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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for Water Music Festival

Patti Jacobsen’s Garden

I have had a long connection with Patti’s Seaview garden.  We’ve been friends since well before she started the Music in the Gardens Tour in 2007; after three or four years, she passed the organizational torch to Garden Tour Nancy.

It was high time that her garden was on the tour again, especially since this may be the last year it is under her care.  She has put her home, with its two darling rental cottages, up for sale as she is looking to downsize.

I was sorely tempted by this until I realized how much I enjoy being able to say that Allan and I have completely created our garden ourselves.  The design of Patti’s is so excellent that if I bought the place, I would not want to change much at all (except to add more of the weird plants I like).  There is also the slight matter of being in debt for the rest of our lives!  But for someone, perhaps a garden blogger!, this is a perfect paradise just waiting to be found.

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We were among the first tour guests to arrive at Patti’s garden.

Who could resist this house?

Who could resist this house?

Patti greets Allan.

Patti greets Allan.

When Patti needed some gardening help this year and we were unable to fit her garden in (due to our various extra long weekends of skiving off to garden tours), I recommended a couple of other good gardeners to her.  She said she did not want them “because they don’t come with Allan.”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Patti’s good friend Susan ready to greet guests; Allan’s photo

Patti, pre-tour, was squirting some organic mosquito repellent around the garden.

Patti, pre-tour, was squirting some organic mosquito repellent around the garden.

As I look longingly upon the house and try to remind myself of the good reasons to stay where we are, I also remind myself that Ilwaco does not seem to have a big mosquito problem.

the front borders

the front borders

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I had suggested to Patti over the years solutions for the corner of a yard where a big Cryptomeria had half dead limbs touching the ground.  The first thing she showed me was how she had had it cleaned up (because she did finally find a gardener who was as good as Allan!).

Allan's photo showing the newly limbed up tree

Allan’s photo showing the newly limbed up tree

clean path into the back corner

clean path into the back corner; big tree is to the left

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under the tree, with refreshed river rock

under the tree, with refreshed river rock

all fixed!

all fixed!

We had offered to haul the pile of debris away and then  I had forgotten all about it, so I was glad to see it all done and so very welcoming a space now.

to the south of the house

to the south of the lawn; big tree is to the right

Allan's photo, looking out to the lawn

Allan’s photo, looking out to the lawn

The whole space around that tree is so opened up now and it is possible to walk all down that side of the garden.

As the tour began, Long Beach city administrator Gene Miles was among the first to arrive.  His exquisite small garden was on last year’s tour.

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On the south side of the house, a patio with plenty of room for entertaining is bordered by a river rock bed and a small pond.

looking back to the front garden

looking back to the front garden

from the patio: a path leads west to the limbed up tree

from the patio: a path leads west to the limbed up tree

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pond

patio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

patio

patio

 

The driftwood bench is from one piece found buried in mud along Willapa Bay.

The driftwood bench is from one piece found buried in mud along Willapa Bay.

dry creek bed by the pond

dry creek bed by the pond

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French doors, south side of house.

French doors, south side of house.

The French doors and porch were built by my former partner, Robert, while he lived at Patti’s for a year some time after he and I parted ways.  Now there’s a tale!  He installed the patio was well with his excellent sense for negative space and for not filling everything up with plants.  (I still strive to learn from this.)

As we go around the corner of the house, the patio gravel makes a wide entry to the back deck.

Around the corner

Around the corner

Robert also made the water feature by the back door.

Robert also made the water feature by the back door. (photo from earlier in June)

Behind the low hedge (photo above the water feature) in the southeast corner of the yard is Patti’s kitchen garden.

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raspberries and veg; I neglected to photograph the gorgeous stained glass over the entry arbour!

tour guests in the kitchen garden

tour guests in the kitchen garden

The garage is on the north side of the back garden, with a little lean to greenhouse at the end.

Patti's rose garden to the east of her deck.

Patti’s rose garden to the east of her deck.

the east end of the garden

the east end of the garden

the lean to greenhouse

the lean to greenhouse

work area with compost bins and chicken coop; Patti used to keep chickens years ago.

work area with compost bins and chicken coop; Patti used to keep chickens years ago.

