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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

As predicted, we had a rainy and windy day.  I felt a little restless about it.  Views as I paced from window to window:

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kitchen


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north front


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north front


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east front


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Allan’s study, east


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Allan’s study, east


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Skooter does not like to go outside in the rain.


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south

I pondered how if I got my whole south window replaced, I could take photos out of the non screened side.

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This and one of the front windows is “blown”.

I find it very hard to spend money on things like this.

Just going out on the front porch to take this photo made my hands cold:

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Allan did take a few photos on his way between house and shed:

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and at the post office:

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hesperantha blooming now instead of waiting till fall


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one broken lily sprout

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Fortunately, I had a big book to read with over 300 pages to go.

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No Logo

I finished it by nine o clock, and then watched Deadliest Catch and felt wimpy for not being willing to work in the rain.

I felt blessed that we live in a relatively advertising-free environment.  Here at the “lost corner” of Washington State, we have only two chain restaurants (a rather gaudy McD’s and a low key Subway that blends in), and even though two of our three bigger grocery stores are franchises (IGA and, I think a Thriftway), they are still referred to by their old names (Sid’s and Okie’s).  While we do have billboards advertising local businesses, all but two extra large ones (between Black Lake and Seaview) are gentle on the eye compared to most billboards, and just advertise local motels and resorts.  This makes the Long Beach Peninsula a more restful place to live if, like me, you want to get away from advertising, brand names, and glitz.

Post script for those who are interested: No Logo by Naomi Klein

The book was excellent, even though somewhat outdated (published in 2000).

Some particularly interesting points:

How a certain McD restaurant went after any restaurant with McD in its name:

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This reminds me of the local story of how Starbucks went after an Astoria coffee shop named SamBuck’s.  The owner’s name was Samantha Bucks!  (She had done a logo that was sort of a take off on the SB logo.)  Read more about that case here.

A mention of community gardening:

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A whole chapter about the Reclaim the Streets movement had this interesting story.

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Of course, they lost…

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Re child labor, the National Labor Committee, and director Charles Kernaghan:

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About how sweatshops and child labor get so much more attention when attached to a brand name (Nike, for example):

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More about the Zapatistas (Klein also wrote about them in The Shock Doctrine).  I just very much like what Marcos had to say:

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Note to those who care: From what I had read recently, some of the Romany people consider “the g-word” to be a racial slur and would prefer that we use the word Romany.  If you care about that sort of thing, as I do, here is some beginning reading about it.  Google will give you much more.  I’d rather err on the side of politeness so have given up “the g word”. 

Tomorrow more rain is predicted, and I have a book of light reading lined up for a change.

Monday, 24 April 2017

The predicted rain was over by a little after 11 AM.  I had been expecting a stay at home day more like this (but with a book):

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in the back garden:

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Tulip ‘Fire Wings’

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Tulip ‘Fire Wings’, from Brent and Becky’s, nice and tall with good foliage

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This much rain since Friday night!

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fringed tulips

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I think this tulip might be ‘Vaya Con Dios’, except I don’t have any record of buying that one…and yet is sounds familiar.  Wow.

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wish I knew!

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white and fringed

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center bed

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Allan’s garden with Acanthus ‘Hollard’s Gold’

To stay home in my garden was less enticing than these photos indicate because the weather felt cold like winter.

Long Beach

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near Fifth Street Park

We began work in a light, cold drizzle.

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southwest quadrant of Fifth Street Park

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This swampy garden has a wealth of horrible horsetail.

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before (Allan’s photo)

While Allan started weeding, I deadheaded two block of street trees and planters.

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Tulip ‘Fire Wings’

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I’m quite taken with ‘Fire Wings’.

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by the carousel

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The harsh winter gave this hardy geranium a set back.

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Darmera peltata, southeast Fifth Street Park

When I returned to the area Allan was weeding, I was amazed to find him almost done.  I weeded the northwest quadrant a bit and then we were ready to get mulch.

