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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

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

Ocean Shores

garden six: Deep in the Woods

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The base of the front porch has rocks made by the owner, from molds and a cement dye.

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Allan’s photo

A dry creek bed flows from the side garden to the street.

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the side garden under the trees

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Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

That’s Ann taking a detail photo

A windowed gate says something about friendly neighbours.

looking back at the side gardens

A greenhouse draws the eye and the garden tourist into the back garden.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Debra Winslow’s photo

(Debra, Alan and Dawn had come from Lake Tapps for the tour, but they were touring in a different order from us, and, unfortunately, our paths did not cross.)

Ann Amato got a good photo of the stained glass above the greenhouse door.

photo by Ann Amato

I get involved with photographing the narrative flow of a garden and sometimes I miss the details.  While Allan is good at the details, neither of us noticed the stained glass.  I am sure the base of the greenhouse also had the convincing artificial rocks made by the owner.

behind the greenhouse

Allan’s photo

We recall overhearing that the overhead plants were on a drip system, got watered daily and fertilized twice a week.  I love the way the plants look up there.

patio next to the woods (Allan’s photo)

I spy a compost bin.

at one end of the back deck

stairs to the back deck

Allan’s photo

back porch (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

At the back of the garden is the cool green wild woods.

Evan got the best photo of the woodsy feeling.

photo by Evan Bean

Interlude

I liked this house nearby.  It looked older than most Ocean Shores homes.

The cat likes it, too.

We saw a vibrant stand of dahlias on the way to the next garden.

I love how simply humble Ocean Shores is.  Even near the water, the homes we saw were mostly not large and ostentatious.  It made me want to move there.

 

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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:

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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.”

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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.

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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, 15 July 2017

The WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County present:

Garden Two: “Colorful and Creative”

Every garden tour has one garden that becomes my favourite.  Gina and Jeff’s garden is one that could be my favourite of many tours.

I was thrilled just by looking at it across the street!

Before we crossed the road, we encountered Wendy and Bill, whose garden had been my favourite on last year’s tour.  Since then, I’d learned that for many years they owned the boat Aallotar which I often see at the Port of Ilwaco.  I longed for Aallotar stories but garden touring won out for everyone.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

closer

 

closer

walk to the front porch

Allan’s photo

wooden window box looks like copper

We finally made it to the check in table!  We could already hear the sound of the river and realized that the garden, while huge, is long and narrow because the river is just past the house and down a steep drop off.

The river sounded wonderful.

a double sort of curb holding the edge of the garden; that lawn is far below

The drop off at the edge of the garden is steep and dramatic.

Allan’s photo

garden creator Gina’s friendly little dog (Allan’s photo)

This cat was also getting attention. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

I felt faint just looking at this path between the house and the edge. Folks with a good head for heights breezed along it.

Allan’s photo

Gina must have a great head for heights; she had picked every bad leaf off of the statuesque hollyhocks.

Allan’s photo

hollyhocks below the edge

I decided to explore the garden that stretched expansively from the other side of the garage.

back wall of garage

Allan’s photo

This was to cover up some sort of unattractive utilitarian thing. (Allan’s photo)

The long, narrow garden lay on both sides of the house between the road and the drop off to the river.  We began with the longest area, to the left of the house.

a sit spot (Allan’s photo)

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on the side of the garage

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detail

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looking down the expansive lawn

Because this garden is a work in progress, I have a feeling that eventually all of these beds will be as full as the ones right around the house.

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looking back

Squash and big healthy tomatoes grew in the roadside bed.  Someone commented about the fertile farmland valley silt in this area.

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Allan’s photo

One of the folks strolling toward me said (because of my knee brace, cane, and sore heel related limp), “Nothing stops you from garden touring, does it?!”

The garden beds on the river side go right up to the cliff edge.

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right on the edge….I wondered if eventually these trees would go.

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I would have to crawl on my belly to weed up to that edge!

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Allan’s photo

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plants clinging to the very edge of the steep drop off!

