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Saturday, 9 August 2014

However much I had planned to take two days at home, I was lured out when I saw friend Wendy Murry’s post (she of the Jake the Alligator Man party) that she and Del would be showing their little trailer, Wilma, at the Sou’wester Lodge vintage trailer rally.  That was irresistible even though I had so wanted two days without leaving my property.

Vintage Trailer Rally at the Sou’wester Lodge

In the UK, these would be called caravans.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

What follows is pretty much the exterior of a trailer, followed by the interior, with some exteriors only of ones that were not open for touring.  With, of course, dogs.

one

one

kitchenette

kitchenette

The owner warned me "Don't be scared, there's a bear on the bed!"

The owner warned me “Don’t be scared, there’s a bear on the bed!”  Poor bear.

The rustic theme continues in the bathroom.

The rustic theme continues in the bathroom.  (Allan’s photo)

second trailer

second trailer

blue against blue (Allan's photo)

blue against blue (Allan’s photo)

Argosy

Argosy

dog

dog living up to its reputation

dog living up to its reputation

campsite relaxation

campsite relaxation

inside the argosy

inside the argosy

three

three: The woman who owned this one had acquired it at a garage sale!  She was still working on the interior walls and ceiling.

in

kitchenette must also be the sleeping area

caravan

an adorable light

sink with vintage kitchenware

sink with vintage kitchenware

guestbook

guestbook by the front door

a King Charles spaniel

a King Charles spaniel

Here's Wilma, Wendy and Del's vintage trailier; they looked long and hard to find this treasure.

Here’s Wilma, Wendy and Del’s vintage trailier; they looked long and hard to find this treasure.

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

ramones

entry rug

entry rug

the comfy bed

Wilma’s comfy bed

How well I remember, from trailer camping with my parents, the little crank windows.

How well I remember, from trailer camping with my parents, the little crank windows.

kitchen sink and window

Wilma’s kitchen sink and window

Wendy, a woman after my own heart, decided the stove should come out as cooking inside while camping was not likely to happen, and the space could be better used.

kitchenette

Wilma’s kitchenette

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

mirror

mirror2

Del and Wendy recently acquired this cute little kitchen...thing; hadn't tried it out yet.

Del and Wendy recently acquired this cute little kitchen…thing; hadn’t tried it out yet.

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

Wilma decor

Wilma decor

wilma

wilma2

I remember that Wendy had this plate long before she finally acquired Wilma.

I remember that Wendy had this plate long before she finally acquired Wilma.

del

Before leaving the Wilma campsite, I had a good conversation with Del, who told me about a second posthumous Joey Ramone album that I had not even known existed.

Del and Wendy's old rescued dog, Jerry

Del and Wendy’s old rescued dog, Jerry

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

 

Boles Aero

Boles Aero

boles

inside

nap

turquoise stove

turquoise stove

and fridge!

and fridge!

shiny silver

shiny silver

Silver Streak

Silver Streak

shiniest

so shiny

couch

couch2

front window over couch

front window over couch

 

 

kitchen

 

turquoise again

In the bathroom, the turquoise theme continues.

In the bathroom, the turquoise theme continues.

camp

 

reflective

reflective

vintage campsite sale

vintage campsite sale

blue

blue

dog

littledog

blue

blue

sleeping dog continues to lie

sleeping dog continues to lie

banjo

 

It's a little land yacht.

It’s a little land yacht.

protected by a gargoyle

protected by a gargoyle

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

blue

mustard

This is a low rider made to go into low garages of the 60s, I was told.

This is a low rider made to go into low garages of the 60s, I was told.  It’s so light a person can move it.

camp

low

 

green and silver

green and silver

nap

Trailer beds make me want to take a nap.

Trailer beds make me want to take a nap.

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

good reading light

good reading light

 (Allan's photo)  Allan liked this, too; we both appreciate a good reading light!

(Allan’s photo) Allan liked this, too; we both appreciate a good reading light!

kitchenette

kitchenette

map tablecloth

map tablecloth

stove

toaster

towels

campsite

door

 

red

blast

inside

cocktail time

table

 

kitchen

 

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

Many of the trailers had vintage music playing inside.

Many of the trailers had vintage music playing inside.

kitchen

kitchen

yellow

yellow

camping cookspot

camping cookspot

This was one of my favourites.

This was one of my favourites.

love

checks

 

view

kitchen

more nap inspiration

more nap inspiration

love the tin ceiling

love the tin ceiling

liner

aristo

table

table

lots of blue appliances in these old trailers

lots of blue appliances in these old trailers

still more desire for a nap

still more desire for a nap

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

nap

 

red

more

The Sou’wester rents vintage trailers large and small for the night, in the RV park and further up by the lodge and cabins.

The TCH! TCH! on the sign stands for "trailer classics hodgepodge".

