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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 7: Marla’s Real Living Garden

Marla’s urban farm overlooks Willapa Bay and benefits from her early years of living on a Washington farm.  She says, “I am still amazed at nature.  You plant a seed or start and an awesome plant grows.”  In just two years, she has grown and built quite a bit, including fencing, lawn, landscaping, irrigation, flower and vegetable beds,  hanging baskets and a chicken coop.  Her pride and joy are the beautiful hens and the eggs they lay.

I wrote about Marla’s garden a year and a month before this year’s tour.  Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed it this year on June 1st.

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

driveway

driveway

tour day!

tour day!

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

in the driveway

in the driveway

front gate at SW corner of the house

front gate at SW corner of the house

birds

a landing spot for baby birds

a landing spot for baby birds

soft

Allan’s photo

inside the front gate

inside the front gate

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps, photo by Kathleen Shaw

clematis seedheads

clematis seedheads

by the stairway

by the stairway

perennial sweet pea

perennial sweet pea

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

containers packed with perennials and annuals

containers packed with perennials and annuals

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pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

tour day, with the porch gate open

tour day, with the porch gate open

I love the porch, all its adjacent plantings, its art and decor and the way it wraps around two sides of the house.  I’d like to pick it up and put it right down next to my house!  So we’ll explore the porch first, and then the garden.

view down back porch steps

view down back porch steps, with Marla’s mother in pink top, seated

Marla's colourful flower baskets

Marla’s colourful flower baskets (Allan’s photo)

plants

Allan’s photo

walking along the porch, looking at the garden

walking along the porch, looking down at the garden

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour.  photo by Kathleen Shaw.

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour. photo by Kathleen Shaw.

looking north

looking north toward the Charles Nelson B&B next door

on the porch

on the porch

On the east side of the porch, Portland guitarist Terry Robb performed for tour guests.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb (Allan’s photo)

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

While I listened to him, Marla's mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

While I listened to him, Marla’s mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view to the east

view to the east

over Willapa Bay

over Willapa Bay

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

Now we’ll walk return along the porch to the back steps.

south side of porch

south side of porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

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down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

porch decorations at top of stairs

porch decorations at top of stairs

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

patio corner

patio corner

Marla's next door neighbour, whose garden we'll visit next, gave her this sign.

Marla’s next door neighbour, whose garden we’ll visit next, gave her this sign for the fence by the patio.

on the patio table:  Marla's grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

on the patio table: Marla’s grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

farm whirlygig

farm whirlygig

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks, photo by Kathleen Shaw

plants

flowers

Allan’s photo

birdhouses

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looking east from the patio

looking east from the patio, pre-tour visit, June 1st

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

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ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking back at the patio

looking back at the patio

astilbes

astilbes

SE corner of house

SE corner of house (Allan’s photo)

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

cosmos, tour day

cosmos, tour day

cosmos

cosmos

over the fence

over the fence

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (right)

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (lower right)

north side of house

north side of house

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

deck on north side of house

deck on north side of house

Plants were for sale by Marla's  brother in law who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

Plants were for sale by Marla’s brother in law, Greig Warner, who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

I want to get to know this fellow better as he is a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut).  I missed out on a way cool plant here, as you will see in the next garden tour post.  I met him briefly at the tour and learned that he is moving to the beach so I hope we will get to know him.

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

gunnera by back deck, looking west

gunnera by back deck, looking west

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in the NW corner of the yard: the chicken coop and veg garden

Gunnera, June 1st

Gunnera, June 1st, looking east

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

gunnera flowers

gunnera flowers and lawn clippings to help retain moisture (Allan’s photo)

the hens' domain

the hens’ domain

on the north deck

on the north deck

Erysimum 'Constant Cheer', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Erysimum ‘Constant Cheer’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium 'Jade Frost', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

painted yard stick plant tag

painted yard stick plant tag (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of the making of the plant tags

Allan’s photo of the making of the plant tags

view east from the henhouse corner

view east from the henhouse corner

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

pre-tour visit, June 1

pre-tour visit, June 1

On tour day afternoon, because of the unusually hot weather, the chickens were in the shade of their coop.

not a chicken to be seen!

not a chicken to be seen!

