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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

presented by the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

Ocean Shores

garden three: At the Fore Front

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Every garden has this notice.

tight, well laid cobblestone style paving (Allan’s photo)

This garden was the first of three on the Ocean Shores canals.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

a clear deck railing for unimpeded views

the view across the neighboring yard

The dog sculpture by the canal moved in the breeze; we all thought it might be an effective raccoon deterrent. (Allan heard it is a geese deterrent.)

Allan’s photo

Looking back from the waterside:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

manicured to the water’s edge (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

The waterfall cascaded into the canal.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

This was the first of three gardens on the Ocean Shores canals.  I think it would be grand to live on one of them, 23 miles of interconnected waterways that were dug out over half a decade in the 1960s. Read more here and here. The second article has a map with the charming names of the inland passages.  You can read about Allan’s 2018 canal adventure here.

I was so enticed by the idea of living on one of the canals that I looked up real estate prices and found them to be surprisingly affordable.  This lot is pretty amazing, and only lacks one thing—a house.  And this is my little dream house.

I was enamored with the house right next door to the tour garden.

next door, but not for sale

Next: gardening neighbours on the canal

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Tong Garden, Seattle

A host was giving out bottles of water under the white tent.

easy access via the driveway

around to the back garden. The green lawn is an adjacent golf course.

a glorious sun room to the left

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I love Little and Lewis.  We toured their former garden years ago.

dripping columns

Little and Lewis columns, a dream of mine to have this

Allan’s photo: I hope he was figuring out how to make something like this!

from all angles

Everyone’s photos involved a lot of waiting for other tour guests to leave the side of the water feature.

On the terrace overlooking the Little and Lewis columns:

just around the corner

Allan’s photo, nicely trimmed and thus fresh-looking salal

Back to the terrace view: I love this sort of thing.

Allan’s photo

exploring the shady side

looking from the shady end of the garden into the bright sun

Event speakers Jimi and June Blake from Ireland

the sun room

Next, we enjoyed the front garden.

Allan’s photo

Little and Lewis pool…

I think that is Mount Rainier on the horizon.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

one more look

I could have happily lingered much longer in this small but so satisfying garden.

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Oregon Garden, Silverton

Having toured the entire Oregon Garden by tram and then walked through the Amazing Water Garden, the Bosque, and the Conifer Garden (where I lost Allan), I continued on alone through the rest of the garden.  Allan took a different route, and for awhile he wondered where the Oregon Garden Resort was (where we were staying).  That’s how big the garden is.

Oregon-Garden-Map

annuals mixed with perennials as I continue my garden exploration

annuals mixed with perennials as I continue my garden exploration

The Drought Tolerant Garden (on a sunny slope)

The Drought Tolerant Garden (on a sunny slope)

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unclipped santolina

unclipped santolina; this is why I clip them hard in early spring.

the demonstration Fire Restistant House

the demonstration Fire Resistant House

fascinating stuff

fascinating stuff

rock instead of plants next to the house

rock instead of plants next to the house

Below the Fire Resistant House: The Pet Friendly Garden.

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Pet Friendly Garden

Pet Friendly Garden

Although I have a curmudgeonly aversion to statues of children, this one has a cool feature of water dripping out of the flat bowls.

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watering and cooling off station

watering and cooling off station

Both the Oregon Garden and the Oregon Garden Resort are dog friendly.

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The Pet Friendly Garden

The Pet Friendly Garden

Good dog.

Good dog.

Love him!

Love him!

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The Pet Friendly Garden has a naturalistic (or maybe it is natural!) stream.

The Pet Friendly Garden has a naturalistic stream.

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It is a built water feature; you can see a glimpse of the underwear (liner). I like this very much and wish I had the energy and know-how to make a feature like this.

useful tips throughout the garden

useful tips throughout the garden

Pet Friendly Garden

 in the Pet Friendly Garden

I next came upon the rose garden.  Even when riding by earlier on the tram, I had seen that most of the roses were nibbled by deer, which led me to wonder how much other damage deer do in the 80 acre garden.

nibbled roses

nibbled roses

not enough fence to keep the deer out

not enough fence to keep the deer out

looking back toward the rose garden

looking back toward the rose garden

Have fallen back in love with threadleaf coreopsis, hope I can find a start at a job (KBC) where the garden owner has gone off it and keeps pulling it out!

