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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Floramagoria Part 3, “The Farm”

We’ve explored the front NW/Asian garden and the luscious tropical themed back garden; now let’s walk around the side of the house and look at what our host calls “our farm area”.  I’ll reprise a couple of photos for orientation.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

Leaving the back yard: The path beside the deck leads to the side garden.

Allan's photo

To our right, we say goodbye to the pool boy.  (Allan’s photo)

little shed against the house

little shed against the house

window

 

in the shed

in the shed

shed

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

duck pond, Allan’s photo

farm

 

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shallow bee bath

shallow bee bath

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a bathing bee

a drinking bee

I learned while on the Bloggers Fling that bees like a shallow bowl of water.

bee hive

bee hive

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back

looking back:  Allan's photo

looking back: Allan’s photo

 

a last look bacK:  Allan's photo

a last look back: Allan’s photo

And we go around the corner to the front garden:

front

 

Next, we revisit one of my favourite gardens for our last soiree with the Bloggers Fling.

 

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Sunday's well-worn itinerary

Sunday’s well-worn itinerary

On the way from Ernst/Fuller Gardens to the Rhone Street Garden, our tour bus was halted by a freight train. We were all astonished that in the middle of the city, a train that long was allowed to block so much traffic. Since then, I’ve done some reading on freight trains in Portland and found this was probably not unusual.

Again, the two Fling tour buses were going in a different order to the small gardens so that only 40 of us at once would descend on each one.

trainwatching

trainwatching

It is no exaggeration to say that the train had us sitting there for at least fifteen minutes, cutting into our Rhone Street Gardens time.

Rhone Street Gardens at last

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I should have thought earlier in this blog series of enlarging just the text.  Might go back and fix the previous entries!

Joy!! I was so very excited to visit Rhone Street Gardens, as that and Danger Garden are blogs that I adore. To see both of these gardens in person will deeply enhance my blog reading experience. I also was very much enjoying the smaller gardens, as they were much more accessible to me in my sore legs state of being, and I did not have to go far afield and away from all the other humans to find a place to sit. In the small gardens, one can go round several times and catch every detail.

I wish I had remembered to ask owner Scott (who also was one of the Fling organizers) what the story was about flooding, as I could not picture how a garden like this floods. Perhaps the story was written in his blog before I discovered it, so I’ll poke back and have a look. (I did, and learned that the flooding was along the parking strips. Allan says he was told the storm sewers backed up as high as the bottom step of the stairs by the sidewalk.)

Bloggers arrive at Rhone Street Gardens

Bloggers arrive at Rhone Street Gardens; Scott is to the very left

Allan's photo, approaching the garden

Allan’s photo, approaching the garden

I believe that is Lisa, a blogger who most impressively came all the way from Spain

I believe that is Lisa, a blogger who most impressively came all the way from Spain.

(Lisa’s blog: http://descubriendohojas.blogspot.com/)

sit spot by the front steps

sit spot by the front steps

steps to the front porch

steps to the front porch

Leslie from California explores the sidewalk gardens.

Leslie from California explores the sidewalk gardens.

(Leslie’s blog: http://www.starappleediblegardens.com/)

along the sidewalk

along the other length of sidewalk along the front of the house

Below: wood edges on sidewalk, perhaps added recently to counteract flooding?

really paved in 1911???

really paved in 1911???

Allan's photo: "kit for raised garden lumber detail"

Allan’s photo: “kit for raised garden lumber detail”

grasses swooping next to the sidewalk

grasses swooping next to the sidewalk

to my right: sloped garden by the house

to my right: sloped garden by the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

grasses and perennials mixed

Parking Strip: grasses and perennials mixed

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

What is this grass?  I must acquire it!

What is this grass? I must acquire it!

Allan's photo: "Schizachrium looks better than ‘blue oat grass’  no dead center"

Allan’s photo: “Schizachirum looks better than ‘blue oat grass’ no dead center”

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Maybe Scott wrote this down for Allan.

