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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

First, some Ilwaco gardening:

Looking out my passenger window as we were about to drive off to work, I noticed how nicely the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ had been pruned; I could not remember having pruned it to make the flowers small and upright.  Then I remembered: The deer did it!

good job

good job

Larry and Robert’s garden

I was a bit concerned that our four day weekend might have led this garden to be too dry.  The all night drizzle on Thursday and perhaps some foggy mist had helped it hold up well.  I weeded and deadheaded whilst Allan watered.

northwest corner of porch:  Hydrangea and autumn crocus

northwest corner of porch: Hydrangea and autumn crocus

the garden boat

the garden boat

I am amazed that the Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ is still blooming in the boat; I thought it was just a spring to early summer bloomer.

It tones well with Cosmos 'Antiquity'.

It tones well with Cosmos ‘Antiquity’.

east side of house

east side of house

Allium schubertii, Helenium  'Sahin's Early Flowerer', Salvia viridis, santolina

Allium schubertii, Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’, Salvia viridis, santolina

I am pleased with almost everything about this garden bed.  (I wish the Frisia tree would have more vigour.)

I am pleased with almost everything about this garden bed. (I wish the Frisia tree would have more vigour.)

Mayor Mike’s garden

It felt like a long while since we had been at Mike’s, so we fit it in even though I was worried about possible dry planters up in Long Beach.

The Nepeta (catmint) needed cutting back.

The Nepeta (catmint) needed cutting back.

after

after

On the other side of the front steps, Geranium 'Rozanne' and Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' carry out the mostly blue, white and green theme of this garden.

On the other side of the front steps, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ carry out the mostly blue, white and green theme of this garden.

Cheri’s garden

I snipped a few deadheads kitty corner across the street in Cheri’s garden, not even enough to bother to charge her for the visit.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' pops agains the new house colour (used to bright yellow).

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ pops agains the new house colour (used to bright yellow).

So do the last of the red poppies.

So do the last of the red poppies.

Last time we cut Cheri's catmint, and it looks all nice and fresh now.

Last time we cut Cheri’s catmint, and it looks all nice and fresh now.

Long Beach

At last, on to Long Beach, where the planters were fine and not too dry at all (although one more day without water would have been too long).  Here are the planters I like the best and the ones I like the least.

Good: the one in front of the merry-go-round (reclaimed from all vinca last fall).

Good: the one in front of the merry-go-round (reclaimed from all vinca last fall).

bad: boring geranium, left over from volunteer days, in front of Lewis and Clark Square.

bad: boring geranium, left over from volunteer days, in front of Lewis and Clark Square.

I have tried editing this geranium.  It is determined to fill back in.  This is one of two planters that I am fixating on completely digging out and starting over this fall.  The good news:  I had a new hose, making watering much less frustrating.

just annoying:  messy California poppy in front of the police station

just annoying: messy California poppy in front of the police station

I long to cut the California poppies way, way back.  But if I do, the planter will get stood on during Rod Run weekend two weeks hence, so I have to control the itch to trim and just let it be messy.

very good: the planter in front of Campiche Gallery, reclaimed from Crocosmia 'Lucifer' this spring.

very good: the planter in front of Campiche Gallery, reclaimed from Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ this spring.

pretty good: The one in front of Herb 'N Legend Smoke Shop was one of my favourites; it's getting tired now.

pretty good: The one in front of Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop was one of my favourites; it’s getting tired now.

fun:  the planter in front of Home at the Beach.  If nasturtiums swallowed all the planters like this, I suppose I would have much less grooming to do.

fun: the planter in front of Home at the Beach. If nasturtiums swallowed all the planters like this, I suppose I would have much less grooming to do.

One of my favourite things all day: two kinds of santolina gently melding in the planter south of Streetside Taco.

One of my favourite things all day: two kinds of santolina gently melding in the planter south of Streetside Taco.

good: in front of the credit union.

good: in front of the credit union.  Even the good planters are looking rather tired now.

An aside:  I am so pleased that the Coastal Inn and Suites has a new owner.  The previous owner irritated me greatly by flying a confederate flag on his gift shop just north of Home at the Beach.  Discussion with him by several folks, including me, never did convince him it might upset some tourists.  It certainly upset me.  Now he has moved on and I no longer have to hide the name of the hotel in photos and, in fact, I can tell you that I hear it is a nice place to stay.

redemption!  Home at the Beach is located in the corner of the building.

redemption! Home at the Beach is located in the corner of the building.

good: the planter in front of Paws by the Sea (as long as I cut the escallonia back to the ground in early spring; it wants to be eight feet tall or more).

good: the planter in front of Paws by the Sea (as long as I cut the escallonia back to the ground in early spring; it wants to be eight feet tall or more).

bad:  the planter south of Coastal Inn, full of white yarrow.  So boring!  This is the second planter that I hope to completely dig out in fall.  The yarrow always wins when I try to just edit it.

bad: the planter south of Coastal Inn, full of white yarrow. So boring! This is the second planter that I hope to completely dig out in fall. The yarrow always wins when I try to just edit it.

I did not see the two northernmost blocks of planters as Allan did them.  There are fewer trees than planters, so that makes our time more even if he waters those two blocks of planters (eight in all) as well as the trees.

Allan's photo:  a common sight near Dennis Company in Long Beach

Allan’s photo: a common sight near Dennis Company in Long Beach

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: horse and rider and dog heading toward the beach for an evening ride

Let’s have a look at a Long Beach enhancement that is always good: the hanging baskets from Basket Case Greenhouse, created by basket queen Nancy Aust.  Just a few of the many:

north corner of police station

north corner of police station

south corner of police station

south corner of police station

perhaps the most windswept of all the baskets, in a challenging spot at Bolstadt and Pacific

perhaps the most windswept of all the baskets, in a challenging spot at Bolstadt and Pacific

Across the street and sheltered from west wind by a tall building

Across the street and sheltered from west wind by a tall building

by Fish Alley

by Fish Alley

another very windy position.   Note that this is the north side of the planter, exposed to that cold north summer wind of up to 25 mph.

another very windy position. Note that this is the north side of the planter, exposed to that cold north summer wind of up to 25 mph.

the south side of the very same basket

the south side of the very same basket

After watering all the planters and the Long Beach trees, Allan and I deadheaded lightly in Fifth Street Park and had crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder.  We wondered why watering Long Beach is such an exhausting job.  It just is.  I figure we have at the very least ten more times to do it before rainy season comes.  I think part of the reason it wears us out is constantly being on the lookout for traffic and usually being in a fair amount of wind.

We admired Captain Bob and Cathy's luscious brownies but just stuck to crab rolls today.

We admired Captain Bob and Cathy’s luscious brownies but just stuck to crab rolls today.

Ilwaco

I arrived home to a message from Mary, two doors down, letting me know that Jeff had a piece of salmon for us.

a BIG piece , fresh caught today

a BIG piece , fresh caught today

Allan had to go out to water Ilwaco still; I felt bad about that.  It’s a one person job that requires driving the van with the water trailer, so feeling bad about it does not change anything.

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It was an extremely cold and windy evening.

This cat came out and calmly watched Allan while he watered at First and Eagle.

This cat came out and calmly watched Allan while he watered at First and Eagle.

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And he had the usual problems with the flexible hose:

a continuous difficulty

a continuous difficulty

He remembered that a new hose had been what he wanted to buy at Dennis Company today.

