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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Sandy and Sterling’s Garden, Seattle

That is Lake Washington in the distance.

See where that woman is casually standing? That spot was open to a drop-off and, to me with cane and brace, the gravel slope was slippery and unstable.  I would have put a railing along the house…for someone like me.  Afraid of slipping in a way that would make it hard to work next week, I retreated to the shade of the very front of the porch.  This little front courtyard (not accessible to tour-goers) had a shallow reflecting pool that was attracting much attention from others who had stepped onto the porch out of the hot sun.

The docent demonstrated how the panels, created by the owners’ son (as I remember) could be adjusted for different light.

Ten steps through the open door of the house was the deck with a view.  I have some thoughts about semi-disabled garden touring at this point, one being that two days of garden touring had been physically harder than two weeks of working.  More on this in my concluding post about this tour weekend.

The next garden was said to be two blocks away so I decided to walk there while Allan and Alison toured the back garden and deck.

Here is Allan’s walk through this garden:

This was no problem for normal people. (My words, not Allan’s)

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Below were our seminar speakers from Ireland, June and Jimi Blake.

Jimi and the cool water.

and June.

returning to the front garden

a tour guest with a smart shade umbrella: onward!

 

 

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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Mallet Garden, Shoreline

Puget Sound in the distance

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near the front porch

Puget Sound is also known as the Salish Sea.

This view and feeling was familiar to me as my uncle had a home in Shoreline with a similar view.

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history, on the deck

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A moon gate would be a wonderful garden feature to have.

weeping tree underpruned for the view

 

Realizing that this garden had been in the Innis Arden neighbourhood moved me.  As a child, my parents and grandmother and I often visited friends Dena and Emil there.  As a young woman, Dena had been a housekeeper for my wealthy uncle (my mother’s brother) and had become part of the family.  She and Emil had a lovely modern house, on a humbler Innis Arden lot with no view.  I remember driving in past the Innis Arden sign, which we saw today, and I remember a beautiful garden on two levels, with lots of well kept shrubs, and a little slope that I could slide down on a piece of cardboard until Dena would get worried about damage to the lawn.  Dena’s garden lives in my memory as being similar to some of the tasteful, shrubbery type gardens we have seen on this year’s tour.  I think she would have enjoyed the study weekend.  She must have been an avid gardener; she died when I was fairly young and my memories of that garden ended there.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The garden that we visited today is so excellent that I need a long evening or day off to blog about it.  Meanwhile, I can much more easily share the trip there and back.

A bouquet of flowers in our van, ready for the almost two hour drive to the garden.

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Part one of the drive: 101 to 401 to 4 to 101

As we drove along the Columbia River (on our route through Naselle that avoids the dreaded—by me—Willapa Curves), we saw that the river was carpeted with little fishing boats.  It is the height of little boat “Buoy 10” fishing season.  We pulled into the Dismal Nitch viewpoint to have a better look.

The long flat stretch of the Astoria bridge is the background here.

Tongue Point

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When we arrived in South Bend, we took a coffee break at Elixir Coffee.  I had been wanting to experience their ambience.  Many years ago, Robert and I used to have a burger or fish and chips at a restaurant in the same location whenever we drove down from Seattle.

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This oyster is near Elixir.

right on the water

flower stall inside the coffee shop

For a moment, I thought the middle book on the table, below, was a journal for patrons to write it and I thought, “Uh oh, I might be here for more than the 15 minutes we had allotted.”  Fortunately for our plans, it turned out to not be a journal.

We had our coffee and tasty scones out on the deck.

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and to the southwest

I wish there had been a heron in view.

I’m sending the gardener we were going to visit a photo of the café.

We did keep our coffee break to about fifteen minutes and then embarked upon the second hour of our drive, which took us up to Aberdeen and then over toward Westport.

We turned on a road that would dead end into our destination.  On the way, I admired this cool bay window on a double wide:

I want a window like this very badly now.

Just past that house, looking ahead down the road, I saw my first glimpse of our destination garden and exclaimed “Oh, my gosh! LOOK!”

I knew right away, from my first sight of the garden bed at the end of the road, that we were in for something special.

The garden will be tomorrow’s post.  It is huge, stuffed full of cool plants, and has a beach as well, so prepare yourself for a long-winded tour.

However, in the interest of having this blog not fall more than two weeks behind Real Time, I must combine the trip there with the trip home and save the garden tour for tomorrow.

