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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.

Allan's photo

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!

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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.

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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.

sign

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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Friday, 20 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Stobaugh-Prunhuber Garden

Let’s stroll around the last garden on the Hardy Plant Society/Northwest Perennial Alliance Friday tour of Whidbey Island gardens.

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approaching the garden from our parking spot

approaching the garden from our parking spot

a beautiful home with an old fashioned architectural feeling about it

a beautiful home with an old fashioned architectural feeling about it

coming around the side of the house to the water view

coming around the side of the house to the water view

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Allan's photo:  the owner and a guest stroll the lawn

Allan’s photo: the owner and a guest stroll the lawn

The gardens fall away from the house to the expanse of lawn.

The gardens fall away from the house to the expanse of lawn.

looking back up at the house

looking back up at the house

The transparent deer fence, very similar to ours that preserves our view of the Port of Ilwaco.

The transparent deer fence, very similar to ours that preserves our view of the Port of Ilwaco.

sprays of roses on the banked garden by the house

sprays of roses on the banked garden by the house

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Without that deer fence, these rose flowers would be deer snacks.

good fence

good fence

walking back around the other side of the house

walking back around the other side of the house

a rhododendron photo for Stephen and John

a rhododendron photo for Stephen and John

and another

and another

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for the rhodo collector

for the rhodo collector, a possible nursery source

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on the landward side of the house

on the landward side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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outside the fence, mature conifers

outside the fence, a collection of mature conifers

a gate to the conifer woods

a gate to the conifer woods

and we come back around the garage to the parking area

and we come back around the garage to the parking area

To our amazement, we had finished the garden tour in time to go to a couple of Whidbey Island nurseries!

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

As someone who lives in a humble double wide manufactured home, after a lifetime of living in cute vintage bungalows and then an old fishing shack, I am always interested to see how people make a manufactured home look more cottagey. This one between tour gardens on Whidbey Island caught my eye and I handed Sheila my camera to take a photo out of the passenger window.

I like it.

I like it.

Allan got this photo of a sculpture on the back porch.

Allan got this photo of a sculpture on the back porch.

And now on to the next tour garden.

Heg Garden

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We walked down a long, long, gently sloping driveway to approach the garden.

We walked down a long, long, gently sloping driveway to approach the garden.

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Near this gate, to our left, sat a garden host who offered us a map of the enormous garden.

Near this gate, to our left, sat a garden host who offered us a map of the enormous garden.

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Through the tall wooden gates, we entered the vegetable and cutting garden and saw another matching gate at the far side of the large enclosed area.

Through the tall wooden gates, we entered the vegetable and cutting garden and saw another matching gate at the far side of the large enclosed area.

in the enclosed garden

in the enclosed garden

Even though we were in the enclosed veg garden at different times, Allan noticed the same old bench,

Even though we were in the enclosed veg garden at different times, Allan noticed the same old bench,

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; he was quite taken by "the good inflatable hose brand name for reference, with the brass ends & tomato in background (a small reason to tour) ".  He always noticed practical details.

Allan’s photo; he was quite taken by “the good inflatable hose brand name for reference, with the brass ends & tomato in background (a small reason to tour) “. He always notices practical details.

expanse of lawn and garden beds

expanse of lawn and garden beds

back to the driveway; Allan's photo shows the dwarfing expanse of this landscape

back to the driveway; Allan’s photo shows the dwarfing expanse of this landscape

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Back to the driveway, we followed a lawn path to our left and found the reflective pool.

Sheila and I followed a lawn path to our left and found the reflective pool. While touring, Allan is usually behind us a ways as he is more inclined to chat with the garden hosts.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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my photo

Allan's photo (better, as usual)

Allan’s photo (better, as usual)

Sheila admired the nearby heron sculpture.

Sheila admired the nearby heron sculpture.

This small conifer spoke to me of my conifer collecting friends Stephen and John.

This small conifer spoke to me of my conifer collecting friends Stephen and John.

Here, Allan is catching up to us near the house, while I take a photo.

Here, Allan is catching up to us near the house, while I take a photo.

approaching the house

approaching the house

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detailed gardens on the landward side of the house

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Now what it THAT?

Now what it THAT?

Sheila and I pondered for a while; is it an Osmanthus? with lovely serrated leaves?

Sheila and I pondered for a while; is it an Osmanthus? with lovely serrated leaves?

