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Monday we were still somewhat in garden tour mode as we were picking up and delivering some of the Edible Tour canned food to the non-vehicular abode of Lisa, tour organizer.  The tickets were purchased with either money or cans of food, all to benefit our local food banks.

First, we stopped at The English Nursery, one of the four ticket sales points.  Owner Dirk had a bag of canned food for us and en envelope of ticket money.

English Nursery in Seaview

English Nursery in Seaview

birdhouses for sale

birdhouses for sale

open

Dirk Sweringen

Dirk Sweringen

One of the specialities of the English Nursery is a great collection of hostas.

also perennials and ornamental grasses

also perennials and ornamental grasses

plants

plants

Dirk is also a photographer and is working on developing the building on the property into a gallery (and once upon a time he said a teahouse, an idea we quite like).

Dirk's photos

Dirk’s photos

When I told him how few people had attended the tour, Dirk proposed what I think it an absolutely brilliant idea.  Why not have the edible tour be on the Sunday after the Saturday Music in the Gardens tour?    It could be advertised as “Garden Tour Weekend at the Beach.”  Hotels could offer special deals, like “book our garden tour weekend package and get tour tickets” sort of thing.  The edible tour would have to start earlier than noon, eleven at least, because visitors would be touring before returning home to the cities.  I think the gardens would look better on the third weekend in July (although fewer ripe tomatoes).  What do you think?  I have since run this idea past both tour organizers and it is being…thought about.

Next we stopped at The Planter Box to drop off ours and the Karnofskis’ garden tour signs.  (The signage is very good for the edible tour, nice big wooden signs…so we can’t blame that for the lack of visitors!)  The owners of the Planter Box are very involved with the local grange which provides the signs.  We picked up more canned food bags.  Now that the tour was over, I did not have to buy any more soil for all my edible garden containers!

soil and amendments at The Planter Box

soil and amendments at The Planter Box

Teresa, Ray Millner’s daughter, was pleased to hear that his garden talk had been a big hit with tour goers.

We had to dump some debris left over from our last week’s jobs, so a stop at Peninsula Landscape Supply (where Mike makes his own mulch from yard debris)  was in order.  Look at the beautiful colour of the hemlock bark:

hemlock to the right

hemlock to the right

It is completely beyond me why I see, on garden tours, gardens mulched with red bark.  WHY?  WHY? when this natural, dark colour that looks good with our beachscapes is so readily available.  WHY?  (I am still pained by red bark that I saw on recent tour gardens, but I am too kind to rant about it on an entry about any particular garden because I don’t want to hurt the owners’ feelings.)  Our business motto is “Just say no to barkscapes” but what I really object to is RED barkscaping.

In order to pick up one more tour sign, we stopped at the Patten garden.  Andrea was home and showed us the oven where she does her Wholesome Hearth baking (available at a booth on Fridays from 4-7 PM in Long Beach at the Farmers Market).

Nancy Allen tells me this is a most amazing oven.

Nancy Allen tells me this is a most amazing oven.

view from the bakery, looking east to veg garden

view from the bakery, looking east to veg garden

dahlias in front of the bakery

dahlias in front of the bakery

Andrea told me that she had had about 27 tour guests (4 more than us!!) and that one group had arrived on motorcycles.  They did not come to our place which is a shame as Allan would have enjoyed that.  Because the Patten garden is in mid Peninsula, their guests were staggered all day long, so she did not have the long empty-of-new-guests stretch in the middle of the tour that we had!

Finally, we got to Lisa’s Homewood garden.  It had been a favourite of mine on the previous year’s edible tour and once again I was very taken with it.

With the lot facing south and lots of sun, she has a beautiful group of sunflowers in bloom.

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Homewood

Homewood:  the garden shed 

compost

The house was built by Lisa and her husband and catches lots of solar heat.

lots of sun for asparagus

Asparagus thrives in the sunny south garden.

homewood

We piled up the food cans (5 cans bought a ticket to the edible tour) in the garden for a photo; there were still some more to collect from the ticket sales at Jimella’s Café but it would be closed til Thursday.  I suppose there would be none from Adelaide’s, the ticket sales place that was, for whatever reason, CLOSED on the Sunday of the tour!!  (See previous entry for how that inconvenienced would-be tour goers.)  I have ideas about that now…There could have been another store on the same block, say…Bay Avenue Gallery…that might have been asked to take over the ticket sales at the north end on that day!….or some plan other than people driving all the way up there and finding no tickets were available in Ocean Park!  I am all exclamation-pointy about this because it still really bothers me that this happened and that the northernmost garden, Lavender And, lost out on some tour goers…and maybe we all did!)

