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Saturday, 25 August 2018

I had been tipped off about a Hardy Plant Society open garden down in Manzanita, and when Seaside and Cannon Beach gardeners Pam and Prissy decided to go with us to see it, the one garden visit blossomed into a day of garden touring with friends.  As always with good garden tours, I have divided the day into several posts.

our day trip

Seaside, Oregon

We got up quite early, for us, and managed to get to Seaside by 10 AM to beat the Hood to Coast relay race traffic.  We did such a good job of being ahead of the race that we had some extra time, and so we drove along Broadway, admiring Pam’s downtown public garden beds.  This time there definitely was nowhere to park and admire them on foot.

The fire department had stationed themselves at intersections, asking for donations.  We gladly complied.  Like the firefighters on the Long Beach Peninsula, these brave souls are volunteers.

“Fill the boot!”

Pam’s glorious gardens

As always, I envied the size of Pam’s garden beds and her freedom to choose an assortment of small street trees.  (She told me that gingkos have been performing well as street trees here.) I also desperately envy that each bed has a good automatic sprinkler system.

The double bench with arbors beds are my favourite.  (Excuse the from-the-van-on-the-move photos, some through the windshield.)

Through the windshield = impressionistic.

the turnaround

The beach had all sorts of tents set up for the relay race event.

You can just see, to the left, part of a big inflatable castle thing that seemed to be the finish line.

the turnaround garden, total exposure to coastal wind

Oops, traffic speeded up a bit.

A few days later, the Visit Seaside Oregon page posted a video tour of Pam’s gardens, hosted by Pam herself.  It is well worth going along on this tour by watching it here.  We then drove to Pam’s house nearby.

by Pam’s stairway

driveway display

detail

We spent a short while indoors at Pam’s waiting till time to go meet Prissy.  I was moved by the lyrics laid out on the table, a song that Pam’s musician spouse Dave would be performing at a show this evening.

You can read the complete lyrics here. If you desire more poignancy, read the lyrics of the next song, An Old Box of Memories, too.

The Waves, Cannon Beach

With Pam driving a four seater car, we went south to The Waves to meet Prissy, who is the gardener there (and other places) and who was finishing up her morning watering of many containers.  It was a treat for Allan to be able to enjoy the views without driving.

an ocean front bed

hebe and rosemary

a pretty pink something

The Waves oceanfront promenade

a dog walker (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Pam said she would train the little dogs to “mush”.

Pam and I touring while Prissy finishes work. (Help was offered and declined.)

tricolor hebe, maybe reverting to green

Prissy’s pots on a glassed in deck

Allan’s photo: the only place for variegated ground elder: in a pot on concrete (lower right)

The resort is an interesting maze of outdoor corridors between buildings.

idyllic view

hydrangeas against cedar shakes

agapanthus

salpiglossis; both Pam and I realized we have been forgetting to use this.

Allan’s photo

These very cool whorls of flowers are on pennyroyal.

Berkheya purpurea “Zulu Warrior”

agastaches, which of course I adore

Bupleurum, Allan’s photo

Bupleurum and lavender, Allan’s photo

mimulus in a container

a pelargonium

and another pelargonium

Prissy had arranged for us to see two other gardens in Cannon Beach before going to Manzanita.  She finished watering, loaded her gear into her truck and then joined us in Pam’s car, and we were off to see Beth Holland’s garden.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Cannon Beach Cottage and Garden Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

For the second year, the wording of the cottage tour description included “dream homes”.

I gleaned that there were a couple of reasons for this.  In recent years, some larger homes have been featured.  It had become more difficult to find historic small cottages, as many have been remodeled and enlarged.  (I find that heart rending but I am probably in the minority. I’m an avid watcher of tiny house shows on HGTV and I appreciate the small and humble.)  I admire the tour organizers for changing the description to reflect the new reality of the tour, and I appreciate their efforts in finding as many small cottages as possible.

So far today, we been touring in the low lying neighbourhood north of the Ecola Creek estuary.

satellite view

We were about to go uphill to the ocean view ridge.  A docent at the last cottage we had viewed noticed my decrepitude and suggested we drive to the last two homes because of a steep hill.  While I have never in the past, no matter how hobbled, resorted to driving on this tour, I am glad we took his advice.

Our route took us up this hill.  Walking tour-goers took the stairs.

I saw I had a raindrop on my lens!

Then we went down a steep, gravelly street to the lowland again.

Mindy’s Cottage

You can read Mindy’s blog here.

Allan’s photo

I somehow missed noticing the garden to the north, and did not peer over the fence.

Oh, but look! Allan noticed and got a photo!

inside: Classic white, blue, and yellow beachy decor (Allan’s photo)

I met Mindy’s delightful cat.

sweet tucked in feet

a lovely sit spot

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo. I missed seeing kitty emerge onto the porch.

Allan’s photo

I wish I had gone out there and looked back.

Allan’s photo

Driving around the block took us to the wealthiest homes on the ridge.

ocean view home

beside the driveway

The east side has a cottage look.

From steps down to the dune path, north side, you can see why the house is bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside.

 

Allan’s photo

 

artful gate

The gate pivots vertically though the outer edges taper outwards. Allan admired that the offset upper hinge is the solution.

