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Thursday, 11 May 2017

As one storm passed over and another was due, with far worse weather predicted for tomorrow, we arranged to visit one of our favourite gardens a day earlier than planned.

While this Willapa Bay garden merits a visit at any season, rhododendron time is its peak.  Some of the rhodos had already bloomed, starting in February. (As I was looking something up for this post, I ran across this article that I think will please rhododendron fans.)

Join us as we walk with Steve and John from the house, down through the gardens and back.   In the photo captions, which we hope are correct, R. of course means Rhododendron.  All mistakes in identification are completely mine and will soon be corrected, because Steve and John will catch them.  I have virtually no expertise in rhododendrons.  Until I began to visit this garden, I had no idea how wonderfully varied they are.

close admiration of the tomentosum (soft underside of foliage) on a trio of R. pachysanthum by the front door

One of a curve of five or six Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Vintage Gold’

John at the start of a new path laid by local landscaper Steve Clarke

A well-built Steve Clarke wall guides the path around to the pump house.

chives in the kitchen garden (Allan’s photo)

A soft and misty space between rain storms.

Allan’s photo

To our left, R. loderi ‘Venus’ carried its fragrant flowers almost out of reach this year. Underneath is the white R. ‘Olympic Lady’.

looking up into R. loderi ‘Venus’

R. loderi ‘Venus’

new foliage on an old pieris

golden Taxus (prostrate yew) embracing several plants, including R. ‘Ken Janeck’

Allan’s photo

We are looking at an Osmanthus burkwoodii that is just recovering from the winter and early spring winds…

Garden bed to the north of the driveway:

Corokia virgata ‘Sunsplash’, center

textures

Allan’s photo

shapes, including Pittosporum kohuhu (nicknamed golf ball pittosporum).  Note the twirly conifer to the lower left.  My notes just helpfully say “little twirly yellow guy.’

Steve IDs for me as Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’
(Nana Lutea Dwarf Hinoki Cypress)

Allan’s photo

Walking into the upper north gardens…

two toned pink R. ‘Perry Wiseman’ and, in the background, the white R. ‘Pohjola’s Daughter’

a wealth of pink tones on R. ‘Perry Wiseman’

Allan’s photo

a variegated wiegela, I think (Allan’s photo)

an impeccably perfect hosta

the brightness of new growth

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new growth on R. ‘Winsome’, a word that we agreed has fallen out of use.

This area around a tree had been the dreaded salal just two days ago, and now look:

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Walking down toward the irrigation pond….

Tall R. ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ blooming above a pair of new rhodos

close up of the young pair, R ‘Scarlet Wonder’, in the above photo, one blooming and one not.

twins with different personalities

R. ‘Butterfly’

Allan’s photo

looking back at the de-salaled tree

R. ‘Milky Way’ with flowers like powder puffs

R. ‘Milky Way’ (Allan’s photo)

R. sinofalconeri (species) with fuzzy new leaves

R. stenopetalum

Thujopsus dolobrata

Allan’s photo

Looking south across the driveway, you can see the same full grown thujopsis that the driveway was made to curve around.

more bright new calyxes

R. ‘Susan’

R. ‘Susan’

Crossing over to the south side of the driveway…

cinnamon fern

Allan’s photo

more fuzzy new growth on R. leucaspis (species)

Steve’s favourite, ‘Starbright Champagne’

Rhododendon ‘Starbright Champagne’ blooming a couple of years ago

Looking west, I gasped when I saw (below) a vasty new area that Steve and John had grubbed out of rough undergrowth:

I know this will soon be a display of wonderful new plants.

Below is a new area created last year:

looking east

The paths are delightfully soft and springy underfoot.

impeccably pruned sword ferns by the stream ditch that bordered the estate; you can see on the other side what they look like uncared for (just brown and tatty).

new area made last year

a handsome Disporum ‘Night Heron’

strongly textured R. erosum

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Allan’s photo.  The background of native meianthemum is not a favourite and will be controlled as time permits!

