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Sunday, 31 July 2016

We had been joined by expert gardeners Pam and Prissy from Seaside, Oregon.  We’d had lunch and then Allan drove us all to Steve and John’s bayside garden.  There, we rendezvoused with Pam and Prissy’s friends Sean and Jim, who had been brunching chez Steve and John.

The Bayside Garden

When Pam was a co owner and Prissy the plant propagator of Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart (north of Seaside), it was an amazing plant collectors paradise.  Steve and John had bought a number of plants from her and she enjoys checking on “her babies” to see their progress.

Getting out of the van, I saw a little art piece new to me, although it has been there all along.

Getting out of the van, I saw a little art piece new to me, although it has been there all along.

approaching the house

approaching the house in the glow of  Chamaecyparis ‘Vintage Gold’

I feel I have not noticed this kitty before, either.

I feel I have not noticed this kitty before, either.

between the two wings of the house (Allan's photo)

between the two wings of the house (Allan’s photo)

in Steve and John's kitchen, a bouquet from Prissy

in Steve and John’s kitchen, a bouquet from Prissy

Pam and Sean and Jim (whom I was meeting for the first time and immediately liked) and John and I were chatting in the house, when I looked out the north window and saw that Allan, Steve and Prissy were already touring.

dahlia bed and green roof from north window

dahlia bed and green roof from north window

We all joined in.

dahlias and gladiolas

dahlias and gladiolas

dahlias and the green roof

dahlias and the green roof

I like this one very much.

I like this one very much.

a lovely edible pea

a lovely edible pea

flowers of the palest blush

flowers of the palest blush

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

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a true collector’s garden

John and Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier' (Pam Fleming's photo)

John and Ulmus x hollandica ‘Jacqueline Hillier’ (Pam Fleming’s photo)

Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Mist Maiden'

Rhododendron yakushimanum ‘Mist Maiden’

another foliar treasure (Pam's photo)

another foliar treasure (Pam’s photo)

An area recently freed from salal, with much effort.

An area recently freed from salal, with much effort.

It gives me joy to see salal gone.

It gives me joy to see salal gone.

We all admired the pleasing contours of the newly revealed planting bed.

We all admired the pleasing contours of the newly revealed planting bed.

touring the new rhodie plantings

touring the new rhodie plantings

My favourite of all their rhodies, glistening white in spring time

My favourite of all their rhodies, glistening white in spring time” Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum x pachysanthum

 Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the admiration of rhododendron leaves.

the admiration of rhododendron leaves. Tomentum is “a layer of matted woolly down on the surface of a plant” and indumentum is the velvet fuzz on the underside of the leaves.

the ever expanding garden

the ever expanding garden

Jim and Sean by the irrigation pond

Jim and Sean by the irrigation pond

Pam visits one of her babies.

Pam visits one of her babies.

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Our Pam (Allan's photo)

Our Pam (Allan’s photo)

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on the north side of the irrigation pond

on the north side of the irrigation pond

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prostrate genista (broom) (Allan's photo)

prostrate genista (broom) (Allan’s photo)

working our way back toward the house

working our way back toward the house

Pam, Steve, Jim, Allan

Pam, Steve, Jim, Allan

 Allan's photo

Steve, Pam, Sean, Jim (Allan’s photo)

detail

detail

Pam's photo, with Sean and Jim's snazzy kicks.

Pam’s photo, with Sean and Jim’s snazzy kicks in the background.

Pam, Steve, Sean, Jim, and plant talk

Pam, Steve, Sean, Jim, and plant talk

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Crisp lawn edge on the beds!

How often, I wonder, do they just sit without leaping up to do some gardening?

How often, I wonder, do Steve and John just sit without leaping up to do some gardening?

We love plant talk.

We love plant talk.  The tall pink one is Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) and to the right is purple spikes of liatrus.  Odd I don’t have it, because I like spikes.

Prissy and Steve (Allan's photo)

Prissy and Steve (Allan’s photo)

foliage study (Allan's photo)

foliage study (Allan’s photo)

vivid blue lacecap hydrangea

vivid blue lacecap hydrangea

purple lace cap with shiny rhodie foliage

purple lace cap with shiny rhodie foliage

the house next door, once part of the Clarke Nursery property, with Hydrangea paniculata by the porch.

the house next door, once part of the Clarke Nursery property, with Hydrangea paniculata by the porch.

It is strange that I have no hydrangea paniculatas.  I must remedy this soon.

the upper driveway garden again

the upper driveway garden again

We had not discussed and examined every plant yet, but we had to go.  Prissy had her horses to feed, and part of the day’s plan was to also take Pam and Prissy to see the Oysterville garden…next!

 

 

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