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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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red

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.

Allan's photo

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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pond3

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.

Allan's photo

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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pond

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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

peach

peachier

pink

pale

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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two

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lawn on the west side of the house

lawn

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

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

Allan's photo

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.

Allan's photo

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.

Allan's photo

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…

Allan's photo

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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pond

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!

azaleas

azaleas

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pink

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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, 2 May 2015

rhodietour

Long Beach Peninsula Rhodie Tour

Ron Barclay Garden

from the programme:  “The Barclay property has the original Clarke Nursery home and its cleared field held dozens of the nursery’s tightly packed greenhouses and an array of plants for sale.  While the greenhouses are now gone, you will still find mature Rhododendrons growing on this lovely bayside property.  This is owner Ron Barclay’s third time opening his garden to a Water Music Society event.  We tip our hat in gratitude again to this gracious host.”

Our friends Steve and John, whose garden we’ve written about several times, share an entry drive with Ron Barclay.  Along it are planted mature rhododendrons dating back to Clarke Nursery.

I well remember driving in here time and time again to shop at Steve Clarke's excellent nursery.

I well remember driving in here time and time again to shop at Steve Clarke’s excellent nursery.


along the entry drive

along the entry drive


Allan's photo:  plenty of parking on the lawn during tour events

Allan’s photo: plenty of parking on the lawn during tour events


From the road leading to Ron's house, we look north across the field and old irrigation pond which is part of Steve and John's property.

From the road leading to Ron’s house, we look north across the field and old irrigation pond which is part of Steve and John’s property.


looking north from the road to Steve and John's handsome trees

looking north from the road to Steve and John’s handsome trees


former offices of Clarke Nursery...

former offices of Clarke Nursery…


Former offices of Clarke Nursery, now a guest house.

…. now a guest house.


wiegela in bloom to our right

wiegela in bloom to our right


Japanese maple all aglow

Japanese maple all aglow


approaching the house

approaching the house

I could see Ron and a friend chatting on the patio and would love to have joined them for a moment, but we had to keep on schedule.

north end of the house

north end of the house


north end of house, view of Willapa Bay

north end of house, view of Willapa Bay


and a heron flies by

and a heron flies by


east side deck with bay view

east side deck with bay view

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east side garden

east side garden with hydrangea, Japanese maple, rhododendrons


Japanese maple and rhododendron

Japanese maple and rhododendron


a peachy rhodo

a peachy rhodo


looking back

looking back to the north


The lawn flows to the north right into Steve and John's bayside lawn and huckleberry grove.

The lawn flows to the north right into Steve and John’s bayside lawn and huckleberry grove.


south side of house

south side of house


pale pink aquilegias (columbine)

pale pink aquilegias (columbine)


SW corner of house

SW corner of house


rhodo flower

rhodo flower


looking past by an intoxicatingly fragrant lilac

looking back past by an intoxicatingly fragrant lilac


a tour guest strolling

a tour guest strolling


west side of house

west side of house

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Rhododendron ‘Naselle’

detail

Ron (right).

Ron (right).


We turn south to walk over to Steve and John's garden.

We turn south to walk over to Steve and John’s garden.

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  We admire bright new foliage on a Pieris aglow in the shade as we enter the grassy path to the neighboring garden of Steve and John.  

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

a reminder

Seaview rhododendrons

As we approached the first tour garden, rhododendrons along the road caught our eye.

at 38th and L just north of the Sou'wester

at 38th and L just north of the Sou’wester

I've always admired this house set back from the street.

I’ve always admired this house on K Place, set back from the street.

a row of pale pink rhodos on K Place

a row of pale pink rhodos on K Place

K and 39th

K and 39th

Pink flowers reflected

Pink flowers reflected

The old house above sits on the corner of 39th and K used to be a gathering place for a group of old women every summer.  They always hung a wooden sign on the porch that read “Bat Cave” and I used to sometimes be invited to sit with them.  I miss them all.  Their neighbours to the north, Tootie and Helen, lived across from each other and were best friends.  How I especially miss them.  Many years ago, in 1993, Dee Dee Rainbow visited us in Seaview and took this photo of her in Helen’s garden at 38th and K:

Dee Dee

Dee Dee Rainbow

Garden One:  Big Mama, Seaview

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

From the programme:  Local legend says this original 1886 Victorian Seaview home has the oldest Rhododendron on the Peninsula. Walk around to the backyard to greet “Big Mama.” With a 12″ diameter trunk and gorgeous blossoms, it will provide a unique garden delight. The owner, who is selling the home, has graciously agreed to be on the tour and to open house on the day of the tour for those who would like to peek inside this vintage charmer for another perspective of its star landscape feature. Drive or walk around this neighborhood of early Peninsula cottages to see more historic Rhododendrons.

"Charles Johnston house", photo by Kathleen Shaw

“Charles Johnston house”, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Allan entering the cottage

Allan approaching the cottage, built in 1866

Kathleen was already there and pretended it was her house"  "Come in in!"

Kathleen was already there and pretended it was her house” “Come in in!”

on the roof:  Allan's photo, a flying bird for Mr. Tootlepedal

on the roof: Allan’s photo, a flying bird for Mr. Tootlepedal

We are going to tour the inside of the cottage, as well, because who doesn’t love a beach cottage?  I fell in love the moment I walked in the door.  I think Allan was nervous that I was about to make an offer.  It was tempting, as I’ve always loved this little place from the outside, and I would love to live in Seaview…but not enough to leave my big sunny garden and the convenience of a one story home with garage.

by the front door

by the front door

living room fireplace

living room fireplace

fireplace

living room

living room

kerosene lamp

kerosene lamp (there’s wiring to hang an electrical lamp here)

closet under the stairs

closet under the stairs

bedroom off the living room

bedroom off the living room

bedroom

east bedroom window

east bedroom window

bedroom wall

bedroom wall

looking back to living room from kitchen door

looking back to living room from kitchen door

kitchen, photo borrowed from Pacific Realty

kitchen, photo borrowed from Pacific Realty

kitchen with north window

kitchen with north window

stove and a trash burner like my grandma used to have

stove and a trash burner like my grandma used to have

over the stove

over the stove

I so wanted to see what words were on the back of this mottoware pitcher, but it was too  high to safely reach.