Have fallen back in love with threadleaf coreopsis, hope I can find a start at a job (KBC) where the garden owner has gone off it and keeps pulling it out!

I found the Tropical House.

I found the Tropical House.

inside, warm

inside, warm

the Pavilion

the Pavilion

a stunning hydrangea

a stunning metallic coloured hydrangea

across the road

across the road; We’d had a lot of rain.

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Allan looked down upon the sunflowers but never did find the pavilion or tropical house.

Allan looked down from above upon the sunflowers but never did find the pavilion or tropical house.

I do very much like a metal building.

I do very much like a metal building.

On the same level, a bit further down

On the same level, a bit further along; I followed the sound of the waterfall.

splashy and loud

splashy and loud

I think this waterfall was descending from the wetlands that provide water for the gardens.

I think this waterfall was descending from the wetlands that provide water for the gardens.

classic bedding out: octopus and starfish

classic bedding out: octopus and starfish

Some easy stairs to climb.

Some easy stairs to climb.

I wanted to be up there.

I wanted to be up there.

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The air had an intense sweet fragrance here.

The air had an intense sweet fragrance here.

lilies (Allan's photo)

lilies (Allan’s photo)

Kniphofia 'Little Maid' (Allan's photo)

Kniphofia ‘Little Maid’ (Allan’s photo)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Punica granatum 'Nana' (dwarf pomegranate) (Allan's photo)

Punica granatum ‘Nana’ (dwarf pomegranate) (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium venustum (Allan's photo)

Eryngium venustum (Allan’s photo)

down the slope (Allan's photo)

down the slope (Allan’s photo)

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Nearby were some small “garden rooms” created by different landscapers.

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wish I had big rocks in my garden but...no way to get them in.

wish I had big rocks in my garden but…no way to get them in.

Walking down a path….

on one side, compost demonstration garden

on the left, compost demonstration garden

another view

another view to the right

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composters

composters of all sorts

down on the rose garden level again

down on the rose garden level again

Past the rose garden, we had seen, from the tram, an old oak woods descending down the hill.  I did not walk there as it was outside of the designed garden.  Now, passing the fire resistant house again, I looked for a way up to the rest of the landscaped terrain.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools.

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 6: Rita and Ken’s Garden

The landscaping on Rita and Ken’s property, located on a ridge between Nahcotta and Oysterville, surrounds a lodge-like home.  The front gardens and meditation alcove and upper pond are connected by a cascading stream to a lower pond, home to fish and frogs. The courtyard, deck and gazebo overlooking  Willapa Bay will invite you to sit, relax and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the view.  

We parked in a field by the road and walked up the long driveway.

We parked in a field by the road and walked up the long driveway.  (Allan’s photo)

driveway circle garden

driveway circle garden

welcome

driveway circle garden

driveway circle garden (Allan’s photo)

island

bark

Allan’s photo

circle

storage shed and potting shed

storage shed and potting shed

the back of the driveway bed, looking west (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

the back of the driveway bed, looking west (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

Shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw, with one of the original signs for Clarke Nursery.

Shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw, with one of the original signs for Clarke Nursery.

Clarke Nursery may sound familiar to regular readers; it was on the properties now owned by Ron Barclay and Steve and John.  All longtime gardeners on the Peninsula have fond memories of it.

potting shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw

potting shed, photo by Kathleen Shaw

turning south, walking toward the front (west side) of the house.

turning south, walking toward the front (west side) of the house.

I digress to take a path going west into the woods.

I digress to take a path going west into the woods.

The woodland paths have been extended and refined by local gardener Sara Zaga.

The woodland paths have been extended and refined by local gardener Sara Zaga.

