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Tuesday, 9 September 2014, part two

After we impulsively cut our work day short, we drove over the bridge to the Mill Pond Village toward the east end of Astoria, Oregon.  Our mission: to visit the Westbrook garden.  We had encountered its owner on the Peninsula garden tour and she had invited us to come see her garden any time whether or not she was home.  This time we missed her, so we took ourselves on a private tour of the garden that fills a lot between two townhouses.

We have visited the garden thrice before, when it was on the Astoria garden tour, a year ago June, and once in March to see how it looked with rainwater in the attractive drainage swale.  Very late summer was a new season for us in this fascinating garden.

We parked to the east of the garden and saw it from a half block away in the slanting late afternoon light.

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looking west toward the garden

looking west toward the garden

We walked past some other townhouse pocket gardens on the way.  Helen’s is the only large personal garden in the townhouse complex, as she purchased an empty lot on which to create it.

a pocket garden by the sidewalk

a pocket garden by the sidewalk

one of the neighbour's sunny sit spots.

one of the neighbour’s sunny sit spots.

looking back at neighbour's tiny garden

looking back at neighbour’s tiny garden

Westbrook Garden

The first part of Helen’s garden that we view as we walk west on the townhouse sidewalk is the river rock drainage swale.

great solution for winter water

great solution for winter water

Appealing details abound in the garden.

Appealing details abound in the garden, and you will see that many of the decorations are round in form.

I was impressed when I noticed that she has managed to grow several cultivars of Japanese anemones.  They look so lovely now.  I have avoided them as they can be such thugs and I marveled at how Helen has kept them to well behaved clumps.

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white Japanese anemones by the swale

pink Japanese anemones

pink Japanese anemones, foreground

How does she keep them well behaved?  I am going to have to rethink my whole Japanese anemone situation now.

curly willow

background: curly willow, foreground: double pink Japanese anemone

white Japanese anemones...the best, maybe Honorine Jobert

white Japanese anemones…the best, maybe Honorine Jobert

still viewed from the sidewalk on the north side of the townhouse:  How the trees have grown!

the Westbrook garden by the sidewalk on the north side of the townhouse: How the trees have grown!

The west end of the sidewalk between townhouse and garden

The west end of the sidewalk between townhouse and garden

tree and lights

tree and lights

We enter between the tres for a wander all round the garden.

We enter between the tres for a wander all round the garden.

in the garden

in the garden; note the circular mounds of moss

arbour

We progress through the garden slowly, pausing at almost every step to take in more details.

Perhaps for the first time, I notice the lights.  The garden must be wonderful at night.

On this visit, perhaps for the first time, I notice the lights. The garden must be wonderful at night.

arbour rose (Allan's photo)

arbour rose (Allan’s photo)

To our right, a little stream of moss leads to the swale.

To our right, a little stream of moss leads to the swale and a little flock of birds.

a flock of birds

a flock of birds

green echinacea fading to autumn tones

echinacea fading to autumn tones

All of a sudden I am in love with rudbeckia, and I have absolutely none in any of my gardens.

All of a sudden I am in love with rudbeckia, and I have absolutely none in any of my gardens.

looking south across the garden to the porch

looking south across the swale to the porch

chocolate cosmos

chocolate cosmos

fuchsia (Allan's photo)

fuchsia (Allan’s photo)

pinky snapdragons

pinky snapdragons; One of her secrets to such perfection might be to keep adding fresh new annuals.

another sort of orb on the south side of the swale

another sort of orb on the south side of the swale.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bench on south side of swale

bench on south side of swale

me touring the garden, Allan's photo

me touring the garden, Allan’s photo

More rudbeckia admiration...

More rudbeckia admiration…

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I am feeling a little obsessed with the need to acquire this common plant.  (I know I am getting some from Kathleen later this fall.)

I am feeling a little obsessed with the need to acquire this common plant. (I know I am getting some from Kathleen later this fall.)

What have we here?  Some sort of interesting project on the south side of the garden.

What have we here? Some sort of interesting project on the south side of the garden by the neighboring townhouse.

south-east edge, possibly blending into the neighbour's garden at this point

south-east edge, possibly blending into the neighbour’s garden at this point

On the east edge of the garden, look how the floppy grasses are tied up like big shocks of hay.

