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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

The good weather today meant we probably should have begun our work year. I felt mildly guilty at not being able to tear myself away from my pond.

In the morning, I had awoken to the memory of some nice river rock that was now hidden against the east wall of the house.

I noticed our sign is also hidden…

…the one that Allan made about this being the historic site of the first double wide in Ilwaco.

I suppose the house needs a bit of washing. NOT pressure washing. I like to do things in a quiet way as much as practical, and the house is manageably small and easy to reach, unlike large local boats that truly do need powerful jets of water.

Here are the rocks I retrieved.

Allan helped me to switch the garden benches. The cat bench ties in with the cat memorial garden that is a rocky beachscape on the other side of the boat.

Even though the shorter bench will allow a better view into the garden bed, it might be too plain.

I realized that with some rearranging of the rock edge of the larger pond, I could create a damp bed for marginal plants.

Skooter was interested in every aspect of today’s project. When scooted away, he chased poor old Frosty all around the garden and up the cat ramp.

While Allan tried to get some office work done, I finished my marginal planting and made a window box pond planter and managed to tip the whole thing over, leaving a skim of soil on the pond. From happy puttering to pond crisis. While I bucketed most of the floating soil out, Allan put together an emergency skimmer from wood and an old t-shirt.

He helped me put the window box back in, this time holding it down till it almost stopped bubbling and was heavy enough to stay in place. Skooter was obsessed with the few remaining bubbles.

Allan and I do have to return to work one of these days soon. I hope we won’t come home one day (or get up in the morning) and find plants tipped into the pond by a curious cat. I think Skooter will have more time to enjoy the pond than I will.

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Saturday, 9 February 2019

The weather was too darn cold, almost freezing, to play around the pond today. All we managed to do was move a viewing bench into place before light snow began to fall.

The wheelbarrow ice has still not melted! I’ve never seen cold last so long here.

Most of the snow left the garden in last night’s rain.

Here is the view from our front porch today…

And here is our old cat, Maddie, in that same garden eight years ago, a memory brought up by Facebook today.

The front garden

Hebe and crocus

Prevented from ponding, we drove three blocks east to the River City Playhouse to see local singing trio The Oyster Crackers, including our friend Christl, who manages the Wiegardt Gallery (one of our former gardening jobs).

This benefit for the local food bank was a full house, with cookies.

Allan’s photos (Rita Smith, Christl Mack, Bette Lu Krause):

Back at home, I found on YouTube some episodes of the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 to enjoy, followed by the first two episodes of Monty Don’s Around the World in 80 Gardens.

Meanwhile…

Sunday, 9 February 2019

Bitter cold and cutting wind did not stop us from finishing the liner-hiding driftwood edge at the back of the bigger pond.

Allan got such a good collection of driftwood on Friday!

Allan aboard the good ship Ann Lovejoy

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The ponds were both lightly iced over.

The wheelbarrow ice has still not melted.

My plant sale plants are putting up with the cold surprisingly well.

Before going back indoors to write these four ponding posts (on my iPad because I am too lazy to boot up the computer), I took some photos of our project. Other than adding some more river rock around the edges, I must wait for a thaw till the next stage, planting.

I’ve always felt intimidated to make a pond. Monty Don’s shows told me how to do it, and he inspired me to try by saying that even if you fail at a project, you’ll have learned something.

How I long for the day when some frogs move in!

Allan finished a blog post of his own about boating in late January. If you missed it, you can read it here.

We were planning to go back to work on Tuesday, February 12th, to get Long Beach’s Fifth Street Park and Street planters and The Shelburne Hotel garden looking tidy for Presidents Day weekend four days later. With temperatures predicted to be in the 30s and very low 40s all week, I think not. Surely the tourists will not be shocked to see weeds and the ornamental grasses still standing. After all, Monty does not cut his grasses back till Gardeners’ World starts broadcasting in March. And I have many episodes of old GW, Love Your Garden, Garden Rescues, and Chelsea Flower Show to pass the time.

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Note: While on staycation, I mostly take photos with my phone, leading to photos that are a bit softer, unfortunately.)

We still have snow.