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We had gone up 101 to Aberdeen; we returned on 105 via Westport and Tokeland.

Westport Winery

 

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After our day in her garden, on the recommendation of our garden host, we toured the gardens at Westport Winery and checked out their nursery.  It proved to be excellent.

The nursery is on the left side of the building.

plants for sale

shopping

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iris sculptures (Allan’s photo)

Near the nursery is outdoor seating for the restaurant.

giant scrabble game

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one of my four plant acquisitions

After purchasing four treasures, we walked around the large display garden.  I was having foot pain by then and could not even make it all the way to the back of the garden—it’s huge and is divided into themes, each area with excellent signs.  Allan was out there, too, and we did not even see each other in the vast garden area.

Fragrance Garden

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Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

the driftwood arch entrance to an “underwater” garden that I found most inspirational.

The early evening light made it feel like being underwater.

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I walked along a series of gardens behind the main building.

behind the outdoor dining area

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looks like a green roof in the making? (Allan’s photo)

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a wall of bottles behind a bench (Allan’s photo)

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patterns of thyme

lavender labyrinth

a showy kniphofia

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Allan’s photo

I am sure we missed a lot of garden here because of time and disability.  I hope to return…If not before, next July when the Master Gardener tour will be in this area.

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We took a slight detour from our route home to see the boats in the Westport Harbor.

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a substantial safety fence

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Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Planters along the harbor were a new addition since the last time we drove through here.

an enticing row of cottages

If we had gone on the road past the cottages, we would have found this memorial garden.  I wish we had…but then we would have not gotten out of the woods before dark.

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Allan google-earthed it.

pelicans (Allan’s photo)

jetty (Allan’s photo) Me: “Don’t break a leg up there!”

We passed this mural and I wondered if this Andersen was any relation to our friend Lorna’s dad.

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After a drive down the coast, most of which was along a quiet highway with few views of the water, we made one more detour to look at the famous Tokeland Hotel.

It is said to be haunted.

I had hoped to be home before dark.  Because the detours took longer than expected, it was dusk by the time we passed through South Bend and reached the long road along Willapa Bay.

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We got out of the woodland roads and to the Columbia River by dusk and home by dark.  I look forward to writing tomorrow’s post about the garden visit that was the focal point of our journey.

A text from our friend Tony asked me if we had found the cake.  Cake?  We had come in the garage door.  I checked the front porch and indeed there was a delicious pineapple cake left there for us.  You might recall that Bailey and Rudy are our pomeranian friends.

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

On our way home from the Visions of Paradise tour, we drove by a garden where I knew a great gardener lived, someone I used to know but had not seen since 2003.  I blogged about a previous garden of hers here.

Kate’s garden

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driving slowly past the front garden

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We drove past the corner, where I learned later that Kate is trying to kill off horrible horsetail..

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a scene of battle against horsetail

…and I could not see down into the secret garden below except for glimpsing one foxtail lily glowing in sunlight.  Trying to spy more successfully, we turned the corner but could not see in because of an effective privacy barrier of a steep slope of blackberries.  Up the road, we turned around at the courthouse and came back to head on home…and there was Kate just pulling into her driveway.  She had also been on the garden tour and had thought she glimpsed me in one of the gardens.

She warmly invited us in and began our tour by showing us her latest visions of art, intricate assemblages around masks cast from faces of herself and her friends.

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Most of the pieces were accompanied by poem fragments, which Kate read to us.  One was by Mary Oliver.  I confess I had not heard of her but I intend to read her work.

After being enveloped in the magical world of Kate’s home, she took us out the back door to see her garden.

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on the back porch, with garden books

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This is so Kate.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

The garden lay below the porch in a hidden space that felt like a bowl of light.  It gives the impression of an entirely sunken garden because of the house on one side and two steep banks.

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a fountain was burbling in the shade against the wall.

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Here my camera battery died and I switched to my iPhone.

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ornamental and edible

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a little fountain

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Kate was amazed I had managed to glimpse that one foxtail lily from above.

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rebar and hoops from an old whiskey barrel

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an outhouse (with a bucket)

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an enviable ‘Forest Pansy’ redbud

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It loves this sheltered spot.

