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Monday, 24 September 2018

Our garden tour continued in Oysterville.

Martie and Steve’s garden

For a detailed and orderly tour of this garden, see here.

north side of driveway

At this entrance to the garden, Ketzel and Beth stopped and marveled at the silence of Oysterville.

Schefflera admiration

schefflera and restio (Allan’s photo)

Joe Pye was much admired.

still north side of driveway

south side of driveway

front lawn, looking northeast

on the front garden with Tetrapanax

south side of front lawn

south side of the house with Melianthus major

Allan’s photo

the croquet lawn with their guest cottage to the far left

astelia on north wall of pottery studio

(To my surprise, I learned that astelia works in dry shade and now I am strongly interested in acquiring some.)

looking into the pottery studio with Martie and Steve

the house from the studio

fire circle and also raku pottery kiln

Ketzel likes this bonsai.

northwest back garden

Allan’s photo

from behind the house

at the sculpture (Allan’s photo)

looking west from the deck

kitchen garden

Panicum next to the deck

Allan’s photo

on the deck

We heard about some of Martie’s future plans for the garden and then departed to continue our tour.

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Monday, 24 September 2018

When we went garden touring down to Manzanita in late August with Pam and Prissy, we had been joined by Beth Holland and Ketzel Levine,  When they learned we gardened on the Long Beach Peninsula, Beth and Ketzel were eager for a tour.  So today they arrived at our house at ten AM for a tour that I had arranged.  (We were almost joined by Ann Amato from Portland but she could not make it, and Pam and Prissy, unlike us, were working instead of skiving off.)

I had been pretty socially anxious about arranging the tour, having long been an admirer of Beth’s gardening from Cannon Beach to Astoria and having read all of Ketzel’s gardening columns when she wrote for the Oregonian.

You’ve seen hundreds of photos of our garden and our work gardens, so we will zoom through those.

our garden

Ketzel meets Frosty (Allan’s [photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

You can imagine how pleased I was that they liked our garden.

Next, we drove past the boatyard and the Port of Ilwaco curbside gardens and then on to the garden at

The Shelburne Hotel.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

from the pub deck (Allan’s photo)

Candles had been hung in the laurel for a weekend wedding.

We continued on for a brief look at Fifth Street Park in

Long Beach.

Allan’s photo

Darmera had seeded itself into the top of the Fifth Street Park waterfall.

Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

Beth, me, and Ketzel

Allan’s photo

Ketzel was taking photos for a talk she was giving the very next day at the Nehalem Garden Club.  (I would have done my best to attend this previous talk at that garden club if I had known about it back in February!)

Ed Strange’s garden

We next went to our good friend Ed’s garden in Tides West.  Beth and Ketzel expressed appreciation for being taken to a garden on a small city sized lot as well as to parks and grand estates.

Ed was there to greet us.  Ketzel liked meeting Ed’s sweet dog, Jackson.

The day was perfect faux summer weather for garden enjoyment, not so much for taking photos.

Ed had recently cut back the huge leaves on his gunnera.

He described how he gets many seedlings by just laying the long seedheads down on the soil.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The placement and quality of Ed’s phormium was much admired. (Allan’s photo)

on the porch (east side of house)


between house and garage

Artistic upcycled plant stand

The back garden has recently turned from shade to sun from the cutting down of a substantial number of trees to the south.

south garage wall

west side of back garden

We then drove north toward Oysterville.  As we approached Nahcotta, everyone agreed that a lunch stop would be a treat. We were fortunate that one of the best cafés on the peninsula was open.

Bailey’s Café

Bailey’s, like the Depot Restaurant in Seaview, is housed in a former stop on the old Clamshell Railway.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The art on the walls was given a close look before and after lunch.

The tuna pita wrap is my favourite sandwich on the peninsula.  I don’t have it often because we don’t often pass this way.

the best!

With a burst of energy, we returned to our tour and headed on to see two gardens in Oysterville.








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Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Depot Restaurant

weeding, deadheading, watering…

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and Persicaria ‘Firetail’

Last week, I was finally able to cut down all the twiggy stems on the escallonia.

It has more or less died out in the middle.

Long Beach

We did a quick weeding of horsetail in Fifth Street Park.  With the days getting shorter, we no longer have time to fit a project into the middle of a Long Beach-Shelburne-Ilwaco watering day.

Skookum Surf was returning from the beach….

to their new shop in First Place Mall.