I so wanted to see what words were on the back of this mottoware pitcher, but it was too high to safely reach.

kitchen corner

kitchen corner

kitchen looking west

kitchen looking west

real estate flyer

real estate flyer

Here is the listing, where as long as it is for sale, you can view more photos.

view of Big Mama out of west kitchen window

view of Big Mama out of west kitchen window

The story behind the rhododendron being called Big Mama is that when the children misbehaved, the mother of the house would have them sit in among the trunks of the huge old rhodie so that she could keep an eye on the them from while she worked in the kitchen.

Oh, the lovely clawfoot tub...

Oh, the lovely clawfoot tub…

sunporch with west and north windows

sunporch with west and north windows

west window of sun porch with view of Big Mama

west window of sun porch with view of Big Mama

Allan went up the narrow staircase and took some photos upstairs.

stairway, photo borrowed from Pacific Realty

stairway, photo borrowed from Pacific Realty

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Allan's photo

upstairs bedroom: I would have to put a railing along that opening!

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east window view

east window view

looking toward the west window

looking toward the west window

west window view of Big Mama

west window view of Big Mama

This view must be breathtaking when Big Mama is in bloom.

This view must be breathtaking when Big Mama is in bloom.

And now for the yard and the famous Big Mama herself.

view east from the porch

view east from the porch

north side arbor

north side arbor

two sheds in back garden

two sheds in back garden

Big Mama with Allan for scale

Big Mama with Allan for scale

She's bright pink when in bloom.

She’s bright pink when in bloom.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo with Kathleen and me

Allan’s photo with Kathleen and me

To the west: "The Double House"

To the west: “The Double House”

The little cottage watched over by Big Mama is going to be in my dreams for a long time.

More Rhododendrons in Seaview and south Long Beach

On the way to the next garden, we stopped many times to get photos for the Rhodie Driving Tour.

Allan's photo: right across the street from Big Mama:  This is why we don't like salal in a garden!

Allan’s photo: right across the street from Big Mama: This is why we don’t like salal in a garden!

My dear friends John and Val used to live in that house.

My dear friends John and Val used to live in that house.

K Place

K Place

lavender

flower

rhodies reflected

rhodies reflected

Seaview rhododendrons

Seaview rhododendrons

rhodies

salmon

flowers

 

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white

twored

peach

 

azalea

south Long Beach

south Long Beach

south Long Beach

south Long Beach

Allan noticed this classic beach cottage seating.

Allan noticed this classic beach cottage seating.

As we drove through north Long Beach, we could have stopped to photograph many more beautiful rhododendrons.  However, we realized that if we did, we would never get to all five remaining gardens on the tour.

Next:  Diana Canto’s garden

 

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Friday, 1 May 2015

We were down to the wire for getting Long Beach ready for parade day on Sunday.   Usually, we have Saturday afternoon after the Ilwaco parade to make one more go-round of Long Beach.  This year, I knew the Rhodie Tour would consume all of Saturday.

Before Long Beach, I wanted to get one more old trailing rosemary out of the Ilwaco planters.  To my horror, I realized they were already so dry that either we needed to water them today or on Sunday.  So as not to be worried about them all during Saturday, I decided on watering today.  We did not have time to get the water trailer organized so it had to be bucket watering; that takes at least 45 minutes less than using the water pump trailer but is much harder on aging backs.

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dry

Allan using up the water from a jug we carry with us in the van.

Allan using up the water from a jug we carry with us in the van.

We no longer have enough water buckets for this big project; this time, we would skip the street trees.

Filling buckets at the boatyard: We no longer have enough water buckets for this big project; this time, we would skip the street trees.

meanwhile....

meanwhile….

more bucket filling

more bucket filling

the Southern Cross looming overhead

the Southern Cross looming overhead

Having to bucket water was stressful, so we were squabbling from the get go today.  Some days are like that, as any couple who lives and works together would probably tell you.

After we got at least 2 gallons of water onto each of the 26 planters, we were able to head north.  The only thing standing between us and Long Beach was a quick check up on the garden at The Depot Restaurant.  There, we found the painters about to start.  To our surprise, one of them was the neighbour of our client Marilyn up in Surfside.  This makes sense when I think about it, because Marilyn is the mother of Nancy who co-owns the Depot.  (Nancy’s spouse, Michael, is the chef.)

The other painter, here about to pressure wash, was being very careful about the garden.

The other painter, here about to pressure wash, was being very careful about the garden.

We did not linger after deadheading a few narcissi.  Next up was a substantial clean up of the Long Beach welcome sign bed.  It was a mess.  Most of the May flowering tulips that I can usually count on to be in full bloom for parade weekend had already gone over due to our early spring (climate change or a one-off fluke?) and it was too early to plant annuals.

before

before

after.  We treat the tulips as annuals and yank them right out.

after. We treat the tulips as annuals and yank them right out.

The back of the sign still has some tulips in bloom.

The back of the sign still has some tulips in bloom.

In downtown Long Beach, I got my new wheelie cart, provided by blog reader MaryBeth, ready for its first use.  She told me that in the UK, such a cart is called a garden trolley.  As an anglophile I am adopting this usage so garden trolley it is from now on.

My trolley.

My trolley.

I was able to carry a jug of water, a heavy container of Sluggo, a weed bucket, my hand tools, a few plants, and eventually a full bucket of weeds.  The trolley was so perfectly balanced that even when weighed down with weeds, I could move it with two fingers and my thumb.  It made the job almost heavenly.  I want to find a pockety-thing to tie onto the top to hold small tools and maybe seed packets.

I would have been in a world of pain if I had had to carry a heavy bucket of weeds all around town.  Allan and I had split off into separate tasks; he was weeding all the parks, including the gardens at Veterans Field, while I did all the planters and street trees.

