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I learned just in time to call it by the right name for this entry that this garden is known as Pink Poppy Farm!

from the program:   The Dickerson garden:  Allow yourself time to explore this expansive, one acre country garden where edibles and flowers grow in harmony, surrounded by mature conifers which provide privacy and some wind protection. As you enter the front gate, see swirls of lavender and rosemary filling deep perennial beds.  After circling a ring of dahlias,  head for the cutest chicken house ever, “The Imperial Chicken Palace,” which is filled with 13 gorgeous hens.  Meandering through the property you will see  2 poly tunnels which shelter tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, peppers and more.  Masters of edible landscapes, the owners have lived and worked on the grounds for 19 years.  The garden is full of clever ideas for watering, fencing, and decor.

Expansive indeed, this garden is going to make for a long entry!

Our friend Kathleen got this good shot of the entry gate:

photo by Kathleen Sayce

photo by Kathleen Sayce

Inside the gate, we saw to our right a lavender garden and ahead, a circle of dahlias and other flowers.

entry garden

entry garden

To our left is the front porch and behind us the bright red door of the garage.

photo by Kathleen Shaw, looking east

photo by Kathleen Shaw, looking east

north side of house

north side of house

After an amazing tour of this garden we will exit through that narrow passageway.

front porch

front porch

NW corner of house

NW corner of house

a detailed garden

So far, it seems like a normal, nice, restrained garden.  Then, coming around the west side of the house….

west lawn and garden bed...

west lawn and garden bed…

…we get the first indication of the special delights of this garden.  Below, Sheila sees the Imperial Chicken Palace!

just wow!

just wow!

ICP

Imperial Chicken Palace

Imperial Chicken Palace

ICP

side view

side view

chicken palace window box

chicken palace window box

There, I am back in love with Petunia ‘Phantom’!

the girls; top photo by Kathleen Shaw:  dust bath time

the girls; top photo by Kathleen Shaw: dust bath time

nesting boxes accessed by an exterior hatch

nesting boxes accessed by an exterior hatch

Although it was hard to leave “the girls”, we walk east along the south side of the house.

looking east

looking east

chairs and a photo album I wish I had taken time to look at

chairs and a photo album I wish I had taken time to look at

up a slope of lawn, looking back

up a slope of lawn, looking back

Below, Allan and Debbie from Rainyside Gardeners, who sets up for a photo while garden owner Mike Dickerson walks forward to greet them.

SE corner of house

SE corner of house

from further east

from further east

This garden had been on tour before, but on the same year that my old garden was on the tour, so we did not get to see it,  This time, Mike joked “You’ve finally paid to come see my garden!”

Mike demonstrates a simple clever fence to keep chickens out of the garden beds.

Garden owner Lynn demonstrates a simple clever fence to keep chickens out of the garden beds.

along the south side of the garden...In the background, you can see the compost bins

along the south side of the garden…In the background, you can see the compost bins

further east, hoop houses, "two and a fourth" (small one), Lynn said.

further east, hoop houses, “two and a fourth” (small one), Lynn said.

veg boxes (compost bins in background)

veg boxes (compost bins in background)

Sheila and I always enjoy the true working areas of the garden, like the compost bins.  Here, they are enviably large, running along the middle south side of the property and made of old pallets.

much compost

much compost

Speaking of working areas, we admire the watering system in this garden:

hose manifolds

hose manifolds

Hoses lead to oscillating sprinklers which are mounted on posts.  Each hose connects with a quick connect to the sprinkler which is permanently set for optimum watering pattern.

sprinkler

sprinkler

and another view of the chicken fence

and another view of the chicken fence

We intend to adopt this watering system for our garden as soon as we have time.  It will save lots of fiddling with the sprinklers.

a tour guest walking east

a tour guest walking east

poppies

pre-tour photo showing two hoop houses (looking east)

pre-tour photo showing two hoop houses (looking east)

on tour day

on tour day

The first and smaller hoophouse:

house

one of the the hoop houses

 north door

inside

inside

south door

south door

looking east

looking east

The big hoop house and raised beds:

approaching a big hoop house

approaching  big hoop house

I loved the raised box of nasturtiums (photo taken while pre-touring in June)

I loved the raised box of nasturtiums (photo taken while pre-touring in June)

hoop

inside the hoop house

inside the hoop house

a prolific crop

a prolific crop

tomatoes

tomatoes

Allan was interested in the details of how it was constructed, and you might be, too:

how to

how to

how to

how the windows open

how the windows open

Way up at the top of garden by a house (which is also part of the property but lacks amenities) is another, smaller hoophouse where Madeline and Jacob grow their produce for the Saturday Market.  The garden also provides food for a few CSA boxes.

the littlest hoophouse

the littlest hoophouse

garden tour guests

garden tour guests
friends

guests

boy

Donna and M.R.