The TCH! TCH! on the sign stands for “trailer classics hodgepodge”.

inside the long green and white trailer

inside the long green and white trailer

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

 

 (Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

bed

 

looking back to the kitchen and living area

looking back to the kitchen and living area

It's a two door trailer with an exterior door in the bedroom.

It’s a two door trailer with an exterior door in the bedroom.

I have a sentimentality about the Sou’wester because I lived there for a year when I first moved to the beach, so I took a stroll around the RV park grounds.

champagne

a big plain fifth wheel with the fancy name “Champagne Edition”

tent area

tent area

new enclosure about the campground shower building

new enclosure about the campground shower building

campsite

campsite

the vintage trailer rally

the vintage trailer rally

When I returned from my brief stroll, another trailer had just pulled in and parked and opened up for touring.

red

Its name was Ruby Joy.

Its name was Ruby Joy.

inside

inside

couch

I felt that nap coming on again.

I felt that nap coming on again.

a "glampsite" not just a campsite

a “glampsite” not just a campsite

As we left, Del was just walking his little dog, Jerry.

me going scritch scritch scritch on Jerry's behind

me going scritch scritch scritch on Jerry’s behind

 

 

 

Friday, 8 August 2014

I had been absolutely determined to get work done in time to get some Soil Energy mulch today, and we had managed to whittle the jobs down to just three and a bit…

First, let me share a lovely quilt that I saw when we made a quick stop at the Ilwaco Pharmacy to buy some toeless (easier to put on I HOPE) compression stockings for me.

just beautiful

just beautiful

At Olde Towne Café, the compost bucket got switched and I got some coffee meringues to go. Oh my, so delicious, like sweet coffee-flavoured air.

Olde Towne display case

Olde Towne display case

Our Luanne

Our Luanne

a new window display

a new window display (the kitchen antiques side of the business)

And then on to our northern jobs.


Golden Sands Assisted Living

The bear proof garbage wheelie bin enclosure is done.

The bear proof garbage wheelie bin enclosure is done.

Inside the courtyard, I took the usual photos of the four quadrants. I accidentally had the camera set to vivid colour which made them look more vibrant but also more yellow. Allan had the good idea to show some photos of the same quadrants in 2010 so you can see what we actually started with.

Then-manager Linda shows us mom's future window, before she moves in, with a view of the NE quadrant.

NE quadrant, August 2009

Above: Then-manager Linda shows us mom’s future window, before she moves in, with a view of the NE quadrant. I was taking photos to show mom that she would have a garden to look at. The quadrants were all scrubby lawn.

NE quadrant after mom moved in and we started the garden for her.

NE quadrant after mom moved in and we started the garden for her.

NE quadrant spring 2010

NE quadrant spring 2010

NE quadrant today

NE quadrant today

NW quadrant April 2010

NW quadrant April 2010

NW quadrant today

NW quadrant today

dahlia, NW quadrant

dahlia, NW quadrant

The white achillea (yarrow) in the NW quadrant could be big trouble if I don't pull lots of it out this fall.  (Maybe it can go outside the quadrant.)

The white achillea (yarrow) in the NW quadrant could be big trouble if I don’t pull lots of it out this fall. (Maybe it can go outside the quadrant.)

one of my mom's rosebushes

one of my mom’s rosebushes

We did not start the other two quadrants till a year later so don’t have comparison photos handy.

SE quadrant in vivid colour

SE quadrant in vivid colour

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

My mom, Ginger Johnston, when she lived at Golden Sands (dressed in her Marine Corps hat for Halloween).

My mom, Ginger Johnston, when she lived at Golden Sands (dressed in her Marine Corps hat for Halloween). She liked it there but sadly died of a heart attack after one year….age 85.

I often wish mom could see the garden coming along as well as it has.

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the long walk down the hallway with wheelbarrow full of debris (Allan’s photo)

 


Klipsan Beach Cottages

Acidanthera in vivid colour in the KBC driveway garden

Acidanthera in vivid colour in the KBC driveway garden

daisies in the lawn border

daisies in the lawn border

looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate

KBC is the only place sweet peas did well for me this year.

KBC is the only place sweet peas did well for me this year.

south gate to the fenced garden

south gate to the fenced garden

lily too tall, too close to path, from bucket of unmarked bulbs from my mom's old garden

lily too tall, too close to path, from bucket of unmarked bulbs from my mom’s old garden (will move this fall)…speciosum rubrum? Black Beauty?

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

elephant garlic with bee

elephant garlic with bee

the best sit spot

the best sit spot

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

sanguisorba flower

sanguisorba flower

more lilies

more lilies

lily one

lily one

lily one

lily two

pineapple sage in a pot amidst the four golden yews

pineapple sage in a pot amidst the four golden yews

That very morning, our neighbour Jessika from Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm came over to ask if we could tell her the name of a big white flowering tree in bloom right now at Pink Poppy Farm. I remembered it well from the Pink Poppy wedding: Eucryphia! I recall she said her botany teacher was visiting and could not ID it. (He also walked through our garden; our neighbours know they can do so at any time as long as they close the deer gates on their way out.)