Herb N Legend Smoke Shop and a new tattoo parlor

Herb N Legend Smoke Shop and a new tattoo parlor

In front of the smoke shop:  Cerinthe major purpurascens

In front of the smoke shop: Cerinthe major purpurascens

The workers at the Herb N Legend smoke shop are among the  friendliest and nicest of any of the shopkeepers on our planter route. Other especially nice folks are at Captain Bob’s Chowder, the Hungry Harbor Grille, Wind World Kites, and of course NIVA green.

California poppy by the smoke shop

California poppy by the smoke shop.  Yes, the damnable COLD north wind was blowing something fierce.

Sparaxis by the smoke shop

Sparaxis by the smoke shop

and Narcissus 'Baby Moon'

and Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’

Last night, driving through town to go to dinner at the Cove, I sang a little song to Baby Moon thanking it for still being in bloom for parade weekend.  It started so early this year that I was sure it would all be done by now.  About one third of the Baby Moons are still blooming.

The little dog who is the mascot of the smoke shop likes to delicately pick snails and bugs out of the planter.  He treats the plants carefully and is an excellent helper.

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my little camera shy friend

The planters all took much longer than I thought to remove every little weed.  By the time I got to the southernmost one, I was grateful to be able to nip in to use the loo at Northwest Financial, the business owned by our friend Shelly Pollock (who spearheads the Grass Roots Garbage Gang beach clean ups).  If you live locally, and need any help sorting out your ACA medical insurance, her assistance is invaluable and free.

Northwest Financial and Insurance

Northwest Financial and Insurance, and a rhododendron

tiny cupped narcissi...my favourite...still in bloom in front of Kompton's Mini Mart.

tiny cupped narcissi…my favourite…still in bloom in front of Kompton’s Mini Mart.

Tulip 'Florette' still blooming.

Tulip ‘Florette’ still blooming.

Florette is a star this year.

Florette is a star this year.

Asphodel going strong in Fifth Street Park

Asphodel going strong in Fifth Street Park

Allan was still toiling at Fifth Street Park.  I helped a bit, and he moved on to the parks on Third Street.  I planted some fill in sweet pea seeds at the back of the northwest quadrant.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Captain Bob's Chowder

Captain Bob’s Chowder

across from the carousel: windblown Tulip 'Akebono' barely holding on

across from the carousel: windblown Tulip ‘Akebono’ barely holding on.  You can see the flag blowing straight out in 20 mph the north wind.  Brrrr.

The only thing I do not like about living at the beach is the accursed cold wind.  My friends who are sailors are able to appreciate it.

Because I’m working on a “Rhodie Driving Tour” album for the Music in the Gardens Tour Facebook page, I got some photos of the rhododendrons in the parks at 3rd Street.

SW corner of park

SW corner of park

This big bright red one has bloomed and dropped its petals.

This big bright red one has bloomed and dropped its petals.

The parks department wants me to prune that rhodo, above, down to the height of the fence and I do. not. want. to do it.

 

Northwest corner behind the gazebo

Northwest corner behind the gazebo

with the new river rock landscaping

with the new river rock landscaping

from across the street, looking west at those two rhododendron lined parks

from across the street, looking west at those two rhododendron lined parks

behind me as I took the previous photo: Lewis and Clark square

behind me as I took the previous photo: Lewis and Clark square

The wall encircling the back of Lewis and Clark Square has a plaque for the places the explorers visited.

The wall encircling the back of Lewis and Clark Square has  plaques for the places the explorers visited.

Allan was far enough ahead of me to now to have already weeded the little park behind the wall.

Allan was far enough ahead of me to now to have already weeded the little park behind the wall.

He had found a bird nest in one of the shrubs (Allan's photo)

He had found a bird nest in one of the shrubs (Allan’s photo)

behind the wall, viewed from across the street by Veterans Field

behind the wall, viewed from across the street by Veterans Field

flower detail (Allan's photo)

flower detail (Allan’s photo)

street planter by Lewis and Clark Square, lots of little violas have reseeded

street planter by Lewis and Clark Square, lots of little violas have reseeded

In about a week, we will begin the annuals planting of all these street planters.  I thought of planting some diascias this week and then thought why? when plants along the edge would likely be sat upon during the parade.

As I worked my way north, I saw something mighty cute in the window of the Cottage Bakery.

cats

kittycar

I checked out the new location of Home at the Beach, now inside the Sandpiper Mall just south of the pharmacy.

Home at the Beach's new shop

Home at the Beach’s new shop

inside the tiny mall, a bench with a touching memorial plaque

inside the tiny mall, a bench with a touching memorial plaque

bench

Across the street, I noticed and ignored, for now, a big weedy sedge that has snuck in under the street trees.

I did not have a tool strong enough to remove the weedy sedge.  Next week, its time will come.

I did not have a tool strong enough to remove the weedy sedge. Next week, its time will come.  It has comouflaged itself among narciss and schizostylis.

Geranium 'A.T. Johnson' redeeming itself under a street tree.  It's one of the plants I have gone off over the years due to its weedy habits.

Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ redeeming itself under a street tree. It’s one of the plants I have gone off over the years due to its weedy habits.

in the window of the Long Beach Pharmacy

in the window of the Long Beach Pharmacy  (Chemist, in the UK)

Helianthemum 'Wisley Pink' about to bloom with a red leaved Armeria

a pink Helianthemum  about to bloom with a red leaved Armeria in a street planter by the stoplight

Across from Dennis Company in the northernmost block

Across from Dennis Company in the northernmost block with Tulip ‘Formosa’

By the time I got to the final block, Allan had finished the City Hall gardens and Coulter Park’s street side gardens and was helping to finish the planters.  The tulip ‘Formosa’ is in some places just starting to bloom.  I planted lots of it this year, but clearly not enough.

As we prepare to drive off, I notice a bright deciduous azalea behind the Coulter Park historic train depot.

As we prepare to drive off, I notice a bright deciduous azalea behind the Coulter Park historic train depot.

