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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Ocean Shores

From Markham to Ocean Shores was an hour’s drive.  Upon arrival, we were surrounded by water on three sides.

This tourism map hints at the complexity of roads and canals in the small city of Ocean Shores.

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

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

We began at Garden by the Sea.

Peter and Kilyn awaited us there so that we could do the tour together.

I found it an excellent idea to have the plant sale at the first tour stop instead of somewhere in the middle.

Allan’s photo

Kilyn told us that in Richmond, British Columbia, community gardens are not allowed to have fences or even signs warning against plant theft! Nor can they have sheds.  I thought about how in the UK, each allotment plot gets a little shed of its own.

plant sale

Speaking of sheds…

We toured the garden beds of both flowers and food.

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a place with a view of a community garden?

At the center of the garden stood a beautiful carved pillar. I could not make out what it said, lacking the patience to go round and round.

And there was compost….

…with a list of compostables.

Now the four of us were off to the first of eight private gardens.  To my delight, these were not designed gardens of the rich but gardens from the heart.  One of the missions of this tour each year is to show gardens that are created by the owners, often without big money.  Please remember that while reading and commenting, and especially remember that the garden owners might be reading the posts. There are blogs that criticize and review gardens.  This is not one of them.  I appreciate anyone who dares to open their garden for a tour.

 

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July 27, 2013

The Gardens by the Sea tour (in Gearhart Oregon) benefits Clatsop CASA.

Garden Five: Judy and Jacob Redekop garden

from the program: “Heads up, gardeners, you’re about to see the art of gardening on display.”

The first things that Allan noticed when we arrived at the Redekop garden was how the honeysuckle was trained over the garage with nary a sign of support.

a CASA volunteer to check tickets

a CASA volunteer to check tickets

The CASA volunteer said several people had asked what the secret support system was, but she did not know…and as with all the other gardens, the owners were not there to answer questions. I don’t mean to whinge on about this in every post, but it just strikes me so very much as the one way this garden tour could be better. In every other way it is ideal.

Allan's honeysuckle photo

Allan’s honeysuckle photo

garden five

garden five

front porch

front porch

front garden

front garden

Allan's tree photo

Allan’s tree photo

flowers against the house

We approach the corner of the house...

We approach the SW corner of the house…

south side of house

I believe this was the south side of house

on the porch

on the porch

porch

porch

sunporch on west side

sunporch on west side

On the west side of the house, the garden is green on green.

a green garden to the west of the house

a green garden to the west of the house

I oriented myself by looking down the street where a path to the ocean dunes lay.

I oriented myself by looking down the street where a path to the ocean dunes lay.

a large parking pad at the SW corner.

a large parking pad at the SW corner.

west side of garden

west side of garden

looking north from the parking pad

looking north from the parking pad

side view of the SW corner of house.

side view of the SW corner of house.

handsome mossy tree trunk

handsome mossy tree trunk

Allan's view of the hydrangeas

Allan’s view of the hydrangeas

The sunporch on the west side looks like such a wonderful space.

the sunporch

the sunporch

Allan got nosy with the sunporch and looked inside with his camera.

wall with painting....

wall with painting….

and closeup of a beautiful painting of the house.

and closeup of a beautiful painting of the house.

a green expanse (for Tom and Mr. Tootlepedal)

a green expanse (for Tom and Mr. Tootlepedal)

bench on a small deck

bench on a small deck behind the sunporch

I would really like to have been able to ask the owners for the story behind the expanse of mulch at the NW corner of the property.

a vast expanse

a vast expanse

corner garden

corner garden

The mulch appeared to be something really excellent; we guessed pit-washed dairy manure, and that implied that something would be planted. The mulch expanse tied two garden areas together: a fenced veg garden and a raised ornamental garden.

mulch with path

mulch with path

To the right stood a small orchard of fruit trees.

the path, looking west

the path, looking west

stacked wall

stacked wall

steps up

steps up

center of raised garden

center of raised garden

patio

water

water

Clematis

Allan’s photo of Clematis

Allan was taken by the symmetry of this grass.

Allan was taken by the symmetry of this grass.

I wonder if the plan is to tie these two areas together with more planting.

looking east to the fenced garden

looking east to the fenced garden

looking south from the raised garden

looking south from the raised garden

The fenced garden calls to us.

