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July 27, 2013

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

Garden Five: Judy and Jacob Redekop garden

from the program: “Heads up, gardeners, you’re about to see the art of gardening on display.”

The first things that Allan noticed when we arrived at the Redekop garden was how the honeysuckle was trained over the garage with nary a sign of support.

a CASA volunteer to check tickets

a CASA volunteer to check tickets

The CASA volunteer said several people had asked what the secret support system was, but she did not know…and as with all the other gardens, the owners were not there to answer questions. I don’t mean to whinge on about this in every post, but it just strikes me so very much as the one way this garden tour could be better. In every other way it is ideal.

Allan's honeysuckle photo

Allan’s honeysuckle photo

garden five

garden five

front porch

front porch

front garden

front garden

Allan's tree photo

Allan’s tree photo

flowers against the house

We approach the corner of the house...

We approach the SW corner of the house…

south side of house

I believe this was the south side of house

on the porch

on the porch

porch

porch

sunporch on west side

sunporch on west side

On the west side of the house, the garden is green on green.

a green garden to the west of the house

a green garden to the west of the house

I oriented myself by looking down the street where a path to the ocean dunes lay.

I oriented myself by looking down the street where a path to the ocean dunes lay.

a large parking pad at the SW corner.

a large parking pad at the SW corner.

west side of garden

west side of garden

looking north from the parking pad

looking north from the parking pad

side view of the SW corner of house.

side view of the SW corner of house.

handsome mossy tree trunk

handsome mossy tree trunk

Allan's view of the hydrangeas

Allan’s view of the hydrangeas

The sunporch on the west side looks like such a wonderful space.

the sunporch

the sunporch

Allan got nosy with the sunporch and looked inside with his camera.

wall with painting....

wall with painting….

and closeup of a beautiful painting of the house.

and closeup of a beautiful painting of the house.

a green expanse (for Tom and Mr. Tootlepedal)

a green expanse (for Tom and Mr. Tootlepedal)

bench on a small deck

bench on a small deck behind the sunporch

I would really like to have been able to ask the owners for the story behind the expanse of mulch at the NW corner of the property.

a vast expanse

a vast expanse

corner garden

corner garden

The mulch appeared to be something really excellent; we guessed pit-washed dairy manure, and that implied that something would be planted. The mulch expanse tied two garden areas together: a fenced veg garden and a raised ornamental garden.

mulch with path

mulch with path

To the right stood a small orchard of fruit trees.

the path, looking west

the path, looking west

stacked wall

stacked wall

steps up

steps up

center of raised garden

center of raised garden

patio

water

water

Clematis

Allan’s photo of Clematis

Allan was taken by the symmetry of this grass.

Allan was taken by the symmetry of this grass.

I wonder if the plan is to tie these two areas together with more planting.

looking east to the fenced garden

looking east to the fenced garden

looking south from the raised garden

looking south from the raised garden

The fenced garden calls to us.

The fenced garden calls to us.

veg garden

veg garden

impressive

impressive

weathered gate

weathered gate

looking over the gate

looking over the gate

admirable and productive

admirable and productive

edged with lavender

edged with lavender

Allan's lavender photo

Allan’s lavender photo

lavender edging

lavender edging

We asked the volunteer ticket checker if the owners had trouble with deer. She did not know. We speculated that while the fence would be short enough to jump, the deer might not like jumping up and also they might be put off by the lavender.

I have put the address of this garden into a note in my phone. Sometime when we are going to Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart, I want to drive by again and see if more planting has been done in that orchard area.

Interlude between gardens

When buying our ticket, I had overheard the advice that certain routes between the tour had the prettiest gardens along the street. I marked my tour map accordingly so that we drove down Marion to get to garden number six.

Here was a pretty garden!

Here was a pretty garden!

Allan noticed a bird on a tree...