The Red Barn

We did not have to water.  Amy said, “If those plants are telling you they are thirsty, they are lying.”  (The plants had told us that they were quite satisfied.)  So only some light deadheading and weeding was necessary.

our tiny Red Barn garden

crab pots and thistles by the Red Barn

Cosmo the barn cat (Allan’s photo)

I want to take Cosmo home. Maybe he wants to come home with us.

Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

Diane herself doing some deadheading by the road.

By the way, Diane is a champion barrel racer. I found this photo (not by us) from four years ago.

Diane and Bunny

I told Diane today how impressed I am with her skills.

We had a good talk about the various plants in the raised box garden.

I had my new version of lunch: a deconstructed cheese, pickle, and onion sandwich, because I don’t especially like bready sandwiches.

deconstructed sandwich

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We did the usual hour long tidy. Deer had got into the garden again.

leaves stripped off the roses

birdbath view

Strobilanthus atropurpurea

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

looking in the east gate

Perovskia (Russian sage)

in the fenced garden


Timmie (Timothea)

Mary and I are starting to talk about labeling a lot of plants by the end of the year for the new owners, and about which plants Mary will want to take starts of to their new home.

We were finishing work early today so that we could tour a friend’s garden near KBC.

Gail’s garden

Going down a road we had never been down before, and jogging over to another road, we found a woodland garden tucked away at the end of a long gravel driveway.  Gail has lived here for a couple of year.  Local gardeners Mark and Joe have helped her to create a garden in a woodland frequented by deer, raccoons, and bears.

The property abounds in old rhododendrons because the previous owners used to work at Clarke Nursery, the local specialists in rhododendrons, which was located where Steve and John’s Bayside garden is now.  Steve Clarke’s family nursery had a big influence here on the peninsula and you will find their plants in many gardens (including mine).

We were greeted by Gail and Bob the Dog.

Bob the Dog

lots of big old rhododendrons

Allan’s photo

a late lily and a rhodie with huge leaves

a “fairy garden” around an old stump

Bob the Dog on the back porch

The east edge of the property is marshland, with Spirea douglasii on an island in the middle.

The spirea is a haze of pink spires earlier in the year.

The raccoons and bears go in under the tree to the right, above, and cross over to the solid ground island.

farther along the edge of the marsh

I felt a little presence at my feet, and looked down to see Collar.  That was my clue that Mark and Joe had arrived to join our tour.

Joe and Collar. Let me see your ears!

Let me see your ears, Collar!

There we go!

a sit spot

Jack the Cat appeared.

a plush and friendly cat

Green Man on a tree

More sun along the entry drive allowed room for a flower garden on either side.

Gail took us back into the shade to see the last few blooms on the Crinodendron hookerianum (Chilean lantern tree).  Clarke Nursery used to sell this little tree; I do not see it often.

Gail sent me some photos later of the garden in springtime.

three rhodies by the woodshed (Gail’s photo)

a support built for the start of a new “Princess Rose”; it has covered the poles now. (Gail’s photo)

Crinodendron hookerianum (Gail’s photo) Best one I have ever seen.

Chilean Lantern Tree (Gail’s photo)

She also sent a photo of the bashful resident we did not get to meet:

“My assistants” (Gail’s photo) Freya the Beautiful and Jack the Cat

Gail says, “Bob the Dog, who is 14 ½, and Jack the Cat, 10?, both rescued me several years apart and were very happy with their original “guys at the pub” names so we kept them. Freya (formerly Rumbly!) was renamed by me to give her confidence and ranking.”

We departed after a good hour in this hidden woodsy paradise.  I love discovering a special garden like this down a secret road.

On the longish drive home, we decided to have a dinner work reward at the

 42nd Street Café.

We had a gift certificate from Allan’s January birthday from our friends Susie and Bill of the Boreas Inn.

42nd Street Café

Dinner there always begins with their good bread with corn relish or marionberry preserves.

brussels sprouts appetizers

delicious carne asada style steak

Butternut squash ravioli

My favourite dessert on the peninsula is their tiny chocolate mint sorbet served with a tiny spoon.

Allan had the tiramisu, which came as a cake, not layered in a glass.

better this way, I decided.

a new mural painted by Susan Spence

Why, I thought, don’t we eat here more often?  I tend to frequent restaurants associated with gardening jobs. The ambience here is friendly and cozy and the food is so tasty that I felt especially happy throughout the meal.

sunset over the trees in Seaview on our way home








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Saturday, 25 August 2018

Beach Cottage Garden, Manzanita

We had been so fortunate to encounter Jane at the official Hardy Plant Society open garden, and to have her take us to see her garden. I had wanted to see it ever since I had bought some garden cards from her at the Tillamook Spade and Wade tour.