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Allan’s photo

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looking down (Allan’s photo)

I tip my gardener’s cap to the bold gardener who weeds along that curving edge.

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Most of the beds are more safely inland.

We turned back and walked toward the house.

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garden tour guests enjoying a sit spot

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peach tree near the garage

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a perfect rose

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I am now thinking about how this garden does not seem bothered by deer.

When Ann (Spiffy Seeds, The Amateur Bot-ann-ist) toured this garden just after we did, she especially noticed the burned tree (which went right over my head).

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photo by Ann Amato-Zorich, who says “Burned tree. Nature’s own shou sugi ban.”

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rustic woodsy planter

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from another angle

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and another….an idea I am going to emulate.

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Allan’s photo

To reach the other side of the garden, I went along the front of the house.

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Brick front porch wrapped front and right side of the house.

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front garden

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looking out from the porch

On the right side of the entry porch, the brick porch narrowed and became L shaped.  Its decor was so fascinating that I could have spent an hour there.

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This area had a concrete floor and a high roof with a chandelier and a skylight.

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story of my life!

I could almost weep with delight over all of these artful vignettes.

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Just off the porch was a waterfall pond.

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Going around the corner of the house, we found another tiny shady pool.

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Allan’s photo

Around the corner at the back of the house, we passed through an arbour to a greenhouse.

We failed to step back and get a long shot.  Ann kindly provided us with this:

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photo by Ann Amato-Zorich

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sink fountain

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Allan’s photo

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in the greenhouse

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We recently saw someone making a cool light fixture like this on a tiny house show.

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in the greenhouse

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in the greenhouse

Near the greenhouse, steps and a path go down to the river level.

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looking down

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plantings on the upper bank (Allan’s photo)

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from the path going down; garden creator Gina in view (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

We learned later that the rock retaining wall was new this past year, and Gina has begun planting it up.

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Allan’s photo

I was still up on the top level by the greenhouse.

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the back porch and sunroom

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the other side of the path I couldn’t do!

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Looking down again, I could see a great temptation for reaching the river level:

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The kitty was there!

Someone told me that an easy access driveway was available at the other end of the garden.  I made my way in that direction.

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by the greenhouse, a basket ready for berries

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past the greenhouse

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looking back at the house and L shaped porch

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an easy road, with a greeter

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kitty welcoming Allan to the river road

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Allan’s photo

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along the river bank

I learned later that the river causes much destruction along this bank during a stormy winter.  The lawn survives!

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looking up the newly cleared area to the greenhouse

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The river made a beautiful sound.

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Allan’s photo

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new rock wall with tour guest for scale

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Look at the edge on that lawn.  Allan noticed that all the bare ground was weed free and carefully raked.

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the river bank, which likely gets flooded in rainy winters

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the sound of water always in the background

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the path down from below

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Allan’s photo

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We made our way back up the easy road to the top and appreciated the garden for awhile longer.

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a natural hose hanger

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Look who we met arriving just as we were leaving!

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Dave, Melissa, Todd, Pam (downtown Seaside gardener)

They would be one garden behind us all the way.  Ann and Evan arrived just after this photo was taken. We should have just slowed down and toured with them, because they would notice things that we had missed.  I am always afraid of running out of time, so on we went to the next garden.

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I’m thinking how much I loved this garden and that I did not want to leave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

Garden 7: Southard Garden

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On this one, I used the owners’ surname because he had a business card out.

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at the front entrance

at the front entrance

I had to find some creative routes around this garden to avoid railing-less stairs.  I think I found enough alternate routes that I did see most of the garden.

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overlooking some stairs (lower left)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

doggie in the window (Allan's photo)

doggie in the window (Allan’s photo)

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I did not achieve that lower level.