Donna and M.R.

Because this was the most central garden of the tour, we ran into some of our touring friends there.  We found our friends Donna and M.R. photographing flowers on the route from the hoophouses to the north side of the garden.

bachelor buttons

bachelor buttons

Set in a fenced garden of its own, the garden shed charmed everyone with its old windows and shingled sides, and windowboxes.

taken on pre-tour day, late June

taken on pre-tour day, late June

shed windowboxes

shed windowboxes

neatly cut edges in the  shed garden

neatly cut edges in the shed garden

an old swingset used as trellising near the garden shed

an old swingset used as trellising near the garden shed, in late June

on tour day

My, how the flowers had grown since June 24th when I first visited the garden!

right...the smaller hoophouse...left...the garden shed

right…the smaller hoophouse…left…the garden shed

cornflowers and just a glimpse of the "stage" area

cornflowers and just a glimpse of the “stage” area

Coming around a grass path from the garden shed, we followed the beautiful music to the green stage setting for the Mozart Chicks.

The Mozart Chicks

The Mozart Chicks

classical quintet

classical quintet

music appreciator

music appreciator

I took an iPhone video walking from the musicians’ area around the garden which you may be able to view here.

One garden bed after another abounded with food and flowers mixed together.

produce

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

sunflowers against the "extra house"

sunflowers against the “extra house”

mix

dahlias

dahlias

The Pink Poppy Bakery booth at the Ilwaco Saturday Market offers bouquets of flowers from this garden.

After going round and round the garden, we came to the patio on the east side of the house where delicious treats awaited.

handsome steps down to the patio area

handsome steps down to the patio area

treats

treats

You can see in the background, above, how popular the Pink Poppy Bakery treats were!

treats

 

This garden will also be on the Peninsula Edible Garden Tour...

This garden will also be on the Peninsula Edible Garden Tour…

patio detail

patio detail

The patio wraps around the corner of the house.

The patio wraps around the corner of the house.

view from just inside the house

Around the patio, many tour guests converged and lingered and chatted, even though we all had more gardens to see.

M.R. photographing flowers

M.R. photographing a birdhouse

house

We photographed it, too.

(right) garden owner Mike Dickerson

(right) garden owner Mike Dickerson

Mike and Sheila

Mike and Sheila

Mike and M.R.

Mike and M.R.

Finally, we did have to tear ourselves away because we had three more gardens to see…

walkway between garage and house

walkway between garage and house

back to the entry garden

back to the entry garden

back

And with wistful looks back, we departed for the rest of our tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 20, 2013

from the program:  This large meadow garden on the dunes of a Butterfly Shores estate showcases the many plants that thrive in full exposure to salt, wind and winter storms.  As you wander through the meadow, notice the garden art, collected driftwood planters and sculpture, pond and fountain.  The tall fence around the back gardens protects artful bird feeders from bears, raised-bed vegetables from deer and encloses a sheltered patio.  This remarkable garden design was planted and maintained  by local gardener Diana Canto.

A few years ago, the owner of this property asked me if we would create a garden for her.  We were simply too busy, so I referred her to local gardener Diana Canto, whose own garden I had admired.  Here is the wonderful landscape that Diana has created in front (west) of the house.

side

Bristol garden

Bristol garden

There is only one house and dune grass between this garden and the beach.

looking from the garden to the west on a pre-tour visit.

looking from the garden to the west on a pre-tour visit.

house

garden

Everything in this garden is exposed to salt wind, storms, and I am sure to deer.

beachy

beachy

daisies and ornamental grasses

daisies and ornamental grasses

detail, taken on a rainy pre-tour day in late June

detail, taken on a rainy pre-tour day in late June

also on pre-tour day

also on pre-tour day

in late June

in late June

on that rainy pre-tour day

on that rainy pre-tour day

 

in the west (front Garden), Deb sets up for a photo

in the west (front Garden), Deb sets up for a photo

It was such enormous fun touring with Debbie and Sheila.  Kathleen was touring from north to south so we did not connect with her till the end.

