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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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July 27, 2013

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

Garden Five: Judy and Jacob Redekop garden

from the program: “Heads up, gardeners, you’re about to see the art of gardening on display.”

The first things that Allan noticed when we arrived at the Redekop garden was how the honeysuckle was trained over the garage with nary a sign of support.

a CASA volunteer to check tickets

a CASA volunteer to check tickets

The CASA volunteer said several people had asked what the secret support system was, but she did not know…and as with all the other gardens, the owners were not there to answer questions. I don’t mean to whinge on about this in every post, but it just strikes me so very much as the one way this garden tour could be better. In every other way it is ideal.

Allan's honeysuckle photo

Allan’s honeysuckle photo

garden five

garden five

front porch

front porch

front garden

front garden

Allan's tree photo

Allan’s tree photo

flowers against the house

We approach the corner of the house...

We approach the SW corner of the house…

south side of house

I believe this was the south side of house

on the porch

on the porch

porch

porch

sunporch on west side

sunporch on west side

On the west side of the house, the garden is green on green.

a green garden to the west of the house

a green garden to the west of the house

I oriented myself by looking down the street where a path to the ocean dunes lay.

I oriented myself by looking down the street where a path to the ocean dunes lay.

a large parking pad at the SW corner.

a large parking pad at the SW corner.

west side of garden

west side of garden

looking north from the parking pad

looking north from the parking pad

side view of the SW corner of house.

side view of the SW corner of house.

handsome mossy tree trunk

handsome mossy tree trunk

Allan's view of the hydrangeas

Allan’s view of the hydrangeas

The sunporch on the west side looks like such a wonderful space.

the sunporch

the sunporch

Allan got nosy with the sunporch and looked inside with his camera.

wall with painting....

wall with painting….

and closeup of a beautiful painting of the house.

and closeup of a beautiful painting of the house.

a green expanse (for Tom and Mr. Tootlepedal)

a green expanse (for Tom and Mr. Tootlepedal)

bench on a small deck

bench on a small deck behind the sunporch

I would really like to have been able to ask the owners for the story behind the expanse of mulch at the NW corner of the property.

a vast expanse

a vast expanse

corner garden

corner garden

The mulch appeared to be something really excellent; we guessed pit-washed dairy manure, and that implied that something would be planted. The mulch expanse tied two garden areas together: a fenced veg garden and a raised ornamental garden.

mulch with path

mulch with path

To the right stood a small orchard of fruit trees.

the path, looking west

the path, looking west

stacked wall

stacked wall

steps up

steps up

center of raised garden

center of raised garden

patio

water

water

Clematis

Allan’s photo of Clematis

Allan was taken by the symmetry of this grass.

Allan was taken by the symmetry of this grass.

I wonder if the plan is to tie these two areas together with more planting.

looking east to the fenced garden

looking east to the fenced garden

looking south from the raised garden

looking south from the raised garden

The fenced garden calls to us.

The fenced garden calls to us.

veg garden

veg garden

impressive

impressive

weathered gate

weathered gate

looking over the gate

looking over the gate

admirable and productive

admirable and productive

edged with lavender

edged with lavender

Allan's lavender photo

Allan’s lavender photo

lavender edging

lavender edging

We asked the volunteer ticket checker if the owners had trouble with deer. She did not know. We speculated that while the fence would be short enough to jump, the deer might not like jumping up and also they might be put off by the lavender.

I have put the address of this garden into a note in my phone. Sometime when we are going to Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart, I want to drive by again and see if more planting has been done in that orchard area.

Interlude between gardens

When buying our ticket, I had overheard the advice that certain routes between the tour had the prettiest gardens along the street. I marked my tour map accordingly so that we drove down Marion to get to garden number six.

Here was a pretty garden!

Here was a pretty garden!

Allan noticed a bird on a tree...

Allan noticed a bird on a tree…

and got a closeup.

and got a closeup.

a striking garden with lots of verticals...

a striking garden with lots of verticals…

and beside it, a path to the beach.

right at the western edge of the town….

and one more charming garden...

and one more charming garden…

Next: the last tour garden of the 2013 Gardens by the Sea tour, and a very pleasant surprise it was for me. Also I remembered that Lorna, our friend who we had encountered at two of the previous gardens, wanted me to identify a plant for her in the final garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 20, 2013

from the program:  Painted Lady Lavender Farm:  Whimsey abounds as you enter this gorgeous cultivated canyon, revealed at the end of a woodsy driveway. After being inspired by a visit to France 20 years ago, the owners decided to farm lavender on this undulating acreage. The terraced hillside holds four lavender fields, vegetables, perennials, a tree house, two charming cottages, chicken and quail coops and a bocce court. The valley floor of the farm holds a cafe, many seating areas, a stage, a store selling lavender products, garden rooms and a fountain. Wrought iron furniture and gates were made by the owner’s son Wade. Daughter Sherri will be on hand to lead tours through this paradise.

