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Sunday, 16 July 2017

I woke up very early (for me), filled with anticipation of a fun day of touring local gardens with Ann (The Amateur Bot-ann-ist), Evan (from Plant Delights, Cistus, and now Plant Lust), and more.  First I needed to water my greenhouse and patio plants.

Skooter is so happy to be allowed out during the day again (even though I have concerns that it is too soon).

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Ann and Evan arrived at ten.  They toured our garden for awhile.

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Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’

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These photos remind me of how for five years, to no avail, I kept asking the local tour to change the promotion wording, “You are invited to examine and inspect the gardens” to “appreciate and enjoy the gardens”, to sound less like a medical exam.  I would be listened to and humored, but the wording never changed.  Yet here we are examining and inspecting!

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not an area of collectible plants but for some reason I noticed it.

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Salvia patens petals on the lawn (Allan’s photo)

With the garden pretty thoroughly and kindly inspected, we were off to tour six (and a bit) Peninsula gardens.  The little bit was our stop at the Clarke garden on the way north.  I did not have a way to contact them, and I did want to show Ann and Evan the attractive containers especially.  (Karen, we did not trespass into the back garden although I have a feeling you would not have minded.)  We just “examined and inspected” the containers in the driveway.

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Evan wanted to know which grass this is.

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more glorious containers

Pink Poppy Farm

We began our tour with Pink Poppy Farm, a favourite of mine.  Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) arrived to join us. Pink Poppy Farmer Mike greeted us with the offer of drinks and walked with us through the garden, soon joined by his spouse Lynn, even though they must have been tired because their garden had been on the peninsula garden tour yesterday (while we were in Menlo).  The garden name may sound familiar to you because their daughter, Madeline, is the owner of Pink Poppy Bakery.

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Ann, Evan, Skyler, Mike

For a more orderly beginning-to-end tour of this garden four years ago, check out this post.

Today, we wandered here and there in the garden.

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Allan’s photo

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Mike, Dave, and Allan by the Imperial Chicken Palace

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The Imperial Chicken Palace

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Look closely to see the bear on the coop.

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chooks

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Melissa communing with a hen (Allan’s photo)

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and clematis (Allan’s photo)

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Maddy and her dad love old black and white films.

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Allan’s photo

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Evan taking photos

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interior design: I love this kitchen tile.

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up a slope into the garden

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house and workshop

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looking back at the chicken palace

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Allan’s photo

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The garden specializes in food and in cutting flowers.

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Maddy’s old swing set repurposed into a bean trellis

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one of several greenhouses and hoop houses

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Ann and Lynn (Allan’s photo)

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must be amaranth (Allan’s photo)

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Evan, Allan, Ann, and Lynn

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(left) Evan taking photos

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We got our sprinklers-on-posts watering idea from this garden.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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fire area with a “cemetery rose”

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Looking back over the garden.  (Right) one of the tables left from the fabulous Wedding at Pink Poppy Farm

One of the hoophouses had a crop of young wasabi.

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The leaves were hot and delicious.

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another productive hoophouse

Some of the produce you will find for sale when Pink Poppy Bakery has a booth at the market (which is not every Saturday this year).

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tiered beds at the end of the hoophouse

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another cutting bed

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Lynn pointed out this exceptionally pretty calendula.

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sweet peas and bachelor buttons

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pompom dahlias, my favourite kind

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Allan’s photo

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Tigridia (Allan’s photo)

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Here we go heading off to four gardens in and near  Oysterville.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Touring Mark and Brian’s Garden

With our workday almost done, we drove almost to Nahcotta to tour a garden new to us.  When garden owner Mark had posted some beautiful photos of it on the Peninsula Gardeners Facebook group, I had commented that I would be hanging over the fence trying to see in if I walked by. I was forthwith invited to come visit.  Because I focus on one thing at a time, I did not look closely at the address until we were on our way from Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Then I said “OH my gosh, I think this is the garden I have wanted to see for a long time!”  Sure enough, as we parked, I knew that it was the place where I HAVE peered wistfully over the front fence, wishing to see what was in the secret garden.

