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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The garden that we visited today is so excellent that I need a long evening or day off to blog about it.  Meanwhile, I can much more easily share the trip there and back.

A bouquet of flowers in our van, ready for the almost two hour drive to the garden.

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Part one of the drive: 101 to 401 to 4 to 101

As we drove along the Columbia River (on our route through Naselle that avoids the dreaded—by me—Willapa Curves), we saw that the river was carpeted with little fishing boats.  It is the height of little boat “Buoy 10” fishing season.  We pulled into the Dismal Nitch viewpoint to have a better look.

The long flat stretch of the Astoria bridge is the background here.

Tongue Point

Allan’s photo

When we arrived in South Bend, we took a coffee break at Elixir Coffee.  I had been wanting to experience their ambience.  Many years ago, Robert and I used to have a burger or fish and chips at a restaurant in the same location whenever we drove down from Seattle.

Elixir Coffee

This oyster is near Elixir.

right on the water

flower stall inside the coffee shop

For a moment, I thought the middle book on the table, below, was a journal for patrons to write it and I thought, “Uh oh, I might be here for more than the 15 minutes we had allotted.”  Fortunately for our plans, it turned out to not be a journal.

We had our coffee and tasty scones out on the deck.

view to the north

and to the southwest

I wish there had been a heron in view.

I’m sending the gardener we were going to visit a photo of the café.

We did keep our coffee break to about fifteen minutes and then embarked upon the second hour of our drive, which took us up to Aberdeen and then over toward Westport.

We turned on a road that would dead end into our destination.  On the way, I admired this cool bay window on a double wide:

I want a window like this very badly now.

Just past that house, looking ahead down the road, I saw my first glimpse of our destination garden and exclaimed “Oh, my gosh! LOOK!”

I knew right away, from my first sight of the garden bed at the end of the road, that we were in for something special.

The garden will be tomorrow’s post.  It is huge, stuffed full of cool plants, and has a beach as well, so prepare yourself for a long-winded tour.

However, in the interest of having this blog not fall more than two weeks behind Real Time, I must combine the trip there with the trip home and save the garden tour for tomorrow.

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We had gone up 101 to Aberdeen; we returned on 105 via Westport and Tokeland.

Westport Winery

 

Allan’s photo

After our day in her garden, on the recommendation of our garden host, we toured the gardens at Westport Winery and checked out their nursery.  It proved to be excellent.

The nursery is on the left side of the building.

plants for sale

shopping

Allan’s photo

iris sculptures (Allan’s photo)

Near the nursery is outdoor seating for the restaurant.

giant scrabble game

Allan’s photo

one of my four plant acquisitions

After purchasing four treasures, we walked around the large display garden.  I was having foot pain by then and could not even make it all the way to the back of the garden—it’s huge and is divided into themes, each area with excellent signs.  Allan was out there, too, and we did not even see each other in the vast garden area.

Fragrance Garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

the driftwood arch entrance to an “underwater” garden that I found most inspirational.

The early evening light made it feel like being underwater.

Allan’s photo

I walked along a series of gardens behind the main building.

behind the outdoor dining area

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

looks like a green roof in the making? (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

a wall of bottles behind a bench (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

patterns of thyme

lavender labyrinth

a showy kniphofia

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I am sure we missed a lot of garden here because of time and disability.  I hope to return…If not before, next July when the Master Gardener tour will be in this area.

Westport

We took a slight detour from our route home to see the boats in the Westport Harbor.

Allan’s photo

a substantial safety fence

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Planters along the harbor were a new addition since the last time we drove through here.

an enticing row of cottages

If we had gone on the road past the cottages, we would have found this memorial garden.  I wish we had…but then we would have not gotten out of the woods before dark.

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Allan google-earthed it.

pelicans (Allan’s photo)

jetty (Allan’s photo) Me: “Don’t break a leg up there!”

We passed this mural and I wondered if this Andersen was any relation to our friend Lorna’s dad.

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After a drive down the coast, most of which was along a quiet highway with few views of the water, we made one more detour to look at the famous Tokeland Hotel.

It is said to be haunted.

I had hoped to be home before dark.  Because the detours took longer than expected, it was dusk by the time we passed through South Bend and reached the long road along Willapa Bay.

marshes at low tide

We got out of the woodland roads and to the Columbia River by dusk and home by dark.  I look forward to writing tomorrow’s post about the garden visit that was the focal point of our journey.

