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Saturday, 29 June 2019

Surfside Yardscape Tour

7.  “Fantastic, easy-care RV lot maximizes fun, minimizes maintenance.”

Part of the Surfside lifestyle is folks bringing their RVS for the summer.  Many lots have a shed on them for winter storage, but the RVs can’t be left all winter.  This tour garden was on an RV lot that had been in the family for many years.

Allan’s photo

The fire circle was made by the previous generation, with rocks brought from the Toutle River.

Allan’s photo

We learned that the owners hail from the beautiful town of Castle Rock and love it there.  You may recall that we were mind-boggled by the beauty of the gardens there.

8. “Amazing transformation in just a few years. Terraced for easy access, perennials for easy maintenance.”

The before photos at the eighth garden showed an impressive change.

a plant list for tour guests to take

We stopped by the Homeowners Association building on our way to the last garden.  They had gotten a good supply of donations to the food bank.

Allan’s photo

9. “Custom fireplace is a focal point for this low maintenance beauty.”

The last garden took us into familiar territory on a short cul de sac where we used to work.

This is the garden bed that divides the fireplace garden from what once was Marilyn’s garden.

Spanish fir

Around to the back garden.

back to a familiar garden

Now that our official touring was done, we went next door to barge in on the new owners of “Marilyn’s garden.”  They had called me in mid spring for some plant ID help, and I am so bad at making phone calls that I never called back.  Today, I could hear them outside gardening.

The view below may look familiar from many old blog posts.  This is the garden where we first met Skooter, who came to live with us after Marilyn died.

The owners after Marilyn had seemed to like the garden at first.  They hired friends of ours, who we recommended, to help them care for it, but over the next two years said owners wanted many plants removed and garden areas covered with landscape fabric and river rock.  Now they have moved on and gardeners live there again.  I am so happy about that.  We strolled the garden with the new owners and IDed the plants that remain.  They love the height of the garden and are adding plants back in.

The one change I like that happened two years ago was was the addition of this bed along the front.  Marilyn liked an open view.  I like complete enclosure.

This delightfully sweet dog was visiting.

These two (not a two-bodied dog) are residents of the garden.

Allan’s photo

This garden should surely be on any future Surfside tour.

Our garden tour day was not done.  We still had three more garden visits to make on the way home.

 

 

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Floramagoria, part 2: the back garden

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We’ve visited the front garden; now let’s go around the shady side of the house to the back.

side

lovely clematis

lovely clematis

This is one of those gardens where it is so hard to explain how all the wonderful parts fit together.  I will try to make you feel like you have been there with us.

just inside the back garden

just inside the back garden gate

inside

pitcher plant raised display

pitcher plant raised display

pitchers

 

look closely

look closely

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

godzilla

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to the left

turning to the left

and as I turn, this is in a little shed to my left against the back wall of the house

and as I turn, this is in greenhouse to my left against the back wall of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shed

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The view of the garden has me absolutely gobsmacked, so I walk along the back wall of the house first.

gravel

against the house

wall with cactus display

to my right: a low wall with cactus display

cacti

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

straight ahead, a covered deck

straight ahead, a covered deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

deck2

flowers

to my right: just beyond the green wall that borders the house patio

Oh!

Straight ahead:  Oh!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

wall

Let’s focus on the details right behind the house before become overwhelmed by the garden.

deck

shelf or seating

shelf or seating

gnome

 

 

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, garden host, center courtyard outside house

love the way the house opens onto the garden

love the way the house opens onto the garden

our host and his dog

our host and his dog

inside

inside (Allan’s photo)

what a beauty (Å)

what a beauty (Allan’s photo)

 

corner

house

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Looking from the house out into the garden

Looking from the house out into the garden (Allan’s photo)

out

 

on a corner of the low green wall (from previous photo)

on a corner of the low green wall (from previous photo)

 

one of these on each side of the low green wall

one of these is on each side of the center patio.  Note the inlaid carpet, lower right

like this

The pillars are placed like this.

Just beyond the little head pillars, one step down,  is the carpet inlay:

carpet

 

carpet

 

brugmansia

brugmansia

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

fire2

 

gunnera leaf

gunnera leaf

 

frog

behind the fire area

wall

 

leaves

 

bamboo behind the wall

bamboo behind the wall

a good place to warm up after rain

a good place to warm up after rain

 

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

To our right as we face the fire is a big bamboo-roofed dining pavilion (thanks to the Garden Bloggers Fling website for helping me know what to call it!).   In researching what the structure might be properly called, I found out that the glorious Laura Crockett was instrumental in designing this garden.  Of course!  Her own garden was one of my favourites that I have ever toured.