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I turned back here, lacking time and a walking stick for balance.  The destination of the enticing paths must remain a mystery.

I turned back here, lacking time and a walking stick for balance. The destination of the enticing paths must remain a mystery.

looking east toward the potting shed from the woods

looking east toward the potting shed from the woods

tour guests in the front garden; to their right is the newly created meditation alcove.

tour guests in the front garden; to their right is the newly created meditation alcove.

meditation alcove

meditation alcove

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

front garden with Acanthus mollis

front garden with Acanthus mollis

front garden and house

front garden and house (Allan’s photo)

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Rita and Ken built this wall.  The white signs said which year each area had been created.

Rita and Ken built this wall. The white signs said which year each area had been created.

west side of house. from below the rock wall in previous photo

west side of house. from below the rock wall in previous photo

Rita plants up all her own containers and baskets with plants from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Rita plants up all her own containers and baskets with plants from the Basket Case Greenhouse.

upper pond at south end of the lawn

upper pond at south end of the lawn, the start of one of my favourite water features ever

upper pond

upper pond (Allan’s photo)

bench and garden mirror that reflects leaves and sky

by the upper pond: bench and garden mirror that reflects leaves and sky

fire pit seating on south side of house

fire pit seating on south side of house

stream emerging from upper pond

stream emerging from upper pond: Rita and Ken built this water feature.

This recirculating stream is my favourite thing here; I would love to have this in my garden (but my present garden is too flat for it to seem real).

This recirculating stream is my favourite thing here; I would love to have this in my garden (but my present garden is too flat for it to seem real).

coming around the corner of the house

coming around the SE corner of the house

looking down at the lower pond, into which the stream falls.

looking down at the lower pond, into which the stream falls.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

the deck

the deck

Acustica World Music, from Astoria, was playing from the gazebo.

Acústica World Music, from Astoria, was playing from the gazebo.

nook

photo by Kathleen Shaw

Acústica World Music

Acústica World Music; They probably liked it up there in their own world.

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Rainyside’s Debbie Teashon made this video featuring a song by Acustica while she was at Rita’s garden (at a different time of tour day from us).

I had the problem of not being able to get down to the deck because of stairs with no railings.  However, because Allan and I had weeded here one summer years ago (before we started cutting back on private garden jobs), I knew another way down.

alternate route: across the lawn and around the north end of the deck.

alternate route: across the lawn and around the north end of the deck.

and next to this little patio...

and next to this little patio…

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...there is a path around to the deck level.

…there is a path around to the deck level.

north side of house, below the potting shed

north side of house, below the potting shed

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Bob Duke well shows my path around to the deck level.

photo by Bob Duke well shows my path around to the deck level.

the deck, pretour photo by Bob Duke

the deck, pretour photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

our friend Shelly of Flowering Hedge Designs helped with the flower planting by the deck and patio.  Photo by Shelly Hedges.

our friend Shelly of Flowering Hedge Design helped with the flower planting by the deck and patio. Photo by Shelly Hedges.

dahlias, photo by Shelly Hedges

dahlias, photo by Shelly Hedges

the deck

the deck

view from the deck

view from the deck

I saw Our Kathleen sitting by the pond and joined her.

I saw Our Kathleen sitting by the pond and joined her.

pond

I especially like the way the deck is right over one side of the pond.

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one of the nicest little garden ponds around; imagine the splashing of the waterfall.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw; we were told that Rita had made the mosaic sign.

the frog in question (spotted by Kathleen)

the frog in question (spotted by Kathleen)

lower pond wall, photo by Kathleen Shaw

lower pond wall, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hydrangeas, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hydrangeas, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Shelly Hedges

photo by Shelly Hedges

mosaic bench by Renee O'Connor, photo by Kathleen Shaw

mosaic bench by Renee O’Connor, photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

the stairs from lawn path to deck patio

the stairs from lawn path to deck patio

Railing-less stairs flummox me with dizziness and uncoordination.  I think there were refreshments up on the upper deck, but for me, they might as well have been up a rickety ladder.    (Our Kathleen said that as soon as she saw the stairs, she knew I would have a problem.)

