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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Much as I wanted to just stay home in my garden, we felt morally compelled to attend this Indivisible North Coast Oregon event in Astoria:

“Bring your signs and American flags, and show support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which Trump has vowed to end. Sometimes called dreamers, these young people were brought here by their parents when their children were in some cases infants.

INCO is holding this non-violent, peaceful event in accordance with the law. We ask participants to not engage in any act of violence or violate any applicable law, to avoid confrontations with those who disagree, to obey the orders of law enforcement authorities, and to follow the guidance of INCO’s coordinators at this event. Our goal remains to defend democracy and build community.”

an early arrival with some extra signs

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Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

(An aside: Filling in letters makes a sign read better.)

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I was hoping more would turn out for this very specific protest. (Allan’s photo)

We did cover all four corners. (Allan’s photo)

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Joan from KMUN community radio was interviewing for a show.

I stood by a woman from South Bend, Stephanie, whom I had already noticed on our local Facebook groups.  With a shared passion for the rally and a love of cats and gardening, we had much to discuss.

Stephanie’s photo.  This sign has proved appropriate for a number of different rallies.

We got lots of approving honks and thumbs up and waves.

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Allan’s photo

The driver (and the dog?) gave us a thumbs up.

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We also got some thumbs down, at least one “Fuck you!”, and one middle aged white man who leaned out the passenger window practically frothing at the mouth as he yelled at us, “Get out! GET OUT!”

An enormous cruise ship was docked by the town.  One gentleman cruiser strolling by said “You are all welcome to move to Canada.”  He was not being sarcastic, not being one of those “Love it or leave it!” types.  He really was from Canada and agreed with us.

The rally, scheduled for one hour, went on for an hour and a half.  We were almost the last to go, except for Steve whose task it was to pick up all extra signs.

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Two more events were to follow the rally, going on until 8 PM: A film about immigration and a Celebration of Hispanic Culture.  From an article in the Daily Astorian: “The Hispanic Council had considered canceling this year’s heritage celebration in light of current politics.

“There’s not much for the Hispanic community to celebrate this year,” said Jorge Gutierrez, the council’s executive director.

But, he and others ultimately concluded it was the right time to come together. Besides, the folk dance group had been practicing hard.  ”  The event had the highest turnout of any council event for the past few years.  Many from the rally stayed through the day but….I was longing to get home and do some gardening.

Allan and I did think we might have lunch at the Blue Scorcher before departing Astoria.

Some handsome houses on the way:

I love the flags on the porch.

line of coleus by the sidewalk

hillside garden

Above the Blue Scorcher/Fort George Brewery building, I walked through the public garden cared for by Jessica Schlief.

grapes!

hardy fuchsia and ornamental oregano

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Meanwhile, Allan had looked at the historical area next door, which tells a terrible story when considered from the point of view of the first people to live here.  I find this sign quite disturbing, except for the Garden of Eden part.  Allan points out that it was “written in a different age”.

A more multicultural sort of history:

 

We went down the ramp inside the brewery to get to the Blue Scorcher…which was simply too crowded to find a seat.

In the Blue Scorcher: Perhaps the cruise ship accounted for busy restaurants; Fort George was also full.

We decided to walk five or so blocks west to accomplish a goal: trying out the food trucks.

a sign along the way

The Garden of Surging Waves is also on the way.

Of the food trucks, two were closed, and one had a limited menu.

Fortunately, I especially wanted to try the Snackle Box.

When I admired the paint colour, the owner told me that she had had a house and a car painted that blue, her “happy colour”, and that someday the Snackie Box will become a reading and writing shed in her garden.

Bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwich) and lumpia (a Filipino treat).

A spam treat evoked Hawaii. (Allan’s photo)

I am glad we had that delightful meal before the weather turned autumnal and blustery.

