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Saturday, 10 September 2016

cottage

A benefit for the Cannon Beach History Center

cottage 9: Brallier Cottage

I knew this cottage was not the one with the square tower because it was two blocks inland.

from the programme:  County records indicate that Frank Brallier [for whom a street is named] purchased the lot in 1916, and the colonial Dutch style cottage was then built in 1926 by Mr. Mattson who also built the Wave Crest Hotel just next door.  Rumor has it, the front room of the cottage was a store and post office.  Few modifications have been made to this beach cottage over the years, and the current homeowner, who purchased the house in 1991, has endeavored to maintain the cottage’s original integrity.

The cottage is just below the Wave Crest Inn.

The cottage is just below the Wave Crest Inn.

The Wave Crest Inn was on a previous tour.  I liked it so much it makes me happy just to see it.

the glorious Wave Crest Inn

the glorious Wave Crest Inn

the donning of booties to go into the cottage

the donning of booties to go into the cottage

living room

living room

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a cozy set up in the livingroom

a cozy set up in the livingroom

by the heat stove

by the heat stove

I love a claw foot tub, and especially a green one.

I love a claw foot tub, and especially a green one.

clawfoot luxury

claw foot luxury

old fashioned corner sink

old fashioned corner sink

main bedroom with classic beadboard walls

main bedroom with classic beadboard walls

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kitchen wainscoting and wallpaper

kitchen wainscoting and wallpaper

I love the cutlery rack.

I love the cutlery rack.

perfectly vintage kitchen

perfectly vintage kitchen

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: Notice all the beadboard

Allan’s photo: Notice all the beadboard, a classic beach cottage material.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view out the back: a row of tiny cottages

view out the back: a row of tiny cottages

Allan went upstairs on his usual mission to show me around later, through photos.  I might have made it, but yesterday evening at the Slow Drag I’d had a fellow bump hard into me, trompling one foot and bending my bad knee backward, so walking between the cottages was about all I was up to today—no stairs.

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an open railing

an open railing

sweet

sweet

I love rooms with sloping attic roofs, because from age 10-18 my bedroom and sitting room were in an attic.

This would give me wonderful sleep.

This would give me wonderful sleep.

dreamy nook of sleepiness

dreamy nook of sleepiness

love the pointed doorway

love the pointed doorway

all angles

all angles

How well I remember low ceilinged sit spots from my own attic room.

How well I remember low-ceilinged sit spots from my own attic room.

going back down

going back down

When Allan returned to the main floor, I was already outside.  He noticed a complete set of Foyle’s War on the shelf and struck up a conversation with the owner.

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The cottage owner explained to Allan the historical photos on the wall.

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His mother is to the left of the 3 women posing in borrowed WW1 uniforms.

His mother is to the left of the 3 women posing in borrowed WW1 uniforms.

old Tolovana Park

old Tolovana Park

Allan’s conversation continued with a tour guest whose mother had been in World War II in England.  Allan came outside to get me to write down the titles of the two excellent shows we just saw about that time:  The 1940s House and Home Fires.

#10: Tolovana Hall Gardens

from the programme:  This beautiful garden shows Cannon Beach at its best with a beautiful array of hydrangeas, fuchsias, fern shrubs, and even a sundial.  The garden is lovingly maintained by the Cannon Beach Garden Club.  The Garden Club started in 1926 and will be celebrating their 90th year.

When we approached Tolovana Hall, on the east side of the main road through town, I recognized it as the place where I had attended a garden club lecture by Lucy Hardiman last autumn.

Tolovana Hall

Tolovana Hall

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Tolovana Hall

Tolovana Hall

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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plaque: Tolovana Club 1951

plaque: Tolovana Club 1951

from the west side deck

from the west side deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

inside: tea and cookies

inside: tea and cookies

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

one of several bouquets by the garden club

one of several bouquets by the garden club

more garden club bouquets

more garden club bouquets

Allan noticed this map on the wall, with one of my favourite places featured.  I did not notice it at all.

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interlude

We would now return to cottage #6, the one we had skipped because it had been too crowded.  I was still anticipating finding the cottage with the square tower, rumoured to be on this year’s tour.  We hadn’t found it in the south end cottages, so I must have been mistaken about its location.  It would either be among the four cottages to the north of the Tolovana Wayside…or it wasn’t on the tour after all.

From Cottage Tour 2011: This is the tower I was looking for.

