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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Salem Hardy Plant Society

garden 24: an eclectic, artistic garden in Woodburn

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This garden’s artistic touches strongly appealed to me along with its selection of interesting plants.  The shady nature of the garden was welcome on a 90 plus degree day and also made pocketcam photography difficult.  We did our best to do the garden justice.

It was clear, from across the street, that something exciting awaited us.

It was clear, from across the street, that something exciting awaited us.

along the sidewalk

along the sidewalk

garden entry

garden entry

Hardy Planters who were departing had delighted expressions and said we were in for a treat.

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entering the front garden

entering the front garden

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more Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty', more regret that I did not buy some.

more Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, more regret that I did not buy some.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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an elegant outbuilding

an elegant outbuilding

behind the outbuilding, a fabulous stash of garden ingredients

behind the outbuilding, a fabulous stash of garden ingredients

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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outbuilding wall that faces the back garden

outbuilding wall that faces the back garden

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looking back at the outbuilding

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

dovecoat

dovecoat

complete with doves

complete with doves

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Some free range chickens, including one with a cute topknot, were also around.  They were shy and hidden in the shrubbery so I failed to get a photo.

Allan got a chicken photo!

Allan got a chicken photo!

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Another garden with perfect hostas. Maybe chickens eat the snails.

Another garden with perfect hostas. Maybe chickens eat the snails.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’

lost in the deep woods

lost in the deep woods

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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dripping water

dripping water

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Spotty Dotty again

Spotty Dotty again

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entry to a living tunnel

entry to a living tunnel

Ok. where in my garden can I do this? Oh....I have a salmonberry tunnel...not this cool.

Ok. where in my garden can I do this? Oh….I have a salmonberry tunnel…not this cool.

This is magical.

This is magical.

me, loving the tunnel

me, loving the tunnel

out the other end. To the right, a pavilion with stone pillars.

out the other end. To the right, a pavilion with stone pillars.

and refreshments

and refreshments

Hardy Planters

Hardy Planters

including Our Ann

including Our Ann

and a garden host

and a garden host

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

little dog looking into the tunnel

little dog looking into the tunnel

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across from the pavilion

across from the pavilion

at the front corner of the garden

at the front corner of the garden

front of house

front of house

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the way out

the way out

I don’t want to leave this paradise, yet I must.  There was one more garden to see (the last one written about in the previous post; it did not take long but I did not know that would be the case) and a three hour drive home.

Takeaways: I need Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’, and a larger lot, and I need to get the salmonberry groves cleaned out to make room for more shade plant collections, and I need more repurposed junk and some stone pillars.  Dang it.

You can see more photos here, on The Eye of the Lady, taken with a much bigger camera and with great skill.

the way home

91 degrees F as we drive through farm and vineyard country

91 degrees F as we drive through farm and vineyard country

This area grows many of the ornamental trees and shrubs shipped all over the country. Some fields had fascinating variety.

This area grows many of the ornamental trees and shrubs shipped all over the country. Some fields had fascinating variety.

orchards

orchards

We were interested to learn that there is a trail all the way from Banks to Vernonia.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

After a scary drive over the coast range, facing long lines of impatient and pushy drivers heading back to the city after a seaside weekend, we were pleased to enter maritime weather.

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61 degrees and salty

a feast at Himani Indian Cuisine in Astoria ended our four day holiday.

a feast at Himani Indian Cuisine in Astoria ended our four day holiday.

after dinner, some Astoria planter admiration

after dinner, some Astoria planter admiration

well done, Astoria

well done, Astoria

Four days, 25 gardens (including the Oregon Garden)!  Tomorrow, we will resume publishing just in the mornings, at least until another garden tour day comes up.  There are three in the near future, unfortunately all on the same day.

right here on the Long Beach Peninsula

right here on the Long Beach Peninsula

in Aberdeen, 1.5 hours away

in Aberdeen, 1.5 hours north

In Tillamook, 2 hours south

In Tillamook, 2 hours south

 

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Hardy Plant Study Weekend, presented by Salem Hardy Plant Society

The previous garden and the one we are about to visit were surrounded by farm fields.

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garden 21: Adelman Peony Garden

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Allan's photo. He says these fields were soon to be cut, and that Adelman's had once used this field for peony growing.

