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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

presented by the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

Ocean Shores

garden six: Deep in the Woods

Allan’s photo

The base of the front porch has rocks made by the owner, from molds and a cement dye.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

A dry creek bed flows from the side garden to the street.

Allan’s photo

the side garden under the trees

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

That’s Ann taking a detail photo

A windowed gate says something about friendly neighbours.

looking back at the side gardens

A greenhouse draws the eye and the garden tourist into the back garden.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Debra Winslow’s photo

(Debra, Alan and Dawn had come from Lake Tapps for the tour, but they were touring in a different order from us, and, unfortunately, our paths did not cross.)

Ann Amato got a good photo of the stained glass above the greenhouse door.

photo by Ann Amato

I get involved with photographing the narrative flow of a garden and sometimes I miss the details.  While Allan is good at the details, neither of us noticed the stained glass.  I am sure the base of the greenhouse also had the convincing artificial rocks made by the owner.

behind the greenhouse

Allan’s photo

We recall overhearing that the overhead plants were on a drip system, got watered daily and fertilized twice a week.  I love the way the plants look up there.

patio next to the woods (Allan’s photo)

I spy a compost bin.

at one end of the back deck

stairs to the back deck

Allan’s photo

back porch (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

At the back of the garden is the cool green wild woods.

Evan got the best photo of the woodsy feeling.

photo by Evan Bean

Interlude

I liked this house nearby.  It looked older than most Ocean Shores homes.

The cat likes it, too.

We saw a vibrant stand of dahlias on the way to the next garden.

I love how simply humble Ocean Shores is.  Even near the water, the homes we saw were mostly not large and ostentatious.  It made me want to move there.

 

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

presented by the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

Ocean Shores

garden five: Flower Power

Through an archway from the garden next door, we were greeted by a gardening neighbour sitting on her porch.  What an ideal situation to have a friend and gardener sharing a side gate between gardens.

Allan’s photo

Kilyn’s photo as the canal side beds merge between gardens

shady border between the two houses

on the porch (Allan’s photo)

rugosa roses and Phormium in bloom

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The dock has a bench for viewing wildlife and boaters.

view of the canal and little simple white house that is my dream house at the moment.

Neither Allan nor I went around the corner at the end of the porch, above, which I believe is how we missed finding the little greenhouse.  I asked Kilyn if she had found it, and she said she was too busy chatting with the owner on the porch and eating tasty cookies that were on offer.

I love the big wraparound covered porch on two sides of the house.

The bay window room must be delightful.

A deer fence would be an essential part of an Ocean Shores garden (unless you want a deer park garden).  We saw deer wandering everywhere.

deer fence (Allan’s photo)

interlude

We drove from the canal gardens to gardens on the ocean side and took a comfort break at facilities by one of the beaches.

Allan’s photo; this boy immediately flopped into the sand in delight.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

a house by the sea (Allan’s photo)

When we arrived at the next garden, Evan of Castle Rock and Ann of Portland had caught up to us. Evan’s shirt had been a big hit all day.

Tomorrow, I am returning to once a day posting because there is much to show you in the next two gardens.

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

presented by the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

Ocean Shores

garden one: On the Beach

 

Allan’s photo, front garden

I felt immediately that this garden was unique and distinctly the creation of its owners.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

path leading along the side of the house

We overheard that the home used to be waterfront, but with beach accretion (probably caused by the north jetty in Ilwaco, which has also caused accretion along the Long Beach Peninsula and erosion at Washaway Beach), it is now a half mile from the water. (Do have a look at the Washaway Beach This Week blog.) It is rare to see a garden planted this close to the dunes.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Never have I seen so many blue bottles in the garden.  The reflections and sparkle are supposed to deter the deer. Allan overheard that many were collected from the recycling center.

Allan’s photo

row of once waterfront homes

On the back porch:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

beautiful and fragile old stepping stones in the side garden

I would like to know if the multi-hued round rocks are natural to the garden or were they imported? They were comfortable to walk on.

Returning to the front garden…

Looking at our photos, I am now strongly reminded of Derek Jarman’s garden.

Instead of the rusty bits and pieces in Jarman’s famous garden, we have blue bottles and watermelons, and who is to say which is better?    If I lived closer, I would gift them with a flat of santolina starts, silver and green, which would do well in their tough garden conditions, and a recommendation to have a look at this book.  I think they would be as pleased with the comparison as I am.

 

 

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Thursday, 30 August 2018

Before work, dignified and self-possessed Rudder from next door strolled by and I got to pet him in passing.

At age 16, he was on a mission to go to his front lawn and slowly lie down for a nap.

