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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

The Oysterville Garden

We continued our day of garden touring with Ann, Evan, and Paul.

new gate

Allan’s photo

I so love this terrace.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ allée

Allan’s photo

west end of the allée

the shady back path, running south to north (Allan’s photo)

Evan, Ann, Paul (Allan’s photo); reminds me of Charlie’s Angels.

Allan’s photo

 

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

through the allée and onto the north lawn

Evan (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

reminded again that I used to have (in my old garden, and know the name of) that double blue geranium

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around to the front of the house

Allan’s photo

Meanwhile, next door, a friend has moved in and the garden is expanding into his garden:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Now we are heading back to our vehicles to drive south to Steve and John’s garden, where we will end our tour day.

Evan, Ann, Paul

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Wednesday, 2 May, part two

After working two jobs in the rain, we drove north of Oysterville on a mission to see the always impressive Oysterville garden’s tulip display.

Arriving in Oysterville, we took the scenic loop.

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Peter and Linda’s garden


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arriving at our destination in increasingly heavy rain

THE Oysterville garden

Join us in our usual walk around the garden that looks as fine in rain as it does on a perfect day.  I kept my camera pointed down between photos and felt very lucky to not get a water spot on the lens.

We walk along the roadside verge, looking in….

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo

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with tetranpanax and camassia (Allan’s photo)

We turn in at the driveway…

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This southerly bed will have plants taller than me come summer.


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Allan’s photo


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the glorious terrace


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at the back of the garden

The gardener puts on the crisp lawn edge with an old fashioned half moon edger.

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the allée of Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo


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onto the north lawn


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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo


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yellow Welsh poppies


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woodsy garden west of the lawn


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rodgersia and camassia


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Allan’s photo


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primulas


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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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returning to the front, to see the tulips from the inside.

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo

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a trio of golden barberries

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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo

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Erysimum (Allan’s photo)

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honesty and digiplexus

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Allan’s photo


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lunaria (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo


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from across the street

That opulent display of tulips was well worth the drive and the drenching stroll; in fact, I did not even notice the sensation of rain (other than being aware my camera was wet yet again).

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Sunday, 31 July 2016

After visiting Steve and John’s garden, we all headed to Oysterville in two vehicles to visit THE garden there.  Pam Fleming (Seaside, Oregon city gardener extraordinaire) had especially asked to see it and had rounded up three other friends, Prissy (expert plant propagator), Sean, and Jim.

enticing view from the street

enticing view from the street

We arrive. (Allan's photo)

We arrive. (Allan’s photo)

happy to be here!

happy to be here!  Pam, Prissy, and me

a delightful prospect for garden visitors

a delightful prospect for garden visitors, with the gate open in welcome

Just like my cats did, Riley the dog zoomed right in on Prissy.  He knew she is an ally of animals with cats and five horses of her own.

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Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) was working at the garden so got to walk around with us.

Melissa, and the garden owner, and me.

Melissa, and the garden owner, and me.

Going around the garden with three knowledgable plantswomen (Melissa, Pam, and Prissy) resulted in so much conversation that my enjoyment was deepened and yet my photos were fewer than usual.

by the driveway (Allan's photo)

by the driveway (Allan’s photo)

south side of driveway (Pam's photo)

south side of driveway (Pam’s photo)

Pam's photo, north side of driveway

Pam’s photo, north side of driveway

glorious south side of terrace (Allan's photo)

glorious south side of terrace (Allan’s photo)

Pam's photo

Pam’s photo

Note how the backs of the chairs, below, match the round window, above.

on the terrace

on the terrace

on the terrace

on the terrace

Sean on the terrace

Sean on the terrace

detail

detail

Darling Wayne!

Darling Wayne!

Riley just about to go for a belly rub.

Riley just about to go for a belly rub.

We peeked into the still wet gleaming white paint job in the garage and then went round the back.

"My uncle's car!" exclaimed Pam when she saw this parked behind the garage.

“My uncle’s car!” exclaimed Pam in delight when she saw this parked behind the garage.

Pam's photo

Pam’s photo

I was looking forward to my friends’ reaction to the allée of Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ and their reponses did not disappoint.

