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29 July 2012, a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

from outside

from outside

After a pleasant walk we arrived at Lisa Cerveny and David Russell’sgarden.  You may have noticed that almost every house in Gearhart is clad in cedar shakes; it is the law, we think.  From the programme:  “An abundance of dahlias and an extensive rhododendron collection feel so at home in this well designed gardener’s garden.”

lilies inside the front gate

lilies inside the front gate

to the left of front gate

to the left of front gate

front porch, with me (oops)

front porch, with me (oops)

good dahlia cages

good dahlia cages

front garden

front garden

front garden

front garden

Walking to the right from the front gate, we reached a big porch between house and garage.

Walking to the right from the front gate, we reached a big porch between house and garage.

Beside the stair rail twined vigorous sweet peas.

Beside the stair rail twined vigorous sweet peas.

From street to garage, the driveway had one of those center plantings that I like so very much.  I still wonder if I could try this at home or if our little driveway is too narrow.  But since in winter I use the driveway for a mulch pile dumping area, I guess I cannot have this:

driveway planting

driveway planting

To get to the back yard, most people went up and over the deck, but we went to the far side of the garage.

between deck and garage

between deck and garage

utility path by garage

utility path by garage

into the light

into the light

A squeeze effect is always good, and the utility path led us from the shade out into the light.

To our right, a big dahlia garden, and head, lawn, hedges, rock walls.

To our right, a big dahlia garden, and head, lawn, hedges, rock walls.

pink dahlias

pink dahlias

dahlia patch

dahlia patch

dahlias

dahlias

Most of the tour guests came down the stairs from the side porch past this glorious clematis.

clematis

clematis

back garden entry point

back garden entry point

clematis and hydrangea

clematis and hydrangea

dahlia patch from back porch

dahlia patch from back porch

Partway across the expansive lawn with dahlia garden at one end.

Partway across the expansive lawn with dahlia garden.

another overview

another overview

Allan got up close with the lawn to photograph the beautiful lush grass for our friend Tom Hornbuckle…he who mows his own perfect lawn every third day.  He wondered, upon seeing the photos, what kind of grass it was.  This would be a big one to mow that often!

a lawn view for Tom

a lawn view for Tom

another lawn view

another lawn view

rock wall enclosing the lawn

rock wall enclosing the lawn

and a look back at the multi-level garden

and a look back at the multi-level garden

We stepped up to the top of the low rock wall to a shady level and looked back on the expanse of lawn and the far away patch of dahlias.  You can imagine in my garden much lovely green turf would have been displaced by garden beds…which is not to say I do not admire the restraint required to preserve such an emerald carpet.

Coming around the other side of the house...

Coming around the other side of the house…

By the shady path at the side of the house grew special rhododendrons and a fern collection.  Note, bottom left (above) a tree trunk coming through the fence, which is built around it.  We will soon see this from the other side.

rhododendron

rhododendron

hydrangea at front corner

hydrangea at front corner

Coming around to the front again.

Coming around to the front again.

dahlia cage

dahlia cage

After another pause to admire the excellent dahlia cages, we left to see the next garden, right next door!

********************************************************************************** Human interest story!  As may not be clear except for when I occasionally mention this, I have spent the last year catching up on my blog by adding retroactive garden tour posts from 2008-12.  As this entry was written in January 2013, my six and a quarter year old Mac finally plotzed with an ominous clunking sound in the hard drive area.  Call the WAHmbulance because, like many whose heads are in the garden, I have not been very good at backing up, although I did better than some and may have “only” lost the originals of 2000 or so photos.  My staycation may be cut short by the dire economic reality of buying a new computer.  (If I had not turned whole heartedly to the Mac, it would be cheaper…but I can’t go back to PC.)  Thanks to Allan for letting me take over his computer to finish this entry and move on with the blog on these rainy winter days.  (30 January, 2013)

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29 July 2012: Gearhart, Oregon, a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

front porch

front porch

Garden three, our favourite!!!! The Dee Madden garden: “It’s not hard to imagine being at the perfect outdoor party as you walk around this entertaining garden.” Might I add that the greeting table had, along with yummy cookies, a container of Red Vines just like Allan picked out to include with our tour day snacks!

walking around the house

walking around the house

my garden by the sea

my little garden by the sea

garden sign

garden sign

beside the back deck

beside the back deck

side garden

side garden

southeast corner

southeast corner

On the way into the garden, we had  the man who creates these rock stacks (behind the chair, right, and below). He was the same man, mentioned two entries ago, who is good friends and works with Steve Clarke. These rocks are NOT bolted together; they are perfectly stacked in balance.

He said he does not install them in gardens with children or rambunctious dogs, but he added that he can press on them and not have them topple. (I assume he meant press down, not sideways).

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

From the corner with the double adirondack chair and the stacked rocks, we turned left and walked behind the walled back deck.walkway behind the deck, looking north, and then south

walkway behind the deck, looking north, and then south

The back deck, enclosed in cedar shake walls, had at least three access points.  I think that it is what made this my favourite garden.  That, and the friendly and winning personality of garden owner Dee herself.

on the deck

on the deck

view to back path from the center of the deck

view to back path from the center of the deck

deck insetI loved the way the deck had an inset garden bed, and the simplicity of the big table and benches and the variety of interesting plants in bed, containers, and windowboxes, including one of my favourites, Salvia patens (lower left).

deckgarden

on the deck

on the deck

inset garden, handsome table

inset garden, handsome table

the table of perfection

the table of perfection

At the northeast corner of the deck (if I don’t have my directions all turned around), an opening led to a river rock fire circle.  Now I could so clearly picture wonderful parties here.

