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Allan and I simply HAD to go on the Garden Conservancy tour on Sauvie Island because I had accidentally brought my friend Sheila‘s one gallon Stewartia tree home from the Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend 2008.  Sauvie would be an excellent place for the two of us to rendezvous (and of course to shop at Cistus and Scappoose’s Joy Creek nurseries).

I worry a bit that if I am frank about my thoughts on some of the tour gardens, I might hurt the feelings of a garden owner who happens upon this.  It takes courage to let the public into one’s garden.   So I will continue my vague policy of raving about the ones I adore.  If there’s a garden that amazes and moves me, I tend to take so many photos that it gets its own journal entry.

I apologize that three years later I can’t flash my memory back to tell you the names of the gardens….

the first garden

The second garden had metal garden art throughout.

second garden

garden art in second garden

Sheila drew my attention to the huge trunks twined around the front arbour.

arbour trunks, second garden

Here’s a plant I keep trying and failing to grow, and still want:  Impatiens omeiana.

pretty sure the middle plant is impatiens omeiana…

The third garden’s owners provided a written tour guide with clever questions and clues to guide us through the landscape.  I think the house was new.  While big and grand, it gave a pleasant impression of homey farmhouse.  The wattle fencing around garden beds and compost pile charmed me.

garden three….house and wattle fences

wattle fenced bed and compost heap

The straw bale edged beds inspired me to do the same…an inspiration I still have not followed, but mean to.

straw bale beds, garden three

We all loved the straw bale summer house.  As we drew closer, we realized it had a built in stained glass window and its own little front garden bed!

straw bale summer house, garden three

Inside: the perfect summer get-away for a nap or a reading a good book.

straw room hideaway, garden three

While the third garden was more of a casual landscape than a garden we enjoyed its special touches.

mossy bench, garden three

tiny pond, garden three

I have to break my vague rule of no complaining already….because I really must point out that garden number four was simply not ready to be on the tour.  If a garden is this new and has not somehow been given some flow and cohesiveness, in my opinion it should wait a year or two to be on the tour.  Some perennials stuck in, or even sword ferns, would have helped.

The potential was great in garden four even though parts of it made me barking mad.  It had a rawly new pond landscape.  I would very much like to have seen it just a couple of years later.  I suppose garden tours do not often come to Sauvie and the chance to be on one was irresistable.  I also imagine the garden owners had some hesitation and I apologize, if they have happened upon this….

pond, garden four

One area with mature plantings gives an idea of how lovely the entire garden must be a few years later…

garden four in maturity

Gardens five and six are going to get their own entries.  Skipping ahead here to garden seven, we found another big farming landscape with a pretty garden just around the house.  I remember now…It was a peony farm, but at the time we visited, the peonies had already bloomed.  Those fields must be spectacular in flowering time.

harvested peony field, garden seven

Closer to the house a lovely area of roses and lavender and the gardens right by the house must have been a great pleasure to the owners….especially now that the hard work of peony harvest was over.

house and porch, garden seven

lovely arbours, garden seven

lavender beds, garden seven

…Next stop Joy Creek Nursery in Scappoose.  But for the blog reader, let’s flash back to the wonderful gardens number five and six first.

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