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Friday, 5 June 2020

At last we managed to visit Steve and John’s garden by Willapa Bay. Although (due to the second spring clean up at work after our non-essential weeks and to the emergency building of our coyote-proof catio and then the time-consuming plant sale prep) we had missed the peak rhododendron bloom time, this garden has much to offer at any season.

When we arrived a few minutes early, Steve was tidying the garden with bucket and picker-upper.

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Let’s walk through through the garden with Steve and John, enjoy the vistas, and give the plants some individual attention…social distancing, of course.

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In the upper beds near the house:

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Acer platanoides ‘Rezak’, “the only plant on the property with a tag”

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Allan’s photo of an unidentified acer

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Steve and John (Allan’s photo)

I tried to take good notes, but had forgotten a clipboard, so many rhododendron names were illegible.

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As always, Steve and John helped via email with the identifications.

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Rhododendron ‘Ring of Fire’

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Rhododendron ‘Ring of Fire’

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I was overexcited by the purple stems and my photo is blurry…

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Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’ (highly fragrant in its pink bloom)

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enviable hostas

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Hosta ‘Madame Wu’ (Allan’s photo)

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more perfect hostas and proof that we had missed peak rhododendron bloom time

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grassy paths down the north side of the property

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The rhododendrons with white tomentum, the powdery substance on top of the leaves, are my favourites. Rhododendron sinofalconeri Vietnamese form

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emerging into sun on the north side, as we amble westward

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left: ‘Orange Rocket’ barberry, which we all expected to be more columnar. Right: Drymis winteri

A few more rhododendrons had kindly waited for our visit.

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R. ‘Anna’ in front of R. ‘Leo’

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Rhododendron ‘Mango Tango’

Many in this collection had leaves that, to me, are as good as any bloom.  Visits to this garden have been a revelation from the standard rather boring rhododendrons that I had been familiar with before.

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R. ‘Sir Charles Lemon’ with R. ‘Lissabon’ in foreground

We now cross the driveway to the shady south beds under limbed up trees.

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looking back north across the driveway

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south side of driveway: a grove of rhodies original to the property, which was a rhododendron nursery at one time.

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Allan’s photo

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R. ‘Cupcake’

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Rhododendron degronianum ssp yakushimanum x R pachysanthum, my favourite of all

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Cornus canadensis, a groundcover that I love.

In the ferny beds…

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cinnamon fern

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Allan’s photo

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Rhododendron ‘Jan Dekens’

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the cryptomeria grove

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Crinodendron hookerianum (Chilean lantern tree)

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R. ‘Yaku Princess’

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the glorious variety of rhododendron leaves

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Allan’s photo

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Rhododendron macabeanum

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Rhododendron sinofalconeri

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Allan’s photo, Steve and a few remaining blooms

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R. quinquefolium

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Rhododendron lepidostylum

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Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’

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and its flowers

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Rhododendron ‘Starbright Champagne’, Steve’s favourite

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R. pseudochrysanthum

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Hydrangea ‘Lemon Daddy’ which I love and keep forgetting to look for…maybe I can beg a cutting later this year.

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looking north across the irrigation pond

We crossed over there, but I got too busy chatting about plants and only took one photo.

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Allan’s photo: Leptospermum lanigerum ‘Lydia’ from Xera plants. Woolly tea tree, comes from New Zealand. Genista in the background.

John had left us to prepare some tea and cake.  We walked up the driveway…

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…around the south side of the house…

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We had walked here to start our tour and to admire a little rhododendron growing in a stump on the north side of the lawn.

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R. keiskei ‘Yaku Fairy’. What a little cutie.

We sat for tea and cake with this backdrop.

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Allan’s telephotos of an interesting vessel…

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…and of Baby Island.

We had tea from Beach House Teas...

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…and observed proper social distancing.

John had baked a dessert of Dutch Spice Bread (Ontbijtkoek, aka Breakfast Cake). Delicious.