I see that I need to start collecting ornamental grasses again. I used to, then got complacent and slacked off. These are wonderful.

salvia, I believe

salvia, I believe

galvanized pots mark one end of the L shaped parking strips

galvanized pots mark one end of the L shaped parking strips

looking to the right

looking to the right

I meant to have some of the delicious orange juice on my second walk-through but got so absorbed in the garden that I forgot! As you can see, and as I forgot to mention earlier, the day was not blazing hot and the light on the gardens was not all harsh sun and shadow as it had been on Friday and Saturday.

As I turn up the path, the porch is to my right. (I have a terrible time with left and right, and Allan often reads the blog after it is published and gives me corrections. 😉

porch

 

As I turn up the path, the porch is to my right.

on the porch

on the porch, a blogger gets a photo looking out

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo from the porch

a secret sit spot behind the grasses

a somewhat secret sit spot behind the grasses

Scott wrote here about the creation of this sit spot.

I remember Lucy Hardiman speaking about how she likes the secret sit spot behind shrubs in her garden so that she can eavesdrop on what people say about it.

This one caught my eye, of course.

This one caught my eye, of course.

rain chain

rain chain by the porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

standing by the sit spot

standing by the sit spot

birds must love this garden

birds must love this garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Now I turn my attention to the shed of wood and metal (a look that I like very much.)

with a blogger enraptured with plants

with a blogger enraptured with plants

shed

the best green roof, with grasses and flowers

the best green roof, with grasses and flowers

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(I do hope this inspires Allan to build a little shed like this between us and Nora’s security light… I have no such skills. I used to think that I should wait and see if I get a gardening neighbour next door, but have realized from the Ernst/Fuller garden that a privacy wall is good, even with a friend next door.)

roof2

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

passageway between house and shed

passageway between house and shed

shed

looking back at the shed

with garden detail

with garden detail

I walked around three times and took a photo each time.

I walked around three times and took a photo each time.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

roof

 

OOOh, Allan took a photo of the building details!

OOOh, Allan took a photo of the building details!

beside the path

beside the path

just past the shed

just past the shed

sit

little courtyard behind the shed

little courtyard behind the shed

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Earlier this year, Scott wrote about the need to create a privacy screen for this particular sit spot. (In rereading that post, I finally realized that the metal trough planters that I like have a name: stock tanks.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

sign on fence by that little sit spot

sign on fence by that little sit spot

 

lily at corner of house

lily at corner of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bloggers turn the corner from the sit spot to the back of the house

bloggers turn the corner from the sit spot to the back of the house

I could hear water among this greenery in the back corner.

I could hear water among this greenery in the back corner.

a little secret bubbler

a little secret bubbler

Allan's photo: looking out to the driveway

Allan’s photo: looking out to the driveway

looking back from the arbour that leads to the driveway

looking back from the arbour that leads to the driveway

looking back from the driveway to the side of the house

looking back from the driveway to the side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Scott said the neighbours' chickens like to visit.

Scott said the neighbours’ chickens like to visit.

At the foot of the driveway, Scott’s cat (or the neighbour’s orange cat?) was looking suspiciously at the big tour bus parked across the street.

what the heck is that?

what the heck is that?

I'll lie down but I'm still keeping an eye on it.

I’ll lie down but I’m still keeping an eye on it.

Allan's photo of me taking the picture

Allan’s photo of me taking the picture

and trying to get some attention from the cat

and trying to get some attention from the cat.

I think the standoffishness indicates that this was the neighbours’ orange cat…or else he was really obsessed with that bus.

from the foot of the driveway, looking down the parking strip toward the corner from where I started

from the foot of the driveway, looking down the parking strip toward the corner from where I started

Allan's photo:  "soft sidewalk edge"

Allan’s photo: “soft sidewalk edge”

garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Echinacea pallida (must have!!) and a verbascum

Echinacea pallida (must have!!) and a verbascum

parking strip

parking strip

fireweed against the house

fireweed against the house

house

I just so much appreciate touring a garden in a house that was made for the working or middle class!

