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In December 1988, years after my youthful UK trip in the mid 70s, I went back to the UK with my Leedsman spouse.  (Only financial woes and self-employment have kept me from being there more often; I’ve been an Anglophile since age 12.)

This time I was becoming an avid gardener and was determined to wrest every bit of garden that I could from the trip.  We had gone to see Chris’s family in Leeds at Christmastime, and the mild December did allow me some floriferous moments.

wheelbarrow at rest, Roundhay, Leeds

wheelbarrow at rest, Roundhay, Leeds

winter garden, Roundhay, Leeds

winter garden, Roundhay, Leeds

I was thrilled to see allotments (community gardens).

I was thrilled to see allotments (community gardens).

In Seattle, these would be called "P Patches".

In Seattle, these would be called “P Patches”.

lanterns and windowboxes in York

lanterns and windowboxes in York

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ignore the text: This was in Richmond

Also cotoneaster, I think.

Oxford Botanical Gardens

Oxford Botanic Garden

inside the Oxford glass house

inside the Oxford glass house

Oxford scree garden in winter

Oxford scree garden in winter

Oxford Botanical Gardens

Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanical Gardens

Oxford Botanical Gardens

bedding

bedding out in December!
a garden tableau in Skipton

a garden tableau in Skipton

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December rose
Roses were blooming in many gardens that mild December in northern England.  Later I turned the photo above into a Christmas card:

December rose

December rose

private gardens and park in London

private gardens and park in London

 

My favourite photo of all the trip featured not a garden, but cut flowers in an old window in the perfect seaside town of Whitby, England.  This may be my favourite photo of any I have ever taken.
tulip window, Whitby
When we got back from our walk, the windowframe had been painted. I like it better this way for the photo.

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Second Annual Peninsula Edible Gardens Tour, 11 August

a benefit for local food assistance programs

gardens two and five: Two Community Gardens

Community gardens are a fairly new concept here on the Peninsula.  The Klipsan Community Garden is a couple of years old (I think) and is used by several Ocean Park families and a girl scout troop.  It is behind Jimella and Nancy’s Market Café in the Klipsan Beach neighbourhood.  In England, this would be called an allotment patch.

Klipsan Community Garden

Klipsan Community Garden

I grew up in the Seattle of P-Patches so am used to the concept.  The Seattle community gardens are a lot more exuberant and colourful than these, but perhaps these will grow into that in a few years. I especially remember the beauty of the P-Patch near Allan’s parents’ former home in the Wedgewood neighbourhood and the gorgeous Tilth community gardens in Wallingford.

Klipsan Community Garden

Klipsan Community Garden

local Girl Scout Troop garden plot at Klipsan

local Girl Scout Troop garden plot at Klipsan

After the Klipsan stop, we toured two more gardens whose entries will follow this one.  On the way home we took a quick look at a very recent addition to the community gardens of the Peninsula.  It is brand new this year, but has potential.  At 11th and Oregon, it is only a block from my mom’s old garden.  I happen to know that the neighbours right by this pea patch are gardeners themselves, so it must be fun for them to observe its creation.

Long Beach community garden

Long Beach community garden

Now back to the rest of the tour: a small and a very large edible garden…

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