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After the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour, we stopped on our way home at Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook.  Although it was past closing time, we got to peruse the new plant purchases and autumn displays in this delightful collectors nursery located in Gearhart, Oregon.

It must be (almost) autumn!

It must be (almost) autumn!

plant tables

plant tables

pretty little faces of autumn

pretty little faces of autumn

more cool plants from Xera

more cool plants from Xera

It definitely saved me money that the cash register was closed out because…just look at that little hot pink flower!   They also had some Salvia clevelandii ‘Aromas’…at least that is what I called it back when I had a late blooming sage with intensely fragrant leaves.

a planted potbelly stove

a planted potbelly stove

love the way these have decided to grow on the edge of the plant display table

love the way these have decided to grow on the edge of the plant display table

garden art

garden art

We had a pleasant visit and some good plant talk and stories of public gardening and then Allan and I were on our way.  Crossing the Astoria Megler bridge, a construction stop let us get a great view of the ships.

looking east from the bridge

looking east from the bridge

ship and Astoria

ship and Astoria

stairs at the highest part of the bridge!

stairs at the highest part of the bridge!

Looking northwest, we saw the Peninsula had become almost invisible because of a heavy bank of fog and clouds.  I hoped for a rainy Sunday so I could spend the day blogging about the cottage tour.

toward home

toward home

north on the four mile bridge

north on the four mile bridge

And the rainy day that I wanted is exactly what I got!

I took exactly one photo on Sunday the 15th of the rain out my south window.  I was able to write all day and avoid falling days behind again while posting about the cottage tour.

Sunday rain

Sunday rain; love the big pink cosmos in the garden boat

If I am lucky, Monday will be rainy as well and instead of blogging I just might catch up on paperwork.

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July 27, 2013

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

Garden Six:  Karen Smith garden

from the program:  “A charming greenhouse and garden designed for year round fun, food and beauty.”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I was absolutely thrilled when we approached garden six.  I had expressed surprise when buying my ticket that there were six, rather than the advertised five, gardens.  It was, I was told,  a “bonus” garden.  I felt sure when we turned onto the block and…yes!!  It was the garden on a dead end street that I had happened upon by accident last year and wished that I could see.  (You can read about it after the description of the Hopkins-Young garden on last year’s tour.)  I had just known then from looking over the fence that this was a special place.

Oh the thrill to recognize the house and the honeysuckle!

Oh the thrill to recognize the house and the honeysuckle!

I had grown accustomed by now to the garden owners not being present, which still (need I say?) mystifies me.  However, the owner of this garden had left a guest book that people could sign and I was able to add a note saying how excited I was to see it.

the view that had enticed me last year

the view that had enticed me last year

the joy of stepping through the arbour into the front garden!

the joy of stepping through the arbour into the front garden!

front (south side) of house

front (south side) of house

It was just as magical a house as I had remembered.

I love the capped bay windows!

I love the capped bay windows!

looking back to the arbour

looking back to the arbour

Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’

front porch

front porch

porch rail

porch rail

bird feeder

bird feeder

side view of porch

side view of porch

The front garden was very simple.

circle in front lawn

circle in front lawn

SW corner, front garden

SW corner, front garden

SW corner

SW corner

front garden

Allan found evidence that it is a play area.

Allan found evidence that it is a play area.

looking east toward entrance

looking east toward entrance

south side

south side

It is when we take a path down the west side of the house that we come to the piece de resistance of this garden.

side path

side path

I had just glimpsed a hint when looking over the fence yearningly last year that something special had been built in the back garden.

Wow!  What a greenhouse!

Wow! What a greenhouse! (south side)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The colour of the trim, the windows, the roof….all so beautiful.

east side of greenhouse

east side of greenhouse

doors on east side

doors on east side

lintel

lintel

inside

inside
Allan's photo of the inside

Allan’s photo of the inside

inside

a warm indoor table

shelves

lemons

lemons

 

Imagine having a greenhouse big enough to walk around in so comfortably, and have a meal on a rainy day.  All the tour guests were imagining it.

