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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools.

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 4: High Tide Hilton

The High Tide Hilton lives up to its name.  The resort-themed compound features a home and guest cottage, and a garden filled with fun regional art on exterior walls and in planting beds, along with driftwood gates and trellises and manicured lawns.  The amenities include an enclosed outdoor shower, a greenhouse, and  a magazine-worthy outdoor kitchen, the Surf Lounge, complete with stainless appliances.  

Just outside the gate, we met Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Landscaping) about to enter the garden.

Dave and Melissa

Dave and Melissa

oar gate, photo by Kathleen Shaw

oar gate, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Hight Tide Hilton is half a block east of our longtime gardening job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.  The nest can be seen from the highway.

nest

 

photo by Allan Fritz

photo by Allan Fritz

pre-tour photo by Bob Duke

pre-tour photo by Bob Duke

Crafted by the previous owners of the property, this sturdy nest has been up there for years.

Crafted by the previous owners of the property, this sturdy nest has been up there for years.

hilton

hilton2

gumdrop

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

walk to the outdoor kitchen

walk to the outdoor kitchen

Garden Tour Nancy and I did not manage to get a pre-tour of this garden because on that day, the owners had been on a camping trip.  When we peered wistfully through the gate, I noticed a sign hereabouts with some sort of Survivor reference (something about the walk to tribal council).  I enjoyed that sign but forgot to look for it on tour day.

by the path to the Surf Lounge

by the path to the Surf Lounge

Surf Lounge outdoor kitchen

Surf Lounge outdoor kitchen

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photos

view south from the Surf Lounge

view south from the Surf Lounge

The landscape is all about amenities and easy maintenance.  I could not help but envision it filled with a high maintenance garden of exotic and tropical feeling plants like a jungly castaway island.

If I lived here, I'd have most of my meals in that kitchen.

If I lived here, I’d have most of my meals in that kitchen.

Here's the castaway's shipwrecked boat.

Here’s the castaway’s shipwrecked boat.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

island2

island

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hilton

Seattle duo The Winterlings were the musicians for High Tide Hilton.

Seattle duo The Winterlings were the musicians for High Tide Hilton.

I was smitten with The Winterlings just from their own description of their music: “With songs as vivid as feature films, Seattle Alt-Folk duo The Winterlings take listeners on an unexpected journey through flooded barns and cedar forests, chemistry labs and ferries crossing Puget Sound.

The Winterlings

The Winterlings

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w5

w6

winterlings2

I was as smitten by their performance as by their description, and I got tears in my eyes when they sang Long May You Live.  While I had more four more gardens to see and couldn’t linger, I resolved to see their show at Waikiki Beach (at Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, not Hawaii) on August 22.  Meanwhile, I had to move on.

the main house

the main house: Surf Lodge

lodge

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

private path to north side of main house

private path to north side of main house

photo by Bob Duke; there may be two guest cabins.

photo by Bob Duke; there may be two guest accomodations (one at the back of the garage?)

walk

the guest cabin

the guest cabin; I wish I’d thought to peer in the window.

looking back to the Surf Lodge

looking back to the Surf Lodge

looking from the deck in front of the cabin toward the side door of the garage (another guest room?)

looking east from the deck in front of the cabin toward the side door of the garage (another guest room?)

water feature

water feature

door

sign

South end of garage: a greenhouse

South end of garage: a lean-to greenhouse

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

behind the guest cabin: a fully enclosed outdoor shower

behind the guest cabin: a fully enclosed outdoor shower

outdoor shower room

outdoor shower room

guest cabin, back of garage, greenhouse door; outdoor shower is behind guest cabin

guest cabin, back of garage (left), greenhouse door (left); outdoor shower is behind guest cabin

I liked how the buildings were joined by boardwalks.

I liked how the buildings were joined by boardwalks.

Back we go to the Surf Lodge.

Back we go to the Surf Lodge.

Melissa and Dave outside the Surf Lodge

Melissa and Dave talk with the owner outside the Surf Lodge

looking east from the Surf Lodge across the driveway

looking east from the Surf Lodge across the driveway

looking east from the Surf Lodge across the driveway

looking east from the Surf Lodge across the driveway

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

The resident dog was happy about all the company.

