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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Colorful Coastal Gardens tour

 Grayland, Washington

presented by the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County

Gary and Kristie’s garden, Grayland

Gardeners’ quotation: “Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.” 

by the street

Allan saw some history that I somehow missed.

The house, when purchased, was 528 square feet and I believe is still that size.

today (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

shady side of front garden

The gardeners seem to be winning over the depredations of slugs and snails.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

blue bottle edge just inside the front gate

“Clematis are their passion…”

at the front of the house (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

This golden barberry got lots of admiration.

“The first plant Kristie placed in her garden from the coastal region is the calla lily at the entrance of her home, greeting guests.”

back of house (Allan’s photo)

At the back of the house, I admired the well grown vines.

Passiflora

A green and white clematis made me green-ish with envy.

Like Chie and Bill’s garden, this one had enviable outbuildings.

an outbuilding

just by where the two women were walking in previous photo

“...carvings abundant in the garden…”

same little building seen from behind the main house

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

 

further back, an enormous (to me) outbuilding, AKA She Shed.

Allan’s photo

“…ease the soreness of gardening with the charming outdoor shower and spa...”

beachy outdoor shower (Allan’s photo)

between the two outbuildings

Behind the smaller shed was a grandchild’s play garden.

Allan’s photo

back wall of small shed

The center area of the back garden has a fire circle and hot tub.

with those nice, smooth beach rocks

and a driftwood fence

cannas and curry plant

Allan’s photo; he saw this but I did not.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

At the back of the garden:

ladies in waiting at the back of the garden

Allan looked toward the back for compost heaps because the description had mentioned “tons of compost” to overcome the challenge of sand.  We learned that they have bought compost (as we did at first and still do sometimes) and had it delivered.

On the shady side:

the shady side

All this on what realtor info sites say is a lot slightly under ten thousand square feet.  That is one of the great advantages of having a tiny house with a small footprint.

Right across the road, this sandy road led over a dune to the beach.

Takeaways:  I haven’t had a Helichrysum italicum (curry plant) for a few years.  Must get some.

Ask Allan if he would be so kind as to collect reasonably sized not too difficult driftwood on boating trips. And some beach rocks.

Interlude

Nearby, we saw this cute little trailer painted like a lady bug.

Plant Sale

Next up was the Master Gardener group’s plant sale at a different house.

It had an enticing front garden that was not on the tour because, as the owner said, she had been spending all her time on the plant sale.

Allan’s photo

ducks! (Allan’s photo)

treats!

I got some good plants, including some Crambe maritima, and some hakonechloa grass at a great price, which I got with Alison of the Bonney Lassey blog in mind.

I am holding (and will buy two) one of those cool teucriums that I liked last year in Markham Farm garden…which will be our last stop on this garden tour.

thinking of you, Alison!

some baby Verbena bonariensis!

People were trying to ID this plant and could not.  I couldn’t remember what it was, either.

It has blue flowers.  I know I have had it before.  Does it start with a p…? a b….?

Two more gardens to go on this tour!

 

 

 

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Colorful Coastal Gardens tour

 Grayland, Washington

presented by the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County

Chie and Bill’s garden, Grayland

Gardener’s quotation: “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener.”

At first, I thought the house next door belonged to the garden and thought, “That’s not small.”  Later, Chie herself told me a lot of people get that first impression.  Their 600 square foot little house is tucked so well into the garden that it is not as readily seen.

After touring the garden, I was sure that they could have checked off more of these boxes:

Allan’s photo

beside the driveway

big house, little house (Allan’s photo)

the little house

by the front corner

Allan’s photo

“….the water feature that Bill installed near the driveway, greeting us with the music of flowing water.”

Allan’s photo

I felt delight as we came around into the back garden beside the house.

I loved everything about it!

I love outbuildings, and this garden has two, plus a greenhouse.

garden shed (Allan’s photo)

on the garden shed exterior wall

“The greenhouse is not heated, but look for potted lemons and limes that winter in the shelter.”

Allan’s photo

inside (Allan’s photo)

from inside (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

lemons and limes

“A playhouse is a structure built by Bill and occupied frequently by grandchildren.” Very lucky grandchildren, who will remember this garden for the rest of their lives.

