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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

Saturday Itinerary with times

Saturday Itinerary with times

McMenamins Kennedy School

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Here’a another garden where I was not at my best. I was able to hobble all around the perimeter, but my mind was more on pain than photos. However, I was thrilled to see a garden I’d never seen before and was filled with eager anticipation because the rest of the tour days would be private gardens, all but three of them completely new to us.

view from the bus as we arrived

view from the bus as we arrived

the front of the old elementary school, now a hotel and restaurant

the front of the old elementary school, now a hotel and restaurant

bloggers gathered in the shade by the front courtyard

bloggers gathered in the shade by the front courtyard; the weather was still blazing hot (in the 90s)

sun hat and monkey tree

sun hat and monkey tree

I sat in a courtyard chair in a great deal of knee pain and came up with a great fashion statement: I wrapped the snazzy ace bandage (they come with velcro now!) that I’d gotten when I took my torn calf muscle (other leg!) around the outside of my jeans so I could keep adjusting the tension for comfort.

cutting edge fashion

cutting edge fashion

And then I began a long slow 3.5 block hobble around the building and its gardens, which take up the whole block (but I did not make it all the way round; took a shortcut through the back parking lot). We were there for a full hour and I think the walk itself took me 45 minutes.

I did not examine the garden closely in the front of the building.

I did not examine the garden closely in the front of the building.

sign

in the front garden

in the front garden

along the south side of the building, sidewalk bordered by gardens

along the south side of the building, sidewalk bordered by gardens

Alliums caught my eye, of course.

Alliums caught my eye, of course.

on the sunny side

on the sunny side

Someone identified this plant for me, but I have forgotten.  I will ask on the fling Facebook page what it is.

Someone identified this plant for me, but I have forgotten. I will ask on the fling Facebook page what it is.

Scott of Rhone Street Gardens identified it: Seseli gummiferum (Moon Carrot)

At the back of the parking lot was an impressive fenced kitchen garden.

At the back of the parking lot was an impressive fenced kitchen garden.

I felt I could not make it around to the gate, so I just stuck my camera through the fence.

I felt I could not make it around to the gate, so I just stuck my camera through the fence.

kitchen garden, I would imagine it supplies the restaurant

kitchen garden, I would imagine it supplies the restaurant.

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I think this might be chicory.

I think this might be chicory.

To save on walking, I cut across the parking lot instead of going round by the whole kitchen garden.  Here's the back entry of the building.

To save on walking, I cut across the parking lot instead of going round by the whole kitchen garden. Here’s the back entry of the building.

Matilija poppies in the back garden

Matilija poppies in the back garden (I think; they seem rather low)

parking lot curbside gravel garden

parking lot curbside gravel garden

decor

around to the shady side

around to the shady side

a glance back at the sun

a glance back into the sunny border

a bench! but it's occupied by a smoking break

a bench! but it’s occupied by a employee smoking break

side door....to sit on the steps? possibly would not be able to get up!!

side door….to sit on the steps? possibly would not be able to get up!!

Sympathy for all disabled walkers: There might have been wheelchair ramp accessibility somewhere, but I never did see a way to get in to the building to use the restroom!

on the shady side of the front garden

on the shady side of the front garden

Let’s see what Allan’s McMenamins experience was like.

Allan’s photos:

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He does especially like ferns.

as you can see

as you can see

grasses with a hiding cat

grasses with a hiding cat

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sidewalk cat

sidewalk cat

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

Surely Acer griseum (paperbark maple); I left mine, too big to move, behind in my old garden.

Surely Acer griseum (paperbark maple); I left mine, too big to move, behind in my old garden.

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method of attaching vine to wall

method of attaching vine to wall

a wall painting, says Allan

on the wall, says Allan

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I can see he did not make it into the kitchen garden.

When I got to the front again, the bloggers were just leaving for the walk to Danger Garden. The organizers had made a plan to get the bus to take me, but the driver said she couldn’t, something about everyone or no one. I am sure bus driver Andy (my beloved) from the day before would have found a way. Not wanting a fuss, I said I could walk; I had just managed four blocks so surely I could make it do Danger Garden.

There they go!

There they go!

