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Monday, 25 April 2016

Allan’s day

Monday was sunny, windy, and had an incoming tide all afternoon. A good sailing day I opined. Skyler didn’t need anything that couldn’t wait, our friends at Sea Star Gardening were working hard pruning a hedge two doors down. I checked and they didn’t need to borrow a ladder or gas or oil, it’s a lazy 1 PM.  Off I went to:

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only 15 minutes from Ilwaco

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There is a trail and many things to see if you visit their FB page here

Daydreamily I unloaded the boat wrong, breaking off the rudder, but the manufacture anticipated this by including spare break-away pins. All I had to do was look friendly/busy while I repaired it in front of some tourists. We do these things to be the local color sometimes.

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I piled everything in

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Here is the 25 mph curve. There is one other rig with a boat trailer. It looks to be a quiet day on the bay.

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fishermen at work

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leaving their wake to splash through

The plan was to see how far I could go around the south end of Long Island, or maybe hug the coast and head south into the wind.

to baby island

The power or paddle boat route to Baby Island is about two miles.

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The crooked sailboat route adds about a mile.

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The wind was brisk so I stayed along the coast highway. Baby Island kept getting closer so I went for it.

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The water is more calm around the spit on the left.

Here is an 8 second  YouTube video of the sound of the beach

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landing on a deserted island

 

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On the beach were plenty of  little sea beans. We’ve had them sometimes at the Cove and the Depot. They’re salty and lightly crunchy.

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calm water and a rope, just to be sure. It’s only 4:20 and there is time to hike the whole  island.

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a little bit of beach clean up

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I think that is an old bird nest

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silverleaf growing on the beach

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a fungi about a foot across

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the island’s interior is steep and heavily grown over

According to the book: ‘Coast Country: A History of Southwest Washington’, “…Baby Island is formerly the scene of Indian canoe burials…”

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a trillium

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a stormy life has shaped this cedar

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After a casual ten minute walkaround, a reassuring sight to see.

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Baby Island up close, receding

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This trip I noticed an inlet into Long Island. It’s across from the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge,  just north of the concrete ramp on the island.

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looking back from the interior of the island

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There are still pilings from the days when this island was logged. I didn’t spot the campsite (it’s on another inlet), and I still haven’t landed on Long Island. I did spot an elk after wondering what or who was crashing about in the trees.

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Here’s the boat landing. In the words of Chuck Yeager: “If you can walk away from a landing, it’s a good landing. If you can use the airplane the next day, it’s an outstanding landing.”

Nobody let me use their airplane the next day.

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That night we had fresh sea beans, Skyler’s favourite vegetable, with dinner

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Almost eight miles an hour sometimes…pretty fun!

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Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Just as we left for work, our neighbour two doors down was heading off with his handsome boat, The Salmonater.

Just as we left for work, our neighbour two doors down was heading off with his handsome boat, The Salmonater.

Oysterville

The highlight of our day was a visit to an extraordinary garden that I have long wanted to see (previous post).  On the way and after, we saw some other sights in Oysterville, the northernmost town on the bay side of the Peninsula.

Ilwaco to Oysterville

Ilwaco to Oysterville

Before our garden tour, we tracked down Dave and Melissa who were working at a garden where we had  weeded a couple of times  back in 2007 and 2008. When owners Peter and Linda needed help this summer, we knew that D&M’s Sea Star Landscape Maintenance would be perfect for them.

Peter and Linda's garden

Peter and Linda’s garden

one of their cats on the porch (Allan's photo)

one of their cats on the porch (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

rock edge piled for weeding (Allan's photo)

rock edge piled for weeding (Allan’s photo)

our good friends Dave and Melissa (Allan's photo)

our good friends Dave and Melissa (Allan’s photo)

After our garden tour (previous post) and while I was still talking on the roadside with the garden creator there, Allan took a quick walk down to the bay to assess it for boat launching possibilities.

by the bayshore

by the bayshore

other boats promise a launch at high tide

other boats promise a launch at high tide

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looking back toward Oysterville

looking back toward Oysterville

There used to be another street between those houses and the bay, and maybe even more houses and buildings, before a flood changed the landscape.  (I need to read up on my Oysterville history.  Later: Todd confirmed that there was at least one more row of houses on the bayside.)

looking north to Oysterville Sea Farms in the distance

looking north to Oysterville Sea Farms in the distance

looking east from the bayshore

looking east from the bayshore

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Allan walks the grassy public road back to our van and trailer.

