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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Our company arrived from Canada: Kilyn and Peter.  They came bearing gifts of books, a box of Builders Tea, some British throat lozenges for winter ills, some pastries from the local bakery and some British biscuits.

You may know Kilyn as the reader who comments as Steveston Gardener.  Her spouse, Peter, is a delightfully droll Australian.

We had our own garden as ready for touring as time and energy allowed—pretty good, if I dare say so, and the unweeded parts can be called “rewilded”.

Our Garden

We’d had this much rain in the past two days, giving us the gift of this day off.

In the back garden, I immediately realized the Cripps Pink apple tree was half its former height.  Rain, wind, and the weight of too many apples had snapped off the top.  Peter demonstrates how heavy with apples the snapped trunks are.  What a shame.

When Kilyn took a photo of the little pond, I saw that raccoons, or perhaps Skooter, had knocked several blue pottery pieces into the depths. Allan fixed it.  We were all excited to see the one fish. I had assumed it had been eaten weeks ago.

Those are the sort of things that would be a disaster on a garden tour day but are just fine with good friends.

By going garden touring in Ocean Shores this weekend, I will miss three days of lily-opening time.

That timing proves the wisdom of anyone setting a garden tour date for this weekend as peak lily time reliably begins now.

After touring into every corner and path of the garden…

followed by some sitting in the shade…

Peter (Allan’s photo)

…we needed to pass another hour or so before the main feature of the day and so we repaired to

The Boreas Inn.

After touring the entry garden and the west lawn beds…

…we had a tour of the inn…

(My favourite is the garden suite.)

…and a visit with Susie in the west-facing sunroom.

We then were off…

…for an afternoon at

The Bayside Garden.

Upon arrival, Peter said he almost cried on the way up the driveway “because it is so beautiful, and,” he added, “I’m not a gardener.”

Kilyn is the impassioned gardener and garden blog reader.  She faithfully reads (among others) my two favourites, The Tootlepedal blog and The Miserable Gardener.

We both best like blogs that show imperfections rather than, as she puts it, carefully curated photos.

Kilyn, Peter, and John with his garden notebook

A trio of Rhododendron pachysanthum was first to be thoroughly admired.

We viewed every part of the garden.

Kilyn’s photo

Kilyn’s photo

Kilyn’s photo

red stems of drimys picking up the color of Orange Rocket Barberry.

We all expected Orange Rocket to be columnar.  It is not.

Thuja ‘Forever Goldie’

Kilyn’s photo

“mosquito grass” (Allan’s photo)

Rhododendron ‘Sinogrande’

Allan’s photo

Steve, Kilyn, ‘Cryptomeria ‘Black Dragon’

in the Cryptomeria grove

blue-silver Rhododendron lepidostylum

Rhododendron edgeworthii

deer ferns on the move

Kilyn’s photo

Rhododendron quinquefolium

Rhododendron sinofalconeri

Rhododendron ‘Cherries and Merlot’

We visited my most special favourite pet of a rhododendron:

Rhododendron degronianum subsp. yakushimanum x R. pachysanthum

Hydrangea ‘Lemon Daddy’

Rhododendron makinoi

Rhododendron ‘Ever Red’

How to hide an ugly electric box:

Steve says he’d now choose something other than laurel, and the vine to the right is fatshedera.

Kilyn and the evergreen huckleberry glade

Kilyn’s photo

kayaks passing by on a high tide

We closed our tour in the kitchen with coffee and homemade muffins and some garden talk.

from inside the house (Allan’s photo)

John’s garden book (Allan’s photo)

Later in the evening, we met again with Kilyn and Peter for dinner at

The Depot Restaurant.

steak Killian

Prawns Bangkok

After feasting, we walked west one block to tour

The Sou’wester Lodge and trailer court.

 I do believe that the next time they visit, Kilyn and Peter will be parking their caravan here.

We suggested the Peter “place a call” at the phone booth and could hear his laughter.

Kilyn tried it next.

vintage trailers for rent by the night (known as “Trailer Classics Hodgepodge”)

Jessica Schlief is doing a spectacular job on the Sou’wester gardens.

Tomorrow, the four of us leave to take two different routes to meet again at Saturday’s garden tour in Ocean Shores.

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Before we continue with our social day of garden touring, here is a “real time alert“.  Jo and Bob’s home sale did not go through, so their wonderful house and tiny guest cottage and dreamy garden and extra lot (for potential garden expansion) are for sale.  Here is the link to the real estate listing.  And here is the blog post about the garden on tour day in 2013.  We do so hope a gardener buys the place…maybe you?  Now back to our narrative:

Friday, 15 June 2016

The Bayside Garden

After touring THE Oysterville garden, we took our friends Kathleen and Ann to see Steve and John’s collectors’ garden on the bay.  Ann was impressed by their Erik Fagerland designed house.   The trees are not falling; it’s that annoying thing that pocketcams do.

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John and Steve awaiting our arrival as if they had not been out grooming the garden. (Allan's photo)

John and Steve awaiting our arrival as if they had not been out grooming the garden. (Allan’s photo)

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rhododendron trio by the front door

Rhododendron pachysanthum trio by the front door

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

telephoto: intense colors echoed

telephoto: intense colors echoed

We walked around the north side of the house past the exuberant dahlia bed to the green roof of the pump house.

