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
rock garden by front porch
perfect use of red geraniums
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.
the back porch
- at the top of the stream
- 3 before pictures at the top of the waterfall; stairs down are at left…
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
The bright sun made this hard to see even not through the camera, but here is the top of the stream and waterfall.
It descends down a steep slope to the koi pond.
Stairs take one down next to the waterfall to this lower deck.
- Slightly below the deck is this lawn.
A large gunnera in the koi pond
pond and deck
garden tour-ers enjoying the deck
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.
Despite the bright sunlight, I made every effort to show how the stream comes down to the koi pond:
at the top
head of the stream
flowing down by the stairs
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.
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
a side spur of the path back up to the top
further up, wood for those party woodstoves and a secret sit spot
two shady stairs near the top of the stream
a bench in the shade
looking from shade to sun down to the koi pond
Now, back to the sunshiny upper patio (and soon, an overview of the delicious refreshments).
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,
The last garden on the Astoria tour always includes the raffle and refreshments.
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 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 treats
more delicious refreshments
garden party hat
enjoying the garden party!
A little lawn beside the patio
corner by the little lawn
by the front gate
on the mini-lawn
one of the party warmth stoves filled with plants for the summer
The small lawn provided a great view of the 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
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.
He really liked the abutilon flowers.
perfect garden party attire
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
And next…our apres-tour nursery expedition and a gorgeous community allotment garden.
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