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Monday we were still somewhat in garden tour mode as we were picking up and delivering some of the Edible Tour canned food to the non-vehicular abode of Lisa, tour organizer.  The tickets were purchased with either money or cans of food, all to benefit our local food banks.

First, we stopped at The English Nursery, one of the four ticket sales points.  Owner Dirk had a bag of canned food for us and en envelope of ticket money.

English Nursery in Seaview

English Nursery in Seaview

birdhouses for sale

birdhouses for sale

open

Dirk Sweringen

Dirk Sweringen

One of the specialities of the English Nursery is a great collection of hostas.

also perennials and ornamental grasses

also perennials and ornamental grasses

plants

plants

Dirk is also a photographer and is working on developing the building on the property into a gallery (and once upon a time he said a teahouse, an idea we quite like).

Dirk's photos

Dirk’s photos

When I told him how few people had attended the tour, Dirk proposed what I think it an absolutely brilliant idea.  Why not have the edible tour be on the Sunday after the Saturday Music in the Gardens tour?    It could be advertised as “Garden Tour Weekend at the Beach.”  Hotels could offer special deals, like “book our garden tour weekend package and get tour tickets” sort of thing.  The edible tour would have to start earlier than noon, eleven at least, because visitors would be touring before returning home to the cities.  I think the gardens would look better on the third weekend in July (although fewer ripe tomatoes).  What do you think?  I have since run this idea past both tour organizers and it is being…thought about.

Next we stopped at The Planter Box to drop off ours and the Karnofskis’ garden tour signs.  (The signage is very good for the edible tour, nice big wooden signs…so we can’t blame that for the lack of visitors!)  The owners of the Planter Box are very involved with the local grange which provides the signs.  We picked up more canned food bags.  Now that the tour was over, I did not have to buy any more soil for all my edible garden containers!

soil and amendments at The Planter Box

soil and amendments at The Planter Box

Teresa, Ray Millner’s daughter, was pleased to hear that his garden talk had been a big hit with tour goers.

We had to dump some debris left over from our last week’s jobs, so a stop at Peninsula Landscape Supply (where Mike makes his own mulch from yard debris)  was in order.  Look at the beautiful colour of the hemlock bark:

hemlock to the right

hemlock to the right

It is completely beyond me why I see, on garden tours, gardens mulched with red bark.  WHY?  WHY? when this natural, dark colour that looks good with our beachscapes is so readily available.  WHY?  (I am still pained by red bark that I saw on recent tour gardens, but I am too kind to rant about it on an entry about any particular garden because I don’t want to hurt the owners’ feelings.)  Our business motto is “Just say no to barkscapes” but what I really object to is RED barkscaping.

In order to pick up one more tour sign, we stopped at the Patten garden.  Andrea was home and showed us the oven where she does her Wholesome Hearth baking (available at a booth on Fridays from 4-7 PM in Long Beach at the Farmers Market).

Nancy Allen tells me this is a most amazing oven.

Nancy Allen tells me this is a most amazing oven.

view from the bakery, looking east to veg garden

view from the bakery, looking east to veg garden

dahlias in front of the bakery

dahlias in front of the bakery

Andrea told me that she had had about 27 tour guests (4 more than us!!) and that one group had arrived on motorcycles.  They did not come to our place which is a shame as Allan would have enjoyed that.  Because the Patten garden is in mid Peninsula, their guests were staggered all day long, so she did not have the long empty-of-new-guests stretch in the middle of the tour that we had!

Finally, we got to Lisa’s Homewood garden.  It had been a favourite of mine on the previous year’s edible tour and once again I was very taken with it.

With the lot facing south and lots of sun, she has a beautiful group of sunflowers in bloom.

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Homewood

Homewood:  the garden shed 

compost

The house was built by Lisa and her husband and catches lots of solar heat.

lots of sun for asparagus

Asparagus thrives in the sunny south garden.

homewood

We piled up the food cans (5 cans bought a ticket to the edible tour) in the garden for a photo; there were still some more to collect from the ticket sales at Jimella’s Café but it would be closed til Thursday.  I suppose there would be none from Adelaide’s, the ticket sales place that was, for whatever reason, CLOSED on the Sunday of the tour!!  (See previous entry for how that inconvenienced would-be tour goers.)  I have ideas about that now…There could have been another store on the same block, say…Bay Avenue Gallery…that might have been asked to take over the ticket sales at the north end on that day!….or some plan other than people driving all the way up there and finding no tickets were available in Ocean Park!  I am all exclamation-pointy about this because it still really bothers me that this happened and that the northernmost garden, Lavender And, lost out on some tour goers…and maybe we all did!)

