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August 7, 2013

After visiting Pink Poppy Farm and Marilyns garden, we continued south to Dee Bristol’s garden in Butterfly Shores.

Bristol

Bristol

west side garden, created by local gardener Diana Canto

west side garden, created by local gardener Diana Canto

driftwood and Buddleia

driftwood and Buddleia

bristol

garden

gardener Diana Canto talks to guests

gardener Diana Canto talks to guests

Artemisia, Lavender, grasses

Artemisia, Lavender, grasses

hose

looking west

looking west

bubbler

a jet from behind enhances the bubbler

a jet from behind enhances the bubbler

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

I marveled at the gorgeousness of the Perovskia.  Diana said this is the best it has ever done.

Diana's dog Lucy adds a sense of scale.

Diana’s dog Lucy adds a sense of scale.

NW corner of house

NW corner of house

north side of house

north side of house

Going into the back yard at the southwest corner of the house, we pass this massive driftwood.

It's enormous.

It’s enormous.

Owner Dee says they call it their sea serpent.

serpent or sea monster indeed

serpent or sea monster indeed

In the back yard, the two little dogs came to greet us.

dogs

dogs

dogs

Dee (in yellow sweater) by the back yard veg boxes.

Dee (in yellow sweater) by the back yard veg boxes.

Next, we continued south and made a rest stop at Andersen’s RV Park where the poppy garden was much admired….then on down tiny little N Alley to Laura and Don Deemer’s garden.

garden club at Deemer house

garden club at Laura and Don’s  house

club

As I knew they would, the ladies took a strong interest in Laura’s decorative garden art.

birdhouse post

birdhouse post

post with shells

post with shells

And they were impressed with how Don and Laura had done everything themselves over the course of twenty years, from the pond to Don’s metal art.

pond

pond

enjoying the garden

enjoying the garden

Don's rebar pig

Don’s rebar pig

In what used to be a vegetable garden, before they planted trees and shrubs for shade and privacy, is a bench where Laura loves to read.

a bench in the cool shade

a bench in the cool shade

on the porch

on the porch

on the porch

on the porch

I noticed details I had not seen on my previous visits.

a snail in the shade garden

a snail in the shade garden

Laura's heart

Laura’s heart

garden shed in north side garden

garden shed in north side garden, a new display since the garden tour.  I like it!

north side garden, weeping tree

north side garden, weeping tree and dry creek

Next:  Jo’s, Gene’s, and my garden are visited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 20, 2013

from the program: Laura Deemer is a passionate gardener who never has trouble finding time to work in her yard. As you enter through a gated archway you will be greeted by a cottage garden in small raised beds. Circling the property to explore the many planted areas and shady retreats you will find specimen trees, original metal garden art by husband Don, a quirky mix of mounted birdhouses and a gazebo perfectly suited for music in the garden. A pond built by Don and Laura is fed by a small recirculating stream.

The Deemer garden was discovered by tour organizer Nancy Allen when she was going down a tiny local road looking for an estate sale. She knew by peeking into the garden that something good was going on there, so she introduced herself and asked Laura if she would like to be on the tour. Nancy and I visited the garden again about a week later and were both impressed with Don and Laura’s garden artistry. Happily, Laura did agree to open her garden for tour day. (Again, because I did not photograph every last thing on tour day, I have included some photos I took of details on the two occasions that I visited the gardens before the tour.)

roadside fence

roadside fence

From the driveway, the main garden has two entries, one, below, leading to the front porch. The Deemers extensively remodeled their home and added decks over the years.

entry, looking south

entry, looking south, with garden tour guest

Entering through the gate above, you will see garden beds on your right.

entering

entering

Kathleen Sayce got a good angle on the symmetrical flower beds.

Kathleen Sayce got a good angle on the symmetrical flower beds.

looking southwest

looking southwest

Another gate leads you below the flower beds, and that is the one we entered through on tour day.

looking south from the other gate on a pre-tour visit

looking south from the other gate on a pre-tour visit

barberryNow the flower beds are to our left, and on tour day, Laura had put out informative signage about her favourite plants.

