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

tour

 

Next to the fourth garden, we parked by a field of farm equipment, some new and some old.

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Allan’s photo

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promise of a garden up ahead

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entry to the front garden

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Trapeoleum speciosum on the trellis (Allan’s photo)

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the ornamental front garden

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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campanulas (Allan’s photo)

Coming around to the back garden, the focus changes to food production.

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tomatoes against the south side of the house

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a chicken coop in the background

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traffic jam at the door

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plump and pretty hens

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a raised bed edged with growing bags (Allan’s photo)

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in the greenhouse (Allan’s photo)

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farmland and cattle beyond

If I had to feed myself out of my garden, I might be eating chickweed, sheep sorrel, and some potatoes and a few berries, with some tomatoes from the greenhouse in late summer.  The intensive growing method in this garden made me ponder what I could do with the future kitchen garden space that I envision between our fence and Devery’s driveway.

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This could protect the plants from deer.

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carrots

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beans

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I overheard that these were sweet Walla Walla onions.

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lettuce (Allan’s photo)

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grapevines on the left

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berries and peaches

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roses, honeysuckle, blueberries (Allan’s photo)

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kitchen gardener extraordinaire, Tim

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gunnera by the back deck

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ready for alfresco meals from the garden

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on the deck (Allan’s photo)

Because this was not an ornamental plant collector’s garden, I was surprised to see a Melianthus major as we departed.

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A tour host was surprised that I recognized it; I said “There are six people touring behind me who will also know what it is.”  (Melissa, Dave, Ann, Evan, Pam, and Teresa!)

We had only one more tour garden to see, this one ten miles northwest of Raymond, and I was hoping to at least spy around the edges of two interesting private gardens on the way home.

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Touring Mark and Brian’s Garden

With our workday almost done, we drove almost to Nahcotta to tour a garden new to us.  When garden owner Mark had posted some beautiful photos of it on the Peninsula Gardeners Facebook group, I had commented that I would be hanging over the fence trying to see in if I walked by. I was forthwith invited to come visit.  Because I focus on one thing at a time, I did not look closely at the address until we were on our way from Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Then I said “OH my gosh, I think this is the garden I have wanted to see for a long time!”  Sure enough, as we parked, I knew that it was the place where I HAVE peered wistfully over the front fence, wishing to see what was in the secret garden.

I am incorporating into this story some of Mark’s photos that drew me into this hidden paradise.

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the front garden

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beginning our tour

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front garden

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by the woodsy edge of the front garden

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cool and wavy trellises

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cosmos!

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deep blue Salvia patens

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washing machine tub planters!

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talking about the assorted raised boxes

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Now I want a kitchen garden just like this.

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The sides come off.

I’d put a kitchen garden like that in the sunny spot between our fence and Devery’s garage parking pad so we could both harvest.

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Allan’s photo: fence between front and back garden

At last, I got to go through the gate to the back garden.

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having entered the secret garden (Allan’s photo)

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view upon entering

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Immediately, we heard the sound of a waterfall and found the source: a large pond with stream and two waterfalls.  Mark said when they bought the house, it was a strawberry bed, and as he cleaned it out, he found a big cement pond.  He and Brian then constructed the stream bed that runs down a slope from behind.

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Mark’s photo

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Mark’s photo

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up the slope to the waterfall

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I did not quite succeed with this photo of the pond from under the maple branch.  Let’s just call it impressionistic.

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Allan’s photo

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maple admiration society

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at the pond’s edge

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Allan’s photo

We turned our attention to the garden on the west side of the house, which I had been thrilled to see was a double wide, like ours, but with better windows and nice wood siding.

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Mark’s photo

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looking across to the pond, what a view! (Mark’s photo)

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Mark’s photo

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west facing deck with strong shadows

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on the porch

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Mark’s photo

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Mark’s photo

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west side flower garden

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dierama (Mark’s photo)

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Mark’s photo

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a deer fenced area…The additional height on top was added because deer jumped this!

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just done blooming

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on the shed wall

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Allan’s photo

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roses protected from deer (Allan’s photo)

Beyond the house is a luxuriously large chicken coop.

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just part of the multi-roomed coop

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friendly girls

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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an old door recycled from Penttila’s Chapel

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up the ramp, in the door, hoping for a treat

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by the greenhouse

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echeverias

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geranium with great foliage

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on the corner of the deck

We began to wend our way out of the garden because we had more watering to do in Ilwaco before day’s end.