Now for the five block walk back to our van.  I did wish I had brought my cane on our spontaneous lunch excursion.

street planters including a ginko tree (background)

We saw a garden by the Senior Center that spoke to me of Jessica Schlief.  She later told me that she does not do this one.  A volunteer from the Senior Center works on this steep garden by attaching a rope to their van, parked above!  She told me there’s an article about it, and I found it here. It is an excellent read.  Excerpt: “There are five tow ropes. Three are attached to a metal guardrail and the fourth to the open door of the Astoria Senior Center bus. The fifth is wrapped around Larry Allen’s torso to form a harness.

“At 75 years old, I’m finally getting to do what I wanted to do,” he says as he bends down to pat the dirt around a patch of young sunflowers.

Over the past year, Allen has built a garden perched above the Senior Center, turning a rocky, weedy wall into a tiny gem.”

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Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

container at the Senior Center door

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a sign stuck in at a parking lot by the Astoria co op

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Allan noticed a garden shed high up on a hill over where we parked.

Driving down Marine Drive toward the bridge, I was amused but could not get a good photo of a cargo ship called Ultra Bulk.

Cruise ship people enjoying the River Walk

The cruise ship dwarfed an old waterfront hotel.

Finally we arrived back in Ilwaco.  Instead of going straight home, I felt that (while Allan ran a shed-repair related errand)  I needed some September market photos for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.  Could be my last chance if the rest of the month has windy Saturdays.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

Salt Pub

My black lab, Bertie Woofter, used to make that same face.

Oh! The port office hanging baskets are gone.

Don Nisbett Gallery’s baskets still look fine.

De Asis Produce

On the way home, I got to pet Rudder next door.

I was too worn out to accomplish any great gardening plans.

east gate view of back garden

All I did was place a tarp and a pallet behind a tree for the new wood pile.

Frosty helped with the tarp folding.

Skooter in the gear shed yard next door.

the last of the old firewood area

Allan continued to tear off shakes and to putty old nail holes.

At dusk, we had a fire before the rain.

hardy fuchsias at dusk

roasted corn on the cob for dinner (Allan’s photo)

If Sunday or Monday bring rain, we will have three more days off.  We are entering an easy stretch of work, post-tourist season and pre-fall clean up and bulb time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

After the Astoria garden tour, we lingered so that Allan could see the Highwater Boat Parade which leaves the East Mooring Basin at 5:30.

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The gators and I watched from the comfort of the van, while Allan walked about and took all the rest of the photos.

Allan’s research on the boats is shared in the rest of this post.

Highwater Boat Parade
Sponsored by Englund Marine Supply and Fishhawk Fisheries

Before the sun goes down, at high tide, gather with us all along the Columbia Riverfront for the annual Regatta Boat Parade!

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Waiting for the boat parade behind the Maritime Museum.

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Waiting

The Astoria is one of the pilot boats that deliver pilots to guide ships through the Columbia Bar.

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Seamanship is a training vessel which is part of the Tongue Point Job Corps Center.

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“PARTICIPANTS IN THIS CAREER PATHWAY WILL WORK TOWARDS CERTIFICATION AS AN ABLE SEAMAN WHOSE DUTIES INCLUDE STANDING WATCH ON DECK, WORKING ON EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE, AND PERFORMING MOST OF THE LABOR REQUIRED ON A SHIP.” The program is explained here.

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Here is the royalty of the regatta on the bow of the Pilot ship.

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This boat is where the parade judges were.

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Below is “the boat with the bushes on it” according to the crowd above.

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Participants are given one day free mooring at the West Basin Marina.

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Looking downstream, here comes the rest of the parade.

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Not looking downstream.

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I think this was the winner in the sailboat class.

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In case you don’t know: That is Washington State in the background.

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The luckiest kid this weekend.

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Half an hour later the boats all headed back to their docks.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Astoria Garden Tour:

a benefit for the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

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I have always loved this little rose garden.


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in the garden, a dog that “loved to be held ALL the time”


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Allan’s photo

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bachelor buttons and hops


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glass art in the garden just for the day

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hops and lilies


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hops


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Melianthus major


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the ramp up to the upper floor of the pub


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Jessica serving Fort George beer tastings


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Allan’s photo

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a glimpse of the river


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hops and compost


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looking down from the ramp at Seaside Pam in the garden


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My camera could not handle the bright sunlight.

