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Saturday, 25 August 2018

Cannon Beach

After touring gardens from Cannon Beach to Manzanita, Pam and Allan and I were mighty hungry.  We had a delicious meal at The Bistro in Cannon Beach.

The Bistro

Allan’s photo

ahi tuna

Omelette españole (potatoes, onions, sour cream) (Allan’s photo)

crab cakes (Allan’s photo)

Energized, we then returned to the town of Seaside and walked the couple of blocks from Pam’s house to the garden that she has created at the

Seaside Public Library.

We walked in on the south side in a light and welcome drizzle of misty rain.


Allan’s photo

The garden is an education in plants, with six different types of escallonia so that people can compare.  This side provides a visual barrier from inside the library—except for areas where someone else came along and pruned; those areas are filling in again.

pink snowberry

On the north side of the library, a stone wall encloses a garden providing a view while reading.

Allan’s photo of an especially lovely fuchsia

Moving on around the building…

As simply a gardener of small things, I am impressed by the size of this project.  The new building was dedicated in 2008 so this garden is less than ten years old.

north side with escallonia hedge

Acer griseum (paperbark maple)


I love the painting of a reader.

holly ferns

the west border with Magnolia laevifolia

parking lot beds with a pinky-gold heather

Pam’s gardens opened my eyes to using heathers, which I had always resisted because I mostly saw winter blooming ones of boring white or muddy pink.  She recommends Highland Heather for a good selection.

I love the bright gold and green; am a big fan of gold foliage.

This beautifully shaped magnolia, which Pam was able to save during the building of the new library, has “gorgeous huge pink flowers” in spring.



This garden gave me much to ponder, especially because there are a couple of small areas in Long Beach that I want to make more shrubby.  I felt very much like the “gardener of small things!” compared to this effortlessly flowing landscape.  We intend to revisit it next spring when the magnolia is in bloom.

a long view from across the parking lot

Our tour day was over with only an hour of daylight left.  We departed, with the van scented by a flat of curry plants from Pam and we were home by dark after a very good day.






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Saturday, 25 August 2018

I had been tipped off about a Hardy Plant Society open garden down in Manzanita, and when Seaside and Cannon Beach gardeners Pam and Prissy decided to go with us to see it, the one garden visit blossomed into a day of garden touring with friends.  As always with good garden tours, I have divided the day into several posts.

our day trip

Seaside, Oregon

We got up quite early, for us, and managed to get to Seaside by 10 AM to beat the Hood to Coast relay race traffic.  We did such a good job of being ahead of the race that we had some extra time, and so we drove along Broadway, admiring Pam’s downtown public garden beds.  This time there definitely was nowhere to park and admire them on foot.

The fire department had stationed themselves at intersections, asking for donations.  We gladly complied.  Like the firefighters on the Long Beach Peninsula, these brave souls are volunteers.

“Fill the boot!”

Pam’s glorious gardens

As always, I envied the size of Pam’s garden beds and her freedom to choose an assortment of small street trees.  (She told me that gingkos have been performing well as street trees here.) I also desperately envy that each bed has a good automatic sprinkler system.

The double bench with arbors beds are my favourite.  (Excuse the from-the-van-on-the-move photos, some through the windshield.)

Through the windshield = impressionistic.

the turnaround

The beach had all sorts of tents set up for the relay race event.

You can just see, to the left, part of a big inflatable castle thing that seemed to be the finish line.

the turnaround garden, total exposure to coastal wind

Oops, traffic speeded up a bit.

A few days later, the Visit Seaside Oregon page posted a video tour of Pam’s gardens, hosted by Pam herself.  It is well worth going along on this tour by watching it here.  We then drove to Pam’s house nearby.

by Pam’s stairway

driveway display


We spent a short while indoors at Pam’s waiting till time to go meet Prissy.  I was moved by the lyrics laid out on the table, a song that Pam’s musician spouse Dave would be performing at a show this evening.

You can read the complete lyrics here. If you desire more poignancy, read the lyrics of the next song, An Old Box of Memories, too.

The Waves, Cannon Beach

With Pam driving a four seater car, we went south to The Waves to meet Prissy, who is the gardener there (and other places) and who was finishing up her morning watering of many containers.  It was a treat for Allan to be able to enjoy the views without driving.

an ocean front bed

hebe and rosemary

a pretty pink something

The Waves oceanfront promenade

a dog walker (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Pam said she would train the little dogs to “mush”.

Pam and I touring while Prissy finishes work. (Help was offered and declined.)

tricolor hebe, maybe reverting to green

Prissy’s pots on a glassed in deck

Allan’s photo: the only place for variegated ground elder: in a pot on concrete (lower right)

The resort is an interesting maze of outdoor corridors between buildings.

idyllic view

hydrangeas against cedar shakes


salpiglossis; both Pam and I realized we have been forgetting to use this.

Allan’s photo

These very cool whorls of flowers are on pennyroyal.

Berkheya purpurea “Zulu Warrior”

agastaches, which of course I adore

Bupleurum, Allan’s photo

Bupleurum and lavender, Allan’s photo

mimulus in a container

a pelargonium

and another pelargonium

Prissy had arranged for us to see two other gardens in Cannon Beach before going to Manzanita.  She finished watering, loaded her gear into her truck and then joined us in Pam’s car, and we were off to see Beth Holland’s garden.




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