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the allée

Pam's photo

Pam’s photo

the west end of the allée

the west end of the allée

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detail

Pam's photo

Pam’s photo

looking east from the middle of the allée

looking east from the middle of the allée

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Pam’s photo

to my right, a great "stop the eye" feature.

to my right, a great “stop the eye” feature.

the dreamy north lawn. The plan is to remove a couple of the old trees. I look forward to the before and after on that.

the dreamy north lawn. The plan is to remove a couple of the old trees. I look forward to the before and after on that.

We noticed an especially nice hydrangea in the border by the lawn.  The gardener waded into the garden to find the tag.

This starry hydrangea is Hydrangea 'Le Vasterival'

This starry wonder is Hydrangea ‘Le Vasterival’.

Le Vasterival is sold under the trade name First Editions Great Star.  Here, you can read an excellent rant by Tony Avent about trade names being used instead of the real cultivar name.  In the Oysterville garden, the tag proved that the source of ‘Le Vasterival’ had been a nursery that cares about the real name.

The gardener brought us a flower of Le Vasterival, and it proved to be fragrant.

The gardener brought us a flower of H. ‘Le Vasterival’, and it proved to be lightly fragrant.

angelica and a white verbascum against the hornbeam hedge

angelica and a white verbascum against the hornbeam hedge

beside the lawn

beside the lawn

I can't choose between the two angles, so here are both.

I can’t choose between the two angles, so here are both.

Around about this time, Sean managed to round up everyone but Prissy for a group selfie.

Sean's photo: Sean, Pam, me, Allan, Melissa, Jim

Sean’s photo: Sean, Pam, me, Allan, Melissa, Jim

Undaunted in her desire to see the front garden, Prissy went right through the sprinkler, and so did we all.

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front garden with Queen Elizabeth rose.

front garden with Queen Elizabeth rose.

Incredibly, there was some local controversy when the garden owner painted his house pink.  Pink, the palest peachy blush at the very end of sunset, perhaps, or the faint pearly tint on the inside of a rare seashell.

front border

front border

statuesque eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)

statuesque eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed)

soaring Verbena bonariensis

soaring Verbena bonariensis

sarracenia by the front walkway

sarracenia and golden pelargoniums along with blue plumbago by the front walkway

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plumbago (I think!) and sarracenia

Below: In the front garden, the Lavatera was yanked out moments after this photo was taken because it had a bad case of rust.  It came out with one good pull.  To its left, the silver plant had us all stumped.  Later, I posted a photo to the Plant Idents Facebook group and within minutes had its name.

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plant pondering

plant pondering

Gomphostigma virgatum

It is Gomphostigma virgatum.

with the lavatera ousted

with the lavatera ousted

A Plant Idents reader added, “Interesting to meet this South African plant from the Eastern Cape. Looks like it stays much smaller up there than it does in habitat, where it gets large, shrubby and weeping. This specimen looks more like it’s low and herbaceous. I wonder at its water needs, as in habitat it is found adjacent rivers. May not be suitable for water thrifty Mediterranean climate gardens; too thirsty? I notice SM Growers in Santa Barbara dropped it from production.”  Famous Colorado plantsman Panayoti Kelaidis added, “It grows in streams all over the Drakensberg: I have seen it six or more feet in height there.”  I hope I can get one for myself from an online source.

We had to leave around five because Prissy had her five horses to feed.

dreamy view by the driveway as we leave.

dreamy view by the driveway as we leave.

the front of the house, as we depart (Pam's photo)

the front of the house, as we depart (Pam’s photo)

I so much enjoyed seeing Pam and Prissy and meeting Sean and Jim.  The latter two are selling their dream house in Gearhart, right on the beach.  In case you desire such a home, here is the link, although I have reservations about sharing it.  Having just met them, I do not want them to move away.

Next: My mother’s garden diaries for July of two decades ago, with non gardening entries and illustrations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 25 July 2016

My dear friend Patti J (she who has the loveliest Seaview garden and who was the originator of the local garden tour) had asked me if I would take her to see that most glorious garden in Oysterville.  When Allan and I visited Ocean Park Debby last Wednesday, that news had already reached her, and she asked if she could come along.  Well, of course!  Lunch was planned as well, and we all had looked forward to the afternoon.