From Cottage Tour 2011: This is the tower I was looking for.

We walked two blocks west down a slightly sloping road toward Pacific, the road with beach front houses. I noticed a cute set of four cottages that had been for sale last time I was here, in 2011.

row of cottages today

row of cottages today

and for sale back in 2010

and for sale back in 2010

And then….what did I see…as we came down the slope toward cottage #6…

THE SQUARE TOWER!!!

THE SQUARE TOWER!!!

I realized that cottage 6 WAS the cottage with the tower.  I just had not been able to see it from the street right in front of the cottage, and I had not looked behind me as we had walked on to the next one.  I went down the side block just to see the tower as I had in 2010.

looking north over the modern house next door

looking north over the modern house next door

Next: Perhaps the dreamiest cottage on the west coast…

 

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doubling up because I so want to get this blog closer to publishing in real time…

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Port of Ilwaco

We started our work day with a tiny task at the port: planting some Watsonia bulbs at Time Enough Books.

In the curbside garden, the Ceanothus is blooming again.

In the curbside garden, the Ceanothus is blooming again.

I think that is rather unusual.

I think that is rather unusual.

cosmos still blooming in the garden boat

cosmos still blooming in the garden boat

blue calm water when we went to dump our debris

blue calm water when we went to dump our debris

I saved some red twig dogwood stems from the debris generated by pruning one at Shorebank. They make good winter decorations.

I saved some red twig dogwood stems from the debris generated by pruning one at Shorebank. They make good winter decorations.

The Planter Box

Our next stop was the acquisiton of some Gardner and Bloome Soil Conditioner (formerly known as Soil Building Compost) at The Planter Box.

Allan rassling a heavy bale.

Allan rassling a heavy bale.

lots of pumpkins for sale

lots of pumpkins for sale

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Teresa gave me the prettiest tea pot for an empty shelf on my porch that she had noticed the other day.  I will be sure to get a photo of it later.

Later: And here it is, through the window of our sun porch, right where Teresa suggested I put it.

Later: And here it is, on a top shelf seen through the window of our sun porch, right where Teresa suggested I put it.

Allan's photo: I got a couple of flowering kale at the request of a client.

Allan’s photo: I got a couple of flowering kale at the request of a client.

late blooming roses

late blooming roses

Allan liked the way these pots were stacked and sorted.

Allan liked the way these pots were stacked and sorted.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Now we began a Project Day.  I wanted to get the fall projects done and off the list before Bulb Hell, I mean…Bulb Time.  At Golden Sands, the project, which Allan tackled, was to dig out some old and non blooming Siberian iris.

I noticed the shovel had some heavy clay on it; that was from the Ilwaco Community Building garden where he had worked yesterday evening.

sticky heavy clay

sticky heavy clay

Allan's project, before and after=hard work!

Allan’s project, before and after=hard work!

I planted some hellebores and cyclamen donated by Our Kathleen and then pruned a Ceanothus that was so big it blocked the views of the garden from two rooms.

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This photo from last June shows its size.

today's "after" photo

today’s “after” photo

Like many of the shrubs in the courtyard next to the windows, it is just too big (not planted by us!).  Large rhododendrons and euonymous were planted in front of most of the windows and have to be frequently pruned.  That ceanothus should break out some new lower growth that will enable me to give it a better shape.

Allan had some clean up to do in the hallway after hauling out the branches.

Allan had some clean up to do in the hallway after hauling out the branches.

some nice schizostylis in one of the beds

some nice schizostylis in one of the beds

Marilyn’s Garden

Again, Allan embarked on the project while I did a bunch of cutting back.

Some serious trimming happened here.

Some serious trimming happened here.

We leave a lot of the old plants standing in the winter for the happiness of wildlife.  We recently learned that tiny bees will overwinter in hollow stemmed plants, so it is even more beneficial than we knew to leave plants standing.  I do like to make it clear along the path, though.

Allan’s project was another hard slog: removing a patch of pesky orange monbretia that had volunteered by the back steps.

before and after

before and after

Allan's photo: Removing some carex also. Hard work.

Allan’s photo: Removing some carex also. Hard work.

Allan's photo: Scooter observed.

Allan’s photo: Scooter observed our work.

Each project was topped off with one of those bags of Gardner and Bloome.

ready for bulbs and some good flowers for a dining room table view

ready for bulbs and some good flowers for a dining room table view

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At home, we offloaded some of the tall clipped plants I was saving for our Halloween Corridor of Spooky Plants.

