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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Colorful Coastal Gardens tour

 Grayland, Washington

presented by the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County

Gary and Kristie’s garden, Grayland

Gardeners’ quotation: “Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.” 

by the street

Allan saw some history that I somehow missed.

The house, when purchased, was 528 square feet and I believe is still that size.

today (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

shady side of front garden

The gardeners seem to be winning over the depredations of slugs and snails.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

blue bottle edge just inside the front gate

“Clematis are their passion…”

at the front of the house (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

This golden barberry got lots of admiration.

“The first plant Kristie placed in her garden from the coastal region is the calla lily at the entrance of her home, greeting guests.”

back of house (Allan’s photo)

At the back of the house, I admired the well grown vines.

Passiflora

A green and white clematis made me green-ish with envy.

Like Chie and Bill’s garden, this one had enviable outbuildings.

an outbuilding

just by where the two women were walking in previous photo

“...carvings abundant in the garden…”

same little building seen from behind the main house

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

 

further back, an enormous (to me) outbuilding, AKA She Shed.

Allan’s photo

“…ease the soreness of gardening with the charming outdoor shower and spa...”

beachy outdoor shower (Allan’s photo)

between the two outbuildings

Behind the smaller shed was a grandchild’s play garden.

Allan’s photo

back wall of small shed

The center area of the back garden has a fire circle and hot tub.

with those nice, smooth beach rocks

and a driftwood fence

cannas and curry plant

Allan’s photo; he saw this but I did not.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

At the back of the garden:

ladies in waiting at the back of the garden

Allan looked toward the back for compost heaps because the description had mentioned “tons of compost” to overcome the challenge of sand.  We learned that they have bought compost (as we did at first and still do sometimes) and had it delivered.

On the shady side:

the shady side

All this on what realtor info sites say is a lot slightly under ten thousand square feet.  That is one of the great advantages of having a tiny house with a small footprint.

Right across the road, this sandy road led over a dune to the beach.

Takeaways:  I haven’t had a Helichrysum italicum (curry plant) for a few years.  Must get some.

Ask Allan if he would be so kind as to collect reasonably sized not too difficult driftwood on boating trips. And some beach rocks.

Interlude

Nearby, we saw this cute little trailer painted like a lady bug.

Plant Sale

Next up was the Master Gardener group’s plant sale at a different house.

It had an enticing front garden that was not on the tour because, as the owner said, she had been spending all her time on the plant sale.

Allan’s photo

ducks! (Allan’s photo)

treats!

I got some good plants, including some Crambe maritima, and some hakonechloa grass at a great price, which I got with Alison of the Bonney Lassey blog in mind.

I am holding (and will buy two) one of those cool teucriums that I liked last year in Markham Farm garden…which will be our last stop on this garden tour.

thinking of you, Alison!

some baby Verbena bonariensis!

People were trying to ID this plant and could not.  I couldn’t remember what it was, either.

It has blue flowers.  I know I have had it before.  Does it start with a p…? a b….?

Two more gardens to go on this tour!

 

 

 

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 5: Somsri’s Garden

A fire-circle patio welcomes you to this plant collector’s two-year-old garden, whose owner has shopped globally for unique plants from Hong Kong, Japan, and her native Thailand as well as nurseries in the Pacific Northwest.  Her beautiful raised-bed septic drain field includes driftwood creatures and garden art partially hidden among the flowers.   More magical pairings of plants and art await your discovery throughout this garden.  

Sit yourself down and make yourself comfy as I have a lot to share about this garden, which I visited twice before the tour as well as on tour day.

Nancy and I went out pre-touring on June 1st.  When we got to north Surfside we took a wrong turn and ended up half a block west of Somsri’s garden.  On that block, I said we must stop and look at the raised septic field garden.

down the block from Somsri

down the block from Somsri

a driftwood serpent

a driftwood serpent

with a marble eye

with a marble eye

When Nancy and I went in the right direction, and saw Somsri’s garden, I realized that she must have created the neighbouring one, too.  Yes, she said, she helped her neighbour by planting that garden and making the artistic touches.  I am always smitten with someone taking her personal gardening outside of her own space to beautify the world.

