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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Sunday's well-worn itinerary

Sunday’s well-worn itinerary

leaving the hotel....There's my favourite bus driver Andy, but ooooooh, drat, he is driving the other bus!

leaving the hotel….There’s my favourite bus driver Andy, but ooooooh, drat, he was driving the other bus!

Here we go! (Allan's photo)

Here we go! (Allan’s photo)

Our bus, with a perfectly nice driver (but not Andy!) took us into a lovely treed Portland neighbourhood.

just one of the handsome houses we passed

just one of the handsome houses we passed

The streets were enclosed by a green tunnel of trees.  Our driver told us that the bus drivers carry a stepladder and loppers to clear the way of low hanging branches if need be, if the city has not limbed them up.

street trees of Portland

street trees of Portland

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He said one bus company in particular has a strict policy that drivers must not allow the tops of the buses to be scratched by low hanging branches.

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I asked him if he was joking but he swore he was telling the absolute truth!

Ernst/Fuller Gardens

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Bloggers gather below Linda's house.

Bloggers gather below Linda’s house.

Ernst house

Ernst house

to my right, pots on top of the garage

to my left, pots on top of the garage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

further to the right, the front of the Fuller house

further to the right, the front of the Fuller house

I remain covetous of these transparent privacy panels.

I remain covetous of these transparent privacy panels.

in front of the Fuller house

in front of the Fuller house

partway up the Ernst driveway, looking across the front of the two houses

partway up the Ernst driveway, looking across the front of the two houses

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the brightest of red daylilies in Linda's garden

the brightest of red daylilies in Linda’s garden

I remember this huge Azara microphylla on the corner of the Ernst house.

I remember this huge Azara microphylla on the corner of the Ernst house.

Ernst garden foliage

Ernst garden foliage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Linda's garden is an extra half lot wide and this area is to the right of the driveway.

Linda’s garden is an extra half lot wide and this area is to the right of the driveway.

foliage

one of many sit spots

one of many sit spots

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Both gardeners are skilled at placing focal points.

Both gardeners are skilled at placing focal points.

a frilly little poppy

a frilly little poppy

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still in the Ernst garden side yard

in the corner of a small lawn

in the corner of a small lawn

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

meow

looking back toward the street

looking back toward the street

and away from the street from the lawn to a little courtyard (still all next to the driveway and garage!)

and away from the street from the lawn to a little courtyard (still all next to the driveway and garage!)

just outside the courtyard of colourfulness

just outside the courtyard of colourfulness

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colour

bright zinnias and marigolds

bright zinnias and marigolds

gold hosta

gold hosta and coleus

ladies in waiting on a storage shed roof to the garage side of the courtyard

ladies in waiting on a storage shed roof to the garage side of the courtyard

I learned the new term “ladies in waiting” for unpotted plants from (I think) one of the Austin bloggers.

table in the little courtyard

table in the little courtyard

in front of the garage

in front of the garage

container to the right of previous photo

container to the right of previous photo

I sat here for a spell.

I sat here for a spell.

Linda’s spouse said the garage has not been used for a car in years; because the area is all planted with containers, it could be changed back to a car garage if need be.

Awww...in the back door of the house.

Awww…in the back door of the house.

where the car lives

where the car lives?

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan thinks the car must live in a garage because it is so impeccably clean and shiny.

Allan thinks the car must live in a garage because it is so impeccably clean and shiny.

beside the driveway

beside the driveway

vine support

vine support

Now we’ll enter the patio and garden behind the Ernst house.

in Linda's back garden

in Linda’s back garden

the neighbourly door

the neighbourly door

next to the garage

next to the garage

beds of colour

beds of colour

wall

and a water feature

and a water feature

perfectly level to create a sheet of water

perfectly level to create a sheet of water

subtle colours in the corner

subtle colours in the corner

on the patio table

on the patio table

ladies

Between the two gardens, a privacy wall and a friendly door.

Between the two gardens, a privacy wall and a friendly door.

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I like the combination of privacy and friendship here.