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Perovskia (Russian Sage)

This is one of the prettiest Perovskias I have ever seen.

This is one of the prettiest Perovskias I have ever seen.

grasses

looking west

looking west

The house across the road is attractive indeed and is said to be built to be tsunami safe.

daisies

daisies, Allan’s photo

another daisy photo by Allan

another daisy photo by Allan

beds around the house

beds around the house

garden confab by the porch.  Left: Diana Canto, who designed the garden, and in the center, Phil, spouse of tour organizer Nancy.

garden confab by the porch. Left: Diana Canto, who designed the garden, and in the center, Phil, spouse of tour organizer Nancy and a stanch supporter of the garden tour.

a serious discussion

a serious discussion

plants by the foundation and porch steps

plants by the foundation and porch steps

lovely built in porch planters, taken late June

lovely built in porch planters, taken late June

on tour day

on tour day

garden next to porch

garden next to porch

from the porch looking west

from the porch looking west

To the north side of the front garden, a path leads into the fenced back garden.

to the back

to the back

garden near the arch path

garden near the arch path

Inside the back yard, a raised bed grows edibles.

veg

veg

back garden, taken in late June

back garden, taken in late June

on tour day

on tour day

Kathleen Shaw's photo of the north side of the back garden

Kathleen Shaw’s photo of the north side of the back garden

Our friend Kathleen Sayce's view of the back garden

Our friend Kathleen Sayce’s view of the back garden

On the porch, I greeted singer Randy Brown, the musician for this garden, who last year was the musician for our garden on the tour.  I was hoping we would be at the Bristol garden during one of his sets.

Randy Brown

Randy Brown

We reminisced for a little while; he said, “Your garden was industrial strength colour therapy!  Vietnam vets with PTSD should go there to heal.”  He would have loved Jo’s garden!

Allan's photo of Randy

Allan’s photo of Randy

Randy and his drummer.  He excels at making up songs about the moment.

Randy and his drummer. He excels at making up songs about the moment.

from the porch, looking west

from the porch, looking west

The garden tour confab had gotten bigger.  I joined it just before we left, and then Sheila and Debbie and Allan were waiting for me, after I had tried to keep them on schedule up til then!

on the back patio, a sheltered spot from wind

on the back patio, a sheltered spot from wind

The patio is on the east side of the house.

The patio is on the east side of the house.

delicious refreshments

delicious refreshments

yummy

yummy

fire circle

fire circle

patio

patio

Sheila taking a photo

Sheila taking a photo, Deb probably thinking about taking a photo

I am sure I would have snagged some Sheila photos for this blog, but she is having computer problems and has not been able to process hers yet.  Debbie’s photos will likely appear on her own Rainyside website.  In fact, it is on the Rainyside and other gardens forums that Sheila and I originally “met” even thought at the time, we both lived on the Long Beach Peninsula.

I should add that this house and property is for sale as of July 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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garden two:  Nybakke Garden

from the program:  A few grand native fir trees, salal and wild huckleberries welcome you to this thriving garden, a tribute to its generous owners.  Before the gale of 2007,  this 1.3 acre plot was basically a natural forest garden.  Destruction of nineteen old growth firs opened the canopy and the Nybakkes created new garden beds, terraces and stone steps where stumps were removed.  A central vintage basketweave patio invites exploration of diverse paths around the house and lower gardens.  Profusions of flowering plants abound, including lilacs, rockroses, cranberry bushes, peonies, daisies, daylilies, fuchsias, carnations, irises and chrysanthemums.  Bird feeders and baths help make this a sanctuary for feathered friends.  Striking foliage of Japanese maples, spirea, grasses, lady’s mantle, thyme, moss, rosemary and lavender enhance dazzling floral displays.  Down pas the shed beside the rolling lawn, meander through another lovely garden with ferns, ajuga, new and recovering rhodies, firs and fruit trees.

We parked at the bottom of the road that leads up to the Astoria column and walked up this driveway.

garden entry

garden entry

rock wall by driveway

rock wall by driveway

A few trees remained after the storm.

A few trees remained after the storm.