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Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

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Forest Pansy redbud (Allan’s photo)

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huge buddleia flower

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Allan’s photo

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in a little leanto greenhouse

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double rain barrel (Allan’s photo)

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the house from below

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leaf tapestry

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shed in a corner of the garden (with lean to greenhouse on one side)

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Allan’s photo

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back up on the porch:

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lifting the veil

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another veil lifted

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more of Kate’s art in the kitchen

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one of Kate’s “rug” paintings

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detail

When I knew her years ago, she used to paint scenes like the one above on furniture.

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from the front porch (Allan’s photo)

She walked us outside and we looked at the corner where her horsetail battle is waged.

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I told Kate that she is an artistic genius. Then Allan and I had to depart because we were due back at home to meet friends.

A Naselle garden

On the way, we of course drove the Naselle and river route rather than the OUTSIDE lane of the Willapa Curves.  Besides, I wanted to check out a garden that we had seen when attending an Indivisible meeting in Naselle last winter.  We have only seen this garden by skirting around the outside, from the street and from the Naselle Timberland Library parking lot.

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In the winter, this swalewas full of rain water.

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view from the library parking lot

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This was IN the library parking lot.

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from the street

Running fairly late by now, I texted our friends that we would soon be joining them.  They were already in our garden waiting.

Apres-tour in our garden

Debbie (Rainyside Gardeners) and Jeanne had gone on the Peninsula garden tour that day.  (Perhaps three years ago, I had introduced Debbie to our local tour and since then she has been invited back to write about it.)  We arrived home and immediately set about making a campfire so that we could all relax and talk about garden touring.  I set Skooter free from the convalescent room so he could join us. He ran joyously from one end of the back garden to the other after his week indoors. 

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Allan, Debbie, Jeanne, and Devery from next door

Debbie, author of Gardening for the Homebrewer, had found some perry (a pear cider made from a certain type of pear) at Sid’s market in Seaview.  It was delicious and I intend to acquire more.

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campfire food

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

After peering over the fence on Thursday at a fascinating property that Our Kathleen had told me about, we got a comment on our blog from Charlene that made me feel compelled to see inside.

“I was on that property, for a gathering, and it’s more than incredible. I walked around for a couple hours and still didn’t see everything. You would come upon a garden item, and stand and look, to see what he had repurposed to make it. He would go to Boeing surplus and buy all these ordinary things and come back and make magician garden areas and displays. He is a pure inventor. I just did not want to leave! If you get a chance to visit it, go.”

So I called the realty company today and said I don’t want to buy it (even if I sort of do) but that I would love to blog about it…and the listing agent was happy to show us around. Here is the  Artist garden link and the description:

“This is so much more than 4 vacant land parcels. Enter the gates and you enter a private garden like no other. 100s of plants in containers, a grove of bamboo, mature trees and beautiful one-off gazebos and garden features. All of this is anchored by a grand pavilion made from steel and found materials in the grand style of The Rural Studio and Samuel Mockbee. The site features a private well, 2 RV cleanouts, 100 amp power, sleeping area, kitchen and bathroom, and 40′ steel storage container.”  The agent is Mark Magee at 503-860-5596.

Samuel Mockbee’s goal was providing “shelter for the soul.”  I feel that here on this property.

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On Thursday, the two big gates were closed.

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Today, one was open.

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the road in

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Meeting Mark’s dog, Ajax.

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sweet Ajax

The owner collected salvage and turned it into art. Mark told us that some viewers wonder what they would do with all that “junk”.  The sort of people I know would be thrilled to have it.

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Allan’s photo

 

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English ivy was the only horticultural problem that I saw.

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Allan’s photo

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and moles…  The construction to the left had fallen apart this past winter.

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now (Allan’s photo)

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Here it was in happier times.

At the center of the property is a large pavilion.

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south end of the pavilion

 

Here are three photos of the pavilion from the real estate listing:

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a party from the past

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This maybe went back to before the pavilion was covered.

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In the pavilion today. The glowing end walls are made of automative floor mats.

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Allan’s photo

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north of the pavilion

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Allan’s photo

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the north end of the pavilion

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Allan’s photo

On the south back side of the property is the large storage container and all sorts of ingredients for more projects.  The entire property is fenced, tall enough to keep out deer.

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Allan’s photo

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storage unit and potential extra living space (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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lights (Allan’s photo)

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fence (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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east end of the property

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At the east end of the large property are two joined sheds.

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a breezeway in between the sheds

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center breezeway

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woodsy view, close to the back edge of the property

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One side has a working kitchen and bathroom.