I did not achieve that lowest level.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

white on white

white on white

roses spilling over

roses spilling over

boxwood enhancing greenery

boxwood enhancing greenery

a large greenhouse

a large greenhouse

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

with a chandelier inside

with a chandelier inside

and a seating area inside and also out the other door

and a seating area inside and also out the other door

and a swingset outside

and a swing set outside

sit spot

sit spot

more lower level that I did not visit

more lower level that I did not visit

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Slices of freshly made pizza were served to garden guests, a kind and generous and welcome meal.

outdoor pizza oven

outdoor pizza oven

delicious wood fired pizza

delicious wood fired pizza; Thank you!

wide path down a slope

wide path down a slope; I could have managed that and I wish I had made the effort.  Anxiety re seeing 9 gardens in one day was giving me time pressure.

Allan made it down to the lower level and a stone arch that I asked him to view close up.

I would like one of these!

I would like one of these!

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kitchen garden, lower level, Allan's photo

kitchen garden, lower level, Allan’s photo

lower level, Allan's photo

lower level, Allan’s photo

Allan also found the work area, which is something that my friend Sheila and I always liked to look for on a garden tour.

pots galore (Allan's photo)

pots galore and an old wheelbarrow (Allan’s photo)

returning to the gardens around the house

returning to the gardens around the house

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A garden guest is signing the guest book.

A garden guest is signing the guest book.

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I would like a bubbler like this, please.

I would like a bubbler like this, please.

sit spot with guest book (in which I thanked the hosts for the pizza)

sit spot with guest book (in which I thanked the hosts for the pizza)

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By now, it was 1:30 and we only had two more gardens to see, so I realized we no longer had to feel rushed.  It would be good to be done a little early as we still had to check into our hotel and find some dinner before the evening event.

Next: My favourite of all the 25 gardens we saw on our long weekend.

 

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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Friday night, I hadhappened to open an email from the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, thinking it might be about the study weekend.  Instead, it was the weekend garden tour update and there was Beth Holland’s Cannon Beach garden on the list for Saturday and Sunday!  So much for getting my ladies in waiting planted; I could not miss the chance to tour Beth’s garden.  I had been there years ago (in 1998) and hadn’t had the opportunity to see it again. She is a gardener whom I greatly admire, as she was instrumental in a lot of the business landscaping in Cannon Beach.

Because the cold north wind still blew fiercely across our garden, I did not feel the loss of a good at-home gardening day.

First, of course, I have to write about crossing the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

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approaching the bridge: a surprising field of coreopsis


a field of coreopsis and daisies at the south end of the bridge, by the Columbia River

a field of coreopsis and daisies at the south end of the bridge, by the Columbia River

Due to bridge work, the crossing was slow, just the way I like it.

below us: fishing on the Columbia

below us: fishing on the Columbia


one lane traffic because of workers (shows how narrow the 4+ mile bridge is)

one lane traffic because of workers (shows how narrow the 4+ mile bridge is)

 

Allan says I should show the lumberyard to the west of the bridge, as it was in the final scenes of Dexter.

Allan says I should show the lumberyard to the west of the bridge, as it was in the final scenes of Dexter.


work vehicles at the top

work vehicles at the top

On the other side, we heading south of Cannon Beach, about a 50 minute drive in reasonable traffic.  Today was not only a weekend, but also the 30th anniversary of The Goonies movie, and Astoria was hosting a huge celebration.  We saw some signs of it even though we did not go into Goonieville.

an interesting spelling of "doubloon"

an interesting spelling of “doubloon”?

We skipped our usual swingaround of Pam Fleming’s Seaside gardens because of the heavy traffic, and made the requisite stop at 7 Dees nursery south of Seaside.

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7 Dees

7 Dees


at 7 Dees: Allan's photo

at 7 Dees: Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


purchases: Allan's photo

purchases: Allan’s photo; I don’t remember what the little tree is, and it’s too cold  as I write this to go outside and look at the tag!

I only bought three plants (a variegated nepeta, a fancy papyrus, and I forget the name of the third) because I am getting anxious about the number of ladies in waiting that I now own.