pretty but impassible to me without a railing

pretty but impassible to me without a railing

I was reminded of that garden in Portland where I sent Allan up the railingless steps to take photos of cool collectible plants on the deck.  This time, I could not find him to see if I could get him to bring me some water or food. We had no phone signal, but fortunately I found him eventually when he came down to the deck level.  By then, we had to move on to see the last two gardens (and one non-garden).  Because I was feeling flustered and frustrated, I am sorry to say that I did not take as many photos of the flowers as I otherwise would have.  This garden was a favourite of many people, so I feel I “let down the side”.  Being unable to preview the garden for “sneak peek” photos also means I have fewer photos to work with here.

steps to house deck, lined with flowers on both sides

steps

I’ve fallen down almost every set of steps everywhere I’ve lived, so accessibility in a garden is something that I think about.

Allan's photo when he finally found us.

Allan’s photo when he finally found us.

Kathleen was heading out in reverse order from us, so we would not see her again until our post-tour dinner at The Depot.  Her camera battery had died; I lent her the camera known as Spot so that she could keep taking photos.  Garden Tour Nancy had just arrived, but I was on a quest for a drink of water and toddled back down to the parking field as fast as I could.

Next two posts: one of my favourite gardening situations, two gardening neighbours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend, Portland 2015

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Saturday, June 27 2015:  Schweppe garden

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Allan's photo, from the street

Allan’s photo, from the street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

entering by the front driveway

entering by the front driveway

I walked up the driveway and saw this gate but decided to go round the other way.  This is the gate by which we eventually exited.

I walked up the driveway and saw this gate but decided to go round the other way. This is the gate by which we eventually exited.

a hedge of Lonicera 'Hedge Hog'.  I love the name of it, and I love golden boxleaf honeysuckle, so I want this plant.

a hedge of Lonicera ‘Hedge Hog’. I love the name of it, and I love golden boxleaf honeysuckle, so I want this plant.

a volunteer hellebore by the front porch

a volunteer hellebore by the front porch

water

front garden fountain

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front garden windowbox

front garden window box

barberry hedge in front garden

barberry hedge in front garden

Paris podophylla

Paris podophylla

At the corner of the house, the Paris podophylla stopped me in my tracks.  Fortunately, Todd was right behind me and was able to ID it immediately, and I then saw one of the gardeners’ good ID tags.

acquired from Heronswood

acquired from Heronswood

I remembered that it had been my list of top plants to acquire after seeing it in a slideshow by Dan Hinkley, and that I had ordered it from Heronswood and…then what?  It got lost somewhere in the move from my old house.  I MUST have it again.

Todd communing with the plant.

Todd communing with the plant.

looking out into the front garden

looking out into the front garden

We walked up the side of the house to the paradise of a small back garden.  The 50X100 foot lot is the size of my old garden in Seattle, and I remember what it was like to just have narrow side yards.

coming around the side, peeking through the sun porch into the back garden (Allan's photo)

coming around the side, peeking through the sun porch into the back garden (Allan’s photo)

the back garden

the back garden

in the back garden, a shady sit spot and outdoor shower

in the back garden, a shady sit spot and outdoor shower

Todd's photo

Todd’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

head

hydrangea

quicksilver

bamboo

corner of the back garden

astrantia

astrantia

astrantia and bee

astrantia and bee

I suggested to Allan that he make me a water feature like this.

I suggested to Allan that he make me a water feature like this.

It emerged from the shady corner.

It emerged from the shady corner.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo  (I hope he was thinking deep thoughts about this.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of the balanced wind art

birds

Todd and Allan

Todd and Allan (perhaps discussing how to construct that water feature)

the garage wall behind the umbrella

the garage wall behind the umbrella

cabinet on garage wall

cabinet on garage wall

shelf with pots behind the umbrella nook

shelf with pots behind the umbrella nook

umbrella

a deck overlooks the garden

a deck overlooks the garden

sunporch overlooking the garden

sunporch overlooking the garden

looking diagonally toward a sunny corner

looking diagonally toward a sunny corner

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potting bench

potting bench

Another tour guest said she had never seen borage this tall.  (You can use the pretty little blue star shaped flowers as a garnish on soup or salad.)