Allan’s photo. He says these fields of fescue were soon to be cut, and that Adelman’s had once used this field for peony growing.

Like the Schreiner’s Iris Gardens display, the peony garden would look amazing during peony bloom time, which was over.  However, the garden surrounding the home was immaculate and had other plants of interest.

satellite view

satellite view

yellow rose at the edge of the parking area above the house

yellow rose at the edge of the parking area above the house

the vista at the upper garden entrance

the vista at the upper garden entrance

The eucomis may enjoy the warmth of living inland. Mine never do more than put out three or four leaves and one flower.

The eucomis may enjoy the warmth of living inland. Mine never do more than put out three or four leaves and one flower.  Eucomis envy!

AND delphinium envy

AND delphinium envy

Acanthus (Allan's photo)

Acanthus (Allan’s photo)

Allan commented how each plant is given its own space. (Allan's photo)

Allan commented how each plant is given its own space. (Allan’s photo)

would be spectacular during peony time

would be spectacular during peony time

Mighty Velvet Lamb's Ears is going on my must have list.

Mighty Velvet Lamb’s Ears is going on my must have list.

a bit of welcome lattice shade in 90 degree weather

a bit of welcome lattice shade in 90 degree weather

waterfall in the garden below the house

waterfall in the garden below the house

Inside the cool indoor display area, I drank lemonade and admired peonies.  These flowers had been kept refrigerated until garden tour day.

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garden 22: Craftsman Bungalow Garden 

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I adore a Craftsman Bungalow.  My home in Seattle was one, although not nearly as beautifully detailed as Mary Beth’s.  I also adore a garden made with love more than with money.  This garden and home were immensely pleasing to me.

from across the street

from the side, across the street  (It was a hot, bright day.)

front of the house from across the street

front of the house from across the street

I also adore a good hellstrip like this one.

I also adore a good hellstrip like this one.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front porch (Allan's photo)

front porch (Allan’s photo)

love this!! (Allan's photo

love this!! (Allan’s photo

shady corner of front garden; next door is a parking lot

shady corner of front garden; next door is a parking lot

archway to the back garden

archway to the back garden (which is actually a side garden)

into the back garden

into the back garden

delicious shade

delicious shade

catalpa tree (Allan's photo)

catalpa tree (Allan’s photo)

I had thought I did not like Podophyllum 'Spotty Dotty'. Now I deeply regretted having passed up the opportunity to buy one earlier this weekend.

I had thought I did not like Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’. Now I deeply regretted having passed up the opportunity to buy one earlier this weekend.

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a pond in the center of the garden

a pond in the center of the garden

This was the first sign I saw all weekend of a device to keep predators out of a pond.

This was the first sign I saw all weekend of a device to keep predators out of a pond.

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the catalpa tree

the catalpa tree

garden creator (center)

garden creator (center)

much fancier that my bungolow was (Allan's photo)

much fancier that my bungolow was (Allan’s photo)

After this weekend, I feel a great need for a sideways weeping tree.

After this weekend, I feel a great need for a sideways weeping cedar.

a sit spot by the back wall of the garage

a sit spot by the back wall of the garage

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note the metal fence on the property line

note the metal fence on the property line

from the little behind-the-garage courtyard

from the little behind-the-garage courtyard

inside the carport, exterior wall of house

inside the carport, exterior wall of house

In front of the garage. I absolutely love the salvaged metal fence and wish I had one.

In front of the garage. I absolutely love the salvaged metal fence and wish I had one.

an admiring look at the back of the house

an admiring look at the back of the house

I’d love to have stayed longer.  We had two more gardens to see and then the drive home.  The next two were within walking distance (albeit a hot walk in 90 degree sunshine).  After the last garden visit of the day, as we walked back past Mary Beth’s to return to our van, she was out in the side garden weeding and pruning.

garden 23: Misty’s garden

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We actually saw this small garden last (it was #23 on the program but #24 for us) because I got mixed up on the addresses.  Neither Allan nor I did a good job of capturing it.  I found myself concentrating on walking on uneven surfaces and not looking much at the plants.  (A woman emerging, also with a cane, commented on it being difficult walking.  A young garden creator would not notice this.)

entry garden

entry garden

entry garden

entry garden

new acquisitions from Dancing Oaks nursery (Allan's photo)

new acquisitions from Dancing Oaks nursery (Allan’s photo)

treehouse (Allan's photo)

treehouse (Allan’s photo)

front porch

front porch

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path to back garden

into the back garden

into the back garden

back porch

back porch

I completely failed in getting a photo of the waterfall behind this bridge.