The flower and shrub gardens wrapped all around the paths, lawn and patios.

two

At the end of the driveway, we came upon this path into the garden:

path

path

I wondered why there were paving rocks on top of other paving rocks.

interesting

interesting

From this path, one could either walk forward to the house or sideways into the garden.

side path

side path

Monarda

Monarda

looking over the garden to the house

looking over the garden to the house

in the midst of the garden

in the midst of the garden (house in background is downhill neighbours, I believe)

Here is a lawn photo for Tom Hornbuckle.  The lawn was surrounded by flower beds and lay to the south of the paver path.

garden tourists

garden tourists 

mixed border

mixed border; garden shed is below

bench

next to the lawn, the basketweave patio

At the west end of the lawn, people gathered on the basketweave patio.

by the patio

by the patio

by the patio

patio table

patio table

The books reveal the owners' particular garden interests.

The books reveal the owners’ particular garden interests.

more books

another path in the gardens on the same level as the house

another path in the gardens on the same level as the house led to…

a pretty little patio

a pretty little patio

fragrant thyme

fragrant thyme

The garden dropped in levels down the hill to the south.

descending

descending

The steps were well placed for easy descent.

The steps were well placed for easy descent.

At the foot of the mixed border that fell away from the house, I came to another lawn next to a garden shed.

by the shed, looking uphill toward the house gardens

by the shed, looking uphill toward the house gardens

Below the shed, a large lawn area rolled down hill next to another garden bed.

lower garden bed

lower garden bed

a river of gold

a river of gold

I could tell that the garden is being expanded here and look forward to seeing it again on a future tour.

garden in progress

garden in progress

looking back uphill

looking back uphill

walking back up toward the house

walking back up toward the house

back to the luscious house gardens next to stairs going up

back to the luscious house gardens next to stairs going up

stairs going back up to the house

stairs going back up to the house

beside the stairs

beside the stairs

back to the patio

back to the patio

dahlia

Allan had not noticed dahlias with dark foliage before.

Allan had not noticed dahlias with dark foliage before.

We walked around the east side of the house by a small back door garden bed.

east side bed

east side bed

Cotinus 'Golden Spirit'

Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’

Note to self:  I need to get a new Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ as I lost mine in the move from my old house.  The author of one of my favourite blogs, The Miserable Gardener, calls that “transplantosis.”  My plants suffer a lot from that disease.

looking south to that garden bed with the Cotinus

looking south to that garden bed with the Cotinus

We find another big lawn on the south and west sides of the house.

We find another big lawn on the south and west sides of the house.

Strangely, we did not walk around to the west side of the house.  Nothing pulled me over there, and I might have missed another garden area.

looking southwest toward the Columbia River from that big lawn

looking southwest toward the Columbia River from that big lawn

It is odd indeed that we did not walk all around the house, but instead we turned back toward the patio.  To the east, the lawn was cast in shade.

a quiet cool sit spot

a quiet cool sit spot

We found steps leading back to the rock paver path.

We found steps leading back to the rock paver path.

And off to the side of that path, a grass path led to the big southwest lawn.

grassy path

grassy path

This was an excellent and impressive garden and I enjoyed every aspect of it.  I had to move house to get from a shade garden to a sunny garden; here, mother nature effected that change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 13, 2013.  The tour benefits the Lower Columbia Preservation Society.

Patrick and KC McGee Garden

from the program, garden one of six, the garden of Patrick and KC McGee:  Old Victorian Garden Beauty:  One century ago a landslide took this charming 1895 Queen Ann for a ride down 34th along with the two homes below it.  Repositioned on a serious foundation and turned to face 34th,  the resulting rough tiers of bleak weed-covered soil have, in the last twelve years, been transformed into verdant usable terraces for outdoor living.  And in their spare time the McGees have completely restored the house.  Over 100-year-old heirloom roses brought to Uppertown from Eastern Oregon over 80 years ago line the fence and cover arbours.  Graceful beds include hebe, geraniums, peonies, bleeding hearts, burning bush, curly willow, African and Shasta daisies, and Oregon grape, our state flower.  Meander by exotic palms, horseradish, ornamental bamboo and quince, which complement lush flowering hydrangea, poppies, dahlias, sweet peas and daylilies.  On the lower level near a new sunny vegetable bed, a cozy corner deck nestles beside a soothing waterfall.

McGee house

McGee house

approaching

approaching

entry

entry

porch and front door

porch and front door

lace curtain window

lace curtain window

front garden.  Allan deduced a cat lives here.

front garden. Allan deduced a cat lives here.

at the NE corner of the house

at the NE corner of the house

Allan was quite taken with the Ligularia.

