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Monday, 3 July, part two

Karen and Steve’s garden

On the way south from working in Long Beach, we took a side road so that I could sneak a peak at a project whose progress I’ve been watching on occasional drive-bys: the building of a rock wall and resulting raised front garden at the home of landscaper Steve Clarke.  As we tried to subtly drive past while craning our necks, we were spotted and hailed by Steve’s spouse, Karen, and were delighted to be invited to tour the inner sanctum of the garden.

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We’ve been watching this front garden appear.

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The distortions of  (cheap) digital photography make it hard to show that this wall is perfectly level.

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well cut and fitted rocks (Allan’s photo)

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Steve’s plush carpet of new lawn (Allan’s photo)

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established bed on south wall of the house

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south wall garden

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the joy of garden touring

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Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’

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south wall sit spot

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geranium (bee) and Erysimum ‘Wenlock Beauty’, we think

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One of Karen’s artful containers

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and another

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more container combos

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containers and ingredients (new plants)

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stacked blue pots

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Allan’s photo

We walked between garage and house to Karen’s floriferous back garden.

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a mosaiced step up

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Allan’s photo

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the back garden….The house dates to the mid 1920s.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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I was commenting how Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ tends to revert to green in one year.

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in the back garden

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detail

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These tall eryngiums in the foreground will soon be turning steely blue.

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ is already at is peak of blue.

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Allan’s photo

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detail and textures

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astilbes (love them)

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blue hydrangea

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Hedge is on the north side.

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Allan’s photo.  I think that’s ‘Orange Rocket’ barberry, which I am still trying (and failing) to successfully grow.

I briefly mistook these monkshood for delphiniums and had a pang of delphinium envy!

Colorful oxalis

Backlit continus (smokebush)

An agastache centerpiece

An exclamation point as you go from the back to the front garden.

Walking back around to the southwest side, we admired the kitchen garden.  I’d love to have something this organized.

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The lattice enclosure (right) hides the wheelie bin and so forth.

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on the lattice enclosure: a display of ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ petunias

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This kitty in the shop window was a guest for the day.

It was fortuitous to get invited into this garden created by true plantspeople.  Karen is good friends with Our Lorna, former owner of the site of our former longtime job, Andersen’s RV Park, and it may be that a campfire with Lorna and Karen at our garden just might be in the works.  I hope so!

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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

front

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

chicks

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

pink

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

choc

 

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.

roses

pinks

deckrose

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

ferns

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.

cutting garden

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.

gladiola

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

cutting

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

rose

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.

July 3rd

July 3rd

tours

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

tea

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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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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.

bigmama

 

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

 

r

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.

dry

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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I had the most wonderful staycation month in that for the first 3 weeks, I only left our property three times.  It was bliss.  The only thing that drew me out for the first couple of weeks was weekend evening concerts at the Sou’wester.

10 January 2015

The Backsliders at the Sou’wester Lodge

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The Sou’wester by night

snooping in one of the main floor guest rooms

snooping in one of the main floor guest rooms

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The evening began with some reading of poetry and prose.

Martha Grover read a funny excerpt from a memoir about working as a private eye (insurance investigator).

Portland writer Martha Grover read a funny excerpt from a memoir about working as a private eye (insurance investigator).  I recall it was called “The Job Pirate”.

Zach Savage reading poetry

Zach Savage reading poetry

Lisa Wells read an intense and revealing poem.

Lisa Wells read an intense and revealing poem.

Then we enjoyed a rousing performance by the Backsliders, who opened with the promise “We’re gonna sing a lot of songs about drinking.”  The songs, of course, reminded me of my long relationship with a highly creative drinker.

The Backsliders

The Backsliders

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Sample lyrics:  “I’m not drunk, I’m drinking.”  “Twelve pack…” and “Close up the honky tonks, throw away the keys, and maybe the one I love will come on back to me.”

The band was excellent and I felt privileged to be attending such a good perfomance in an intimate living room setting for free.

We did not attend the tarot readings by Belly and Bones earlier in the day.  I’d rather have no hint, real or otherwise, of my future.