I regret that I completely failed in getting a photo of the waterfall behind this bridge.

Next: Our last garden visit of the three day tour proved to be one of my top five favourites of the whole tour.

 

 

 

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden 18: Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

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the enormous iris display garden, past iris bloom season

the enormous iris display garden, past iris bloom season

allium balls floating above the iris beds

allium balls floating above the iris beds

I will confess I was so hot that I did not take a walk down the tempting grass paths.

I will confess I was so hot that I did not take a walk down the tempting grass paths. Now I do wish I had done so.

It turned out that THIS was the shuttle to the personal garden of the owner.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Fortunately, when the driver saw me hobbling with my cane, he gave us directions for how to drive our van over and park near the private garden.

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a green oasis set among brown fields

the access road to the garden

the access road to the garden

satellite view of the wonderland we are about to explore

satellite views of the wonderland we are about to explore

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I fear now that I might have missed the path on the left edge of the garden.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Because it was 85 degrees, I was so happy to take a path into the shade.

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Ray himself presided over the garden entrance and some cookies and ice water.

Ray himself presided over the garden entrance and some cookies and ice water.

and a little dog too (Allan's photo; I think the dog was a guest)

and a little dog too (Allan’s photo; I think the dog was a guest)

entrance to the garden around the house

entrance to the garden around the house

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I felt privileged to enter this space.

I felt privileged to enter this space.

This garden was my favourite today (closely followed by the last garden of the day).  Walk with me while we try to look at every aspect of it.

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a rain chain waterfall

a rain chain waterfall

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garden greeter

garden greeter

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love the multi colored house

love the multi colored house

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lots more trees and shrubs in pots in the gardens around the house...making me want big pots at home.

lots more trees and shrubs in pots in the gardens around the house…making me want big pots at home.

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Allan’s photo

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The steps to the deck were railingless. I asked Allan to go up there take photos of everything.

The steps to the deck were railingless. When I found Allan again, I asked him to go up there take photos of everything.  I wish I had tried harder.  Getting up is not the problem; getting down without a railing is.  I had overheard a tourgoer say “That’s where all the special treasures are”.

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: I wonder if this is Acer 'Carnival' like the one I bought at Dancing Oaks.

Allan’s photo: I wonder if this is Acer ‘Carnival’ like the one I bought at Dancing Oaks.

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo. As you can see, it turned out to be a raised patio rather than a wooden deck.

Allan’s photo. As you can see, it turned out to be a raised patio rather than a wooden deck.

abutilon (Allan's photo)

abutilon (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Taking grassy paths away from the tightly planted house garden, we found wide paths among large mixed borders.

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A greenhouse from which almost everything had been planted. Very few ladies in waiting here.

A greenhouse from which almost everything had been planted. Very few ladies in waiting here.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

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Allan's photo

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Allan's photo...at one of the edges of the garden

Allan’s photo…at one of the edges of the garden

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I wonder if the hoses meant that he does a lot of hand watering.

I wonder if the hoses meant that he does some hand watering.

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over a stream, a bridge with benches

over a stream, a bridge with benches

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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astrantia, one of Mr. Tootlepedal's favourite flowers.

astrantia, one of Mr. Tootlepedal’s favourite flowers.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I had wandered back to the house again.

I had wandered back to the house again.

I went round this garden twice and I wish I was still there.

looking back: I want to be there now.

I am sure I missed something, or many things, and have been ejected from paradise.

Next: three small gardens

 

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Hardy Plant Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

Grand Hotel, Salem

from the Grand Hotel: goodbye to our view of Salem

from the Grand Hotel: goodbye to our view of Salem

a plaza with hanging baskets

a plaza with hanging baskets

and sculptures

and sculptures

in the distance: train tracks and a mysterious globe

in the distance: train tracks and a mysterious globe

kudos to the hotel for a good room design with a divider between sleeping and sitting areas.

kudos to the hotel for a good room design with a divider between sleeping and sitting areas.

