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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

a gardening neighbour across the street from the next garden

a gardening neighbour across the street from the next garden

nicely done, neighbour

nicely done, neighbour

garden 12: “a country garden compressed onto a city lot”

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It was clear which garden we were going to.

It was clear which garden we were going to.

At the sidewalk

At the sidewalk

sidewalk's edge

sidewalk’s edge

mossy and green front garden

mossy and green front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

They grow birds big in Salem, Oregon.

They grow birds big in Salem, Oregon.

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front garden

front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to the side of the house

to the side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shady side yard

shady side yard

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succulent collection

succulent collection

variegated gingko.  (I wonder if mine would have been happier in a pot.)

variegated gingko. (I wonder if mine would have been happier in a pot.)

Allan's photo

expanded steel on a trellis  (Allan’s photo)

an interesting bench

an interesting bench

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the back garden.

in the back garden.

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a country estate on a small city lot

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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a handsome division between garden and path

a handsome division between garden and path

hosta path

hosta path

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The tag reads Crypto. J. 'Rasen'

The tag reads Crypto. J. ‘Rasen’

gets to 20 feet; I like it.

gets to 20 feet; I like it.

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garden greeter

garden greeter

a guest dog who did not get to come out for the day (Allan's photo)

a guest dog who did not get to come out for the day (Allan’s photo)

the sound of water

the sound of water

the koi pond

the koi pond

Again, I wonder about raccoons and herons.

Again, I wonder about raccoons and herons.  Salem garden have huge koi with no apparent protection, although one gardener pointed out the sides of the pond are deep and sheer.

an impressive waterfall; wish I knew how to do this stuff.

an impressive waterfall; wish I knew how to do this stuff.

koi

koi

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the greenhouse

the greenhouse

 

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I saw this crow fountain at 7 Dees Seaside last year...It makes a clacking noise.

I saw this crow fountain at 7 Dees Seaside last year…It makes a clacking noise.

clacking crows

clacking crows

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decorating with napkin rings (Allan's photo)

decorating with napkin rings (Allan’s photo)

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potting bench

potting bench

books of reference and information (Allan's photo)

books of reference and information (Allan’s photo)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

for future plants

for future plants

Of course, I love the green and purple house colours.

Of course, I love the green and purple house colours.

napkin rings on a stick, very clever

napkin rings on a stick, very clever

The gardeners did a great job of fitting an expansive garden into a small lot with all sorts of pleasing and artistic touches (and purpleness!).

 

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

Garden 11: Wind Dancer Garden

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This was my favourite private garden of the day.

entry garden

entry garden

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I love gold foliage and ornamental grasses.

I love gold foliage and ornamental grasses.

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a path to explore, past the towering Arundo donax

a path to explore, past the towering Arundo donax

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snoozing frog in birdbath

sunbathing frog in birdbath

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Wind Dancer Garden featured trees planted in really big pots, leading to many thoughts on my part about how I want really big pots, but can I afford such pots, and if I could, how would I move them around (even empty)?

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one of many seating areas

one of many seating areas

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rain chains, dripping recirculated water...fabulous idea.

rain chains, dripping recirculated water…fabulous idea.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bench for viewing the rain chain feature

bench for viewing the rain chain feature

ceramic tubes slid over pipes

ceramic tubes slid over pipes

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a water bubbler

a water bubbler

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Allan's photo. (Yes, I see the apostrophe.)

Allan’s photo. (Yes, I see the apostrophe.)

back porch with greenhouse and a seating tent overlooking a koi pond

back porch with greenhouse and a seating tent overlooking a koi pond

Cucumber water and cookies were on offer.

Cucumber water and cookies were on offer.

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just off the back porch

just off the back porch

behind the house, a large koi pond

behind the house, a large koi pond

Again, I wonder what protects the enormous koi from herons and raccoons.

Again, I wonder what protects the enormous koi from herons and raccoons.

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behind the koi pond

behind the koi pond

living bamboo screen

living bamboo screen behind the back of the koi pond trees

a barbecue area behind the koi pond

a barbecue area behind the koi pond

This would be good at our house for Halloween.

This would be good at our house for Halloween.

a back garden bed

a back garden bed

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kitchen garden

kitchen garden

kitchen garden

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kitchen garden: You can see it was a rather hot, bright day.

kitchen garden: You can see it was a rather hot, bright day.