On the way across the grounds after the show, I looked, as I always do, at the comforting glow of the Spartan trailer that Robert and I lived in for several months in early 1993.

for rent by the night

for rent by the night

When I was 38, I lived here for awhile.

When I was 38, I lived here for awhile.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Three for Silver at the Sou’wester Lodge

After another week of blissful seclusion, we went out to another Sou’wester show.  (Fortunately, Allan foraged for food at the grocery story and picked up the mail, or we would have been eating chickweed and herbs and would have had an overflowing post office box.)

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swAgain, we were so lucky to get to see such an excellent band for free and close up.

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Three for Silver

Three for Silver

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The fiddler had joined the band to replace the previous third member who was recovering from a serious hand injury.  He knew most of the tunes but had to sit out a few.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; the accordian and guitar player sang some songs in Greek.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The fellow in the hat shows off his bass banjo and his actually made from a washtub standup base.

The fellow in the hat shows off his unusual bass banjo and his actually made from a washtub standup base.

made from a washtub, plywood and, well, instrument parts.

made from a washtub, plywood and, well, instrument parts.

Our friend, artist Joe Chasse showed up for this performance.

Allan's photo as Joe and I chat by the fire.

Allan’s photo as Joe and I chat by the fire.

We were both quite taken with Three for Silver‘s original, swinging, unusual tunes: “Riots, drunken rants, crow conversations, heartbeats, and heartbreaks. Three For Silver plays Top 40 music from an alternate universe where the bass banjo is more popular than the electric guitar. We are most probably playing down the street from your house right now.”  Joe says he’ll buy their new CD when it comes out as he especially liked a song called “Bury Me Standing.”

Each weekend evening when it came time to go out for the concert, I had a terribly hard time leaving the house.  Life inside felt so cozy, and I had books to read.  Each time, I was so glad that I had made me feet move out the door as all the January performances (more to come) delighted us.

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Friday, 2 January 2015

‘Twas a birthday for Allan:  age 62.

I guess this is the year he could start collecting social security.  However, it would be a paltry amount so we must keep going with work.  Good thing we like it (and fortunately, we still have a month of staycation).

His day began with him making breakfast.  That’s not very fair on his birthday!  It always works out that way though, as I sleep longer.  And…I would be taking him out to dinner, at least.

My presents were on a sailing theme:

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Three Men in a Boat, its sequel, and an amusing science fiction book that references Three Men in a Boat

Three Men in a Boat, its sequel, and an amusing science fiction book that references Three Men in a Boat

(There was also a not very photogenic Cuisinart hand mixer, as he likes to bake and I had heard him grumbling a tiny bit about the one he had.)

We had a leisurely day during which he puttered in his shop, and then a dinner with some friends at the 42nd Street Café.  (I managed to round up a partial crew of friends; I’m not very good at organizing parties, so I picked the ones that I knew liked the 42nd Street, and I chose the 42nd Street because it has the best birthday dessert, as you will see.)

image from their Facebook page

image from their Facebook page

a beautiful tree in the foyer

a beautiful tree in the foyer

As we wait, top server Jean March glides through the room.

As we wait, top server Jean-Marc glides through the room.

Our guests joined us at 6 PM.

I took one of Bill and Susie of the Boreas Inn

I took a photo of Bill and Susie of the Boreas Inn

 

me and Patti of the glorious Seaview garden

 Susie took a photo of me and Patti of the glorious Seaview garden

I took a photo of J9.  (Jeannine, for those who have asked about her name)

I took a photo of J9. (Jeannine, for those who have asked about her name)

J9 took a couple of Allan and Kathleen.

J9 took a couple of Allan and Kathleen.

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Jean Marc (who does have a delightful French accent) took a photo of all of us.

Jean-Marc (who does have a delightful French accent) took a photo of all of us.

left to right:  Bill, Susie, J9, Allan, Kathleen, me, Patti

The restaurant was filling up.  Two of the other tables had seated guests at the Boreas Inn.

The restaurant was filling up. At two of the other tables sat guests from the Boreas Inn.

It looks lovely in Waterlogue.

It looks lovely in Waterlogue.