THE Oysterville Garden

Before we entered the garden, Debby admired the view across the road.

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Allan’s photo: Debby was planning to paint that tree.

THE Oysterville garden. The stakes mark a new beech hedge.

The front lawn and boxwood hedge

The front lawn and boxwood hedge

on the other side of the driveway, a brick path through to the neighbours

on the other side of the driveway, a brick path through to the neighbours

boxwoods and Hydrangea paniculata

boxwoods and Hydrangea paniculata

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I say it every time....

I say it every time….

....This part of the garden makes me weepy.

….This part of the garden makes me weepy.

the clipped contrasting with the exuberant

the clipped contrasting with the exuberant

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on the terrace with Patti

on the terrace with Patti

Debby and Patti

Debby and Patti

On the terrace. Patti marveled at the Aeoniums.

On the terrace. Patti marveled at the Aeoniums.

Aeonium.

Aeonium

The shadow on the floor shows how the backs of the chairs echo the shape of the window.

Aeonium and boxwood admiration was the intent of this photo, but the shadow on the floor (lower left) shows how the backs of the chairs echo the shape of the window.

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onward down the south side: a pittosporum with black stems, white rose, Melianthus major leaves

view from the terrace: a pittosporum with black stems, white rose, Melianthus major leaves

other side of driveway: Helenium, and I think that is Crambe maritima in the lower left corner

other side of driveway: Helenium in the center, and I think that is Crambe maritima in the lower left corner

Enough wheelbarrows for the gardener and his helpers, Melissa and David and sometimes Todd, to move mulch together.

Enough wheelbarrows for the garden creator and his helpers, Melissa and David  and sometimes Todd, to all move mulch together.

At this point in our tour, Patti expressed amazement at the garden and I said, “You haven’t seen my favourite part yet!”  “There’s MORE?” she asked.

We greeted the owner and creator of the garden, who was painting in the garage; I made introductions.

outside the garage door

outside the garage door

Then we went round the corner to the hornbeam and hydrangea allée.

at the center of the allée of Hydrangea 'Incrediball'

at the center of the allée of Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’

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Our Patti in the hydrangea allée

Our Patti in the hydrangea allée

Hydrangea 'Incrediball'

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’

hornbeam arch at the far end of the allée

hornbeam arch at the west end of the allée

We explored the shade beds at the northwest area of the garden.

The lawn runs north south through the shade borders (Allan's photo)

The lawn runs north south through the shade borders (Allan’s photo)

Patti loved the size of the tree ferns in pots.

Patti loved the size of the tree ferns in pots.

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Allan’s photo

We all clustered to admire this glowing rhododendron.

We all clustered to admire this glowing rhododendron.

Patti and I had a rest while Debby looked over the pumpkin patch.

Patti and I had a rest while Debby looked over the pumpkin patch.

sunburned hydrangea heads by the pumpkin patch

sunburned hydrangea heads by the pumpkin patch

Wayne was in attendance today.

Wayne was in attendance today.

I got to administer a belly rub.

I got to administer a belly rub.

Wayne

dear Wayne

around the corner to the big lawn

around the corner to the big lawn

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Allan’s photo

on the north side

on the north side

the northern border

the northern border

Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)

Macleaya cordata (plume poppy)

front garden cardoons

front garden cardoons

Everyone loved the ruff of begonias in the big boxwood pot.

Everyone loved the ruff of begonias in the big boxwood pot.

Drumstick alliums have gone all purple now.

Drumstick alliums have gone all purple now.

looking north

looking north

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Allan’s photo

pink roses against the exquisitely pale pink house

pink ‘Queen Elizabeth’ roses against the exquisitely pale blush pink house

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boxwood and roses

looking north again

looking north again

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purple verbena bonariensis

purple Verbena bonariensis

We have much to say about the glories of the garden.

Debby and Patti and I have much to say about the glories of the garden.

in the front border

lilies in the front border

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our Patti (Allan's photo)

our Patti (Allan’s photo)

sarracenia and matching gold leaved pelargoniums

sarracenia and matching gold leaved pelargoniums

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Patti at the front gate

Patti at the front gate

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Allan’s photo

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front walkway

front walkway

Thank you and goodbye till my next visit to this ever changing garden.

