in a back corner, a casual shady sit spot

in a back corner, a casual shady sit spot

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden guests

garden guests

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a bird

and a bath

and a bath

and another bird bath by the house

and another bird bath by the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On the patio level of the garden.  Allan was very taken with this fern.

On the patio level of the garden. Allan was very taken with this fern.

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We find it hard to leave this patio and move on to the next garden.

We find it hard to leave this patio and move on to the next garden.

so many details to admire

so many details to admire

Allan's photo of Sheila enjoying the garden.

Allan’s photo of Sheila enjoying the garden.

a subtle water feature

a subtle water feature

a side yard and work area

a side yard and work area

plants in waiting!

Allan’s photo: plants in waiting! (less genteelly called the pot ghetto)

multiple layers, including a smoking Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' if I am not mistaken.

multiple layers, including a smoking Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ if I am not mistaken.

But on we must go, this time to another grand estate.

Here is Alison’s blog about Susie’s garden.


 

postscript:  Across the street from the Marglin garden was a front yard enclosed in the same “shower door” treatment that I saw in Oregon at the Hardy Plant weekend in 2011.  I like this very much and would like to do in some part of my garden even though I do want my front yard to be a gift to the street (or what Lucy Hardiman calls a garden advance instead of a garden retreat).  It would be a good deer fence, too.

a good solution for a recluse

a good solution for a recluse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hardy Plant Study Weekend

study weekend

study weekend

No garden tour photos in this entry; I think some readers might be interested in the garden tour lectures; more garden touring will commence in the next entry.

Friday, 20 June 2014

After a day of garden touring and nursery shopping on Whidbey Island, we made it back to the hotel by six with barely time to register for the study weekend and get our badges and materials, make a quick stop in our rooms, and get down to the lecture hall for the first lecture.  We did not even have time to look at the plant sale, but I had exercised my plant lust quite well at the two nurseries on Whidbey.  I can’t even remember what we ate while touring gardens; we must have had some sort of snacks on the go, and our Friday night dinner would have to wait till after two lectures.

In the lecture hall, participants examine an L shaped display of choice cut flowers and foliage gathered by true plant nuts.

In the lecture hall, participants examine an L shaped display of choice cut flowers and foliage gathered by true plant nuts.

Allan's photo of some of the vases.

Allan’s photo of some of the vases.

The first speaker was Nancy Pearl and I had been looking forward to hearing her speak as I love her Book Lust and More Book Lust tomes of book recommendations.

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Nancy

I will share the notes I scrawled in my Little Fat Notebook as she spoke of “Perils and Pleasures of a Life of Reading”.  Nancy Pearl did not talk about gardening books at all; turns out she is not a gardener.  I was surprised by this and yet still very glad to be in the same room, breathing the same air and listening to the words of this northwest literary icon.

I certainly identified with her saying “When you are someone who only has one thing to talk about, it’s hard to go to a cocktail party.  I have nothing to say about anything other than books and reading so I avoid social situations and now I never get invited anywhere because people know I will say no.”  (It does seem to me that reading a wide array of books, as she does, would provide more material with which to engage with assorted party guests than having the main subject of one’s conversation be gardening.)

She spoke fondly of staying in the Mallory Hotel in Portland while on a book promotion junket.  I stayed there once with my good friend Mary and could easily visualize the slightly shabby and utterly endearing hotel, a grand dowager sort of hotel, now gone.

The other comment that I was inspired to write down:  When you’re a reader, you never know if your memories are yours or something you’ve read.”

It was a lecture that I found most satisfying although an odd one to start a gardening event!


Next we had gardener Frank Ronan:

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He was an amusing speaker, and while the sharing of my notes might not be as scintillating as garden tour photos, I think some blog readers will be interested.

Here’s what I jotted down from his lecture “Treat it Mean and Keep it Keen“:

“If it’s raining, I stay in.  I like reading books.”

“I love my plants, and I want to go on living with them.”

“You can admire other plants, but you only love your own.  If you go to someone else’s garden [and you have given them a plant] the first thing you to do go to see how YOUR plant is doing.”

Upon showing a garden with long lengths of grass edging, he said “Oh, it’s all right if you just do an hour or two every evening after work!” and went on to recommend a hard edge that you can run your mower along.

“My garden isn’t tidy but then I don’t charge anyone to look at it.”

