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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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