Finally, a sit down to watch some British telly (a mini series called The Escape Artist) and have a delicious dinner (which Allan cooked, of course, after watering).  As I have said be for, if it were not for Allan’s enjoyment and skill at cooking, there would be no Tangly Cottage blog.

salmon caught by Jeff, potatoes and tomatoes from the garden, corn from the Ilwaco Saturday Market and store-bought carrots.

salmon caught by Jeff, potatoes and tomatoes from the garden, corn from the Ilwaco Saturday Market and store-bought carrots.

 

My mission: to not leave the property until we return to work.  A blessed drizzle all night Thursday night meant that we could probably put off watering the Long Beach planters until Tuesday.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Allan volunteered to swing the pick and get the salmonberry stumps out of the newly cleared bogsy wood edge.

He made quick work of this hard task.

He made quick work of this hard task.

I am so pleased with how this is coming along...

I am so pleased with how this is coming along…

a newly clear tunnel runs south to north.

a newly clear tunnel runs south to north.

Even though I had planned to wait for a rainier season to put my new plants in the ground, I could not resist planting a few.

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I still wonder if I should or should not remove the easternmost clump.

I still wonder if I should or should not remove the easternmost clump (to the left).

In the early evening, we began a fire to burn up some odd twiggy bits from the old woodpile.

a twiggy pile

a twiggy pile

I texted Olde Towne Café’s Luanne that we were about to make fire, not expecting her to really show up, but she did, with a small bag of paper to burn that helped get the fire going.

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such a pleasant evening

such a pleasant evening

Luanne has to leave at dusk as she rises so early to open the café; we enjoyed the fire on into the dusk.

loving the new garden bed behind the smoke

loving the new garden bed behind the smoke

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Just as I was about to go into the garden in late morning, I got a text from our friend and client Jo asking if she could bring some family over.  Although she was in the midst of a family reunion of 35 people, she only brought two….and my good friend Coco.

Coco

Coco

Let off the leash (because our yard is safely fenced), Coco relished running around the entire garden.

She discovered a cat (Smokey)...

She discovered a cat (Smokey)…

and was closely observed by Mary and Frosty.

and was closely observed by Mary and Frosty from their high cat door perch.

Jo was very taken by the Chelone (pink turtlehead) and asked "Why don't I have one of these?"

Jo was very taken by the Chelone (pink turtlehead) and asked “Why don’t I have one of these?”

Jo will have pink turtlehead in her garden next year!

Jo will have pink turtlehead in her garden next year!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; her niece makes a heart to show how much Jo loves that plant!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

As we strolled around, we saw a frog on a Cox's Orange Pippin apple.

As we strolled around, we saw a frog on a Cox’s Orange Pippin apple.

Allan got a better side.

Allan got a better side.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I did set foot off the property, but only onto the front sidewalk to demonstrate the peanut butter scent of the Melianthus major (a big hit as always).  I think Jo should have some of that in her garden as well, since I learned that she has a nephew or grandson who adores peanut butter.

After they left, I contemplated what task to tackle first.

looking east from driveway

looking east from driveway

have not had time to deadhead my own painted sage, and it may be too late to bother.

have not had time to deadhead my own painted sage, and it may be too late to bother.

I dragged a big planting tub away from the front porch area to give Allan room for one of his new ferns, and because I wanted a shady place to plant my Asarum ‘Shell Shocked’ so I don’t lose it in the wilds of the garden.

I dragged a big planting tub away from the front porch area to give Allan room for one of his new ferns.

a new space for Allan

and a new spot for the planter

and a new spot for the planter

I decided to dare to dig out the blue Geranium which was taking up too much room in Allan’s garden.

'Amy Doncaster' or...??

‘Amy Doncaster’ or…??

I replanted it in the back garden with lots and lots of water.  (Two days later, it is fine.)

The next day, he asked if a dog had been digging in his garden (forgetting I had showed him the dug up plant).

The next day, he asked if a dog had been digging in his garden (forgetting I had showed him the dug up plant).

While weeding in an area that caught my eye while planting the geranium, I saw a big apple on my young Pink Lady apple tree.  It came off with a twist.  Then some internet research told me I had probably picked it too early and that the real name of the apple is Cripp’s Pink.  Cripp’s Pink is the cultivar name, and Pink Lady is a trademark name; that is something I had recently been reading about in a book by Plant Delight’s Tony Avent.

It is so large and came off so easily.

It is so large and came off so easily.

There are a few more apples on the tree to make up for having picked one too early.

There are a few more apples on the tree to make up for having picked one too early.

Meanwhile, Allan went to the Ilwaco Saturday Market to get produce and some photos for Discover Ilwaco.

some of Allan’s Saturday Market photos:

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Suzy Q's Magical Glass

Suzy Q’s Magical Glass

from the port office deck

from the port office deck

De Asis produce

De Asis produce

De Asis produce

De Asis produce

De Asis produce; we had peaches for dessert

De Asis produce; we had peaches for dessert

returning via the gearshed next door...

returning via the gearshed next door…

He came in the east gate

he came in the east gate

Still with plenty of energy, he went to Black Lake and sailed around for awhile:

“Couldn’t get out of the yacht club’s harbour in the yellow boat before it hit a snag & capsized. Easily righted. I had a row boat in tow which I walked over to and towed it all back. Last shot is from the green boat under sail with the fog coming in on the south shore. Pretty fun overall.”

tipped!

tipped!

rescue boat in tow

rescue boat in tow

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fog

fog

He had been thinking of taking his newly painted “picnic cooler” boat up to Island Lake but decided to save that for another time.

the "cooler" boat

the “cooler” boat on Nora’s lawn

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His dad used to take Allan out in this boat when Allan was little.  It was from Sears and quite economical at that time.

Allan built that narrow boat moving..thingie…in order to move his boats in and out of the narrow paths in our garden (paths that I may have made too narrow in the area where he wants to store the boat).

Sunday, 24 August 2014

I am ever so pleased at the four sprinklers Allan has set up, which cover almost the whole back garden.  I did not try them out yet as Allan would be wanting to mow the lawn.

We got the idea from Pink Poppy Farm, and Allan put ours on taller posts to cover our large garden beds.

We got the idea from Pink Poppy Farm, and Allan put ours on taller posts to cover our large garden beds.

True, overhead watering is not as good as an in ground sprinkler system.  However, this will work well for us for now; maybe when we retire, we can get fancier.  I do find that I move plants around a lot and in my experience that makes an in ground sprinkler system a problem.

I had spent some time yesterday weeding under the former danger tree in the back garden, where the blue bottles hung from an old branch on the tall trunk that we chose to have left behind by the tree cutter.  Today, I found the bottles on the ground…right where I had been weeding.

a close call

a close call

later:  Allan rehung them on the west arbour

later: Allan rehung them on the west arbour

I spent the afternoon planting all of my new Fuchsias, three in big pots and the rest in the shade beds by the alder trees.

loving the new bed by the fire area

loving the new bed by the fire area (and the lawn is now mowed)

Allan watered the Ilwaco planters (thus not really having a four day weekend):

the planter with the new free begonias

the planter with the new free begonias from Basket Case

and a bit of sightseeing at the port

and a bit of sightseeing at the port

Monday, 25 August 2014

I placed my bulb order!  That is a huge deal, as I tend to put it off till Labour Day or (last year) even later.  It hangs over my head and causes much anxiety till I force myself to do it.  I went over budget, as always, so the extras will end up in my garden or perhaps I can flog a few to friends.

