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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.

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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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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

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island

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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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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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?)

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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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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

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Saturday, June 27 2015:  Schweppe garden

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Allan's photo, from the street

Allan’s photo, from the street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

entering by the front driveway

entering by the front driveway

I walked up the driveway and saw this gate but decided to go round the other way.  This is the gate by which we eventually exited.

I walked up the driveway and saw this gate but decided to go round the other way. This is the gate by which we eventually exited.

a hedge of Lonicera 'Hedge Hog'.  I love the name of it, and I love golden boxleaf honeysuckle, so I want this plant.

a hedge of Lonicera ‘Hedge Hog’. I love the name of it, and I love golden boxleaf honeysuckle, so I want this plant.

a volunteer hellebore by the front porch

a volunteer hellebore by the front porch

water

front garden fountain

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front garden windowbox

front garden window box

barberry hedge in front garden

barberry hedge in front garden

Paris podophylla

Paris podophylla

At the corner of the house, the Paris podophylla stopped me in my tracks.  Fortunately, Todd was right behind me and was able to ID it immediately, and I then saw one of the gardeners’ good ID tags.

acquired from Heronswood

acquired from Heronswood

I remembered that it had been my list of top plants to acquire after seeing it in a slideshow by Dan Hinkley, and that I had ordered it from Heronswood and…then what?  It got lost somewhere in the move from my old house.  I MUST have it again.

Todd communing with the plant.

Todd communing with the plant.

looking out into the front garden

looking out into the front garden

We walked up the side of the house to the paradise of a small back garden.  The 50X100 foot lot is the size of my old garden in Seattle, and I remember what it was like to just have narrow side yards.

coming around the side, peeking through the sun porch into the back garden (Allan's photo)

coming around the side, peeking through the sun porch into the back garden (Allan’s photo)

the back garden

the back garden

in the back garden, a shady sit spot and outdoor shower

in the back garden, a shady sit spot and outdoor shower

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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hydrangea

quicksilver

bamboo

corner of the back garden

astrantia

astrantia

astrantia and bee

astrantia and bee

I suggested to Allan that he make me a water feature like this.

I suggested to Allan that he make me a water feature like this.

It emerged from the shady corner.

It emerged from the shady corner.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo  (I hope he was thinking deep thoughts about this.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of the balanced wind art

birds

Todd and Allan

Todd and Allan (perhaps discussing how to construct that water feature)

the garage wall behind the umbrella

the garage wall behind the umbrella

cabinet on garage wall

cabinet on garage wall

shelf with pots behind the umbrella nook

shelf with pots behind the umbrella nook

umbrella

a deck overlooks the garden

a deck overlooks the garden

sunporch overlooking the garden

sunporch overlooking the garden

looking diagonally toward a sunny corner

looking diagonally toward a sunny corner

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potting bench

potting bench

Another tour guest said she had never seen borage this tall.  (You can use the pretty little blue star shaped flowers as a garnish on soup or salad.)

Another tour guest said she had never seen borage this tall.

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inside the back gate

inside the back gate

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the inside of the gate by which we exited

the inside of the gate by which we exited

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the door fitting the arch

As we departed, we paid attention to the curbside garden.

curb

at the curb

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of  another way to highlight mondo grass

view across the street to a neighbour's garden

view across the street to a neighbour’s attractive garden

(Maybe to get a gardening neighbour, I need to just pick up and move to a new home with at least three good gardens in close proximity!)

Todd asking for a plant ID

Todd asking for a plant ID

If Todd, the former display garden curator at the famous Plant Delights Nursery, doesn’t know the name of a plant, I most certainly won’t!

looking back at the luscious paradise

looking back at the luscious paradise

a thoughtfully placed "garden advance" bench along the street

a thoughtfully placed “garden advance” bench along the street

 

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