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ showing off

Allan’s photo

Athyrium ‘Goliath’, Japanese painted fern

a soft and kind Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’, no prickles!

more of the new area

Kalmia latifolia 'Sarah'

Kalmia latifolia ‘Sarah’ (Allan’s photo)

perfectly trimmed deer ferns (Allan’s photo)

bluish new foliage on R. lepidostylum

R. ‘Little Carmen’

stunning new silver foliage. (The fuzz on the top of leaves is called tomentosum.) Steve says: R. sinofalconeri (like the other, smaller Vietnamese form we identified before, but this one goes 10-30′!))

(If you think I can read my notes on all these names, think again.  At least a third of these rhododendron identifications involved emails to Steve. Every time I visit this garden, I plan to spend the next winter making a proper database for my garden…and don’t.)

R. quinquefolium

R. quinquefolium , one of those you would not even guess was a rhodie!

Allan’s photo

looking back as we walk toward the house

a brief detour to look across the pond

drizzle begins (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

R. ‘Carmen’

R. ‘Medusa’

R. ‘Kodiak’

detail, R. ‘Kodiak’

Allan’s photo

mossy backdrop for R. ‘PJM Compacta’

looking back

Rain started as we approached the house…

However, despite rain, I had to see the ladies in waiting.

R. ‘Tall Timber’

Due to rain and over-excitement I only got a fuzzy photo of this amazing R. benhallii that looks like an enkianthus.

Steve told me that Professor Ben Hall at the University of Washington has finally had this rhododendron named after him.  You can read more about his research here.

a covetable euonymous

weird and wonderful R. spinuliferum

By now, the rain was quite serious.

from inside the house

the dell of evergreen huckleberries

from the north window: the succulent pump roof landscape had frozen out over the winter.

Steve showed us some photos of how the pump roof had looked in close up late last summer:

like a miniature forest, we all agreed

It was time to warm up with tea and a treat.

John’s coconut banana bread (Allan’s photo)

A torrential and noisy sheet of rain fell. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

As we finished our cake, tea, and plant talk, a beautiful light fell over the bay.

Allan’s photo

From the front door (telephoto), Steve pointed out the glow of the red maple in the far distance.

On the way down the drive, departing, we took a few more photos of the early evening light.

A silver shower of rain suddenly fell off this tree.

Allan’s photo 😉

north of upper driveway

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

a row of redtwig dogwood along the lower driveway (Allan’s photo)

by the entrance drive (Allan’s photo)

the entrance driveway (Allan’s photo)

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Steve’s photo

 

Allan cropped his photo because of raindrops on the lens.  I got the full view of the driveway, above, from Steve. I asked for the names, and here they are: “From the east, R. ‘Red gold’ — then two numbered (unnamed) crosses by Jim Elliott (from Knappa).  Next, four of R. ‘Gala’ — then two (low) R. ‘Naselle” — then R. ‘Lem’s cameo’  — then three R. ‘Nadine’ with  R. ‘Golden gala’ (not in bloom this year) on the very west end [closest to the highway].”

This rhododendron-lined driveway is shared with the home next door, which has just  been listed for sale.  It was once Clarke Nursery.  We all want to see gardeners buy it, and you’d have the best neighbors in Steve and John.  Here is the listing.  Here is the garden on the Rhododendron Tour.  And here it is on the July garden tour.  Just imagine yourself driving past that line of peachy rhododendrons to your own piece of bayside paradise.

We were glad to have found a time between storms to visit.  The next day began with a pea sized heavy hail storm that I imagine might have damaged some of the blossoms at the Bayside Garden, and rain and wind continued during the whole of Friday.

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Skooter enjoyed reading this blog post along with Allan.

 

 

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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.

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conifers by the irrigation pond

conifers by the irrigation pond

Some ice remained on the irrigation pond.

Some ice remained on the irrigation pond.

south side of the driveway

south side of the driveway

the former salal bed

one of the former salal beds (so impressively cleared out last year!)