Allan walks the grassy public road back to our van and trailer.

Then we really did have to get to work.

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Our main mission today was to dig up the root balls of some wild ferns that had inserted themselves into the fenced garden.

First, I petted Bella's nose through the back yard fence.

First, I petted Bella’s nose through the back yard fence.

Allan did most of the fern digging while I weeded and deadheaded in the garden.

bubbler in the fenced garden

bubbler in the fenced garden on May 7th.  These native ferns start out looking lovely.

Last week: the ferns looked all tatty and were hiding the bubbler, and got cut down.

Last week: the ferns looked all tatty and were hiding the bubbler, and got cut down.

Today, after Allan pried the fern root clumps out. The roots have the texture of steel wool.

Today, after Allan pried the fern root clumps out. The roots have the texture of steel wool.

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photos, before

hard work with the pick

hard work with the pick

roots like balls of steel wool

roots like balls of steel wool on the toughest one that was in a stump

vanquished!

vanquished!

all clear

all clear

another sneaky fern hiding in the sword ferns

another sneaky fern was hiding in the sword ferns  (Allan’s photo) and was also vanquished.

the weekly view SW over the birdbath

the weekly view SW over the birdbath

a fierce looking bunny

a fierce looking bunny

Billardia longiflora on the arbor

Billardia longiflora on the arbor

Golden Sands Assisted Living

After all the hard pick work that Allan had done at KBC, I decided we should have an easy time at Golden Sands and just do some light weeding, deadheading and strimming.  I have in mind some digging out projects there…for later.  The garden is looking attractive to me again now that it’s over the late summer doldrums.  I need to make it skip those doldrums next year.  (None of my other gardens get the doldrums like this one.)  I think the answer is some yellow echibeckias and a lot more cosmos…and if only I could grow good dahlias.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

What I'm fretting about here is that someone cut the Joseph's Coat rose down by half. WHY?

What I’m fretting about here is that someone cut the Joseph’s Coat rose on the pillar down by half. WHY?

Also fretting re why the dahlias are not more showy.

Also fretting re why the dahlias are not more showy.

NE quadrant. Note to self: Divide the Solidago 'Fireworks' and put some in the three other quadrants.

NE quadrant. Note to self: Divide the Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and put some in the three other quadrants.

Solidago 'Fireworks' in front of Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Solidago ‘Fireworks’ in front of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

SE quadrant (has a terrible horsetail problem)

SE quadrant (has a terrible horsetail problem)

looking south over the lawn; Allan strims it every week and I wish it would get taken over by flowers.

looking south over the lawn; Allan strims it every week and I wish it would get taken over by flowers.  (Carrying in a string trimmer through the long hallway is easier than a lawnmower.)

Long Beach

We had one small project: planting up the two planters on Sid Snyder drive.  We had dug old weedy plants out of there last week.

One of the two Eryngiums I planted last week was already pulled up...possibly by a gull or crow.

One of the two Eryngiums I planted last week was already pulled up…possibly by a gull or crow.

two planters with lavender and thyme and sea thrift added. (The big pink one was there already.)

two planters with lavender and thyme and sea thrift added. (The big pink one was there already.)