I can imagine living here.

I can imagine living here.

Having come full circle, here are the stairs to the front porch.

Having come full circle, here are the stairs to the front porch.

parking strip plants

parking strip plants

stairs

I back up for some more street views.

street2

the kitty appears

the kitty appears

street

 

I'm mystified as to where Allan took this photo; maybe from the front porch??

I’m mystified as to where Allan took this photo; maybe from the front porch??

I found out that Scott's husband likes Star Trek!

I found out that Scott’s husband likes Star Trek!

As our time at Rhone Street Gardens drew to a close and we all began to gather near the front steps, Boots decided it was time to pose.

(I hope I have his name right.)

(I hope I have his name right.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Kylee from Ohio and Boots

Kylee’s blog: http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com/

Allan's photo: cat admiration society

Allan’s photo: cat admiration society

cat photos

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Allan’s photo: more cat photos

Allan's photo of a photo of garden owners (all three of them)

Allan’s photo of a photo of garden owners (all three of them)

happy family

happy family (Allan’s photo)

and then...some territory defending! (Allan's photo)

and then…some territory defending! (Allan’s photo)

At the end…We had difficulty tearing ourselves away. The garden completely lived up to my expectations and I was sorry to leave.

end

Next: the John Kuza garden in collaboration with Sean Hogan.

P.S.:

Allan noticed this cute license plate and wondered which blogger it belongs to!

Allan noticed this cute license plate and wondered which blogger it belongs to!

Here’s Pam Penick’s ode to Rhone Street Gardens.

Here’s GardenBook on Rhone Street Gardens.

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Saturday Itinerary with times

Saturday Itinerary with times

Chickadee Gardens

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Chickadees were my grandmother‘s favourite birds, and I remember her calling to them, “Chickadee-dee-dee-dee-dee!” The combination of love of birds, love of cats, and the lovely architectural style of the stucco house made this garden a special treat.

Mary Ann Newcomer and a friend of hers had kindly offered me a car ride from JJ De Sousa’s garden to avoid me climbing the tour bus steps, so we got to Chickadee early and were able to take lots of photos with no one else in the garden.

rudbeckias by the sidewalk

rudbeckias by the sidewalk

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (later)

Allan's photo after he arrives on the tour bus.

Allan’s photo after he arrives later on the tour bus.

As we arrived, the owner said to us “I de-spidered everything!” He meant that he had gently removed cobwebs from the garden paths, certainly not that he had hurt any spiders.

pesticide

by the front sidewalk

You can order yourself a Pesticide Free Zone sign for your garden here, with bee or ladybug.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the front porch

by the front porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Casa de los tres gatos

Casa de los tres gatos

architecture admiration

architecture admiration

I love this style of house.

I love this style of house.

a path along the woodsy front garden by the house

a path along the woodsy front garden by the house

ends

the front porch

the front porch

a window detail

a window detail

It is interesting to me that they have such a large tree in a pot.

It is interesting to me that they have such a large tree in a pot.

I am still trying to figure out where to plant my precious Davidia ‘Lady Sunshine’; I wonder if a very large pot would do?

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

walking up the driveway and looking back to the street

walking up the driveway and looking back to the street

at the end of the driveway, by the garage, refreshments and literature about bird-friendly gardens.

at the end of the driveway, by the garage, refreshments and literature about bird-friendly gardens.

a splash of colour as we peek into the back garden

a splash of colour as we peek into the back garden

Wow, just the sort of colours I adore!

Wow, just the sort of colours I adore!

pizzazz

colour echoes

colour echoes

Allan's photo after the bus arrived.

Allan’s photo after the bus arrived.

love!

love!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking from the table to the house

looking from the table to the house

back porch

back porch

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

cat silhouettes on the fence

cat silhouettes on the fence

There was some loose netting at the top of the fence that kept the family cats from getting out. The owner said his cats are not interested in bothering the birds; very good kitties indeed.