As usual, I will intermingle pre-tour with tour day photos of Somsri’s garden.

Somsri's garden: Photo by Bob Duke

Somsri’s garden: Photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

On tour day, we arrived at the same time as our friends Ed Strange and Basket Case Greenhouse’s Fred Aust.

Basket Case Nancy was gone visiting her mother, so Fred and Ed toured together.

Basket Case Nancy was gone visiting her mother, so Fred and Ed toured together. (Allan’s photo)

My nephew Jackson

My nephew Jackson

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Jackson was having a break from riding in the truck.

Pretty soon Debbie Teashon also turned up!  She was touring at a slower pace than ours because of taking photos and videos and listening to some of the music.  In fact, she saw only six of the gardens.  That’s a good reason to have no more than seven gardens next year, in my opinion.

me, Debbie, Ed and Fred

me, Debbie, Ed and Fred

west side of the garden

west side of the garden

south side

south side

main entrance via the driveway

main entrance via the driveway

east side of driveway

east side of driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

dragon2

Allan’s photo

June 1st

June 1st

June 1st: the moment I fell in love with this garden.

June 1st: the moment I fell in love with this garden.

tour day

tour day

Somsri’s repurposed found objects and her driftwood scupltures are throughout the garden all the way out to the street.

driftwood and shell planter

driftwood and shell planter, June 1st

acanthus

patio

patio2

patio

patio3

patio4

Across the patio, the music tent.

walkway to front door, photo by Kathleen Shaw

walkway to front door, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

entry garden, west garage wall, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Debbie taking photos.

Debbie taking photos.

front porch

front porch

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

west window garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

west window garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

balls

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

dierama, July 3rd

dierama, July 3rd

and on tour day

and on tour day

planters

Brian O’ Connor was the tour day musician.

brian

This man has an excellent voice.

This man has an excellent voice.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

daisy

Somsri (whose nickname is Sam), right, walks with a tour guest.

Somsri (whose nickname is Sam), right, walks with a tour guest.

On the west side of the garden, the raised drain field, required in modern septic systems at the beach, has been transformed into an eye level garden.  In my opinion, this area is the star, planted up with cool plants chosen by a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut) who is always on the lookout for something new and interesting.

south end of the drain field garden

south end of the drain field garden

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

eye level garden

eye level garden

ird

Allan’s photo

June 1st

June 1st

Sam and a tour guest

Sam and a tour guest

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

July 3rd

July 3rd

raised2

June 1st

June 1st

July 3rd

July 3rd

June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

hens2

June 1st

June 1st

north end of raised garden. June 1st

north end of raised garden. June 1st

June 1st

June 1st

plants

plants

I could walk around and around this raised bed garden for hours.  It’s great seeing the plants at this level.

pulsatilla

pulsatilla

Nothing much gets past Somsri's desire to turn objects into art.

Nothing much gets past Somsri’s desire to turn objects into art.

cup

cup2

Allan’s photo

farm

hens

bird

nest

Allan’s photo

dahlias

Allan’s photo

drift

white centaurea, June 1st

white centaurea, June 1st

A driftwood fence backs up the garden on the north side of the house.

north side of house

north side of house

a tour guest explores

a tour guest explores

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Among the beach pines on the south and west sides of the lot, Somsri places her driftwood, fishing float, and shell planters and decorations.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shell

out

mobiles

The garden extends out to the street.

The garden extends out to the street.

Gunnera, June 1st

Gunnera, June 1st

guests

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

out3

out4

out6

Allan’s photo

June 1st

June 1st

out5

Allan’s photo

out7

Allan’s photo

out9

out10

Allan’s photo; Someone else had told Allan to look for the painted driftwood pieces.

out11

June 1st

June 1st

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am sure that if you were to walk by Somsri’s garden and saw her outside, that she would invite you to tour the garden and share her love and enthusiasm for each plant and each creation.

