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Friday, 20 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Hummingbird Hill

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I walked round and round and round in this garden and felt like immediately going home and replacing all my grass paths with gravel and learning to make stuccoed concrete block walls.

I also felt again the poignancy that I experienced at the Froggwell Garden, where the garden co-creator had also passed away, while at the same time the upbeat mood and colours of Hummingbird Hill made me happy and uplifted.

street view of the garden

street view of the garden

from the street

from the street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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We were invited by Bob Barca's sister to enter this way. She said she had done the hardscaping for the garden.

We were invited by Bob Barca’s sister-in-law to enter this way. She said she had done the hardscaping for the garden.

outside the gate

outside the gate

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beside the gate

beside the gate

NPA= Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Seattle area version of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and the sponsor of the study weekend

NPA= Northwest Perennial Alliance, the Seattle area version of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and the sponsor of the study weekend

stepping inside

stepping inside

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I immediately had to step back outside to tell the sister in law how enormously impressed I was with her stucco wall hardscaping!

The second time I entered the gate!

The second time I entered the gate!

Garage/outbuilding forming one wall of the garden

Garage/outbuilding forming one wall of the garden

All the raised beds and warm walls help the plant collection thrive.

All the raised beds and warm walls help the plant collection thrive.

inset tiles and plants growing atop the walls

inset tiles and plants growing atop the walls..and a water feature!

another angle

another angle

The garden is completely fenced.

The garden is completely fenced.

Allan pondering.  I wonder if he is also wanting to change from lawn to gravel paths!

Allan pondering. I wonder if he is also wanting to change from lawn to gravel paths!

I did enjoy having no lawn at all in my former gardens...hmmm.

I did enjoy having no lawn at all in my former gardens…hmmm.

luscious eremurus

luscious eremurus

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I wish I had a closer photo of that blue flowering plant! (If a salvia, it is huge.)

Allan got a close up...so what is it??

Allan got a close up…so what is it?? A solanum??

Allan: "a piece of rebar solves a twisty problem"

another close up of the same area by Allan: “a piece of rebar solves a twisty problem”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a scree garden.   have to rethink my scree garden plan now!

a scree garden of tiny treasures. have to rethink my scree garden plan now!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

more eremurus envy

more eremurus envy

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plants thriving in the warm microclimates

plants thriving in the warm microclimates

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beside the garage

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on the garage wall...

on the garage wall…

Tropaeolum tuberosum 'Ken Aslet'

Tropaeolum tuberosum ‘Ken Aslet’

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stone and water

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I wonder if at one time each of these ovals had a small plant?

I wonder if at one time each of these ovals had a small plant?

My grandmother, who used a wringer washer well into the 1970s, would have loved this.

My grandmother, who used a wringer washer well into the 1970s, would have loved this wringer washer water feature. (I want one!)

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looking back at the areas I had walked through.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and now am in front of the house with my back to the wringer washer

and now am in front of the house with my back to the wringer washer

the house

the house

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a corner of the front garden

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peeking in the potting shed by the house

peeking in the potting shed; I think it was a wing of the house

a little stream

a little stream

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a bed of peas beside the house

a bed of peas beside the potting shed

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walking behind the house

walking behind the house

shade and moss

shade and moss

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' (I was thrilled to recognize a plant!)

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’ (I was thrilled to recognize a plant!)

a private sit spot behind the house

a private sit spot behind the house

shady corner

shady corner

coming around from behind the house

coming around from behind the house

I may be going round in circles now.

I may be going round in circles now.

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a table with magazines, free for the taking, from Bob Barca's collection.  (I was reeling from the pleasures of this garden so did not even think to take any!)

a table with magazines, free for the taking, from Bob Barca’s collection. (I was reeling from the pleasures of this garden so did not even think to take any!)

the late Bob Barca

the late Bob Barca

Allan's photo; Bob Barca loved birds.

Allan’s photo; Bob Barca loved birds.