The other gate leads to the little garden belong to Rose Cottage, one of Patti’s rental cottages (studio sized).

the back of the house

the back of the house

Patti (Allan's photo)

Patti (Allan’s photo)

One of the birdhouses was occupied by baby birds.

One of the birdhouses was occupied by baby birds.

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around the northeast corner to the north garden

around the northeast corner to the north garden

Allan's photo, looking into the garden from the arbour that leads from the side gate to the back deck

Allan’s photo, looking into the garden from the arbour that leads from the side gate to the back deck

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looking through the lattice to the north side lawn

looking through the lattice to the north side lawn

shade garden

shade garden

West of the shade garden lawn is the two bedroom rental, a sweet situation if you get the right tenants.

West of the shade garden lawn is the two bedroom rental, a sweet situation if you get the right tenants.

It has its own little fenced yard.

It has its own little fenced yard.  (The two yews in the background mark the front gate of Patti’s garden.)

looking back to the garage and back deck

looking back to the garage and back deck

and then around to the front garden again

and then around to the front garden again

and another look back

and another look back

The south side of the rental cottage makes one side of Patti's front garden.

The south side of the rental cottage makes one side of Patti’s front garden.

The front porch beckons.

The front porch beckons.

While we made our walk around the house, the tour had jumped into full swing.  (Over the course of the day, over 371 people would come through the garden.)

tour guests arriving

tour guests arriving

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti's daughter's dog; her own wiggly dog was boarded for the day.

Patti’s daughter’s dog; her own wiggly dog was boarded for the day.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

classic porch swing

classic porch swing

on the porch: raffle items for those who purchase a Water Music Festival membership

on the porch: raffle items for those who purchase a Water Music Festival membership

drawing

at one end of the porch, treats

at one end of the porch, treats

and fine local coffee

and fine local coffee

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti's daughter enjoying the visitors.

Patti’s daughter enjoying the visitors.  Oat cakes and jam!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti's friend on the porch swing

Susan on the porch swing

tour guests Helen and Debbie arrive.

tour guests Helen and Debbie arrive.

Helen is the owner of the fabulous Westbrook garden in Astoria which we must visit again soon; Debbie is a staunch reader of this blog.

more friends arrive!  Debbie and me (Allan's photo)

more friends arrive! Debbie and me (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Debbie (left) of Rainyside.com had come all the way from Kingston, and Allison (center) had come from Bonney Lake (the Bonney Lassie blog).  We were so pleased to see them both.

guests browsing the garden

guests browsing the garden

In the living room, Cheri Walker of the 42nd Street Café warmed up on her harp.  One of the unusual features of this garden tour is that because it is a benefit for the Water Music Festival (which in turn benefits music programs in local schools), each garden features an accomplished musician.

Cheri in Patti's living room

Cheri in Patti’s living room

which is so beautiful I can't even imagine living there!

which is so beautiful I can’t even imagine living there!

the view from the living room onto the patio

the view from the living room onto the patio

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Cheri set up so her music would waft out of the French doors onto the patio.

Cheri set up so her music would waft out of the French doors onto the patio.

at the corner of the patio porch

at the corner of the patio porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We sat on the porch for awhile, even though I knew we should be getting on as we had ten gardens to see!

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view from the porch, Allan’s photo

visiting with Helen and Debbie (Allan's photo)

visiting with Helen and Debbie (Allan’s photo)

I told Patti we would be back later (although as it turned out, we saw the last garden in the closing minutes of the tour and never did get back that day to take more photos of Patti’s garden).  Although there’s probably no surprise in the news that Patti’s garden was my favourite, there are many fine gardens to come.

For another view of Patti’s garden, see Alison’s post on the Bonney Lassie blog.

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Friday, 13 June 2014

Ilwaco

A lovely coolness out my back window told me "No watering today!"

A lovely coolness out my back window told me “No watering today!”

except for the haning basket on our front porch.

except for the haning basket on our front porch.

against the porch: Dicentra scandens

against the porch: Dicentra scandens

yellow bleeding heart vine

yellow bleeding heart vine, came through our very cold (for here) winter just fine

and the hanging basket calibrachoa

and the hanging basket calibrachoa

Just down on the next block, we had a couple of plants to add to Larry’ and Robert’s garden and some weeding to do there.  I decided to put a nice edge on the lawn.