Front window view:

The temperature was still so cold that in the back garden, not even in the shade, wheelbarrow ice had not melted.

First, I gave biscuits to my friends next door.

I’d had a brainstorm before rising this morning: plastic window boxes would work well for plants on the pond shelves.

I fretted for awhile on whether green or brown would be hidden better under the water. (I can’t plant these up with marginal plants yet because my plants are still frozen into their pots.)

Our friend Mark, a pond owner, reminded me later that algae will hide either color!

The cold water felt painful on our hands. Nevertheless, Allan redid the driftwood edge on the back of the little pond that has gotten dislodged while making the big pond; he inserted blue broken pottery to hide the liner.

I worked on placing rocks and broken pottery “waves”. Just using the rocks we have makes for a rather jumbled effect which I hope to improve on later.

This time, I added some green broken pottery. A friend’s photos of waves at nearby Cape Disappointment State Park have enlightened me that ocean waves contain a lot of green.

Photo by Donna McKinley

Icy cold rain sent me indoors. Allan decided to go, despite the rain, to a secret driftwood collecting spot; we needed some to hide the liner that is tucked up against the boat at the back of the big pond.

On his quest:

Before he returned, the rain stopped and I went back out for more pond edging.

Allan unloaded his excellent collection of driftwood and went into the pond like Monty Don.

He had found the perfect very thin piece of wood to screw into the boat in order to hide and secure the top of the liner.

The long pieces of driftwood will further hide the liner and make good shade for frogs…but not today because daylight ended.

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Predicted snow did not arrive and so we were able to continue on with the bigger pond. A small land bridge divides the two ponds for several reasons. It will allow me to get to the boat for boat gardening. It lets us avoid a weird L shaped liner fold. And it isolates problems so a leak would be easier to find and fix.

The back garden still had considerable snow.

I raked all around our new work area to remove packed ice.

Those hoses from yesterday were lightly frozen into the smaller pond. When I tossed little smooth rocks on top (to go to the bottom and hide the liner), they just sat.

Allan’s photo:

The second pond had more little rocks to remove (the results of having been a scree garden). Allan deepened the bottom a bit and we sculpted the edges.

Allan’s photos:

Allan is able to hop in and out of the pond more easily than I could.

We siphoned water out of our faucetless rain barrels, bucketed out of others, used every bucket of water we’d had sitting around and every green jug Allan had filled up last week…

…and we still had to use metered water to fill up the last few inches. I could not wait for more rain to see how it looked full.

While the pond filled, I found some marginal pond plants reseeded into the patio (from the water boxes) and potted them up in plain bagged soil, not potting soil, put little rocks on top, and placed the plants at the back of the small pond.  I had hidden the liner there  with some driftwood

There was a sudden crisis when I realized that we had not used the board and level method of making sure the sides were even. The west edge was deliberately higher, but the land bridge was too low for the pond to fill high enough to cover up my pond planters. Fortunately, I had saved a wheelbarrow of the brown sand for just such an emergency. Much rushing about, squabbling, and swearing (mine) ensued but we averted catastrophe and got the land bridge built up and tamped down so that the pond could fill by dark.

I even had time to add just a few rocks.

Snow is again predicted for tomorrow. I hope to have time to work on hiding the liner. We ended up with enough leftover liner and underlayment to make me question our measuring skills. If the extra liner does not have enough of a wide part to make another mini pond or stream, I can use it to make a bog garden. Allan measured it and put it tidily into boxes.

Frosty (age 14) had wanted nothing to do with this icy and challenging project.

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Touring Mark and Brian’s Garden

With our workday almost done, we drove almost to Nahcotta to tour a garden new to us.  When garden owner Mark had posted some beautiful photos of it on the Peninsula Gardeners Facebook group, I had commented that I would be hanging over the fence trying to see in if I walked by. I was forthwith invited to come visit.  Because I focus on one thing at a time, I did not look closely at the address until we were on our way from Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Then I said “OH my gosh, I think this is the garden I have wanted to see for a long time!”  Sure enough, as we parked, I knew that it was the place where I HAVE peered wistfully over the front fence, wishing to see what was in the secret garden.