Then weeding absorbed my day.  I thought Allan might go boating; instead, he started on a project involving our rain water barrels.

project underway

project underway

More weeding while I tried out the new sprinklers (worked fabulously well) led to more admiration of my new shade bed.

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A little delight awaited me when I weeded a shade bed on the east side:

Bletila 'White Pearl' from Todd Wiegardt

Bletila ‘White Pearl’ from Todd Wiegardt

I added to my bowl of poppy seeds that Jacob Moore is collecting for Madeline.

poppies....all sorts

poppies….all sorts

Devery came by to pick some raspberries.

Devery came by to pick some raspberries.

Allan demonstrated how the new rain barrel will collect water from the roof.  Rainytime water feature!

Allan demonstrated how the new rain barrel will collect water from the roof. Rainytime water feature!

The water is now accessible; it used to be way back behind plants in the corner so this source rarely got used.

The water is now accessible; it used to be way back behind plants in the corner so this source rarely got used.

In the greenhouse, the tomato plants look miserable with lots of yellow leaves…

They get watered daily, I think not too often.

They get watered daily, I think not too often.

Despite their sad appearance, the tomato plants produce a bounty every day.

Despite their sad appearance, the tomato plants produce a bounty every day, enough to share with friends.

the transplanted blue geranium, happy (always a risk transplanting in dry weather)

the transplanted blue geranium, happy (always a risk transplanting in dry weather)

Allan demos the new rain barrel by spraying some water into the gutter.

Allan demos the new rain barrel by spraying some water into the gutter.

I will want to stand here in the rain and watch.

I will want to stand here in the rain and watch.

He rigged up two barrels instead of one in the driveway where we need water the most (to fill buckets to take to work with us).

He rigged up two barrels instead of one in the driveway where we need water the most (to fill buckets to take to work with us).

We have room for one more rain catcher here...a spot I did not even notice had a downspout till recently.

We have room for one more rain catcher here…a spot I did not even notice had a downspout till recently.

In the front garden: the crab pot fence proved to be a good spot for displaying broken off alliums.

In the front garden: the crab pot fence proved to be a good spot for displaying broken off alliums.

Scruphularia variegata (more nicely known as figwort) has good flowers as well as good green and white foliage.

Scruphularia variegata (more nicely known as figwort) has good flowers as well as good green and white foliage.

figwort

figwort

What a perfect long weekend.  I am so spoiled now that I do not want to go back to work tomorrow, even though I am concerned at how thirsty the Long Beach planters may be.

a last garden look with fog obscuring the hill southwest of us

a last garden look with fog obscuring the hill southwest of us

and nasturtiums outside the west gate

and nasturtiums outside the west gate

The last thing Allan did was straighten the cat door platform.  Here it is from earlier in the weekend:

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and here it is all evened out.

and here it is all evened out.

I am not thrilled that my wall quotation is blocked:  “A garden without cats can scarcely be called a garden at all” (Beverly Nichols); Allan says the wood is only a three quarters of an inch wide….I will have to examine this in person!  (I was firmly in the house by the time Allan took that photo.) I could move the quotation higher if need be.

on the porch, violas with faces

on the porch, violas with faces

And then in for the evening to blog and then rest my brain with a couple of Gordon Ramsay shows.

Books

Meanwhile, I’ve been reading some of the gardening books that I saw on our Bloggers Fling visit to Timber Press.

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Decoding Gardening Advice and The Anxious Gardener’s Book of Answers each had useful information and would be especially helpful to beginning gardeners.  So You Want to Start a Nursery  by Tony Avent of Plant Delights fame was fascinating to me in parts.  I do not want to start a nursery so I skipped some of the chapters on the business and equipment side of things, but I deeply enjoyed the chapters on subjects such as new plant introductions, and Tony’s information on the difference between trademark names and cultivar names was a revelation and cleared up some mysteries that had been bothering me.  I strongly suggest you turn to his excellent online article on the subject here.  This passage explains why I have an apple called ‘Pink Lady’ whose REAL name is ‘Cripp’s Pink':

The rose industry seems to have been the first to use nonsensical, non-conforming names for plant cultivars, while the bedding plant industry completely thumbed its nose at the Code by not even bothering to come up with any cultivar names for most of their introductions. One of the most famous roses in horticulture is one that everyone knows as Peace. Surprisingly, there is no such plant as Rosa ‘Peace’. The plant we grow under this name is actually Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’. The trade name Peace was coined by Conard Pyle Nursery, and used to market Rosa ‘Madame A. Meilland’ after World War II to capitalize on the post-war sentiment. The plant became known in the public’s mind as the Peace rose.

Some of the larger nurseries soon realized that regardless of the cultivar name of the plant, they could come up with their own proprietary (trademarked) marketing name and use these names to promote plants which already had valid cultivar names. The idea was to convince the public that the company’s marketing name was actually the name of the plant. “

Read on to fully understand the scandal!  I was fascinated.

My favourite so far of the new-to-me Timber Press books is one that I purchased because our local library did not have it.

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I was smitten as soon as I read her introductory words:

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I learned a new word from a lovely passage about an evening garden:

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Vespertine!

All 136 pages of the book were immensely pleasing to me.  I learned that the city of London has working farms (and the book has an index of where to find them).  Ms. Babbs would be a wonderful friend with whom to explore horticultural London and I would so love to have joined her for a mint-muddled cocktail on her rooftop garden.  I do hope she continue to write autobiographical books.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

I had hoped to get enough work done to see the handcrafted kite competition at the Kite Festival. So why did I schedule so many tasks before we got there? It just seemed proper to do the jobs in order, and besides, there was very little wind in the morning.

Ilwaco

First, we added some free begonias from The Basket Case to the vandalized and replanted Ilwaco planter.

and a lotus vine, thus adding some extra colour before the three remaining big tourism weekends.

and a lotus vine, thus adding some extra colour before the three remaining big tourism weekends.

One of the begonia colours coincidentally echoes the building colour across the street.

One of the begonia colours coincidentally echoes the building colour across the street.

When we did our compost bucket switch at Olde Towne Café, we were so pleased to see the Depot’s Nancy Gorshe and her mom, Marilyn of Marilyn’s garden.

Nancy and Marilyn out and about

Nancy and Marilyn out and about

Luanne's container garden

Luanne’s container garden

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot garden

The Depot garden

I realized today that half of the cosmos are lush and yet not blooming.

I realized today that half of the cosmos are lush and yet not blooming.

Solidago 'Fireworks' (goldenrod) just about to flower

Solidago ‘Fireworks’ (goldenrod) just about to flower

Persicaria 'Firetail', a favourite perennial of mine

Persicaria ‘Firetail’, a favourite perennial of mine

Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' after a good deadheading

Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ after a good deadheading

windowboxes and barrels on the north side are by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse.

windowboxes and barrels on the north side are by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse.

The rosemary on the south side of the deck are finally thriving, having responded well to a dose of Dr Earth all purpose fertilizer.

Chef Michael's herb garden

Chef Michael’s herb garden

Kite Festival

Even though it would have been next in consecutive order, we skipped the Long Beach welcome sign in order to get to the kite festival in time to see the Water Creatures in the Sky mass ascension. Although it was not to be, as there was so little wind, we did see some sights that made the walk well worthwhile.

