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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Markham Farm

We arrived back at our guest cottage at 6:45 and had a look at the little garden there, where I saw tadpoles in the pond.

Allan’s photo

After a brief rest, I walked on down to the farm ahead of Allan.  The evening sun highlighted the garden bed that I saw the first time we visited here two years ago; I remembered that moment when I knew we had arrived at a wonderful place.

While I am not well traveled, I have toured dozens of Pacific Northwest gardens and this is my favourite of all.

One of the reasons I love this garden best: It has horses.

Gus

Woody (Allan’s photo)

Verbena bonariensis

left side of the driveway

the pollinator garden

an embrace

Barry

I kept wandering, with Barry and Gus the only residents I had seen so far.

The property includes many wooded acres and a beach.  The garden itself is three? or five? acres.

The giant white froth of persicaria above is well behaved and is not Japanese knotweed.

looking back along the driveway

I entered the shrubbery.

hypericum in foreground

Another reason I love this garden best: It is multi-layered and intricate with little or no space between plants, and yet the plants are also well defined.

Another reason I love this garden best: lots of hydrangeas.

an enviable Hydrangea aspera

dinosaur footprints, which I soon learned were a recent acquisition, destined for the grandchildren’s woodsy camp

Allan’s photo

repurposed satellite dish

Right about here, I heard rustling and met Terri and Ilsa wandering the paths from the other direction. We then wandered together, soon joined by Allan, and Terri showed us some favourite plants.  She said she had recently realized she “gardens in vignettes.”

(Terri, Ilsa, Bill, and Barry are four more reasons that this is my favourite garden.)

Ilsa

Waldo Pond has a little leak this year.

Stewartia

when Allan found us

the light at 7:50 PM

Ilsa leads the way.

daylily, maybe Ice Carnival

Allan’s photo

We walked to the other side of the driveway to admire some new daylilies.

looking toward the blueberry field/bird feasting area

Terri had limbed up the Fuchsia magellanica by the pavilion (an old remodeled garage, site of an old forge).

I remembered how I’d limbed up fuchsias in my old garden and now felt inspired to do so again when we returned home.  Another reason this garden is a favourite: it gives me ideas.

I doubt I have the story entirely right about the sculpture, below; something like…it used to be in Terri and Bill’s old Seattle neighbourhood, and then it was sitting out for free and they were able to snag it and bring it to Markham Farm.

Another reason this garden is my favourite: It abounds in garden art, much of which  is found, upcycled, or gifted, nothing ostentatious, nothing that tries to be more important than the garden.

After our garden walk, we entered the house…

..for some cheesecake garnished with three kinds of berries.  The dessert was deliciously photogenic but good conversation distracted me from saving its image for posterity.

kitchen window

We were able to return to the guest cottage without feeling the sadness of departure, because tomorrow we’d be in the Markham Farm again with friends.

 

 

 

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

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Floramagoria

(or, Return to Floramagoria)

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I was thrilled to return to the gloriously colourful Floramagoria garden.  Last year, during the Garden Bloggers Fling, I was so taken with the garden that it got three whole blog posts which show the garden in much more organized detail than today:

the front garden

the back garden

and the farm area

During the Bloggers Fling, we were divided into groups of (I think) 50…or 80…and since everyone was blogging, there was a lot of everyone moving out of each other’s photos.  Today, the garden was more crowded with possibly 400 people touring at approximately the same time.  It was fun to see how well it absorbed the large number of people, as it is a garden made for entertaining.  This time, just walk with me here and there through the garden, and look at my favourite bits from many angles, and you can have a browse through the old posts if you want a careful explanation of how it all fits together.

entering the front garden

entering the front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

signs made of styrofoam (Allan said)

signs made of styrofoam 

dog

as one walks around the side of the house

as one walks around the side of the house

clematis at the side of the house

clematis at the side of the house

entering the back garden

entering the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

slug

slug

glass

little greenhouse/shed at corner of house

little greenhouse at corner of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the greenhouse: Allan's photo

in the greenhouse: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the back garden

the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pitcher plants...I want any and all of them.

pitcher plants…I want any and all of them.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I think this is crambe maritma.

I think this is crambe maritma (sea kale)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

kniphofia

kniphofia

looking back at the corner greenhouse

looking back at the corner greenhouse

a stunning grass

a stunning grass

I figured that grass was a Stipa, and indeed, one of the garden owners told me it was a Stipa…something or other….I must do some Googling because I must have it.

must...

must…

have...

have…  (Is it Stipa pennata??)

nigella seed pods

nigella seed pods

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the Little and Lewis-y water feature

the Little and Lewis-y water feature

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

water3

That’s what I want for my garden.  My budget runs more toward plastic tubs.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

yellow

Allan's photo  (What is it?)