Allan's photo of climate control thingie

Allan’s photo of climate control thingie

birdcage

birdcage

Allan's photo of the bird

Allan’s photo of the bird

tomatoes

tomatoes

tomatoes

Allan's tomato photo

Allan’s tomato photo

Allan's bug photo

Allan’s bug photo

 

sedum tray, photo by Allan

sedum tray, photo by Allan

in the greenhouse, Allan's photo

in the greenhouse, Allan’s photo

Earlier in the day, we had encountered our friend and client Lorna, of Andersen’s RV Park, at two of the other gardens.  Both times, she mentioned how much she wanted me to identify the pink plant in a pot outside the greenhouse in garden six.  Here it is….

the plant in question

the plant in question

closeup

closeup

It looked so familiar, but I could not identify it.  A sidalcea?  A group of tour guests stood around it all trying to ID it.  One tour goer said that she had acquired it by buying a pack of bulbs from Costco.  I find that unlikely, as I don’t think it comes from a bulb.  Sorry, Lorna!  I wish the gardener had been there to tell us.  I also wanted to know if the greenhouse bird got to fly around when the doors were closed.

The rest of the back garden had a picnic area and fire circle…

fire circle

fire circle

picnic table (looking west)

picnic table (looking west)

I hope Allan is figuring out how to build a replica.

I hope Allan is figuring out how to build a replica.

The east end of the garden had raised beds with veg and flowers.

veg

east end of back garden

Allan's photo, looking west

Allan’s photo, looking west

Rhomneya coulteri

Rhomneya coulteri

Allan's artichoke photo

Allan’s artichoke photo

back of house

back of house

back

back porch

back porch

It was time to go, so we walked to the west side of the house.

side view of back porch

side view of back porch

not sure where this stash of tools and old doors was.

not sure where this stash of tools and old doors was.

The tools interested Allan, as well.

Allan's photo of garden tools

Allan’s photo of garden tools

and a swirly plant in a pot

and a swirly plant in a pot…My grandmother had one of these.

As we departed the back yard, we saw just south of the greenhouse a play area that we had not noticed on the way in.  (The mesmerized-by-greenhouse effect.)

play area

play area

play

And somewhere in the garden is this rustic gate:

not sure where!

not sure where!

 

the path down the west side

the path down the west side, leaving

We had to admire the front of the house all over again.

south side

south side

front porch...like a fairytale

front porch…like a fairytale

front steps

front steps

gables

Allan’s photo of the gables

Outside the gate, I took a look back in over the honeysuckle.

over the honeysuckle

over the honeysuckle

Walking along the street to the south of the house, I remembered looking at it longingly the year before.

peering in

peering in

I’m so very glad we got to see it this year.

fence

Next:  With the tour over, we go on the usual post-tour nursery shopping and visit a darling little structure in Seaside and admire the Seaside city gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SW corner, front garden

SW corner, front garden

 

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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 three: Cornelia and Bill Dreverscraft garden

from the program: “Seeing the light of proper placement. A delight to behold, clean and crisp and even.”

It is indeed one of the cleanest gardens I have ever seen, rivaled only by one from last year.

approaching

approaching

closer....

closer….

through the arch

through the arch

To our left, the porch.

To our left, the porch.

"Cornelia's Cottage"

“Cornelia’s Cottage”

porch chairs

porch chairs

more porch seating

more porch seating

We encountered our friend and client Lorna of Andersen’s RV Park and Karen Clarke, another good gardener, again as they were entering and we were leaving this garden. I credit them with pointing out the interesting driftwood ball on the porch. (We also discussed how glads are getting so trendy but that they used to be strongly associated with funerals.)

driftwood ball

driftwood ball

Allan examined it and said it was built on a wire frame.

Allan examined it and said it was built on a wire frame.