Eucryphia in bloom

Eucryphia in bloom at Pink Poppy Farm, 7-26-14

So at KBC I remembered to have a look at their Eucryphia, which I had given them a few years back for their dog memorial garden area. I was already in the van when I remembered, so Allan took some photos for me:

KBC Eucryphia is huge.

KBC Eucryphia is huge.

the flowers

the flowers

stunning

stunning

I wish I could find the passage in a Beverly Nichols books where he exults in purple prose: “Eucryphia! Eucryphia!” etc etc.

Allan also took a photo of the fairy door he gave to Mary and Denny...

Allan also took a photo of the fairy door he gave to Mary and Denny…

and a white rose

and a white rose

 


Marilyn’s Garden

We are actually working at these gardens, not just taking photos …deadheading, deadleafing, and aiming for perfection.

Marilyn's garden in Surfside

Marilyn’s garden in Surfside

Marilyn is the mom of Nancy, co owner of the Depot Restaurant.

I can't recall where I got this wonderful, slightly thuggish pink...phlox? that the deer do not eat.

I can’t recall where I got this wonderful, slightly thuggish pink…phlox? that the deer do not eat.

[A few days later, weeding at Jo's garden, I remember that I got it from Jo!]

The Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' is just starting to bloom.

The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ is just starting to bloom.

the path, looking south

the path, looking south

further along, after deadheading the shasta daisies

further along, after deadheading the shasta daisies

 


 

Wiegardt Gallery

I now have every confidence that we are going to get the Soil Energy today.

I so love the Oregano 'Hopley's Purple'

I so love the Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’.

front garden with the seemingly non stop lavender

front garden with the seemingly non stop lavender

the slowly growing Dianthus mat that I hope to snick a piece of for my scree garden

the slowly growing Dianthus mat that I hope to snick a piece of for my scree garden

a bit of white phlox on the west side (with H. 'Lemon Queen, very short from being dry)

a bit of white phlox on the west side (with H. ‘Lemon Queen, very short from being dry)

Allan pruned the holly bush!

Allan pruned the holly bush!

 


 

Peninsula Landscape Supply and home

Success! We got our mulch in time.

soil energy

soil energy

One yard, please.

Colleen loads one yard.

and at home...it goes where the white rambling rose came out, and along some areas of the west fence garden.

and at home…it goes where the white rambling rose came out, and along some areas of the west fence garden.

After filling the wheelbarrows for me to dump, Allan had to go water the Ilwaco planters.

one of the vandalized and replanted planter recovering

one of the vandalized and replanted planter recovering

and the other; we had gotten to them in time to save the nasturtiums, although they were not what they were before being pulled out.

and the other; we had gotten to them in time to save the nasturtiums, although they were not what they were before being pulled out.

On the way home, he saw the Hawaiian shaved ice booth arriving for the Saturday market and took a photo with the ‘supermoon’ rising over the marina behind it.

a weekly arrival; Saturday night, we think it goes across the bridge to the Astoria.

a weekly arrival; Saturday night, we think it goes across the bridge to the Astoria.

Now for two days off! My goal was to not leave my property for two whole days, a goal that seemed achievable because Allan said he would go take photos of the Saturday Market for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page. Could I avoid the lure of other activities and enjoy the rejuvinating peace of time in my own garden?

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Ilwaco

My mission for Thursday and Friday was to get enough work done so that we could get to Peninsula Landscape Supply in time Friday (they close at five) to get a yard of Soil Energy for where we had dug up the white rambling rose in our back garden.

I thought Thursday morning that we could throw in one hour of weeding and watering the Ilwaco boatyard garden before going to the north end jobs.

It was not to be.  As we pulled up toward the boatyard, we saw one street planter tipped over.  A fisherman walking by jumped right in to help Allan set it upright.

fixing

I looked past them and saw that the planter kitty corner looked completely empty!!

on closer examination....

on closer examination….

The plants were dumped under the street tree!

The plants were dumped under the street tree!

The vandalism had happened so recently that the planters were not terribly wilted.  Then I looked north up the street.

Much swearing ensued.

Much swearing ensued.

second vandalized planter

second vandalized planter

The plants were all thrown in a pile far back in the blackberry and brush lot next to the planter.

The plants were all thrown in a pile far back in the blackberry and brush lot next to the planter.

We rushed home to get a bag of potting soil and started replanting.

planter number one, missing its center plant.

replanted planter number one, missing its center plant.

As we went to replant the container halfway up the block, I started to think about the missing Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ from planter number one.

Could it be along the edge somewhere?

Could it be along the edge somewhere?

I don't see it...

I don’t see it…

WAIT, there it is!!!

WAIT, there it is!!!

It was in sad shape so I cut the flowers off.

It was in sad shape so I cut the flowers off to help with the shock.