Fortunately, they had been out and about on June 1st when Nancy and I visited the garden for sneak peek photos.

Marla's beloved flock

Marla’s beloved flock

the coop

the coop

Marla’s garden was a close contender for my favourite because of its intensive container plantings, its whimsical decor, and the chickens.  While I don’t feel that I have time to care for chickens, I would surely love to incorporate a barnyard corner like this into my garden someday.  And the wrap around porch.  And the nice, friendly neighbours.  When Nancy and I visited earlier, Marla just matter-of-factly put the exciteable galloping dog into the fenced yard of the neighbour to the north.  And her neighbour to the south will be our next garden tour visit.

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Monday, 1 June 2015

Allan’s day

Allan went back to the community building as he had not been able to finish the job before dark yesterday.  I feel bad that he is giving up days off to this job but have been unable to convince him to let it go.  His photos:

before

before

 

after

after

 

in progress

in progress

I sent a hardy fuchsia magellanica start with him from my garden.  How I would love to replace that salal in the above photo and yet what a pain to dig it up.

Although it had rained, Allan bucket watered the first third of the Ilwaco planters.  Rain does not get in to planters put together with what Ann Lovejoy called “the principle of stuffage”.  In fact, it is a rare planter that readily absorbs rain, in our experience.

He looked for a place in the boatyard to fill buckets with water...

He looked for a place in the boatyard to fill buckets with water…

 

The Kathryn I was one the move; fortunately, he picked a faucet that turned out to not be the slip for which she was heading.

The Kathryn I was one the move; fortunately, he picked a faucet that turned out to not be the slip for which she was heading.

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After that chore, he checked on the tadpoles in the meander line pools at the south end of our property.  Behind Nora’s and Mary’s back yards, they were still thriving in the ditch water.

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But our ditch pool had tragically dried up.  We hope they wriggled into the next area of standing water.  Next year, we will be poised for a rescue mission.

But our ditch pool had tragically dried up. We hope they wriggled into the next area of standing water. Next year, we will be poised for a rescue mission.

my day

garden tour sneak peeks

Garden Tour Nancy picked me up at 11:30 to go swanning about on a garden tour sneak peek excursion.  I operate the Music in the Gardens Tour Facebook page and took many photos to tantalize folks with images of the gardens they will see on this year’s tour.  This means, though, that I cannot yet share most of the photos here, not the ones that show too much of the gardens.  These will appear later along with the gardens on tour day…July 18th, 2015.

We went straight up to Nahcotta to Marla’s garden.

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outside the garden, right across the road from Willapa Bay

It has come along beautifully since we visited this young garden last year, and is now ready to show how very much can be accomplished in just a couple of years.

outside the fence

outside the fence

Elly, who has grown along with the garden, hurries to greet us.

Elly, who has grown along with the garden, hurries to greet us.

a glimpse of the fascinating porch

a glimpse of the fascinating porch

and a driftwood gate

and a driftwood gate

Elly got so excited that she had to go in the fenced next door yard before she knocked someone over.

Elly (still a pup) got so excited that she had to go in the fenced next door yard before she knocked someone over.

There are chooks....

There are chooks….

and lots of them!

and lots of them!

Alliums by the wrap-around porch

Alliums by the wrap-around porch

Marla, me, and Ed Strange were the three lucky people to get one of these signs from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Marla, me, and Ed Strange were the three lucky people to get one of these signs from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Marla’s garden sign was a gift from Ginger next door, who owns the Charles Nelson Guest House, which will also be on the tour with its garden which is quite possibly half an acre large.

peeking over the north gate

peeking over the north gate

Chooks live here, too!