Pink Poppy Bakery, set up outside with liquid refreshments by Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm;

Pink Poppy Bakery, set up outside with liquid refreshments by Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm

We saw  passersby wondering over the rose hips in the beach approach garden

We saw passersby wondering over the rose hips in the beach approach garden.

a very few roses still hanging on.  Many people ask us what the rose hips are.

a very few roses still hanging on. Many people ask us what the rose hips are.

the source of Vitamin C rich rose hip tea

the source of Vitamin C rich rose hip tea

The rugosa roses can stand up to kite festival foot traffic as the prettier and more delicate garden of yore could not.

path worn through

path worn through because of booths on both sides of the street

at the end of the garden, nice amenities for dogs

at the end of the garden, nice amenities for dogs

out on the sand, a photo being taken...

out on the sand, a photo being taken…

of this

of this

Some frogs were flying; you can see on the sand that there was not enough wind to get the kitty kite in the air.

Some frogs were flying; you can see on the sand that there was not enough wind to get the kitty kite in the air.

the cat kites in 2009.  Later in this week, there was enough wind to launch them.

the cat kites in 2009. Later in this week, there was enough wind to launch them.

banners in the sand

banners in the sand

One of my favourite events at the kite festival is on Saturday afternoon when festival participants parade down the boardwalk holding their banners in the Parade of Colours. I would miss that this year as I was so much longing for a weekend at home.

Parade of Colours over the sand in 2010

Parade of Colours over the sand in 2010

and in 2009

and in 2009

Our work schedule did not allow us to wait around to see the handcrafted kites in the air (as it seemed from the announcements that the event might have been delayed due to no wind earlier).

quilt kites on the ground

quilt kites on the ground

I mostly hobbled around with my cane just off the hardpacked road, while Allan made it all the way down to the water’s edge.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking south toward North Head

looking south toward North Head (Allan’s photo)

Fishing is HOT this summer.  Nine boats on the horizon.  (Allan's photo)

Fishing is HOT this summer. Nine boats on the horizon. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan saw a handsome display with the likeness of extraordinary multiple kite flyer Ray Bethell. I had seen on Facebook that he is using a cane this year; he is 86 years old.

Ray Bethell banners

Ray Bethell banners (Allan’s photo)

Here he is in 2009 flying a kite with each hand and one off his hip.

Here he is in 2009 flying a kite with each hand and one off his hip.

I felt poignant all day about Ray, and later I heard that he did fly two kites later in the week.

You can see some videos of him here.

Near the event field, I saw this banner created by a fan of his.

Ray and a fan

Ray and a fan; he is beloved.

We had to get back to work…

Kite Festival booths on the beach approach, as we head back to town

Kite Festival booths on the beach approach, as we head back to town (Allan’s photo)

Our next work stop was Erin’s garden. We could see the kites off in the distance.

Erin’s garden

looking south

looking south

Cosmos and Kites

Cosmos and Kites

The new garden bed at Erin’s has come out fairly well except for a bare area at the west end. My solution will be a drift of silver santolina made from cuttings (stuck right into the ground) this fall. A river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ would be awesome, too, although I would have to buy those somewhere and they would need a lot of water and deer might nibble them.

mysterious empty spot

mysterious empty spot

looks better closer in

looks better closer in

In some areas, California poppies grew well (just not in that bare spot).

In some areas, California poppies grew well (just not in that bare spot).

pink ones

‘Thai Pink Champagne’

'Buttercream'

‘Buttercream’

probably 'Red Chief'

probably ‘Red Chief’

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probably 'Rose Chiffon'

probably ‘Rose Chiffon’

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and a great, tall feathery poppy

and a great, tall feathery poppy

Erin has a friend helping in the garden and they have done a good job in the back courtyard.

back courtyard with three new Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning'

back courtyard with three new Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’

Anchorage Cottages

At the Anchorage, we were greeted by my good friend Mitzu.

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lots of deadheading to do in the containers

lots of deadheading to do in the containers: Salvia ‘Victoria Blue’ and Salvia viridis (painted sage)

the windowboxes are pretty much self-cleaning

the windowboxes are pretty much self-cleaning

I'm going to get me some of this persicaria in the fall for my garden and for an edger at Larry and Robert's garden.

I’m going to get me some of this Persicaria ‘Dimity’ in the fall for my garden and for an edger at Larry and Robert’s garden.

Long Beach

We circled back to the Long Beach welcome sign, just where Seaview turns into Long Beach, for the dreaded deadheading of hundreds of yellow daisies on Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.

before

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after

after

What the heck?! One of the bidens along the edge is missing, leaving a hole.

What the heck?! One of the bidens along the edge is missing, leaving a hole.

the whole view, with a gap of a missing plant; did they think I would not notice??

the whole view, with a gap of a missing plant; did they think I would not notice??

Cosmos 'Happy Ring' doing very well in the welcome sign garden.

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ doing very well in the welcome sign garden.

Back to downtown Long Beach to water the planters. We parked near Veterans Field where we heard drumming and found a troupe of Korean drummers and dancers on the stage.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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drummers

 

The Veterans Field garden mostly white now with Gaura.

The Veterans Field garden mostly white now with Gaura.

just a little blue and red(dish)

just a little blue and red(dish)

After nitpicking little lawn grass sprouts out of the Vet Field garden, we left there to water the street planters just in time, as I looked back and saw the dancers down in the audience hauling citizens up to the stage! No photos of the planter watering as I was just tired.

After the planters, we weeded and deadheaded in Fifth Street Park.

After the planters, we weeded and deadheaded in Fifth Street Park.

Much as I love Baptisia australis, the one in this garden has gotten so large, and has such a short period of bloom, that I think it has to be removed.

too big and just too plain green

too big and just too plain green

During this and the previous water session this week, we got many compliments about how exceptionally pretty the town looks with all its flowers, not only the parks and planters but also the many hanging baskets created by Nancy Aust at Basket Case Greenhouse.

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Nancy’s baskets on the restroom building, Fifth Street Park

On the other side of the street, while Allan pulled some bindweed from behind the fence, I sat on a bench and had a pleasant view of the waterfall pond.

a sit down view that I have never seen before!  Backed with Darmera peltata (with Gunnera on the right, small as it was beaten down by a hard winter)

a sit down view that I have never seen before! Backed with Darmera peltata (with Gunnera on the right, small as it was beaten down by a hard winter)

beautifully reflective

beautifully reflective

Cove Restaurant

I had been looking forward all day to our weekly reward at the Cove Restaurant.

Allan's photo, art by our friend Don Nisbett

Allan’s photo, art by our friend Don Nisbett

the entry garden, Allan's photo

the entry garden, Allan’s photo

Parking Lot Cat (who despite his name, has a cushy life)

Parking Lot Cat (who despite his name, has a cushy life)

He wanted to come in but was shooed out per health rules.

He wanted to come in but was shooed out per health rules.

Chef Jason's strawberry salad

We dined on Chef Jason’s strawberry salad

ahi tuna, a fish taco and a Vortex beer went down a treat.

Ahi tuna, a fish taco and a Vortex beer went down a treat.

An outside diner got the company of Parking Lot Cat who sat in the chair through the whole meal.

An outside diner got the company of Parking Lot Cat who sat in the chair through the whole meal.

Next, we are planning on a three day weekend (except for Allan watering Ilwaco) and perhaps, if it is not too hot and dry so that we can put off watering Long Beach till Tuesday, a four day weekend. My goal is to not leave the property.

 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The day started well enough:  The sunflowers (all two of them, ‘Italian White’) had opened at the post office.

our volunteer garden at the post office

our volunteer garden at the post office

We made a very quick stop at the Andersen’s RV Park road box to pull some couch grass out of the nasturtium vines.