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bathroom (Allan’s photo); also has a shower

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and a door to the outside

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The other could be the sleeping space.

If I were, say, 40, I would still have the energy to say I could so easily live in this space.  We could convert the 40 foot storage container into more housing, or bring in an RV to one of the two RV sites.  To add an actual house, manufactured or stick built, one would have to have a new septic system installed. Earlier in my life, I’d have found it easy to live with what’s there now.

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the view back out to the pavilion

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built on a grand and massive scale

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more ingredients by the sheds (Allan’s photo)

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You might have to make a few dump runs if you couldn’t figure out how to use every last thing.

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Clearly, many plans were unrealized here.

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Allan’s photo

I can easily imagine a delightful alternative life here.  I can’t leave my home and garden to take it on….but maybe you can?

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I asked realtor Mark Magee to please let me know if he has any more listings that are amazing secret soul nurturing hideaways like this. I would love to see them and blog about them.  After all, it was my blog posts about it that brought the perfect new owner to the original Tangly Cottage.

 

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Salem Hardy Plant Society

garden 24: an eclectic, artistic garden in Woodburn

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This garden’s artistic touches strongly appealed to me along with its selection of interesting plants.  The shady nature of the garden was welcome on a 90 plus degree day and also made pocketcam photography difficult.  We did our best to do the garden justice.

It was clear, from across the street, that something exciting awaited us.

It was clear, from across the street, that something exciting awaited us.

along the sidewalk

along the sidewalk

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garden entry

Hardy Planters who were departing had delighted expressions and said we were in for a treat.

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entering the front garden

entering the front garden

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more Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty', more regret that I did not buy some.

more Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, more regret that I did not buy some.

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Allan's photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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an elegant outbuilding

an elegant outbuilding

behind the outbuilding, a fabulous stash of garden ingredients

behind the outbuilding, a fabulous stash of garden ingredients

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Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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outbuilding wall that faces the back garden

outbuilding wall that faces the back garden

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looking back at the outbuilding

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

dovecoat

dovecoat

complete with doves

complete with doves

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Allan’s photo

Some free range chickens, including one with a cute topknot, were also around.  They were shy and hidden in the shrubbery so I failed to get a photo.

Allan got a chicken photo!

Allan got a chicken photo!

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Another garden with perfect hostas. Maybe chickens eat the snails.

Another garden with perfect hostas. Maybe chickens eat the snails.

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Allan’s photo

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Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’

lost in the deep woods

lost in the deep woods

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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dripping water

dripping water

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Allan’s photo

Spotty Dotty again

Spotty Dotty again

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entry to a living tunnel

entry to a living tunnel

Ok. where in my garden can I do this? Oh....I have a salmonberry tunnel...not this cool.

Ok. where in my garden can I do this? Oh….I have a salmonberry tunnel…not this cool.

This is magical.

This is magical.

me, loving the tunnel

me, loving the tunnel

out the other end. To the right, a pavilion with stone pillars.

out the other end. To the right, a pavilion with stone pillars.

and refreshments

and refreshments

Hardy Planters

Hardy Planters

including Our Ann

including Our Ann

and a garden host

and a garden host

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Allan’s photo

little dog looking into the tunnel

little dog looking into the tunnel

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across from the pavilion

across from the pavilion

at the front corner of the garden

at the front corner of the garden

front of house

front of house

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the way out

the way out

I don’t want to leave this paradise, yet I must.  There was one more garden to see (the last one written about in the previous post; it did not take long but I did not know that would be the case) and a three hour drive home.

Takeaways: I need Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, and a larger lot, and I need to get the salmonberry groves cleaned out to make room for more shade plant collections, and I need more repurposed junk and some stone pillars.  Dang it.

You can see more photos here, on The Eye of the Lady, taken with a much bigger camera and with great skill.

the way home

91 degrees F as we drive through farm and vineyard country

91 degrees F as we drive through farm and vineyard country

This area grows many of the ornamental trees and shrubs shipped all over the country. Some fields had fascinating variety.

This area grows many of the ornamental trees and shrubs shipped all over the country. Some fields had fascinating variety.

orchards

orchards

We were interested to learn that there is a trail all the way from Banks to Vernonia.

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Allan’s photo

After a scary drive over the coast range, facing long lines of impatient and pushy drivers heading back to the city after a seaside weekend, we were pleased to enter maritime weather.