After a long visit with Lisa in her living room (procrastinating because the day was hot) and with Patty from Lavender And who dropped by for awhile, we went to work at Golden Sands.  Just as I was reaching in the back of the car for my hand tools, my hand hit upon another plastic bag…of food cans!  Argh!   Back to Homewood we went…and took another set of photos of a much more impressive stack on cans.

cans

cans

The heat was still not inspiring us to go to work (I suppose it might have been as high as 79 degrees!) but we had to…so, back to Golden Sands.  The sprinkler problem (lack thereof) continued there, so some of our time was devoted again to hand watering rather than weeding.    This time, though, I was determined to get the place looking better so we had not scheduled much other work for the day and took some extra time…

Allan weeded this horsetail and boring daylilies section

Allan weeded this horsetail and boring daylilies section

I had time for some cutting back in the NE quadrant (outside my mum's old room)

I had time for some cutting back in the NE quadrant (outside my mum’s old room)

Her dahlias are looking fine.

Her dahlias are looking fine.

some grooming accomplished on the SW quadrant

some grooming accomplished on the SW quadrant

although there is still so very much to do.

although there is still so very much to do.

I could almost visualize the pitiful Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river in the center filling out if the sprinkler system gets fixed.  It was actually showing some blue.  At over two years old, these poor plants are a good example of stress from lack of water…Hand watering once a week is not enough.

hope

We closed out the workday with watering the Ilwaco planters and weeding and watering at the boatyard.

boatyard garden, looking north about midway along it

boatyard garden, looking north about midway along it

further north

further north

love the name of this boat

love the name of this boat

And then…home for a bit of a beautiful evening in our garden.

screened south window view

screened south window view

Below:  I had painstakingly picked every dried leaf from the stems of the Eupatorium (Joe Pye weed) below, in the gloaming on the night before our edible garden tour day.

front garden

front garden

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant' in front garden

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ in front garden

Dichroa febrifuga

Dichroa febrifuga

I could now declare that Garden Tour Season 2013 officially over (until the Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour on September 14th) and it was about time we started to seriously apply ourselves to make enough money to get through the winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 27. 2013

The Gardens by the Sea tour (in Geahart, Oregon) benefits Clatsop CASA.

Garden Four: Jack and Sharon Stutzman garden

from the program: “An inspirational border design surrounds the house in a treasure of garden rooms”

This garden caught my interest with its plantings outside the fence by where we parked. Because of the golf course to the west, I am oriented in my directions in this garden.

side garden, outside fence

north side garden, outside fence, looking west

interesting plants, including a handsome Euphorbia

interesting plants, including a handsome Euphorbia

as we walk along the side garden

as we walk along the side garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Looks to me like the great Cryptomeria 'Sekkan Sugi'

Looks to me like the great Cryptomeria ‘Sekkan Sugi’

Here we go around the corner to the front garden.

front garden

entrance

entrance

Acanthus in front garden

Acanthus in front garden

Allan's Acanthus photo (outside fence)

Allan’s Acanthus photo (outside fence)

(He asked why we did not have one, or if we have one, and I said we do. But ours is not as good looking as this one.)

entrance

I walk across the street to get the full view of the appealing front garden.

across

arbour entrance

arbour entrance

To the left, inside the arbour:

a very crisp edge

a very crisp edge

straight ahead: front porch

straight ahead: front porch

The owners must be more agile than me (not hard!) as the steps have no railings!

to the right: more crisp edging

to the right: more crisp edging (looking south)

a lawn closeup for Tom Hornbuckle

a lawn closeup for Tom Hornbuckle

a bird on the fence

a bird on the fence

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

birdhouse on the fence

birdhouse on the fence

Another tour guest pointed out this nest!

Another tour guest pointed out this nest!

birdhouse and birdnest

birdhouse and birdnest

Of course, I love these tools on the fence.

Of course, I love these tools on the fence.

Allan focused on this hydrangea flower.

Allan focused on this hydrangea flower.