The opening of presents, during cocktails and a flatbread pizza appetizer time:

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a calendar from Susie and Bill, an excellent local book from Kathleen...and a local massage gift certificate from Patti for later in the year when Allan is sore from work.

a calendar from Susie and Bill, an excellent local book from Kathleen…and a local massage gift certificate from Patti for later in the year when Allan is sore from work.

The food of the evening:

Kathleen and Bill each had one of the burgers.

Kathleen and Bill each had one of the burgers.

Jambalaya for former New Orleans-er J9: Prawns, Chicken and Andouille Sausage in a spicy stew of tomatoes, onions, celery and peppers seasoned with Tasso ham and served with rice

Jambalaya for former New Orleans-er J9: Prawns, Chicken and Andouille Sausage in a spicy stew of tomatoes, onions, celery and peppers seasoned with Tasso ham and served with rice

Susie gives the fish special two thumbs up.

Susie gives the fish special two thumbs up.

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Patti and I had the ravioli with caper and lemon sauce, which I had been so craving since tasting it last month (and almost taking the whole bowl away from Allan on that occasion)

Patti and I had the Crab & Cheese Ravioli with a lemon and caper cream sauce, which I had been so craving since tasting it last month (and almost taking the whole bowl away from Allan on that occasion)

Allan had the classic comfort food: beef stroganoff

Allan had the classic comfort food: Rich & Real Beef Strogonoff Pan-seared sirloin strips, wild mushrooms and caramelized onions tossed with egg noodles, sour cream and garnished with poppy seeds.

The 42nd Street was historically a comfort food café, and when Blaine and Cheri Walker took it over some years, they kept the pot roast, chicken fried steak and stroganoff for people who liked the food the café had been famous for when it was the “Bonnie B”.

a photo from the old days

a photo from the old days

When dessert comes, the birthday person is advised to NOT blow out the flare.

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Chocolate Mint Sorbet a miniature dessert for those desiring just at taste of sweetness and chocolate after dinner

Chocolate Mint Sorbet
a miniature dessert for those desiring just at taste of sweetness and chocolate after dinner

Lemon almond “Dainty” baked lemon almond custard with a “caked” meringue top and whipped cream

Lemon almond “Dainty”
baked lemon almond custard with a “caked” meringue top and whipped cream

Old-fashioned Northwest fruit crisp warm with vanilla ice cream

Old-fashioned Northwest fruit crisp
warm with vanilla ice cream

Aren’t the glazed plates chunky, solid, and beautiful?

The restaurant crowd thinned out slowly as we ate and talked.

The restaurant crowd thinned out slowly as we ate and talked.

three hours later....

three hours later….

Owner Blaine sat with us for awhile after all the other diners had gone.  If there had been someone putting the chairs up on the tables and sweeping, the scene would have looked like the end of My Dinner with Andre.

And now….We are both hoping for some quiet time.  With the holidays over, and the days still short, we just might choose to skip going out to the available concerts and other entertainments for awhile and enjoy some complete relaxation.  (At this time of year, that means reading and puttering for Allan, and quite simply just reading for me.)

 

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Saturday, 9 August 2014

However much I had planned to take two days at home, I was lured out when I saw friend Wendy Murry’s post (she of the Jake the Alligator Man party) that she and Del would be showing their little trailer, Wilma, at the Sou’wester Lodge vintage trailer rally.  That was irresistible even though I had so wanted two days without leaving my property.

Vintage Trailer Rally at the Sou’wester Lodge

In the UK, these would be called caravans.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

What follows is pretty much the exterior of a trailer, followed by the interior, with some exteriors only of ones that were not open for touring.  With, of course, dogs.

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one

kitchenette

kitchenette

The owner warned me "Don't be scared, there's a bear on the bed!"

The owner warned me “Don’t be scared, there’s a bear on the bed!”  Poor bear.

The rustic theme continues in the bathroom.

The rustic theme continues in the bathroom.  (Allan’s photo)

second trailer

second trailer

blue against blue (Allan's photo)

blue against blue (Allan’s photo)

Argosy

Argosy

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dog living up to its reputation

dog living up to its reputation

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campsite relaxation

inside the argosy

inside the argosy

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three: The woman who owned this one had acquired it at a garage sale!  She was still working on the interior walls and ceiling.