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love these grasses in wooden boxes

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another view of the pond

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Allan’s photo

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hydrangea (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

Soon we are going to have Mark and Brian over to have a walk about in our garden.  I felt so lucky to have gained entry to theirs.

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

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

aberdeen

garden four: “Innovative and Organic”

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We are now in the north hills of Aberdeen.

We are now in the north hills of Aberdeen.  I found a way to walk around and avoid the lower steps.

I was able to approach over the low lawn.

I was able to approach over the low lawn to get to the stairs with a railing.

after going a roundabout way to avoid the lower steps. I wasn't looking forward to having to come down backward because of my knee problem!

after going a roundabout way to avoid the lower steps. I wasn’t looking forward to having to come down backward because of my knee problem!  But I am determined to see any good garden.

I actually had a bit of acrophobia on the walkway next to the front of the house, so I scooted along as fast as I could, and so the first photo I took was at the front corner, with my back to the view.

a planted bathtub

a planted bathtub

rosemary with a hint of the view (Allan's photo)

rosemary with a hint of the view (Allan’s photo)

lawn and sitting area at the side of the house

lawn and sitting area at the side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

ferns backed with bamboo

ferns backed with bamboo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

determined bamboo (Allan’s photo)

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and through the garden "gate"

and through the garden “gate”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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 path beside the back deck (Allan's photo)

path beside the back deck (Allan’s photo)

by the back deck

by the back deck

tools handy for use

tools handy for use

Resplendent in my favourite colour: The gardener, Eileen

Resplendent in my favourite colour: The gardener, Eileen (center)

garden creator Eileen (Allan's photo)

garden creator Eileen (Allan’s photo)

sub-irrigated raised beds (Allan's photo)

sub-irrigated raised beds (Allan’s photo)

irrigation diagram

irrigation diagram

garlic scapes

garlic scapes

Looking back

Looking back on the kitchen garden

raised bed (Allan's photo)

raised bed (Allan’s photo)

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the kitchen garden

The back deck. The raised beds are to my right.

The back deck. The raised kitchen garden beds are on my right at the side of the garden.

Up to the deck. I want me some BLACK resin chairs!

Up to the deck. I want me some BLACK plastic chairs!  (Not fancy—but they fit my budget.)

from the deck

from the deck looking to the shady side

kitchen garden from the deck

kitchen garden from the deck

back patio beds and pond

back patio beds and pond

center garden

center garden

garden pool

garden pond

the pond (Allan's photo)

the pond (Allan’s photo)

recycled edging for back deck (Allan's photo)

recycled edging for back deck (Allan’s photo)

center of back garden, just past the pond

center of back garden, just past the pond

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opposite side from kitchen garden raised beds

shady opposite side from kitchen garden raised beds

worm composting tube and slow waterer (Allan's photo)

worm composting tube and slow waterer (Allan’s photo)

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Despite my passion for gardens with cool collectible plants, this worm composting tube is one of the most exciting ideas that I got out of this tour.  We will try this!  It could eliminate the need to put kitchen scraps in a compost bin.

worm composting tube demonstration (Allan's photo)

worm composting tube demonstration (Allan’s photo)

garden innovator Frank (Allan's photo)

garden innovator Frank (Allan’s photo)

What have we here?

What have we here?

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Frank explains how they work. I think Allan understood it.

Frank explains how they work. I think Allan understood it.

self leveling rain water barrels (Allan's photo)

self leveling rain water barrels (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo.  The water runs in a pipe along the bottom and up into the barrels.

A barrel for water dipping

A barrel for water dipping

This was his previous method of getting water from one barrel to another.

This was Frank’s previous method of getting water from one barrel to another.

potting bench

potting bench at the back of the garden

Next to the potting bench and the garden greeters, I was thrilled to see an easy exit.  In fact, it was the proper entrance to the garden with the garden greeters seated at a table to stamp one’s passport.  I was thrilled to not have to go back down the long stairway.

the easy way out (Allan's photo)

the easy way out (Allan’s photo)

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interlude

I had noticed on the drive up the hill that Aberdeen has alleys in the older residential neighbourhoods.  Long alleys are non existent on the Long Beach Peninsula and I miss them.  I loved alleys back in Seattle because of glimpses of folks’ back gardens and I used to take long walks of alley exploration.

Ah, an actual alley.

Ah, an actual alley.

across the alley, a gardening neighbour

across the alley and down a bit, a gardening neighbour

Allan noticed the same cute arbor.