Beth Holland’s Garden

From the HPSO Open Gardens book:  In 1989 my husband, Mike Moran, and I bought 3.6 wooded acres adjacent to our home in South Cannon Beach.  I owned Holland’s Flowers downtown at that time, and we started a garden nursery and built a greenhouse to support the shop until its closing in 1995.  Since then I have enjoyed twenty years of designing both public and private gardens as well as my own.  The garden is surrounded by forest and filled with the sound of the surf.

under the highway and through the woods to Beth's garden

under the highway and through the woods to Beth’s garden


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

It was clear to me as we walked along the road that Beth has done some pruning of old fronds of the ferns by the side of the road.

the first glimpse

the first glimpse


on the other side of the road: steps I am glad we did not have to take

on the other side of the road: steps I am glad we did not have to take


Allan's photo: I was contemplating who has to go down those steps to the pumphouse.

Allan’s photo: I was contemplating who has to go down those steps to the pumphouse.


the gate

the gate and a greeter


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Allan’s photo

We were greeted by Mike and by one outgoing Corgi named Chippie; the other Corgi is shy.

meeting Chippie

meeting Chippie

Chippie

the shy one

the shy one

The greenhouse is the grand centerpiece of the garden.  Its windows came from an old Astoria grade school.  The memory of it has stayed strong in my mind since my visit here long ago.

Here it is in 1998:

Beth Holland's garden just outside Cannon Beach.

Beth Holland’s garden just outside Cannon Beach., 1998


Beth's greenhouse was constructed with large old windows from a school.

Beth’s greenhouse was constructed with large old windows from a school. (1998)

And today:

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the greenhouse, bigger than some houses I've lived in

the greenhouse, bigger than some houses I’ve lived in


in we go

in we go


looking out the other side

looking out the other side


the old Hollands Flowers sign

the old Hollands Flowers sign

How well I remember Hollands Flowers from when I first lived at the beach in 1993 and 1994.  It was hidden in a little courtyard off the Cannon Beach main drag and even though tiny, it always had interesting plants for sale.

with Mike in the greenhouse

with Mike in the greenhouse, which must be the best private greenhouse in the Pacific Northwest.


in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse


Chippie in the greenhouse

Chippie in the greenhouse


in the greenhouse (Allan's photo)

in the greenhouse (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We went back outside to tour the gardens, preceded by Chippie, an excellent tour guide.

terracing

terracing


winding paths

winding paths leading to new vistas


the pond

the pond

When I was here in 1998, the pond landscaping was so new that its edges were still raw dirt in places.  Mike said it has large koi, that were not visible today.

the greenhouse barely showing from the pond walk

the greenhouse barely showing from the pond walk


waterlilies

waterlilies


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Chippie guiding us

Chippie guiding us


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


looking back up the slope

looking back up the slope


path along the greenhouse, south side

path along the greenhouse, south side


To the left, the slope down to the pond

To the left, the slope down to the pond


overlooking the pond

overlooking the pond


approaching the west flower beds

approaching the west flower beds


a sit spot by the pond

a sit spot by the pond


Mike told us that the heron figure keeps real herons away.

Mike told us that the heron figure keeps real herons away.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


seating at the west end of the greenhouse

seating at the west end of the greenhouse

The garden had no annoying wind, and just as the description said, one could hear the surf, perhaps ten blocks of less away to the west.

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looking west

looking west


a large hebe in flower

a large hebe in flower


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Cotinus (smokebush) all aglow


Chippie shows off

Chippie shows off


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Allan’s photo, with Beth, and me fawning over Chippie…again


looking back at the greenhouse

looking back at the greenhouse


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Allan’s photo

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returning to the greenhouse

returning to the greenhouse


Chippie at the door

Chippie at the door


my new friend

my new friend walks with us some more


lots of small touches

lots of small touches


tall nicotiana

tall nicotiana


nicotiana flowers

nicotiana flowers


diverging paths

diverging paths

Beth gave us a postcard of a painting of one of the paths.

this one

this one

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Japanese iris at the east end of the garden

Japanese iris at the east end of the garden


Iris ensata

Iris ensata


east end of the garden

east end of the garden

We had to leave although I could have happily wandered around some more.  We would have if there had been more tour guests than just us.