I am curious to see if these plants will get stolen the way the ones out at the end of the other beach approach road do.  I hope not.  This is a test.  (Update: so far so good; the plants were still in place at the end of the next day.) (Further update: the two little hens and chickens were stolen within a week.)

at home

front garden with cosmos, Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

front garden with cosmos, Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

Sanguisorba and Melianthus major

Sanguisorba and Melianthus major

back garden, looking south

back garden, looking south

looking south on the west path (Kniphofia 'Earliest of All')

looking south on the west path (Kniphofia ‘Earliest of All’)

Later, as I sat at my table typing up this entry, I looked out the north window and saw the most intense light on the front garden.

north window view from blogging chair; I had to get out there.

north window view from blogging chair; I had to get out there.

looking east from the porch: bright sun and dark sky

looking east from the porch: bright sun and dark sky

The sun was intensely focused through a break in the clouds, just before sunset.

east side of front garden

east side of front garden

front garden, Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

front garden, Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Melianthus major

Melianthus major

Smokey and Frosty came running to see what I was doing.

Smokey and Frosty came running to see what I was doing.

The break in the clouds closed and the radiance died away.

back indoor, plain old evening light

back indoors, plain old evening light

Mary, Smokey and Frosty's mum, age 13 and a half, snored through the whole thing.

Mary, Smokey and Frosty’s mum, age 13 and a half, snored through the whole thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 7 September 2015

Allan attends the Poker Paddle in South Bend

Last year I attended this event to check out the kayak crowd. I had been sailing during the summer and was reaching some sort of decision point. I could sail my little skiffs downwind and back and forth very well at my skill level. Upwind travel often resulted in folding up the sail and rowing to finally get back to the launch where I’d drag the 145 lb. boat out into our disassembled garden trailer. I wanted to see how people loaded heavier kayaks (like a 63 lb. Hobie I had my eye on).

 Last year by the time I got there, I had only had time for a quick trot along the shore.  This year I had a boat with which to participate,and take pictures.

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boats and signs marked the spot

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lots of colorful boats

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Here’s the check-in with rules, directions and a number. “PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOUR CARDS ARE SOAKED YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO DRAW NEW CARDS!!!” I’m covered.

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some people show up on time and don’t dawdle

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Off they went. Suppose I should stop looking around but this wasn’t a hurry up event.

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All the stations would be on the right.

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picking up their first playing card

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lots of chatting and fun

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I once had one of these sturdy 80 lb. Coleman canoes and finally sold it to a rental group that loved them.

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a stick, a clothespin, and a dry volunteer handing out another card

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It’s the Laymans from Raymond who also help promote our local kayaking. Their daughter was just in the local paper regarding her new kayak rental shop.

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back we go

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Vern and Janet took their graceful craft up the river a ways after gathering their cards

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cueing up to the small craft dock

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extra hands were available for this 22 foot outriggered boat coming out now

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just over two miles and a relaxed fun time.

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two more cards to come but a pair of sixes was it for me. However a pair of jacks or higher won money ranging from $25 to a $100.

Baylee Laymann of Raymond’s Willapa Paddle Adventures   brought her rental kayaks.  Some were reserved but many were available to take out. With all the assistance available, a short paddle was possible for nearly anyone.

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Karaoke with Doug was back again. One of the kids did an early set of Christmas carols. Doug has got a thick book full of songs and, if you want to try a song, what happens in Raymond-stays in Raymond.

The pole walk was the next dock event.

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just walk out to the line and back (the further line is for adults)

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shortest time determines winners…

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…if you come back dry.

I meanwhile walked back to the car and trotted the sail kit past the tempting rides, and past the swimmers making good use of the low dock.

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I had help pushing off the taller dock. It was 1:45  as I tried to discreetly leave the South Bend party and head down river for a nine mile trip to the entrance of Willapa Bay.

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Pelicans! This was at the entrance to a branch of the Willapa River that was too shallow to enter at the outgoing 3.0 foot tide.

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The 16x zoom of the fragile land camera helped keep me from bothering the birds. Waterproof cameras don’t zoom in as close.

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what a beak stretch on the left.

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more birds coming and going

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who’s the pretty bird?

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Back at shore I heard; ‘Where there are pelicans, there are fish…but not for long’. We saw a few seal heads pop up during the poker paddle but they wouldn’t come back up for a proper picture.

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Everything got wet and I had left my coat behind. Fortunately there still was enough summer around not to get cold.