Allan was quite taken with the Ligularia.
going around the corner

going around the corner

looking downhill...I think that was the neighbours' fence

looking downhill…I think that was the neighbours’ fence

patio on north side of house

patio on north side of house

Allan commented that the wall fountain appeared to be self contained.

Allan commented that the wall fountain appeared to be self contained.

his photo of the fountain

his photo of the fountain

charming signs as one leaves the patio

charming signs as one leaves the patio

steps going down were too steep for dizzy me.

steps going down were too steep for dizzy me.

this is the way I see steep stairs!

this is the way I see steep stairs!

They led to this sheltered corner.

They led to this sheltered corner.
by those stairs: a topiary bird

by those stairs: a topiary bird

a look back at the morning tea garden

a look back at the morning tea garden

a mysterious path to the south

a mysterious path to the south

I wonder if that led to the work area?  My friend and sister garden tourist Sheila and I always like to see the working areas!

An arbour leads to another patio on the west side...

An arbour leads to another patio on the west side…

looking back to the steps doing down and the path to tea garden patio

looking back to the steps doing down and the path to tea garden patio

on the west wall of the house

on the west wall of the house

rose at edge of west patio

rose at edge of west patio

looking from west patio down to a lower terrace

looking from west patio down to a lower terrace

There were some easier stairs to get down there.  Allan took an interesting view of the other stairs.  I admire the agility of the gardeners!

looking up the stairs

looking up the stairs

the gardener tending tomatoes on the lower terrace

the gardener tending her veg garden on the lower terrace

heron fountain

looking up

heron fountain

heron fountain

back to the sidewalk, south side of house

back to the sidewalk, south side of house

dahlias

dahlias

daisies and a bench by sidewalk

daisies and a bench by sidewalk

south wall of porch

south wall of porch

After I posted this blog entry, the owners sent me this photo of how the house and landscape looked when they acquired it in 200!

before...2000...photo courtesy Patrick McGee

before…2000…photo courtesy Patrick McGee

What makes the garden especially impressive to me is that I know what hard work it is to garden on different levels, and as I told Patrick, I got lazy after sixteen years on a garden with stairs and levels and moved to my completely level garden in 2010!  Think about it:  Soil amendments and plants have to be bucketed up and down the stairs.

Intermission

We must use the address of the McGee garden to take the drive between it and the next garden again as there were some beautiful houses and gardens along the route.  I was a bit flummoxed by the narrow curving hillside road in terms of stopping to take a photo.  We need to park and walk it sometime later this summer.  It was most photogenic!

As we approached the neighbourhood of the next garden, we passed a steep hillside house whose garden had been an intermission feature on the tour some years before.  We were worried about time so did not park and look closely, but I could tell the garden had much matured and took two from the car photos to study later.

house with curbside garden

house with curbside garden

I remember he had lovely polished stones in a dry creekbed along the street.

How it has grown!

How it has grown!

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Kate and Dan

Kate and Dan

One day in 1996 we went to visit our friends Kate and Dan who lived in Gray’s River, whom we had met when they stopped by in 1993 to look at the Sou’wester. While we worked there, we had no time to visit them, so this was our first trip to their old farmhouse. Bertie immediately disgraced himself by chasing a chicken.  (He caught it but did not hurt it, thank goodness.)  Kate was already not fond of dogs, and he did nothing to improve her opinion.

Kate's cat on the patio

Kate’s cat on the patio

I’m not sure what Kate and Robert were doing (below), but I think it was that thing where you try to imagine the height of a fence or arbour.

planning and imagining?

planning and imagining?

Kate was a genius at decorating and hardscaping. She would have the ideas and Dan, when he came home from his job on a tugboat, would do the work.  Note to self: steal this idea:

Kate's concrete block chair

Kate’s concrete block chair

Kate's patio

Kate’s patio

water feature on patio

water feature on patio

Kate’s garden was soon to be featured as the cover story of the Oregonian’s gardening section.

Kate's patio

Kate’s patio

Below, a corner of Kate’s house with driftwood sculpture; she said she had gotten the driftwood idea from us.

driftwood

driftwood

arbour

arbour and gate

old barn on the property, with pile of decorating ingredients

old barn on the property, with pile of decorating ingredients

Inside, Kate painted her house with Mary Engelbreit-ish checks..

inside

inside

and painted designs on furniture.  I was in awe of her talent.

Kate's furniture painting

Kate’s furniture painting

We visited Kate one more time, and I may find a photo to add here later, but Robert did not like to visit without Bertie the wild dog, and after The Chicken Incident, Bertie was no longer welcome.