??????

?????? Whatever it is, I want one.

billows of green on green on silver

billows of green on green on silver..Clearly, a garden that was made from a woodland of salal.

a broken pottery edge

a broken pottery and found objects edge

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(Gardening in a former salal forest is tough; my mother tried to rogue it out of her garden and it kept coming back. Stephen and John have successfully gotten it out of huge areas of their Willapa Bay garden, a feat that impresses me.)

We begin to walk around the house.

We begin to walk around the house.

and now we can see the water and skyline (where we would also see mountains on a clear day).

and now we can see the water and skyline (where we would also see mountains on a clear day).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (with deer or rabbit guard over some special plant)

Sheila on the water side of the house.

Sheila on the water side of the house.

I see a clipped square and then a clipped hedge that seems to hang out in space.

I see a clipped square and then a clipped hedge that seems to hang out in space.

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The mind boggles at that clipped curve...How??

The mind boggles at that clipped curve…How??

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The view includes beach walkers.

The view includes beach walkers.

a vignette on the patio

a vignette on the patio

another aspect

another aspect

on the patio plateau

on the patio by the house

the view a bit further along

the view a bit further along

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

some viewing chairs off to the side

some viewing chairs off to the side

From the chairs' angle, I can see how those hedges are clipped; the drop off is not as sheer as it appeared.

From the chairs’ angle, I can see how those hedges are clipped; the drop off is not as sheer as it appeared.

 

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

There did not seem to be a path down to the beach.

There did not seem to be a path down to the beach…or was there? (I did not figure out the answer.)

looking back from the two chairs

looking back from the two chairs

After walking around the house, we stroll off down another wide lawn path and come across the guest house.

walking back around the other side of the house

guest house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo of guest house bench

Allan’s photo of guest house bench

a guest house/studio

The guest house is set well off into its own woodsy landscape

Allan's photo; sometimes we notice such similar things.

Allan’s photo; sometimes we notice such similar things.

guest house

guest house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a throne like chair made of one piece of wood

a throne like chair made of one piece of wood

Allan noticed it, too.

Allan noticed it, too.

Allan's photo; Sheila and I trek up the long and thankfully gently sloping driveway

Allan’s photo; Sheila and I trek up the long and thankfully gently sloping driveway, past the gate to the enclosed veg garden

On up the driveway, which DID begin to seem very long indeed.

On up the driveway, which DID begin to seem very long indeed.

and on we go...

and on we go…

and on....and on....

and on….and on….

Eventually we did reach the road and a most welcome long drink of water at the van, and were on to tour our next and last of the Whidbey Island gardens.

More about the Heg garden in this article by Valerie Easton:
http://seattletimes.com/pacificnw/2002/0602/living.html

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Hummingbird Hill

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I walked round and round and round in this garden and felt like immediately going home and replacing all my grass paths with gravel and learning to make stuccoed concrete block walls.

I also felt again the poignancy that I experienced at the Froggwell Garden, where the garden co-creator had also passed away, while at the same time the upbeat mood and colours of Hummingbird Hill made me happy and uplifted.

street view of the garden

street view of the garden

from the street

from the street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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We were invited by Bob Barca's sister to enter this way. She said she had done the hardscaping for the garden.

We were invited by Bob Barca’s sister-in-law to enter this way. She said she had done the hardscaping for the garden.

outside the gate

outside the gate

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beside the gate

beside the gate

NPA= Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Seattle area version of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and the sponsor of the study weekend

NPA= Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Seattle area version of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and the sponsor of the study weekend

stepping inside

stepping inside

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I immediately had to step back outside to tell the sister in law how enormously impressed I was with her stucco wall hardscaping!

The second time I entered the gate!

The second time I entered the gate!

Garage/outbuilding forming one wall of the garden

Garage/outbuilding forming one wall of the garden

All the raised beds and warm walls help the plant collection thrive.

All the raised beds and warm walls help the plant collection thrive.

inset tiles and plants growing atop the walls

inset tiles and plants growing atop the walls..and a water feature!

another angle

another angle

The garden is completely fenced.

The garden is completely fenced.

Allan pondering.  I wonder if he is also wanting to change from lawn to gravel paths!

Allan pondering. I wonder if he is also wanting to change from lawn to gravel paths!

I did enjoy having no lawn at all in my former gardens...hmmm.