Oh dear. Later Allan mapped the route and said it was near to half a mile. (.39 miles) I had to hang onto Allan’s shoulder to even step off a curb.

leaving the McMenamins garden

leaving the McMenamins garden

just pitiful

just pitiful

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a last look into McMenamins back parking lot

an attractive house along the way

an attractive house along the way

a grass-scape along the way

a grass-scape along the way

is THIS Danger Garden?? No, it's just on the way.

is THIS Danger Garden?? No, it’s just on the way.

Blogger Ann Amato-Zorich kindly walked back to see if we were managing to get there; we thanked her and sent her back to Danger Garden so she would not miss any of the one hour that was alloted to spend there.

approaching Danger Garden

approaching Danger Garden at last

too soft...must not quite be there yet

too soft…must not quite be there yet

parking strip sign

parking strip sign

Danger Garden at last!

Danger Garden at last!

You can guess what’s next in the blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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from the program:  Peggy Miller’s bayside garden:    Through a gate flanked by totem poles is a formal parklike landscape. Though there is no house on this bayfront property, there is still a lot to view. Peggy’s edible garden of berries, artichokes and greens is well-protected from wildlife with the sturdiest elk and bear fence you’ll ever see. A natural path winds its way to the bay through woodlands, a meadow and an old orchard.  A surprise structure will greet you at the end of the trail. Peggy was on the tour last year; you may remember her great support and patronage to local artists and the community.  She shares her passions on two fronts this year:  First a tent with local artists demonstrating how various garden art is made.  Also, the Bikes for Books is back, a wonderful program for the area’s elementary schools that rewards reading with a chance to win a new bike.

from the road, photo by Kathleen Sayce

from the road, photo by Kathleen Sayce

This property has a few garden elements but is really a landscape on Willapa Bay.  Some photos were taken on a pre-tour walk through with organizer Nancy Allen.  Owner Peggy, a staunch supporter of local art,  had proposed the idea of having artists giving demonstrations of making garden art.

to the left of entrance

to the left of entrance

I think the reason there are unplanted plants might be because some plants were sale from Peninsula Landscape Supply.  Otherwise I am mystified!

on pre-tour day, June 24

on pre-tour day, June 24

Sheila and Debbie approaching the art demonstration area on tour day.

Sheila and Debbie approaching the art demonstration area on tour day.

Peninsula Landscape Supply had a table set up.

Peninsula Landscape Supply had a table set up.

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Brian O'Connor was the musician.

Brian O’Connor was the musician.

Brian’s spouse is Renee O’Conner, the tile artist who made the beautiful obelisks in Long Beach’s Fifth Street Park and who was also performing on tour day in the Mozart Chicks at Pink Poppy Farm.

flower bed

flower bed

Tlingit art

Tlingit art

patio

patio

on tour day

on tour day

art demo schedule

I was pleased to find that our visit coincided with the garden art demo by Jan Bartlett Richardson, whose beautiful Windy Meadows Pottery garden was on last year’s tour.  She creates the most enchanting miniature clay houses that I have ever seen.

Jan Bartlett Richardson

Jan Bartlett Richardson

her garden art piece on progress

her garden art piece on progress

She will be using the fern fronds and other leaves to add impressions to the piece.

By the time Jan and I were done chatting, Sheila and Debbie had gone on the path to the bay.

path to bay

path to bay

I’m not sure all the tour guests realized the path existed if, like me when garden touring, they just skim the tour description while at each garden.

This would be very wet in the winter.

This would be very wet in the winter.

path

onward

path

path

path

into the light

into the light

Sheila and Debbie by an old orchard

catching up to Sheila and Debbie

old fruit trees

glimpsing the bay

glimpsing the bay

For those who don’t know our geography, the Long Beach Peninsula lies between two bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean to the west and Willapa Bay to the east.

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bay view tree house

bay view tree house

For safety, the ladder to the treehouse was removed on tour day.

the setting, photo by Kathleen Sayce

the setting, photo by Kathleen Sayce

bay view aerie

bay view aerie

on pre tour day

on pre tour day

the bay, photo by Kathleen Sayce

the bay, photo by Kathleen Sayce

walking west again

walking west again

Back in the entrance area, we stopped to have another look at one of the landscape’s main features:  a deer and bear proof set of vegetable enclosures.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

No critter will get in here!

No critter will get in here!  photo by Kathleen Sayce

veg fortress

veg fortress

Next:  The Painted Lady Lavender Farm…and here’s hoping it won’t take me two days to write it up because it’s a truly fabulous and enchanting garden.

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