Bailey’s Café

We repaired to Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta where we continued to talk about the Oysterville garden, garden tours,  and gardening in general.  Crowded when we arrived, the café became almost empty as we lingered till closing time over a delicious lunch.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

My favourite is the pita tuna sandwich.

My favourite is the pita tuna sandwich.

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Allan’s photo

after the lunch crowd

after the lunch crowd

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Patti bought three small Eric Wiegardt paintings.

Patti bought three small Eric Wiegardt paintings.

outside, a mountain of oyster shells and a view to the Port of Nahcotta

outside, a mountain of oyster shells and a view to the Port of Nahcotta

...and the old pilings from the railway line

…and the old pilings from the railway line.

We drove our gardening friends home to their gardens.

Debby's front walkway in Ocean Park

Debby’s front walkway in Ocean Park

Back at home in my own garden, I gardened on into the evening with many deep thoughts about boxwoods, while Allan watered and weeded at the Ilwaco Community Building.

 

 

 

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Monday, 6 June 2016

Just after I awoke, I got an actual phone call (not an email or a text which is our usual form of communication) from Debbie T asking if I wanted to go to breakfast…well, er, brunch, considering the time.  She had decided to stay at the beach for an extra day, partly due to seeking a softer afternoon light for taking photos.  I listened to the gusty wind outside and bailed on my idea of a gardening day.  Within fifteen minutes, Debbie was at my door.  (Allan had gone across the river for an exciting oil change that morphed into four hours at the auto shop while a new alternator was installed.)

We drove by the 42nd Street and Laurie’s Cafés (closed on Mondays) and happily, we found Benson’s by the Beach open.

Here is a different side of my Gunnera in Fifth Street Park.

Here is a different side of my Gunnera in Fifth Street Park.

I overheard our nice server telling folks at the next table the name of and some information about the gunnera, and later she showed me that they have an interpretive sign by the window because so many people ask about it.

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I am so glad they appreciate it instead of being unhappy that it blocks the view of the waterfall pond and the squirting clam (probably only from the table at which we were seated).

During our meal, as we talked about gardens, I had a brainstorm and asked Debbie if she would like to see that Oysterville garden…the wonderful one.  Yes, she would LOVE to, having seen some pictures of it on my blog.  I emailed the owner to ask if it was ok to bring a friend and would it be ok for her to take photos of plants.  He has said to visit it anytime but I do feel I should ask before trooping through with a friend.  I called Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) to see if she and Dave might be working there today and learned they were working in O’ville,  just up the street from THE garden.

When we went back to Salt Hotel to get Deb’s big camera, I waited outside and brooded briefly over the dry state of the westernmost curbside beds….the ones we struggled to water last year because the nearest merchant would not let us use the hose.

SO DRY

SO DRY

On the way to our garden tour, I called the port office and asked them to contact the NEW business about watering…because the one that wouldn’t let us is gone now.  I don’t want to be in the front line anymore….  (Later, I got an email saying the owner of the building, to whom I did not think to appeal last year, said go ahead and use the water.  So we are set for at least the summer. Watering is on the agenda for tomorrow.)

Let the garden touring begin!

Sea Star Garden

When we arrived in Oysterville, our first stop was Melissa and David’s own garden.  They were on a lunch break and had time to give us a walk around.

The new, so very solid coop should keep the problematic predators out. There have been some losses when the coop used chicken wire...not strong enough.

The new, so very solid coop should keep the problematic predators out. There have been some losses when the coop used chicken wire…not strong enough.

Debbie adding to a collection of water feature videos

Debbie adding to a collection of water feature videos

I covet this pond and waterfall, right off the back deck, and would like to create something like this.

I covet this pond and waterfall, right off the back deck, and would like to create something like this.

to the north of the house

to the north of the house

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The problem with gardening for a living is that it is hard to find time to finish a sunken patio.

The problem with gardening for a living is that it is hard to find time to finish a well-designed sunken patio.

When Dave and Mel returned to work, Debbie and I went on to…

THE Oysterville garden

valerian along the road

valerian along the road

Debbie noticed the wooden pear immediately.

Debbie noticed the wooden pear immediately.