I did enjoy having no lawn at all in my former gardens…hmmm.

luscious eremurus

luscious eremurus

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I wish I had a closer photo of that blue flowering plant! (If a salvia, it is huge.)

Allan got a close up...so what is it??

Allan got a close up…so what is it?? A solanum??

Allan: "a piece of rebar solves a twisty problem"

another close up of the same area by Allan: “a piece of rebar solves a twisty problem”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a scree garden.   have to rethink my scree garden plan now!

a scree garden of tiny treasures. have to rethink my scree garden plan now!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

more eremurus envy

more eremurus envy

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plants thriving in the warm microclimates

plants thriving in the warm microclimates

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beside the garage

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on the garage wall...

on the garage wall…

Tropaeolum tuberosum 'Ken Aslet'

Tropaeolum tuberosum ‘Ken Aslet’

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stone and water

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I wonder if at one time each of these ovals had a small plant?

I wonder if at one time each of these ovals had a small plant?

My grandmother, who used a wringer washer well into the 1970s, would have loved this.

My grandmother, who used a wringer washer well into the 1970s, would have loved this wringer washer water feature. (I want one!)

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looking back at the areas I had walked through.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and now am in front of the house with my back to the wringer washer

and now am in front of the house with my back to the wringer washer

the house

the house

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a corner of the front garden

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peeking in the potting shed by the house

peeking in the potting shed; I think it was a wing of the house

a little stream

a little stream

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a bed of peas beside the house

a bed of peas beside the potting shed

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walking behind the house

walking behind the house

shade and moss

shade and moss

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (I was thrilled to recognize a plant!)

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’ (I was thrilled to recognize a plant!)

a private sit spot behind the house

a private sit spot behind the house

shady corner

shady corner

coming around from behind the house

coming around from behind the house

I may be going round in circles now.

I may be going round in circles now.

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a table with magazines, free for the taking, from Bob Barca's collection.  (I was reeling from the pleasures of this garden so did not even think to take any!)

a table with magazines, free for the taking, from Bob Barca’s collection. (I was reeling from the pleasures of this garden so did not even think to take any!)

the late Bob Barca

the late Bob Barca

Allan's photo; Bob Barca loved birds.

Allan’s photo; Bob Barca loved birds.

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Who can tell us what bird this is?

his earthly paradise

earthly paradise for plants and birds and people

Wow...pineapple broom....Argyrocytisus battandieri...HUGE

Wow…pineapple broom….Argyrocytisus battandieri…HUGE

Have grown it but moved before it bloomed, tried to move it and it died, and it is hard to find where I live.  Want!!  (Would it even bloom at the coast??)

Have grown it but moved before it bloomed, tried to move it and it died, and it is hard to find where I live. Want!! (Would it even bloom at the coast??) Sheila grows it successfully and says the flowers indeed smell like pineapple. (I could not get close enough to smell them.)

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on the front porch

on the front porch

another dahlia view

another dahlia view

from the front of the house, a bridge to the garden behind the garage

from the front of the house, a bridge to the garden by the garage

by the front porch

by the front porch

by the front porch

by the front porch

in front of the house

in front of the house

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looking back at the house

looking back at the house

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not wanting to leave...but we must...

not wanting to leave…but we must…

Oh dear, now I feel my garden is so SOFT and GREEN and COOL, and I want the warm, bright, gravel-crunching underfoot feeling of this garden instead.

I would linger, but we have more gardens to tour.

Here are two other blog entries about Hummingbird Hill on the same garden tour:

Linda Letters blog

Alison’s Bonney Lassie blog

 

 

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Froggwell Garden

Froggwell

Walk with me through this amazing old garden.  We will start at the entrance, take a little detour around the house, wander down the hill examining the mature shrubs and trees, and wend our way back to the entrance again.  Imagine that sometimes I am close to tears thinking of how much Holly Turner, who created this garden and who has now passed away, must have loved it.  She died of ALS, the horrible disease that took another avid gardener that I knew; she was a book rep and one of her clients was JA Jance. who wrote about her in this article.

I think I may have seen her widower, Ralph Hastings, on a gardening show on telly, if that is possible.  (Someone at the garden told me it was unlikely, but I remember seeing a show set on Whidbey with a widower who was trying to carry on his late wife’s garden.)  Whoever it was, I found him utterly charming and was deeply moved by his having lost his spouse and still trying to carry on with the garden.