Allan noticed the same cute arbor.

same house, alleyside container garden

same house, alleyside container garden

Downhill, I glimpsed a beautiful old house.

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telephoto

telephoto

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This bindweed festooned house had been declared unsafe to enter.

This bindweed festooned house across the street had been declared unsafe to enter.

on the street where we parked

on the street where we parked

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Big Pink

Big Pink

another interesting Aberdeen house

another interesting Aberdeen house

Next: we go further uphill to an amazing aerie of a garden.  So far, four out of four gardens had been excellent, and we had four more to visit.

 

 

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We continue to publish twice daily so that we won’t fall a month behind.  Here is garden 5 of the 24 that we saw over three days.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden five: woodland, lavender, kitchen garden

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from the road

from the road

entering through a planted meadow

entering through a planted meadow

The woodland garden comes first.

The woodland garden comes first.

I turned to the left to explore the woodland garden, on the uphill side of the house.

Most shade gardens on this tour had perfect hostas.

Most shade gardens on this tour had perfect hostas.

Later on the tour, I commented to our friend Ann about the perfection of the hostas, compared to our sad snail-bitten ones.  She said that most locals would have bought them from Sebright Nursery (which we would visit later) and would be taking specially good care of them since they were purchased from friends.

in the woodland

in the woodland

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If I could grow hostas like this, I would have one of every kind.

If I could grow hostas like this, I would have one of every kind.

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Allan’s photo

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Here is the campanula that Our Kathleen recently told me is a runner. Looks like she is right.

Here is the campanula that Our Kathleen recently told me is a runner. Looks like she is right.  I’d be happy if mine turns out to be as vigorous.

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Allan's photo: He liked the faucets appearing with frequency along the fenceline.

Allan’s photo: He liked the faucets appearing with frequency along the fence line.

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These few railingless steps to the deck daunted me. Perhaps I could find another way up there.

These few railingless steps to the deck daunted me. Perhaps I could find another way up there.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

path leading out of the woodland

river birch path leading out of the woodland

river birch path

river birch path

on the way to the vegetable garden

on the way to the vegetable garden

looking back to the woodland garden

looking back to the woodland garden

the enclosed kitchen garden

the enclosed kitchen garden

The house and lavender bank is to my right.

The house and lavender bank is to my right as I walk downhill to the veg garden.

from the entry gate

from the entry gate

inside the veg garden with new beds laid out

inside the veg garden with new beds laid out

spent poppies

spent poppies

red rocks in the berry patch

red rocks in the berry patch

purple sage (Allan's photo)

purple sage (Allan’s photo)

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The yard sloped down steeply past the veg garden.  I overheard the owner say he had tipped the tractor twice while trying to develop the lot.

debris pile

debris pile

the other gate to the kitchen garden

the other gate to the kitchen garden

at the top of that gate

at the top of that gate

looking down on the veg terrace carved out of the sloping lawn

looking down on the veg terrace carved out of the sloping lawn

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a flowery walk to the veg garden

a flowery walk to the veg garden

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This grass is used all down one side of the property.

This grass is used all down one side of the property.

perennial borders on the other side of the estate from the river birch walk

perennial borders on the other side of the estate from the river birch walk

There's Allan photographing the lavender bank.

There’s Allan photographing the lavender bank.

tall wooden fence at the property line

tall wooden fence at the property line

 

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

perennial border going up the slope

perennial border going up the slope

The lavender bank curves from the front to the side of the house.

The lavender bank curves from the front to the side of the house.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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perennials to my left, going uphill

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To my right, the house and the lavender.

To my right, the house and the lavender.

I spy, through buzzing bees, a non stairway access to the deck.

I spy, through buzzing bees, a non stairway access to the deck.

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crab art

crab art

an impressive patch of Rhomneya coulteri

an impressive patch of Rhomneya coulteri

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the view from the deck

the view from the deck

Allan had made it up onto the deck with ease earlier in his walk; here are his photos:

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an observer from an upper balcony

an observer from an upper balcony

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As I walk uphill, the rock wall by the house segues from lavender to ferns.

As I walk uphill, the rock wall by the house segues from lavender to ferns.

further uphill

further uphill

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a boardwalk

a boardwalk

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I loved the boardwalk and gave it a lot of attention.

I loved the boardwalk and gave it a lot of attention.

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the house with clematis arbour

the house with clematis arbour

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

other side of the driveway from the boardwalk

other side of the driveway from the boardwalk

vast planted woodland meadow

vast planted woodland meadow.  I asked my “grass people” friends and had this one IDed as Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’.

having come full circle, returning to the woodland garden

having come full circle, returning to the woodland garden

Look who I missed on the way in.