First and Eagle

That’s what it looked like last time Allan watered.  BASTIGES!!!

so sad now...just in time for next weekend's Blues and Seafood crowds.  I am disgusted.

so sad now…just in time for next weekend’s Blues and Seafood crowds. I am disgusted.

the middle of the block one is sad, too.

the middle of the block one is sad, too.

[Since I am writing this a week later, I can update then when Allan watered this one on August 11, the Erysimum in the center had been pulled out again and this time is completely gone, so the planters is really, really pitiful.  What is the point of replanting?  But we will find some sort of plant to put in it.  Damn it.]

Our boatyard weeding time had been completely sucked up by the vandalism crisis and we moved on.  I had to shake off the rage over planter trashing; I cannot let finger blight ruin my whole day.  This gets the dubious award of the worst finger blight/vandalism since some yobbo broke off one of the young Ilwaco street trees a few years back.

We went on down to water the garden boat at Time Enough Books.

garden boat on a sea of Geranium 'Rozanne'

garden boat on a sea of Geranium ‘Rozanne’


The Depot Restaurant

We began working our way north with our weekly deadheading stop at the Depot Restaurant in Seaview.

Helenium and Cosmos at the Depot

Helenium and Cosmos at the Depot

Allan found a fasciated cosmos stem...

Allan found a fasciated cosmos stem…

and a weird flower

and a weird flower

the weekly Depot shot

the weekly Depot shot


 

Long Beach

the weekly deadheading of the welcome sign, front...

the weekly deadheading of the welcome sign, front…

and back

and back

Before leaving Long Beach, we got ourselves some treats at Pink Poppy Bakery.  Mine was a “traveling cake” which only traveled for about one block before it was all eaten.


 

The Anchorage Cottages

We did the usual deadheading and weeding, cutting back of horrid old flowers of the lady’s mantle, and fertilizing of the containers and window boxes.

anch

seating in the center courtyard

seating in the center courtyard

Anchorage office

Anchorage office


Andersen’s RV Park…

….was as far north as we got.

Blue blue sky from our parking spot.  I just wanted to sit there!

Blue blue sky from our parking spot. I just wanted to sit and look!

I deadheaded all the various gardens from the whiskey barrels to the Payson Hall planters to the picket fence garden to the garden shed garden, while Allan weeded the sandy path in the west garden.

before

before

after

after

Allan's Andersen's project before

Allan’s Andersen’s project before

and after

and after

I had been looking forward all week to Fish Taco Thursday at the Cove, which has become Ahi Tuna Thursday for me.  But…when we went to leave Andersen’s, our van battery was dead.  (Seems the headlights may have been left on during the hours that we were there.)  After a jump, we drove home and put the battery on the charger for an hour and THEN went to a late dinner.


 

The Cove Restaurant

velvety snapdragons in the Cove entry garden

velvety snapdragons in the Cove entry garden

Inside, I noticed this cute sandpiper table for the first time.

Inside, I noticed this cute sandpiper table for the first time.

You can see my ahi tuna on there, plus a vegetable bowl that would be so good for our vegan friend, Patt.

You can see my ahi tuna on there, plus a vegetable bowl that would be so good for our vegan friend, Patt.

Ah...strawberry salad...

Ah…strawberry salad…

and Chef Jason's delectable ahi tuna; each week it is a different presentation.

and Chef Jason’s delectable ahi tuna; each week it is a different presentation.

We had a special treat when Chef Jason Lancaster brought us out one of his new dishes, a Korean beef and rice medley with kim chee.

spicy and heavenly

spicy and artistic

I did not even boot up the computer when I got home, just put me feet up and Allan and I enjoyed watching some telly.  We’d started a series called Miss Fisher Mysteries and I had not liked it at first; episode three, with flapper detective Phryne Fisher showing some conscience and caring and not just a clever smirk, won me over at last.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

First, a project in our garden:

Allan dug out the old white rose that I had clipped yesterday evening.

Allan dug out the old white rose that I had clipped yesterday evening.

all dug out! (we hope)

all dug out! (we hope)

I think this is a pink phlox of some sort, deer resistant (or so I have found in unfenced garden)

I think this is a pink phlox of some sort, deer resistant (or so I have found in unfenced garden)

a stunning rose; this winter I am going to figure out which roses I have!

a stunning rose; this winter I am going to figure out which roses I have by looking at old order lists.

Our workday began, as it does every three days or so, with the compost bucket switch at Olde Towne Café just north of the Ilwaco stoplight. Luanne had moved the couch and coffee table and I think the new arrangement looks ideal for introverts. We had no time to linger there as much work had to be done.

I would like this spot better than when the couch faced the room.

I would like this spot better than when the couch faced the room.

Before we could really get to work, we ran the load of rose canes and roots over to the dump; it was too mean and not something we wanted to inflict on the debris pile at Peninsula Landscape Supply. Then….

Long Beach

Watering the planters takes longer now because of a lot of deadheading. Some of the painted sage is just a tad past its prime:

Painted sage comes in pink, white, and blue.

