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We continue to publish twice daily so that we won’t fall a month behind.  Here is garden 5 of the 24 that we saw over three days.

Friday, 24 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden five: woodland, lavender, kitchen garden

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from the road

from the road

entering through a planted meadow

entering through a planted meadow

The woodland garden comes first.

The woodland garden comes first.

I turned to the left to explore the woodland garden, on the uphill side of the house.

Most shade gardens on this tour had perfect hostas.

Most shade gardens on this tour had perfect hostas.

Later on the tour, I commented to our friend Ann about the perfection of the hostas, compared to our sad snail-bitten ones.  She said that most locals would have bought them from Sebright Nursery (which we would visit later) and would be taking specially good care of them since they were purchased from friends.

in the woodland

in the woodland

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If I could grow hostas like this, I would have one of every kind.

If I could grow hostas like this, I would have one of every kind.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Here is the campanula that Our Kathleen recently told me is a runner. Looks like she is right.

Here is the campanula that Our Kathleen recently told me is a runner. Looks like she is right.  I’d be happy if mine turns out to be as vigorous.

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Allan's photo: He liked the faucets appearing with frequency along the fenceline.

Allan’s photo: He liked the faucets appearing with frequency along the fence line.

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These few railingless steps to the deck daunted me. Perhaps I could find another way up there.

These few railingless steps to the deck daunted me. Perhaps I could find another way up there.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

path leading out of the woodland

river birch path leading out of the woodland

river birch path

river birch path

on the way to the vegetable garden

on the way to the vegetable garden

looking back to the woodland garden

looking back to the woodland garden

the enclosed kitchen garden

the enclosed kitchen garden

The house and lavender bank is to my right.

The house and lavender bank is to my right as I walk downhill to the veg garden.

from the entry gate

from the entry gate

inside the veg garden with new beds laid out

inside the veg garden with new beds laid out

spent poppies

spent poppies

red rocks in the berry patch

red rocks in the berry patch

purple sage (Allan's photo)

purple sage (Allan’s photo)

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The yard sloped down steeply past the veg garden.  I overheard the owner say he had tipped the tractor twice while trying to develop the lot.

debris pile

debris pile

the other gate to the kitchen garden

the other gate to the kitchen garden

at the top of that gate

at the top of that gate

looking down on the veg terrace carved out of the sloping lawn

looking down on the veg terrace carved out of the sloping lawn

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a flowery walk to the veg garden

a flowery walk to the veg garden

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This grass is used all down one side of the property.

This grass is used all down one side of the property.

perennial borders on the other side of the estate from the river birch walk

perennial borders on the other side of the estate from the river birch walk

There's Allan photographing the lavender bank.

There’s Allan photographing the lavender bank.

tall wooden fence at the property line

tall wooden fence at the property line

 

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

perennial border going up the slope

perennial border going up the slope

The lavender bank curves from the front to the side of the house.

The lavender bank curves from the front to the side of the house.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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perennials to my left, going uphill

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To my right, the house and the lavender.

To my right, the house and the lavender.

I spy, through buzzing bees, a non stairway access to the deck.

I spy, through buzzing bees, a non stairway access to the deck.

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crab art

crab art

an impressive patch of Rhomneya coulteri

an impressive patch of Rhomneya coulteri

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the view from the deck

the view from the deck

Allan had made it up onto the deck with ease earlier in his walk; here are his photos:

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an observer from an upper balcony

an observer from an upper balcony

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As I walk uphill, the rock wall by the house segues from lavender to ferns.

As I walk uphill, the rock wall by the house segues from lavender to ferns.

further uphill

further uphill

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a boardwalk

a boardwalk

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I loved the boardwalk and gave it a lot of attention.

I loved the boardwalk and gave it a lot of attention.

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the house with clematis arbour

the house with clematis arbour

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

other side of the driveway from the boardwalk

other side of the driveway from the boardwalk

vast planted woodland meadow

vast planted woodland meadow.  I asked my “grass people” friends and had this one IDed as Pennisetum orientale ‘Karley Rose’.

having come full circle, returning to the woodland garden

having come full circle, returning to the woodland garden

Look who I missed on the way in.

Look who I missed on the way in.

A last look before departing.

A last look before departing.

This garden did not have the feel of a new garden.  I enjoyed every aspect and envied the space to do vast sweeps of one plant.  There is still more space to develop, although what is left is a challenging downhill slope below the veg garden. Much respect to the owners for doing most, if not all, of this garden creation themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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