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After the Gearhart garden tour….and a visit to Back Alley Gardens…and a stop at the adorable Java Reef coffee drive through….we did our traditional Seaside drive on Broadway out to the turnaround and back to admire Pam Fleming’s public gardens.  You can read all about how she themes gardens to match the businesses nearby in this article, and even more in this article by the excellent garden writer Kym Pykorny.  (The Oregonian recently and very foolishly laid Kym off and I am mad about that!)

The traffic on July 27th on the turnaround drag in Seaside was so thick that all the photos are taken from our car, sometimes while it was in (slow) motion….no place to park, not much room to walk around.

out my window as we drive west

out my window as we drive west

another of Pam's gardens

another of Pam’s gardens, north side of street, driving west

Helenium

Helenium by the river bridge

Outside a tavern is an especially difficult spot to have a garden!

Outside a tavern is an especially difficult spot to have a garden!

outside the Bridge Tender Tavern

outside the Bridge Tender Tavern

another

another, still driving west

lovely gardens on both sides of the street

lovely gardens on both sides of the street

The truck we were following had some rather rude bumper stickers, and one that said “Parents shouldn’t be on Facebook.”  Presumptuous young whippersnapper!

south side, heading west

south side, heading west

 heading west

south side, heading west

Allan's photo of one of the gardens

Allan’s photo of one of the gardens

I remember when these gardens were almost all beach pines (as mentioned in Kym Pykorny’s article).  They are so much better now!  I wish I had gardens this size to work with under the street trees in Long Beach, but I do need to pay more attention to planting cool things in our street tree gardens.  (They are a pain to water; these have irrigation.  That’s my feeble excuse.  Also I made the mistake of planting the damnable Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’.)

beautiful

beautiful

more beauty

more beauty

window and mirror view

window and mirror view, north side

Wait, could that variegated plant be the one for which Teresa from Planter Box was seeking an ID??  Looks like a variegated elderberry, maybe.

hmmm

hmmm

longer view...and traffic

longer view…and traffic

north side

north side…I think I see a Sanguisorba!

Suddenly the traffic moved! blurry but beautiful

Suddenly the traffic moved! blurry but beautiful

and then we come to the turnaround

and then we come to the turnaround, looking north

There is a garden in the center of the turnaround but it is low (due to wind) as I recall, with sea thrift and maybe artemesia, and so I failed to get a photo of it.

turnaround, looking south

turnaround, looking south

huge buildings

huge buildings at west end of Broadway.  (Looking south)

You can get a sense of the size of the huge buildings that went up in the last few years and made the north side gardens more of a challenge.

As always, we were impressed with Pam’s gardens.

Next, we went to 7 Dees garden center a little ways south of Seaside.  There, we saw a price on a gallon of mondo grass that made us think of how a former client of ours has pots and pots of them extra from her garden re-do!

for Rita

for Rita

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' for sale backed with Echinops 'Arctic Glow'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ for sale backed with Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

For years, Agapanthus (lily of the Nile) was a plant name I had a terrible time remembering, till I associated it like this….It’s a mystery…Agatha Christie…Agapanthus!    Same with Strobilanthes atropurpureus, whose name always slipped my mind till I thought “Blue and white…like a strobe light…”

cute little planter

cute little planter

Why can’t I make cute little planters like these?  $44.99: I could be rich.

I never can get annual sweet potato vine to look good.

I never can get annual sweet potato vine to look good.

hanging baskets

hanging baskets

A shout out to Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse:  I think her baskets are better.  (Still impressed by the potato vines, thought.)

7 Dees quotation board

7 Dees quotation board

After 7 Dees and the usual Costco grocery shopping, I checked on the plant section at Fred Meyer in Warrenton.  How surprising it is to see plants I used to find only at places like Joy Creek Nursery.

Leycesteria 'Jealousy'

Leycesteria ‘Jealousy’

I bought a few more “edibles” because of the upcoming edible tour and snapped up one of each of a reasonably priced and astonishing find: some plants from the collectible Terra Nova nursery!  The plant buyer at Fred Meyer sometimes gets some wonderful stuff.

Terra Nova treasures

Terra Nova treasures

Finally, across the bridge to Washington state…

bridge view upriver

bridge view upriver

…after a day filled with fun and garden treasures.

Next: a blog blast through two weeks  to catch up to the edible garden tour day!

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