The fenced garden calls to us.

veg garden

veg garden

impressive

impressive

weathered gate

weathered gate

looking over the gate

looking over the gate

admirable and productive

admirable and productive

edged with lavender

edged with lavender

Allan's lavender photo

Allan’s lavender photo

lavender edging

lavender edging

We asked the volunteer ticket checker if the owners had trouble with deer. She did not know. We speculated that while the fence would be short enough to jump, the deer might not like jumping up and also they might be put off by the lavender.

I have put the address of this garden into a note in my phone. Sometime when we are going to Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart, I want to drive by again and see if more planting has been done in that orchard area.

Interlude between gardens

When buying our ticket, I had overheard the advice that certain routes between the tour had the prettiest gardens along the street. I marked my tour map accordingly so that we drove down Marion to get to garden number six.

Here was a pretty garden!

Here was a pretty garden!

Allan noticed a bird on a tree...

Allan noticed a bird on a tree…

and got a closeup.

and got a closeup.

a striking garden with lots of verticals...

a striking garden with lots of verticals…

and beside it, a path to the beach.

right at the western edge of the town….

and one more charming garden...

and one more charming garden…

Next: the last tour garden of the 2013 Gardens by the Sea tour, and a very pleasant surprise it was for me. Also I remembered that Lorna, our friend who we had encountered at two of the previous gardens, wanted me to identify a plant for her in the final garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 27. 2013

The Gardens by the Sea tour (in Geahart, Oregon) benefits Clatsop CASA.

Garden Four: Jack and Sharon Stutzman garden

from the program: “An inspirational border design surrounds the house in a treasure of garden rooms”

This garden caught my interest with its plantings outside the fence by where we parked. Because of the golf course to the west, I am oriented in my directions in this garden.

side garden, outside fence

north side garden, outside fence, looking west

interesting plants, including a handsome Euphorbia

interesting plants, including a handsome Euphorbia

as we walk along the side garden

as we walk along the side garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Looks to me like the great Cryptomeria 'Sekkan Sugi'

Looks to me like the great Cryptomeria ‘Sekkan Sugi’

Here we go around the corner to the front garden.

front garden

entrance

entrance

Acanthus in front garden

Acanthus in front garden

Allan's Acanthus photo (outside fence)

Allan’s Acanthus photo (outside fence)

(He asked why we did not have one, or if we have one, and I said we do. But ours is not as good looking as this one.)

entrance

I walk across the street to get the full view of the appealing front garden.

across

arbour entrance

arbour entrance

To the left, inside the arbour:

a very crisp edge

a very crisp edge

straight ahead: front porch

straight ahead: front porch

The owners must be more agile than me (not hard!) as the steps have no railings!

to the right: more crisp edging

to the right: more crisp edging (looking south)

a lawn closeup for Tom Hornbuckle

a lawn closeup for Tom Hornbuckle

a bird on the fence

a bird on the fence

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

birdhouse on the fence

birdhouse on the fence

Another tour guest pointed out this nest!

Another tour guest pointed out this nest!

birdhouse and birdnest

birdhouse and birdnest

Of course, I love these tools on the fence.

Of course, I love these tools on the fence.

Allan focused on this hydrangea flower.

Allan focused on this hydrangea flower.

The lawn and borders curve around the the side of the house.

outside curve of lawn

outside curve of lawn, SW corner of garden

inside garden curve

inside garden curve

and a look back along the front of the house...

and a look back along the front of the house…

And here we go around to the side garden:

framed by daisies

framed by daisies

to our right, a smokebush

to our right, a smokebush

and ahead, a gate into a garden room

and ahead, a gate into a garden room

through the gate on the left, a garden along the porch

on the left, a garden along the porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another garden detail admired

another garden detail admired

along the fence, hydrangeas

along the south fence, hydrangeas

Allan commented later that blue mophead hydrangeas do seem to be a theme in Gearhart gardens.

The south side porch was full of interesting things to look at; I see even more when I look at the photos of it.

an enticing place to be

an enticing place to be

porch

porch

Two armillaries topped the pillars marking the entrance to the next garden room.

room

into the second garden room

into the second garden room

Jack loves Sharon...sweet!

Jack loves Sharon…sweet!

planter

planter

Allan also took a lawn photo for our friend and lawn connoisseur Tom Hornbuckle!

a quite exceptional lawn, I thought....

a quite exceptional lawn, I thought….

back corner

right back corner

heart

left back corner

left back corner

Rugosa roses and lilies

Rugosa roses and lilies

I always wonder when seeing Rugosa roses in a garden if people struggle with their running ways like we do.

