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Saturday, 18 June 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 1: Lily and Rose Garden

The lush green entry gives you but a small clue to what is beyond. Kristine’s secret garden slopes down from a deck filled with bountiful containers of flowers and a small kitchen garden. This gentle change in elevation provides a vista of the perennials and roses she grows for bouquets. This is a classic cutting garden and bird watchers’ paradise. Continuing through a second gate to the west, you’ll discover an artistic deer fence enclosing flowers and vegetables. Granddaughter Lily’s delightful playhouse, The Lily Pad, has been the site of many tea parties.

Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed this garden on July 3rd; those photos are included in this post.

On tour day, look for the pink and red balloons.

On tour day, look for the pink and red balloons.

Kristine made all the beautiful signs for parking, guest book, and refreshments.

Kristine, an avid photographer, made all the beautiful signs for parking, guest book, and refreshments.

The day was already hot, so the greenery and shade of the front garden was restful to the eyes.

The day was already hot, so the greenery and shade of the front garden was restful to the eyes.

The garden is close to the  dunes. (Allan's photo)

The garden is close to the dunes. (Allan’s photo)

front garden

front garden

up the front door (but we are not going that way)

up the front door (but we are not going that way); note the well trimmed sword fern

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the gate to the secret garden, with our friend Gene emerging

the gate to the secret garden, with our friend Gene emerging

(Gene’s garden was on the 2013 tour, and we have some new photos of his garden to show you in an upcoming post.)

through the gate (Allan's photo)

through the gate (Allan’s photo)

tour guests entering

tour guests entering

another of Kristine's photo signs on the entry table

another of Kristine’s photo signs on the entry table

welcome

guest book and bouquet inside the front gate

guest book and bouquet inside the front gate

The Mozart Chicks were playing under a tent in the front corner of the garden, to the right as we entered the gate.  Hot bright sun made photos difficult today.

The Mozart Chicks

The Mozart Chicks

Mozart Chicks

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the Mozart Chicks, tootling

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Kristine her ownself

Kristine her ownself

path curving around the house

path curving around the house

south wall of house

south wall of house

from a pre-tour visit on July 3

from a pre-tour visit on July 3

rose on pre-tour visit, July 3

rose on pre-tour visit, July 3

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I want this pale pink fringed sidalcea or whatever it is; Kristine says I can have seeds.

I want this pale pink fringed sidalcea or whatever it is; Kristine says I can have seeds.

Kristine doesn't spray anything toxic for blackspot on roses; she told us she picks off any bad leaves.

Kristine doesn’t spray anything toxic for blackspot on roses; she told us she picks off any bad leaves.

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Allan's photo, looking through flowers to the deck

Allan’s photo, looking through flowers to the deck

looking up at the back deck, pre-touring on July 3

looking up at the back deck, pre-touring on July 3

July 3

July 3

July 3

July 3

tour day

tour day

guests

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

poppies

treats

bouquet, Kristine's cards, and treats

bouquet, Kristine’s cards, and treats

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pecan

Cool liquid refreshment was so refreshing on such a hot day.

Cool liquid refreshment was so refreshing on such a hot day.  It was a scorcher by beach standards, possibly up into the 90s.

containers on the deck

containers on the deck

Brodiaea in deck container

Brodiaea in deck container

flowers

view from the deck

view from the deck

from the deck, Allan (right) taking a photo

from the deck, Allan (right) taking a photo

This is the photo Allan was taking.

This is the photo Allan was taking.

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pinks

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view looking west from next to the deck

view looking west from next to the deck

looking southwest from the deck (telephoto)

looking southwest from the deck (telephoto)

I never find time to just sit on these garden tours, especially the Peninsula tour which always has at least eight gardens.  I know that some folks here just skip and garden or two, but as the administrator of the Facebook page, I need our photos of each one, and also I just cannot bring myself to skip a garden.

southeast corner of the garden at the top of the grassy slope, next to the deck

southeast corner of the garden at the top of the grassy slope, next to the deck

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Halfway down the garden from the deck, on the south side, is Kristine’s cutting garden.

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cutting garden

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

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Kristine said she wished there had been more lilies in bloom.

Kristine said she wished there had been more lilies in bloom.

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pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

Allan's photo, the Mozart Chicks viewed from the cutting garden

Allan’s photo, the Mozart Chicks viewed from the cutting garden

Allan told me he found out halfway through this garden that his camera was on a “night” setting so he did not get many photos here.

