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Thursday, 8 June 2017

*Overseas is not as exotic as it sounds; it’s just what we say around here about crossing the Columbia River to northwest Oregon state.

We had a lovely rainy day so there was no guilt at all about not gardening.

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The half an inch of predicted rain had materialized.

Before leaving Ilwaco, we finally found time to go to the botanical art exhibit at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, three blocks west.

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“The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is honored to present an exhibition of 82 paintings by Frances Stilwell representing the native plants of Oregon’s eight Ecoregions.

After moving to Oregon in 1969, Stilwell began defining her new home by learning and drawing the native plants. Since then, Stillwell has published two books related to Oregon’s native plants including the exhibition’s companion book, ‘Oregon’s Botanical Landscape; An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon Before 1800’.”

Before going in, we simply had to pull chickweed out of the museum’s two planters.

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beargrass and beargrass baskets

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I liked the impressionistic paintings so much that I bought the accompanying book.

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Now for our shopping trip overseas.

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Astoria

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We’d go to more events in Astoria if I enjoyed crossing the 4.2 mile bridge.

We drove into downtown to buy a t shirt at Old Town Framing for Astoria Pride 2017.

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flowers in a downtown window

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large street planters

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Allan’s photo

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and individual shop planters

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In Warrenton, just southwest of Astoria, we checked out the plant stock at Fred Meyer and Home Depot because I have often found cool plants at Fred’s…not so much this time…and because I need a couple of small hydrangeas like Cityline Rio.  I was disgruntled because both stores had hydrangeas which were not marked with cultivar names. Just “hydrangea” is not enough of a label for me.

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feeling disgruntled at a big box store

We bought some feeder fish for our water boxes at the local Petco.  (I’d rather shop at smaller places but sometimes, here away from the city, the choices are limited.)

We turned right onto Broadway in Seaside, Oregon, to make the loop of

Pam Fleming’s Seaside Gardens

Because the frustrating hydrangea shopping had consumed a lot of time, the photos are taken from the van on a drive by.  Sometime I’d like to have a leisurely enough trip to text city gardener Pam and meet for lunch.  You can see the gardens at their summer peak in this post from July 2015.

 

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Taken backwards after driving past because I admired the pool of still water underneath the clipped ceanothus.

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I envy Pam’s big, irrigated planting beds.

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impressionistic

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a store named after me

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the turn-around

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We drove on south from Seaside to shop at Seaside 7 Dees. I found some fairly common plants that I wanted for my garden.

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Allan’s photo

 

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a couple more Euonymus ‘Green Spire’

A nice Salvia patens was a good find.  My best find was a flat of Asclepias syriaca, which had been on my must have list since I saw it last summer in the Deerly Missed gardendeerly.png

Well, syriaca and speciosa are not the same one…but close in appearance.  I hope.

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Allan liked the fountain. (We’ve seen a version with crows, too.)

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Their beaks clack as water runs through.

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He found himself a new “parsley fern”.

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My cart; I wish I could have found two cartloads of cool plants to buy.

I am aware of the contradiction in my recent rejoicing that planting time was over.

Note the gold leafed Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’.  I have tried this plant repeatedly and the snails always get it.  My memory of seeing it in Lucy Hardiman’s Portland garden years ago always inspires me to try again.

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Lucy’s garden, 2001, gold tradescantia in pots on the deck

Unfortunately, the hydrangea selection at 7 Dees did not include any that I wanted for the J’s garden although I did get myself one called ‘Shooting Star’, which might be one I have seen in The Oysterville Garden.

Perhaps, thought I, I had not tried hard enough while looking at the hydrangeas at Home Depot.  We went back to try again; I hoped that scanning the tags might reveal the names of the different cultivars.  Nope.  The scan just said “Hydrangea”.  I tried to explain that there are a lot of folks with the surname Smith, but individual Smiths are names Mary, Bob, or Lucy.  I got crickets and blank looks.

We had not had time to eat yet so we decided to have a meal at the cute Uptown Café in the adjacent mall.  (I wished I had decided that earlier; we could have waited to get our feeder fish and saved them the ride to Seaside and back.)

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Tradescantia ‘Blue and Gold’ outside the café, planted with lots of sidewalk around it so probably not vulnerable to snails.

The back of the menu explains much about the charming decor of the café.  Its ambience is more important to me than the food.