The wind picked up. I covered the distance at an average speed of about 7 mph topping out at about 9. Here’s a 18 sec. video of my camera being splashed with salt water as we bump through the waves. Camera still works but I shouldn’t do it again.

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blue lights flashing, must be getting back to South Bend

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3:45, the dock is empty, and the party has moved elsewhere.

Last year I attended wondering how I could get a heavy kayak / light sailboat here in 2015. There are rear car top rollers that work for the very tall, and a clever hydraulic side loader that’s very pricy. Yakima Racks makes an extension pole to reduce the weight a person has to lift for a hundred bucks. I copied it with a two by four, a plate screwed on the end and a bungee cord.

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Sunday, 2 August 2015

Willapa Bay

The original plan: Travel WITH the incoming tide from Oysterville to partway down the bay.  I was going to paddle someone’s skinny sit inside kayak while she sailed my boat downwind and with the current. Then we would stop at the Port of Nahcotta and later pull out in at her house further down the bay. The Hobie with its ‘training wheels’ doesn’t tip over unless a bunch of stupid is going on so its a good loaner but I have capsized someone else’s sailboat.

What actually happened:  An almost as good day boating as I went upwind and against the tide on the east side of Long Island.

He was going to boat from Oysterville down to mid-Peninsula; instead he went from the Willapa Wildlife Refuge to nearby Long Island.

I launched from Willapa Wildlife Refuge.

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mud made it a challenge to launch

a muddy launch site at a +1.1 tide

Mud made it a challenge to launch.  I rolled the boat off to the side of the concrete launch to make room for others but the wheels sank deep in the mud.  A couple of tourists asked me, “Can we swim over to the island?” I showed them the deep boat dolly tracks and my muddy boots to discourage them. They weren’t aware that the tide was coming in nor did they try stepping in the mud. She kept teasing her partner to make the short swim.  Then, I told them about the man who had attempted to walk and or swim to Baby Island just south of here. It happened nine years ago. He was never found. The only clue was his empty car at the side of the road, foot prints in the mud, and Baby Island only a short distance away.

“Thank you, thank you. Have a nice day” and off they went for other adventures.

Todd told us that locals refer to the bay mud as “the mud monster”.  It can be dangerous to sink into it.

Allan's boat

the boat all assembled: Hobie Mirage Adventure Island

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The oyster beds are sometimes right under the surface even with a plus 7 foot tide. The deep channels are near the shore, so all the fins got pulled in after getting stuck and bent criss-crossing the middle.

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oyster bed marker showing the incoming current as the tide filled the bay .

There was 18 mph headwind too, all the better to quickly head home later

There was 18 mph headwind too, all the better to quickly head home later

I suppose it would sink the boat to try to bring these for our garden.

I suppose it would sink the boat to try to bring these back for our garden.

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assorted wild gardens atop the pilings

assorted wild gardens atop the pilings

entrance to the Naselle River

entrance to the Naselle River

What a day. Last time I was here, I went east up the Naselle River and past the curved 101 bridge. I wasn’t going to get over the top of the island and go down the west side today either as it was getting late. Sawlog campground is on the island nearby but like Captain Vancouver failing to spot the Columbia River (well, a little like it), I sailed past Sawlog and headed into a marsh instead.

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Long Island marsh

a cute caravan heading to the beach for the weekend

a cute caravan heading to the beach

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a couple returning from the south of Long Island. Maybe I’ll head south next time.

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‘Walking’ on the water with ‘map my walk’ and the Garmin GPS. Got up to 7.4 mph. 

 

 

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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

(not a) garden 9: The Isle of Bev Wetland Restoration Project

This wetland restoration project is not a garden.  However, it will be of interest to owners of similar properties and fans of native plants.  Since 2011, Kelly Rupp and Bev Arnoldy have worked with the Army Corps of Engineers and Kathleen Sayce to restore this former Willapa Bay cannery site to its original state, including planting many native plants and dredging out a culvert pond.  Kelly will lead visitors on a guided tour around the bay-view site, which provides an opportunity to get right down to the shore of Willapa Bay with a view to the north of the Port of Nahcotta.