Our very last task, as the sun was about to set, was to check on the planters on the Bolstadt beach approach.

one of the beach planters

one of the beach planters with two heights of armeria (sea thrift)

On the way home we had a look at the sunset from the Seaview beach approach road near the Depot Restaurant.

sunset over a monkey tree

sunset over a monkey tree

One last rhododendron photo in Seaview, just south of the Sou'wester Lodge.

One last rhododendron photo in Seaview, just south of the Sou’wester Lodge.

Back when the house above belonged to an elderly artist named Marge Horner, I used to mow her lawn and clean for her occasionally.  I miss her.

All our parade and tour preparations were as done as they could be, and we could collapse and look forward to the rhodie tour tomorrow.  We would miss the Saturday Ilwaco parade because of the rhodie tour.  Because of needing time at home, we would skip the Sunday parade.  You can enjoy last year’s parade here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 7 March 2015

Because Seaside gardener Pam Fleming was on the Peninsula for a consultation, we were all (Pam, me, Allan) invited to lunch at Steve and John’s and a late winter tour of their garden on the bay.  You may remember it from previous posts such as “A Bayside Garden” “Bayside Garden in Springtime“, “A Bayside Garden Interlude“. “September in the Bayside Garden” and “McCormick-Stephens Garden” (on the garden tour).

On the way north, I admired our pot of tulips at the Ilwaco post office…

starring Tulip sylvestris

starring Tulip sylvestris

and we stopped at the Basket Case as they had their first shipment of perennials for the year…

Basket Case, the perennial greenhouse

Basket Case, the perennial greenhouse

including some plants that I especially admire:

Viola 'Etain'

Viola ‘Etain’

Hebe 'Boughton Dome'

Hebe ‘Boughton Dome’

Stachys 'Primrose Heron'

Stachys ‘Primrose Heron’

Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

and three cultivars of santolina.

and three cultivars of santolina.

And then on to lunch with people I admire.

John and Steve’s Bayside Garden

When we arrived at the entry drive, I had Allan drop me off so I could take some photos of the sweep of red twig dogwoods along the lower driveway.

Cornus alba

Cornus alba

cornus

cornusalba

I walked up the long drive, cheating by getting an advance peek of the plants alongside it.

an early blooming rhododendron

an early blooming rhododendron

an edgeworthia that aroused envy because mine died...

an edgeworthia that aroused envy because mine died…

a freshly mulched bed

a freshly mulched bed

Allan's photo of me taking the above photo

Allan’s photo of me taking the above photo (I think)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the top of the driveway

the top of the driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Coral Bark maples by the front door

Coral Bark maples by the front door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I carried in a bouquet of hellebores and a few narcissi.

a fistful of hellebores

a fistful of hellebores (Allan’s photo)

Me and John, who was putting the final touches on dessert.

Me and John, who was putting the final touches on dessert.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Pam had already arrived.  We found her sitting with Steve in the living room talking plants.

pam

After some coffee and plant talk, lunch was served.  Chef Steve had prepared spicy prawns and salsa to be rolled in butter lettuce.

lunch

John takes a seat.  The view is of Willapa Bay.

The second course was orange beef, as good as a fine Thai restaurant.

The second course was orange beef, as good as a fine Thai restaurant.

John had baked a scrumptious coconut buttermilk cake.

John had baked a scrumptious coconut buttermilk cake.

After more coffee, and interesting talk about plants, and garden shows, and the Sylvia Beach Hotel, and about Chess and Mani, the purebred border collies, we emerged into the chilly afternoon sunshine to tour the garden.

the coral bark maple

one of the coral bark maples

Allan's photo: the stroll begins

Allan’s photo: the stroll begins

Sweet scent wafted from this Osmanthus.

Sweet scent wafted from this Osmanthus.

closer

closer

and from this nearby Daphne

and from this nearby Daphne

closer

closer

I envied the handsome Euphorbia 'Tasmanian Tiger' as...mine plotzed.

I envied the handsome Euphorbia ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ as…mine plotzed.  It’s backed with Pieris, and the Daphne is to the top right.

Pam and I admiring the Euphorbia, Allan's photo

Pam and I admiring the Euphorbia, Allan’s photo

Steve and John had just replanted tender succulents, sent by a California friend, on their pumphouse roof.

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John gives a sense of scale as we worry over cold nights.

John gives a sense of scale as we worry over cold nights.

We begin our walk through the shady garden down to the sunny field to the west.

On the way: Ribes sanguineum (flowering currant)

On the way: Ribes sanguineum (flowering currant)

closer

closer

The garden holds a large collection of young rhododendrons, along with old well established ones.

The garden holds a large collection of young rhododendrons, along with old well established ones.

Backlighting for a cryptomeria.

Backlighting for a cryptomeria.

I thought I heard this IDed as Cryptomeria arachnoides...like a spider...but I find it as Araucarioides...I guess.  Pam says it gets big.

I thought I heard this IDed as Cryptomeria arachnoides…like a spider…but I find it as Araucarioides…I guess. Pam says it gets big.

a baby rhodo, with boot for scale (accidentally)

a baby rhodo ‘Queen Bee’, with boot for scale (accidentally)

Rhodendron 'Ever Red'

Rhodendron ‘Ever Red’

Camellia 'Brushfield's Yellow'

Camellia ‘Brushfield’s Yellow’

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Pam and John (Allan's photo)

Pam and John (Allan’s photo)

Rhododendron fletcherianum

Steve and John identified Rhododendron fletcherianum, the one I had admired on the way in

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We all admired its corky bark.

We all admired its corky bark.

The irrigation pond for the old Clarke Nursery, which used to be on this and the neighbouring property.

The irrigation pond for the old Clarke Nursery, which used to be on this and the neighbouring property.

We all strolled along the big sunny field southwest of the pond, as Pam was proposing ideas for how to best landscape it.  I came up with one idea: a sweep of Stipa gigantea somewhere.

sunny field

Pam, Steve, and John

A metasequoia that was supposed to have one leader.