I am incorporating into this story some of Mark’s photos that drew me into this hidden paradise.

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the front garden

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beginning our tour

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front garden

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by the woodsy edge of the front garden

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cool and wavy trellises

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cosmos!

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deep blue Salvia patens

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washing machine tub planters!

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talking about the assorted raised boxes

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Now I want a kitchen garden just like this.

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The sides come off.

I’d put a kitchen garden like that in the sunny spot between our fence and Devery’s garage parking pad so we could both harvest.

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Allan’s photo: fence between front and back garden

At last, I got to go through the gate to the back garden.

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having entered the secret garden (Allan’s photo)

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view upon entering

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Immediately, we heard the sound of a waterfall and found the source: a large pond with stream and two waterfalls.  Mark said when they bought the house, it was a strawberry bed, and as he cleaned it out, he found a big cement pond.  He and Brian then constructed the stream bed that runs down a slope from behind.

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Mark’s photo

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Mark’s photo

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up the slope to the waterfall

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I did not quite succeed with this photo of the pond from under the maple branch.  Let’s just call it impressionistic.

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Allan’s photo

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maple admiration society

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at the pond’s edge

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Allan’s photo

We turned our attention to the garden on the west side of the house, which I had been thrilled to see was a double wide, like ours, but with better windows and nice wood siding.

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Mark’s photo

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looking across to the pond, what a view! (Mark’s photo)

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Mark’s photo

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west facing deck with strong shadows

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on the porch

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Mark’s photo

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Mark’s photo

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west side flower garden

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dierama (Mark’s photo)

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Mark’s photo

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a deer fenced area…The additional height on top was added because deer jumped this!

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just done blooming

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on the shed wall

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Allan’s photo

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roses protected from deer (Allan’s photo)

Beyond the house is a luxuriously large chicken coop.

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just part of the multi-roomed coop

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friendly girls

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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an old door recycled from Penttila’s Chapel

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up the ramp, in the door, hoping for a treat

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by the greenhouse

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echeverias

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geranium with great foliage

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on the corner of the deck

We began to wend our way out of the garden because we had more watering to do in Ilwaco before day’s end.

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love these grasses in wooden boxes

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another view of the pond

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Allan’s photo

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hydrangea (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

Soon we are going to have Mark and Brian over to have a walk about in our garden.  I felt so lucky to have gained entry to theirs.

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local foodbanks.

 

 

Millner Garden (The Planter Box)

A constantly changing garden that has fed a large family for over 40 years.

The garden is behind Ray and Barbara Millner’s house, next door to the Planter Box.  Ray and Barbara are the mom and pop of the garden center, who have now mostly retired and passed the business on to their daughter, son, and daughter in law.

Some of the photos are from a pre-tour taken by me and Garden Tour Nancy on July 24th.

Next to the kitchen garden: Hardy fuchsias and hydrangeas waiting to be planted in a new park-like area.

Next to the kitchen garden: Hardy fuchsias and hydrangeas waiting to be planted in a new park-like area.

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bees

The main part of the kitchen garden

The main part of the kitchen garden

Actually, the kitchen garden has gotten so big that I don’t even know if it is fair to call this the main part.  I’m sure it is the original area of kitchen garden.

beans, pre-tour, 7-24

beans, pre-tour, 7-24

a classically tidy kitchen garden

a classically tidy kitchen garden

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Vaccinium 'Pink Lemonade' blueberry

Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’ blueberry

strawberry cage

strawberry cage

netted strawberries, 7-24

netted strawberries, 7-24

the chooks

the chooks

The flock has a large field and a spacious chicken coop.

The flock has a large field and a spacious chicken coop.

enjoying a fruit snack

enjoying a fruit snack

pecking order

pecking order

friends

friends

Allan's photo: The north side of the chicken run and the first part of the eastward garden extension.

Allan’s photo: The north side of the chicken run and the first part of the eastward garden extension.

trellised vine

trellised vine

an edible tropaeolum vine

an edible tropaeolum vine

I wish I had taken notes as good as Garden Tour Nancy’s on the day of our pre-tour; I was more thinking of taking photos.

