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an update from yesterday’s post (written a week later on June 30):

I must rescind one recommendation for a place to “shop for a snack and thank the owner for letting us use their water for the curbside garden”; tonight, a week later, the manager of that building has rescinded that permission to use their hose, and so once again we are having watering woes, even after explaining that just letting us water would actually save money because we know which plants to target.  It was distressing because some of the plants were distressed and I was not allowed to remedy that until….Salt came to the rescue.  It was also heart-hurting to be told that he doesn’t trust me because I told him that last year, someone at that building DID say we could water there.  Well, last year someonedid tell Allan that, and we watered there once a week all last summer with no complaints.

We want to double our thanks to Salt Hotel which is now letting us water TWO curbside gardens that do not front their own business, so here is a special promotion for them; it would be awesome if more of you local people “bought a square” to help them along in their mission:

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Here is a link to their fundraising community loan and we hope you will participate because I can tell you from our experience that these are good, community minded, generous and caring people:

The Salt Community Sourced Capital Campaign

I also want to make clear that at the east end of the port, CoHo Charters does a great job of caring for their curbside garden (a more formal look of clipped hedged than what I go for) so if you wanna go charter fishing, give them a call.  To be perfectly fair, they are the only charter company with a garden by their business so maybe the other ones would also be good garden stewards if they had the opportunity to participate.  (Pacific Salmon Charters has some gorgeous and well maintained plant containers.)  There are only two businesses that are withholding water, but two such apples are making my barrel feel spoiled.

Ok, back to your regularly scheduled blog. I am going to buy TWO squares to support Salt right now.

Five minutes later:

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Now back to our orderly narrative:

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Because we leave tomorrow for Portland for the Hardy Plant weekend, and had to take Monday off to be at home for a plumber, we crammed a lot of work into two days.

As we left this morning, a sprinkle of rain was falling.

just some drops

just some drops

 

California poppies at the Ilwaco post office

California poppies at the Ilwaco post office

The Depot Restaurant

just a little light weeding and watering today…

north side of deck

north side of deck

 

colouring up at last with some blooming cosmos

colouring up at last with some blooming cosmos

Weirdly, there are some cosmos that look like ‘Seashells’.  I was unable to find any ‘Seashells’ to buy this year.  Perhaps they reseeded from last year.  Also, they don’t look quite whole.

a funny looking seashells, maybe

a funny looking seashells, maybe

 

just a bit off

just a bit off

 

east wall with Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold'

east wall with Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’

 

Nicotiana langsdorfii and Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Nicotiana langsdorfii and Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

 

front corner with plantings by Nancy of The Basket Case

front corner with plantings by Nancy of The Basket Case

frontdoor

Just to the west, I saw a garden-y thing at the Sou’wester’s RV Park.  I did not have time to look closer so I just took a telephoto.

nice looking raised beds at the Sou'wester

nice looking raised beds at the Sou’wester

TCH! TCH! stands for Trailer Classics Hodgepodge, a joke by the former owner about how some snobby people made a disapproving noise about trailer courts.

Long Beach

The welcome sign is suddenly floriferous enough to need deadheading.

The welcome sign is suddenly floriferous enough to need deadheading.

 

back side

back side

both

 

Allan found a June bug in the welcome sign planter.

Allan found a June bug in the welcome sign planter.

 

June bug

June bug

 

I gently touched its back so Allan could hear the hissing noise it makes.

I gently touched its back so Allan could hear the hissing noise it makes.

In town, we started our walk around to water the street trees (Allan) and planters (both of us, as there are more planters than there are trees).  We had tried a scary experiment of not watering them from Friday (last time we watered) to Wednesday.  I knew they would have to go from Wednesday to Monday between waterings while we are gone to Portland.  I did not want to be worrying while in Portland about whether or not they could make it.  We did check them yesterday to make sure they were not looking stressed.  Today: still no wilting, but I could tell they were thirsty indeed, and it took a long long time at each planter to get the water to soak in well.

It was worth it; I won’t be fearing disaster while I’m touring gardens on Sunday.

I weeded this little border at Fifth Street Park's NW quadrant.

I weeded this little border at Fifth Street Park’s NW quadrant.

 

It is sort of a hodgepodge....

It is sort of a hodgepodge….

Allan headed north and I headed south.  If we water on the same side of the same block, we cut down on each other’s water supply.

Allan's photo: Lysimachia punctata under one of the street trees

Allan’s photo: Lysimachia punctata under one of the street trees

 

our watering bayonet (Allan's photo)

our watering bayonet (Allan’s photo)

 

Someone else sowed some tall poppies under the street tree by Long Beach tavern.  (Allan's photo)

Someone else sowed some tall poppies under the street tree by Long Beach tavern. (Allan’s photo)

 

The Basket Case baskets got many compliments and questions from passersby today.

