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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Astoria, Oregon

After being lured across the river by a garden tour of the Bohnke garden, we took Debbie to see the gardens at the Millpond Village, especially Helen’s garden, which I had visited several times before…

in July of 2012

in March of 2013

in June of 2013

in September of 2014

I led the way our parking spot to the garden only to find a fence around it and Helen’s neighbour, Sami, on the other side sitting on her porch.  I called out that Helen had said we could come see the garden anytime.  Sami said that we could but that it was her garden now!  Helen had sold it to her, in order to have more time for other pursuits, although they still both enjoyed it.  Thanks, Sami, for letting us in!

Sami’s Garden 

The garden is a lot between two townhouse buildings that Helen purchased for the making of a garden.

Sami's Garden

Sami’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a handsome hypericum

a handsome hypericum

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

gravel

This year Helen and Sami have experimented for the first time with having a kitchen garden.

huge tomatoes growing on the south wall of Sami's townhouse

huge tomatoes growing on the south wall of Sami’s townhouse

tomatoes

tomatoes

birdnest

Allan's photo: Sami's dog

Allan’s photo: Sami’s dog

Sami's little dog

Sami’s little dog escaping the sunshine

bench by the dry creek bed (winter drainage swale)

bench by the dry creek bed (winter drainage swale)

bench2

looking west

the creek bed and drainage swale

the creek bed and drainage swale

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

container

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a garden of tiny details

a garden of tiny details

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking west toward the millpond

looking west toward the millpond

We appreciated Sami letting three semi-strangers with cameras swarm through her garden.  Helen arrived at her townhouse toward the end of our visit and I was pleased to see her again.

Helen and friends (Allan's photo)

Helen and friends (Allan’s photo)

Mill Pond Village

After exploring Sami’s garden, we strolled around the Mill Pond Village, one of the most garden-y neighbourhoods I’ve ever seen.  I fantasize about living there but know that we couldn’t afford it.  Or if we could, we would be amongst moneyed people who would speak of their expensive travels and lifestyles that would be so different from what we can indulge in.  A working class neighbourhood with a street full of gardeners would be a more realistic fantasy for us.

I read up on the history of the village, a former mill pond that was saved from contamination, on this website.  This particularly interested me:  “The homes at Mill Pond Village all have garages that are accessed from rear alleys. Alley access reduces curb cuts in front of homes and maximizes available on-street parking. This traditional parking design allows for ample vehicle space while maintaining pedestrian friendliness.”  I thought back to my neighbourhood in Seattle, where most houses were backed with alleyways, and realized how much that did contribute to pedestrian friendliness.  I miss alleys.  They seem to be almost nonexistent in Peninsula towns.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here is another site with history and photos of the village.  It says “The diversity of housing allows for a range of incomes, ages and family structures. Housing types create the seaside village-like, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood.”  Hmmm….maybe I can imagine, after all.  It’s not the townhouses that draw me, just the fact that almost everyone seems to like gardening.

looking north to the Columbia River.  This expanse of lawn is just to the east of Sami's garden.

looking north to the Columbia River. This expanse of lawn is just to the east of Sami’s garden.

looking back to Sami's garden

looking back to Sami’s garden

between two townhouses

between two townhouses

closer

closer

one of many pocket gardens

one of many pocket gardens

hydrangea and hosta

hydrangea and hosta

hosta, hydrangea, Geranium 'Rozanne'

hosta, hydrangea, Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Well grown hostas are all the rage here.

Well grown hostas are all the rage here.

white hydrangea by crisp white railing

white hydrangea by crisp white railing

gardening between buildings

gardening between buildings

to the north, the River Walk and the tracks of the Astoria Trolley

to the north, the River Walk and the tracks of the Astoria Trolley

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

curbside garden in full exposure to river storms (Allan's photo)

curbside garden in full exposure to river storms (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking south, Sami's garden is on the right at the end of the sidewalk.

looking south, Sami’s garden is on the right at the end of the sidewalk.

freighter heading toward the mouth of the Columbia River

freighter heading toward the mouth of the Columbia River

In Astoria, bar pilots are employed to navigate the ships over the hazardous Columbia River Bar (long known as the Graveyard of the Pacific).

These folks had just moved from Seattle to Seaside, Oregon, and were reveling in small town life.

These folks had just moved from Seattle to Seaside, Oregon, and were reveling in small town life.

Allan's photo as the wind drove them from their reading.

Allan’s photo as the wind drove them from their reading.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

telephoto

telephoto

ship2

ship3

ship4

I was ever so pleased at the ship putting on a good show for Debbie, and even more pleased when the trolley came by right on cue.

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley. Ding, ding, ding went the bell.

Clang, clang, clang went the trolley. Ding, ding, ding went the bell.

