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Friday, 5 June 2020

At last we managed to visit Steve and John’s garden by Willapa Bay. Although (due to the second spring clean up at work after our non-essential weeks and to the emergency building of our coyote-proof catio and then the time-consuming plant sale prep) we had missed the peak rhododendron bloom time, this garden has much to offer at any season.

When we arrived a few minutes early, Steve was tidying the garden with bucket and picker-upper.

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Let’s walk through through the garden with Steve and John, enjoy the vistas, and give the plants some individual attention…social distancing, of course.

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In the upper beds near the house:

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Acer platanoides ‘Rezak’, “the only plant on the property with a tag”

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Allan’s photo of an unidentified acer

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Steve and John (Allan’s photo)

I tried to take good notes, but had forgotten a clipboard, so many rhododendron names were illegible.

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As always, Steve and John helped via email with the identifications.

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Rhododendron ‘Ring of Fire’

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Rhododendron ‘Ring of Fire’

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I was overexcited by the purple stems and my photo is blurry…

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Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’ (highly fragrant in its pink bloom)

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enviable hostas

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Hosta ‘Madame Wu’ (Allan’s photo)

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more perfect hostas and proof that we had missed peak rhododendron bloom time

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grassy paths down the north side of the property

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The rhododendrons with white tomentum, the powdery substance on top of the leaves, are my favourites. Rhododendron sinofalconeri Vietnamese form

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emerging into sun on the north side, as we amble westward

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left: ‘Orange Rocket’ barberry, which we all expected to be more columnar. Right: Drymis winteri

A few more rhododendrons had kindly waited for our visit.

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R. ‘Anna’ in front of R. ‘Leo’

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Rhododendron ‘Mango Tango’

Many in this collection had leaves that, to me, are as good as any bloom.  Visits to this garden have been a revelation from the standard rather boring rhododendrons that I had been familiar with before.

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R. ‘Sir Charles Lemon’ with R. ‘Lissabon’ in foreground

We now cross the driveway to the shady south beds under limbed up trees.

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looking back north across the driveway

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south side of driveway: a grove of rhodies original to the property, which was a rhododendron nursery at one time.

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Allan’s photo

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R. ‘Cupcake’

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Rhododendron degronianum ssp yakushimanum x R pachysanthum, my favourite of all

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Cornus canadensis, a groundcover that I love.

In the ferny beds…

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cinnamon fern

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Allan’s photo

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Rhododendron ‘Jan Dekens’

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the cryptomeria grove

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Crinodendron hookerianum (Chilean lantern tree)

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R. ‘Yaku Princess’

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the glorious variety of rhododendron leaves

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Allan’s photo

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Rhododendron macabeanum

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Rhododendron sinofalconeri

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Allan’s photo, Steve and a few remaining blooms

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R. quinquefolium

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Rhododendron lepidostylum

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Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’

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and its flowers

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Rhododendron ‘Starbright Champagne’, Steve’s favourite

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R. pseudochrysanthum

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Hydrangea ‘Lemon Daddy’ which I love and keep forgetting to look for…maybe I can beg a cutting later this year.

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looking north across the irrigation pond

We crossed over there, but I got too busy chatting about plants and only took one photo.

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Allan’s photo: Leptospermum lanigerum ‘Lydia’ from Xera plants. Woolly tea tree, comes from New Zealand. Genista in the background.

John had left us to prepare some tea and cake.  We walked up the driveway…

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…around the south side of the house…

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We had walked here to start our tour and to admire a little rhododendron growing in a stump on the north side of the lawn.

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R. keiskei ‘Yaku Fairy’. What a little cutie.

We sat for tea and cake with this backdrop.

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Allan’s telephotos of an interesting vessel…

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…and of Baby Island.

We had tea from Beach House Teas...

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…and observed proper social distancing.

John had baked a dessert of Dutch Spice Bread (Ontbijtkoek, aka Breakfast Cake). Delicious.

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(Steve, with a bouquet I brought)

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Allan’s photo

It was our first social outing since the stay at home order expired.

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We were serenaded by birds…

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Allan’s photo

…and visited by Mr. Towhee, a special friend of the family.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

As we departed, we further admired the entry garden.

