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from the program:  Peggy Miller’s bayside garden:    Through a gate flanked by totem poles is a formal parklike landscape. Though there is no house on this bayfront property, there is still a lot to view. Peggy’s edible garden of berries, artichokes and greens is well-protected from wildlife with the sturdiest elk and bear fence you’ll ever see. A natural path winds its way to the bay through woodlands, a meadow and an old orchard.  A surprise structure will greet you at the end of the trail. Peggy was on the tour last year; you may remember her great support and patronage to local artists and the community.  She shares her passions on two fronts this year:  First a tent with local artists demonstrating how various garden art is made.  Also, the Bikes for Books is back, a wonderful program for the area’s elementary schools that rewards reading with a chance to win a new bike.

from the road, photo by Kathleen Sayce

from the road, photo by Kathleen Sayce

This property has a few garden elements but is really a landscape on Willapa Bay.  Some photos were taken on a pre-tour walk through with organizer Nancy Allen.  Owner Peggy, a staunch supporter of local art,  had proposed the idea of having artists giving demonstrations of making garden art.

to the left of entrance

to the left of entrance

I think the reason there are unplanted plants might be because some plants were sale from Peninsula Landscape Supply.  Otherwise I am mystified!

on pre-tour day, June 24

on pre-tour day, June 24

Sheila and Debbie approaching the art demonstration area on tour day.

Sheila and Debbie approaching the art demonstration area on tour day.

Peninsula Landscape Supply had a table set up.

Peninsula Landscape Supply had a table set up.

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Brian O'Connor was the musician.

Brian O’Connor was the musician.

Brian’s spouse is Renee O’Conner, the tile artist who made the beautiful obelisks in Long Beach’s Fifth Street Park and who was also performing on tour day in the Mozart Chicks at Pink Poppy Farm.

flower bed

flower bed

Tlingit art

Tlingit art

patio

patio

on tour day

on tour day

art demo schedule

I was pleased to find that our visit coincided with the garden art demo by Jan Bartlett Richardson, whose beautiful Windy Meadows Pottery garden was on last year’s tour.  She creates the most enchanting miniature clay houses that I have ever seen.

Jan Bartlett Richardson

Jan Bartlett Richardson

her garden art piece on progress

her garden art piece on progress

She will be using the fern fronds and other leaves to add impressions to the piece.

By the time Jan and I were done chatting, Sheila and Debbie had gone on the path to the bay.

path to bay

path to bay

I’m not sure all the tour guests realized the path existed if, like me when garden touring, they just skim the tour description while at each garden.

This would be very wet in the winter.

This would be very wet in the winter.

path

onward

path

path

path

into the light

into the light

Sheila and Debbie by an old orchard

catching up to Sheila and Debbie

old fruit trees

glimpsing the bay

glimpsing the bay

For those who don’t know our geography, the Long Beach Peninsula lies between two bodies of water, the Pacific Ocean to the west and Willapa Bay to the east.

to bay

bay view tree house

bay view tree house

For safety, the ladder to the treehouse was removed on tour day.

the setting, photo by Kathleen Sayce

the setting, photo by Kathleen Sayce

bay view aerie

bay view aerie

on pre tour day

on pre tour day

the bay, photo by Kathleen Sayce

the bay, photo by Kathleen Sayce

walking west again

walking west again

Back in the entrance area, we stopped to have another look at one of the landscape’s main features:  a deer and bear proof set of vegetable enclosures.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

No critter will get in here!

No critter will get in here!  photo by Kathleen Sayce

veg fortress

veg fortress

Next:  The Painted Lady Lavender Farm…and here’s hoping it won’t take me two days to write it up because it’s a truly fabulous and enchanting garden.

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garden entrance As we drove down a country road to the last garden, the setting began to look familiar. Our Garmin helped us find the garden much more easily than when we had last visited it in 2007.  From the programme guide:  “This large country garden has it all–evergreen trees, including a 100 year old Redwood, Christmas trees, fruit trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, windowboxes, a vegetable garden, chicken coop, and garden art, much of it salvaged.”

patio bench

patio bench

on the patio

on the patio

horse trough planter

horse trough planter

Colour surrounds the patio and lavishes forth from containers.  I do love the look of a horse trough used as a planter, which had featured large in a garden tour I’d attended in Eugene.  I’ve never gotten one because I am so economical about everything but plants…and soil…and manure.

around the patio

around the patio

We followed a curving sidewalk path to an arbour that offered a glimpse of a neighbour’s garden.

path to neighnours

path to neighbours

That is when I knew for sure I had been here before because I well remembered the juxtaposition of the two gardens.  I always envy next door gardening neighbours.

