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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardly Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden four: Mediterranean style

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I recall this garden was in a gated community and that as we drove past vast front lawns, I felt none too sure….

approaching Tom and Judy's garden

approaching Tom and Judy’s garden

The front garden looked promising.

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Allium schubertii (Allan's photo)

Allium schubertii (Allan’s photo)

As soon as we entered the tile topped gate, I was thrilled.  This was one of my favourite gardens on the tour. The owners did all the preparation for the tour themselves except for some help with the hedge trimming.

entering the walled garden

entering the walled garden

Allan took this picture of an aerial photo that was on display:

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I like when gardens have photo albums of the progress of their creations.  Unfortunately, when there are nine gardens to view in one day, I don’t feel I can take the time to look!

satellite view for orientation in this complex garden

satellite view for orientation in this complex garden

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I like that the mulch is dark and rich looking.

I like that the mulch is dark and rich looking.

large, handsome Rosa rubrifolia/Rosa glauca

large, handsome Rosa rubrifolia/Rosa glauca

I do so admire a good boxwood edge.  Where I live, at the coast, it seems they often turn amber in winter because of the wind unless in a protected spot.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Agapanthus (Allan's photo)

Agapanthus (Allan’s photo)

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I do love a stucco house.

I do love a stucco house.

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rose garden

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Hardy Planters

Hardy Planters

well done!

well done!

white garden

white garden

Hardy Planters (Allan's photo)

Hardy Planters (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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a lower level

a lower level

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I found it too hard to go down the few railing-less steps to get a close look at the sitting room.

I found it too hard to go down the few railing-less steps to get a close look at the sitting room.  I should have asked Allan to get me a few closeups of it.

looking back toward the house, Allan chatting with the garden owner

looking back toward the house, Allan chatting with the garden owner

bee drinking (Allan's photo)

bee coming in for a drink (Allan’s photo)

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all sorts of good plants incorporated into the formal framework

all sorts of good plants incorporated into the formal framework

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wish I had the skill to line things up so perfectly.  My garden tried (without the hedging) but is a little or a lot off kilter!

wish I had the skill to line things up so perfectly. My garden tried (without the hedging) but is a little or a lot off kilter!

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berries (Allan's photo)

berries (Allan’s photo).  I think this fenced garden might be set off to one side of the house; I didn’t see this.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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coming around the other side of the house

The Northwestern style front garden doesn't hint at the walled garden paradise in back.

The Northwestern style front garden doesn’t hint at the walled garden paradise in back.

returning to the front of the house

returning to the front of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the front

the front

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a last look

a last look

Sometimes I see a garden that clearly was made with a lot of money and I just feel annoyed at the ostentation.  Not here.  This garden is clearly made with love, vision, plant knowledge, and skill on the part of the garden owners and it will be one that I think about for a long time.

 

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29 July, 2012, a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

formal patterns

formal patterns

The fifth garden we visited was supposed to be garden six, which would have bracketed the tour with green and white gardens.  But we wanted to end up at Back Alley Gardens nursery, so we switched the order.  The programme says of the garden of  David Hopkins and Rick Young:  “The strength of this beautiful green and white landscape is laid out in a pattern you will not soon forget.”

palm planter by front fence

palm planter by front fence

palm planter detail

At one side of the front yard, a tidy work area

At one side of the front yard, a tidy work area

In the work area, a potting bench and woodshed

In the work area, a potting bench and woodshed

looking back to the garden from the work area

looking back to the garden from the work area

 

Next to the area with potting bench and woodshed stood the most exquisite guest house, which was open for tour guests.

guest house

guest house

inside...perhaps a Murphy bed?

inside…perhaps a Murphy bed?

inside, showing door to back deck

inside, showing door to back deck

Garden tourists kept poking around the guest house, peering through side windows to try to figure out whether or not a Murphy bed hid behind the tall doors. One gentleman said, “It looks like storage back there.”  Perhaps some sort of rollaway bed is deployed?

 

 

 

On the shelf atop the cupboards (right), a photography book was on display.  We were not sure if the choice of photograph had been selected by the owners, or had it been opened by a tour guest, and in what way was it a glimpse into the lives of the couple who had opened their garden and guest house to our inquiring minds?

from this book

from this book

 

 

 

 

 

the photo book

the photo book

the bathroom

the bathroom

and out the back door to a secret deck

and out the back door to a secret deck

I love the simple, sandy path that runs along the back of the guest house.  So beachy!

path from deck to potting bench

path from deck to potting bench

and from potting bench back to deck

and from potting bench back to deck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the main house from next to the guest house

the main house from next to the guest house

boxwood circle

boxwood circle

On the other side of the guest house from the work area the formal intricacies of the garden began again with a boxwood circle, Lutyens bench, and clipped backdrop.

Next to and behind the house the strong white and green theme probably takes some dedicated upkeep to be so pristine.

 

 

white on white patio

white on white patio

around to the back

around to the back

garden tower

garden tower

back garden

back garden

Around the main house we strolled...

Around the main house we strolled…

passing a fountain that I imagine is viewed from a dining table.

passing a fountain that I imagine is viewed from a dining table.

an elegant view

an elegant view

returning to the front garden....

returning to the front garden….

boxwood in a box

boxwood in a box

Allan took a close up lawn shot for lawn expert Tom Hornbuckle.  And then we were off to the final garden of the day.

Interlude:

window?box

window?box

I loved this windowbox on a hour across the street.  Wait, it is not a windowbox without a window, is it?  A planter then.  I want to get some little trees and do an offset design like this.

After the formality of the green and white garden, I found it differently pleasant to gaze upon an unlandscaped scene of trees and floats.

 

tree floats

tree floats

the old red house

the old red house

Driving, we took a wrong turn and saw the back of the old red house I had remarked upon earlier in the day, that it might be an affordable Gearhart house, but probably not.  The lot does not go all the way through as I had imagined.

We stopped the car to take photos of a beautiful house and a garden that I liked best of all, even though I did not get to enter it.

a dreamy garden

a dreamy garden

detail of dreamy garden

detail of dreamy garden

A neighbour caught me lurking outside the fence on this dead end street and just said, “Liking the garden?” as he walked by with his dog.

veg patchBack in the car, we drove to the final garden, right across the street from our destination nursery, and next door to the tour garden, we admired this geometric landscape.

Next: the last tour garden of a very good day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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