A text from our friend Tony asked me if we had found the cake.  Cake?  We had come in the garage door.  I checked the front porch and indeed there was a delicious pineapple cake left there for us.  You might recall that Bailey and Rudy are our pomeranian friends.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

We woke to unexpected rain and wind.  Much as I would have liked to stay home, reading The Stations of Solitude by Alice Koller (author of An Unknown Woman), a plant expedition called to us.  We are so busy with work that we rarely get to go plant shopping off the Peninsula.  In previous less busy years, we were able to go to Joy Creek and Cistus in early May each year.  A sudden thought:  Maybe that was partly because my old garden was more or less done and did not require the time, on days off, that my newer one does.

by the driveway:  Eleagnus 'Quicksilver' bowed low by rain.  (Thanks, Todd, for IDing this plant for me.)

by the driveway: Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ bowed low by rain. (Thanks, Todd, for IDing this plant for me.)

At the post office, I saw through rain drops something ominous: new boards in the fence along which I had planted sweet peas.

through the passenger window: Unpainted new boards bode ill for my sweet peas.

through the passenger window: Unpainted new boards bode ill for my sweet peas.

While sitting in the van, I saw our client Diane approach.  She asked when we would be planting up the container down at the Peninsula Sanitation office.  I said we had not even done Long Beach yet, but soon.  Perhaps I should not tell people this, but I usually do grease the squeaky wheels ASAP so getting some plants for her business container became a priority at our next stop:

The Planter Box

Before heading south, we went north to The Planter Box to stock up on cosmos.  While we try to avoid such a waste of gas and driving time, we need, when possible, all the good weather waking time to plant rather than shop.

Allan's photo: someone's load of cow fiber

Allan’s photo: someone’s load of cow fiber ready to tractor away soon

baby chicks at the Planter Box

baby chicks at the Planter Box

soft and yellow and fuzzy

soft and yellow and fuzzy

a wide assortment of bird feeders

a wide assortment of bird feeders

Well grown Cerinthe major purpurascens are hard to find in nurseries.  I'd snap these up if I were you.

Well grown Cerinthe major purpurascens are hard to find in nurseries. I’d snap these up if I were you.

Allan's photo: a load of cosmos

Allan’s photo: a load of cosmos

Allan's photo: a van vull

Allan’s photo: a van full

Before offloading the plants at home and leaving the Peninsula, we cleaned up old bulb foliage and added four new plants to the Peninsula Sanitation planter.

more plants next week

at Pen San: will add more plants next week

Going Overseas

Off we went, east through the town of Chinook.  When we pulled in toward Chinook Coffee drive through, a tree boggled my mind.

I did not get a long shot of it.

I did not get a long shot of it.

It took me a few minutes to remember that it is a buckeye.

It took me a few minutes to remember that it is a buckeye AKA Aesculus.

Why doesn’t this glorious tree get planted more often around here?  I remember that I planted one up in our former garden at Discovery Heights.  I wonder if it is still there.

Chinook Coffee drive through window

Chinook Coffee drive through window

and window box

and window box

Someone immediately took a big bite out of my mint chocolate brownie.

brownie

heading east out of Chinook

heading east out of Chinook

mist on the hills

mist on the hills

to our right, the Columbia River rolls on.

to our right, the Columbia River rolls on.

Now for the scary bits.  We have to go through the Chinook tunnel.  My longtime friend and professional bus driver Carol dreads this tunnel, as she thinks it is too narrow after the time we were driving through it with a semi truck driver coming the other way and his mouth was open with an expression of sheer terror.

here it comes

here it comes

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AAAAAAAAAAAA!

AAAAAAAAAAAA!

whew, out the other side

whew, out the other side

When you emerge at the east end of the tunnel during a winter storm at high tide, wave spray crashes over this rock barrier onto your windshield.

Now, the always traumatizing (to people like me) 4.1 mile long Astoria-Megler bridge.

the long straight stretch on which people like to PASS.

the long straight stretch on which people like to PASS.

going up

going up; bridge work was off today because of the weather…

better a school bus than a huge logging truck

better a school bus than a huge logging truck

almost to the top

almost to the top

rollercoastering around the curve

rollercoastering around the curve

whew!

whew!

Our first fun part of our excursion was to drive up and down Broadway in Seaside, 17 miles south, to look at Seaside city gardener Pam Fleming’s gardens.

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As usual, I just took photos from my window, as we are always short on time to walk around.  I missed getting the tall lavender thalictrum.  Some photos are blurry; am including them here for my own record.

daisies and catmint

daisies and catmint

looking west on Broadway

looking west on Broadway; note the shelter on the right

by the shelter with benches: a little tree, and hydrangeas

by the shelter with benches: a little tree, and hydrangeas

my kind of bridge, across the Necanicum River in downtown Seaside

my kind of bridge, across the Necanicum River in downtown Seaside

one of Pam's tinier gardens, with lambs ears

one of Pam’s tinier gardens, with lambs ears

daylilies, and...I wonder what that tree is?

daylilies, and…I wonder what that tree is?

outside the Pagan Pancake

outside the Pagan Pancake

Let's call this one impressionistic.

