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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Allan and I and Dave and Melissa and Evan and Ann  continued our informal tour of the Peninsula at…

THE Oysterville garden.

There we were joined longtime former client and former owner of Andersen’s RV Park, Lorna, and her lifelong friend Gail.  Lorna had been longing to tour this garden. Shortly after that, we were joined by Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.  I feel most fortunate to have permission to take CPNs (certified plant nut) friends to see this garden.

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Queen Elizabeth roses at the front of the house

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inside the front gate

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dark leaved geraniums on the front steps

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Tall border on south side of the house

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Ann and Evan examining every plant on the terrace

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The terrace always makes me misty.

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Although this photo does not show it well, I made sure everyone noticed how the backs of the chairs echo the shape of that window.

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on the other side of the driveway

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I loved this delicate yellow and burgundy daylily.

We passed the garage and entered at the west end  of the allée of Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’.  Lorna said blissfully, “I can die now!”  This had definitely been on her must see list.

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Debbie and Evan (Allan’s photo)

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Evan by a tree fern urn

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Allan’s photo

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backlit rhododendron

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primula (Allan’s photo)

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Thalictrum in the background

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Allan’s photo

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another thalictrum (Allan’s photo)

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textures, light, and shade in the woodsy back of the garden

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Allan’s photo

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parade of gardeners (Allan’s photo)

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looking back down the allée

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the north lawn

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primulas still blooming against the allée’s hornbeam hedge

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north side of the house

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I was reminded that I used to have a small flowered double blue geranium.  Must have it again!

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Allan’s photo

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the front border from the inside

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looking south

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The ruff of begonias in a big planter were much admired.

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clematis (Allan’s photo)

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the front lawn path

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the beautiful dark leaved pelargonium again

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Wayne on the front porch

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happy gardeners and the garden creator

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the garden creator, his good dogs Wayne and Malcolm, and me

Wayne and his buddy Malcolm went running around for awhile.

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Here comes Malcom!

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It’s Superdog!

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Allan’s photo

Of course, we could have all happily walked round this garden again, but we had four more gardens to see, the next one just a few blocks up the road.

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Monday, 25 July 2016

My dear friend Patti J (she who has the loveliest Seaview garden and who was the originator of the local garden tour) had asked me if I would take her to see that most glorious garden in Oysterville.  When Allan and I visited Ocean Park Debby last Wednesday, that news had already reached her, and she asked if she could come along.  Well, of course!  Lunch was planned as well, and we all had looked forward to the afternoon.

THE Oysterville Garden

Before we entered the garden, Debby admired the view across the road.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: Debby was planning to paint that tree.

THE Oysterville garden. The stakes mark a new beech hedge.

The front lawn and boxwood hedge

The front lawn and boxwood hedge

on the other side of the driveway, a brick path through to the neighbours

on the other side of the driveway, a brick path through to the neighbours

boxwoods and Hydrangea paniculata

boxwoods and Hydrangea paniculata

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I say it every time....

I say it every time….

....This part of the garden makes me weepy.

….This part of the garden makes me weepy.

the clipped contrasting with the exuberant

the clipped contrasting with the exuberant

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on the terrace with Patti

on the terrace with Patti

Debby and Patti

Debby and Patti

On the terrace. Patti marveled at the Aeoniums.

On the terrace. Patti marveled at the Aeoniums.

Aeonium.

Aeonium

The shadow on the floor shows how the backs of the chairs echo the shape of the window.

Aeonium and boxwood admiration was the intent of this photo, but the shadow on the floor (lower left) shows how the backs of the chairs echo the shape of the window.

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onward down the south side: a pittosporum with black stems, white rose, Melianthus major leaves

view from the terrace: a pittosporum with black stems, white rose, Melianthus major leaves

other side of driveway: Helenium, and I think that is Crambe maritima in the lower left corner

other side of driveway: Helenium in the center, and I think that is Crambe maritima in the lower left corner

Enough wheelbarrows for the gardener and his helpers, Melissa and David and sometimes Todd, to move mulch together.

Enough wheelbarrows for the garden creator and his helpers, Melissa and David  and sometimes Todd, to all move mulch together.

At this point in our tour, Patti expressed amazement at the garden and I said, “You haven’t seen my favourite part yet!”  “There’s MORE?” she asked.

We greeted the owner and creator of the garden, who was painting in the garage; I made introductions.

outside the garage door

outside the garage door

Then we went round the corner to the hornbeam and hydrangea allée.

at the center of the allée of Hydrangea 'Incrediball'

at the center of the allée of Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’

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Our Patti in the hydrangea allée

Our Patti in the hydrangea allée

Hydrangea 'Incrediball'

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’

hornbeam arch at the far end of the allée

hornbeam arch at the west end of the allée

We explored the shade beds at the northwest area of the garden.