Allan's closeup

Allan’s closeup

patio

patio

I think it was Karen who noticed the colour coordination between plants and chairs and the throw on the bench.

bench

bench

right across the street: the golf course

right across the street: the golf course

Lorna was very taken with the clipped boxwood in big pots.

pot feet

pot feet

I wonder: Do snails and slugs live more happily under pots raised up with pot feet?

good signage for garden trees

good signage for garden trees

beside the patio

beside the patio

Here we go around the side of the house….

side path

side path

back corner of house

back corner of house

Allan's photo, looking behind toward front garden

Allan’s photo, looking behind toward front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

into the back garden

into the back garden

"Mind the steep path."

“Mind the steep path.”

behind the house

The path was indeed a bit steep because gravel can be slippy. We turned instead to the upper level gravel patio right behind the the house.

back wall of house

back wall of house

looking downhill at the garden

looking downhill at the garden

by the upper gravel patio

by the upper gravel patio

good ID sign for tree

good ID sign for tree

Stewartia

Stewartia

I so look forward to my own Stewartia getting big enough to bloom and have good bark. Just when the one at my old house first bloomed, we moved! And started again with a young tree,

view to a lower expanse of gravel

to our right: view to a lower expanse of gravel

steps to porch

ahead: steps to deck

porch stairs

deck stairs

deck view to upper patio

deck view to upper patio

deck railing display

deck railing display

for lounging....

for lounging….

...and reading

…and reading

deck planter

deck planter

looking straight down from back of deck

looking straight down from back of deck

and below, expanse of gravel

and below, expanse of gravel

deck view of a pool of Geranium 'Rozanne'

deck view of a pool of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

and steps doing down

and steps going down

Allan's view of steps going down

Allan’s view of steps going down…

with me (sore knee, dizzy, swollen eyelid!) for sense of scale

with me (sore knee, dizzy, swollen eyelid!) for sense of scale

back down the deck steps

back down the deck steps

Allan thinks this gate would be an excellent solution for our friends and clients Larry and Robert, who have at present a very wonky chicken wire arrangement for their dog yard!

We take the steps down to the lower gravel area.

into lower

I assume while there that the large expanse of gravel is because the garden owners have huge parties. Only later, I think when at Back Alley gardens, do I hear that the gravel is a garden in progress. So I gather now that there will be more plants added, perhaps like a scree garden. Like the other gardens we have visited so far, the owners are not there and so there is no one to interpret the garden for us. (How can they bear to not be there hearing our interest?)

below the deck

below the deck

smokebush

smokebush by base of stone and gravel stairs

seating on the gravel expanse

seating on the gravel expanse

I would love to know how much of this area is going to be planted up!

looking back up at the house

looking back up at the house

from further into the lower gravel area

from further into the lower gravel area

From the neighbours’ garden behind where I stood to take the above photo is a borrowed view of a pond. It looks like a hedge of trees has been planted that will block the view, but the sound of the fountain will still remain.

borrowed view

borrowed view

the pool of Rozanne

the pool of Rozanne

looking back

looking back

back

tree with tidy rock edges and circle

tree with tidy rock edges and circle

looking up the slope

looking up the slope

diving visually into the pool of Rozanne

diving visually into the pool of Rozanne

walking up the slope

walking up the slope (there is the back of the “mind the steep path” sign)

Again at the back wall of the house, we admire the green plantings along the edge…

baby tears

baby tears

and notice a baby in the baby tears!

face

green on green

green on green

Allan's view

Allan’s view

caged

caged

at back corner of house

Allan took the photo above at the back corner of the house. The Fuchsia looks like ‘Hawkshead’, white with pale green tips, perfect for the green theme.

a look back to the lower garden

a look back to the lower garden

at the side of the house

at the side of the house

the way out

the way out

As we come through the arbour into the front garden again, we notice a planted roasting pan.

The pig is a clever touch.

The pig is a clever touch.

Just then is when we re-encountered Lorna and Karen, who were about to go around into the back garden. Lorna pointed out to me something I had missed….

girl with marbles

girl with marbles

So I told her to be sure to look for the baby face in the back garden. Later we encountered her again at another garden and she told me they had looked for it for fifteen minutes and it was well worth the search, but that she wished the garden owner had been there to answer questions.