Let’s call this one impressionistic.

white against glaucous foliage

white against glaucous foliage

the turnaround at the west end of Broadway, with Lewis and Clark

the turnaround at the west end of Broadway, with Lewis and Clark and a garden fully exposed to oceanside elements.

north side of the turnaround

north side of the turnaround

south side, with the headland obscured by rainy mist

south side, with the headland obscured by rainy mist

Our main destination for the day came next, a few miles south of Seaside:

SevenDees Seaside

SevenDees Seaside

I often still call this nursery Raintree, as it was when I first moved to the beach in 1992.  I miss Janice who used to work here; she was so helpful, friendly, and a plantswoman who always pointed me to something cool and new (like Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’!).

Enkianthus in a large pot by the entryway

Enkianthus in a large pot by the entryway

entry display

entry display

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

an unusual colour of calibrachoa: Coralberry Punch.

an unusual colour of calibrachoa: Coralberry Punch.  Had to have a few.

also found it necessary to get this Salvia.

also found it necessary to get this Salvia.

salvias and heucheras

salvias and heucheras

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

The angel and I ponder a cool Euphorbia

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: part of our haul

Allan’s photo: part of our haul

Allan's photo: all ours

Allan’s photo: all ours

Allan's photo: The van could have held lots more.

Allan’s photo: The van could have held lots more.  I’m still not used to that after years of shopping in a small car.

I found the outdoor sink arrangement by the sanican to be worthy of sharing.  It would be nice to have anywhere on a garden tour where a portable loo is provided.

the sanican (a large and luxurious model)

the sanican (a large and luxurious model)

and next to it, the outdoor sink.

and next to it, the outdoor sink with a bowl of coloured glass pieces.

We had to do some necessary grocery shopping at both Costco and Fred Meyer; both stores have lighting that makes me long for escape and makes me wonder if I need to urgently see an optometrist, a feeling that lingers till I have been out in normal lighting for half an hour.  Only during plant buying season to I regularly go to these stores.  In the winter, Allan enjoys going alone as there is less kvetching that way.

my vision goes all blurry inside Costco

my vision goes all blurry inside Costco

in one of the parking lots (Fred Meyer?), rain continues

in one of the parking lots (Fred Meyer?), rain continues

now, the downhill bridge ride over the Columbia River

now, the downhill bridge ride over the Columbia River

downhill

Just to the east of the dreaded Chinook Tunnel lies a peaceful lagoon surrounded with yellow Iris pseudocaris (considered an invasive weed).  Sometimes a heron fishes there.  No parking place exists to ever see it is more than a flashing drive by glimpse.

peaceful lagoon

peaceful lagoon…whoosh, and it is gone

Ilwaco and home

Back in our town, I collected a couple of photos for the Music in the Gardens Tour page “Rhodie Driving Tour” album.

at Spruce and Maryann

at Spruce and Maryann

at Lake and Elizabeth

at Lake and Elizabeth

flowers and fireplace smoke

flowers and fireplace smoke

safely back in our own driveway

safely back in our own driveway

My cool plant acquistions:

Euphorbia, Eucomis, Salvia

Euphorbia, Eucomis, Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

Eucomis 'Glow Sticks'

Eucomis ‘Glow Sticks’

Geum 'Banana Daiquiri'

Geum ‘Banana Daiquiri’

some $2.00 ferns and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' from Fred Meyer

some $2.00 ferns and a little bright conifer and Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ from Fred Meyer (I’d been wanting that Agastache).

more little ferns and a sedum

more little ferns and a sedum

Heuchera 'Midnight Rose'

Heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’

Now I just need a day at home to plant them, and other ladies in waiting:

the unusual primula given to me recently by Kathleen

the unusual primula given to me recently by Kathleen

and Panicum 'North Wind'; fell in love with it last summer at Rhone Street Gardens

and Panicum ‘North Wind’; fell in love with it last summer at Rhone Street Gardens

I had time to briefly assess some good and bad by the ladies in waiting area.

This plant from Todd has survived the slug and snail attacks....

This asarum from Todd has survived the slug and snail attacks….

that appear to have completely decimated 'Shell Shocked'.

that appear to have completely decimated ‘Shell Shocked’.

I have hopes for my Tetrapanax getting as tall as my garden tuteur.

I have hopes for my Tetrapanax getting as tall as my garden tuteur.