I’ve written about this garden before, and for a more organized photo tour of the garden, you could read this.  For garden tour day, I’d like to just share the impression of wandering through the garden.

Sheila and Debbie and Allan and I arrived at the farm with the foreknowledge that guided tours were being insisted upon; however, by invoking the fact that we had with us professional photographer Debbie Teashon, who has had photos in Fine Gardening and other famous magazines, and who needed to wander at will, and by reminding tour guide Sherri that I knew the gardens and its paths well and promising to keep my guests safe, we were given permission  to wander at will.

First we went up the hill behind the house to the fragrant stands of lavender.

First we went up the hill behind the house to the fragrant stands of lavender.

Sheila and Allan and I enjoyed the sights and smells while Debbie photographed this and that.

shade and sun

shade and sun

lavender

mural on back of house by "Painted Lady" Susan Wallace

mural on back of house by “Painted Lady” Susan Wallace

mural

Sheila taking a photo

Sheila taking a photo

A bit uphill from the back of the house is a gift shop with lavender items and antiques.

gift shop

gift shop

inside the gift shop with furniture painted by Susan

inside the gift shop with furniture painted by Susan

rose behind the main house

rose behind the main house

deck of the main house

deck of the main house

view from the deck

view from the deck

As we were enjoying the views from this area, a guided tour went by, crossed the field and went back down the hill.

tour

tour

tour being guided by Sherry

tour being guided by Sherri

Sherri was explaining all the different kinds of lavender and other herbs, but we were glad to be on our own rather than being guided because we are very stubborn independent minded.

tour group

tour group

We were able to go further up the hill to a delightful guest cottage.

 cottage at the very top of the hill

cottage at the very top of the hill
Sheila is enchanted.

Sheila is enchanted.

I am enchanted all over again.

I am enchanted all over again.
dreamy inside

dreamy inside

nearby, an outdoor tub

nearby, an outdoor tub

sink and tub

sink and tub

behind the tub wall

behind the tub wall

looking over wall to the cottage

looking over wall to the cottage

I knew of the stairs down to the back of the main house.

I knew of the stairs down to the back of the main house.

smoke rising from the outdoor kitchen

smoke rising from the outdoor kitchen

the chimney of the big pizza oven

the chimney of the big pizza oven

outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen dining room (same room as the big oven)

outdoor kitchen dining room (same room as the big oven)

dining

in the dining area

in the dining area

The farm is “off the grid” with any electricity powered by a generator and water supplied by a well.

more of the "summer kitchen"

more of the “summer kitchen”

summer kitchen

summer kitchen

kitchen

I remember reading a novel about farm life where the family had an indoor kitchen for the winter and a roofed outdoor kitchen for the summer.  It is an excellent idea, especially with the partial walls that provide windbreaks and shelter from any rain.

another tour departs from the main house patio

another tour departs from the main house patio

by the outdoor kitchen

by the outdoor kitchen

in the background: belly dancers

in the background: belly dancers

Belly dancing is a big part of the Lavender Farm lifestyle these days.  You can read more that here.  (They are having another Beach Bellydance Festival this year on August 10th and 11th.)

dancers

dancers

A dog inside the main house looks like Jo Fitzsimmon's Coco.

A dog inside the main house looks like Jo Fitzsimmon’s Coco.

kitchen

By now we had reunited with our friend Kathleen Shaw, who had been touring from north to south while we went south to north and then back south again.

Kathleen Shaw's photo of the main house patio

Kathleen Shaw’s photo of the main house patio

patio pond

patio pond

We can just see Kathleen next to the statue in the photo below:

a glimpse of a friend

a glimpse of a friend

Our friend Jenay, who lives just up the road from the farm, was there as well.

Allan and Jenay

Allan and Jenay

She had been stationed at the entrance but as the tour hours drew to a close, she could not resist joining the dancers.

stage

dancers

dancers

dancers

to the right, in black, “Painted Lady” Susan Wallace

Susan, the Painted Lady

Susan, the Painted Lady

Susan’s decorative floral painting can be seen on buildings around the Peninsula; her mural of flying kites is on the outside wall of the Payson Hall clubhouse at Andersen’s RV Park.