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a cactus island

a cactus island

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a large greenhouse and patio, perhaps the former sales area

a large greenhouse and patio, perhaps the former sales area

more refreshing treats

more refreshing treats

plants at edge of property

plants at edge of property

I have never before seen landscape fabric stretched tight, flat, and used as a floor before (except maybe in a greenhouse or between nursery rows).

I have never before seen landscape fabric stretched tight, flat, and used as a floor before (except maybe in a greenhouse or between nursery rows).

exploring the other side of the house

exploring the other side of the house

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front garden

front garden again

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This border portrayed an ocean wave.

This border portrayed an ocean wave.

alliums spray painted silver

alliums spray painted silver

ocean wave and mermaid

ocean wave and mermaid

looking back on the ocean wave garden

looking back on the ocean wave garden

seagull and driftwood

seagull and driftwood

front door

front door

front porch

front porch

a front garden path

a front garden path

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Around to the other side of the house again, I found the chickens, including one with a cute topknot.

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outside the coop (Allan's photo)

outside the coop (Allan’s photo)

This was actually the neighbour's chicken; neighbours' coop was right by the property line. (Allan's photo)

This was actually the neighbour’s chicken; neighbours’ coop was right by the property line. (Allan’s photo)

and another sit spot

and another sit spot…

...in a lattice house...

…in a lattice house…

...with more refreshing cucumber water.

…with more refreshing cucumber water.

kitchen garden in the distance

kitchen garden in the distance

and the picnic patio

and the picnic patio

Hardy Planters in a shady refuge from the heat.

Hardy Planters in a shady refuge from the heat.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a last look at the front garden, with neatly stacked empty pots in the lower left.

a last look at the front garden, with neatly stacked empty pots in the lower left.

I could happily have walked all around this garden again, had we not had five more gardens to see that day.  The last was the renowned nursery, Dancing Oaks, and I wanted to get there as soon as the plant sales began to get the best choices. Because the gardens of today were spread far apart, we still had considerable distance to travel.

 

 

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

garden 10: Vineyard Garden

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We tried, oh so hard, to get to the first garden by at least 9:30 but we did not make it till 10.

arriving at the vineyard

arriving at the vineyard

view over the vineyard

view over the vineyard

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We walked down this vineyard road to get to the garden.

We walked down this vineyard road to get to the garden.

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the garden

the garden

looking back at the vineyard

looking back at the vineyard

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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entering a sunny and beautiful garden

entering a sunny and beautiful garden

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kitchen garden

kitchen garden

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bright sunny day and another camera that I am about to nickname "Spot"

bright sunny day and another camera that I am about to nickname “Spot”

trying the iPhone instead

trying the iPhone instead

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Hardy Planters (Allan's photo)

Hardy Planters and their hats (Allan’s photo)

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the gazebo

the gazebo

Later, there were people chatting all around the gazebo.  I didn’t read to the last sentence of the program description till writing this blog post so did not realize there was a wine tasting going on.

Allan's photo

Because Mt. Hood was not visible from the house, they built the gazebo where they could see it, as captured in the stained glass. (Allan’s photo)

view of mount...Mount Hood??

View of Mount Hood from the gazebo (Allan’s photo)  

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; it was so hot I had to wear my hat.

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Paths led downhill from the sun garden into the shade.

Paths led downhill from the sun garden into the shade.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I am envious of the large rocks in this garden.

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sun to shade, hard to photograph and bright on the eyes in real life

sun to shade, hard to photograph and bright on the eyes in real life

hard to show it but I still want to share

hard to show it because of the light but I still want to share this garden with you

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

superb signage

superb signage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo; I want that brunnera!

Allan’s photo; I want that brunnera!

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found another sit spot

found another sit spot

wending my way uphill again

wending my way uphill again

on the little garden shed

on the little garden shed

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back toward the sunny garden

back toward the sunny garden

another sit spot

another sit spot

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turning back toward the shade

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I wonder how an arch like this is built?

I wonder how an arch like this is built?

Allan's photo; koi pond gazebo in the distance

Allan’s photo; koi pond gazebo in the distance

followed the sound to a stream

I followed the sound to a stream

looking back up the slope

looking back up the slope

bananas

bananas

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, koi pond gazebo

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koi pond

by the pond

by the pond

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Again, I wonder how the koi in these various gardens are protected from herons and raccoons (and bears?)

