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Saturday, 16 July 2016

After a gloriously satisfying garden tour day, we spent a couple of hours in Aberdeen before the hour and a half drive home.  We parked at this intersection to go to our first destination.

downtown Aberdeen

downtown Aberdeen

Kurt Cobain Days were in session, with a grunge band playing in a lot next to this building and lots of folks in attendance.

Kurt Cobain Days were in session, with a grunge band playing in a lot next to this building and lots of folks in attendance.  Kudos to whoever cares for the hanging baskets.

Nirvana t shirts (Allan's photo)

Nirvana t shirts (Allan’s photo)

We visited the garden store which had been one of the ticket sellers for the tour.

Marshall's Garden and Pets

Marshall’s Garden and Pet

I was smitten with the Dramm sprinklers.  The clerk told us how the works are different from other sprinklers and make them last indefinitely instead of the usual breaking down after a year.  (Allan remembers exactly what was said and may fill in here.)  I imagined how much better these colourful sprinklers would look on our sprinkler posts, but even on sale they were about $30 each and I felt I could only afford one.  Can you guess which colour I picked?

This trio of colours matches our house.

This trio of colours matches our house.

The shop carried ho-mis, our favourite hand tool.

The shop carried ho-mis, our favourite hand tool.

the plant area (Allan's photo)

the plant area (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here is Mahonia 'Soft Touch', which I had recently acquired at the collectors' plant sale at the Hardy Plant weekend.

Here is Mahonia ‘Soft Touch’, which I had recently acquired at the collectors’ plant sale at the Hardy Plant weekend.

a nice selection of heucheras

a nice selection of heucheras

and hens and chicks

and hens and chicks

I wish I had bought that Fatsia hedera. I deluded myself into thinking I already had it...but that was at my former garden!

I wish I had bought that Fatshedera. I deluded myself into thinking I already had it…but that was at my former garden!

I did get myself another Rudbeckia. Not this one, 'Little Goldstar' instead. And an interesting climber, Hydrangea integrifolia.

I did get myself another Rudbeckia. Not this one, ‘Little Goldstar’ instead. And an interesting climber, Hydrangea integrifolia.

Marshall’s would be a worthwhile detour if we still went to Seattle sometimes.

an interesting mural downtown

I wish my photo of this interesting historic postcard mural downtown had turned out better.  We were at a stoplight at the time.

Next, we explored Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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A full sized speeder bike would be an awesome ornament for our bogsy wood.

A full sized speeder bike (Return of the Jedi) would be an awesome ornament for our bogsy wood.

This smaller model was still out of my price range.

This smaller model was still out of my price range.

Perhaps a Millenium Falcon? I used to have one, not quite this big, that fell by the wayside somehow during our move to the beach.

Perhaps a Millenium Falcon? I used to have one, not quite this big, that fell by the wayside somehow during our move to the beach.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The store was packed with shoppers. (Allan's photo)

The store was packed with shoppers. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Outdoors again, I admired the handsome tree grate.

Outdoors again, I admired the handsome tree grate.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

...and realized this must be the shop owner's vehicle.

…and realized this must be the shop owner’s vehicle.

The mural on the side of the building is what had brought our attention to the shop when we had visited Aberdeen in March for a medical appointment.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I searched Trip Advisor for a place to eat and found a well-reviewed Salvadoran restaurant.  (A lunch spot in Cosmopolis, called Luna Rana, had been recommended to us by one of the Master Gardeners: “Best potato salad at any restaurant, and the sandwiches are terrific.” It closed at four so we missed out on the tater salad.)

Allan's photo

La Salvadorena, Allan’s photo

I would eat here frequently if I lived in Aberdeen.

I would eat here frequently if I lived in Aberdeen.

We tried four different flavours of pupusa, which I have never had before and now want to eat daily.

We tried four different flavours of pupusa, which I have never had before and now want to eat daily.

My mouth waters remembering this tastiness. (Allan's photo)

My mouth waters remembering this tastiness. (Allan’s photo)

an excellent carne asada dinner

an excellent carne asada dinner

on the road again: a farm stand I might frequent if I lived here

on the road again: a downtown Aberdeen farm stand I might frequent if I lived here

leaving Aberdeen

leaving Aberdeen

and…home again to pick up our mail at our little post office.