Painted sage comes in pink, white, and blue. The colour comes from bracts; the flowers a tiny white things.

Some stems are almost done flowering.

Some stems are almost done flowering.

So I cut those stems down to a junction with two small flower buds for a less spectacular later bloom.

So I cut those stems down to a junction with two small flower buds for a less spectacular later bloom.

cute pots outside The Wooden Horse gift shop

cute pots outside The Wooden Horse gift shop

I can see these paintings somewhere on my house...

I can see these paintings somewhere on my house…

While I watered, a Summerfest musician entertained me (and all passersby); he was good.

While I watered, a Summerfest musician entertained me (and all passersby); he was good.

I got a little teary when he sang Mr. Bojangles as it reminds me of my ex “who drinks a bit” but has many talents. And since I am publishing two weeks behind because of garden tour posts, I can add that ever since that day, these lines have made me misty eyed daily: “He spoke through tears of fifteen years how his dog and him traveled about. The dog up and died, up and died, and after twenty years he still grieves.” I read up a little bit about the song, Jerry Jeff Walker actually did meet an old man by that name in a jail cell. When the man told the story about his dog, the mood became so heavy that the cellmates ask the old man to dance.

planter, re-done this year (reclaimed from Crocosmia 'Lucifer), by Campiche Gallery

planter, re-done this year (reclaimed from Crocosmia ‘Lucifer), by Campiche Gallery

a good planter by Paws by the Sea

a good planter by Paws by the Sea

The planter above is a challenge as a former volunteer planted full sized shrubs: two Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’ and a ‘Rosy Glow’ barberry. Cutting them to the “ground” every year seems to work although that leads to an awkward ugly stage for awhile in springtime.

Also a would-be enormous golden Eounymous...sigh...

Also a would-be enormous golden Euonymous…sigh…

in front of Home at the Beach

planter in front of Home at the Beach with nasturtium and Salvia patens

Fuchsia in planter by Wind World Kites (Allan's photo); the kite guy likes the Crocosmia 'Lucifer' so it stays in this one.

Fuchsia in planter by Wind World Kites (Allan’s photo); the kite guy likes the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ so it stays in this one.

Meanwhile, Allan watered the trees and turned on the soaker hoses on the Sid Snyder Drive planters, where he fixed a major leak.

No wonder this planter was not doing well!

No wonder this planter was not doing well!

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fixed

fixed

I much prefer the hand watering on the main street to these soaker hoses and wish Sid Snyder had quick connect faucet fittings. Soaker hoses never do get the planters evenly moist. I also think it is good to be able to spray the salt and dust off of the plants.

While watering the street trees and the planters on the northernmost block, Allan saw our old dark green two door Saturn; can you believe we worked for eight or nine years out of that little tiny thing??

It is so small I always felt I was going to be squashed like a bug!

It is so small I always felt I was going to be squashed like a bug!



I felt just…happy all day long. This happens fairly often with right livelihood.

home

In the evening, I weeded all down the west side fence, or most of it till I ran out of steam, and Allan dug out a sad Darmera peltata. On a roll in the home garden, I intend to get a yard of Soil Energy to fill in where that rose came out and will have enough for a few other spots as well.

sad, sad Darmera in a spot that was too dry.  (It started itself there.)

sad, sad Darmera in a spot that was too dry. (It started itself there.)

the former rose spot empty and waiting

the former rose spot empty and waiting

and some white lilies just coming on

and some white lilies just coming on

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

As we were about to go to work, I took a photo of the front garden.

looking east from the garage driveway

looking east from the garage driveway

Close up scrutiny shows that all the sanguisorbas have fallen open due to wind or maybe not enough water, or both.

unsightly! new plan is to move them all the back garden this fall (but where??)

unsightly! new plan is to move them all to the back garden this fall (but where??)

Cheri’s Garden

We had not done Cheri’s garden, a few blocks east, for quite some time. She had been keeping up with it herself. It seemed time for a Cheri garden check up.

We've been neglecting it; we created this much debris in a couple of hours.

We’ve been neglecting it; we created this much debris in a couple of hours. (The trailer photograph was taken across the street at Mayor Mike’s garden (job 2 of today) where we added some spent rose campions to this trailer load.)

At Cheri’s:

the cat room

the cat room

ferns on the north wall

ferns on the north wall

looks like Cheri likes the fernery; well cared for Japanese painted fern

looks like Cheri likes the fernery; well cared for Japanese painted fern

in the front garden

in the front garden

the new raised veg garden...too tall for boxer dogs Porsche and Beemer.

the new raised veg garden…too tall for boxer dogs Porsche and Beemer.


 

The Red Barn Arena

At the Red Barn, I pondered a mystery.

The Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' closest to the barn is big.  I assumed because it got more water.

The Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ closest to the barn is big.

I assumed that being closest to the hose means the planter above gets more water.