Again, I wonder how the koi in these various gardens are protected from herons and raccoons (and bears?)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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on a path down to the house

on a path down to the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to one side, another path

to one side, another path

in a breezeway, the door of the house carved by the homeowner

in a breezeway, the door of the house carved by the homeowner; to the right, steps up to the deck overlooking woods

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  Garden guests gathered in awe around this carved door.

on the deck (Allan's photo)

on the deck (Allan’s photo)

in the window (Allan's photo)

in the window (Allan’s photo)

below the deck, a musical instrument fountain

below the deck, a musical instrument fountain

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returning to the sunny garden

returning to the sunny garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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The sweet old dog was out and I got to pet her.

The sweet old dog was brought out and I got to pet her.

I followed her to the gazebo because she reminded me of my good friend Ralph.

I followed her to the gazebo because she reminded me of my good friend Ralph, much loved and much missed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan finds the little garden shed at the top of the garden.

Allan finds the little garden shed at the top of the garden.

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That was an excellent garden, even though we did not notice that a wine tasting was going on.  I had begun to feel that I simply must clear out my salmonberry grove to plant more of a variety of plants in the bogsy woods.

Next: my favourite Saturday garden.  The vineyard garden is a close second favourite, almost tied.  My weakness for ornamental grasses puts the next garden at the top.

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem Oregon

I’ve dropped the owners’ surnames from the descriptions to protect their privacy, just in case they might appreciate that.

garden number two

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The second garden of the nine that were on Friday’s roster was just down this quiet driveway from the first garden.

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a little further...

a little further…looking back

and there it is...

and there it is…

I always greatly appreciate when two gardens are walking distance from each other.

from outside, the banana

from outside, the banana

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

woodsy border

woodsy border

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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enviable koi pond

approaching an enviable koi pond

enormous koi

enormous koi

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

These gardeners had a device called the Koi Café that doled out food to the koi if the humans were out of town. We repeatedly saw koi ponds with enormous koi over the three days of garden touring, and each time I wondered how this can be; where are the raccoons and herons?

a deck overlooking the koi pond

a deck overlooking the koi pond

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: netting and poles used to protect plants

Allan’s photo: netting and poles used to protect plants

I also envied the banana; mine is still two tiny leaves after two years.

I also envied the banana; mine is still two tiny leaves after two years.

We would love to have taken a walk among the old trees…but it was already 10:30 and we had seven more gardens to see before 4 PM.

garden number three

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approaching the garden

approaching the garden

front garden would definitely draw my attention if I were passing by

front garden would definitely draw my attention if I were passing by

front garden with Eryngium, my favourite perennial

front garden with Eryngium, my favourite perennial

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I really did mean to have that whole water filled rock in the photo!

Allan's photo: inside the side garden entrance

Allan’s photo: inside the side garden entrance

around the side

around the side

for Douglas and Diane

for Douglas and Diane

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back garden, city lot sized

back garden, city lot sized

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

well planted with meticulously weeded groundcovers

well planted with meticulously weeded groundcovers

the yard sale bowling balls

the yard sale bowling balls

the best plant ID signage I have ever seen

the best plant ID signage I have ever seen

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

rooster and butterflies

rooster and butterflies

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another view of the back garden

another view of the back garden

 

 

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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

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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

tree

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

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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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from the program:  Ultimate Party Garden:  Ferry Captain Fritz Elfings 1921 Wicks-designed home has been greatly enhanced by Kent and LJ’s energy and affection for historic preservation and gardening.  Beds in front of the welcoming color-rich front porch feature weeping gold chain and a vibrant rock garden including weeping blue atlas cedar, mature dahlias, tree roses and lilacs.  Shady old azaleas lead to the back gate where repurposed sap pots adorn an azalea just inside.  Woodstoves encircle the flagstone patio for party comfort within a lovely cornucopia of firs, maples, contorted filbert, black-eyed Susans, and trellised Fiona’s sunrise jasmine.  Long-established silverberry bush and cotoneaster dominate the upper back corner.  Near the home’s rear entry is a healthy urban herb garden.  Follow the waterfall down steps to a stunning water lily koi pond guarded by Gunnera and curly willow. Mature dogwood, camellia, peonies and daylilies grace the lower garden with a bay tree, nine-bark, grasses, and a profusion of potted beauties.

house with before picture

house with before picture

rock garden by front porch

rock garden by front porch

porch

porch

perfect use of red geraniums

perfect use of red geraniums

back garden entry patio with before picture

back garden entry patio with before picture

We walked past the upper entry patio with the post-tour food display to check out the koi pond first, entering dapped shade which made photos difficult.

Next to this porch, steps went down to the pond.