The resident dog was happy about all the company. (Allan’s photo)

Dax (Allan's photo)

Dax (Allan’s photo)

We parted ways with Dave and Melissa, who had started from their home near Oysterville so were doing the gardens in a different order.  (Our Kathleen was at this garden at a completely different time of day.)

Regular readers of this blog can readily guess that this garden was not “plant-y” enough to be in the running for my favourite of this tour, but I sure did love the boardwalks, the guest cottage and outdoor shower, and the fantasy castaway island feeling of the place and I’d love (be able to afford) to incorporate some of that into my own plant-y garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 20, 2013

from the program:  Painted Lady Lavender Farm:  Whimsey abounds as you enter this gorgeous cultivated canyon, revealed at the end of a woodsy driveway. After being inspired by a visit to France 20 years ago, the owners decided to farm lavender on this undulating acreage. The terraced hillside holds four lavender fields, vegetables, perennials, a tree house, two charming cottages, chicken and quail coops and a bocce court. The valley floor of the farm holds a cafe, many seating areas, a stage, a store selling lavender products, garden rooms and a fountain. Wrought iron furniture and gates were made by the owner’s son Wade. Daughter Sherri will be on hand to lead tours through this paradise.

I’ve written about this garden before, and for a more organized photo tour of the garden, you could read this.  For garden tour day, I’d like to just share the impression of wandering through the garden.

Sheila and Debbie and Allan and I arrived at the farm with the foreknowledge that guided tours were being insisted upon; however, by invoking the fact that we had with us professional photographer Debbie Teashon, who has had photos in Fine Gardening and other famous magazines, and who needed to wander at will, and by reminding tour guide Sherri that I knew the gardens and its paths well and promising to keep my guests safe, we were given permission  to wander at will.

First we went up the hill behind the house to the fragrant stands of lavender.

First we went up the hill behind the house to the fragrant stands of lavender.

Sheila and Allan and I enjoyed the sights and smells while Debbie photographed this and that.

shade and sun

shade and sun

lavender

mural on back of house by "Painted Lady" Susan Wallace

mural on back of house by “Painted Lady” Susan Wallace

mural

Sheila taking a photo

Sheila taking a photo

A bit uphill from the back of the house is a gift shop with lavender items and antiques.

gift shop

gift shop

inside the gift shop with furniture painted by Susan

inside the gift shop with furniture painted by Susan

rose behind the main house

rose behind the main house

deck of the main house

deck of the main house

view from the deck

view from the deck

As we were enjoying the views from this area, a guided tour went by, crossed the field and went back down the hill.

tour

tour

tour being guided by Sherry

tour being guided by Sherri

Sherri was explaining all the different kinds of lavender and other herbs, but we were glad to be on our own rather than being guided because we are very stubborn independent minded.

tour group

tour group

We were able to go further up the hill to a delightful guest cottage.

 cottage at the very top of the hill

cottage at the very top of the hill
Sheila is enchanted.

Sheila is enchanted.

I am enchanted all over again.

I am enchanted all over again.
dreamy inside

dreamy inside

nearby, an outdoor tub

nearby, an outdoor tub

sink and tub

sink and tub

behind the tub wall

behind the tub wall

looking over wall to the cottage

looking over wall to the cottage

I knew of the stairs down to the back of the main house.

I knew of the stairs down to the back of the main house.

smoke rising from the outdoor kitchen

smoke rising from the outdoor kitchen

the chimney of the big pizza oven

the chimney of the big pizza oven

outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen dining room (same room as the big oven)

outdoor kitchen dining room (same room as the big oven)

dining

in the dining area

in the dining area

The farm is “off the grid” with any electricity powered by a generator and water supplied by a well.

more of the "summer kitchen"

more of the “summer kitchen”

summer kitchen

summer kitchen

kitchen

I remember reading a novel about farm life where the family had an indoor kitchen for the winter and a roofed outdoor kitchen for the summer.  It is an excellent idea, especially with the partial walls that provide windbreaks and shelter from any rain.

another tour departs from the main house patio

another tour departs from the main house patio

by the outdoor kitchen

by the outdoor kitchen

in the background: belly dancers

in the background: belly dancers

Belly dancing is a big part of the Lavender Farm lifestyle these days.  You can read more that here.  (They are having another Beach Bellydance Festival this year on August 10th and 11th.)

dancers

dancers

A dog inside the main house looks like Jo Fitzsimmon's Coco.