Allan got a photo of it!

Allan got a photo of it!

flowers against the fence, Allan's photo

flowers against the fence, Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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in the back garden

in the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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by the back porch (Allan’s photo)

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roofline

back wall of house

The owner told us that a friend lives over the garage. What a delightful arrangement for all!

a green roof next to the garage apartment

a green roof next to the garage apartment

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

under the green roof

under the green roof

All the details greatly appealed to me.

All the details greatly appealed to me.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

How I would love to have an apartment to offer to a dear friend.

How I would love to have an apartment to offer to a dear friend.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Echinops (blue globe thistle), Allan's photo

Echinops (blue globe thistle), Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Having gotten there early, I found it mindlessly refreshing to just sit in a chair along the driveway, enjoy some yummy chips and dips and gaze up at the architecture of the house and garage.

looking up at the back corner of the house from the driveway

looking up at the back corner of the house from the driveway

other Bloggers Fling posts about this garden:

Chickadee Gardens: Alternative Eden

Red Dirt Ramblings

 

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August 10, 2013

I am certainly not tired of seeing photos of Pink Poppy Farm, even though this was the fourth time I had been there in a little over a month.

From the Edible Tour program:  Allow yourself time to explore this expansive, one acre country garden where edibles and flowers grow in harmony. Hens live happily in “The Imperial Chicken Palace.” Meandering through the property you will find two “and a quarter” poly tunnels that grow food for the family, the Pink Poppy Bakery market booth, and a few CSA boxes.  Masters of edible landscapes, the owners have lived and worked on the grounds for 19 years.  The garden is full of clever ideas for watering, fencing, and decor.

As usual, folks gathered by the gorgeous Imperial Chicken Palace.

Garden owner Mike Dickerson conferring with tour organizer Lisa Mattfield

Garden owner Mike Dickerson conferring with tour organizer Lisa Mattfield

looking east

looking east

Japanese anemone; this garden has room for thugs.

Japanese anemone; this garden has room for thugs.

One thug Lynn says she deeply regrets introducing is Aegopodium (bishops weed, ground elder) which came in with a plant and has run rampant.

squash

squash

entering the medium poly tunnel

entering the medium poly tunnel (Patty, Lynn Dickerson, Deanette, Lisa, Mike Dickerson

Lynn Dickerson and Deanette

Lynn Dickerson and Deanette

lettuce

lettuce

Even with all their space, I find it interesting that they grow lettuce in containers.  I find it much easier to do as one is somewhat less likely to find a slug on it.

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colourful kale

colourful kale

looking toward the big poly tunnel

looking toward the big poly tunnel

I love the arbour with nasturtiums on top.

I love the arbour with nasturtiums on top.

the big poly tunnel

the big poly tunnel

inside

inside

looking out the west door

looking out the west door

tomatoes, etc,  growing tall

tomatoes, etc, growing tall

The Dickersons pick a lot of leaves off their tomatoes.  I started doing this in my little greenhouse, as well.

Lynn shows Deanette the tiniest poly tunnel

Lynn shows Deanette the tiniest poly tunnel

sunflowers

sunflowers

shed on north side of garden

shed on north side of garden

 o so clever swing set bean support

o so clever swing set bean support

back to the house

back to the house

steps to the house level

steps to the house level

There were several guests there, family members as I recall, to help with prep for the garden tour.

prepping

prepping on the patio; pretty sure this is Lynn’s mum come to help

ingredients for garden art

ingredients for garden art

a gathering of gardeners

a gathering of gardeners

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ppbeans

garden discussion

garden discussion

more discussion and garden admiration

more discussion and garden admiration (Allan, Patty, Deanette, Lynn)

How I love this garden!  But we had to move on with two more garden for the group to see and then two more for Allan and I to visit for photos (while I mildly wondered if I really felt our own garden was perfectly ready for tour day tomorrow).

