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from the program:  Ultimate Party Garden:  Ferry Captain Fritz Elfings 1921 Wicks-designed home has been greatly enhanced by Kent and LJ’s energy and affection for historic preservation and gardening.  Beds in front of the welcoming color-rich front porch feature weeping gold chain and a vibrant rock garden including weeping blue atlas cedar, mature dahlias, tree roses and lilacs.  Shady old azaleas lead to the back gate where repurposed sap pots adorn an azalea just inside.  Woodstoves encircle the flagstone patio for party comfort within a lovely cornucopia of firs, maples, contorted filbert, black-eyed Susans, and trellised Fiona’s sunrise jasmine.  Long-established silverberry bush and cotoneaster dominate the upper back corner.  Near the home’s rear entry is a healthy urban herb garden.  Follow the waterfall down steps to a stunning water lily koi pond guarded by Gunnera and curly willow. Mature dogwood, camellia, peonies and daylilies grace the lower garden with a bay tree, nine-bark, grasses, and a profusion of potted beauties.

house with before picture

house with before picture

rock garden by front porch

rock garden by front porch

porch

porch

perfect use of red geraniums

perfect use of red geraniums

back garden entry patio with before picture

back garden entry patio with before picture

We walked past the upper entry patio with the post-tour food display to check out the koi pond first, entering dapped shade which made photos difficult.

Next to this porch, steps went down to the pond.

Next to this porch, steps went down to the pond.

the back porch

the back porch

at the top of the stream

at the top of the stream

3 before pictures at the top of the waterfall

3 before pictures at the top of the waterfall; stairs down are at left…
pond construction photo

pond construction photo

Only when I have opened my own garden on tour have I seen such well displayed before photos.  It is so much more effective to have them mounted at the right spot in the garden instead of in a photo album or computer slideshow.

looking down the waterfall

looking down the waterfall

The bright sun made this hard to see even not through the camera, but here is the top of the stream and waterfall.

water beginning

water beginning

It descends down a steep slope to the koi pond.

It descends down a steep slope to the koi pond.

deck

Stairs take one down next to the waterfall to this lower deck.

Stairs take one down next to the waterfall to this lower deck.

Slightly below the deck is this lawn.

Slightly below the deck is this lawn.
A large gunnera in the koi pond

A large gunnera in the koi pond

before picture

before picture

Gunnera

Gunnera
pond

pond and deck

friendly koi

friendly koi

garden tour-ers enjoying the deck

garden tour-ers enjoying the deck

under the porch at the foot of the stairs: all the amenities

under the porch at the foot of the stairs: all the amenities

Here Allan examines the porch and you can see how the hot tub area relates to the koi pond.

Here Allan examines the porch and you can see how the hot tub area relates to the koi pond.

Despite the bright sunlight, I made every effort to show how the stream comes down to the koi pond:

at the top

at the top

head of the stream

head of the stream

stream

flowing down by the stairs

flowing down by the stairs

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall2

While I have never craved a pond with koi, even though I admire them, this sort of waterfall stream is so much like what I would have wanted to do in my old garden with its descending levels and natural pond.  I never had time and  money at the same time, but when I see something like this garden had, I wish I had stayed there long enough to achieve it.

enormous koi

enormous koi

view of house from other side of pond deck

view of house from other side of pond deck

Now we’ll go up the back side of the garden to return to the top patio.  Here we look back at the koi pond deck and see the workings of the pipes and so on.

the pond works

the pond works

a side spur of the path back up to the top

a side spur of the path back up to the top

further up, wood for those party woodstoves and a secret sit spot

further up, wood for those party woodstoves and a secret sit spot

two shady stairs near the top of the stream

two shady stairs near the top of the stream

a bench in the shade

a bench in the shade

mag

looking from shade to sun down to the koi pond

looking from shade to sun down to the koi pond

shady grove

shady grove

Now, back to the sunshiny upper patio (and soon, an overview of the delicious refreshments).

before picture

before picture

another before

another before

and another

and another

This vine was in dappled shade by the patio. I wish I could recall its name.

This vine was in dappled shade by the patio. I wish I could recall its name.

I could not, but someone on Facebook helped me while I was writing this blog entry:  It is Abutilon megapotamicum,

flowers

The last garden on the Astoria tour always includes the raffle and refreshments.

raffle

some raffle items

some raffle items

Now we’ll get to all the refreshments that we passed by in our eagerness to tour the garden.

Just inside the front gate, punch was served, and the hosts let me put our Peninsula garden tour poster out for all to see.

punch bowl just inside entry gate

punch bowl just inside entry gate and our poster

(By “our” tour, I mean the Peninsula; Nancy is the organizer of the Music in the Gardens tour and I help out with the Facebook page.)

a patio table laden with food

a patio table laden with treats

more delicious refreshments

more delicious refreshments

food

food

food

food

food

garden party hat

garden party hat

beautiful decoration

beautiful decoration

enjoying the garden party!

enjoying the garden party!