After a long visit with Lisa in her living room (procrastinating because the day was hot) and with Patty from Lavender And who dropped by for awhile, we went to work at Golden Sands.  Just as I was reaching in the back of the car for my hand tools, my hand hit upon another plastic bag…of food cans!  Argh!   Back to Homewood we went…and took another set of photos of a much more impressive stack on cans.

cans

cans

The heat was still not inspiring us to go to work (I suppose it might have been as high as 79 degrees!) but we had to…so, back to Golden Sands.  The sprinkler problem (lack thereof) continued there, so some of our time was devoted again to hand watering rather than weeding.    This time, though, I was determined to get the place looking better so we had not scheduled much other work for the day and took some extra time…

Allan weeded this horsetail and boring daylilies section

Allan weeded this horsetail and boring daylilies section

I had time for some cutting back in the NE quadrant (outside my mum's old room)

I had time for some cutting back in the NE quadrant (outside my mum’s old room)

Her dahlias are looking fine.

Her dahlias are looking fine.

some grooming accomplished on the SW quadrant

some grooming accomplished on the SW quadrant

although there is still so very much to do.

although there is still so very much to do.

I could almost visualize the pitiful Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river in the center filling out if the sprinkler system gets fixed.  It was actually showing some blue.  At over two years old, these poor plants are a good example of stress from lack of water…Hand watering once a week is not enough.

hope

We closed out the workday with watering the Ilwaco planters and weeding and watering at the boatyard.

boatyard garden, looking north about midway along it

boatyard garden, looking north about midway along it

further north

further north

love the name of this boat

love the name of this boat

And then…home for a bit of a beautiful evening in our garden.

screened south window view

screened south window view

Below:  I had painstakingly picked every dried leaf from the stems of the Eupatorium (Joe Pye weed) below, in the gloaming on the night before our edible garden tour day.

front garden

front garden

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant' in front garden

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ in front garden

Dichroa febrifuga

Dichroa febrifuga

I could now declare that Garden Tour Season 2013 officially over (until the Cannon Beach Cottage & Garden Tour on September 14th) and it was about time we started to seriously apply ourselves to make enough money to get through the winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 10, 2013

From Pink Poppy Farm on the west (ocean) side of the Long Beach Peninsula, we drove up, across 227th, and down again to a house almost directly across on the Willapa Bay side.  Here on a large property, Kim Patten, Extension Professor at Washington State University Cranberry Research Station, and Andrea Patten, Artisan Baker at her Wholesome Hearth Bakeries, have an extensive vegetable and fruit garden which they describe as “A functional garden designed to eat from year around”.

One enters on a long road with apple trees on both sides.

looking back (east) down the entry road

looking back (east) down the entry road

laden apple tree

laden apple trees behind deer fence

apple

Kim was there when we came for our pre-tour and told us that most of the apples are used for juicing, that he has done a lot of grafting, and that Liberty apple seems to be the most successful.  He agreed there were a lot of apples to pick and said they have a large family harvesting gathering in the fall from which they make quantities of juice.

I did not think to ask if they also harvest grapes.

I did not think to ask if they also harvest grapes.

The grapes grow over an old greenhouse.

The grapes grow over an old greenhouse.

another greenhouse to the north

another greenhouse to the north, built like half of a quonset hut

the half greenhouse

the half greenhouse with a solid wall on the north side

Across the driveway to the south of the apple orchard, grapes, and greenhouse is the fenced vegetable and fruit garden.

the garden

the garden

Kim by the deer fence

Kim by the deer fence

Lisa and Kim

Lisa and Kim (Allan’s photo)

I did not learn until revisiting this garden the Monday after the tour that the windowed area in the center of the house, seen above, is Andrea’s Wholesome Hearth Bakery.  Photos will be posted in the entry for Monday, August 12th.

Kim showed us all around the garden.

