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On Sunday, July 21, I had the pleasure of arranging a private garden tour for my friends who had come from out of town for the Music in the Gardens tour the day before.  We met, of course, at Olde Towne Coffee Café.

(l-r)  Debbie, Kathleen, Luanne (Olde Towne Owner), Sheila, me

(l-r) Debbie, Kathleen, Luanne (Olde Towne Owner), Sheila, me, photo by Allan

9 AM required an early rising for me but it was not a problem with such a great day to look forward to.

We went first to Tom and Judy’s garden just down the street.  The day might have seemed grey to some, but to us it was perfect weather as the light was ideal for Debbie to take photos.  Below, Judy shows off her latest of 30? Japanese maples.  Or is it 31?

Tom, Debbie, Judy

Tom, Debbie, Judy

Along the fence, Debbie found a perfect specimen of Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ to photograph.  And I find, looking at my photos later, that it was so interesting to watch Debbie’s choices of what to photograph with her handsome professional camera that I sort of forgot to take many pictures myself!  The Eryngium might attain fame some day on her website, Rainyside Gardeners, or in a gardening magazine.

a vignette in the Hornbuckle garden

a vignette in the Hornbuckle garden

Next we went to the Boreas Inn to have a look at the west side gardens which are exposed to ocean salt wind.

Boreas:  Path to the beach is just past the arch

Boreas: Path to the beach is just past the arch

I had been very mildly appalled when owner Susie bunged some gladiolas into “my” mixed borders.  How declassé!  What, I wondered at the time, would famous NW gardener Ciscoe Morris think when he came there to stay (as planned for June).  The week after, I saw on his telly show that he loves glads.  Now, with this dark plum coloured set looking so grand, I can see why.

glads at the Boreas

glads at the Boreas

Next, we converged on Andersen’s RV Park.  I forgot to explain that the white petunias in the whiskey barrels are a favourite choice of owner Lorna’s.  (The petunias are looking bedraggled with all the wind we have been having.)

at Andersen's, looking NW

at Andersen’s, looking NW

Debbie took lots of photos, I think of the poppy garden.

poppies

Deb and the poppies

poppies

Meanwhile, Sheila and Allan were intent on something.

on the path through the poppy garden

on the path through the poppy garden

AHA!  Sheila was collecting seeds!

sheila

Busted!   She even had a little plastic bag at the ready.

caught redhanded

caught redhanded

My plan to keep viewing gardens from south to north was kiboshed by everyone being hungry, so we skipped the three Klipsan/Ocean Park gardens and went straight on north to Nahcotta to have a delicious lunch at Bailey’s Café.  I became a little anxious about the time, as usual, but forgot to fret when our food came.

An absorbed Kathleen, and Sheila at Bailey's Café

An absorbed Kathleen, and Sheila at Bailey’s Café

After lunch, we went further north to Rita’s amazing garden on the bay.  First we stood and marveled at a bad boxwood pruning job that had been hired out.  When Rita herself prunes her boxwood entrance it is perfect, not like this at all (and this is after two months of growing in).

Rita, Kathleen, Debbie, Sheila

Rita, Kathleen, Debbie, Sheila

Gardeners can discuss something like this for a long time.

garden west of house

garden west of house

The garden is green on green on green and meticulously maintained.

garden east of house

garden east of house

Rita and Ken laid every rock of that wall themselves.  When Allan and I used to work there, she had me trim back draping cotoneaster so it would not hide the work they had done.

west side porch

west side porch

upper pond

upper pond

From a pool on the west side of the house, a stream runs to a waterfall pond in the lower, east side garden overlooking Willapa Bay.

boulder by path going to bayside overlook garden

boulder by path going to bayside overlook garden

the lower pond, east side of house

the lower pond, east side of house

waterfall

I was so interested in my friends’ reactions to the spectacular garden that I did not take any photos of the bay view.  Here’s one taken in early spring from when we used to work in the garden (which we did for a year until time constraints forced us to let it go).

view in 2011

view in spring 2011

After a good long visit with Rita, we departed back southwest to Ocean Park to see two gardens created by neighbours.  This duo of gardens was on the Music in the Gardens tour in 2010 and I had remembered it fondly.

The Door House

The Door House

I have always believed the local legend that this house was made from shipwrecked doors, but its owner enlightened us that the doors came from an old building, a large lodge of some sort which had many doors.  The walls inside the house (and we were all thrilled to be invited in to see) show the insides of the doors!

a house made of doors

a house made of doors

on the garage wall

on the garage wall

between garage and house, looking north

between garage and house, looking north

To the south of the Door House, a gate leads into the neighbour’s garden.

a friendly gate

a friendly gate

Through the gate is the garden of the Greutter family.  The Door House dog felt very at home there.

dog

in the Greutter garden

patio with interesting containers

patio with interesting containers

I especially like the very raised up Phormium, which is the only way I like to grow them myself now (in rustic old garbage cans).

patio containers and recycled glass

patio containers and recycled glass

glass bottle edging

glass bottle edging

fire circle

fire circle

How I love this little garden!

How I love this little garden!

nautical corner

nautical corner

Hydrangea aspera!

looking north to the Door House

From Ocean Park, we drove south to Klipsan Beach Cottages where Debbie took photos in the fenced garden and the three-waterfall pond by the entry drive.

Debbie in the courtyard

Debbie in the courtyard

Debbie was on a mission to get lots of seaside garden photos;  Sheila and Allan and Kathleen and I had a great time just walking around and talking with Mary and Denny.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

This robin had just been seen pilfering blueberries.

This robin had just been seen pilfering blueberries.

For our last stop we visited Patti Jacobsen’s Seaview garden.