Allan’s photo

 

looking out the west window; Chapman Point and Bird Rocks to the right

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

A fireplace door handle (Allan’s photo)

Allan went to the lower level:

surfboards

on a closed door

green on green

west side patio

postscript

We walked half a block to a view point.

house next door for sale, by Sotheby’s, of course.

I sometimes wish we had put a circular drive in our front garden, so that we would not have to unhook the work trailer at night.

I peeked in.

houses continue up the hill to the north (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo nearby

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Allan’s photo of another house nearby

public beach path half a block north

Although there be many mansions, the beaches in Oregon are public.  You can read the history, here.

Chapman Beach

We drove back through the flatlands.

a house that I would like to live in and surround with a garden

We wanted to look at Pam Fleming’s downtown Seaside gardens.  Unfortunately for us, the street was blocked off for a car show and we were out of energy to find a parking spot nearby.

a brief drive through Seaside

Pam’s diligent watering of the Seaside hanging baskets has paid off beautifully.  She stands and counts (to one minute, I think) as she waters each one daily.

The Astoria-Megler bridge seemed to disappear before reaching Washington State.

Thus ends one of the most anticipated events of our summer, and with it comes the end of tourist season.  I am already looking forward to next year’s cottage tour.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Cannon Beach Cottage and Garden Tour

a benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum

1972 Cottage

from the program:  This house was built in 1972.  There have been a few changes to the house, including remodeling the kitchen, bathroom, new floors, windows, the deck and the skylight.  And interesting feature is that the deck is built around the tree.  The homeowner’s kids have enjoyed walking to the beach and playing in the sand; the pictures in the home tell many stories.  The owner was the vice principal and principal of Seaside School for many years.

Allan’s photo

over the inside of the front door

high school theatre productions by the cottage owner

bunk bed book nook

interlude

The house just to the south of our next destination had a beachy garden.

the house next door

We overheard one of the docents say that this part of north Cannon Beach was hit hard in the 1964 tsunami.  You can read more about that here.  We could see that the estuary was just a couple of blocks to the south.  It was disconcerting to imagine a tsunami flowing up the street. Allan found a map that shows, in orange, the low lying area where these cottages sit.

1924 Cottage

darling dining nook with view of that beachy next door garden

reminds me of our friends Don and Jenna

kitchen tiles

on a bedroom dresser

bedside reading

I have read this book.

Must read this one.

I was smitten with this cottage and its books.  Of all the cottages today, it was my favourite.

And it has a clawfoot tub (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

back garden

outdoor shower (Allan’s photo)

by the door to the garage loft

Allan went up to the garage loft, not me.

nautical things table in the loft

west garden

Allan’s photo

We walked half a block north to look for the farmhouse and barn.

We think this is the farmhouse.

And this has to be the remodeled barn.

interlude

across the street

I would like this. It is probably only $300K or so.

Next: the last two homes of the tour.

 

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Cannon Beach Cottage Tour Sept 2012

The walk between the first and second cottage provides many beautiful sights in just a few short blocks in the Presidential Blocks neighbourhood (each street having a US president’s name). On the street just one block east of the beach, we pass three Japanese style entryways; the other side of these homes would have a beach view.

arbour topped with a creature

arbour topped with a creature

another arbour entry

three on the same block

three on the same block

On the other side of the quiet street stands one of my favourite cottages, The Bears.  It was on the tour a few years ago.

The Bear Cottage

The Bears Cottage

The tower building had only its downstairs open that day: a laundry room.

The Bears Cottage and tower

The Bears Cottage and tower

We pass a Fuchsia magellanica looking good against cedar shakes...

We pass a Fuchsia magellanica looking good against cedar shakes…

And turn the corner onto the road at the crest of the dunes.

turning the corner onto the road at the crest of the dunes.

windsweot beach road corner

windswept beach road corner

right on the beach front, an amazingly lush garden

right on the beach front, an amazingly healthy garden. You can just see Haystack Rock.

With the sandy dunes just beyond this garden, I am surprised at its lushness.

With the sandy dunes just beyond this garden, I am surprised at its lushness.

Dare I say (since we were on a cottage AND garden tour) that this was the best garden we saw all day?

Dare I say (since we were on a cottage AND garden tour) that this was the best garden we saw all day?

We linger and peer over the fence.

We linger and peer over the fence.

In front of the garden, a bench by the sandy road.

In front of the garden, a bench by the sandy road.

still ogling the beachfront garden

still ogling the beachfront garden

It spills into its next door neighbour's lot...

It spills into its next door neighbour’s lot…

the view south toward Haystack Rock

the view south toward Haystack Rock

On we go with a backward look at the magic garden corner.

On we go with a backward look at the magic garden corner.

On the next owner is a hardscape I have long admired...swirly rock entry patio, boulders, and beachy grass.

On the next owner is a hardscape I have long admired…swirly rock entry patio, boulders, and beachy grass.

a swirl of rock and grass

a swirl of rock and grass

close up

close up

south side of the same house, showing stone foundation

Turning left: south side of the same house, showing stone foundation

and its closeup

and its closeup

A bit further down the east-west street, we admire this swoop of rock on the front of a house.

A bit further down the east-west street, we admire this swoop of rock on the front of a house.

And…we are almost to the second tour cottage.

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