Here we go on a walk through Froggwell.

Allan's photo of me approaching a magical world.

Allan’s photo of me approaching a magical world.

Sheila and I descending toward the gardens.

Descending toward the gardens.

beside the path, Allan's photo

beside the path, Allan’s photo

entering from where we parked

our first glimpse

Sheila preceded me; first view of the stunning house, like something from a dream

Sheila preceded me; first view of the stunning house, like something from a dream

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

To our right, a knot garden

To our right, a knot garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I slip around the back of the knot garden to avoid a short set of railing-less stone steps, and find this little shed.

I slip around the back of the knot garden to avoid a short set of railing-less stone steps, and find this little shed.

Allan's photo of the shed windows

Allan’s photo of the shed windows with knot garden reflected

Allan's photo of some ferns by the shed

Allan’s photo of hart’s tongue ferns by the shed

And I find a nice smooth grass path down to the house.

And I find a nice smooth grass path down to the house.

So I approach the house from the side.

So I approach the house from the side.

I find a windowed passageway between the main house and a bath area in the back; what a view!

I find a windowed passageway between the main house and a bath area in the back; what a view!

I walk from the shade, past the side porch with stone railings.

I walk from the shade, past the side porch with stone railings.

Allan's photo of the back porch.

Allan’s photo of the back porch.

Allan's photo of a rain chain

Allan’s photo of a rain chain

and around to the front of the house

and around to the front of the house

All around the edge of the lawn are mature shrubs.  I have learned a new appreciation for rhodos from Stephen and John's garden near where I live.

All around the edge of the lawn are mature shrubs. I have learned a new appreciation for rhodos from Stephen and John’s garden near where I live.

Walking further down the lawn, looking back at the house

Walking further down the lawn, looking back at the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo from another perspective

Allan’s photo from another perspective

Allan's photo of an arbour

Allan’s photo of an arbour

Rhododendron with lovely bronzy indumentum

Rhododendron with lovely bronzy new foliage

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Everywhere is beauty.

Everywhere is beauty.

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Some shrubs I cannot identify.

Some shrubs I cannot identify.

textures and colours

textures and colours

I see a silver weeping pear.  I want one!  Had one, moved it, killed it, the age old story.

I see a silver weeping pear. I want one! Had one, moved it, killed it, the age old story.

must...acquire...

must…acquire…

I'm circling and circling it...

I’m circling and circling the bed with a pair of silver weeping pears!

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two rhodos and a hedge behind them

I go through a hedge into a new area (a big lawn with an open sided tent left from an event).  Looking back I can see the house and both silver pears.

I go through a hedge into a new area (a big lawn with an open sided tent left from an event). Looking back I can see the house and both silver pears.

 

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proceeding further down the gentle slope along the woodsy edge of the garden

proceeding further down the gentle slope along the woodsy edge of the garden

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looking out from under a beech with pink edged leaves

looking up

looking up

and looking back after walking further

and looking back after walking further

more rhodos

more rhodos

kalmias!

kalmias!

Kalmia flowers

Kalmia flowers

and more kalmia flowers

and more kalmia flowers

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Oh my, is that a Stewartia?

Oh my, is that a Stewartia?

Yes it is, have never seen one so big.

Yes it is, have never seen one so big.

the beautiful stewartia bark almost hidden by understory shrubs

the beautiful stewartia bark almost hidden by understory shrubs

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in the woodland (Hydrangea aspera)

down in the woodland

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Hydrangea aspera, I think!

looking up

looking up

old rhododendron trunks

an old rhododendron trunk with support

layers and layers of leaves

layers and layers of leaves

far down below the house now

far down below the house now

 

more layers, and a dogwood in flower

more layers, and a dogwood in flower

 

I seem to have come to the end; far below is the Froggwell pond.

I seem to have come to the end; far below is the Froggwell pond.  The garden is so large that this has mostly been a solitary walk.

I start back up, then encounter a garden guide who asks me if I have seen the glass in the woods.

I start back up, then encounter a garden guide who asks me if I have seen the glass in the woods.

I turn back and find it, evidence of how far the garden has grown in since this ornament was placed there.

I turn back and find it, almost hidden, evidence of how far the garden has grown in since this ornament was placed there.

on my way back up the hill

looking back on my way  up the hill

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the purple beech again

the purple beech again

If only I could wander for longer...

