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July 27, 2013

Gardens by the Sea tour benefits Clatsop CASA.

Garden three: Cornelia and Bill Dreverscraft garden

from the program: “Seeing the light of proper placement. A delight to behold, clean and crisp and even.”

It is indeed one of the cleanest gardens I have ever seen, rivaled only by one from last year.

approaching

approaching

closer....

closer….

through the arch

through the arch

To our left, the porch.

To our left, the porch.

"Cornelia's Cottage"

“Cornelia’s Cottage”

porch chairs

porch chairs

more porch seating

more porch seating

We encountered our friend and client Lorna of Andersen’s RV Park and Karen Clarke, another good gardener, again as they were entering and we were leaving this garden. I credit them with pointing out the interesting driftwood ball on the porch. (We also discussed how glads are getting so trendy but that they used to be strongly associated with funerals.)

driftwood ball

driftwood ball

Allan examined it and said it was built on a wire frame.

Allan examined it and said it was built on a wire frame.

Allan's closeup

Allan’s closeup

patio

patio

I think it was Karen who noticed the colour coordination between plants and chairs and the throw on the bench.

bench

bench

right across the street: the golf course

right across the street: the golf course

Lorna was very taken with the clipped boxwood in big pots.

pot feet

pot feet

I wonder: Do snails and slugs live more happily under pots raised up with pot feet?

good signage for garden trees

good signage for garden trees

beside the patio

beside the patio

Here we go around the side of the house….

side path

side path

back corner of house

back corner of house

Allan's photo, looking behind toward front garden

Allan’s photo, looking behind toward front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

into the back garden

into the back garden

"Mind the steep path."

“Mind the steep path.”

behind the house

The path was indeed a bit steep because gravel can be slippy. We turned instead to the upper level gravel patio right behind the the house.

back wall of house

back wall of house

looking downhill at the garden

looking downhill at the garden

by the upper gravel patio

by the upper gravel patio

good ID sign for tree

good ID sign for tree

Stewartia

Stewartia

I so look forward to my own Stewartia getting big enough to bloom and have good bark. Just when the one at my old house first bloomed, we moved! And started again with a young tree,

view to a lower expanse of gravel

to our right: view to a lower expanse of gravel

steps to porch

ahead: steps to deck

porch stairs

deck stairs

deck view to upper patio

deck view to upper patio

deck railing display

deck railing display

for lounging....

for lounging….

...and reading

…and reading

deck planter

deck planter

looking straight down from back of deck

looking straight down from back of deck

and below, expanse of gravel

and below, expanse of gravel

deck view of a pool of Geranium 'Rozanne'

deck view of a pool of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

and steps doing down

and steps going down

Allan's view of steps going down

Allan’s view of steps going down…

with me (sore knee, dizzy, swollen eyelid!) for sense of scale

with me (sore knee, dizzy, swollen eyelid!) for sense of scale

back down the deck steps

back down the deck steps

Allan thinks this gate would be an excellent solution for our friends and clients Larry and Robert, who have at present a very wonky chicken wire arrangement for their dog yard!

We take the steps down to the lower gravel area.

into lower

I assume while there that the large expanse of gravel is because the garden owners have huge parties. Only later, I think when at Back Alley gardens, do I hear that the gravel is a garden in progress. So I gather now that there will be more plants added, perhaps like a scree garden. Like the other gardens we have visited so far, the owners are not there and so there is no one to interpret the garden for us. (How can they bear to not be there hearing our interest?)

below the deck

below the deck

smokebush

smokebush by base of stone and gravel stairs

seating on the gravel expanse

seating on the gravel expanse

I would love to know how much of this area is going to be planted up!

looking back up at the house

looking back up at the house

from further into the lower gravel area

from further into the lower gravel area

From the neighbours’ garden behind where I stood to take the above photo is a borrowed view of a pond. It looks like a hedge of trees has been planted that will block the view, but the sound of the fountain will still remain.

borrowed view

borrowed view

the pool of Rozanne

the pool of Rozanne

looking back

looking back

back

tree with tidy rock edges and circle

tree with tidy rock edges and circle

looking up the slope

looking up the slope

diving visually into the pool of Rozanne

diving visually into the pool of Rozanne

walking up the slope

walking up the slope (there is the back of the “mind the steep path” sign)

Again at the back wall of the house, we admire the green plantings along the edge…

baby tears

baby tears

and notice a baby in the baby tears!

face

green on green

green on green

Allan's view

Allan’s view

caged

caged

at back corner of house

Allan took the photo above at the back corner of the house. The Fuchsia looks like ‘Hawkshead’, white with pale green tips, perfect for the green theme.

a look back to the lower garden

a look back to the lower garden

at the side of the house

at the side of the house

the way out

the way out

As we come through the arbour into the front garden again, we notice a planted roasting pan.

The pig is a clever touch.

The pig is a clever touch.

Just then is when we re-encountered Lorna and Karen, who were about to go around into the back garden. Lorna pointed out to me something I had missed….

girl with marbles

girl with marbles

So I told her to be sure to look for the baby face in the back garden. Later we encountered her again at another garden and she told me they had looked for it for fifteen minutes and it was well worth the search, but that she wished the garden owner had been there to answer questions.

In all this extraordinarily, large, well kept garden, I saw only one weed, a small dandelion sneaking impudently up between pavers in the front patio and showing one audacious yellow flower. Perfection reigned throughout.

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