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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Astoria Garden Tour

presented by the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

photos and captions by guest blogger Nancy Allen (“Garden Tour Nancy”),

organizer of the Music in the Gardens Long Beach Peninsula Garden Tour

Garner Garden

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“before” photos of Garner garden:

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before photos of front garden

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after

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owner's favorite plant, by mail order

owner’s favorite plant, by mail order (teucrium?)

vegetable beds with color on left side of house

vegetable beds with color on left side of house

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plant diversity

plant diversity

dahlias

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river view

river view

back of house

back of house

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Tradescantia (spiderwort)

Tradescantia (spiderwort)

The house is for sale, so you can see photos of the interior here, while it lasts.



 

Thanks, Nancy, for letting us relive the Astoria tour even though Allan and I were in Portland at the Garden Bloggers Fling.

Garden Tour Nancy on a gardening break!

Garden Tour Nancy on a gardening break!

Next:  In order to continue tour garden tour mood, we are taking the radical step away from continuity, skipping a work week and getting straight on to the Music in the Gardens (Long Beach Peninsula) garden tour.  Not to worry, I have a plan for how to present the work posts for the last half of July once I have reached the end of this garden tour extravaganza and return to posting “only” once a day.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Astoria Garden Tour

presented by the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

photos and captions by guest blogger Nancy Allen (“Garden Tour Nancy”)

Clementine’s Bed and Breakfast

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establishing photo from Trip Advisor

establishing photo from Trip Advisor

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a happy hollyhock

a happy hollyhock

walking down entry path

walking down entry path

seating area

seating area

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At about this time, Nancy’s iPhone battery ran out; somehow she did manage to get photos of the very excellent last garden.  (Perhaps she was doing them in reverse order.)

 

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Astoria Garden Tour

presented by the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

photos and captions by guest blogger Nancy Allan (“Garden Tour Nancy”) who filled in while I was at the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland.

Thomas Garden: Sustainable Urban Farm

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walking up a gravel road to garden 3

walking up a gravel road to garden 3

The garden was created by a the owner of Edgewater Landscape, who says this is his first urban farm.

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Happy greenhouse with tomatoes inside and citrus in containers outside . I have heat unit envy (says Nancy).

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Peeking over the hill we are going to climb down.  Can't wait!

Peeking over the hill we are going to climb down. Can’t wait!

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3 chicken coop , owner who greeted all with "this is our first year ".  First year at vegetables, not successful gardening as he is a landscaper

chicken coop

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Larry, the owner (above), greeted all with “This is our first year “. First year at vegetables, not successful gardening as he is a landscaper.

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deluxe rabbit hutch

deluxe rabbit hutch

rabbit with babies

rabbit with babies

composter

composter




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Saturday, 12 July 2014 

Astoria, Oregon Garden Tour, part one

photos and captions by guest blogger Nancy Allen (“Garden Tour Nancy”)

As soon as I decided to go to the Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, I began to fret over missing the annual Astoria Garden Tour.  Nancy, the organizer of the Music in the Gardens Tour here on the Long Beach Peninsula, stepped in as my guest blogger and took photos that made me feel I had gone on tour with her.

Nancy's husband, Phill, with garden tour chair, Pam Chestnut

Nancy’s husband, Phill, with garden tour chair, Pam Chestnut

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Lower Columbia Preservation Society‘s purpose is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic structures in the lower Columbia region.

The Brown-Stichman Garden

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First garden had consistent features of many Astoria gardens–historic home and Columbia river view.

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unique copper handrail

unique copper handrail

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Wonderful back porch with river view.

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river view

river view porch

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Columbia River view from porch

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steps leading to patio with magnificent old tree

steps leading to patio with magnificent old tree

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a new heather garden on the steep hill

a new heather garden on the steep hill

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a very steep hill

a very steep hill




 

Noguerra Garden

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a greeter on the front steps

a greeter on the front steps

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lush pathway on right side of house

lush pathway on right side of house

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round the corner to the left

round the corner to the left

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decorative dry creek bed leading to the uknown

decorative dry creek bed leading to the unknown

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back of house

back of house

A neighbor's yard directly behind tour property got a lot of attention.  I heard it belonged to a couple who redid the basket court when their sons grew up and moved out

A neighbor’s yard directly behind tour property got a lot of attention. I heard it belonged to a couple who redid the basketball court when their sons grew up and moved out.

handsome borrowed view

handsome borrowed view

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colorful seating

colorful seating

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one of the youngest garden tour guests

one of the youngest garden tour guests

Now heading back toward the street; this is the other side of the house.

Now heading back toward the street; this is the other side of the house.

