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Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Here are the usual not so great photos from the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, February 2004.  I stayed with Carol and we had a lovely time as always with a meal at the Barking Dog Alehouse which had replaced a dive bar just around the corner from her Ballard apartment.  I attended probably 18 seminars.   As I had sometimes done over the garden show years, I felt a vague envy (not too sharp) of the gardening couples that I saw sitting together during seminars.  It would be nice to have a gardening partner who took an interest in such things.   But I had profoundly enjoyed my winter of quiet solitude.

boatscape

boatscape

potting bench

potting bench

planting salad greens in straw bales

planting salad greens in straw bales

Peninsula touring

Alison, a funny cyberfriend whom I had met through an online gardening forum, came to visit; here we are at Klipsan Beach Cottages because of course I took the day off to take her on a garden tour.

Alison and me at KBC

Alison and me at KBC

me at Laurie's garden, photo by Alison

me at Laurie’s garden, photo by Alison

I wish I could find Alison again!   She moved, my computer crashed, etc….   She was so funny and smart and a great gardener.  She might have changed her last name due to a marital change, and that makes women so darned hard to find.

Buddliea in a Long Beach garden

Buddliea in a Long Beach garden

Joy Creek and Cistus

I went on a springtime shopping trip for clients at Cistus and Joy Creek Nursery with J9; stuffing as many plants as possible in her car, along with her wonderful dog, Sophie.

English delphiniums at Joy Creek Nursery

English delphiniums at Joy Creek Nursery

Cistus

Cistus

Sophie and J9 at Cistus

Sophie and J9 at Cistus

CistusCistus

The display gardens are much fuller now!

Cistus Nursery

Below: Pineapple broom…used to be Cytisus battandieri but now is (sometimes) Argyrocytisus…at Cistus.  I long for this plant to bloom in my garden. I had one at the Spring Street garden that did nothing but put out grey foliage, and I left it behind in autumn 2010 because it was quite large.   I planted one at a garden in Seaview where the house got sold, one at KBC which the slugs ate, and one at my mom’s which was also to big to move when the house sold and I now do not have one at all!

pineapple broom

pineapple broom

The flowers really do smell strongly of sweet pineapple.

Clarke Nursery

Meanwhile, Sheila came to visit. I had been plant-sitting a whole lot of potted plants for her after she sold the Harborview Motel, while she moved around (and around!) with her peripatetic spouse trying to find the perfect house to create a new garden. Here we are at Clarke Nursery in its former bayside location, where I am sure she bought a few more plants, and then took some of the ones I was storing away with her as well.
me and Sheila at Clarke Nursery

me and Sheila at Clarke Nursery

Sheila's vehicle stuffed with plants

Sheila’s vehicle stuffed with plants

Sheila says “I believe we built layers with plywood and plastic milk crates to get them all in…the layers can be seen in the back…”.  Her fig tree was laid in sideways.  She is determine to fit in at least two more plants.

Painted Lady Lavender Farm

I took an afternoon off to go to the Painted Lady Lavender Farm with J9.   It’s between Ilwaco and Chinook, and may have been its first or second year open to the public. Its owner had been known locally for years for her decorative painting.  I had seen her work on local garden designer Dale B’s house (now owned by our friend Patti, on the Seaview Antique Mall, and on the exterior of Payson Hall at Andersen’s RV Park.

Painted Lady Lavender Farm

Painted Lady Lavender Farm

Below: View from atop a hill at Painted Lady Lavender Farm. I was quite overcome with envy and the wish that I had the money to have a number of little cottages and enough land to plant lavishly.

overview

treehouse

treehouse

black scabiosas

black scabiosas

behind the main house

behind the main house

house and deck

house and deck

Oh how I longed for a little guest cottage like this!

Oh how I longed for a little guest cottage like this!

another adorable outbuilding

another adorable outbuilding

For several years after, I thought of revisiting but just felt too busy; every time we drove by the entrance, we were on a mission to go Astoria and points south.  Finally I got back there in 2012 and found it even more beautiful.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

In the fall, Terran and I took a day trip to Portland and visited the Classical Chinese Garden. Sheila’s gift of an old digital camera which used floppy disks provided some interesting photographic results.   I loved the instant gratification of digital and when that camera wore out, I bought a new one and only occasionally returned to film because I had some rolls to use up.