Debbie and the trolley (Allan's photo)

Debbie and the trolley (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking south over the village

looking south over the village

looking south at the river and Big Red

looking south at the river and Big Red

From Astoria’s History Along the (trolley) Tracks:  “The big red building out in the river was a net drying and mending shed or net loft. Natural fiber nets, which often were made in the fishermen’s homes during the winters, needed to be dried between uses. Fishermen could navigate their boats right up under the building where a hoist would lift the nets to dry. The building was used in the movie “Free Willy II.” A local artist and art professor has purchased the building and is renovating it to be artist studios and small shops.”  (It was badly damaged in the big storm of November, 2007, and since then efforts have been made to save it.)  “It was as if the top floor and roof kind of twisted and lifted up, and went over the river and fell into the river,” said Sarah, recounting the 160-mile-per-hour winds that tore through Astoria that day, ripping away the second story of the building.  …. Eddie Park, a friend of the Nebekers who had been helping board up the windows was thrown 40 feet and broke his arm against a wall. Royal and Park were trapped in the loft as winds raged around them. After 20 hours, they escaped by strapping themselves to a ladder for weight and then crawling on their bellies down the long gangplank to shore.”

Read more: http://djcoregon.com/news/2012/06/04/preservationists-try-to-save-uppertown-net-loft-in-astoria/#ixzz3hcm6jFv7

We drove the couple of blocks west to the actual Mill Pond so that Debbie could get a close look at both it and the public garden next to it.

the mill pond

the mill pond; the public park is at the lower left-ish

the park, Allan's photo

the park, Allan’s photo

I espied a darling little garden right on the banks of the pond.  We took a good look at it from every angle (except for looking up from the steep bank of the pond).

three

black hollyhocks

black hollyhocks

It was windy!

It was windy!

black

two

 

 

one

 

table2

table

 

eight

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

five

 

seven

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

six

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Right across the street to the west was the cutest red house.  I had assumed you could not paint your house a colour like that in the village.

red like my grandma's house

red like my grandma’s house

small, but long...garage in the back?

small, but long…garage in the back?

It has a vacant lot next door that could perhaps be purchased for a garden.  My new dream house, if it included the lot next door.

Allan's photo.  I could weep with unrequited desire for this house.

Allan’s photo. I could weep with unrequited desire for this house.

Debbie parted ways with us as she was headed back to her home up north.  Allan and I had not intended to go the market because we’d assumed we would not find parking.  When a parking spot opened up for us on Marine Drive, we took the opportunity after all.

Astoria Sunday Market

Who should be playing but Double J and the Boys, who also play the Ilwaco Saturday Market.

Who should be playing but Double J and the Boys, who also play the Ilwaco Saturday Market.

always one of my favourite booths of tiny bottles made into hanging vases with twists of wire.

always one of my favourite booths of small bottles made into hanging vases with twists of wire.

looking south up the market blocks

looking south up the market blocks

one of several produce stands

one of several produce stands

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

dog pyjamas? (Allan's photo)

dog pyjamas? (Allan’s photo)

further south

further south

flower booth

flower booth

flowers3

flowers4

flowers5

I've often seen this woman and her dog around the Peninsula.

I’ve often seen this woman and her dog around the Peninsula.

I saw our Long Beach friend Debbie at the Master Gardeners booth but did not have much time to visit as the market was due to close in a few minutes.  (It only goes till 3 PM.)  I needed to browse the plant displays.

plant sales

plant sales

more plants

more plants

I did buy a coneflower.

I did buy a coneflower.

jams to taste (Allan's photo)

jams to taste (Allan’s photo)

another flower booth

another flower booth: The wind was blowing hard so I think that fellow was holding the booth in place.

I bought some goat cheese from Skamokawa.

I bought some goat cheese from Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery.

There was our Peninsula Humane Society raffle booth.

There was our Peninsula Humane Society raffle booth.

Someone had purchased this enviable garden art.

Someone had purchased this enviable garden art.

some of the excellent Astoria planters

some of the excellent Astoria planters

I think Astoria gardener Jessica Schlief may have something to do with these?

I think Astoria gardener Jessica Schlief may have something to do with these?

I do wish Ms. Jessica would send me her email address so we could get in touch.

Even thought the market was packing up, the food court was mostly still open so we were able to get a meal from my favourite vendor, O Falafel!

O! Falafel

O Falafel

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ilwaco

later at home: a falafel plate with hummous, baba ganoush, tabouli....O! Joy.

later at home: a falafel plate with hummous, baba ganoush, tabouli….O! Joy.

Allan actually went out watering in Ilwaco Sunday evening after all that….

while filling up the water tank at the boatyard...

while filling up the water tank at the boatyard…

cool silver painted tree at a new business in town (Paula's shop)

cool silver painted tree at a new business in town (Paula’s shop)

watering the community building garden

watering the community building garden

It feels like we have been garden touring for days.  It’s time to get back to work, with the next garden tour due next Sunday at Pam’s public gardens in Seaside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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