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29 July 2012: Gearhart, Oregon, a benefit for Clatsop County CASA

front porch

front porch

Garden three, our favourite!!!! The Dee Madden garden: “It’s not hard to imagine being at the perfect outdoor party as you walk around this entertaining garden.” Might I add that the greeting table had, along with yummy cookies, a container of Red Vines just like Allan picked out to include with our tour day snacks!

walking around the house

walking around the house

my garden by the sea

my little garden by the sea

garden sign

garden sign

beside the back deck

beside the back deck

side garden

side garden

southeast corner

southeast corner

On the way into the garden, we had  the man who creates these rock stacks (behind the chair, right, and below). He was the same man, mentioned two entries ago, who is good friends and works with Steve Clarke. These rocks are NOT bolted together; they are perfectly stacked in balance.

He said he does not install them in gardens with children or rambunctious dogs, but he added that he can press on them and not have them topple. (I assume he meant press down, not sideways).

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

stacked rocks

From the corner with the double adirondack chair and the stacked rocks, we turned left and walked behind the walled back deck.walkway behind the deck, looking north, and then south

walkway behind the deck, looking north, and then south

The back deck, enclosed in cedar shake walls, had at least three access points.  I think that it is what made this my favourite garden.  That, and the friendly and winning personality of garden owner Dee herself.

on the deck

on the deck

view to back path from the center of the deck

view to back path from the center of the deck

deck insetI loved the way the deck had an inset garden bed, and the simplicity of the big table and benches and the variety of interesting plants in bed, containers, and windowboxes, including one of my favourites, Salvia patens (lower left).

deckgarden

on the deck

on the deck

inset garden, handsome table

inset garden, handsome table

the table of perfection

the table of perfection

At the northeast corner of the deck (if I don’t have my directions all turned around), an opening led to a river rock fire circle.  Now I could so clearly picture wonderful parties here.

to the circle

to the circle

fire circle

fire circle

fire circle

fire circle

looking back at the generously proportioned deck

looking back at the generously proportioned deck

the north side garden, with another rock stack

the north side garden, with another rock stack

and another

and another

garden

rustic birdhouse, north of deck

rustic birdhouse, north of deck

At the corner of the house we came upon a table with delicious cookies, photos of the rock stack man’s creations on the beach and a postcard for Harvest Moon Designs, Dee’s helper with garden ideas.

refreshments

refreshments

We did not want to leave Dee’s garden, but of course, as usual, we had more gardens to see and the tour ended early (for us) at 3 PM.  With a last look over the fence…

from outside

from outside

On the way around the corner, we lingered briefly to admire a round rock edged garden bed.  It might be a pain to weed, but it looks so nice.

beach rock bed

beach rock bed

Interlude

On the walk to the next garden, we enjoyed a house with a simple but effective planting of roses and Stipa tenuissima,

Stipa and Roses

Stipa and Roses

two tiny cottages....

two tiny cottages….

and a pair of garden benches that would make even an ungardened yard a pleasant place to be.

benches

And now on to garden number four…

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