The middle one is paltry by comparison (as are its accompanying plants).

The middle one is paltry by comparison (as are its accompanying plants).

But the one furthest from the barn is big!

But the one furthest from the barn is big!

I think maybe the third one is thriving more because it is in a new plastic barrel that holds water better.

I so dislike the tall yellow evening primrose; you can see that due to too many jobs (and garden tours) it got away from me this year.

Amy and her two whippets

Amy and her two whippets

the boy whippet (Bentley?) was hoping we had something good to eat.

the boy whippet (Bentley?) was hoping we had something good to eat.

The planter by the south door (protected from north wind) looks the best, as usual.

The planter by the south door (protected from north wind) looks the best, as usual.


 

Diane’s garden

Next door to the Red Barn, our entry into Diane’s garden was observed.

by the horse

by the horse

and the goat next door

and the goat next door

I was greeted by my good friend Misty (who despite what looks like a suspcious expression, immediately flopped over for a belly rub).

I was greeted by my good friend Misty (who despite what looks like a suspcious expression, immediately flopped over for a belly rub).

Diane's strawberry jar is the star of the containers.

Diane’s strawberry jar is the star of the containers.

strawb

the succulents came from The Basket Case Greenhouse

the succulents came from The Basket Case Greenhouse

chicks

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I decided to take the hint left for me by the back porch…

and I filled up the pot but am not 100 percent sure that rather drab gallon plant should go in it.

and I filled up the pot but am not 100 percent sure that rather drab gallon plant should go in it.

spoon African daisies

spoon Osteospermum (African daisies)

I like this double osteo from The Basket Case

I like this double osteo from The Basket Case

the driveway corner with Perovskia and Stipa gigantea

the driveway corner with Perovskia and Stipa gigantea

the roadside garden

the roadside garden


 

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Overcome with the desire to do another project at home, we dumped that load of debris from Cheri’s garden at Peninsula Landscape Supply and picked up a couple more buckets of small river rock.

I saw that Pen. Landscape Supply has some Eryngiums for sale, grown from seed by owner Colleen!  Quite a find; not for me as I have plenty, but for someone.

I saw that Pen. Landscape Supply has some Eryngiums for sale, grown from seed by owner Colleen! Quite a find; not for me as I have plenty, but for someone.

I so want some of this blue plant that Colleen has in the pond.

I so want some of this blue plant that Colleen has in the pond.

I think it is blue pickerel rush.

Look at all the fish in the little pond!

Look at all the fish in the little pond!


 

at home

more river rock added to scree bed, to be arranged later

more river rock added to scree bed, to be arranged later

a big frog on a tarp that I needed to gather rose debris

a big frog on a tarp that I needed to gather rose debris

I had had a brainstorm, one in which Allan was very willing to participate. While he watered the Ilwaco planters, I pruned back a lot of the canes of “Maxine’s white rose”, a rambler I originally got from Jo’s mother, Maxine.

It grows very well against the west fence, where it can stay.

Maxine's white once blooming rose

Maxine’s white once blooming rose

It's entwined by a Clematis roguchi.

It’s entwined by a Clematis roguchi.

I wondered WHY had I also planted it at the end of the west border, where it runs and roots from arched branches and is just a thorny menace.

way too much of a good thing

way too much of a good thing

It grabs at Allan while he mows.

It grabs at Allan while he mows.

Then I remembered: When I first brought this rose over from my old garden, we did not HAVE the fence. The fence was built during our second winter here. That’s why the rose ended up in the garden bed to begin with. And now…out it must go to make room for some of my new plant purchases.

The elderberry that reseeded here must also go.  There are two others in the garden.

The elderberry that reseeded here must also go. There are two others in the garden. I need room!

progress...you can see in!

progress…you can see in!

I managed to pull out lots of canes without hurting the chelone...

I managed to pull out lots of canes without hurting the chelone…

pink turtlehead

pink turtlehead

lots of rooted side pieces got pulled out

lots of rooted side pieces got pulled out

rose project to be continued….


Meanwhile, in Ilwaco

Allan watered all the planters, and I asked him to photograph them as well.

First and Eagle

First and Eagle, SW corner (Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, Diascia, nasturtiums from seed

First and Eagle

First and Eagle, NW corner

First and Main

First and Main SW corner (this planter drains poorly and the mimulus like the damp)

First and Main (sw corner)

First and Main (SW corner)

First and Main, NW corner

First and Main, NW corner

First and Lake, SE corner

First and Lake, SE corner

First and Lake, NW corner

First and Lake, NW corner

I had mainly wanted to see how well the Nepeta (catmint) had come back from its hard clipping in early summer. It looks great! I still think we will remove it this fall, though, as it is too big and I think more diascias would look better.