A metasequoia that was supposed to have one leader, but has decided to do its own thing.

Pam says this Leptospermum from Xera Plants will get large.

Pam says this silver Leptospermum from Xera Plants will get large.  (There’s a boot for scale again!)

Allan's photo: Every plant is admired, and some are caressed.

Allan’s photo: Every plant is admired, and some are caressed.

newish beds to the north of the pond

newish beds to the north of the pond

Pam and John discussing the field, with Genista in the foreground.

Pam and John discussing the field, with Genista in the foreground.

I asked yet again for the name of this tree: Cupresses 'Blue Ice'

I asked yet again for the name of this tree: Cupressus ‘Blue Ice’

Closer; I do wish I had room for trees like this.

Closer; I do wish I had room for trees like this.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another leptospermum

another leptospermum

I love the way Pam gets tactile with the plants.

I love the way Pam gets tactile with the plants.  (Allan’s photo)

I've admired her Seaside, Oregon gardens for so long that I sort of see her like this, an image captured by Allan.

I’ve admired her Seaside, Oregon gardens for so long that I see her like this image captured by Allan.

As we walked back to the house, we admired a reddish Pieris in the distance, through the glade of old rhododendrons.

telephoto brought it closer

telephoto brought it closer

I wish I had thought to take photos of the many tree roots, humped out of the ground and coated with moss.  I noticed them later, on departure, driving away when picture time was over.  You can get a hint of it at the bottom of the above photo.

We went back into the house for some more visiting, and when we left at almost dusk the garden by the house glowed in the early evening light.

dusk

dusk

that enviable euphorbia

There’s that enviable euphorbia again.

The rhododendrons hold their leaves partly closed in winter, for protection.

The rhododendrons hold their leaves partly closed in winter, for protection.

I always feel like I’ve entered a marvelous other world when I visit this garden, so different from mine (which is more full of fiddly little things).

On the way home, I got that anxious after-social feeling that I had talked too much about certain border collies and Long Beach work and decided I was lucky to get asked out at all.  Therefore, I was especially delighted when Pam pulled up behind us and asked to tour our garden, as well.  We had a pleasant walk around before dusk.

Next: Allan and I have different ways to enjoy a day off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

I decided we should go back to Long Beach and do some pruning that parks manager Mike Kitzman had requested.  On the way, we chopped the ornamental grasses at

The Depot Restaurant

before

before, grasses on east side of dining deck

after

after

Allan did the grass chopping while I weeded in the other beds.

Rosemary and chives bed before tidying

Rosemary and chives bed before tidying

and after

and after

The rosemary looks so much happier since I fertilized them with Dr Earth all purpose fertilizer last year.  Will do so again in springtime.

north flower bed

north flower bed

Long Beach

First on the agenda: Long Beach city hall

west side of city hall, before

west side of city hall, before

and after cutting down Sedumn 'Autumn Joy' and variegated miscanthus

and after cutting down Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and weeding

I’d cut the tall ornamental Miscanthus variegatus late last fall to keep it from flopping forward onto the sidewalk.  That certainly made “spring” clean up easier.

north side city hall: Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant' is blooming mighty early

north side city hall: Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ is blooming mighty early

city hall pulmonaria in bloom

city hall pulmonaria (spotted dog, lungwort) in bloom

and a hellebore, which caused a sensation with some passersby.  "What is that plant?!"

and a hellebore, which caused a sensation with some passersby. “What is that plant?!”

Allan chopped the last three big Miscanthus in Fifth Street Park.

before

before

after

after

I did some weeding under the nearby street trees and had a bad moment while tackling a little-ish street tree bed that was horribly over run with creeping sorrel.  There was so much of it.  And as I pulled and pulled I suddenly thought of all the weeds waiting for us at Andersen’s RV Park and thought “Argh, I just can’t do this anymore.”  My legs hurt and at all seemed like too much work still looming in the future.  The moment passed.

We decided to not prune the big hydrangea in the Fifth Street Park yet but to instead do the ones by the Long Beach Tavern a block north.  They are more visible and look uglier right now.  Also, the crew was about to install some new benches.

Park by LBT, before pruning

Park by LBT, before pruning

and after

and after

I picked up about 30 cigarette butts that tavern patrons drop over the fence even though they have BUCKETS on THEIR side of the fence along with SIGNS saying not to litter.  Also straws, a beer bottle, and other litter.

I’d ask Allan to limb up a big rhododendron that was overhanging the lawn.  Parks manager Mike wants the rhododendrons lowered; I had asked him to let us wait till after the May 2 Peninsula Rhododendron tour and he had agreed.  Limbing up lost some flowers but will keep the crew happy as they will be able to mow.

A rhodo too wide for its spot

A rhodo too wide for its spot

Allan did an excellent job.

Allan did an excellent job.

(My solution would have been to widen the bed and let the rhodo do what it wants to do.  Less lawn is almost always a good thing, in my opinion.)

I do not WANT to lower the rhododendrons.  They WANT to be tall.

rhodos

This one is the tallest and it has not much middle layer of growth so is just going to look bad when cut:

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These, in the corner, look just fine the way they are.

These, in the corner, look just fine the way they are.

It makes me CRABBY to have to prune them.  I think they look fine the way they are and I do not want to make them fence height.

feeling very crabby indeed about the prospect of downsizing the rhododendrons

feeling very crabby indeed about the prospect of downsizing the rhododendrons

One of the tavern regulars said he thought it would look so great to have the big rhodos cut to fence height.  Why?  Why would that be an improvement? I asked him.  It would look so neat, he said, as in tidy.

This is why when some rhodos died, I successfully campaigned to replace them with the hydrangeas, which bloom lengthily in summer (when more tourists are here) and which can be easily kept to “fence height”.

Then we were off to City Works with a second load of debris.

Then we were off to City Works with a second load of debris.

Soon we will limb of the rhododendrons on the gazebo side of the park.

Soon we will limb of the rhododendrons on the gazebo side of the park.

Later we are supposed to make those short, as well.  Agh.