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Allan’s photo

If you would like to visit this garden in other seasons and earlier years, just put “bayside garden” into our search box, and you will get a wealth of posts.

You can see a drone video of the garden (which also shows inside the house) on this realty listing…which also means you could dream of living here yourself.

Steven and John were organizing the big 2020 conference for the American Rhododendron Society, when the coronavirus reared up and postponed it till 2022. If you live in the US and all these amazing rhododendrons inspire you to become a collector, joining that organization would be a good place to begin.

 

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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Our company arrived from Canada: Kilyn and Peter.  They came bearing gifts of books, a box of Builders Tea, some British throat lozenges for winter ills, some pastries from the local bakery and some British biscuits.

You may know Kilyn as the reader who comments as Steveston Gardener.  Her spouse, Peter, is a delightfully droll Australian.

We had our own garden as ready for touring as time and energy allowed—pretty good, if I dare say so, and the unweeded parts can be called “rewilded”.

Our Garden

We’d had this much rain in the past two days, giving us the gift of this day off.

In the back garden, I immediately realized the Cripps Pink apple tree was half its former height.  Rain, wind, and the weight of too many apples had snapped off the top.  Peter demonstrates how heavy with apples the snapped trunks are.  What a shame.

When Kilyn took a photo of the little pond, I saw that raccoons, or perhaps Skooter, had knocked several blue pottery pieces into the depths. Allan fixed it.  We were all excited to see the one fish. I had assumed it had been eaten weeks ago.

Those are the sort of things that would be a disaster on a garden tour day but are just fine with good friends.

By going garden touring in Ocean Shores this weekend, I will miss three days of lily-opening time.

That timing proves the wisdom of anyone setting a garden tour date for this weekend as peak lily time reliably begins now.

After touring into every corner and path of the garden…

followed by some sitting in the shade…

Peter (Allan’s photo)

…we needed to pass another hour or so before the main feature of the day and so we repaired to

The Boreas Inn.

After touring the entry garden and the west lawn beds…

…we had a tour of the inn…

(My favourite is the garden suite.)

…and a visit with Susie in the west-facing sunroom.

We then were off…

…for an afternoon at

The Bayside Garden.

Upon arrival, Peter said he almost cried on the way up the driveway “because it is so beautiful, and,” he added, “I’m not a gardener.”

Kilyn is the impassioned gardener and garden blog reader.  She faithfully reads (among others) my two favourites, The Tootlepedal blog and The Miserable Gardener.

We both best like blogs that show imperfections rather than, as she puts it, carefully curated photos.

Kilyn, Peter, and John with his garden notebook

A trio of Rhododendron pachysanthum was first to be thoroughly admired.

We viewed every part of the garden.

Kilyn’s photo

Kilyn’s photo

Kilyn’s photo

red stems of drimys picking up the color of Orange Rocket Barberry.

We all expected Orange Rocket to be columnar.  It is not.

Thuja ‘Forever Goldie’

Kilyn’s photo

“mosquito grass” (Allan’s photo)

Rhododendron ‘Sinogrande’

Allan’s photo

Steve, Kilyn, ‘Cryptomeria ‘Black Dragon’

in the Cryptomeria grove

blue-silver Rhododendron lepidostylum

Rhododendron edgeworthii

deer ferns on the move

Kilyn’s photo

Rhododendron quinquefolium

Rhododendron sinofalconeri

Rhododendron ‘Cherries and Merlot’

We visited my most special favourite pet of a rhododendron:

Rhododendron degronianum subsp. yakushimanum x R. pachysanthum

Hydrangea ‘Lemon Daddy’

Rhododendron makinoi

Rhododendron ‘Ever Red’

How to hide an ugly electric box:

Steve says he’d now choose something other than laurel, and the vine to the right is fatshedera.

Kilyn and the evergreen huckleberry glade

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kayaks passing by on a high tide

We closed our tour in the kitchen with coffee and homemade muffins and some garden talk.

from inside the house (Allan’s photo)

John’s garden book (Allan’s photo)

Later in the evening, we met again with Kilyn and Peter for dinner at

The Depot Restaurant.

steak Killian

Prawns Bangkok

After feasting, we walked west one block to tour

The Sou’wester Lodge and trailer court.