Chooks live here, too!

and two adorable and friendly dogs.

and two adorable and friendly dogs.

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old fashioned roses

old fashioned roses

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You'll want to see the view of this little formal pond from the deck.

You’ll want to see the view of this little formal pond from the deck.

I wondered if this is Cornus controversa variegata...the wedding cake tree?

I wondered if this is Cornus controversa variegata…the wedding cake tree?

A Waterlogue of the front of the Charles Nelson Guest House

A Waterlogue of the front of the Charles Nelson Guest House

We left the B&B garden to have lunch at Bailey’s Café just a bit up the road.

Bailey's Café

Bailey’s Café

Sambucus 'Black Lace' at Bailey's door

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ at Bailey’s door

inside

inside

tortilla soup and tuna in pita bread

tortilla soup and tuna in pita bread

Just during the course of lunch, we saw Anchorage Cottages manager Beth and Shelly of Flowering Hedge Design.

and this cutie pie

and this cutie pie

On the way to our next sneak peek garden, way up as far north as you can get in Surfside (without entering the northernmost private estate), we saw a promising garden that we WISH would be on the tour.

a good planting over the raised septic system

a good planting over the raised septic system

a promising garden, from the street

 promising garden, from the street

across the way, the Surfside canal

across the way, the Surfside canal

Next, we found Sam’s garden, which will be on the tour.

Sam's garden, from her driveway

Sam’s garden, from her driveway

I soon recognized some of Sam’s touches must also be in the garden we had admired down the street, and she said that yes, she does help out with that one, as well.

Sam's garden, sneak peek

Sam’s garden, sneak peek

Acanthus in Sam's garden

Acanthus in Sam’s garden

artful use of driftwood throughout the garden

artful use of driftwood throughout the garden

white Centaurea and driftwood

white Centaurea and driftwood

Sam, originally from Thailand, has an assortment of interesting plants including some unusual specimens.  I wish I could show you more, as I took many photos, but they would be spoilers for the garden tour.  I plan to publish them along with the actual tour day photos.

She pointed out this handsome fellow whose perch is in a tree on the ridge to the east:

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After our departure from Sam’s garden, Nancy and I drove by a house on the corner that has a lovingly maintained landscape:

another Surfside garden

another Surfside garden

And we then drove back south where we had just a look from the outside at a pocket garden in Tides West, one that will be featured for its artful use of containers.

Tides West garden

Tides West garden

 

Tides West garden vignette

Tides West garden vignette

With that, our pre-tour ended with three gardens unseen, one on the bay, one in Klipsan Beach, and one that was not confirmed till after our drive-around.

at home

Mary was snoozing in her new favourite spot, a temporary plant holding bench on the back patio.

Mary was snoozing in her new favourite spot, a temporary plant holding bench on the back patio.

I had a gardening mission which had come to me when I looked out my window this morning.  I had realized that when I look south down one path that passes the center bed, I can see the edge of the garden bed that lies under the former danger tree.

looking south

looking south

But when I sight down the other path, I can’t see the bed that is under the east side alder tree.

looking south down the other path

looking south down the other path

I could bring the alder tree shade bed forward from the east side, giving me room for more of the ladies in waiting!

the bed in question

the bed in question at 4:46 PM

and at 6:49 PM

and at 6:49 PM

 

with a bed of ajuga pulled and last week's weeding debris picked up

with a bed of ajuga pulled and last week’s weeding debris picked up

Now I need to get all the way to the back in weeding along there, and I need a yard of soil.

Another large patch of ajuga, gone.

Another large patch of ajuga, gone.

Next to go will be this bed of golden creeping jenny...

Next to go will be this bed of golden creeping jenny…

and more ajuga must go!

and more ajuga must go!

I have gone off groundcovers, it seems.