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(Steve, with a bouquet I brought)

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Allan’s photo

It was our first social outing since the stay at home order expired.

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We were serenaded by birds…

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Allan’s photo

…and visited by Mr. Towhee, a special friend of the family.

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As we departed, we further admired the entry garden.

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Allan’s photo

If you would like to visit this garden in other seasons and earlier years, just put “bayside garden” into our search box, and you will get a wealth of posts.

You can see a drone video of the garden (which also shows inside the house) on this realty listing…which also means you could dream of living here yourself.

Steven and John were organizing the big 2020 conference for the American Rhododendron Society, when the coronavirus reared up and postponed it till 2022. If you live in the US and all these amazing rhododendrons inspire you to become a collector, joining that organization would be a good place to begin.

 

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Depot Restaurant

weeding, deadheading, watering…

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and Persicaria ‘Firetail’

Last week, I was finally able to cut down all the twiggy stems on the escallonia.

It has more or less died out in the middle.

Long Beach

We did a quick weeding of horsetail in Fifth Street Park.  With the days getting shorter, we no longer have time to fit a project into the middle of a Long Beach-Shelburne-Ilwaco watering day.

Skookum Surf was returning from the beach….

to their new shop in First Place Mall.

The Red Barn

We did not have to water.  Amy said, “If those plants are telling you they are thirsty, they are lying.”  (The plants had told us that they were quite satisfied.)  So only some light deadheading and weeding was necessary.

our tiny Red Barn garden

crab pots and thistles by the Red Barn

Cosmo the barn cat (Allan’s photo)

I want to take Cosmo home. Maybe he wants to come home with us.

Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

Diane herself doing some deadheading by the road.

By the way, Diane is a champion barrel racer. I found this photo (not by us) from four years ago.

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I told Diane today how impressed I am with her skills.

We had a good talk about the various plants in the raised box garden.

I had my new version of lunch: a deconstructed cheese, pickle, and onion sandwich, because I don’t especially like bready sandwiches.

deconstructed sandwich

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We did the usual hour long tidy. Deer had got into the garden again.

leaves stripped off the roses

birdbath view

Strobilanthus atropurpurea

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

looking in the east gate

Perovskia (Russian sage)

in the fenced garden

Helenium

Timmie (Timothea)

Mary and I are starting to talk about labeling a lot of plants by the end of the year for the new owners, and about which plants Mary will want to take starts of to their new home.

We were finishing work early today so that we could tour a friend’s garden near KBC.

Gail’s garden

Going down a road we had never been down before, and jogging over to another road, we found a woodland garden tucked away at the end of a long gravel driveway.  Gail has lived here for a couple of year.  Local gardeners Mark and Joe have helped her to create a garden in a woodland frequented by deer, raccoons, and bears.

The property abounds in old rhododendrons because the previous owners used to work at Clarke Nursery, the local specialists in rhododendrons, which was located where Steve and John’s Bayside garden is now.  Steve Clarke’s family nursery had a big influence here on the peninsula and you will find their plants in many gardens (including mine).

We were greeted by Gail and Bob the Dog.

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lots of big old rhododendrons

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a late lily and a rhodie with huge leaves

a “fairy garden” around an old stump

Bob the Dog on the back porch

The east edge of the property is marshland, with Spirea douglasii on an island in the middle.

The spirea is a haze of pink spires earlier in the year.

The raccoons and bears go in under the tree to the right, above, and cross over to the solid ground island.

farther along the edge of the marsh

I felt a little presence at my feet, and looked down to see Collar.  That was my clue that Mark and Joe had arrived to join our tour.

Joe and Collar. Let me see your ears!

Let me see your ears, Collar!

There we go!

a sit spot

Jack the Cat appeared.

a plush and friendly cat

Green Man on a tree

More sun along the entry drive allowed room for a flower garden on either side.

