Before we continue with our social day of garden touring, here is a “real time alert“. Jo and Bob’s home sale did not go through, so their wonderful house and tiny guest cottage and dreamy garden and extra lot (for potential garden expansion) are for sale. Here is the link to the real estate listing. And here is the blog post about the garden on tour day in 2013. We do so hope a gardener buys the place…maybe you? Now back to our narrative:
Friday, 15 June 2016
The Bayside Garden
After touring THE Oysterville garden, we took our friends Kathleen and Ann to see Steve and John’s collectors’ garden on the bay. Ann was impressed by their Erik Fagerland designed house. The trees are not falling; it’s that annoying thing that pocketcams do.
We walked around the north side of the house past the exuberant dahlia bed to the green roof of the pump house.
On the bay side of the house, Ann had been impressed last winter at the clipped everygreen huckleberries. They made her happy all over again.
We walked and admired the many young trees and shrubs. Both Kathleen and Ann can hold up their end of a plant nut conversation and are happy to give each individual plant the attention it deserves.
We began to work our way through the shade down the north side of the garden.
We emerged into the sun and toured the sunny island beds, one almost brand new.
John and I had reached the shade border on the south side. Eventually we all grouped together again and worked our way through looking at all the specimens. Each shrublet is given room (because in this property there IS room) so all the attributes of each are clearly visible. I imagine us walking through these mature shrubs, some as tall or taller than me, should we all live long and prosper.
We departed at 5:30 because we had one more gardener expecting us.
Patti’s Garden in Seaview
On the way home, we visited Patti at her home and garden which Ann had seen in the dead of winter.
Patti says she stopped growing veg because she can buy the produce more inexpensively at the local farmers market than growing it.
In the garage, Patti showed us a preview of a friend’s garage sale that is coming up. Ann commented on an “Artquake” poster framed on the wall, a Portland event she had attended as a girl. Because Patti is Patti, she gave Ann the picture.
Before we left, Patti showed Ann and Kathleen the inside of her late 1800s home.
Our visit continued for awhile in our own garden.
Tomorrow: Official garden tour day! Despite having recently toured the 25 gardens in and near Salem, I was eagerly looking forward to more touring.