Allan’s photo (What is it?)

at the corner of the dining pavilion

at the corner of the dining pavilion

photo appreciation

photo appreciation

daylily (one that made me think, last year, that I need some frilly ones like this)

daylily (one that made me think, last year, that I need some frilly ones like this)

hakmak

one of two matched pillars near the dining pavilion

one of two matched pillars near the dining pavilion

I know little about the different varieties of pitcher plants, because we cannot get them anywhere around here....

I know little about the different varieties of pitcher plants, because we cannot get them anywhere around here….

(looking down from above): I want them ALL.

(looking down from above): I want them ALL.

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I wonder if they are hardy?  I seem to recall that when I did have a few, they came back after winter.

I wonder if they are hardy? I seem to recall that when I did have a few, they came back after winter.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pitcher7

pitcher8

(Two weeks later, when we stopped by Garden Tour Nancy’s to see her recent plant acquistions from her visit to Dancing Oaks nursery, what did she have?  YES, a pot of pitcher plants!!  ARGH!

Okay, enough obsessing about this one area.

Okay, enough obsessing about this one area.

(Looks like maybe I can mail order them from here: Sarracenia Northwest, which tells me that they are indeed cold hardy.)

cannas

 

blue

 

into the shade, having walked through the dining pavilion

into the shade, having walked through the dining pavilion

the shade and bubble corner

the shade and bubble corner, so welcome because the day, while overcast, was hot

looking up into the sequoia

looking up into the sequoia  (bubbles were floating down)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shady bench

shady bench

on the walls of the shade corner

on the walls of the shade corner

shade corner stucco walls painted green; this is the back of the blue water feature wall

shade corner stucco walls painted green; this is the back of the blue water feature wall

leaves

flower

Maybe I just need to settle for this kind of pitcher plant.

Maybe I just need to settle for this kind of pitcher plant.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking back through the dining pavilion

looking back through the dining pavilion

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, Dan Hinkley and one of the garden owners

Allan’s photo, Dan Hinkley and one of the garden owners

dining pavilion chair

dining pavilion chair

from the pavilion

from the pavilion

the solidly floriferous side of the garden

the solidly floriferous side of the garden

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daylilies

flowers3

my favourite shape of dahlias

my favourite shape of dahlias

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flowers5

another ruffly daylily

another ruffly daylily

After seeing this garden last year, I swore I was going to paint some bamboo poles and put them in the garden.

After seeing this garden last year, I swore I was going to paint some bamboo poles and put them in the garden.

Did I?  No.  Will I this year? I surely do hope so.

Did I? No. Will I this year? I surely do hope so.

poles5

poles6

cobalt

stripes

an astrantia for Mr. Tootlepedal

an astrantia for Mr. Tootlepedal

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astrantia, closer

astrantia, closer

looking over the garden to the dining pavilion

looking over the garden to the dining pavilion

at the end of a dead end path in the floriferous garden

at the end of a dead end path in the floriferous garden

in the shade at the back of the flower garden

in the shade at the back of the flower garden

the covered deck behind the house

the covered deck behind the house

from up on the deck

from up on the deck

from the deck: the patio right behind the house

from the deck: the patio right behind the house

one of the hosts (Allan's photo)

one of the hosts (Allan’s photo)

near the back door

near the back door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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on the corner of the deck (from where I had sat down)

on the corner of the deck (from where I had sat down)

another sitting down view

another sitting down view

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I spy Dan Hinkley!

I spy Dan Hinkley!

from my comfy couch seat

from my comfy couch seat

tour guests and host

tour guests and host

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (he entered the garden via the farm area and this side entry to the deck)

more garden gazing

more garden gazing

crowds

Allan rejoined me and we exited via the “farm” side of the house.

the farm greenhouse, at the back corner of the covered deck

the farm greenhouse, past the back corner of the covered deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bouquets in the greenhouse

bouquets in the greenhouse

duck

the farm

the farm

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bee hive

bee hive

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking back on the farm

looking back on the farm

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around the corner into the front garden

around the corner into the front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front garden ferns

front garden ferns

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tiered fern planter near front door

tiered fern planter near front door

screen for front door privacy

screen for front door privacy

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

While I can’t afford a stucco wall and dripping column water feature (and lack the skills to make one), I leave this garden (again) with the ideas that I could paint some bamboo poles and perhaps buy some metal livestock troughs to grow veg in…and get me some sarracenias.