First and Lake, SW corner

First and Lake, SW corner

First and Lake, SW corner

First and Lake, SW corner

 

First by the old Doupé building

First by the old Doupé building (and the garbage can enclosure)

by Doupé building

by Doupé building

First and Spruce, south side (being watered)

First and Spruce, south side (being watered)

First and Spruce, SW corner by the Pharmacy

First and Spruce, SW corner by the Pharmacy

on Spruce by Larry's Antique Gallery Too!

on Spruce by Larry’s Antique Gallery Too!

a leftover planter from a closed business, NE corner of Spruce and First, thriving with regular water (Sedum 'Autumn Joy')

a leftover planter from a closed business, NE corner of Spruce and First, thriving with regular water (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’)

Antique store that used to be here planted the Sedum in an old truck wheel

Antique store that used to be here planted the Sedum in an old truck wheel/rim…thingie??

It was almost dead when Allan started caring for it.

It was almost dead when Allan started caring for it.

First and Spruce, NE corner

First and Spruce, NE corner

Spruce and First, north side

Spruce and First, north side

same planter, different angle

same planter, different angle

First and Spruce, NW corner (this one will definitely get re-done as it is quite quite blah)

First and Spruce, NW corner (this one will definitely get re-done as it is quite quite blah)

Unfortunately, a couple of these gorgeous planters are going to be hit with vandals two days hence. Because I am writing the blog a week behind, I can foreshadow that shocking event.

As I sat blogging in the evening, Mary from two doors down popped in bearing a lovely present: an ‘Amethyst Falls’ Oregano for me! I had seen one before. It’s special and is quite possibly hardy!

Thanks, Mary!

Thanks, Mary!

4 August: scree!!!

Monday, 4 August 2014

I almost felt that we could take Monday off, till I strained to remember something we were supposed to do and…oh, yes, the Depot rhododendron pruning.  I realized I had also forgotten yet another one-off job in Long Beach that I had agreed to awhile back; that’s what happens when I neglect making a job list on the white board.  (Not sure when or if we will get to that one off Long Beach weeding job.)

We knew the Depot would create some debris that would have to be dumped; finally, I would have time to get some rock for my scree garden!  In order to make the dump trip worthwhile, I had the idea to get some of the blackberry canes off the west side of Larry and Robert’s lawn.

Larry and Robert’s garden

clipped canes at Larry and Robert's

clipped canes at Larry and Robert’s

I forgot to take a before photo.  The difference was not dramatic because we found the blackberry vines covered with berries and figured there might be a possibility that Larry or Robert or friends of theirs were planning on a pie!  However, as soon as berry time is over I want to cut those canes WAY back.  The neighbours to the west have been cutting on their side so it would be a good time to reveal new lawn area or maybe a place for a new shrub.

draping canes covered with berries

draping canes covered with berries…and there is a fuchsia hiding under there.

On the east side of the house, the garden boat looks full and happy with the addition of some new plants last week (Cosmos ‘Antiquity’, chocolate cosmos, and Verbena bonariensis, which I fancy will grow tall like a boat mast).

east

looking south


 Depot Restaurant

I was ever so pleased when Chef Michael said he did not want the rhodo against their “office” house pruned hard.  I don’t like to fight a shrub’s natural form for no good reason other than to make it smaller.  He just wanted it cut to make a better passage for mowing and so that it did not touch the house.

before

before

after

after


 

Peninsula Landscape Supply

We dumped our debris at Peninsula Landscape Supply and admired their selection of VERY large river rock.

rock treasures

rock treasures

rock

All we wanted was some pea gravel and a bit of slightly larger river rock to make a tiny scree garden at home.  Well, ok, I WANT some of those really big river rocks but don’t have the energy to deal with them.  Maybe this winter!

We loaded up with a half yard of pea gravel and a few buckets of the slightly bigger rocks.  It is always suspenseful to carry a heavy load like that in our little trailer.  Again, we made it!


 at home

The scree garden would be next to the garden boat (The Ann Lovejoy).  I had several inspirations:

1.  Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden and her scree garden photos on her website.

an excellent and inspirational book

an excellent and inspirational book

2.  A little scree garden that we saw on the Gearhart garden tour last year:

scree garden

scree in the Vernon garden, Gearhart

3.  Robert Nold’s blog (where he points out that a mix of rock sizes is good in a scree garden).

4.  The Tucker Garden in Seattle that we saw recently on the Hardy Plant Study Weekend tour.

very Beth Chatto

very Beth Chatto

5.  The John Kuzma garden we had just toured in Portland, where Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery used decomposed granite for the courtyard and perhaps the same sort of gravel for a vast gravel garden.  Here, we cannot get washed gravel, so pea gravel is our only choice for a scree bed; gravel with fines would pack down and be too hard.  (Anyway, that’s the theory I have.)