In all this extraordinarily, large, well kept garden, I saw only one weed, a small dandelion sneaking impudently up between pavers in the front patio and showing one audacious yellow flower. Perfection reigned throughout.

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July 27, 2013

Gardens by the Sea tour benefits Clatsop CASA.

interlude between gardens

We saw while driving from the first to the second garden:

a raised veg and flower garden

a raised veg and flower garden, edged, I think, with broken concrete. I like it.

(Ann Lovejoy had a garden bed edged in a tall wall of broken concrete. I liked that, too.)

next door to garden two

next door to garden two

attractive entrance to the house next door to garden two

attractive entrance to the house next door to garden two

Garden two: Al and Carol Vernon garden.

From the program: “Collectors’ picture perfect garden, tended by two who love to garden.”

I do wish that Al and Carol had been there. From Nancy Allen, who met them, I heard they are delightful, and heard the same later at Back Alley gardens. My one suggestion to improve the tour this year comes because I don’t think there was a single garden where the owner was present. Owners can cast much light on the meaning of their gardens. We heard that they went out touring each other’s gardens during the latter hours of the tour. Each garden had a ticket checker at the entrance, but those folks did not know much of anything about the gardens. Might I suggest that the Gearhart garden tour organizers encourage the garden owners to stay at home and to make pre- or post-tour visits to each other’s gardens!

I would have loved to have met the owners of the delightful second garden.

As we approached the garden entrance. we were able to peek in over a sea of cotoneaster.

a garden glimpse

a garden glimpse

from the street

from the street

sign

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

entering the garden

entering the garden

along the house, a row of hostas

along the house, a row of hostas

I heard tour guests marveling at the lack of slug or snail damage on the hosta leaves.

Allan's photo of same area

Allan’s photo of same area

shade

a shady spot

artful clipping

artful clipping

We heard that the owners, a retired couple, do the work here themselves. Impressive.

Tour guests admire a scree garden area

Tour guests admire a scree garden area

tour guests

tour guests

The tour guests were discussing the ID of a certain plant. When I looked at it, I was sure that they had gotten it wrong. That is when the presence of the owners, clearly plantspeople, would have been very helpful! (I hope if they read this, they feel no regret, just the knowledge that we would have loved to meet them to tell them in person how much we liked their garden.)

scree garden

scree garden: lovely

Our rockhound friend Judy will like this detail.

Our rockhound friend Judy will like this detail.

scree garden: Reginald Farrer would love it.

scree garden: Reginald Farrer would love it.

Now I want to redo one of my front garden beds into a nice scree garden like this one.

I could have stood here for much longer!  Fascinating.

I could have stood here for much longer! Fascinating.

Allan's view

Allan’s view

curving around

curving around

where the scree garden ends

where the scree garden ends

chocolate cosmos

chocolate cosmos

On the side of the garden, bordering the neighbours, across the grass from the scree border, a planting had caught my eye so I walked back to it. With the attention to detail apparent everywhere in this garden, bergenia had been hollowed out to put another plant in its center.

cute!

cute!

Tour goers also commented that the baby’s breath (lower right) was large and well grown and unusual to see this days. It might have been Nancy Allen, organizer of the Music in the Gardens tour. By this time, I was texting back and forth with her as she was about two gardens ahead of us.

baby's breath

baby’s breath; next year, I want to get back to growing this old favourite!

Behind the scree garden and the mixed border into which it segued runs a dry creekbed of stone.

dry stream

dry stream

Allan's photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You may have noticed a glimpse of red lava rock at the edge of one of the photos above. Usually red lava rock is anathema to me, causing instant dislike. (I just do not feel it looks right in gardens near the sea.) But in this garden….after my initial startled reaction…I realized it was perfect, as it was clearly planned to set off the rusty colour of the sculptures and the red leaves of the plants:

red on red

red on red

colour echoes

colour echoes

Allan's view of path by lava rock patio

Allan’s view of path by lava rock patio

side view

side view

side

herons

At the far end of the red patio, a lava rock path leads to the side into the flower bed.

path

path

The streambed curves around to the end of the patio.