That pear is the first thing that tipped me off, one winter day, that something special was going on here.  Each time we went to Oysterville, I would peer wistfully over the fence.  I think it was by getting to know Todd that I finally got to go inside.  Todd used to weed in this garden for the previous owners back when he was but a boy.

the redesigned entry

the redesigned entry

This garden makes my heart go all a flutter.

This garden makes my heart go all a flutter.

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by the terrace

by the terrace

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I find this view deeply moving.

I find this view deeply moving, in any season.

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(Note to self: I have yellow achillea at home; should have it at the port, too!)

(Note to self: I have yellow achillea at home; should have it at the port, too!)

candelabra primroses

candelabra primroses

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Debbie lamented the bright sunshine.

Debbie lamented the bright sunshine.

My camera battery had run out after the first few photos; I had switched to my iPhone and a shot into the sunlight did something that made the next five photos nothing but blank whiteness until I realized something was wrong and restarted the phone camera.

The allée

The allée

in the allée, I would guess Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave, my favourite one.

in the allée, I would guess Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave, my favourite one.

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looking back toward the outside of the allée

looking back toward the outside of the allée

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coming back around the house

coming back around the house

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Debbie says my Sarracenia will get this big. I do hope so.

Debbie says my Sarracenia will get this big. I do hope so.

Tetrapanax

Tetrapanax

outside again

outside again

and across the street

and across the street

I believe that the walk through the garden made Debbie most happy.

Linda and Peter’s garden

We drove a couple of blocks north and visited Dave and Melissa at their job, a garden that Allan and I weeded a few times in the distant past.

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Melissa emerging with weeds.

Melissa emerging with weeds.

to the east: Oysterville Sea Farms

to the east: Oysterville Sea Farms

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Debbie making a video.

Debbie making a video.

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the front of the house

the front of the house

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Melissa emerging with pruning debris.

Melissa emerging with pruning debris.

Dave at work

Dave at work

What is that tree?

What is that tree?

the garden just north of Linda and Peter's garden

the garden just north of Linda and Peter’s garden

Leaving Dave and Mel to work with no further disturbance, we drove back to Ilwaco where Debbie delivered me home and went back out again on her mission to photograph three more private gardens.

I fortified myself with some Builders Tea.  This isn’t a joke to me because I am seriously working class.  That is something that has become even more important to me in the last couple of years, being a class outsider to quite a lot of things, things that I do not need in order to be content.

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The tea box makes me ever so chuffed, especially since I have been to Leeds and used to be married to a Leedsman.

Fortified, I wrote three blog posts after giving up on watering the back garden.  (Three of the hoses/sprinklers were problematical.  Allan fixed the problems when he got home.)

At dusk, from the east window:  In the last light of day, the colour blue shows up more than any other colour including white:

blue catmint glowing at dusk

blue catmint glowing at dusk


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 6: Today I planted the Walla Walla onions—one fill row next to the row of scallions from last year.  Then I planted tomato plants in one row between winter cabbage and strawberries.  There are scads of green berries.  It’s supposed to be sunny days coming up which should ripen them.

[Later she added this note:} My WW onions did not grow at all because I didn’t water them.  I had planted tomatoes right up to the onion row and when I watered I tried to keep the water off the tomato leaves so the onions didn’t get much water.  Must separate better next year.

1998 (age 74):

June 6:   72 degrees.  I replanted three trays of violet leaves.  I watered houseplants.  I watered outdoor plants then planted the rest of the “little bulbs” and planted some other plants in various bowls.  Then it was too early to come in (4:15) so I weeded two rows of berries and picked 5 ripe ones.  First berries.  When I decided it was time to feed Tabby it was 6:15.  Quite a productive day.  As soon as I get the 6 new gro light bulbs from Charlie’s I’ll call Bill to do several jobs in one day.

 

 

 

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We had been invited to dinner at Dave and Melissa’s home in Oysterville.  On the way, we took ourselves on a tour of that most wonderful Oysterville garden.

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looking in

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backlit rhododendron

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo: Elsa (?) from across the street accompanied us in.

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This bit is so perfect it always makes me weepy.

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Elsa the dog was up there checking it out.