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gladiola

cutting garden path

cutting garden path

clematis in the cutting garden

clematis in the cutting garden

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

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pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3, 2015; a second garden area is on the other (west) side of this fence.

pre-tour visit, July 3, 2015; a second garden area is on the other (west) side of this fence.

Beside the conical tree, one enters the second (west) garden area.

Beside the conical tree, one enters the second (west) garden area.

astilbe inside the gate

astilbe inside the gate

deer fenced garden in second area

deer fenced garden in second area (pre tour visit, July 3rd)

rose climbing on deer fence, July 3rd

rose climbing on deer fence, July 3rd

looking through the deer fence

looking through the deer fence

with my camera lens poked through the fence

with my camera lens poked through the fence

a picotee gladiola

a picotee gladiola

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that flower that I want

that flower that I want

Outside the fence, lavender is unbothered by deer.

Outside the fence, lavender is unbothered by deer.

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July 3rd

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looking through the veg patch into the playhouse patio

looking through the veg patch into the playhouse patio

and from the playhouse path looking north

and from the playhouse path looking north

veg patch, July 3rd

veg patch, July 3rd

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

Kristine’s grand daughter, Lily, is three, and could not come visit from the east coast this summer because Lily’s mom is expecting a baby soon.  As you can imagine, this has been sad for grandma Kristine.  Thanks to Skype, grandma and granddaughter can communicate daily.  This tea party was set up to Skype to Lily for her birthday.

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a message to Lily

a message to Lily

Oh, how I do wish I had a granddaughter named Lily (or Rose, Iris, Violet, Jasmine, Poppy, Willow, Fern…)

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

view west from the Lily Pad

view west from the Lily Pad

monkey puzzle tree to the west of the Lily Pad

monkey puzzle tree to the west of the Lily Pad

a simple border along the north fence

a simple border along the north fence

looking along the north fence toward the house

looking along the north fence toward the house

Kristine’s was a contender for my favourite tour garden because of the driftwood gate on the deer fence and the assortment of colourful plants, especially the lilies.

Next: an inspirational one year old garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

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Barrager garden

Just up the street from Barbara Ashmun’s garden, her nearby neighbour Doug Barrager’s garden was also on tour.  I do love when tour gardens are walking distance from each other.

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from the street

from the street

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lilies

lilies

lily and dogwood

lily and dogwood

rose borders

side garden rose borders

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

into the shade

into the shade

shadegarden

more shade beds: Allan's photo

more shade beds: Allan’s photo

hydrangeas

hydrangeas

I want this hydrangea.

I want this lace cap hydrangea.

I like the precisely cut flowers.

I like the precisely cut flowers.  Allan overheard some tour guests saying this is an unusual cultivar.

Jeanne and I marveled at the perfection of the hostas.

Jeanne and I marveled at the perfection of the hostas.

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more perfect hostas

work area around the side of the house

work area around the other side of the house

the sunny side of the house

the sunny side of the house

variegated dogwood at the corner

variegated dogwood at the corner

roses along the front street

roses along the front street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another starry dahlia

another starry dahlia

bonus garden

We enjoyed the view over the picket fence of a garden across the street.

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another gardening neighbour

Next: We return to Floramagoria, one of our favourite Portland gardens.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We began our day by zooming up Sandridge Road to Klipsan Beach Cottages.  I needed to meet Garden Tour Nancy there to do a walkaround of the gardens and work on the description for the Rhodie Tour tickets.   So it seemed like a good idea to make it a workday there and get one big weeding project done.

It was a bright day, not the best for photos.

Nancy arrived right on time and we began our walking and talking (while she took notes).

sword fern foliage unfurling

sword fern foliage unfurling

Mary has already planted diascia and calibrachoa in the clam shed picnic area.

Mary has already planted diascia and calibrachoa in the clam shed picnic area.

I've been watching them to see if they are doing well despite cold nights...and they are.

I’ve been watching them to see if they are doing well despite cold nights…and they are.

We walked by Mary, Bella, and Allan.  She was pointed at the handsome leaf of a podphyllum.

We walked by Mary, Bella, and Allan. She was pointed at the handsome leaf of a podophyllum.

The pond garden has several rhododendrons large and small.

