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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

Little Tyke Garden

John and Judy named their garden “Little Tyke” and describe it as “simple, easy, fun”.  I visited it with Garden Tour Nancy not long ago and on that day was able to tour the flower garden part.  Today, that had caution tape because the paths are narrow.  The main edible tour feature was John’s container kitchen garden, but for me the whole garden is a delight, especially his garden art from found objects.

Little Tyke

Little Tyke

front garden

front garden

Only the balloons hint at the artful garden in back.

Only the balloons hint at the artful garden in back. (Allan’s photo)

compost sifter on wheelbarrow

compost sifter on wheelbarrow

garden table divides kitchen garden from flower garden

garden table divides kitchen garden from flower garden (Allan’s photo)

one of John's cool art creations

one of John’s cool art creations

I like it very much.

I like it very much.

driftwood and found objects make art

driftwood and found objects make art

looking south into the flower garden

looking south into the flower garden

Driftwood protects a fish pond from raccoons.

Driftwood protects a fish pond from raccoons.  (Allan’s photo)

The sign is one that they found.

The sign is one that they found.

A tour guest in the container veg garden peer into the flower garden.

A tour guest in the container veg garden peer into the flower garden.  (Allan’s photo)

tomatoes on south wall of garage

tomatoes on south wall of garage

container kitchen garden

container kitchen garden

backlit chard

backlit chard

looking back at the house

looking back at the house

deck railing

deck railing

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck (Allan’s photo)

another critter by John

another critter by John

deck windows looking east

deck windows looking east (Allan’s photo)

a shovel critter that rocked

a shovel critter that rocked (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of me photographing John and a tour guests. John's in the Hawaiian shirt.

Allan’s photo of me photographing John and a tour guests. John’s in the Hawaiian shirt.

Allan's photo: tour host Judy and me.

Allan’s photo: tour host Judy and me.

I said to Judy “Your voice, the way you move, and the way you look are so much like a Judy I used to know that it’s spooky.”  She said “I AM that Judy!”  It was funny.  She modestly had a name tag just saying “John’s wife”, because she said the kitchen garden is his project.  She made me laugh.

She invited me in to see a wintertime project of John’s:

a button head with watches for eyes

a button head with watches for eyes

her friendly little dog

her friendly little dog (Allan’s photo)

very friendly

very friendly – I wonder if he is “little tyke”

flowers on the deck

flowers on the deck (Allan’s photo)

looking northeast over the garden

looking northeast over the garden

over

dawson

SE view

SE view

corner

all kinds of fun objects

all kinds of fun objects

rounds

John his ownself

John his ownself

from my pre-tour visit

from my pre-tour visit

I was sorry to leave because I’d really taken to John and Judy on both visits to their garden.  However, we have seven more gardens to see.  Before we leave for the next one, let’s look around the charming cul-de-sac on which John and Judy live.

intermission

This house is at the entrance and is next to the original house on the block.

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You can just see a taller house behind it that was the first house on the block:

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An arbour on the other side of the street from Little Tyke:

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pretty window boxes at the end of the little street

pretty window boxes at the end of the little street

a pond makes a nice view for end of the block houses

a pond makes a nice view for end of the block houses

Next: the garden behind the Planter Box garden center that feeds a large family.

 

 

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Garden Tour Nancy and I had plans for some Edible Garden Tour pre-touring, but first, we went by invitation to see a charming small Seaview garden.

Sue’s Garden

My Facebook friend Betty had told me about the garden of her neighbour, Sue.  First, Nancy and I had a look over the fence at the well-grown vegetables on Betty’s “Farm”.

Betty's farm

Betty’s farm

and her darling dog, Ella

and her darling dog, Ella

We then went to view the cottage garden next door belonging to flower-loving neighbour, Sue.  Betty had told me it was a good example of how someone on a budget and a small space can have a garden with, as Betty says, “just love and hard work. She looks for ‘deals’ and nurtures them into lush, healthy plants. Sue grows most of her garden from seeds which she shares freely.”

Black Eyed Susan vine at the gate

Black Eyed Susan vine at the gate

Sue's flower garden, staged in containers.  Later there will be sunflowers along the fence.

Sue’s flower garden, staged in containers. Later there will be sunflowers along the fence.

zinnia

zinnia

zinnia

zinnia

zinnias

beans

beans

morning glory

morning glory

We had an audience.

We had an audience.

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rose

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

Nancy and I were both delighted.  I would much rather see a tiny garden grown from scratch and from sharing than the grandest estate.

Dawson Garden

Next, Nancy and I visited another small garden in Long Beach to get some sneak peek photos for the Edible Garden tour (which, by the time you read this, will have taken place on August 9th.  Although I’ll save most of the photos for my edible tour posts.  Upon arrival, we were offered a free hydrangea which Nancy happily arranged to dig up this fall.

the hydrangea in question

the hydrangea in question

a well grown delphinium

a well grown delphinium

The edible portion of the garden is in containers, and I am sure, or at least I assume, that’s because, like me, the gardeners are more into using the majority of the space for a flower garden.  Because the paths are narrow, they’ll have that part of the garden blocked off during tour day.  Owners John and Judy let us go through it.