The lawn and borders curve around the the side of the house.

outside curve of lawn

outside curve of lawn, SW corner of garden

inside garden curve

inside garden curve

and a look back along the front of the house...

and a look back along the front of the house…

And here we go around to the side garden:

framed by daisies

framed by daisies

to our right, a smokebush

to our right, a smokebush

and ahead, a gate into a garden room

and ahead, a gate into a garden room

through the gate on the left, a garden along the porch

on the left, a garden along the porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another garden detail admired

another garden detail admired

along the fence, hydrangeas

along the south fence, hydrangeas

Allan commented later that blue mophead hydrangeas do seem to be a theme in Gearhart gardens.

The south side porch was full of interesting things to look at; I see even more when I look at the photos of it.

an enticing place to be

an enticing place to be

porch

porch

Two armillaries topped the pillars marking the entrance to the next garden room.

room

into the second garden room

into the second garden room

Jack loves Sharon...sweet!

Jack loves Sharon…sweet!

planter

planter

Allan also took a lawn photo for our friend and lawn connoisseur Tom Hornbuckle!

a quite exceptional lawn, I thought....

a quite exceptional lawn, I thought….

back corner

right back corner

heart

left back corner

left back corner

Rugosa roses and lilies

Rugosa roses and lilies

I always wonder when seeing Rugosa roses in a garden if people struggle with their running ways like we do.

Allan's closeup of the pale yellow lilies

Allan’s closeup of the very tall pale yellow lilies

The back of the house provided much to look at. Let’s have a good look at everything!

house

house

sit spots

sit spots

driftwood

driftwood

side view of porch

side view of porch over the picnic table

porch

Allan liked the neat stack of firewoord.

Allan liked the neat stack of firewood.

I bet croquet (see above, right) works well on such a nice smooth lawn!

I liked this clever way to display a float.

I liked this clever way to display a float.

birdhouse

birdhouse

bench

bench

a wrap around porch

a wrap around porch

I got as close to the fascinating porch as I could!

getting nosy about the porch

getting nosy about the porch

a gleaming floor

Just look at that gleaming clean floor.

on the porch

on the porch

a sheltered table

a sheltered table

looking up at the rear wing of the house

looking up at the rear wing of the house

another angle on the back garden

another angle on the back garden

a balcony behind the dolphin?

a balcony behind the dolphin?

details

details

in the nook between the two wings of the house

in the nook between the two wings of the house

One of the tour guests reminisced about actually using a wringer washer like this, before they were electrified. My grandma used an electric one well into the 1970s, and I remember her swinging its arm over from the wash water to the rinsing sink.

The very back of the garden appeared to be a dog yard, with no access to walk around the rest of the house.

the end

the end

So we turned to go back the way we came, relishing the different perspective on the garden rooms.

garden by porch

garden by porch

the heart theme continues

detail: the heart theme continues

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back through the rooms

back through the rooms

closer

The beautiful pots of grass show best from the inside.

The beautiful pots of grass show best from the inside, looking west.

I notice now that they have a drip watering system for these plants.

We walk again by the front porch to explore the garden on the other side of the house.

front steps with planter

front steps with planter

looking west across Cottage Street to the golf course

looking west across Cottage Street to the golf course

front garden corner

NW corner

Turning, we look east down the north side of the house.

Turning, we look east down the north side of the house.

fence with nasturtiums

fence with nasturtiums

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden on north wall of house

garden on north wall of house

We look back, west along the north lawn....another gorgeous expanse of green grass.

We look back, west along the north lawn….another gorgeous expanse of green grass.

back porch

back porch
birdhouse by porch rail

birdhouse by porch rail

I remember now that when I arrived, I saw the owners leaving in their car, having just put their cute dog into the back. This must be the main entrance, explaining the lack of railings on the front porch. Once again, I am mystified at how owners of such an incredible garden choose to not hang around to enjoy people admiring it. We would have been lavish with praise and awe over things like the detail of making a nice box around the electricity meter.

disguise

disguise

I would have asked if the nest along the front fence was in its natural setting or had it been found and placed there. And so many other questions. (When my own garden is open, I spend a lot of time answering questions about what soil we use, what plant is that, and so on, and I enjoy every minute.)

back porch window

back porch window

Leaving through the east gate, we admire the pile of ingredients behind the house.

yummy ingredients!

yummy ingredients!

I admire the way that the work area has been tidied up….with attention to every detail.

This garden is tied with garden two (the Vernon garden) as my favourite of the tour.

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