Google Earth satellite view

Google Earth satellite view: the large pond or lagoon is the site

the "Isle of Bev"

the “Isle of Bev”

The two houses to the left are up on a ridge and while they overlook the site, they are not part of it. Years ago, in autumn of 2005, Allan and I were hired for one day to pull English ivy off the slope of this site.  At that time, there was a building next to the lagoon that was the remnant of an oyster canning operation.

Nancy and I pre-toured the site on July 3rd:

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looking east over the lagoon to Willapa Bay

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Part of the project has been to open the lagoon to the bay so that the tide can wash in and out.

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looking southeast

looking southeast

looking north over the lagoon

looking north over the lagoon

Willapa Bay

Willapa Bay

looking north to the port of Nahcotta....with white oyster shell debris on the shore

looking north to the port of Nahcotta….with white oyster shell debris on the shore

Kelly Rupp at the site, July 3rd

Kelly Rupp at the site, July 3rd

You can see one of the overlooking houses up the ridge.

You can see one of the overlooking houses up the ridge.

tour day:

tour day

tour day

books about native plants

books about native plants

Pam Fleming, Seaside gardener, foreground, with Kelly talking about the project

Pam Fleming, Seaside gardener, foreground, with Kelly talking about the project (Allan’s photo)

Pam was surprised to find that this was the very site where some of her grasses had ended up.  Kelly had come to Seaside, Oregon to dig Calamogrostis nootkaensis from one of her planting areas.

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Kelly Rupp (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

 

north: the Port of Nahcotta

north: the Port of Nahcotta (Allan’s photo)

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houses overlooking the site

houses overlooking the site (Allan’s photo)

 

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It was so hot that I went back to wait at the van, on the shady entry road.  Allan discovered that the site held a field of sea beans, one of my favourite wild edible plants.

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sea beans

Allan says Kelly called them "sea asparagus".

Allan says Kelly called them “sea asparagus”.

They are crunchy, juicy, salty, and delicious.

They are crunchy, juicy, salty, and delicious.

This camera will record 10 years of growth.  (Allan's photo)

This camera will record 10 years of growth. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At a very high tide, the water will wash in and out.

At a very high tide, the water will wash in and out.

Our friends Ed and Jackson Strange had already toured the site.  They returned at 4 PM in hopes of seeing the tide come into the lagoon, but today’s tide was not high enough for that.

Ed and Jackson visit me at the van, where I had taken refuge from the heat.

Ed and Jackson visit me at the van, where I had taken refuge from the heat.

With the tour over, Allan I returned to Ilwaco, did some watering at the port, and later joined our garden touring friends for dinner at the Depot (already written about, here).  I found a note tucked under my front door that at first I found difficult to decipher due to the handwriting (about as hard to read as mine).  After dinner, I took another look at it and was able to discern the name and the sentence that there would be a garden tour tomorrow (Sunday, the 19th).  I realized that it was a garden I had adored and blogged about a couple of years before and that my planned Sunday of total relaxation was not to be because I simply must see it again.

 

 

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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 7: Marla’s Real Living Garden

Marla’s urban farm overlooks Willapa Bay and benefits from her early years of living on a Washington farm.  She says, “I am still amazed at nature.  You plant a seed or start and an awesome plant grows.”  In just two years, she has grown and built quite a bit, including fencing, lawn, landscaping, irrigation, flower and vegetable beds,  hanging baskets and a chicken coop.  Her pride and joy are the beautiful hens and the eggs they lay.

I wrote about Marla’s garden a year and a month before this year’s tour.  Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed it this year on June 1st.