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kitchenette must also be the sleeping area

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an adorable light

sink with vintage kitchenware

sink with vintage kitchenware

guestbook

guestbook by the front door

a King Charles spaniel

a King Charles spaniel

Here's Wilma, Wendy and Del's vintage trailier; they looked long and hard to find this treasure.

Here’s Wilma, Wendy and Del’s vintage trailier; they looked long and hard to find this treasure.

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

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entry rug

entry rug

the comfy bed

Wilma’s comfy bed

How well I remember, from trailer camping with my parents, the little crank windows.

How well I remember, from trailer camping with my parents, the little crank windows.

kitchen sink and window

Wilma’s kitchen sink and window

Wendy, a woman after my own heart, decided the stove should come out as cooking inside while camping was not likely to happen, and the space could be better used.

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Wilma’s kitchenette

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

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Del and Wendy recently acquired this cute little kitchen...thing; hadn't tried it out yet.

Del and Wendy recently acquired this cute little kitchen…thing; hadn’t tried it out yet.

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

Wilma decor

Wilma decor

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I remember that Wendy had this plate long before she finally acquired Wilma.

I remember that Wendy had this plate long before she finally acquired Wilma.

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Before leaving the Wilma campsite, I had a good conversation with Del, who told me about a second posthumous Joey Ramone album that I had not even known existed.

Del and Wendy's old rescued dog, Jerry

Del and Wendy’s old rescued dog, Jerry

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

 

Boles Aero

Boles Aero

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inside

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turquoise stove

turquoise stove

and fridge!

and fridge!

shiny silver

shiny silver

Silver Streak

Silver Streak

shiniest

so shiny

couch

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front window over couch

front window over couch

 

 

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turquoise again

In the bathroom, the turquoise theme continues.

In the bathroom, the turquoise theme continues.

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reflective

reflective

vintage campsite sale

vintage campsite sale

blue

blue

dog

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blue

blue

sleeping dog continues to lie

sleeping dog continues to lie

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It's a little land yacht.

It’s a little land yacht.

protected by a gargoyle

protected by a gargoyle

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

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This is a low rider made to go into low garages of the 60s, I was told.

This is a low rider made to go into low garages of the 60s, I was told.  It’s so light a person can move it.

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green and silver

green and silver

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Trailer beds make me want to take a nap.

Trailer beds make me want to take a nap.

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

good reading light

good reading light

 (Allan's photo)  Allan liked this, too; we both appreciate a good reading light!

(Allan’s photo) Allan liked this, too; we both appreciate a good reading light!

kitchenette

kitchenette

map tablecloth

map tablecloth

stove

toaster

towels

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door

 

red

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inside

cocktail time

table

 

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 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

Many of the trailers had vintage music playing inside.

Many of the trailers had vintage music playing inside.

kitchen

kitchen

yellow

yellow

camping cookspot

camping cookspot

This was one of my favourites.

This was one of my favourites.

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more nap inspiration

more nap inspiration

love the tin ceiling

love the tin ceiling

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table

table

lots of blue appliances in these old trailers

lots of blue appliances in these old trailers

still more desire for a nap

still more desire for a nap

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

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The Sou’wester rents vintage trailers large and small for the night, in the RV park and further up by the lodge and cabins.

The TCH! TCH! on the sign stands for "trailer classics hodgepodge".

The TCH! TCH! on the sign stands for “trailer classics hodgepodge”.

inside the long green and white trailer

inside the long green and white trailer

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

 

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

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looking back to the kitchen and living area

looking back to the kitchen and living area

It's a two door trailer with an exterior door in the bedroom.

It’s a two door trailer with an exterior door in the bedroom.

I have a sentimentality about the Sou’wester because I lived there for a year when I first moved to the beach, so I took a stroll around the RV park grounds.