Another tour guest said she had never seen borage this tall.

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bee

low

inside the back gate

inside the back gate

egg

the inside of the gate by which we exited

the inside of the gate by which we exited

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the door fitting the arch

As we departed, we paid attention to the curbside garden.

curb

at the curb

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo of  another way to highlight mondo grass

view across the street to a neighbour's garden

view across the street to a neighbour’s attractive garden

(Maybe to get a gardening neighbour, I need to just pick up and move to a new home with at least three good gardens in close proximity!)

Todd asking for a plant ID

Todd asking for a plant ID

If Todd, the former display garden curator at the famous Plant Delights Nursery, doesn’t know the name of a plant, I most certainly won’t!

looking back at the luscious paradise

looking back at the luscious paradise

a thoughtfully placed "garden advance" bench along the street

a thoughtfully placed “garden advance” bench along the street

 

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Floramagoria, part 2: the back garden

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We’ve visited the front garden; now let’s go around the shady side of the house to the back.

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lovely clematis

lovely clematis

This is one of those gardens where it is so hard to explain how all the wonderful parts fit together.  I will try to make you feel like you have been there with us.

just inside the back garden

just inside the back garden gate

inside

pitcher plant raised display

pitcher plant raised display

pitchers

 

look closely

look closely

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

godzilla

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to the left

turning to the left

and as I turn, this is in a little shed to my left against the back wall of the house

and as I turn, this is in greenhouse to my left against the back wall of the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shed

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The view of the garden has me absolutely gobsmacked, so I walk along the back wall of the house first.

gravel

against the house

wall with cactus display

to my right: a low wall with cactus display

cacti

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

straight ahead, a covered deck

straight ahead, a covered deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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flowers

to my right: just beyond the green wall that borders the house patio

Oh!

Straight ahead:  Oh!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

wall

Let’s focus on the details right behind the house before become overwhelmed by the garden.

deck

shelf or seating

shelf or seating

gnome

 

 

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, garden host, center courtyard outside house

love the way the house opens onto the garden

love the way the house opens onto the garden

our host and his dog

our host and his dog

inside

inside (Allan’s photo)

what a beauty (Å)

what a beauty (Allan’s photo)

 

corner

house

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Looking from the house out into the garden

Looking from the house out into the garden (Allan’s photo)

out

 

on a corner of the low green wall (from previous photo)

on a corner of the low green wall (from previous photo)

 

one of these on each side of the low green wall

one of these is on each side of the center patio.  Note the inlaid carpet, lower right

like this

The pillars are placed like this.

Just beyond the little head pillars, one step down,  is the carpet inlay:

carpet

 

carpet

 

brugmansia

brugmansia

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

 

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gunnera leaf

gunnera leaf

 

frog

behind the fire area

wall

 

leaves

 

bamboo behind the wall

bamboo behind the wall

a good place to warm up after rain

a good place to warm up after rain

 

looking back to the house

looking back to the house

To our right as we face the fire is a big bamboo-roofed dining pavilion (thanks to the Garden Bloggers Fling website for helping me know what to call it!).   In researching what the structure might be properly called, I found out that the glorious Laura Crockett was instrumental in designing this garden.  Of course!  Her own garden was one of my favourites that I have ever toured.

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

one of the several little tiles throughout the garden

the dining pavilion

the dining pavilion

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

in the pavilion, bloggers still dressed for rain

cookies!

cookies!