The pond garden has several rhododendrons large and small.

A deer slowly eluded us at the A Frame garden.

A deer slowly eluded us at the A Frame garden.

With my mind more on descriptive words than photos, Nancy and I walked all around the gardens, and to the next door garden (Joanie’s cottage), and out to the dunes and then back to the KBC cottages on the beach trail.

looking east from the dunes

looking east from the dunes

Then we sat on a bench and talked some more.  Somehow, exactly one hour went by.  (And she gave us some eggs from her chickens!)

Timmy joined our conversation for while.

Timmy joined our conversation for while.

Nancy and I, as I skive off work

Nancy and I, as I skive off work

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Nancy departed and I got to work.  Allan had already started our main project of the day: to weed massive amounts of wild violet and other reseeded plants from the lawn border, to give it a neater look.

today's project, before

today’s project, before

The podophyllum that was being admired is to the left in that photo…big leaf.  They come in all kinds of exotic patterns, as you can see if you google podophyllum images.

after

after

before, Allan's photo

before, Allan’s photo

after, Allan's photo

after, Allan’s photo

before and after (Allan's photos)

before and after (Allan’s photos)

The pieris at the end of that border has been blooming for weeks.

The pieris at the end of that border has been blooming for weeks.

I’m not deluding myself that the violets won’t come back.  I hope we can find time to keep them controlled.  I’ve planted hellebores all along here, and by next spring when they have filled out (this was their first year) they should be spectacular.

Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

Euphorbia characias wulfenii outside the deer fence

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

Meconopsis cambrica (Welsh poppy)

darling rosebud of...April

darling rosebud of…April

Geum 'Mango Lassi'

Geum ‘Mango Lassi’

The sweet peas came up by the garage so Allan made a string trellis.

The sweet peas came up by the garage so Allan made a string trellis.

He also picked a bouquet fit for a zombie bride (by deadheading narcissi all over the gardens)

He also picked a bouquet fit for a zombie bride (by deadheading narcissi all over the gardens)

Narcissi in the A Frame garden

Narcissi in the A Frame garden (Allan’s photo)

view of the week

view of the week

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’

Tulip 'Formosa'

Tulip ‘Formosa’

center plant with purplish foliage: Thalictrum 'Elin', which will get over 6 feet tall.

center plant with purplish foliage: Thalictrum ‘Elin’, which will get over 6 feet tall.

Mary's beachscape in the old (leaky, so now dry) fountain

Mary’s beachscape in the old (leaky, so now dry) fountain

Tiger Eyes sumac

Tiger Eyes sumac and red rhododendron

Last week, Allan had noticed some bare-rooted boxwoods languishing in the debris pile and asked me about them.  I said snag them next time, so he did. While I am not sure where I will put them, I am happy to try to rescue them.  They want to live!  There are a couple of deer -chewed arbovitae, too, which don’t thrill me but I can think of a place to use them.

rescue mission

rescue mission

Basket Case Greenhouse

We went to our next job via the Basket Case Greenhouse to pick up a blueberry for Andersen’s, some soil for the Jo’s new roses, and some diascia for the Ilwaco planters.

a wealth of violas

a wealth of violas

Geums red and orange; I got myself one of the orange, 'Starker's Magnificum'.

Geums red and orange; I got myself one of the orange, ‘Starker’s Magnificum’.

I could not resist getting a couple of Physocarpus 'Dart's Gold' at a very reasonable price of about $10 each!

I could not resist getting a couple of Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’ at a very reasonable price of about $10 each!

Physocarpus 'Dart's Gold'

Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’

on my cart!  (Allan's photo)

on my cart! (Allan’s photo)

the annuals house.  Fred agrees it is too cold at night to plant tender ones yet.

the annuals house. Fred agrees it is too cold at night to plant tender ones yet.

Jo’s garden

Early in the day, I’d gotten a message from Basket Case Nancy asking us to join them at the Depot for burger night.  When they could not get a reservation till 6:30 PM, I thought, “Great, we’ll have plenty of time to plant Jo’s roses and some perennials and do some weeding and…easy peasy.”  It did not turn out that way and was the usual somewhat stressful rush at the end.

entering the garden

entering the garden

Jo's garden from her deck

Jo’s garden from her deck

Yesterday, Allan had dug some old roses out of these driveway beds.

