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We left the last garden on the Astoria garden tour and drove east down the hill to get back to the main road.

heading downhill

heading downhill just outside the final garden

In the above photo, you might see what caught my eye: a curbside garden on the left a few lots down.  And here it is:

peace house

peace house

We then, of course, went to Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.  This time, they did have a selection of wonderful plants from Xera.

Back Alley Gardens

Back Alley Gardens

Allan sat on a bench and pointed out to me that it was like a wheelbarrow for moving around the garden but very stable to sit on.

wheeled bench

wheeled bench

We got some cool plants and achieved one of the main purposes of our visit: to get the Music in the Gardens poster up in their window.  The Back Alley/Natural Nook clerk offered to also put our poster in the Gearhart post office, if we would take some posters for the Gearhart tour north with us, so we did.

Natural Nook window

Natural Nook window with Music in the Gardens poster

CASA (Gearhart) tour poster

CASA (Gearhart) tour poster

We stopped at Seaside 7 Dees nursery for the same purpose (some cool plants and a poster distribution).

Seaside 7 Dees

Seaside 7 Dees

sign

sunflowers at 7 Dees

sunflowers at 7 Dees

a colourful display

a colourful display

and a cat on the sales counter

and a cat on the sales counter

Although we were eager to get to Costco before its early closing time on Saturdays (6 PM!), we had time do something I had been wanting to do:  walk through the Seaside Community gardens, an allotment patch (as they say in the UK) or P Patch (as they say in Seattle) along the old railway line beside the highway.

We walked from one end to the other, in haste but taking photos to peruse later.

Seaside Community Garden

According to this article, Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens (now located in Gearhart rather its former Seaside address) is involved in this fairly new community garden project, which I believe is only three years old.

patch

patch

patch

north end of first section

In the second section, it looks like the whole area was once nought but horrible horsetail.

horsetail

horsetail

As with the Long Beach welcome sign, it may have grown right up through this raised bed:

a problem

a problem

If so, the other gardeners were doing an amazing job of controlling it.

patch

further north

such lovely veg

such lovely veg

protection from critters (or humans)

protection from critters (or humans)

Allan taking photos

Allan taking photos

patch

looking north

looking north

artichokes

artichokes

chokes

garden

north end of community garden

north end of community garden

looking back south

looking back south

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hose

sign

long view of the whole garden

long view of the whole garden

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29 July 2012:  a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

The final garden of the CASA tour in Gearhart offered a simple landscape described in the programme thus:

“This garden is relaxing and refreshing with a beautiful little greenhouse built long ago by the original owners.”
front gate

front gate

front walk

front walk

front porch

front porch

view to next door

view west to next door raised bed garden

view from front porch into the garden

view from front porch into the garden

two sit spots

two sit spots

Most tour guest entered by the side yard.

Most tour guests entered by the side yard.

garden bike

garden bike

at the back of the lawn, a shed...

at the back of the lawn, a shed…

looking north from garden shed

looking north from garden shed

view from shed door

view from shed door

I have to admit that with not much actual garden, I concentrated more on the nice little outbuilding. Once we we entered it we realized the interior was like a guest house or retreat.

wall between guest house and potting shed

wall between guest house and potting shed

window to potting shed

window to potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

inside the open-front potting shed

guest house

guest house

window bench

window bench

guest house...game room

guest house…game room

West guest house view of old greenhouse

West guest house view of old greenhouse

The old greenhouse was charming indeed.

The old greenhouse was charming indeed….

and had a table set for a party.

and had a table set for a party.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

The back yard was ready for an outdoor evening.

an orange corner

an orange corner

Acer griseum

Acer griseum

bark detail, paperbark maple

bark detail, paperbark maple

must...acquire

must…acquire

I am reminded, as with our visit to the Adolphson-Drafall garden in Astoria, that I miss and want to replace the paperbark maple that I had to leave behind in my old garden.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see the house.

Up on the deck, the French doors were kindly open so we could see into the house.

home interior

home interior

deck view of back garden

deck view of back garden

and of the greenhouse and guest house

and of the greenhouse and guest house

on the deck

on the deck as it wrapped around the house

back deck

back deck

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

Allan takes a photo of me taking photos to share with you

lawn photo

lawn photo

Allan took a humourous lawn photo for our friend Tom Hornbuckle, the lawn fanatic.

postlude: Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Having seen every last garden of the excellent CASA tour, we went across the street to do a little shopping at Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook, two sister stores that sell collectible plants and home and garden decor.  Because our own day of garden tour glory was over, I no longer had the excuse to be a complete spendthrift.  But because it is such a good nursery, we did get a cart full of plants.

Back Alley Gardens

Back Alley Gardens

our purchases being totaled

our purchases being totaled

inside The Natural Nook

inside The Natural Nook

mermaid art

mermaid art

beachy things

beachy things

more beachy things

more beachy things

for inside and out

for inside and out

door to nursery

door to nursery

chicks

chicks

flower window

flower window

Natural Nook display

Natural Nook display

As we left the two shops, and as I write about the day now, I am determined to never miss the CASA garden tour again.  It is a shame that five years of it slipped by us.

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