A little lawn beside the patio

A little lawn beside the patio

corner by the little lawn

corner by the little lawn

by the patio

by the front gate

on the mini-lawn

on the mini-lawn

one of the party warmth stoves filled with plants for the summer

one of the party warmth stoves filled with plants for the summer

The small lawn provided a great view of the party.

The small lawn provided a great view of the party.

party

garden party

Some people took their plates downstairs and gathered around the koi pond and some settled in the shady sit spots beside the patio.

a quieter retreat

a quieter retreat

We left before the raffle drawing so that we would have plenty of time to shop at a couple of nurseries down the coast, but before we go, here are Allan’s charming photos of the party and the flowers surrounding the patio.

flowers

He really liked the abutilon flowers.

He really liked the abutilon flowers.

perfect garden party attire

perfect garden party attire

party

flowers

party

At the very last, he went up on the front porch (which it had not occurred to me to do!) and took this photo showing the view north east to the river.

from the front porch

from the front porch

And next…our apres-tour nursery expedition and a gorgeous community allotment garden.

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July 22nd, 2012

lower garden, by where we parked

lower garden, by where we parked

Because of having opened our own garden on tour day,we had been unable to go around and be tour guests.  The day after tour day, most of the gardeners who had opened their gardens got together to around and admire each others.  High on the hill in Ilwaco’s  Sahalee neighbourhood, I was pleased to finally get to tour Donna and Truman Rew’s garden.  I had only seen it from above when I used to work on another Sahalee garden that is a bit higher up, but it had always fascinated me, especially since I could hear the sound of running

to the right of entrance to garden

to the right of entrance to garden

water.  On tour day, docents had helped with the rather tight parking area and had guided guests throughout the garden.  After admiring the bridges (above left), we walked back up the driveway to enter the garden near the front door of the house.

From the programme guide:  “With a home perched on a dramatic hillside overlooking Baker Bay, the Columbia Bar, and sometimes Tillamook Point, it is hard to imagine a competing view. Yet this multilevel garden does just that, with three Japanese style bridged spanning still ponds and man-made streams connected by five waterfalls, all sheltered by a forest with 30 year old specimen trees.” Natural springs begin their flow throughout the garden on the upper hillside (left) and also enter the garden down the hill and through pipes under the driveway.  Upon first buying the house, before the water was captured, mushrooms grew indoors; channeling the water not only beautified the landscape but solved many problems.

We walked through an opening between two wings of the house and around to a narrow deck with a wonderful view of the bridged ponds.   Truman Rew had built the bridges, and the landscaping was done by a local company called Shrub and Grub…or a son of that company….not the most mellifluous name, but what a glorious vista they had created.

looking down from the deck

looking straight down from the deck

view from deck, southwest

view from deck, southeast

The water is all natural ground water from springs which has been managed and routed into ponds and waterfalls.

The water is all natural ground water from springs which has been managed and routed into ponds and waterfalls.

 east, from the deck

east, from the deck

detail of above scene

detail of above scene

From the deck, we then descended to get a closer view of the ponds.  Around the base of the house lay a simple landscape of sand, rocks, and trees.

by the house

by the house

 closer view

closer view

a network of water

a network of water

On the south side of the house, with its view of the Columbia River bar, the decking included different levels and seating areas.

 fire circle
fire circle

From the south decks one could walk out onto a knoll overlooking the mouth of the Columbia River.  A path led over the hill to a sauna…but the sauna area had been taken over by a black bear so could no longer be used!

Beyond this point be monsters!

Beyond this point be monsters!

From here, our group of gardeners will head north on the Peninsula to tour more of the gardens that were opened to us on the day after tour day.

If you would like to read an article about the tour itself, a good one appeared in our local paper.  (We won’t be visiting the Leadbetter Farms garden in this blog…at least not yet…because it was made available the day of our post-garden tour..)

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As seems to happen in most years, the tour went on into Warrenton, a town west of Astoria.  From the programme guide’s description of garden five:  “This one acre family-owned garden and house began over eighty years ago with the owners’ grandparents. Some rhododendrons are a hundred years old. Enjoy the waterfall and fish pond beside the house, a firepit, and a swing to sit in while the apple tree or berries of the fenced berry patch. A greenhouse provides shelter from rainstorms.”

the house

the house

More interest awaited us than what was promised by the clean lines of the front garden.

lawn, bark, rhodos, marigolds

lawn, bark, rhodos, marigolds

At the corner of the house we passed by a dark and gnarly old tree…

a peculiar tree!

a peculiar tree!

and as we rounded the corner we caught our first glimpse of the pond.  The “seep area” (right,below) helps clean and filter water.

edge of the pond

edge of the pond

pond bridge

pond bridge

pond bridge, other side

pond bridge, other side

 

 

 

 

I didn’t cross the pond bridge, but walked around the end of the pond to access the other side.  I am sure I would fall in.  And then there would be no more photos from me for the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pond impressively had very little underwear showing, just some pipes and a little pump house.  So beautiful it was, but no matter how much I envied it there was no way I could it together to have this before our garden tour in a week!  It had been the retirement project of the garden owners.