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a big plain fifth wheel with the fancy name “Champagne Edition”

tent area

tent area

new enclosure about the campground shower building

new enclosure about the campground shower building

campsite

campsite

the vintage trailer rally

the vintage trailer rally

When I returned from my brief stroll, another trailer had just pulled in and parked and opened up for touring.

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Its name was Ruby Joy.

Its name was Ruby Joy.

inside

inside

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I felt that nap coming on again.

I felt that nap coming on again.

a "glampsite" not just a campsite

a “glampsite” not just a campsite

As we left, Del was just walking his little dog, Jerry.

me going scritch scritch scritch on Jerry's behind

me going scritch scritch scritch on Jerry’s behind

 

 

 

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for Water Music Festival

Patti Jacobsen’s Garden

I have had a long connection with Patti’s Seaview garden.  We’ve been friends since well before she started the Music in the Gardens Tour in 2007; after three or four years, she passed the organizational torch to Garden Tour Nancy.

It was high time that her garden was on the tour again, especially since this may be the last year it is under her care.  She has put her home, with its two darling rental cottages, up for sale as she is looking to downsize.

I was sorely tempted by this until I realized how much I enjoy being able to say that Allan and I have completely created our garden ourselves.  The design of Patti’s is so excellent that if I bought the place, I would not want to change much at all (except to add more of the weird plants I like).  There is also the slight matter of being in debt for the rest of our lives!  But for someone, perhaps a garden blogger!, this is a perfect paradise just waiting to be found.

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We were among the first tour guests to arrive at Patti’s garden.

Who could resist this house?

Who could resist this house?

Patti greets Allan.

Patti greets Allan.

When Patti needed some gardening help this year and we were unable to fit her garden in (due to our various extra long weekends of skiving off to garden tours), I recommended a couple of other good gardeners to her.  She said she did not want them “because they don’t come with Allan.”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Patti’s good friend Susan ready to greet guests; Allan’s photo

Patti, pre-tour, was squirting some organic mosquito repellent around the garden.

Patti, pre-tour, was squirting some organic mosquito repellent around the garden.

As I look longingly upon the house and try to remind myself of the good reasons to stay where we are, I also remind myself that Ilwaco does not seem to have a big mosquito problem.

the front borders

the front borders

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I had suggested to Patti over the years solutions for the corner of a yard where a big Cryptomeria had half dead limbs touching the ground.  The first thing she showed me was how she had had it cleaned up (because she did finally find a gardener who was as good as Allan!).

Allan's photo showing the newly limbed up tree

Allan’s photo showing the newly limbed up tree

clean path into the back corner

clean path into the back corner; big tree is to the left

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under the tree, with refreshed river rock

under the tree, with refreshed river rock

all fixed!

all fixed!

We had offered to haul the pile of debris away and then  I had forgotten all about it, so I was glad to see it all done and so very welcoming a space now.

to the south of the house

to the south of the lawn; big tree is to the right

Allan's photo, looking out to the lawn

Allan’s photo, looking out to the lawn

The whole space around that tree is so opened up now and it is possible to walk all down that side of the garden.

As the tour began, Long Beach city administrator Gene Miles was among the first to arrive.  His exquisite small garden was on last year’s tour.

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On the south side of the house, a patio with plenty of room for entertaining is bordered by a river rock bed and a small pond.

looking back to the front garden

looking back to the front garden

from the patio: a path leads west to the limbed up tree

from the patio: a path leads west to the limbed up tree

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pond

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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patio

 

The driftwood bench is from one piece found buried in mud along Willapa Bay.

The driftwood bench is from one piece found buried in mud along Willapa Bay.

dry creek bed by the pond

dry creek bed by the pond

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French doors, south side of house.

French doors, south side of house.

The French doors and porch were built by my former partner, Robert, while he lived at Patti’s for a year some time after he and I parted ways.  Now there’s a tale!  He installed the patio was well with his excellent sense for negative space and for not filling everything up with plants.  (I still strive to learn from this.)

As we go around the corner of the house, the patio gravel makes a wide entry to the back deck.

Around the corner

Around the corner

Robert also made the water feature by the back door.