The lawn runs north south through the shade borders (Allan's photo)

The lawn runs north south through the shade borders (Allan’s photo)

Patti loved the size of the tree ferns in pots.

Patti loved the size of the tree ferns in pots.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We all clustered to admire this glowing rhododendron.

We all clustered to admire this glowing rhododendron.

Patti and I had a rest while Debby looked over the pumpkin patch.

Patti and I had a rest while Debby looked over the pumpkin patch.

sunburned hydrangea heads by the pumpkin patch

sunburned hydrangea heads by the pumpkin patch

Wayne was in attendance today.

Wayne was in attendance today.

I got to administer a belly rub.

I got to administer a belly rub.

Wayne

dear Wayne

around the corner to the big lawn

around the corner to the big lawn

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the north side

on the north side

the northern border

the northern border

Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)

Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)

front garden cardoons

front garden cardoons

Everyone loved the ruff of begonias in the big boxwood pot.

Everyone loved the ruff of begonias in the big boxwood pot.

Drumstick alliums have gone all purple now.

Drumstick alliums have gone all purple now.

looking north

looking north

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pink roses against the exquisitely pale pink house

pink ‘Queen Elizabeth’ roses against the exquisitely pale blush pink house

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boxwood and roses

looking north again

looking north again

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purple verbena bonariensis

purple Verbena bonariensis

We have much to say about the glories of the garden.

Debby and Patti and I have much to say about the glories of the garden.

in the front border

lilies in the front border

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

our Patti (Allan's photo)

our Patti (Allan’s photo)

sarracenia and matching gold leaved pelargoniums

sarracenia and matching gold leaved pelargoniums

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Patti at the front gate

Patti at the front gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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front walkway

front walkway

Thank you and goodbye till my next visit to this ever changing garden.

Bailey’s Café

We repaired to Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta where we continued to talk about the Oysterville garden, garden tours,  and gardening in general.  Crowded when we arrived, the café became almost empty as we lingered till closing time over a delicious lunch.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

My favourite is the pita tuna sandwich.

My favourite is the pita tuna sandwich.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

after the lunch crowd

after the lunch crowd

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Patti bought three small Eric Wiegardt paintings.

Patti bought three small Eric Wiegardt paintings.

outside, a mountain of oyster shells and a view to the Port of Nahcotta

outside, a mountain of oyster shells and a view to the Port of Nahcotta

...and the old pilings from the railway line

…and the old pilings from the railway line.

We drove our gardening friends home to their gardens.

Debby's front walkway in Ocean Park

Debby’s front walkway in Ocean Park

Back at home in my own garden, I gardened on into the evening with many deep thoughts about boxwoods, while Allan watered and weeded at the Ilwaco Community Building.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 September 2015

I have so been looking forward to taking the owner of this Oysterville garden up on his recent invitation to visit.  His other garden up north, which I saw in 2010, has haunted me ever since with its rendition of a perfect “village green garden” and is a garden I have thought about with persistent frequency since seeing it over five years ago.

I had peeked wistfully over the fence of his Oysterville garden several times before I figured out it was the home of the same gardener, and then looked even more wistfully from the street every time we went to Oysterville.  I was envious that Our Kathleen had been given one or more tours, and that Todd had visited regularly and even helped weed.  So you can bet I was eager for our north end day to arrive this week.

The Oysterville garden from the road

The Oysterville garden from the road

We will proceed around the garden in an orderly fashion even though in reality we went round parts of it twice.

Allan's photo: My heart was all aflutter.

Allan’s photo: My heart was all aflutter.

once when I peeked at the garden, in February of 2013

one of the times when I peeked at the garden, in February of 2013

the garden in autumn of 2013, one of the times I looked from the outside

the garden on 11-7- 2013, another day I looked from the outside

Today: At last I get to enter.  We walked down the driveway and I got teary eyed at the terrace by the side porch.  So perfect, and it reminded me of the owner’s Ruston garden.

Allan's photo: I was filled with joy.

Allan’s photo: I was filled with joy.

It is no exaggeration that I teared up at this view.

It is no exaggeration that I teared up at this view.

The house was made of two houses joined together with a covered walkway in the middle.

The house was made of two houses joined together with a covered walkway in the middle.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I actually returned around the house and took these photos after finding the owner, whom I will just call G.E.  (Gardener Extraordinaire) in the back garden and asking permission.  I was thrilled to get permission to share here with our readers (all 20 of you!)

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Looking at the south side patio from assorted angles.

south-facing window

south-facing window

Note how the chair backs echo the window design.

Note how the chair backs echo the window design.

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At the west end of the driveway, sunflowers and squash have all volunteered from last year's compost pile. The recent 70 mph windstorm knocked over most of the sunflowers.