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from the program:  Ultimate Party Garden:  Ferry Captain Fritz Elfings 1921 Wicks-designed home has been greatly enhanced by Kent and LJ’s energy and affection for historic preservation and gardening.  Beds in front of the welcoming color-rich front porch feature weeping gold chain and a vibrant rock garden including weeping blue atlas cedar, mature dahlias, tree roses and lilacs.  Shady old azaleas lead to the back gate where repurposed sap pots adorn an azalea just inside.  Woodstoves encircle the flagstone patio for party comfort within a lovely cornucopia of firs, maples, contorted filbert, black-eyed Susans, and trellised Fiona’s sunrise jasmine.  Long-established silverberry bush and cotoneaster dominate the upper back corner.  Near the home’s rear entry is a healthy urban herb garden.  Follow the waterfall down steps to a stunning water lily koi pond guarded by Gunnera and curly willow. Mature dogwood, camellia, peonies and daylilies grace the lower garden with a bay tree, nine-bark, grasses, and a profusion of potted beauties.

house with before picture

house with before picture

rock garden by front porch

rock garden by front porch

porch

porch

perfect use of red geraniums

perfect use of red geraniums

back garden entry patio with before picture

back garden entry patio with before picture

We walked past the upper entry patio with the post-tour food display to check out the koi pond first, entering dapped shade which made photos difficult.

Next to this porch, steps went down to the pond.

Next to this porch, steps went down to the pond.

the back porch

the back porch

at the top of the stream

at the top of the stream

3 before pictures at the top of the waterfall

3 before pictures at the top of the waterfall; stairs down are at left…
pond construction photo

pond construction photo

Only when I have opened my own garden on tour have I seen such well displayed before photos.  It is so much more effective to have them mounted at the right spot in the garden instead of in a photo album or computer slideshow.

looking down the waterfall

looking down the waterfall

The bright sun made this hard to see even not through the camera, but here is the top of the stream and waterfall.

water beginning

water beginning

It descends down a steep slope to the koi pond.

It descends down a steep slope to the koi pond.

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Stairs take one down next to the waterfall to this lower deck.

Stairs take one down next to the waterfall to this lower deck.

Slightly below the deck is this lawn.

Slightly below the deck is this lawn.
A large gunnera in the koi pond

A large gunnera in the koi pond

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before picture

Gunnera

Gunnera
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pond and deck

friendly koi

friendly koi

garden tour-ers enjoying the deck

garden tour-ers enjoying the deck

under the porch at the foot of the stairs: all the amenities

under the porch at the foot of the stairs: all the amenities

Here Allan examines the porch and you can see how the hot tub area relates to the koi pond.

Here Allan examines the porch and you can see how the hot tub area relates to the koi pond.

Despite the bright sunlight, I made every effort to show how the stream comes down to the koi pond:

at the top

at the top

head of the stream

head of the stream

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flowing down by the stairs

flowing down by the stairs

waterfall

waterfall

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While I have never craved a pond with koi, even though I admire them, this sort of waterfall stream is so much like what I would have wanted to do in my old garden with its descending levels and natural pond.  I never had time and  money at the same time, but when I see something like this garden had, I wish I had stayed there long enough to achieve it.

enormous koi

enormous koi

view of house from other side of pond deck

view of house from other side of pond deck

Now we’ll go up the back side of the garden to return to the top patio.  Here we look back at the koi pond deck and see the workings of the pipes and so on.

the pond works

the pond works

a side spur of the path back up to the top

a side spur of the path back up to the top

further up, wood for those party woodstoves and a secret sit spot

further up, wood for those party woodstoves and a secret sit spot

two shady stairs near the top of the stream

two shady stairs near the top of the stream

a bench in the shade

a bench in the shade

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looking from shade to sun down to the koi pond

looking from shade to sun down to the koi pond

shady grove

shady grove

Now, back to the sunshiny upper patio (and soon, an overview of the delicious refreshments).

before picture

before picture

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another before

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and another

This vine was in dappled shade by the patio. I wish I could recall its name.

This vine was in dappled shade by the patio. I wish I could recall its name.

I could not, but someone on Facebook helped me while I was writing this blog entry:  It is Abutilon megapotamicum,

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The last garden on the Astoria tour always includes the raffle and refreshments.

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some raffle items

some raffle items

Now we’ll get to all the refreshments that we passed by in our eagerness to tour the garden.

Just inside the front gate, punch was served, and the hosts let me put our Peninsula garden tour poster out for all to see.

punch bowl just inside entry gate

punch bowl just inside entry gate and our poster

(By “our” tour, I mean the Peninsula; Nancy is the organizer of the Music in the Gardens tour and I help out with the Facebook page.)

a patio table laden with food

a patio table laden with treats

more delicious refreshments

more delicious refreshments

food

food

food

food

food

garden party hat

garden party hat

beautiful decoration

beautiful decoration

enjoying the garden party!

enjoying the garden party!