This driftwood is piled over a little fish pond to protect the fish from the local raccoons.

This driftwood is piled over a little fish pond to protect the fish from the local raccoons.

pond

protected pond

John makes garden art from objects.

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driftwood decor

driftwood decor

screened fish tub

screened fish tub

and another tub protected with driftwood

and another tub protected with driftwood

view from the deck

view from the deck

potted plants on the deck

potted plants on the deck

overlooking the garden

overlooking the garden

another creation

another creation

ingredients

ingredients

a pond next door

a pond next door

The home is on a cul-de-sac where several other homes also have gardens, and one gets the feeling it’s a friendly street to live on.

a tidy house at the inside end of the cul-de-sac

a tidy house at the inside end of the cul-de-sac

42nd Street Café

Nancy and I replenished our strength..and talked about garden tours…over lunch at the 42nd Street Café.

locally canned albacore tuna sandwich with house made potato chips

locally canned albacore tuna sandwich with house made potato chips

Russian vegetarian scramble with sour cream

Russian vegetarian scramble with sour cream

homemade jellies

homemade jellies

Gene Miles, retired Long Beach city administrator, was at the café and showed us some photos of how he is remodeling his garden, which was on the garden tour in 2013.  I got him to email them to me and will share them a little later.

On the way to our next pre-tour, Nancy and I went to the

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market 

It takes place every Friday afternoon at Veterans Field in Long Beach.

produce stall

produce stall

flowers

flowers

Nancy admires some fresh berries.

Nancy admires some fresh berries.

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Double J and the Boys on stage (except more girls than boys today)

Double J and the Boys on stage (except more girls than boys today)

our neighbours' farm, Starvation Alley

our neighbours’ farm, Starvation Alley

Our garden makes a nice backdrop.

Our Vet Field corner garden bed makes a nice backdrop.

the Humane Society raffle booth...with kitty litter buckets holding down the tent in the ubiquitous wind

the Humane Society raffle booth…with kitty litter buckets holding down the tent in the ubiquitous wind

plants

plants

onions and flowers

onions and flowers

dahlias

green

Nancy's bouquet

Nancy’s bouquet

Pink Poppy Bakery

Pink Poppy Bakery

squash blossoms from Pink Poppy Farm

squash blossoms from Pink Poppy Farm

another good backdrop: our flag pavilion garden

another good backdrop: our flag pavilion garden

Garden Tour Nancy

Garden Tour Nancy

The Planter Box garden

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Next, Nancy and I went on a sneak peek pretour of the expansive vegetable garden grown by Ray Millner, patriarch of The Planter Box.  He and his wife, Barbara, have pretty much retired and passed on the garden center to their son and daughter, Raymond and Teresa, and Ray devotes himself to growing enough food to feed his extended family.

Ray and his grapes, protected from dew.  He says he will remodel the top to be domed.

Ray and his grapes, protected from dew. He says he will remodel the top to be domed.

I am saving the photos for the edible tour coverage.  But here is the hand of a gardener:

hand

On the way home, in Long Beach, we saw the family of deer that eat from the planters on Seventh Street (which is just north of where they are).

at home in the town

at home in the town

in my own garden

This is a before photo of an upcoming project area.

This is a before photo of an upcoming project area.

I had thought I was going to spend most of my weekend painting lumber and was thrilled to find that Allan had already done it.

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And he was now mowing the lawn.

And he was now mowing the lawn.  At least the part in back that is still growing.

While watering, I found a Todd plant that had suddenly sprouted!

While watering, I found a Todd plant that had suddenly sprouted! I up-potted it right away.

The tadpoles in the water box are refusing to turn into frogs.

The tadpoles in the water box are refusing to turn into frogs.

passion flowers

passion flowers

with sweet peas

with sweet peas

After dark, I heard the sound of rain.

rain, making a puddle! thrilling!

rain, making a puddle! thrilling!

Gene’s Garden

Gene had emailed me the photos of his Long Beach garden and here they are.  You may remember his garden from the 2013 garden tour, or from this article by Debbie Teashon.

the driveway container garden

the driveway container garden

new: a two tiered deck on the west side

new: a two tiered deck on the west side, surrounded by garden beds…and do I see a new fence?

the view from the driveway

the view from the driveway…hey, that fence is new along the street!

I am so impressed with the new streetside fence and sweet peas.

I am so impressed with the new streetside fence and sweet peas.

sweet peas

sweet peas

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ might have come back from 2013.

what was a too-narrow straight edged bed along the house

what was a too-narrow straight edged bed along the house

Thanks, Gene, for the virtual garden tour.  You have done grand improvements.

 

 

 

 

 

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