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Sunday, 31 July 2016

We had been joined by expert gardeners Pam and Prissy from Seaside, Oregon.  We’d had lunch and then Allan drove us all to Steve and John’s bayside garden.  There, we rendezvoused with Pam and Prissy’s friends Sean and Jim, who had been brunching chez Steve and John.

The Bayside Garden

When Pam was a co owner and Prissy the plant propagator of Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart (north of Seaside), it was an amazing plant collectors paradise.  Steve and John had bought a number of plants from her and she enjoys checking on “her babies” to see their progress.

Getting out of the van, I saw a little art piece new to me, although it has been there all along.

Getting out of the van, I saw a little art piece new to me, although it has been there all along.

approaching the house

approaching the house in the glow of  Chamaecyparis ‘Vintage Gold’

I feel I have not noticed this kitty before, either.

I feel I have not noticed this kitty before, either.

between the two wings of the house (Allan's photo)

between the two wings of the house (Allan’s photo)

in Steve and John's kitchen, a bouquet from Prissy

in Steve and John’s kitchen, a bouquet from Prissy

Pam and Sean and Jim (whom I was meeting for the first time and immediately liked) and John and I were chatting in the house, when I looked out the north window and saw that Allan, Steve and Prissy were already touring.

dahlia bed and green roof from north window

dahlia bed and green roof from north window

We all joined in.

dahlias and gladiolas

dahlias and gladiolas

dahlias and the green roof

dahlias and the green roof

I like this one very much.

I like this one very much.

a lovely edible pea

a lovely edible pea

flowers of the palest blush

flowers of the palest blush

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

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a true collector’s garden

John and Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier' (Pam Fleming's photo)

John and Ulmus x hollandica ‘Jacqueline Hillier’ (Pam Fleming’s photo)

Rhododendron yakushimanum 'Mist Maiden'

Rhododendron yakushimanum ‘Mist Maiden’

another foliar treasure (Pam's photo)

another foliar treasure (Pam’s photo)

An area recently freed from salal, with much effort.

An area recently freed from salal, with much effort.

It gives me joy to see salal gone.

It gives me joy to see salal gone.

We all admired the pleasing contours of the newly revealed planting bed.

We all admired the pleasing contours of the newly revealed planting bed.

touring the new rhodie plantings

touring the new rhodie plantings

My favourite of all their rhodies, glistening white in spring time

My favourite of all their rhodies, glistening white in spring time” Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum x pachysanthum

 Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the admiration of rhododendron leaves.

the admiration of rhododendron leaves. Tomentum is “a layer of matted woolly down on the surface of a plant” and indumentum is the velvet fuzz on the underside of the leaves.

the ever expanding garden

the ever expanding garden

Jim and Sean by the irrigation pond

Jim and Sean by the irrigation pond

Pam visits one of her babies.

Pam visits one of her babies.

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Our Pam (Allan's photo)

Our Pam (Allan’s photo)

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on the north side of the irrigation pond

on the north side of the irrigation pond

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prostrate genista (broom) (Allan's photo)

prostrate genista (broom) (Allan’s photo)

working our way back toward the house

working our way back toward the house

Pam, Steve, Jim, Allan

Pam, Steve, Jim, Allan

 Allan's photo

Steve, Pam, Sean, Jim (Allan’s photo)

detail

detail

Pam's photo, with Sean and Jim's snazzy kicks.

Pam’s photo, with Sean and Jim’s snazzy kicks in the background.

Pam, Steve, Sean, Jim, and plant talk

Pam, Steve, Sean, Jim, and plant talk

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Crisp lawn edge on the beds!

How often, I wonder, do they just sit without leaping up to do some gardening?

How often, I wonder, do Steve and John just sit without leaping up to do some gardening?

We love plant talk.

We love plant talk.  The tall pink one is Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) and to the right is purple spikes of liatrus.  Odd I don’t have it, because I like spikes.

Prissy and Steve (Allan's photo)

Prissy and Steve (Allan’s photo)

foliage study (Allan's photo)

foliage study (Allan’s photo)

vivid blue lacecap hydrangea

vivid blue lacecap hydrangea

purple lace cap with shiny rhodie foliage

purple lace cap with shiny rhodie foliage

the house next door, once part of the Clarke Nursery property, with Hydrangea paniculata by the porch.

the house next door, once part of the Clarke Nursery property, with Hydrangea paniculata by the porch.

It is strange that I have no hydrangea paniculatas.  I must remedy this soon.

the upper driveway garden again

the upper driveway garden again

We had not discussed and examined every plant yet, but we had to go.  Prissy had her horses to feed, and part of the day’s plan was to also take Pam and Prissy to see the Oysterville garden…next!

 

 

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Before we continue with our social day of garden touring, here is a “real time alert“.  Jo and Bob’s home sale did not go through, so their wonderful house and tiny guest cottage and dreamy garden and extra lot (for potential garden expansion) are for sale.  Here is the link to the real estate listing.  And here is the blog post about the garden on tour day in 2013.  We do so hope a gardener buys the place…maybe you?  Now back to our narrative:

Friday, 15 June 2016

The Bayside Garden

After touring THE Oysterville garden, we took our friends Kathleen and Ann to see Steve and John’s collectors’ garden on the bay.  Ann was impressed by their Erik Fagerland designed house.   The trees are not falling; it’s that annoying thing that pocketcams do.

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John and Steve awaiting our arrival as if they had not been out grooming the garden. (Allan's photo)

John and Steve awaiting our arrival as if they had not been out grooming the garden. (Allan’s photo)

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rhododendron trio by the front door

Rhododendron pachysanthum trio by the front door

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

telephoto: intense colors echoed

telephoto: intense colors echoed

We walked around the north side of the house past the exuberant dahlia bed to the green roof of the pump house.