If only I could wander for longer…

I cross to the other side of the lawn...

I cross to the other side of the lawn…

below the house.

below the house.

on the lawn below the house

on the lawn below the house

Calycanthus

Calycanthus

mossy steps leading up

mossy steps leading up

the downhill side of the house

the downhill side of the house

the living room windows with garden view

the living room windows with garden view

steps up to the brick deck

steps up to the brick deck

where I find a table of garden books and catalogs.

where I find a table of garden books and catalogs.

a plant list

a plant list

Sheila and I find each other and she examines the books.

Sheila and I find each other and she examines the books.

She shows me that this one looks especially entertaining.

She shows me that this one looks especially entertaining.

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inside

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Several snakes are sunning on the bricks...

Several snakes are sunning on the bricks…

Disturbed, they slither under the house...

Disturbed, they slither under the house…

and down the brick stairs that I had come up by.

and down the brick stairs that I had come up by.

the view downhill from the front steps

the view downhill from the front steps

a look down the lawn...still so much more to see

a look down the lawn…still so much more to see

Allan's photo by the house

Allan’s photo by the house

goodbye to the silver pears

goodbye to the silver pears

and the knot garden

and the knot garden

a little tableau as we depart

a little tableau as we depart

a last look back

a last look back

picket fence garden by the pathway out

picket fence garden by the pathway out

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just one more look toward the knot garden shed...and we are gone.

just one more look toward the knot garden shed…and we are gone.

I hope you feel that you have strolled through this amazing garden with us.

“In one sense there is no death.  The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond his or her departure.  You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you, The spirit looking out of others’ eyes, talking to you in the familiar things he touched, worked with, loved as a familiar friend.  She lives on in your life and in the lives of all others that knew her.” *Angelo Patri

Holly Turner spoke to me through her garden.

 

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

the four day tour

the four day tour

We began our first day by driving to Whidbey Island, north of Seattle.

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Miraculously, we made the 9 AM ferry!

Miraculously, we made the 9 AM ferry from Mukilteo!

our Garmin GPS seemed to think our vehicle was amphibious.

our Garmin GPS seemed to think our vehicle was amphibious.

Langley

We actually got to the island early, as the tour did not began till 10 AM.  So we took a detour into the charming town of Langley.

We had to park to look at this house.

We had to park to look at this house.

booth

It had an old phone booth in the garden!

It had an old phone booth in the garden!

foliage

Beautifully matched foliage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

porch seating

porch seating

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

enticing lodging

enticing lodging

a Langley garden

a Langley garden

Allan's photos:  chimney art...

Allan’s photos: chimney art…

that matched a set of railings.

that matched a set of railings.

a public planting

a public planting

Good choice of plants (Euphorbia 'Tasmanian Tiger'?)

Good choice of plants (Euphorbia ‘Tasmanian Tiger’?)

I should know what this is....

I should know what this is….

???

???

a welcome sight!

a welcome sight!

Bunnies ran rampant in Langley!  We heard they were escapees from the 4-H club.

Allan’s photo: Bunnies ran rampant in Langley! We heard they were escapees from the 4-H club.

We could have lingered much longer in Langley, but we had touring to do!  We arrived at the first garden at 10:10.

Vos Garden

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A beautifully camouflaged chain link fence, enhanced with height to protect the garden from deer, surrounded the property.

deer fence gate

deer fence gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

just inside the gate

just inside the gate

entering the garden

entering the garden

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structures

art in the garden

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behind the arbour, a compost work area

behind the arbour, a compost work area

Sheila and I always look for the work areas as that aspect of a garden greatly interests us!

tour guests

Tour guests stroll the lawn going down past the house.

a wooden tuteur

a wooden tuteur

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

peony

peony

We can now see the water in the distance.  On a sunny day, the Olympic Mountains would have been all along the horizon.

We can now see the view. On a sunny day, the mountains would have been all along the horizon across the water.

a friendly gate to a neighbour's yard

a friendly gate to a neighbour’s yard

Remember, the fence is a dark chainlink fence nicely added to with wood.

a haze of smokebush

a haze of smokebush

gardens along the water view side of the house

gardens along the water view side of the house

looking up from the lawn

looking up from the lawn

Under that overhang, above, was one of the most glorious garden features I have ever seen, so let’s go up there and have a look.