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Allan’s photo

The garden continues east along the pond.

berries by the pond; the water level is startlingly low this year

berries by the pond; the water level is startlingly low this year

looking south across the pond

looking south across the pond

I've never seen this pond with so much mud exposed in August.

I’ve never seen this pond with so much mud exposed in August.

looking back (west) toward the main kitchen garden

looking back (west) toward the main kitchen garden

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pondside garden

pondside garden

Flowers to attract pollinators are interspersed with fruit and vegetables.

Flowers to attract pollinators are interspersed with fruit and vegetables.

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looking east toward a grape arbour

looking east toward a grape arbour

The cover protects the grapes from dew.

The cover protects the grapes from dew.

Ray on our pre-tour, 7-24

Ray on our pre-tour, 7-24

Ray says next time he would make the cover a dome, as the vines need more room.

Ray says next time he would make the cover a dome, as the vines need more room.

And they say you can't grow grapes at the beach!

And they say you can’t grow grapes at the beach!

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A long awaited bridge was built by Ray’s son, Raymond, right before the tour.

bridge of recycled lumber and pallets

bridge of recycled lumber and pallets

This open up the area to the east of the pond, which Ray intends to turn into a parklike setting with hydrangeas and hardy fuchsias.

looking west from across the bridge

looking west from across the bridge

Ray leading a guided tour of the garden (Allan's photo)

Ray leading a guided tour of the garden (Allan’s photo)

looking west over the pond

looking west over the pond

Allan saw several dragonflies by the shoreline:

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looking north across the pond

looking north across the pond

Ray describing his parkland vision. (Allan's photo)

Ray describing his parkland vision. (Allan’s photo)

Several hundred feet east on that green road is Ray’s potato patch.  He put it far enough out that it encourages him to take a good long walk to check on it.

We caught up to Ray’s guided tour as they left the third part of the kitchen garden, behind the greenhouses of the Planter Box garden center.

Ray and tour guests

Ray and tour guests

east of The Planter Box itself, another garden area...

east of The Planter Box itself, another garden area…

built on compost and garden debris from the nursery....

built on aged compost and garden debris from the nursery….

lush thriving plants

lush thriving plants

garlic harvest drying in a shed

garlic harvest drying in a shed

It’s a spectacular kitchen garden that feeds an extended family with produce left over for friends and Grange members.  While I took lousy notes (ie. none), I share with you here some plant names that Nancy noted on our pre-tour day:

Caroline raspberry best for fall

Territorial fall and winter blend

Valley girl tomatoes

White runner beans

Gray grillers zucchini for grilling.

Julia tomatoes good for canning and dry

Wild treasure BlackBerries

Eating on the Wild Side book

As we were about to depart, I picked up a few plants for the Long Beach planters, and we also added Planter Box Teresa to our touring party for the remainder of the day.

front display at Planter Box; still lots of good plants for sale.

front display at Planter Box; still lots of good plants for sale.

Cosmos

Cosmos

Celosias

Celosias

We were glad Teresa was able to get away from the nursery and come with us to see the rest of the gardens.

Next: three of the smaller gardens.

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

rhodietour

Long Beach Peninsula Rhodie Tour

Nahcotta Rhododendron Garden

From the programme: “This 8 acre property, overlooking a large 1/2 acre natural pond was once the site of Hall’s Gardens, the former collectors nursery of Don and Marva Hall.  It is filled with mature specimens and trees, including many Rhododendrons.  Enjoy taking the path that meanders through the plantings around the water’s edge.  Stop by the deck overlooking the pond to meet the current owners and view the original plans of the garden, which include the identification of all of the plants.”

The pond is a glorious feature; If I could have any property on the Peninsula, I'd choose this one.

The pond is a glorious feature; If I could have any property on the Peninsula, I’d choose this one.

the entry gate

the entry gate

How I love the entry gate to this property.  It reminds me of the handsome screens and accents that I have seen in Portland gardens, especially the gardens done by Laura Crockett.

a long driveway lined with rhodos

a long driveway lined with rhodos

During my first few years living at the beach, I used to shop at Halls Gardens Nursery; the plants for sale were where those cars are parked.