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wood partition from an old church

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south wall

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Old doors from Astoria houses.

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veggie burger

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fish tacos

home again

…after accomplishing the tedium of grocery shopping.

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This snail had ridden all the way down and back with us on the back of the van. (Allan’s photo)

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chickadee poised to take food to the nest

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new batch of ladies in waiting

The new fish had one casualty, a plain silver one.  The store clerk had put in extras for that eventuality.  They got floated around in their bag for an hour in the water boxes before being divided into their new home.

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the new fish

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There are lots of places to hide from predators.

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We had had this much rain.

Tomorrow: One work day, followed by a two day weekend with a couple of events that might preclude getting the new plants planted.

 

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

I accompanied Allan on a grocery shopping trip to Warrenton, Oregon, solely to detour into Seaside and see Pam Fleming’s public gardens.  (Checking out the plant selection at Fred Meyer would be a bonus.)

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Pam Fleming has been the public gardener for downtown Seaside for as long as I can remember, and every year her gardens get better.  The gardens run along both sides of Broadway from the main highway to the beach view turnaround.

Broadway in Seaside

Broadway in Seaside

We drove and looked at the first couple of blocks as I took photos from the passenger window.

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Love that dusky Phygelius; I wonder if it is 'Salmon Leap'.

Love that dusky Phygelius; I wonder if it is ‘Salmon Leap’.

Then a parking place opened up on the busy street and we decided to walk to the turnaround and back to get a close look at the gardens.  What a good decision!

One of Seaside's well designed sit spots.

One of Seaside’s well designed sit spots.

on the bridge

on the bridge

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I love gold and variegated foliage.

I love gold and variegated foliage.

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Nigella (love in a mist) (Allan's photo)

Nigella (love in a mist) (Allan’s photo)

Pam plants flowering tobacco and head-whirling type flowers in front of the Bridgetender Tavern.

Pam plants flowering tobacco and head-whirling type flowers in front of the Bridge Tender Tavern.

Nicotiana langsdorfii (a flowering tobacco)

Nicotiana langsdorfii (a flowering tobacco)

a whirly spoon leaved osteospermum; she likes the kind with more of a color pattern but it has become hard to find.

a whirly spoon leafed osteospermum; she likes the kind with more of a color pattern but it has become hard to find.

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Allan’s photo

I hope no tavern patron gets thrown into this pocket garden this year.

The Bridge Tender

The Bridge Tender

As we strolled by a café with outdoor seating, a walker approaching said to two folks seated there, “Looks like the perfect life.”   “It’s our think tank,” said the sitters; “We’re solving the world’s problems.”  “How far have you gotten?”  “Not very far.”

Pam often plants culinary plants in front of restaurants, like this seafood place.

Pam often plants culinary plants in front of restaurants, like this seafood place.

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I spy parsley in the Dooger's garden.

I spy parsley in the Dooger’s garden.  Maybe sage, rosemary, and thyme, too.

by Dooger's

by Dooger’s

This is the "swinging tree" of a little local girl who has swung from the branches for years.

This is the “swinging tree” of a local girl who has swung from the branches for years.

I'd say put leatherleaf viburnum here except I don't much like it!

I’d say put leatherleaf viburnum here except I don’t much like it!

When the business storefronts change hands, sometimes Pam’s planting scheme is thrown off; she might have plants from Mexico in front of a Mexican restaurant and then have it turn into a souvenir shop instead.

another culinary garden by the Pig 'n' Pancake, with golden lemon balm.

another culinary garden by the Pig ‘n’ Pancake, with golden lemon balm.  (I think.)

Lovage, I think, on the right.

Lovage, I think, on the right.

The vigorous houttuynia was already in the gardens when she took them on.

The vigorous houttuynia was already in the gardens when she took them on.

Why don't I ever remember to mass plant like she does? Looks so much better.

Why don’t I ever remember to mass plant like she does? Looks so much better.

I just realized my own Primrose vialii may be petered out at home.

I just realized my own Primrose vialii may be petered out at home.

Unlike some people, when I see a plant that I want in a public garden (like the primrose above), I do NOT help myself.

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As always, I envy the variety of street trees...not just boring old columnar pears like we have. Here: paperbark maple.

As always, I envy the variety of street trees…not just boring old columnar pears like we have. Here: paperbark maple.

another sit spot

another sit spot

Forever is a long, long time.