Somsri talks to us about a plant she brought back, years ago, from Thailand.

Somsri talks to us about a plant she brought back, years ago, from Thailand.

siam4

Allan’s photo

It spends the winter indoors.

It spends the winter indoors.

She calls it Siam Lucky Plant.

She calls it Siam Lucky Plant.

siam3

Allan's photo: Somsri's spouse quietly watching the tour guests.

Allan’s photo: Somsri’s spouse quietly watching the tour guests.

I told him that I loved the garden because walking through it was the best kind of experience of being in the gardener’s mind.  He said Sam has a very busy mind, and he just helps her realize her ideas.  What a nice man.  I also told both of them that Somsri’s edges out all the other gardens as my favourite, because she is an artist and a plant collector and her garden has the quirkiness that I adore.  Another reason it was my favourite is because she does it all herself, and that always pleases me.  It’s not made to impress or dazzle anyone but Sam and her spouse, yet provides delight for anyone who walks through.  It had plants I had never seen before (ones she’d brought from Thailand and Japan years ago when it was easier to bring plants through customs).  I’d like to see the garden in all seasons.

interlude

Before we left for the next garden, I took a walk a block down the street and saw Sam’s influence on other gardens.  The way her passion for gardening has spilled out into the neighbourhood is another reason her garden was this year’s favourite of mine.

a couple of houses to the west

a couple of houses to the west

I like the wooden deck.

I like the wooden deck.

wooden deck next to raised drain field.

wooden deck next to raised drain field.

a half block to the west, the garden Sam helps out with.

a half block to the west, the garden Sam helps out with.

It has that Somsri touch.

It has that Somsri touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 20, 2013

from the program:  This large meadow garden on the dunes of a Butterfly Shores estate showcases the many plants that thrive in full exposure to salt, wind and winter storms.  As you wander through the meadow, notice the garden art, collected driftwood planters and sculpture, pond and fountain.  The tall fence around the back gardens protects artful bird feeders from bears, raised-bed vegetables from deer and encloses a sheltered patio.  This remarkable garden design was planted and maintained  by local gardener Diana Canto.

A few years ago, the owner of this property asked me if we would create a garden for her.  We were simply too busy, so I referred her to local gardener Diana Canto, whose own garden I had admired.  Here is the wonderful landscape that Diana has created in front (west) of the house.

side

Bristol garden

Bristol garden

There is only one house and dune grass between this garden and the beach.

looking from the garden to the west on a pre-tour visit.

looking from the garden to the west on a pre-tour visit.

house

garden

Everything in this garden is exposed to salt wind, storms, and I am sure to deer.

beachy

beachy

daisies and ornamental grasses

daisies and ornamental grasses

detail, taken on a rainy pre-tour day in late June

detail, taken on a rainy pre-tour day in late June

also on pre-tour day

also on pre-tour day

in late June

in late June

on that rainy pre-tour day

on that rainy pre-tour day

 

in the west (front Garden), Deb sets up for a photo

in the west (front Garden), Deb sets up for a photo

It was such enormous fun touring with Debbie and Sheila.  Kathleen was touring from north to south so we did not connect with her till the end.

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

This is one of the prettiest Perovskias I have ever seen.

This is one of the prettiest Perovskias I have ever seen.

grasses

looking west

looking west

The house across the road is attractive indeed and is said to be built to be tsunami safe.

daisies

daisies, Allan’s photo

another daisy photo by Allan

another daisy photo by Allan

beds around the house

beds around the house

garden confab by the porch.  Left: Diana Canto, who designed the garden, and in the center, Phil, spouse of tour organizer Nancy.

garden confab by the porch. Left: Diana Canto, who designed the garden, and in the center, Phil, spouse of tour organizer Nancy and a stanch supporter of the garden tour.

a serious discussion

a serious discussion

plants by the foundation and porch steps

plants by the foundation and porch steps

lovely built in porch planters, taken late June

lovely built in porch planters, taken late June

on tour day

on tour day

garden next to porch

garden next to porch

from the porch looking west

from the porch looking west

To the north side of the front garden, a path leads into the fenced back garden.