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

the dining pavilion

the dining pavilion

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

cookies!

cookies!

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion looking toward the house

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

a candle pillar by the shade garden

a candle pillar by the shade garden

Beyond the pavilion, in the back corner of the garden, a huge sequoia provides shelter in a shady corner.

the giant sequoia

the giant sequoia

with a bubble machine

with a bubble machine

at the base of the tree

at the base of the tree

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

shady corner

shady corner

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

perfect for a hot day

perfect for a hot day

from the shade garden

looking from the shade garden to the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

Now on into the sunny gardens.  To our  right as we face the fire seating area are flower beds (out from the part of the house that has the greenhouse).  Here’s a little head pillar to orient yourself by:

beside the center patio

beside the center patio

a haze of pink

a haze of pink

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba and pink poppies

sanguisorba and pink poppies

ruffles and feathers

ruffles and feathers

pink

more pink on pink

more pink on pink

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

conifer cluster

conifer cluster

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

vane

blue

looking toward the house and the low green wall with cacti pots

Nigella (love in a mist)

Nigella (love in a mist)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The other side of this blue wall is the green wall of the shade garden.

The other side of this blue wall is the green wall of the shade garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

agave

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Melianthus major in a pot

Melianthus major in a pot

glass

looking across the center of the garden

glass

looking toward the house

looking toward the house

the cross view from one side of the garden to the other

the cross view from one side of the garden to the other

across

We’re going now to the other side (straight ahead in the above photo.  It would be to our left as we face the fire seating area.) The next part of the garden is below the covered deck with the memorable pool boy.

deck

head

 

just beyond previous photo

just beyond previous photo

flower

You can orient yourself by the little pillar heads; four closeups from above tableau follow:

looking toward the fire

looking toward the fire

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

looking toward the pavilion

looking toward the pavilion

close up from previous photo of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

close up of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

stepping into the side garden

stepping into the side garden

bamboo

looking out

looking out from the center patio

into a gold and orange themed garden area

into a gold and orange themed garden area

gold daylily and yarrow

gold daylily and yarrow

with bloggers galore

with bloggers galore

dahlias

 

path

the path to enter the gold and orange garden

bambooflowers

bambooSome painted bamboo is going to make its way into my garden.  I say that every year but this time I really mean that I am going to get around to it.  Really!

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

looking back toward the center of the garden

looking back toward the center of the garden

poles

and toward the back fence

and toward the back fence

flowers

flowers

shrubs toward the back fence

shrubs toward the back fence

looking toward the covered deck

looking toward the house

ruffled daylilies

ruffled daylilies

flowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed the many details of this back garden and have some idea of how it is arranged.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

Next, we’ll go around the corner of the deck for part three of our Floramagoria tour, what our host called “our farm area”.  You’ll get a buzz out of it.

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September 14, 2013

The Cannon Beach Cottage Tour is a fundraiser for the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum.

interlude between cottages

Walking to the next tour cottage, I saw an attractive trellis over two windows.

trellis

trellis

As we walked from the wonderful cottage inhabited by collectors toward the next one, we passed an artist’s cottage where the owner was beckoning people to come in.

an artist's cottage

an artist’s cottage

He may have been greeting particular friends, but I wish I had asked if he was showing his cottage.

The docent at the next little cottage told us no interior photos were allowed, so we refrained.

no interior photos allowed

no interior photos allowed

Even though photos on the fence showed the inside!

Even though photos on the fence showed the inside!

Next door to the no-photos cottage, I liked the way windows were used for wind protection.

windows atop fence, at left, for a windbreak

windows atop fence, at left, for a windbreak on this beachfront home

Just steps away was the foredune and then the beach.

beach path

beach path

looking south, the famous Haystack Rock

looking south, the famous Haystack Rock

looking north

looking north

Rugosa roses in a beachfront garden

Rugosa roses in a beachfront garden

a garden right on the beach

a garden right on the beach

a garden on the next east-west street

a garden on the next east-west street

Allan's photo of a sign along the way

Allan’s photo of a sign along the way

Priddy Cottage

The next cottage on the tour was on last year’s tour as well.  Because this year’s was the Tenth Annual tour, some favourites from the past were being reprised.

from the program:  This cottage is the perfect amalgamation of the archetypical Cannon Beach Cottage and custom artistry.  The cottage is a fusion of artistic craftsmanship belonging to the homeowner’s various friends.  The custom details range from unique glasswork to fine metalworking.  These special additions make this home a pleasure to tour.  The Clatsop County Record dates this home to 1924.  It was originally constructed of found material, a common trait of the first Cannon Beach settlers — using driftwood, the almighty Spruce, shells, and more.  The metal has been designed and created by Darryl Nelson, a third generation Timberline blacksmith, who will be present in the home to answer questions about his work.