Andersen's road box

Andersen’s road box

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands Assisted Living, the four quadrants are showing a little more colour from Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ along the front.

southeast quadrant bed in courtyard

southeast quadrant bed in courtyard

northeast quadrant bed

northeast quadrant bed

Klipsan Beach Cottages

When we arrived at Klipsan Beach Cottages, the irritation happened.  Which is rare there at my favourite job.  As we parked, I saw a disturbingly large pile of elephant garlic on the burn pile.

WHAAAAAAT???

WHAAAAAAT???

Now, Denny does not like the elephant garlic (nor does he like blue globe thistle) so last week I had kindly said that he could pull the ones that were leaning over the path.  What he “heard” was that he and staffer Luis could pull them all, every last one.  Luis was happy to have the big, mild garlic bulbs. Denny was happy to have it gone, or temporarily happy till the depth of my unhappiness became known.  Gone were the pale purple globes sailing over the garden giving it a sense of height.  I love elephant garlic in bloom in a garden.  Well, phooey.  If it had happened at a job I did not like, it would have been the perfect excuse to quit.  Denny was scarce to be seen for the rest of our time there, and Mary was sad, and then of course, I felt bad at making her sad, even though I had been very sad myself about the denuded garden.  I am sure the garden still looks wonderful to everyone else; only I am obsessed with what is missing.

looking in the east gate of the fenced garden

looking in the east gate of the fenced garden

Bella's presence cheered me up.

Bella’s presence cheered me up.

dwarf escallonia on the steps up to the office

dwarf escallonia on the steps up to the office

dahlia in a big pot by the garage

dahlia in a big pot by the garage

Oman Builders Supply

After KBC, we had planned to check on the garden at Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park store,  There, the window washing crew was standing in the garden on the plants washing the windows.  The crew that works at many businesses around the Peninsula consists of developmentally disabled adults working under a supervisor.  I waited in the van while Allan had a word with the receptive and apologetic supervisor, pointing out that there are spaces to stand other than right on the plants, and then we just moved on.

standing right on the crown of a Gaura...argh.

standing right on the crown of a Gaura…argh.  (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn’s Garden

We went on to Marilyn’s garden.  Its loveliness soothed my nerves, as did meeting the resident cat.

He's the neighbours' cat but loves to hang out with Marilyn.

He’s the neighbours’ cat but loves to hang out with Marilyn.

the path in Marilyn's garden

the path in Marilyn’s garden

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' beginning to bloom (and right in front, a giant Miscanthus that we tried to dig out last year.  Wrong place, will dig out again this fall.)

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ beginning to bloom (and right in front, a giant Miscanthus that we tried to dig out last year. Wrong place, will dig out again this fall.)

Next, we deadheaded the cosmos and pulled a few weeds at the Wiegardt Gallery.  We were well on track to get done in time to get the reward that I had been hoping for today.

I did note how EXCELLENT the elephant garlic looks floating above the north garden bed.

I did note how EXCELLENT the elephant garlic looks floating above the north garden bed.

For a change, I took some photos of how the landscape looks from the sidewalk.

looking west on the bay to ocean paved trail

looking west on the bay to ocean paved trail

I'm glad Eric's sign is high enough to show over the tall grasses.

I’m glad Eric’s sign is high enough to show over the tall grasses.

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Cosmos east of the gallery entrance

Cosmos east of the gallery entrance

For another welcome change, let’s look inside the gallery today at some of Eric’s flower inspired paintings.

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the view of the garden from manager Christl's window

the view of the garden from gallery manager Christl’s window

Basket Case Greenhouse

We got done in time to go to Peninsula Landscape Supply and get a yard of Soil Energy mulch!  On the way south from that stop, we had a kitchen table visit with Fred and Nancy at the Basket Case Greenhouse and then loaded up some old potting soil on top of the yard of soil energy…more garden ingredients.

a layer of old soil and plants to add to our compost

a layer of old soil and plants to add to our compost

Fred and Nancy have been working hard on a new garden area in front of their house where the septic system had to be redone last year.

river rock, big pots for privacy, and stepping stones

river rock, big pots for privacy, and stepping stones

a dry creek

a dry creek

which will run across here to the pond and have a bridge over it.

which will run across here to the pond and have a bridge over it.

One of the two cats almost hitched a ride with us.

One of the two cats almost hitched a ride with us.

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Ilwaco still had to be watered, and I thought that we would unload the soil and then while Allan watered the planters, I’d water the boatyard garden.  I was thrilled when he offered the deal that he would water at the boatyard, as well, if I unloaded all the soil.  I did not feel like going back out again after gardening at home.

I had hoped to put some nice mulch in the front garden, but my new area by the bogsy wood took every bit of mulch.  I had an audience as I began:

Outside the south east gate, a deer was eating bindweed.  How useful!

Outside the south east gate, a deer was eating bindweed. How useful!

My target area for the evening, before

My target area for the evening, before

and after

and after

It took a long time.  Part of the sod (behind the stump planter) needed to be layered with newspaper first.  About 200 feet there and back for each wheelbarrow load.

done! and Smokey follows me back to the house

done! and Smokey follows me back to the house

while white lilies filled the air with sweetness.

while white lilies filled the air with sweetness.

One more work day and then I am dreaming of not just a three day but possibly a four day weekend.  All irritation was smoothed away by the satisfaction of making a new garden bed for some of my ladies in waiting.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Larry and Robert’s garden

We had a trailer over half full of debris to take to the dump. Larry and Robert’s garden needed watering, so I figured while Allan did that, I would chop some more of their blackberry canes to fill the trailer. I got carried away and chopped them all, making a huge amount of debris. Due to Allan’s masterful loading job, we got it all into the trailer, much to my surprise; I had thought for sure we would have to leave some stashed for later in the back corner of the yard.

When I had pruned just a bit of the mess on August 4, I thought I had better leave the canes in case Larry or a neighbour wanted to pick some of the berries. I even thought I might pick some myself…did not happen.

draping canes covered with berries

Here’s what it looked like on August 4!

a huge area cleaned up!

and today…a huge area cleaned up!

I was somewhat worried that the ivy-festooned and quite ancient fence might fall over, as the neighbours have been chopping on the other side. Allan looked around for something to prop it with…no luck. I was afraid to cut more of the horrid ivy till we had done some sort of propping.

In the garden by west wall of the house:  Cosmos 'Antiquity'

In the garden by west wall of the house: Cosmos ‘Antiquity’

north side: Colchicum (autumn crocus) just emerging

north side: Colchicum (autumn crocus) just emerging

Meanwhile, Larry and Robert’s garden on the east side is looking good.

east side garden

east side garden

corner nook

corner nook

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

Helenium, painted sage, Alliums, santolina, cosmos

Helenium, painted sage, Alliums, santolina, cosmos

on the way out of town, two "white" sunflowers at the post office.

on the way out of town, two “white” sunflowers at the post office.

So, on to the dump with a very full load, that was quite intermeshed and difficult to get out of the trailer. All prickly stuff, blackberries and yesterday’s salmonberries.

Allan did it.

Allan did it.

Long Beach

The real mission of the day, and the reason we could not take the day off, was the watering of the Long Beach planters and street trees. Maybe they would have lasted one more day before getting wilty. However, we need to keep them going in lushness for three more weeks of tourist season!

Some of the painted sage is still at its peak of perfection.