Kim giving a guided tour

Kim giving a guided tour

Kim, photo by Allan

Kim, photo by Allan

(One of Robert’s and my first gardening jobs on the peninsula was weeding, mowing and pruning at the Cranberry Research Station in 1994.  Robert even built them a set of steps, and I cleaned the office.  I don’t think I was a good employee; I worked hard but wanted to be independent (partly because we could make more money out on our own, and I was used to be self employed….so before long we moved on to our own business.  I still remember interesting things about it, like how they planted heather by the bogs to attract early pollinators and the use of evergreen huckleberry for a beautiful clipped hedge.)

Kim describes his raised bed methods to Lisa.

Kim describes his raised bed methods and crop rotation to Lisa.

raised bed and poly tunnel

raised bed and poly tunnel

a beautiful glaucous blue row of leeks

a beautiful glaucous blue row of leeks

Kim said the strawberry rows in the background, below, would be ripped out this fall and new ones planted.  I asked if he would use runners from the existed strawberries and he said he intends to buy new ones as they will produce better.

squash and strawberries

squash and strawberries

doomed strawberry patch!

doomed strawberry patch!

barrow

Out with the old! gestures Kim

Out with the old! gestures Kim.

The goal of the garden is to have something to eat from it year round.

veg

It contains a wide assortment of veg; the crops are rotated to different beds.

squash

Allan’s photo squash

thumbs up from Lisa!

thumbs up from Lisa! (Allan’s photo)

a German potato

Kim and a German potato, Allan’s photo

arugula flowers

arugula flowers

Cardoon

Cardoon

I was surprised to learn that cardoon, which in my own front garden is mistaken for artichoke by passerby, actually does have an edible portion under the flower.

Mary ("Lavender And"), Deanette, Kim, Lisa (garden tour organizer)

Patty (“Lavender And”), Deanette, Kim, Lisa (garden tour organizer)

I cannot remember what Kim was demonstrating, below; possibly he was telling us how he mulches with grass from the bay.

I should have been paying attention.

I should have been paying attention.

Deanette focused on learning.

Deanette focused on learning.

inside the veg garden, looking north across the entry drive toward the apple orchard

inside the veg garden, looking north across the entry drive toward the apple orchard

On the south side of the big fenced garden is a berry patch protected with bird netting.

assorted berries

assorted berries

berries

berries

He had tried a honeysuckle with an edible berry but said it was not very tasty; however, it was a beautiful plant.

the honeysuckle in question

the honeysuckle in question

By the garage grew an enormous fig tree.  I realized how very large the fig tree at Marilyn’s might get, and that if it were eventually limbed up it would not block the view from her living room.    I also had second thoughts about where I had planted the fig tree given to me by Nancy Allen!

fig tree being admired by Lisa and Mary.

fig tree being admired by Lisa and Patty.

The Pattens keep chickens, and just one was out to entertain us and be photogenic.

on the mulch pile

on the mulch pile

On the east side of the house, a few flower beds have been planted.

east side of house

east side of house

Note the shallots hanging from the porch; Nancy Allen especially likes these, so I will reprise my photo of them taken on my first visit there on August 6th.

drying shallots

drying shallots

As we walked around the house to the bay, Kim showed us the remnants of an Japanese style ornamental garden.

a formerly landscaped area with pond

a formerly landscaped area with pond

a lost bridge

a lost bridge

Allan found a Buddha.

Allan found a Buddha….

and a toppled lantern

and a toppled lantern

Kim said to us, “If it’s not edible, I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to it.  If it’s edible, at least I get something out of it.  Otherwise, it’s just a lot of work.”  He said Andrea had spoken of getting someone like us to bring the Japanese garden back.  My first reaction was the usual “don’t have time” but now, looking at the photos, I think it would be enormous fun!

Further remnants of ornamentals remain on the bay side of the house.

Willapa bay side

on the Willapa bay side of the house

by the bay

by the bay (Allan, Patty, Kim, Lisa)

more "edibles", clam beds!

low tide on the bay

more edibles: clam beds!

more edibles: clam beds!

Willapa Bay, looking north

Willapa Bay, looking north

old wood and native blackberry vine

old wood and native blackberry vine

Kim pointed out the beauty of a dead tree on the bay side, safely far enough from the house to let stand in its gnarly glory.

deadtree

Below: Allan winds his way through the lost Japanese garden beside an adorable little rental house.

a cute rental...we could live there and make an ornamental garden for Andrea!

a cute rental…

I was in awe of Kim’s vegetables and fruits and did not feel this garden needed to be ornamental in order to be impressive.  But I would kind of like to get into that pond area with a pruning saw and some loppers….

