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from the program (the garden of Frank Jagodnik and Liz McCall):  Shakespearean Cottage Garden:  The owners’ passion for theatre inspires old-world wonder introduced by a dramatic front arbor spilling over with vigorous Clematis evergreen and sausage vine.  Unique fragrant lawn of Roman chamomile tolerates low traffic and dogs.  A nursery garden to the west includes lavender, asters, forgot-me-nots, peonies, sweet peas and anemones.  Chinese wisteria entwines hydrangea vine to frame the front porch.  A woodland haven of sweet woodruff,  Brunnera, ferns and bluebells lures you to the back garden inspired by flora-filled scenes of Ophelia, Oberon and the like.  Beds and bowers display English daisies, nine daylily varieties, blue potato vine, chocolate vine, climbing roses, honeysuckle, creeping Jenny, nasturtiums, Dianthus, leopard’s bane and sea thrift, bordered by old brick found on site.  A kitchen-handy herb garden thrives near the beautiful grape-covered gazebo.  A Sargentina crabapple tree, chives, pincushion flowers and cosmos take center stage, surrounded by lush chamomile.

from the street

from the street

over the fence

over the fence

from the inside looking out

from the inside looking out

front windows

front windows

front door

front door

Fleur Haven House

Fleur Haven House

I absolutely love quotations in the garden and this particular garden had mine beat in sheer number of well displayed signs.  I think I found and photographed every one of them except one turned out blurry so I will never remember what it said.

by the front walkway

by the front walkway

sign

weed

sign

sign

just inside the side gate to the front garden

just inside the side gate to the front garden

Inside the side gate to the front yard, we were pleased to find a fairy garden.

fairy door

fairy door

door

Here is where we lingered for a little while as we both took photos.

rabbit

village

village

We then made our way into the back garden, which as I recall meant stepping back out onto the sidewalk and in another gate.

inside the back gate

inside the back gate

I had not carefully read the description (I usually don’t read them thoroughly till later in my eagerness to see the gardens), so I was surprised and pleased by the chamomile lawn.

a fragrant chamomile lawn

a fragrant chamomile lawn

Allan found out that they maintain it with a strimmer rather than a mower.  (Note: from now one I am going to use the much nicer UK word for string trimmer AKA weedeater.)

on the lawn

on the lawn

a curving path

a curving path

some wilde thyme

some wild thyme

a little friendly bird

a little friendly bird

floriferous corner

floriferous corner

sign

rose

an even more floriferous corner

an even more floriferous corner

sign

sign

sign

back porch

back porch

I went up the back porch steps to get an overview.  They were interestingly made out of concrete blocks and were very stable.

view from porch

view from porch

gazebo

gazebo

digression:  I like the colour of green on the neighbours' house.

digression: I like the colour of green on the neighbours’ house.

The little bird was sitting on the bench just beyond that arbour, above, and in the corner hangs the basket of nasturtiums.

looking down to the patio

looking down to the patio

thyme-softened patio

thyme-softened patio

wall fountain

wall fountain

patio bench

patio bench

bench

by the gazebo

by the gazebo

inside the gazebo

inside the gazebo

and a view from the gazebo

and a view from the gazebo

another view of the chamomile lawn

another view of the chamomile lawn

on the house wall

on the house wall

sign

I like gardens that reflect the owners’ particular interests and this garden certainly did that.

Next: a garden with a phemonemal view, and meanwhile, another reminder that the excellent Peninsula garden tour is coming up this Saturday, July 20th!  I hope some of the Astoria people will come to our tour.

a reminder

a reminder

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For clarity in these prequels, I’m going to call our OLD Tangly Cottage garden the Spring Street garden (and our new garden since autumn 2010 is the Lake Street garden).

1996

Orson loved to bask on the big rock above the pond.