 

Allan on the bridge

Allan on the bridge

and the photos he took

and the photos he took

bridge planks

bridge planks

A proper bridge leads between a small shade garden and the pond to a deck accessed by the front door of the house.  What a charming set up!  The clear roof makes it a perfect rainy day spot to gaze at the pond.

to the deck

to the deck

the view from the bridge

the view from the bridge

At the other end of the bridge is a clear roofed enclosure for a hot tub and outdoor dining.

hot tub room

hot tub room

A path through a casual garden bed guides the way to handsome and roomy greenhouse behind the hot tub room.

greenhouse

greenhouse

Further back, ingredients had been provided for s’mores around a campfire.  Of course, with our plant shopping trip in mind for the end of the afternoon, we did not have time to linger for long.

campfire

campfire

campfire

campfire

I did not even notice at the time, but that looks like another greenhouse off to the right.  I was thoroughly distracted by a sweet, small dog and did sit for a little while to pet her.

oh so adorable!

oh so adorable!

The rest of the acreage had some fruit trees and a berry patch fenced off from deer.

acreage

acreage

On we went to the next and last garden…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After reluctantly, but of necessity, leaving Laura Crockett’s garden, we drove and drove…and drove…to get to the next garden at an alpaca ranch.  We arrived to a large gathering which appeared to be some sort of family party.

Sheila (left) approaches the grand house.

Sheila (left) approaches the grand house.

deck, patio, green paths

deck, patio, green paths

Although the paths through the garden were wide, green, and mowed, the grass was strangely long and to both of us the footing felt a bit unsure with unexpected mini-potholes.  We did not go on the walk into the woods, because no mystery lured us there, nor did we walk down the the grand waterfall.  The afternoon had left us not as much time as we wanted to get to the next garden, one that I knew would be a favourite of Sheila’s.

view to the woodland

view to the woodland

waterfall view

waterfall view

a grand waterfall

a grand waterfall

beside the big house

beside the big house

Coming around the side of the house, we could see a smaller building which, according to the tour programme,  promised to be “Cattery Cottage”.

a glimpse of the cottage

a glimpse of the cottage

The tidy and perfect gardens along the way:

well groomed garden rooms

well groomed gardens

magnificent delphiniums

magnificent delphiniums

well groomed hedges

boxwoods

Cattery Cottage and its own smaller garden were more my size.

Cattery Cottage

Cattery Cottage

and its windowbox

and its windowbox

Inside, the cottage greatly appealed to me.  (I would have to have bookcases and, assuredly and/or regrettably, more clutter.)

inside Cattery Cottage

inside Cattery Cottage

On the way back to the car, we got to see the alpacas.

alpacas and bench

alpacas and bench

Somehow, I had made it through over fifty years without ever seeing (or not noticing) alpacas, and the smiley faced babies were adorable.

cute!!

cute!!

My excitement was mounting because soon we would be at the Wakefield garden on Old Germantown Road , and I knew that Sheila would be gaga over the place.

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Hawkins garden, Olympia

Owner Joyce told us that this garden is only six years old; she took up gardening after retirement, and I think she told us it was after her son built the ponds and she decided she should landscape around them.

In talking to her, it turned out she is originally from Ilwaco and is the sister or sister-in-law of someone whose ornamental grass border I helped install. Imagine that!

guest book with Adrian’s entry

She showed me in her guest book where ADRIAN BLOOM (one of the weekend’s speakers) had come through the garden….There is his entry, “Adrian Bloom, Foggy Bottom” (the name of his famous garden) and he writes “Excellent!” I would be so thrilled. Nicholas Staddon also signed; he is British but now a plantsman for Monrovia nursery, also a speaker for the event. I wonder if they made it to all the gardens, and if Adrian got a kick out of one being called “Froggy Bottom.”

a formal bed

I was absolutely thrilled at this point in the tour to be finally done with jogs on and off the freeway. This and the next garden would be connected just by local roads, not “drive seven miles” (south) to the next exit. By the way, without the Garmin GPS, Sheila and I would have been lost many, many times.

The ponds were the main feature of this garden, although there were new beds around the edges waiting for more plants.

room to grow

the first pond

bridge and gazebo

pond garden

waterfall

the bridge

another view

deep water

koi

I believe she said her son built these ponds. The tour guide brochure says “All she had in mind at the beginning was a half-whiskey barrel….and now she has two huge ponds with waterfalls and 75 enormous multicoloured koi.”

the second pond

another view

waterfall

Behind the ponds, the biofiltration system built by Joyce’s son.

woodsy beds

We leave the garden past woodsy island bends with only one more garden to see before our rendezvous with Allan.  I’m amazed we have managed to fit them all in.

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