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Allan’s photo

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the hornbeam allée

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at the end of the allée

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Allan’s photo

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tree fern and narcissi

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Allan’s photo

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Sarcococca (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Dave and Mel (Sea Star Gardening) and Todd (Willapa Gardening) have been weeding this garden.

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I love a nice crisp edge like this.

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perfection

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Tulip ‘Chinatown’

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front border

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tulips and tetrapanax (Allan’s photo)

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across the road: meadows and Willapa Bay

 

 

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

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before work

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the ornamental plum blooming

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purple crocuses being subtle in the front garden

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crocuses and double primrose

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tulips and an Erysimum (probably ‘Winter Orchid’

I had hoped to work today and my hopes were realized, even though we started out in a brisk wind.  I figured it would be far less windy in the Klipsan Beach Cottages garden.

The Planter Box

On the way north, we took shelter from an intense rain at the Planter Box, seeking some early colour for the containers at The Anchorage Cottages.

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Gorgeous hellebores were not what we were seeking.

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front sales area display

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Ah, three fragrant wallflowers would be just what I needed.

When we departed, the rain had increased and the Dark Sky app said it would continue for forty more minutes.  A drive north to look at the Oysterville garden and our friends hard at work would fill the time nicely.

Oysterville

Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) and Todd (Willapa Gardening) were hard at work in the garden, and I didn’t take many photos because I felt that I shouldn’t be a distraction to their work.

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Allan’s photo: Todd with wheelbarrow

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Dave and Melissa address a lovely pile of Soil Energy.

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the water feature, with hellebores

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the back border, with many shrubs recently added

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Hamamelis and unfurling tree fern in the drizzly mist

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new beech hedge in the making along the front

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a guest named Mr Fox

We left without walking all around as I felt guilty about interrupting, although we were reassured by the garden owner that we could tour the garden any time, a privilege which we treasure.

Back we went to…

Klipsan Beach Cottages

…and by the time we got there, the rain was tapering off.

First, I had to go in the basement and greet Bella, whom I had not seen since around Christmas time.

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my very good friend Bella

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KBC fenced garden, east gate

I asked Allan to do the planting, starting with a fig tree from Dave and Melissa.

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(Allan’s photos) From the circle a non fruiting fig had been removed.

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The new fig had fruited well even in the pot.

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He also planted for me a winter blooming honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, which you can barely see by the clump of narcissi, and which I hope the deer will not eat.

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Allan’s closeup of the intensely fragrant Lonicera.

I asked him to dig out a grass that was the wrong size for a bed, meant to get a before photo, turned around…and he had it done already!

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after (Allan’s photo)

The grass had been outsized for the spot, as a photo from 2015 shows:

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Nov 9, 2015; the grass is smothering two hebes and crowding a rose

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Allan’s photo: It more than filled the wheelbarrow…

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and is in a pot till someone decides on a better plan.

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In the lawn edge border, the hellebores are not sizeable enough to be showy yet.

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A closer look is rewarding.

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a handsome upright form

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a long established clump of primroses

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apricot scented Hamamelis mollis just about done blooming

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Pieris japonica; my grandma called it Andromeda.

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narcissi and shiny rain washed calla lily leaves

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Euphorbia characias wulfenii, old and kind of rangy.

We both tackled a lot of sword fern clipping, in the continuing light drizzle.

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in the fenced garden, before

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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After.  Now the new growth will unfurl all bright green and fresh.

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The pond garden, before

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Mary taking Bella for a walk to the beach

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and after

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in the “swale” (Allan’s photos, before…)

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and after

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before

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after

Now, in Steve and John’s bayside garden, the trimming would be so perfect that you would not see any stubs.  We don’t have time for that perfection at work; at home, it is well worth seeking.

The rain was pelting by the time we were done.

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The ferns on the clam shed patio got a trim also.

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In the rain: a pale pink flowering currant in bloom

We left a few ferns untrimmed, especially the ones where Allan has to climb over the pond edge; it was slippery.  Manager/owners Mary and Denny will probably get around to pruning the roses, a task she enjoys doing.  If not, we’ll do it next time.

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By the greenhouse, after trimming back old floppy Melianthus major stems.  Tree peony leafing out.