Forever is a long, long time.

a wintry windowbox

a wintry window box

shop window (Allan's photo)

shop window (Allan’s photo)

There is alchemilla (lady's mantle) looking frothy and glorious.

There is alchemilla (lady’s mantle) looking frothy and glorious.

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looks like Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' being way early!

looks like Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ blooming way early!

Sambucus 'Black Lace'

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I also envy the reliable sprinkler system in every pocket garden.

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Last year, Pam told us her mulch of choice was bales of Gardner and Bloome soil building compost.

Last year, Pam told us her mulch of choice was bales of Gardner and Bloome soil building compost.

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I was deeply smitten with this bed with its candelabra primroses.

I was deeply smitten with this bed with its candelabra primroses.

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I spy little statice. I've had helpful people pull them out as dandelions before they bloom.

I spy little statice. I’ve had helpful people pull them out as dandelions before they bloom.

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Allan’s photo

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almost to the turnaround

almost to the turnaround

At first, I thought this kid might be one of Pam's workers, till I realized he was playing hide and seek.

At first, I thought this kid might be one of Pam’s workers, till I realized he was playing hide and seek.

Now I had reached the turnaround.  Allan had walked back to get the van and come pick me up.

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looking east

looking east

looking west

looking west

I found these two plaques deeply touching:

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looking south

in full wind and weather...and irrigated

in full wind and weather…and irrigated

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On the way back to the highway, one block over:

a big fluffy peony under a beach pine

a big fluffy peony under a beach pine

some flying birds by a Seaside storefront

some flying birds by a Seaside café

On the way north, we had a look at the garden of an ironworks shop in Gearhart.

Gearhart Ironworks

Gearhart Ironworks

the ironworks garden

the ironworks garden

We accomplished our grocery shopping at Costco.  I miss the old, smaller store behind the Fred Meyer.  The big new one has lighting that makes me feel dizzy and disoriented.  I find myself thinking that I must visit an optometrist immediately:

too much glare

too much glare, I feel like I am seeing double.

I prefer mood lighting while shopping.

Further toward home, I succumbed to the siren call of the Fred Meyer plant department.

petunias of interesting hues

petunias of interesting hues; I bought a yellowy-pinky one.

another unusual petunia

another unusual petunia

a haul of plants for my garden (Allan's photo)

a haul of plants for my garden (Allan’s photo)

eastern view from the highest part of the 4 mile long Astoria Megler bridge over the Columbia river.

eastern view from the highest part of the 4 mile long Astoria Megler bridge over the Columbia river.

The only flaw in this excellent day (other than the lighting at Costco) was that I had not organized a visit with Pam herself.  I felt we would not have time to do that, shop, and get to our weekly dinner in time.  Oh, how wrong I was because we got home with two hours to spare.  I did spend it puttering with my new plants; however, visiting with Pam would have been better, and rare.

The Cove Restaurant

We were slightly late to our North Beach Garden Gang meeting because I found it hard to tear myself away from my new plants.

a tad bit late to the party

a tad bit late to the party

artful dinner salad

artful dinner salad

strawberry feta salad (Allan's photo)

strawberry feta salad (Allan’s photo)

prawn scampi

prawn scampi

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

Dave, Melissa and me

Dave, Melissa and me

Todd and Dave (Allan's photo)

Todd and Dave (Allan’s photo)

We usually stay until the serving staff start sweeping up and vacuuming.  Carmen made an amusing show of sweeping right by our table.

a hug from our Carmen

a hug from our Carmen

After dinner, the usual lingering in the parking lot:

The plant that got away?

The plant that got away?

Tomorrow: back to the watering rounds.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 2: HOT in afternoon!!  Noon to six  I finally got those tulip bulbs (from the tubs and pots) planted in the garden area next to the onion and asparagus bed.  Boy I’m glad to have it done.  Then I planted seedlings into pots—the next move will be to plant them into the various bowls.  The next main job is to start planting the perennials that are on the picnic table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

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Only for something like this would I get up at 6 AM!

Allan's photo: Todd, and I, Melissa, and Dave arrive for tour.

Allan’s photo: Todd and I and  Melissa and Dave arrive for tour.  The North Beach Garden Gang!

Other members not shown: Steve and John and Garden Tour Nancy!

The four of us were early so we took ourselves on a tour around a block’s worth of Pam’s gardens.