The foxglove was in the wrong spot and had to go.

The foxglove was in the wrong spot and had to go.

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after

and on around the garden bed

and on around the garden bed

Allan put a nice edge on the boat garden bed.

Allan put a nice edge on the boat garden bed.

Strangely, this garden lacks an Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, a terrible oversight.

Next, Allan replaced an old Erysium ‘Bowles Mauve’ with a new one in the Ilwaco Planter at Lake and First while I nipped into the Antique Gallery to take a few new photos for their Facebook page.

This appeals to me.  My dad and grandma used oil cans like this.

This appeals to me. My dad and grandma used oil cans like this.  Do people still?

and I like this...

and I like this…

and this.

and this.

Helping friends promote their businesses and causes is one way to live a life of good works.  I have found myself a good niche for that on Facebook.

We did a quick compost bucket switch at Olde Towne.  We keep four composters going with all that we get from there: coffee grounds and salad leavings.  However, Luanne is about to get a pet rabbit, so we will be getting less lettuce…and instead, some bunny poop!

Luanne's clematis is blooming outside the café.

Luanne’s clematis is blooming outside the café.


 

Depot Restaurant

Next, weeding and some pulling of dead bulb foliage at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview.

with Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

with Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

The whiskey barrel that we planted up is a bit hidden now from the front...

The whiskey barrel that we planted up is a bit hidden now from the front…

by the new Clamshell Railroad sign, which is so much smaller than I pictured it.

by the new Clamshell Railroad sign, which is so much smaller than I pictured it.

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I was so worried it would mess up my garden.  All turned out to be well.  In my mind’s eye it was three times as big as it actually is.

It had to go low to not block the window or their own sign.

It had to go low to not block the window or their own sign.

When I got my camera out to take the photos, I found myself a problem:  I had made off with Luanne’s spectacles from Olde Towne after borrowing them to try to help her solve a computer problem.

Argh!!  Back to Olde Towne we drove...

Argh!! Back to Olde Towne we drove…

And Allan had already realized he had left the full compost bucket still sitting back at the café, so we picked that up at last


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Boreas Inn

Next, The Boreas Inn to plant a dianthus, a few cosmos, and a penstemon and an Achillea ‘Paprika’.  I screeched when I saw that Susie had planted a draecana on one side of one of the lawn beds.

This I could not allow.

This I could not allow.

It had been on the left edge of this bed.

It had been on the left edge of this bed.

If that tall spike had grown there, it would have tilted the whole picture like this!

If that tall spike had grown there, it would have tilted the whole picture like this!

Susie later told me she knew I would move it; she had been carrying it around and had to stick it somewhere.

I moved it to join some ornamental grasses; right now it is hidden behind these poppies on a bed along the north side of the yard.

I moved it to join some ornamental grasses; right now it is hidden behind these poppies on a bed along the north side of the yard.


 

Erin’s garden

I had just 6 new cosmos to fill in a space in Erin’s boat garden, and some dead narcissi foliage to pull.

the boat and the fire circle on the horizong

the boat and the fire circle on the horizong

My friend Felix came to greet me.

My friend Felix came to greet me.

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While I planted and deadleafed, and weeded in the back door courtyard, Allan tackled a little project along the street.

before: the little curved garden had disappeared

before: the little curved garden had disappeared

after

after

a fairy house by Erin's fence

a fairy house by Erin’s fence


 Long Beach

While Allan weeded the four quadrants of Fifth Street Park, I walked around and checked the three busiest blocks out of six blocks worth of planters.  Some I left to fend for themselves, since we did not need to water and they had been checked over earlier in the week.

By the Campiche Gallery: looking fine with Geranium 'Rozanne'

By the Campiche Gallery: looking fine with Geranium ‘Rozanne’

The painted sage is about to bloom.

The painted sage is about to bloom.

police station planter

police station planter

In one of the planters, I found a neat little variegated sport of painted sage.

Could Salvia viridis variegata make me rich?  If only it were a perennial.