Robert also made the water feature by the back door. (photo from earlier in June)

Behind the low hedge (photo above the water feature) in the southeast corner of the yard is Patti’s kitchen garden.

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raspberries and veg; I neglected to photograph the gorgeous stained glass over the entry arbour!

tour guests in the kitchen garden

tour guests in the kitchen garden

The garage is on the north side of the back garden, with a little lean to greenhouse at the end.

Patti's rose garden to the east of her deck.

Patti’s rose garden to the east of her deck.

the east end of the garden

the east end of the garden

the lean to greenhouse

the lean to greenhouse

work area with compost bins and chicken coop; Patti used to keep chickens years ago.

work area with compost bins and chicken coop; Patti used to keep chickens years ago.

The other gate leads to the little garden belong to Rose Cottage, one of Patti’s rental cottages (studio sized).

the back of the house

the back of the house

Patti (Allan's photo)

Patti (Allan’s photo)

One of the birdhouses was occupied by baby birds.

One of the birdhouses was occupied by baby birds.

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around the northeast corner to the north garden

around the northeast corner to the north garden

Allan's photo, looking into the garden from the arbour that leads from the side gate to the back deck

Allan’s photo, looking into the garden from the arbour that leads from the side gate to the back deck

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looking through the lattice to the north side lawn

looking through the lattice to the north side lawn

shade garden

shade garden

West of the shade garden lawn is the two bedroom rental, a sweet situation if you get the right tenants.

West of the shade garden lawn is the two bedroom rental, a sweet situation if you get the right tenants.

It has its own little fenced yard.

It has its own little fenced yard.  (The two yews in the background mark the front gate of Patti’s garden.)

looking back to the garage and back deck

looking back to the garage and back deck

and then around to the front garden again

and then around to the front garden again

and another look back

and another look back

The south side of the rental cottage makes one side of Patti's front garden.

The south side of the rental cottage makes one side of Patti’s front garden.

The front porch beckons.

The front porch beckons.

While we made our walk around the house, the tour had jumped into full swing.  (Over the course of the day, over 371 people would come through the garden.)

tour guests arriving

tour guests arriving

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti's daughter's dog; her own wiggly dog was boarded for the day.

Patti’s daughter’s dog; her own wiggly dog was boarded for the day.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

classic porch swing

classic porch swing

on the porch: raffle items for those who purchase a Water Music Festival membership

on the porch: raffle items for those who purchase a Water Music Festival membership

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at one end of the porch, treats

at one end of the porch, treats

and fine local coffee

and fine local coffee

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti's daughter enjoying the visitors.

Patti’s daughter enjoying the visitors.  Oat cakes and jam!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti's friend on the porch swing

Susan on the porch swing

tour guests Helen and Debbie arrive.

tour guests Helen and Debbie arrive.

Helen is the owner of the fabulous Westbrook garden in Astoria which we must visit again soon; Debbie is a staunch reader of this blog.

more friends arrive!  Debbie and me (Allan's photo)

more friends arrive! Debbie and me (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Debbie (left) of Rainyside.com had come all the way from Kingston, and Allison (center) had come from Bonney Lake (the Bonney Lassie blog).  We were so pleased to see them both.

guests browsing the garden

guests browsing the garden

In the living room, Cheri Walker of the 42nd Street Café warmed up on her harp.  One of the unusual features of this garden tour is that because it is a benefit for the Water Music Festival (which in turn benefits music programs in local schools), each garden features an accomplished musician.

Cheri in Patti's living room

Cheri in Patti’s living room

which is so beautiful I can't even imagine living there!

which is so beautiful I can’t even imagine living there!

the view from the living room onto the patio

the view from the living room onto the patio

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Cheri set up so her music would waft out of the French doors onto the patio.

Cheri set up so her music would waft out of the French doors onto the patio.

at the corner of the patio porch

at the corner of the patio porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We sat on the porch for awhile, even though I knew we should be getting on as we had ten gardens to see!

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view from the porch, Allan’s photo

visiting with Helen and Debbie (Allan's photo)

visiting with Helen and Debbie (Allan’s photo)

I told Patti we would be back later (although as it turned out, we saw the last garden in the closing minutes of the tour and never did get back that day to take more photos of Patti’s garden).  Although there’s probably no surprise in the news that Patti’s garden was my favourite, there are many fine gardens to come.