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

Lavatera outside the south fence, June 1st

driveway

driveway

tour day!

tour day!

photo by Bob Duke

photo by Bob Duke

in the driveway

in the driveway

front gate at SW corner of the house

front gate at SW corner of the house

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a landing spot for baby birds

a landing spot for baby birds

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Allan’s photo

inside the front gate

inside the front gate

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps

to the left just inside the gate, south wall by back steps, photo by Kathleen Shaw

clematis seedheads

clematis seedheads

by the stairway

by the stairway

perennial sweet pea

perennial sweet pea

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

the glorious porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

containers packed with perennials and annuals

containers packed with perennials and annuals

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pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

tour day, with the porch gate open

tour day, with the porch gate open

I love the porch, all its adjacent plantings, its art and decor and the way it wraps around two sides of the house.  I’d like to pick it up and put it right down next to my house!  So we’ll explore the porch first, and then the garden.

view down back porch steps

view down back porch steps, with Marla’s mother in pink top, seated

Marla's colourful flower baskets

Marla’s colourful flower baskets (Allan’s photo)

plants

Allan’s photo

walking along the porch, looking at the garden

walking along the porch, looking down at the garden

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour.  photo by Kathleen Shaw.

Over the fence, we can see the garage of the next door house, which is also on the garden tour. photo by Kathleen Shaw.

looking north

looking north toward the Charles Nelson B&B next door

on the porch

on the porch

On the east side of the porch, Portland guitarist Terry Robb performed for tour guests.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb (Allan’s photo)

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

While I listened to him, Marla's mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

While I listened to him, Marla’s mom (left, in pink) was still up on the porch sitting next to him and enjoying the music.

Terry Robb

Terry Robb

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view to the east

view to the east

over Willapa Bay

over Willapa Bay

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

looking down at the north side of the garden from the porch

Now we’ll walk return along the porch to the back steps.

south side of porch

south side of porch, photo by Kathleen Shaw

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

porch wall (pre-tour visit, June 1st)

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down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

down the stairs we go, with a nice strong railing to hold onto.

porch decorations at top of stairs

porch decorations at top of stairs

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

looking down from the porch to the entry patio

patio corner

patio corner

Marla's next door neighbour, whose garden we'll visit next, gave her this sign.

Marla’s next door neighbour, whose garden we’ll visit next, gave her this sign for the fence by the patio.

on the patio table:  Marla's grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

on the patio table: Marla’s grandchildren had painted these sand dollars (photo by Kathleen Shaw)

farm whirlygig

farm whirlygig

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks

tags made from cut, painted yard sticks, photo by Kathleen Shaw

plants

flowers

Allan’s photo

birdhouses

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looking east from the patio

looking east from the patio, pre-tour visit, June 1st

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

north side of house, photo by Kathleen Shaw

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ornamental grasses skirting the porch

ornamental grasses skirting the porch

looking back at the patio

looking back at the patio

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astilbes

SE corner of house

SE corner of house (Allan’s photo)

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

SE corner, Alliums, pretour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

cosmos, tour day

cosmos, tour day

cosmos

cosmos

over the fence

over the fence

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

east side of house, pre-tour visit, June 1st

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing east and north sides of house

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (right)

photo by Bob Duke showing north side of house and chicken domain (lower right)

north side of house

north side of house

pre-tour visit, June 1st

pre-tour visit, June 1st

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

hostas in shade, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

fuchsias, photo by Kathleen Shaw

deck on north side of house

deck on north side of house

Plants were for sale by Marla's  brother in law who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

Plants were for sale by Marla’s brother in law, Greig Warner, who supplies orchids to Portland Nursery!

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

That explains the orchids in the garden! photo by Kathleen Shaw

I want to get to know this fellow better as he is a true CPN (Certified Plant Nut).  I missed out on a way cool plant here, as you will see in the next garden tour post.  I met him briefly at the tour and learned that he is moving to the beach so I hope we will get to know him.

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

looking toward NE corner of garden, pre-tour visit, June 1st

gunnera by back deck, looking west

gunnera by back deck, looking west

gunnera3

in the NW corner of the yard: the chicken coop and veg garden

Gunnera, June 1st

Gunnera, June 1st, looking east

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

gunnera flowers

gunnera flowers and lawn clippings to help retain moisture (Allan’s photo)

the hens' domain

the hens’ domain

on the north deck

on the north deck

Erysimum 'Constant Cheer', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Erysimum ‘Constant Cheer’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium 'Jade Frost', photo by Kathleen Shaw

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, photo by Kathleen Shaw

painted yard stick plant tag

painted yard stick plant tag (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo of the making of the plant tags

Allan’s photo of the making of the plant tags

view east from the henhouse corner

view east from the henhouse corner

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

raised vegetable beds and chicken yard

pre-tour visit, June 1

pre-tour visit, June 1

On tour day afternoon, because of the unusually hot weather, the chickens were in the shade of their coop.

not a chicken to be seen!

not a chicken to be seen!