to the back

to the back

garden near the arch path

garden near the arch path

Inside the back yard, a raised bed grows edibles.

veg

veg

back garden, taken in late June

back garden, taken in late June

on tour day

on tour day

Kathleen Shaw's photo of the north side of the back garden

Kathleen Shaw’s photo of the north side of the back garden

Our friend Kathleen Sayce's view of the back garden

Our friend Kathleen Sayce’s view of the back garden

On the porch, I greeted singer Randy Brown, the musician for this garden, who last year was the musician for our garden on the tour.  I was hoping we would be at the Bristol garden during one of his sets.

Randy Brown

Randy Brown

We reminisced for a little while; he said, “Your garden was industrial strength colour therapy!  Vietnam vets with PTSD should go there to heal.”  He would have loved Jo’s garden!

Allan's photo of Randy

Allan’s photo of Randy

Randy and his drummer.  He excels at making up songs about the moment.

Randy and his drummer. He excels at making up songs about the moment.

from the porch, looking west

from the porch, looking west

The garden tour confab had gotten bigger.  I joined it just before we left, and then Sheila and Debbie and Allan were waiting for me, after I had tried to keep them on schedule up til then!

on the back patio, a sheltered spot from wind

on the back patio, a sheltered spot from wind

The patio is on the east side of the house.

The patio is on the east side of the house.

delicious refreshments

delicious refreshments

yummy

yummy

fire circle

fire circle

patio

patio

Sheila taking a photo

Sheila taking a photo, Deb probably thinking about taking a photo

I am sure I would have snagged some Sheila photos for this blog, but she is having computer problems and has not been able to process hers yet.  Debbie’s photos will likely appear on her own Rainyside website.  In fact, it is on the Rainyside and other gardens forums that Sheila and I originally “met” even thought at the time, we both lived on the Long Beach Peninsula.

I should add that this house and property is for sale as of July 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meanwhile, as well as making our own garden, we were working when we could, one of our jobs being Maxine’s garden just around the corner from the Sou’wester in Seaview.   To this day I credit Maxine for getting me on the track of what Ann Lovejoy calls “Right Livelihood.”  She noticed my garden at the Sou’wester, hired me to weed hers for three hours a week, and from there word of mouth took over.

While weeding at Maxine’s, we had met a garden designer named Dale Browse and she had begun to hire us to help her on some jobs like making this “cloister garden” at the end of Maxine’s rose walk.

Maxine's west side garden

Maxine’s west side garden

Maxine's "cloister garden" 9n '95

Maxine’s “cloister garden” in ’94

Bev's new garden

Bev’s new garden

You could say our first two jobs were brought to us by dogs, because we had met Maxine through her dog Lady coming to visit us at the Sou’wester and we had met another Seaview friend, Bev Rolfe, through her cocker spaniel Kelly, who had spent much time with us while we lived in the Sou’wester carriage house.  (I felt bad for Kelly on the morning he must have come to see us and found our apartment there completely empty…but he remained my good dog buddy till he died years later, and Lady lived with me and Robert in Ilwaco for the last two years of her life.)

Bev Rolfe hired us to make garden beds along her pink picket fence by her pale pink bungalow in Seaview.

sweet peas that we planted on Bev's pink fence.

sweet peas that we planted on Bev’s pink fence.

Maxine has passed on, and Bev has moved away, but you can still stay in a darling vacation rental cottage at Bev’s old house.

We planted a shade garden down the narrow north side of Maxine’s house:

Maxine's shade garden

Maxine’s shade garden

Maxine’s daughter Jo then hired us to work in her Long Beach garden, a job that Allan and I still do to this day.

in Jo's garden

in Jo’s garden

We got a route of lawn mowing jobs established in Seaview.  On the way to one of them, we passed this cute sign.

cottages

cottages

Up that road not only did we mow the lawn but also cared for a pretty little shade garden.

in Couture's garden

in Couture’s garden

Again through Dale, we got the job way up in Nahcotta of caring for Mel and Carol’s garden on the bay.

a bay house

a bay house

Carol's flower border

Carol’s flower border

I adopted the mission of making the colours of their garden softer to tone with the grey of the house, and continued to care for this garden for many years until our public gardening job list got so massive that I had to quit some private gardens.