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion

inside the pavilion looking toward the house

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

view of the fire from inside the pavilion

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

from inside the pavilion, looking to the shade garden corner

a candle pillar by the shade garden

a candle pillar by the shade garden

Beyond the pavilion, in the back corner of the garden, a huge sequoia provides shelter in a shady corner.

the giant sequoia

the giant sequoia

with a bubble machine

with a bubble machine

at the base of the tree

at the base of the tree

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

the wall dividining shade garden from sun

shady corner

shady corner

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

perfect for a hot day

perfect for a hot day

from the shade garden

looking from the shade garden to the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

looking back into the pavilion

Now on into the sunny gardens.  To our  right as we face the fire seating area are flower beds (out from the part of the house that has the greenhouse).  Here’s a little head pillar to orient yourself by:

beside the center patio

beside the center patio

a haze of pink

a haze of pink

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba, one of the my favourite plants

sanguisorba and pink poppies

sanguisorba and pink poppies

ruffles and feathers

ruffles and feathers

pink

more pink on pink

more pink on pink

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

looking toward the pavilion at the back of the garden

conifer cluster

conifer cluster

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

a path from sun into the shady Sequoia corner

vane

blue

looking toward the house and the low green wall with cacti pots

Nigella (love in a mist)

Nigella (love in a mist)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The other side of this blue wall is the green wall of the shade garden.

The other side of this blue wall is the green wall of the shade garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

agave

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Melianthus major in a pot

Melianthus major in a pot

glass

looking across the center of the garden

glass

looking toward the house

looking toward the house

the cross view from one side of the garden to the other

the cross view from one side of the garden to the other

across

We’re going now to the other side (straight ahead in the above photo.  It would be to our left as we face the fire seating area.) The next part of the garden is below the covered deck with the memorable pool boy.

deck

head

 

just beyond previous photo

just beyond previous photo

flower

You can orient yourself by the little pillar heads; four closeups from above tableau follow:

looking toward the fire

looking toward the fire

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

pitcher plants at the base of the pillar

looking toward the pavilion

looking toward the pavilion

close up from previous photo of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

close up of glass flowers with Allium albopilosum

stepping into the side garden

stepping into the side garden

bamboo

looking out

looking out from the center patio

into a gold and orange themed garden area

into a gold and orange themed garden area

gold daylily and yarrow

gold daylily and yarrow

with bloggers galore

with bloggers galore

dahlias

 

path

the path to enter the gold and orange garden

bambooflowers

bambooSome painted bamboo is going to make its way into my garden.  I say that every year but this time I really mean that I am going to get around to it.  Really!

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

painted bamboo adding so much pizzazz and verticality

looking back toward the center of the garden

looking back toward the center of the garden

poles

and toward the back fence

and toward the back fence

flowers

flowers

shrubs toward the back fence

shrubs toward the back fence

looking toward the covered deck

looking toward the house

ruffled daylilies

ruffled daylilies

flowers

I hope you’ve enjoyed the many details of this back garden and have some idea of how it is arranged.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

Next, we’ll go around the corner of the deck for part three of our Floramagoria tour, what our host called “our farm area”.  You’ll get a buzz out of it.

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Sunday's well-worn itinerary

Sunday’s well-worn itinerary

leaving the hotel....There's my favourite bus driver Andy, but ooooooh, drat, he is driving the other bus!

leaving the hotel….There’s my favourite bus driver Andy, but ooooooh, drat, he was driving the other bus!

Here we go! (Allan's photo)

Here we go! (Allan’s photo)

Our bus, with a perfectly nice driver (but not Andy!) took us into a lovely treed Portland neighbourhood.

just one of the handsome houses we passed

just one of the handsome houses we passed

The streets were enclosed by a green tunnel of trees.  Our driver told us that the bus drivers carry a stepladder and loppers to clear the way of low hanging branches if need be, if the city has not limbed them up.

street trees of Portland

street trees of Portland

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He said one bus company in particular has a strict policy that drivers must not allow the tops of the buses to be scratched by low hanging branches.

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I asked him if he was joking but he swore he was telling the absolute truth!

Ernst/Fuller Gardens

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Bloggers gather below Linda's house.

Bloggers gather below Linda’s house.