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looking in

looking in

all under the roof with stairs going up...

all under the roof with stairs going up…

...to another level...

…to another level…

with a fireplace to one side of the lower level

with a fireplace to one side of the lower level

I spent many minutes trying to absorb every detail.

I spent many minutes trying to absorb every detail.

 

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I wished I had not moved away from my old garden with its steep hill.  I could have done something like this (given time, or lots of money, or both) with the natural rock and pond.  Then I realized I could not even climb up and down those railing-less stairs without falling into the waterfall pool, and told myself how well my flatland garden suits me, and yet, and yet, and yet…

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Sheila's turn to be mesmerized (and give a sense of scale)

Sheila’s turn to be mesmerized (and give a sense of scale)

Allan's photo, looking out from inside

Allan’s photo, looking out from inside

One turns on'e back to the glorious waterfall room and sees this outside deck with water view.

One turns on’e back to the glorious waterfall room and sees this outside deck with water view.

looking down to the garden

looking down to the garden and the water

rain water collection next to the house

rain water collection next to the house

Allan noticed it, too!

Allan noticed it, too!

With difficulty, I have torn myself out of the waterfall room and resumed my walk through the garden.

With difficulty, I have torn myself out of the waterfall room and resumed my walk through the garden.

looking back uphill

looking back uphill

and walking up the other side of the house

and walking up the other side of the house

steps ascending

steps ascending

lots of beautiful golden Lonicera

lots of beautiful golden Lonicera

such a pleasing deer fence

such a pleasing deer fence

Allan's fence detail photo

Allan’s fence detail photo

a deck on the upper level

a deck on the upper level

the view back down

the view back down

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by the upper deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and the porch on the landward side of the house

and the porch on the landward side of the house

garden art

garden art

intricate plantings near the house

intricate plantings near the house as I walk back to where we parked our van

an island bed on the upper level

an island bed on the upper level

And on to the next garden…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

What should I see this morning I look out the front window:

So much for being scared by the bird scare tape!

So much for being scared by the bird scare tape!

Allan went out to shoo the deer away.

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It jumped this low fence...

It jumped this low fence…

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and turned back to look from the side garden

Before finishing my packing for study weekend, I had to change into other clothes and spray the whole front garden with stinky Liquid Fence.  If the deer had appeared on the previous weekend, a hastily constructed taller fence might have appeared!  A wiser gardener would have put ALL precious deer candy plants in the fully fenced back garden.

Then I took a walk around the garden, wishing fervently that I was staying home.  I am such a stick in the mud!

back garden, looking south

back garden, looking south

sanguisorba

sanguisorba

worrying over my new plants:  Was the rain enough for them?  No time to water.

worrying over my new plants: Was the rain enough for them? No time to water.

I felt I would so love to spend the weekend sitting on my own bench (between weeding sessions).

I felt I would so love to spend the weekend sitting on my own bench (between weeding sessions).

Astilbes looked too glorious to leave.

Astilbes looked too glorious to leave.

I need to weed around this hydrangea!

I need to weed around this hydrangea!

I haven't had time to weed by the bogsy woods!

I haven’t had time to weed by the bogsy woods!

The garden has so much to offer right now.

The garden has so much to offer right now.

My cats would miss me too much!

My cats would miss me too much!

I have arranged for my friend Luanne of Olde Towne Café to water my container plants on Sunday...

I have arranged for my friend Luanne of Olde Towne Café to water all my container plants on Sunday…and Devery would water the greenhouse tomatoes on Saturday as well.

Could a trip to see other gardens possibly give me as much pleasure as my own???

Could a trip to see other gardens possibly give me as much pleasure as my own???

It is downright intoxicating.

It is downright intoxicating.

I couldn’t cancel the trip as our friend Patt was coming to enjoy Ilwaco for the weekend and kep our cats company, and Sheila had already headed north from Oregon to meet us, and Allan was happily ancticipating the trip.  Finally we got underway…sort of.

I hate to leave the post office garden as it is a bit weedy!

I hate to leave the post office garden as it is a bit weedy!

In the morning, Allan had watered the Post Office and Larry and Robert’s Ilwaco garden.

I worried whether the city crew would water the Ilwaco planters well enough.

I worried whether the city crew would water the Ilwaco planters well enough.

We stopped a few block from home at Olde Towne Café for lunch.