The view from my bedroom window shows that it will be awhile before I have a day at home to appreciate my own garden.

a patio full of plants for jobs

a patio full of plants for jobs

Because it was Tuesday night, we watched The Deadliest Catch and I pondered how wimpy I am to be so scared of a bridge and a tunnel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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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Friday, 11 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

a fourteen hour day!

 

Cistus Nursery

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After visiting the Lan Su Chinese Garden, we boarded two tour buses (luxurious, even with bathrooms that no one used, but no hydraulic stair lift) and departed for Cistus Nursery.  On the way, our bus driver called out,  “Let me know what the temperature is like in the back; last time I walked back to check, all the passengers screamed.”  I was instantly smitten.  The air conditioning was appreciated as it was 90 degrees or more outside.

crossing the Sauvie Island bridge

crossing the Sauvie Island bridge

Allan's photo: crossing the bridge to Sauvie Island

Allan’s photo: crossing the bridge to Sauvie Island with houseboats hugging the shore

The bus took the long way around the island, giving bloggers from other areas a pleasant tour of farmland.

The bus took the long way around the island, giving bloggers from other areas a pleasant tour of farmland.

The farms are part "edible" (cabbages, and in fall corn mazes for fun and fear)

The farms are part “edible” (cabbages to the left)

and part horticultural, with fields of roses, hydrangeas, and other shrubs

and part horticultural, with fields of roses, hydrangeas, and other shrubs.

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Its white flowers also caught Allan's eye.

The white flowers of Matilija poppy caught Allan’s eye.

"Owner Sean Hogan had meant to greet people off the bus, but we "scattered like kittens", says Allan of his photo here.

“Owner Sean Hogan had meant to greet people off the bus, but we “scattered like kittens”, says Allan of his photo here.  Sean chats with Kristen.

Allan's photo:  Bloggers in the display garden.

Allan’s photo: Bloggers in the display garden.

in the display garden:  Cistus is well known for its gravel gardens.

in the display garden: Cistus is well known for its gravel gardens.

bloggers enter into plant sales paradise

bloggers enter into plant sales paradise

By the gate, a scratch and sniff challenge.

By the gate, a scratch and sniff challenge.

This is the first time I have ever been to Cistus and walked out without spending about $300.  And think what I could spend with our large van instead of the small two door Saturn.  Struggling with a sore leg and the heat, I did not feel up to wrestling flats of plants up to the hotel room, so I bought, shockingly, nothing at all.  But am longing to go back and spend some money.

The nursery sales areas are divided into sections.

The nursery sales areas are divided into sections.

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paradise for CPNs (Certified Plant Nuts)

paradise for CPNs (Certified Plant Nuts)

I believe this chicken holds fire! during summer evening events at the nursery.

I believe this chicken holds fire during summer evening events at the nursery.

I would love to go to such an event if there were a hotel (not a B&B) nearby.  And I mean REALLY nearby so one would not have to drive far after the event.

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Why, I could fit one of these in the van...I think.

Why, I could fit one of these in the van…I think.

We could hear the gentle sound of an employee raking gravel along the bamboo grove path.

We could hear the gentle sound of an employee raking gravel along the bamboo grove path.

Melianthus major 'Ginny Hunt'; my plant of this cultivar died over the winter; I couldn't face wrestling with this big of a replacement in the heat.

Melianthus major ‘Ginny Hunt’; my plant of this cultivar died over the winter; I couldn’t face wrestling with this big of a replacement in the heat.

more sniffing tips

more sniffing tips

Allan's photo: a sniff warning

Allan’s photo: a sniff warning

This had an excellent fragrance.

This had an excellent fragrance.

As did this.  I must return!

As did this. I must return!

A new Eucalyptus could surely be squeezed into the front garden.

Allan's photo: an "I want" Ficus; maybe one of the two plants he bought here.

Allan’s photo: an “I want” Ficus; he did not buy it.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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looking back down the path by which we entered the sales area

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and turning 180 degrees, we enter The Big Top.

inside the "Big Top"

inside the “Big Top”, a massive sales greenhouse

A shop dog whom I've met before takes refuge from the heat.

A shop dog whom I’ve met before takes refuge from the heat on damp gravel under a table.

bloggers buy plants

bloggers buy plants

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schmoozing with Sean Hogan

schmoozing with Sean Hogan

Sean takes on of our garden tour posters (it's this Saturday, July 19th!) and poses for Garden Tour Nancy.

Sean takes on of our garden tour posters (it’s this Saturday, July 19th!) and poses for Garden Tour Nancy.