Ernst house

Ernst house

to my right, pots on top of the garage

to my left, pots on top of the garage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

further to the right, the front of the Fuller house

further to the right, the front of the Fuller house

I remain covetous of these transparent privacy panels.

I remain covetous of these transparent privacy panels.

in front of the Fuller house

in front of the Fuller house

partway up the Ernst driveway, looking across the front of the two houses

partway up the Ernst driveway, looking across the front of the two houses

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the brightest of red daylilies in Linda's garden

the brightest of red daylilies in Linda’s garden

I remember this huge Azara microphylla on the corner of the Ernst house.

I remember this huge Azara microphylla on the corner of the Ernst house.

Ernst garden foliage

Ernst garden foliage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Linda's garden is an extra half lot wide and this area is to the right of the driveway.

Linda’s garden is an extra half lot wide and this area is to the right of the driveway.

foliage

one of many sit spots

one of many sit spots

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Both gardeners are skilled at placing focal points.

Both gardeners are skilled at placing focal points.

a frilly little poppy

a frilly little poppy

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still in the Ernst garden side yard

in the corner of a small lawn

in the corner of a small lawn

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

meow

looking back toward the street

looking back toward the street

and away from the street from the lawn to a little courtyard (still all next to the driveway and garage!)

and away from the street from the lawn to a little courtyard (still all next to the driveway and garage!)

just outside the courtyard of colourfulness

just outside the courtyard of colourfulness

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colour

bright zinnias and marigolds

bright zinnias and marigolds

gold hosta

gold hosta and coleus

ladies in waiting on a storage shed roof to the garage side of the courtyard

ladies in waiting on a storage shed roof to the garage side of the courtyard

I learned the new term “ladies in waiting” for unpotted plants from (I think) one of the Austin bloggers.

table in the little courtyard

table in the little courtyard

in front of the garage

in front of the garage

container to the right of previous photo

container to the right of previous photo

I sat here for a spell.

I sat here for a spell.

Linda’s spouse said the garage has not been used for a car in years; because the area is all planted with containers, it could be changed back to a car garage if need be.

Awww...in the back door of the house.

Awww…in the back door of the house.

where the car lives

where the car lives?

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan thinks the car must live in a garage because it is so impeccably clean and shiny.

Allan thinks the car must live in a garage because it is so impeccably clean and shiny.

beside the driveway

beside the driveway

vine support

vine support

Now we’ll enter the patio and garden behind the Ernst house.

in Linda's back garden

in Linda’s back garden

the neighbourly door

the neighbourly door

next to the garage

next to the garage

beds of colour

beds of colour

wall

and a water feature

and a water feature

perfectly level to create a sheet of water

perfectly level to create a sheet of water

subtle colours in the corner

subtle colours in the corner

on the patio table

on the patio table

ladies

Between the two gardens, a privacy wall and a friendly door.

Between the two gardens, a privacy wall and a friendly door.

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I like the combination of privacy and friendship here.

Allan's photo with Mark from England

Allan’s photo with Mark from England

mossy lion by the neighbour door

mossy lion by the neighbour door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Through the door into Joanne Fuller’s garden:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a Jeffrey Bale mosaic

a Jeffrey Bale mosaic; garden owner Joanne in dress, with Loree of Danger Garden and Neil Jones from England.

just to the left of the mosaic, sculptures from Glass Gardens of Mukilteo

just to the left of the mosaic, sculptures from Glass Gardens of Mukilteo

further to the left, a nook by the back door, Little and Lewis columns

further to the left, a nook by the back door, Little and Lewis columns

love the colours

love the colours

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a bubble of water

a bubble of water

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a step up onto a patio

ahead, a step up onto a patio

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the curtained nook from the deck

the curtained nook from the deck

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deck seating

deck seating

and a hospitality center

and a hospitality center

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at ground level, a fire circle

at ground level, a fire circle (the deck is behind it)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The neighbour's yard on the other side is all bindweed...trying to creep through.

