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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.

Little Tyke Garden

John and Judy named their garden “Little Tyke” and describe it as “simple, easy, fun”.  I visited it with Garden Tour Nancy not long ago and on that day was able to tour the flower garden part.  Today, that had caution tape because the paths are narrow.  The main edible tour feature was John’s container kitchen garden, but for me the whole garden is a delight, especially his garden art from found objects.

Little Tyke

Little Tyke

front garden

front garden

Only the balloons hint at the artful garden in back.

Only the balloons hint at the artful garden in back. (Allan’s photo)

compost sifter on wheelbarrow

compost sifter on wheelbarrow

garden table divides kitchen garden from flower garden

garden table divides kitchen garden from flower garden (Allan’s photo)

one of John's cool art creations

one of John’s cool art creations

I like it very much.

I like it very much.

driftwood and found objects make art

driftwood and found objects make art

looking south into the flower garden

looking south into the flower garden

Driftwood protects a fish pond from raccoons.

Driftwood protects a fish pond from raccoons.  (Allan’s photo)

The sign is one that they found.

The sign is one that they found.

A tour guest in the container veg garden peer into the flower garden.

A tour guest in the container veg garden peer into the flower garden.  (Allan’s photo)

tomatoes on south wall of garage

tomatoes on south wall of garage

container kitchen garden

container kitchen garden

backlit chard

backlit chard

looking back at the house

looking back at the house

deck railing

deck railing

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck

on the deck (Allan’s photo)

another critter by John

another critter by John

deck windows looking east

deck windows looking east (Allan’s photo)

a shovel critter that rocked

a shovel critter that rocked (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of me photographing John and a tour guests. John's in the Hawaiian shirt.

Allan’s photo of me photographing John and a tour guests. John’s in the Hawaiian shirt.

Allan's photo: tour host Judy and me.

Allan’s photo: tour host Judy and me.

I said to Judy “Your voice, the way you move, and the way you look are so much like a Judy I used to know that it’s spooky.”  She said “I AM that Judy!”  It was funny.  She modestly had a name tag just saying “John’s wife”, because she said the kitchen garden is his project.  She made me laugh.

She invited me in to see a wintertime project of John’s:

a button head with watches for eyes

a button head with watches for eyes

her friendly little dog

her friendly little dog (Allan’s photo)

very friendly

very friendly – I wonder if he is “little tyke”

flowers on the deck

flowers on the deck (Allan’s photo)

looking northeast over the garden

looking northeast over the garden

over

dawson

SE view

SE view

corner

all kinds of fun objects

all kinds of fun objects

rounds

John his ownself

John his ownself

from my pre-tour visit

from my pre-tour visit

I was sorry to leave because I’d really taken to John and Judy on both visits to their garden.  However, we have seven more gardens to see.  Before we leave for the next one, let’s look around the charming cul-de-sac on which John and Judy live.

intermission

This house is at the entrance and is next to the original house on the block.

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You can just see a taller house behind it that was the first house on the block:

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An arbour on the other side of the street from Little Tyke:

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pretty window boxes at the end of the little street

pretty window boxes at the end of the little street

a pond makes a nice view for end of the block houses

a pond makes a nice view for end of the block houses

Next: the garden behind the Planter Box garden center that feeds a large family.

 

 

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