Look who I missed on the way in.

A last look before departing.

A last look before departing.

This garden did not have the feel of a new garden.  I enjoyed every aspect and envied the space to do vast sweeps of one plant.  There is still more space to develop, although what is left is a challenging downhill slope below the veg garden. Much respect to the owners for doing most, if not all, of this garden creation themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

 

Carol and Ed’s Concrete Container Garden

“Our garden is almost totally container; both concrete and black plastic, with home-made hand decorated pavers.”

The reason, Carol and Ed told me, for the garden being almost all in containers is that they are renting.  This way, they could move the whole garden with them, including the artful paths and patio.

I might as well reveal that because of its artistry and attention to detail, this is my favourite garden of the day.

Carol and Ed's place

Carol and Ed’s place

in front of the garage

in front of the garage

Carol is one of the artists who did a plein air painting for the Rhododendron Tour this spring.

Ed makes all the concrete planters (molded from black plastic pots) and smaller containers, birdbaths, and cool metal garden art on display here.

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Teresa and Carol (Allan's photo)

Teresa and Carol (Allan’s photo)

sculpture

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critter

rake bird (pre-tour)

rake bird on tour day

rake bird on tour day

tour guests

tour guests

looking north

looking north

east side of house, looking toward the front (south side). Note the concrete orbs, made by Ed, used as edging.

east side of house, looking toward the front (south side). Note the concrete orbs, made by Ed, used as edging.

orb edging

orb edging

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I love these small, flat planters made by Ed. More on this later.

I love these small, flat planters made by Ed. More on this later.

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home made pavers

home made pavers

Ed, concrete genius (Allan's photo)

Ed, concrete genius (Allan’s photo)

patio with grape arbour, east side of house

patio with grape arbour, east side of house

handmade paver patio

handmade paver patio

artful swirlies on the grape arbour

artful swirlies on the grape arbour

another swirl created by Ed

another swirl created by Ed

behind the grape arbour

behind the grape arbour

bird bath with orbs

bird bath with orbs

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This lovely little garden would have fit right in on the Music in the Gardens ornamental garden tour.

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Those paver paths were just as weed-free when Allan and I recently pre-toured this garden.

Looking north: Those paver paths and garden beds were just as weed-free when Allan and I recently pre-toured this garden.

I was warned to not back up into the monkey puzzle tree.

I was warned, while taking photos,  to not back up into the monkey puzzle tree.

looking back to the grape arbor

looking back to the grape arbor

the north end of the garden

the north end of the garden

back yard container garden

back yard container garden

Ed uses plastic pots like these as molds for his concrete pots.  It was a process to figure out how to make it work.

trees

north wall of house

north wall of house

tomatoes and one of Ed's small concrete planters on the back porch

tomatoes and one of Ed’s small concrete planters on the back porch

on the porch

on the porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another critter at the edge of the garden

another critter at the edge of the garden

north end of garden

north end of garden (Allan’s photo)

corn

corn

corn producing in a big container; Ed said he would harvest some for dinner, after the tour.

corn producing in a big container; Ed said he would harvest some for dinner, after the tour. (Allan’s photo)

corn ready to harvest (Allan's photo)

corn ready to harvest (Allan’s photo)

Farmer Ed

Farmer Ed

north fence

north fence

another bird bath with a resting place for bees

another bird bath with a resting place for bees

Ed said he does not sell his large concrete containers, because he does not know how sturdy they would be if moved around.  He does sell some of his smaller creations at the Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park.

decorative flowers and orbs

decorative flowers and orbs

stackable flat planters

stackable flat planters

baths for birds and bees

baths for birds and bees

I do love Carol and Ed’s creative garden and think it is ingenious the way they have made it almost all portable.

Next: a lavender farm by the bay

 

 

 

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

After Pam’s Downtown Seaside Garden Tour, most of our informal garden club drove to south Seaside to a little café called Osprey for lunch.  (Nancy and Phil had to leave for a vespers musical event at the Oysterville Church.) I was not on task about taking photos by then, having become spacy from lack of sleep.  I swiped a couple of photos from the café’s Facebook page, so that you can find it next time you go to Seaside.

photo by Osprey Café: 2281 Beach Dr

photo by Osprey Café: 2281 Beach Drive

photo from Osprey Café: charming travel themed insets in the dining tables

photo from Osprey Café: charming travel themed insets in the dining tables

yummy menu

yummy menu

my delicous heuvos rancheros

my delicous heuvos rancheros

Our only problem was that they could not seat all eight of us at one table.  So three of us sat in a booth slightly above the table of five, and that did not lead to good conversation among the two groups.