The streambed curves around to the end of the patio.

looking back, Allan's view

where the red path curves back, Allan’s view

my view

my view

looking back

looking back

paths

As we reach the back corner of the house, we look at the red curving path from the side.

red path curve

red path curve

Now we turn to the path along the back of the house. At first glance, my impression is just of a narrow walkway.

along the back

along the back

salal and a place to put debirs

salal and a place to put debris

Later when we stopped post-tour at Back Alley Gardens, Pam Fleming (locally famous gardener for the town of Seaside, Oregon, and co-owner of wonderful Back Alley!) asked me if I had noticed the detail at the steps to the basement: a perfect arc of smooth stones. Indeed I had and had photographed it.

attention to detail

attention to detail

She commented about the attention to detail, something else I would have liked to compliment the owners about.

further along

further along

As we walked along the woodsy path behind the house, the vista opened up with a delightful and unexpected surprise: To our right, a view of a deep ravine appeared…with water at the bottom.

ravine

ravine

how beautiful a vista!

how beautiful a vista!

trees draping over the ravine

trees draping over the ravine

I would spend many hours absorbing this view if I lived here.

ravine

view

Allan's view

Allan’s view

At their edge of the ravine, the Vernons had placed bird feeders and a birdbath.

back

birdbath

birdbath

The birds hardly paused in their eating as we walked by.

bird

With three more gardens to see, we had to leave this paradise and turned up the path by the other side of the house.

exit path

exit path

Near the front of the house, this narrow space had been used to grow a few vegetables.

veg edge

veg edge

Allan's photo of the protective caging

Allan’s photo of the protective caging

We took one more look at the gorgeous garden…and would have walked around again if we had had the time.

a last look

a last look

This is in a tie with garden number four as my favourite garden of the tour. I simply could not choose between the two!

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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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July 27, 2013:  Gearhart, Oregon

Gardens by the Sea is a benefit for Clatsop CASA program

Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

CASA_Poster_2013-670x913

Prelude

As always, Gearhart has many gardens and cottages to see in between the tour gardens, beginning with this house right by where we parked:

house

house

As before, the Trail’s End Art Center was the ticket sales location.

Trail's End

ticket buyers

ticket buyers

Treats were offered along with bottles of water.

Treats were offered along with bottles of water.

garden by the arts center

garden by the arts center

garden

In talking with the ticket seller, I learned that although the poster and program say this was the sixth annual Gardens by the Sea Tour, the 2012 tour had been the first in many years.  I was so relieved to hear that I had not been missing a good garden tour every year since 2009!  I still wonder if the memorable tour we attended in 2008 was the third Gearhart tour…

a charming courtyard glimpse by where our car was parked

a charming courtyard glimpse by where our car was parked

We drove off in search of the first garden, ignoring the signage that led to nearby garden six.  Unlike last year, the gardens were not in walking distance of each other unless one wanted to walk three miles.  Our GPS took us off on a tangent, but the reward was that we saw several good gardens along our somewhat lost route to garden one.  Photos mostly taken from the car as we were in a great big hurry to begin touring, having (as usual) arrived over an hour after the start time for a tour that officially ended at three.

a simple cottage garden

a simple cottage garden

an appealing woodsy retreat

an appealing woodsy retreat

looks like Geranium 'Rozanne' and a deer fenced veg patch.

looks like Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and a deer fenced veg patch.

You will see that a great many geranium Rozannes have been planted in Gearhart!

white daisies, white pickets = classic cottage garden

white daisies, white pickets = classic cottage garden

love this rustic fence!

love this rustic fence!

And now…on to garden number one!

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We woke to pouring rain and I got the idea that it would be a great day to go to Costco and get some plants to complete a few areas…at Back Alley gardens in Gearhart.  But then the sun came out and we went to work after all.