to the circle

to the circle

fire circle

fire circle

fire circle

fire circle

looking back at the generously proportioned deck

looking back at the generously proportioned deck

the north side garden, with another rock stack

the north side garden, with another rock stack

and another

and another

garden

rustic birdhouse, north of deck

rustic birdhouse, north of deck

At the corner of the house we came upon a table with delicious cookies, photos of the rock stack man’s creations on the beach and a postcard for Harvest Moon Designs, Dee’s helper with garden ideas.

refreshments

refreshments

We did not want to leave Dee’s garden, but of course, as usual, we had more gardens to see and the tour ended early (for us) at 3 PM.  With a last look over the fence…

from outside

from outside

On the way around the corner, we lingered briefly to admire a round rock edged garden bed.  It might be a pain to weed, but it looks so nice.

beach rock bed

beach rock bed

Interlude

On the walk to the next garden, we enjoyed a house with a simple but effective planting of roses and Stipa tenuissima,

Stipa and Roses

Stipa and Roses

two tiny cottages....

two tiny cottages….

and a pair of garden benches that would make even an ungardened yard a pleasant place to be.

benches

And now on to garden number four…

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29 July 2012, in Gearhart, Oregon, benefit for Clatsop County CASA

street view

street view

From the programme:  Donna and Alan Kinsel garden: “This garden deserves an award for right plant, right place. The composition reads like a well written story.”  From the street view, I immediately liked the well weeded and edged tree circles.  I am a believer in going all out for perfection on a garden tour.

front walkway and porch detail

front walkway and porch detail

We entered the garden through the driveway.

We entered the garden through the driveway.

from the driveway

from the driveway

Around the big lawn, the garden beds are tidily mulched and there is usually space between each plant.  My gardening bestie Judy says “Oh, yes!”  Her own garden is just this neat.

tidy garden beds

tidy garden beds

lawn beds

lawn beds

by the house

by the house

I appreciated that no red bark was used as mulch in the Kinsel garden.

by the porch

by the porch

fire circle

fire circle

plant combination

plant combination

garden path near porch

garden path near porch

by the porch

by the porch

Picture 19

a rock wall and path

a rock wall and path
white daisies with white hydrangeas; basset hound statue

white daisies with white hydrangeas; basset hound statue

a rustic gate...I very much like this

a rustic gate…I very much like this

Gearhart house

Gearhart house

The typically handsome house above was right next door to garden number three, which was my favourite garden of the day….

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29 July, 2013: Gearhart Oregon, a benefit for Clatsop County CASA.

outside the garden

outside the garden

front courtyard

front courtyard

After a happy chance interlude in a non-tour garden just up the block, we began the official Gardens by the Sea tour in Ron Stefani’s garden, described in the programme as having “Masses of hydrangeas and sweeping tall grasses surround the front yard seating and in the back, a deck that makes your heart sing.”   A soothing garden, it consisted of boxwood, Hydrangeas, and Miscanthus.

front gate

front gate

front porch with hydrangeas

front porch with hydrangeas

back garden: boxwood

back garden: boxwood

It is a tidy, clipped garden. I could do this for a client. In fact, we had a client who wanted this sort of garden and we succeeded. ‘Twas very soothing. But I need to go wild to be a happy gardener!!  I enjoyed this garden very much but would not have the discipline to stick to the three plant scheme.

back deck, container with Euphorbia

back deck, container with Euphorbia

other side

Boxwood and Hydrangeas

The other side of the back garden continued with the clipped boxwood, banks with white hydrangeas, and then a gently sloping mound topped with Miscanthus.

white Hydrangeas, Miscanthus

white Hydrangeas, Miscanthus (Ornamental grass)

Interlude

next door

next door

As we walked on to the next garden, a few blocks west, we passed several gardens that inspired me to get out the camera.  Just east of the Stefani garden, the neighbours had a simple, beachy landscape (left) with some bags of soil set out but not yet applied.  Up the block and just next to Roger’s fabulous garden, an exuberant cottage garden contained a white and green variegated member of the mint family that  I used to have, and no longer do, but I could not and cannot remember its name.  (below, right)

cottage garden

cottage garden

Sheila thinks the mystery plant is a variegated Agastache and she might be right!

Walking on....a pretty, simple driveway garden

Walking on….a pretty, simple driveway garden

Could this be a Gearhart house that we could afford?

Could this be a Gearhart house that we could afford?

Like Cannon Beach, but moreso, Gearhart is an expensive town with a reputation for exclusivity.  Even the rare derelict house probably costs a fortune.  But oh, what I could do with the one above…and look at all those windows!

beachy arbour and driftwood

beachy arbour and driftwood

wildlife habitat

wildlife habitat

Walking on, and almost to the second tour garden, we passed a house with such a beachy, weathered arbour.  Judy’s friend Liz observed that, in the photo above, the driftwood piece by the gate looks like a sea lion balancing a yellow beach ball on its nose.  On the fence, a sign (left) informed us that the garden is an official wildlife habitat.

Directly across the street from the second tour garden, a newly planted landscape (below) caught our eyes.  Later in the day of touring we learned that it had been installed by Steve Clarke, from Seaview, former owner of an excellent Willapa bayside nursery called Clarke’s that we had frequented often back in the day.  He has now gone mostly into creating gardens and while touring, we met a nice fellow who works with him.

a Steve Clarke garden

a Steve Clarke garden

detail, Clarke garden

detail, Clarke garden

Now at last, after much distraction, we turn our attention across the street to tour garden number two…

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