During my first few years living at the beach, I used to shop at Halls Gardens Nursery; the plants for sale were where those cars are parked.

some flowers along the driveway

some flowers along the driveway

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driveway

driveway

Just past the car park area.

the end of the long driveway

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Below:  We could turn to our left and enter the garden on the home’s east side; instead, come with me as we go through a gate ahead of us and stroll around the pond.

through the gate

through the gate

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to the pond path

to the pond path

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Grassy paths also lead to the back garden of the house.

a tour guest (Allan's photo)

a tour guest (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

eucalyptus trunks

eucalyptus trunks

We duck underneath....

I duck underneath….

Allan walked around the pond in the other direction from me so he had a different angle on those eucalyptus trunks.

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

To our left the pond view opens up.

To our left the pond view opens up.

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Rhododendrons line the path all the way around the pond.

Rhododendrons line the path all the way around the pond.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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We are now walking along the back (west) side of the pond.

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Allan’s photo

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from west end of pond, looking east to the house

from west end of pond, looking east to the house

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The pond view comes and goes through trees on the shore.

The pond view comes and goes through trees on the shore.

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a wonderland of rhododendron blooms along the path

a wonderland of rhododendron blooms along the path

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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We are now walking along the south side of the pond.

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Enkianthus, one of my favourite shrubs.

Enkianthus, one of my favourite shrubs.

photo by MaryBeth Kelly

photo by MaryBeth Kelly

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We now leave the pondside and follow the path into glades of rhododendrons to the southeast side of the house.

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a magnolia just starting to open

a magnolia just starting to open

south side of house

south side of house

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a rhododendron with variegated leaves

a rhododendron with variegated leaves

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We are now wending our way through rhododendrons on the south side of the house toward the back lawn.

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These two photos provided by the owners of the property show the handsome decking that leads to the back lawn:

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lawn on the west side of the house

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the owners and one of their dogs, ready to greet guests

the owners and one of their dogs, ready to greet guests

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

near the deck

near the deck

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the owners and Cynthia Pride, one of the artists who painted in the gardens.

the owners and Cynthia Pride, one of the artists who painted in the gardens.

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Allan’s photo

I admire the handsome boardwalks.

I admire the handsome boardwalks.

one of the hosts

one of the hosts

My black lab, Bertie Woofter, used to make that same face.

My black lab, Bertie Woofter, used to make that same face.

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Allan’s photo

some dog time, of course (Allan's photo)

some dog time, of course (Allan’s photo)

What a doggie paradise.  Bertie would have been swimming daily.

What a doggie paradise. Bertie would have been swimming daily.

Walking back to the entry gate...

Walking back to the entry gate…

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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From the carpark area, let’s go in the path to the front of the house.

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Gunnera by little pond

Gunnera by little pond

beautiful pavers

beautiful pavers

front porch

front porch

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photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

 

Our Kathleen had gotten to this garden before we did and was just driving away when we arrived.  She took a gallery of flower portraits as she walked round the pond and gardens, and here they are:

photos and captions by Kathleen Shaw:

a lovely red

a lovely red

...and a lovely white!

…and a lovely white!

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azaleas

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Reminiscent of an orchid to me.

Reminiscent of an orchid to me.

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Kathleen had gone on ahead of us to the last garden, Klipsan Beach Cottages, and I texted her to tell them we were trying to get there.  Our plan to spend a couple of hours helping to host the garden had not worked out as there was so much to see along the way.  In fact, if we had stopped to photograph all the lovely roadside rhodies in the town of Nahcotta, we would not have made it to KBC at all.  As it was, we left the Nahcotta pond property with just forty five minutes left before the end of tour time.

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for Water Music Festival

Goelz Garden

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We had driven right by this garden many times without realizing what a beautiful landscape is  there.  The Goelzes do all the work themselves and have created a peaceful, spacious space for wandering and entertaining.

as one enters through the front gate

as one enters through the front gate

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Allan’s photo

a sign on the porch

a sign on the porch

around the side of the house

around the north side of the house

north side garden bed

north side garden bed

looking due north to a long pergola

looking due north to a long pergola

dahlias along the pergola

dahlias along the pergola

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To the north of the pergola, a Eucalyptus grove leans gracefully over the music tent.