We finished weeding the garden at the east end of Howerton:

at Howerton and Elizabeth

at Howerton and Elizabeth

And did a weeding job at the Red Barn Arena.

before and after at Red Barn

before and after at Red Barn

 a horsey view

a horsey view

By then I was still feeling the urge to go to Gearhart, partly because of a tiresome wind and partly just because I knew I would probably find some special plants there.  And we needed canned cat food in quantity; as Allan said, that was important to five members of the household (Frosty, Smokey, Mary, Maddy, and Calvin).  First, we would have to make sure Long Beach was reasonably ready for the weekend so we went to the Fifth Street Park and Allan weeded it while I walked and checked four and a half blocks of the tree and planter gardens.

Fifth Street park, NW corner

Fifth Street park, NW corner

planter detail

planter detail with Veronica (blue)

planter detail with Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

planter detail with Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Cosmos and Bee

Cosmos and Bee

Bees buzzed about in many of the planters.

across from Home at the Beach

across from Home at the Beach

It was rather stressful getting far enough along by 3 PM to have time to get to Back Alley Gardens (across the river and down the coast a bit) before they close at five.  We both hustled.  I did not do the four northernmost planters but did get to all the others and got the Veterans Field garden weeded and deadheaded as well.  We had a brief turnaround time at home to make room in the car and drop off the trailer and then we were on the road.

I had called ahead to Back Alley and learned that they mostly had annuals at this time, with one new shipment of perennials having arrived today and more expected tomorrow.  Tomorrow and Saturday would not do for our shopping trip because of work.  By Sunday the weather was predicted to be good and I knew I would want to be in my own garden IF we could get the day off.  So it had to be today, and I was sure I would find something worthwhile.

Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Sure enough, right inside the display area entrance, I found two plants I wanted, a Salvia and an Agastache.

some of the plant tables

some of the plant tables

on the Back Alley deck

on the Back Alley deck

Agastache and Salvia

Agastache and Salvia

At Back Alley

At Back Alley

I hope we can find time to go back in a couple of weeks when the nursery has acquired, as they plan to, more cool perennials.

I did find a little over a square flat of interesting plants, including Hebe ‘Quicksilver’, and had a good gardening business talk with one of the owners.

Hebe 'Quicksilver'

Hebe ‘Quicksilver’

The Natural Nook side of the business has home decor and a florist shop.

The Natural Nook florist car

The Natural Nook florist car

and a welcome sign for dogs

and a welcome sign for dogs

Allan wanted a fern for his garden and, failing to find one at Back Alley that he did not already have, proposed we go south past Seaside to 7 Dees.  I thought it might be an excursion doomed to failure as they might close at five.  Their website assured me they stayed open till six (at least the Portland store does!), so we went south.  And indeed when we got there, it turned out they are now open till seven PM.

7 Dees garden center

7 Dees garden center

The plant selection was much better than it had been on my visits there last year. I still miss the olden days when it was Raintree Nursery and had, I feel, more unusual plants and a more personal feel.  It is where I first discovered my favourite perennial, Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, which I bought because it had a sign saying it was the favourite of one of the staffers…back in the Raintree days.

The access through the nursery is better now, with level paths and only a few stairs, and they have changed it around somewhat over the winter and added some appealing decor.

at 7 Dees

at 7 Dees, Allan looks at ferns

gazebo and baskets

gazebo and baskets

planted chair

planted chair

chair

rustic door with view of lower level

rustic door with view of lower level

shop cat

shop cat

dinnertime

dinnertime

plummy pots

plummy pots

Gunnera leaf cascade fountain

Gunnera leaf cascade fountain; I like this!

I bought a blue and gold Tradescantia for myself, having fallen in love with it years ago in Lucy Hardiman’s garden, even though every time I have tried one the slugs have gotten it.

gold Tradescantia...maybe this time...

gold Tradescantia…maybe this time…

I can’t resist brown leaves.

had to have it

had to have it

I think I already have this so resisted.