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after weeding (Allan’s photo)

Cathy of Captain Bob’s Chowder had given us some brownies (because today is her Friday).  They gave us strength.

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fortifying

Allan’s photos from the rest of the day:

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mulch load one

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next door to Fifth Street park in the Best Western Hotel planter

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mulching

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after

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Of course, the horrible horsetail roots are still in there, but the fluffy mulch will make them easier to deal with.  (By the way, supposedly horsetail spreads more when it is pulled and less when the tops are broken off at ground level.)

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much better, for now

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Back to the mulch pile for another load:

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We added another set of buckets full to the northwest side of Fifth Street Park and then went to the north parking lot berm at four-ish o clock.  I don’t like being at city works at gate closing time, the time the city crew is going home, because it becomes confusing whether to lock the gate;  perhaps there might be one more crew member still out!  A berm was a perfect fill in project for awhile.

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before

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after

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before

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after-ish, still much to do on another day

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driving by Veterans Field

Now we could get a third load of mulch.

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Our methods are rather primitive.

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on the way back to the park, a little more planter deadheading

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Fifth Street Park, NW quadrant, mulched, and some Nicotiana langsdorfii planted, and Sluggo applied because sweet peas are finally coming up!

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our audience

at home:

Standing at the kitchen sink, Allan saw Skooter going up onto the roof!

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looking down at the south cat door

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We were concerned that he would not be able to jump down as easily as getting up, but after awhile, from back indoors, we heard a loud thump and he soon came inside.

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work board tonight; I don’t see much hope of achieving my original goal of having the berms and beach approach weeded by this Saturday’s Clam Festival.  OH WELL.

To add to my scheduling woes, I learned the Ilwaco Saturday Market will be opening early, this weekend, which means people will be walking by the horsetail infested boatyard garden.  Sigh…there is only so much two people can do in horrible weather.

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This is our problem:

I added this belatedly to yesterday’s post.  Here is a gofundme to save some lovely woods here on the peninsula.  I think this is the last day. 

https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-a-forest

Saturday, 22 April 2017 (continued)

After the Earth Day Science Rally, we wanted to go to our favourite progressive café, the Blue Scorcher.  Parking was impossible, so we ended up at the Uptown Café in a Warrenton shopping mall, having read a good review of it some time ago.

It was so cute inside that I want to share the photos with you (separately from the rally photos).  The food was reasonably good. The music was not too loud and was of a sort of thoughtful, indie style that I liked. I had a revelation that I’d rather eat reasonably good food in great ambience than great food in boring ambience. 

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in an ordinary shopping mall

I very much liked the look inside.

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Allan’s photo

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high ceilings with art panels

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quite a taco salad (and my poor camera drying out)

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afterwards, outside Petco (Allan’s photo)

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That guy carries his dog a lot!

and at home, orange on orange:

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and a small cupped narcissus

             Sunday, 23 April 2017

Another rainy day….,

We had our monthly Indivisible meeting at the Ilwaco Community Building. 

Community building garden:



And an interesting two hour long meeting:


Gwen had gotten a letter from the sheriff praising the high quality of the recent town hall event. 

Allan and I took Jaime to the meeting so that she could go on a visit with another member. 


At home, my Davidia has begun to flower within its deer cage. I wish I could free it but am uncertain if it would be deer food. 

Skooter contemplates rain (Allan’s photo)


Rain meant a reading day, first the finishing of a novel by a favourite author. The protagonist is a thinking baby who is not quite yet born. 


This long passage brought home to me how much I wish I could stay around to see what happens to our world and made me think about friends’ babies who will be in their 80s at the end of this century. I hope. 




Three score and ten, not enough. I want four score and five at least. 


I paused for some thoughts about life and death. 

Then I read an interlibrary loan on one of my favourite subjects, The Rural Studio. 

Oh, Samuel Mockbee, I wish I had known you. 



“Sambo” died of leukemia less than ten years after starting the Rural Studio.  I had better stop having the ridiculous feeling that I’m too old and that it is too late to accomplish much. 