 I do believe that the next time they visit, Kilyn and Peter will be parking their caravan here.

We suggested the Peter “place a call” at the phone booth and could hear his laughter.

Kilyn tried it next.

vintage trailers for rent by the night (known as “Trailer Classics Hodgepodge”)

Jessica Schlief is doing a spectacular job on the Sou’wester gardens.

Tomorrow, the four of us leave to take two different routes to meet again at Saturday’s garden tour in Ocean Shores.

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

As one storm passed over and another was due, with far worse weather predicted for tomorrow, we arranged to visit one of our favourite gardens a day earlier than planned.

While this Willapa Bay garden merits a visit at any season, rhododendron time is its peak.  Some of the rhodos had already bloomed, starting in February. (As I was looking something up for this post, I ran across this article that I think will please rhododendron fans.)

Join us as we walk with Steve and John from the house, down through the gardens and back.   In the photo captions, which we hope are correct, R. of course means Rhododendron.  All mistakes in identification are completely mine and will soon be corrected, because Steve and John will catch them.  I have virtually no expertise in rhododendrons.  Until I began to visit this garden, I had no idea how wonderfully varied they are.

close admiration of the tomentosum (soft underside of foliage) on a trio of R. pachysanthum by the front door

One of a curve of five or six Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Vintage Gold’

John at the start of a new path laid by local landscaper Steve Clarke

A well-built Steve Clarke wall guides the path around to the pump house.

chives in the kitchen garden (Allan’s photo)

A soft and misty space between rain storms.

Allan’s photo

To our left, R. loderi ‘Venus’ carried its fragrant flowers almost out of reach this year. Underneath is the white R. ‘Olympic Lady’.

looking up into R. loderi ‘Venus’

R. loderi ‘Venus’

new foliage on an old pieris

golden Taxus (prostrate yew) embracing several plants, including R. ‘Ken Janeck’

Allan’s photo

We are looking at an Osmanthus burkwoodii that is just recovering from the winter and early spring winds…

Garden bed to the north of the driveway:

Corokia virgata ‘Sunsplash’, center

textures

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shapes, including Pittosporum kohuhu (nicknamed golf ball pittosporum).  Note the twirly conifer to the lower left.  My notes just helpfully say “little twirly yellow guy.’

Steve IDs for me as Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Lutea’
(Nana Lutea Dwarf Hinoki Cypress)

Allan’s photo

Walking into the upper north gardens…

two toned pink R. ‘Perry Wiseman’ and, in the background, the white R. ‘Pohjola’s Daughter’

a wealth of pink tones on R. ‘Perry Wiseman’

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a variegated wiegela, I think (Allan’s photo)

an impeccably perfect hosta

the brightness of new growth

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new growth on R. ‘Winsome’, a word that we agreed has fallen out of use.

This area around a tree had been the dreaded salal just two days ago, and now look:

sword ferns

Walking down toward the irrigation pond….

Tall R. ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ blooming above a pair of new rhodos

close up of the young pair, R ‘Scarlet Wonder’, in the above photo, one blooming and one not.

twins with different personalities

R. ‘Butterfly’

Allan’s photo

looking back at the de-salaled tree

R. ‘Milky Way’ with flowers like powder puffs

R. ‘Milky Way’ (Allan’s photo)

R. sinofalconeri (species) with fuzzy new leaves

R. stenopetalum

Thujopsus dolobrata

Allan’s photo

Looking south across the driveway, you can see the same full grown thujopsis that the driveway was made to curve around.

more bright new calyxes

R. ‘Susan’

R. ‘Susan’

Crossing over to the south side of the driveway…

cinnamon fern

Allan’s photo

more fuzzy new growth on R. leucaspis (species)

Steve’s favourite, ‘Starbright Champagne’

Rhododendon ‘Starbright Champagne’ blooming a couple of years ago

Looking west, I gasped when I saw (below) a vasty new area that Steve and John had grubbed out of rough undergrowth:

I know this will soon be a display of wonderful new plants.

