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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

presented by the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

Ocean Shores

garden five: Flower Power

Through an archway from the garden next door, we were greeted by a gardening neighbour sitting on her porch.  What an ideal situation to have a friend and gardener sharing a side gate between gardens.

Allan’s photo

Kilyn’s photo as the canal side beds merge between gardens

shady border between the two houses

on the porch (Allan’s photo)

rugosa roses and Phormium in bloom

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The dock has a bench for viewing wildlife and boaters.

view of the canal and little simple white house that is my dream house at the moment.

Neither Allan nor I went around the corner at the end of the porch, above, which I believe is how we missed finding the little greenhouse.  I asked Kilyn if she had found it, and she said she was too busy chatting with the owner on the porch and eating tasty cookies that were on offer.

I love the big wraparound covered porch on two sides of the house.

The bay window room must be delightful.

A deer fence would be an essential part of an Ocean Shores garden (unless you want a deer park garden).  We saw deer wandering everywhere.

deer fence (Allan’s photo)

interlude

We drove from the canal gardens to gardens on the ocean side and took a comfort break at facilities by one of the beaches.

Allan’s photo; this boy immediately flopped into the sand in delight.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

a house by the sea (Allan’s photo)

When we arrived at the next garden, Evan of Castle Rock and Ann of Portland had caught up to us. Evan’s shirt had been a big hit all day.

Tomorrow, I am returning to once a day posting because there is much to show you in the next two gardens.

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

presented by the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

Ocean Shores

Gardens four and five were next door to each other on one of the canals, joined by a friendly archway.  Having a companionable gardening neighbour is my ultimate dream.  I am in my mid 60s and feel that every passing year lessens the chances for this one dream to come true.  (I like my neighbours on both sides, but none of them are passionate gardeners.)

garden four: A Garden for All Seasons

Allan’s photo

The front garden:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I bet the bay window room has a beautiful green light inside, just as I like it.

Deer fence with bamboo extensions (Allan’s photo)

Turning the corner to the side garden:

Under the pergola at canal side is a pond and waterfall.

The sunroom in the back garden, overlooking the sloping garden and the canal, is what dreams are made of. An upper path goes by the sunroom, and the lower path goes by the pergola and canal.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Let’s go to the pergola and the path along the canal.

canal-side fencing to keep deer out

under the pergola

Allan’s photo

I think living on the canal would be glorious, especially for Allan and his kayak.

I appreciate that the edge of the water in this garden has long grass and foliage for happy insect life. Someone told Allan that because the canals are stocked with carp to keep the water clean by eating aquatic plants, there are few frogs (carp eat pollywogs, he was told).  I am trying to join an Ocean Shores gardening group online to find out if that is true. For more about the carp, read here. For more about plant life in the canals, read here.

The canal path ends at the gunnera.

Looking up at the sunroom:

Sedum-planted steps connect the upper and lower garden paths.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Kilyn enjoying the garden

I was surprised to see Nicotiana langsdorfii (center, below) in the hillside bed.  The owners must have to go far afield for cool plants; we could not find a garden center in Ocean Shores. The one that we had found online was no longer there.

Nicotiana langsdorfii, one of my favourites

Another chartreuse nicotiana

Allan’s photo

We’ll take the upper path around the sunroom toward the next garden.

Perhaps I could be a neighbour across the canal in the white house.  I would surround it with flowers.  We could visit Kim’s garden by boat.

Next: Through an archway into the neighbour’s garden.

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