He and his husband have a couple of dogs called “lurchers’; he says they are the best breed.

He advises that one should have as much pond as possible as ponds mean no work (meaning weeding and so on).

Another gem of advice:  When moving large stone about the garden, do so only when you are on your own, as if you have help you are sure to throw out your back (because of the awkward way two people move a heavy object.)

“Learn to love the plants that will do well for you.”  [Hmm, I seem to keep pursuing the ones that have already died on me once or twice.]

He spoke of “rattle”, a kind of grass parasite plant that knocks back grass in the meadows in the UK, which is why they can grow more delicate flowery meadows than here with our coarser and more vigorous grass.  In his lawn, he grows crocuses, a favourite being ‘Ruby Giant’…”neither ruby nor giant”.

He say to plant tulips EIGHTEEN INCHES DOWN to get them to come back well year after year.

His favourite tulips for a return show:

General de Wet:  fragrant; he said often the orange tulips are fragrant.

White Triumphator

Menton, a pink one

Negrita, “a real stayer” (dark dark purple)

Flamenco, a fringed tulip (which won him over from not liking fringed tulips; I love them!)

He recommended a fern, the photo of which must have impressed me as I wrote it down:  Dryopertis velitchiana, the golden scale fern.

He calls having a corner of one’s favourite plants “Pet’s corner.  That’s where you put the things you love in a way you shouldn’t.”

He says that a 4 inch pot does not stand a chance when planted in the border, so he has a stock bed, a square bed where he grows on little plants.

I intend to read his novels:

  • The Men Who loved Evelyn Cotton (1989)
  • Picnic in Eden (1991)
  • The Better Angel (1993)
  • Dixie Chicken (1994)
  • Lovely (1995)
  • Handsome Men Are Slightly Sunburnt (1996)
  • Home (2002)

 

After Ronan’s absorbing lecture and slide show (for what is a garden lecture without a gorgeous slide show), Sheila and Allan and I repaired to the Bellevue Hilton restaurant for a 9:15 PM dinner.  The hotel restaurant’s tasty food and kind and attentive service made for a pleasant evening for three tired travelers.

We were impressed by the size of Sheila's "small bites" order of scallops.

We were impressed by the size of Sheila’s “small bites” order of scallops.

I had an app called Poki Poki, an ahi tuna salad that was delicious.

I had an app called Poki Poki, an ahi tuna salad that was delicious.

For me, pasta was comfort food after a long day.  A very long day for me and Allan as we rarely get up before nine thirty.  The study weekend is all 7 AM rising.

For me, pasta was comfort food after a long day. A very long day for me and Allan as we rarely get up before nine thirty. The study weekend is all 7 AM rising.

Of course, because I am used to being up till two or three, the nights of mild sleep deprivation continued as I can’t fall asleep well at a civilized hour!

From our room, Sheila and I had a tantalizing view of the parking lot and…the plant sale room!

gleaming in the darkness; I planned to go shopping early before the first morning lecture.

gleaming in the darkness; I planned to go shopping early before the first morning lecture.

I later learned that this was Allan’s view:

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from the seventh floor

I also learned, when I went up to take a shower in his room (because our shower was not working right and was not repaired the first night), that I have a previously undiscovered phobia:  panic upon riding to a high floor in a glass elevator.  Fortunately, Sheila and I were on the second floor!

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Up at 7, and down to the plant room when it opened at eight!  Pretty amazing for night owl me.  The plant sale room is only open for limited hours before and after lectures, and we would be departing immediately after the morning lectures to begin garden touring again.

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the plant room

the plant sale room

Epimidiums!

Epimediums!

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Gossler Farms; Roger Gossler in white striped shirt

Gossler Farms; Roger Gossler in white striped shirt

My heart so desired Davidia involucrata 'Lady Sunshine'...

My heart so desired Davidia involucrata ‘Lady Sunshine’…

but.....

but…..  I carried her around the table in my arms and then put her back.  There were only two…

More cool plants.

More cool plants.

Allan's photo of a happy study weekender.

Allan’s photo of a happy study weekender.

I started a tray of purchased plants (ones that were less than $140) over in the holding area.  Allan bought some ferns.  Sheila bought some garden art.

Then Allan and Sheila and I took our seats in the lecture room for the first lecture of the morning.

First lecture:  Couples Therapy for the Fun and Fabulous by Annie Hayes.