As I recalled the neighbour’s garden consisted of a fenced veg patch with wildflowers at the front.

wildflowers backed with veg

wildflowers backed with veg

The vegetable garden’s attractive fence seemed to low to keep the deer out but it must work or they would have longer things sticking up to fortify it.

fence for vegetables

fence for vegetables

Deer must be quite a problem here!

Deer must be quite a problem here!

arbour

arbour

We returned through a grape arbour to the Miller garden.  Note the bricks under the arbour…  The owners have salvaged a great many bricks over time and are fortunate that they have a wealth of the bricks that say “Hidden”.  It is a word so evocative of secret gardens but apparently was just the name of an old local brick yard.  I had a few but I fear I left them all behind in my old garden.

brick work

brick work

fenced border

fenced border

Along another house (perhaps another neighbour?) we saw further evidence of fencing for deer.  A little flower pot on top of a stake makes it so much cuter.

The center of the garden buzzed with people getting ready for the raffle and refreshments, so we wandered to the other side where my eye was drawn to a fire circle and to plates on a fence.

campfire lawn

campfire lawn

plates on a fence

plates on a fence

Fen's Ruby

Fen’s Ruby

The plates!  The mossy old fence!  The old wooden lintel with plates on top.  The ornate old metal plate hanger!  I love every bit of it.

Another plate hangs next to a bed infested with Euphorbia ‘Fen’s Ruby’; so pretty, so invasive. Some crept from my mom’s plants into the Ilwaco post office garden and I am reminded that I should weed it out.ingredients

ingredients

Nearby a work area hold piles and piles of lovely ingredients including more “hidden” bricks.  More fodder for making paths that lead here and there…one of which is made from the “rock’n mold” type of cement mold that I used to have….

paths

paths

…and one leading to a sit spot with rustic old chairs.

vintage chairs

vintage chairs

We realized we must stop wandering, head back to the gathering area, partake of some refreshment and then get on to our nursery shopping.  But first we stopped to admire the Miller’s fenced vegetable garden.  It made me want to devote an area of my garden to a lovely patch like this.  (But where?)

vegetable gate

vegetable gate

I loved the way that colanders hung on the prongs of an old garden tool, at the ready for gathering.

for harvesting

for harvesting

What a productive looking vegetable patch!

What a productive looking vegetable patch!

We took a further exploratory walk to appreciate more small details.

little bench, windowboxes

little bench, windowboxes

small wooden barrow

small wooden barrow

And then made our way to the gathering spot on the lawn.

refreshments and raffle

refreshments and raffle

With a quick bite and the decision to forgo the raffle in order to get to our favourite nursery in Gearhart, we departed.  Or almost did.  Our attempt to beat the rush leaving was thwarted by a dead battery in our car,  but we were saved by a kind person with a truck and jumper cables in time to drive out just before the many tour goers started to jockey around the crowded parking area.

another tour

another tour

Success!  We made it to Back Alley Gardens in time…and what did we see in the window but a poster for yet another garden tour, one that would occur after ours.   I remembered the glorious Gearhart tour that I had been on years before and was determined to go.

We acquired a carload full of good plants from Back Alley.  There is nothing like one’s own garden tour coming up to justify spending any amount of money on plants.  We got home in time to have a campfire in our own way back garden with our friend J9, our next door neighbour who would be moving away soon.  We had postpone it twice because of wind (a danger next to the bogsy wood!) and I knew garden tour prep madness would set in as the seven days passed till…tour day!  It was all I could do to stop planting my new plants before nightfall and sit to share the campfire meal with my friends.  But looking back now, this experience was a wonderful part of the day.

campfire

In our own garden….with Jeannine and Allan…where we wondered why we hardly ever relax like this.

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