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Saturday, 14 March 2015

At last, Allan and I left for the long awaited trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.  Allan suggested these photos of crossing the four plus mile long Astoria Megler bridge in foul weather:

bridge

a long stretch with no escape from trouble

a long stretch with no escape from trouble

flock of gulls riding the air currents

flock of gulls riding the air currents

up...

up…

and around...

and around…

On the flatland again...with the scariest part over...we turn south.

On the flatland again…with the scariest part over…we turn right and go south.

7 Dees garden center, Seaside

Past Seaside, we stop at 7 Dees.

Past Seaside, we stop at 7 Dees.

I got myself a corydalis and a new-to-me pulmonaria.

I got myself a corydalis and a new-to-me pulmonaria.

and all of these Eryngium 'Jade Frost' at just $6 each.

and all of these Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ at just $6 each.

On we go down the foggy coast road.

On we go down the foggy coast road.

Monkey Business 101 Nursery

38005 Hwy 101 South
Cloverdale, Oregon 97112

Teresa from The Planter Box had suggested we stop at a nursery called Monkey Business.

a road to the left just after Cloverdale, Oregon

a road to the left just after Cloverdale, Oregon

a sign that made me laugh

a sign that made me laugh

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Monkey Business

Monkey Business

The nursery specializes in monkey puzzle trees and has a lot of other cool plants.  The woman who is the plant nut was not there; she was off at some sort of dog event with the smarter dog.  We bought our plant selection from her spouse.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I got two of these spider azaleas, one for me, and one for Steve and John if they want one.

I got two of these spider azaleas, one for me, and one for Steve and John if they want one.

a rhododendron area stretching out behind the greenhouses

a rhododendron area stretching out behind the greenhouses

and to the side (Allan's photo)

and to the side (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I found this narrow leaved hosta interesting enough to buy one, despite slug fears.

I found this narrow leaved hosta interesting enough to buy one, despite slug fears.

more rhodos

more rhodos

healthy and pretty dianthus

healthy and pretty dianthus

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

one of the dogs (Allan's photo)

one of the dogs (Allan’s photo)

the sign by the road

the sign by the road

Sunday, 15 March 2015:  Allan’s drive home

Wheeler, Oregon

Allan only stayed one night and drove home on Sunday.

just south of the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport

Here are some photos he took in Wheeler, Oregon.  I had been intrigued by the look of the Wheeler Hotel.

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an old photo of the Wheeler Hotel

as it is today (having lost one letter to a storm)

as it is today (having lost one letter to a storm)

inside

inside

a nearby bakery

a nearby bakery

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I’m sure this was named before seeing the horror of tsunamis elsewhere.

 

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driving through a windstorm, with the gale at his back.  (Gusts up to 100 in Newport!)

driving through a windstorm, with the gale at his back. (Gusts up to 100 in Newport!)

He arrived home to lots of twiggy storm debris in front of our garage...blown over the house from the bogsy woods.

He arrived home to lots of twiggy storm debris in front of our garage…blown over the house from the bogsy woods.

chairs and branches blown around in the back yard

chairs and branches blown around in the back yard

It was quite a storm; the chairs rarely blow this far from the fire circle.

It was quite a storm; the chairs rarely blow this far from the fire circle.  I rode it out in the swaying Sylvia Beach Hotel.

two storm flags at the Port of Ilwaco

two storm flags at the Port of Ilwaco

Thursday, 19 March 2015

  So on the way home five days later, I had a different companion: Carol, who had driven down from Seattle to join me on Sunday evening.  On our drive home, I searched Trip Advisor for a lunch stop and I was fortunate to find a garden center with a café and with five star food review, located just south of Tillamook, Oregon.

Hidden Acres Greenhouse

hidden

display garden

display garden

 

a big gunnera emerging

a big gunnera emerging

outside the Café

outside the Café

display

bonsai

door to the café

door to the café

inside

inside

A mahjong club was meeting.

A mahjong club was meeting.

many attractive displays

many attractive displays

inside

display

beach

The café counter

The café counter; the young man was the sandwich maker.

table service, and a menu

table service, and a menu

the view from our table

the view from our table

delicious food

delicious food

after lunch: out to explore the nursery

after lunch: out to explore the nursery

birdbaths

That's Highway 101 in the background; the nursery is just a bit down South Praire Road

That’s Highway 101 in the background; the nursery is just a bit down South Praire Road

plants

I can tell this place will have a good selection of interesting plants.

I can tell this place will have a good selection of interesting plants.

Digiplexis, not easy to find around here!  (I got just one because of the size of Carol's car.)

Digiplexis, not easy to find around here! (I got just one because of the size of Carol’s car.)

a whole shelf of just-emerging Terra Nova plants

a whole shelf of just-emerging Terra Nova plants

I definitely plan to be back to this nursery on a day trip later this year (and Monkey Business, too!)

Now, on the usual plethora of Sylvia Beach Hotel entries.  I will publish twice a day till I get caught up; those of you who are not as interested in SBH as I am could wait till gardening posts return perhaps three days hence.  WARNING: To avoid two lengthy posts a day going on and on and on and ON about the SBH, tune back in on March 27th for a boating excursion by Allan.

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