25 July: back to The Oysterville Garden
August 7, 2016 by Tangly Cottage
Monday, 25 July 2016
My dear friend Patti J (she who has the loveliest Seaview garden and who was the originator of the local garden tour) had asked me if I would take her to see that most glorious garden in Oysterville. When Allan and I visited Ocean Park Debby last Wednesday, that news had already reached her, and she asked if she could come along. Well, of course! Lunch was planned as well, and we all had looked forward to the afternoon.
THE Oysterville Garden
Before we entered the garden, Debby admired the view across the road.
Allan’s photo: Debby was planning to paint that tree.
THE Oysterville garden. The stakes mark a new beech hedge.
The front lawn and boxwood hedge
on the other side of the driveway, a brick path through to the neighbours
boxwoods and Hydrangea paniculata
I say it every time….
….This part of the garden makes me weepy.
the clipped contrasting with the exuberant
on the terrace with Patti
Debby and Patti
On the terrace. Patti marveled at the Aeoniums.
Aeonium and boxwood admiration was the intent of this photo, but the shadow on the floor (lower left) shows how the backs of the chairs echo the shape of the window.
view from the terrace: a pittosporum with black stems, white rose, Melianthus major leaves
other side of driveway: Helenium in the center, and I think that is Crambe maritima in the lower left corner
Enough wheelbarrows for the garden creator and his helpers, Melissa and David and sometimes Todd, to all move mulch together.
At this point in our tour, Patti expressed amazement at the garden and I said, “You haven’t seen my favourite part yet!” “There’s MORE?” she asked.
We greeted the owner and creator of the garden, who was painting in the garage; I made introductions.
outside the garage door
Then we went round the corner to the hornbeam and hydrangea allée.
at the center of the allée of Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’
Our Patti in the hydrangea allée
hornbeam arch at the west end of the allée
We explored the shade beds at the northwest area of the garden.
The lawn runs north south through the shade borders (Allan’s photo)
Patti loved the size of the tree ferns in pots.
We all clustered to admire this glowing rhododendron.
Patti and I had a rest while Debby looked over the pumpkin patch.
sunburned hydrangea heads by the pumpkin patch
Wayne was in attendance today.
I got to administer a belly rub.
around the corner to the big lawn
on the north side
the northern border
Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)
front garden cardoons
Everyone loved the ruff of begonias in the big boxwood pot.
Drumstick alliums have gone all purple now.
pink ‘Queen Elizabeth’ roses against the exquisitely pale blush pink house
boxwood and roses
looking north again
purple Verbena bonariensis
Debby and Patti and I have much to say about the glories of the garden.
lilies in the front border
our Patti (Allan’s photo)
sarracenia and matching gold leaved pelargoniums
Patti at the front gate
Thank you and goodbye till my next visit to this ever changing garden.
We repaired to Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta where we continued to talk about the Oysterville garden, garden tours, and gardening in general. Crowded when we arrived, the café became almost empty as we lingered till closing time over a delicious lunch.
My favourite is the pita tuna sandwich.
after the lunch crowd
Patti bought three small Eric Wiegardt paintings.
outside, a mountain of oyster shells and a view to the Port of Nahcotta
…and the old pilings from the railway line.
We drove our gardening friends home to their gardens.
Debby’s front walkway in Ocean Park
Back at home in my own garden, I gardened on into the evening with many deep thoughts about boxwoods, while Allan watered and weeded at the Ilwaco Community Building.