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Aug 7, 2013

Every year, Ann S’s garden club from Vancouver, Washington comes to the Peninsula for a post-Music in the Gardens tour.  Usually Ann picks her favourite gardens on tour day and asks the owners if she can come back in three weeks, on a weekday.  This year, she herself was unable to make the big tour, so I decided to take the day off and go with the group to most of the gardens that were on the tour.  (Last year, Ann’s own bayside garden was on the Music in the Gardens tour.)

Allan dropped me off at Ann’s house, where the group came down the stairs sounding like a flock of exotic birds.  Off we went in three vehicles to Marilyn and Nancy’s “healing garden”.  Nancy was there when we arrived (left in photo below); as owner of the wonderful Depot Restaurant, she knew that the group would be having a delicious meal there at the end of the day.

The garden club at Marilyn's

The garden club at Marilyn’s

at Marilyn's

at Marilyn’s, noticing the variegated Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’

This variegated thyme also caught their eye.

This variegated thyme also caught their eye.

Of course, the painted sage was a hit, as always.

Of course, the painted sage was a hit, as always.

I made sure to take them next door to see the great outdoor fireplace made by the neighbour’s son.    The ladies loved this.

I made sure to take them next door to see the great outdoor fireplace made by the neighbour's son.

Don’s fireplace, built by his son.  Don is on a ladder at upper left.

We next drove south to Pink Poppy Farm, where we were greeted by garden owner Lynn who had a little time before going to work.  In the circle garden inside the front gate, a flower was admired.  A friend had given Lynn the seeds, and she gave me some.  She said she was told it is a “South African pearl daisy…Arctotis grandis”.

cool plant

cool plant

As always happens, I saw new details in the garden this time around, like this pile of ingredients as one comes around the side toward the chicken palace.

good stuff

good stuff

Of course, the garden club was wowed by the Imperial Chicken Palace.

new container holder in front of chicken palace

new container holder in front of chicken palace

clever idea for attractive display of big plastic pots

clever idea for attractive display of big plastic pots

The Imperial Chicken Palace

The Imperial Chicken Palace

palace

admiring the Chicken Palace

the happy girls

talking to the happy chickens

Onward across the rolling lawns, we progressed to the poly tunnels.  The ladies were a little worried about their nice shoes.  It was not from watering that the grass was wet; there had been a very heavy dew.  As someone who is always dressed for one occasion, gardening, this is not a problem I had even thought of in advance.

across the dewy lawn

across the dewy lawn

medium poly tunnel

medium poly tunnel

the other side (north door) of the medium tunnel

the other side (north door) of the medium tunnel

admiring the nasturtium arbour

admiring the nasturtium arbour

the big poly tunnel

the big poly tunnel

The wonders of the produce in the poly tunnels completely chased away thoughts of damp shoes.

in the poly tunnel

in the poly tunnel

lemon cukes

lemon cukes

in the big poly tunnel

in the big poly tunnel

the littlest poly tunnel

the littlest poly tunnel

There is a spare house in the back of the property (east end) by which this little tunnel sits.  It lacks electricity, but I have told Lynn that she is lucky I like my own garden so much or they might find me squatting there, I love Pink Poppy Farm so very much!

sunflowers on the empty house

sunflowers on the empty house

We made our way across to the north side of the property and the garden shed gardens.

admiring the sweet peas

admiring the sweet peas

Hm, their sweet peas were not a failure like mine!  These look like mine looked last year, darn it!

club

something else I had missed till now

something else I had missed till now

shed

shed

swing set bean trellis

swing set bean trellis

more sunflowers

more sunflowers

shed detail

shed detail

above the garage

above the garage

pumphouse and "pollies"

pumphouse and “pollies”

steps down to patio

steps down to patio

leaving in a happy mood

leaving in a happy mood

Next: a garden club reprise of more tour gardens.

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July 27, 2013

Gardens by the Sea tour benefits Clatsop CASA.

garden one: Hubik garden. From the program: “A flowing garden walled in green, displaying a beautiful drainage solution.”