I love the arbor benches.

I love the arbor benches.

lobelia laxiflora

lobelia laxiflora

lobelia laxiflora and variegated houttuynia

lobelia laxiflora and variegated houttuynia

I wondered about the handsome but peskily invasive “hot tuna plant”; later, Pam said that she had inherited patches of it and that she worked with it; it looks excellent in the areas where it is allowed to appear.

Todd giving a garden a good look-over.

Todd giving a garden a good look-over.

Now I want a few big rocks in my Long Beach tree gardens.

Now I want a few big rocks in my Long Beach tree gardens.

I've never thought of using a mass of variegated annual geranium at ground level. Looks handsome and striking.

I’ve never thought of using a mass of variegated annual geranium at ground level. Looks handsome and striking.

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a hebe skirting a hardy fuchsia

a hebe skirting a hardy fuchsia

One thing I already noticed and deeply envied, and continued to envy throughout the tour:  Pam is allowed to have height.  All my Ilwaco curbside gardens have to be so darn short, which cuts down on their visual impact compared to these.  There is one big different: Broadway in Seaside doesn’t have numerous driveways coming out onto the street, and most of the traffic is one way.   The other thing I immediately envied was the lushness due to irrigation (which I have in the Long Beach parks but not in the tree gardens).  Todd said that my tree gardens are also smaller without as much root run space.  All true.  But enough about me and my envy…for now.

The river that runs through Seaside. We learned that businesses have added their own baskets, inspired by the ones Pam does for the city. These baskets are put out by the businesses on the river walkway.

The river that runs through Seaside. We learned that businesses have added their own baskets, inspired by the ones Pam does for the city. These baskets are by the businesses on the river walkway.

the bridge over the river

the bridge over the river

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luscious use of Stachys (lambs ears) for silver edges.

luscious use of Stachys (lambs ears) for silver edges.

more lambs ears

more lambs ears

irrigation = happy astilbe

irrigation = happy astilbe

ok...irrigation envy

ok…irrigation envy

low plants here where the sidewalk swoops out

low plants here where the sidewalk swoops out

looking south down the river

looking south down the river

also tree envy....Pam gets to use a variety of interesting small trees, as you will see during the tour.

also tree envy….Pam gets to use a variety of interesting small trees, as you will see during the tour.

tree envy!!!

tree envy!!!  Long Beach and Ilwaco both have the same tree, columnar pear, over and oever and over.

Todd, Melissa, and Dave

Todd, Melissa, and Dave

By now it was 8 AM and we entered the Beach Books store.

Right behind us, Steve and John. (Allan's photo)

Right behind us, Nancy (behind the shelves), Phil, and Steve and John. (Allan’s photo)

The lecture was in the loft of the bookstore.

The lecture was in the loft of the bookstore.

I agree with this poster on the wall.

I agree with this poster on the wall.

It was not until we had our breakfasts on our plates (yummy eggs and potatoes) and the small audience began introducing ourselves that it was realized that there were nine of us from the Long Beach Peninsula and we were asked if we were a garden club.  Well, why not?

Pam ready for her lecture

Pam ready for her lecture

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my lecture notes

Pam said that she thinks of all her Seaside gardens as “managing a big estate”.  There are over 100 garden beds and the 123 baskets for which she chooses the flowers.  She is renowned for choosing garden themes based on the adjacent businesses, which is complicated when businesses change, as there is an apothecary garden in front of the bookstore that used to be a pharmacy.  For the apothecery garden, she used Phygelius (which is said to be used in voodoo) and Chaste Tree and Salix (willow) whose bark was used for headaches.  She plants edible gardens in front of restaurants and has some other themes that we will learn about on the walking tour.

“I like to honor this town.  I love my town,” she says, as she shows us slides of the history of the gardens and of the town.  One especially striking photo shows townhouse lights reflected in the river at night.

She uses mass of color on the street side of the garden beds and more intricate detail on the sidewalk side, and she uses echoing colours because the beds are small.  The gardens are not at all plagued by deer.  (I envy that!)

One year, when the lighting was redone and all the gardens ripped out and replanted, she broke her foot and had to direct and point.