Note the softly rounded beach rock.  Chie says it is comfy to walk in in bare feet.

playhouse porch

side of playhouse (Allan’s photo)

I totally missed this. (Allan’s photo)

Behind the greenhouse is a kitchen garden.

Allan’s photo

and compost bins

A path goes further out into a wild area.

Now we turn back to keep exploring around the house.

side of the playhouse

I like the driftwood and old window frame.

next to the playhouse porch

at the back of the house

I see a shy kitty!

“The garden is designed for family to spill out onto the grounds.”  The big comfy deck with lots of seating is a good, warm and sunny extension of the interior.

smooth and comfy driftwood railings on every set of stairs (thank you)

one of so many spectacular clematis we saw today

“…a tumbling climbing rose [and clematis], providing shade to the sitting area.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

home made rain chain (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

“The cook’s garden, located near the deck…filled with herbs and salad ingredients…abounds in kitchen necessities.”

the beauty of lettuce

Daylily flowers are also edible.

deck from the side

I talked with Chie for awhile about small house living, a topic of interest because I lived in a less than 600 square foot house for 14 years.  I would probably still live there had it been as sunny as this one.  (Mine was in deep shade all winter.)

Up on the deck:

Allan’s photo

I did not want to leave, but we had three more gardens to see.

Intermission

I liked the look of the little house next door to Chie and Bill’s place.

Its smallness and metal roof appeal to me.

Immediately following is a brief bonus post of two places we stopped before the next garden.

Takeaways:  Put my variegated acanthus in a pot for better care.

I saw some stunning daylilies today that are making me rethink them…again….if I can find ones that are immune to daylily leaf streak.

I urgently want an outbuilding for me!  (Allan has one.)

 

 

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Colorful Coastal Gardens tour

 Grayland, Washington

presented by the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County

Our ticket to the tour is a beautiful booklet with photos and a write up about each garden.

Each gardener chose a quotation to go with the garden description.

I must give credit to The Outlaw Gardener for the idea of using snippets of the garden descriptions throughout these posts.

As you can see, we were close to salt water all day.

Charles and Hans’ garden, Grayland

Gardeners’ quotation: “Gardening requires a lot of water, mostly in the form of perspiration.” -Lou Erickson

From the description, I expected a low maintenance and perhaps rather sparse garden.  We were delighted to find instead a lush but wisely planted garden of great beauty.

Allan’s photo

Each garden has a poster with a list of which sustainable garden practices were employed.

Hans and Charles’ garden

Our greeter and ticket stamper had on a most delightful garden hat.

A docent, neither Charles nor Han (Allan’s photo)

up the driveway (Allan’s photo)

looking back to the entry

When one of this gardener team, Charles, decided to remove a patch of lawn to install a dry river bed, he was responding to the summer drought situation this coastal region experiences. Except for small plantings, this part of the garden is watered only by rainfall.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

on up the driveway past the two story garage

along the side of the garage

handsome brunnera and enviably perfect hostas

farther up the shady border

Allan’s photo

across the front lawn to the sunny side

Allan’s photo

on the front porch

green and lovely table setting

At the back of the garage, on the shady side again:

Allan’s photo

looking back

from whence we came

The path around the side of the house beckons.

looking back along the side pathway

entering the back garden

Allan’s photo

“The garden behind the home invites guests into a private peaceful space of manicured lawn edged in stone block.  This formal setting contrasts with the informal dry river bed in front of the home.”

straight ahead

to my right

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

“The Lazy Gardener”

looking back

gorgeous tawny achillea

behind: the garden shed

Allan’s photo

Charles identifies a plant. (Allan’s photo)

Linaria (toadflax) was perhaps the plant in question. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan and I almost always walk through the garden by different routes and at a different pace, crossing paths occasionally, so it always interests me when we take almost the same photo.

Allan, in blue shirt, is in the above photo.

Allan’s photo

looking back

further back garden exploration

Here is the entry, through a hedge, to the field where the vegetable garden resides.

entry to the vegetable garden area (Allan’s photo)

“The vegetable garden continues to the rear of the formal garden and slips over the hillside to the raised beds designed for efficiency of labor.”

Allan’s photo

“Sand was the challenge to overcome. Compost and mulching was the answer.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The next door neighbour also had a vegetable garden.

Next door (Allan’s photo)

What a great start to the tour!

 

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