Tomorrow, we must begin a busy four day work week.  I am determined that on one of those days, I will manage to fit in getting my yard of soil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

At ten thirty, Garden Tour Nancy picked me up at home and we headed off to tour most of the gardens that will be on this year’s July 19th peninsula garden tour. Our mission was to write garden descriptions and for me to take sneak peek teaser photos for the Facebook page.

Before our tour began, we visited Nancy’s friend Marla at her home in Nahcotta.

the gate to Marla's garden

the gate to Marla’s garden

Marla's newish yard is coming along and will be garden tour ready for next year, perhaps.

Marla’s newish yard is coming along and will be garden tour ready for next year, perhaps.

She decorated this porch gate with driftwood.

She decorated this porch gate with driftwood.

The gate is behind the trellis.

The gate is behind the trellis.

a bucolic birdhouse

a bucolic birdhouse

We made haste to the other side of the house, as we had been looking forward to seeing Marla’s new chicken coop and her chickens. I think Nancy told me there are 23!

chicken coop

chicken coop

I at first mistook the structure in front of the coop for a series of compost bins. Marla told me that they will be raised planters, with a wire mesh background for growing vines (peas or beans, I think).

She's just putting compost-y stuff in now to fill them up.

She’s just putting compost-y stuff in now to fill them up.

And here are some of the girls (and possibly one boy).

And here are some of the girls (and possibly one boy).

I got to go inside the coop, and there was an exodus of hens..

I got to go inside the coop, and there was an exodus of hens..

They all went into the wooden shelter.  Marla thinks the black one, front and center, is a rooster.

They all went into the wooden shelter. Marla thinks the black one, front and center, is a rooster.

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They soon overcame their anxiety and re-emerged into the outer pen.

They soon overcame their anxiety and re-emerged into the outer pen.

This one was my favourite.

This one was my favourite.

I was reminded of how as a child, my grandma and I would sometimes visit her sister, my great aunt Lou. Lou and Jack Plisko lived in a farm in Port Orchard; a dirt road called Plisko Lane bisected their property. I remember putting my hand under the feathery warm chest of a hen and collecting an egg. My cousin Linda, much older than I, had a horse named Red. She kept Red in a pasture on the other side of Plisko Lane from the old white farmhouse.

Here is how it looks now:

Great Aunt Lou's farm....now....

Great Aunt Lou’s farm….now….

Oh, how I have digressed.

Below, we look from Marla’s chicken coop area to the east and Willapa Bay.

 

bay view

bay view

The part of the fence that lets us see the view has tall posts for attaching deer-prevention see through wire later.

patio in back, with garage door:  We'll look out of that window later.

patio in back, with garage door: We’ll look out of that window later.

Gunnera...

Gunnera…

and a new house that fits well into the historic neighbourhood.

north side of the new house that fits well into the historic neighbourhood.

The porch wraps all the way around the south side.

Chairs facing east to the bay. The porch wraps all the way around the south side.

We went into the garage to get some chicken coop supplies, as Nancy is acquiring chickens of her own soon. Here’s the view from the garage window.

bay view over a clam cleaning sink

bay view over a clam cleaning sink

As we arrived, I had seen a sweet looking dog. Before we left, I got to meet her. I insisted; in fact I had a rather one track mind toward the end of our visit about this darling dog.

Here comes Elly down the stairs.

Here comes Elly down the stairs.

Ten months old, she was a birthday present for Marla's husband.

Ten months old, she was a birthday present for Marla’s husband.

I wish I could have a nice dog like this for a birthday present!

I wish I could have a nice dog like this for a birthday present!

Marla lives just north of the Charles Nelson Guesthouse. Before we drove away from our most enjoyable visit, I took a peek into the back entry of the B&B’s lovely garden. It has been on the peninsula garden tour before.

path to the B&B

path to the B&B

Next, some teaser photos from the garden pre-tour. But first (since I am writing this blog two days behind) is a photo that Garden Tour Nancy texted to me today:

Nancy's very own baby chickens!

Nancy’s very own baby chickens!

 

 

 

 

 

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