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July 27, 2013

The Gardens by the Sea tour (in Gearhart, Oregon) benefits Clatsop CASA.

Garden Six:  Karen Smith garden

from the program:  “A charming greenhouse and garden designed for year round fun, food and beauty.”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I was absolutely thrilled when we approached garden six.  I had expressed surprise when buying my ticket that there were six, rather than the advertised five, gardens.  It was, I was told,  a “bonus” garden.  I felt sure when we turned onto the block and…yes!!  It was the garden on a dead end street that I had happened upon by accident last year and wished that I could see.  (You can read about it after the description of the Hopkins-Young garden on last year’s tour.)  I had just known then from looking over the fence that this was a special place.

Oh the thrill to recognize the house and the honeysuckle!

Oh the thrill to recognize the house and the honeysuckle!

I had grown accustomed by now to the garden owners not being present, which still (need I say?) mystifies me.  However, the owner of this garden had left a guest book that people could sign and I was able to add a note saying how excited I was to see it.

the view that had enticed me last year

the view that had enticed me last year

the joy of stepping through the arbour into the front garden!

the joy of stepping through the arbour into the front garden!

front (south side) of house

front (south side) of house

It was just as magical a house as I had remembered.

I love the capped bay windows!

I love the capped bay windows!

looking back to the arbour

looking back to the arbour

Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’

front porch

front porch

porch rail

porch rail

bird feeder

bird feeder

side view of porch

side view of porch

The front garden was very simple.

circle in front lawn

circle in front lawn

SW corner, front garden

SW corner, front garden

SW corner

SW corner

front garden

Allan found evidence that it is a play area.

Allan found evidence that it is a play area.

looking east toward entrance

looking east toward entrance

south side

south side

It is when we take a path down the west side of the house that we come to the piece de resistance of this garden.

side path

side path

I had just glimpsed a hint when looking over the fence yearningly last year that something special had been built in the back garden.

Wow!  What a greenhouse!

Wow! What a greenhouse! (south side)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The colour of the trim, the windows, the roof….all so beautiful.

east side of greenhouse

east side of greenhouse

doors on east side

doors on east side

lintel

lintel

inside

inside
Allan's photo of the inside

Allan’s photo of the inside

inside

a warm indoor table

shelves

lemons

lemons

 

Imagine having a greenhouse big enough to walk around in so comfortably, and have a meal on a rainy day.  All the tour guests were imagining it.

Allan's photo of climate control thingie

Allan’s photo of climate control thingie

birdcage

birdcage

Allan's photo of the bird

Allan’s photo of the bird

tomatoes

tomatoes

tomatoes

Allan's tomato photo

Allan’s tomato photo

Allan's bug photo

Allan’s bug photo

 

sedum tray, photo by Allan

sedum tray, photo by Allan

in the greenhouse, Allan's photo

in the greenhouse, Allan’s photo

Earlier in the day, we had encountered our friend and client Lorna, of Andersen’s RV Park, at two of the other gardens.  Both times, she mentioned how much she wanted me to identify the pink plant in a pot outside the greenhouse in garden six.  Here it is….

the plant in question

the plant in question

closeup

closeup

It looked so familiar, but I could not identify it.  A sidalcea?  A group of tour guests stood around it all trying to ID it.  One tour goer said that she had acquired it by buying a pack of bulbs from Costco.  I find that unlikely, as I don’t think it comes from a bulb.  Sorry, Lorna!  I wish the gardener had been there to tell us.  I also wanted to know if the greenhouse bird got to fly around when the doors were closed.

The rest of the back garden had a picnic area and fire circle…

fire circle

fire circle

picnic table (looking west)

picnic table (looking west)

I hope Allan is figuring out how to build a replica.

I hope Allan is figuring out how to build a replica.

The east end of the garden had raised beds with veg and flowers.

veg

east end of back garden

Allan's photo, looking west

Allan’s photo, looking west

Rhomneya coulteri

Rhomneya coulteri

Allan's artichoke photo

Allan’s artichoke photo

back of house

back of house

back

back porch

back porch

It was time to go, so we walked to the west side of the house.

side view of back porch

side view of back porch

not sure where this stash of tools and old doors was.

not sure where this stash of tools and old doors was.

The tools interested Allan, as well.

Allan's photo of garden tools

Allan’s photo of garden tools

and a swirly plant in a pot

and a swirly plant in a pot…My grandmother had one of these.

As we departed the back yard, we saw just south of the greenhouse a play area that we had not noticed on the way in.  (The mesmerized-by-greenhouse effect.)

play area

play area

play

And somewhere in the garden is this rustic gate:

not sure where!

not sure where!

 

the path down the west side

the path down the west side, leaving

We had to admire the front of the house all over again.

south side

south side

front porch...like a fairytale

front porch…like a fairytale

front steps

front steps

gables

Allan’s photo of the gables

Outside the gate, I took a look back in over the honeysuckle.

over the honeysuckle

over the honeysuckle

Walking along the street to the south of the house, I remembered looking at it longingly the year before.

peering in

peering in

I’m so very glad we got to see it this year.

fence

Next:  With the tour over, we go on the usual post-tour nursery shopping and visit a darling little structure in Seaside and admire the Seaside city gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SW corner, front garden

SW corner, front garden

 

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