I am incorporating into this story some of Mark’s photos that drew me into this hidden paradise.

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the front garden

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beginning our tour

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front garden

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by the woodsy edge of the front garden

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cool and wavy trellises

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cosmos!

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deep blue Salvia patens

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washing machine tub planters!

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talking about the assorted raised boxes

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Now I want a kitchen garden just like this.

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The sides come off.

I’d put a kitchen garden like that in the sunny spot between our fence and Devery’s garage parking pad so we could both harvest.

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Allan’s photo: fence between front and back garden

At last, I got to go through the gate to the back garden.

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having entered the secret garden (Allan’s photo)

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view upon entering

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Immediately, we heard the sound of a waterfall and found the source: a large pond with stream and two waterfalls.  Mark said when they bought the house, it was a strawberry bed, and as he cleaned it out, he found a big cement pond.  He and Brian then constructed the stream bed that runs down a slope from behind.

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Mark’s photo

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Mark’s photo

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up the slope to the waterfall

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I did not quite succeed with this photo of the pond from under the maple branch.  Let’s just call it impressionistic.

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Allan’s photo

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maple admiration society

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at the pond’s edge

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Allan’s photo

We turned our attention to the garden on the west side of the house, which I had been thrilled to see was a double wide, like ours, but with better windows and nice wood siding.

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Mark’s photo

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looking across to the pond, what a view! (Mark’s photo)

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Mark’s photo

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west facing deck with strong shadows

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on the porch

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Mark’s photo

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Mark’s photo

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west side flower garden

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dierama (Mark’s photo)

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Mark’s photo

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a deer fenced area…The additional height on top was added because deer jumped this!

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just done blooming

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on the shed wall

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Allan’s photo

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roses protected from deer (Allan’s photo)

Beyond the house is a luxuriously large chicken coop.

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just part of the multi-roomed coop

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friendly girls

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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an old door recycled from Penttila’s Chapel

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up the ramp, in the door, hoping for a treat

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by the greenhouse

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echeverias

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geranium with great foliage

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on the corner of the deck

We began to wend our way out of the garden because we had more watering to do in Ilwaco before day’s end.

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love these grasses in wooden boxes

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another view of the pond

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Allan’s photo

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hydrangea (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

Soon we are going to have Mark and Brian over to have a walk about in our garden.  I felt so lucky to have gained entry to theirs.

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 8: Charles Nelson Guest House

A classic 1920s era Sears & Roebuck house anchors this bay view property with traditional gardens including hydrangeas, peonies, and window baskets full of flowers. Sheltered by a tree-like camellia, a pond is home to a large 16 year-old Koi.  Three raised beds display edible flowers and vegetables.   Henry, a magnificent rooster, presides over six laying hens in a purple French chicken coop.

We entered Ginger’s garden at the Charles Nelson Guest House through the side gate just across the road from her friend Marla’s garden to the north, which was also on the tour.

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

We’ll show you the front entrance first, though, as it is the way most guests would enter.

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Allan’s photo

front (east side)

front (east side)

front door

front door, June 1st pre-tour visit

Waterlogue

Waterlogue

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looking at house from the southeast garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

looking at house from the southeast garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

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north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

birdbath

This painted stone sits near the birdbath.

This painted stone sits near the birdbath.

back porch

back porch

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kitchen garden, outbuildings and garage on north side of house

kitchen garden, outbuildings and garage on north side of house

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the charming kitchen garden

raised bed kitchen garden

raised bed kitchen garden

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

patio on north side of house

patio on north side of house, June 1st

north side patio

north side patio; dog run is behind the fence but the dogs were in the shady garage

The chickens were hiding out in the shade on tour day because of the heat.

chicken coop, photo by Kathleen Shaw

chicken coop, photo by Kathleen Shaw

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chicken coop

chicken coop

hens in the shade on tour day

the flock in the shade on tour day (that naked neck hen is supposed to look that way

Too hot!

Too hot!

Henry in the shade

Henry in the shade

Fortunately, I had visited the chickens twice before on days with more normal coastal temperatures.