The neighbour’s yard on the other side is all bindweed…trying to creep through.

sea of bindweed next door

sea of bindweed next door

This reminds me of how bindweed is creeping into my garden from Nora’s side!

other side of bamboo deck screen

other side of bamboo deck screen

more glass enhancing a corner

more glass enhancing a corner

gate to the side walkway

gate to the side walkway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I wish this meter hiding thingie was in focus

I wish this meter hiding thingie was in focus

Yay for Allan! He got it!

Yay for Allan! He got it!

Allan's photo, looking back

Allan’s photo, looking back

around the corner into the front garden

around the corner into the front garden

that translucent privacy solution

that translucent privacy solution

gentle curve along the front of the house

gentle curve along the front of the Fuller house

hostas and ferns

hostas and ferns

pots

on top of the garage

on top of the garage

and on the porch

and on the porch

more bamboo screening (between the two porches?)

more bamboo screening (between the two porches?)

across the front of the Linda Ernst house

across the front of the Linda Ernst house

lilies

The driveway up which we entered is in sight again.

The driveway up which we entered is in sight again.

the Ernst front porch

the Ernst front porch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and back to the driveway

and back to the driveway

I made the whole circuit around the gardens twice, so let’s hit the high spots again.

the huge Azara microphylla at the corner of the house!

the huge Azara microphylla at the corner of the house!

the side garden

the side garden

the lilies!

the lilies!

Patio of Colours!

Patio of Colours!

driveway garden!

driveway garden!

that smooth sheet of water that you just have to touch.

that smooth sheet of water that you just have to touch.

back door sit spot

Linda’s back door sit spot

bloggers still chatting

bloggers still chatting

privacy walls

privacy walls

Joanne's glass swirls and curtained nook

Joanne’s glass swirls and curtained nook

Joanne's exuberant foliar jungle

Joanne’s exuberant foliar jungle

Back down on the sidewalk:

the two houses

the two houses

Quite tired, I have a seat on Joanne's stairs.

Quite tired, I have a seat on Joanne’s stairs.

my view

my view to the left

and to the right

and to the right

and up into a street tree

and up into a street tree

I don’t sit for long before I realize there is discussion going on at the next door parking strip.  I had admired it earlier and had assumed it belonged to the neighbours there, even though it did not seem to fit with the rest of their yard.

next door parking strip

next door parking strip

Joanne, whose garden is mostly shady, is using it to grow sunny plants!

Joanne, whose garden is mostly shady, is using it to grow sunny plants!

parking strip lilies

parking strip lilies

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here’s the fling preview about these two gardens.


 

I’ve been to these gardens twice before, and as far back as 2007 (when I saw it during a Hardy Plant Study Weekend) I mentioned briefly  the enviability of having a gardening neighbour right next door.

In 2011, I revisited it during the next Portland study weekend and again rhapsodized about gardening neighbours.

It was something I had wished for since I began gardening in earnest in my thirties; I am still holding onto the dream that a gardening neighbour might move in right next door if the house to the west of us (now empty after the passing of our elderly and beloved Nora) ever goes up for sale.  However, I am almost 60, so it had better happen soon if it ever does.

I thought I had a close gardening friend nearby; even visiting back and forth from a few doors away was a lot of fun before things went wrong (and made my heart sore).   The idyllic dream of an adjoining garden and a gardener right next door with a friendly neighbour gate between still lives on in my heart, inspired by the book Gardening from the Heart: Why Gardeners Garden.  In my fantasy, she or he or they share the same plant nuttiness that I do, we could enjoy views of each other’s gardens, and maybe even share a kitchen garden outside my back garage door.

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You can bet that if the house ever does go on the market, I will be urgently sharing the listing in the gardening community online.   I’m accustomed to close friendships lasting for 10-40 years (depending on how long ago we met!), so it would not be a risky proposition.  I do think it helps if friends are of the same economic class, though, so I am glad it’s not a mansion next door!  (GBLT friendly please and no tea partiers except for actual garden tea parties!)

 

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