Could Salvia viridis variegata make me rich? If only it were a perennial.

I deadheaded the Veterans Field garden during the Friday Farmers Market’s first day of the season.

The market runs from three to seven and I had forgotten to get there earlier.

The market runs from three to seven and I had forgotten to get there earlier.

At the tomato booth, I surveyed the heirloom varieties and they offered to pick out four good ones for me; I paid and said I would pick them up later.

tomatoes and cucumbers for sale.  Four tomato plants cost me only $10.00.

tomatoes and cucumbers for sale. Four tomato plants cost me only $10.00.

I considered buying some cranberry juice grown by my neighbours...

I considered buying some cranberry juice grown by my neighbours…

I WILL next time, now that I have read it will keep for 45 days.

I WILL next time, now that I have read it will keep for 45 days.

some sort of cow for milking practice

some sort of cow for milking practice

Veggie Girls

Veggie Girls

When I rejoined Allan in Fifth Street Park, I took a few photos to show its current glories.

Brodiea 'Queen Fabiola'

In the bed by the clam sculpture:  Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ (excellent, plant the bulbs in fall)

guess what?

guess what?

with a bee of course

with a bee of course

I found a good example of the superiority of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ over its parents.  I do believe it came from Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’.

I think this is Johnson's, a once blooming blue hardy geranium...

I think this is Johnson’s, a once blooming blue hardy geranium…

from whence (I think) came Rozanne, which blooms from late May through the first frost, nonstop.

from whence (I think) came Rozanne, which blooms from late May through the first frost, nonstop.

Allan's nice weeding job

Allan’s nice weeding job

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Baptisia australis, Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant', Nicotiana langsdorfii, Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Baptisia australis, Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’, Nicotiana langsdorfii, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

I hope people notice that the park has very, very cool plants.

Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' tends to get very tall and fall over.

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ tends to get very tall and fall over.

Not knowing how tall and floppy it was, I had it growing in two of the city planters!  When I found out its habits, I moved it to the park.

Floppy or not, it is lovely.

Floppy or not, it is lovely.

more Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

more Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

and Cerinthe major purpurascens

and Cerinthe major purpurascens


 Patti’s Garden

We had recently learned that Patti’s garden in Seaview will be on the garden tour as garden number ten!  Good thing several of the gardens are small.  On the way to our last job, we made a stop to get some preview photos for the garden tour Facebook page.

Patti's garden

Patti’s garden

I love Patti’s garden and we have worked in it on and off for years; this year, we did not have time but she found someone else good that I recommended.

The front border has transformed from perennials to a mix with annuals.

The front border has transformed from perennials to a mix with annuals.

front porch vignette

front porch vignette

windowbox

windowbox

bench from a piece of wood found in the mud of Willapa Bay

bench from a piece of wood found in the mud of Willapa Bay

back porch windowbox

back porch windowbox

Patti was glad to see us.

Patti was glad to see us.

I once got her this Cotinus 'Golden Spirit' and since then have lost mine, so am envious.

I once got her this Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’ and since then have lost mine, so am envious.

water on the back deck

water by the back door

Patti's little dog Stella is always on the move.

Patti’s little dog Stella is always on the move.

Allan's photo of Patti's pergola

Allan’s photo of Patti’s pergola

and of her roses

and of her roses

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It was a quick visit because we had to get at least a bit of weeding done elsewhere.

me in Patti's back garden

me in Patti’s back garden…no time for sitting today.

Port of Ilwaco

If we could just get some weeding done in the Ilwaco boatyard, I figured passersby would think “At least they are trying.”

It quickly gets infested with horsetail and bindweed.

It quickly gets infested with horsetail and bindweed.

a melange of poppies

a melange of poppies

entering the boatyard gate!

entering the boatyard gate!

two deer.  The boatyard is another of our deer resistant gardens.

two deer. The boatyard is another of our deer resistant gardens.

Another little fawn followed along a bit later.

Another little fawn followed along a bit later.

Humans are a worse problem; I found another  hard to come by tall sea thrift pulled up and cast aside to dry.

Humans are a worse problem; I found another hard to come by tall sea thrift pulled up and cast aside to dry.