Mike’s garden

At former-mayor Mike’s garden a few blocks east, we had a brief mission: to mulch two beaten down areas.

before, one of the two

after (with a conifer that is slowly dying)

Ilwaco boatyard garden

We spent about an hour, with me pulling many of the old poppies and putting them in the MaryBeth Wheelie Cart for seed collecting, while Allan weeded.

before pulling poppies

cosmos

santolina and pink yarrow

catmint, santolina, California poppies

Shelburne Hotel

We digressed from Ilwaco to Seaview to spend some time extra time at the Shelburne.  This gave Allan time to give the boxwood square a bit of a trim.

before

after

Meanwhile, I had in mind to dig out three boring old Stella D’Oro daylilies that were languishing in the shade.  Boring though they are, I thought I would find a spot for them in the back garden so that Chef Casey Venus would have more daylily flowers.  Boring though she is, Stella does reliably rebloom.

before: Stella way back against the fence, and lots of horrible aegepodium.

Maybe I just need to ditch Stella so I don’t move aegepodium into the back garden.  I will carefully separate out some daylily roots.  It was a moot point because I could not even get my shovel into the ground, so this project will wait for another day.  I did manage to get out several of the noxious-weed Iris pseudacorus.

before

after, not the most successful project!

A future project will be to have Allan get on a small ladder and try to get some of the green reversion branches out of the golden privet at the north end of the front garden.

It wants to go green.

Joe Pye Weed and white phlox before…

…and after I ran my hand over the phlox just to knock off the spent blossoms and leave an interesting green shape.

In the back garden, I noticed something on a table and realized it was a message.

I love this place.

I love it, too.  Working here is my happiest job this year.

the back courtyard

Sunset runner beans

bocce ball court

west side, back garden

south side semi shade garden next to the al fresco dining

We also watered the whole garden so that it won’t have to be done between Long Beach and Ilwaco tomorrow.  Allan wants to get home before dark on Friday to load up his boat for a Saturday trip.  This means we will have to water the Shelburne again on Sunday.

deadheads from watering the Room Four deck’s containers (Allan’s photos)

Remember when last week we spotted the KING 5 news van at the Shelburne after work?  We figured they were there covering the kite festival, and they were.  Here is the kite festival segment.  But they also did a segment on the Shelburne itself with LOTS of photos of the flowers.  It is short and sweet and right here.  Not only does it flatter the garden; it also gets across the improvements over the old, rather stuffy look inside the inn.  The historic feeling of the inn is still strong and now the rooms are spacious and airy in feel.

Port of Ilwaco

We went home for the second long hose. I got to pet Rudder again—twice in one day!

This time, a small piece of cheese might have been used as a lure.

Back to our not quite all Ilwaco day, we did our usual watering of the curbside gardens, except for the east end one which we only do every other week.  (It is our drought tolerance test, or else we just get tired.)

by the soon to be new At The Helm hotel, formerly Shorebank

By Ilwaco Pavilion

I fretted while watering about this garden possibly getting trampled during Slow Drag and thought, I MUST find out where the finish line will be this year.  I have implored that it not be by this garden.

a new and delicate area where once was a mugo pine

I managed to grow this coreopsis from seed and I want to see it bloom!

Other beds, like the drive-over garden, are much tougher.

The finish line used to be at this bed by the ArtPort Gallery.  I wish it still was.

As I worked my way along the gardens, I expressed my worries to a merchant friend, who said the rumor is that the race will run the other way and end at Salt Hotel.  That would be awesome; the Salt garden bed is sparse, with river rock chunkier even than the ArtPort bed, and would stand up better to trampling.  (I can reveal this rumour because, by the time you read this, Slow Drag will have happened days before.)

by Salt Hotel

also by Salt Hotel

The west end beds would get some trampling, too.  I don’t have anything precious and not easily replaceable in here:

I checked on our planters at OleBob’s.  Wish we had time for a lunch here!

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ climbing into a crab pot at Time Enough Books

We learned that a friend of ours had an encounter with an elk, on a foggy road. She’s ok, but does not know about the elk.

reflective high tide at the port

Before going home, I remembered one last thing.  We went back to the boatyard and Allan pried out this tatty old blue oat grass.

well past its prime

home

Skooter and Frosty were pleased to see us home by 6 PM.

I had collected enough green clippings this week at work to start layering green and brown compost into bin three.

green and brown plant material and some shredded paper

evening light on the garden

Allan and I moved a sign that had gotten hidden behind an escallonia branch.