Jane’s cards

Our tour group was now down to four, because Beth and Ketzel had late afternoon plans.

Jane with her bamboo privacy screen.

As she showed us the front garden outside the fence, she said that the English don’t like to plant in fives and sevens, they plant in a hodge podge, and because she is English, her garden is that way. Of course, me being such an Anglophile, I knew exactly what she was on about.


We entered the garden through the gate with its wildlife habitat sign.

late blooms on wisteria (Allan’s photo)

To the left the front porch.  Beech is Jane’s favourite tree.

Between the porch and the fence is a shady courtyard.  Jane said that the English like to arrange their gardens in rooms, and that hers is a series of rooms.

Pam and Jane in the courtyard.

in the far corner of the courtyard

Inside the fence, by the gate, you can see how effective the bamboo privacy screen is.

Also inside the fence: red runner beans.

The largest of the rooms is the garden on the south side, with a rock wall made by a local stonemason.

It is backed with trees and shrubbery.  Jane and her husband used to own the wooded lot to the south of their cottage.

behind the flower garden

The garage is at the back of the lot.  Clearly, it is much more important to have the garden than a driveway going through past the house.

a garage not for a car

looking back

layered foliage in the background

Jane had grown some veg, like salad greens, at one end of the garden.  She said they did not do very well because she was not very interested, as she prefers flowers. I could not agree more.

on the back wall of the cottage

We entered the back garden room through a wonderful sliding glass door and found Jane’s husband comfortably reading on a deck.

I recently read that Manzanita is a very windy place; this must make for a calm and quiet place to sit.  They have many meals in summer at a table on the back porch overlooking the deck.

Jane and her dog (Allan’s photo)

Pam was the one who won the dog’s approval immediately.

the back corner of the garden

It was a treat to get to see the garden that had been the subject of the flower painting and photo cards.  How fortuitous for us that the visit fell into place,  I was well chuffed, and I know that Jane, who was born in Leeds, would know what I mean by that.

Jane closing the door to the garden reading room

Takeaways: I would very much like a glassed in outdoor room, because our place in Ilwaco is also very windy.  I wish I had done more of a “room” type thing in my very open garden.  There might still be a couple of places to achieve that feeling.

As we left, I reflected that it is very much a secret garden.

We now headed back to Cannon Beach and dropped Prissy off at the Waves resort, and Pam and Allan and I continued back to Seaside with a meal in mind and one more public garden to tour.


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Saturday, 25 August 2018

I had been tipped off about a Hardy Plant Society open garden down in Manzanita, and when Seaside and Cannon Beach gardeners Pam and Prissy decided to go with us to see it, the one garden visit blossomed into a day of garden touring with friends.  As always with good garden tours, I have divided the day into several posts.

our day trip

Seaside, Oregon

We got up quite early, for us, and managed to get to Seaside by 10 AM to beat the Hood to Coast relay race traffic.  We did such a good job of being ahead of the race that we had some extra time, and so we drove along Broadway, admiring Pam’s downtown public garden beds.  This time there definitely was nowhere to park and admire them on foot.

The fire department had stationed themselves at intersections, asking for donations.  We gladly complied.  Like the firefighters on the Long Beach Peninsula, these brave souls are volunteers.

“Fill the boot!”

Pam’s glorious gardens

As always, I envied the size of Pam’s garden beds and her freedom to choose an assortment of small street trees.  (She told me that gingkos have been performing well as street trees here.) I also desperately envy that each bed has a good automatic sprinkler system.

The double bench with arbors beds are my favourite.  (Excuse the from-the-van-on-the-move photos, some through the windshield.)

Through the windshield = impressionistic.

the turnaround

The beach had all sorts of tents set up for the relay race event.

You can just see, to the left, part of a big inflatable castle thing that seemed to be the finish line.

the turnaround garden, total exposure to coastal wind

Oops, traffic speeded up a bit.

A few days later, the Visit Seaside Oregon page posted a video tour of Pam’s gardens, hosted by Pam herself.  It is well worth going along on this tour by watching it here.  We then drove to Pam’s house nearby.

by Pam’s stairway

driveway display


We spent a short while indoors at Pam’s waiting till time to go meet Prissy.  I was moved by the lyrics laid out on the table, a song that Pam’s musician spouse Dave would be performing at a show this evening.

You can read the complete lyrics here. If you desire more poignancy, read the lyrics of the next song, An Old Box of Memories, too.