Yesterday, Allan had dug some old roses out of these driveway beds.

Today, he planted some new bare root 'Flower Carpet' roses, which she hopes will be more vigorous.

Today, he planted some new bare root ‘Flower Carpet’ roses, which she hopes will be more vigorous.

He added plenty of new bagged soil to try to avoid the dreaded “rose replant disease’.

Jo gave me a bonus rose that came with the order.  I planted it as soon as I got home, and immediately misplaced the tag somewhere in the house so I can’t look up what colour it is!  (Update:  I found the tag; it’s a luscious deep red one called Always and Forever.)

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

the west garden

the west garden

What threw the day into a tizzy was when I discovered that a lot of the phlox, if not all of it, in the west bed, has some kind of nasty disease and had to be hoiked out.  I have run across this with phlox before.  Allan hacked a lot of it out while I weeded and planted some Agastaches and Nicotiana langsdorfii in the east garden.

yucky phlox

yucky phlox

yucky phlox, before (Allan's photo)

yucky phlox, before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

On closer look, these phlox also look yucky at the base, and may have to be removed next time.  I have no patience for chronically diseased plants.

On closer look, these phlox (against the fence) also look yucky at the base, and may have to be removed next time. I have no patience for chronically diseased plants.

I got this area weeded and somewhat planted.  Cosmos and more will come later.

I got this area weeded and somewhat planted. Cosmos and more will come later.

Depot Restaurant

We left Jo’s two minutes before our dinner date; fortunately, the Depot is only a five minute drive.

Nancy and Fred, ready for burger night

Nancy and Fred, ready for burger night

We had a jolly old time talking about plants, work, overwork, dreams of retirement, dogs, and more, and ended with delectable desserts:

vanilla bean flan

vanilla bean flan

sorbet duo

sorbet duo

chocolate pot du creme

chocolate pot du creme

Tomorrow: adding some diascia to Ilwaco planters, and deadheading Long Beach town as I noticed an awful lot of “done” tulips and narcissi when driving through town this evening.

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling

day 2: a shorter day

day 2

International Rose Test Garden

rose

I looked at the stairs and the long gentle wheelchair ramp and realized there was no way I could down into the garden. Because it was a public garden that I could see some other time, I did not mind too much, so I found a place to sit in semi shade. (It was very hot, something in the 90s F.)

My view was through this very fragrant climbing yellow rose.

My view was through this very fragrant climbing pale yellow rose.

overhead

overhead

Allan brought me my sandwich. The fling lunches were from Elephant’s Delicatessan and they were just delicious.

My mouth waters looking at this photo.

My mouth waters looking at this photo.

Each lunch also had chips and a chocolate chip cookie and a shortbread cookie shaped like an elephant.

After my lunch, I walked over to the top of the wheelchair ramp and looked down. Could I do it? Nope. Too much knee pain walking (although ironically my other leg now seemed to be more or less improved).

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Allan had found out he could get me a wheelchair; I declined because I know how hard it is to push a wheelchair over a lawn.

“Just take pictures for the blog,” I told him, and off he went.

Meanwhile, I took some photos from up above before going to sit down again.

An exceptionally cute sightseeing bus went by.

An exceptionally cute sightseeing bus went by.

looking down into the rose garden

looking down into the rose garden

roses

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roses4

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telephoto from above

telephoto from above

another event going on

another event going on

Allan’s photos

The garden is divided into several sections, which you can find on the map if you are so inclined, as we follow him through the garden in our minds:

map

Antiquity Rose Garden:

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Garden Sun (climber)

Garden Sun (climber)

along the ramp

along the ramp

I have no clue what this is.

I have no clue what this is.

astilbe and rose

astilbe and rose

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Royal Rosarian Garden

“By Mayoral Declaration, the Royal Rosarians serve as the Official Greeters and Ambassadors

of Goodwill for the City of Portland. We are dedicated to community service through the

charitable activities of our Royal Rosarian Foundation. We honor our legacy of tradition with

rich pageantry and ceremonies from the mythical Realm of Rosaria.”

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rose markers set in brick

markers set in brick

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Section E (promenade down the middle of the upper level)

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From E to the Stage

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I imagine that is the concrete structure in the middle where folks were taking pictures of each other.

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Allan was especially smitten with this multicolored rose.

Allan was especially smitten with this multicolored rose.

