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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Mallet Garden, Shoreline

Puget Sound in the distance

Allan’s photo

near the front porch

Puget Sound is also known as the Salish Sea.

This view and feeling was familiar to me as my uncle had a home in Shoreline with a similar view.

Allan’s telephoto

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

history, on the deck

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

A moon gate would be a wonderful garden feature to have.

weeping tree underpruned for the view

 

Realizing that this garden had been in the Innis Arden neighbourhood moved me.  As a child, my parents and grandmother and I often visited friends Dena and Emil there.  As a young woman, Dena had been a housekeeper for my wealthy uncle (my mother’s brother) and had become part of the family.  She and Emil had a lovely modern house, on a humbler Innis Arden lot with no view.  I remember driving in past the Innis Arden sign, which we saw today, and I remember a beautiful garden on two levels, with lots of well kept shrubs, and a little slope that I could slide down on a piece of cardboard until Dena would get worried about damage to the lawn.  Dena’s garden lives in my memory as being similar to some of the tasteful, shrubbery type gardens we have seen on this year’s tour.  I think she would have enjoyed the study weekend.  She must have been an avid gardener; she died when I was fairly young and my memories of that garden ended there.

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Stacie Crooks Garden

a gift to the street

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

 

soothing private courtyard behind the bright front garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

at the sunny side of the house, a kitchen garden; the mailbox holds supplies and tools.

Allan’s photo

I also use those gloves to garden. (Allan’s photo)

Roger Gossler of Gossler Farms (to the right in above photo) commented that this was the perfect size of kitchen garden, not too big.  (I have purchased many a good plant from Gossler Farms Nursery,  both at Hardy Plant weekends and by mail order.

looking back at the kitchen garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

This is the moment when I learned that there are scheffleras hardy to the Pacific Northwest.

hardy schefflera….must have

entering the back garden

dazzling combination at one end of the garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

tour guests talk to the gardener

on the terrace

I believe that is Stacie in the center.

I rarely talk to the garden owners—as they are usually well occupied with comments and questions.  Allan heard her say that she had five dump truck loads of soil brought in to make the garden level rather than sloping, looking ahead to easier gardening.

That end of the garden drew my eyes the most.

Allan’s photo

You can read more about Crooks Garden Design here.

More articles about the garden here. And here, this might be her former, steeper garden.  Imagine my surprise when I realized that I had indeed visited her former garden in 2010: second garden in this post.  Some of the photos in the old post will enlarge if you click on them; this goes back to when I used to try to get fancy with formatting.  I also used to have more to say about each garden.  I felt I had to review them in some way.  Now I am more inclined to let you walk through with us in your own imagination and create your own impressions.

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Hampton Garden, Redmond

going in

We were pleased to see more flowers bordering the large expanse of front lawn.

Allan’s photo

I recognized painted sage in the planter in front of the porch and went to have a closer look.  Like mine lately, it was not colouring up in a showy manner.

Salvia viridis (painted sage); I wonder if it will show more colour soon?

painted sage, not what it used to be; the bracts don’t seem to colour up as in days of yore.

rose garden by the front porch

lawn border

more metal alliums—I want some! Sign says Allium metallica.

Allan’s photo

Allium schubertii seedhead with water bottle for scale

Allan’s photo

burbler

looking across the lawn

flower beds at the end of the lawn

Allan’s photo

a gorgeous iris

I like flowers.  I prefer a garden with perennials and annuals mixed with shrubs, even though it is more maintenance.

This made me happy!

This made me envious.  (I can’t seem to grow delphiniums.) Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Behind the flower beds, a fenced kitchen garden:

further along the side garden, pots of dahlias

another angle on the handsome delphiniums

We thought this might be a clever upcycled…something…to keep the strawberries off the ground.

By the side porch of the house, we found the chicken topiary with eggs.

On the porch:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

the catio

Allan’s photo

garden shed in the side yard, next to a chicken coop

I have that same set of chickens, and they fall over all the time.  These were wired into the ground to stay put.

real chooks

a rose petal snack

vigorously digging a hole

Allan’s photo

After the chicken coop came the shade garden.


a courtyard off to the side as one goes toward the back garden.

at the center of the paths

a perfect hosta

Allan’s photo

I looked beyond to find the work area, always of interest.

horse poop, I believe

how so perfect??

Behind the back garden was a barn and pastures.  One dark grey horse walked away from having its photo taken; another was being groomed.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

an enormous climbing hydrangea

behind the house

I love this cat sculpture.

more of the garden along the horse pastures

plates in a bike wheel

Coming around the house, another border featuring perfect hostas…

Allan’s photo

By looking hard, Allan found a few tiny holes in hosta leaves, just to make me feel less inferior.