Regarding the baskets, she said that the baskets themselves are much larger than at home baskets, which is why the flower displays get so large.  Smaller home baskets run out of soil for the roots sooner.  She has a water truck with which she waters the baskets daily with a mild fertilizer solution.  The baskets become hydroponic after the roots have completely filled them.  Inspired by her baskets, more of the town stepped up to beautify with their own baskets like the walkway along the river.  The baskets are taken down in mid September after the last big tourist event.

One of the audience members said “I’ve admired your gardens for years and years and thought it must be a fairy princess who planted them.”

Of course she gets a lot of the same questions we do, including “What’s that plant?’, and she knows according to the time of year which plant people will be asking about.

Now…come on Pam’s guided walk through town.

We were joined by Teresa, owner of the Planter Box garden center.

We were joined by Teresa (right, with Dave and Melissa), owner of the Planter Box garden center, making 10 of us from the Long Beach Peninsula.

Teresa's exceptionally cute shoes.

Teresa’s exceptionally cute shoes.

Pam talked about each garden bed from Beach Books all the way to the turn around.

Pam talked about each garden bed from Beach Books all the way to the turn around.

Drinking fountains incorporated into the bench gardens.

Drinking fountains incorporated into the bench gardens.

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Pam has had an excellent performance out of this particular eucomis.

Pam has had an excellent performance out of this particular eucomis.

Later in the day, I bought myself one at Seaside 7 Dees.

Later in the day, I bought myself one at Seaside 7 Dees.

Nancy admires the lavender. Pam said she finds clumps of lavender missing where people picked bouquets, and of course she notices.

Nancy admires the lavender. Pam said she finds clumps of lavender flowers missing where people picked bouquets, and of course she notices.

Lavender and heucheras

Lavender and heucheras

an attentive audience

an attentive audience

a mass of red nicotiana

a mass of red nicotiana

silver lining

silver lining

She thinks about colour coordination with the buildings.

She thinks about colour coordination with the buildings.

You can bet I was experiencing envy about her wide selection of interesting small trees.

You can bet I was experiencing envy about her wide selection of interesting small trees.

Cotinus (smoke bush), as I feel envy about her being able to use tall plants!!

Cotinus (smoke bush), as I feel envy about her being able to use tall plants!!

Cotinus and rudbeckia

Cotinus and rudbeckia

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rock shapes, plant shapes, echoes

rock shapes, plant shapes, echoes

Pam and her plants

Pam and her plants

Seaside architecture at the main intersection

Seaside architecture at the main intersection

annual geranium used for foliar effect.

annual geranium used for foliar effect.

I am sold on the variegated annual geranium leaves.

I am sold on the variegated annual geranium leaves.

The handsome benches are not for a bus stop, just for a good sit spot.

The handsome benches are not for a bus stop, just for a good sit spot.

a sweet windowbox at a restaurant

a sweet windowbox at a restaurant

astilbes

astilbes, made happy by irrigation

by the river bridge

by the river bridge

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one of the tinier gardens

one of the tinier gardens

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looking east from the bridge

looking east from the bridge

variegation echo

variegation echo

The Bridge Tender Tavern

The Bridge Tender Tavern

Once someone repeatedly threw a bicycle onto the garden by the Bridge Tender, and then picked the bike up and threw it in the river.

She likes to plant nicotiana and thyme as plant puns by the tavern, along with an African daisy with a dizzying whirligig pattern.

She likes to plant nicotiana, smoke bush, and thyme as plant puns by the tavern, along with an African daisy with a dizzying whirligig pattern (which she was unable to acquire this year).

 

Pam and one of the gardens by the Bridge Tender

Pam and one of the gardens by the Bridge Tender

There is a barberry for plant self-defense.

In one of the beds, there is a barberry for plant self-defense.

admiring the leaves of Ballota dictamnus

Steve admiring the leaves of Ballota dictamnus

bench envy!!

bench envy!!

We are all fascinated with each and every garden bed.

We are all fascinated with each and every garden bed.

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edible plants in the restaurant garden include herbs, edible flowers)

edible plants in the restaurant garden include herbs, edible flowers

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fennel and oregano

fennel and oregano

Nancy taking photos

Nancy taking photos

This girl, daughter of an adjacent business owner, has been swinging on this tree since she was little.

This girl, daughter of an adjacent business owner, has been swinging on this tree since she was little.

It's her climbing tree.

It’s her climbing tree.

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Monarda, one that doesn’t get mildew, under a limbed up rhododendron (pretty sure)

another good rock

another good rock

The Pig and Pancake garden must be partly edible.

