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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.

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

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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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Saturday, 16 July 2016

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

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garden five:  “The Art of Taming a Hillside”

We got a taste of how much the hillside needed to be tamed as we approached this garden up a very steep narrow road, met at the top by other vehicles that had not been able to find parking and wanted to come down.  There was just one panicky scream from the passenger seat as we backed down the long narrow slope and found a parking spot two blocks away (and a slightly less steep incline to walk up).

the view as we walked along the street to the garden

the view as we walked along the one lane street to the garden.  The water is the Chehalis River.


narrow street, narrow sidewalk (Allan's photo)

narrow street, narrow sidewalk (Allan’s photo)


The slope we had to back down is steeper than it looks in this photo of Allan's.

The slope we had to back down is steeper than it looks in this photo of Allan’s.

Because I have recently decided not to use surnames in describing most gardens (for privacy reasons), this particular program description looks a bit funny after retouching:

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It was not until I began writing this post that I saw the mobility issues warning in the garden description.  I find it so difficult to focus on garden descriptions the day of a tour that I completely missed it.  My reading comprehension suffers because of eagerness to get into the garden.  (That’s why I think it is helpful to have a Facebook page or a newspaper article with descriptions and warnings…even maybe locations of nearest restrooms!…to peruse in advance of a tour, to help with planning one’s day.)

To anyone just joining this blog: I have a collapsed knee (which will be dealt with this winter) and some dizziness and balance issues AND acrophobia.  I will work through all of these to see a worthwhile garden and a warning, even if seen, would not have stopped me from trying.

Here I blithely go, not having noticed the big "mobility issues" warning.

Here I blithely go, not having noticed the big “mobility issues” warning.


arriving at last!

arriving at last!

my journey through the amazing hillside garden

Entering the garden, past the check in table: I look to my right. That doesn't really look like the path.

Entering the garden, past the check in table: I look to my right. That doesn’t really look like a path, more like I’d be walking in a garden bed.  It was a little more vertical than it looks in the photo.


to my left: a high quality shade bed

to my left:  shade bed with good plants


straight ahead

straight ahead


a bit further, to my right: The ivy is on a vertical hill.

a bit further, to my right: The ivy is on a vertical hill.


to my right, below: the spring run-off

to my right, below: the spring run-off


I dither for awhile about whether or not to go straight ahead. Allan goes onward; I decide to try another way.

I dither for awhile about whether or not to go straight ahead. Allan goes onward; I decide to try another way.


feeling doubtful

feeling doubtful, about to turn back

I needed to find a way UP that I was pretty sure I could also use to get back DOWN.

Okay...I am going this way after all. Hope it is a real path!

Okay…I am going this way after all. Hope it is a real path!


All righty, I got this far! Looking down on the greenhouse and the entry to the garden.

All righty, I got this far! Looking down on the greenhouse and the entry to the garden.


good plantings to keep me going

good plantings to keep me going


Now I am on a path that I know is legit.

Now I am on a path that I know is legit.


looking back after making it somewhat further.

looking back after making it somewhat further.


This is midlevel in the garden.

This is midlevel in the garden.


The terrace or plateau has room for several sit spots.

The terrace or plateau has room for several sit spots.


a large level terrace with paths and a patio

large level terrace with paths and a patio


well planted, intricate plant diversity

well planted, intricate plant diversity

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along the fence. I heard chickens that are in the neighbour's yard.

along the fence. I heard chickens that are in the neighbouring yard.


at the end of the fence walkway

at the end of the fence walkway


looking back

looking back


skilled and intricate construction at the base of the hill. Note the door to the right into the compost bin enclosure.

skilled and intricate construction at the base of the next hillside. Note the door to the right into the compost bin enclosure.  Behind the grate: water run-off from the spring.


water, same stream that appeared way below at the entrance to the garden.

water, same stream that appeared way below at the entrance to the garden.

I was astounded to see the brilliant way that the gardeners had solved the problem of an almost vertical hillside.  If only I had thought of this for the vertical clay hill that sat next to the front patio of my old garden—a planting problem that daunted me for 14 years.