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the house from the hosta bed

perfect…how?

We had taken a long time touring this garden and admiring all the flowers and those perfect hostas.  We still had one more garden to tour today before the tour time ended.

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Guthrie Garden, Woodinville

Allan’s photo

Magazine articles and a photo album made for good reading at the entryway.

So I only saw the top level of this garden, and the view from the deck.  I will start with my photos and then switch to Allan’s.

Tour guests were asked to ring this gong on the way down the stairs.

looking down from the deck

on the deck

Now for Allan’s photos.

You can read more about this garden here and here (which has just the sort of walk-through description that I like in a tour post).

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

After we had toured The Oysterville Garden, Lorna and Gail and Debbie (who had seen our next garden on yesterday’s local tour) went on their respective ways.  Dave, Melissa, Ann, Evan, Allan and I drove a few blocks north to Steve and Martie’s garden.  I’ve never met Steve and Martie although, before they moved to Oysterville, Allan and I worked on a garden just south of theirs, a garden that Dave and Melissa do now.  Dave and Mel (Sea Star Gardening) also helped ready Marty and Steve’s garden for the tour, and the creator of the fabulous Oysterville garden down the street has had some influence here.  You can read about Martie’s design work here.  And here.  And here.  And you can read about her Oysterville home, whose garden we are about to visit, here.

Martie designs plant decor for clients including the Ace Hotel in Portland.

historic Captain Stream House (Allan’s photo)

Captain Stream House (Allan’s photo). Much of Oysterville has lichened picket fences like this one.

front garden (Allan’s photo)

Ann (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

That’s one of my favourites, Verbena bonariensis, to the right.

a handsome stand of eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)

orchids (Allan’s photo)

From the back deck.

A few days later, I happened to be at The Planter Box garden center when Teresa got a phone call asking what plant had been in the container above.  It’s sarracenia.

productive kitchen garden on both sides of the walkway

stone sink on the north side of the deck

closely mown croquet lawn on the south side

south of the garden (a guest house, I think)

coming around to the front garden again

now viewing the front garden from the entry driveway again, with Ann and Evan still lingering.

You can see more of this garden on Instagram at Oysterville Life.

We will now go on to tour two gardens of friends, and because we’ll be just with friends, I am going to share some garden tour thoughts.

 

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

The WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County present:

Garden Two: “Colorful and Creative”

Every garden tour has one garden that becomes my favourite.  Gina and Jeff’s garden is one that could be my favourite of many tours.

I was thrilled just by looking at it across the street!

Before we crossed the road, we encountered Wendy and Bill, whose garden had been my favourite on last year’s tour.  Since then, I’d learned that for many years they owned the boat Aallotar which I often see at the Port of Ilwaco.  I longed for Aallotar stories but garden touring won out for everyone.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

closer

 

closer

walk to the front porch

Allan’s photo

wooden window box looks like copper

We finally made it to the check in table!  We could already hear the sound of the river and realized that the garden, while huge, is long and narrow because the river is just past the house and down a steep drop off.

The river sounded wonderful.

a double sort of curb holding the edge of the garden; that lawn is far below

The drop off at the edge of the garden is steep and dramatic.

Allan’s photo

garden creator Gina’s friendly little dog (Allan’s photo)

This cat was also getting attention. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

I felt faint just looking at this path between the house and the edge. Folks with a good head for heights breezed along it.

Allan’s photo

Gina must have a great head for heights; she had picked every bad leaf off of the statuesque hollyhocks.

Allan’s photo

hollyhocks below the edge

I decided to explore the garden that stretched expansively from the other side of the garage.

back wall of garage

Allan’s photo

This was to cover up some sort of unattractive utilitarian thing. (Allan’s photo)

The long, narrow garden lay on both sides of the house between the road and the drop off to the river.  We began with the longest area, to the left of the house.

a sit spot (Allan’s photo)

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on the side of the garage

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detail

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looking down the expansive lawn

Because this garden is a work in progress, I have a feeling that eventually all of these beds will be as full as the ones right around the house.

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looking back

Squash and big healthy tomatoes grew in the roadside bed.  Someone commented about the fertile farmland valley silt in this area.

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Allan’s photo

One of the folks strolling toward me said (because of my knee brace, cane, and sore heel related limp), “Nothing stops you from garden touring, does it?!”

The garden beds on the river side go right up to the cliff edge.

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right on the edge….I wondered if eventually these trees would go.

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I would have to crawl on my belly to weed up to that edge!

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Allan’s photo

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plants clinging to the very edge of the steep drop off!

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Allan’s photo

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looking down (Allan’s photo)

I tip my gardener’s cap to the bold gardener who weeds along that curving edge.

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Most of the beds are more safely inland.

We turned back and walked toward the house.

