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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 six: Deep in the Woods

Allan’s photo

The base of the front porch has rocks made by the owner, from molds and a cement dye.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

A dry creek bed flows from the side garden to the street.

Allan’s photo

the side garden under the trees

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

That’s Ann taking a detail photo

A windowed gate says something about friendly neighbours.

looking back at the side gardens

A greenhouse draws the eye and the garden tourist into the back garden.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Debra Winslow’s photo

(Debra, Alan and Dawn had come from Lake Tapps for the tour, but they were touring in a different order from us, and, unfortunately, our paths did not cross.)

Ann Amato got a good photo of the stained glass above the greenhouse door.

photo by Ann Amato

I get involved with photographing the narrative flow of a garden and sometimes I miss the details.  While Allan is good at the details, neither of us noticed the stained glass.  I am sure the base of the greenhouse also had the convincing artificial rocks made by the owner.

behind the greenhouse

Allan’s photo

We recall overhearing that the overhead plants were on a drip system, got watered daily and fertilized twice a week.  I love the way the plants look up there.

patio next to the woods (Allan’s photo)

I spy a compost bin.

at one end of the back deck

stairs to the back deck

Allan’s photo

back porch (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

At the back of the garden is the cool green wild woods.

Evan got the best photo of the woodsy feeling.

photo by Evan Bean

Interlude

I liked this house nearby.  It looked older than most Ocean Shores homes.

The cat likes it, too.

We saw a vibrant stand of dahlias on the way to the next garden.

I love how simply humble Ocean Shores is.  Even near the water, the homes we saw were mostly not large and ostentatious.  It made me want to move there.

 

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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival

We continued to do the gardens out of order, having done the ocean side first instead of last.  Our GPS shows our route heading from Steven and John’s garden to Darla’s garden.

down one side and up the other goes the tour

down one side and up the other goes the tour; we were heading north along the bay to Darla’s garden.

Darla’s Garden

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My friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com described this garden best, saying that Darla had let her inner child out ot play.  When Garden Tour Nancy and I met Darla on a pre-tour day in early June, she told us of her plans to improve the walking flow through her garden and add to certain theme areas.  This great grandmother had been working on the garden every day since then.  Because she has owned, or maybe still owns a couple of coastal antique stores, she has more ingredients to work with than most of us could ever dream of.

Out of the woods, she has carved rooms on various themes after retiring and moving to the beach about 17 years ago; before then, this large lot was the family’s summer getaway.  As soon as Nancy and I realized how happy we felt in the garden (and in my case, it reminded me of the way I felt as a child in my grandmother’s garden), we wanted it to be on the tour.

a woodsy, sandy lot

a woodsy, sandy lot

At the previous garden, I had advised our friend Carol Clearman to be sure to go to Darla’s garden as Carol’s young granddaughter would love it.  As we arrived, Carol was leaving with her daughter Amy and her granddaughter, and she told me the little girl had not stopped talking delightedly since entering Darla’s playful garden.

Carol coming around Darla's enormous gunnera

Carol coming around Darla’s enormous gunnera

Carol and family at Darla's (Allan's photo)

Carol and family at Darla’s (Allan’s photo)

in front of the garage

in front of the garage

by the garage: the fire circle

by the garage: the fire circle

south side of garage driveway: the gunnera and garden shed

south side of garage driveway: the gunnera and garden shed

shed

 

by the garage, the "Farmville" garden

by the garage, the “Farmville” garden

"Farmville" (Allan's photo)

“Farmville” (Allan’s photo)

a rustic path beckons

a rustic path beckons

camp

Since my last visit, Darla had widened and barked this path toward the house

Since my last visit, Darla had widened and barked this path toward the house

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display

 

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door

passing by the wooden bridge, we come to the south deck of the house.

passing by the wooden bridge, we come to the patio on the south side of the house.

Darla loves annuals in pots and gets many from the Basket Case Greenhouse; in fact, Basket Case Fred was the one who told us about her.

Darla loves annuals in pots and gets many from the Basket Case Greenhouse; in fact, Basket Case Fred was the one who told us about her.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

to the north of the house, a garden boat

to the north of the house, a garden boat

This was the boat on June 4!

This was the boat on June 4!

and tiers of plants in containers

and tiers of plants in containers

She has over 60 birdhouses and over 60 birdbaths, I believe; she told us the exact number and I can’t find where I wrote it down!

on the patio

on the patio

Kathleen Shaw was there earlier than we were and got this photo of Shelley Loring playing the flute.

Kathleen Shaw was there earlier than we were and got this photo of Shelley Loring playing the flute.

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

birdhouses

on June 4 pre-tour

looking back toward the street

looking back toward the street

east of the house: the "Military Garden"

east of the house: the “Military Garden” in red white and blue

Darla giving a white buddleia cutting to a tour guest

Darla giving a white buddleia cutting to a tour guest

seating in the military garden

seating in the military garden

the military garden

the military garden

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My mother, a Marine in WWII, would have loved this.

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further along the east side of the garden

further along the east side of the garden

another sit spot

another sit spot

Allan got this photo of Water Music Festival board member Rita Nicely with Darla.

Allan got this photo of Water Music Festival board member Rita Nicely with Darla.

cat

exploring to the northeast

exploring to the northeast

Darla found this sign discarded at the Port of Ilwaco and snagged it!

Darla found this sign discarded at the Port of Ilwaco and snagged it!

Allan’s camera battery had died (a repeating story on these tours!), so I gave him my camera and went on using my iPhone camera.

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along the east fence that borders busy Sandridge Road

Darla loves baby's tears (so did my Grandma) and grows them in many shady spots.

Darla loves baby’s tears (so did my Grandma) and grows them in many shady spots.

mossy log

mossy log

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more moss

more moss

more seating: Allan's photo

more seating: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

nautical

photo 4

Darla’s love for all extends to respectful burials for roadkill animals. (The road she lives by is busy and notorious for that.)

One could get lost on all the winding paths.

sunny glades in the woods among sword fern and evergreen huckleberry

We emerge between a shed and the garage.

We follow a path to a space between a playhouse and the garage, to the east of the fire circle.

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playhouse porch

playhouse porch

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grandkid's playhouse

grandkid’s playhouse

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work area

work area

behind the fire circle

behind the fire circle

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over the garage doors

over the garage doors

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Emerging again by the road:

Allan's photo:  Rita and I are looking at Darla's memorial garden for her friend Shirley.

Allan’s photo: Rita and I are looking at Darla’s memorial garden for her friend Shirley.

When Nancy and I visited on June 4, Darla told us that within six months of each other, seventeen years ago, her husband, her sister, and her best friend died.  She has a memorial garden for her friend just to the north of the walkway up to her house.

Shirley's memorial garden

Shirley’s memorial garden

angel in a tux

angel in a tux

On June 4, Darla showed me a sign with her friend's name on it which she had, amazingly, found at a rummage sale .

On June 4, Darla showed me a sign with her friend’s name on it which she had, amazingly, found at a rummage sale.

birdhouses (Allan's photo)

Allan’s photo

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by the road (Allan's photo)

by the road (Allan’s photo)

I went back to say goodbye to Darla and tell her how much I love the way her soul is expressed throughout her garden.  She invited me to come back any time and I hope to take her up that that.

As we left, another group of tour guests were just entering Darla's garden of wonders.

As we left, another group of tour guests were just entering Darla’s garden of wonders.

I would have liked to go through again (I realize now I did not go around the south side of the house!) but we had one more garden to see, and the tour time was almost over.

 

 

 

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