Some of the painted sage is still at its peak of perfection (by Paws by the Sea Pet Supplies).

Some is browning off and takes lots of deadheading down to new side buds.

Some is browning off and takes lots of deadheading down to new side buds.

sweet peas in planter by Paws by the Sea

sweet peas in planter by Paws by the Sea

Glads, planted back in volunteer planter days, pop up in the southermost planter each year.

Glads, planted back in volunteer planter days, pop up in the southermost planter each year.

In that same planter, my experiment where I cut back half of the Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

In that same planter, my experiment where I cut back half of the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

same planter from across the street

same planter from across the street

I like the two tiered effect of the sedum. And a brainstorm: I should move a couple of those glads to the other side for some symmetry. The big gladiolas are a pain to deadhead as every day some lower buds shrivel up, so I don’t choose to plant them in the city planters. However they do amuse me when they reappear from olden days.

lots and lots of nasturtiums in the Home at the Beach planter...

lots and lots of nasturtiums in the Home at the Beach planter…

Salvia patens has managed to pop up through them.

Salvia patens has managed to pop up through them.

Gaura 'So White' in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.  Much better than 'Whirling Butterflies' which got simply too enormous here.

Gaura ‘So White’ in the Lewis and Clark Square planter. Much better than ‘Whirling Butterflies’ which got simply too enormous here.

carousel planter

carousel planter

From the intersection of Bolstadt and Pacific, I gazed far with telephoto eyes onto the closed Bolstadt Avenue. The kite festival is out there; we hope to have time to see some of it later this week.

Past the arch, lines of vendor booths lead to the kite festival.

Past the arch, lines of vendor booths lead to the kite festival.

While I watered the planters, Allan was watering the street trees and the eight planters north of the stoplight. One tree gets no water other than occasionally hauling buckets as its plumbing is broken.

Even with minimal water, Panicum 'Heavy Metal' does well.

Even with minimal water, Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ does well there.

This tree got driven over...or something.  Smashed sedum, broken lavender that Allan pulled out at my request.

This tree got driven over…or something. Smashed sedum, broken lavender that Allan pulled out at my request.

He found a used diaper in a planter on the northernmost block (which has two trash cans available).

At the end of the workday, after weeding and deadheading in Fifth Street Park, we rewarded ourselves:

delicious cool and refreshing crab rolls at Captain Bob's Chowder.

delicious cool and refreshing crab rolls at Captain Bob’s Chowder.

Larry and Robert’s again

After we got home, Allan went down to Larry and Robert’s, five doors down, and did a clever and quick fix on the rotten, falling fence. The fence was so very rotten that just propping slanted posts against it would not work, so he made a horizontal to distribute the weight. No nailing was involved so I do hope it lasts.

As Allan says, something has to be done about this fence; this is a 20 minute fix.

As Allan says, something has to be done about this fence; this is a 20 minute fix.

At home, Allan finished placing the posts for our new sprinkler set up. Photos soon.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Jos’ garden

With Jo and Bob expecting a lot of company for Kite Festival week, we groomed the entire garden, including a thorough brick path detailing by Allan.

a late blooming lily of great beauty

a late blooming lily of great beauty

white phlox and a big spinner to honor the kite festival

white phlox and a big spinner to honor the kite festival

nasturtiums climbing all the way to the highest windowbox

nasturtiums climbing all the way to the highest windowbox

a couple of flower pot planters

a couple of flower pot planters

looking east past the guest cottage

looking east past the guest cottage

The perfect little cottage was made out of an old garage.

The perfect little cottage was made out of an old garage.

I love the inside of Jo and Bob’s historic home (1898, I think) with her collection of quilts (most made by Jo herself) and samplers.

kitchen corner

kitchen corner

From the north kitchen window, we can see the Boreas Inn, our next job of the day.

From the north kitchen window, we can see the Boreas Inn, our next job of the day.


 

Boreas Inn

It seemed like it must be time to do a check on the Boreas garden; we weeded and deadheaded all the way around from the east to the west side.

This little junco was pecking around when we drove up on the rough grass next door.

This little junco was pecking around when we drove up to park on the rough grass next door.

The east side of the Boreas; Susie does all the pots on the porch.

The east side of the Boreas; Susie does all the pots on the porch.

hydrangea by entry way

hydrangea by entry way

a new purple hose.  I like it although it is rather narrow.

a new purple hose. I like it although it is rather narrow.

As I walked to the west side to join Allan in weeding, two little dogs staying at the Yett Cottage next door (sort of a subsidiary of the Boreas) had much to say.

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newly rebuilt porch on northwest corner of inn (Allan's photo)

newly rebuilt porch on northwest corner of inn (Allan’s photo)

sweet pea success by the Garden Suite (north side fence)

sweet pea success by the Garden Suite (north side fence)

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looking west to gardens and beach trail

looking west to gardens and beach trail

and east from the end of the gardens

and east from the end of the gardens

By the time we had finished here, I was tuckered out. I had to dig deep to find the energy to go on up to Andersen’s RV Park. In the interest of getting a three day weekend, we kept on working.


 

Andersen’s RV Park

Allan had a particular task to do: cutting down a wax myrtle and a willow that were blocking the staff’s view from the back door of the office. Both the myrtle and the willow had seeded themselves into the garden without any help from me. I suppose the big Miscanthus and lots of other plants are also in the way of the view; I do hope the pruning made a satisfactory change.

before:  looking west from the office door

before: looking west from the office door

after

after (I suppose that grass does have to go!)

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Meanwhile, I deadheaded the six barrels on the lawn leading to the RV Parking. From just those six barrels, I got over half a bucket of deadheads (including some pre-emptive deadheading of flowers that have gone pale yellow in colour, meaning they will be done by the weekend).

a nice ingredient to add to a compost bin

a nice ingredient to add to a compost bin

I tend to seize up with pain (nowhere specific..legs, back, mostly) when deadheading those barrels so today I dragged a lawn chair around. Being able to sit for just one side of a planter made all the difference. I dragged it along the front of Payson Hall, as well.

an especially cushy lawn chair...whatever works.

an especially cushy lawn chair…whatever works.

Also managed the usual deadheading of the picket fence garden and garden shed garden.

Allan gets the last few deadheads off of the garden shed cosmos.

Allan gets the last few deadheads off of the garden shed cosmos.

a fine display this year

a fine display this year

Someone tried to hitch a ride home on one of the trailer wheels, and was deposited into the dune grass instead.

I find snails awfully cute, so I relocate rather than destroy them.

I find snails awfully cute, so I relocate rather than destroy them.

 

 

Spam of the day:

“I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout of
your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.

But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could
connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot
of text for only having one or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?”

Hahaha!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

I immediately defeated my goal of two days off without leaving the property by deciding to go to Olde Towne Café for breakfast at ten AM. I did not feel like bugging Allan to do the Saturday Market photos instead of me, so I would have to leave the house anyway. And I had another small mission: to get a photo of John and Cheri’s lovely garden over by Spruce Street.

I told Smokey and Mary that I wasn't going to work and would soon be spending the rest of the weekend with them.

I told Smokey and Mary that I wasn’t going to work and would soon be spending the rest of the weekend with them.

I set out, with my cane although I did not feel especially gimpy today.

mission one accomplished:  John and Cheri's garden

mission one accomplished: John and Cheri’s back garden

Strolling along Spruce, I admired Jenna's plantings at Queen La De Da's new location.

Strolling along Spruce, I admired Jenna’s plantings at Queen La De Da’s new location.