I am now am waiting for a loooong time to have my Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’ grow up here.  I am tempted to move it again and plant something bigger.  But I won’t, poor thing has already been moved so many times, which is why it is now four inches tall instead of the four feet it had achieved before the second-to-last move severely set it back.

As for the sign, it applies to my life now but not to everyone’s.  “Why keep a garden account and reckon the cost of pure joy? Is it not cheap at any price?” (Mirabel Osler)  I choose my garden over travel and other luxuries (most home remodeling, for example).  Some people on an even more limited budget have to choose groceries over garden, as I did when trying to get out of debt; during one of those years, I bought one six pack of cosmos for my garden and that was all.  Even now, I cannot afford “any price“, yet that quotation still speaks to me.  Maybe it justifies what I do spend.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Colorful Coastal Gardens tour

 Grayland, Washington

presented by the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County

Gary and Kristie’s garden, Grayland

Gardeners’ quotation: “Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it.” 

by the street

Allan saw some history that I somehow missed.

The house, when purchased, was 528 square feet and I believe is still that size.

today (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

shady side of front garden

The gardeners seem to be winning over the depredations of slugs and snails.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

blue bottle edge just inside the front gate

“Clematis are their passion…”

at the front of the house (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

This golden barberry got lots of admiration.

“The first plant Kristie placed in her garden from the coastal region is the calla lily at the entrance of her home, greeting guests.”

back of house (Allan’s photo)

At the back of the house, I admired the well grown vines.

Passiflora

A green and white clematis made me green-ish with envy.

Like Chie and Bill’s garden, this one had enviable outbuildings.

an outbuilding

just by where the two women were walking in previous photo

“...carvings abundant in the garden…”

same little building seen from behind the main house

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

 

further back, an enormous (to me) outbuilding, AKA She Shed.

Allan’s photo

“…ease the soreness of gardening with the charming outdoor shower and spa...”

beachy outdoor shower (Allan’s photo)

between the two outbuildings

Behind the smaller shed was a grandchild’s play garden.

Allan’s photo

back wall of small shed

The center area of the back garden has a fire circle and hot tub.

with those nice, smooth beach rocks

and a driftwood fence

cannas and curry plant

Allan’s photo; he saw this but I did not.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

At the back of the garden:

ladies in waiting at the back of the garden

Allan looked toward the back for compost heaps because the description had mentioned “tons of compost” to overcome the challenge of sand.  We learned that they have bought compost (as we did at first and still do sometimes) and had it delivered.

On the shady side:

the shady side

All this on what realtor info sites say is a lot slightly under ten thousand square feet.  That is one of the great advantages of having a tiny house with a small footprint.

Right across the road, this sandy road led over a dune to the beach.

Takeaways:  I haven’t had a Helichrysum italicum (curry plant) for a few years.  Must get some.

Ask Allan if he would be so kind as to collect reasonably sized not too difficult driftwood on boating trips. And some beach rocks.

Interlude

Nearby, we saw this cute little trailer painted like a lady bug.

Plant Sale

Next up was the Master Gardener group’s plant sale at a different house.

It had an enticing front garden that was not on the tour because, as the owner said, she had been spending all her time on the plant sale.

Allan’s photo

ducks! (Allan’s photo)

treats!

I got some good plants, including some Crambe maritima, and some hakonechloa grass at a great price, which I got with Alison of the Bonney Lassey blog in mind.

I am holding (and will buy two) one of those cool teucriums that I liked last year in Markham Farm garden…which will be our last stop on this garden tour.

thinking of you, Alison!

some baby Verbena bonariensis!

People were trying to ID this plant and could not.  I couldn’t remember what it was, either.

It has blue flowers.  I know I have had it before.  Does it start with a p…? a b….?

Two more gardens to go on this tour!

 

 

 

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Colorful Coastal Gardens tour

 Grayland, Washington

presented by the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County

Chie and Bill’s garden, Grayland

Gardener’s quotation: “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener.”

At first, I thought the house next door belonged to the garden and thought, “That’s not small.”  Later, Chie herself told me a lot of people get that first impression.  Their 600 square foot little house is tucked so well into the garden that it is not as readily seen.

After touring the garden, I was sure that they could have checked off more of these boxes:

Allan’s photo

beside the driveway

big house, little house (Allan’s photo)

the little house

by the front corner

Allan’s photo

“….the water feature that Bill installed near the driveway, greeting us with the music of flowing water.”

Allan’s photo

I felt delight as we came around into the back garden beside the house.

I loved everything about it!

I love outbuildings, and this garden has two, plus a greenhouse.

garden shed (Allan’s photo)

on the garden shed exterior wall

“The greenhouse is not heated, but look for potted lemons and limes that winter in the shelter.”