Orson on his rock, 1996

Orson on his rock, 1996

He loved basking in general.  His fur would bleach to brown in the summer.

my twenty-pounder

my twenty-pounder

Looking north (below) from the backside of the pond, you could still see across to the neighbour’s garage and hill opposite, a view that would soon start to disappear as the garden grew. I always wished the previous owners had planted those columnar trees closer together, which is just what they themselves said one time when they came to visit.

by the pond, '96

by the pond, ’96

Below, Orson snoozing on the wicker chaise lounge which I had no room for in the tiny house. I had bought this item for Carol to have her own telly and reading space when she lived with me and Wilum in Seattle, and now it was to molder away outside.

a sad eventual fate for a nice wicker piece

a sad eventual fate for a nice wicker piece

pond in May '96 with rhodos in bloom

pond in May ’96 with rhodos in bloom

I felt we were not making much progress with our own garden, being so busy with work.

Orson by the little rivulet that ran from the pond.

Orson by the little rivulet that ran from the pond.

pond '96, still quite wild

pond ’96, still quite wild (although the irises were new)

In ’96, we started making concrete garden paths with a plastic pattern called Rock’n’Mold that we had got at the garden show. It made faux-paving stone paths; below, looking toward the house is the first section we made by mixing concrete in a wheelbarrow. We urgently needed hardscape paths because in winter the grass paths were so muddy that our feet would sink in to shoetop level. With the going back and forth to Seattle (a four and a half hour trip each way with the ferry) we did not get any further than this strip of path in summer 1996.

the first strip of path

the first strip of path

1997

The tiny cottage was finally coming together, helped enormously by Robert having enclosed the front porch in winter ’95.  In winter ’96 he finished the trim and I had some bookshelves at last and room to acquire a desk (even though in the photo below, I’m still using the window area to pile stuff.)

a new room, '97

a new room, ’97

bookshelvesIt was a tiny house, so tiny.  I had bookshelves now and had been able to unpack my books, but over the years the damp air did them no good.  We replaced the scary big old propane stove with a fancy new one, but every time the wind blew the pilot light went out; the manufacturer suggested disconnecting the safety feature, but that idea did not appeal to me.  Oh well, I spent most of the time outside anyway!

stove

stove

I read books about Tiny Houses for inspiration.

tiny

tiny

lower path

lower path

In our own garden, we were working hard on the Rock’n’Mold paths with the aid of a home sized cement mixer from Costco.

Our Tangly Cottage sign, made by our friend John (who had been a renter in the cottage when we bought it in ’94) was getting framed by climbers.

at the lower gate

at the lower gate

I took the photo of the sign with ‘Bobbie James’ rose that would become our logo and avatar:

Tangly Cottage sign

Tangly Cottage sign

Making the paths helped define the lower garden.  Below, I had dug out a little pond at the bottom of the garden over the winter to collect water run off from the big pond.

lower pond

lower pond

Below, Lower garden, 1997, with paths. It looks so perfect, but the path idea was not one I would recommend. Despite using landscape fabric underneath, weeds got into every crack. By 2008 I had replaced almost all these paths with gravel and used the cement pavers for making low walls. Only toward the end of the project did Robert and I figure out that you could pour the concrete and then just stamp the pattern on the top of it, thus elimated those pesky weedy cracks.

lower garden summer '97

lower garden spring ’97

Below:  The twig arbours in the lower garden, midsummer 1997. Around this time, our truck’s tie rod completely broke…a very big problem. We bought a Voyager van which turned out to be a complete lemon and plagued us with repairs and crises for the rest of the year.

arbours

arbours

Meanwhile, the upper garden paths and the lower gardens paths had a long way to go to meet in the middle of the garden which was still undeveloped.  The enormous spruce tree two third of the way down daunted me.  Oddly, when I first looked at the property in spring of  ’94, I had been so entranced by the pond I had not even noticed the monster tree!

upper garden path 1997

upper garden path spring 1997

1998

In winter of ’97-’98, I messed around with river rock around the pond.  Why do we always think that a look like this will last?

river rock

river rock by the pond overflow stream

It was always very pretty when I cleaned up fallen leaves and weeds, but never again looked as perfect as this…

We started to come up the north side of the garden into the middle section.  The shrubs on the north side had still not filled in enough to hide the neighbour’s house.

north middle path

north middle path, spring ’98

Here’s the view  from our upper back yard across to the trailer park two houses away. The hill was still clothed in trees; this would change within a couple of years.

