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
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 to the back garden this fall (but where??)
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. (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.)
the cat room
ferns on the north wall
looks like Cheri likes the fernery; well cared for Japanese painted fern
in the front garden
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 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).
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
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.
Next door to the Red Barn, our entry into Diane’s garden was observed.
by the horse
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).
Diane’s strawberry jar is the star of the containers.
the succulents came from The Basket Case Greenhouse
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.
spoon Osteospermum (African daisies)
I like this double osteo from The Basket Case
the driveway corner with Perovskia and Stipa gigantea
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 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!
more river rock added to scree bed, to be arranged later
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
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
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. I need room!
progress…you can see in!
I managed to pull out lots of canes without hurting the chelone…
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, SW corner (Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, Diascia, nasturtiums from seed
First and Eagle, NW corner
First and Main SW corner (this planter drains poorly and the mimulus like the damp)
First and Main (SW corner)
First and Main, NW corner
First and Lake, SE 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 by the old Doupé building (and the garbage can enclosure)
by Doupé building
First and Spruce, south side (being watered)
First and Spruce, SW corner by the Pharmacy
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’)
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.
First and Spruce, NE corner
Spruce and First, north side
same planter, different angle
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!