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approaching the house

approaching the house

near the front door

near the front door

coral bark maple

coral bark maple

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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)

coral bark maple (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the pump house roof garden (which has been covered at night because of frost)

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

looking out the front window at the coral bark maple

just part of the delicious food items

just some of the delicious food items

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My favourite: a caviar and shrimp topped creation that was like the fanciest ever deviled egg.

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.

an exquisite mango dipping sauce; I tried not to be greedy.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

dessert with a view (looking east)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; John in the checked shirt

the view north to the pump house and kitchen/dahlia garden

the view north to the pump house and kitchen/dahlia garden

a tablescape

a tablescape

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

Dave and Mel and Nanci

view to the southeast: the clipped huckleberry glade

view to the southeast: the clipped huckleberry glade

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a show of clouds to the east. The table centerpiece is called Reflections, by local artist Jim Unwin.

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.

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.

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Dave and Melissa and I took an afternoon walk through the garden.

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The most sensitive rhododendrons are saying Brrrr. And it is supposed to get colder.

The most sensitive rhododendrons are saying Brrrr. And it is supposed to get colder.

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Some rhodos are just fine with the cold.

glowing dogwood twigs

glowing dogwood twigs

I hope my pittosporum 'Tasman Ruffles' eventually gets this tall.

I hope my Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’ eventually gets this tall.

The baby specimen rhododendrons are toddler sized now.

The baby specimen rhododendrons are toddler sized now.

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moss and berries

moss and berries

Pretty sure this is my favourite, whose leaves will be silver in springtime.

Pretty sure this is my favourite, whose leaves will be silver in springtime.

The irrigation pond mirrored the garden.

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back up the driveway

back up the driveway

Sean and Allan

Sean and Allan

"Take a better picture!" said Sean, but I was too far away.

“Take a better picture!” said Sean, but I was too far away.

Back inside:

clouds over the Willapa Hills

clouds over the Willapa Hills

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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We departed as the clouds began turning pink.  Thank you, Steve and John!  We overheard many words of praise about the “do”.

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twilight coral bark maple

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

at Klipsan Beach Cottages

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the office door

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

evening soirée at Dancing Oaks Nursery

Prepare for a looooong blog post.  I have not been to this nursery since I visited it with Sheila before the Eugene Hardy Plant weekend of eight years ago.  It is glorious and we are going to look at almost every bit of it.

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I was overwhelmed by plant shopping excitement and I forgot the part about the Beardless Irises garden book.

It goes up and over a steep hill.

The gravel road to Dancing Oaks is long and mysterious. It goes up and over a steep hill.

Eventually, one comes to the pillars marking the outskirts of Dancing Oaks.

Eventually, one comes to the pillars marking the outskirts of Dancing Oaks.

so excited

so excited

We parked with many other vehicles in a big grassy field and I made a beeline for the plant sales, which were already in full swing with booths from Far Reaches Farm and Dan Hinkley’s Windcliff.  I seem to have missed one plant I was urgently questing for: Dierama ‘Merlin’, the new, extra dark “angel’s fishing rod”.  I saw someone carrying away what might have been the last one. Nevertheless, I did acquire a goodly assortment of cool new acquisitions.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

plant sales!

plant sales!

cool plants

cool plants

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

Dan Hinkley and the hardy planters (Allan's photo)

Dan Hinkley and the hardy planters (Allan’s photo)

After Allan helped me schlep two boxes of plants up to our van (in hot sunshine, but the plants would be okay for a couple of hours), I headed over to the Dancing Oaks greenhouses for more plant shopping.  (I’ll be itemizing all my new plants later when I plant them at home.)

This building is central to the garden.

This building is central to the garden.

On the way....I am not officially garden touring yet, though.

On the way….I am not officially garden touring yet, though.

inside one of the greenhouses

inside one of the greenhouses

For some reason I resisted this one, and now I am so sorry.

For some reason I resisted this one, and now I am so sorry.

Allan's photo: He saw our friend Ann giving this plant a lot of attention. Not sure why that did not inspire him to immediately buy one!