It felt like we had been there for six hours and the fact that it was just a bit after three o clock surprised me greatly.

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bidding farewell to Bella (Allan’s photo, just pre-belly rub)

Long Beach 

Although the rain and wind increased, we next went south to Long Beach and bought six violas from Dennis Co.  I like the smaller flowered violas rather than pansies as they hold up to rain better.

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in a planter near Dennis Co (Allan’s photo)

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same planter (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo, same planter, a well established clump

The Anchorage Cottages

Back north about 20 blocks to the Anchorage, we were greeted by Mitzu and Beth.

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soggy, waggly Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

I planted the violas in the center courtyard, while Allan planted the three wallflowers near the office.

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He planted them in a soldierly row.

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I changed it.

Allan said to Beth, “I went to engineering school and she keeps trying to undo what I learned there.”

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window box with buds of one of my favourite tulips, Tulipa sylvestris

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Last week, I pruned all the green leaved stems out the Fuchsia magellanica ‘Aurea’ above, so it would not revert to all green.

We were pretty well drenched, and the wind had gotten strong and cold.  As I had expected, KBC had been out of the wind.  In fact, the rain there had felt so mild that we had not put on our bulky and harder to work in rain coats at all.  Now it was time to go home to some nice hot cups of tea.  From our south window, I could see the gale warning flags at the port.  We may have a day or two off.

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Mary and Smokey.  Had they even left the chair?

Smokey’s foot looks so well healed that I think that tomorrow, he can go outside again.

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the work board tonight

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

My mother’s diaries from two decades ago had entries corresponding to today:

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1997 (age 72):

Feb 17:  A warm day with some misty rain.  Finally I got the begonia bulbs in trays in damp plant mix and under lights in shop.  Also put pineapple lily and amaryllis bulbs in pots in soil under the lights.

1998 (age 73):

Feb 17:  11:45-4:15!!  YES I DID!  I finished planting the bulbs from greenhouse.  Then I planted the polemoniums that I dug last fall thinking they were hostas.  I planted some daffodils that were “lost” into the old “window box”.  Planted 4 plants that I set on picnic table and forgot.  Also had 2 cords wood from Corey’s Firewood delivered.  Now I must saw up the tree branches so I can pile the new wood.

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Friday, 27 November 2015

Today we drove all around the Peninsula for the Peninsula Art Association Studio tour, and during the tour we made two garden stops, the first being…

The Planter Box

…..Where we took some photos of their seasonal items for their Facebook page.

display including little live trees

display including little live trees


Teresa's charmingly decorated lemon cypress trees

Teresa’s charmingly decorated lemon cypress trees


more tiny trees for sale

more tiny trees for sale


and an interesting bird cam

and an interesting birdcam

and then we drove on to more of the studio tour.  After visiting the northernmost gallery, we crossed over on Oysterville Road to make a late autumn visit to the Oysterville garden that I like so much.

Oysterville Garden

Our dear friends Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) and Todd (Willapa Gardening) have recently spent several days, some of them wet and windy, working with the owner on some redesign of this garden.  The neighbourhood is lively in summer with many tourists, and a new hedge in front will give more privacy.

The garden owner planted this beech hedge all along the front.

The garden owner planted this beech hedge all along the front.


between every little beech, a cyclamen

between every little beech, a cyclamen


details

details

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Allan's photo: luscious mulch

Allan’s photo: luscious mulch

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The team of four gardeners has worked hard on transplanting and fall clean up and mulching.

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I feel deeply privileged to have an invitation to walk through.

I feel deeply privileged to have an invitation to walk through and permission to blog about it.


driveway garden aglow in autumn sunshine

driveway garden aglow in autumn sunshine


clipped ornamental grasses

clipped ornamental grasses and boxwoods


The perfection of the side garden continues to make me weepy with joy.

The perfection of the side garden continues to make me weepy with joy.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


surprise: a gentian still blooming

surprise: a gentian still blooming


autumnal allée,

autumnal allée


at the end of the allée

at the end of the allée


the tree fern walk

the tree fern walk

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


cyclamens

cyclamens


shadows of the allée

shadows of the allée


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


moss and mulch

moss and mulch


clipped bay tree

clipped bay tree


hedge and trees on the other side of the street

hedge and trees on the other side of the street


nearby: the path to the shore of Willapa Bay

nearby: the path to the shore of Willapa Bay

Even though I treasure having time off work, I’m envious in a way of the fun Todd, Dave, and Melissa are having working together on the Oysterville job.  Melissa says it is a joy.