The Pig and Pancake garden must be partly edible.

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borage and herbs

borage and herbs

narrow one way street going toward the turn around

narrow one way street going toward the turn around

Pam embraces her gardens.

Pam embraces her gardens.

cute fire hydrant

cute fire hydrant

Verbena bonariensis towering over a garden bed (good see through plant)

Verbena bonariensis towering over a garden bed (good see through plant)

Hydrangea and rudbeckia

Hydrangea and rudbeckia

Acer griseum

Acer griseum

Paperbark maple gives me deep deep tree envy.

Paperbark maple gives me deep deep tree envy.

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sigh...

sigh…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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In Seaside, the business owners don’t seem to squawk about tall plants.

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Pam and a golden Leycesteria

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Sambucus (elderberry) as a small tree.

Sambucus (elderberry) as a small tree.  I love the variety.

appreciating trees

appreciating trees

I never realized before how delightfully TALL Pam’s gardens are allowed to be, because usually we only have time to look at them in early spring before they are fully leafed out and grown.

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clipped box next to a business that evoked a formal feeling (can’t recall why)

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hot colours

hot colours by a hot coloured  store

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closer

sanguisorba looking happy from enough moisture

sanguisorba looking happy from enough moisture

echoing the blue building

echoing the blue building

columnar barberry to defend this garden

columnar barberry to defend this garden

chocolate colours for a candy store

chocolate colours for a candy store

with chocolate cosmos

with chocolate cosmos

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chocolate garden with a lovely small tree

chocolate garden with a lovely small tree

view east to the hills

view east to the hills

We took a detour down a wide pedestrian side street.

a pedestrian walkway with gardens

a pedestrian walkway with gardens

Hebe and lobelia laxiflora

Hebe and lobelia laxiflora

lace cap hydrangea

lace cap hydrangea

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden plaza

garden plaza

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Pam told us that there was a dance hall here and back in the day, people would dance outside here.

Pam, Steve,

Pam, Steve, and some gooseneck loosestrife

Hmm, I used to have gooseneck loosestrife and this reminds me of how charming it is.  I happen to know that Steve and John have some, so when their patch of it sizes up, as it will, I will hope for a small division for my garden.

Lysimachia clethroides

Lysimachia clethroides in a contained pocket

Asclepias incarnata: I want!

Asclepias incarnata: I want!

Nancy's spouse, Phil, admires a hardy fuchsia.

Nancy’s spouse, Phil, admires a hardy fuchsia.

If Nancy wants some of these fuchsias for her garden, I have some to share.

Pam with a golden lonicera (boxleaf honeysuckle)

Pam with a golden lonicera (boxleaf honeysuckle)

Joe Pye weed

Joe Pye weed

We return to the gardens on Broadway.

We return to the gardens on Broadway.

Hydrangea Cityline Mars...Wow!

Hydrangea Cityline Mars…Wow!

Pam says it will likely be blue next year.

Pam says it will likely be blue next year.  (I believe I espy an Agastache behind it.)

Also Monarda, and an Ibiris named 'Masterpiece' which is a great doer in Pam's gardens.

Also Monarda, and an Ibiris named ‘Masterpiece’ which is a great doer in Pam’s gardens.

another gorgeous combination

another gorgeous combination

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pam4

Pam describes using fun colours…

for Funland.

for Funland.

that zingy geranium again

that zingy geranium again

Basket Case Fred will be thrilled and amazed when I all of a sudden buy a bunch of those geraniums next year!

Osteospermum (African Daisy); this annual's only flaw is that it needs a lot of deadheading.

Osteospermum (African Daisy); this annual’s only flaw is that it needs a lot of deadheading.

hostas

hostas

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As we walk west, Broadway widens into a two way street.

Hydrangea 'Pistachio'

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

fuchsias

fuchsias

Pam desribes how she uses bagged Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost nowadays, as it is quick and easy to apply and more nurturing than bulk mulch.

also known as Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Conditioner

also known as Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Conditioner

tilt

getting closer to the beach: more wind, water runoff, and erosion

getting closer to the beach: more wind, water runoff, and erosion

tough grasses where nothing else worked

tough grasses where nothing else worked

high walls of the Worldmark Resort as we are almost to the turnaround

high wall of the Worldmark Resort as we are almost to the turnaround

Out here the hydrangeas get so beat up they have to be pruned so low they might not bloom.