Allan noticed a bird on a tree…

and got a closeup.

and got a closeup.

a striking garden with lots of verticals...

a striking garden with lots of verticals…

and beside it, a path to the beach.

right at the western edge of the town….

and one more charming garden...

and one more charming garden…

Next: the last tour garden of the 2013 Gardens by the Sea tour, and a very pleasant surprise it was for me. Also I remembered that Lorna, our friend who we had encountered at two of the previous gardens, wanted me to identify a plant for her in the final garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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July 27, 2013

Gardens by the Sea tour benefits Clatsop CASA.

interlude between gardens

We saw while driving from the first to the second garden:

a raised veg and flower garden

a raised veg and flower garden, edged, I think, with broken concrete. I like it.

(Ann Lovejoy had a garden bed edged in a tall wall of broken concrete. I liked that, too.)

next door to garden two

next door to garden two

attractive entrance to the house next door to garden two

attractive entrance to the house next door to garden two

Garden two: Al and Carol Vernon garden.

From the program: “Collectors’ picture perfect garden, tended by two who love to garden.”

I do wish that Al and Carol had been there. From Nancy Allen, who met them, I heard they are delightful, and heard the same later at Back Alley gardens. My one suggestion to improve the tour this year comes because I don’t think there was a single garden where the owner was present. Owners can cast much light on the meaning of their gardens. We heard that they went out touring each other’s gardens during the latter hours of the tour. Each garden had a ticket checker at the entrance, but those folks did not know much of anything about the gardens. Might I suggest that the Gearhart garden tour organizers encourage the garden owners to stay at home and to make pre- or post-tour visits to each other’s gardens!

I would have loved to have met the owners of the delightful second garden.

As we approached the garden entrance. we were able to peek in over a sea of cotoneaster.

a garden glimpse

a garden glimpse

from the street

from the street

sign

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

entering the garden

entering the garden

along the house, a row of hostas

along the house, a row of hostas

I heard tour guests marveling at the lack of slug or snail damage on the hosta leaves.

Allan's photo of same area

Allan’s photo of same area

shade

a shady spot

artful clipping

artful clipping

We heard that the owners, a retired couple, do the work here themselves. Impressive.

Tour guests admire a scree garden area

Tour guests admire a scree garden area

tour guests

tour guests

The tour guests were discussing the ID of a certain plant. When I looked at it, I was sure that they had gotten it wrong. That is when the presence of the owners, clearly plantspeople, would have been very helpful! (I hope if they read this, they feel no regret, just the knowledge that we would have loved to meet them to tell them in person how much we liked their garden.)

scree garden

scree garden: lovely

Our rockhound friend Judy will like this detail.

Our rockhound friend Judy will like this detail.

scree garden: Reginald Farrer would love it.

scree garden: Reginald Farrer would love it.

Now I want to redo one of my front garden beds into a nice scree garden like this one.

I could have stood here for much longer!  Fascinating.

I could have stood here for much longer! Fascinating.

Allan's view

Allan’s view

curving around

curving around

where the scree garden ends

where the scree garden ends

chocolate cosmos

chocolate cosmos

On the side of the garden, bordering the neighbours, across the grass from the scree border, a planting had caught my eye so I walked back to it. With the attention to detail apparent everywhere in this garden, bergenia had been hollowed out to put another plant in its center.

cute!

cute!

Tour goers also commented that the baby’s breath (lower right) was large and well grown and unusual to see this days. It might have been Nancy Allen, organizer of the Music in the Gardens tour. By this time, I was texting back and forth with her as she was about two gardens ahead of us.

baby's breath

baby’s breath; next year, I want to get back to growing this old favourite!

Behind the scree garden and the mixed border into which it segued runs a dry creekbed of stone.

dry stream

dry stream

Allan's photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You may have noticed a glimpse of red lava rock at the edge of one of the photos above. Usually red lava rock is anathema to me, causing instant dislike. (I just do not feel it looks right in gardens near the sea.) But in this garden….after my initial startled reaction…I realized it was perfect, as it was clearly planned to set off the rusty colour of the sculptures and the red leaves of the plants:

red on red

red on red

colour echoes

colour echoes

Allan's view of path by lava rock patio

Allan’s view of path by lava rock patio

side view

side view

side

herons

At the far end of the red patio, a lava rock path leads to the side into the flower bed.

path

path

The streambed curves around to the end of the patio.