To the north of the pergola, a Eucalyptus grove leans gracefully over the music tent.

When Nancy and I pre-toured the garden, we were told that one or more of the eucalyptus trees had fallen in a winter windstorm years ago and then had regrown from the base.

The music at the Goelz garden was performed by the Mozart Chicks.

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“The Mozart Chicks started as a duo and multiplied into a trio, then a quartet, and finally a quintet over the past 12 years.  They all live on Long Beach Peninsula and each has her foot in various other musical groups as well as other pursuits.

Their instrumentation is an unusual one, but Hannelore Morgan, the group archivist, has managed to find some wonderful arrangements of pieces that span many musical periods. “

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Tootlers make me think of my favourite blog, the Tootlepedal blog.

Tootlers make me think of my favourite blog, the Tootlepedal blog.

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view east from the musicians' tent

view east from the musicians’ tent

seating area at the east end of the lawn

seating area at the east end of the lawn

Allan's photo, looking back toward house and music tent

Allan’s photo, looking back toward house and music tent

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a fort at the east end seating area

a fort at the east end seating area (Allan’s photo)

I saw local writer Sydney Stevens and her husband strolling toward the musician’s tent across the lawn.

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Allan’s photo from one of the island beds

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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island beds in a vast lawn

island beds in a vast lawn

looking south below the house

looking south below the house

The natural pond lies to the east of the house.

The natural pond lies to the east of the house.

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

That's Allan taking a photo.

That’s Allan taking a photo.

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with a viewing dock on its west side.

with a viewing dock on its west side.

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The pond is a natural one and its water level falls over the course of the summer.

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The little island is what makes this pond the best I’ve seen on the peninsula.

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Allan’s photo

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island

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The pond is encircled by a walking path.

The pond is encircled by a walking path…

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

..and the pond has landscaping and seating all around.

..and the pond has landscaping and seating all around.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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looking toward the bridge from the back of the pond

looking toward the bridge from the back of the pond

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Allan's photo: When we returned to this garden in the afternoon, we were pleased to encounter Prissy from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.

Allan’s photo: We were pleased to encounter Prissy from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart. (Prissy and me, in the distance, discussing plants.)

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo during his stroll all the way around the pond.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: garden detailing all the way around

Allan’s photo: garden detailing all the way around

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Allan’s photo, coming around the south side of the pond

Allan's photo of bird sculptures made of river rocks

Allan’s photo of bird sculptures made of river rocks

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo.  (He walked the pond path while I was busy chatting with Prissy.)

Allan’s photo. (He had walked the pond path while I was busy chatting with Prissy.)

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On the south side of the garden between the house and the pond, the owners had created a garden area especially for their daughter’s wedding.

with a fire circle

with a fire circle

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and water features in the area where the wedding was held.

and water features in the area where the wedding was held.

a waterfall

a waterfall

with stream

with recirculating stream

leading to a fountain

leading to a fountain

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Note that there absolutely no liner showing under the rocks; I admired that very much when Nancy and I pre-toured the garden.

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Around the south side of the house, with some shade from tall trees, a bank of hostas.

Around the south side of the house, with some shade from tall trees, a bank of hostas.

the back steps

the back steps

and here we go out the gate..

And here we go out the gate and on to the next garden.

 

 

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

The tour bus did not leave till 9:30 AM, for which I was grateful as I had a new problem: having been favouring my left leg, I had put too much stress on an old injury on my right leg, and now my knee was, as they say, “OUT”. I definitely needed the extra time to get ready.

on our hotel windowsill

on our hotel windowsill

I was feeling rather worried as we went down the elevator to the lobby, and I sat while Allan went down the street to get us some espresso.

From where I sat waiting in the lobby of the Portland Marriott Hotel.

From where I sat waiting in the lobby of the Portland Marriott Hotel.

Having to sit so much made me determined to try to find views to enjoy.

Having to sit so much made me determined to try to find views to enjoy.

The lobby soon began to fill with bloggers.