In The Big Top: Cestrum newellii; used to have it, wish I still did, lost it in a cold winter.

In The Big Top: Cestrum newellii; used to have it, wish I still did, lost it in a cold winter.

Two bloggers from England sit outside the Big Top.

Two bloggers from England sit by the side door of the Big Top.

In the outdoor sales area, wilted bloggers seek shade.

In the outdoor sales area, wilted bloggers seek shade.

Both Allan and I did further exploration of the display gardens.

Allan's photo and caption: "A subtle sculpture under a glowing tree."  See, he could write this blog.

Allan’s photo and caption: “A subtle sculpture under a glowing tree.” See, he could write this blog.

Allan's photo:  hydrangea

Allan’s photo: hydrangea

Allan's photo: Cotinus and Eucalyptus

Allan’s photo: Cotinus and Eucalyptus

the urn down a shady, almost grown in brick path

the urn down a shady, almost grown in brick path

the main display garden path

the main display garden path

I got on the bus first because it was taking me a while each time to climb the stairs.

bus window view of other bloggers leaving Cistus

bus window view of other bloggers leaving Cistus

our previous visits to Cistus Nursery:

springtime visits 2010-12

summer at Cistus in 2011

Cistus in 2009 (June)

Cistus in 2009 (May)

Cistus in 2007

Next:  Joy Creek Nursery

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 20 June 2014

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

I had been so worried about time and that we would not get all the tour gardens done, catch the ferry and get back to Bellevue for the first evening lecture.  Silly me; we were done with touring in time to go to two Whidbey Island nurseries.

Bayview Farm and Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Bayview Farm and Garden

Bayview Farm and Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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At Bayview Farm and Garden, I immediately found one of the plants on my acquisition list, Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’.  (Mine had not survived the move from my old garden.)

a plethora of plants

a plethora of plants, with Golden Spirit to the left behind red geraniums

Allan's photo: a homey message board

Allan’s photos: a homey message board

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chicken coop with "attack rooster" patrolling the perimeter

chicken coop with “attack rooster” patrolling the perimeter

an arch of roses

an arch of roses

a large area of Japanese maples

a large area of Japanese maples

Allan's photo: hanging baskets were $42.99

Allan’s photo: hanging baskets were $42.99

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I did not browse as effectively as usual because my head was still swimming from all the touring.

I did not browse as effectively as usual because my head was still swimming from all the touring.

Allan found the fern collection.

Allan found the fern collection.

I got my Golden Spirit and a lovely Physocarpus called 'Amber Jubilee'

I got my Golden Spirit and a lovely Physocarpus called ‘Amber Jubilee’

Just as I was about to check out, Allan called me back to the chicken coop area, as he had found a “Dan Hinkley collection” of plants.  There was Fuchsia ‘Windcliff Flurry’, a plant that had been high on my acquisition list for years, AND, also on my list,  Fuchsia ‘Mrs Popple’ which is said to get very tall.

The Hinkley collection

The Hinkley collection

a comfortable and attractive bench (for a couple hundred dollars, as I recall)

a comfortable and attractive bench (for a couple hundred dollars, as I recall)

a tempting array

a tempting array

containers as I went in the back door of the main building to check out

containers as I went in the back door of the main building to check out

I also succumbed to two of the trendy new Digiplexus plants.

I also succumbed to two of the trendy new Digiplexus plants and two ‘Orange Rocket’ columnar barberries.

Nursery shopping was not as much fun for my dear friend Sheila as she may be moving gardens so did not want to buy a lot of new plants.

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me: head still swimming from garden touring. Sheila: probably wishing she had a cartful of plants as well.  Nursery and garden touring can be hard and tiring work! 😉

check out time

check out time

Cultus Bay Nursery

Next, we went to Cultus Bay Nursery.  (We would have gone to Chocolate Flower Farm garden store as well, but we had missed it back in Langley as it was not yet open.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At the end of a long, single lane gravel road, we parked on a small grassy field near this hedge.

At the end of a long, single lane gravel road, we parked on a small grassy field near this hedge.

sign

A sign directed us to the nursery.

nearby, a woodpecker at work

nearby, a woodpecker at work

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We walked alongside a tangled garden.

We walked alongside a lush, tangled garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

textures:  Allan's photos

textures: Allan’s photos

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and arrived at the nursery entrance.

and arrived at the nursery entrance.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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in we go!

in we go!

Oh!   I wish now that I had been more focused and looked at every table.  Our minds were on catching a pre-rush hour ferry.  I know I missed many treasures here.