Allan took this photo from the table below.  I was about to fall into dreamland.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (l-r): Melissa, me, Todd, Pam, Dave

In my dream, I turned around and took a photo of the lower table with Steve, John, Dave, Melissa and Allan.  But it was just a dream, as the photo was not on my camera, just in my mind.

After a delicious lunch, some of us parted ways and Todd, Allan and I went to Seven Dees nursery in Seaside for some plant shopping.

near the Osprey Café: a house with a lean to sunroom

near the Osprey Café: a house with a lean to sunroom

Seaside Seven Dees

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

7 Dees

Ooo, more pilotus

Ooo, more pilotus

Cuphea 'Tiny Mice'...so cute, why don't I use it more?

Cuphea ‘Tiny Mice’…so cute, why don’t I use it more?

Celosia...I love their gaudy feathers but for some reason I guess I am too embarrassed to be so gaudy in garden containers.

Celosia…I love their gaudy feathers but for some reason I guess I am too embarrassed to be so gaudy in garden containers.

with a dangly Amaranth

with a dangly Amaranth (love lies bleeding)

I just read that Celosia is in the Amaranth family.

I just read that Celosia is in the Amaranth family.

(I do have a pink celosia, ‘Flamingo’ apparently, that I bought at the Astoria Sunday Market last week…so tasteful in comparison to the orange and yellow ones.)

I walked past these Agastaches and then forgot to look and see if there were any I did not have.

I walked past these Agastaches and then forgot to look and see if there were any I did not have.

I was on a mission to find a paperbark maple, and did, but it was too tall and thin….I wanted a smaller one (not because of the price, but because it seemed too spindly).

Kitty further distracted me on the way back.

Kitty further distracted me on the way back.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I did buy a Hydrangea aspera 'Plum Passion', as I've coveted the one in Steve and John's garden.

I did buy a Hydrangea aspera ‘Plum Passion’, as I’ve coveted the one in Steve and John’s garden.

Allan's photo: the decision is made

Allan’s photo: the decision is made

a hummingbird at the Salvia 'Hot Lips'

a hummingbird at the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

As I was checking out with my purchases (also a Hydrangea Cityline ‘Rio’, which has been on my want list for a couple of years), Pam texted with an invitation to come by and see her garden.  Yes, thank you!

Pam’s Garden

As we arrived at Pam’s house, we were happy to be caught in a rain squall.  It did not last long.

Pam's back garden

Pam’s back garden

I like the three matching peaked structures along her back fence.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a raised, tiered kitchen garden

a raised, tiered kitchen garden

tiered planter

tiered planter with berries

Great way to keep the berries up off the ground.

Pam has recommended that I try a Seven Sons tree (Heptacodium) and hers was indeed attractive, so I will…when I find one.  (Debbie Teashon has also recommended this tree and as I write this, she has let me know she has one saved for me.)

not a good photo from underneath the appealing tree.

not a good photo from underneath the appealing tree.

Pam's very good dog.

Pam’s very good dog.

looking from the back of the garden toward the front

looking from the back of the garden toward the front

peaceful view looking from the back to the front of Pam's garden.

such a peaceful view

plant admiration

plant admiration

As you would expect from the garden of someone who used to co-own a collectors nursery, the small space is filled with choice plants.

hyrangea backed with lions head maple

hyrangea backed with lions head maple

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the front gate

the front gate, and an area that is being re-done

gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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sorry for the lack of identifying captions!

sorry for the lack of identifying caption!  (Later: Todd thinks it is a variegated Cleyera.)  (Still later:  Pam tells me its a variegated Drimys, from the old Heronswood.)

front corner of the garden

front corner of the garden, Leptospermum ‘Squiggly’

Helenium

Helenium

golden Leycesteria and Helenium

golden Leycesteria and Helenium

some ladies in waiting

some ladies in waiting

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan was particularly eager to see Pam’s water truck:

for watering Seaside hanging baskets; she doesn't have to water the gardens because they are irrigated (ENVY!!)

for watering Seaside hanging baskets; she doesn’t have to water the gardens because they are irrigated (ENVY!!)