June 1st

June 1st

On July 3rd, Garden Tour Nancy and I had gone specifically to get some photos that artist Barbara Sampson from Tokeland could use for the a painting for the garden tour.  It wouldn’t be painted plein air like the others, but she was unable to travel from Tokeland to do the painting.

July 3rd

July 3rd

July 3rd

July 3rd

chooks on July 3rd

chooks on July 3rd

White hen wonders why all the fuss about Henry.

White hen wonders why all the fuss about Henry.

July 3rd, Henry

July 3rd, Henry

painting of Henry

painting of Henry by Barbara Sampson of Tokeland

Henry was supposed to be a hen, and when he turned out to be a rooster, Ginger tried to find a home for him.  People wanted to make a meal of him, so she kept him.  She warns B&B guests that he does crow early.  It is the rare guest who minds that, and many say it reminds them of childhood farm life.

chicken coop from west side of garden

chicken coop from west side of garden (june 1st)

west garden bed

west garden bed

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

Bird feeders placed all around the garden attract birds for guests to enjoy watching.

Bird feeders placed all around the garden attract birds for guests to enjoy watching.  (Photo taken June 1st)

another bird feeder

another bird feeder

pre tour visit, June 1

pre tour visit, June 1

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west side deck, June 1st

west side deck, June 1st

pond by the west side deck (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

pond by the west side deck (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

June 1st

June 1st

photo by  Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

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The fountain kids look a little scary close up!

The fountain kids look a little unintentionally scary close up!  (Allan’s photo)

looking down at the pond from the deck

looking down at the pond from the deck

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pond fountain with lurking giant koi

16 year old koi and friend (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

16 year old koi and friend (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

feeding time, viewed from the deck

feeding time, viewed from the deck

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feeding time

Speaking of feeding time, I was hungry!!  With only the “not a garden” left to see, I had a little bit of time to relax and nosh.

snacks, on the easily accessible deck

snacks, on the easily accessible deck, with another painting by Barbara Sampson

foooooood!!!!

foooooood!!!!

on the deck, photo by Kathleen Shaw

on the deck, photo by Kathleen Shaw

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck (Allan’s photo)

view to the south from the deck

view to the south from the deck

gazebo

June 1st

June 1st

musician Tom Trudell, photo by Kathleen Shaw

musician Tom Trudell, photo by Kathleen Shaw

A young man name Sam filled in while Tom took a break. Photo by Kathleen Shaw

A young man name Sam filled in while Tom took a break. Photo by Kathleen Shaw

SW corner of the garden, photo taken June 1st from the gazebo

SW corner of the garden, photo taken June 1st from the gazebo

gazebo roof (Allan's photo)

gazebo roof (Allan’s photo)

south side sunroom

south side sunroom

south side of the house

south side of the house

It boggles my mind that this was a Sears and Roebuck house!  I believe that my Grandma’s house was also a Sears Craftsman style house.  I did not know that those plans or kits came as grand as this one.

south side garden at front of house

gardens on south side at front of house

white chair

June 1st

We left the way we came in, by the gate on the north side of the house.  As we left, I saw a woman carrying THIS out of the house…a gift from Ginger for having helped out on tour day.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Scadoxus!

Scadoxus!

I may have been scary in my covetousness and plant envy.  I had first seen this flower that looks so much like a red allium at a garden on the recent Hardy Plant tour in Portland, and put it on my list of must have plants.  It is not a common plant, so how in the heck did it end up here??  I was told it had been in the plant sale next door at Marla’s garden, the plants of her orchid expert brother-in-law, Greig Warner.  I scurried back over there, but there were no more.  I was told that he could get one for me, once he moves here.

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north garden (looking south)

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north garden

by the walkway to the north gate, June 1st

by the walkway to the north gate, June 1st

Allan's photo, tour day

Allan’s photo, tour day

near the north gate

near the north gate

on the right, the garage

on the right, the garage

June 1st, when the callas were in bloom

June 1st, when the callas were in bloom

June 1st

June 1st

by the north gate

by the north gate as we leave on tour day

Because the last stop on the tour is a “not a garden”, I’m making it a bonus post tonight, as I am anxious to get on to a spontaneous day of garden touring that took place the next day in Astoria.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

At ten thirty, Garden Tour Nancy picked me up at home and we headed off to tour most of the gardens that will be on this year’s July 19th peninsula garden tour. Our mission was to write garden descriptions and for me to take sneak peek teaser photos for the Facebook page.