The streambed curves around to the end of the patio.

looking back, Allan's view

where the red path curves back, Allan’s view

my view

my view

looking back

looking back

paths

As we reach the back corner of the house, we look at the red curving path from the side.

red path curve

red path curve

Now we turn to the path along the back of the house. At first glance, my impression is just of a narrow walkway.

along the back

along the back

salal and a place to put debirs

salal and a place to put debris

Later when we stopped post-tour at Back Alley Gardens, Pam Fleming (locally famous gardener for the town of Seaside, Oregon, and co-owner of wonderful Back Alley!) asked me if I had noticed the detail at the steps to the basement: a perfect arc of smooth stones. Indeed I had and had photographed it.

attention to detail

attention to detail

She commented about the attention to detail, something else I would have liked to compliment the owners about.

further along

further along

As we walked along the woodsy path behind the house, the vista opened up with a delightful and unexpected surprise: To our right, a view of a deep ravine appeared…with water at the bottom.

ravine

ravine

how beautiful a vista!

how beautiful a vista!

trees draping over the ravine

trees draping over the ravine

I would spend many hours absorbing this view if I lived here.

ravine

view

Allan's view

Allan’s view

At their edge of the ravine, the Vernons had placed bird feeders and a birdbath.

back

birdbath

birdbath

The birds hardly paused in their eating as we walked by.

bird

With three more gardens to see, we had to leave this paradise and turned up the path by the other side of the house.

exit path

exit path

Near the front of the house, this narrow space had been used to grow a few vegetables.

veg edge

veg edge

Allan's photo of the protective caging

Allan’s photo of the protective caging

We took one more look at the gorgeous garden…and would have walked around again if we had had the time.

a last look

a last look

This is in a tie with garden number four as my favourite garden of the tour. I simply could not choose between the two!

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July 27, 2013

Gardens by the Sea tour benefits Clatsop CASA.

garden one: Hubik garden. From the program: “A flowing garden walled in green, displaying a beautiful drainage solution.”

Hubik garden

Hubik garden

The beautiful fencing and gates, we were told, had been built by Mr. Husik.

The beautiful fencing and gates, we were told, had been built by the late Mr. Hubik.

front corner

front corner

tour guests at the gate

tour guests at the gate

stepping inside

to the left, the front porch

to the left, the front porch

detail

detail

inside the gate, photo by Allan

inside the gate, photo by Allan

Turning to the right, we find a water feature.

to the right, a pond

to the right, a pond

with water dripping from a shell

with water dripping from a shell

curving around from the pond, a mixed border

curving around from the pond, a mixed border

border

birdfeeder

birdfeeder

Allan went into the little path that you can see to the left of the photo above.

corner

corner

corner view

corner view

And look who he found there!

garter snake

From the lawn by to the flower border we look back toward the house.

curvy boxwood

curvy boxwood

side door

side door

Allan saw evidence of a dog’s presence….

a sure sign

a sure sign

And then saw the dog in the glass door on the side of the house.

dog

The dog looks like one of my favourite bloggers, Chess the purebred border collie.

Chess's relative?

Chess’s relative?

On the other side of the lawn from the house, the garden border has curved the corner and runs down the side. (Unlike Peninsula gardens, I cannot name south or north or west or east side as I got all turned around while looking for the garden.)