From here, Patty and Lisa left the pre-tour.  Patty would give Lisa a ride home and, we hoped, meet us a bit later at her lavender farm to show us around.

Next, Allan and I visit Deanette’s tiny new garden which, it turns out, is at a house that we know very well!

 

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Garden tour season inspires me to do a lot of slacking on actual work.  It will show up when I total the end of month profits!

We began the day at the Red Barn and Diane’s garden.  Diane and Larry’s dog Misty, a good friend of mine, could not wait to see us and came across the field to the barn.

Misty

Misty

a horse at the Red Barn

a horse at the Red Barn

We fertilized the containers by Diane’s porch…

porch planters

porch planters

I am happy with them and also with the garden by the entry drive.

with Stipa gigantea

with Stipa gigantea

I am not very happy with the street-side garden, especially when I compare it to Gene’s.  Larry has been doing a good job of watering.  It is mulched by the owners with cranberry mulch.  I feel it needs some dairy manure.  With a great big free pile of horse manure next door at the barn, that might feel like an excessive purchase, but I know from experience that horse manure brings in many weeds and therefore increases labour.

needs help!

needs help!

I’ll add more lavenders and santolina this fall….

Next, we skived off work and went to two of the gardens that would be on the edible tour in order to take enticing pre-tour photos for the Facebook page.

First we stopped at Kim and Andrea Patten’s garden on the bay.  Kim is the head of the Cranberry Research Station and Andrea has the Wholesome Hearth baked goods booth at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market (in Long Beach on Fridays, 4-7 PM).

Patten garden

Patten garden

deer fenced

deer fenced Patten veg garden

shallots hanging on the porch

shallots hanging on the Patten porch

an amazing apple orchard

an amazing apple orchard at Patten garden

apples

apples, Patten garden

The owners were not there so I did not feel I should poke my nose around to the more private bay side of the garden.

Next we went way north on Sandridge almost to Oysterville to get some pre-tour photos at “Lavender And”, a small commercial lavender farm.  Again, the owner was not to be found so we did not go into the area around the home.

geometric lavender

geometric lavender at Lavender And

dramatic reflection

dramatic reflection

And then, a run of work working from north to south….

Marilyn's garden

Marilyn’s garden

Cosmos 'Cranberry Double Click'

Cosmos ‘Cranberry Double Click’

Knautia macedonica, Phygelius, Salvia viridis

Knautia macedonica, Phygelius, Salvia viridis at Marilyn’s

Cosmos 'Happy Ring' at Marilyn's

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ at Marilyn’s

Wiegardt Studio Gallery garden

Wiegardt Studio Gallery garden

lily at Wiegardt Gallery

lily at Wiegardt Gallery

Oman Builders Supply garden in Ocean Park

Oman Builders Supply garden in Ocean Park

We skipped Klipsan Beach Cottages for later in the week and headed all the way down to Long Beach to water the planters.  I had barely emerged from our car when I saw three boys picking dahlias from one of the planters.  “Hey! No picking!!” came my usual cry.  They shuffled a bit and one said “My mom’s getting married and we want to take her some flowers.”  That’s a touching story indeed.  I said, “Look, there are three of you, right?  Now imagine if every group of three people in town picked themselves a bouquet…How many flowers would be left?”  They shuffled some more.  I said “Congratulations to your mom, and you can give her what you have already picked, but don’t pick any more.”  One boy opened a plastic bag to put the flowers in…and there was half a bag more of flowers in there.  “So where did you get those?” I asked.  “Oh, not from the planters, from our own garden!” was the hasty reply.  Odd how the flowers looked exactly like the ones I had in planters further down the street.  I just sighed and moved on, as did they.

off to mom's wedding?

off to mom’s wedding? with a bag of flowers

Is there any point in even asking people to stop picking?  Perhaps it will sink in and save someone else’s flowers in the future.  Perhaps not.

the daily painted sage photo

the daily painted sage photo

Next: garden touring with the garden club: a Music in the Gardens tour reprise…

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