At breakfast, we overheard another Hardy Planter saying that the fourth garden of the list of eight on today’s tour was south, and all the others were north.  We saved considerable driving time by going to the Salem garden first (even though it meant a late arrival to the plant sales at the first official stop of the day).

garden 20: Laveryne’s Garden

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The front garden was indeed a show stopper.

The front garden was indeed a show-stopper.

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I do love a boardwalk anywhere in a garden.

I do love a boardwalk anywhere in a garden.

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Allan’s photo

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bountiful arrays of clematis

bountiful arrays of clematis

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into the back garden

into the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a hedge of clematis

a hedge of clematis

Just over this privacy hedge was a vast ballfield.

Just over this privacy hedge was a vast ballfield.

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Allan’s photo

clematis embracing lilies

clematis embracing lilies

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dahlias and the ballfield

dahlias and the ballfield

salvias and conifers

salvias and conifers

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looking back at the garden

looking back at the garden

Allan's photo. Allan says: According to http://www.tractordata.com the Bolens 800 garden tractor was only built from 1963 to 1965, over fifty years ago.

Allan’s photo. Allan says: According to http://www.tractordata.com the Bolens 800 garden tractor was only built from 1963 to 1965, over fifty years ago.

We couldn’t linger because of wanting to get to the plant sales while the pickings were still good, so on we drove to…

garden 17: Sebright Nursery

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After we parked in a grassy field, I made a beeline to the vendors.  It was hot, by the way, in the upper 80s.

I don't think there were ten vendors...maybe five...unless I missed some.

I don’t think there were ten vendors…maybe five…unless I missed some.

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Allan’s photo

the famous and affable Roger Gossler.

the famous and affable Roger Gossler.

Dan Hinkley and a hardy planter

Dan Hinkley and a hardy planter

This is when I succumbed to Hacquetia ‘Thor’, and a hardy begonia.  Dan said I had a good eye and had made two excellent choices.  I said he must say that to everyone, but he said not so.  😉

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

amusing Dan Hinkley tag, photographed at Dancing Oaks the previous evening.

Allan with my acquisitions from Windcliff and from Secret Garden Growers.

Allan with my acquisitions from Windcliff and from Secret Garden Growers.

While I was browsing the Secret Garden Growers table, I overheard one of the owners quote a garden lecturer as having spoken of planting in “generous drifts of one”…what Ann Lovejoy calls the “onesies” of the plant collector.  Or ones-sie-ing, which is impossible to spell.

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Allan’s photo

Hardy planters admiring a cool acquisiton.

Hardy planters admiring a cool acquisiton. (Allan’s photo)

Having spent another small fortune, we walked down a long road to the Sebright display garden and nursery.

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display gardens

display gardens

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Arisaema candidissima

Arisaema candidissima

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

welcome shade

welcome shade

It was so hot that I must admit I did not walk over to that bed.

It was so hot that I must admit I did not walk over to the gazebo.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: He liked the way this dierama had space to show off its form.

Allan’s photo: He liked the way this dierama had space to show off its form.

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Allan’s photo

hostas, Sebright's specialty

hostas, Sebright’s specialty

My three hostas at home are all pathetic, snail-chewed things.  At garden after garden on the hardy plant tour, I had seen gorgeous, perfect hostas, all probably from this renowned nursery.

Hardy Planters, including Lucy Hardiman (in purple top) and Nancy Goldman (right).

Hardy Planters, including Lucy Hardiman (in purple top) and Nancy Goldman (right).

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how so perfect? how?

how so perfect? how?

cardiocrinum (center); the snails always get mine before it barely starts.

cardiocrinum (center); the snails always get mine before they barely start.

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the nursery

the nursery

I did acquire a choice Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’ and wish I could have acquired more plants.  I was daunted by having to carry them up the hill, and because Allan’s back was still “out”, I could not load him down like a pack pony.

a small purchase (Allan's photo)

a small purchase (Allan’s photo)

On the way out, Allan photographed this amazing flower; I had to ask on Facebook for an identification:

Caesalpinia gilliesii . Bob Nold said probably easy from seed and is hardy in Denver.

Caesalpinia gilliesii . Bob Nold said probably easy from seed and is hardy in Denver.

Next: an iris nursery and owner’s personal garden

 

 

 

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

evening soirée at Dancing Oaks Nursery

Prepare for a looooong blog post.  I have not been to this nursery since I visited it with Sheila before the Eugene Hardy Plant weekend of eight years ago.  It is glorious and we are going to look at almost every bit of it.