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garden tour guests enjoying a sit spot

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peach tree near the garage

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a perfect rose

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I am now thinking about how this garden does not seem bothered by deer.

When Ann (Spiffy Seeds, The Amateur Bot-ann-ist) toured this garden just after we did, she especially noticed the burned tree (which went right over my head).

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photo by Ann Amato-Zorich, who says “Burned tree. Nature’s own shou sugi ban.”

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rustic woodsy planter

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from another angle

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and another….an idea I am going to emulate.

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Allan’s photo

To reach the other side of the garden, I went along the front of the house.

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Brick front porch wrapped front and right side of the house.

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front garden

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looking out from the porch

On the right side of the entry porch, the brick porch narrowed and became L shaped.  Its decor was so fascinating that I could have spent an hour there.

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This area had a concrete floor and a high roof with a chandelier and a skylight.

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story of my life!

I could almost weep with delight over all of these artful vignettes.

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Just off the porch was a waterfall pond.

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Going around the corner of the house, we found another tiny shady pool.

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Allan’s photo

Around the corner at the back of the house, we passed through an arbour to a greenhouse.

We failed to step back and get a long shot.  Ann kindly provided us with this:

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photo by Ann Amato-Zorich

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sink fountain

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Allan’s photo

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in the greenhouse

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We recently saw someone making a cool light fixture like this on a tiny house show.

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in the greenhouse

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in the greenhouse

Near the greenhouse, steps and a path go down to the river level.

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looking down

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plantings on the upper bank (Allan’s photo)

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from the path going down; garden creator Gina in view (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

We learned later that the rock retaining wall was new this past year, and Gina has begun planting it up.

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Allan’s photo

I was still up on the top level by the greenhouse.

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the back porch and sunroom

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the other side of the path I couldn’t do!

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Looking down again, I could see a great temptation for reaching the river level:

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The kitty was there!

Someone told me that an easy access driveway was available at the other end of the garden.  I made my way in that direction.

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by the greenhouse, a basket ready for berries

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past the greenhouse

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looking back at the house and L shaped porch

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an easy road, with a greeter

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kitty welcoming Allan to the river road

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Allan’s photo

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along the river bank

I learned later that the river causes much destruction along this bank during a stormy winter.  The lawn survives!

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looking up the newly cleared area to the greenhouse

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The river made a beautiful sound.

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Allan’s photo

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new rock wall with tour guest for scale

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Look at the edge on that lawn.  Allan noticed that all the bare ground was weed free and carefully raked.

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the river bank, which likely gets flooded in rainy winters

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the sound of water always in the background

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the path down from below

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Allan’s photo

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We made our way back up the easy road to the top and appreciated the garden for awhile longer.

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a natural hose hanger

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Look who we met arriving just as we were leaving!

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Dave, Melissa, Todd, Pam (downtown Seaside gardener)

They would be one garden behind us all the way.  Ann and Evan arrived just after this photo was taken. We should have just slowed down and toured with them, because they would notice things that we had missed.  I am always afraid of running out of time, so on we went to the next garden.

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I’m thinking how much I loved this garden and that I did not want to leave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

THE Oysterville garden

Having heard that the  Oysterville garden had reached another peak of glory,  we made our workday one or two jobs shorter than usual and headed north in the late afternoon, arriving at 4:30 PM.  I had been thinking about the aster collection so was glad to be invited to visit while they were all blooming.  They are the gardener’s mother’s favourite flower and a herald of autumn.

looking in from the street

looking in from the street

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autumn crocus along the roadside lawn

It is the season of glory for ornamental grasses.

It is the season of glory for ornamental grasses.

late blooming clematis and asters

late blooming clematis and asters

looking in (Allan's photo)

looking in (Allan’s photo)

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approaching the front gate

approaching the front gate

potted plants on either side of the brick entry path

potted plants on either side of the brick entry path

asters and ornament

asters and ornament

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clipped boxwood in pots

As expected, we found Melissa at work in the garden.

As expected, we found Melissa at work in the garden.

Our Melissa (Allan's photo)

Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)

golden cotinus

golden cotinus

tall pink asters to tone with the house of palest lovely pink

tall pink asters to tone with the house of palest lovely pink

All this, and we still have not set foot inside the garden.

We are happy to have an invitation to enter.

We are happy to have an invitation to enter.

Before the stern “keep out” signs, folks would just wander through at any time, thinking perhaps that it was a park.  The other day when Melissa was working there, a fellow slowed his vehicle down and called out “What is this place FOR?”  Her reply was that it is a private garden, but she wishes she had said “An amusement park for honeybees!”

phlox, Joe Pye Weed, asters

phlox, Joe Pye Weed, asters

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking north down the front lawn

looking north down the front lawn

the south side of the house

the south side of the house

brick path inside the boxwood hedge, which I just realize matches up with...

brick path inside the boxwood hedge, which I just realize matches up with…

south side of the driveway

…brick path on south side of the driveway; the stakes mark new(ish) columnar beeches

south side of driveway

south side of driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

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None of us know the name of this tufted grass.

