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Leaving Deanette at her garden to do more pre-tour preparations, Allan and I went north on the Willapa bay side of the Peninsula to “Lavender And”, described as “Commercial-scale lavender production, and abundant personal garden and animals”.

lavender and

We had been hoping to have a guided tour by owner Patti, but she had not yet returned from giving Lisa a ride home from the last of our other pre-tour gardens, so we wandered freely seeking edible garden beds and animals.

Visible from the road is the lavender field.

lavender field

lavender field

lavender and

The field reflects beautifully in the big new lavender processing building.

lavender reflection

lavender reflection

lavenderand

At the top of the field is a little building selling some lavender products.

north side of lavender shop

north side of lavender shop

baskets for picking

baskets for picking

Garden tours are available at a set time.

tour information

tour information

When we had been there on an earlier day to get some preview photos for the edible tour Facebook page, we had not been sure whether the house behind the field and shop even belonged to the property.  This time, we felt free to nose around.  We walked past a field that seemed like it would hold animals but could not see any.

Where are the birds and animals?

Where are the birds and animals?

Just a few chickens appeared.

Just a few chickens appeared.

Past the house, we found a large fenced vegetable area.

Patty's veg patch

Patty’s veg patch

rosemary and veg

rosemary and veg

fenced

fenced

fenced

I like the homebuilt greenhouse.

I like the homebuilt greenhouse.

inside the greenhouse

inside the greenhouse

nice big windows

nice big windows

inside

Allan’s greenhouse view

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's squash photo

Allan’s squash photo

 

squash blossoms

squash flowers, Allan’s photo

Walking east, I realized that the beautiful big property went all the way to the bay.

more veg in a huge bay view outbuilding

more veg by a huge bay view outbuilding

A road went around the big green pole building and next to it lavender grew above the bay’s grassy verge.

lavender with a view

lavender with a view

lavender

lavender

lavender bed curving along the bayfront

lavender bed curving along the bayfront

It occurs to me as I look at these photos that if Patty had been guiding us, I might have asked why the house was low down, without a view, instead of being up on this ridge to watch the sun rise over the bay.

lavender and caged tree

lavender and caged tree

looking back (southeast) at the lavender curve

looking back (southeast) at the lavender curve

Coming around the big pole building, I got a good overview of the house, greenhouse, and vegetable area.

looking southwest

looking west

This time I walked behind and below the vegetable field and found a slope planted with squash.

south slope

south slope

looking east

looking east

This looks to me like bundled compost ingredients.

This looks to me like bundled compost ingredients.

I still wanted to find the animals and so I went to the south side of the animal enclosure fence.

At first, the animal yard still looked empty.

At first, the animal yard still looked empty.

Finally I saw a couple of goats, rather far across the field, and Allan on the north side.  I called to him to get some photos as the two goats were closer to him.  While I walked around to the north side, a whole herd of little goats and some ducks emerged from a lean to.

hello!

saying hello! to Allan

goats galore

goats galore

more chickens appeared

more chickens appeared

hen

a tribe of goats

a tribe of goats

goats

cute kid

cute kid

The goats were difficult to leave, but we had one more garden to see, Biocharm Farm east of Ilwaco, and I still needed to do the last minute pre-tour touches on my own garden.  It was a good thing we had started at ten A.M.!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Garden tour season inspires me to do a lot of slacking on actual work.  It will show up when I total the end of month profits!

We began the day at the Red Barn and Diane’s garden.  Diane and Larry’s dog Misty, a good friend of mine, could not wait to see us and came across the field to the barn.

Misty

Misty

a horse at the Red Barn

a horse at the Red Barn

We fertilized the containers by Diane’s porch…

porch planters

porch planters

I am happy with them and also with the garden by the entry drive.

with Stipa gigantea

with Stipa gigantea

I am not very happy with the street-side garden, especially when I compare it to Gene’s.  Larry has been doing a good job of watering.  It is mulched by the owners with cranberry mulch.  I feel it needs some dairy manure.  With a great big free pile of horse manure next door at the barn, that might feel like an excessive purchase, but I know from experience that horse manure brings in many weeds and therefore increases labour.

needs help!

needs help!

I’ll add more lavenders and santolina this fall….

Next, we skived off work and went to two of the gardens that would be on the edible tour in order to take enticing pre-tour photos for the Facebook page.

First we stopped at Kim and Andrea Patten’s garden on the bay.  Kim is the head of the Cranberry Research Station and Andrea has the Wholesome Hearth baked goods booth at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market (in Long Beach on Fridays, 4-7 PM).

Patten garden

Patten garden

deer fenced

deer fenced Patten veg garden

shallots hanging on the porch

shallots hanging on the Patten porch

an amazing apple orchard

an amazing apple orchard at Patten garden

apples

apples, Patten garden

The owners were not there so I did not feel I should poke my nose around to the more private bay side of the garden.

Next we went way north on Sandridge almost to Oysterville to get some pre-tour photos at “Lavender And”, a small commercial lavender farm.  Again, the owner was not to be found so we did not go into the area around the home.

geometric lavender

geometric lavender at Lavender And

dramatic reflection

dramatic reflection

And then, a run of work working from north to south….

Marilyn's garden

Marilyn’s garden

Cosmos 'Cranberry Double Click'

Cosmos ‘Cranberry Double Click’

Knautia macedonica, Phygelius, Salvia viridis

Knautia macedonica, Phygelius, Salvia viridis at Marilyn’s

Cosmos 'Happy Ring' at Marilyn's

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ at Marilyn’s

Wiegardt Studio Gallery garden

Wiegardt Studio Gallery garden

lily at Wiegardt Gallery

lily at Wiegardt Gallery

Oman Builders Supply garden in Ocean Park

Oman Builders Supply garden in Ocean Park

We skipped Klipsan Beach Cottages for later in the week and headed all the way down to Long Beach to water the planters.  I had barely emerged from our car when I saw three boys picking dahlias from one of the planters.  “Hey! No picking!!” came my usual cry.  They shuffled a bit and one said “My mom’s getting married and we want to take her some flowers.”  That’s a touching story indeed.  I said, “Look, there are three of you, right?  Now imagine if every group of three people in town picked themselves a bouquet…How many flowers would be left?”  They shuffled some more.  I said “Congratulations to your mom, and you can give her what you have already picked, but don’t pick any more.”  One boy opened a plastic bag to put the flowers in…and there was half a bag more of flowers in there.  “So where did you get those?” I asked.  “Oh, not from the planters, from our own garden!” was the hasty reply.  Odd how the flowers looked exactly like the ones I had in planters further down the street.  I just sighed and moved on, as did they.

off to mom's wedding?

off to mom’s wedding? with a bag of flowers

Is there any point in even asking people to stop picking?  Perhaps it will sink in and save someone else’s flowers in the future.  Perhaps not.

the daily painted sage photo

the daily painted sage photo

Next: garden touring with the garden club: a Music in the Gardens tour reprise…

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