Jenay

Jenay

dancers

dancers (daughter and mother)

dancer

As the dancing continued, we explored the gardens around the house.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

shed near the outdoor kitchen

shed near the outdoor kitchen

fix it supplies in the window

fix it supplies in the window

just uphill: the chicken coop

just uphill: the chicken coop

another little cottage

another little cottage

peeking in a window

peeking in a window

window

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

woodsy

secret garden

secret garden

inside the secret garden

inside the secret garden

Sheila exploring

Sheila exploring

looking back at the stage

looking back at the stage

picket

an old well

an old well

Sheila and Sherri contemplating the well

Sheila and Sherri contemplating the well

the height of the water table inside the well

the height of the water table inside the well

a resident of the old well

a resident of the old well

frog

frog

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Jenay and Kathleen Shaw

Jenay and Kathleen Shaw

Kathleen is amazing for the connections she has made as a vacationer here on the Peninsula.  We so look forward to her moving here someday.  The sooner the better!

Jenay by the main house

Jenay by the main house

upstairs window, photo by Kathleen Shaw

upstairs window, photo by Kathleen Shaw

gift booth by entrance

gift booth by entrance

lavender

by the entrance

by the entrance

by the driveway

by the driveway

The five of us (Kathleen, Allan, Debbie, Sheila, and I) walked back to our cars in a happy mood, went back to our house and all sat around for awhile discussing the tour and then went out for a delicious meal at the Depot Restaurant.  Depot owner Nancy Gorshe was beaming because she had so much fun hosting tour guests at her mother’s garden.  Our three friends from out of town were pleased with Chef Michael’s sulbimel food.  (It was not a new experience for Kathleen, a frequent visitor to and future resident of the Peninsula.)

And our touring was not over, because on Sunday we all had plans to tour several more gardens on a private tour day of our own.

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Lavender signAfter not having visiting the lavender farm just east of Ilwaco for several years (just because we are so busy with our own and clients’ gardens), I was inspired to visit it twice in August.  What an absolutely gorgeous retreat it is, a hidden gem down a woodsy driveway.  On the 7th of August, Allan and I attended a tea party, and on the 11th of August, I was there for a dance festival.

Dwight, Sheri, Susan

Dwight, Sheri, Susan

Owners Dwight and Sudan and their daughter Sheri welcomed us.  Sheri is a familiar face in Ilwaco because she runs the Lavender Farm booth at the Ilwaco Saturday Market.  Because the farm is not always populated with colourful dancers and fairies (or is it?), first I’ll share the wonders of the garden…and then the dance festival in my next post.

the house, with grounds set up for dance performance

the house, with grounds set up for dance performance
front garden of the house

front garden of the house

house garden

house garden

front garden

front garden

in the garden

in the garden

To the left of the house, an outdoor kitchen provides a gathering space for parties.

entry to the outdoor kitchen

entry to the outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen

ready for a party

ready for a party

outdoor oven

outdoor oven

in the outdoor kitchen

in the outdoor kitchen

cupcakes

cupcakes

tea party

tea party

The purple trim of the house is echoed in all of the outbuildings including this one on the lower level of the farm, called The Café of Angels.

outbuilding

outbuilding

"Café of Angels"

“Café of Angels”

no pouting zone

no pouting zone

seating for the angels

seating for the angels

mossy dell

mossy dell

mossy detail

mossy detail

by the café wall

by the café wall

window garden fence

window garden fence

entering behind the Café of Angels

entering behind the Café of Angels

wishing well

wishing well

The water table is always this high.

The water table is always this high.

seating

beautiful surroundings

beautiful surroundings

enchantment

enchantment

Finally, I left the lower garden to explore the rest of the farm. On a terraced hillside, stairways and grassy paths lead to level after level of beauty.

By this shed, steps led up..

By this shed, steps led up..

on the next level: chickens

on the next level: chickens

rooster

rooster

Dare I pass?

Dare I pass?

Tom the Turkey

Tom the Turkey

I did pass the rather intimidating rooster and further up the green grassy path came upon a large turkey in a pen.  My friend Mary has a story that might explain why the turkey is sturdily fenced.  Really, do not miss reading her tale of Tom the turkey.