Oh! I wish now that I had been more focused and looked at every table. Our minds were on catching a pre-rush hour ferry. I know I missed many treasures here.

in the nursery

in the nursery

 

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the nursery cat

the nursery cat

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wish I had bought this Cercis 'Forest Pansy'; had one in my old garden, which was, I think, too boggy and sent it into a fatal decline.

I wish I had bought this Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’; had one in my old garden, which was, I think, too boggy and sent it into a fatal decline.

I did find two cultivars of Hydrangea aspera and bought one of each!

I did find two cultivars of Hydrangea aspera and bought one of each!

Hydrangea aspera: has been on my acquisition list for years; had a very small one that got a ladder set on top of it and did not survive.

Hydrangea aspera: has been on my acquisition list for years; had a very small one that got a ladder set on top of it and did not survive.

big soft Hydrangea aspera leaves; have seen them grown very well and huge in Cannon Beach gardens.

big soft Hydrangea aspera leaves; have seen them grown very well and huge in Cannon Beach gardens.

Allan's photo:  I also found Eryngium 'Blue Glitter' that I had been seeking here and there.

Allan’s photo: I also found Eryngium ‘Blue Glitter’ that I had been seeking here and there.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, birdfeeder surrounded by santolina

Allan's photos: lightly used formal path to the front of the house...

Allan’s photos: lightly used formal path to the front of the house as we arrived…

Allan's photo: honeysuckle

Allan’s photo: honeysuckle

Allan noticed that the “straight to work paths” in the nursery were well worn!

one of the nursery paths

one of the nursery paths

in the sales building: a Better Homes and Gardens article

in the office building: Allan found a Better Homes and Gardens article

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Allan says he read in the Better Homes and Gardens article that Cultus Bay also offers bed and breakfast!  Perhaps in this screened outdoor room?

Allan found this screened retreat near the plant sales area

pretty heavenly

pretty heavenly

a nursery of beauty

the “office” building

Allan's photo: inside the nursery office building

Allan’s photo: inside the nursery office building

Allan's photo: office details

Allan’s photo: office details

a wonderful nursery...I would be here frequently if it were near my home.

a wonderful nursery…I would be here frequently if it were near my home.

on the ferry to Mukilteo

Again, the Garmin thought we were swimming.

Again, the Garmin thought we were swimming.

for my non NW readers, some glimpses of Whidbey Island from my back seat in the van.

for my non NW readers, some glimpses of Whidbey Island from my back seat in the van.

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another ferry crossing

another ferry crossing

coming in to Mukilteo

coming in to Mukilteo

I found the traffic on 405 completely nerve-wracking.

I found the traffic on 405 completely nerve-wracking.

back at the Bellevue Hilton:  our van still has room for lots more plants.

back at the Bellevue Hilton: our van still has room for lots more plants.

next: the plant sales room at the Hilton and some notes about lectures…then back to touring!

 

 

 

 

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After the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour, we stopped on our way home at Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook.  Although it was past closing time, we got to peruse the new plant purchases and autumn displays in this delightful collectors nursery located in Gearhart, Oregon.

It must be (almost) autumn!

It must be (almost) autumn!

plant tables

plant tables

pretty little faces of autumn

pretty little faces of autumn

more cool plants from Xera

more cool plants from Xera

It definitely saved me money that the cash register was closed out because…just look at that little hot pink flower!   They also had some Salvia clevelandii ‘Aromas’…at least that is what I called it back when I had a late blooming sage with intensely fragrant leaves.

a planted potbelly stove

a planted potbelly stove

love the way these have decided to grow on the edge of the plant display table

love the way these have decided to grow on the edge of the plant display table

garden art

garden art

We had a pleasant visit and some good plant talk and stories of public gardening and then Allan and I were on our way.  Crossing the Astoria Megler bridge, a construction stop let us get a great view of the ships.

looking east from the bridge

looking east from the bridge

ship and Astoria

ship and Astoria

stairs at the highest part of the bridge!

stairs at the highest part of the bridge!

Looking northwest, we saw the Peninsula had become almost invisible because of a heavy bank of fog and clouds.  I hoped for a rainy Sunday so I could spend the day blogging about the cottage tour.

toward home

toward home

north on the four mile bridge

north on the four mile bridge

And the rainy day that I wanted is exactly what I got!

I took exactly one photo on Sunday the 15th of the rain out my south window.  I was able to write all day and avoid falling days behind again while posting about the cottage tour.

Sunday rain

Sunday rain; love the big pink cosmos in the garden boat

If I am lucky, Monday will be rainy as well and instead of blogging I just might catch up on paperwork.

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I did not leave the property today which is just the way I like a Sunday to be.  We had been invited to visit friends, and even offered a ride due to our defunct car, but we asked them to come visit us instead and they did.