Bill’s Birthday at the Cove

We just had time to go home, drop the trailer off, change clothes and head back out again for a birthday dinner at the Cove Restaurant.  This marked our return to Thursday nights at the Cove, our favourite meal of the week.  (They were closed for dinner in January.)

Bill and Susie are good friends of ours and also gardening clients; they own the Boreas Inn (whose spring garden clean up we have not yet begun).

Allan's photo of part of the gathering

Allan’s photo of part of the gathering

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There was much excitement and discussion when the delicious food came.  For one thing, we are all eagerly anticipating when Chi and Jim (left) open their new sandwich café in Ilwaco; they already operate the very fine Serious Pizza at Ilwaco’s Cape Disappointment State Park.

Although I usually cannot resist the seared ahi tuna, I had the Thai Beef Vegetable Coconut Red Curry Soup.

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my delicious soup

my delicious soup

The diner across from me had the ahi tuna....looking as delectable as always.

The diner across from me had the ahi tuna….looking as delectable as always.

Allan had the Jamaican jerk chicken sandwich.

Allan had the Jamaican jerk chicken sandwich.

We had just a taste of the tiramisu dessert as we had eaten a plentiful dinner.

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In fact, I took home some of my soup and had it much later while watching a Ruth Rendell mystery on DVD.

I think back to a quotation that I found in The Year of Reading Dangerously:

I sometimes feel like Nietzche in Ecce Homo, feeling it appropriate to give an account of his dietary habits…convinced that nothing that concerns him could be entirely without interest“.  Michel Houllebecq, Public Enemies.

Next: more Long Beach on Friday.

 

 

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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

(January outings, part three)

Garden Tour Nancy and I spend a spontaneous afternoon checking out a garden for the first ever Peninsula Rhododendron Tour.  Under the auspices of Water Music Festival, the tour, which is being organized by Nancy and by Steve and John of the Bayside garden, will take place on May 2nd.

eggs from Nancy's flock

eggs from Nancy’s flock

Nancy arrived with some eggs from her chooks and then drove us all the way up to Surfside for lunch at the Great Day Café.  Although it’s one of my favourites, I don’t get there often as it is the furthest away café from us on the Peninsula.

It's in the parking lot overlooking the Surfside Golf Course

It’s in the parking lot overlooking the Surfside Golf Course

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view to the east

view to the east

menu cover with map

menu cover with map by Artist Don Nisbett

"Keep calm, I'm making your lunch."

Chef Steve Pollock: “Keep calm, I’m making your lunch.”

steve

soup du jour: chicken, leek, and apple

soup du jour: chicken, leek, and apple

We had our soup at one of the two counters, from which we had a view of Steve cooking.  Then, as the place cleared out from a bit of a lunch crowd, we were able to get the corner table.

table

I had the special salad....

I had the special salad….

with a delicious lime dressing.

with a delicious lime dressing.

And then, off to preview of a garden which will very probably (I’d say for sure, but I’m not the organizer) be on the Rhododendron Tour.

Nahcotta Rhododendron Garden

We were welcomed by Mike, the owner, and two of his three dogs.

Bruce and I immediately became friends.

Bruce, a quiet and friendly mini-pin Chihuahua mix, and I immediately became friends.

Camper warmed up just a little bit more slowly.

Camper warmed up just a little bit more slowly.

Camper and "the one ball he won't lose".

Camper and “the one ball he won’t lose”.

Nancy and Mike entering the gate.

Nancy and Mike entering the gate.

the back deck

The back deck….

...overlooks this pond.

…overlooks this pond.

Nancy and Mike were joined by a third dog, Riley.

Nancy and Mike were joined by a third dog, Riley.

Riley and Bruce

Riley and Bruce

Join us as all six of us stroll the path ar0und the pond.

Camellia on north side of pond

Camellia on north side of pond

pink petals in the water

pink petals in the water

Bruce, north side of pond

Bruce, north side of pond, and a variegated Ilex

Riley and the variegated Ilex

Riley and the variegated Ilex

West side of pond

West side of pond

looking east over the pond.  The camellia is to the left.

looking east over the pond. The camellia is to the left.

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camellia

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Camper paused for a lie down while we all talked about the garden.

Camper paused for a lie down while we all talked about the garden.

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Bruce, Riley, and Camper on the south bank of the pond

Bruce, Riley, and Camper on the south bank of the pond

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Next to the south side path, a mahonia in bloom was surely popular with hummingbirds.

Mahonia

Mahonia

Mahonia

Mahonia

Mike told us that between owners, much of the garden had gotten so overgrown that you could barely see the banks of the pond.

from the south side

from the south side

path leading to the house garden

path leading to the house garden

a narrow-leaved rhodo

a narrow-leaved rhodo

Because this used to be a collectors nursery, one where I bought plants in 1993, it has choice and rare specimens throughout the garden.

two rhododendrons

two rhododendrons

a tiny pond with convincing artifical koi

a tiny pond with convincing artifical koi

pond

a cotoneaster right by the house

a cotoneaster right by the house

sinuous trunks

sinuous trunks

We were invited into the house by Mike and his wife. Bonnie, to look at old plans of the garden.  It had been rich in an understory of collectible perennials but most had been lost to neglect during years when the property was between owners.

I clearly remembered a feature of the house that I loved when I saw the garden on tour in 2007:

a river rock channel just inside the front door.

a river rock channel just inside the front door.

Mike had a stunning selection of photos from later in the year when the rhodos are in bloom.  Here are some of his photos of the garden at its peak:

entry drive

entry drive

with good dog Riley

with good dog Riley

with Camper

with Camper

layers of colour

layers of colour

dazzlers

hot dazzlers

cool

cool

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Of course, they all bloom at different times and so we are hoping that May 2 this year will be a good time to see an assortment at their peak at the various gardens that will be featured on the tour.

I’ve been thinking about the three wonderful dogs as much as I’ve been thinking about the glorious pond and garden.

Next: we return to work for just one day.