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looking down from the ramp


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hops towering overhead


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overlooking the melianthus

This had been the final garden.  We three were hungry and thought of having lunch at Fort George.  Because of a 45 minute wait (due to Astoria Regatta and a Fort George Block Party), we instead repaired to our favourite Blue Scorcher Bakery, in the lower corner of the same building.

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By the way, the name Blue Scorcher refers to a bicycle craze:

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more sidewalk history outside the café


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lunch at an outdoor table


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breakfast burrito (Allan’s photo)


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Pam’s salad and pizza (Allan’s photo)


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Astoria Regatta celebrants passing by (Allan’s photo)

We were entertained by beautiful dogs whose people were at the next table.

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Allan’s photo


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friendly (Allan’s photo)

After lunch, we said goodbye to Pam and had a look at the rest of the plantings at Fort George Brewery.

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Will West and the Friendly Strangers playing for the outdoor block party.

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white cyclamen and hardy begonia

As we left, I saw a stand of sunflowers at the back of a parking lot across the street.  I am sure these are also Jessica’s work.

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a garden right on the edge of a sunken lot


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held up by boards


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Allan’s photo

Near where we parked, Allan photographed some interesting Astoria architecture.

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With the garden done, the day still held a treat for Allan: The early evening Highwater Boat Parade on the river.  That will be a bonus post, tonight.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Astoria Garden Tour:

a benefit for the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

garden five: Lower Columbia Clinic

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I have noticed this garden before when its Crambe cordifolia was in bloom—a plant I have been unable to grow since leaving my Seattle garden because here, the slugs and snails always get it.  So I have Crambe envy.

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Allan’s photo

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Lower Columbia Clinic curbside garden

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a bit closer

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I used to have that lavish Buddleia in my old garden behind the boatyard.  I’m sure it is still there, growing by the sidewalk; I must go back this fall and get a cutting.

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Pretty sure it is the same one I got from Heronswood once upon a time.

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Here comes Pam!

There was much discussion, once Pam arrived, about the identity of this plant (below).  Osmanthus? We think Steve and John of the Bayside Garden have one.

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Below is the Crambe cordifolia which fills me with envy.

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Earlier, it would have been a cloud of white.

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And it is spreading.

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looking down the sidewalk

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roses

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rose hips

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bamboo supports keeping the sidewalk clear

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looking up from the parking lot

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Allan’s photo

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a sit spot by the clinic parking lot

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south side of parking lot

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by the front porch

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window box (and me)

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window box decorated with poppy seed pods stuck in

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pot decorated with elephant garlic, blue globe thistle and cardoon ( I think) stuck in

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The windrows, as Jessica calls them, of composting debris are held up by bamboo poles.

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composting

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from below (Allan’s photo)

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more Crambe cordifolia envy

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that buddleia again

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Allan’s photo

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curbside

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apples

I enjoyed taking a close look at this garden which I had admired in passing in years past.

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Astoria Garden Tour:

a benefit for the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

garden four: a garden recreated after the 2007 storm

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entering from the lower driveway

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Allan’s photo.  Garden owner John is above.

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Liatrus (Allan’s photo)

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common name Kansas Gayfeather (Allan’s photo)

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Stone steps lead up through the garden.

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a patio surrounded by garden

By now, we were touring at the same time as our friend Pam Fleming, the Seaside, Oregon city gardener (who had brought us some plants from Xera Plants in Portland, to my delight!).  We were stumped at the identity of the shrub in the photo below. We and the owner had some discussion with the garden’s owner and decided it is a Rhus (sumac).

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John, Pam and I

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It will have bright berries later.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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looking back at the stone path

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a bright salvia at the base of steps going to a higher level

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looking down at the brick patio

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the sunroom

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the patio and sunroom

I love that the garden owner had put out a selection of her favourite gardening books.