Thanks, Pam…Seeing your garden was a wonderful treat to cap off your tour, which was well worth getting up early for.

more plant shopping

On the way home, Allan and I stopped at Fred Meyer, just for a quick look at the plant section while Allan did some grocery shopping.

Cleome...tempting but I did not want to rassle the thorns.

Cleome…tempting but I did not want to rassle the thorns.

Uh oh... a cartful already

Uh oh… a cartful already

I picked out this penstemon, and then could not deal with its bright redness

I picked out this penstemon, and then could not deal with its bright redness

If there had been more than one of that bright red and white penstemon, it would have been good for Veterans Field.  I did not think of that at the time, though, and replaced it with one of slightly more subtle hue:

just a little darker

just a little darker

I’ll have to be on the lookout for the bright red and white one for Veterans Field next year.

Next: back to work for a couple of weeks until time for the Peninsula Edible Garden Tour (which by the time you read this, will already have taken place on August 9th).

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 8: Charles Nelson Guest House

A classic 1920s era Sears & Roebuck house anchors this bay view property with traditional gardens including hydrangeas, peonies, and window baskets full of flowers. Sheltered by a tree-like camellia, a pond is home to a large 16 year-old Koi.  Three raised beds display edible flowers and vegetables.   Henry, a magnificent rooster, presides over six laying hens in a purple French chicken coop.

We entered Ginger’s garden at the Charles Nelson Guest House through the side gate just across the road from her friend Marla’s garden to the north, which was also on the tour.

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

We’ll show you the front entrance first, though, as it is the way most guests would enter.

sign

Allan’s photo

front (east side)

front (east side)

front door

front door, June 1st pre-tour visit

Waterlogue

Waterlogue

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looking at house from the southeast garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

looking at house from the southeast garden, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

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north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

birdbath

This painted stone sits near the birdbath.

This painted stone sits near the birdbath.

back porch

back porch

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kitchen garden, outbuildings and garage on north side of house

kitchen garden, outbuildings and garage on north side of house

kitchen garden

the charming kitchen garden

raised bed kitchen garden

raised bed kitchen garden

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

patio on north side of house

patio on north side of house, June 1st

north side patio

north side patio; dog run is behind the fence but the dogs were in the shady garage

The chickens were hiding out in the shade on tour day because of the heat.

chicken coop, photo by Kathleen Shaw

chicken coop, photo by Kathleen Shaw

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chicken coop

chicken coop

hens in the shade on tour day

the flock in the shade on tour day (that naked neck hen is supposed to look that way

Too hot!

Too hot!

Henry in the shade

Henry in the shade

Fortunately, I had visited the chickens twice before on days with more normal coastal temperatures.

June 1st

June 1st

On July 3rd, Garden Tour Nancy and I had gone specifically to get some photos that artist Barbara Sampson from Tokeland could use for the a painting for the garden tour.  It wouldn’t be painted plein air like the others, but she was unable to travel from Tokeland to do the painting.

July 3rd

July 3rd

July 3rd

July 3rd

chooks on July 3rd

chooks on July 3rd

White hen wonders why all the fuss about Henry.

White hen wonders why all the fuss about Henry.

July 3rd, Henry

July 3rd, Henry

painting of Henry

painting of Henry by Barbara Sampson of Tokeland

Henry was supposed to be a hen, and when he turned out to be a rooster, Ginger tried to find a home for him.  People wanted to make a meal of him, so she kept him.  She warns B&B guests that he does crow early.  It is the rare guest who minds that, and many say it reminds them of childhood farm life.

chicken coop from west side of garden

chicken coop from west side of garden (june 1st)

west garden bed

west garden bed

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

Bird feeders placed all around the garden attract birds for guests to enjoy watching.

Bird feeders placed all around the garden attract birds for guests to enjoy watching.  (Photo taken June 1st)

another bird feeder

another bird feeder

pre tour visit, June 1

pre tour visit, June 1

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west side deck, June 1st

west side deck, June 1st

pond by the west side deck (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

pond by the west side deck (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

June 1st

June 1st

photo by  Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

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The fountain kids look a little scary close up!