I was ever so pleased to have only one big fall project left.

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I love erasing projects from the work board…

but immediately filled the space with the list for BULB TIME (when the bulbs get here...)

but immediately filled the space with the list for BULB TIME (when the bulbs get here…)

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

I skived off work today to swan off with Garden Tour Nancy in order to hear Lucy Hardiman speak at the Cannon Beach Garden Club.  And took the opportunity to go boating, which will be tomorrow’s post.

Before we left town, Nancy and I got delicious chicken salad sandwiches to go from Roots Juice, Salad and Java Bar in Ilwaco.

photo from summertime because my camera did not click after all

photo from summertime because my camera did not click after all

Then we were off on the trip to Cannon Beach.

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The garden club meets here.

The garden club meets here.

The Cannon Beach Garden Club clubhouse

The Cannon Beach Garden Club clubhouse

the front yard: The club is slowly redoing the garden.

the front yard: The club is slowly redoing the garden.

Garden Tour Nancy about to go in, with her Dick and Jane lunch bag from NIVA green. ;-)

Garden Tour Nancy about to go in, with her Dick and Jane lunch bag from NIVA green. 😉

inside: bouquets with pin oak foliage

inside: bouquets with pin oak foliage

center: Lucy herself, one of my favourite speakers ever

center: Lucy herself, one of my favourite speakers ever

We all dined on the lunches we had brought; the club provided luscious chocolate cake for dessert.

The Cannon Beach Garden Club

The Cannon Beach Garden Club

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I simply had to get a luncheon photo of Lucy sitting with June Kroft, who has one of my favourite gardens ever.  I visited it years ago when I took a workshop in Cannon Beach from Lucy and another garden idol of mine, Anne Lovejoy.  And it was on the cottage tour in 2014.  I learned today that Lucy went to school with June’s children and so they have known each other for many years.

Lucy and June

Lucy and June

June said to Nancy that she could come see her garden and I later said to Nancy that she must make that happen and invite me!

during the lecture

during the lecture

My lecture notes on Lucy Hardiman’s Beyond Plants: Furnishing the Garden

Lucy said “I would do anything June Kroft asked.” thus she had come to give this lecture.   Because she so admired “the woman and artist that June is.” 

Furnishing and art in the garden

Gateway tells gardener’s personality and the way they see the world. 

Dismal entries are never an invitation 

Looking through a portal into the rest of the garden

Lucy’s thing: Art in the public domain on private property

Pulling the eye in 

From the street a sense of what we’ll see 

Invite people into different spaces the same way you would invite them in from the street

Multiplication by division.  Small garden made bigger by dividing. 

Poetry box by the door

Yellow stopping the eye 

Less lawn equals less watering. Seven percent cultivated space is lawn in USA

Water. Not too big. Little ruffle sound of small water feature. 

Gardens should be about surprises. 

It was a glorious hour or two.  My gardening energy, which had been waning, was revived by inspiration.

On the way home, we stopped at Seven Dees just south of Seaside.

Dennis Seven Dees

Dennis Seven Dees: “Vampire Free Zone—We Have Garlic”

in the display house

in the display house

For Mr. Tootlepedal

For Mr. Tootlepedal

I almost bought this fountain.  I loved it and yet I wondered if the clack clack clack of the beak would work my nerves eventually.  (My first attempt at inserting a video.  I hope it works!)  I’m still thinking about it.

home again

After Lucy’s lecture, I feel pretty good about the entryway to my garden.  However, I have now decided that YES, I should paint the top board of the wooden fence green.  The weather is too autumnal now, so…next year.

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spider web on front gate

spider web on front gate

The east front gate also makes me happy. Idea by Pam Fleming, executed by Allan. Can you see Mary?

The east front gate also makes me happy. Idea by Pam Fleming, executed by Allan. Can you see Mary?

Here she is.

Here she is.

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Spider webs are all over the garden and the arbours.

Spider webs are all over the garden and the arbours.

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Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' was available down at Seven Dees; here it is in Allan's garden.

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’ was available down at Seven Dees; here it is in Allan’s garden.

Melianthus major 'Antenow's Blue'

Melianthus major ‘Antenow’s Blue’

fuzzy wuzzy verbascum

fuzzy wuzzy verbascum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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