My jaw dropped.

My jaw dropped. What a brilliant solution!


a collection of cool ferns and more

a collection of cool ferns and more

Steve, the garden owner, stood nearby as I paced back and forth, marveling.  “HOW?”  I asked him.  He told me he had driven rebar 8 feet (I think) into the hardpan to support this structure.

I just can't get enough of this.

I just can’t get enough of this.


He must lay a ladder against it to climb up and maintain it so well??

He must lay a ladder against it to climb up and maintain it so well??

I decides I had better figure out how in the world I was going to get back down to the street.  Maybe I could find a better way than the bark slope.  It was worrying me.

Looking through an arbour to a bridge that goes to the house.

Looking through an arbour to a bridge that goes to the house.


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by the bridge to the house


I scuttle across quickly.

I scuttle across quickly.


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view from the side porch of the house


Here are the stairs Allan came up. Hmmm.

Here are the stairs Allan came up. Hmmm. No……..

I decided I would go back down the bark-y slope…eventually.  Meanwhile, I went back to the amazing hillside planters.

On the way back: The lattice is decorated with china pieces.

On the way back: The lattice is decorated with teacup and saucer creations that I like so much.


Admiring the hill planting some more. Look: I saw people WAAAAY up top and was not sure how they got there.

Admiring the hill planting some more. Look: I saw people WAAAAY up top and was not sure how they got there.  WAY up over the stone wall is another path.


I see Impatiens omeiana and other cool plants to delight a collector.

I see Impatiens omeiana and other cool plants to delight a collector.


boxes spilling over with goodness

boxes spilling over with planty goodness

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I admired every detail, also postponing the inevitable trip back down the lower barky slope.  But then…Allan appeared and told me there was an alley up above!  Similar to the previous garden, I had a way out other than going back down.

looking up from the base of the planted boxes. Allan is up there, checking it out.

looking up from the base of the planted boxes. Allan is up there, checking it out.  There is a gate to the alley.

I found out that the upper deck ALSO had a gate to the alley.  The owner had told Allan that’s how they bring in their groceries.  Thinking about it, it would be a long grocery carry from the bottom, over the lower bridges and up the stairs.

last look at the central plateau

last look at the central plateau

I think I would have explored the many beds of the central plateau better if I had known I had an easy way out.  Now I would like to go back and peruse the plants more thoroughly.

looking at the garden stairs that might take me to the alley gate

looking at the garden stairs that might take me to the alley gate


probably not (Allan's photo)

probably not (Allan’s photo)

I crossed the bridge to the house again, climbed some enclosed stairs with a nice railing, and emerged onto the back deck.

I found my way to the top level to exit into the alleyway.

I found my way to the top level to exit into the alleyway.


one of those clacking crow fountains that I love.

one of those clacking crow fountains that I love.


not sure what, fire or water?

not sure what, fire or water?

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alongside the deck

alongside the deck


from the back gate, an easy way out

from the back gate, an easy way out

From the alley, I found the exterior gate that led to that mysterious path WAY above the wooden planters.

steps down to the center terrace

steps down to the center terrace


The path along the uppermost level. I would have been clutching that railing.

The path along the uppermost level. I would have been clutching that railing. Or maybe fainting.

The stream from the spring went underneath the alley. (I’ve since learned this is a one way city street, not an alley.)

across the alley: water from the spring

across the alley: water from the spring


Thus begins the water course that is diverted down through the levels of the garden.

Thus begins the water course that is diverted down through the levels of the garden.  I wonder if it flows dramatically in the winter or on rainy days?

Usually, I blend Allan’s and my photos together to describe a garden, even though we often walk through at a different pace and direction.  This particular garden was so complex and interesting and challenging to describe that I am going to let Allan’s photos tell their own story about his experience of the hillside.

Allan’s exploration of the astonishing hillside garden

entering from the street

entering from the street


next to the greenhouse

next to the greenhouse


We have a birdhouse just like that from Ilwaco Saturday Market!

We have a birdhouse just like that from Ilwaco Saturday Market!

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I am walking away; Allan goes on up the path and stairs.