Look, without a vehicle, a gardener could get a lot done with this set up:


I have time to start another book, so here I go. A reading day is good; I feel under the weather from being cold and wet for two hours during yesterday’s Earth Day rally.  

Next up:


The forecast does not look promising for getting the beach approach and other parks done in time for next weekend’s Razor Clam Festival. I hereby declare that I’m done fretting about it. 

Saturday, 22 April 2017

The weather did not look good for our planned political activity.

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out the window: wind and rain

Such a day would have been just perfect to read this book that just came from the library:

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Nevertheless, we persisted in our plan to go to Astoria.  Maybe the weather would be better there, as sometimes happens across the river.

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crossing the 4.2 mile long Astoria Megler Bridge

The weather was not better.

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as we drove by to find a parking place

For two hours, about thirty people braved pouring rain and 30+ mph wind gusts to join in the nationwide March for Science.  Our version was a rally, not a march.  This intersection is one of high visibility where every vehicle going east through Astoria drives by.

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We parked and joined the others.

I’m pleased to tell you that during the entire two hours, even when the group dwindled toward the end, our ears were filled with a cacophony of vehicles’ horns tooting in approval, and we got many waves and upturned thumbs.  I saw only one negative face, followed by two bumper stickers: One read “Trump Pence” and the other read “[something something something] GUNS.”

my photos:

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I am slow with puns and just realized…There is no PLANet B.

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My sign held up well, covered with clear adhesive shelf paper and edged with packing tape.

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Some walked down to a traffic island down the block.  There, they were visible to traffic coming east and turning toward Commercial, and also to traffic heading west on Marine Drive.  I decided to join them, partly because I wanted a better look at the garden.

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a well kept garden

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My sign is a large one and the wind was strong on the traffic island.  I decided to rejoin the others over by the post office.

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That was the moment when my saturated camera said it had had quite enough of the storm.

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I hope it revives!

I turned to my iPhone for a few more photos and then decided that it, too, was getting much too wet.

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Here are four photos taken by another attendee (I do not know who):

Someone got much better photos of my sign than I managed to get:

 

Photos by Carol Newman: 



Allan’s photos:
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1:01 PM we were done!

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And then the rain stopped!

PS. Here is an earth day oriented gofundme to save a local woods. https://www.gofundme.com/help-save-a-forest

Friday, 21 April 2017

I had some small work tasks to complete, after which I figured we would make it out to the beach approach to get at least half a garden section weeded and clipped.

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My own garden looked enticing…

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…as did Smokey,

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Frosty,

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Skooter,

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and neighbour cat Onyx.

But work we must.

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work board this morning

Port of Ilwaco

A bit late, I transplanted some chives and elephant garlic to the Freedom Market garden.

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transplanted these Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts to a less walkedupon spot!

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Making the store’s garden as pretty as this, the curbside garden, is my goal…except for the walking upon is a problem.  So, making parts of it pretty is my goal.

Long Beach

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deadheaded the welcome sign, front…

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and back

We decided we had better dig out the ivy in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter next, in case we punctured the sprinkler system.  Best to not do that, but if it happened, best to do it when the city crew is available rather than after hours.

While Allan did the digging, I planted some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in nearby planters.

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the shrubbiest planter’s one week of glory

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so called “blue” tulips for the police station

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street tree (Allan’s photo)

Folks were gathering in Veterans Field, half a block away, for a “Walk for Veterans”.

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The walk begins (Allan’s photo)

The planter in question (Allan’s photos), before:

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variegated ivy

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That was not easy.

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a lot of ivy to dump at city works

When we arrived at city works, we learned that the planter at the south end of town was ready to plant.  I’d noticed the same planter as before, still roughly mortared, but now full of soil again.  The crew had met with the frustration of the one replacement planter breaking when they tried to move it…so now they will be doing their best to re-mortar the old one and make it look good.  Therefore, it was time for us to plant it.  This changed our day by giving us a more pleasant project than weeding the beach approach.

We rescued the little roses that I had heeled into the mulch pile and that had gotten covered with a new load of mulch!