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Who can tell us what bird this is?

his earthly paradise

earthly paradise for plants and birds and people

Wow...pineapple broom....Argyrocytisus battandieri...HUGE

Wow…pineapple broom….Argyrocytisus battandieri…HUGE

Have grown it but moved before it bloomed, tried to move it and it died, and it is hard to find where I live.  Want!!  (Would it even bloom at the coast??)

Have grown it but moved before it bloomed, tried to move it and it died, and it is hard to find where I live. Want!! (Would it even bloom at the coast??) Sheila grows it successfully and says the flowers indeed smell like pineapple. (I could not get close enough to smell them.)

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on the front porch

on the front porch

another dahlia view

another dahlia view

from the front of the house, a bridge to the garden behind the garage

from the front of the house, a bridge to the garden by the garage

by the front porch

by the front porch

by the front porch

by the front porch

in front of the house

in front of the house

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looking back at the house

looking back at the house

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not wanting to leave...but we must...

not wanting to leave…but we must…

Oh dear, now I feel my garden is so SOFT and GREEN and COOL, and I want the warm, bright, gravel-crunching underfoot feeling of this garden instead.

I would linger, but we have more gardens to tour.

Here are two other blog entries about Hummingbird Hill on the same garden tour:

Linda Letters blog

Alison’s Bonney Lassie blog

 

 

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Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Here are the usual not so great photos from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, February 2004.  I stayed with Carol and we had a lovely time as always with a meal at the Barking Dog Alehouse which had replaced a dive bar just around the corner from her Ballard apartment.  I attended probably 18 seminars.   As I had sometimes done over the garden show years, I felt a vague envy (not too sharp) of the gardening couples that I saw sitting together during seminars.  It would be nice to have a gardening partner who took an interest in such things.   But I had profoundly enjoyed my winter of quiet solitude.

boatscape

boatscape

potting bench

potting bench

planting salad greens in straw bales

planting salad greens in straw bales

Peninsula touring

Alison, a funny cyberfriend whom I had met through an online gardening forum, came to visit; here we are at Klipsan Beach Cottages because of course I took the day off to take her on a garden tour.

Alison and me at KBC

Alison and me at KBC

me at Laurie's garden, photo by Alison

me at Laurie’s garden, photo by Alison

I wish I could find Alison again!   She moved, my computer crashed, etc….   She was so funny and smart and a great gardener.  She might have changed her last name due to a marital change, and that makes women so darned hard to find.

Buddliea in a Long Beach garden

Buddliea in a Long Beach garden

Joy Creek and Cistus

I went on a springtime shopping trip for clients at Cistus and Joy Creek Nursery with J9; stuffing as many plants as possible in her car, along with her wonderful dog, Sophie.

English delphiniums at Joy Creek Nursery

English delphiniums at Joy Creek Nursery

Cistus

Cistus

Sophie and J9 at Cistus

Sophie and J9 at Cistus

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The display gardens are much fuller now!

Cistus Nursery

Below: Pineapple broom…used to be Cytisus battandieri but now is (sometimes) Argyrocytisus…at Cistus.  I long for this plant to bloom in my garden. I had one at the Spring Street garden that did nothing but put out grey foliage, and I left it behind in autumn 2010 because it was quite large.   I planted one at a garden in Seaview where the house got sold, one at KBC which the slugs ate, and one at my mom’s which was also to big to move when the house sold and I now do not have one at all!

pineapple broom

pineapple broom

The flowers really do smell strongly of sweet pineapple.

Clarke Nursery

Meanwhile, Sheila came to visit. I had been plant-sitting a whole lot of potted plants for her after she sold the Harborview Motel, while she moved around (and around!) with her peripatetic spouse trying to find the perfect house to create a new garden. Here we are at Clarke Nursery in its former bayside location, where I am sure she bought a few more plants, and then took some of the ones I was storing away with her as well.
me and Sheila at Clarke Nursery

me and Sheila at Clarke Nursery

Sheila's vehicle stuffed with plants

Sheila’s vehicle stuffed with plants

Sheila says “I believe we built layers with plywood and plastic milk crates to get them all in…the layers can be seen in the back…”.  Her fig tree was laid in sideways.  She is determine to fit in at least two more plants.