The lobby soon began to fill with bloggers.

day 2: a shorter day

day 2: a shorter day

Portland Japanese Garden

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As we left the tour bus (and I was missing our driver from the day before, Andy, who had been so kind and helpful), I was daunted by a flight of stairs and stood at the bottom contemplating them for awhile. I’d lost the other bloggers somewhere up top.

So I climbed them, and then looking down I saw that organizer Heather had driven round in her truck to see if I needed help…but I couldn’t get back down again.

far, far down

far, far down

There was a moment when I was bent over and literally could not move and thought the fling was over for me (and maybe my career as a gardener as well. But I regrouped, as Allan came over and walked me across the street. I could not even step off the curb without help. Ironically, there had been a sloped sidewalk half a block down that I could have used instead of the stairs. We were able to catch a shuttle bus up the long hill to the Japanese Garden.

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There was a fairly level way to get into the Japanese Garden and I was able to see a bit of it.

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and then I started looking for a sit spot in the shade

and then I started looking for a sit spot in the shade as I could not get down to a waterfall pond.

This easy path beckoned.

This easy path beckoned.

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I found a place to sit on a deck by the sand garden and turned my mind to trying to contemplate in a zen way.

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telephoto across the sand

telephoto across the sand

the view from my bench

the view from my bench

As someone who does physical work for a living every day, I was finding the contemplative life did not come naturally. As the time came to go to the rose test garden far below, I decided I had better start walking to the entry gate of the Japanese garden.

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around the building by the sand garden

the shady side

the shady side

the view from behind the building

the view from behind the building

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Portland

Fortunately, Allan had been able to walk through most or all of the Japanese garden and taking photographs so that I (and you) could see what I had missed. Had it not been for knowing I’d get to see pictures later, I would have become seriously depressed.

Allan’s tour of the Japanese Garden:

These photos are in order as he walked through, and make me feel like I have seen the garden and examined the little details as I would have done had I been there in person.

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Kirstin and I, perhaps discussing hips and knees.

Kirstin and I, perhaps discussing hips and knees.

sloping path to waterfall where I had to turn back

sloping path to waterfall where I had to turn back

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bridge and koi

bridge and koi

roof of a little building

roof of a little building; Allan says it was “the overnight house”

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view from overnight house

inside the overnight house

inside the overnight house

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the little house's own little landscape

the little house’s own little landscape

with a privacy fence

with a privacy fence

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leaving the overnight house

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stunning photo, Allan!!

stunning photo, Allan!!

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(I’d have a hard time with these vertiginous steps at any time after age about 45.)

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He says he was thinking of my new mobility problems as he saw the stairs and little bridges and a sign that said “Caution: Uneven Stairs. Slippery When Wet.”

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the caution sign

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the sand garden pavilion

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Here’s another bloggers fling post with beautiful photos and insight into the Japanese garden.

After the Japanese Garden, Heather did meet me in her small truck to drive me down to the rose garden, only to find that I couldn’t even get into it. I think I have never in my life been so bunged up. Fortunately, the shuttle was running up and down the hill, so I was able to take that transport down.

Next: The International Rose Test Garden

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Hardy Plant Study Weekend sponsored by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Allan, Sheila and I had all gotten confused Sunday night trying to plan out Monday’s tour; the study weekend booklet only had three of the six gardens and the driving directions handout seemed to be missing the description of the Zazzi garden, the second one on the tour.  Sheila decided (not for that reason) that she was too tired to deal with city traffic, tour gardens, and then have a five hour drive back to her Oregon home, so we parted ways.  For various reasons of disorganization (not hers or mine is all I will say!), Allan and I got a late start touring.

leaving the Bellevue Hilton

leaving the Bellevue Hilton

As we drove toward the first tour gardens, we saw an official city sign by the main road:  “Welcome. We are building an inclusive community”.   I love that so much more than a community describing itself as “family friendly.”  I am not sure which of the communities we drove through has the sign.

It was a relief to finally get to the first garden, an hour or more after the tour opened for the day.

Two gardens right next door each other is always a treat as it means less driving and parking.

Two gardens right next door each other is always a treat as it means less driving and parking.