Geranium

Geranium psilostemon

This is information that I did not know!

This is information that I did not know!

My friends were especially smitten with the Deemers’ artisitic birdhouse posts. Laura told me she had made this one since my previous visit which had only been a couple of weeks earlier.

shell birdhouse post

shell birdhouse post

post

mosaic post

mosaic post

On my previous visit, Laura told me they had also made the leaf and round pillar birdbath.

birdbath

birdbath

They also built their pond and streamlet water feature.

pond

pond on an earlier visit

pond on tour day with garden art by Don Deemer

pond on tour day with garden art by Don Deemer

pond on tour day

photo by Kathleen Sayce

photo by Kathleen Sayce

head of recirculating streamlet

head of recirculating streamlet

the tiny stream on a pre-tour visit.  I love this!

the tiny stream on a pre-tour visit. I love this!

stream and pond

stream and pond

Our friend Kathleen Shaw caught a slightly different angle.

Our friend Kathleen Shaw caught a slightly different angle.

another birdhouse

another birdhouse creation
coming around from the front porch and deck to the south side of the house

coming around from the front porch and deck to the south side of the house

east of pond

looking west back to the pond

Above, the shady southwest side of the garden used to be a vegetable patch until Laura decided to turn it into a woodland.

On the south side of the garden, where she has planted specimen trees and shrubs, she set up a table with before photos of the garden. I remember seeing this garden in its early days, over the fence, before it was surrounded with trees and shrubs…maybe 18 years ago as it is near Andersen’s RV Park, one of our longtime jobs.

before pictures

before pictures

rustic birdhouses in woodsy south side garden

rustic birdhouses in woodsy south side garden

another birdhouse with fanciful post

another birdhouse with fanciful post

People could walk all around the house via what is usually fenced off as a dog yard where two Australian Shepherds romp.

dog yard

dog yard

Laura told me she likes to create sheltered places to get out of the sun. Below is an outdoor room behind the house.

outdoor room

outdoor room

The wall was painted by Susan Wallace of the Painted Lady Lavender Farm, which would be our last stop on tour day.

wall

Leaving that room, we go along a shady walk, still in the dog yard. Laura told us one of the two dogs has been quite a problem with digging, but she has still managed to grow hydrangeas, ferns and hostas.

a shady walk

a shady walk

more good signage in the shade garden

more good signage in the shade garden

Leaving the dog yard, we enter a large, square sunny garden room on the north side of the house….a secret garden that you might not even find it you did not look for it. Along the back fence (to the right in the photo below) is a low area that is used as a debris and compost pile. I am hoping our friend Sheila may have photographed that, as we both like to see the work areas of a garden! The main part of the garden here has another outdoor shelter, a gazebo large enough to have dinner in…or place a Music in the Gardens tour musician.

Laura herself approaches as we leave the dog yard.

Laura herself approaches as we leave the dog yard.

Between the two raised beds of ferns, to the left, a path leads to another gate out to the driveway. This garden is enclosed with a tall fence, and the construction of the pergola is absolutely solid.

musician Jennifer Goodenberger

musician Jennifer Goodenberger

Jennifer Goodenberger

Jennifer Goodenberger

An elegant garden of shrubs and ferns with a dry creek bed runs along the north fence of this garden area.

Note the hydrangrea blossoms in the birdbath

Note the hydrangrea blossoms in the birdbath

dry creek

dry creek

dry creek with bridge

dry creek with bridge

gazebo...note fire circle just beyond it.

gazebo…note fire circle just beyond it.

looking northeast through the gazebo windows

looking northeast through the gazebo windows

I don’t see many “outdoor rooms” that are this beautifully built with windows…a perfect shelter from the beach wind.

another of Don's old garden tool birds

another of Don’s old garden tool birds

The skills of Don and Laura are evidenced in everything from the well built structures, to the paths and decks and paving, to the birdhouses and pond and Don’s playful metal sculptures.

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Continuing the unusually social week, Wednesday would be a slightly short day because of a social engagement.  No working till dusk-thirty!  (Monday we had quit early to have dinner at the Depot with friends of Allan’s and Tuesday we had spent, er, three hours! visiting with friends at Olde Towne.)