I think I already have this so resisted.

tried and failed to talk Allan into this for his shade garden

tried and failed to talk Allan into this for his shade garden

It was only on the drive home that I found out Allan had resisted the above Saxifrage…or I probably would have bought it.

pulsatilla seedheads

pulsatilla seedheads

We headed home via two tedious grocery shopping stops at Costco and Fred Meyer.  I will not admit the chain that we stopped at to get two reasonably priced Heucheras.  (Hint:  The plants there were DRY.  Caveat:  It was not a Walmart, whose door I will NEVER darken.  Excuse: Even my most liberal friends Tom and Judy shop for plants there despite the conservative reputation of the chain.  Reason:  Heuchs were much much less expensive than at 7 Dees and I spend sooo much on plants…)

At home, we now are back in the world of unplanted plants.  They all got a deep burbling in one of the rain barrels, and the chain store plants (ok, Home Depot) were especially thirsty.

in the car to go with us to a friend's garden tomorrow

in the car to go with us tomorrow

on a shelf waiting to be squeezed in here

on a shelf waiting to be squeezed in here

to fill in Gene and Peggy's garden

to fill in Gene and Peggy’s garden

and those artichokes for Leanne...they were being eaten by a slug!

Allan’s fern and those artichokes for Leanne…they were being eaten by a slug!

I hope by Monday evening to be back to an everything-planted state, except for the artichokes.

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29 July 2012:  a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

The final garden of the CASA tour in Gearhart offered a simple landscape described in the programme thus:

“This garden is relaxing and refreshing with a beautiful little greenhouse built long ago by the original owners.”
front gate

front gate

front walk

front walk

front porch

front porch

view to next door

view west to next door raised bed garden

view from front porch into the garden

view from front porch into the garden

two sit spots

two sit spots

Most tour guest entered by the side yard.

Most tour guests entered by the side yard.

garden bike

garden bike

at the back of the lawn, a shed...

at the back of the lawn, a shed…

looking north from garden shed

looking north from garden shed

view from shed door

view from shed door

I have to admit that with not much actual garden, I concentrated more on the nice little outbuilding. Once we we entered it we realized the interior was like a guest house or retreat.

wall between guest house and potting shed

wall between guest house and potting shed

window to potting shed

window to potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

guest house

guest house

window bench

window bench

guest house...game room

guest house…game room

West guest house view of old greenhouse

West guest house view of old greenhouse

The old greenhouse was charming indeed.

The old greenhouse was charming indeed….

and had a table set for a party.

and had a table set for a party.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

an orange corner

an orange corner

Acer griseum

Acer griseum

bark detail, paperbark maple

bark detail, paperbark maple

must...acquire

must…acquire

I am reminded, as with our visit to the Adolphson-Drafall garden in Astoria, that I miss and want to replace the paperbark maple that I had to leave behind in my old garden.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see the house.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see into the house.

home interior

home interior

deck view of back garden

deck view of back garden

and of the greenhouse and guest house

and of the greenhouse and guest house

on the deck

on the deck as it wrapped around the house

back deck

back deck

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

lawn photo

lawn photo

Allan took a humourous lawn photo for our friend Tom Hornbuckle, the lawn fanatic.

postlude: Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Having seen every last garden of the excellent CASA tour, we went across the street to do a little shopping at Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook, two sister stores that sell collectible plants and home and garden decor.  Because our own day of garden tour glory was over, I no longer had the excuse to be a complete spendthrift.  But because it is such a good nursery, we did get a cart full of plants.

Back Alley Gardens

Back Alley Gardens

our purchases being totaled

our purchases being totaled

inside The Natural Nook

inside The Natural Nook

mermaid art

mermaid art

beachy things

beachy things

more beachy things

more beachy things

for inside and out

for inside and out

door to nursery

door to nursery

chicks

chicks

flower window

flower window

Natural Nook display

Natural Nook display

As we left the two shops, and as I write about the day now, I am determined to never miss the CASA garden tour again.  It is a shame that five years of it slipped by us.

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