Galicic Garden

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Walking up the driveway of this Normandy Park garden, we passed two long tables filled with cool plants for sale.

that schlumpy gal again

that schlumpy gal again

Solanum laciniatum, would have bought but already had bought three at the event's plant sale.

Solanum laciniatum, would have bought but already had bought three at the event’s plant sale.

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'; I have one in the ground at home but should have taken the opportunity to buy another.

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’; I have one in the ground at home but should have taken the opportunity to buy another.

We walked past this to our right on our way up the driveway.

We walked past this to our right on our way up the driveway.

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Allan’s photo

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entering from the driveway into the back garden

entering from the driveway into the back garden

I find myself in a kitchen garden area.

I find myself in an elegant kitchen garden area.

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kitchen garden

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: how to guide a vine up a tree

Allan’s photo: how to guide a vine up a tree

Another arbour leads to a lawn.

Another arbour leads to a lawn.

a quiet area

a quiet area

a look back to the kitchen garden

a look back to the kitchen garden

and a greeter to the busier garden near the back of the house

and a greeter to the busier garden near the back of the house

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Zazzi: winner hands down in the snack department!

Galicic: winner hands down in the snack department!

Allan was also impressed.

Allan was also impressed.  Plantain is on the lower tier.

I was so taken with the garden views that I forgot to snack on any of the proffered treats.

an entertaining patio, viewed from the snacks table

an entertaining patio, viewed from the snacks table

cool plants in every nook

cool plants in every nook

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Allan’s photo

and a waterfall pond!

and a waterfall pond!

This is one of the most interesting ponds I have seen, and we will examine it carefully!

This is one of the most interesting ponds I have seen, and we will examine it carefully!

the main waterfall

the main waterfall

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Allan’s photo

Allan gazes upon the pond, to the great interest of the white cat.

Allan gazes upon the pond, to the great interest of the white cat.

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Allan’s photo

looking across to a bridge and a tiny gazebo

looking across to a bridge and a tiny gazebo

a momentary distraction

a momentary distraction

looking back toward the patio

looking back toward the patio

some shy koi

some shy koi

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Allan’s photo

My attention returns to the waterfall.

My attention returns to the waterfall.  It made a nice loud splashy noise.

to the other side of the pond

to the other side of the pond

On the back side of the bridge is another waterfall.

On the back side of the bridge is another waterfall…

and a very small pool.

and a very small pool.

a tropical feeling

a tropical feeling

There is a little sideway rlll that spilled water down into a narrow curved channel that went around the back of the tiny gazebo.

There is a little sideway rlll that spilled water down into a narrow curved channel that went around the back of the tiny gazebo.

like this

like this

and curving around

and curving around

and curving around some more.

and curving around some more.

very damp and mysterious

very damp and mysterious

I remember poking at the channel’s water to try to figure out which direction in flowed in, so I think the water came from both sides (a side rivulet from each waterfall).  I was completely flummoxed and gobsmacked would would most certainly like to have a water feature like this at home.

I couldn’t get a good photo of the little gazebo without being IN the pond, and I did not think to take a telephoto from the other side of the pond.

by the house

by the house

looking back along the house

looking back along the house

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Another white arbour beckons.

Another white arbour beckons.

along the side of the house

along the side of the house

Eryngium (agavafolium, pretty sure)

Eryngium (agavafolium, pretty sure)

Eucalyptus against the house

Eucalyptus against the house

detailed plantings

detailed plantings

along the side of the house

along the side of the house

into the front garden

into the front garden

Looking to my right along the front of the house

Looking to my right along the front of the house

Instead of turning, I walk straight ahead into a shade garden.

Instead of turning, I walk straight ahead into a shade garden.

Allan's hydrangea photo

Allan’s hydrangea photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

every detail impeccable

every detail impeccable

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I emerge onto a front yard lawn.

I emerge onto a front yard lawn.  Way in the back, you can see the white arbour entry to the kitchen garden where our tour began.

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the formal entry

the formal entry

side view of entry fountain

side view of entry fountain

the front porch

the front porch

at the front corner of the house

at the front corner of the house

And you can see how close the next garden is!

And you can see how close the next garden is!

 

 

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