While perusing this area, we encountered our friend and client Lorna, owner of Andersen’s RV Park, touring with Karen, wife of consummate local plantsman Steve Clarke.  Lorna had already taken photos of things that she liked in garden six, where they had begun the tour, especially a pink flowering plant that she wanted identified but I could not tell what it was from the photo.

side border

side border

from the border to the house

from the border to the house

Passing a fire circle, we approach an intriguing garden shed.

circle

looking back at the house

looking back at the house

elegant garden outbuilding

elegant garden outbuilding

inside

inside

inside

inside

inside

the view out the back of the shed

the view out the back of the shed

What a delightful place. Before we go around the shed to enter that appealing view, we find another water feature at the corner of the house.

fountain

fountain

and a handsome gate to a parking area

and a handsome gate to a parking area

Going behind the shed, we find the “beautiful drainage solution”, a wetland that I would love to have at the back of my garden.

still with water even in summer

still with water even in summer

Pond is partly? fed with this system.

Pond is partly? fed with this system.

pipes

The vegetable garden behind the shed and next to the pond is impressively beautiful and perfectly maintained.

stunning

stunning

dahlias

dahlias

pyramid

pyramid

happy fig in a barrel

happy fig in a barrel

(I think I need to dig up the little fig tree that Nancy Allen gave me and plant it in a barrel against the warm back wall of our house.)

an excellent trellis

an excellent trellis

dahlia

This whole area with its big green pond and symmetrical beds and well placed trellising was my favourite part of the garden.

Here we come to the end and turn around.

the end of the garden

the end of the garden

I stood and gazed back for quite awhile enjoying the view and waiting for another tour guest to move so that I could take more photos.

She was photographing this view.

She was photographing this view.

looking back

looking back

nice plump onions

nice plump onions

Allan's photo

You can see her on the right taking another photo in this very photogenic area.

You can see her on the right taking another photo in this very photogenic area.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

beside the pond (and Allan examining the drainage system)

beside the pond (and Allan examining the drainage system)

Above: Note the nicely built terracing next to the pond. I like the bark, too; perfect for a veg garden as it echoes the colour of straw.

Allan feels that the pump system was for pulling water out of the pond rather than draining water into the pond.

bench

We return to the main garden on the path between the garage and the garden shed.

back

lawn

Now we see the garden from inside the curving boxwood hedge.

inside

rose garden

rose garden

tour guests, photo by Allan

tour guests, photo by Allan

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

And the boxwood hedge guides us back to the front gate.

gate

I enjoyed all of this garden and while there thought of the poignancy of continuing to garden after one’s partner has passed away.  On this subject, I recommend the garden writer Mirabel Osler, of whose book A Breath from Elsewhere,  Publisher’s Weekly wrote that she “addresses the neglected topic of coping with garden demands when one’s gardening partner dies or becomes ill. Drawing on her own experience, she offers suggestions for handling guilt, grief and moving forward in new ways.”  This is a book I have not read (I was searching to see if her wonderful book A Gentle Plea for Chaos addressed that issue, because I remembered that she carried on their garden after her spouse died.  It is now top of my “to read” list.

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29 July 2012:  a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

The final garden of the CASA tour in Gearhart offered a simple landscape described in the programme thus:

“This garden is relaxing and refreshing with a beautiful little greenhouse built long ago by the original owners.”
front gate

front gate

front walk

front walk

front porch

front porch

view to next door

view west to next door raised bed garden

view from front porch into the garden

view from front porch into the garden

two sit spots

two sit spots

Most tour guest entered by the side yard.

Most tour guests entered by the side yard.

garden bike

garden bike

at the back of the lawn, a shed...

at the back of the lawn, a shed…

looking north from garden shed

looking north from garden shed

view from shed door

view from shed door

I have to admit that with not much actual garden, I concentrated more on the nice little outbuilding. Once we we entered it we realized the interior was like a guest house or retreat.

wall between guest house and potting shed

wall between guest house and potting shed

window to potting shed

window to potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

guest house

guest house

window bench

window bench

guest house...game room

guest house…game room

West guest house view of old greenhouse

West guest house view of old greenhouse

The old greenhouse was charming indeed.