Tomorrow: our very last garden of the 2015 study weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

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Barrager garden

Just up the street from Barbara Ashmun’s garden, her nearby neighbour Doug Barrager’s garden was also on tour.  I do love when tour gardens are walking distance from each other.

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from the street

from the street

sideslope

lilies

lilies

lily and dogwood

lily and dogwood

rose borders

side garden rose borders

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

into the shade

into the shade

shadegarden

more shade beds: Allan's photo

more shade beds: Allan’s photo

hydrangeas

hydrangeas

I want this hydrangea.

I want this lace cap hydrangea.

I like the precisely cut flowers.

I like the precisely cut flowers.  Allan overheard some tour guests saying this is an unusual cultivar.

Jeanne and I marveled at the perfection of the hostas.

Jeanne and I marveled at the perfection of the hostas.

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more perfect hostas

work area around the side of the house

work area around the other side of the house

the sunny side of the house

the sunny side of the house

variegated dogwood at the corner

variegated dogwood at the corner

roses along the front street

roses along the front street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another starry dahlia

another starry dahlia

bonus garden

We enjoyed the view over the picket fence of a garden across the street.

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another gardening neighbour

Next: We return to Floramagoria, one of our favourite Portland gardens.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

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Barbara Blossom Ashmun garden

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front garden from the street

front garden from the street

from the street

from the street

Just a hint that she loves daylilies

Just a hint that she loves daylilies

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Barbara had won a raffle prize plant during the morning lecture series.  Usually one does not get the prize if one is not present at the drawing.  A kind exception was made because “she’s home getting her garden ready for the tour.”  I later overheard someone speculating that she had been home deadheading her dozens of daylilies, as they were absolutely perfectly deadheaded and dead-leafed.

On the front lawn, a tour guest made much of Barbara’s cat.

I wished I had gotten to the cat first...

I wished I had gotten to the cat first…

But I did not want to intrude.

But I did not want to intrude.

Allan's photo; I missed this opportunity.

Allan’s photo; I missed this opportunity.

path to back garden

path to back garden

clematis arch

clematis arch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

clematis close up

clematis close up

clematis

clematis

This reminds me of a poem that I once read in a Heronswood catalog:

Because it grows on a lattice, some people call it clemAtis, 

But Mr. Webster will not cease to hiss until they call it CLEMatis.

A poem for Barbara herself was mounted at the beginning of the back garden.

poem

emerging to the back garden

emerging to the back garden

stunning flower brought lots of "what is it?" questions.  Did I write down the answer?  No...

stunning flower brought lots of “what is it?” questions. Did I write down the answer? No…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

lilies

lilies

the back garden

the back garden

Barbara her ownself

Barbara her ownself

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Barbara had a thoughtful gift for tour guests: a copy of one of her books.

Book: Married to My Garden

Book: Married to My Garden

Barbara is also the author of The Garden Design Primer, a book that I own and enjoyed.

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How I covet her circular greenhouse!

How I covet her circular greenhouse!

I’ve never seen a greenhouse like that anywhere else.

inside

inside

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(Allan and I tour each garden at a different pace, and sometimes in different directions, so it always amuses me when we get almost the same photo.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Barbara displayed a collection of conifers and other small trees in pots around the greenhouse.  Here are some photos for Steve and “conifer man” John.  (My memory is weak, but I do believe that John is the most avid conifer collector of the two.)

conifer

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

trees

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conifer3

Moonlight Lace Hinoki Cypress

conifer4

conifer5

The enormous back garden has a series of swirling beds of perennials, with an emphasis on Barbara’s daylily collection.

beds

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beds3

 

heart

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

daylily1

daylilies

peach

daylily2

picotee

daylily5

gold

aylily6

looking back toward the house

looking back toward the house

a lattice house and a plant sale

a lattice house and a plant sale

from the other side of the lattice house

from the other side of the lattice house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a path by the lattice house

a path by the lattice house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

astilbe and irises

astilbe and irises

redbud

back2

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at the beginning of a natural wildlife area

at the beginning of a natural wildlife area

toward the back of the garden

toward the back of the garden

a conifer with personality

a conifer with personality

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

exploring the furthest back path

exploring the furthest back path behind the natural swale

along the back of the garden

along the back of the garden

the compost/debris heap at the very back corner

the compost/debris heap at the very back corner

turning to head back to the main gardens

turning to head back to the main gardens; the boards hint that this is probably wet in the winter

a wild (wetland?) area for birds and critters

a wild (wetland?) area for birds and critters

Dragonflies abounded in there (and were buzzing around at top speed)

Dragonflies abounded in there (and were buzzing around at top speed)

re-entering civilization

re-entering civilization

allium with its little hat

allium with its little hat

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

plant tag examination (Allan's photo)

plant tag examination (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a daylily sales table was almost sold out

a daylily sales table was almost sold out

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

botanical illustration cards for sale

botanical illustration cards for sale

by the house again (Allan's photo)

by the house again (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We exited the back garden by the other side of the house, through another clematis arbour.

looking back

looking back

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo.  I like little dahlias of this type.