Next to this porch, steps went down to the pond.

the back porch

the back porch

at the top of the stream

at the top of the stream

3 before pictures at the top of the waterfall

3 before pictures at the top of the waterfall; stairs down are at left…
pond construction photo

pond construction photo

Only when I have opened my own garden on tour have I seen such well displayed before photos.  It is so much more effective to have them mounted at the right spot in the garden instead of in a photo album or computer slideshow.

looking down the waterfall

looking down the waterfall

The bright sun made this hard to see even not through the camera, but here is the top of the stream and waterfall.

water beginning

water beginning

It descends down a steep slope to the koi pond.

It descends down a steep slope to the koi pond.

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Stairs take one down next to the waterfall to this lower deck.

Stairs take one down next to the waterfall to this lower deck.

Slightly below the deck is this lawn.

Slightly below the deck is this lawn.
A large gunnera in the koi pond

A large gunnera in the koi pond

before picture

before picture

Gunnera

Gunnera
pond

pond and deck

friendly koi

friendly koi

garden tour-ers enjoying the deck

garden tour-ers enjoying the deck

under the porch at the foot of the stairs: all the amenities

under the porch at the foot of the stairs: all the amenities

Here Allan examines the porch and you can see how the hot tub area relates to the koi pond.

Here Allan examines the porch and you can see how the hot tub area relates to the koi pond.

Despite the bright sunlight, I made every effort to show how the stream comes down to the koi pond:

at the top

at the top

head of the stream

head of the stream

stream

flowing down by the stairs

flowing down by the stairs

waterfall

waterfall

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While I have never craved a pond with koi, even though I admire them, this sort of waterfall stream is so much like what I would have wanted to do in my old garden with its descending levels and natural pond.  I never had time and  money at the same time, but when I see something like this garden had, I wish I had stayed there long enough to achieve it.

enormous koi

enormous koi

view of house from other side of pond deck

view of house from other side of pond deck

Now we’ll go up the back side of the garden to return to the top patio.  Here we look back at the koi pond deck and see the workings of the pipes and so on.

the pond works

the pond works

a side spur of the path back up to the top

a side spur of the path back up to the top

further up, wood for those party woodstoves and a secret sit spot

further up, wood for those party woodstoves and a secret sit spot

two shady stairs near the top of the stream

two shady stairs near the top of the stream

a bench in the shade

a bench in the shade

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looking from shade to sun down to the koi pond

looking from shade to sun down to the koi pond

shady grove

shady grove

Now, back to the sunshiny upper patio (and soon, an overview of the delicious refreshments).

before picture

before picture

another before

another before

and another

and another

This vine was in dappled shade by the patio. I wish I could recall its name.

This vine was in dappled shade by the patio. I wish I could recall its name.

I could not, but someone on Facebook helped me while I was writing this blog entry:  It is Abutilon megapotamicum,

flowers

The last garden on the Astoria tour always includes the raffle and refreshments.

raffle

some raffle items

some raffle items

Now we’ll get to all the refreshments that we passed by in our eagerness to tour the garden.

Just inside the front gate, punch was served, and the hosts let me put our Peninsula garden tour poster out for all to see.

punch bowl just inside entry gate

punch bowl just inside entry gate and our poster

(By “our” tour, I mean the Peninsula; Nancy is the organizer of the Music in the Gardens tour and I help out with the Facebook page.)

a patio table laden with food

a patio table laden with treats

more delicious refreshments

more delicious refreshments

food

food

food

food

food

garden party hat

garden party hat

beautiful decoration

beautiful decoration

enjoying the garden party!

enjoying the garden party!

A little lawn beside the patio

A little lawn beside the patio

corner by the little lawn

corner by the little lawn

by the patio

by the front gate

on the mini-lawn

on the mini-lawn

one of the party warmth stoves filled with plants for the summer

one of the party warmth stoves filled with plants for the summer

The small lawn provided a great view of the party.

The small lawn provided a great view of the party.

party

garden party

Some people took their plates downstairs and gathered around the koi pond and some settled in the shady sit spots beside the patio.

a quieter retreat

a quieter retreat

We left before the raffle drawing so that we would have plenty of time to shop at a couple of nurseries down the coast, but before we go, here are Allan’s charming photos of the party and the flowers surrounding the patio.

flowers

He really liked the abutilon flowers.

He really liked the abutilon flowers.

perfect garden party attire

perfect garden party attire

party

flowers

party

At the very last, he went up on the front porch (which it had not occurred to me to do!) and took this photo showing the view north east to the river.

from the front porch

from the front porch

And next…our apres-tour nursery expedition and a gorgeous community allotment garden.

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