Gail took us back into the shade to see the last few blooms on the Crinodendron hookerianum (Chilean lantern tree).  Clarke Nursery used to sell this little tree; I do not see it often.

Gail sent me some photos later of the garden in springtime.

three rhodies by the woodshed (Gail’s photo)

a support built for the start of a new “Princess Rose”; it has covered the poles now. (Gail’s photo)

Crinodendron hookerianum (Gail’s photo) Best one I have ever seen.

Chilean Lantern Tree (Gail’s photo)

She also sent a photo of the bashful resident we did not get to meet:

“My assistants” (Gail’s photo) Freya the Beautiful and Jack the Cat

Gail says, “Bob the Dog, who is 14 ½, and Jack the Cat, 10?, both rescued me several years apart and were very happy with their original “guys at the pub” names so we kept them. Freya (formerly Rumbly!) was renamed by me to give her confidence and ranking.”

We departed after a good hour in this hidden woodsy paradise.  I love discovering a special garden like this down a secret road.

On the longish drive home, we decided to have a dinner work reward at the

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We had a gift certificate from Allan’s January birthday from our friends Susie and Bill of the Boreas Inn.

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Dinner there always begins with their good bread with corn relish or marionberry preserves.

brussels sprouts appetizers

delicious carne asada style steak

Butternut squash ravioli

My favourite dessert on the peninsula is their tiny chocolate mint sorbet served with a tiny spoon.

Allan had the tiramisu, which came as a cake, not layered in a glass.

better this way, I decided.

a new mural painted by Susan Spence

Why, I thought, don’t we eat here more often?  I tend to frequent restaurants associated with gardening jobs. The ambience here is friendly and cozy and the food is so tasty that I felt especially happy throughout the meal.

sunset over the trees in Seaview on our way home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 25 August 2018

We continued garden touring with Pam, Prissy, Beth, and Ketzel, visiting a oceanfront house with a garden designed by Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery.

Usually, I notice the garden first.  This time, the first thing I noticed was the gutters, and I was obsessed with them.

Can I retrofit my double wide to have gutters like this?

rain chains going into a little pool

center outfall with clear channel for watching rain water

Allan’s photo; he’s the one who noticed the clear channel.

garden reflected in windows under the fabulous gutters

That’s all I will show of the house, to respect the privacy of the friend of one of our group, who kindly allowed us to tour.  I simply had to show you those gutters.  They have been on my mind ever since. This is the first time I have ever wished it was pouring torrential rain when on a garden tour.  I would love to see these gutters in action.

And now for the glorious garden.

by the gate

passion flower clambering outside the gate

on the entryway fence between the east side garden and the south side

inside, a focal point and a wall covered with Muehlenbeckia axillaris (wire vine, yes, the same one I am battling in a Long Beach planter)

The garden is a showcase for plants to covet, from Cistus Nursery.

in the sheltered back garden

hydrangeas under trees on the east edge of the garden

Crinodendron hookerianum

Arisaema in bloom

Ketzel taking pics

This green stemmed sarcoccoca had a couple of us rapt in admiration.

Later, at home, I was watering my ladies in waiting and I realized I seem to have bought this one at the Hardy Plant weekend!  Pretty sure:

Cistus Nursery’s treasures in a carpet of wire vine

going through to the south side garden

and further along to the west side

south side lawn

west side, on a bluff over the beach

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at the edge of the bluff

I stayed away from the edge, as the beach seemed very far below.  I asked Allan to “show” me (in photos) the path to the beach, as I could just see the beginning of it.

a classic beach path scene

I returned the way I had come.

returning to the south side garden

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Allan’s photo, ivy leaf Geranium, Pelargonium peltatum ‘Crocodile’

We rounded ourselves up from far flung corners of the garden and gathered in the driveway.

Prissy creates the container gardens for the house next door to the one we toured; we could see one overlooking the beach.

Prissy’s work next door

Now we were ready to drive to Manzanita to visit the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon open garden which had been the inspiration for this day.

 

 

 

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