Pat, Larry, Margaret

Pat, Larry, Margaret

We sat in the shade because Margaret is going through chemo.  I know so many friends who are, or who have done so.  They all soldier on so bravely and cheerfully.  Margaret and Larry have a charming garden in Long Beach where we put in a flower garden, and Patricia waters it for them.

We put Smokey (the friendliest cat) in the laundry room because Margaret cannot risk getting a scratch.  Where people are, Smokey will surely be.  Frosty usually follows him, and was mystified why his brother had been put away.

Frosty in the hallway

Frosty in the hallway

I decided Frosty should go in the laundry room (where the cats have food, water, and litter box) to keep his brother company, so that Smokey did not feel singled out.

After our delightful visit with human friends, we went back in the house to find that the cats had reached under the door, grabbed the hallway rug, and dragged it almost all the way into the laundry room.

disappearing area rug

disappearing area rug

How in the world did they get all that rug under the door in such a relatively short time?

all ruched up

all ruched up

They hightailed it out the cat door as quickly as they could.

out they go!

out they go!

If our friend Kathleen S has sharp eyes, she will see the cool fire extinguisher bell that she gave us.  It has been so unseasonably windy around here, we have been waiting to hang it outside til the weather settles a bit!

For most of the afternoon as I weeded and clipped in the garden, I had the mildly ominous feeling that in the evening we had to go out and water the Ilwaco planters (on foot) and the boatyard.  Oh how I wanted to just stay at home.  Then I came up with the most cunning plan.  Tomorrow, Allan can take the car into the auto shop (turns out it will “go” long enough on a battery charge to get up the highway that far) and then water Long Beach and come home on the bus, while I will water the planters, boatyard, weed down at Howerton and maybe even the mayor’s and Cheri’s gardens.  Tuesday, we could do Ann’s garden and if we are lucky enough to get the car back by Wednesday (depending on how fast an alternator can be delivered), I might not have to take the bus at all.

I am a big proponent of public transit, but the bus here is maddeningly intermittent.  Oh, and we found so many extra costs in renting a cargo van (such as one that size not even being available here) that we gave up on that plan for now.

With the burden of work off my mind, I was able to find more complete enjoyment in the rest of the day and got almost every part of the garden at least partly dealt with, except for the bogsy wood which has gone to the wild!

We had a raspberry fail; the canes of the early raspberries, loaded with berries, became burnt looking and the berries stopped growing.  Fire blight?  Allan cut those cane to the ground and they went into the wheelie bin.  What a shame, but perhaps the fall bearing ones will be all right.

Phooey!

Phooey!

I do hope all the canes are all right next year.  They are sentimental to me because most of them came from my mother’s garden.

We have all these plants to plant here and there and no way to get them to work in the very near future, so I will just get to enjoy them here a little longer!

holding area

holding area

The garden sometimes looks magical in the late evening light.

the patio

the patio

Night Owl? rose

Night Owl? rose

I was sitting at my computer typing away, about to share a passel of rose photos because not much happened today at home, when there was a knock on the door.  Allan said, “It’s Bill from the Boreas!”  I did not even make the connection in my mind that Ciscoe Morris, who was here today to give a lecture benefiting the local Boys and Girls Club, was staying at Boreas Inn tonight.  I had not gone to the lecture because of the feeling of being so far behind in the garden and having just one day off and because it was during the day when I just have to be outside.  So it took me quite by surprise that Susie and Bill had brought Ciscoe to see our garden!!

Susie had asked me if I wanted to come meet him at the inn but I felt all shy and Emily Dickinson-ish (“I’m nobody, how about you?”) and like it must be tiresome for him to have someone coming to meet him during his quiet time at the inn between events.

And here he was!

Ciscoe and the saying that would relegate me to just weeding if all my clients took it to heart.

Ciscoe and the saying that would relegate me to just weeding if all my clients took it to heart.

Classic Ciscoe!

Classic Ciscoe!

(“Nobody can design a better garden for you than the one you think out for yourself.  It could take years, but in the doing of it, you should be in paradise.”)

Oh!  And when he saw the feathery plant that is on a pot behind him in the above photo, he grabbed a frond and said “A restio!” and something complimentary about cool plants.  Yay!!!!  (You don’t see Restios much around here because, well, they look a little or a lot like horsetail, but they are wonderful!)