I am walking away to try a different climb; Allan goes on up the path and stairs.


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the way up


looking back

looking back

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another explorer

another explorer


Many ladders must be necessary for this garden.

Many ladders and scaffolding might be necessary for this garden (and, owner Steve said, painting the house).


looking down

looking down


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Top of photo: You can see the very tiptop walkway with the railing along the fence.

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beds next to the deck


the upper deck

the upper deck

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window low down by the deck

window low down by the deck


in a workshop window next to the deck: meticulous

in a workshop window next to the deck: meticulous

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looking down into the garden. I’m at the base of the wooden planters on the steep slope.


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from the deck

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a way up to the topmost level

a way up to the topmost level


agile not acrophobic people on the uppermost path

non acrophobic people on the uppermost path

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(Allan is like a mountain goat with a good head for heights.)

(Allan is like a mountain goat with a good head for heights.)


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intricate levels.  This is the topmost, and you can see one of the wooden planter boxes.


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the topmost path


looking down from the highest point

looking down from the highest point


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at the end of the upper path


the hillside boxes

the hillside boxes


the back deck again

the back deck again, just before we exited

This was one of the most fascinating gardens I have ever seen, with good plant diversity, artistry, and impressive engineering skills.  I have been thinking about it a lot since tour day and am so glad I managed to see it (and also that Allan filled in with photos of the areas I did not attain).  Every stone, paver, plant, and cubic foot of mulch had to be brought in up or down stairs.

Having now visited five out of eight, I continued to marvel at how perfectly groomed they all were for tour day: No weedy bits around the edges, every plant deadheaded and dead-leafed (any unsightly leaf removed).  This is what I hope for from a garden tour.

Next: One of my favourite finds on a garden tour: gardening neighbours.

 

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden 8: Deerly Missed

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 Dave was one of the Salem Hardy Plant Society organizers of the tour.  Later that day, he was the MC for the evening event.  Pat and Dave’s garden, Deerly Missed, was far and away my favourite on the three day garden tour.  You can see over 600 more photos of this fabulous garden here.  I highly recommend that you browse through each and every one of those photos, featuring exquisite close ups of the plants.

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The gate to Deerly Missed.

The gate to Deerly Missed.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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crow arbor

crow arbor

Allan's photo; he was impressed with how well the gates worked.

Allan’s photo; he was impressed with how well the gates worked.

 

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the moment I fell in love

the moment I fell in love

I overheard that Pat does all of the stained glass for the garden structures.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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completely smitten with this sculpture

completely smitten with this sculpture

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: He says this whirly sculpture worked smoothly and well.

Allan’s photo: He says this whirly sculpture worked smoothly and well.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Intensely fragrant daphne

Intensely fragrant daphne

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thinking about how to make something like this

thinking about how to make something like this

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shade plants being protected by cloth

shade plants being protected by cloth

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artistic framework for clematis

artistic framework for clematis

stained glass set into stone arch

stained glass set into brick arch

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Everything about this garden spoke to my heart.

 

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a small walled garden area

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

inside the potting shed

inside the potting shed

inside the potting shed (Allan's photo)

inside the potting shed (Allan’s photo)

below the walled garden (Allan's photo)

below the walled garden (Allan’s photo)

a new bed being developed (Allan's photo)

a new bed being developed (Allan’s photo)

work area

work area

sadly out of focus but must use anyway

sadly out of focus but must use anyway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

miniature car from Halfway, Oregon

miniature car from Halfway, Oregon

At the evening event, we learned that Salem is colloquially referred to as “Halfway” (being halfway down the state or maybe halfway between Portland and Eugene), so having the coal car from Halfway means something.

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I love big metal things in a garden.

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wish my cannas in Long Beach would do that.

I had to ask about this: Asclepias speciosa (milkweed).

I had to ask about this: Asclepias speciosa (milkweed).

milkweed

milkweed

It is fabulous.  I bought a tiny one from Annie’s Annuals this spring and cannot remember where I planted it.

I think I was told that the skinny leaved tree is a kind of beech.

I think I was told that the skinny leaved tree is a kind of beech.

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I have no clue.