On the east edge of the garden, look how the floppy grasses are tied up like big shocks of hay.

Allan's photo.  I will be stealing this idea!

Allan’s photo. I will be stealing this idea!

the very south east corner of the garden, or perhaps the neighbour's garden, looking south to the Columbia River across a common lawn.

the very south east corner of the garden, or perhaps the neighbour’s garden, looking south to the Columbia River across a common lawn.

now at the west end of the garden, looking south to the townhouse

now at the west end of the garden, looking south to the townhouse

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a well-berried hypericum

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am relieved to see that the leaves of Helen's Stewartia look like mine; must be normal for this time of year

I am relieved to see that the leaves of Helen’s Stewartia look like mine; must be normal for this time of year

the west end of the garden

the west end of the garden

right next to the sidewalk

right next to the east-west sidewalk

picket fence at west end of garden, from the outside

picket fence at west end of garden, from the outside

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looking east over the fence.  The shrubs provide privace for the neighbour to the south's porch.

looking east over the fence. The shrubs provide privace for the neighbour to the left’s porch.

Having circumnavigated the garden several times, we take a walk down a different sidewalk back to our van and admire some more pocket gardens on the way.

the west wall of the Westbrook townhouse

the west wall of the Westbrook townhouse

narrow garden along the north-south sidewalk

narrow garden along the west wall

I realize there is not a sidewalk on this side.

I realize there is not a sidewalk on this side.

around Millpond Village

As we walk east, a pocket garden by a tall townhouse.

As we walk east, a pocket garden by a tall townhouse.

It seems one must be a gardener to live here.

It seems one must be a gardener to live here.

I am, as happens every time I visit, filled with desire to live here (only if I could afford a townhouse AND a vacant lot on which to garden).  Surely all the neighbours are friends and spend the days visiting each other’s gardens!  Life here must be as idyllic as it looks.

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We walk to the river side of the complex and of course, the trolley goes by at just that moment.

along the riverwalk, with the Astoria-Megler bridge in the background

along the riverwalk, with the Astoria-Megler bridge in the background

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Just steps from the townhouses is the Astoria Riverwalk, with views like these.

view

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

river's edge

river’s edge

me on the Riverwalk, Allan's photo

me on the Riverwalk, Allan’s photo

south side of the townhouse village

south side of the townhouse village

idyllic indeed

idyllic indeed

We return to the van via a sidewalk by the common lawn between two wings of townhouses.

Each has a darling garden, of course.

Each has a darling garden, of course.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I assume the residents do their own pocket gardens as each is different.

I assume the residents do their own pocket gardens as each is different.

Allan's photo of me taking the previous picture

Allan’s photo of me taking the previous picture

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

narrow walk between two houses

narrow walk between two townhouses

closeup:  exquisite perfection

closeup: exquisite perfection

If each owner really does his or her own garden, do you have to pass a garden design test to live here??

We drive just a block or two south toward the actual Millpond, stopping for a quick history lesson by the Riverwalk.

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The actual mill pond was part of the Astoria Plywood Mill.  The site got all cleaned up and I think the plan was for townhouses on pilings to be built all around it.  However, the pond itself has only a few homes overhanging it and most of the building has happened with the townhouses to the east of the pond where we just went garden touring.  You can read more about it at the Mill Pond Village website.

looking southwest over the pond

looking southwest over the pond

home overhanging the pond

home overhanging the pond

looking back (north) to that overhanging home

looking back (north) to that overhanging home

a small public garden on the pond's east shore

a small public garden by the pond’s east shore

On the west side of the mill pond is a common area with a garden and big pergola.

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looking south from the common area

looking south from the common area

looking east over the pond

looking east over the pond

pergola shadow

pergola shadow

the common garden

the common garden

Leaving the Mill Pond Village with the full realization that we could never afford to live there, we treat ourselves to an early dinner at…

Himani Indian Cuisine

This restaurant is a favourite of our friends Don and Jenna.

This restaurant is a favourite of our friends Don and Jenna.

Gobi: Cauliflower tossed in special Hyderabadi spices and deep fried.

Gobi: Cauliflower tossed in special Hyderabadi spices and deep fried.  Reminded me of delicious Zahrah cauliflower at Mediterranean Kitchen in Seattle, which was just what I hoped for.