Allan's closeup of the pale yellow lilies

Allan’s closeup of the very tall pale yellow lilies

The back of the house provided much to look at. Let’s have a good look at everything!

house

house

sit spots

sit spots

driftwood

driftwood

side view of porch

side view of porch over the picnic table

porch

Allan liked the neat stack of firewoord.

Allan liked the neat stack of firewood.

I bet croquet (see above, right) works well on such a nice smooth lawn!

I liked this clever way to display a float.

I liked this clever way to display a float.

birdhouse

birdhouse

bench

bench

a wrap around porch

a wrap around porch

I got as close to the fascinating porch as I could!

getting nosy about the porch

getting nosy about the porch

a gleaming floor

Just look at that gleaming clean floor.

on the porch

on the porch

a sheltered table

a sheltered table

looking up at the rear wing of the house

looking up at the rear wing of the house

another angle on the back garden

another angle on the back garden

a balcony behind the dolphin?

a balcony behind the dolphin?

details

details

in the nook between the two wings of the house

in the nook between the two wings of the house

One of the tour guests reminisced about actually using a wringer washer like this, before they were electrified. My grandma used an electric one well into the 1970s, and I remember her swinging its arm over from the wash water to the rinsing sink.

The very back of the garden appeared to be a dog yard, with no access to walk around the rest of the house.

the end

the end

So we turned to go back the way we came, relishing the different perspective on the garden rooms.

garden by porch

garden by porch

the heart theme continues

detail: the heart theme continues

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back through the rooms

back through the rooms

closer

The beautiful pots of grass show best from the inside.

The beautiful pots of grass show best from the inside, looking west.

I notice now that they have a drip watering system for these plants.

We walk again by the front porch to explore the garden on the other side of the house.

front steps with planter

front steps with planter

looking west across Cottage Street to the golf course

looking west across Cottage Street to the golf course

front garden corner

NW corner

Turning, we look east down the north side of the house.

Turning, we look east down the north side of the house.

fence with nasturtiums

fence with nasturtiums

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden on north wall of house

garden on north wall of house

We look back, west along the north lawn....another gorgeous expanse of green grass.

We look back, west along the north lawn….another gorgeous expanse of green grass.

back porch

back porch
birdhouse by porch rail

birdhouse by porch rail

I remember now that when I arrived, I saw the owners leaving in their car, having just put their cute dog into the back. This must be the main entrance, explaining the lack of railings on the front porch. Once again, I am mystified at how owners of such an incredible garden choose to not hang around to enjoy people admiring it. We would have been lavish with praise and awe over things like the detail of making a nice box around the electricity meter.

disguise

disguise

I would have asked if the nest along the front fence was in its natural setting or had it been found and placed there. And so many other questions. (When my own garden is open, I spend a lot of time answering questions about what soil we use, what plant is that, and so on, and I enjoy every minute.)

back porch window

back porch window

Leaving through the east gate, we admire the pile of ingredients behind the house.

yummy ingredients!

yummy ingredients!

I admire the way that the work area has been tidied up….with attention to every detail.

This garden is tied with garden two (the Vernon garden) as my favourite of the tour.

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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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29 July 2012, in Gearhart, Oregon, benefit for Clatsop County CASA

street view

street view

From the programme:  Donna and Alan Kinsel garden: “This garden deserves an award for right plant, right place. The composition reads like a well written story.”  From the street view, I immediately liked the well weeded and edged tree circles.  I am a believer in going all out for perfection on a garden tour.

front walkway and porch detail

front walkway and porch detail

We entered the garden through the driveway.

We entered the garden through the driveway.

from the driveway

from the driveway

Around the big lawn, the garden beds are tidily mulched and there is usually space between each plant.  My gardening bestie Judy says “Oh, yes!”  Her own garden is just this neat.

tidy garden beds

tidy garden beds

lawn beds

lawn beds

by the house

by the house

I appreciated that no red bark was used as mulch in the Kinsel garden.

by the porch

by the porch

fire circle

fire circle

plant combination

plant combination

garden path near porch

garden path near porch

by the porch

by the porch

Picture 19

a rock wall and path

a rock wall and path
white daisies with white hydrangeas; basset hound statue

white daisies with white hydrangeas; basset hound statue

a rustic gate...I very much like this

a rustic gate…I very much like this

Gearhart house

Gearhart house

The typically handsome house above was right next door to garden number three, which was my favourite garden of the day….

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