I have no clue.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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wandering around the house gardens again

wandering around the house gardens again

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a stunning little petunia

a stunning little petunia

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I thought I did not like Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'. This tour would change my mind.

I thought I did not like Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’. This tour would change my mind.

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a vining parahebe??

a vining parahebe??

I must have THIS!

I must have THIS!

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There was even a plant sale in the driveway by a really cool small nursery.  I was so overwhelmed by the garden that I could not focus on shopping.

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I did pet the sweet, old Vizsla dog.

I did pet the sweet, old Vizsla dog.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

What made this garden my favourite?

It felt hand made, over time, by the owners, with fascinating plants, some of which I had never seen before.  It was large, and the paths wandered around so even at the end I found a section I had almost missed.  We stayed for an hour and could have happily stayed longer, but when we left it was 3 PM and we still had another garden to see before 4.

 

 

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Garden 7: Southard Garden

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On this one, I used the owners’ surname because he had a business card out.

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at the front entrance

at the front entrance

I had to find some creative routes around this garden to avoid railing-less stairs.  I think I found enough alternate routes that I did see most of the garden.

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overlooking some stairs (lower left)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

doggie in the window (Allan's photo)

doggie in the window (Allan’s photo)

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I did not achieve that lower level.

I did not achieve that lowest level.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

white on white

white on white

roses spilling over

roses spilling over

boxwood enhancing greenery

boxwood enhancing greenery

a large greenhouse

a large greenhouse

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

with a chandelier inside

with a chandelier inside

and a seating area inside and also out the other door

and a seating area inside and also out the other door

and a swingset outside

and a swing set outside

sit spot

sit spot

more lower level that I did not visit

more lower level that I did not visit

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Slices of freshly made pizza were served to garden guests, a kind and generous and welcome meal.

outdoor pizza oven

outdoor pizza oven

delicious wood fired pizza

delicious wood fired pizza; Thank you!

wide path down a slope

wide path down a slope; I could have managed that and I wish I had made the effort.  Anxiety re seeing 9 gardens in one day was giving me time pressure.

Allan made it down to the lower level and a stone arch that I asked him to view close up.

I would like one of these!

I would like one of these!

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kitchen garden, lower level, Allan's photo

kitchen garden, lower level, Allan’s photo

lower level, Allan's photo

lower level, Allan’s photo

Allan also found the work area, which is something that my friend Sheila and I always liked to look for on a garden tour.

pots galore (Allan's photo)

pots galore and an old wheelbarrow (Allan’s photo)

returning to the gardens around the house

returning to the gardens around the house

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A garden guest is signing the guest book.

A garden guest is signing the guest book.

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I would like a bubbler like this, please.

I would like a bubbler like this, please.

sit spot with guest book (in which I thanked the hosts for the pizza)

sit spot with guest book (in which I thanked the hosts for the pizza)

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By now, it was 1:30 and we only had two more gardens to see, so I realized we no longer had to feel rushed.  It would be good to be done a little early as we still had to check into our hotel and find some dinner before the evening event.

Next: My favourite of all the 25 gardens we saw on our long weekend.

 

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden six:  Asian Arts-and-Crafts garden

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the front garden

the front garden

front garden tapestry

front garden tapestry

around the side

around the side

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Often when I look at my photos of a garden, I see something I wish I’d had a closer photo of, and then when I look at Allan’s photos, I find just the one I had desired.

into the back

into the back

Looking back

Looking back

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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A wall was built up along the edge and as you looked down you could see it was quite a drop to the lower level.

the drop off

the drop off

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The edge of the upper level.

The edge of the upper level.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a skillfully planted small garden

a skillfully planted small garden

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I believe it was announced that this Daphne is 'Brigg's Moonlight'.

I believe it was announced that this Daphne is ‘Brigg’s Moonlight’.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

below the back deck

below the back deck

the back deck

the back deck

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the coeur du jardin

the coeur du jardin

inside the garden room, a reading space for one

inside the garden room, a reading space for one

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the fence by the garden room

the fence by the garden room

Allan went down into the lower part of the garden.