Allan’s photo: He saw our friend Ann giving this plant a lot of attention. Not sure why that did not inspire him to immediately buy one!

I had my head down in the eryngiums reading tags when Garden Tour Nancy, who was also at the weekend tried to have a conversation.  We had been passing in our vehicles like ships in the night because we were touring at a different pace. I said (hot, tired, and hungry for dinner but unable to stop till I secured my plants!) that this was not a good time for me to talk.  She said later, when we did chat, that it was the same way that she shops at a book sale, very focused on getting the books she wants before someone else does.

I acquired another two boxes of plants, including….at last…Eryngium ‘Miss Wilmott’s Ghost’, which I have wanted for years.

I do believe this is Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, reseeded by a path near the greenhouses to poke folks in the ankle.

Miss Wilmott's Ghost, named because she supposedly scattered the seeds of it in all her friends' gardens.

Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, named because she supposedly scattered the seeds of it in all her friends’ gardens.

At last, I sat for the delicious catered dinner, one of the best I have ever had at such an event.  My mind was on finding time to tour through the whole garden before the evening ended.

Allan's photo of a half consumed dinner. The heat had sapped my skills at narrative flow.

Allan’s photo of a half consumed dinner. The heat had sapped my skills at narrative flow.

After a scrumptious piece of strawberry cobbler for dessert, I leapt…well, creaked and hobbled up and began touring the gardens.  (This led to a couple more plant purchases.)

Folks still dining on the tasty food.

Folks still dining on the tasty food.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bamboo, pruned for light and space

bamboo, pruned for light and space

I remember this garden idea inspired me greatly eight years ago.

I remember this garden idea inspired me greatly eight years ago.

a dripping water feature

a dripping water feature

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dripping water

dripping water

'Twas hot and bright for my little pocketcam.

‘Twas hot and bright for my little pocketcam.

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Acer palmatum 'Fairy Hair' aroused plant lust.

Acer palmatum ‘Fairy Hair’ aroused plant lust. I did not find it for sale, which does not mean it wasn’t available.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Lobelia tupa...never does this for me at the coast, must need more heat to get big.

Lobelia tupa…never does this for me at the coast, must need more heat to get big.

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

sit spots can be found throughout the garden

Sit spots can be found tucked in throughout the garden.

I found a pond.

I found a pond.

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such a pleasant vista hidden away in a shady area

such a pleasant vista hidden away in a shady area

handsome horsetail

handsome horsetail

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oooh....Arundo donax variegata...I used to have this.

oooh….Arundo donax variegata…I used to have this.

 I immediately returned to the greenhouses to successfully quest for one of these.

I immediately returned to the greenhouses to successfully quest for one of these.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

'Mermaid' rose...I do have this.

‘Mermaid’ rose…I do have this.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Eryngium variifolium (Allan's photo)

Eryngium variifolium (Allan’s photo)

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asclepias...on my third visit to the shed containing the check-out cash register.

asclepias…on my third visit to the shed containing the check-out cash register.

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I wandered into the shrubs and trees for sale area and was gobsmacked by a cloud of white.

Acer campestre 'Carnival' (variegated hedge maple)

Acer campestre ‘Carnival’ (variegated hedge maple)

I had to have it, bought it, got help carrying it to a holding area where we could pick it up on the way out.  (The evening would have been easier if I had done that with all the plants I bought.)  I was fortunate to overhear that these do better in the sun than deep shade. (That may only be true here in the Pacific Northwest and in the UK, not in areas with brighter and hotter sunshine.) I would have planted it far into the shade because it looks so delicate.

outside the buying shed...the obligatory photo of the shop cat

outside the sales shed…the obligatory photo of the shop cat

By the sales shed...How many times, three? have I tried to grow Argyrocytisus battandieri (pineapple broom), and had it not bloom (my old garden), or just simply plotz (my new garden).