The Basket Case baskets got many compliments and questions from passersby today.

 

Who makes them (Nancy Aust), who waters them (city crew), how often (every day), where can I get one (The Basket Case on Sandridge) best planters we've ever seen (agreed), etc!

Who makes them (Nancy Aust), who waters them (city crew), how often (every day), where can I get one (The Basket Case on Sandridge) best planters we’ve ever seen (agreed), etc!

 

By the smoke shop, Coreopsis 'Star Cluster' came back from last year.

By the smoke shop, Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’ came back from last year.

 

Coreopsis 'Star Cluster'

Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’

 

overhead

overhead

The wind was gentler today than that flag indicates, and not cold at all.

The nasturtiums in the planter by the Coastal Inn on 7th Street are getting nibbled by deer.

The nasturtiums in the planter by the Coastal Inn on 7th Street are getting nibbled by deer.

 

across the street from Coastal Inn

across the street from Coastal Inn

 

now heading back up the other side of the street from the smoke shop

now heading back up the other side of the street from the smoke shop

 

outside Herb N Legend smoke shop

outside Herb N Legend smoke shop

 

'Copper Pot' California poppy under a street tree

‘Copper Pot’ California poppy under a street tree; this is the tree where I am doing weekly battle with creeping sorrel.  I will prevail.

The only finger blight of the day was a bad one: an Eryngium pulled out of the big Lewis and Clark Square planter, roots and all.  Perhaps the thief was interrupted.

Finger Blight of the Day

Finger Blight of the Day

 

The top was dry and wilted.  I cut it off and put the root back in.  I live in hope.

The top was dry and wilted. I cut it off and put the root back in. I live in hope.

I weeded a bit over at Veterans Field.  The Friday farmers market will be here and I need the garden to look good.

The new bed looks dry, and yet the soil is moist, so it must be the wind giving it a  slow start.

The new bed looks dry, and yet the soil is moist, so it must be the wind giving it a slow start.

 

I'm glad the 'White Linen' California poppies are doing well.

I’m glad the ‘White Linen’ California poppies are doing well.

 

Wind World Kites owner likes this planter to be full of Crocosmia 'Lucifer'.

Wind World Kites owner likes this planter to be full of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

 

Cosmos 'Sonata'

Cosmos ‘Sonata’

I rejoined Allan where he had been weeding in Fifth Street Park, since he got done watering sooner than me.  He pointed out this good clump of Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ (which has half reverted to green, as is its wont).

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

 

Allan's photo: sturdy and unstaked

Allan’s almost identical photo: sturdy and unstaked

 

Rose 'Super Dorothy' in Fifth Street Park

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ in Fifth Street Park

 

Allan weeded along there...before

Allan weeded along there…before

 

after

after, a combo of weeding and string trimming gives quick results

Ilwaco boatyard garden

We finished a short day of a short workweek by watering the boatyard garden.

Allan's photo: the watering obstacle course

Allan’s photo: the watering obstacle course

 

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

 

Allan's telephoto showing our work setting

Allan’s telephoto showing our work setting

 

looking south

looking south

 

Eschscholzia californica  'Rosa Romantica'

Eschscholzia californica ‘Rosa Romantica’

 

a poppy close up

a poppy close up

petals

looking north

looking north

 

poppy shadows

poppy shadows

We then drove to the community building and dumped the water from buckets and containers that we carry with us, onto that very needy garden.

community building reflected in next door hospital window

community building reflected in next door hospital window

at home

At home by six, I ran through all five oscillating sprinkler areas in our garden, one by one, and set up some watering cans for J9 to water our greenhouse tomatoes, and packed, and felt like there was not enough time to go away because I’ll miss time in my own garden.

That wilty plant in the middle is a white sanguisorba.

That wilty plant in the middle is a white sanguisorba.

 

It is so needy.  I must transplant it this fall to a damper place.  I said that last year.

It is so needy. I must transplant it this fall to a damper place. I said that last year.

 

one of the tall alliums

one of the tall alliums

I remembered to load some buckets for burbling plant purchases at the hotel, so I don’t have to use their little trash can!

a burble bucket, a bucket to drain the plant into, and a dipper

a burble bucket, a bucket to drain the plant into, and a dipper

a box to step on in case we go somewhere with Todd in his truck.  I might find it quite tall.

a box to step on in case we go somewhere with Todd in his truck. I might find it quite tall.

Yes, Todd is going, too, and I hope to see some of the bloggers and some Seattle garden friends there.