Allan’s photo

inside (Allan’s photo)

from inside (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

lemons and limes

“A playhouse is a structure built by Bill and occupied frequently by grandchildren.” Very lucky grandchildren, who will remember this garden for the rest of their lives.

Note the softly rounded beach rock.  Chie says it is comfy to walk in in bare feet.

playhouse porch

side of playhouse (Allan’s photo)

I totally missed this. (Allan’s photo)

Behind the greenhouse is a kitchen garden.

Allan’s photo

and compost bins

A path goes further out into a wild area.

Now we turn back to keep exploring around the house.

side of the playhouse

I like the driftwood and old window frame.

next to the playhouse porch

at the back of the house

I see a shy kitty!

“The garden is designed for family to spill out onto the grounds.”  The big comfy deck with lots of seating is a good, warm and sunny extension of the interior.

smooth and comfy driftwood railings on every set of stairs (thank you)

one of so many spectacular clematis we saw today

“…a tumbling climbing rose [and clematis], providing shade to the sitting area.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

home made rain chain (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

“The cook’s garden, located near the deck…filled with herbs and salad ingredients…abounds in kitchen necessities.”

the beauty of lettuce

Daylily flowers are also edible.

deck from the side

I talked with Chie for awhile about small house living, a topic of interest because I lived in a less than 600 square foot house for 14 years.  I would probably still live there had it been as sunny as this one.  (Mine was in deep shade all winter.)

Up on the deck:

Allan’s photo

I did not want to leave, but we had three more gardens to see.

Intermission

I liked the look of the little house next door to Chie and Bill’s place.

Its smallness and metal roof appeal to me.

Immediately following is a brief bonus post of two places we stopped before the next garden.

Takeaways:  Put my variegated acanthus in a pot for better care.

I saw some stunning daylilies today that are making me rethink them…again….if I can find ones that are immune to daylily leaf streak.

I urgently want an outbuilding for me!  (Allan has one.)

 

 

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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Colorful Coastal Gardens tour

 Grayland, Washington

presented by the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County

Our ticket to the tour is a beautiful booklet with photos and a write up about each garden.

Each gardener chose a quotation to go with the garden description.

I must give credit to The Outlaw Gardener for the idea of using snippets of the garden descriptions throughout these posts.

As you can see, we were close to salt water all day.

Charles and Hans’ garden, Grayland

Gardeners’ quotation: “Gardening requires a lot of water, mostly in the form of perspiration.” -Lou Erickson

From the description, I expected a low maintenance and perhaps rather sparse garden.  We were delighted to find instead a lush but wisely planted garden of great beauty.

Allan’s photo

Each garden has a poster with a list of which sustainable garden practices were employed.

Hans and Charles’ garden

Our greeter and ticket stamper had on a most delightful garden hat.

A docent, neither Charles nor Han (Allan’s photo)

up the driveway (Allan’s photo)

looking back to the entry

When one of this gardener team, Charles, decided to remove a patch of lawn to install a dry river bed, he was responding to the summer drought situation this coastal region experiences. Except for small plantings, this part of the garden is watered only by rainfall.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

on up the driveway past the two story garage

along the side of the garage

handsome brunnera and enviably perfect hostas

farther up the shady border

Allan’s photo

across the front lawn to the sunny side

Allan’s photo

on the front porch

green and lovely table setting

At the back of the garage, on the shady side again:

Allan’s photo

looking back

from whence we came

The path around the side of the house beckons.

looking back along the side pathway

entering the back garden

Allan’s photo

“The garden behind the home invites guests into a private peaceful space of manicured lawn edged in stone block.  This formal setting contrasts with the informal dry river bed in front of the home.”

straight ahead

to my right

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

“The Lazy Gardener”

looking back

gorgeous tawny achillea

behind: the garden shed

Allan’s photo

Charles identifies a plant. (Allan’s photo)

Linaria (toadflax) was perhaps the plant in question. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan and I almost always walk through the garden by different routes and at a different pace, crossing paths occasionally, so it always interests me when we take almost the same photo.

Allan, in blue shirt, is in the above photo.

Allan’s photo

looking back

further back garden exploration

Here is the entry, through a hedge, to the field where the vegetable garden resides.

entry to the vegetable garden area (Allan’s photo)

“The vegetable garden continues to the rear of the formal garden and slips over the hillside to the raised beds designed for efficiency of labor.”

Allan’s photo

“Sand was the challenge to overcome. Compost and mulching was the answer.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The next door neighbour also had a vegetable garden.

Next door (Allan’s photo)

What a great start to the tour!

 

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