Painted Lady Lavender Farm

I took an afternoon off to go to the Painted Lady Lavender Farm with J9.   It’s between Ilwaco and Chinook, and may have been its first or second year open to the public. Its owner had been known locally for years for her decorative painting.  I had seen her work on local garden designer Dale B’s house (now owned by our friend Patti, on the Seaview Antique Mall, and on the exterior of Payson Hall at Andersen’s RV Park.

Painted Lady Lavender Farm

Painted Lady Lavender Farm

Below: View from atop a hill at Painted Lady Lavender Farm. I was quite overcome with envy and the wish that I had the money to have a number of little cottages and enough land to plant lavishly.

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treehouse

treehouse

black scabiosas

black scabiosas

behind the main house

behind the main house

house and deck

house and deck

Oh how I longed for a little guest cottage like this!

Oh how I longed for a little guest cottage like this!

another adorable outbuilding

another adorable outbuilding

For several years after, I thought of revisiting but just felt too busy; every time we drove by the entrance, we were on a mission to go Astoria and points south.  Finally I got back there in 2012 and found it even more beautiful.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

In the fall, Terran and I took a day trip to Portland and visited the Classical Chinese Garden. Sheila’s gift of an old digital camera which used floppy disks provided some interesting photographic results.   I loved the instant gratification of digital and when that camera wore out, I bought a new one and only occasionally returned to film because I had some rolls to use up.

Terran in the Chinese Garden

Terran in the Chinese Garden

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

in the Chinese garden

in the Chinese garden

Chinese garden

Chinese garden

Chinese garden

Chinese garden

Gardeners were walking through the ponds in hip waders cleaning up the lotus leaves.

lotus

lotus

Manzanita

I put frugality on hold for an evening when J9 and I took a trip to Manzanita to have a memorable meal at the (now sadly gone) Blue Sky Café. It was kind of a shock to eat real food, because I had been subsisting for months on frozen food after buying my first microwave earlier that same year.  I am not much for cooking but I do love restaurants.

beautiful garden bench in Manzanita

beautiful garden bench in Manzanita

But first we went to Cartm, an amazing huge recycled materials yard where I acquired a small garbage can in which to plant a phormium, the idea which I’d gotten at the Molly Ward garden/restaurant back in summer 2003.  You can find almost anything upcyclable at Cartm.  Too bad it is such a long trip from here.

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Cartm

Non-gardening outings

Talking Tombstones in Astoria

J9 excelled at getting me to go out and do things.  At Halloween,  we went to see the “Talking Tombstones” in Astoria, where locals act in the role of the person who is buried under each stone.

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a sad tale of dying of influenza

a sad tale of dying of influenza

Talking Tombstones

Talking Tombstones

On any trip that we took across the river (or “overseas”, as old timers say around here), we stopped on the way at the excellent Chinook Coffee Company drivethrough in Chinook.

Chinook Coffee Company

Chinook Coffee Company, October 2004

Fort Clatsop

In December, J9 and I went to the old Fort Clatsop for a historical presentation about Lewis and Clark’s Christmas there.  Soon after, it would be destroyed by a fire and be reconstructed.

Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop

inside Fort Clatsop, the replica of Captain Meriweather Lewis’s  desk made my own tiny house look more spacious in comparison.

Lewis's desk

Lewis’s desk

boardwalk at Fort Clatsop

boardwalk at Fort Clatsop

Flavel House Museum

Always good at finding excursion, J9 took me to the Flavel House Museum for their Christmas plum pudding tea.

Flavel House on a dark December day

Flavel House on a dark December day

teatime in the Flavel House Museum

teatime in the Flavel House Museum

Looking back on this year makes me realize what a boon to my social life J9 was and I am more sorry than ever that she moved away from the Peninsula in 2012.

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