I was awfully glad we were not out watering the Ilwaco planters when they all showed up;  I had, as often happens, not turned on my phone during the day, so had missed Susie’s call.

me, Ciscoe, Allan, Susie

me, Ciscoe, Allan, Susie

with Ciscoe

It was a particular thrill for me when we were partway back into the garden and he said again that I had a lot of cool plants that you don’t see everywhere, and asked where I got them, and of course knew exactly what I meant when I said I used to mail order from Heronswood, and that we take a trip most years to Cistus and Joy Creek, and that I had gotten some at Dancing Oaks near where Sheila lives.  He said we must go to Far Reaches Farm, and I very much want to.  I said we had been to Dragonfly Farms and he beamed. I told him I get to help pick the plants ordered by the Basket Case and that Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart gets plants from Xera.  He agreed that if a plant has a Xera tag it is worth trying out, and admired the Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and the Verbascum ‘Eleanor’s Blush’ (which was new to him!) that I had ordered through Basket Case.  Oh!!  And when I said my plant table in the bogsy wood was big enough to be George Schenkian, he knew exactly what I meant.  It was just so fun to not have to go into the whole explanation of what lay behind the idea.  Not that I don’t enjoy recommending George Schenk’s great gardening books to people!

He wasn't used to our chilly evening wind!

He wasn’t used to our chilly evening wind!

He had interesting information about many of the plants, and of course my mind was sort of reeling and I probably have forgotten some of it.  I think tomorrow I’ll walk our route around the garden and see what I remember.  One particular thing he said was, upon admiring a pinky-mauve Astrantia in the front garden, that in England a garden was planted almost all in Astrantias and the garden had no slugs and snails so they might actually repel slugs.  Must get many more of them.

poppy admiration society

poppy admiration society

He remarked upon a particularly large Oriental poppy that had thrived on the dairy manure.  Susie was very pleased to hear it is one that I acquired from her former volunteer planter in Long Beach where I thin them out and replant them here and there so they don’t take over the planter and then leave a big gap when they go over.

the tale of Susie's poppy plant

the tale of Susie’s poppy plant

I promised Susie to bring a piece back to her garden!

Everyone was in an exuberant and happy mood.

in the garden

Ciscoe admired Allan’s own garden and seemed to think it clever that I had offered him a larger area so I don’t have as much to weed.  Of course, he is famous for his funny stories about how he and his wife have separate garden spaces and sometimes compete for plants.

by Allan's garden...Bill finds something very funny!

by Allan’s garden…Bill finds something very funny!

He also seemed to enjoy Allan’s spreadsheet of all the plant names, but could not help identify the one mystery fern that we just call the lettuce fern.

reading the spreadsheet

reading the spreadsheet

admiring Allan's garden

admiring Allan’s garden

discussing the fern of mystery

discussing the fern of mystery

And like me, he was amazed at the chocolate scent of one my Xera plants, new last year, that had finally bloomed and that he had never heard of either!

nodding chocolate flower

nodding chocolate flower

the tag, from Xera plants

the tag, from Xera plants

a closer look

a closer look

You have to lift the blossom to smell it.  Ciscoe said “Now I want a candy bar!”  Maybe he even said “Ooh la la! Now I want a candy bar!”

As we lingered around Allan’s garden, we heard our friend Devery’s voice at the gate.  Not ten minutes before, I had been telling Ciscoe (as we were by the transparent fence that gives a clear view of Nora’s house and gave Nora a view of our garden) about how when Nora and a friend of hers and Devery had heard Ciscoe was coming, and when I said (but not seriously believing it) that Susie had wanted to bring him to our garden, they all got very excited!  Especially Devery, who is a big fan and watches his show every Saturday and just loves him and Meeghan Black.    It was poignant that Nora’s funeral had been yesterday (I was explaining the big gathering of chairs for our memorial get together in the garden afterwards.)

Devery was walking by our house on her way to close the curtains of Nora’s house, and she had heard and recognized Ciscoe’s voice in the garden.  Oh please, do come in and meet him! I said.  She was so filled with delight, I could not have thought her naturally happy personality could get any bubblier, but it did!

joy!

joy!

Devery and Ciscoe

Devery and Ciscoe

Ciscoe takes off his hood for a better pic

Ciscoe takes off his hood for a better pic

Devery and Ciscoe

Devery and Ciscoe

a delightful moment

a delightful moment

This made me happier than anything, to have a part in bringing Devery so much happiness.

Allan, Devery and I were all quite giddy after Ciscoe left to go back to the inn with Susie and Bill, and we hung about the front steps chattering and laughing until it got so cold that we parted.   Devery said we must get together more, and idea that I was so glad to hear because we like her so very much and I have been worried we would lose touch with Nora gone.

There are people who just exude joy and bring happiness wherever they go.  Ciscoe is one and Devery is another and the fact that they got to meet in our garden is the happiest thing of the whole delightful evening.

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