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Sunday, 19 July 2015

On the evening of the Music in the Gardens tour day, I had found a handwritten note under my door.  After some deciphering and pondering, I realized that it was from the owner of the Bohnke garden, which I had written about with well-deserved effusiveness a couple of years ago when it had been on the official Astoria garden tour.  Because the Astoria garden tour had been canceled this year, and their garden had been one of the proposed gardens, Bob and Helen Bohnke had decided to go ahead and have a garden open anyway.  I Googled to see if I could find any information to confirm this.  (Bob had left me his phone number, but I hate making phone calls!)  I found this letter to the editor in last week’s online issue of the Daily Astorian.

bobOh my gosh!  Now I was really determined to go.  I made a screen shot of the letter and put in on my Facebook page in hopes that others would see it and attend.  In the morning, I got a text from Rainyside Debbie Teashon saying that she was going.  I’d texted Todd about it, but he did not get the message till evening.  So off Allan and I went at Sunday midmorning over the Astoria Megler Bridge.

the view from the bridge

the view looking west from the bridge

We parked on the hilly street in Astoria, and someone walking by said, “Are you here for the tour?  It doesn’t start till noon, but he let me walk through.”  It was 11:30, so we just started nosing around the edges.

a charming garden three doors uphill

a charming garden three doors uphill

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Bohnke Garden

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from the sidewalk

from the sidewalk: the colours make me happy

atop the retaining wall

atop the retaining wall

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Allan’s photo

I went up the lawn below the house, which belongs to a church but which the Bohnkes maintain.

I went up the lawn below the house, which belongs to a church but which the Bohnkes maintain.

From the back porch, a kitty came to the lawn to greet me.

From the back porch, a kitty came to the lawn to greet me.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

(Bob later told us that chair had given way when he sat down with his morning coffee!)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

ever so friendly

ever so friendly

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

From the lawn, I could see a memorial spot positioned at the edge of the garden.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

returning to the front sidewalk

returning to the front sidewalk

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking up at the front garden with Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

looking up at the front garden with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

front corner; bucket had crocosmia corms to give away to anyone who might want some.

front corner; bucket had crocosmia corms to give away to anyone who might want some.

There was so much to see that I did not feel at all impatient while waiting.

Here came Debbie, setting up her camera!

Here came Debbie, setting up her tripod!

big camera, little camera

big camera, little camera

Noon: Here comes Bob!

Noon: Here comes Bob!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hydrangeas

hydrangeas at the foot of the front steps

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here comes another garden host.

Here comes another garden host.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Bob and friend

Bob and friend

I tink I taw a puddytat.  (Allan's photo)

I tink I taw a puddytat. (Allan’s photo)

Bob himself

Bob himself

I asked Bob about last week’s garden tour, the one about which he had written that he was disappointed with the turn out.  He told us that because of the Astoria tour getting canceled, he had just put up some signs on phone poles inviting people to come see his garden.  I love that!  I think it is a shame that the Astoria tour was canceled, and from what I have heard through the grapevine, there is no plan by the organization that used to organize it to hold one in the future, because they don’t need the money.  If true….What does needing money have to do with it?  Someone, who can get proper event insurance and who can use any profits to fundraise for a good cause, needs to step up and take on this tour, sez I!

I thanked Bob for finding my house and leaving me a note.  He had just recently been alerted to my blog post of 2013 about his garden.  I asked how in the world he had found where we live, and he said “I just went to Ilwaco and asked around.”  I love that, too.

front garden, looking north.  That is the Columbia River in the background, way down the hill.

front garden, looking north. That is the Columbia River in the background, way down the hill.

Looking out over 'Lucifer'

Looking out over ‘Lucifer’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Bob had put out his Party sign for tour day.

Bob had put out his Party sign for tour day.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a shady spot with hostas

a shady spot with hostas

north side of front porch (Allan's photo)

north side of front porch (Allan’s photo)

I was so happy that tour guests started to show up!

I was so happy that tour guests started to show up!

The side gardens of the house are as narrow as the ones in my Grandma’s house back in Seattle.  I wish I had devoted as much effort to beautifying mine.  It gives me ideas for the narrow-ish area between our house and Nora’s driveway.

at the back of the south side garden

at the back of the south side garden

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

swallowtail butterfly (IDed by Debbie)

swallowtail butterfly (IDed by Debbie)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back porch, Allan's photo

back porch, Allan’s photo

looking north along the narrow back porch

looking north along the narrow back porch

pots of annuals everywhere

pots of annuals everywhere

east window

east window

by the back porch

by the back porch

SE corner of back porch

SE corner of back porch

back porch

back porch

narrow garden on south side of house

narrow garden on south side of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

birdhouse

 

retaining wall fence with flower boxes along the top

retaining wall fence with flower boxes along the top

retaining wall flowers

retaining wall flowers

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the tiny little debris pile.  I love it!

