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29 July 2012, benefit for Clatsop County CASA

outside the gate

outside the gate

in the gate

in the gate

About the “bonus garden” created by Nancy Draper, the programme says “This fairy tale garden makes you believe in garden elves.”  Why a “bonus garden”?  Perhaps because it was not groomed to garden tour perfection.  Its humble cottage and the fact that it was clearly the work of its owner endeared it to me immediately, and if the back yard had had more plants, it might have been my favourite.

No matter how grand a garden, I do most admire one that is created by its owner, when physically possible, with no outside help (other than the ideas we all swipe from each other).

front garden

front garden

front garden detail

front garden detail

a simple cottage

a simple cottage

a beautiful cobalt blue front door

a beautiful cobalt blue front door

tree trunk in fence

tree trunk in fence

While some of my gardening friends will turn their noses up at red geraniums (pelargoniums), they always remind me happily of my grandmother’s garden, where she even had a rectangular section in which she bedded them out.

In a front corner of the garden, you can see the tree trunk that went through to the other side into the previous tour garden.  Clearly, the tree had fallen, so it interested me that the fence had been built around it.

Maybe all it meant was that no one owned a big enough chain saw.

verbascum

verbascum

The fallen verbascum in the side garden looked like a string of beads.

The fallen verbascum in the side garden looked like a string of beads.

Coming around the side of the cottage...

Coming around the side of the cottage…

shed

in the back yard, a sweet little shed

in the back yard, a sweet little shed

On the other side of the wooden fence is the big garden we just visited.

shed window with roses

shed window with roses

Just after entering the back yard, Allan stopped to take a photograph...

Just after entering the back yard, Allan stopped to take a photograph…

of this...

of this…

a string of (toilet) plumbing balls

a string of (toilet) plumbing balls

The back of the cottage

The back of the cottage

The little cottage was humble enough that I could imagine living there, and oh! what I would do with the back yard!  It has a beautiful mossy tree behind the shed…

mossy tree with Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

mossy tree with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

mossy tree limbs

mossy tree limbs

back yard with so many possibilities

back yard with so many possibilities

front garden corner

front garden corner

We departed after some more time spent in the front garden…

front garden art

front garden art

Then we had another entertaining Gearhart garden interlude as we made our way back to our car; it was too long of a trek to walk to the next garden in time.

Interlude

a garden home

a garden home

red and white

red and white

the ridge path

the ridge path and Roger’s garden

We followed the peaceful Ridge Path for four blocks, again passing Roger’s garden where a new group of garden tourists had stopped to admire his Eryngium patch, as must have happened all day long.

Right by our car down on a main street, we took time to admire a garden and home with a stone foundation.

on the main street

on the main street

a house with a stone foundation

a house with a stone foundation

Now on to two more gardens and a visit to a favourite Oregon coast nursery.

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