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At the stage, a representative one of the tour sponsors, Corona Tools, was giving a clipping demonstration to prove their loppers were stronger than brand X.

At the stage, a representative one of the tour sponsors, Corona Tools, was giving a clipping demonstration to prove their loppers were stronger than brand X.

A blogger gives the loppers a try.

A blogger gives the loppers a try.

I’m a big believer in using bypass instead of anvil loppers, per Ann Lovejoy, who said that anvils crush the stem while bypass cuts cleanly. What do you think?

Leaving the Stage for the Queen’s Walk

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pretty amazing lack of blackspot

pretty amazing lack of blackspot

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Queen’s Walk to Shakespeare Garden

'Day Breaker'

‘Day Breaker’

Melody Parfumee

Melody Parfumee

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Looks like a couple of folks on the side have swooned from the blazing sun!

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Gold Medal Rose Garden

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'Sally Holmes'

‘Sally Holmes’

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Allan says the rose garden was so big that he did not even get all the way through it. During their time in the garden, the bloggers posed for their group photo, so you can at last see how many there were (minus me, Allan who was probably getting me my lunch at the time, and one other blogger who had gone off seeking a restroom!)

group

group photo

Thanks to Allan’s carefully organized photos, I feel like I did have a stroll through the rose garden.

Next, one more public garden and then on to more thrilling private gardens, only two of which I had seen before.

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Bob and Helen Bohnke Garden

from the program: Eclectic English Garden: 11th Street is a happier place for the Boenkes’ splendidly restored home and well-loved garden. This 1895 Italianate, formerly known as ‘the ugly sister’, was built by David Warren of Warrenton fame as one of three identical professional rentals. Snug around the house, beds overflow their borders with lush abundance as diverse grasses and ferns complement roses, daisies, lilies, carnations, African iris and heather, as well as coastal favourites such a hostas, hydrangeas, rosemary and lavender. You’ll find carefully transplanted forest floor plants and delightful pots full of dahlias, geraniums, lobelia, begonias, and fuchsias, all interspersed with driftwood, found objects and sculptures galore. With a ‘live and let live’ credo, the red Japanese maple thriving within the front walking path demands careful skirting. Until recently there was no rear garden and now flora charmingly buffers the driveway. Don’t miss the whimsical flowerbox fence lining the shady south side.

I got breathless with joy as soon as I saw the colourful house.

Bohnke house

Bohnke house

the colour!

the colour!

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

wow! zip! pow!

wow! zip! pow!

colour coordinated mailbox!

colour coordinated mailbox!

looking up from the sidewalk

looking up from the sidewalk

a beautiful tour sign

a beautiful tour sign

sign

I was backing and forthing down on the sidewalk and had to explain to the owner of the garden that I was just so gobsmacked I had not got around to climbing the steps yet.

owner Bob Bohnke

owner Bob Bohnke

Bob Bohnke was the cover guy on the garden tour issue of the Daily Astorian!

cover guy!

cover guy!

from the e-edition

from the e-edition

I finally went up the steps and started around the north (downhill) side of the house. You would think from the garden description that it might be a larger garden than it is, but no…it is a narrow city lot, densely planted. My house in Seattle had equally narrow sides (and my grandmother had had them equally densely planted). I felt right at home.

front porch

front porch

historic register

historic register

side of front porch

side of front porch
Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a porch photo by Allan

a porch photo by Allan

north side path

north side path
driftwood planter along the path

driftwood planter along the path

along the path

along the path

ogre

Canna leaf

Canna leaf

duck

duck

Allan's view

Allan’s view

Around the corner, we came to the back porch.

so colourful

so colourful

At the back corner of the house, just before turning to the south side: cookies and lemonade served by Helen Bohnke.

treats

treats

pouring us some delicious lemonade

Helen pouring me some delicious lemonade

I went down the south side chomping my cookie because the cunning planter top to the fence (or is it a retaining wall?) so captured my attention.

looking back toward the cookie tray

looking back toward the cookie tray

Here, I look toward the front of the house along the south side. I so love this fence.

planter topped fence on south (uphill) side of house

planter topped fence on south (uphill) side of house

looking back again as I admire the planters

looking back again as I admire the planters and Allan gets some lemonade

compost pile!

compost pile!

I loved the tiny little compost pile. Bob Bohnke told us it had been much bigger before the tour.