Annie

She was charming and delightful and funny and I took copious notes.

“We’re completely insane in that we don’t do this for profit.”

“For many years, I went into a nursery with $10 in my picket wondering what I could possibly buy.”  [I remember a few years, early on when buying my Seattle house, when $10 in seeds was about my whole gardening budget for an entire year!]

“I represent the girly contigent of the horticultural world.”

She described how one gets interesting variations on plants when growing from seed, and described box store plants as looking short and squatty “like party favours”.  In her nursery, people are “shocked to see snapdragons 3 to 4 feet tall.  Tall bachelor buttons, she says, have disappeared out of regular nurseries.

She showed a slide of how thickly she uses Sluggo around her plants:  it was white on the ground like vermiculite!

She said a lot of the old strains of sweet pea colours are getting lost, so she acquires seeds from New Zealand.

“Next to your bed, [a vase of] sweet peas give you the sweetest dreams and help you forget everything you saw on the news.”

I liked that she was a little hesitant about plant parts:  “Sepals?  I think they’re called?”

I wrote down two pages of plant names, and she also provided a slide list (71 glorious slides!).    You can find your own inspiration from http://www.anniesannuals.com.


 

Second lecture (after a break for coffee and pastries; we ran on pastries for the first half of every day):

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Do You Suffer From a Fear of Plant Commitment?” was the title he chose for his lecture.

When did you fall in love [with plants]? he asked.

“Only go to nurseries of days that end in Y.”

“The five most dangerous words to landscape designers:  Where do I put this?”

“Ask a plant ‘Who do you want to play with when you get home?'”

“My hope is that you will say about your garden, ‘I meant to do this.'”

Billy has a Facebook page called Crimes Against Horticulture, and a book called Yards: Turn Any Outdoor Space Into the Garden of Your Dreams, which Allan bought and we both will read.  As a plant nut, I didn’t agree with all of his rather stern (but very funny) advice about design; I still enjoyed the lecture and slides immensely.


 

Third lecture:  “Hollywood Marriages: Celebrities and the Gardens and Homes that Possess Them.”

I did a bad thing.  I walked out of the lecture, as quietly and discreetly as possible; there weren’t enough plants and gardens and far too many photos of celebrities.

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Sheila soon followed me.  Allan was more polite and stayed.

Sheila and I mingled in the book sales room where I learned that Nancy Pearl has written a new Book Lust (“To Go”) which I will read soon.

Sheila and I played hooky, along with some other non-celebrity loving attendees, in the book room.

Sheila and I played hooky, along with some other non-celebrity-loving attendees, in the book room.

Next…back to garden touring, this time of five Bellevue and Medina gardens.

 

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

I had been so worried about time and that we would not get all the tour gardens done, catch the ferry and get back to Bellevue for the first evening lecture.  Silly me; we were done with touring in time to go to two Whidbey Island nurseries.

Bayview Farm and Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Bayview Farm and Garden

Bayview Farm and Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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At Bayview Farm and Garden, I immediately found one of the plants on my acquisition list, Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’.  (Mine had not survived the move from my old garden.)

a plethora of plants

a plethora of plants, with Golden Spirit to the left behind red geraniums

Allan's photo: a homey message board

Allan’s photos: a homey message board

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chicken coop with "attack rooster" patrolling the perimeter

chicken coop with “attack rooster” patrolling the perimeter

an arch of roses

an arch of roses

a large area of Japanese maples

a large area of Japanese maples

Allan's photo: hanging baskets were $42.99

Allan’s photo: hanging baskets were $42.99

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I did not browse as effectively as usual because my head was still swimming from all the touring.

I did not browse as effectively as usual because my head was still swimming from all the touring.

Allan found the fern collection.

Allan found the fern collection.

I got my Golden Spirit and a lovely Physocarpus called 'Amber Jubilee'

I got my Golden Spirit and a lovely Physocarpus called ‘Amber Jubilee’

Just as I was about to check out, Allan called me back to the chicken coop area, as he had found a “Dan Hinkley collection” of plants.  There was Fuchsia ‘Windcliff Flurry’, a plant that had been high on my acquisition list for years, AND, also on my list,  Fuchsia ‘Mrs Popple’ which is said to get very tall.