I had noticed the day before in Long Beach that we were losing the sidewalk to the south of the police station to rugosa roses.  It’s an important route because people walk it to get to Veterans Field and the farmer’s market on Friday afternoons.  So that was our first project for Wednesday.

before and after looking west

before and after looking west

before and after looking east

before and after looking east

All over town, the baskets from Basket Case Greenhouse are looking amazing.  We don’t water the baskets; the city crew does so every single day.

one of the police station baskets

one of the police station baskets

I checked the parks to the west across the street and found one hydrangea had been…jumped on? and partly broken.  It still had some good flowering branches.

Hydrangea from The Planter Box

Hydrangea from The Planter Box

backed with another Planter Box hydrangea

backed with another Planter Box hydrangea

I love hydrangeas for public gardens because they bloom in summer, unlike rhododrendrons which are just boring green by tourist season.

The Veterans Field garden is still a pretty good show of red white and blue.

Vet field

Vet field

I look forward to next year when the perennials have filled in more.

We checked on the Anchorage Cottages next and fertilized the containers and windowboxes.

Anchorage windowbox

Anchorage windowbox

Then we went south again to Long Beach to do something I had meant to do when we dumped our debris at City Works:   Check on Margaret and Larry’s garden nearby.  I am still frustrated with how slowly this garden is filling in, and looking at the photos I have had a revelation.  I need to give up on Cosmos and painted sage here and concentrate more on perennials.  The wind is fierce in this garden and it needs tougher plants.

It looks good when I focus in on the perennials!

It looks good when I focus in on the perennials!

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

a lovely sanguisorba

a lovely sanguisorba

Margaret and Larry’s gooseberries within the fence look attractive.  I remember weeding around some when I used to garden at China Beach Retreat, and that they were painfully thorny.  I am not sure if one is supposed to eat them raw but the berry I tried was pretty tasty.

gooseberries

gooseberries

Maybe if I planted some in my garden I would be further qualified for the edible garden tour.  (I’m still fretting mildly about being on that tour with so few edibles.)

From Long Beach we headed toward Andersen’s RV Park but via the Basket Case so I could get myself, Marilyn and Nancy (garden tour organizer) one of those Banana Cream Shasta daisies!

Banana Cream, perfect name for this colour

Banana Cream, perfect name for this colour

I could not resist this gorgeous 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' Helenium.

I could not resist this gorgeous ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ Helenium.

When we got to Andersen’s RV Park, I remembered how much Lorna loves Shasta Daisies AND yellow flowers, so she got “my” Banana Cream;  I’ll get myself another one later.

west garden

west garden

Sadly, the best show from the poppies in the west garden is over.  I’m glad they were at their peak for the Sisters on the Fly gathering.

Payson Hall Planters

Payson Hall Planters

Lily 'Landini' in the picket fence garden

Lily ‘Landini’ in the picket fence garden

After Andersen’s, we had our first social occasion of the day, driving down the one lane N Alley to see the Deemers’ garden which is going to be on the garden tour (July 20th!).  On the way we passed a lovely landscaping by what looks like a cottage but is actually one of the original traincars of the Clamshell Railroad.

clamshell car

clamshell car

Laura Deemer was at work…I had not been able to schedule the visit because had not known for sure if we would have enough time between jobs.  So we walked around the garden with her husband and took photos.  I can’t share many because they would be spoilers for the tour but here are three teasers:

Deemer garden

Deemer garden

We had been making very good time all day so we managed to get down to Ilwaco in time to not only water the planters but also to do some weeding in the boatyard garden and water the Time Enough Books garden.  There was still a long stretch of boatyard to do before Saturday…

in the boatyard garden

in the boatyard garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' at the boatyard

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ at the boatyard

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

We’d had a pleasant fantasy of dinner out before our 7:30 PM social time.  First we tried Don’s Portside Café; we thought their new dinner hours included Wednesday.  Closed.  Then we tried OleBob’s Café, hoping they were open till at least five thirty.  Closed.  So we did the work while hungry and then had a very quick bite at home…then walked five doors down to do some porch sitting with hors d’oeuvres at Larry and Robert’s vintage house along with our dear friends Tom and Judy.  (Our quick bite at home kept us from making pigs of ourselves.)

porch sitting

porch sitting

Hilarity ensued from 7:30 all the way till almost 10:30; the only thing that broke up the party was the onset of loud personal fireworks nearby.  Judy and Tom’s dog Towbeh would be terrified alone with such booming racket, so they had to go to their home just east across the street to give moral support.  (Beep and Stymie are made of sterner stuff.)

