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August 7, 2013

After visiting Pink Poppy Farm and Marilyns garden, we continued south to Dee Bristol’s garden in Butterfly Shores.

Bristol

Bristol

west side garden, created by local gardener Diana Canto

west side garden, created by local gardener Diana Canto

driftwood and Buddleia

driftwood and Buddleia

bristol

garden

gardener Diana Canto talks to guests

gardener Diana Canto talks to guests

Artemisia, Lavender, grasses

Artemisia, Lavender, grasses

hose

looking west

looking west

bubbler

a jet from behind enhances the bubbler

a jet from behind enhances the bubbler

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

I marveled at the gorgeousness of the Perovskia.  Diana said this is the best it has ever done.

Diana's dog Lucy adds a sense of scale.

Diana’s dog Lucy adds a sense of scale.

NW corner of house

NW corner of house

north side of house

north side of house

Going into the back yard at the southwest corner of the house, we pass this massive driftwood.

It's enormous.

It’s enormous.

Owner Dee says they call it their sea serpent.

serpent or sea monster indeed

serpent or sea monster indeed

In the back yard, the two little dogs came to greet us.

dogs

dogs

dogs

Dee (in yellow sweater) by the back yard veg boxes.

Dee (in yellow sweater) by the back yard veg boxes.

Next, we continued south and made a rest stop at Andersen’s RV Park where the poppy garden was much admired….then on down tiny little N Alley to Laura and Don Deemer’s garden.

garden club at Deemer house

garden club at Laura and Don’s  house

club

As I knew they would, the ladies took a strong interest in Laura’s decorative garden art.

birdhouse post

birdhouse post

post with shells

post with shells

And they were impressed with how Don and Laura had done everything themselves over the course of twenty years, from the pond to Don’s metal art.

pond

pond

enjoying the garden

enjoying the garden

Don's rebar pig

Don’s rebar pig

In what used to be a vegetable garden, before they planted trees and shrubs for shade and privacy, is a bench where Laura loves to read.

a bench in the cool shade

a bench in the cool shade

on the porch

on the porch

on the porch

on the porch

I noticed details I had not seen on my previous visits.

a snail in the shade garden

a snail in the shade garden

Laura's heart

Laura’s heart

garden shed in north side garden

garden shed in north side garden, a new display since the garden tour.  I like it!

north side garden, weeping tree

north side garden, weeping tree and dry creek

Next:  Jo’s, Gene’s, and my garden are visited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 20, 2013

from the program:  This large meadow garden on the dunes of a Butterfly Shores estate showcases the many plants that thrive in full exposure to salt, wind and winter storms.  As you wander through the meadow, notice the garden art, collected driftwood planters and sculpture, pond and fountain.  The tall fence around the back gardens protects artful bird feeders from bears, raised-bed vegetables from deer and encloses a sheltered patio.  This remarkable garden design was planted and maintained  by local gardener Diana Canto.

A few years ago, the owner of this property asked me if we would create a garden for her.  We were simply too busy, so I referred her to local gardener Diana Canto, whose own garden I had admired.  Here is the wonderful landscape that Diana has created in front (west) of the house.

side

Bristol garden

Bristol garden

There is only one house and dune grass between this garden and the beach.

looking from the garden to the west on a pre-tour visit.

looking from the garden to the west on a pre-tour visit.

house

garden

Everything in this garden is exposed to salt wind, storms, and I am sure to deer.

beachy

beachy

daisies and ornamental grasses

daisies and ornamental grasses

detail, taken on a rainy pre-tour day in late June

detail, taken on a rainy pre-tour day in late June

also on pre-tour day

also on pre-tour day

in late June

in late June

on that rainy pre-tour day

on that rainy pre-tour day

 

in the west (front Garden), Deb sets up for a photo

in the west (front Garden), Deb sets up for a photo

It was such enormous fun touring with Debbie and Sheila.  Kathleen was touring from north to south so we did not connect with her till the end.

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

This is one of the prettiest Perovskias I have ever seen.

This is one of the prettiest Perovskias I have ever seen.

grasses

looking west

looking west

The house across the road is attractive indeed and is said to be built to be tsunami safe.

daisies

daisies, Allan’s photo

another daisy photo by Allan

another daisy photo by Allan

beds around the house

beds around the house

garden confab by the porch.  Left: Diana Canto, who designed the garden, and in the center, Phil, spouse of tour organizer Nancy.

garden confab by the porch. Left: Diana Canto, who designed the garden, and in the center, Phil, spouse of tour organizer Nancy and a stanch supporter of the garden tour.

a serious discussion

a serious discussion

plants by the foundation and porch steps

plants by the foundation and porch steps

lovely built in porch planters, taken late June

lovely built in porch planters, taken late June

on tour day

on tour day

garden next to porch

garden next to porch

from the porch looking west

from the porch looking west

To the north side of the front garden, a path leads into the fenced back garden.

to the back

to the back

garden near the arch path

garden near the arch path

Inside the back yard, a raised bed grows edibles.

veg

veg

back garden, taken in late June

back garden, taken in late June

on tour day

on tour day

Kathleen Shaw's photo of the north side of the back garden

Kathleen Shaw’s photo of the north side of the back garden

Our friend Kathleen Sayce's view of the back garden

Our friend Kathleen Sayce’s view of the back garden

On the porch, I greeted singer Randy Brown, the musician for this garden, who last year was the musician for our garden on the tour.  I was hoping we would be at the Bristol garden during one of his sets.

Randy Brown

Randy Brown

We reminisced for a little while; he said, “Your garden was industrial strength colour therapy!  Vietnam vets with PTSD should go there to heal.”  He would have loved Jo’s garden!

Allan's photo of Randy

Allan’s photo of Randy

Randy and his drummer.  He excels at making up songs about the moment.

Randy and his drummer. He excels at making up songs about the moment.

from the porch, looking west

from the porch, looking west

The garden tour confab had gotten bigger.  I joined it just before we left, and then Sheila and Debbie and Allan were waiting for me, after I had tried to keep them on schedule up til then!

on the back patio, a sheltered spot from wind

on the back patio, a sheltered spot from wind

The patio is on the east side of the house.

The patio is on the east side of the house.

delicious refreshments

delicious refreshments

yummy

yummy

fire circle

fire circle

patio

patio

Sheila taking a photo

Sheila taking a photo, Deb probably thinking about taking a photo

I am sure I would have snagged some Sheila photos for this blog, but she is having computer problems and has not been able to process hers yet.  Debbie’s photos will likely appear on her own Rainyside website.  In fact, it is on the Rainyside and other gardens forums that Sheila and I originally “met” even thought at the time, we both lived on the Long Beach Peninsula.

I should add that this house and property is for sale as of July 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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