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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Mallet Garden, Shoreline

Puget Sound in the distance

Allan’s photo

near the front porch

Puget Sound is also known as the Salish Sea.

This view and feeling was familiar to me as my uncle had a home in Shoreline with a similar view.

Allan’s telephoto

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

history, on the deck

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

A moon gate would be a wonderful garden feature to have.

weeping tree underpruned for the view

 

Realizing that this garden had been in the Innis Arden neighbourhood moved me.  As a child, my parents and grandmother and I often visited friends Dena and Emil there.  As a young woman, Dena had been a housekeeper for my wealthy uncle (my mother’s brother) and had become part of the family.  She and Emil had a lovely modern house, on a humbler Innis Arden lot with no view.  I remember driving in past the Innis Arden sign, which we saw today, and I remember a beautiful garden on two levels, with lots of well kept shrubs, and a little slope that I could slide down on a piece of cardboard until Dena would get worried about damage to the lawn.  Dena’s garden lives in my memory as being similar to some of the tasteful, shrubbery type gardens we have seen on this year’s tour.  I think she would have enjoyed the study weekend.  She must have been an avid gardener; she died when I was fairly young and my memories of that garden ended there.

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south side garden, Discovery Heights with new sign

south side garden, Discovery Heights with new sign

Discovery Heights middle garden

Discovery Heights middle garden

To fill in the Discovery Heights gardens while the shrubs were small, I planted a lot of cosmos.

new middle garden in summer

new middle garden in summer

whisky barrel at new entry gate controls, Discovery Heights

whisky barrel at new entry gate controls, Discovery Heights

We kept up the usual round of all the clients, sometimes encountering Robert doing assorted painting or carpentry projects.  All was amicable.  Bertie had a big comfy bed to ride around in Robert’s new van.  Robert had moved in with a new woman friend.  I was able to work much longer hours with Allan and my debt was dropping dramatically.

At Andersen's RV Park

At Andersen’s RV Park

In the summer we made a formal garden….not my usual style…for a new client, Ted, who wanted green simplicity and tidiness.

Ted's new garden

Ted’s new garden

We did a bit of work for one of Roger’s clients who had a stunning house on the ocean…More photos lost of this place that had 3 houses, sort of separate, but sort of connected at the corners at odd and interesting angles, with one indoor room off a patio with an indoor fish pond, and this moon lattice at the entry to the main courtyard.

Moon gate

Moon gate

Our little project was to make a garden out of a long railroad tie bed that had been choked by weeds…Below is about 1/5 of the entire revamped garden bed.

new bed

new bed

I loved the place but it became too difficult to find time get back to water it, so we let it go.

Coastal Ridge sales trailer

Coastal Ridge sales trailer

We made a temporary beachy garden outside the sales trailer for the new townhouses, Coastal Ridge at Discovery Heights; construction started that summer.

At Klipsan Beach Cottages, summer found the garden as lush as always.

looking in the gate at KBC

looking in the gate at KBC

center of KBC courtyard

center of KBC courtyard

Of course, now that darn Phormium is so big it takes up the whole pot.

Below: me at Laurie’s increasingly tall border on the bay; we were starting to call it the Jurassic garden. The Joe Pye weed and other plants were becoming enormous in their bed of horse manure enriched soil.

at Laurie's

at Laurie’s

Gaura lindheimeri on Bolstadt the beach approach. I gave up on my Kite Festival walk of shame photo series and just hoped the rugosa roses would get big enough to hold their own. There was also (foreground) a tall clover relative that might be a weed, but I let it stay because it got tall enough to defend itself.

Gaura on the beach approach

Gaura on the beach approach

 And…there was much more work.   My clients all were happy, everyone was impressed with his work ethic (of which I have never seen the like!)  But most of my remaining photos of 2004 are of garden touring.

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