Thursday, 11 September 2014
Yesterday, we had lots of butterflies on Sedum ‘Autumn Joy'; today, we had much deadheading of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ (getting tiresome!).
Just before going to work, I got neighbour dog Rudder to walk over to me for a good scritchy scratch.
He got just as much as he wanted, and then walked away with great dignity to lie down again.
We took enough time to water our volunteer garden at the post office; in full sun, it gets terribly dry.
The Depot Restaurant
We gave the cosmos a good deadheading and some water to supplement the sprinkler system. There is only one Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ to deadhead there.
It’s to the far right in the half barrel (behind the sideways railroad history sign).
I never tire of deadheading the cosmos. Perhaps that is because they are just the right height.
Long Beach Welcome Sign
The welcome sign, on the other hand, has about 12 Butterflies. I thought the Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ were going to be shorter; the Butterflies are partially hidden behind them (so I slacked off a bit on the grooming, I must admit).
welcome sign front and back
the front with Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (hope it will be bigger next year), and Bidens.
Red Barn Arena
Up Sandridge Road to the Red Barn and Diane’s garden…
An awfully cute truck was parked at the Red Barn, where we deadheaded four half barrels of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.
I have a feeling that is the truck’s name.
If I had the ability, our van would look something like that (except it would be called Cosmos).
We had an audience near the side door of the barn.
half barrel with Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’
crab pots stacked near the barn awaiting the winter season
Next door to the Red Barn by Diane’s house, Misty was snoozing but woke up for a belly rub.
my good friend Misty
the roadside garden with cosmos, Stipa gigantea, Perovskia (Russian sage)
Andersen’s RV Park
Over Cranberry Road to Pacific Highway and Andersen’s RV Park…
the sunwashed west side former poppy garden now full of blue beach asters
The park was filling up with an RV club or two. We weeded, deadheaded cosmos and deadheaded something like twenty Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.
six half barrels (three each side) on the drive to the RV spaces
Tigridia (Mexican shell flower) in the Payson Hall clubhouse planters. (The dark blue is painted sage.)
One Airstream was parked down by the garden shed in the solitary spot that gives the park guest a private garden setting of their own.
an Airstream by the garden shed
It was 79 degrees, much too hot for our comfort, as we headed south toward Long Beach and Ilwaco.
We made a quick stop at home where I saw that my young Rosa pteracantha, newly planted in the front garden, is indeed in a good spot to have its thorns backlit by afternoon sun.
Rosa pteracantha (winged rose)
Port of Ilwaco
Due to the prolonged warm dry spell, I watered the Ilwaco boatyard while Allan did some watering of the Howerton Way garden beds at the Port.
I like the way the boatyard garden is being allowed to jump behind the fence a bit without the boatyard crew resorting to Round Up.
I think the escapees look great.
California poppies behind the fence by the sanican.
The boatyard watering is done with hoses hooked up to various faucets behind the fence, so I can only look at the garden, not weed it.
Behind the fence is a line of electrical and water hook ups for boats being worked on.
It’s interesting to see the boats come and go, and most of the boat people express appreciation for the garden.
I hadn’t seen Chaos from Alaska before.
The Mystique has been here all summer, as its owner fixes it up for a long winter sail to southern climes.
Steve’s dog, Aleutia, barks all the way to getting petted. I like her very much.
Our local paper had an excellent article recently about the stories behind some of these summer’s boats, including Steve’s.
“Steve Van Ronk is working on the masts of 41-foot sailing boat, Mystique.
“I’m a single guy with a dog, why not sell my house and sail around the world?” said Van Ronk, an artist and committed world traveler.
He hopes to have the masts finished and a crew in place so he can sail down the coast and spent the winter in Mexico — and figure out the rest when he reaches Panama.
Aleutia, Van Ronk’s certified wilderness search and rescue dog, will join him.” (writer Katie Wilson)
I could see enough weeds from behind the fence to decide to put some weeding of the boatyard on tomorrow’s agenda if we have time.
the garden side of the boatyard fence
Allan’s photo: leftovers in the gardens from Slow Drag at the Port
Allan’s photo, west end of Howerton Way
When he joined me back the boatyard, I asked him to cut down some big annual strawflower-something at the end (a plant given us to try out by The Planter Box).
after! They had been thriving in such a narrow, dry spot (and had been pretty with yellowy amber flowers earlier in the season)
Before we had our traditional Thursday night dinner treat, we checked on the garden by the Port Office, with this view.
port office garden
You can tell the difference between the port hanging baskets and Don’s Nisbett’s at his art gallery right next door. All were from The Basket Case Greenhouse at about the same time.
Don Nisbett Art Gallery
Don babies his with lavishings of water and miracle gro. Nancy at the port says she is going to get him to take care of the office baskets, too…but if the office baskets hang this low, they will smother my garden! What a dilemma.
Dinner at the Cove
Parking Lot Cat was too interested in this vehicle’s bumper to greet us.
We joined Steve and John of the bayside garden and their funny and endearing neighbour, Ron (whose garden was part of the old Clarke Nursery and was also on the recent garden tour) at the Cove Restaurant for fish taco Thursday. Ron is a golfer and it was clear that he was a favourite of the restaurant staff.
Steve and John just know they are going to be blog fodder.
At the table right next to us sat our friends Don Nisbett and Jenna (Queen La De Da) and their son Joe (posing as blog fodder).
Steve and John had delicious, cool Caesar salads…the best anywhere, they say. I had no idea till tonight that one can get them served with anchovies! Next time…
caesar salad and a nice glass of white wine
fried artichokes with creole dipping sauce
Allan’s strawberry salad
Allan was the only one who actually ordered a $2 fish taco. They are tasty.
John braised the lemony broth bathing the steamer clams.
I can’t seem to break away from ordering the ahi tuna.
A slice of peach pie was Allan’s reason for just getting one fish taco and a salad.
There was much talk about gardening and plants, of course. Steve has started to read the Tootlepedal blog daily, and showed us a photo that he particularly admired.
After dinner, we examined the new art show, painting by a retired Fish and Wildlife employee named David Shipley. I think it was safe for him to give up his day job to paint.
Ron very much liked this painting.
I found the geese remarkably realistic.
We were all among the last to leave the restaurant after dark, which is what always seems to happen when we dine with friends there.