 

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival

McCormick-Stephens Garden

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I did not take as many photos as I would have liked to do this wonderful garden justice, as I was hobbling around and eventually I just sat on the east side patio and listened to the music and had delicious snacks.  Meanwhile, Allan was helping out with something over at the Barclay garden and only got a few photos himself.  Fortunately, we have visited the garden before….and Garden Tour Nancy collected some extra photos for me from herself and another photographer, and I got some from Kathleen Shaw and Pam Fleming, who were touring in a different order than Allan and I.  Kathleen now has a vacation cottage here and traveled from the Olympia area for the tour.  Pam is the gardener for Seaside, Oregon and runs the fabulous Back Alley Gardens nursery in Gearhart, Oregon, a source for many cool plants in this garden.

I did make it though the whole garden, though, just not with as much close attention as it deserves.  Because of my excuse of mobility issues, I have also filled in a bit with some photos from earlier visits.

True plant nerds can drop to the bottom of this post for the amazing list of plants in the garden.

It was possible to simply stroll across the bayside lawn from Barclay’s to Steve and John’s garden; both gardens were part of the vastness that was once Clarke Nursery:

The lawn below the deck sweeps across the bayfront in a smooth transition to the garden to the south, which was also on the tour.

The lawn below Barclay’s east side deck across the bayfront in a smooth transition to Steve and John’s garden.

Steve and John's garden map

Steve and John’s garden map

As best as I can, I’ll number the photos for those who wish to refer to the excellent map.  Any mix up in numbering is mine alone.

The trees and shrubs collected by these two CPNs (certified plant nuts) come from all over the Northwest; I do know that some of them come from our local collectors’ nursery, Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.  (Owner Pam Fleming provided some photos for this blog entry.)

I first entered through a path from Barclay’s south side garden to Steve and John’s kitchen garden.

a peek from the Barclay garden to Steve and John's garden just next door to the south.

a peek from the Barclay garden to Steve and John’s garden just next door to the south.

the kitchen garden

(4) the kitchen garden

Garden Tour Nancy's kitchen garden photo

Garden Tour Nancy’s kitchen garden photo

photo by Nancy Allen, who loves kitchen garden

photo by Nancy Allen, who loves kitchen gardens

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

to my right as I walked toward the house

(12) to my right as I walked toward the house

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

flowers

garden area 12

young trees and shrubs intermingle with established shrubs from the old nursery that was here.

(6) young trees and shrubs intermingle with established shrubs from the old nursery that was here.

Chamaecypris pisifera compressa, photo by Pam Fleming

Chamaecyparis pisifera compressa, photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

lots of gold foliage glowing in the mixed borders

(6) lots of gold foliage and well thought out shapes glowing in the mixed borders northwest of the house

shrubs

garden area  6 (upper rhody grove)

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Pam Fleming

photo by Dwight Caswell

photo by Dwight Caswell

sculpture by the front door

sculpture by the front door

elegance in design to the east of the house

(2) elegance in design to the east of the house; between two wings is a rainwater swale

Allan's photo, between the two wings of the house

Allan’s photo, between the two wings of the house

looking north from just west of the house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

looking north from just west of the house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

on the south side of the driveway

(3) on the south side of the driveway

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Dwight Caswell

photo by Dwight Caswell

Around the south side of the house, a path built by landscaper Steve Clarke makes an easy transition for wheelbarrowing mulch.

This area used to be a rougher descent; Steve Clarke solved the problem.

This area used to be a rougher descent; Steve Clarke solved the problem.

Willapa view covered patio, Sept 2013

Willapa view covered patio, Sept 2013

from Sept 2013: the dell below the patio with native Evergreen Huckleberry

a meticulously tended native landscape

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Pam Fleming:  Steve and John with garden guests

photo by Pam Fleming: Steve and John with garden guests

photo by Pam Fleming

John and Steve with…Lisa??  photo by Pam Fleming

My goodness, that certainly looks like our good friend Lisa of the hydrangea house!!

Wilho Saari playing the kantele.

Music in the Gardens: Wilho Saari playing the kantele on the east side patio.

Steve and John had specifically suggested Wilho Saari, a fifth-generation Finnish-American player of the kantele, the Finnish psaltery.  John’s Finnish heritage made it extra special to have Wilho be the featured musician.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan bought Wilho's CD

Allan bought Wilho’s CD

Allan's photo of tour guests who arrived from across the bayside lawn

Allan’s photo of tour guests who arrived from across the bayside lawn; in red is Water Music Festival board member Rita Nicely (whose garden has been on the tour before, I think in 2008).

John and a garden tour guest

John and Ann Goldeen, garden show host from KMUN community radio; the drink (soon replenished) was a delicious blueberry lemonade.

I was suddenly called back over to the Barclay garden for a tour-related question, and when I returned to Steve and John’s garden, I entered by a different way, down by the pond far to the west of the house.

north side of pond (garden area 11)

northwest side of pond (garden area 11-ish)

garden area 11, north side of pond

garden area 11, north side of pond

garden area 11 (which was being planted in Sept of '13, as I recall)

garden area 11 (which was being planted in Sept of ’13, as I recall)

garden area 11

garden area 11

garden area 11

garden area 11

as I walk around the pond (area 13)

Looking up into a mountain ash (Sorbus) as I walk around the pond (area 13)

You can just glimpse the shed, which is in area 8, I believe.

You can just glimpse the shed, which is in area 8, I believe.

hydrangeas, north of the driveway turn, including the dark leaved 'Plum Passion'

hydrangeas, north of the driveway turn, including the dark leaved ‘Plum Passion’ (9 or 10)

8, the holly/fern grove

8, the holly/fern grove

looking to the Cryptomeria grove (10?)

looking west to the Cryptomeria grove (10?)