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I was overwhelmed by plant shopping excitement and I forgot the part about the Beardless Irises garden book.

It goes up and over a steep hill.

The gravel road to Dancing Oaks is long and mysterious. It goes up and over a steep hill.

Eventually, one comes to the pillars marking the outskirts of Dancing Oaks.

Eventually, one comes to the pillars marking the outskirts of Dancing Oaks.

so excited

so excited

We parked with many other vehicles in a big grassy field and I made a beeline for the plant sales, which were already in full swing with booths from Far Reaches Farm and Dan Hinkley’s Windcliff.  I seem to have missed one plant I was urgently questing for: Dierama ‘Merlin’, the new, extra dark “angel’s fishing rod”.  I saw someone carrying away what might have been the last one. Nevertheless, I did acquire a goodly assortment of cool new acquisitions.

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Allan’s photo

plant sales!

plant sales!

cool plants

cool plants

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

Dan Hinkley and the hardy planters (Allan's photo)

Dan Hinkley and the hardy planters (Allan’s photo)

After Allan helped me schlep two boxes of plants up to our van (in hot sunshine, but the plants would be okay for a couple of hours), I headed over to the Dancing Oaks greenhouses for more plant shopping.  (I’ll be itemizing all my new plants later when I plant them at home.)

This building is central to the garden.

This building is central to the garden.

On the way....I am not officially garden touring yet, though.

On the way….I am not officially garden touring yet, though.

inside one of the greenhouses

inside one of the greenhouses

For some reason I resisted this one, and now I am so sorry.

For some reason I resisted this one, and now I am so sorry.

Allan's photo: He saw our friend Ann giving this plant a lot of attention. Not sure why that did not inspire him to immediately buy one!

Allan’s photo: He saw our friend Ann giving this plant a lot of attention. Not sure why that did not inspire him to immediately buy one!

I had my head down in the eryngiums reading tags when Garden Tour Nancy, who was also at the weekend tried to have a conversation.  We had been passing in our vehicles like ships in the night because we were touring at a different pace. I said (hot, tired, and hungry for dinner but unable to stop till I secured my plants!) that this was not a good time for me to talk.  She said later, when we did chat, that it was the same way that she shops at a book sale, very focused on getting the books she wants before someone else does.

I acquired another two boxes of plants, including….at last…Eryngium ‘Miss Wilmott’s Ghost’, which I have wanted for years.

I do believe this is Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, reseeded by a path near the greenhouses to poke folks in the ankle.

Miss Wilmott's Ghost, named because she supposedly scattered the seeds of it in all her friends' gardens.

Miss Wilmott’s Ghost, named because she supposedly scattered the seeds of it in all her friends’ gardens.

At last, I sat for the delicious catered dinner, one of the best I have ever had at such an event.  My mind was on finding time to tour through the whole garden before the evening ended.

Allan's photo of a half consumed dinner. The heat had sapped my skills at narrative flow.

Allan’s photo of a half consumed dinner. The heat had sapped my skills at narrative flow.

After a scrumptious piece of strawberry cobbler for dessert, I leapt…well, creaked and hobbled up and began touring the gardens.  (This led to a couple more plant purchases.)

Folks still dining on the tasty food.

Folks still dining on the tasty food.

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Allan’s photo

bamboo, pruned for light and space

bamboo, pruned for light and space

I remember this garden idea inspired me greatly eight years ago.

I remember this garden idea inspired me greatly eight years ago.

a dripping water feature

a dripping water feature

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dripping water

dripping water

'Twas hot and bright for my little pocketcam.

‘Twas hot and bright for my little pocketcam.

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Acer palmatum 'Fairy Hair' aroused plant lust.

Acer palmatum ‘Fairy Hair’ aroused plant lust. I did not find it for sale, which does not mean it wasn’t available.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Lobelia tupa...never does this for me at the coast, must need more heat to get big.

Lobelia tupa…never does this for me at the coast, must need more heat to get big.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

sit spots can be found throughout the garden

Sit spots can be found tucked in throughout the garden.

I found a pond.

I found a pond.

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such a pleasant vista hidden away in a shady area

such a pleasant vista hidden away in a shady area

handsome horsetail

handsome horsetail

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oooh....Arundo donax variegata...I used to have this.

oooh….Arundo donax variegata…I used to have this.