None of us know the name of this tufted grass. I intend to find out by asking Scott Weber of Rhone Street Gardens.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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the terrace that always makes me weepy

the terrace that always makes me weepy

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Let's go up there.

Let’s go up there.

Melissa and me in plant appreciation mode (Allan's photo)

Melissa and I in plant appreciation mode (Allan’s photo)

on the terrace

on the terrace

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For the first time, I notice how the boxwoods come to a point.

For the first time, I notice how the boxwoods come to a point.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a stray salvia

a stray salvia

across the driveway

across the driveway

Japanese anemones and asters

Japanese anemones and asters

south side of garage

south side of garage

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button sized orange chrysanthemums

looking east along the driveway

looking east along the driveway

south side of driveway, Japanese anemone and solidago

south side of driveway, Japanese anemone and solidago

fennel and solidago

fennel and solidago

Japanese anemone

Japanese anemone

anemone and aster

anemone and aster

behind the garage

behind the garage

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pumpkins and sunflowers at the west end of the driveway (Allan's photo)

pumpkins and sunflowers at the west end of the driveway (Allan’s photo)

We noticed the many different shapes of the sunflowers.

We noticed the many different shapes of the sunflowers.

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We turned the corner to the allée of ‘Incrediball’ hydrangeas.

entering the allée (Allan's photo)

Melissa and Dave and I entering the allée (Allan’s photo)

the allée

the allée, running east west (looking east)

lawn path, running north south

lawn path, running north south (looking north)

white begonias

white begonias

urns of tree ferns and begonias

urns of tree ferns and begonias

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hamamelis foliage

hamamelis foliage

Primula vialii in the woodsy garden along the west side of the north-south lawn path

Primula vialii in the woodsy garden along the west side of the north-south lawn path

at the west end of the allée

at the west end of the allée

progressing up the allée

progressing up the allée

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looking west

looking west

We have emerged onto the north lawn.

We have emerged onto the north lawn.

the outside of the allée

the outside of the allée

asters and angelica

asters and angelica

tall pink aster backed with hornbeam

tall pink aster backed with hornbeam

the north border

the north border

more of the aster collection

more of the aster collection

Japanese anemones; there's room here for their running habit.

Japanese anemones; there’s room here for their running habit.

more tall pink asters

more tall pink asters

the front border

the front border

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This begonia ruffle around a big potted boxwood has looked perfect all summer long.

This begonia ruffle around a big potted boxwood has looked perfect all summer long.

'Queen Elizabeth' roses

‘Queen Elizabeth’ roses

Rosa 'Queen Elizabeth'

Rosa ‘Queen Elizabeth’

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borrowed view of yews across the street

borrowed view of yews across the street

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' and Joe Pye weed

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and Joe Pye weed

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

front gate from inside

front gate from inside

sarracenia

sarracenia

Tetrapanax, Allan, Dave

Tetrapanax, Allan, Dave

new tetrapanax leaves

new tetrapanax leaves

proceeding south on the front path

proceeding south on the front path

some dark pink asters

some dark pink asters

More of that grass. Scott thinks it might be Pennisetum 'Red Head' going to seed.

More of that grass. Scott thinks it might be Pennisetum ‘Red Head’ going to seed.

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looking north; we have come full circle.

looking north; we have come full circle.

outside again

outside again

outside, the pear sculpture, and way in the background is a tall old pear tree.

outside, the pear sculpture, and way in the background is a tall old pear tree.

Sea Star Garden

Before going home, we went to see the garden of Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening).  Contractors had just finished putting in a new septic system, involving a new dirt road and the knocking down of a derelict old house toward the front of the property.

the new road

the new road

Dave and his favourite hen

Dave and his favourite hen

the chicken yard; left: big old paperbark maple

the chicken yard; left: big old paperbark maple

Deer chomped the hosta collection in the shade garden.

Deer chomped the hosta collection in the shade garden.

coleus with miraculous lack of snail damage

coleus with miraculous lack of snail damage

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the tall old eucalyptus that they call "Elvis"

the tall old eucalyptus that they call “Elvis”

pond and waterfall just off the front deck

pond and waterfall just off the front deck

with very large frogs

with very large frogs

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beside the deck

beside the deck

on the exterior garage wall

on the exterior garage wall

This glorious hour and a half of garden touring had made a good end to a short workday.

Tomorrow: back to the gardening rounds in Long Beach and Ilwaco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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