Allan's photo: Beth and the shy corgi

Allan’s photo: Beth and the shy corgi


on the way back down the road

on the way back down the road

As we returned to the van a couple of blocks away, we saw Ann’s foam green Fiat arriving, so we met up with Ann and Kate and chatted with them for awhile.  They headed off the the garden, and Allan ran up to the viewpoint to snag a couple of photos of Cannon Beach.

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo, with escallonia in bloom

As we departed, we saw Kate and Ann walking toward Beth’s garden.

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Later, Ann commented how much she liked the way that Beth had edited her woods arund the garden, and I realized we had not even gone into any woodsy paths, so I do hope she blogs about that.

going home again

The obligatory grocery stop at Costco:

I bet the Seattle Costcos don't have crab pots.

I wonder if the Seattle Costcos  have crab pots.


ceanothus in the Costco parking lot

ceanothus in the Costco parking lot


On the Astoria Megler bridge:  Here is why one end of the bridge is so tall.

On the Astoria Megler bridge: Here is why one end of the bridge is so tall.


looking east from the bridge

looking east from the bridge


in the work "tunnel"

in the work “tunnel”

As soon as we got out of the van at home, we were hit with the wind again!  At 5 o clock, I went to the shelter of the patio, thinking I might pull a few weeds.

view south from the patio

view south from the patio


Paul's Himalayan Musk rose, windblown...

Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose, windblown…


Paul's Himalayan Musk rose, windblown...

Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose, windblown…


petals strewn across the lawn

petals strewn across the lawn

Allan got on a ladder up there to install a holder for some blue bottles (too windy to put up the bottles yet) and was closely observed by a chickadee.

The chickadee has a nest around here somewhere.

The chickadee has a nest around here somewhere.


chickadee atop the arbour

chickadee atop the arbour

Three hours later, I had potted up my new papyrus, and two Juliet tomatoes (given to me by Ray Millner of The Planter Box) in the greenhouse, tidied up the greenhouse just a bit, planted a couple more ladies in waiting, and most miraculously, pulled out a bunch of errant raspberry, a task that had seemed almost impossible last week.

from June 4: "I must get the running raspberry OUT of here."

from June 4: “I must get the running raspberry OUT of here.”


today: I found the strength

today: I found the strength


Smokey kept me company; you can see the new papyrus to the right of the center wood piece.

Smokey kept me company; you can see the new papyrus to the right of the topiary bird.

What an excellent weekend.  Tomorrow, we are planning to take up the beach approach weeding job again…only if the horrid wind dies down.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

I met Garden Tour Nancy at her house to go with her to today’s event, and noticed something interesting about her front door wreath.

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It's a Santa Chicken!

It’s a Santa Chicken!

That reminds to to share with you a photo of the pale blue egg, the first egg from one of Nancy’s young hens:

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Nancy’s photo

…and of a stunning “wreath salad” that she made to take to the Water Music Festival Christmas party:

Nancy's Christmas wreath salad

Nancy’s Christmas wreath salad

We had a good natter while we drove partway up the bay side of the Peninsula for…

Debbie’s Holiday Buffet Lunch

While I am not much of a lady, I was most pleased to be invited to blog reader and gardener Debbie’s ladies’ holiday buffet lunch.  I had been wanting to see her bayside house AND greenhouse.

My friend Ralph and his beautiful bayside house

My friend Ralph and his beautiful bayside house

Inside, I was smitten with the light, the tall ceilings, the view, and the holiday decor.  The house was built by Debbie’s contractor husband, Dave (who was puttering in his workshop during the party).

in the guest room where we put our coats

in the guest room where we put our coats

The doors made me want to hire Dave to do some sort of door like this, on a smaller "double wide" scale, for our closets.