 I immediately returned to the greenhouses to successfully quest for one of these.

I immediately returned to the greenhouses to successfully quest for one of these.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

'Mermaid' rose...I do have this.

‘Mermaid’ rose…I do have this.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Eryngium variifolium (Allan's photo)

Eryngium variifolium (Allan’s photo)

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asclepias...on my third visit to the shed containing the check-out cash register.

asclepias…on my third visit to the shed containing the check-out cash register.

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I wandered into the shrubs and trees for sale area and was gobsmacked by a cloud of white.

Acer campestre 'Carnival' (variegated hedge maple)

Acer campestre ‘Carnival’ (variegated hedge maple)

I had to have it, bought it, got help carrying it to a holding area where we could pick it up on the way out.  (The evening would have been easier if I had done that with all the plants I bought.)  I was fortunate to overhear that these do better in the sun than deep shade. (That may only be true here in the Pacific Northwest and in the UK, not in areas with brighter and hotter sunshine.) I would have planted it far into the shade because it looks so delicate.

outside the buying shed...the obligatory photo of the shop cat

outside the sales shed…the obligatory photo of the shop cat

By the sales shed...How many times, three? have I tried to grow Argyrocytisus battandieri (pineapple broom), and had it not bloom (my old garden), or just simply plotz (my new garden).

By the sales shed…How many times, three? have I tried to grow Argyrocytisus battandieri (pineapple broom), and had it not bloom (my old garden), or just simply plotz (my new garden).

Dierama (not 'Merlin')

Dierama (not ‘Merlin’)

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below the sales shed

below the sales shed

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an undiscovered sit spot

an undiscovered sit spot

a sit spot guarded by stone cats

a sit spot guarded by stone cats

Steps made of cottage stone have become rusticated.

Steps made of cottage stone have become rusticated.

into the sun again: a prickly cloud of Eryngiums. (I bought several different kinds, including the exciting new 'Neptune's Gold'.

into the sun again: a prickly cloud of Eryngiums. (I bought several different kinds, including the exciting new ‘Neptune’s Gold’.

The vendors' tables were still selling.

The vendors’ tables were still selling.

After seven PM, the shadows were getting softer.

After seven PM, the shadows were getting softer.

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kitty cat!

kitty cat!

back to the dripping water

back to the dripping water

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This looks like the tree that I bought; if it is, it gets a lot bigger than the tag suggests.

This looks like the tree that I bought; if it is, it gets bigger than the tag suggests (10′). Maybe that IS what 10 feet looks like.

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into the lower shade garden again

into the lower shade garden again

giant bamboo

giant bamboo

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treasures!

treasures!

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A hardy planter ogling this sedum drew my attention to it.

A hardy planter ogling this sedum drew my attention to it.

I wanted it but was too shopped out to go looking for it.

I wanted it but was too shopped out to go looking for it.

looking again at the stacked garden idea

looking again at the stacked garden idea

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I took Allan to see the white tree....love the way it is like a cloud in the evening light.

I took Allan to see the white tree….love the way it is like a cloud in the evening light.

heading back to the sales shed and holding area to pick up my own white tree.

heading back to the sales shed and holding area to pick up my own white tree.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Because we won’t be going to the Hardy Plant weekend next year (its year to be in Canada), I would like to return to Dancing Oaks and Sebright Nursery on an overnight springtime shopping tour of our own.

Next: one more day of garden touring before we return to everyday life and once a day posting.

 

 

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden 14: woodland garden

My reading comprehension is low for garden descriptions while touring. I get over-excited, I think. I missed the part till now about being able to go onto the deck.

My reading comprehension is low for garden descriptions while touring. I get over-excited, I think. I missed the part till now about being able to go onto the deck.

walking down from the road

walking down from the road

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shade next to and under the deck at the side of the house

shade next to and under the deck at the side of the house

Allan said "Look, an homage to watering."

Allan said “Look, an homage to watering.”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the back yard garden

the back yard garden

As you can see, the deck would have provided a good overview.  Darn it!

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The garden bed extends toward the woods.

The garden bed extends toward the woods.

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faces in saw blades

faces in saw blades

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This little tree caused a sensation.

