1 January: a New Year’s “do” at the Bayside Garden
January 2, 2017 by Tangly Cottage
Sunday, 1 January 2017
Steve and John threw a big “do” in the afternoon at their home by the bay, in the setting of one of my favourite peninsula gardens.
Because many folks were expected, we parked below and strolled up through the garden.
conifers by the irrigation pond
Some ice remained on the irrigation pond.
south side of the driveway
one of the former salal beds (so impressively cleared out last year!)
approaching the house
near the front door
coral bark maple
Steve later told me he had picked up every fallen leaf the day before, and then a wind blew and down came more. I said the golden leaves, from a tall cotoneaster, were like gold leaf on a fancy dessert.
coral bark maple (Allan’s photo)
the pump house roof garden (which has been covered at night because of frost)
Inside the house:
looking out the front window at the coral bark maple
just some of the delicious food items
My favourite: a caviar and shrimp topped creation that was like the fanciest ever deviled egg.
an exquisite mango dipping sauce; I tried not to be greedy.
I should have known all of these people. Because of face blindness, I was fairly well flummoxed except for a few.
dessert with a view (looking east)
Allan’s photo; John in the checked shirt
the view north to the pump house and kitchen/dahlia garden
After noshing a bit, I happened to look out the front window again and saw the arrival of Dave and Melissa, walking up the drive with Nanci of Nanci and Jimella’s Café.
Dave and Mel and Nanci
view to the southeast: the clipped huckleberry glade
a show of clouds to the east. The table centerpiece is called Reflections, by local artist Jim Unwin.
Jim Unwin himself admires another artist’s creation.
Seaside gardener Pam, her spouse Dave, and Sean and Jim arrived. I gazed at this seasonal tableau while seated and chatting with Pam. Outside, hummingbirds hovered around a blooming camellia.
Dave and Melissa and I took an afternoon walk through the garden.
The most sensitive rhododendrons are saying Brrrr. And it is supposed to get colder.
Some rhodos are just fine with the cold.
glowing dogwood twigs
I hope my Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’ eventually gets this tall.
The baby specimen rhododendrons are toddler sized now.
moss and berries
Pretty sure this is my favourite, whose leaves will be silver in springtime.
The irrigation pond mirrored the garden.
back up the driveway
Sean and Allan
“Take a better picture!” said Sean, but I was too far away.
clouds over the Willapa Hills
We departed as the clouds began turning pink. Thank you, Steve and John! We overheard many words of praise about the “do”.
twilight coral bark maple
On the way home, we made a detour over to Klipsan Beach Cottages to deliver Denny’s belated birthday present.
at Klipsan Beach Cottages
by the office door
A bit of a social whirl will continue as we have a political meeting and a special birthday tomorrow, followed by a not so exciting dentist appointment on Tuesday and then…back to reading.
One of these days I WILL get back out into my own garden.