The closet doors made me want to hire Dave to do some sort of door like this, on a smaller “double wide” scale, for our flimsily-doored closets.

bath

How gorgeous this is!

in the hallway, the bird art that I also got for Allan last Christmas (from Peninsula Landscape Supply)

in the hallway, the bird art that I also got for Allan last Christmas (from Peninsula Landscape Supply)

living room with bay facing windows

living room with bay facing windows

the view to Willapa Bay

the view to Willapa Bay

in the living room

in the living room

under the tree, an homage to Ralph the dog

under the tree, an homage to Ralph the dog

dog

desk

Debbie says the curtain-like lights are called Strala Lights.  I am now on a quest for some.  Or hoping to put Allan on a quest.

Debbie says the curtain-like lights are called Strala Lights. I am now on a quest for some. Or hoping to put Allan on a quest.

The front porch arches enhance the view of trees.

The front porch arches enhance the view of trees.

over the sink, tiles of paintings.

over the sink, tiles of paintings.

One of the flower tiles is of a painting by Klimt.  I thought of him as only doing the gold-draped human figures, not flower-scapes.

Long ago, Bryan had this poster...

Long ago, Bryan had this poster…

Little did I know that Klimt made art like this.

Little did I know that Klimt also made art like this.

Debbie had laid on a beautiful luncheon with two salads, pulled pork sliders and lots of finger food.

food

to the right, local potter extraordinaire Karen Brownlee

to the right, local potter extraordinaire Karen Brownlee

salads

salads

and cookies from Pink Poppy Bakery!

and cookies from Pink Poppy Bakery!

You can how the kitchen just flows into the living room (called the great room, I believe).

You can how the kitchen just flows into the living room (called the great room, I believe).

Ralph was ready and willing to hoover up any crumbs.

Ralph was ready and willing to hoover up any crumbs.

We settled and ate from one end of the common space to the other.  I started out at the table by the west windows...

We settled and ate from one end of the common space to the other. I started out at the table by the west windows…

and had dessert with Nancy by the east windows.

and had dessert with Nancy (in black) by the east windows.

view from the east table

view from the east table

Ralph got plenty of attention from the dog lovers in the group.

Ralph got plenty of attention from the dog lovers in the group.

Debbie (left) and her friend and co-host...whose name I forget because I'm bad that way.

Debbie (left) and her lovely friend and co-host…whose name I forget because I’m bad that way.

A couple of hours later, some of us went out to see the enormous greenhouse, where Debbie is growing on some plants for the Master Gardeners’ spring seminar plant sale.

a dream of a greenhouse

a dream of a greenhouse

a mingling of gardeners

a mingling of gardeners

A grand time was had by all.  Thank you, Debbie, for letting your home be blog fodder!

 

 

 

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Floramagoria, part 2: the back garden

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We’ve visited the front garden; now let’s go around the shady side of the house to the back.

side

lovely clematis

lovely clematis

This is one of those gardens where it is so hard to explain how all the wonderful parts fit together.  I will try to make you feel like you have been there with us.

just inside the back garden

just inside the back garden gate

inside

pitcher plant raised display

pitcher plant raised display

pitchers

 

look closely

look closely

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

godzilla

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to the left

turning to the left

and as I turn, this is in a little shed to my left against the back wall of the house

and as I turn, this is in greenhouse to my left against the back wall of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shed

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The view of the garden has me absolutely gobsmacked, so I walk along the back wall of the house first.

gravel

against the house

wall with cactus display

to my right: a low wall with cactus display

cacti

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

straight ahead, a covered deck

straight ahead, a covered deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

deck2

flowers

to my right: just beyond the green wall that borders the house patio

Oh!