This little tree caused a sensation.

the gathering

the gathering

close up

close up

Lance Wright IDed the plant and I thought I would remember it.  Not likely! Fortunately, I was able to ask him on Facebook and got the name: Betula ‘Trost’s Dwarf’.  He tells me that later that day, they were available for sale at Dancing Oaks.  If only I had thought to look!

We next walked along the woodland garden at the edge of the lawn.

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an idea I want to steal, I mean borrow (or emulate)

an idea I want to steal, I mean borrow (or emulate)

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Hardy Planters

Hardy Planters

Allan was schmoozing.  I went back around the side and to the front of the house.

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peeking round the other side of the house

peeking round the other side of the house

I sat on the front steps, tired, a little punchy from touring, and waited for Allan, thinking about how I wanted to get to the plant vendors at the evening soirée at Dancing Oaks while the pickings were still rich.

my view of the entry garden

my view of the entry garden

scree garden

scree garden

Eventually, Allan rejoined me and we went out to the last private garden of the day.

garden 15: bird and wildlife garden in Dallas, Oregon

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front garden of the house in Dallas, Oregon, near Salem

front garden of the house in Dallas, Oregon, near Salem

interwoven textures by the house

interwoven textures by the house

garden entry

garden entry

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right: well grown, perfect hostas, probably from Sebright Nursery nearby

right: well grown, perfect hostas, probably from Sebright Nursery nearby

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a tiny shed or maybe pump house

a tiny shed or maybe pump house

We'll revisit the shaded lathe house later for a cool drink.

We’ll revisit the shaded lathe house later for a cool drink.

There was no sense at all back here of any neighbours.  We could have been miles from anyone else.  I found a satellite view that explains the sense of peace; we were surrounded on two sides by pastures.

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We were invited by Kay herself to snack from the raspberry row.

We were invited by Kay herself to snack from the raspberry row.

We were also advised to smell the blossoms of the catalpa tree.

We were also advised to smell the blossoms of the catalpa tree.

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I read later that the catalpa is also known as worm tree because of the pods.

I read later that the catalpa is also known as worm tree because of the pods.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the kitchen garden

the kitchen garden

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acreage

acreage

Hardy Planters taking shelter from the sun

Hardy Planters taking shelter from the sun

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

When I overheard Marietta O’Byrne of Northwest Garden Nursery (who had shown a slide show of her exquisite garden on Friday night) telling someone that her garden was just an hour and a half south along a beautiful country road…I was sorely tempted to try to book another night at the hotel and visit her garden open on Monday.  But then….it would be four and a half plus hours drive home, and Long Beach and Ilwaco plants needed our attention.

Marietta O'Byrne (Allan's photo)

Marietta O’Byrne (Allan’s photo)

I do hope to see her garden one day.

Our touring of private gardens had ended for the day as we departed for our much anticipated evening at Dancing Oaks Nursery.

 

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden 13: “farmer meets designer”

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We parked below the house, so the first thing we saw as we walked up the hill was this coyote proof cat house by the garage:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On the side of the garage, I admired a large sunroom.

inside the sunroom

inside the sunroom

in the sunroom

in the sunroom

steps with cool plants; I went back to find another way up.

steps with cool plants; I went back to find another way up.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

guest house with sunroom

guest house with sunroom

vineyard below the garden

vineyard below the garden

formal gardens around the house

formal gardens around the house

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the stairs from above

the stairs from above

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

overlooking the bright pool patio

overlooking the bright pool patio

on the edge of the garden (Allan's photo)

on the edge of the garden with the grapevines below (Allan’s photo)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Ann in stripes

Ann in stripes, with Jane Finch-Howell, friends I met at the Garden Bloggers Fling in 2014.

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woodland arch

woodland arch

woodland arch

woodland arch

hopscotch entry to woodland arch

hopscotch entry to woodland arch (Allan’s photo)

beyond the arch

beyond the arch

at the side of the house

at the side of the house

I'd like to have this room attached to my double wide.

I’d like to have this room attached to my double wide.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan and Ann

Allan and Ann

driveway island

driveway island

Waterfalls flowed on both sides of the driveway island's pondless water feature.

Waterfalls flowed on both sides of the driveway island’s pondless water feature.

one side

one side

and the other side

and the other side

robin in the waterfall (Allan's photo)

robin in the waterfall (Allan’s photo)

next: a garden by the woods

 

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