On the next terrace a field of lavender led to a small building where antiques, furniture painted by owner Susan, and more lavender things were offered for sale.

lavender path

lavender path

dragons

boutique

boutique

open

open

inside

inside

teapots and cups

teapots and cups

painted rolling pins

painted rolling pins

a photo of Sheri in her wings at the Saturday Market booth

a photo of Sheri in her wings at the Saturday Market booth

From outside the little lavender boutique, we could see the back of the house with  Susan’s mural of a sunnier clime.

mural

mural

Higher still, I found a stone walled enclosure with an outdoor tub.

outdoor tub

outdoor tub

detail of tub enclosure

detail of tub enclosure

Behind the quite fabulous outdoor tub area, an enticing guest house had the same purple trim as the main house.

guest house from tub patio

guest house from tub patio

guest house

guest house

guest house window

guest house window

peering in the window

peering in the window

at the very top

at the very top

Working our way back down the hill, I found another little outbuilding.

another charming building

another charming building

Again I approached. through fragrant lavender, the back of the main house.

lavender field

lavender field

Allan, meanwhile, had gone up in a treehouse and photographed this view over the lower garden.

from the treehouse

from the treehouse

flower garden above the house

flower garden above the house

a deck beside the house

a deck beside the house

from above

from above

lavender path from deck

lavender path from deck

To one side, through an arbour...

To one side, through an arbour…

...led to another house deck.

…led to another house deck.

Instead, I chose a grassy path...

Instead, I chose a grassy path…

and instead of going back toward the chicken coop...

and instead of going back toward the chicken coop…

and took some stairs to my left.

I took some stairs to my left.
going down

going down

above the outdoor kitchen

above the outdoor kitchen

back on the lower level

back on the lower level

As we left to return to the parking area, I saw yet another route, back up the hill toward the treehouse where Allan had taken his overview photo.

stairs to the treehouse plateau

stairs to the treehouse plateau

stairsWithin a few days, I would be returning to this perfect garden for a few hours of the Beach Belly Dance festival and another walk up the hill to explore the many mysteries and surprises of the Painted Lady Lavender Farm.birdhouses

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Allan and I simply HAD to go on the Garden Conservancy tour on Sauvie Island because I had accidentally brought my friend Sheila‘s one gallon Stewartia tree home from the Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend 2008.  Sauvie would be an excellent place for the two of us to rendezvous (and of course to shop at Cistus and Scappoose’s Joy Creek nurseries).

I worry a bit that if I am frank about my thoughts on some of the tour gardens, I might hurt the feelings of a garden owner who happens upon this.  It takes courage to let the public into one’s garden.   So I will continue my vague policy of raving about the ones I adore.  If there’s a garden that amazes and moves me, I tend to take so many photos that it gets its own journal entry.

I apologize that three years later I can’t flash my memory back to tell you the names of the gardens….

the first garden

The second garden had metal garden art throughout.

second garden

garden art in second garden

Sheila drew my attention to the huge trunks twined around the front arbour.

arbour trunks, second garden

Here’s a plant I keep trying and failing to grow, and still want:  Impatiens omeiana.

pretty sure the middle plant is impatiens omeiana…

The third garden’s owners provided a written tour guide with clever questions and clues to guide us through the landscape.  I think the house was new.  While big and grand, it gave a pleasant impression of homey farmhouse.  The wattle fencing around garden beds and compost pile charmed me.

garden three….house and wattle fences

wattle fenced bed and compost heap

The straw bale edged beds inspired me to do the same…an inspiration I still have not followed, but mean to.

straw bale beds, garden three

We all loved the straw bale summer house.  As we drew closer, we realized it had a built in stained glass window and its own little front garden bed!

straw bale summer house, garden three

Inside: the perfect summer get-away for a nap or a reading a good book.

straw room hideaway, garden three

While the third garden was more of a casual landscape than a garden we enjoyed its special touches.

mossy bench, garden three

tiny pond, garden three

I have to break my vague rule of no complaining already….because I really must point out that garden number four was simply not ready to be on the tour.  If a garden is this new and has not somehow been given some flow and cohesiveness, in my opinion it should wait a year or two to be on the tour.  Some perennials stuck in, or even sword ferns, would have helped.

The potential was great in garden four even though parts of it made me barking mad.  It had a rawly new pond landscape.  I would very much like to have seen it just a couple of years later.  I suppose garden tours do not often come to Sauvie and the chance to be on one was irresistable.  I also imagine the garden owners had some hesitation and I apologize, if they have happened upon this….

pond, garden four

One area with mature plantings gives an idea of how lovely the entire garden must be a few years later…

garden four in maturity

Gardens five and six are going to get their own entries.  Skipping ahead here to garden seven, we found another big farming landscape with a pretty garden just around the house.  I remember now…It was a peony farm, but at the time we visited, the peonies had already bloomed.  Those fields must be spectacular in flowering time.

harvested peony field, garden seven

Closer to the house a lovely area of roses and lavender and the gardens right by the house must have been a great pleasure to the owners….especially now that the hard work of peony harvest was over.

house and porch, garden seven

lovely arbours, garden seven

lavender beds, garden seven

…Next stop Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose.  But for the blog reader, let’s flash back to the wonderful gardens number five and six first.

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