The Hinkley collection

The Hinkley collection

a comfortable and attractive bench (for a couple hundred dollars, as I recall)

a comfortable and attractive bench (for a couple hundred dollars, as I recall)

a tempting array

a tempting array

containers as I went in the back door of the main building to check out

containers as I went in the back door of the main building to check out

I also succumbed to two of the trendy new Digiplexus plants.

I also succumbed to two of the trendy new Digiplexus plants and two ‘Orange Rocket’ columnar barberries.

Nursery shopping was not as much fun for my dear friend Sheila as she may be moving gardens so did not want to buy a lot of new plants.

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me: head still swimming from garden touring. Sheila: probably wishing she had a cartful of plants as well.  Nursery and garden touring can be hard and tiring work! 😉

check out time

check out time

Cultus Bay Nursery

Next, we went to Cultus Bay Nursery.  (We would have gone to Chocolate Flower Farm garden store as well, but we had missed it back in Langley as it was not yet open.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At the end of a long, single lane gravel road, we parked on a small grassy field near this hedge.

At the end of a long, single lane gravel road, we parked on a small grassy field near this hedge.

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A sign directed us to the nursery.

nearby, a woodpecker at work

nearby, a woodpecker at work

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We walked alongside a tangled garden.

We walked alongside a lush, tangled garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

textures:  Allan's photos

textures: Allan’s photos

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and arrived at the nursery entrance.

and arrived at the nursery entrance.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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in we go!

in we go!

Oh!   I wish now that I had been more focused and looked at every table.  Our minds were on catching a pre-rush hour ferry.  I know I missed many treasures here.

Oh! I wish now that I had been more focused and looked at every table. Our minds were on catching a pre-rush hour ferry. I know I missed many treasures here.

in the nursery

in the nursery

 

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the nursery cat

the nursery cat

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wish I had bought this Cercis 'Forest Pansy'; had one in my old garden, which was, I think, too boggy and sent it into a fatal decline.

I wish I had bought this Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’; had one in my old garden, which was, I think, too boggy and sent it into a fatal decline.

I did find two cultivars of Hydrangea aspera and bought one of each!

I did find two cultivars of Hydrangea aspera and bought one of each!

Hydrangea aspera: has been on my acquisition list for years; had a very small one that got a ladder set on top of it and did not survive.

Hydrangea aspera: has been on my acquisition list for years; had a very small one that got a ladder set on top of it and did not survive.

big soft Hydrangea aspera leaves; have seen them grown very well and huge in Cannon Beach gardens.

big soft Hydrangea aspera leaves; have seen them grown very well and huge in Cannon Beach gardens.

Allan's photo:  I also found Eryngium 'Blue Glitter' that I had been seeking here and there.

Allan’s photo: I also found Eryngium ‘Blue Glitter’ that I had been seeking here and there.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, birdfeeder surrounded by santolina

Allan's photos: lightly used formal path to the front of the house...

Allan’s photos: lightly used formal path to the front of the house as we arrived…

Allan's photo: honeysuckle

Allan’s photo: honeysuckle

Allan noticed that the “straight to work paths” in the nursery were well worn!

one of the nursery paths

one of the nursery paths

in the sales building: a Better Homes and Gardens article

in the office building: Allan found a Better Homes and Gardens article

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Allan says he read in the Better Homes and Gardens article that Cultus Bay also offers bed and breakfast!  Perhaps in this screened outdoor room?

Allan found this screened retreat near the plant sales area

pretty heavenly

pretty heavenly

a nursery of beauty

the “office” building

Allan's photo: inside the nursery office building

Allan’s photo: inside the nursery office building

Allan's photo: office details

Allan’s photo: office details

a wonderful nursery...I would be here frequently if it were near my home.

a wonderful nursery…I would be here frequently if it were near my home.

on the ferry to Mukilteo

Again, the Garmin thought we were swimming.

Again, the Garmin thought we were swimming.

for my non NW readers, some glimpses of Whidbey Island from my back seat in the van.

for my non NW readers, some glimpses of Whidbey Island from my back seat in the van.

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another ferry crossing

another ferry crossing

coming in to Mukilteo

coming in to Mukilteo

I found the traffic on 405 completely nerve-wracking.

I found the traffic on 405 completely nerve-wracking.

back at the Bellevue Hilton:  our van still has room for lots more plants.

back at the Bellevue Hilton: our van still has room for lots more plants.

next: the plant sales room at the Hilton and some notes about lectures…then back to touring!

 

 

 

 

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