RV park view

RV park view

Throughout all my years in this garden, deer kept breaking in despite our best fencing efforts.

another break in!

another break in!

May 1998:  Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose starting to cover the old trailer in our garden.  I had spray painted the trailer green with Rustoleum.

Rose of May

Roses of May

view from loft window, May 1998

view from loft window, May 1998: middle path finally done!

mej9

J9 and me, 1998

Our friend J9 came to visit us and took this photo of me by our new garden shed that Robert had built over the winter.  We had been in a hurry to get it built before the city council changed the setback law for commercial property.  (Our lots were zoned commercial.)  It got built in time to sit right on the property line instead of five feet back.

the purple shed, summer '98

the purple shed, summer ’98

I wrote on the shed wall: “This used to be among my prayers, a piece of land not so very large, which would contain a garden, near the house, a spring of everflowing water, and beyond these, a bit of woods”, which perfectly described our property with its spring fed pond and the woods by the dirt road that ran along the south side.

street side of the purple shed

 

front door, early summer '98

front door, early summer ’98

My friend Elissa (a former Moby Dick innkeeper) and I found a tiny feral kitten in Long Beach and I brought her home.  I named her Madeline (“The stars are God’s daisy chain”) to go with our dog, Bertie Woofter.

Maddie as a kitten

Maddie as a kitten

I thought Orson would be pleased, as he had been fond of our orange cat Valene, she who had gone missing while we were at Shakti Cove Cottages.  I was terribly wrong, and he sulked up in the loft for most of the winter.

Maddie  by the front window

Maddie by the front window

I have only once mentioned the fact that we had rescued parakeets; the first two needed a home, then one would die, the other would be lonely, we would get another, and so on. Robert had turned one of our windows into this aviary, but Maddie (unlike the more placid Orson) was so obsessed with the birds that we found better homes for them where they had more room to fly.

goodbye to the birds

goodbye to the birds

Having her cling to the wire of the cage must have been unsettling for them.

While this journal skims over most of the personal events, I should say (so it won’t be a big shock later) that signs of discontent were brewing in my personal life.    But by the end of 1998, Robert said that, as a former welder, he thought he could make garden art from rebar with oxygen and acetyline tanks, so we got some…(more on his wonderful projects soon).  I hoped that a major creative outlet of his own would make him happy at last.  His first creation, at the end of 1998, were twin arbours to replace the rotting twig ones in the lower garden.  He felt they were rough and unsatisfactory but I loved them (as did the man who bought the cottage and garden from me in 2011).

Robert's rebar arbours, lower garden

Robert’s rebar arbours, lower garden

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Oct 11, 2011

Oct 11, 2011

16 October, 2011, and so it begins. Allan started building down the east side of the garden. Progress was slow because we were still working most of the time. But he’s the sort of person who comes home from work and does more work at home.

8 Nov:  Allan built a sort of clamp thing out of a couple of boards to roll the wire with and make it really tight.

Nov 8, 2011

Nov 8, 2011

He started on the east side of the property working from north to south.  By the end of November he had made it all the way down to the gear shed…all of this accomplished a few hours at a time during breaks from fall clean up and bulb planting.

east side fence, Nov 2011

east side fence, Nov 2011

In mid December,  progress was much faster now because we were on staycation. The fence  turned the corner at the southeast and headed west across the woods. Tree roots dictated where to dig the posts. The property goes out past this to the “meander line” along the port parking lots.

24 December 2011

24 December 2011

27 December

27 December

Dec 27th

27 December 2011: You can see the fence at the far end and coming up the west side.

We chose to do the entire fence with a clear metal mesh so that we would not lose any of our view of the port, especially in the winter when the leaves fall off the salmonberries and we can see all the way from the Ilwaco Pavilion to Jessie’s Fish Co.  We had an accident when we bought some mesh at Home Depot; it turned out to be too short, so it went in the woodsiest section where the deer would find it harder to jump.  (That will teach us to not shop local.) All the rest of the mesh came from Dennis Company in Long Beach and the wood came from Oman Builders Supply.  It’s a heavy duty mesh, not flimsy and wobbly like chicken wire and Allan did a wonderful job stretching it.  The effect is almost invisible.