By the sales shed…How many times, three? have I tried to grow Argyrocytisus battandieri (pineapple broom), and had it not bloom (my old garden), or just simply plotz (my new garden).

Dierama (not 'Merlin')

Dierama (not ‘Merlin’)

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below the sales shed

below the sales shed

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an undiscovered sit spot

an undiscovered sit spot

a sit spot guarded by stone cats

a sit spot guarded by stone cats

Steps made of cottage stone have become rusticated.

Steps made of cottage stone have become rusticated.

into the sun again: a prickly cloud of Eryngiums. (I bought several different kinds, including the exciting new 'Neptune's Gold'.

into the sun again: a prickly cloud of Eryngiums. (I bought several different kinds, including the exciting new ‘Neptune’s Gold’.

The vendors' tables were still selling.

The vendors’ tables were still selling.

After seven PM, the shadows were getting softer.

After seven PM, the shadows were getting softer.

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kitty cat!

kitty cat!

back to the dripping water

back to the dripping water

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This looks like the tree that I bought; if it is, it gets a lot bigger than the tag suggests.

This looks like the tree that I bought; if it is, it gets bigger than the tag suggests (10′). Maybe that IS what 10 feet looks like.

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into the lower shade garden again

into the lower shade garden again

giant bamboo

giant bamboo

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treasures!

treasures!

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A hardy planter ogling this sedum drew my attention to it.

A hardy planter ogling this sedum drew my attention to it.

I wanted it but was too shopped out to go looking for it.

I wanted it but was too shopped out to go looking for it.

looking again at the stacked garden idea

looking again at the stacked garden idea

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I took Allan to see the white tree....love the way it is like a cloud in the evening light.

I took Allan to see the white tree….love the way it is like a cloud in the evening light.

heading back to the sales shed and holding area to pick up my own white tree.

heading back to the sales shed and holding area to pick up my own white tree.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Because we won’t be going to the Hardy Plant weekend next year (its year to be in Canada), I would like to return to Dancing Oaks and Sebright Nursery on an overnight springtime shopping tour of our own.

Next: one more day of garden touring before we return to everyday life and once a day posting.

 

 

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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

Allan's photo

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.

Allan's photo

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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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

clematis seedheads (Allan's photo)

clematis seedheads (Allan’s photo)

not your ordinary clipped balls....

not your ordinary clipped balls….

I don't think I've ever seen this half-ball clipping idea before.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this half-ball clipping idea before.

We went out that very path to the next garden which was just down the road. At the edge of the street, we found the  kitchen garden.

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the kitchen garden

the kitchen garden

I felt particularly inspired by the planted stone wall around the patio, the metal walls in the back garden, and the use of low boxwood hedging to enclose exuberant semi-shade beds.  This was one of my favourite gardens of the three day tour.

Next:  two tiny gardens

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Oregon Garden, Silverton

Having toured the entire Oregon Garden by tram and then walked through the Amazing Water Garden, the Bosque, and the Conifer Garden (where I lost Allan), I continued on alone through the rest of the garden.  Allan took a different route, and for awhile he wondered where the Oregon Garden Resort was (where we were staying).  That’s how big the garden is.

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annuals mixed with perennials as I continue my garden exploration

annuals mixed with perennials as I continue my garden exploration

The Drought Tolerant Garden (on a sunny slope)

The Drought Tolerant Garden (on a sunny slope)

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unclipped santolina

unclipped santolina; this is why I clip them hard in early spring.

the demonstration Fire Restistant House

the demonstration Fire Resistant House

fascinating stuff

fascinating stuff

rock instead of plants next to the house

rock instead of plants next to the house

Below the Fire Resistant House: The Pet Friendly Garden.

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Pet Friendly Garden

Pet Friendly Garden

Although I have a curmudgeonly aversion to statues of children, this one has a cool feature of water dripping out of the flat bowls.

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watering and cooling off station

watering and cooling off station

Both the Oregon Garden and the Oregon Garden Resort are dog friendly.

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The Pet Friendly Garden

The Pet Friendly Garden

Good dog.