At the west end of the driveway, sunflowers and squash have all volunteered from last year’s compost pile. The recent 70 mph windstorm knocked over most of the sunflowers.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

G.E. has in past years decorated the town with a wealth of pumpkins and has also planted heirloom narcissi down the roadways.

the pumpkins of Oysterville in autumn of 2013, photo by Tom Hornbuckle

the pumpkins of Oysterville in autumn of 2013, all provided by the Oysterville garden’s owner (photo by Tom Hornbuckle)

Returning to today: We turned to the right, followed the sound of a blower or strimmer and found the owner, “G.E.”,  gardening in an allée of hornbeam and white hydrangeas.

looking west down the allée

looking west down the allée

at the west end of the allée

at the west end of the allée

I wish I had gotten in closer to examine this whole area.  Is it a bog garden or water feature?  Happily, I have been invited to return and walk through the garden again so I will examine it more closely next time.

Something watery is going on here.

Something watery is going on here.  How far back does it go?

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of a living arch being grown to further frame this feature

looking back toward the house...the hydrangea is 'Incrediball'.

looking back toward the house…the hydrangea is ‘Incrediball’.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We left the allée and strolled north with our host, between large pots of tree ferns.

looking north

looking north

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The ferns had begun to unfurl new fronds after the windstorm.

The ferns had begun to unfurl new fronds after the windstorm.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking south toward the allée

looking south toward the allée

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Soon Wayne came to join in hosting the garden tour. He was a little camera shy.

Soon Wayne came to join in hosting the garden tour. He was a little camera shy.

Wayne

Wayne

my new friend

my new friend, very soft and friendly.

Part of the garden lies behind the next door church.

Part of the garden lies behind the next door church.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the north side of the house, an expanse of lawn leading to the front garden

on the north side of the house, an expanse of lawn leading to the front garden

a deciduous ilex which will be stripped of its berries by birds soon after its leaves fall

a deciduous ilex which will be stripped of its berries by birds soon after its leaves fall

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (with some orange berries also)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

japanese anemones. I love the plants intermingling.

Japanese anemones. I love the plants intermingling.

The lawn curving around to the front of the house.

The lawn curving around to the front of the house.

lavish lawn borders

lavish lawn borders

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of a frog

looking toward the north end of the front garden

the north end of the front garden

We heard a voice.  The neighbour from across the road had come by on her way to the post office, with her lovely dog, who especially likes rolling on the lawn.

All these photos were taken from the same angle. She likes to whirl on the lawn.

All these photos were taken from the same angle. She likes to whirl on the lawn.

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Here comes Wayne!

Here comes Wayne!

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We returned with our hosts (man and dog), passing through the allée to the south side of the house.

at the corner of the garage

at the corner of the garage

Beside the driveway grows a collection of asters.

Beside the driveway grows a collection of asters.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This one will soon have a multitude of tiny flowers.

This one will soon have a multitude of tiny flowers.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

beside the driveway, south side of house

beside the driveway, south side of house

looking north down the front border

looking north down the front border

at the southeast corner of the house

at the southeast corner of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Tetrapanax in the front border

Tetrapanax in the front border

I have never seen it flowering before!

I have never seen it flowering before!

Tetrapanax flowers (Allan's photo)

Tetrapanax flowers (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front border, looking north

front border, looking north

Eutrochium (used to be Eupatorium!), AKA Joe Pye weed, with Boltonia asteroides.

Eutrochium (used to be Eupatorium!), AKA Joe Pye weed, with Boltonia asteroides.

I was pleased to be reminded of Boltonia asteroides, a sublime plant that I used to have and had lost and forgotten about.

I was smitten with the little white tufts on this pennisetum.

I was smitten with the little white tufts on this pennisetum.

Just look at that!

Just look at that!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking northwest from the front border

looking northwest from the front border

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

That gorgeous tall pink aster is something pink, but not 'Harrington's Pink' (another tall one). I should have made a note.

That gorgeous tall pink aster is something pink, but not ‘Harrington’s Pink’ (another tall one). I should have made a note.

Oysterville has many tourists passing through in summer enjoying the quaint village walking tour experience.  These tall plants provide the sort of privacy that I seek in my front garden.

looking south along the front border

looking south along the front border

from just outside the fence

from just outside the fence

Wayne following us out to the road

Wayne on the driveway following us out to the road

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking north down the road...Who do we see?

looking north down the road…Who do we see?

Our Todd, with two Plant Delights friends from North Carolina, and his dog Shadow of the Moon Pie.

Our Todd, with two Plant Delights friends from North Carolina, and his dog Shadow of the Moon Pie.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We did have to depart for work.  It is hard to shake off the spell of this garden and I’m so glad I will get to tour it again next week; I have permission to bring Dave and Melissa to see it.  Just looking at these photos makes me realize that there are so many parts of the garden that I want to examine more closely.  The design is deep and multi-layered and I know that I missed a lot.

Next: the rest of the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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