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Saturday, 15 July 2017

On our way home from the Visions of Paradise tour, we drove by a garden where I knew a great gardener lived, someone I used to know but had not seen since 2003.  I blogged about a previous garden of hers here.

Kate’s garden

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driving slowly past the front garden

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We drove past the corner, where I learned later that Kate is trying to kill off horrible horsetail..

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a scene of battle against horsetail

…and I could not see down into the secret garden below except for glimpsing one foxtail lily glowing in sunlight.  Trying to spy more successfully, we turned the corner but could not see in because of an effective privacy barrier of a steep slope of blackberries.  Up the road, we turned around at the courthouse and came back to head on home…and there was Kate just pulling into her driveway.  She had also been on the garden tour and had thought she glimpsed me in one of the gardens.

She warmly invited us in and began our tour by showing us her latest visions of art, intricate assemblages around masks cast from faces of herself and her friends.

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Most of the pieces were accompanied by poem fragments, which Kate read to us.  One was by Mary Oliver.  I confess I had not heard of her but I intend to read her work.

After being enveloped in the magical world of Kate’s home, she took us out the back door to see her garden.

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on the back porch, with garden books

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This is so Kate.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

The garden lay below the porch in a hidden space that felt like a bowl of light.  It gives the impression of an entirely sunken garden because of the house on one side and two steep banks.

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a fountain was burbling in the shade against the wall.

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Here my camera battery died and I switched to my iPhone.

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ornamental and edible

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a little fountain

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Kate was amazed I had managed to glimpse that one foxtail lily from above.

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rebar and hoops from an old whiskey barrel

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an outhouse (with a bucket)

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an enviable ‘Forest Pansy’ redbud

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It loves this sheltered spot.

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Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’

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Forest Pansy redbud (Allan’s photo)

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huge buddleia flower

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Allan’s photo

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in a little leanto greenhouse

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double rain barrel (Allan’s photo)

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the house from below

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leaf tapestry

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shed in a corner of the garden (with lean to greenhouse on one side)

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Allan’s photo

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back up on the porch:

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lifting the veil

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another veil lifted

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more of Kate’s art in the kitchen

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one of Kate’s “rug” paintings

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detail

When I knew her years ago, she used to paint scenes like the one above on furniture.

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from the front porch (Allan’s photo)

She walked us outside and we looked at the corner where her horsetail battle is waged.

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I told Kate that she is an artistic genius. Then Allan and I had to depart because we were due back at home to meet friends.

A Naselle garden

On the way, we of course drove the Naselle and river route rather than the OUTSIDE lane of the Willapa Curves.  Besides, I wanted to check out a garden that we had seen when attending an Indivisible meeting in Naselle last winter.  We have only seen this garden by skirting around the outside, from the street and from the Naselle Timberland Library parking lot.

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In the winter, this swalewas full of rain water.

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view from the library parking lot

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This was IN the library parking lot.

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from the street

Running fairly late by now, I texted our friends that we would soon be joining them.  They were already in our garden waiting.

Apres-tour in our garden

Debbie (Rainyside Gardeners) and Jeanne had gone on the Peninsula garden tour that day.  (Perhaps three years ago, I had introduced Debbie to our local tour and since then she has been invited back to write about it.)  We arrived home and immediately set about making a campfire so that we could all relax and talk about garden touring.  I set Skooter free from the convalescent room so he could join us. He ran joyously from one end of the back garden to the other after his week indoors. 

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Allan, Debbie, Jeanne, and Devery from next door

Debbie, author of Gardening for the Homebrewer, had found some perry (a pear cider made from a certain type of pear) at Sid’s market in Seaview.  It was delicious and I intend to acquire more.

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campfire food

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

After peering over the fence on Thursday at a fascinating property that Our Kathleen had told me about, we got a comment on our blog from Charlene that made me feel compelled to see inside.

“I was on that property, for a gathering, and it’s more than incredible. I walked around for a couple hours and still didn’t see everything. You would come upon a garden item, and stand and look, to see what he had repurposed to make it. He would go to Boeing surplus and buy all these ordinary things and come back and make magician garden areas and displays. He is a pure inventor. I just did not want to leave! If you get a chance to visit it, go.”

So I called the realty company today and said I don’t want to buy it (even if I sort of do) but that I would love to blog about it…and the listing agent was happy to show us around. Here is the  Artist garden link and the description:

“This is so much more than 4 vacant land parcels. Enter the gates and you enter a private garden like no other. 100s of plants in containers, a grove of bamboo, mature trees and beautiful one-off gazebos and garden features. All of this is anchored by a grand pavilion made from steel and found materials in the grand style of The Rural Studio and Samuel Mockbee. The site features a private well, 2 RV cleanouts, 100 amp power, sleeping area, kitchen and bathroom, and 40′ steel storage container.”  The agent is Mark Magee at 503-860-5596.

Samuel Mockbee’s goal was providing “shelter for the soul.”  I feel that here on this property.

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On Thursday, the two big gates were closed.

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Today, one was open.

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the road in

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Meeting Mark’s dog, Ajax.

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sweet Ajax

The owner collected salvage and turned it into art. Mark told us that some viewers wonder what they would do with all that “junk”.  The sort of people I know would be thrilled to have it.

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Allan’s photo

 

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English ivy was the only horticultural problem that I saw.

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Allan’s photo

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and moles…  The construction to the left had fallen apart this past winter.

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now (Allan’s photo)

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Here it was in happier times.

At the center of the property is a large pavilion.

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south end of the pavilion

 

Here are three photos of the pavilion from the real estate listing:

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a party from the past

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This maybe went back to before the pavilion was covered.

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In the pavilion today. The glowing end walls are made of automative floor mats.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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north of the pavilion

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Allan’s photo

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the north end of the pavilion

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Allan’s photo

On the south back side of the property is the large storage container and all sorts of ingredients for more projects.  The entire property is fenced, tall enough to keep out deer.

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Allan’s photo

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storage unit and potential extra living space (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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lights (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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fence (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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east end of the property

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At the east end of the large property are two joined sheds.

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a breezeway in between the sheds

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center breezeway

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woodsy view, close to the back edge of the property

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One side has a working kitchen and bathroom.

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bathroom (Allan’s photo); also has a shower

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and a door to the outside

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The other could be the sleeping space.

If I were, say, 40, I would still have the energy to say I could so easily live in this space.  We could convert the 40 foot storage container into more housing, or bring in an RV to one of the two RV sites.  To add an actual house, manufactured or stick built, one would have to have a new septic system installed. Earlier in my life, I’d have found it easy to live with what’s there now.

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the view back out to the pavilion

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built on a grand and massive scale

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more ingredients by the sheds (Allan’s photo)

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You might have to make a few dump runs if you couldn’t figure out how to use every last thing.

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Clearly, many plans were unrealized here.

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Allan’s photo

I can easily imagine a delightful alternative life here.  I can’t leave my home and garden to take it on….but maybe you can?

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I asked realtor Mark Magee to please let me know if he has any more listings that are amazing secret soul nurturing hideaways like this. I would love to see them and blog about them.  After all, it was my blog posts about it that brought the perfect new owner to the original Tangly Cottage.

 

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