Coming around the corner and back into the blazing sun…

return to the front garden

return to the front garden

the precariously situated little maple

the precariously situated little maple

front porch again

front porch again

by front steps

by front steps

further ogling of the front porch

further ogling of the front porch

I turned back to return to the back yard, figuring I could find a more dignified exit than inching my way down the steep steps to the sidewalk. I carefully stepped around the little maple; owner Bob had expressed concern that its one sideways branch would survive the tour.

the maple in question

the maple in question

I hope it did!

another detail

another detail

enjoying the south side path again

enjoying the south side path again

We skirted past Helen’s lemonade area to get to the parking lot behind the house where we could get a good view of the back.

east side of house

east side of house

back garden

back garden

The back garden, said to be new, looks well established.

back garden detail

back garden detail

looking up to the back porch

looking up to the back porch

To the south and below the garden is a lawn where we were able to walk back to the sidewalk.

south side of house

south side of house

perfect roses

perfect roses

Allan remarked that the roses had no blackspot!

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front porch from south lawn

front porch from south lawn

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side garden at eye level from below

side garden at eye level from below

eye to eye with the gnome

eye to eye with the gnome

I hope you enjoy looking at the porch as much as I did.

I hope you enjoy looking at the porch as much as I did.

I crossed the street to get a photo of the front of the whole place. I could easily have walked round again, especially the south side with the planter wall.

the whole shebang

the whole shebang

I have tried to analyze why of all the lovely gardens this was my favourite, and in posting these photos I have figured out that it is because I adore brightly painted houses. Painted Ladies, Daughters of Painted Ladies, and A Gift to the Street are books that I own and treasure about painted Victorian houses. I also realize now that the narrow side gardens remind me of my beloved Gram’s garden on its small Seattle city lot (although her front and back yards were bigger than this).

Brief Intermission

One of the Lower Columbia Preservation Society volunteers at this garden told us that she, too, has a purple house. Allan must have commented to her about the big one up the street from this garden. She kindly gave us the address so that we could go see it and it was well worth the side trip into a different neighbourhood.

a cottage of purpleness

a cottage of purpleness

I love it! Next: a garden full of something I love: quotations in the garden.

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Wednesday, we added a Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’ to fill in a space in Mayor Mike’s garden…

much better!

much better!

admired this combo at our Ilwaco Post Office volunteer garden:

Asiatic lily and Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Asiatic lily and Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Note:  Mike’s garden, which we just started doing this year, needs some white lilies.

We stopped at The Basket Case Nursery, where Walter greeted us.

Walter, one of three poodles

Walter, one of three poodles

Next, we stopped at The Planter Box for more Dr. Earth organic caterpillar spray and to confirm the date (July 18th!) when they will be “cash mobbed”.  (Later in the week, we got back to “the caterpillar job” and decided not to spray again.  There were just a few left and we did not want to hurt the busy bees.)

at The Planter Box

at The Planter Box

Next, on to Andersen’s RV Park.  From here on, it would be a “north end day”.  I like a north end day because the gardens are all favourites of ours and it is easier to do two hours here and two there with a car ride in between than a steady slog at one garden all day.

Andersen's west garden

Andersen’s west garden

Baptisia australis backed with Stipa gigantea

Baptisia australis backed with Stipa gigantea

west side garden with Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

west side garden with Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

west side

west side

Staffer Rob Rosett had taken some wonderful photos of the Sisters on the Fly gathering.  Here he is in the office with two of them.

Rob Rosett

Rob Rosett

Stunning photos, eh?

On our way north to our next job, we stopped at our friend Sarah Sloane‘s home to drop off a couple of roses for her garden.  I was smitten with the Dianthus in her neighbour’s window box.  The apartment complex has sweet garden beds.  I was distracted by conversation and forgot to take more photos.

at South Wind Apartments

at South Wind Apartments

Klipsan Beach Cottages came next.

at KBC

at KBC

fenced garden

fenced garden

roses

roses

lilies

lilies

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii

The week of rain had been hard on some of the roses.

unopened buds

unopened buds

That rose looked fine once we pruned it.  (Down to the next junction with five leaves.)

all better

all better

This rose was just fine despite rain.

This rose was just fine despite rain.

I decided a tree in the lower fenced garden (where the fence protects raspberries, a fig tree, apple trees and more roses) should be limbed up for the sake of the plants underneath. “No sooner said than done” Allan had already cut one branch by the time I took the before photo.