The fountain kids look a little unintentionally scary close up!  (Allan’s photo)

looking down at the pond from the deck

looking down at the pond from the deck

pond fountain

pond fountain with lurking giant koi

16 year old koi and friend (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

16 year old koi and friend (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

feeding time, viewed from the deck

feeding time, viewed from the deck

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feeding time

Speaking of feeding time, I was hungry!!  With only the “not a garden” left to see, I had a little bit of time to relax and nosh.

snacks, on the easily accessible deck

snacks, on the easily accessible deck, with another painting by Barbara Sampson

foooooood!!!!

foooooood!!!!

on the deck, photo by Kathleen Shaw

on the deck, photo by Kathleen Shaw

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck (Allan’s photo)

view to the south from the deck

view to the south from the deck

gazebo

June 1st

June 1st

musician Tom Trudell, photo by Kathleen Shaw

musician Tom Trudell, photo by Kathleen Shaw

A young man name Sam filled in while Tom took a break. Photo by Kathleen Shaw

A young man name Sam filled in while Tom took a break. Photo by Kathleen Shaw

SW corner of the garden, photo taken June 1st from the gazebo

SW corner of the garden, photo taken June 1st from the gazebo

gazebo roof (Allan's photo)

gazebo roof (Allan’s photo)

south side sunroom

south side sunroom

south side of the house

south side of the house

It boggles my mind that this was a Sears and Roebuck house!  I believe that my Grandma’s house was also a Sears Craftsman style house.  I did not know that those plans or kits came as grand as this one.

south side garden at front of house

gardens on south side at front of house

white chair

June 1st

We left the way we came in, by the gate on the north side of the house.  As we left, I saw a woman carrying THIS out of the house…a gift from Ginger for having helped out on tour day.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Scadoxus!

Scadoxus!

I may have been scary in my covetousness and plant envy.  I had first seen this flower that looks so much like a red allium at a garden on the recent Hardy Plant tour in Portland, and put it on my list of must have plants.  It is not a common plant, so how in the heck did it end up here??  I was told it had been in the plant sale next door at Marla’s garden, the plants of her orchid expert brother-in-law, Greig Warner.  I scurried back over there, but there were no more.  I was told that he could get one for me, once he moves here.

north garden

north garden (looking south)

north garden

north garden

by the walkway to the north gate, June 1st

by the walkway to the north gate, June 1st

Allan's photo, tour day

Allan’s photo, tour day

near the north gate

near the north gate

on the right, the garage

on the right, the garage

June 1st, when the callas were in bloom

June 1st, when the callas were in bloom

June 1st

June 1st

by the north gate

by the north gate as we leave on tour day

Because the last stop on the tour is a “not a garden”, I’m making it a bonus post tonight, as I am anxious to get on to a spontaneous day of garden touring that took place the next day in Astoria.

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 7: Marla’s Real Living Garden

Marla’s urban farm overlooks Willapa Bay and benefits from her early years of living on a Washington farm.  She says, “I am still amazed at nature.  You plant a seed or start and an awesome plant grows.”  In just two years, she has grown and built quite a bit, including fencing, lawn, landscaping, irrigation, flower and vegetable beds,  hanging baskets and a chicken coop.  Her pride and joy are the beautiful hens and the eggs they lay.

I wrote about Marla’s garden a year and a month before this year’s tour.  Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed it this year on June 1st.

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

driveway

driveway

tour day!

tour day!

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

in the driveway

in the driveway

front gate at SW corner of the house

front gate at SW corner of the house

birds

a landing spot for baby birds

a landing spot for baby birds

soft

Allan’s photo

inside the front gate

inside the front gate

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps, photo by Kathleen Shaw

clematis seedheads

clematis seedheads

by the stairway

by the stairway

perennial sweet pea

perennial sweet pea

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

containers packed with perennials and annuals

containers packed with perennials and annuals

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pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

tour day, with the porch gate open

tour day, with the porch gate open

I love the porch, all its adjacent plantings, its art and decor and the way it wraps around two sides of the house.  I’d like to pick it up and put it right down next to my house!  So we’ll explore the porch first, and then the garden.

view down back porch steps

view down back porch steps, with Marla’s mother in pink top, seated

Marla's colourful flower baskets

Marla’s colourful flower baskets (Allan’s photo)

plants

Allan’s photo

walking along the porch, looking at the garden

walking along the porch, looking down at the garden

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour.  photo by Kathleen Shaw.

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour. photo by Kathleen Shaw.

looking north

looking north toward the Charles Nelson B&B next door

on the porch

on the porch

On the east side of the porch, Portland guitarist Terry Robb performed for tour guests.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb (Allan’s photo)

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

While I listened to him, Marla's mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

While I listened to him, Marla’s mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view to the east

view to the east

over Willapa Bay

over Willapa Bay

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

Now we’ll walk return along the porch to the back steps.

south side of porch

south side of porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

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down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

porch decorations at top of stairs

porch decorations at top of stairs

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

patio corner

patio corner

Marla's next door neighbour, whose garden we'll visit next, gave her this sign.