The old greenhouse was charming indeed….

and had a table set for a party.

and had a table set for a party.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

an orange corner

an orange corner

Acer griseum

Acer griseum

bark detail, paperbark maple

bark detail, paperbark maple

must...acquire

must…acquire

I am reminded, as with our visit to the Adolphson-Drafall garden in Astoria, that I miss and want to replace the paperbark maple that I had to leave behind in my old garden.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see the house.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see into the house.

home interior

home interior

deck view of back garden

deck view of back garden

and of the greenhouse and guest house

and of the greenhouse and guest house

on the deck

on the deck as it wrapped around the house

back deck

back deck

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

lawn photo

lawn photo

Allan took a humourous lawn photo for our friend Tom Hornbuckle, the lawn fanatic.

postlude: Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Having seen every last garden of the excellent CASA tour, we went across the street to do a little shopping at Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook, two sister stores that sell collectible plants and home and garden decor.  Because our own day of garden tour glory was over, I no longer had the excuse to be a complete spendthrift.  But because it is such a good nursery, we did get a cart full of plants.

Back Alley Gardens

Back Alley Gardens

our purchases being totaled

our purchases being totaled

inside The Natural Nook

inside The Natural Nook

mermaid art

mermaid art

beachy things

beachy things

more beachy things

more beachy things

for inside and out

for inside and out

door to nursery

door to nursery

chicks

chicks

flower window

flower window

Natural Nook display

Natural Nook display

As we left the two shops, and as I write about the day now, I am determined to never miss the CASA garden tour again.  It is a shame that five years of it slipped by us.

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29 July, 2012, a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

formal patterns

formal patterns

The fifth garden we visited was supposed to be garden six, which would have bracketed the tour with green and white gardens.  But we wanted to end up at Back Alley Gardens nursery, so we switched the order.  The programme says of the garden of  David Hopkins and Rick Young:  “The strength of this beautiful green and white landscape is laid out in a pattern you will not soon forget.”

palm planter by front fence

palm planter by front fence

palm planter detail

At one side of the front yard, a tidy work area

At one side of the front yard, a tidy work area

In the work area, a potting bench and woodshed

In the work area, a potting bench and woodshed

looking back to the garden from the work area

looking back to the garden from the work area

 

Next to the area with potting bench and woodshed stood the most exquisite guest house, which was open for tour guests.

guest house

guest house

inside...perhaps a Murphy bed?

inside…perhaps a Murphy bed?

inside, showing door to back deck

inside, showing door to back deck

Garden tourists kept poking around the guest house, peering through side windows to try to figure out whether or not a Murphy bed hid behind the tall doors. One gentleman said, “It looks like storage back there.”  Perhaps some sort of rollaway bed is deployed?

 

 

 

On the shelf atop the cupboards (right), a photography book was on display.  We were not sure if the choice of photograph had been selected by the owners, or had it been opened by a tour guest, and in what way was it a glimpse into the lives of the couple who had opened their garden and guest house to our inquiring minds?

from this book

from this book

 

 

 

 

 

the photo book

the photo book

the bathroom

the bathroom

and out the back door to a secret deck

and out the back door to a secret deck

I love the simple, sandy path that runs along the back of the guest house.  So beachy!

path from deck to potting bench

path from deck to potting bench

and from potting bench back to deck

and from potting bench back to deck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the main house from next to the guest house

the main house from next to the guest house

boxwood circle

boxwood circle

On the other side of the guest house from the work area the formal intricacies of the garden began again with a boxwood circle, Lutyens bench, and clipped backdrop.

Next to and behind the house the strong white and green theme probably takes some dedicated upkeep to be so pristine.

 

 

white on white patio

white on white patio

around to the back

around to the back

garden tower

garden tower

back garden

back garden

Around the main house we strolled...

Around the main house we strolled…

passing a fountain that I imagine is viewed from a dining table.

passing a fountain that I imagine is viewed from a dining table.

an elegant view

an elegant view

returning to the front garden....

returning to the front garden….

boxwood in a box

boxwood in a box

Allan took a close up lawn shot for lawn expert Tom Hornbuckle.  And then we were off to the final garden of the day.