the tiny little debris pile. I love it!

looking back

looking back

I went out to the street to take a photo of the front of the house…

the front with tour guests arriving...

the front with tour guests arriving…

Then I went around to the back by going uphill, and around half a block and down the driveway to the apartments next door, thus avoiding steep steps.

the east side of the house

the east side of the house

garden on steep wall by neighbours' parking lot

garden on steep wall by neighbours’ parking lot

The neighbours in the apartment building also enjoy gardening so they share a space by the parking lot.

apartment building garden and Bohnkes intermingle

apartment building and Bohnkes gardens intermingle

looking up from the parking lot

looking up from the parking lot

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rose draped down the steep wall

rose draped down the steep wall (with Euphorbia ‘Fen’s Ruby’)

(Fen’s Ruby is a nemesis of mine in certain gardens but here it is contained on the wall garden where it thrives.)

the wall garden

the wall garden

back porch from below

back porch from below

hosta tucked into driftwood

hosta tucked into driftwood

Allan's photo, tour guests on north side of house

Allan’s photo, tour guests on north side of house

Allan's photo: tour guests taking photos

Allan’s photo: tour guests taking photos

Allan's photo: looking down from above

Allan’s photo: looking down from above, with Helen setting up snack table

Bob and Helen had set up a table of delicious refreshments.

Bob and Helen had set up a table of delicious refreshments.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

My new friend joined us.

My new friend joined us.

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George

I recall his name as George.

This little tour was a peak garden touring experience for me.  Bob and Helen’s openness and hospitality in opening their  beautiful and colourful garden sets a good example for all gardeners, and I am so grateful that he left the note telling us about it.  I’ve sent him a friend request on Facebook; I hope he figures out that Flora Gardener is me!

Allan's photo: Bob, me, and Helen at the refreshment table

Allan’s photo: Bob, me, and Helen at the refreshment table

I told Debbie that there was another garden in Astoria that I could show her.  Being a garden tour nut like me, she readily agreed, so we headed east through Astoria to the Mill Pond village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend, sponsored by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

After a frustrating misadventure between Normandy Park and Georgetown, with an important small bridge over the Duwamish Waterway being closed for construction, with no detour sign pointing anywhere useful, and going in circles (“Recalculating! Recalculating!” cried our New Zealand accented GPS guide, because she neither knew or believed the bridge was closed), we finally asked for directions and got out of the mess. Sometimes one can drive far enough from a detour to have the navigator find a new route, but that method did not work for us; I almost gave up and said “Let’s just head south, to home” (on the horrible freeway!); I am so glad we preservered.

Georgetown was all I hoped it would be: a neighbourhood that I would be very happy to live in. I have read that it gets lots of railway noise from a couple of train tracks, and it has frequent airplanes flying low overhead to Boeing Field. That might have kept the property values lower, although certainly not low enough for us to move back to the city (should we ever so desire).

Seattle neighbourhoods; Phinney Ridge was where I lived till moving to the beach in December 1992.

Seattle neighbourhoods; Phinney Ridge was where I lived till moving to the beach in December 1992. Bellevue, where the Hardy Plant weekend took place, is to the right across Lake Washington.

First Georgetown garden: Reiquam garden

This description had me curious and excited all weekend, looking forward to the Monday tour.

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I pictured a slice of ground between two buildings reminiscent of the tiny sliver of garden next to the old Café Septieme in Seattle’s Belltown neighbourhood (just north of downtown). The garden turned out to be more residential than I had expected, and to my sorrow:

NOOOOOOO!!!!

NOOOOOOO!!!!

the posture of sorrow

the posture of sorrow

and again NOOOOOO!!!!

and again NOOOOOO!!!!

We had heard a rumour while at the Normandy Park gardens earlier in the day that a garden was closed. This one was, it turned out, perhaps the best one to not be able to enter because we could see some of it from the street.

I poked my camera lens through the fence.

I poked my camera lens through the fence to photograph the front garden. (The advantage of a tiny pocket camera!) There was a raised round pool (metal, I think) to my right, hidden behind some greenery.

The narrow beds were barked.

The narrow beds were barked.

the house

the house, passiflora in bloom

the side garden with motorcycle sculpture

the side garden with motorcycle sculpture

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We wish the Reiquams the best for the emergency that must have arisen, and we enjoyed every bit that we could see of the garden.

interlude

We strolled down to the other end of the block for the next garden.

two lovely painted ladies

two lovely painted ladies on the way

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Wiley garden

I had NO unsureness about the colours and combination in the little city garden we toured next. I found it so refreshing to be in a tiny garden in a working class style house.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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purple!

purple!

a simple house

a simple house; garden owner in red shirt

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the owner's card!

the owner’s card!