Good dog.

Love him!

Love him!

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The Pet Friendly Garden has a naturalistic (or maybe it is natural!) stream.

The Pet Friendly Garden has a naturalistic stream.

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It is a built water feature; you can see a glimpse of the underwear (liner). I like this very much and wish I had the energy and know-how to make a feature like this.

useful tips throughout the garden

useful tips throughout the garden

Pet Friendly Garden

 in the Pet Friendly Garden

I next came upon the rose garden.  Even when riding by earlier on the tram, I had seen that most of the roses were nibbled by deer, which led me to wonder how much other damage deer do in the 80 acre garden.

nibbled roses

nibbled roses

not enough fence to keep the deer out

not enough fence to keep the deer out

looking back toward the rose garden

looking back toward the rose garden

Have fallen back in love with threadleaf coreopsis, hope I can find a start at a job (KBC) where the garden owner has gone off it and keeps pulling it out!

Have fallen back in love with threadleaf coreopsis, hope I can find a start at a job (KBC) where the garden owner has gone off it and keeps pulling it out!

I found the Tropical House.

I found the Tropical House.

inside, warm

inside, warm

the Pavilion

the Pavilion

a stunning hydrangea

a stunning metallic coloured hydrangea

across the road

across the road; We’d had a lot of rain.

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Allan looked down upon the sunflowers but never did find the pavilion or tropical house.

Allan looked down from above upon the sunflowers but never did find the pavilion or tropical house.

I do very much like a metal building.

I do very much like a metal building.

On the same level, a bit further down

On the same level, a bit further along; I followed the sound of the waterfall.

splashy and loud

splashy and loud

I think this waterfall was descending from the wetlands that provide water for the gardens.

I think this waterfall was descending from the wetlands that provide water for the gardens.

classic bedding out: octopus and starfish

classic bedding out: octopus and starfish

Some easy stairs to climb.

Some easy stairs to climb.

I wanted to be up there.

I wanted to be up there.

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The air had an intense sweet fragrance here.

The air had an intense sweet fragrance here.

lilies (Allan's photo)

lilies (Allan’s photo)

Kniphofia 'Little Maid' (Allan's photo)

Kniphofia ‘Little Maid’ (Allan’s photo)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Punica granatum 'Nana' (dwarf pomegranate) (Allan's photo)

Punica granatum ‘Nana’ (dwarf pomegranate) (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium venustum (Allan's photo)

Eryngium venustum (Allan’s photo)

down the slope (Allan's photo)

down the slope (Allan’s photo)

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Nearby were some small “garden rooms” created by different landscapers.

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wish I had big rocks in my garden but...no way to get them in.

wish I had big rocks in my garden but…no way to get them in.

Walking down a path….

on one side, compost demonstration garden

on the left, compost demonstration garden

another view

another view to the right

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composters

composters of all sorts

down on the rose garden level again

down on the rose garden level again

Past the rose garden, we had seen, from the tram, an old oak woods descending down the hill.  I did not walk there as it was outside of the designed garden.  Now, passing the fire resistant house again, I looked for a way up to the rest of the landscaped terrain.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Oregon Garden, Silverton

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As you can see, the garden is enormous: an 80 acre, 15 year old garden created to showcase Oregon Horticulture.  Because we began our tour at 4:20 PM, I wasn’t even sure we’d have time to see the entire garden.  We began by taking a tram from the adjacent Oregon Garden Resort all round the garden.   I am publishing the story of our walk in three parts together so that you can have the experience of seeing the garden all at once, if you like.