Another former job of Dale’s that was given to us (thus continuing the chain of Maxine>J0>meeting Dale>Carol and Mel) was “Peggy’s Cove”, a garden in Nahcotta where I worked for eight hours a week for two or three years.

Peggy’s Cove garden, a landscape of six different sections, had been designed by Dale. I started out just helping Dale but pretty soon took over the job because she preferred design to maintenance.

Peggy's Cove garden boat

Peggy’s Cove garden boat

flower borders at Peggy's Cove

flower borders at Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

At the end of the walkway above, one emerged on a patio of squares inset with thyme and a fire pit in the middle.

patio

patio

I loved the misty grey days when I could see oystering going on out on the bay.

view from the thyme patio of Port of Nahcotta

view from the thyme patio of Port of Nahcotta

leaving the patio

leaving the patio

One walked under this arbour to a vegetable garden next to the house and then up onto the deck with a wonderful view of the bay.

view from Peggy's deck

view from Peggy’s deck

Peggy's peonies

Peggy’s peonies

Around the north side of the house a path went through woodsy shrubs and past a Japanese style water dipping pool.  On the west side of the house was a small formal lawn with a rectangular flower bed at one end and, by the parking area,  a boxwood edged rose garden with statuary.

While Robert worked to repair a roof over the greenhouse/garage at Peggy’s Cove, Bertie on several occasions climbed the ladder to join him on the roof. When he saw a dog two yards over, he leapt off the roof and was off on the chase. This sort of crazed interruption was common, but Robert was determined to take Bertie to work with us.  My days working alone in Peggy’s garden were more peaceful.

Bertie on Peggy's garage roof

Bertie on Peggy’s garage roof

Our work had sorted itself out so that I mostly did the gardening and mowing and Robert did odd jobs.

 By 1995, I was also mowing the acreage of lawns at the Moby Dick Hotel in Nahcotta.
Moby Dick dining room with gardens beyond

Moby Dick dining room with gardens beyond

In 1995, we continued to work in Maxine’s Seaview garden once a week.

Maxine's cloister garden '95

Maxine’s cloister garden ’95

birdbath made by one of Maxine's grandchildren

birdbath made by one of Maxine’s grandchildren

I planted my favourite annual, white cosmos, around Maxine’s silver gazing ball.

Cosmos

Cosmos

frog and bee in Maxine's garden

frog and bee in Maxine’s garden

Meanwhile, we made a side garden for Glennie Woodcock in Seaview. Here it is in early spring ’95; we must have dug it out in autumn ’94 in order to have those bulbs blooming.

Glennie's in early spring

Glennie’s in early spring

Glennie's in summer '95

Glennie’s in summer ’95

We cleared out her front garden and turned it from a rhododendron garden into a rose bed.

Glennie's front garden

Glennie’s front garden in spring

and in summer

and in summer

We did some gardening at this house just north of Glennie’s, called “The Dolphin and the Whale”.  The Dolphin was the front house, The Whale was one of two tiny cottages behind, and the whole place had been for sale back in 1991 for a mere $35.000!

The Dolphin

The Dolphin

Another job I acquired (below) on the Sahalee hill in Ilwaco also had a connection back to Dale.  She had designed the garden but was not continuing to work there so they hired me to keep it going.

garden with a view

garden with a view

We helped out fairly often with gardening and odd jobs at a Seaview home and garden that is so pretty it deserved an entry of its own (next).  No, NOT next…I just realized I have photos of that garden all the way up to the year 2000 and perhaps beyond, so I am going to save it for later.

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downtown

downtown

Prelude:

As always in September, except for the one year I sadly forgot, we went to the Cannon Beach Cottage tour on the second Saturday in September.  This year the cottages were back in the Presidential blocks just southwest of downtown and some of the cottages also promised open gardens.  A combination cottage/garden tour had not been done for years.