Next:  We visit a friend’s studio that was not on the official studio tour.

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

back to The Oysterville Garden

Ah, I had been looking forward to a second visit to THE Oysterville garden.  My excuse was to show Dave and Melissa around, as they will likely be doing some work for the owner, and I could relate to them what he had told me about the garden during last week’s visit.  But really, I just wanted to BE there again.  We stole Dave and Melissa away from their job a few blocks north, and they were as smitten with THE Oysterville garden as I am.

following the seriously big Sea Star Landscape Maintenance truck past the Oysterville Church.

following the seriously big Sea Star Gardening truck past the Oysterville Church.

It was wonderful to walk through the garden with CPNs (certified plant nuts) who were interested in every detail.

Allan's photo, as we were about to begin our slow and appreciative walk through.

Allan’s photo, as we were about to begin our slow and appreciative walk through.

I was carrying a hardy fuchsia magellanicapiece in case the owner wanted some, but it turns out to be a plant he is trying to get rid of!   I understand that, as obviously, I have more than enough.

Mel and I have almost identically intent expressions!

Mel and I have almost identically intent expressions!

happiness in the garden

happiness in the garden

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a little path to next door

a little path to next door

makes me weepy in a good way!

makes me weepy in a good way!

We are enraptured.

We are enraptured.  I described how this view brings me to tears.

It touches my heart.

It touches my heart.

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hues of grey

hues of grey

a glorious hydrangea

a glorious hydrangea

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the driveway border

the driveway border

the driveway border

the driveway border

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the aster that was in bud last week

the aster that was in bud last week

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Me: "Look at the colour on that aster!" Melissa: "Look at those colours together!"

Me: “Look at the colour on that aster!” Melissa: “Look at those colours together!”

I described how the owner placed pumpkins all around the town for Halloween decor. These are the volunteers from the debris pile.

I described how the owner placed pumpkins all around the town last year for Halloween decor. These are the volunteers from the debris pile.

the hornbeam alleé in autumnal glory (Allan's photo)

the hornbeam alleé in autumnal glory (Allan’s photo)

Melissa brought my attention to the gentian at the base of the maple planter.

Melissa brought my attention to the gentian at the base of the maple planter.

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If this was blooming last week, I walked right by it!

If this was blooming last week, I walked right by it!

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This time I looked closely at the water basin.

This time I looked closely at the water basin.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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the tree fern walk (Allan's photo)

the tree fern walk (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We discussed and appreciated every area. (Allan's photo)

We discussed and appreciated every area. (Allan’s photo)

This time, I paid attention to the collection of rhododendrons.

This time, I paid attention to the collection of rhododendrons.

and to many details...

and to many details…

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the lawn that has inspired me to stop decreasing my lawn

the lawn that has inspired me to stop decreasing my lawn

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This gave me an idea for the bay tree at Klipsan Beach Cottages!

This gave me an idea for the bay tree at Klipsan Beach Cottages! (Allan’s photo)

We've come all the way round to the front.

We’ve come all the way round to the front.

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Boltonia asteroides and that grass with the adorable white tufts (what IS it?)

Boltonia asteroides and that grass with the adorable white tufts (some kind of Pennisetum but which one?)

Tetrapanax, ferns, grasses (Allan's photo)

Tetrapanax, ferns, grasses (Allan’s photo)

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a wistful look back down the driveway as our hour in the garden comes to an end

a wistful look back down the driveway as our hour in the garden comes to an end

As we drove away, I saw the pear in the tree that a few years ago was my first clue to stop and peer over the fence because it said to me that something special was going on in there.

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the pear that called out me

the pear that called out me to look more closely

the pear in February 2013 when I looked wistfully over the fence, longing to go inside.

the pear in February 2013 when I looked wistfully over the fence, longing to go inside.

Next: We had to get on to work, grooming four gardens (after five days off).

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