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Joy Creek

Some of these photos were taken on a trip that I made in spring with Long Beach parks manager Mike Kitzman to buy plants for the new beach approach garden and some parks, but some of the photos of later summer flowers may have been taken when Mary and I went to Sauvie Island, because I cannot imagine being that close to Joy Creek without dragging her to the nursery.

spring at Joy Creek

spring at Joy Creek

English delphiniums

English delphiniums

mixed border

mixed border

Penstemons, part of the "Kissed" series for which Joy Creek is renowned.

Penstemons, part of the “Kissed” series for which Joy Creek is renowned.

mixed border

mixed border

Penstemon

Penstemon

Canna and Brugmansia

Canna and Brugmansia

Canna and Brugmansia

Canna and Brugmansia

A couple of years before, Ann Lovejoy and Lucy Hardiman had given a workshop at Joy Creek in creating a texture garden, so that rock and gravel area was of particular interest to me.

in the texture garden

in the texture garden

in the texture garden

in the texture garden

in the texture garden

in the texture garden

in the texture garden

in the texture garden

Lobelia tupa

Lobelia tupa

Sauvie Island

My dear friend Mary (friends since age 12) had gotten a very good job and for three years in a row, she took me on a fabulous overnight trip!  The first one was to Sauvie Island, almost to Portland….a world of its own.

On the way, we passed this cute place in a little Columbia River-side Oregon town.

in a small town

in a small town

Sauvie Island is surrounded by dikes, and when we climbed over the one by the B and B we saw this huge ship on its way back from Portland…You can just see the lights of Portland in the distance, and a half moon.

Sauvie Island

Sauvie Island

Lots of ornamental plants are grown commercially there.

farm

farm

I wonder if Cistus Nursery had started up then?  If it had, I certainly don’t seem to have discovered it yet.

We stayed in kind of a funny bed and breakfast where we had the two downstairs bedrooms.  The basement was still decorated with family photos and we felt like we were the kids home from college.  It was sweet.  We heard cows mooing into the night.  Well, I did.  Mary had earplugs.   I was delighted to find by my bed a sequel to one of my favourite books ever, The Bachelor Brothers Bed and Breakfast.  The next  morning at breakfast, our host told us that the Oregon B&B Association had asked the author to give a speech, but he declined, saying he really knew nothing of B&Bs.  The books feel so real, you would think he did.

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