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I’m left with many thoughts about why Aberdeen appeals to me so much.  It feels like a working class area without as much of a class divide as exists here at the beach. I’d like to live in a place that had so many avid gardeners but is still not a big city.

The unpretentious nature of the Aberdeen garden tour, the consistently excellent gardens, the perfect garden grooming and plant diversity, and the welcoming host of knowledgeable volunteers at each garden had given us such a good day.   I look forward to next year’s tour and hope that I can encourage more gardening friends to make the drive to attend, whether it is in Aberdeen or one of its neighbouring towns.

Buried here at the bottom of this extra post,  is this news:  I recently removed myself as administrator of  the Facebook page for the local Long Beach Peninsula garden tour because of creative differences.  That is a big change in my life, at least from April through July of each year.  Because creating a beautiful page had been so important to me for the past four or five years, I found an able person to pass the page on to so that I felt comfortable with the decision (rather than just abandoning it to an uncertain fate).  I wish them good gardens and continued success and we will buy tickets to attend their tour on any year that it does not conflict with the Aberdeen area tour.  

Never having been a believer in the “when one door closes, another always opens” theory, I was pleased that in this case it all worked out for the best with our discovery of the Aberdeen Master Gardener tour.  I can honestly say that even on tours in Seattle and Portland, it is rare to experience a tour where every garden is one that I find inspirational, beautiful, and satisfying.  So from a disheartening situation, a new door did open and I was glad to share in the previous seven posts the hidden gardens “behind the garden gate” that we otherwise would have missed.

Next: back to the workaday world as I long for time in my own garden (and Allan longs for time to go boating).

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

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

aberdeen

One of my most longtime gardening dreams is to have a sympatico gardening neighbour right next door.  As our garden tour day continued, Allan and I visited two gardens whose creators share that ideal situation.

Garden Six:  “A Captivating Mix”

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The front garden bed flows between the two houses.

The front garden bed flows between the two houses.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

thyme

thyme (Allan’s photo)

A path enticed me to a planted mound.

A path enticed me to a planted berm.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

across the berm, a glimpse of the neighbouring garden

across the berm, a glimpse of the neighbouring garden

I love the melding together of the groundcovers.

Here we go around the side.

Here we go around the side.

and into the back garden...

and into the back garden…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 lawn in the center

 well-kept lawn in the center

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Each edge is crisply sheared (Allan's photo)

Each edge of the garden bed is crisply sheared (Allan’s photo)

an interesting planting idea to give tree roots room to breathe.

an interesting and attractive planting idea to give tree roots room to breathe.

To the side: a sit spot

To the side: a sit spot

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The paved area is next to the lawn, on the opposite side from the other tour garden.

the two matching sit spots

two matching sit spots

choice and well grown plants

choice and well grown plants

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Past the paved garden, the ground fell away in a series of terraces.

path to the precipice

path to the precipice

I didn't go closer to the edge.

I didn’t go closer to the edge.

lavender at the top of the slope

lavender at the top of the slope

shrub border next to the lawn

shrub border next to the lawn

At the other side of the lawn, we could glimpse the view of the neighbouring garden and tour guests.

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garden seven: “Beauty and the Bees”

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Many of the gardens of today had been pretty, well maintained, and pleasing to the eye in the front, with no hint of being extraordinary "behind the garden gate".

Many of the gardens of today had been meticulously maintained and pleasing to the eye in the front, with no hint of being extraordinary “behind the garden gate”.

The second front garden of the gardening neighbours

the second front garden of the gardening neighbours

the path to the back garden

the path to the back garden

Allan points out that this simple path was spaced perfectly for his natural footfall.  He is right; it was easy and natural to walk on.

and the entry to yet another gardening paradise

and the entry to yet another gardening paradise

looking back at the entry path

looking back at the entry path

garden bed against back wall of the house

garden bed against back wall of the house (Allan’s photo)

snapdragons (Allan's photo)

snapdragons (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a container of sweet peas

a container of sweet peas

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Garden beds encircle a patio.