A little lawn beside the patio

A little lawn beside the patio

corner by the little lawn

corner by the little lawn

by the patio

by the front gate

on the mini-lawn

on the mini-lawn

one of the party warmth stoves filled with plants for the summer

one of the party warmth stoves filled with plants for the summer

The small lawn provided a great view of the party.

The small lawn provided a great view of the party.

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garden party

Some people took their plates downstairs and gathered around the koi pond and some settled in the shady sit spots beside the patio.

a quieter retreat

a quieter retreat

We left before the raffle drawing so that we would have plenty of time to shop at a couple of nurseries down the coast, but before we go, here are Allan’s charming photos of the party and the flowers surrounding the patio.

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He really liked the abutilon flowers.

He really liked the abutilon flowers.

perfect garden party attire

perfect garden party attire

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flowers

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At the very last, he went up on the front porch (which it had not occurred to me to do!) and took this photo showing the view north east to the river.

from the front porch

from the front porch

And next…our apres-tour nursery expedition and a gorgeous community allotment garden.

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from the program:  Eagles’ Aerie:  Enchantment is afoot in this garden’s diverse array of dazzling flora.  Along the front walkway are bright tansy and lady’s mantle amid Mahonia, lavender-like curry plant and Phlomis, with borders of ornamental oregano, rosemary and mint.  Note the many salvias and other deer-proof plants such as Penstemon, dahlias, yarrow, poppies, peonies, Mexican orange, and Euphorbia.  Also flourishing here is lamb’s ears, catmint, Inula, hyssop, calla lilies, London pride, Astrantia, and wild fuchsia.  Delight in the plentitude of fern varieties by the back gate and along the back of lawn mixing with lungwort, hellebore, astilbe, daphne, creeping ginger, Gunnera, yellow violets, a white heather ‘stream bed’ and an abundance of azaleas.  A luxurious green and white bed by the flagstone patio is graced by a cherished sculpture.  You may climb to the viewing deck to ponder the edge of the continent and listen for eagles’ cries above.

approaching the house from below

approaching the house from below

As we approached, I did not see a hint of how good the garden was going to be so I was happily surprised (having, as usual, just skimmed the program description).

We drove past that bank of ivy and parked on the east side of the house.  As soon as I walked to the north side, I was gobsmacked by the view.

Astoria-Megler bridge from "Eagles' Aerie"

Astoria-Megler bridge from “Eagles’ Aerie”

The bridge work is why there are what a friend of mine called “big diapers” on the bridge.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

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view

Consider how much wind this north facing garden must get, most of it salty from the ocean.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You could watch all the ships and boats go by.

You could watch all the ships and boats go by.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Look how beautiful the garden is with well chosen plants that can take such intense conditions.

the hilltop garden, looking east

the hilltop garden, looking east

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ornamental oregano

ornamental oregano

The plants are indeed deer resistant.  The garden owner told Allan (and I heard the same thing said elsewhere during the tour) that more deer are coming to Astoria gardens because of the destruction of woods south of there where big box stores are being built in Warrenton.

Against the north wall of the house is a spirit house.

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in the spirit house

in the spirit house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We walked back around to the south side of the house to find a completely different feeling: enclosed and sheltered from the wind.

back yard

back yard

This porch must be a good wind shelter.

This porch must be a good wind shelter.

The back yard is up against a steep hill so would also be sheltered from south and southwest wind.

window shelf

window shelf

In the corner of the back garden, a patio with water features:

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a cunning water feature

a cunning water feature

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the artist

the artist

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Just behind the water feature patio area, a sign protected a steep pathway from tourist foot traffic.

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dead end

dead end

looking northeast over the back garden

looking northeast over the back garden

a sit spot

shady corner

shady corner

We did go back up onto the free standing deck.

on the hillside

on the hillside

The path was easy, first, generous steps and then a gentle path.

looking back down

looking back down

on the way up

on the way up

path to deck

path to deck

a fairy door

a fairy door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the view from the hillside deck

the view from the hillside deck to the mouth of the Columbia River.

The hills across the water, above, are in Washington State.

telephoto

telephoto

back yard

back yard

from the hillside deck

from the hillside deck

Against the hill grew large shrubs and behind them in the deep shade a fence probably tall enough to keep deer out.  But they could jump the entry picket fence for sure.

at base of hillside to south of back garden

at base of hillside to south of back garden

inside the picket fence

inside the picket fence

I’m left with the memory especially of that impressive north side of the house garden in the full wind.  I wonder how strong it gets up there.

The hillside in the back yard reminded me of the possibilities of packing plants up against a hill as shown in this amazing West Seattle garden.  I had big plans to make a dense planting against my hillside when I returned from that West Seattle tour, but instead…I moved to the flatland.

Only one more garden to go on the Astoria ’13 tour (plus a post-tour nursery trip).

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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

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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

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

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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

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an even more floriferous corner

an even more floriferous corner

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sign

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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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