I think people are trying to pick the flowers and end up pulling the plant out…or perhaps are trying to steal it and get caught so drop the plant and walk away.   ??

Allan weeding the end...very tired

Allan weeding the end…very tired.  He kneels or squats to weed…

and I always weed bending over.

and I always weed bending over.

My hands had turned into aching claws, so we gave up…

Rozanne and yellow yarrow

Rozanne and yellow yarrow

and a nice pool of Rozanne around a water meter

and a nice pool of Rozanne around a water meter

We did the quickest possible check on the Port Office garden to make sure it looked good for Saturday Market, enjoyed the view every so briefly, and went home…ready for two days off!

I do believe two days off makes life better.

I do believe two days off makes life better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We worked in some of our favourite gardens on Monday.

Patti’s Seaview Paradise

First, two hours and a couple of specific projects in Patti’s Seaview garden:

the Akebia arbour before

the Akebia arbour before

and after (my project)

and after (my project)

the pond before

the pond before

and after (Allan's project)

and after (Allan’s project)

My friend Boscoe was visiting.

My friend Boscoe was visiting.

Stella provided entertainment and puppy kisses.

Stella provided entertainment and puppy kisses.

always busy

always busy Stella

garden tours 5 cents

garden tour payments

garden tour payments

NIVA green

Next, on to Jo’s, via Heather Ramsay’s NIVA green shop.  I got a new Tangly Cottage sign which I will show once I get it hung up somewhere.  Patti had given us a bronze rooster that she no longer wanted, to join my hens and chicks, so we have two new pieces of garden art.

While at NIVA, I photographed the article about our friend Sarah Sloane, a woman of many talents who has also written a delightful children’s book called The Marble Game.

Sarah's topiary

Sarah’s topiary

the article

the article

page one

page two

Sarah’s topiaries and books are for sale at Niva green.

Jo’s garden

At Jo’s, we weeded and deadheaded for an hour and a half to keep it in perfection for the upcoming garden tour.  The more deadheading now, the more blooms on the big day (June 20th).

pots

pots

looking west

looking west

two birds

two birds

one bird

one bird

view from deck

view from deck

Boreas Inn

Next door (across the road to the north) we then went to the Boreas garden where we spent about an hour.  I am so pleased at the way the west side gardens are looking this year after a lot of hard work.

replanted this year

replanted this year

Cosmos 'Seashells'

Cosmos ‘Seashells’

Cosmos...picotee edge whose name slips my mind

Cosmos…picotee edge whose name slips my mind

Nicotiana langsdorfii makes a great unifier.

Nicotiana langsdorfii makes a great unifier when repeated in all the beds.

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

looking east

looking east
looking west...That Phormium is so somber, but Susie likes it.

looking west…That Phormium is so somber, but Susie likes it.

Crank’s Roost and The Depot Restaurant

Finally, we watered at Crank’s Roost and admired the garden while also doing some weeding and clipping.

Have never seen this Clematis look this good.

Have never seen this Clematis look this good.

a magical place

a magical place

lounging areas

lounging areas

the fairy door

the fairy door

another Clematis

another Clematis

another view

another view

I love this pig!

I love this pig!

and I must know where this frog was acquired!

and I must know where this frog was acquired!

At the early hour of seven pm we stopped work and joined an old friend of Allan’s and her camping companion for a delicious dinner at The Depot Restaurant.

our Depot garden

our Depot garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fulfilling our agreement to give our friend Patti a few hours each month, we went to her lovely Seaview garden today with no idea of what gardening tasks she would want done.

Patti's front garden

Patti’s front garden

closer

closer

front garden

front garden before weeding

shady corner

shady corner

Her new dog, Stella, about six (seven?) months old proved to be so friendly and happy that I have several photos that only show part of a dog.

Stella

Stella

Stella

Stella

Stella

Stella

Patti and Stella

Patti and Stella

Patti had her own project in the back garden and wanted advice for what to plant on the curved edge of that bed.  I am now thinking Dianthus would be a good idea.