Allan's photo with Mark from England

Allan’s photo with Mark from England

mossy lion by the neighbour door

mossy lion by the neighbour door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Through the door into Joanne Fuller’s garden:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a Jeffrey Bale mosaic

a Jeffrey Bale mosaic; garden owner Joanne in dress, with Loree of Danger Garden and Neil Jones from England.

just to the left of the mosaic, sculptures from Glass Gardens of Mukilteo

just to the left of the mosaic, sculptures from Glass Gardens of Mukilteo

further to the left, a nook by the back door, Little and Lewis columns

further to the left, a nook by the back door, Little and Lewis columns

love the colours

love the colours

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a bubble of water

a bubble of water

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a step up onto a patio

ahead, a step up onto a patio

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the curtained nook from the deck

the curtained nook from the deck

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deck seating

deck seating

and a hospitality center

and a hospitality center

bamboo

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at ground level, a fire circle

at ground level, a fire circle (the deck is behind it)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The neighbour's yard on the other side is all bindweed...trying to creep through.

The neighbour’s yard on the other side is all bindweed…trying to creep through.

sea of bindweed next door

sea of bindweed next door

This reminds me of how bindweed is creeping into my garden from Nora’s side!

other side of bamboo deck screen

other side of bamboo deck screen

more glass enhancing a corner

more glass enhancing a corner

gate to the side walkway

gate to the side walkway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wish this meter hiding thingie was in focus

I wish this meter hiding thingie was in focus

Yay for Allan! He got it!

Yay for Allan! He got it!

Allan's photo, looking back

Allan’s photo, looking back

around the corner into the front garden

around the corner into the front garden

that translucent privacy solution

that translucent privacy solution

gentle curve along the front of the house

gentle curve along the front of the Fuller house

hostas and ferns

hostas and ferns

pots

on top of the garage

on top of the garage

and on the porch

and on the porch

more bamboo screening (between the two porches?)

more bamboo screening (between the two porches?)

across the front of the Linda Ernst house

across the front of the Linda Ernst house

lilies

The driveway up which we entered is in sight again.

The driveway up which we entered is in sight again.

the Ernst front porch

the Ernst front porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and back to the driveway

and back to the driveway

I made the whole circuit around the gardens twice, so let’s hit the high spots again.

the huge Azara microphylla at the corner of the house!

the huge Azara microphylla at the corner of the house!

the side garden

the side garden

the lilies!

the lilies!

Patio of Colours!

Patio of Colours!

driveway garden!

driveway garden!

that smooth sheet of water that you just have to touch.

that smooth sheet of water that you just have to touch.

back door sit spot

Linda’s back door sit spot

bloggers still chatting

bloggers still chatting

privacy walls

privacy walls

Joanne's glass swirls and curtained nook

Joanne’s glass swirls and curtained nook

Joanne's exuberant foliar jungle

Joanne’s exuberant foliar jungle

Back down on the sidewalk:

the two houses

the two houses

Quite tired, I have a seat on Joanne's stairs.

Quite tired, I have a seat on Joanne’s stairs.

my view

my view to the left

and to the right

and to the right

and up into a street tree

and up into a street tree

I don’t sit for long before I realize there is discussion going on at the next door parking strip.  I had admired it earlier and had assumed it belonged to the neighbours there, even though it did not seem to fit with the rest of their yard.

next door parking strip

next door parking strip

Joanne, whose garden is mostly shady, is using it to grow sunny plants!

Joanne, whose garden is mostly shady, is using it to grow sunny plants!

parking strip lilies

parking strip lilies

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here’s the fling preview about these two gardens.


 

I’ve been to these gardens twice before, and as far back as 2007 (when I saw it during a Hardy Plant Study Weekend) I mentioned briefly  the enviability of having a gardening neighbour right next door.

In 2011, I revisited it during the next Portland study weekend and again rhapsodized about gardening neighbours.

It was something I had wished for since I began gardening in earnest in my thirties; I am still holding onto the dream that a gardening neighbour might move in right next door if the house to the west of us (now empty after the passing of our elderly and beloved Nora) ever goes up for sale.  However, I am almost 60, so it had better happen soon if it ever does.

I thought I had a close gardening friend nearby; even visiting back and forth from a few doors away was a lot of fun before things went wrong (and made my heart sore).   The idyllic dream of an adjoining garden and a gardener right next door with a friendly neighbour gate between still lives on in my heart, inspired by the book Gardening from the Heart: Why Gardeners Garden.  In my fantasy, she or he or they share the same plant nuttiness that I do, we could enjoy views of each other’s gardens, and maybe even share a kitchen garden outside my back garage door.

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You can bet that if the house ever does go on the market, I will be urgently sharing the listing in the gardening community online.   I’m accustomed to close friendships lasting for 10-40 years (depending on how long ago we met!), so it would not be a risky proposition.  I do think it helps if friends are of the same economic class, though, so I am glad it’s not a mansion next door!  (GBLT friendly please and no tea partiers except for actual garden tea parties!)

 

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