Allan’s photo. I like little dahlias of this type.

front garden daylily

front garden daylily

float

 

daylilies and hosta

daylilies and hosta

colour echo

colour echo

in the front garden

in the front garden

departing from Barbara's Playground

departing from Barbara’s Playground

sedums by the street

sedums by the street

streetside garden

streetside garden

Tonight: a bonus post of the tour garden just up the street from Barbara’s, as we hope to eventually get back to the present day in this blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First, a flashback to a few photos from earlier in the week, before and after work:

black Centaurea (perennial cornflower)

black Centaurea (perennial cornflower)

That tall...um..Rubus something?? that I wanted for a long time and now have might be a bit vigourous.

That tall…um..Rubus something?? that I wanted for a long time and now have might be a bit vigourous.

front gate view Saturday as we leave for Doggie Olympic Games

front gate view Saturday as we leave for Doggie Olympic Games

an annual poppy

an annual poppy

a lily in the front garden, admired as we left again to work for an hour in the early evening.

a lily in the front garden, admired as we left again to work for an hour in the early evening.

As always on Saturday morning, we took photos at Ilwaco Saturday Market and uploaded them to Discover Ilwaco. Saturday afternoon, the fun and lively annual Doggie Olympic Games kept us busy taking photos and uploading them well into the evening. Sunday I could not make myself go out into the garden because I was absorbed in uploading the rest of the photos…and it was so hot the cats were sleeping on the cool bathroom counter.

a cool spot when wearing a fur coat

a cool spot when wearing a fur coat

You can see our Doggie photos here; later this summer I may make a post of our favourites from D.O.G. and the upcoming Sand Flea Pet Parade as I did a few years back.

Sunday evening, I finally got out into the garden while Allan bucket watered the Ilwaco planters.  I had felt only mildly guilty all day even though I suspected a cool breeze from the Port might have mitigated the heat. We have worked through all sorts of weather lately without much of a rest, and it felt good to just sit.

I had big plans for my evening session….but remembered that I needed to put some fish fertilizer on the beans and water the greenhouse tomatoes and peppers and plant a few more containers of veg seed.

In looking for another container to use, I disturbed someone.

In looking for another container to use, I disturbed someone.

In the interest of not showing only the pretty things, I did NOT get to weeding this area as I had planned this weekend:

bogsy wood east edge still unweeded

bogsy wood east edge still unweeded

bogsy wood front edge still unweeded!

bogsy wood front edge still unweeded!

I realized one of my favourite garden signs had been sucked in to the salmonberry grove and retrieved it.

sign

Just before going in, I went around and took the kind of pretty picture that shows mostly just the good things. I had some company on the excursion:

Frosty

Frosty

Smokey

Smokey

Mary

Mary

I think this daylily is a keeper.

I think this daylily is a keeper.

and this one?

and this one?

Iris

Iris

and another

and another

Penstemon fallen open in rain and wind

Penstemon fallen open in rain and wind

had to telephoto an annual poppy way in the middle of the garden

had to telephoto an annual poppy way in the middle of the garden

I am loving all my Astilbes.

I am loving all my Astilbes.

another

another

just opening

just opening

another

another

and another

and another

more Astilbe and a Phygelius

more Astilbe and a Phygelius

Clematis 'Etoile Violette'

Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’

Etiole Violette has surpassed my dreams for a beautiful clematis on the arbour leading into the back garden.  Too bad she is never in bloom on a garden tour day.

Pink Campanula

Pink Campanula

Pink Campanula, although a more “cup and saucer” sort which I find very hard to come by, figured large in a bouquet from my past that changed the way I looked at flowers.

On the lawn on Sunday, I found a perfect cap that had blown off the top of an elephant garlic.  I modelled it on a metal crow:

a rakish hat

a rakish hat

But Maddy absolutely refused to wear it for me.

Maddy

 

 

 

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