Garden beds encircle a gravel patio.

On the other side of the patio, a peekaboo view into the next door garden (with tour guests)

On the other side of the patio, a peekaboo view into the next door garden (with tour guests)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Outside the back door, a concrete patio had a table and chairs where I imagined how nice it would be to dine al fresco.

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 bouquet and gardening books

bouquet and gardening books

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one of the tour volunteers

one of the tour volunteers

A small garden bed set into the gravel patio had turned out to be half in shade and half in sun and was planted accordingly.

shade-sun bed

shade-sun bed

the shady side

the shady side

At the end of the garden, a deck seems to float over the woodland below.

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below the deck (Allan's photo)

below the deck (Allan’s photo)

underneath (Allan's photo)

underneath (Allan’s photo).  Note how even under the deck, the sword ferns are perfectly clipped (i.e. tatty old foliage removed)

view from the deck to the house

view from the deck to the house

view from the deck shows a glimpse of the terraces on the steep hill below the garden next door

view from the deck shows a glimpse of the terraces on the steep hill below the garden next door

We exited on the other side of the house where we are both 99% sure the hedge shows that deer browse here.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 the other side of the planted berm between the two front gardens

the other side of the planted berm between the two front gardens

in the front garden

in the front garden

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I suddenly realized I was looking at heather!  Since every single garden on this tour had a group of knowledgeable volunteers to help out, I said to one of them that I had not realized one could prune heather like this.  Not being a heather fan, except for plantings on moor-like slopes, I recently got involved helping to care for a garden that is almost all heather.  I had even turned the job down because of the heather overload; Allan had taken it on and, since it is a public garden in our town, I eventually joined in.  NOW I see what I can do with some of them to vary the monotony.  (They are mostly big flat winter blooming ones.)  Little did I know that another heather revelation awaited me in the very next garden.

I had been marveling throughout the entire tour at its high quality, and here I asked one of the volunteers, “Is your tour always this good?”  She said yes, and I asked, “How do you find such good gardens year after year?”  Her answer spoke volumes to me about what makes a superb garden tour, the sort that appeals both to brand new gardeners and to CPNs (Certified Plant Nuts).  She said that when they first started the tour years ago, they “dabbled in having a garden party atmosphere”. Eventually they decided that they are a serious gardening group and wanted to have a serious garden tour with only high quality gardens.  As soon as this tour is done, they will be finding the gardens for next years tour.  (I hope they take a week off to recuperate and reward themselves.)

I asked how in the world the gardeners achieve such good plant diversity in their gardens and was there a collectors’ nursery in the area?  I was told about a few good local nurseries, and that some of them drive to Olympia to shop at Bark and Garden, and that the gardeners often mail order the most cool collectible plants.

I wish I could go back in time and attend all their tours.  I had absolutely no idea that such a completely satisfying gardening event had been going on year after year so close to home.

We had one more garden left, and if it maintained standard of excellence, we would have had eight out of eight wonderful gardens.

Next: The final garden actually changes my mind about heathers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

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

aberdeen

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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Saturday, 16 July 2016

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

aberdeen

garden four: “Innovative and Organic”

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We are now in the north hills of Aberdeen.

We are now in the north hills of Aberdeen.  I found a way to walk around and avoid the lower steps.

I was able to approach over the low lawn.

I was able to approach over the low lawn to get to the stairs with a railing.

after going a roundabout way to avoid the lower steps. I wasn't looking forward to having to come down backward because of my knee problem!

after going a roundabout way to avoid the lower steps. I wasn’t looking forward to having to come down backward because of my knee problem!  But I am determined to see any good garden.