Out here the hydrangeas get so beat up they have to be pruned so low they might not bloom.

the turnaround

the turnaround

The toughest of plants go out here.

The toughest of plants go out here.

view to the south

view to the south

in full beach weather

in full beach weather

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detail

The silver heather is 'Velvet Fascination'

The silver heather is ‘Velvet Fascination’

oh my gosh...what the beach approach garden could be with irrigation

oh my gosh…what the beach approach garden could be with irrigation

Armeria, Artemesia

Armeria, Artemisia

The Promenade

looking east

looking east

gathering for a photo

gathering for a photo

For good luck, people rub the nose of Seamam, Lewis and Clark's Newfoundland dog.

For good luck, people rub the nose of Seamam, Lewis and Clark’s Newfoundland dog.

luck

His nose is shiny.

His nose is shiny.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

statue

I am envious that this garden does not get thoroughly trampled like my beach approach garden was before I turned it over to Rugosa roses.  I wonder why?  Maybe it is because of all the eyes of the building upon it…or that is is lusher because of the irrigation.  When a tour bus drove into it, someone from one of the adjacent buildings photographed it and got the license number!

We walk east along Broadway, admiring the gardens some more along the way, as I am sure you will want to, as well.

garden

garden with a lovely irrigation spout

the clipped boxwood garden

the clipped boxwood garden

crossing the river bridge

crossing the river bridge

Pam by a store with a Chinese lucky cat in the window

Pam by a store with a Chinese lucky cat in the window

an an Asian style garden next to it.

an an Asian style garden next to it.

tree

mosaics and window boxes

mosaics and window boxes

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another look at the Eucomis

another look at the Eucomis

I am completely gobsmacked by how good all these gardens look in summer, and despite waves of irrigation envy and tree envy, I enjoyed the tour thoroughly.

Next: an apres-tour lunch, some plant shopping, and a visit to Pam’s own garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After the Gearhart garden tour….and a visit to Back Alley Gardens…and a stop at the adorable Java Reef coffee drive through….we did our traditional Seaside drive on Broadway out to the turnaround and back to admire Pam Fleming’s public gardens.  You can read all about how she themes gardens to match the businesses nearby in this article, and even more in this article by the excellent garden writer Kym Pykorny.  (The Oregonian recently and very foolishly laid Kym off and I am mad about that!)

The traffic on July 27th on the turnaround drag in Seaside was so thick that all the photos are taken from our car, sometimes while it was in (slow) motion….no place to park, not much room to walk around.

out my window as we drive west

out my window as we drive west

another of Pam's gardens

another of Pam’s gardens, north side of street, driving west

Helenium

Helenium by the river bridge

Outside a tavern is an especially difficult spot to have a garden!

Outside a tavern is an especially difficult spot to have a garden!

outside the Bridge Tender Tavern

outside the Bridge Tender Tavern

another

another, still driving west

lovely gardens on both sides of the street

lovely gardens on both sides of the street

The truck we were following had some rather rude bumper stickers, and one that said “Parents shouldn’t be on Facebook.”  Presumptuous young whippersnapper!

south side, heading west

south side, heading west

 heading west

south side, heading west

Allan's photo of one of the gardens

Allan’s photo of one of the gardens

I remember when these gardens were almost all beach pines (as mentioned in Kym Pykorny’s article).  They are so much better now!  I wish I had gardens this size to work with under the street trees in Long Beach, but I do need to pay more attention to planting cool things in our street tree gardens.  (They are a pain to water; these have irrigation.  That’s my feeble excuse.  Also I made the mistake of planting the damnable Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’.)

beautiful

beautiful

more beauty

more beauty

window and mirror view

window and mirror view, north side

Wait, could that variegated plant be the one for which Teresa from Planter Box was seeking an ID??  Looks like a variegated elderberry, maybe.

hmmm

hmmm

longer view...and traffic

longer view…and traffic

north side

north side…I think I see a Sanguisorba!

Suddenly the traffic moved! blurry but beautiful

Suddenly the traffic moved! blurry but beautiful

and then we come to the turnaround

and then we come to the turnaround, looking north

There is a garden in the center of the turnaround but it is low (due to wind) as I recall, with sea thrift and maybe artemesia, and so I failed to get a photo of it.

turnaround, looking south

turnaround, looking south

huge buildings

huge buildings at west end of Broadway.  (Looking south)

You can get a sense of the size of the huge buildings that went up in the last few years and made the north side gardens more of a challenge.