The Waves, Cannon Beach

With Pam driving a four seater car, we went south to The Waves to meet Prissy, who is the gardener there (and other places) and who was finishing up her morning watering of many containers.  It was a treat for Allan to be able to enjoy the views without driving.

an ocean front bed

hebe and rosemary

a pretty pink something

The Waves oceanfront promenade

a dog walker (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Pam said she would train the little dogs to “mush”.

Pam and I touring while Prissy finishes work. (Help was offered and declined.)

tricolor hebe, maybe reverting to green

Prissy’s pots on a glassed in deck

Allan’s photo: the only place for variegated ground elder: in a pot on concrete (lower right)

The resort is an interesting maze of outdoor corridors between buildings.

idyllic view

hydrangeas against cedar shakes


salpiglossis; both Pam and I realized we have been forgetting to use this.

Allan’s photo

These very cool whorls of flowers are on pennyroyal.

Berkheya purpurea “Zulu Warrior”

agastaches, which of course I adore

Bupleurum, Allan’s photo

Bupleurum and lavender, Allan’s photo

mimulus in a container

a pelargonium

and another pelargonium

Prissy had arranged for us to see two other gardens in Cannon Beach before going to Manzanita.  She finished watering, loaded her gear into her truck and then joined us in Pam’s car, and we were off to see Beth Holland’s garden.




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Saturday, 21 July 2018

2018 Spade and Wade Garden Tour

Sponsored by the Tillamook County Master Gardener Association

garden six: Magical and Mystical

(Note: I remove the gardeners’ last names, not at anyone’s request, just because it seems like a polite privacy protection.)

Spike and Randy weren’t members of the Tillamook County Master Gardeners; as with the recent Grayland/Markham tour, that is not a prerequisite for having one’s garden featured.

Based on the description, I had high hopes for this garden, hopes which were increased when I saw a Lobelia tupa across the street at the edge of the neighbours’ yard.

Then I saw the Romneya coulteri (Coulter’s Matilija poppy) on the upper slope of the tour garden.

Romneya coulteri

My socks start rolling up and down, as Ciscoe Morris would say.  Here we go, my kind of garden!  Google tells me the house was built in 2008 so the garden is, I assume, less than ten years old.

on the slope above

a view to the ocean

from the street

path to the front porch (Allan heard the red is roof shingle granules)

Lobelia tupa!

a massive specimen

The town across the way at the base of the hills to the right is Garibaldi.

big chimney on one side of the house

Allan’s photo

Check in table.  The friendly garden dog’s name is Sidney.

I like the soothing tan bark colour of the garden mulch.

tomatoes on the east side of the deck

At the beginning of his walkabout (different from mine), Allan realized people were buying plants.  I had not taken the “plants for sale” sign seriously.  He tried to call me but we had no signal there.

Allan’s photo, buying a treasure

Allan’s photo

enticing side garden

and a shed


Sidney is also having a fun afternoon.

The outbuilding is potting shed in front and sauna in the back.

Which way to go first?

The boardwalk to the sauna is enticing.

special acer off to the side

another Lobelia tupa on my left

On my right, the garden drops off down the hill to the woods.

Allan’s photo

Agapanthus and a cool plant that Danger Garden will recognize instantly, I am sure.

going back to a covered roof area by the house (and a second stump with plants up on top)

There I meet garden owner Spike, who tells me that her husband has “escaped from the front yard, where he was supposed to stay.”

ligularia on the downhill slope

at the corner of the house, a hollow stump

looking down

Allan had explored down there.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

a path outside the fence (Allan’s photo)

Be ye friend or foe? (Allan’s photo)

below the sauna (Allan’s photo)

sauna shower (Allan’s photo)

mystery paver with my Grandma’s name (Allan’s photo)


pink flamingos on a nurse log below the north side of the house

Now I am on the west side.

Allan is overhearing owner Randy, in the white cap, telling the tour guests something.

Allan tells me he heard Randy say we had to walk down a road to the north, so we do.

road of mystery, a place the neighbours share (Allan’s photo)

a path awaits

Allan’s photo



Allan’s photo

telephoto because the beach is way far down

Allan’s photo

Allan goes further to the south and finds a castle in the woods.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Back up the path, and the road, and back to the nurse log.