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found it!

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battered but alive; good thing I knew sort of where to dig.

I also gathered some little shrubs, left over from volunteer planter days, that I would put elsewhere rather than back into the planter.

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ready to plant a few things

Last fall, a vehicle drove into this planter and cracked it, and moved it enough to crush the plumbing system (now fixed).

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roses and Rozannes in

It makes me nervous to plant all fresh plants for fear someone will steal them.

Next…something that we had to do today…

The Red Barn’s…

…little garden needed deadheading and weeding.

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The Red Barn has crabbing as well as horses.

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crab pots

While I was weeding, one of the dogs came by…

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and snubbed me!

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all pretty well weeded

Diane’s garden

Next door, we deadheaded and weeded at Diane and Larry’s place.

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narcissi deadheads (Allan’s photo)

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new planters to drill holes in (next time)

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planter assortment

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I love fringed tulips!

In the past, fringed tulips’ edges have browned off in the rain.  This year, we got massive record breaking amounts of rain and yet the fringes look great!

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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Diane likes pastels, and purples and whites, not yellows and reds and oranges.

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

Basket Case Greenhouse

We drove a mile or so up Sandridge Road to get some plants for the almost empty Long Beach planter.

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pelican for sale

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Darrell, Roxanne, and me talking plants

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Now we were able to make more of a planter impact, leaving room for annuals when the weather is a bit warmer.

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Allan’s photos

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At City Hall, we planted a couple of shrubs from the planter’s former array.

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This variegated boxwood from a planter a few years back…

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is now somewhat balanced by a variegated euonymous.

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driving home, 6 PM

It had gotten HOT today, and for once I had been grateful for a cool wind.

We just barely had time to go home, unhook the trailer, unload some plants, load a couple agastaches, drive back to Long Beach, plant the agastaches in the planter, and be ten minutes late for dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) at

The Cove Restaurant

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petting Lacy on the way in

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Cove entry garden

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arriving late

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refreshing dinner salad

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Sondra’s lasagne for me and Dave

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lemony prawns scampi for Melissa

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Reuben with waffle fries for Allan

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a dessert for four of us to share

The four of us solved some of the world’s problems (we wish); tomorrow Allan and I will try to solve more at an Earth and Science Day demonstration.

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ivy job erased!

Thursday, 20 April, 2017

Between jobs today, we took ourselves on a tour of THE Oysterville garden.

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approaching


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from the road, bleeding hearts and rhododendron


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that pear that years ago let me know something special was happening here…


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front garden; a lot of tulips still in bud


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Euphorbia


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front entrance


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a wealth of honesty (lunaria)


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Allan’s photo


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Tulips, Spring Green I think


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tiny cupped narcissus


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an urn of hellebores


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along the front


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south side


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This area will be tall by summer.

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I love this boxwood curve.


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tree peony


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callistemon in a pot; a comment later suggests it is a Grevillea rosmarinifolia which is quite possible!

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the glorious terrace makes me weepy


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Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) bring this mulch from a horse (not theirs) named Skyrocket.


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Skyrocket mulch


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other side of driveway


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fresh hornbeam foliage


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the glorious allée of white Incrediball hydrangeas


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west end of the allée


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woodsy side path, double hellebore


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big pots of tree ferns


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unfurling


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hellebore (Allan’s photo)


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rhododendron foliage (Allan’s photo)


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rhododendron


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primrose pool


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celandine


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hellebore (Allan’s photo)


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unfurling


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in the allée again


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Allan’s (tele)photo


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more viridiflora tulips


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Allan’s photo


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by the north lawn


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ferns and primulas


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mulching is in progress


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camassia en masse


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magnolia (Allan’s photo)


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magnolia (Allan’s photo)

 

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north lawn


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo

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coming around to the front garden again


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golden barberries


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Allan’s photo

 

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front porch


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Allan’s photo

 

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We must visit again soon to see tulips in bloom.


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Allan’s photo

Not terribly much to our surprise, we saw Dave and Melissa’s truck approaching.