At Olde Towne, I had a latte and oatmeal and was lucky to arrive at a quiet time so that Luanne was able to sit and visit for awhile.

a good table for two

a good table for two

(I forgot to take her a bouquet of flowers for the weekend; later in the day, Allan took one over for me.)

Next, a walk down First Avenue to the Market. A stop at Robert’s Antique Gallery gleaned some more photos for the Facebook page with which I help Larry and Robert by providing photos.

I especially liked these duck dishes.

I especially liked these duck dishes.

On I walked, past the boatyard garden where I averted my eyes from the occasional horsetail and dandelion.

south end of boatyard garden, with Clamshell Railroad historic sign

south end of boatyard garden, with Clamshell Railroad historic sign

On my walk to the market, Kathleen Shaw had pulled her car to the side for a confab; she was on her way home to her cottage after going to the market herself. She told me about a husky puppy named Aragon at Nate’s ice cream shop so I made sure to walk by there.

Aragon: so cute

Aragon: so cute

and cuter

and cuter (and sweet and friendly, too)

The market was bustling and my knee had started to hurt a bit so I only covered about two blocks.

market

Of course, I got a treat at Pink Poppy Bakery: two chocolate chip cookies and two scones to share with Allan.

Of course, I got a treat at Pink Poppy Bakery: two chocolate chip cookies and two scones to share with Allan.

Bonnie, an Olde Towne regular, had just bought a potted lily.

Bonnie, an Olde Towne regular, had just bought a potted lily.

plants from The English Nursery

plants from The English Nursery

To get home, I cut through the gear shed property (shhhh) to the east back gate and was met with a terrible shock. I knew some bindweed lurked back there and my weekend project was to pull it out of the southeast corner of the bogsy woods. I did not expect to see this horror from the outside of the fence!

a wall of bindweed from the gearshed side

a wall of bindweed from the gearshed side

I went inside and sat for awhile to gather strength. Then:

later....

later….

I also tackled the back corner of the bogsy wood and made some progress. Hauling the debris out will be the most tiresome part.

before

before

after: a space for a hydrangea aspera

after: a space for a hydrangea aspera

I think I’ll load it all into the trailer to go to the dump on Monday, since we can’t have a three day weekend because Long Beach planters will need watering.

A strong wind had made it a little anxious to work under the trees in the bogsy woods. The gusts were at least 20 mph. As the sun began to descend, I was glad to go inside.

Smokey flopped down in front of me, creating a moving obstacle course all the way to the front door.

Smokey flopped down in front of me, creating a moving obstacle course all the way to the front door.

Meanwhile, Allan had begun installing our new Pink Poppy Farm inspired sprinkler set up.

more details on this later

more details on this later

He then went sailing on Black Lake to reward himself:

“Almost a 30 degree tilt and good speed but rowed back after not making much headway north past the dock. Was getting stuck as the vegetation made the lake only about half the width it appears. Fog came in, last two pics from Sandridge Road”

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Earlier in the day, Allan had photographed a spider outside the back door. I didn’t post it at the beginning as did not want to scare off any arachnophobes.

a big one!  size of a quarter, Allan said.

a big one! size of a quarter, Allan said.

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

For some reason, I woke up with the notion that today would be a good day to cut down salmonberry at the front side of the bogsy wood. What came over me, I do not know; I was filled with happy energy.

Here's the first area, before.

Here’s the first area, before.

and after

and after

I thought above removing the clump to the right, then realized it would just reveal too much of the green metal wall of the next door gear shed. Now there is a sense of mystery…you can glimpse the blue hydrangea and might want to walk back for a closer look.

The second part of the project was to move the pile of campfire wood to make a new planting area along the front.

Firewood (fallen alder) had been piled all along the front.

Firewood (fallen alder) had been piled all along the front.

I had an absolute stroke of genius and used two old chairs (not safe for sitting, given to use by our client Jo) to stack the firewood on.

two chairs plus an oyster basket of bark and kindling

two chairs plus an oyster basket of bark and kindling

Allan seemed unimpressed with this, but I still hold that it is genius, as it will keep the wood up off of the always damp ground back here.

The stubby stumps of salmonberry are still in the area I cleared. Later, Allan will go in with his little chainsaw and cut them flush with the ground; then we will just clip or even use the weedeater to keep any sprouts down.

That’s what we did with another area that was pure salmonberry:

the salmonberry tunnel

the salmonberry tunnel

The entire bogsy wood was a rough mess when we began the garden.

what our woods looked like in Oct. 2010 when we bought the place

in October 2010

If we don’t keep up with clipping any sprouts, the salmonberry will creep back in, like it did in the area below:

My third project of the day, before

My third project of the day, before

It took only about one hour to bring that area back to this.

It took only about one hour to bring that area back to this.

I’ll never get all the salmonberry out of the bogsy wood, so I just like to make paths and tunnels in it. It is the first flower for the hummingbirds (so I have read) and, later, berries for all the berry eating birds. That’s my excuse, and it’s a good one.

Between today’s and yesterday’s clearing, I have a view now of the blue hydrangea back in the woods.

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Don’t you just want to walk back there?

I can even see the blue of the hydrangea all the way from my bedroom window.

and maybe the hydrangea looks back; this is what it would see,

and maybe the hydrangea looks back; this is what it would see,

Looking south over the river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’, the edge of the bogsy woods looks more clearly defined.

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My eye is drawn to how much better the fuchsia shows up.

My eye is drawn to how much better the fuchsia shows up.

Now i need a yard of Soil Energy to build up the former wood pile area so that I can plant some of my other new fuchsias there.

Speaking of unplanted plants, here’s the sad story of one of my ladies in waiting. I had two ‘Orange Pillar’ barberries when garden touring on Whidbey Island in June. I have decided they will go in the front garden after I have moved two big thirsty sanguisorbas to the back garden. That can’t be done till fall, so the barberries wait in pots. One was hidden at the back of the ladies in waiting benches and got missed:

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Here’s the happy one that was toward the front…

and the terribly sad one; it got well soaked yesterday and I hope it puts out new leaves.

and the terribly sad one; it got well soaked yesterday and I hope it puts out new leaves.

At the end of the day, I especially admired a few things (and judged one thing):

admired white lilies in the back garden

admired white lilies in the back garden

and...Lily 'Anastasia' still blooming, towering over Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

and…Lily ‘Anastasia’ still blooming, towering over Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’

and another pink lily has joined Anastasia; they must be eight or more feet tall.

and another pink lily has joined Anastasia; they must be eight or more feet tall.

and the gorgeous berries of Billardia longifloria on the front garden arbour

and the gorgeous berries of Billardia longifloria on the front garden arbour

at northeast corner of house

at northeast corner of house

The judgement: I think I may have way too much Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, and this daylily has got to go:

I think it will find a new home at Andersen's RV Park.

I think it will find a new home at Andersen’s RV Park.

Allan took a photo of how the “dead” camellia trunks in the back garden, painted purple two years ago, are sprouting new leaves!

While I don't really want the camellia to come back, I am impressed.

While I don’t really want the camellia to come back, I am impressed.

Life would be just perfect if we had a three day weekend; unfortunately, the Long Beach planters simply must be watered tomorrow. Allan had to water the Ilwaco planters today, so he did not even get a two day weekend.

 

 

 

Friday, 15 August 2014

Long Beach town was the recipient of all our gardening energy today, with the exception of planting four plants in that Ilwaco planter that had its plants stolen last week. The city had picked the planter up on a forklift and moved it to a more populated block near the Pharmacy!