As always, we were impressed with Pam’s gardens.

Next, we went to 7 Dees garden center a little ways south of Seaside.  There, we saw a price on a gallon of mondo grass that made us think of how a former client of ours has pots and pots of them extra from her garden re-do!

for Rita

for Rita

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' for sale backed with Echinops 'Arctic Glow'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ for sale backed with Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

For years, Agapanthus (lily of the Nile) was a plant name I had a terrible time remembering, till I associated it like this….It’s a mystery…Agatha Christie…Agapanthus!    Same with Strobilanthes atropurpureus, whose name always slipped my mind till I thought “Blue and white…like a strobe light…”

cute little planter

cute little planter

Why can’t I make cute little planters like these?  $44.99: I could be rich.

I never can get annual sweet potato vine to look good.

I never can get annual sweet potato vine to look good.

hanging baskets

hanging baskets

A shout out to Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse:  I think her baskets are better.  (Still impressed by the potato vines, thought.)

7 Dees quotation board

7 Dees quotation board

After 7 Dees and the usual Costco grocery shopping, I checked on the plant section at Fred Meyer in Warrenton.  How surprising it is to see plants I used to find only at places like Joy Creek Nursery.

Leycesteria 'Jealousy'

Leycesteria ‘Jealousy’

I bought a few more “edibles” because of the upcoming edible tour and snapped up one of each of a reasonably priced and astonishing find: some plants from the collectible Terra Nova nursery!  The plant buyer at Fred Meyer sometimes gets some wonderful stuff.

Terra Nova treasures

Terra Nova treasures

Finally, across the bridge to Washington state…

bridge view upriver

bridge view upriver

…after a day filled with fun and garden treasures.

Next: a blog blast through two weeks  to catch up to the edible garden tour day!

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We left the last garden on the Astoria garden tour and drove east down the hill to get back to the main road.

heading downhill

heading downhill just outside the final garden

In the above photo, you might see what caught my eye: a curbside garden on the left a few lots down.  And here it is:

peace house

peace house

We then, of course, went to Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.  This time, they did have a selection of wonderful plants from Xera.

Back Alley Gardens

Back Alley Gardens

Allan sat on a bench and pointed out to me that it was like a wheelbarrow for moving around the garden but very stable to sit on.

wheeled bench

wheeled bench

We got some cool plants and achieved one of the main purposes of our visit: to get the Music in the Gardens poster up in their window.  The Back Alley/Natural Nook clerk offered to also put our poster in the Gearhart post office, if we would take some posters for the Gearhart tour north with us, so we did.

Natural Nook window

Natural Nook window with Music in the Gardens poster

CASA (Gearhart) tour poster

CASA (Gearhart) tour poster

We stopped at Seaside 7 Dees nursery for the same purpose (some cool plants and a poster distribution).

Seaside 7 Dees

Seaside 7 Dees

sign

sunflowers at 7 Dees

sunflowers at 7 Dees

a colourful display

a colourful display

and a cat on the sales counter

and a cat on the sales counter

Although we were eager to get to Costco before its early closing time on Saturdays (6 PM!), we had time do something I had been wanting to do:  walk through the Seaside Community gardens, an allotment patch (as they say in the UK) or P Patch (as they say in Seattle) along the old railway line beside the highway.

We walked from one end to the other, in haste but taking photos to peruse later.

Seaside Community Garden

According to this article, Pam Fleming of Back Alley Gardens (now located in Gearhart rather its former Seaside address) is involved in this fairly new community garden project, which I believe is only three years old.

patch

patch

patch

north end of first section

In the second section, it looks like the whole area was once nought but horrible horsetail.

horsetail

horsetail

As with the Long Beach welcome sign, it may have grown right up through this raised bed:

a problem

a problem

If so, the other gardeners were doing an amazing job of controlling it.

patch

further north

such lovely veg

such lovely veg

protection from critters (or humans)

protection from critters (or humans)

Allan taking photos

Allan taking photos

patch

looking north

looking north

artichokes

artichokes

chokes

garden

north end of community garden

north end of community garden

looking back south

looking back south

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hose

sign

long view of the whole garden

long view of the whole garden

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