I actually had a bit of acrophobia on the walkway next to the front of the house, so I scooted along as fast as I could, and so the first photo I took was at the front corner, with my back to the view.

a planted bathtub

a planted bathtub

rosemary with a hint of the view (Allan's photo)

rosemary with a hint of the view (Allan’s photo)

lawn and sitting area at the side of the house

lawn and sitting area at the side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

ferns backed with bamboo

ferns backed with bamboo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

determined bamboo (Allan’s photo)

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and through the garden "gate"

and through the garden “gate”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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 path beside the back deck (Allan's photo)

path beside the back deck (Allan’s photo)

by the back deck

by the back deck

tools handy for use

tools handy for use

Resplendent in my favourite colour: The gardener, Eileen

Resplendent in my favourite colour: The gardener, Eileen (center)

garden creator Eileen (Allan's photo)

garden creator Eileen (Allan’s photo)

sub-irrigated raised beds (Allan's photo)

sub-irrigated raised beds (Allan’s photo)

irrigation diagram

irrigation diagram

garlic scapes

garlic scapes

Looking back

Looking back on the kitchen garden

raised bed (Allan's photo)

raised bed (Allan’s photo)

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the kitchen garden

The back deck. The raised beds are to my right.

The back deck. The raised kitchen garden beds are on my right at the side of the garden.

Up to the deck. I want me some BLACK resin chairs!

Up to the deck. I want me some BLACK plastic chairs!  (Not fancy—but they fit my budget.)

from the deck

from the deck looking to the shady side

kitchen garden from the deck

kitchen garden from the deck

back patio beds and pond

back patio beds and pond

center garden

center garden

garden pool

garden pond

the pond (Allan's photo)

the pond (Allan’s photo)

recycled edging for back deck (Allan's photo)

recycled edging for back deck (Allan’s photo)

center of back garden, just past the pond

center of back garden, just past the pond

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opposite side from kitchen garden raised beds

shady opposite side from kitchen garden raised beds

worm composting tube and slow waterer (Allan's photo)

worm composting tube and slow waterer (Allan’s photo)

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Despite my passion for gardens with cool collectible plants, this worm composting tube is one of the most exciting ideas that I got out of this tour.  We will try this!  It could eliminate the need to put kitchen scraps in a compost bin.

worm composting tube demonstration (Allan's photo)

worm composting tube demonstration (Allan’s photo)

garden innovator Frank (Allan's photo)

garden innovator Frank (Allan’s photo)

What have we here?

What have we here?

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Frank explains how they work. I think Allan understood it.

Frank explains how they work. I think Allan understood it.

self leveling rain water barrels (Allan's photo)

self leveling rain water barrels (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  The water runs in a pipe along the bottom and up into the barrels.

A barrel for water dipping

A barrel for water dipping

This was his previous method of getting water from one barrel to another.

This was Frank’s previous method of getting water from one barrel to another.

potting bench

potting bench at the back of the garden

Next to the potting bench and the garden greeters, I was thrilled to see an easy exit.  In fact, it was the proper entrance to the garden with the garden greeters seated at a table to stamp one’s passport.  I was thrilled to not have to go back down the long stairway.

the easy way out (Allan's photo)

the easy way out (Allan’s photo)

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interlude

I had noticed on the drive up the hill that Aberdeen has alleys in the older residential neighbourhoods.  Long alleys are non existent on the Long Beach Peninsula and I miss them.  I loved alleys back in Seattle because of glimpses of folks’ back gardens and I used to take long walks of alley exploration.

Ah, an actual alley.

Ah, an actual alley.

across the alley, a gardening neighbour

across the alley and down a bit, a gardening neighbour

Allan noticed the same cute arbor.

Allan noticed the same cute arbor.

same house, alleyside container garden

same house, alleyside container garden

Downhill, I glimpsed a beautiful old house.

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telephoto

telephoto

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This bindweed festooned house had been declared unsafe to enter.

This bindweed festooned house across the street had been declared unsafe to enter.

on the street where we parked

on the street where we parked

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Big Pink

Big Pink

another interesting Aberdeen house

another interesting Aberdeen house

Next: we go further uphill to an amazing aerie of a garden.  So far, four out of four gardens had been excellent, and we had four more to visit.

 

 

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

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

aberdeen

garden three: An Eclectic Eden

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Jo’s was the third of three gardens fairly near to each other in Cosmopolis, a town just south of Aberdeen.

a volunteer adjusts the garden tour sign that had blown over

a volunteer adjusts the garden tour sign that had blown over


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front garden


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front patio


front walkway

front walkway


beside the driveway

beside the driveway


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around the side of the house


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If that is indeed an old garage, I don’t think it is used for a car anymore.