Turns out Patti had been to the Basket Case Greenhouse and bought three Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, one Verbascum ‘Clementine’. two Agastache rupestris (smells like licorice!) and an Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’.   Allan agreed to plant them in the front garden, a project requiring the removal of a lot of rampant creeping Jenny along the edge of the bed.

Agastache and Eryngium

Agastache and Eryngium

Patti had the great idea that the colour of her new Agastache (Hyssop) would tone very well with the leaves of the Eryngium.

Meanwhile, she asked me to work on the Rose Cottage garden.  The large lot is a mini-compound with two adorable cottages as well as the main house.

Rugosa roses, before

Rugosa roses, before

after

after

Patti wanted the rose hedge lower, so there it is!

Rose Cottage weedy bed before and after

Rose Cottage weedy bed before and after

the adorable Rose Cottage

the adorable Rose Cottage

As I finished up my project, Allan was just planting the last new plant in the front garden.

planting the last plant

planting the last plant

The new plants went into this border.

The new plants went into this border.

My relationship with this garden goes back to 1993 when I met and (in 1994) briefly worked for the woman who then owned the house and who had a gardening business.  I am so pleased that a few years later, the new owner turned out to be a gardener who remade the garden into her own particular paradise, and even more pleased when Patti and I became friends.

Today Patti offered me a baseball cap with the slogan “Official Weed Puller”.  I declined saying that I don’t wear them.  In fact, I have always felt they look silly, even though two women gardeners that I know wear them every gardening day.  She convinced me to try it on so I thought I would wear it for a little while.  Well!!   I have rarely had such a comfortable time working with the sun not in my eyes and….suddenly I am completely sold on baseball caps and am looking online for one that says ‘Plant Manager”, preferably without a marijuana leaf because my specialty is more along the line of ornamental gardening.

one of Patti's maples

one of Patti’s maples

We took the debris from Patti’s roses up to Peninsula Landscape Supply and picked up a yard of Soil Energy to finish yesterday’s  garden bed expansion at the Boreas Inn.  I had the sad feeling that I was not going to have time to get to Andersen’s RV Park to do a bit of weeding that I very much wanted to accomplish.  (Our day had begun with the stress of forgetting something important and having to go back home, and since then everything seemed to take a little longer than I wanted it to.)

one yard of Soil Energy

one yard of Soil Energy

Even though I was right and we ran out of time without ever getting to Andersen’s RV Park, I am pleased enough with the results at the Boreas to call it a satisfactory day.

Boreas innkeeper Susie’s inspiration for this project was that she wanted her garden to look more like mine with really big beds in the lawn.  These two beds are much smaller than mine even now, but I just don’t have time to make huge beds.   Getting the horrid landscape fabric out earlier this spring was a great start and now they can be expanded bit by bit.   I think they are large enough now to be effective.  One of these angles will make for a good before picture after more perennials and some cosmos are added to the beds:

Boreas

Yesterday I dug out sod to make both beds longer. The righthand one used to end at the Buddha.

This bed is at least a foot wider.

This bed is at least a foot wider now.

looking west...I would still like to de-wonkify those two little beds by the arbour!

looking west…I would still like to de-wonkify those two little beds by the arbour!

I added several different Agastaches (my latest fad!), an Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ (would have done three but am short on them) and just three Nicotiana langsdorfii because I am not sure how they will hold up to the wind.

On the way home we planted three Echinacea ‘Green Envy’ at Larry and Robert’s garden to tone with their pale green house, but I took no more photos as I am preoccupied with my upcoming two night trip.  Allan will be staying home, attending to the deadheading of the Long Beach planters prior to the arrival of Friday guests to the revived Clam Festival.  (If I had known last winter that a big new festival would be in Long Beach this weekend, I probably would not have scheduled my little trip!)  Allan also also fully intends, I am sure, to enjoy having time to himself at home.

I am very anxious about leaving for three days when I have not even gotten as far as putting magnesium sulfate on the roses at Andersen’s, Klipsan Beach Cottages, or my own garden.  I will do my best to put work out of my mind.  (My traveling companion is a dear NGF…non gardening friend….so I won’t be able to stuff the car with plants from nurseries on the way and then schlep them from one room in the hotel to another like I would if I were traveling with a plant nut like Sheila!)