Marla’s next door neighbour, whose garden we’ll visit next, gave her this sign for the fence by the patio.

on the patio table:  Marla's grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

on the patio table: Marla’s grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

farm whirlygig

farm whirlygig

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks, photo by Kathleen Shaw

plants

flowers

Allan’s photo

birdhouses

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looking east from the patio

looking east from the patio, pre-tour visit, June 1st

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

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ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking back at the patio

looking back at the patio

astilbes

astilbes

SE corner of house

SE corner of house (Allan’s photo)

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

cosmos, tour day

cosmos, tour day

cosmos

cosmos

over the fence

over the fence

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (right)

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (lower right)

north side of house

north side of house

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

deck on north side of house

deck on north side of house

Plants were for sale by Marla's  brother in law who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

Plants were for sale by Marla’s brother in law, Greig Warner, who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

I want to get to know this fellow better as he is a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut).  I missed out on a way cool plant here, as you will see in the next garden tour post.  I met him briefly at the tour and learned that he is moving to the beach so I hope we will get to know him.

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

gunnera by back deck, looking west

gunnera by back deck, looking west

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in the NW corner of the yard: the chicken coop and veg garden

Gunnera, June 1st

Gunnera, June 1st, looking east

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

gunnera flowers

gunnera flowers and lawn clippings to help retain moisture (Allan’s photo)

the hens' domain

the hens’ domain

on the north deck

on the north deck

Erysimum 'Constant Cheer', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Erysimum ‘Constant Cheer’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium 'Jade Frost', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

painted yard stick plant tag

painted yard stick plant tag (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of the making of the plant tags

Allan’s photo of the making of the plant tags

view east from the henhouse corner

view east from the henhouse corner

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

pre-tour visit, June 1

pre-tour visit, June 1

On tour day afternoon, because of the unusually hot weather, the chickens were in the shade of their coop.

not a chicken to be seen!

not a chicken to be seen!

Fortunately, they had been out and about on June 1st when Nancy and I visited the garden for sneak peek photos.

Marla's beloved flock

Marla’s beloved flock

the coop

the coop

Marla’s garden was a close contender for my favourite because of its intensive container plantings, its whimsical decor, and the chickens.  While I don’t feel that I have time to care for chickens, I would surely love to incorporate a barnyard corner like this into my garden someday.  And the wrap around porch.  And the nice, friendly neighbours.  When Nancy and I visited earlier, Marla just matter-of-factly put the exciteable galloping dog into the fenced yard of the neighbour to the north.  And her neighbour to the south will be our next garden tour visit.

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

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Floramagoria

(or, Return to Floramagoria)

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I was thrilled to return to the gloriously colourful Floramagoria garden.  Last year, during the Garden Bloggers Fling, I was so taken with the garden that it got three whole blog posts which show the garden in much more organized detail than today:

the front garden

the back garden

and the farm area

During the Bloggers Fling, we were divided into groups of (I think) 50…or 80…and since everyone was blogging, there was a lot of everyone moving out of each other’s photos.  Today, the garden was more crowded with possibly 400 people touring at approximately the same time.  It was fun to see how well it absorbed the large number of people, as it is a garden made for entertaining.  This time, just walk with me here and there through the garden, and look at my favourite bits from many angles, and you can have a browse through the old posts if you want a careful explanation of how it all fits together.

entering the front garden

entering the front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

signs made of styrofoam (Allan said)

signs made of styrofoam 

dog

as one walks around the side of the house

as one walks around the side of the house

clematis at the side of the house

clematis at the side of the house

entering the back garden

entering the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

slug

slug

glass

little greenhouse/shed at corner of house

little greenhouse at corner of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the greenhouse: Allan's photo

in the greenhouse: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the back garden

the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pitcher plants...I want any and all of them.

pitcher plants…I want any and all of them.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I think this is crambe maritma.

I think this is crambe maritma (sea kale)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

kniphofia

kniphofia

looking back at the corner greenhouse

looking back at the corner greenhouse

a stunning grass

a stunning grass

I figured that grass was a Stipa, and indeed, one of the garden owners told me it was a Stipa…something or other….I must do some Googling because I must have it.

must...

must…

have...

have…  (Is it Stipa pennata??)

nigella seed pods

nigella seed pods

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the Little and Lewis-y water feature

the Little and Lewis-y water feature