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eye level with a forest of succulents

eye level with a forest of succulents

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ann and Steve (Allan's photo)

Ann and Steve (Allan’s photo)

North east corner of property: The shrub bed has been expanded, and a bed will be created around that lone trillium that lives in the lawn.

North east corner of property: The shrub bed has been expanded, and a bed will be created around that lone trillium that lives in the lawn.

On the bay side of the house, Ann had been impressed last winter at the clipped everygreen huckleberries.  They made her happy all over again.

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Hydrangea 'Pistachio' (Allan's photo)

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’ (Allan’s photo)

glade of clipped huckleberries

glade of clipped huckleberries

The one to the very right is shaped but not mounded.

The one to the very right is shaped but not mounded.

perfect in every detail

perfect in every detail

One of two Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Iceberg' on the west side if the garage

One of two Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Iceberg’ on the west side if the garage

We walked and admired the many young trees and shrubs.  Both Kathleen and Ann can hold up their end of a plant nut conversation and are happy to give each individual plant the attention it deserves.

Look at the three colours with old and new growth.

Look at the three colours with old and new growth. R. auriculatum…I think.

Acer rubrum 'Vanity'

Acer rubrum ‘Vanity’

We began to work our way through the shade down the north side of the garden.

Left: My favourite Pittosporum 'Tasman Ruffles' pruned into a cone.

Left: My favourite Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’ pruned into a cone. I did not know one could do that.

Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier'

Ulmus x hollandica ‘Jacqueline Hillier’

Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier' : Foliage is softer than it looks.

Ulmus x hollandica ‘Jacqueline Hillier’ : Foliage is softer than it looks.

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a creamy, limey hydrangea

a creamy, limey hydrangea

enviably perfect hostas due to diligent applications of sluggo

enviably perfect hostas due to diligent applications of sluggo

Plant examination. I try to sound knowledgable.

Plant examination. I try to sound knowledgable.

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a backlit hydrangea just at the edge of neighbour Ron's property

a backlit hydrangea just at the edge of neighbour Ron’s property

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ann pointed out that Allan's shirt matched. His photo proves it.

Ann pointed out that Allan’s shirt matched. His photo proves it.

We emerged into the sun and toured the sunny island beds, one almost brand new.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

John and Steve (Allan's photo)

John and Steve (Allan’s photo)

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dahlia backed with barberry

Fagus sylvatica 'Red Obelisk' aroused my plant lust.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Red Obelisk’ aroused my plant lust.

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near the irrigation pond

near the irrigation pond

That leptospermum that I also have, with name I have forgotten, from Xera via Pam Fleming

That leptospermum that I also have, with name I have forgotten, from Xera via Pam Fleming

Three bright little Thuja 'Forever Goldie'; Google tells me it is also knows as '4Ever Goldy'!

Three bright little Thuja ‘Forever Goldie’; Google tells me it is also knows as ‘4Ever Goldy’!

Ann, Steve, Kathleen, Allan

Ann, Steve, Kathleen, Allan

John and I had reached the shade border on the south side.  Eventually we all grouped together again and worked our way through looking at all the specimens.    Each shrublet is given room (because in this property there IS room) so all the attributes of each are clearly visible.  I imagine us walking through these mature shrubs, some as tall or taller than me, should we all live long and prosper.

two young rhododendrons, each so different

two young rhododendrons, each so different

Rhododendron edgeworthii

Rhododendron edgeworthii

Rhododendron edgeworthii (Allan's photo)

Rhododendron edgeworthii (Allan’s photo)

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I love the bronzy edge on this Rhododendron quinquefolium. Steve informs me it is known as the “cork azalea” because of its bark and is a native of Japan.

Ann photographing the baby rhodie nursery bed.

Ann photographing the baby rhodie nursery bed. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The rhodo I love most...its white leaves fading to green...and its long complex name is recorded somewhere in a past post on this blog.

The rhodo I love most…its white leaves fading to green…Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum x pachysanthum

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

north side of driveway

north side of driveway as we walked back to the house

We departed at 5:30 because we had one more gardener expecting us.

Patti’s Garden in Seaview

On the way home, we visited Patti at her home and garden which Ann had seen in the dead of winter.

Patti's paradise

Patti’s paradise

a friend whom Patti was dogsitting for a week

a friend whom Patti was dogsitting for a week

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti's own Stella (Allan's photo)

Patti’s own Stella (Allan’s photo)

I do love gold foliage

I do love gold foliage

the entry to the former kitchen garden

the entry to the former kitchen garden

Patti says she stopped growing veg because she can buy the produce more inexpensively at the local farmers market than growing it.

the back deck

the back deck

driftwood waterfall (Allan's photo)

driftwood waterfall (Allan’s photo)

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In the garage, Patti showed us a preview of a friend’s garage sale that is coming up.  Ann commented on an “Artquake” poster framed on the wall, a Portland event she had attended as a girl.  Because Patti is Patti, she gave Ann the picture.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti and Ann

Patti and Ann

Before we left, Patti showed Ann and Kathleen the inside of her late 1800s home.

view from inside

view from inside

at home

Our visit continued for awhile in our own garden.

Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' (Allan's photo)

Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ (Allan’s photo)

Smokey joined the group.

Smokey joined the group.

Tomorrow: Official garden tour day!  Despite having recently toured the 25 gardens in and near Salem, I was eagerly looking forward to more touring.

 

 

 

 

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