Priddy Cottage

Priddy Cottage

Allan photographed the top of the metal gate.

Allan photographed the top of the metal gate.

detail of front gate

and the front gate detail

gate

front gate and metal arbour

the inside top of the arbour

the inside top of the arbour

birdbath inside the front gate

birdbath inside the front gate

I walked around the outside first.

window box

south side window box

east side windowboxes

east side windowboxes

bright garage doors

bright garage (guest house) doors

entering the back yard

entering the back yard

lupines

lupines

a sweet friendly dog

a sweet friendly dog

Hydrangea aspera

Hydrangea aspera

I still want one of these hydrangeas.

garden bench

garden bench

back of house, with me coming out of guest house (left)

back of house, with me coming out of guest house (left)

Allan's photo of the outdoor fire

the outdoor fire

I love the guest house to the side of the back garden.

inside the guest house, Allan's photo

inside the guest house, Allan’s photo

inside

guesthouse, Allan's photo

guesthouse, Allan’s photo

guesthouse bouquet

guesthouse bouquet

I went in the back door of the house….

bouquet

bouquet

If you want a good tour of house the house and its decor fit together, check out last year’s post.

another bouquet

another bouquet

Some details:

ceiling lights

ceiling lights

Allan's photo of shelving detail

Allan’s photo of shelving detail

window and sunlight

window and sunlight

It is an extraordinary cottage.

back outside, west window boxes

back outside, west window boxes

Another Interlude

By now it was 3:50 PM and we still had four more cottages and a historic hotel to see and only one hour and ten minutes left of tour time!  (The tour organizer tells me that next year they will return to having more like nine cottages to see:  This was a tenth year anniversary extravaganza.)

Our walk to the next cottage took us to downhill to the very south end of downtown Cannon Beach.  This curvacious walkway caught my eye.

curved walkway and shady courtyard

curved walkway and shady courtyard

I realized that this was the back side of one of my favourite clusters of buildings.

east side

east side

The east side has an entry to an art gallery which I should go into sometime just to see the inside of the building.

north side of the interesting building

north side of the interesting building

Just to the west of it sits my favourite outbuildings ever.

like a fairy tale cottage

like a fairy tale cottage

Allan took this photo of a cedar detail.

Allan took this photo of a cedar detail.

Just uphill from the tiny fairy tale outbuilding is another house that always makes me stop and look.

I love the green and brown...

I love the green and brown…

and the tower

and the tower

Next, we visit a cottage that I fell in love with in 2007, the year I discovered the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour.

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Aug 7, 2013

Every year, Ann S’s garden club from Vancouver, Washington comes to the Peninsula for a post-Music in the Gardens tour.  Usually Ann picks her favourite gardens on tour day and asks the owners if she can come back in three weeks, on a weekday.  This year, she herself was unable to make the big tour, so I decided to take the day off and go with the group to most of the gardens that were on the tour.  (Last year, Ann’s own bayside garden was on the Music in the Gardens tour.)

Allan dropped me off at Ann’s house, where the group came down the stairs sounding like a flock of exotic birds.  Off we went in three vehicles to Marilyn and Nancy’s “healing garden”.  Nancy was there when we arrived (left in photo below); as owner of the wonderful Depot Restaurant, she knew that the group would be having a delicious meal there at the end of the day.

The garden club at Marilyn's

The garden club at Marilyn’s

at Marilyn's

at Marilyn’s, noticing the variegated Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’

This variegated thyme also caught their eye.

This variegated thyme also caught their eye.

Of course, the painted sage was a hit, as always.

Of course, the painted sage was a hit, as always.

I made sure to take them next door to see the great outdoor fireplace made by the neighbour’s son.    The ladies loved this.

I made sure to take them next door to see the great outdoor fireplace made by the neighbour's son.

Don’s fireplace, built by his son.  Don is on a ladder at upper left.

We next drove south to Pink Poppy Farm, where we were greeted by garden owner Lynn who had a little time before going to work.  In the circle garden inside the front gate, a flower was admired.  A friend had given Lynn the seeds, and she gave me some.  She said she was told it is a “South African pearl daisy…Arctotis grandis”.

cool plant

cool plant

As always happens, I saw new details in the garden this time around, like this pile of ingredients as one comes around the side toward the chicken palace.

good stuff

good stuff

Of course, the garden club was wowed by the Imperial Chicken Palace.