Waiting for the tram in torrential rain, looking at the garden far across the field

Waiting for the tram at the resort stop in torrential rain, looking at the garden far across the field

I took some photos from the tram as it gave us a half hour tour.  It was a wise choice to ride around first, because it let the rain slow down and also helped orient us for our long walk.  The tram driver gave an amusing and informative talk all through the drive, despite rainwater pouring onto his leg from a leak in the tram roof.

from the tram

from the tram

from the tram

from the tram

**from the tram

from the tram (Allan’s photo)

from the tram: children's garden

from the tram: children’s garden

from the tram: vineyard

from the tram: vineyard

We began our walk from the visitor’s centre (or we could have gone round on the tram as many times as we liked).  Rain still fell.  We were not about to let that slow us down.  Join us on our two and a quarter hour walk and you will see that the rain turned to drizzle, then mist, then stopped.  During our hours in the garden, we only saw six other people and those only in the last fifteen minutes.

visitor's centre patio

visitor’s centre patio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Agastache 'Cotton Candy', one of my favourites

Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’, one of my favourites

cannas

cannas

Eryngiums

Eryngiums planted en masse. As I should.

Birdsfoot trefoil at entrance to Amazing Water Garden

Birdsfoot trefoil at entrance to Amazing Water Garden

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Amazing Water Garden

sea serpent

sea serpent

water seeped down this wall

water seeped down this wall

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nearby: an eco roof

nearby: an eco roof

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continuing on

continuing on; signage was helpful with orientation

The Bosque. The trees will eventually grow together overhead.

The Bosque. The trees will eventually grow together overhead.

Each tree has a space to fit in four pots of annuals.

Each tree has a space to fit in four pots of annuals.

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The Conifer Garden. We had heard this was the best thing. And it was.

The Conifer Garden. We had heard this was the best thing. And it was.

Conifer Reference Garden

Conifer Reference Garden

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Allan's photo: Tom Thumb is supposed to always stay tiny like that.

Allan’s photo: ‘Tom Thumb Gold’ Oriental Spruce is supposed to always stay tiny like that.

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looking out at the bosque

looking out at the bosque

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To be in this grove felt spiritually enlightening.

To be in this grove felt spiritually enlightening.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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This was the moment when I decided to rip out my whole garden and replace it with conifers.

This was the moment when I decided to rip out my whole garden and replace it with conifers.

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Picea pungens ‘The Blues’

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Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Korean Gold' (Allan's photo)

Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Korean Gold’ (Allan’s photo)

‘Bush’s Lace’ Englemann Spruce (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

Where to go next?

Where to go next?

This was the last I saw of Allan for an hour and a half.

Looking back: This was the last I saw of Allan for an hour and a half.

a clever way to display picket fence pieces for backdrops

a clever way to display picket fence pieces for backdrops

The tram driver had told us that 40 to 50 thousand annuals are planted each year.

The tram driver had told us that 40 to 50 thousand annuals are planted each year. (Cleome, which I love and don’t have enough heat to grow well.)

The Lupine Fugue, looking back toward the resort

The Lupine Fugue, looking back toward the resort

and to the open sky of the west

and to the open sky of the west

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

lupines under the lupine fugue (Allan's photo)

lupines under the lupine fugue (Allan’s photo)

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Next, we'll find a way down to see what is below. Because of our tram ride, I know that the rose garden is across the lawn.

Next, I’ll find a way down to see what is below. Because of our tram ride, I know that the rose garden is across the lawn.

 

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

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Tulip ‘Leo’ at home.  A Christmas gift from Todd that we have been admiring daily.

Garden Tour Nancy and I had our first “swanning about” day of the year as she drove us by five of the excellent gardens she has picked out for this year’s Music in the Gardens Tour.  (She could use a couple more large gardens for the tour, so if you know of any, let me know.  The garden tour rule is that a garden cannot be repeated till four years have passed since last time it was on the tour.)

We picked up delicious chicken salad sandwiches at Roots Juice, Salad, and Java Bar in Ilwaco.

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Roots, a drive through for espresso, juice drinks and lunches

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inside Roots

I did not take any preview photos of the gardens as we were viewing them just from the road.  Soonish, we will have a proper walk through for the purpose of description writing.

the bayside garden

We took a lovely break for a picnic at one of my two favourite private gardens on the Peninsula: Steve and John had invited us to include their bayside garden, now at its rhododendron peak, in our day of swanning about.  (It was on the garden tour just two years ago and also on last year’s Rhodie tour).