Hubik garden

Hubik garden

The beautiful fencing and gates, we were told, had been built by Mr. Husik.

The beautiful fencing and gates, we were told, had been built by the late Mr. Hubik.

front corner

front corner

tour guests at the gate

tour guests at the gate

stepping inside

to the left, the front porch

to the left, the front porch

detail

detail

inside the gate, photo by Allan

inside the gate, photo by Allan

Turning to the right, we find a water feature.

to the right, a pond

to the right, a pond

with water dripping from a shell

with water dripping from a shell

curving around from the pond, a mixed border

curving around from the pond, a mixed border

border

birdfeeder

birdfeeder

Allan went into the little path that you can see to the left of the photo above.

corner

corner

corner view

corner view

And look who he found there!

garter snake

From the lawn by to the flower border we look back toward the house.

curvy boxwood

curvy boxwood

side door

side door

Allan saw evidence of a dog’s presence….

a sure sign

a sure sign

And then saw the dog in the glass door on the side of the house.

dog

The dog looks like one of my favourite bloggers, Chess the purebred border collie.

Chess's relative?

Chess’s relative?

On the other side of the lawn from the house, the garden border has curved the corner and runs down the side. (Unlike Peninsula gardens, I cannot name south or north or west or east side as I got all turned around while looking for the garden.)

While perusing this area, we encountered our friend and client Lorna, owner of Andersen’s RV Park, touring with Karen, wife of consummate local plantsman Steve Clarke.  Lorna had already taken photos of things that she liked in garden six, where they had begun the tour, especially a pink flowering plant that she wanted identified but I could not tell what it was from the photo.

side border

side border

from the border to the house

from the border to the house

Passing a fire circle, we approach an intriguing garden shed.

circle

looking back at the house

looking back at the house

elegant garden outbuilding

elegant garden outbuilding

inside

inside

inside

inside

inside

the view out the back of the shed

the view out the back of the shed

What a delightful place. Before we go around the shed to enter that appealing view, we find another water feature at the corner of the house.

fountain

fountain

and a handsome gate to a parking area

and a handsome gate to a parking area

Going behind the shed, we find the “beautiful drainage solution”, a wetland that I would love to have at the back of my garden.

still with water even in summer

still with water even in summer

Pond is partly? fed with this system.

Pond is partly? fed with this system.

pipes

The vegetable garden behind the shed and next to the pond is impressively beautiful and perfectly maintained.

stunning

stunning

dahlias

dahlias

pyramid

pyramid

happy fig in a barrel

happy fig in a barrel

(I think I need to dig up the little fig tree that Nancy Allen gave me and plant it in a barrel against the warm back wall of our house.)

an excellent trellis

an excellent trellis

dahlia

This whole area with its big green pond and symmetrical beds and well placed trellising was my favourite part of the garden.

Here we come to the end and turn around.

the end of the garden

the end of the garden

I stood and gazed back for quite awhile enjoying the view and waiting for another tour guest to move so that I could take more photos.

She was photographing this view.

She was photographing this view.

looking back

looking back

nice plump onions

nice plump onions

Allan's photo

You can see her on the right taking another photo in this very photogenic area.

You can see her on the right taking another photo in this very photogenic area.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

beside the pond (and Allan examining the drainage system)

beside the pond (and Allan examining the drainage system)

Above: Note the nicely built terracing next to the pond. I like the bark, too; perfect for a veg garden as it echoes the colour of straw.