 

love the painted doors

love the painted doors


a closer look

a closer look


Sambucus 'Black Lace'

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

We have turned the corner and….OH! This is the third excellent garden in a row.

Jo's vibrant back garden.

Jo’s vibrant back garden.


a picket fence next to the old garage separating two garden areas

a picket fence next to the old garage separating two garden areas


rose foliage (Allan's photo)

‘Climbing Cecile Brunner’ rose foliage (Allan’s photo)


to my right: another painted panel

to my right along the fence: another painted panel


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


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beginning our walk through the back garden


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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another reminder that I want threadleaf coreopsis back in my life again

to my left: another reminder that I want threadleaf coreopsis back in my life again


Coreopsis verticillata, possibly 'Zagreb' (Allan's photo)

Coreopsis verticillata, possibly ‘Zagreb’ (Allan’s photo)


jam packed with planty goodness

jam packed with planty goodness


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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a handsome eryngium smack dab in the middle


looking back from about halfway in

looking back from about halfway in


forward again: the back patio

forward again: a covered back patio

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just past the covered patio

just past the covered patio


across from the patio

across from the patio


so many well grown plants!

so many well grown plants!


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Cosmos (Allan’s photo)


arch to a little courtyard

arch to a little courtyard


to my left: roses

to my left: roses


coleus tucked in

coleus tucked in


to my right: a familiar sight

to my right: The Shinto gate is a familiar sight


The photo of it on the poster for the tour had piqued my interest enough to get us all the way to Cosmopolis.

The photo of it on the poster for the tour had piqued my interest enough to get us all the way to Cosmopolis.


the far corner of the garden

the far corner of the garden


around to the other side of the house

around to the other side of the house

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Surely this dahlia is in a big pot?

Surely this dahlia is in a big pot?


Dahlia is not in a pot! Progamme held out at shoulder level.

Dahlia is not in a pot! Progamme held out at shoulder level.


dahlias towering overhead

dahlias towering overhead

I turned back to find Allan to get a photo to prove the height of the dahlias.  Another tour guest walked up saying “Those must be in a pot…Wow, they are in the ground!”

looking back

looking back


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


looking back through the arbour

looking back through the arbour


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


more garden admiration

more garden admiration

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by the covered patio

by the covered patio

I found Allan and he took a photo proving the height of the dahlias:

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on the way out (Allan's photo)

on the way out (Allan’s photo)

We expressed our thanks to the gardener for opening her garden, and our pleasure in the high quality of gardens so far on the tour.  Now we would leave Cosmopolis and cross the Chehalis River to Aberdeen.  So far, “Behind the Garden Gate” was the perfect name for this tour so far; each garden had delivered such delightful surprises when one got into the back gardens, and each was not a garden entirely visible from the street.

interlude: entering Aberdeen

Cosmopolis and Aberdeen are divided by the Chehalis River, not far from the Pacific Ocean.

Cosmopolis and Aberdeen are divided by the Chehalis River, not far from the Pacific Ocean.

Fortunately, Allan knew of a handy Aberdeen rest stop: The Safeway store downtown.

on the wall at Safeway, some Aberdeen history

on the wall at Safeway, some Aberdeen history

Aberdeen’s working class nature deeply appeals to me.  The small city was hard hit by the downtown in the fishing and timber industries.  I fantasize about what it would be like to live there.

downtown Aberdeen. All of our garden destinations are to the north.

downtown Aberdeen. All of our garden destinations are to the north of downtown.

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I notice the street planters, similar in size to the ones we care for in Ilwaco.

I notice the street planters, similar in size to the ones we care for in Ilwaco.


good job, Aberdeen! I like the planters clustered together...great idea!

good job, Aberdeen! I like the planters clustered together…great idea!


so much better with two together (and again, good job!

so much better with two together (and again, good job!)

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old Aberdeen houses.

old Aberdeen houses on the flatland

Next, a garden full of useful ideas.

 

 

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