The main street of downtown is a lovely place to stroll, as all of the businesses are required to have landscaping.

We turn right at the south end of downtown and walk past one of my favourite cottages…an outbuilding, actually.

my favourite shack and a detail of the next door home's window trim

my favourite shack and a detail of the next door home’s window trim

A little further on, we pass another photogenic cottage.  Doors and trim provide the only paint colour on most Cannon Beach cottages as it seems to be the rule that they be clad in cedar shakes.

another cottage...so green

another cottage…so green

Further up the gentle hill, we must stop to smell and admire a glorious sweet pea patch.

sweet peas

sweet peas

luscious

luscious

Next, we are stopped in our tracks by this little building.  Feast your eyes!  I would definitely call this guy.

Bobby the Builder's building

Bobby the Builder’s building (206.491.6918)

Allan noticed this row of birdhouses in a garden we walked by.

birdhouses

birdhouse posts

To get to the block with the first tour cottages, we round the corner into the bright light of the beach road, then back down an east west road to the first cottage.

to the beachiest road

to the beachiest road

High Jinks Cottage

arriving at the first cottage: High Jinks

arriving at the first cottage: High Jinks

High Jinks

High Jinks

gate

High Jinks gate

First, we check out the garden in its formal simplicity.  (The tour had been extended to include Sunday this year when each cottage garden would be shown by a tour guide.  I had been glad to learn that the gardens would be open, unguided, on Saturday, saving us making two trips to Cannon Beach two days in a row.  I was very excited indeed about the garden tour.)

in the front garden

in the front garden

east and west side gardens

east and west side gardens

back yard

back yard

fire circle

fire circle

back deck

back deck

front porch

front porch

inside: a glossy table

inside: a glossy table

kitchen; I like the bright wall

kitchen; I like the bright wall tiles.

orange

orange

white

white

wood stove

wood stove

and a big fireplace

and a big fireplace

to one side and down, a big art studio (former garage?)

to one side and down, a big art studio (former garage?)

At the back, a garden view

At the back, a garden view

that lovely green light

that lovely green light

for a rainy day chess game

for a rainy day chess game

a model ship

a model ship

upstairs

upstairs

departing...

departing…

It is always appreciated to have a seat on the porch during cottage tour, as we often are asked to remove our shoes.  Now for an interesting walk to the second cottage…

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29 July 2012:  a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

The final garden of the CASA tour in Gearhart offered a simple landscape described in the programme thus:

“This garden is relaxing and refreshing with a beautiful little greenhouse built long ago by the original owners.”
front gate

front gate

front walk

front walk

front porch

front porch

view to next door

view west to next door raised bed garden

view from front porch into the garden

view from front porch into the garden

two sit spots

two sit spots

Most tour guest entered by the side yard.

Most tour guests entered by the side yard.

garden bike

garden bike

at the back of the lawn, a shed...

at the back of the lawn, a shed…

looking north from garden shed

looking north from garden shed

view from shed door

view from shed door

I have to admit that with not much actual garden, I concentrated more on the nice little outbuilding. Once we we entered it we realized the interior was like a guest house or retreat.

wall between guest house and potting shed

wall between guest house and potting shed

window to potting shed

window to potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

guest house

guest house

window bench

window bench

guest house...game room

guest house…game room

West guest house view of old greenhouse

West guest house view of old greenhouse

The old greenhouse was charming indeed.