Below is a new area created last year:

looking east

The paths are delightfully soft and springy underfoot.

impeccably pruned sword ferns by the stream ditch that bordered the estate; you can see on the other side what they look like uncared for (just brown and tatty).

new area made last year

a handsome Disporum ‘Night Heron’

strongly textured R. erosum

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Allan’s photo.  The background of native meianthemum is not a favourite and will be controlled as time permits!

Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ showing off

Allan’s photo

Athyrium ‘Goliath’, Japanese painted fern

a soft and kind Mahonia ‘Soft Caress’, no prickles!

more of the new area

Kalmia latifolia 'Sarah'

Kalmia latifolia ‘Sarah’ (Allan’s photo)

perfectly trimmed deer ferns (Allan’s photo)

bluish new foliage on R. lepidostylum

R. ‘Little Carmen’

stunning new silver foliage. (The fuzz on the top of leaves is called tomentosum.) Steve says: R. sinofalconeri (like the other, smaller Vietnamese form we identified before, but this one goes 10-30′!))

(If you think I can read my notes on all these names, think again.  At least a third of these rhododendron identifications involved emails to Steve. Every time I visit this garden, I plan to spend the next winter making a proper database for my garden…and don’t.)

R. quinquefolium

R. quinquefolium , one of those you would not even guess was a rhodie!

Allan’s photo

looking back as we walk toward the house

a brief detour to look across the pond

drizzle begins (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

R. ‘Carmen’

R. ‘Medusa’

R. ‘Kodiak’

detail, R. ‘Kodiak’

Allan’s photo

mossy backdrop for R. ‘PJM Compacta’

looking back

Rain started as we approached the house…

However, despite rain, I had to see the ladies in waiting.

R. ‘Tall Timber’

Due to rain and over-excitement I only got a fuzzy photo of this amazing R. benhallii that looks like an enkianthus.

Steve told me that Professor Ben Hall at the University of Washington has finally had this rhododendron named after him.  You can read more about his research here.

a covetable euonymous

weird and wonderful R. spinuliferum

By now, the rain was quite serious.

from inside the house

the dell of evergreen huckleberries

from the north window: the succulent pump roof landscape had frozen out over the winter.

Steve showed us some photos of how the pump roof had looked in close up late last summer:

like a miniature forest, we all agreed

It was time to warm up with tea and a treat.

John’s coconut banana bread (Allan’s photo)

A torrential and noisy sheet of rain fell. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

As we finished our cake, tea, and plant talk, a beautiful light fell over the bay.

Allan’s photo

From the front door (telephoto), Steve pointed out the glow of the red maple in the far distance.

On the way down the drive, departing, we took a few more photos of the early evening light.

A silver shower of rain suddenly fell off this tree.

Allan’s photo 😉

north of upper driveway

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

a row of redtwig dogwood along the lower driveway (Allan’s photo)

by the entrance drive (Allan’s photo)

the entrance driveway (Allan’s photo)

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Steve’s photo

 

Allan cropped his photo because of raindrops on the lens.  I got the full view of the driveway, above, from Steve. I asked for the names, and here they are: “From the east, R. ‘Red gold’ — then two numbered (unnamed) crosses by Jim Elliott (from Knappa).  Next, four of R. ‘Gala’ — then two (low) R. ‘Naselle” — then R. ‘Lem’s cameo’  — then three R. ‘Nadine’ with  R. ‘Golden gala’ (not in bloom this year) on the very west end [closest to the highway].”

This rhododendron-lined driveway is shared with the home next door, which has just  been listed for sale.  It was once Clarke Nursery.  We all want to see gardeners buy it, and you’d have the best neighbors in Steve and John.  Here is the listing.  Here is the garden on the Rhododendron Tour.  And here it is on the July garden tour.  Just imagine yourself driving past that line of peachy rhododendrons to your own piece of bayside paradise.

We were glad to have found a time between storms to visit.  The next day began with a pea sized heavy hail storm that I imagine might have damaged some of the blossoms at the Bayside Garden, and rain and wind continued during the whole of Friday.

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Skooter enjoyed reading this blog post along with Allan.

 

 

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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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