Interlude:

window?box

window?box

I loved this windowbox on a hour across the street.  Wait, it is not a windowbox without a window, is it?  A planter then.  I want to get some little trees and do an offset design like this.

After the formality of the green and white garden, I found it differently pleasant to gaze upon an unlandscaped scene of trees and floats.

 

tree floats

tree floats

the old red house

the old red house

Driving, we took a wrong turn and saw the back of the old red house I had remarked upon earlier in the day, that it might be an affordable Gearhart house, but probably not.  The lot does not go all the way through as I had imagined.

We stopped the car to take photos of a beautiful house and a garden that I liked best of all, even though I did not get to enter it.

a dreamy garden

a dreamy garden

detail of dreamy garden

detail of dreamy garden

A neighbour caught me lurking outside the fence on this dead end street and just said, “Liking the garden?” as he walked by with his dog.

veg patchBack in the car, we drove to the final garden, right across the street from our destination nursery, and next door to the tour garden, we admired this geometric landscape.

Next: the last tour garden of a very good day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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29 July 2012, benefit for Clatsop County CASA

outside the gate

outside the gate

in the gate

in the gate

About the “bonus garden” created by Nancy Draper, the programme says “This fairy tale garden makes you believe in garden elves.”  Why a “bonus garden”?  Perhaps because it was not groomed to garden tour perfection.  Its humble cottage and the fact that it was clearly the work of its owner endeared it to me immediately, and if the back yard had had more plants, it might have been my favourite.

No matter how grand a garden, I do most admire one that is created by its owner, when physically possible, with no outside help (other than the ideas we all swipe from each other).

front garden

front garden

front garden detail

front garden detail

a simple cottage

a simple cottage

a beautiful cobalt blue front door

a beautiful cobalt blue front door

tree trunk in fence

tree trunk in fence

While some of my gardening friends will turn their noses up at red geraniums (pelargoniums), they always remind me happily of my grandmother’s garden, where she even had a rectangular section in which she bedded them out.

In a front corner of the garden, you can see the tree trunk that went through to the other side into the previous tour garden.  Clearly, the tree had fallen, so it interested me that the fence had been built around it.

Maybe all it meant was that no one owned a big enough chain saw.

verbascum

verbascum

The fallen verbascum in the side garden looked like a string of beads.

The fallen verbascum in the side garden looked like a string of beads.

Coming around the side of the cottage...

Coming around the side of the cottage…

shed

in the back yard, a sweet little shed

in the back yard, a sweet little shed

On the other side of the wooden fence is the big garden we just visited.

shed window with roses

shed window with roses

Just after entering the back yard, Allan stopped to take a photograph...

Just after entering the back yard, Allan stopped to take a photograph…

of this...

of this…

a string of (toilet) plumbing balls

a string of (toilet) plumbing balls

The back of the cottage

The back of the cottage

The little cottage was humble enough that I could imagine living there, and oh! what I would do with the back yard!  It has a beautiful mossy tree behind the shed…

mossy tree with Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

mossy tree with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

mossy tree limbs

mossy tree limbs

back yard with so many possibilities

back yard with so many possibilities

front garden corner

front garden corner

We departed after some more time spent in the front garden…

front garden art

front garden art

Then we had another entertaining Gearhart garden interlude as we made our way back to our car; it was too long of a trek to walk to the next garden in time.

Interlude

a garden home

a garden home

red and white

red and white

the ridge path

the ridge path and Roger’s garden

We followed the peaceful Ridge Path for four blocks, again passing Roger’s garden where a new group of garden tourists had stopped to admire his Eryngium patch, as must have happened all day long.

Right by our car down on a main street, we took time to admire a garden and home with a stone foundation.

on the main street

on the main street

a house with a stone foundation

a house with a stone foundation

Now on to two more gardens and a visit to a favourite Oregon coast nursery.

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