A dog inside the main house looks like Jo Fitzsimmon’s Coco.

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By now we had reunited with our friend Kathleen Shaw, who had been touring from north to south while we went south to north and then back south again.

Kathleen Shaw's photo of the main house patio

Kathleen Shaw’s photo of the main house patio

patio pond

patio pond

We can just see Kathleen next to the statue in the photo below:

a glimpse of a friend

a glimpse of a friend

Our friend Jenay, who lives just up the road from the farm, was there as well.

Allan and Jenay

Allan and Jenay

She had been stationed at the entrance but as the tour hours drew to a close, she could not resist joining the dancers.

stage

dancers

dancers

dancers

to the right, in black, “Painted Lady” Susan Wallace

Susan, the Painted Lady

Susan, the Painted Lady

Susan’s decorative floral painting can be seen on buildings around the Peninsula; her mural of flying kites is on the outside wall of the Payson Hall clubhouse at Andersen’s RV Park.

Jenay

Jenay

dancers

dancers (daughter and mother)

dancer

As the dancing continued, we explored the gardens around the house.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

shed near the outdoor kitchen

shed near the outdoor kitchen

fix it supplies in the window

fix it supplies in the window

just uphill: the chicken coop

just uphill: the chicken coop

another little cottage

another little cottage

peeking in a window

peeking in a window

window

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

woodsy

secret garden

secret garden

inside the secret garden

inside the secret garden

Sheila exploring

Sheila exploring

looking back at the stage

looking back at the stage

picket

an old well

an old well

Sheila and Sherri contemplating the well

Sheila and Sherri contemplating the well

the height of the water table inside the well

the height of the water table inside the well

a resident of the old well

a resident of the old well

frog

frog

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Jenay and Kathleen Shaw

Jenay and Kathleen Shaw

Kathleen is amazing for the connections she has made as a vacationer here on the Peninsula.  We so look forward to her moving here someday.  The sooner the better!

Jenay by the main house

Jenay by the main house

upstairs window, photo by Kathleen Shaw

upstairs window, photo by Kathleen Shaw

gift booth by entrance

gift booth by entrance

lavender

by the entrance

by the entrance

by the driveway

by the driveway

The five of us (Kathleen, Allan, Debbie, Sheila, and I) walked back to our cars in a happy mood, went back to our house and all sat around for awhile discussing the tour and then went out for a delicious meal at the Depot Restaurant.  Depot owner Nancy Gorshe was beaming because she had so much fun hosting tour guests at her mother’s garden.  Our three friends from out of town were pleased with Chef Michael’s sulbimel food.  (It was not a new experience for Kathleen, a frequent visitor to and future resident of the Peninsula.)

And our touring was not over, because on Sunday we all had plans to tour several more gardens on a private tour day of our own.

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So much to do!   Our business is one crisis after another, it seems.  First stop:  Marilyn’s where we made some progress but not as much as I had hoped.  Having to leave at four in order to dump debris had a benefit, though, because otherwise we would have stayed all day and not made it to Andersen’s.

before to after, less blurry

before to after, less blurry

before to after, swale

before to after, swale

before to after

before to after, south end

It’s really more like before to during as we only had time for rough weeding today (big stuff like blackberries, especially).

We are still having problems due to the round up catastrophe.  The catmint has not recovered.  I cut back HARD and fertilized it in hopes it will put out some nice new growth and not have to be replaced.

last chance

last chance

I told the neighbour, Don, about the upcoming tour.  He has a new garden and I thought, correctly, that he would want to make sure it was spiffing.  He then took us on a tour and I realized his garden should be on THE tour.  He said next year or the year after, he will be ready!

Don's garden

Don’s garden

His son designed and together they built a gorgeous fireplace worthy of Sunset Magazine.

outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen

From a large and attractive, partially stone clad (by the same skilled mason son) shop and guest house across the road, Allan got an aerial view of the front garden.

from on high

from on high

From above, a glimpse to the north reveals just a peek of an enticing garden with a gazebo that might also be garden tour worthy!

tantalizing

tantalizing

Our concern is that Marilyn’s will be tour-worthy after the weedkiller damage.  Will the front row knit in with the rest of the garden in time?

worried!

worried!