I will also do my best to upload the daily blog, probably briefly, from my phone while I am gone…

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We answered the distress call to clean up our friend Patti’s garden, and then I fretted for days because I thought we should be doing the regular clients instead, the ones whose gardens we have not even been to yet.  And then we finally made it  to work at Patti’s garden and I had a wonderful afternoon there.

Patti's home and garden, over the hedge

Patti’s home and garden, over the hedge (before we worked)

The irresistable Patti

The irresistable Patti

around the corner toward the patio

around the corner toward the patio

I have a long history with this garden.  In 1994, I did some work here for the former owner (and garden designer) Dale.  She paid too low an amount compared to other clients so I did not continue on with it.  Eventually, Patti bought it and we became friends.  She used to organize the Peninsula garden tour…through 2009 at least.  And my former gardening partner, Robert, lived there for perhaps a year some time after we parted and designed the large space of the patio, which before had been much smaller.

the patio, before we worked

the patio, before we worked

patio after I trimmed the hellebores and weeded

patio after I trimmed the hellebores and weeded

primrose near the hellebores

primrose near the hellebores

I was filled with gloom about squeezing the job in until Patti mentioned this morning on the phone that “The hellebores need trimming.”  I adore trimming the nasty blackened old leaves off of hellebores and immediately was burning to get to the job and do so.

Hellebores look so much better with last year's leaves removed.

Hellebores look so much better with last year’s leaves removed.

While Allan did an excellent job weeding and chopping at the front garden, I did the back garden first, and then rewarded myself with the happy Hellebore interlude.

looking into back garden before..

looking into back garden before..

and after...

and after…(roses pruned, rose bed weeded)

Patti’s back deck is a wonderful space to overlook the garden.  In summer, it has a tropical look from clusters of cannas at the back of the rose garden.  Between the deck and the patio, the garden is perfect for summer evening parties with friends and dogs.

the back deck in rainy late winter

the back deck in rainy late winter

The house also fulfills one of my dreams by being an actual compound with two other cute little cottages on the large lot.

After a little over three hours, we were done, and Patti was most pleased.

Patti expressing her happiness.

Patti expressing her happiness.

all tided up

all tided up and full of promise

a last look for today

a last look for today

The difference might not be obvious to a passerby, but I know it is weed-free and cut back and all ready to grow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a perfect evening in Seaview

Our friend Patti has a dreamy garden in Seaview.  Every time we visit her two dogs are joined by other dogs in what seems to be an endless round of Patti dog-sitting for friends.  There were four on the day in early August when we visited to deliver a pot of Cotinus ‘Golden Spirit’: Bosco, who eluded the camera, Webster, the Portuguese water dog, and two small dogs, one rather bossy.

Was the charcoal furniture painted to match the adorable Webster?

The charcoal grey furniture throughout the garden provides plentiful sit spots.  Back in the days when Patti first bought and redesigned this garden, it didn’t have as much open space.  My former partner, Robert, lived there for a year some time after we parted and he, being an expert hardscaper and garden visionary, helped turn one area into a soothing gravel entertainment mecca.  Negative space is a positive thing.

Patti’s wonderful patio space

more water: a driftwood waterfall (another robert creation) and one of the cutest birdbaths i’ve ever seen

places to sit on and near the back porch deck

East of the back decks a richly tropical-themed garden with cannas and eucalyptus….(below left) on the morning August 2nd and (below right) again in the evening  of August 29th, when we were invited to dine al fresco with friends  on the gravel patio.  Patti’s one amazing cook so we got salmon with sauce, and prime rib, golden potatoes, a delectable dessert creamy sort of pastry tart, and scones made by Ocean Park guests.  It was an unusual evening at the beach: warm, helped along by a propane heater, and we lingered till almost dark in the magical paradise.

at Patti’s: the tropics in Seaview

There were four dogs in attendance, and later five, when the neighbour and owner of the Skookum Surf School brought his, so around and round the garden they ran and played and snuffled and romped, making it a perfect evening for a dog lover like me.

[2012 note:  We had a good time working in Patti’s garden on and off in 2011.  Be sure to click on that Skookum link just above; there’s a great little movie on the home page.]

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