Allan feels that the pump system was for pulling water out of the pond rather than draining water into the pond.

bench

We return to the main garden on the path between the garage and the garden shed.

back

lawn

Now we see the garden from inside the curving boxwood hedge.

inside

rose garden

rose garden

tour guests, photo by Allan

tour guests, photo by Allan

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

And the boxwood hedge guides us back to the front gate.

gate

I enjoyed all of this garden and while there thought of the poignancy of continuing to garden after one’s partner has passed away.  On this subject, I recommend the garden writer Mirabel Osler, of whose book A Breath from Elsewhere,  Publisher’s Weekly wrote that she “addresses the neglected topic of coping with garden demands when one’s gardening partner dies or becomes ill. Drawing on her own experience, she offers suggestions for handling guilt, grief and moving forward in new ways.”  This is a book I have not read (I was searching to see if her wonderful book A Gentle Plea for Chaos addressed that issue, because I remembered that she carried on their garden after her spouse died.  It is now top of my “to read” list.

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I learned just in time to call it by the right name for this entry that this garden is known as Pink Poppy Farm!

from the program:   The Dickerson garden:  Allow yourself time to explore this expansive, one acre country garden where edibles and flowers grow in harmony, surrounded by mature conifers which provide privacy and some wind protection. As you enter the front gate, see swirls of lavender and rosemary filling deep perennial beds.  After circling a ring of dahlias,  head for the cutest chicken house ever, “The Imperial Chicken Palace,” which is filled with 13 gorgeous hens.  Meandering through the property you will see  2 poly tunnels which shelter tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, peppers and more.  Masters of edible landscapes, the owners have lived and worked on the grounds for 19 years.  The garden is full of clever ideas for watering, fencing, and decor.

Expansive indeed, this garden is going to make for a long entry!

Our friend Kathleen got this good shot of the entry gate:

photo by Kathleen Sayce

photo by Kathleen Sayce

Inside the gate, we saw to our right a lavender garden and ahead, a circle of dahlias and other flowers.

entry garden

entry garden

To our left is the front porch and behind us the bright red door of the garage.

photo by Kathleen Shaw, looking east

photo by Kathleen Shaw, looking east

north side of house

north side of house

After an amazing tour of this garden we will exit through that narrow passageway.

front porch

front porch

NW corner of house

NW corner of house

a detailed garden

So far, it seems like a normal, nice, restrained garden.  Then, coming around the west side of the house….

west lawn and garden bed...

west lawn and garden bed…

…we get the first indication of the special delights of this garden.  Below, Sheila sees the Imperial Chicken Palace!

just wow!

just wow!

ICP

Imperial Chicken Palace

Imperial Chicken Palace

ICP

side view

side view

chicken palace window box

chicken palace window box

There, I am back in love with Petunia ‘Phantom’!

the girls; top photo by Kathleen Shaw:  dust bath time

the girls; top photo by Kathleen Shaw: dust bath time

nesting boxes accessed by an exterior hatch

nesting boxes accessed by an exterior hatch

Although it was hard to leave “the girls”, we walk east along the south side of the house.

looking east

looking east

chairs and a photo album I wish I had taken time to look at

chairs and a photo album I wish I had taken time to look at

up a slope of lawn, looking back

up a slope of lawn, looking back

Below, Allan and Debbie from Rainyside Gardeners, who sets up for a photo while garden owner Mike Dickerson walks forward to greet them.

SE corner of house

SE corner of house

from further east

from further east

This garden had been on tour before, but on the same year that my old garden was on the tour, so we did not get to see it,  This time, Mike joked “You’ve finally paid to come see my garden!”

Mike demonstrates a simple clever fence to keep chickens out of the garden beds.

Garden owner Lynn demonstrates a simple clever fence to keep chickens out of the garden beds.

along the south side of the garden...In the background, you can see the compost bins

along the south side of the garden…In the background, you can see the compost bins

further east, hoop houses, "two and a fourth" (small one), Lynn said.

further east, hoop houses, “two and a fourth” (small one), Lynn said.

veg boxes (compost bins in background)

veg boxes (compost bins in background)

Sheila and I always enjoy the true working areas of the garden, like the compost bins.  Here, they are enviably large, running along the middle south side of the property and made of old pallets.

much compost

much compost

Speaking of working areas, we admire the watering system in this garden:

hose manifolds

hose manifolds

Hoses lead to oscillating sprinklers which are mounted on posts.  Each hose connects with a quick connect to the sprinkler which is permanently set for optimum watering pattern.