Fortunately, they had been out and about on June 1st when Nancy and I visited the garden for sneak peek photos.

Marla's beloved flock

Marla’s beloved flock

the coop

the coop

Marla’s garden was a close contender for my favourite because of its intensive container plantings, its whimsical decor, and the chickens.  While I don’t feel that I have time to care for chickens, I would surely love to incorporate a barnyard corner like this into my garden someday.  And the wrap around porch.  And the nice, friendly neighbours.  When Nancy and I visited earlier, Marla just matter-of-factly put the exciteable galloping dog into the fenced yard of the neighbour to the north.  And her neighbour to the south will be our next garden tour visit.

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Saturday, 2 May 2015

rhodietour

Long Beach Peninsula Rhodie Tour

Ron Barclay Garden

from the programme:  “The Barclay property has the original Clarke Nursery home and its cleared field held dozens of the nursery’s tightly packed greenhouses and an array of plants for sale.  While the greenhouses are now gone, you will still find mature Rhododendrons growing on this lovely bayside property.  This is owner Ron Barclay’s third time opening his garden to a Water Music Society event.  We tip our hat in gratitude again to this gracious host.”

Our friends Steve and John, whose garden we’ve written about several times, share an entry drive with Ron Barclay.  Along it are planted mature rhododendrons dating back to Clarke Nursery.

I well remember driving in here time and time again to shop at Steve Clarke's excellent nursery.

I well remember driving in here time and time again to shop at Steve Clarke’s excellent nursery.


along the entry drive

along the entry drive


Allan's photo:  plenty of parking on the lawn during tour events

Allan’s photo: plenty of parking on the lawn during tour events


From the road leading to Ron's house, we look north across the field and old irrigation pond which is part of Steve and John's property.

From the road leading to Ron’s house, we look north across the field and old irrigation pond which is part of Steve and John’s property.


looking north from the road to Steve and John's handsome trees

looking north from the road to Steve and John’s handsome trees


former offices of Clarke Nursery...

former offices of Clarke Nursery…


Former offices of Clarke Nursery, now a guest house.

…. now a guest house.


wiegela in bloom to our right

wiegela in bloom to our right


Japanese maple all aglow

Japanese maple all aglow


approaching the house

approaching the house

I could see Ron and a friend chatting on the patio and would love to have joined them for a moment, but we had to keep on schedule.

north end of the house

north end of the house


north end of house, view of Willapa Bay

north end of house, view of Willapa Bay


and a heron flies by

and a heron flies by


east side deck with bay view

east side deck with bay view

deck

east side garden

east side garden with hydrangea, Japanese maple, rhododendrons


Japanese maple and rhododendron

Japanese maple and rhododendron


a peachy rhodo

a peachy rhodo


looking back

looking back to the north


The lawn flows to the north right into Steve and John's bayside lawn and huckleberry grove.

The lawn flows to the north right into Steve and John’s bayside lawn and huckleberry grove.


south side of house

south side of house


pale pink aquilegias (columbine)

pale pink aquilegias (columbine)


SW corner of house

SW corner of house


rhodo flower

rhodo flower


looking past by an intoxicatingly fragrant lilac

looking back past by an intoxicatingly fragrant lilac


a tour guest strolling

a tour guest strolling


west side of house

west side of house

west

Rhododendron ‘Naselle’

detail

Ron (right).

Ron (right).


We turn south to walk over to Steve and John's garden.

We turn south to walk over to Steve and John’s garden.

pink

close

  We admire bright new foliage on a Pieris aglow in the shade as we enter the grassy path to the neighboring garden of Steve and John.  

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