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eye level with a forest of succulents

eye level with a forest of succulents

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ann and Steve (Allan's photo)

Ann and Steve (Allan’s photo)

North east corner of property: The shrub bed has been expanded, and a bed will be created around that lone trillium that lives in the lawn.

North east corner of property: The shrub bed has been expanded, and a bed will be created around that lone trillium that lives in the lawn.

On the bay side of the house, Ann had been impressed last winter at the clipped everygreen huckleberries.  They made her happy all over again.

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Hydrangea 'Pistachio' (Allan's photo)

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’ (Allan’s photo)

glade of clipped huckleberries

glade of clipped huckleberries

The one to the very right is shaped but not mounded.

The one to the very right is shaped but not mounded.

perfect in every detail

perfect in every detail

One of two Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Iceberg' on the west side if the garage

One of two Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Iceberg’ on the west side if the garage

We walked and admired the many young trees and shrubs.  Both Kathleen and Ann can hold up their end of a plant nut conversation and are happy to give each individual plant the attention it deserves.

Look at the three colours with old and new growth.

Look at the three colours with old and new growth. R. auriculatum…I think.

Acer rubrum 'Vanity'

Acer rubrum ‘Vanity’

We began to work our way through the shade down the north side of the garden.

Left: My favourite Pittosporum 'Tasman Ruffles' pruned into a cone.

Left: My favourite Pittosporum ‘Tasman Ruffles’ pruned into a cone. I did not know one could do that.

Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier'

Ulmus x hollandica ‘Jacqueline Hillier’

Ulmus x hollandica 'Jacqueline Hillier' : Foliage is softer than it looks.

Ulmus x hollandica ‘Jacqueline Hillier’ : Foliage is softer than it looks.

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a creamy, limey hydrangea

a creamy, limey hydrangea

enviably perfect hostas due to diligent applications of sluggo

enviably perfect hostas due to diligent applications of sluggo

Plant examination. I try to sound knowledgable.

Plant examination. I try to sound knowledgable.

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a backlit hydrangea just at the edge of neighbour Ron's property

a backlit hydrangea just at the edge of neighbour Ron’s property

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ann pointed out that Allan's shirt matched. His photo proves it.

Ann pointed out that Allan’s shirt matched. His photo proves it.

We emerged into the sun and toured the sunny island beds, one almost brand new.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

John and Steve (Allan's photo)

John and Steve (Allan’s photo)

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dahlia backed with barberry

Fagus sylvatica 'Red Obelisk' aroused my plant lust.

Fagus sylvatica ‘Red Obelisk’ aroused my plant lust.

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near the irrigation pond

near the irrigation pond

That leptospermum that I also have, with name I have forgotten, from Xera via Pam Fleming

That leptospermum that I also have, with name I have forgotten, from Xera via Pam Fleming

Three bright little Thuja 'Forever Goldie'; Google tells me it is also knows as '4Ever Goldy'!

Three bright little Thuja ‘Forever Goldie’; Google tells me it is also knows as ‘4Ever Goldy’!

Ann, Steve, Kathleen, Allan

Ann, Steve, Kathleen, Allan

John and I had reached the shade border on the south side.  Eventually we all grouped together again and worked our way through looking at all the specimens.    Each shrublet is given room (because in this property there IS room) so all the attributes of each are clearly visible.  I imagine us walking through these mature shrubs, some as tall or taller than me, should we all live long and prosper.

two young rhododendrons, each so different

two young rhododendrons, each so different

Rhododendron edgeworthii

Rhododendron edgeworthii

Rhododendron edgeworthii (Allan's photo)

Rhododendron edgeworthii (Allan’s photo)

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I love the bronzy edge on this Rhododendron quinquefolium. Steve informs me it is known as the “cork azalea” because of its bark and is a native of Japan.

Ann photographing the baby rhodie nursery bed.

Ann photographing the baby rhodie nursery bed. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The rhodo I love most...its white leaves fading to green...and its long complex name is recorded somewhere in a past post on this blog.

The rhodo I love most…its white leaves fading to green…Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum x pachysanthum

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

north side of driveway

north side of driveway as we walked back to the house

We departed at 5:30 because we had one more gardener expecting us.

Patti’s Garden in Seaview

On the way home, we visited Patti at her home and garden which Ann had seen in the dead of winter.

Patti's paradise

Patti’s paradise

a friend whom Patti was dogsitting for a week

a friend whom Patti was dogsitting for a week

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti's own Stella (Allan's photo)

Patti’s own Stella (Allan’s photo)

I do love gold foliage

I do love gold foliage

the entry to the former kitchen garden

the entry to the former kitchen garden

Patti says she stopped growing veg because she can buy the produce more inexpensively at the local farmers market than growing it.

the back deck

the back deck

driftwood waterfall (Allan's photo)

driftwood waterfall (Allan’s photo)

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In the garage, Patti showed us a preview of a friend’s garage sale that is coming up.  Ann commented on an “Artquake” poster framed on the wall, a Portland event she had attended as a girl.  Because Patti is Patti, she gave Ann the picture.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Patti and Ann

Patti and Ann

Before we left, Patti showed Ann and Kathleen the inside of her late 1800s home.

view from inside

view from inside

at home

Our visit continued for awhile in our own garden.

Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' (Allan's photo)

Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ (Allan’s photo)

Smokey joined the group.

Smokey joined the group.

Tomorrow: Official garden tour day!  Despite having recently toured the 25 gardens in and near Salem, I was eagerly looking forward to more touring.

 

 

 

 

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