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I wish I had carefully photographed this entire article:

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Oh, but look! I found it online, and you can read it here.

(I usually remove garden owners’ surnames from tour posts; it’s ok if the names are in a newspaper article.)

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at the edge of the patio

Jan said her daisies looked perfect until our recent 95 degree day.

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golden foliage by the house

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the delectable sunroom

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Columbia River view from the front yard

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I spy Pam Fleming talking with garden owner John far below.

I saw some other guests, too, and pointed them out to Allan who was much closer to them.

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Allan’s photo

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The deer decided to go to the Astoria Column road. (Allan’s photo)

By now, I had made my way down to the lower level.

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a woodsier garden below

The Astoria regatta parade had finished, resulting in a steady stream of traffic up the hill.  I figured out an alternate route to get back to the flatland for the last two gardens.

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looking back at the tour house after successfully crossing the road

Next: a delightful small semi-public garden

 

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Saturday 12 August 2017

Because we are fortunate to know Jessica, the gardener for the excellent third garden on the Astoria garden tour, we were given permission to look at her garden project across the street.  The owners had said it could be on the tour were it not for the difficult accessibility of steep front stairs.  Jessica said it is an interesting challenge to mulch the front slope.

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Allan’s photo from across the street

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the curbside meadow

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looking across at the garden we just toured

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Allan’s photo

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You can get one of these signs for $25 from The Xerces Society.

I could not face coming back down the steep stairs which are the only access to the garden.  I asked Allan to go up and take photos to give me an armchair tour of the garden.

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Allan’s photos:

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More bonus photos of gardens nearby, all by Allan:

 

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Daliahs line a driveway nearby.

You may recall that the official tour garden we had just seen was called the “Bye bye deer” garden, having been fenced to keep them out.

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at the next intersection uphill

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The low stone wall was no barrier.

The parking strip garden that the deer passed by:

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a bench nearby:

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a bench nearby, with dandelions

Here are some words of wisdom about a dandelion garden’s benefit to pollinators.

Next: back to the official Astoria garden tour!

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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Astoria Garden Tour:

a benefit for the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

garden three: Bye Bye Deer

Note again that the garden description includes credit to the designers and caretakers. We admire and appreciate that so much.   I was especially excited to see this garden because one of its caretakers and plant designers is Jessica Schleif, who has been an inspiration to me ever since I saw her ad many years ago that read “Hand Tool Gardening”.

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The sidewalk garden beds

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the stairs up into the garden

Allan got a photo from across the street, from a garden which he was able to visit even though it was not one of the tour gardens.  (A bonus post, next!)

Up the stairs I went.

at the top of the stairs

to my right at the top of the stairs

I was drawn forward by the sight of a patio on the east side of the house.

informative material from The Xerces Society.

patio plantings

 

I backtracked to the front garden.

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Allan noticed the little ornamental pepper plant.

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I continued to explore the front garden.

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looking south: Jessica also works on the garden across the street.

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I walked past the east side patio to the back garden.

another look at patio containers

in the shade of the back garden

view to the north of the Columbia River

looking northwest

You can see the Astoria bridge.

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shady north wall bed with lilies yet to bloom

north side of house

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back garden, looking east

the serpentine path

west side of house

white agapanthus

returning to the front garden; there is Jessica her ownself.

southwest corner of the garden

the front garden again

We walked round the garden again with Jessica.

Below where Jessica is sitting in the following photo is the garden debris area, and a planted slope which I wish we had walked around the block to see.

Jessica in the northeast corner of the garden

the debris area (Allan’s photo)

the planted slope (Allan’s photo)

Years ago, when Jessica first told me about her gardening, I loved that that she informed new clients that she would not haul debris away.  I thought at the time that her reason was because hauling is difficult, time-consuming, and requires a truck or trailer.  Today I learned that one of the main reasons is that she wants to encourage people to compost on site.

One last look at the front garden before we go:

looking west

Tonight, a bonus post for avid garden tourers.  We got to look at the garden across the street, another project of Jessica’s, even though it was not on the tour.

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