Terran in the Chinese Garden

Terran in the Chinese Garden

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

Portland Classical Chinese Garden

in the Chinese garden

in the Chinese garden

Chinese garden

Chinese garden

Chinese garden

Chinese garden

Gardeners were walking through the ponds in hip waders cleaning up the lotus leaves.

lotus

lotus

Manzanita

I put frugality on hold for an evening when J9 and I took a trip to Manzanita to have a memorable meal at the (now sadly gone) Blue Sky Café. It was kind of a shock to eat real food, because I had been subsisting for months on frozen food after buying my first microwave earlier that same year.  I am not much for cooking but I do love restaurants.

beautiful garden bench in Manzanita

beautiful garden bench in Manzanita

But first we went to Cartm, an amazing huge recycled materials yard where I acquired a small garbage can in which to plant a phormium, the idea which I’d gotten at the Molly Ward garden/restaurant back in summer 2003.  You can find almost anything upcyclable at Cartm.  Too bad it is such a long trip from here.

Cart-em

Cartm

Non-gardening outings

Talking Tombstones in Astoria

J9 excelled at getting me to go out and do things.  At Halloween,  we went to see the “Talking Tombstones” in Astoria, where locals act in the role of the person who is buried under each stone.

tombstone
a sad tale of dying of influenza

a sad tale of dying of influenza

Talking Tombstones

Talking Tombstones

On any trip that we took across the river (or “overseas”, as old timers say around here), we stopped on the way at the excellent Chinook Coffee Company drivethrough in Chinook.

Chinook Coffee Company

Chinook Coffee Company, October 2004

Fort Clatsop

In December, J9 and I went to the old Fort Clatsop for a historical presentation about Lewis and Clark’s Christmas there.  Soon after, it would be destroyed by a fire and be reconstructed.

Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop

inside Fort Clatsop, the replica of Captain Meriweather Lewis’s  desk made my own tiny house look more spacious in comparison.

Lewis's desk

Lewis’s desk

boardwalk at Fort Clatsop

boardwalk at Fort Clatsop

Flavel House Museum

Always good at finding excursion, J9 took me to the Flavel House Museum for their Christmas plum pudding tea.

Flavel House on a dark December day

Flavel House on a dark December day

teatime in the Flavel House Museum

teatime in the Flavel House Museum

Looking back on this year makes me realize what a boon to my social life J9 was and I am more sorry than ever that she moved away from the Peninsula in 2012.

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Belly Dance sign

Belly Dance sign

Twice in August I visited the lavender farm just over the hill to the east of the town of Ilwaco.  The first was a fairy tale tea party whose story is told in this album on the Olde Towne Trading Post page. The second occasion was in the evening of the Beach Belly Dance Festival, an annual event.

Booths selling colourful clothing and belly dance jewelry and coin belts were set up all around the lower level of the farm and a stage and dancers wandered through the grounds  or lounged on Persian carpets and pillows between performances.

magic carpets

magic carpets

dancers

dancers

between performances

between performances

the stage

the stage

We had missed most of the performances; Jenna had to run her shop during the day and I had attended the edible garden tour…but we were in time for a lovely fairy dance.  The fairy women pulled Jenna’s husband Don and local guitarist Randy Brown (who had played music for our own garden tour) onto the stage and enchanted them.

fairy dance

fairy dance

enchantment

enchantment

fairy dance

fairy dance

Between sets, Randy Brown and Friend performed.

Between sets, Randy Brown and Friend performed.

dancers' art class

dancers’ art class

Jenna’s spouse, artist Don Nisbett, gave a class in caricature drawing after the fairy dance, using as his model Janine, a very French lady from Long Beach who always dresses in elegant Parisian fashion.

Don and Janine

Don and Janine

In the outdoor kitchen, the big woodfired oven was in play making delicious pizzas to order…all included in the moderate entry fee to the festival.

pizza chef

pizza chef

pizza

pizza

the stove oven chimney

the stove oven chimney

stone oven chimney

stone oven chimney

As dusk fell, a troupe of drummers and fire eaters arrived.  The crowd gathered around the driveway to keep the flames away from the garden, white picket fences, and booths!

drummers

drummers

fire eater

fire eater

cloud of fire

cloud of fire

wheel of fire

wheel of fire

fountain of fire

fountain of fire

breath of fire

breath of fire

You can bet that I have every intention of attending this amazing festival in 2013!

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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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