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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

presented by the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

Ocean Shores

Garden 7: Beauty and the Bay

I had reasons to look forward to this garden.  Diane is the aunt of Terri of Markham Farm, and Terri would be co-hosting.  I am not playing favourites when I say I liked this garden best.

photo by Evan Bean

along the street

along the street

Allan’s photo

the other side of the front driveway

Kilyn’s photo on instagram…followed by her caption

(Each garden had a sign reminding us of the plant sale at the community garden.)

Note those cool rocks with holes in them.  I found some like that in 1991 on Kalaloch Beach.

into the back garden

just inside the gate

Allan’s photo

To our left was the memory garden with mementos including the hard hat and boots worn by Uncle Neil when he helped build the road to Paradise on Mount Rainer.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

On to the back garden.  I was already smitten.

To our right, a sunroom/greenhouse.

fire circle


Allan’s photo

To our left, vegetables in barrels….

Roses and driftwood…

photo by Evan Bean

roses and agapanthus…

In the corner, a garden boat.

Then a mossy burbling rock…


..and a driftwood gate.


photo by Evan Bean

Outside the gate, a view of North Bay:

Looking back at the house:

fire circle

Allan’s photo

On the deck:

Allan’s photo

Leaving the deck…

…we explored the rest of the bayside garden, a separate-feeling area to the right of the driftwood gate.

path to a gate

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

the bay side of the house

Twin frogs instead of lions flank the doorway.

another burbling rock

Allan’s photo

wheelbarrows and probably pots of spring bulbs beside the house

We still had not seen it all; we next found the enclosed garden at the front of the house.

a little pond

You might recognize this from the garden tour poster.

photo by Evan Bean

a beautiful front porch

a woman after my own heart in many ways

We had found Terri in the front garden courtyard and had a good chat.  Because her aunt was out touring other gardens, we did not get to meet her, but I know Terri will tell her how much we loved her garden.

Kilyn and Peter had arranged a tailgate teatime for four with homemade scones (Peter’s) and cookies and small sandwiches.  What a delight. We were joined by Evan and Ann.

Allan’s photo

We loaded up plants that Ann had brought for me to purchase from two nurseries she works for (propagating plants): Secret Garden Growers and Cistus Nursery.

While Kilyn and Peter went on ahead to the next (and last) garden, I just had to have one more walk through the Lemke garden because I loved it so much.  When we finally were about to tear ourselves away, Teresa from the Planter Box arrived, much to our surprise and pleasure.

She had manage to wrangle two days off from her garden center, so of course we all extended an invitation to her to come tour Markham Farm garden with us on Sunday.  We left her chatting with Terri and departed for the final tour garden.



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Friday, 22 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

At an hour when we are usually sound asleep, Allan went to the third floor of the Mcmenamins Anderson School Hotel to get us coffee from the principal’s office (which is a bar in the evenings).

at the Anderson School

Alison, author of the Bonney Lassie blog, met us at the hotel in the early morning and did the driving.  This was wonderful for us, as she is used to city driving, and the satnav system on her Prius makes ours look like something prehistoric.  By sitting in the back seat, I did not see all of the scary traffic and had a much easier day (as did Allan).  You can read her excellent post about some foliage combinations that she liked (and didn’t) right here.

garden one: Coney Hillside Retreat in Woodinville

I always prefer to see gardens made by the garden owners.  One of my favourite gardening quotations is this: Nobody can design a more satisying garden for you than the one that you think out for yourself. It could take years, but in the doing of it, you should be in paradise. -Mary Keen

the path to the garden

on the right, partway up

A lot of the gardens had metal alliums of different sorts.  I want some!

the bocce ball court

Allan’s photo

a comfy place to watch the games

on the left across from the court

up the hill (Allan’s photo)

stairs going up and an outdoor fireplace

I kept to the gradually rising path rather than the stairs.

at the front terrace (Allan’s photo)

one level up, the giant checkerboard

the front terrace and wine cellar

Allan’s photo

I walked across the front of the house and looked down the stairs…

front patio

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

and entered the garden the back way, behind the greenhouse.

Allan’s photo

I joined another tour guest in liking this ladder idea; I had seen it before but, like many ideas, had forgotten it.

in the greenhouse (Allan’s photo)

The kind owner was giving away jade plants. (Allan’s photo)

wine bottle planters (Allan’s photo)

the hillside of the back garden

path to the greenhouse

the pond, showing the waterfall stairs

enormous koi

We admired the big rock slab for fish to hide under.

Allan’s photo

me and Alison by the pond


one of the sit spots

Allan went up the stairs by the waterfall.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

at the head of the waterfall (Allan’s photo)


on the hillside

stairs to the deck

With brace and cane, I can no longer do stairs without railings; I never know when my balance will just give out.  Even though I can usually find ways to view the gardens, I am grateful that Allan is available to fetch me a glass of lemonade.

Allan’s photo

another ladder shelf

I left the back garden at the end most tour guests would have entered by, and looked back to appreciate their first impression.

another foliar view as I departed

on the way back down (Allan’s photo)

a good plant tag (Allan’s photo, of a plant he admired)

the petasites in question (Allan’s photo)

I don’t think we could grow petasites because of snails.

I was so absorbed in looking at the garden that I did not hear the music wafting about.  Allan and Alison assured me it was there.

You can enjoy another walk through this peaceful garden, three years ago, in the Linda Letters blog, right here.







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