Allan loading some water jugs, also for burbling.  (I thought of it after we had dumped all our water out.)

Allan loading some water jugs, also for burbling. (I thought of it after we had dumped all our water out.)

Thursday, he has to finish the short workweek by watering the Ilwaco planters.  If he had done them today, I think they would have wilted by Monday.  And then we’re off, and I hope to return with lots of garden tour photos.  The temperature there is supposed to get to 103 F and Portland friends say “A hell front is approaching”; oh dear!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

We only have two and a bit days to get our work done this week, because of leaving for the Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend on Thursday afternoon.  This has been looming over my stick in the mud homebody head for weeks, months even, ever since we registered in February.  There will be gardens to tour and speakers to hear and slideshows to savor.  Dan Hinkley will be the keynote speaker.

On the way to work, we had a brief mission at Ilwaco City Hall.  Allan had spotted a plant that he thought might be a dandelion.  It turned out to be a dog daisy.  I could not pull it without disturbing a nasturtium so I just clipped it as a quick solution to the way it was messing with my symmetry.

It was just not right.

It was just not right.

Next, as related in yesterday’s post, we toured Steve and John’s garden, and then we devoted ourselves to work till 8 PM.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We did but an hour of weeding and grooming.

view over the birdbath in the fenced garden

view over the birdbath in the fenced garden

lily

lily

lily and new rose foliage

lily and new rose foliage

in the garden; cottages on the ridge

in the garden; cottages on the ridge

Mary and Denny picking raspberries.

Mary and Denny picking raspberries.

Mary had learned that the reason her raspberries are not prolific this year is because we did not have a cold enough winter.

Mine look just like that, dried up and sad.

Mine look just like that, dried up and sad.

Allan's photo: Bella in the basement

Allan’s photo: Bella in the basement, got hugs and kisses from me.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

During another brief stop, Allan strimmed the center lawn while I filled the birdbaths and did some light grooming of the four quadrants.

I'm still pleased with my rhododendron pruning from last week.

I’m still pleased with my rhododendron pruning from last week.

Note: I believe in letting rhododendrons get to, and stay at, their full size.  I knew, however, that if I did not prune these, eventually someone else would.  And I knew I could do a better job.

SE quadrant with lots of sweet williams

SE quadrant with lots of sweet williams

lilies; I have a lot of this one around, must be from a Costco bag.

lilies; I have a lot of this one around, must be from a Costco bag.

NE quadrant, still not much pizzazz

NE quadrant, still not much pizzazz

One of my mom's Joseph's Coat roses

One of my mom’s Joseph’s Coat roses

NW quadrant, with a nice cluster of alliums in the shadow

NW quadrant, with a nice cluster of alliums in the shadow

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

I still hope for greater effect from this garden than I manage to create…

Andersen’s RV Park

looking west; Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' is beginning to bloom

looking west; Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ is beginning to bloom

looking east at the poppy field

looking east at the poppy field

Allan's photos: west garden path work, before

Allan’s photos: west garden path in progress

after

after

west side of house and office, and poppies

west side of house and office, and poppies

red Papaver rhoaes and assorted colours of California poppies

red Papaver rhoaes and assorted colours of California poppies

Brodiaea 'Queen Fabioloa' in the Payson Hall planters

Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabioloa’ in the Payson Hall planters

behind the office

behind the office

Miscanthus variegatus and Stipa gigantea west of the office

Miscanthus variegatus and Stipa gigantea west of the office

office planter with Allium schubertii

office planter with Allium schubertii

picket fence garden

picket fence garden

orange lilies peeking over the picket fence

orange lilies peeking over the picket fence

lilies and Allium albopilosum

lilies and Allium albopilosum

cottage with climbing rose

cottage with climbing rose

Anchorage Cottages

The first thing I noticed was something…wrong..with the window boxes.  I analyzed and realized that the lotus vines were no longer on the outside edges.  Someone had taken them out to paint the windowsills and put them back cattywampus!  Allan helped me rearrange them.

lotus vine not supposed to be in the middle!

lotus vine not supposed to be in the middle!

fixed

fixed

I was not entirely content because the four short inserts In two adjacent boxes had gotten switched so much that some of the plants were no longer growing forward.  I could not wrap my brain around getting them back just right.

The lone Hymenocallis festalis (Peruvian daffodil)

The lone Hymenocallis festalis (Peruvian daffodil)

Mitzu coming to greet me

Mitzu coming to greet me

my good friend

my good friend

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

center courtyard

center courtyard

sweet peas in office courtyard

sweet peas in office courtyard

Agastache 'Cotton Candy' in office courtyard

Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’ in office courtyard

These window boxes were all shipshape.  All had responded well to last week's fertilizing.