Allan’s photo

Deer and elk respect the electric fence when it is on. The charge is more intense because it protects a small area.

along the west road, more donkey tail spurge to plant

a prostrate redwood, left, that Randy says will get enormous

west side

I am well chuffed to be able to be the one to tell Randy that the center plant is a leptospermum.

cannot get enough of this

I pore over every detail.

huge phlomis, cool curvy bricks and rock chimney

Now I will go up the inside of the west garden.

tour guests carefully coming down

interesting bricks

Allan’s photo of this is better than mine.

looking at everything as I ascend the round rock stairs

Allan’s photo

at the top again


back along the north side to the holey stump

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

resolved to miss nothing

back in Spike’s domain

Let’s see what is up on the deck.

view to the boardwalk garden

in a corner of the deck

I politely avert my eyes from looking in the windows of the house.

Spike says that beardlike plant is alive, and she had lots more of it draped on the porch, but decided it was too much for the tour.


some of Randy’s creations

Everyone must be utterly gobsmacked. Botanical expert friends Evan and Ann and Bob tell me the plant is Tillandsia usneoides. Spanish moss, a bromeliad.

The view is incidental. The garden is everything.

Magical, mystical Spike (Allan’s photo)

Spike has a seed packet bracelet that she got at Goodwill thrift store.  It had belonged to someone who came to the tour today.

Allan’s photo

Allan tells me folks have been buying all kinds of little plants from the green house (which Spike and Randy are going to replace soon), so I have a look.

mermaid birdbath like ours!

greenhouse, one aisle


Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

potting shed right across from the greenhouse

It is after four, past tour closing time, and it would be rude to not leave.  I do ask Spike if I could possibly move into her shed.

don’t want to go

last look

my treasures from Spike’s greenhouse, mostly just $3, big one was $7.

The tour was officially over.  However, our own tour day was not over, because we were going to visit Seaside Pam’s garden on the way home.


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Saturday, 21 July 2018

2018 Spade and Wade Garden Tour

Sponsored by the Tillamook County Master Gardener Association

After garden four, we realized that we had about a half hour drive to the next two gardens, so we had better put lunch at Hidden Acres Greenhouse next on our agenda.

from the tour program

I had been to Hidden Acres before, on a visit to the Sylvia Beach Hotel and looked forward to revisiting.  It was only two minutes from the previous garden.

Hidden Acres Greenhouse and Café, Tillamook


Now that is a cordyline I could love.

Oh! (Not complaining when I think it must take several hours to make.)

Allan’s photo

in the restroom

Allan’s photo

noisy nest in the breezeway (Allan’s photo)

out back

hanging basket greenhouse

good signage (Allan’s photo)

perennial house (Allan’s photo)

Small herbs were just $3.95.

Allan’s photo

In the café, where we had our lunch:

The ingredient in hummingbird cake is bananas, just so you know.

I remember loving this café and shop, and I still do.

I want this chandelier, but without the bed springs, which would get too dusty.

Allan’s photo

Allan found a cute pop up book with which I amused myself till lunch arrived, which was soon.

Allan went to get me my specs so I could find a certain rabbit, but then our tasty lunch came and we forgot.

tuna melt and French onion soup and Mediterranean pasta salad

my plant haul

We then were off on a drive to Cape Meares.

The drive looks lovely.  I found it nerve-wracking because of my recurring nightmare of going off a road into water.

It is curvier than it looks, and I was so glad to get onto the cape.  (Going back, on the inside, was not too bad.)  Allan noted that the water was too shallow for kayaking.

Garden Five: A Walk in the Woods, Cape Meares

Allan’s photo

unusually handsome phormiums in front

front porch

around to the side

Crinodendron seed pods

Higher, one crinodendron flower remains. (Allan’s photo)

I used to have a crinodendron at my old garden, from Clarke Nursery, wish I still had it.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Coprosma, maybe hardy here?? (Not where I live)

Pacific wax myrtle

at the back of the house

And now into the woods we go. I passed the garden owner sitting with tour guests at a table talking about wild critters, including elk who come into the back garden.

chatting around the table (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

a most clever idea for a garden tour with rough ground

The tree below had been cut decades before and other trees had grown around the stump.

Allan’s photo

I turned back from a steep path and Allan later went down it.

nurse log (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo, docent with tour goers

Back in the garden, there really were artichokes with the aprons.

and paintings by Jenny Stanley

Allan’s photo

the ocean side of the house

the family dog comes home from the beach (Allan’s photo)

I regret I was not in that part of the garden at that moment to meet that dog!

Barbara had put many of her favourite gardening books out.

on the back porch

On the front porch:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Just a few blocks down the street is the ocean.

We now drove a block over and a couple of gravel blocks uphill to a garden that I could hardly bear to leave at closing time.  It is glorious, and will be tomorrow morning’s post.

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