For another view of Patti’s garden, see Alison’s post on the Bonney Lassie blog.

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

At 8 AM (far too soon considering I rarely manage to sleep before 2 AM), I woke to wind battering the house, torrential rain, and a chill in the air that required the very unusual move of turning on the furnace early.  I left Allan a note on the bathroom counter to avoid waking him up with the news:

I really did not feel well and had been recently exposed to a friend's cold!

I really did not feel well and had been recently exposed to a friend’s cold.

However, at 10:30 I woke up again and looked at the Facebook profile of Shelly Pollock, the organizer of the GrassRoots Garbage Gang beach clean ups.  She wrote something so optimistic (as the storm raged with winds over 30 mph) that I felt a pang of guilt and got up, waking Allan from a sound sleep.  I feel attached to the Garbage Gang because I helped them make their Facebook page and because Shelly is such a good person.

By 11:30, with rain still pouring down, we were parked on 30th Street in Seaview….

by this pretty overgrown garden...

by this pretty garden…

…ready to begin our walk to the beach.

west end of 30th

west end of 30th

On the way, I dropped off a bag of scilla bulbs at a friend's cottage (having warned her that they are rampant).

On the way, I dropped off a bag of scilla bulbs at a friend’s cottage (having warned her that they are rampant).

And the rain stopped!

at the end of the block, a house with clematis on the porch lattice...

at the end of the block, a house with clematis on the porch lattice…

and a serious deer fence.

and a serious deer fence.

the end of the driving road

the end of the driving road

30th is not an official check in point, so we brought our own bags.

30th is not an official beach clean up check-in point, so we brought our own bags.

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Holman Creek, along the path to the beach

Holman Creek, along the path to the beach

path, also a fire lane

path, also a fire lane

wild beach pea

wild beach pea

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where the Discovery Trail crosses Holman Creek

where the Discovery Trail crosses Holman Creek

wild strawberries in the dune grass

wild strawberries in the dune grass

Allan pauses on the path to pick up our first trash find, some beer bottles.

Allan pauses on the path to pick up our first trash find, some beer bottles.

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Tiny coloured bits of plastic are tedious to pick.

Tiny coloured bits of plastic are tedious to pick.

Picking up dozens of little bits of plastic delays the satisfaction of filling a bag.  However, it is important because these tiny fragments are hazardous to beach birds, who mistake them for food.

The wind was still fierce and our large garbage bags whipped about with vigor.

wind

picking

more

We were glad when one of the event’s volunteer drivers, Handy Dave, stopped so we could get some of the smaller bags.  He told us he had been planning to work today but had seen that they were short on drivers so had volunteered after all.

dave

He had an interesting tray in the back of his truck.

He had an interesting find in the back of his truck.

possibly from Japan.

possibly from Japan.

Allan likes to look for trash right along the edge of the dunes.

Allan likes to look for trash right along the edge of the dunes.

eye

 

one perfectly good boot

one perfectly good boot

the hauling away of a trashed tractor tire

the hauling away of a trashed tractor tire

Other than Dave and the people hauling that tire away, we saw no other beach cleaners, and there was more trash left for us than usual.  We tend to get to the clean up half an hour after its usual 9:30 AM start, and for this one I had been sure we would be on time for once as it started at 10:30 due to an early clam digging tide.  The weather made us an hour late anyway, but I don’t think anyone had been down that stretch of beach other than us and some people who were there for other reasons.

clammers

clammers

surf fishing

and surf fishing

There is a warning on for later this weekend.

There is a warning on for later this weekend.

We found four good sized bags of trash.  A lot of it was buried by the strong wind, as was this pile of kelp.

buried

We worked our way south, then turned back after an hour and a half of picking in order to get to the exciting afternoon events in Long Beach town.  As we walked back, and cars drove by, I reflected on how I rarely go to this beach recreationally because I so dislike being passed by vehicles in such a natural, would be peaceful environment.