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I swiped this photo out of the tour program because we ended up with no photo showing the very lowest level of the garden.  Between Allan’s back being wonky and my usual hobbling with the cane, we were hampered photographically this weekend.

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We went around the south side of the house to exit.

around the other side of the house

around the other side of the house

The neighbour, who also had a lovely garden, was helping out with the tour guests.

The neighbour, who also had a lovely garden, was helping out with the tour guests. Friendly gardening neighbours are the best.

At the front corner of the house

At the front corner of the house

looking back

looking back

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in the front garden

in the front garden

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I just put a little bowl quite similar to this in the middle of one of my birdbaths at home, and hers gives me the idea of planting it.

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front of the house

front of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front door

front door

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front garden

front garden

As we departed, we cast an appreciative eye over the nice neighbour’s garden next door.

gardening neighbours

gardening neighbours

trees and clouds (Allan's photo)

trees and clouds (Allan’s photo)

I was impressed with the terracing on this garden, the closely planted small beds of choice plants, and the glorious garden room.  I wonder, if I had a reading room like that, would I use it, or would I just look out and see weeds and get busy in the garden?

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend: Salem, Oregon

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We arrived at the first garden at 9:30. (Not being morning people, even that was a struggle.  It was about a half an hour from the Oregon Garden Resort.)  Because I was feeling worried about making it to all nine gardens, I did not browse the metal art even though I would have liked to.

When I have to rush through a garden, looking at the photos later is how I see more of the details.  I didn’t find the stack of garden maps till we were leaving.

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As you can see, Rick Smith's creations were enticing.

As you can see, Rick Smith’s creations were enticing.

Bright sun vs. intense shade made it hard for my little pocketcam to cope.

shaded side of potting shed

shaded side of potting shed

sunny side

sunny side

greenhouse

greenhouse

Brilliant additions to A Frame, if you have a wide lot to add long one story wings.

Brilliant additions to A Frame, if you have a wide lot with room to add long one story wings.

I like a planted rock wall surrounding a patio.

I like a planted rock wall surrounding a patio.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Kathy said she climbs into this bed to weed among the roses.

I like art displayed on the wall of a house.

I like art displayed on the wall of a house.

a tower of clematis with tiny bells

a tower of clematis with tiny bells

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Allan’s photo

utterly enticing

utterly enticing

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through the arch

through the arch

a joy to gaze upon

a joy to gaze upon

As I walked around the house…I heard the happy barking of some dogs.

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perfect bed to the side of the house

a bubbler

a bubbler

The chickens were housed behind the garage. (Also saw two very cute large dogs, or maybe three, friendly and waggle tailed, in a pen. Too wiggly for pics.)

The chickens were housed behind the garage. (Also saw two very cute large dogs, or maybe three, friendly and waggle tailed, in a pen. Too wiggly for pics.)

Allan got a photo!

Allan got a photo!  The dogs were soon moved to somewhere quieter.  I would like to have petted them!  They usually have the run of the garden, on ordinary days.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

coming around behind the house

coming around behind the house

back porch deck

back porch deck

well grown variegated sage

well grown variegated sage

large gravel patio below

large gravel patio below

view from the deck

view from the deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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entrance to the Affirmation Trail

entrance to the Affirmation Trail

I love the metal walls.

I love (and covet) the metal walls.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

one corner of the back patio

one corner of the back patio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking back at the house

looking back at the house

outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen

brick patio with mosaic and bay windows

brick patio with mosaic and bay windows and metal pieces with stars…lovely

Through the pointed metal arch was the affirmation trail.  I asked Allan to bring me some photos of it, as it was too steep for my hobbling.  Because his back was “out” as of that morning (and was hurting him all weekend), we were a pitiful pair.

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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down the trail

down the trail

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affirmations

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We walked around the other side of the house….

walking around the other side of the house, metal screens

metal screens

glass flowers

glass flowers

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I do wish I'd gotten some of this fragrant white nicotiana. Next year!

I do wish I’d gotten some of this fragrant white nicotiana. Next year!

returning to the front of the house

returning to the front of the house

We walked through the front and side gardens again.

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