(sort of) before and after

(sort of) before and after

By the drive up the the cottages, the foxgloves were still going strong although the unseasonable strong winds of the last week pushed them sideways.

entry sign

entry sign

To the south of that sign, I have a river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (plant of the century!)

Rozanne blooming in shade

Rozanne blooming in shade

Because I love fuchsias, there are several, including one of my favourites:

Fuchsia 'Hawkshead', white with green tips

Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’, white with green tips

Hawkshead is a tall one.

Hawkshead is a tall one.

Behind it, a Callistemon still blooms.

bottlebrush

bottlebrush

Next, we stopped to deadhead Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ (three big ones!) at Oman Builders Supply in Ocean Park.

OBS garden

OBS garden

And we concluded our workday at The Weigardt Gallery (which had closed by the time we got there).

Wiegardt Gallery

Wiegardt Gallery

the north side, showing Eric's upstairs studio

the north side, showing Eric’s upstairs studio

By the time we left there, it was 6:30 PM.  Since I’d been to Marilyn’s garden with Nancy on Sunday on our pre-tour look at the tour gardens, and since rain had been falling on us off and on all day, we knew it would not need watering.  We were both rather damp and tired so we ended the workday early and headed home.

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Just some plants and vignettes from our garden over the weekend.

new hanging basket from The Basket Case

new hanging basket from The Basket Case

the bees love it!

the bees love it!

an anemone, I think

an anemone, I think

Brodiaea 'Pink Diamond'

Brodiaea ‘Pink Diamond’

an old rose

an old rose

I used to know the names of all my roses, and now I have lost track.  I hope to get this sorted out again someday!

newest bed

newest bed

The new garden bed is by Nora’s driveway and was planned to be full of beautiful flowers for her to see from her wheelchair.  When I found she was dying and would not see midsummer, I lost heart, and have not quite figured out a new plan for it.  Recently, I put in a couple of shrubs in case we ever get neighbours from whom we want some privacy.  If we ever really need privacy, we might fit in a small garden shed here.  This bed makes me sad these days.  I miss Nora.

white monkshood, and Allan with the new mower

white monkshood, and Allan with the new mower

One of the new roses I got last year from Heirloom Roses.

One of the new roses I got last year from Heirloom Roses.

It has different colours on the same bush...

It has different colours on the same bush…

lovely!

lovely!  It is not Rosa mutabilis.  The flowers are bigger.

another old rose

another old rose

I have had the above old rose for years.  I brought it from my other garden.  It is a very fragrant old rose, and I have forgotten its name which I used to know so well.  (Am I scared by this memory glitch? No, I can remember other plant names still….so far…)  This winter I will have to re-read my rose books to remember the names, I think.  Google will not help; there are too many old roses.  I like the little green dot in the center.

white rambler

white rambler

I’ve never known the name of the rambler above, and just call it Maxine’s rose because I grew it from a cutting from her garden.  It is also in her daughter Jo’s garden by the same method.

I know this one:  Radway Sunrise!  Got it at Cistus Nursery.

I know this one: Radway Sunrise! Got it at Cistus Nursery.

Radway Sunrise came with me from my old garden.

cutleaf elderberry from Joy Creek

cutleaf elderberry from Joy Creek (Sambucus lanciniata)

three tier sedum table

three tier sedum table

The cute blue and yellow vase in the greenhouse window was a present from Nancy Aust and ones like it are available at The Basket Case Greenhouse.

Here’s one for Mr. Tootlepedal:

a BLACK perennial bachelor button (cornflower)

a BLACK perennial bachelor button (cornflower), Centaurea Montana

Got it at a Hardy Plant study weekend.  Might be ‘Black Sprite’.

Apparently I was crazy enough to plant ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ rose again, even though in five years time it swallowed an old trailer at our old house.

Paul again, second year

Paul again, second year

It is now swallowing another new rose I should not have planted next to it and will move in the fall.

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Both were from Heirloom roses

Both were from Heirloom roses

An acquisition from the Hardy Plant weekend in Portland:  Dicentra scandens, the bleeding heart vine.

Dicentra scandens

Dicentra scandens

yellow clematis...tanguitica type, maybe

yellow clematis…tangutica type, maybe

And a back garden view:

back garden

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