My scree garden is ridiculously small compared to even this small part of the Kuzma garden

My scree garden is ridiculously small compared to even this small part of the Kuzma garden

6.  My Rock Garden by Reginald Farrer, one of the first serious garden books I read.  I own a battered old copy.  I recall Farrer being the one who said that rock gardens should not look like currant buns.

books

My own little scree patch is a bit laughable compared to those that inspired me.

before (sadly, the red poppies had to go as I had gotten impatient)

before (sadly, the red poppies had to go as I had gotten impatient)

after

after (two days later, I added some rocks from the size between pea gravel and the slightly large ones)

There is horsetail in there...the little scrimmy kind...hope it won't be too hard to pull through the gravel.

There is horsetail in there…the little scrimmy kind…hope it won’t be too hard to weed through the gravel.

This looks like a scree plant...but it is a Lost Tagii from the Hardy Plant sale so I am not sure!

This looks like a scree plant…but it is a Lost Tagii from the Hardy Plant sale so I am not sure!

scree

scree

Euphorbia myrsinites (donkey tail spurge)

Euphorbia myrsinites (donkey tail spurge)

and my little yellow penstemon

and my little yellow penstemon

and in the back, Eryngium agavifolium courtesy of Todd Wiegardt

and in the back, Eryngium agavifolium courtesy of Todd Wiegardt

Now to collect more scree plants, but not too many.  There’s a little “tiny bun” dianthus at Wiegardt Gallery that I might be able to snick a piece of.  If I could just figure where to put the strawberry patch that is on the other side of the boat, I could expand this whole idea.

And I could now cross off the last at home project from the work board…

erased!

erased!

but I had better start adding other work and home projects to it (like battling the bindweed back out of the east side of the bogsy woods) before I forget them all.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

my day

Having completely blown off gardening the day before…I don’t think I even walked around the garden when Kathleen Shaw visited in the late afternoon on into the evening!…I really had to get some weeding done. I think I was suffering from a post-garden tour malaise, so well described by Dulcy Mahar:

from Back in the Garden with Dulcy

from Back in the Garden with Dulcy

I have no desire for a formal green garden; in fact, the formal green gardens on the tour (one here, one in Seattle, none in Portland) were the ones I did not especially like. However, I am perhaps feeling the lack of a gravel garden, of coloured stucco walls, and of fabulous expensive water features with some Little and Lewis columns..

Allan had been working on his garden the evening before while Kathleen and I visited in the house.

Allan's garden

Allan’s garden

I have turned this area over to him, as well.

I have turned this area over to him, as well.

and this, sort of, well, except for the plants I already have in there.

and this, sort of, well, except for the plants I already have in there.

I have encouraged him to rip out all but one special cranesbill geranium. (I want to protect ‘Amy Doncaster’ and move her in the fall; I thought I had lost her, but she has popped up and bloomed in Allan’s garden…or one just like her! Maybe I have a great new plant as she is blooming now, and the Amy I used to have bloomed only in spring! I had better take a photo…soon.)

I have ALL these plants to plant, but the weather is too dry now.

I have ALL these plants to plant, but the weather is too dry now.

I set to weeding in the back garden. I kept at it for a few hours, pausing only for a garden tour walk when Ed Strange came over with his friend Irene. Something odd happened there; maybe due to a burst of social anxiety at meeting someone new, I said “Irene was my mom’s name” and really believed it for over an hour before I suddenly recalled, after they left, that my mother’s name was Ginger and my aunt was Irene. Is this impending dementia???

no before photos to prove that this area was a mass of weeds, especially dwarf fireweed

no before photos to prove that this area was a mass of weeds, especially dwarf fireweed

However, that is a wheelbarrow COMPLETELY hidden with weeds with another pile on the path beyond.

However, that is a wheelbarrow COMPLETELY hidden with weeds with another pile on the path beyond.

The whole garden has become a crisis when I look closely.

Good things:

white Echinops

white Echinops

Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’ reseeded since last year; I did not know what it was going to be, so I pulled a lot of the seedlings thinking they might be a common thistle. They looked much coarser than the blue Echinopes (blue globe thistle). Now I wish I had transplanted some of them at the boatyard. I’ll know better next time.

Irene was gratifyingly impressed with my tall lilies.

Irene was gratifyingly impressed with my tall lilies.

Anastasia, I believe

Anastasia, I believe

Allan’s day

Meanwhile, Allan went sailing on Ilwaco’s Black Lake and here’s his report:

“Borrowed a fellow Black Lake Yacht Club member’s boat with plenty of time & a 20 mph wind. Flooded & too windy to figure out how to get back. Paddled to dock, hiked back, rowed & towed it back.”

Chris's boat with too much water!

Chris’s boat with too much water!

towing it back

towing it back

Rowed to south end, spotted a nest & boys fishing off a dock.

nest

nest

boys on dock

boys on dock

Water lilies at north end & a pic of a ‘rescue’ boat that was offered if I got stuck and couldn’t get the yellow boat home. I installed a set of oars on the white magenta one like my dad’s to be sure to have a way home.

water lilies

water lilies

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For the first time, actually ‘sailed’ upwind successfully back to the dock. Only needed the oars when I slammed onto the shore a few times. (Still need practice.)

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