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61 degrees and salty

a feast at Himani Indian Cuisine in Astoria ended our four day holiday.

a feast at Himani Indian Cuisine in Astoria ended our four day holiday.

after dinner, some Astoria planter admiration

after dinner, some Astoria planter admiration

well done, Astoria

well done, Astoria

Four days, 25 gardens (including the Oregon Garden)!  Tomorrow, we will resume publishing just in the mornings, at least until another garden tour day comes up.  There are three in the near future, unfortunately all on the same day.

right here on the Long Beach Peninsula

right here on the Long Beach Peninsula

in Aberdeen, 1.5 hours away

in Aberdeen, 1.5 hours north

In Tillamook, 2 hours south

In Tillamook, 2 hours south

 

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden 14: woodland garden

My reading comprehension is low for garden descriptions while touring. I get over-excited, I think. I missed the part till now about being able to go onto the deck.

My reading comprehension is low for garden descriptions while touring. I get over-excited, I think. I missed the part till now about being able to go onto the deck.

walking down from the road

walking down from the road

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Allan’s photo

shade next to and under the deck at the side of the house

shade next to and under the deck at the side of the house

Allan said "Look, an homage to watering."

Allan said “Look, an homage to watering.”

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Allan’s photo

the back yard garden

the back yard garden

As you can see, the deck would have provided a good overview.  Darn it!

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The garden bed extends toward the woods.

The garden bed extends toward the woods.

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faces in saw blades

faces in saw blades

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This little tree caused a sensation.

This little tree caused a sensation.

the gathering

the gathering

close up

close up

Lance Wright IDed the plant and I thought I would remember it.  Not likely! Fortunately, I was able to ask him on Facebook and got the name: Betula ‘Trost’s Dwarf’.  He tells me that later that day, they were available for sale at Dancing Oaks.  If only I had thought to look!

We next walked along the woodland garden at the edge of the lawn.

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an idea I want to steal, I mean borrow (or emulate)

an idea I want to steal, I mean borrow (or emulate)

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Hardy Planters

Hardy Planters

Allan was schmoozing.  I went back around the side and to the front of the house.

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peeking round the other side of the house

peeking round the other side of the house

I sat on the front steps, tired, a little punchy from touring, and waited for Allan, thinking about how I wanted to get to the plant vendors at the evening soirée at Dancing Oaks while the pickings were still rich.

my view of the entry garden

my view of the entry garden

scree garden

scree garden

Eventually, Allan rejoined me and we went out to the last private garden of the day.

garden 15: bird and wildlife garden in Dallas, Oregon

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front garden of the house in Dallas, Oregon, near Salem

front garden of the house in Dallas, Oregon, near Salem

interwoven textures by the house

interwoven textures by the house

garden entry

garden entry

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right: well grown, perfect hostas, probably from Sebright Nursery nearby

right: well grown, perfect hostas, probably from Sebright Nursery nearby

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a tiny shed or maybe pump house

a tiny shed or maybe pump house

We'll revisit the shaded lathe house later for a cool drink.

We’ll revisit the shaded lathe house later for a cool drink.

There was no sense at all back here of any neighbours.  We could have been miles from anyone else.  I found a satellite view that explains the sense of peace; we were surrounded on two sides by pastures.

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We were invited by Kay herself to snack from the raspberry row.

We were invited by Kay herself to snack from the raspberry row.

We were also advised to smell the blossoms of the catalpa tree.

We were also advised to smell the blossoms of the catalpa tree.

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I read later that the catalpa is also known as worm tree because of the pods.

I read later that the catalpa is also known as worm tree because of the pods.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the kitchen garden

the kitchen garden

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acreage

acreage

Hardy Planters taking shelter from the sun

Hardy Planters taking shelter from the sun

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

When I overheard Marietta O’Byrne of Northwest Garden Nursery (who had shown a slide show of her exquisite garden on Friday night) telling someone that her garden was just an hour and a half south along a beautiful country road…I was sorely tempted to try to book another night at the hotel and visit her garden open on Monday.  But then….it would be four and a half plus hours drive home, and Long Beach and Ilwaco plants needed our attention.

Marietta O'Byrne (Allan's photo)

Marietta O’Byrne (Allan’s photo)

I do hope to see her garden one day.

Our touring of private gardens had ended for the day as we departed for our much anticipated evening at Dancing Oaks Nursery.

 

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