Allan's photo:  Wiley Youngblood

Allan’s photo: Wiley Youngblood

Allan's photo, front of house

Allan’s photo, front of house

from the front gate

from the front gate

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

going around the side; the stakes are tree stakes from the Chihuly garden, painted purple

going around the side; the stakes are tree stakes from the Chihuly garden, painted purple

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo with Eryngiums 'Sapphire Blue' and 'Jade Frost'

Allan’s photo with Eryngiums ‘Sapphire Blue’ and ‘Jade Frost’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, bright and dark coleus

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 chicken coop in back yard

chicken coop in back yard

Allan's photo of me taking a chicken photo

Allan’s photo of me taking a chicken photo

chickens!

chickens!

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

on the shed

on the shed, another touch that made me happy

corner of back yard

corner of back yard

Looking down over the back fence...veg growing in hay bales.

Looking down over the back fence…veg growing in hay bales.

in the alley behind the back fence

in the alley behind the back fence

I love alleys. My house in the Phinney Ridge neighbourhood had an alley behind it and I used to take alley walks throughout the neighbourhoods. Alleys are rare, perhaps non existent on the Long Beach Peninsula. I miss alley walks.

looking back at the sweet little house

looking back at the sweet little house…

the back yard gathering place is to my right

the back yard gathering place is to my right

back porch

back porch

The silhouette is of a hen who had run up the back stairs and gone into the kitchen to drink from a bowl on the floor!

The silhouette is of a hen who had run up the back stairs and gone into the kitchen to drink from a bowl on the floor!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

interlude

a nearby grocery store

a nearby grocery store

We drove off (could have walked) to the next stop, passing this cute little grocery store that would be so handy to walk to.

art in the traffic circle

art in the traffic circle by the grocery store

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more traffic circle art (reward of being too lazy to walk)

more traffic circle art (reward of being too lazy to walk)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo. I am loving Georgetown

and walked down the block to see...this!

By our next parking spot, we walked down the block to see…this!

a stunning house

a stunning house

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detail of grand house

detail of grand house and an outbuilding? set further back

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an impressive tetrapanax papyrifer

an impressive tetrapanax papyrifer

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Could it be for sale?!?  No, this turned out to be for a tiny house tucked back in the deep shade next door.

Could it be for sale?!? No, this turned out to be for a tiny house tucked back in the deep shade next door.

We thought this was part of the garden but have now realized it's a walkway to the house next door.

We thought this was part of the garden but have now realized it’s a walkway to the house next door.

from the realtor: tiny hidden house

from the realtor: tiny hidden house

real estate photo

real estate photo

“Fabulous condo alternative. Next to the Castle in Georgetown you will find this remarkable carriage house. Cute & cozy. Set off the street and very private. Across the way, you will find the community pea patch and “The Hat and Boots”, local icons. Come live in this hip neighborhood near restaurants & services. ” See more (while it lasts) at: http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6422-Carleton-Ave-S-Seattle-WA-98108/48822160_zpid/

When I learned that the tower house is called the Georgetown Castle, I found some articles about it here, here, and a tour of the inside here.

Oxbow Park (Hat and Boots Park)

While not one of the tour gardens, the Hat and Boots was a suggested stop, and I was pleased to find a P Patch (allotment garden) there.

from Seattle Parks and Recreation: In 1953, Seattle artist Lewis Nasmyth was hired to “rustle up” a design for a western-style gas station in Georgetown. Featuring a 44-ft. wide cowboy hat and 22-ft. high boots, the Hat n’ Boots opened the next year to a stampede of customers. In fact, for a time it was the biggest selling station in the state. Legend has it even Elvis dropped by when he was in town during the World’s Fair in ’62. But in the early 60’s, a brand new interstate, I-5, started diverting traffic away from the station. By the late 80’s it pretty much looked like trail’s end for the Hat n’ Boots. That’s when some Georgetown residents saddled up to rescue the soul of their community. “The Hat n’ Boots is as important to Georgetown as the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco,” says Allan Phillips, former director of the Georgetown Community Council. “If the Hat n’ Boots were ever to be gone from Georgetown, it would be like losing our soul.”

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“Respect the Hard Work of Your Neighbors; Please Do Not Disturb the Gardens”

mosaic retaining wall

mosaic wall

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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the back of a bench made of recycled plastic

the back of a bench made of recycled plastic: “378 milk jugs were recycled to make this nice place to sit”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Oh, yes, and the hat and boots

Oh, yes, and the hat and boots

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

 

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