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Saturday, 2 May 2015

rhodietour

Long Beach Peninsula Rhodie Tour

Klipsan Beach Cottages

from the programme:  As you walk into the property, view the prolific lilacs peaking over the gray private backyard fence to your right. The park-like setting west of the dunes has landscaping surrounding a small pond which is refreshed by three little waterfalls. Explore a fenced deer-proof garden with artistic rebar gates, full of roses and collectors’ choice perennials. Wander by the charming clamming shed and picnic area, next to woodland gardens with shrubs and perennials.

As you leave Klipsan Beach Cottages, stroll the big lawns to the north between two tall conifers to view a semi-circle of old rhododendrons at the entrance of the road to the beach cottage next door. You are welcome to walk up that road to view the rhododendrons by “Joanie’s cottage”.

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our KBC gardens

KBC gardens

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I had every intention of getting to Klipsan Beach Cottages in time to help host guests at the Rhododendron tour.   It was not to be as all the other gardens were so fascinating.  We did not get to KBC until about 3:20.  Owner Denny told us that all the guests had been well behaved and pleasant and he sounded  delighted when he told us how one of the plein air painters had set up her easel and done two painting of the garden while tour guests watched.

A few more guests arrived, even after “closing time”.  I’ve worked in this garden for almost twenty years so it’s a great pleasure for me to see people enjoying it.

Rhododendron 'Cynthia' by the pond.

Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’ by the pond as you enter the grounds.

a tour guest tries out the bench

a tour guest tries out the bench (her dog was very tired of being in the car, so got to come, too)

the pond garden

the pond garden

more of the pond garden

more of the pond garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages, just outside the fenced garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages, just outside the fenced garden

south side of fenced garden

south side of fenced garden

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

a clematis peeking through the lattice

a clematis peeking through the lattice

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Clematis (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Clematis (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Pieris japonica

Pieris japonica with the beach cottages on the ridge in the background

the deer fence

the deer fence

looking in the south gate; center of garden has four columnar golden yews

looking in the south gate; center of garden has four columnar golden yews

inside the deer garden: Dutch Iris

inside the deer garden: Dutch Iris

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bubbler in the fenced garden

bubbler in the fenced garden

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Allium bulgaricum

 

below the house deck: Mary's decorated dry fountain

below the house deck: Mary’s decorated dry fountain

Tiger Eyes Sumac and Cynthia

Tiger Eyes Sumac and Cynthia

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boxwood ball outside the east gate

boxwood ball outside the east gate

Cynthia and the pond with its three little waterfalls

Cynthia and the pond with its three little waterfalls

Cynthia's trunk structure

Cynthia’s trunk structure

waterfall

waterfall

tour guests

tour guests

bench

bench

Cynthia, painted by Cynthia Pride

Cynthia, painted by Cynthia Pride for the garden tour

pulmonaria growing underneath Rhododendron 'Cynthia'

pulmonaria growing underneath Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’

Tour guests were invited to walk further in to the property.

Tour guests were invited to walk further in to the property.

red rhodies with the A Frame in background (one of the vacation rentals)

red rhodies with the A Frame in background (one of the vacation rentals)

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by a woodland area that not long ago had an understory of narcissi

up by the cottages

up by the cottages

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looking east down the road from the cottages

looking east down the road from the cottages

the south side of the pond garden (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

the south side of the pond garden (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

back in the garden:  Allan and local tour guests Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscaping

back in the garden: Allan and local tour guests Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Landscaping

sit spot in the fenced garden

sit spot in the fenced garden

sword ferns and columbine

sword ferns and columbine

The unfurling shows so beautifully when the old fronds have been removed in early spring.

The unfurling shows so beautifully when the old fronds have been removed in early spring.