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Allan’s photo


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They had brought more mulch.

Time for us to leave and go to work ourselves at Klipsan Beach Cottages (yesterday’s post).

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across the street from the Oysterville garden: low tide on Willapa Bay

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Pouring rain almost put an end to the idea of work.

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We’d had this much rain overnight.

And then it stopped by midmorning.

I scheduled an easy day, which included a visit to THE Oysterville garden.  That self -guided tour will be our next post.

At home before work

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Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’ and Skooter (Allan’s photo)

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Erythronium (dog tooth violet)

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Allan digging a Tetrapanax sprout, too close to the maple

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Acer campestre ‘Carnival’

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Acer campestre ‘Carnival, acquired from Dancing Oaks last year

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Our post office garden looks unexciting so far.  I planted some bachelor button seeds.

The Depot Restaurant

I planted the wee sprout of tetrapanax in the garden on the south side of the dining deck…my second attempt to get one started there. Light weeding and deadheading ensued.

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north side of deck

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Tulip ‘Akebono’ (Allan’s photo)

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the barrel by the east window

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Tulip ‘Virichic’

Long Beach

A stop at city hall to pick up our cheque led to some deadheading and weeding.

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the ramp garden

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north side: pulmonaria still blooming

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north side

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signs of finger blight

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city hall west side

Basket Case Greenhouse

I’m collecting plants for the upcoming Planting Time, so far just perennials.  I consider it too early for annuals, and yet, as always, I am concerned that folks who plant (too) early will get all the good stuff before I’m ready for annuals (round about Mother’s Day).

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Darrel waters the many tempting plants in the annuals house.

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Me and Roxanne with Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and some Erysumum ‘Bowles Mauve’

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Buddy behind the desk

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YOU, yes you (those who live here), should snap these callistemon.  It’s rare to see them for sale on the Peninsula!

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heucheras

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and more heucheras

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Buddy woke up.

We left the Basket Case and took ourselves to Oysterville to tour its premier garden, one of the top two gardens on the Peninsula (the other being Steve and John’s bayside garden).  If there are better gardens here, I have not seen them. That will be tomorrow’s post.

Driving south from Oysterville, we saw Todd gardening at a Nahcotta bed and breakfast.

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in front of the Charles Nelson Guest House

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Todd Wiegardt at work

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Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We spent a pleasant two hours at Klipsan Beach Cottages. In a preview of Planting Time, Allan planted four Nicotiana langsdorfii, one Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, and an Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’.

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Sarah

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driveway garden

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Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ has been going strong in this spot for years.

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looking in the east gate of the fenced garden

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Allan planting

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He found a furtive dandelion.

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tulips (Flaming Spring Green and a parrot in bud)

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the burgeoning garden

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Tulip ‘White Parrot’

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blue inside

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Tulip ‘Artist’ hiding under rhubarb

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Tulip ‘Artist’

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tree peony in bud

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fringed pink tulip

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Thalictrum ‘Elin’ will get about 7 feet tall.

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“pink” narcissi

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more narcissi

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Fritillaria meleagris, in the lawn bed that I note needs mulching.

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double hellebore

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white narcissi

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Podophyllum (Allan’s photo)

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Mary, her friend Katie, Bella, and Katie’s dog Libby, back from the beach (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photos: a hard to reach blackberry sprout across the pond

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He got it.

Ilwaco

We drove around by the port on the way home, just to see how lively the 4-20 event was at the Freedom Market pot shop. (Their outdoor barbecue looked well attended.)

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garden boat at Time Enough Books (PV=Plant Vessel instead of FV for Fishing Vessel).  Allan’s photo

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Tulip ‘Akebono’

While Allan mowed at the J’s (across the street), I planted some poppy and bachelor button seeds in the back garden.  The weeded spots in the east and west bed have seeds, and the unweeded spots will let me know where I can put new plants (after more weeding).

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a seeded spot

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At the J’s (Allan’s photo)

Next, our tour of the Oysterville garden.

And we really do have to get back to the beach approach weeding!