It is not what it was, even with new plants.

It is not what it was, even with new plants.

I wish that the vacant lot next to the sidewalk here could be planted with wildflowers in the sandy area between sidewalk and street.

such potential

such potential

2008 by Ilwaco Pharmacy

2008 by Ilwaco Pharmacy, used to have wild beach pea till weedkiller was sprayed

Long Beach

our wee garden at the kite museum got tidied

our wee garden at the kite museum got tidied

The area we covered today

The area we covered today

I deadheaded the planters along the adjacent beach approach drive (Sid Snyder Drive) and then began to work my way through town checking the main street planters. Allan headed out to the Bolstadt approach with a stop in the Third Street park to pull out a big blackberry I had seen lurking behind a rhododendron.

a whole trailer load

a whole trailer load of blackberries!

Meanwhile, in main street planterland:

by Pqws by the Sea pet supply store

by Paws by the Sea pet supply store

The other day, when I compared two planters, Allan pointed out that the lush one had one of the hanging baskets overhead so gets more water!

I still lay some of the blame on the yarrow choking this planter.

I still lay some of the blame on the yarrow choking this planter.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, SW side

Fifth Street Park, NE side

Fifth Street Park, NE side (with some badaster trying to come back)

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

loads of people dining by the Hungry Harbor

loads of people dining by the Hungry Harbor

I popped into NIVA green to give Heather, whose darling little dog recently died, a copy of the poem The House Dog’s Grave, which may be comforting if she decides she is up to reading it. I am grateful to friend J9 for sharing that poem with me years ago.

While there, I admired some lovely and unusual tea cups and some socks…

unusual to have flowers and geometrical pattern

unusual to have flowers and geometrical pattern

I especially like the ones on the right.

I especially like the ones on the right.

After pulling some bindweed at Coulter Park, I walked out to the beach approach to join Allan, doing some weeding and deadheading at the city hall garden on the way. A stop at Pink Poppy Bakery was irresistable as it is just before the Long Beach arch.

pink

I got a Swedish Traveling Cake for me and Allan; neither traveled far.

I got a Swedish Traveling Cake for me and Allan; neither traveled far.

Allan had already weeded down the whole approach.

looking east...a good enough job

looking east…a good enough job

This is when we benefited from having weeded it so late this year; it had held up pretty well.

Some of the rugosa roses are still blooming; I’m pleased about that.

single pink

single pink

double white

double white

dark pink

dark pink

pale pink

pale pink

double pink

double pink

semi double white

semi double white

and rose hips

and rose hips

Passersby really do love the roses. That makes up for them being such a bugger to weed around.

The planters out there are dry. We have quite simply stopped bucket watering them this year because it is back breaking. We did announce the bucket watering cessation, and the city has been doing some water pump watering on occasion.

kind of sad

kind of sad

the ones re planted with drought tolerant plants are doing better (Allan's photo, not Allan's shoes)

the ones re planted with drought tolerant plants are doing better (Allan’s photo, not Allan’s shoes)

Allan's photo, California poppies

Allan’s photo, California poppies

On the way to dump our debris, we deadheaded some shasta daisies by Culbertson Field so we did indeed work all the way from north to south and from west to east in Long Beach town.


 

Port of Ilwaco

We got done earlier than I had planned and had some time to relax (me) and mow the lawn (Allan) at home. Then we ambled down to the port in time to hear the last song of the first act of Blues and Seafood. I like R&B a lot but I do not like plain old blues. However, I have taken on the task of taking photos of the event for Discover Ilwaco. It’s an informal volunteer thing; for the last couple of years the port office has given us free tickets.  We are always told no strings attached, and yet I feel the compulsion to take photos and record the event for posterity (or for as long as Facebook lasts).

The marina from the east side

The marina from the east side

Even though it is not my favourite kind of music, I have enjoyed parts of the event before, as you can see from last year’s blog about it. This year, the venue had moved to a dirt lot at the east end of the marina and I found the adjustment difficult to make. I’m blogging about it because, well, I usually do two days worth of photo taking at this event so it’s a big change to not attend.

It used to be here, right next to the nice restrooms and drinking fountains.

The event used to be here, right next to the nice restrooms and drinking fountains. The food court was at the far end of the building.

the big tent used to be set up here.

The big tent used to be set up here. One could have one’s seafood out on the nice lawn by the marina or under shelter in the pavilion.

Now the event is in a great big tent (thus more tickets can be sold) out in a dirt lot.

tent2

photo, pre-event, from unknown source

While I tried to adjust to the new venue, Allan took a walk out on the docks:

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looking east to the event tent

looking east to the event tent

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I took some photos of the last song of the first band.

band

Billy D and the Hoodoos by name..

Billy D and the Hoodoos by name..

the drummer

the drummer

Billy D

Billy D himself

I then walked around the tent area and tried to appreciate the view (one we see when we dump our garden debris from the Port).

Yellow Bluff

Yellow Bluff, mentioned by Lewis and Clark in their journal

birds

more birds

more birds

However, I did not like the sanican situation one little bit. (Food tents are white and to the left)

not very comfy...too Woodstockian for me?

kind of dusty, not very comfy…too Woodstockian for me?

I so did not want to use those sanicans, and I realized I would have to keep buying expensive bottled water because there was, of course, no drinking fountain. (I don’t drink booze when I am on a self-appointed photo task.)

not very nice handwashing place

not very nice handwashing place

Because of my sore knee, I found it unpleasant to walk with all the little rocks on the ground.  I felt pretty wimpy about that until the next day when I talked to two people who had attended and who said their legs were sore from the rough ground.

The last straw for me:  There were loud, agonizingly loud generators right behind the food tents and that did me in; I decided to turn my two day pass back in for resale and head on home. I could barely stand the noise while ordering a nice shrimp and pasta dish to carry home with me; how could the vendors stand it for hours and hours?

full disclosure: that's me saying "Go listen to how loud the generators are by the food booths!"

full disclosure: that’s me saying “Go listen to how loud the generators are by the food booths!”

After all this complaining, I had better just lay low now for a couple of weeks.

I really really hope the event moves back to the comfy and civilized area by the restrooms next year, perhaps with the big tent in the pleasantly paved port parking lot.  If they MUST stay out on the field, I hope that the little trippy rocks are smoothed away and that the sanicans get set up so that the doors do not face the dining area, and that there is electricity brought out there to avoid the sound of the generators.  I can’t imagine what could be done to avoid the cold strong wind that came up on Saturday and would surely have made dining at a picnic table a chilly and dusty experience.

Allan gave up his pass, too, saying he would rather go sailing on a little lake somewhere than “take all the photos and have to process them all by himself”.  He comments that the desire to have a bigger venue and sell more tickets might not work out in the long run if people are uncomfortable in the new venue.  “Let’s move it away from this nice building and into a dirt parking lot,” says Allan, adding that he thinks some people might not go back to the less intimate and somewhat uncomfortable (for us old folks at least) new location.

Now all of a sudden I have the joyous prospect of two whole days to relax instead of trying to take photos of bands all afternoon and evening tomorrow. I know some people like to see those photos, and yet…how many? Maybe fifty people on Facebook? Not enough to make dealing with generator noise and sanicans worthwhile for me, even though later in the evening I heard that many blues fans who went were very happy.

And at long last, I have caught up on writing this blog as well (even though it will publish two weeks later).

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