When Kate and Dan parted ways, she moved to Astoria and created another amazing garden, and then to a town further north.  When a friend told me that she had seen a glorious garden in that town and been shown around by the gardener, I asked “Was her name Kate?” and my friend said yes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meanwhile, as well as making our own garden, we were working when we could, one of our jobs being Maxine’s garden just around the corner from the Sou’wester in Seaview.   To this day I credit Maxine for getting me on the track of what Ann Lovejoy calls “Right Livelihood.”  She noticed my garden at the Sou’wester, hired me to weed hers for three hours a week, and from there word of mouth took over.

While weeding at Maxine’s, we had met a garden designer named Dale Browse and she had begun to hire us to help her on some jobs like making this “cloister garden” at the end of Maxine’s rose walk.

Maxine's west side garden

Maxine’s west side garden

Maxine's "cloister garden" 9n '95

Maxine’s “cloister garden” in ’94

Bev's new garden

Bev’s new garden

You could say our first two jobs were brought to us by dogs, because we had met Maxine through her dog Lady coming to visit us at the Sou’wester and we had met another Seaview friend, Bev Rolfe, through her cocker spaniel Kelly, who had spent much time with us while we lived in the Sou’wester carriage house.  (I felt bad for Kelly on the morning he must have come to see us and found our apartment there completely empty…but he remained my good dog buddy till he died years later, and Lady lived with me and Robert in Ilwaco for the last two years of her life.)

Bev Rolfe hired us to make garden beds along her pink picket fence by her pale pink bungalow in Seaview.

sweet peas that we planted on Bev's pink fence.

sweet peas that we planted on Bev’s pink fence.

Maxine has passed on, and Bev has moved away, but you can still stay in a darling vacation rental cottage at Bev’s old house.

We planted a shade garden down the narrow north side of Maxine’s house:

Maxine's shade garden

Maxine’s shade garden

Maxine’s daughter Jo then hired us to work in her Long Beach garden, a job that Allan and I still do to this day.

in Jo's garden

in Jo’s garden

We got a route of lawn mowing jobs established in Seaview.  On the way to one of them, we passed this cute sign.

cottages

cottages

Up that road not only did we mow the lawn but also cared for a pretty little shade garden.

in Couture's garden

in Couture’s garden

Again through Dale, we got the job way up in Nahcotta of caring for Mel and Carol’s garden on the bay.

a bay house

a bay house

Carol's flower border

Carol’s flower border

I adopted the mission of making the colours of their garden softer to tone with the grey of the house, and continued to care for this garden for many years until our public gardening job list got so massive that I had to quit some private gardens.

Another former job of Dale’s that was given to us (thus continuing the chain of Maxine>J0>meeting Dale>Carol and Mel) was “Peggy’s Cove”, a garden in Nahcotta where I worked for eight hours a week for two or three years.

Peggy’s Cove garden, a landscape of six different sections, had been designed by Dale. I started out just helping Dale but pretty soon took over the job because she preferred design to maintenance.

Peggy's Cove garden boat

Peggy’s Cove garden boat

flower borders at Peggy's Cove

flower borders at Peggy’s Cove

Peggy's Cove

Peggy’s Cove

At the end of the walkway above, one emerged on a patio of squares inset with thyme and a fire pit in the middle.

patio

patio

I loved the misty grey days when I could see oystering going on out on the bay.

view from the thyme patio of Port of Nahcotta

view from the thyme patio of Port of Nahcotta

leaving the patio

leaving the patio

One walked under this arbour to a vegetable garden next to the house and then up onto the deck with a wonderful view of the bay.

view from Peggy's deck

view from Peggy’s deck

Peggy's peonies

Peggy’s peonies

Around the north side of the house a path went through woodsy shrubs and past a Japanese style water dipping pool.  On the west side of the house was a small formal lawn with a rectangular flower bed at one end and, by the parking area,  a boxwood edged rose garden with statuary.

While Robert worked to repair a roof over the greenhouse/garage at Peggy’s Cove, Bertie on several occasions climbed the ladder to join him on the roof. When he saw a dog two yards over, he leapt off the roof and was off on the chase. This sort of crazed interruption was common, but Robert was determined to take Bertie to work with us.  My days working alone in Peggy’s garden were more peaceful.

Bertie on Peggy's garage roof

Bertie on Peggy’s garage roof

Our work had sorted itself out so that I mostly did the gardening and mowing and Robert did odd jobs.