sprinkler

sprinkler

and another view of the chicken fence

and another view of the chicken fence

We intend to adopt this watering system for our garden as soon as we have time.  It will save lots of fiddling with the sprinklers.

a tour guest walking east

a tour guest walking east

poppies

pre-tour photo showing two hoop houses (looking east)

pre-tour photo showing two hoop houses (looking east)

on tour day

on tour day

The first and smaller hoophouse:

house

one of the the hoop houses

 north door

inside

inside

south door

south door

looking east

looking east

The big hoop house and raised beds:

approaching a big hoop house

approaching  big hoop house

I loved the raised box of nasturtiums (photo taken while pre-touring in June)

I loved the raised box of nasturtiums (photo taken while pre-touring in June)

hoop

inside the hoop house

inside the hoop house

a prolific crop

a prolific crop

tomatoes

tomatoes

Allan was interested in the details of how it was constructed, and you might be, too:

how to

how to

how to

how the windows open

how the windows open

Way up at the top of garden by a house (which is also part of the property but lacks amenities) is another, smaller hoophouse where Madeline and Jacob grow their produce for the Saturday Market.  The garden also provides food for a few CSA boxes.

the littlest hoophouse

the littlest hoophouse

garden tour guests

garden tour guests
friends

guests

boy

Donna and M.R.

Donna and M.R.

Because this was the most central garden of the tour, we ran into some of our touring friends there.  We found our friends Donna and M.R. photographing flowers on the route from the hoophouses to the north side of the garden.

bachelor buttons

bachelor buttons

Set in a fenced garden of its own, the garden shed charmed everyone with its old windows and shingled sides, and windowboxes.

taken on pre-tour day, late June

taken on pre-tour day, late June

shed windowboxes

shed windowboxes

neatly cut edges in the  shed garden

neatly cut edges in the shed garden

an old swingset used as trellising near the garden shed

an old swingset used as trellising near the garden shed, in late June

on tour day

My, how the flowers had grown since June 24th when I first visited the garden!

right...the smaller hoophouse...left...the garden shed

right…the smaller hoophouse…left…the garden shed

cornflowers and just a glimpse of the "stage" area

cornflowers and just a glimpse of the “stage” area

Coming around a grass path from the garden shed, we followed the beautiful music to the green stage setting for the Mozart Chicks.

The Mozart Chicks

The Mozart Chicks

classical quintet

classical quintet

music appreciator

music appreciator

I took an iPhone video walking from the musicians’ area around the garden which you may be able to view here.

One garden bed after another abounded with food and flowers mixed together.

produce

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

sunflowers against the "extra house"

sunflowers against the “extra house”

mix

dahlias

dahlias

The Pink Poppy Bakery booth at the Ilwaco Saturday Market offers bouquets of flowers from this garden.

After going round and round the garden, we came to the patio on the east side of the house where delicious treats awaited.

handsome steps down to the patio area

handsome steps down to the patio area

treats

treats

You can see in the background, above, how popular the Pink Poppy Bakery treats were!

treats

 

This garden will also be on the Peninsula Edible Garden Tour...

This garden will also be on the Peninsula Edible Garden Tour…

patio detail

patio detail

The patio wraps around the corner of the house.

The patio wraps around the corner of the house.

view from just inside the house

Around the patio, many tour guests converged and lingered and chatted, even though we all had more gardens to see.

M.R. photographing flowers

M.R. photographing a birdhouse

house

We photographed it, too.

(right) garden owner Mike Dickerson

(right) garden owner Mike Dickerson

Mike and Sheila

Mike and Sheila

Mike and M.R.

Mike and M.R.

Finally, we did have to tear ourselves away because we had three more gardens to see…

walkway between garage and house

walkway between garage and house

back to the entry garden

back to the entry garden

back

And with wistful looks back, we departed for the rest of our tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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