Allan and Patti; Debbie photographs a little pond

Allan and Patti; Debbie photographs a little pond

Patti's puppy Stella in a rare moment of almost repose

Patti’s puppy Stella in a rare moment of almost repose

Patti told the story of how some years ago, someone found her this driftwood, perfect for a bench, in the mud of Willapa Bay.  It is one piece of wood, and she had recently polished up to gleaming finish.

driftwood bench

driftwood bench

Stella flattening an ornamental grass

Stella flattening an ornamental grass

entry to Patti's edible garden

entry to Patti’s edible garden

back deck and door

back deck and door

bouquet in Patti's kitchen window

bouquet in Patti’s kitchen window

So our tour day which had begun at 9 AM ended at 6 PM and Kathleen and Debbie departed from Seaview for their homes in Olympia and Kingston.  I had one more social evening with Sheila because she was staying till early Monday morning.  We had dinner at the always delightful Pelicano Restaurant at the Port of Ilwaco and then she returned to her nearby motel and I had that poignant feeling when good friends have all left.

[Edited to add:  Here is an article Debbie wrote using some of her photos from this day.]

The next day, the regular round of work would begin again, but I had the Gearhart garden tour to look forward to at the end of the week.

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We had another day of work with a big break in it…for the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade in Ocean Park.  I’m not much of a patriot (love the planet, think there are other wonderful countries, etc etc) but I am always able to enjoy this community parade just for its utter charm and cuteness.

Both Allan and I took photos.

for Judy

for Judy

July Beach Clean Up is always the day on the 5th.

July Beach Clean Up is always on the 5th.

The Grass Roots Garbage Gang unicyclist

The Grass Roots Garbage Gang unicyclist

Grass Roots Garbage Gang

Grass Roots Garbage Gang

Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty

Railroad Club

Railroad Club

Railroad Days will be at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on July 20th and 21st.  (We will attend on the 21st because the 20th is…Garden Tour day!)

We love our Coast Guard and their Auxiliary Patrol.

We love our Coast Guard and their Auxiliary Patrol.

The parade always closes with the shopping cart drill team.

The parade always closes with the shopping cart drill team.

drill team

shopping cart drill team

shopping cart drill team

carts

carts

The song was Surfin' USA, thus the nose holding and swimming motions.

The song was Surfin’ USA, thus the nose holding and swimming motions.

carts

carts

Eventually, we will have our parade photos uploaded to Facebook and I’ll add the links here.

Just before the parade, I had seen Karyn Z from Home at the Beach on the deck of the Lighthouse Realty Ocean Park branch, and the owner of the realty company had invited us to partake in their feast “because you do so much.”  I thought she meant Facebook (because we were taking photos for assorted pages) but then realized she meant gardening.  After the parade, we took her up on her offer, and the feast was delicious.  Company owner Todd Kaino sat with us for awhile and proved to be full of interesting stories about growing up in Ilwaco.

yummy picnic food

yummy picnic food, thanks to Lighthouse!

Lighthouse realtors in their parade t shirts

Lighthouse realtors in their parade t shirts

We had managed to put it a little bit of work before the parade, starting with the watering of Larry and Robert’s garden and then a quick stop at Klipsan Beach Cottages where we did not get everything done.  So back through the pretty streets of Ocean Park we walked to our car.  We had a mini garden tour on the way.

Door House

Door House

The Door House was on the Music in the Gardens Tour a few years back.  I don’t remember the flower bed above.

Door House north side

Door House north side

When I said to Allan that a “window box” like the one below would make our garden look better for the edible tour, he pointed out that all the windows are the same size.

at the Door House

at the Door House

Just down the street, an adorable pink cottage that was on the 2007 tour still looks wonderful.

Debbie's house

Debbie’s house

another view

another view

Just down the street, a handsome stand of Matilja poppies (Rhomneya coulteri):

behind a picket fence

behind a picket fence

I have found these so hard to get started and it occurs to me I have not checked lately on my latest effort to grow them.

Matilja poppies

We admired this nearby gate:

gate

And then we were at our car and went back to work, first at the Wiegardt Gallery.

Wiegardt Gallery

Wiegardt Gallery

And then on to Marilyn’s in Surfside, continuing our quest to get it ready for the tour.  Allan weeded by the driveway, I weeded the back swale, and then I started removing strawberry from along the house (rampant wild beach strawberry) so the rock edge shows.  I learned from Ann Lovejoy that it is always good to have a strip of rock next to the house for access, washing windows, and for not having shrubs mishapenly crammed against the walls.

Marilyn's before

Marilyn’s before

and after

and after

evening light

evening light at Marilyn’s

I have less than a week to do my page (on this blog) about deer resistant plants in Marilyn’s garden.  Oy, and here I am still running four days behind in the daily writing.

at Marilyn's

at Marilyn’s

After Marilyn’s, we went back to Klipsan Beach Cottages to finish our usual time there (which varies from an hour to two…)

Denny was proud of his nicely painted Ho-Mis.  Ho Mi=Easy Digger=Korean Hand Plow, one of our favourite tools.  Supposedly these blue handles will keep me from accidentally making away with Mary’s ho mi!

Denny's cunning plan

Denny’s cunning plan

evening roses

evening roses

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

One of Mary’s favourite Clematis was blooming so low, under a rose, that we almost missed it.

Clematis sieboldii

Clematis sieboldii

Denny watches Allan deadheading roses.

Denny watches Allan deadheading roses.

And then…home at last.  July 4th on the Peninsula is not the time to stay our working till dark so we were home by eight, and even before dark the personal fireworks began exploding all around.  I found Smokey all curled in the protective bathroom sink.

Smokey's bunker

Smokey’s bunker

The kabooming would keep us up till late and the very next morning would be the July 5th beach clean up.

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