At least it will be a good example of a deer resistant set of plants, and I am going to make a blog page that tour goers can refer to for more information and a plant list.

We went to Peninsula Landscape Supply at four thirty to dump debris and get some supplies for tomorrow, to find that they have the most amazing new set of HUGE rounded rocks for sale:  river dredgings.

huge round rock

huge round rock

I imagine Judy is going to dream of having one of those!

By five fifteen, we were at Andersen’s RV Park because I had a feeling today would be a good day to weed the garden shed garden, a fairly big project that had only been weeded once or twice so far this year.  What timing!  We have been trying to get the park ready for the Sisters on the Fly club which I thought was arriving next Wednesday.  It turns out the leaders are coming this weekend to prepare and will be parked…right by the garden shed!  What a blessing I decided it needed doing today.  Now I feel we must return tomorrow rather than Monday for a big weeding…but then what about Klipsan Beach Cottages and Wiegardt Gallery and The Anchorage.  YIKES!  (Saturday is out because there is an afternoon Peninsula Cash Mob which we will attend at least for awhile.)

west end, before and after

west end, before and after

Ace staffer Al helped by bringing us a trailer load of mulch so we did not have to wheelbarrow it half a mile (or, well, less, but pretty far).

east end, before and after

east end, before and after

the whole shebang, before and after

the whole shebang, before and after

We did not push the building back upright; I am just running out of time to straighten photos!

We did not have time to re-gravel the path at the east end, but Al says he will do that tomorrow.

The next crisis was to stop on the way home and check the Veterans Field garden because the Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market is starting up there tomorrow.  The garden is getting wind-battered, and a lot of the little annuals that I planted early so there would be a full garden for the May 1st-or-so dedication are looking kind of sad now.  When the little dianthus at Basket Case bloom so that I can tell which are red and white, we will add some here.

Veterans Field

Veterans Field

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ is the bluest thing there.

At eight thirty, we were leaving Long Beach and as we drove past the Lewis and Clark Square planter, Allan yelled “Hey!” and parked the car and trailer.  One of a group of kids, maybe 12 year olds, maybe 9 year olds, had pulled an Allium right out as he glanced over.  I got out and yelled “Hey!”  “Sorry!” said one girl as they all sidled quickly up the sidewalk, leaving the Allium behind.  “Hey, that plant cost $5, and it had only ONE bloom for the year and now it’s over!” I called after her.  “Sorry, sorry, sorry!” she said, still backing away (from the crazy lady).   I actually had the unusual feeling that she heard me.  And understood.  I could be wrong.  And I think the bulb was really only $4.  Years ago, I planted Allium albopilosum in that planter and every one got stolen.  This year I thought I would try again.  I guess it is pointless.

one Allium now coming home with us.

one vandalized Allium now coming home with us.

I KNEW as a child not to pick other people’s flowers.  For the rest of the summer, the planter will be less than it could have been.  Trivial in the grand scheme of the world and life and death and suffering, but if I did not care a lot I would not be trying so hard in this job.

A quick check of the Fifth Street park revealed a large piece of Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’….one of three…broken off on the lawn.

argh!

argh!

It came from this plant:

sea holly

and it had a piece of root that makes me think someone was trying to steal a piece to start!

very suspicious indeed

very suspicious indeed

Maybe I will be able to start it and make one for Golden Sands, our lowest budget garden.

By 8.47 we were dopping off a few buckets of pea gravel at Larry and Robert’s garden to set up for tomorrow’s first job.  The sun was setting over the Lake Street monkey tree.

dusk

dusk

Finally at home, I watered a few container plants, and as I walked to one of our water collection barrels, I saw in the driveway of Nora’s house:

munching Nora's roses

munching Nora’s roses

They looked at me, then returned to their meal.

delectable

delectable

Much as with the children earlier, the crazy lady chased them away.  But gently, because they are pretty cute.

baffled

baffled

I am sure they returned (maybe even to our only partially fenced front garden) as soon as we went in the house.  I bet they wish they could get to all the good things inside our fence.

our garden from Nora's back yard

our garden from Nora’s back yard

I wish I had more time to spend there myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lavender signAfter not having visiting the lavender farm just east of Ilwaco for several years (just because we are so busy with our own and clients’ gardens), I was inspired to visit it twice in August.  What an absolutely gorgeous retreat it is, a hidden gem down a woodsy driveway.  On the 7th of August, Allan and I attended a tea party, and on the 11th of August, I was there for a dance festival.