It is a dream come true to have such good neighbours on Lake Street.

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save the dateOn Sunday, Nancy, garden tour organizer, picked me up at 11 and we went to some of the gardens that will be on the Music in the Gardens tour, July 20th.  Our mission: to write descriptions for each garden.   First, a garden on the bay.  I can only show you glimpses, not big spoilers of the whole landscape!

Bayside Garden

Through a gate flanked by totem poles is a parklike landscape.  We think if the owner puts out some tables and chairs it will be a great place for people to stop and have a picnic lunch.

sneak peekThere’s no house here, just a natural landscaped setting and a path to the bay.  There’s also the sturdiest elk and bear fence you’ll ever see.

safe veg

safe veg

woodland path

woodland path

seguing to meadow path

seguing to meadow path

There’s a surprise along the way to the bayside, but I won’t reveal it till you’ve been on the tour!  After tour day, we’ll post a detailed view of each garden.

beautiful Willapa Bay

beautiful Willapa Bay

I don’t think Nancy has worked up the description for this one yet.

Marilyn’s Garden

Those who follow this blog already know about Marilyn’s garden, a wildlife friendly landscape on a city lot (50 by 100 or something like that) in Surfside.  When Nancy and I arrived on Sunday, these two were just crossing into the neighbour’s yard.  I would not be surprised if, as has happened before, the fawn was born in Marilyn’s garden among the ornamental grasses.

mother and child

mother and child

description (first draft):

Marilyn and Nancy Gorshe garden

Instead of being “deer resistant”, this garden is wildlife friendly and proof that you can coexist with deer and still have plenty of flowers.  Nancy and Marilyn call this their healing garden because while recovering from knee surgery and from cancer, they have been inspired and comforted by watching plentiful birds and a mother deer and fawns living in the garden.  Designed and planted by Tangly Cottage Gardening to be viewed and enjoyed year round with structural perennials and ornamental grasses for winter interest.

Butterfly Shores

Next we checked out a tour garden in Butterfly Shores where a meadow, just over the foredune from the ocean, is exposed to the salt wind and storms and still thrives with well chosen plants selected and planted by local gardener Diana Canto.

meadow effect

meadow effect

detail

sedum wreathDescription (first draft):

This large meadow garden on the dunes of a Butterfly Shores estate showcases the many plants that thrive in full exposure to salt, wind and winter storms.  As you wander through the meadow, notice the garden art, collected driftwood planters and sculpture, pond and fountain.  The tall fence around the back gardens protects artful bird feeders from bears, raised-bed vegetables from deer and encloses a sheltered patio.  Garden designer:  Diana Canto

intermission

I must break from the tour to show you two ocean front houses that caught my fancy.  One, across from the tour garden, is known locally as “The Microsoft House’ and is built, it is said, to withstand a tsunami.  That would be quite a feat as it is the first house in line from the shore.

the microsoft house

designed to survive

designed to survive

I was also intrigued by a narrow house further to the north.  Unfortunately, neither photo shows a feature that I liked:  Part of the house (the north end) is separate and reached by an elevated breezeway.

an unusually narrow house for such a setting

an unusually narrow house for such a setting

detail

Jo’s garden

Jo’s is another garden that readers of this blog might feel they already know well.  By the time we got there, the rain was pretty intense so Jo, Nancy and I sat inside and talked about gardening and about the garden description.  Coco sat on my lap.

Coco

Coco

I think she likes me.

I think she likes me.