Styrax japonicus 'Momo Shidare' (Weeping Pink Japanese Snowbell), photo by Dwight Caswell

Styrax japonicus ‘Momo Shidare’ (Weeping Pink Japanese Snowbell), photo by Dwight Caswell

the holly/fern grove

the holly/fern grove

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Acer palmatum 'Peaches and Cream' (Peaches and Cream Japanese Maple)

Acer palmatum ‘Peaches and Cream’ (Peaches and Cream Japanese Maple), photo by Pam Fleming

looking east to the house through the lower rhody grove (to the left)

looking east to the house through the lower rhody grove (to the left)

The large rhododendrons date back to Clarke Nursery.

looking east through the rhody groves

looking east through the rhody groves

We were fortunate to have visited this garden in springtime when many of the rhododenrons were in bloom.

lower rhody grove

lower rhody grove with huckleberries, as well

approaching the house via the long driveway

approaching the house via the long driveway

Who should I see but my friend Carol Clearman, with her daughter and grand daughter!

Who should I see but my friend Carol Clearman, with her daughter and grand daughter!

garden area 2 (west of house) again

garden area 2 (west of house) again

the path to the north around the kitchen garden (area 4)

the path to the north around the kitchen garden (area 4)

Allan's photo, looking northwest over the kitchen garden

Allan’s photo, looking northwest over the kitchen garden

in the corner of the kitchen garden, photo by Dwight Caswell

Ulmus x hollanida ‘Wredei’ (golden elm) in the corner of the kitchen garden, photo by Dwight Caswell

and back to the east side patio where a friend of Steve and John's was replenishing the berry lemonade.

and back to the east side patio where a friend of Steve and John’s was replenishing the blueberry lemonade.

Blueberry Lemonade

Blend:

1 cup lemon juice (bottled is fine)

6 oz. blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1/2 cup sugar

Add 3 cups water and ice

Voila!

delicious refreshments

delicious refreshments

and more, which were continually replenished by our gracious hosts.

and more (carmelized onions on crostini were simply delicious), which were continually replenished by our gracious hosts.

The garden tour menu was:

Skewered pepper jack cheese, cherry tomato and fresh basil.

Crostini with caramelized onion and crumbled Gorgonzola.

Hard salami, cream cheese, and arugula wraps.  Warm beef meatballs.  Salmon spread with crackers.  Grapes.  Hot coffee with ginger snaps.

photo by Nancy Allen of John and a tour guest

photo by Nancy Allen of John and Wilho Saari’s wife, Kaisa

Nancy Allen's photo

Nancy Allen’s photo

A member of the Mozart Chicks had finished playing at the Goelz garden, just down the road, and was listening to Wilho Saari with rapt attention.

A member of the Mozart Chicks had finished playing at the Goelz garden, just down the road, and was listening to Wilho Saari with rapt attention.

More plant photos by Pam Fleming and Nancy Allen:

Asclepias Curassavica 'Apollo  Orange' (Scarlet Milkweed)

Asclepias Curassavica ‘Apollo Orange’ (Scarlet Milkweed)

Penisetum setaceum var rubrum (Red Feather Grass)

Penisetum setaceum var rubrum (Red Feather Grass)

Chamaecypris obtusa 'Lemon Twist' (Lemon Twist Hinoki Cypress)

Chamaecypris obtusa ‘Lemon Twist’ (Lemon Twist Hinoki Cypress)

Chamaecypris pisifera compressa (Blue Moss Cypress), photo by Pam Fleming

Chamaecypris pisifera compressa (Blue Moss Cypress), photo by Pam Fleming

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake', photo by Dwight Caswell

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’, photo by Nancy Allen

Hydrangea quercifolia 'Snowflake', photo by Dwight Caswell

Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’, photo by Nancy Allen

At a little before three, I realized that we simply must move on as there were two more gardens to see and I knew that the next one would take awhile to tour as it would be all new to Allan, so we took our leave.

I hope to get back to this garden later this year for some fall colour (a hint to Steve and John!) and get some better plant photos of their wide selection of collectors’ trees and shrubs.

The Plant List

…is  a work in progress, which has not been edited for publication, so there are still likely changes/corrections/additions to be made.  Any wobble in the formatting is mine from making  screenshots of the document.

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Wow.  This has certainly inspired me to think about going out and cataloging my own garden so that I stop losing track of plant names!

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McCormick-Stephens Garden

Consider this your first sneak preview of the Music in the Garden tour, 2014! The Barclay garden will be on the tour again, and Mr. Barclay suggested that his neighbours’ garden also be included. Said neighbours invited tour organizer Nancy Allen to visit and I got to accompany her. We both agreed the garden and the visit were an 11 (or more) on a scale of 1-10.

halfway up the entry drive

halfway up the entry drive

The property is five acres. Stephen and John have been developing the garden for only a few years. The land is part of the former Clarke family properties which means there already was a collection of old rhododendrons in place. Stephen and John have gotten to know plantsman and rhodo expert Steve Clarke who can identify every shrub and tree. The new owners are well versed in shrubs and trees themselves, much more so than I am! Any mistakes in plant names here are mine alone.

When the entry road was being built, the men with heavy equipment wanted to remove a tree that was in its path. It was a favourite kind of tree of Stephen and John and instead they had the road curve around it.

Thujopsis dolabrata

Thujopsis dolabrata

first glimpse of the house

first glimpse of the house

The house was designed by local architect Erik Fagerland, who has shared a slideshow of it here.

house

A courtyard between two wings collected runoff from the roofs. The architect believes gutters spoil the lines of the house, so the rocky swale is the solution.

courtyard and water collection swale

courtyard and water collection swale

The owners told us that sometimes the swale is not enough to process all the water. It just occurs to me as I post this photo: I wonder if it were planted with some cool water absorbing grasses, would it handle heavy rains better and still retain this clean, open look?

courtyard

courtyard

west end of courtyard garden

west end of courtyard garden

I loved the garage doors and rate them the most gorgeous garage doors I have ever seen. They are made of a special sort of glass.

I didn't even know this was possible, but Googling showed me many images.

I didn’t even know this was possible, but Googling showed me many images of doors like these.

In a bed to the west of the house are three beautifully displayed small rhododendrons with soft indumentum under the leaves.

indumentum

indumentum