Poori, my favourite puffy Indian bread, with potatoes

Poori, my favourite puffy Indian bread, with a curried potato dish

raita, a creamy, cool yogurt condiment that I adore

raita, a creamy, cool yogurt condiment that I adore

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We were amused by bird that dipped its head and brough up a toothpick.

We were amused by bird that dipped its head and brough up a toothpick.

bulbs

The practical part of the afternoon’s mission was grocery shopping at Costco and Fred Meyer.  The selection of Costco bulb bags was not as good as in previous years.  Perhaps more will come later…  I found three kinds of alliums, and I hope that the allium christophii really ARE christophii (albopilosum) because that is not the allium in the photo on the bag.

I wonder...

I wonder…

Blog reader Jamie should see if Costco still have bags of drumstick alliums (center) as they would be perfect for her garden…deerproof, and her spouse is a retired drummer.

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Our day began with a poignant stop at Olde Towne Trading Post Café, my favourite hang out.  It will be in a new and better location just two blocks from where it is now, and their move starts Sunday.  I just wanted to spend a few minutes in the old space, as we might not have time tomorrow.  Although actually, we will be there again as we plan to help on Sunday for an hour to wrap some of the antique glass for transport.

exterior of Olde Towne as was

exterior of Olde Towne as was

We had too much to do to linger for long.  Our first stop was The Basket Case Greenhouse to check out their exciting first shipment of perennials.

new shipment

new shipment

a variegated Knautia!

a variegated Knautia!

Among other choice plants were two different Sanguisorbas, at my request, because I love all of them.

On we went to Klipsan Beach Cottages where we found that they had had time to redo their driveway garden.  It looks much nicer; it is a septic field area, and the original garden had been thrown together quickly with some railroad ties that were already there.  Mary wanted something more appealing…

Here it is last fall.

Here it is last fall.

and as we found it today.

and as we found it today.

 

driveway garden redesign

driveway garden redesign

My reason for visiting KBC today was to plant sweet peas along the fence, and as I did so, Allan did some weeding.  And of course, so did I, as I ran across weeds.  I am also always trying to eradicate Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’, the Bad-Aster, and Japanese anemone from the garden beds.  Mistakes of the past.

It is so much easier to weed a garden that we visit weekly in season….and our weekly visits will begin very soon.

the fence in question

sweet peas now planted along the inside of the fence

looking in to the fenced garden

looking in to the fenced garden

Then…back south to the Boreas Inn, with grand plans also to plant sweet peas at the Anchorage Cottages and Fifth Street Park in Long Beach.  The latter two jobs did not happen…   We stopped at The Planter Box for a load of cow fiber to top up the newly redone Boreas garden beds.

Cow fiber + washed dairy manure

Cow fiber = washed dairy manure

We got one yard, and Klipsan Beach Cottages meanwhile had ordered delivery of nine yards.  It is glorious stuff.

At Boreas, I finally made it as far as the east side entry garden where I found a big hydrangea that needed pruning.  Allan mulched bed after bed, and I finished weeding the beds around the inn before he brought the mulch up.

I expanded the tiniest of the westernmost little arbour beds.  Can’t make it the same shape as the other without blocking the lawn path…but it is better than it was yesterday.

two little beds

two little beds

still wonky

still wonky though!

lovely cow manure mulch

lovely cow manure mulch

This washed dairy manure comes from Tillamook cows, and Tillamook cows are hormone free.  It is well broken down and does not even smell manureish, which is good when we use it at a resort!

The two redone lawn beds do not even look little and silly to me today.  As Susie says, they are supposed to be “strips of colour”, but she does like the idea of widening them.

future strips of colour

future strips of colour

They must be planted with deer resistant colourful plants because the deer do visit them regularly.  I have plenty of ideas about what does well in unfenced deer country gardens.

Here’s the view from in front of the inn’s living room windows, which you would enjoy if you stayed there.

Boreas view

Boreas view

And then….my hands were cold, a chill wind kicked up, and a nice hot cuppa beckoned more strongly than the need to get sweet peas planted at The Anchorage Cottages and Long Beach.  This idea of pretty much sticking with a big job till it is done is working pretty well, although maybe not so well for the three clients and the Bolstadt beach approach garden that we have not even visited yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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