Cynthia from inside the fenced garden

Cynthia from inside the fenced garden

Knock Out roses inside the fence

Knock Out roses inside the fence

As we left, we walked over to look at the semi circle of old rhododendrons by the road into “Joanie’s Cottage”, another vacation rental that is managed by KBC.

looking west: the road to Joanie's cottage

looking west: the road to Joanie’s cottage

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enormous old rhodos

enormous old rhodos; some will bloom later this month

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looking south to the KBC outer lawn

looking south to the KBC outer lawn

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Thanks for joining us on the rhodie tour, whether you attended in person or just followed along here in the journal.  Here, from Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park, are some of the plein air painting from the tour:

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by Eric Wiegardt

by Eric Wiegardt

 

 

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Saturday, 2 May 2015 

a reminder

Long Beach Peninsula Rhodie Tour

Diana’s Garden

from the programme:  “Both an artist and a gardener, owner Diana Canto has surrounded every side of her cottage with enchanting outdoor rooms filled with classic urns and statues, arched trellises, and stone-edged beds. While the plantings are stronger with spring blooms than rhododendrons, her espaliered cherry trees, rugosa rose hedge, Asiatic lilies and clematis will win you over.”

From the outside, Diana's mid-Peninsula home is hidden (as I hope mine will be someday).

From the outside, Diana’s mid-Peninsula home is almost hidden (as I hope mine will be someday).


It was garden six on the programme.  Ever rebellious, we went there second, because we wanted to end our tour at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

It was garden six on the programme. Ever rebellious, we went there second, because we wanted to end our tour at Klipsan Beach Cottages.


looking in at the front: two blue urns matching the house

looking in at the front: two blue urns matching the house

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On the west side, a woodsy  planting with ferns, shade perennials, and scilla.

On the west side, a woodsy planting with ferns, shade perennials, and scilla.


approaching the entrance

approaching the entrance


the last of the tulips

the last of the tulips


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo of Diana's artistic window trim

Allan’s photo of Diana’s artistic window trim

See comments on this post for Diana’s explanation about how she made these window frame decorations. 

As in all my gardens, the tulips bloomed early this year.  I was glad for Diana that this many had lingered for tour day.

I adore the colour of the house.

I adore the colour of the house.


white cistus well set off by blue

white cistus well set off by blue


Cistus flower

Cistus flower


A tour guest's couture matches perfectly.

A tour guest’s couture matches perfectly.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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A deck with benches all along the west side...

A deck with benches all along the west side…


...will be continued along the front.

…will be continued along the front.


looking back

looking back


Diana, Allan, a good dog Lucy

Diana, Allan, a good dog Lucy


a very fine dog indeed

a very fine dog indeed


Diana, our Kathleen, Lucy, and another tour goer.

Diana, our Kathleen, Lucy, and another tour goer.


The painting of blue is an ongoing project.

The painting of blue is an ongoing project.


an early rose

an early rose


Diana tying in her espalier

Diana tying in her espalier


double file viburnums along the neighbour's building to the south.  I'd ask if I could paint that too.

double file viburnums along the neighbour’s building to the south. I’d ask if I could paint that too.


arbored gate into back garden

arbored gate into back garden


tour guests entering

tour guests entering


Allan

Allan


patio in progress

patio in progress


This would be perfect for the Music in the Gardens tour.

This would be perfect for the Music in the Gardens tour.


photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw


scilla and primroses

scilla and primroses


the enclosed garden

the enclosed east garden


east wall

east wall


east garden paths

east garden paths


This statue was the subject for a plein aire painter in the garden.

This statue was the subject for a plein air painter in the garden.


The Rhodie Bud by Cynthia Pride Moore

The Rhodie Bud by Cynthia Pride


A circle of Alliums is about to bloom around that tree stump.

A circle of Alliums is about to bloom around that tree stump.


allium circle

allium circle


east edge of the garden with boxwood hedge

east edge of the garden with boxwood hedge


tour guests

tour guests


at the east end of the future front deck

at the east end of the future front deck


The blue paint job is just coming around the corner.

The blue paint job is just coming around the corner.


north side of house

north side of house


looking back at the east side garden

looking back at the east side garden


at the back porch again, with the lovely Lucy

farewell to  the lovely Lucy at the back door


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wish we had time to linger and pet Lucy for awhile…but four more gardens awaited us.

 

 

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