Here’s a sneak peek of Jo’s from when I worked there the next day:

Jo's garden

Jo’s garden

Description (first draft):

Cottage gardens wrap around this 1896 home in a succession of outdoor rooms, each filled with breath-taking color and whimsical garden art.  Flowers and feeders provide a sanctuary for birds, which you will surely hear as you  meander on the brick path.  The welcoming deck is a haven for friends and family.  This exquisite garden will be a great inspiration to those who garden in small spaces.

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On Monday, we went to two more gardens.  We again looked at the Deemer garden which we had visited earlier in the month. I do long to show you all of it but mustn’t post spoilers for the tour!  Let me just say it is one of my top three favourites on this tour.

Deemer garden

just a hint

just a hint

birdhouses

birdhouses

perhaps more than a hint, but there is much more to see!

perhaps more than a hint, but there is much more to see!

Nancy hasn’t sent me the rough draft of the description, but it will be about the many garden areas, the shady retreats because Laura likes to get out of the hot sun, the specimen trees and  shrubs, the pond, and the original metal garden art.

Dickerson garden

We also visited a garden that was on the tour back in 2008;  I missed it then because that was the year our own garden (our former garden) was on the tour.  I have wanted to find time to see it, but life keeps slipping by.  The owners’ daughter, Madeline of Pink Poppy Bakery, says it has changed much since 2008 so there will be lots to see even if you have toured it before.

One of the prettiest chicken coops I've ever seen

One of the prettiest chicken coops I’ve ever seen

expansive beds of flowers and veg

expansive beds of flowers and veg

clever ideas

clever ideas

I photographed this and the Deemer garden extensively but can’t share all the photos yet!

description (first draft):

Allow yourself time to explore this expansive, one acre country garden where edibles and flowers grow in harmony, surrounded by mature conifers which provide privacy and some wind protection. As you enter the front gate, see swirls of lavender and rosemary filling deep perennial beds.  After circling a ring of dahlias,  head for the cutest chicken house ever, “The Imperial Chicken Palace,” which is filled with 13 gorgeous hens.  Meandering through the property you will see  2 and “1/4” poly tunnels which shelter tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and more.  Edible landscape masters, the owners have lived and worked on the grounds for 19 years.  The garden is full of clever ideas for watering, fencing, and decor.

Peggy and Gene’s garden (Peggy Miles memorial garden)

Finally, we visited Gene’s garden where he carries on the memory of his late wife, Peggy.  Allan and I helped with the weeding and with the planting of the streetside bed.

mossy courtyard detail

mossy courtyard detail

townhouse porch

townhouse porch

description  (first draft):

This pocket-size townhouse garden was created by the late Peggy Miles and continues to thrive in her memory with tending by her husband Gene.  The front porch abounds with the charm and beauty of colorful hanging baskets and potted plants.

Narrow beds surrounding the house are planted with deer-resistant borders.  The jewel of this garden is the tucked-away courtyard in back, filled with a bold composition of shade plants and well-chosen ground covers placed in crevices between pavers and river rocks.

At the end of the courtyard is Gene’s up cycled pallet composter and a chiminea-seating area.

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Another garden that will be on the tour is the Painted Lady Lavender Farm, about which I have raved on this blog before.

Where to buy tickets:  Tickets may be purchased with cash or check one week before the tour. Credit cards are not accepted, as the ticket-selling venues are doing so on a volunteer basis.

The English Nursery
corner of Highways 101 and 103
Seaview, WA

Peninsula Landscape Supply
15289 Sandridge Rd
Long Beach, WA

Adelaide’s Books & Coffee
1401 Bay Avenue
Ocean Park, WA

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On Monday, before we went to see the official gardens, we visited one that is not on the tour this year because it is so new, but I think it is pretty special.

Nancy and Phil’s garden

'Sweet Magnolia' peas!

‘Sweet Magnolia’ peas!

just wow!

just wow!

lettuces

lettuces

veg boxes

veg boxes

eight month old flower border

eight month old flower border

Alllium albopilosum and schubertii

Alllium albopilosum and schubertii

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Maybe next year, or the year after, Nancy will feel her garden is ready for its own tour day.

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