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along the driveway, rhododendrons going back to when this was Clarke Nursery

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redtwig dogwoods coppiced along the right side of the drive (for brighter red stems)

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an old rhododendron to the right of the long drive

Advance garden touring is hungry work, so our picnic came first.

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a perfect seat for a picnic

Nancy had brought me a bag of birthday gifts, delightfully stretching my birthday celebration out for an extra month.

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Clever wrapping for a St Patrick’s Day birthday book: Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul

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and a bunny to go in a flower pot, and a pot holder much too pretty to hold pots with.  It will go on the wall.

And a customized card by our good friend Artist Don Nisbett with a perfect quotation inside:

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Roots picnic lunch: chicken salad sandwich on flatbread

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the view from our picnic spot

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picnic view

Satisfied with our yummy sandwiches, Nancy and I took a walk all around the garden.  Formerly part of a rhododendron nursery, it is a skillfully planted combination of young plants intermixed with mature shrubs and trees.

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Nancy inhaling the fragrance of Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’

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Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’

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The garden abounds in young rhododendrons.

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hostas and perfectly trimmed sword ferns

(Last week when driving north on the road past this garden, I had noticed that even the ferns along the highway are perfectly trimmed.)

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Ulmus x hollandica ‘Wredei’ by the pumphouse

The succulents on the pump house roof have sailed through the mild winter:

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the Willapa Bay side of the garden; in winter, the highest tide comes up to (and maybe over) the plantings.

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clipped naturescape of evergreen huckleberries and sword ferns

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north side path

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the north upper garden

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old rhododendrons

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woodland glade with rhodos and evergreen huckleberries

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along the south side of the driveway

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This tidal stream marks the south edge of the acreage.

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The old irrigation pond

Due to my knee playing up today, we did not walk across the lawn to explore the pondside bed.

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east of the pond

As always, this garden refreshes and inspires me (and makes me go to the internet to try to find a source for buying a reasonably large Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’).

Meanwhile….Allan’s day at work

Allan took the opportunity to work on his own particular garden job at

The Ilwaco Community Building

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Rhododendrons and Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

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Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

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Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’

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Rhododendron by the bus stop

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the curse of horsetail before weeding

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in the tiered garden bed

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before pulling the accursed bindweed in the tiered bed

Long Beach

Allan went on to continue the weeding of the center berm by the Long Beach parking lot.

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before

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It is a hard packed and miserable challenge.

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some progress made

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after

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after

There are still several feet to go.

Ilwaco

Allan and I briefly intersected before I had an evening of quiet reading whilst he went to dinner at the Salt Pub with his former spouse, Arlene, who was having a Long Beach interlude on her way to a beach vacation on the Oregon coast.

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Arlene, who had recently acquired a darling mini Cooper.

reading

I have been reading the first of the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard.  The library only has the first so I’ll have to acquire the rest of the series through interlibrary loan.  I am completely smitten with The Light Years.  EJH had been a favourite author of mine years ago.

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How well she captures the joy of a child making a miniature landscape:

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and the English landscape itself:

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Tomorrow:  If we can get enough work done, we can have another three day weekend.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 71):

April 21:  Wasted whole day waiting to go to the store.  Bought 12 pansy plants from Gordon’s [Nursery].

1997 (age 73):

April 21:  about 2:30-6:00   It was warm enough to work outside.  I planted the 2 astrantia replacements from VB in the patio bed next to RR ties.  Planted the 10 raspberry plants that have been potted since Feb.  Then cleaned weeds out of RB row and the path between RB and SB rows [raspberries and strawberries].  When I quit and came in it was 6 and Tabby was starved.

1998 (age 74):

April 21:  Dentist appt 1:00 for a filling.  The dentist office asked me to change appt to Thurs due to emergency in other office so this day is shot.  I called in $150 Bluestone order—mostly mums.  I cut the tulip flowers in tam area.  There are lots of weeds again.

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