The fence has nine gates, incorporating six old doors.  One allows our neighbours to the east access to maintain the back side of a cottage which is built almost on our property line.  To avoid building the fence so close that they could not get in to paint, we swung the gate over to attach next to the corner of the cottage.  We have a door at the south east and south west ends of the fence to make it possible to take a shortcut to the Saturday market, and one gate bars a wide space that can be used for hauling debris out of the southernmost bogsy woods.

gates

11 January, building the arbour

11 January, building the arbour

Near the house, we angled the fence in to meet the corner instead of running right up along our neighbour’s driveway.  We left some lawn outside the fence instead of imperiously claiming every inch with a run all the way up the side of the yard. We like our neighbour, and when her granddaughter visits, we don’t want her to have to struggle to maneuver in the parking area.

building the arbour, 11-13 January, 2012

building the arbour, 11-13 January, 2012

arbour, 14 January

arbour, 14 January

I worked on making new or expanded garden beds all along the fence where desired because it was easier to do when I could step back and forth through the fence, before the wire went up.

On January 15th, weather brought a one day stop to the project.  Snow revealed that deer walked all the way around the south and west sides of the gated fence and found the openings in the arbour.

15 January 2012

15 January 2012

But two days later Allan went on with the project, even working after dark.  For the tall openings in the arbour section of the fence we used deer mesh because it comes in a wider roll and is even more invisible than the wire mesh.

17 January 2012

17 January 2012

building gates,  January 2012

building gates, January 2012

Allan hand built a gate for one of the large openings in the arbour, and the other is made of two matching old doors.  Because he did most of the carpentry work outside, a big storm on the 19-20 of January had him painting gates in the garage.

arbour gates

arbour gates, 21 January

finishing touches

finishing touches

At first I had thought maybe we would not need a gate on the northeast side of the house but it would have been so frustrating to have deer walk around and enter after all that work that we went ahead with one last section of fence.  The narrowest spot was from the sunporch over to the old wooden fence on the east side.

installing the front gate

installing the front gate

front gate

front gate

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At last we were completely enclosed.  We found the perfect home over the front gate for a wooden arch that I had had kicking around for years.  And the old Tangly Cottage sign went up again at last.  I made an order from Heirloom Roses now that I finally had a safe place to grow them.

Allan built the central gate on the south side to look like a continuation of the fence and over it he put an arbour top in the shape of a silhouette of a Chinook canoe.

The mid portion of the month of January was tough as both of us had bad colds and yet were slogging on, especially Allan.  I hurt my knee, as well, and was barely able to hobble toward the end of the month.

arbour gates by night

arbour gates by night

arbour and sky

arbour and sky

arbour and fence

arbour and fence

deer

deer

I couldn’t have been more pleased with the form, the functionality, the painted gates, the wire mesh to grow vines on and the sight of deer outside unable to come in.

The very last part of the fence project was the building of a bridge over the swale in the bogsy wood to reach the central gate.  As the end of staycation rapidly approached, Allan made quick work of it.

Picture 18As you can see, we made the low south side of the fence more deer proof by mounting the heads of the many garden tools that we break in the course of our gardening years.

tool head fence toppers

tool head fence toppers

4 February window view

4 February window view

The numbers:  62 posts, 410 feet of fence, 8 gates (one double). Three gates made by Allan and the rest made of old doors.

At last, the time came to go back to work after a not at all restful staycation.  Above, the view from our south window with the fence and a nice little farewell to staycation campfire in our fire pit.

(For a day by day description of the fence building, with more details, see the album on our Facebook page.

Update: In 2015, we were lucky enough to acquire old fencing from Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.  By then, we had extended the fence to enclose part of the front garden, and the panels fit perfectly in the front and back arbours.

 

fence2.jpg

 

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