Wednesday, 20 January 2016
I was lured out of the house by Ann and Kate, visiting friends from Portland whom I could not resist. Because our weekly North Beach Garden Gang was also scheduled for this day, having to break my seclusion was not as traumatic as it otherwise would have been.
We began at noon with a visit to Salt Hotel. Usually, Ann and friends stay at Ann’s father’s house in Naselle, but it is good to know about alternatives in case he has said house filled up with a fishing expedition.
Kate and Ann had a favourable impression of Salt (and from our pub lunch there with Ann earlier this month, she knows the food is tasty). The pub is closed on Wednesday and Thursday (winter hours). Julez kindly offered us tea. We decided to move on with our day.
Kate, being peckish, asked if there were a place she could get a snack. So on our way north, she got a street taco in Seaview.
So what do gardeners do on a day out in winter? Go garden touring, of course. Kate is a working gardener so, like us, she does not have much free time in the spring. I guided her and Ann to four of my favourite gardens, choosing ones with good structure and winter interest. Due to lots of enjoyable chatting and laughter, I did not take as many photos as usual, which might be a good thing, as I can combine all of the gardens into this one post.
Patti’s garden in Seaview is a favourite of mine. I explained that our good friend Patti is the one who began the Music in the Gardens tour ten years ago. (She has now passed the tour into the able hands of Garden Tour Nancy.)
We had an intermission in touring as we drove a few blocks to visit Dave and Melissa, who were working nearby. Part of the garden that they maintain is a lot that actually used to belong to Patti herself, and that was landscaped years ago by a former peninsula business, A&J Landscaping. The lot was purchased by its north side neighbour and is a great extra addition to her yard.
I took the opportunity to get a photo of Dave and Melissa and their very big truck to use as a cover photo on their Facebook page. Give the page a like, if you would be so kind.
Steve and John’s Bayside Garden
Leaving Melissa and Dave to their work, Kate and Ann and I headed to the bay side to visit Steve and John’s garden, one that has been on both the Music in the Gardens and last spring’s Rhododendron Tour.
We drove north to Oysterville and took a turn around the town before going to our destination garden. Ann’s car stopped by the Stream House when Kate saw a restia in the front garden.
Connections: The Stream House was rebuilt last year by the Mack Brothers construction, one of whom is married to our friend Christl who manages the Eric Wiegardt Gallery, a former job of ours that Eric’s brother Todd now cares for.
Kate and Ann were pleased to get to go inside the historic Oysterville Church, which is almost always open for viewing.
Next, we walked all around the wonderful Oysterville garden that I visited three times last fall.
Dave and Melissa and Todd and this garden’s owner have been working hard on trimming and mulching in this huge garden for the past couple of months.
Leaving this garden, we walked on a green road down to the shore of Willapa Bay.
Klipsan Beach Cottages
We had time for a quick visit to one more garden so we drove to the ocean side and strolled around Klipsan Beach Cottages. Because the resort was having a winter breaktime, we were able to go onto all the cottage decks, as well.
We now needed somewhere to spend an hour before our dinner reservation. I suggested the Cottage Bakery and learned that it was new to both Kate and Ann, so south to Long Beach we drove.
The Cove Restaurant
The Cove had been closed for dinners during January except for this special event, Sushi night.
Little did we know this would be our last garden gang dinner at the Cove, as owner and friend Sondra announced a few days later that the restaurant will now only open for Chef Sondra’s delicious lunch time, maybe opening for dinner again next summer. Meanwhile, we are a garden gang on the lam and looking for a new place to have a relatively inexpensive weekly dinner with a nice selection of microbrews on tap. It will be ever so hard to find a place that fits that criteria (especially the inexpensive) and that makes us feel as special as Chef Jason and Sondra and Carmen and Lynn make us feel at the Cove. Chef Jason cooks exactly the kind of food I like. We think the Salt Pub might fit the bill…if only they were open on Thursdays. (We’ll have to change our dinner night.)