 By 1995, I was also mowing the acreage of lawns at the Moby Dick Hotel in Nahcotta.
Moby Dick dining room with gardens beyond

Moby Dick dining room with gardens beyond

In 1995, we continued to work in Maxine’s Seaview garden once a week.

Maxine's cloister garden '95

Maxine’s cloister garden ’95

birdbath made by one of Maxine's grandchildren

birdbath made by one of Maxine’s grandchildren

I planted my favourite annual, white cosmos, around Maxine’s silver gazing ball.

Cosmos

Cosmos

frog and bee in Maxine's garden

frog and bee in Maxine’s garden

Meanwhile, we made a side garden for Glennie Woodcock in Seaview. Here it is in early spring ’95; we must have dug it out in autumn ’94 in order to have those bulbs blooming.

Glennie's in early spring

Glennie’s in early spring

Glennie's in summer '95

Glennie’s in summer ’95

We cleared out her front garden and turned it from a rhododendron garden into a rose bed.

Glennie's front garden

Glennie’s front garden in spring

and in summer

and in summer

We did some gardening at this house just north of Glennie’s, called “The Dolphin and the Whale”.  The Dolphin was the front house, The Whale was one of two tiny cottages behind, and the whole place had been for sale back in 1991 for a mere $35.000!

The Dolphin

The Dolphin

Another job I acquired (below) on the Sahalee hill in Ilwaco also had a connection back to Dale.  She had designed the garden but was not continuing to work there so they hired me to keep it going.

garden with a view

garden with a view

We helped out fairly often with gardening and odd jobs at a Seaview home and garden that is so pretty it deserved an entry of its own (next).  No, NOT next…I just realized I have photos of that garden all the way up to the year 2000 and perhaps beyond, so I am going to save it for later.

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downtown

downtown

Prelude:

As always in September, except for the one year I sadly forgot, we went to the Cannon Beach Cottage tour on the second Saturday in September.  This year the cottages were back in the Presidential blocks just southwest of downtown and some of the cottages also promised open gardens.  A combination cottage/garden tour had not been done for years.

The main street of downtown is a lovely place to stroll, as all of the businesses are required to have landscaping.

We turn right at the south end of downtown and walk past one of my favourite cottages…an outbuilding, actually.

my favourite shack and a detail of the next door home's window trim

my favourite shack and a detail of the next door home’s window trim

A little further on, we pass another photogenic cottage.  Doors and trim provide the only paint colour on most Cannon Beach cottages as it seems to be the rule that they be clad in cedar shakes.

another cottage...so green

another cottage…so green

Further up the gentle hill, we must stop to smell and admire a glorious sweet pea patch.

sweet peas

sweet peas

luscious

luscious

Next, we are stopped in our tracks by this little building.  Feast your eyes!  I would definitely call this guy.

Bobby the Builder's building

Bobby the Builder’s building (206.491.6918)

Allan noticed this row of birdhouses in a garden we walked by.

birdhouses

birdhouse posts

To get to the block with the first tour cottages, we round the corner into the bright light of the beach road, then back down an east west road to the first cottage.

to the beachiest road

to the beachiest road

High Jinks Cottage

arriving at the first cottage: High Jinks

arriving at the first cottage: High Jinks

High Jinks

High Jinks

gate

High Jinks gate

First, we check out the garden in its formal simplicity.  (The tour had been extended to include Sunday this year when each cottage garden would be shown by a tour guide.  I had been glad to learn that the gardens would be open, unguided, on Saturday, saving us making two trips to Cannon Beach two days in a row.  I was very excited indeed about the garden tour.)

in the front garden

in the front garden

east and west side gardens

east and west side gardens

back yard

back yard

fire circle

fire circle

back deck

back deck

front porch

front porch

inside: a glossy table

inside: a glossy table

kitchen; I like the bright wall

kitchen; I like the bright wall tiles.

orange

orange

white

white

wood stove

wood stove

and a big fireplace

and a big fireplace

to one side and down, a big art studio (former garage?)

to one side and down, a big art studio (former garage?)

At the back, a garden view

At the back, a garden view

that lovely green light

that lovely green light

for a rainy day chess game

for a rainy day chess game

a model ship

a model ship

upstairs

upstairs

departing...

departing…

It is always appreciated to have a seat on the porch during cottage tour, as we often are asked to remove our shoes.  Now for an interesting walk to the second cottage…

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