Before our tour began, we visited Nancy’s friend Marla at her home in Nahcotta.

the gate to Marla's garden

the gate to Marla’s garden

Marla's newish yard is coming along and will be garden tour ready for next year, perhaps.

Marla’s newish yard is coming along and will be garden tour ready for next year, perhaps.

She decorated this porch gate with driftwood.

She decorated this porch gate with driftwood.

The gate is behind the trellis.

The gate is behind the trellis.

a bucolic birdhouse

a bucolic birdhouse

We made haste to the other side of the house, as we had been looking forward to seeing Marla’s new chicken coop and her chickens. I think Nancy told me there are 23!

chicken coop

chicken coop

I at first mistook the structure in front of the coop for a series of compost bins. Marla told me that they will be raised planters, with a wire mesh background for growing vines (peas or beans, I think).

She's just putting compost-y stuff in now to fill them up.

She’s just putting compost-y stuff in now to fill them up.

And here are some of the girls (and possibly one boy).

And here are some of the girls (and possibly one boy).

I got to go inside the coop, and there was an exodus of hens..

I got to go inside the coop, and there was an exodus of hens..

They all went into the wooden shelter.  Marla thinks the black one, front and center, is a rooster.

They all went into the wooden shelter. Marla thinks the black one, front and center, is a rooster.

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They soon overcame their anxiety and re-emerged into the outer pen.

They soon overcame their anxiety and re-emerged into the outer pen.

This one was my favourite.

This one was my favourite.

I was reminded of how as a child, my grandma and I would sometimes visit her sister, my great aunt Lou. Lou and Jack Plisko lived in a farm in Port Orchard; a dirt road called Plisko Lane bisected their property. I remember putting my hand under the feathery warm chest of a hen and collecting an egg. My cousin Linda, much older than I, had a horse named Red. She kept Red in a pasture on the other side of Plisko Lane from the old white farmhouse.

Here is how it looks now:

Great Aunt Lou's farm....now....

Great Aunt Lou’s farm….now….

Oh, how I have digressed.

Below, we look from Marla’s chicken coop area to the east and Willapa Bay.

 

bay view

bay view

The part of the fence that lets us see the view has tall posts for attaching deer-prevention see through wire later.

patio in back, with garage door:  We'll look out of that window later.

patio in back, with garage door: We’ll look out of that window later.

Gunnera...

Gunnera…

and a new house that fits well into the historic neighbourhood.

north side of the new house that fits well into the historic neighbourhood.

The porch wraps all the way around the south side.

Chairs facing east to the bay. The porch wraps all the way around the south side.

We went into the garage to get some chicken coop supplies, as Nancy is acquiring chickens of her own soon. Here’s the view from the garage window.

bay view over a clam cleaning sink

bay view over a clam cleaning sink

As we arrived, I had seen a sweet looking dog. Before we left, I got to meet her. I insisted; in fact I had a rather one track mind toward the end of our visit about this darling dog.

Here comes Elly down the stairs.

Here comes Elly down the stairs.

Ten months old, she was a birthday present for Marla's husband.

Ten months old, she was a birthday present for Marla’s husband.

I wish I could have a nice dog like this for a birthday present!

I wish I could have a nice dog like this for a birthday present!

Marla lives just north of the Charles Nelson Guesthouse. Before we drove away from our most enjoyable visit, I took a peek into the back entry of the B&B’s lovely garden. It has been on the peninsula garden tour before.

path to the B&B

path to the B&B

Next, some teaser photos from the garden pre-tour. But first (since I am writing this blog two days behind) is a photo that Garden Tour Nancy texted to me today:

Nancy's very own baby chickens!

Nancy’s very own baby chickens!

 

 

 

 

 

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