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Saturday, 14 July 2018

Colorful Coastal Gardens tour

 Grayland, Washington

presented by the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County

Our ticket to the tour is a beautiful booklet with photos and a write up about each garden.

Each gardener chose a quotation to go with the garden description.

I must give credit to The Outlaw Gardener for the idea of using snippets of the garden descriptions throughout these posts.

As you can see, we were close to salt water all day.

Charles and Hans’ garden, Grayland

Gardeners’ quotation: “Gardening requires a lot of water, mostly in the form of perspiration.” -Lou Erickson

From the description, I expected a low maintenance and perhaps rather sparse garden.  We were delighted to find instead a lush but wisely planted garden of great beauty.

Allan’s photo

Each garden has a poster with a list of which sustainable garden practices were employed.

Hans and Charles’ garden

Our greeter and ticket stamper had on a most delightful garden hat.

A docent, neither Charles nor Han (Allan’s photo)

up the driveway (Allan’s photo)

looking back to the entry

When one of this gardener team, Charles, decided to remove a patch of lawn to install a dry river bed, he was responding to the summer drought situation this coastal region experiences. Except for small plantings, this part of the garden is watered only by rainfall.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

on up the driveway past the two story garage

along the side of the garage

handsome brunnera and enviably perfect hostas

farther up the shady border

Allan’s photo

across the front lawn to the sunny side

Allan’s photo

on the front porch

green and lovely table setting

At the back of the garage, on the shady side again:

Allan’s photo

looking back

from whence we came

The path around the side of the house beckons.

looking back along the side pathway

entering the back garden

Allan’s photo

“The garden behind the home invites guests into a private peaceful space of manicured lawn edged in stone block.  This formal setting contrasts with the informal dry river bed in front of the home.”

straight ahead

to my right

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

“The Lazy Gardener”

looking back

gorgeous tawny achillea

behind: the garden shed

Allan’s photo

Charles identifies a plant. (Allan’s photo)

Linaria (toadflax) was perhaps the plant in question. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan and I almost always walk through the garden by different routes and at a different pace, crossing paths occasionally, so it always interests me when we take almost the same photo.

Allan, in blue shirt, is in the above photo.

Allan’s photo

looking back

further back garden exploration

Here is the entry, through a hedge, to the field where the vegetable garden resides.

entry to the vegetable garden area (Allan’s photo)

“The vegetable garden continues to the rear of the formal garden and slips over the hillside to the raised beds designed for efficiency of labor.”

Allan’s photo

“Sand was the challenge to overcome. Compost and mulching was the answer.”

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The next door neighbour also had a vegetable garden.

Next door (Allan’s photo)

What a great start to the tour!

 

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

The WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties present:

aberdeen

garden four: “Innovative and Organic”

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We are now in the north hills of Aberdeen.

We are now in the north hills of Aberdeen.  I found a way to walk around and avoid the lower steps.

I was able to approach over the low lawn.

I was able to approach over the low lawn to get to the stairs with a railing.

after going a roundabout way to avoid the lower steps. I wasn't looking forward to having to come down backward because of my knee problem!

after going a roundabout way to avoid the lower steps. I wasn’t looking forward to having to come down backward because of my knee problem!  But I am determined to see any good garden.

I actually had a bit of acrophobia on the walkway next to the front of the house, so I scooted along as fast as I could, and so the first photo I took was at the front corner, with my back to the view.

a planted bathtub

a planted bathtub

rosemary with a hint of the view (Allan's photo)

rosemary with a hint of the view (Allan’s photo)

lawn and sitting area at the side of the house

lawn and sitting area at the side of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

ferns backed with bamboo

ferns backed with bamboo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

determined bamboo (Allan’s photo)

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and through the garden "gate"

and through the garden “gate”

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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 path beside the back deck (Allan's photo)

path beside the back deck (Allan’s photo)

by the back deck

by the back deck

tools handy for use

tools handy for use

Resplendent in my favourite colour: The gardener, Eileen

Resplendent in my favourite colour: The gardener, Eileen (center)

garden creator Eileen (Allan's photo)

garden creator Eileen (Allan’s photo)

sub-irrigated raised beds (Allan's photo)

sub-irrigated raised beds (Allan’s photo)

irrigation diagram

irrigation diagram

garlic scapes

garlic scapes

Looking back

Looking back on the kitchen garden

raised bed (Allan's photo)

raised bed (Allan’s photo)

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the kitchen garden

The back deck. The raised beds are to my right.

The back deck. The raised kitchen garden beds are on my right at the side of the garden.

Up to the deck. I want me some BLACK resin chairs!

Up to the deck. I want me some BLACK plastic chairs!  (Not fancy—but they fit my budget.)

from the deck

from the deck looking to the shady side

kitchen garden from the deck

kitchen garden from the deck

back patio beds and pond

back patio beds and pond

center garden

center garden

garden pool

garden pond

the pond (Allan's photo)

the pond (Allan’s photo)

recycled edging for back deck (Allan's photo)

recycled edging for back deck (Allan’s photo)

center of back garden, just past the pond

center of back garden, just past the pond

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opposite side from kitchen garden raised beds

shady opposite side from kitchen garden raised beds

worm composting tube and slow waterer (Allan's photo)

worm composting tube and slow waterer (Allan’s photo)

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Despite my passion for gardens with cool collectible plants, this worm composting tube is one of the most exciting ideas that I got out of this tour.  We will try this!  It could eliminate the need to put kitchen scraps in a compost bin.

worm composting tube demonstration (Allan's photo)

worm composting tube demonstration (Allan’s photo)

garden innovator Frank (Allan's photo)

garden innovator Frank (Allan’s photo)

What have we here?

What have we here?

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Frank explains how they work. I think Allan understood it.

Frank explains how they work. I think Allan understood it.

self leveling rain water barrels (Allan's photo)

self leveling rain water barrels (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  The water runs in a pipe along the bottom and up into the barrels.

A barrel for water dipping

A barrel for water dipping

This was his previous method of getting water from one barrel to another.

This was Frank’s previous method of getting water from one barrel to another.

potting bench

potting bench at the back of the garden

Next to the potting bench and the garden greeters, I was thrilled to see an easy exit.  In fact, it was the proper entrance to the garden with the garden greeters seated at a table to stamp one’s passport.  I was thrilled to not have to go back down the long stairway.

the easy way out (Allan's photo)

the easy way out (Allan’s photo)

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interlude

I had noticed on the drive up the hill that Aberdeen has alleys in the older residential neighbourhoods.  Long alleys are non existent on the Long Beach Peninsula and I miss them.  I loved alleys back in Seattle because of glimpses of folks’ back gardens and I used to take long walks of alley exploration.

Ah, an actual alley.

Ah, an actual alley.

across the alley, a gardening neighbour

across the alley and down a bit, a gardening neighbour

Allan noticed the same cute arbor.

Allan noticed the same cute arbor.

same house, alleyside container garden

same house, alleyside container garden

Downhill, I glimpsed a beautiful old house.

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telephoto

telephoto

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This bindweed festooned house had been declared unsafe to enter.

This bindweed festooned house across the street had been declared unsafe to enter.

on the street where we parked

on the street where we parked

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Big Pink

Big Pink

another interesting Aberdeen house

another interesting Aberdeen house

Next: we go further uphill to an amazing aerie of a garden.  So far, four out of four gardens had been excellent, and we had four more to visit.

 

 

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