The old greenhouse was charming indeed….

and had a table set for a party.

and had a table set for a party.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

an orange corner

an orange corner

Acer griseum

Acer griseum

bark detail, paperbark maple

bark detail, paperbark maple

must...acquire

must…acquire

I am reminded, as with our visit to the Adolphson-Drafall garden in Astoria, that I miss and want to replace the paperbark maple that I had to leave behind in my old garden.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see the house.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see into the house.

home interior

home interior

deck view of back garden

deck view of back garden

and of the greenhouse and guest house

and of the greenhouse and guest house

on the deck

on the deck as it wrapped around the house

back deck

back deck

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

lawn photo

lawn photo

Allan took a humourous lawn photo for our friend Tom Hornbuckle, the lawn fanatic.

postlude: Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Having seen every last garden of the excellent CASA tour, we went across the street to do a little shopping at Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook, two sister stores that sell collectible plants and home and garden decor.  Because our own day of garden tour glory was over, I no longer had the excuse to be a complete spendthrift.  But because it is such a good nursery, we did get a cart full of plants.

Back Alley Gardens

Back Alley Gardens

our purchases being totaled

our purchases being totaled

inside The Natural Nook

inside The Natural Nook

mermaid art

mermaid art

beachy things

beachy things

more beachy things

more beachy things

for inside and out

for inside and out

door to nursery

door to nursery

chicks

chicks

flower window

flower window

Natural Nook display

Natural Nook display

As we left the two shops, and as I write about the day now, I am determined to never miss the CASA garden tour again.  It is a shame that five years of it slipped by us.

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29 July 2012: Gearhart, Oregon, a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

front porch

front porch

Garden three, our favourite!!!! The Dee Madden garden: “It’s not hard to imagine being at the perfect outdoor party as you walk around this entertaining garden.” Might I add that the greeting table had, along with yummy cookies, a container of Red Vines just like Allan picked out to include with our tour day snacks!

walking around the house

walking around the house

my garden by the sea

my little garden by the sea

garden sign

garden sign

beside the back deck

beside the back deck

side garden

side garden

southeast corner

southeast corner

On the way into the garden, we had  the man who creates these rock stacks (behind the chair, right, and below). He was the same man, mentioned two entries ago, who is good friends and works with Steve Clarke. These rocks are NOT bolted together; they are perfectly stacked in balance.

He said he does not install them in gardens with children or rambunctious dogs, but he added that he can press on them and not have them topple. (I assume he meant press down, not sideways).

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

From the corner with the double adirondack chair and the stacked rocks, we turned left and walked behind the walled back deck.walkway behind the deck, looking north, and then south

walkway behind the deck, looking north, and then south

The back deck, enclosed in cedar shake walls, had at least three access points.  I think that it is what made this my favourite garden.  That, and the friendly and winning personality of garden owner Dee herself.

on the deck

on the deck

view to back path from the center of the deck

view to back path from the center of the deck

deck insetI loved the way the deck had an inset garden bed, and the simplicity of the big table and benches and the variety of interesting plants in bed, containers, and windowboxes, including one of my favourites, Salvia patens (lower left).

deckgarden

on the deck

on the deck

inset garden, handsome table

inset garden, handsome table

the table of perfection

the table of perfection

At the northeast corner of the deck (if I don’t have my directions all turned around), an opening led to a river rock fire circle.  Now I could so clearly picture wonderful parties here.

to the circle

to the circle

fire circle

fire circle

fire circle

fire circle

looking back at the generously proportioned deck

looking back at the generously proportioned deck

the north side garden, with another rock stack

the north side garden, with another rock stack

and another

and another

garden

rustic birdhouse, north of deck

rustic birdhouse, north of deck

At the corner of the house we came upon a table with delicious cookies, photos of the rock stack man’s creations on the beach and a postcard for Harvest Moon Designs, Dee’s helper with garden ideas.

refreshments

refreshments

We did not want to leave Dee’s garden, but of course, as usual, we had more gardens to see and the tour ended early (for us) at 3 PM.  With a last look over the fence…

from outside

from outside

On the way around the corner, we lingered briefly to admire a round rock edged garden bed.  It might be a pain to weed, but it looks so nice.

beach rock bed

beach rock bed

Interlude

On the walk to the next garden, we enjoyed a house with a simple but effective planting of roses and Stipa tenuissima,

Stipa and Roses

Stipa and Roses

two tiny cottages....

two tiny cottages….

and a pair of garden benches that would make even an ungardened yard a pleasant place to be.

benches

And now on to garden number four…

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