Straight ahead:  Oh!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

wall

Let’s focus on the details right behind the house before become overwhelmed by the garden.

deck

shelf or seating

shelf or seating

gnome

 

 

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, garden host, center courtyard outside house

love the way the house opens onto the garden

love the way the house opens onto the garden

our host and his dog

our host and his dog

inside

inside (Allan’s photo)

what a beauty (Å)

what a beauty (Allan’s photo)

 

corner

house

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Looking from the house out into the garden

Looking from the house out into the garden (Allan’s photo)

out

 

on a corner of the low green wall (from previous photo)

on a corner of the low green wall (from previous photo)

 

one of these on each side of the low green wall

one of these is on each side of the center patio.  Note the inlaid carpet, lower right

like this

The pillars are placed like this.

Just beyond the little head pillars, one step down,  is the carpet inlay:

carpet

 

carpet

 

brugmansia

brugmansia

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

fire2

 

gunnera leaf

gunnera leaf

 

frog

behind the fire area

wall

 

leaves

 

bamboo behind the wall

bamboo behind the wall

a good place to warm up after rain

a good place to warm up after rain

 

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

To our right as we face the fire is a big bamboo-roofed dining pavilion (thanks to the Garden Bloggers Fling website for helping me know what to call it!).   In researching what the structure might be properly called, I found out that the glorious Laura Crockett was instrumental in designing this garden.  Of course!  Her own garden was one of my favourites that I have ever toured.

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

the dining pavilion

the dining pavilion

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

cookies!

cookies!

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion looking toward the house

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

a candle pillar by the shade garden

a candle pillar by the shade garden

Beyond the pavilion, in the back corner of the garden, a huge sequoia provides shelter in a shady corner.

the giant sequoia

the giant sequoia

with a bubble machine

with a bubble machine

at the base of the tree

at the base of the tree

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

shady corner

shady corner

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

perfect for a hot day

perfect for a hot day

from the shade garden

looking from the shade garden to the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

Now on into the sunny gardens.  To our  right as we face the fire seating area are flower beds (out from the part of the house that has the greenhouse).  Here’s a little head pillar to orient yourself by:

beside the center patio

beside the center patio

a haze of pink

a haze of pink

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba and pink poppies

sanguisorba and pink poppies

ruffles and feathers

ruffles and feathers

pink

more pink on pink

more pink on pink

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

conifer cluster

conifer cluster

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

vane

blue

looking toward the house and the low green wall with cacti pots

Nigella (love in a mist)

Nigella (love in a mist)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The other side of this blue wall is the green wall of the shade garden.

The other side of this blue wall is the green wall of the shade garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

agave

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Melianthus major in a pot

Melianthus major in a pot

glass

looking across the center of the garden

glass

looking toward the house

looking toward the house

the cross view from one side of the garden to the other

the cross view from one side of the garden to the other

across

We’re going now to the other side (straight ahead in the above photo.  It would be to our left as we face the fire seating area.) The next part of the garden is below the covered deck with the memorable pool boy.

deck

head

 

just beyond previous photo

just beyond previous photo

flower

You can orient yourself by the little pillar heads; four closeups from above tableau follow:

looking toward the fire

looking toward the fire

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

looking toward the pavilion

looking toward the pavilion

close up from previous photo of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

close up of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

stepping into the side garden

stepping into the side garden

bamboo

looking out

looking out from the center patio

into a gold and orange themed garden area

into a gold and orange themed garden area

gold daylily and yarrow

gold daylily and yarrow

with bloggers galore

with bloggers galore

dahlias

 

path

the path to enter the gold and orange garden

bambooflowers

bambooSome painted bamboo is going to make its way into my garden.  I say that every year but this time I really mean that I am going to get around to it.  Really!

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

looking back toward the center of the garden

looking back toward the center of the garden

poles

and toward the back fence

and toward the back fence

flowers

flowers

shrubs toward the back fence

shrubs toward the back fence

looking toward the covered deck

looking toward the house

ruffled daylilies

ruffled daylilies

flowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed the many details of this back garden and have some idea of how it is arranged.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

Next, we’ll go around the corner of the deck for part three of our Floramagoria tour, what our host called “our farm area”.  You’ll get a buzz out of it.

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