new container holder in front of chicken palace

new container holder in front of chicken palace

clever idea for attractive display of big plastic pots

clever idea for attractive display of big plastic pots

The Imperial Chicken Palace

The Imperial Chicken Palace

palace

admiring the Chicken Palace

the happy girls

talking to the happy chickens

Onward across the rolling lawns, we progressed to the poly tunnels.  The ladies were a little worried about their nice shoes.  It was not from watering that the grass was wet; there had been a very heavy dew.  As someone who is always dressed for one occasion, gardening, this is not a problem I had even thought of in advance.

across the dewy lawn

across the dewy lawn

medium poly tunnel

medium poly tunnel

the other side (north door) of the medium tunnel

the other side (north door) of the medium tunnel

admiring the nasturtium arbour

admiring the nasturtium arbour

the big poly tunnel

the big poly tunnel

The wonders of the produce in the poly tunnels completely chased away thoughts of damp shoes.

in the poly tunnel

in the poly tunnel

lemon cukes

lemon cukes

in the big poly tunnel

in the big poly tunnel

the littlest poly tunnel

the littlest poly tunnel

There is a spare house in the back of the property (east end) by which this little tunnel sits.  It lacks electricity, but I have told Lynn that she is lucky I like my own garden so much or they might find me squatting there, I love Pink Poppy Farm so very much!

sunflowers on the empty house

sunflowers on the empty house

We made our way across to the north side of the property and the garden shed gardens.

admiring the sweet peas

admiring the sweet peas

Hm, their sweet peas were not a failure like mine!  These look like mine looked last year, darn it!

club

something else I had missed till now

something else I had missed till now

shed

shed

swing set bean trellis

swing set bean trellis

more sunflowers

more sunflowers

shed detail

shed detail

above the garage

above the garage

pumphouse and "pollies"

pumphouse and “pollies”

steps down to patio

steps down to patio

leaving in a happy mood

leaving in a happy mood

Next: a garden club reprise of more tour gardens.

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Quincy Cottage: the stuff of dreams

Quincy Cottage: the stuff of dreams

rock moldThis is the same “rock ‘n’ mold” path I used at my old house. It did not work out because so many weeds came up between the pavers, until we figured out to just stamp the design (not cut all the way through) onto a strip of soft cement. We ended up replacing the unstamped areas with plain gravel. I now use the old pavers from those paths as edging stones in my new garden.

cute little sheds in front yard

cute little sheds in front yard

with Allan for scale

with Allan for scale

and interior detail

and interior detail

path to the back yard

path to the back yard

the back yard

the back yard

table set for a picnic

table set for a picnic

an exceptionally nice outdoor fire place

an exceptionally nice outdoor fire place

the back porch

the back porch

two round window on the side of the porch

two round window on the side of the porch

and one on the back wall of the porch

and one on the back wall of the porch

a look back to the seating areas

a look back to the seating areas

coming back up the other side of the house

coming back up the other side of the house

and to the front yard again

and to the front yard again

And now, into the cottage we go.  It is a vacation rental so you could enjoy it in person, for a price.

front steps

front steps

a comfortable bench for removing our shows (and it is purple!)

a comfortable bench for removing our shoes (and it is purple!)

into the kitchen

into the kitchen

kitchen table

kitchen table

counter

counter

reproduction refrigerator

reproduction refrigerator

kitchen art

kitchen art with cobalt blue counter

view toward back yard

view toward back yard

 

table by windows

table by windows:

blueprints

blueprints

hearth

hearth

downstairs bedroom

downstairs bedroom
bedroom

bedroom

I love the headboard.

I love the headboard.

bedroom mirror

bedroom mirror

main bathroom

main bathroom

under the stairs at one side of the living room

under the stairs at one side of the living room

photo display on outer wall of stairway

photo display on outer wall of stairway

Where is she now?  Is she still alive?

Where is she now? Is she still alive?

coat rack at base of stairs

coat rack at base of stairs

upstairs, doors close together

upstairs, doors close together

flowers on white

flowers on white

black and white

black and white

imagine and dream

imagine and dream

windowside table

windowside table
old phone

old phone

a narrow room

a narrow room

the front upstairs bedroom

the front upstairs bedroom

I want to nap here.

I want to nap here.

rustic headboard

rustic headboard

I suddenly realize the phrase people keep quoting is from a book.

I suddenly realize the phrase people keep quoting is from a book.

mirror

mirror

old photo at side of mirror

old photo at side of mirror

shell hooks

shell hooks

old fashioned silhouettes

old fashioned silhouettes

From the upstairs front bedroom window we can see across the street to the cottage we toured just before this one.

view of Priddy Cottage

view of Priddy Cottage

Allan’s photo of the same view came out like a pastel dream.

view from one dreamy cottage to another

view from one dreamy cottage to another

Now we depart and have a walk of several blocks before the next cottage.

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