Dwight, Sheri, Susan

Dwight, Sheri, Susan

Owners Dwight and Sudan and their daughter Sheri welcomed us.  Sheri is a familiar face in Ilwaco because she runs the Lavender Farm booth at the Ilwaco Saturday Market.  Because the farm is not always populated with colourful dancers and fairies (or is it?), first I’ll share the wonders of the garden…and then the dance festival in my next post.

the house, with grounds set up for dance performance

the house, with grounds set up for dance performance
front garden of the house

front garden of the house

house garden

house garden

front garden

front garden

in the garden

in the garden

To the left of the house, an outdoor kitchen provides a gathering space for parties.

entry to the outdoor kitchen

entry to the outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen

outdoor kitchen

ready for a party

ready for a party

outdoor oven

outdoor oven

in the outdoor kitchen

in the outdoor kitchen

cupcakes

cupcakes

tea party

tea party

The purple trim of the house is echoed in all of the outbuildings including this one on the lower level of the farm, called The Café of Angels.

outbuilding

outbuilding

"Café of Angels"

“Café of Angels”

no pouting zone

no pouting zone

seating for the angels

seating for the angels

mossy dell

mossy dell

mossy detail

mossy detail

by the café wall

by the café wall

window garden fence

window garden fence

entering behind the Café of Angels

entering behind the Café of Angels

wishing well

wishing well

The water table is always this high.

The water table is always this high.

seating

beautiful surroundings

beautiful surroundings

enchantment

enchantment

Finally, I left the lower garden to explore the rest of the farm. On a terraced hillside, stairways and grassy paths lead to level after level of beauty.

By this shed, steps led up..

By this shed, steps led up..

on the next level: chickens

on the next level: chickens

rooster

rooster

Dare I pass?

Dare I pass?

Tom the Turkey

Tom the Turkey

I did pass the rather intimidating rooster and further up the green grassy path came upon a large turkey in a pen.  My friend Mary has a story that might explain why the turkey is sturdily fenced.  Really, do not miss reading her tale of Tom the turkey.

On the next terrace a field of lavender led to a small building where antiques, furniture painted by owner Susan, and more lavender things were offered for sale.

lavender path

lavender path

dragons

boutique

boutique

open

open

inside

inside

teapots and cups

teapots and cups

painted rolling pins

painted rolling pins

a photo of Sheri in her wings at the Saturday Market booth

a photo of Sheri in her wings at the Saturday Market booth

From outside the little lavender boutique, we could see the back of the house with  Susan’s mural of a sunnier clime.

mural

mural

Higher still, I found a stone walled enclosure with an outdoor tub.

outdoor tub

outdoor tub

detail of tub enclosure

detail of tub enclosure

Behind the quite fabulous outdoor tub area, an enticing guest house had the same purple trim as the main house.

guest house from tub patio

guest house from tub patio

guest house

guest house

guest house window

guest house window

peering in the window

peering in the window

at the very top

at the very top

Working our way back down the hill, I found another little outbuilding.

another charming building

another charming building

Again I approached. through fragrant lavender, the back of the main house.

lavender field

lavender field

Allan, meanwhile, had gone up in a treehouse and photographed this view over the lower garden.

from the treehouse

from the treehouse

flower garden above the house

flower garden above the house

a deck beside the house

a deck beside the house

from above

from above

lavender path from deck

lavender path from deck

To one side, through an arbour...

To one side, through an arbour…

...led to another house deck.

…led to another house deck.

Instead, I chose a grassy path...

Instead, I chose a grassy path…

and instead of going back toward the chicken coop...

and instead of going back toward the chicken coop…

and took some stairs to my left.

I took some stairs to my left.
going down

going down

above the outdoor kitchen

above the outdoor kitchen

back on the lower level

back on the lower level

As we left to return to the parking area, I saw yet another route, back up the hill toward the treehouse where Allan had taken his overview photo.

stairs to the treehouse plateau

stairs to the treehouse plateau

stairsWithin a few days, I would be returning to this perfect garden for a few hours of the Beach Belly Dance festival and another walk up the hill to explore the many mysteries and surprises of the Painted Lady Lavender Farm.birdhouses

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