These window boxes were all shipshape. All had responded well to last week’s fertilizing.

Escallonia iveyi by the sport court

Escallonia iveyi by the sport court

Allan said to take a picture of the cryptomeria grove for Steve and John.

Allan said to take a picture of the cryptomeria grove for Steve and John.

Port of Ilwaco

In the evening, we watered and weeded our way down Howerton Avenue at the port.

at the marina, a bird for Mr. Tootlepedal

at the marina, a bird for Mr. Tootlepedal

reflection in the Bruce Peterson Gallery window

reflection in the Bruce Peterson Gallery window

I began by watering the Peterson Gallery curbside garden. Bruce and Wendi Peterson are supporters of the watering effort (by providing a hose and water); their gallery is open Saturdays during market season, so please do go visit if you can: 223 Howerton Ave SE, Ilwaco, WA.  Tell ’em I sent you.

Allan bucket watered the one garden bed where the only solution is bucketing water or hooking up three hoses to the mayor’s RV park across the street and then having the hoses driven over by passing vehicles. For now, Allan bucket waters it.

round one: buckets lined up to dump

round one: buckets lined up to dump

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The garden was parched.

The garden was parched.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Allan thought this Eryngium looked so thirsty that he filled buckets while weeding and watering by the Ilwaco Pavilion and went back for a second round.

Allan thought this Eryngium looked so thirsty that he filled buckets while weeding and watering by the Ilwaco Pavilion and went back for a second round.

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This is time consuming and back-challenging and we will only do it for places that do not have a hose nearby.

Port Office from Waterfront Way

Port Office from Waterfront Way

Just to the east of the Port Office is the Don Nisbett gallery.  Don and Jenna have been known to go out and water for us, so do stop in and tell them thank you for making Ilwaco more beautiful!

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in Port Office curbside garden on Howerton.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in Port Office curbside garden on Howerton.

I moved on west to water the Port Office and the Time Enough Books garden.  Karla of Time Enough  provides us with a hose and water, which we so appreciate, as the port office hose only reaches one end of her curbside garden…so do stop in and buy a book, greeting card, or just pet the sweet shop dog, Scout.

a hose from Salt Hotel

a hose from Salt Hotel

Julez and Laila, the civic minded owners of the soon-to-open Salt Hotel, are letting us use their water to care for not only the curbside garden in front of their building but also the one in front of the vacant building to their west.  We thank them from the bottom of our hearts and will do everything we can to promote their business venture.

It's already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

They are already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.  (Photo from last Saturday)

The garden was so dry from last week's watering fiasco and much appreciated some moisture.

The garden was so dry from last week’s watering fiasco and much appreciated some moisture.

Regarding last week’s difficult day, reader William Duchie made this encouraging comment on the blog re-post on our Facebook page:  “A wonderful ministry for the soul of the lower peninsula and its people. Rejoice in it!”  I like that.  I thought at first that a ministry should be free, then remembered that church ministers get paid, so…yes.

Salt owner Julez’ dog had made an escape…

on the loose!

on the loose!

and was rounded up and brought home.  (Allan's photos)

and was rounded up and brought home. (Allan’s photos)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Ilwaco

before leaving home: the Eleagnus by our driveway

before leaving home: the Eleagnus by our driveway

the Ilwaco Post Office garden...

the Ilwaco Post Office garden…

...missing half its dark lilies...

…missing half its dark lilies…

The picture is not what I had in mind before an unfortunate soul fell into the garden last week; there were as many dark maroon lilies planted as yellow ones….Ah, well.

Today, we had a plan to deliver some plants to Steve and John before work.  On the way, we stopped at

The Basket Case Greenhouse

basket

….where I had to rescue, by buying, one more ‘Chocolate Tip’ Sanguisorba, and one more variegated ‘Dali Marble’ sanguisorba.

Why aren't people buying this stunner?

Why aren’t people buying this stunner?

or this one, Dali Marble, with variegated leaves.

or this one, Dali Marble, with variegated leaves.

Sanguisorbas are so Piet Oudolfy!  Their only drawbacks are that deer nibble the flowers, and that they seem to need frequent watering to look their best.  I wonder how that works out in the meadow gardens that Mr. Oudolf creates.

Steve and John’s Bayside Garden

A couple of weeks ago, I had purchased a bright gold chameacyparis.  As soon as I got it home, I realized that I had no place for it (as I don’t want evergreens or evergolds to block my port view in winter, and am pretty much filled up along the sides).  I knew I had bought it to make my garden more Steve-and-John-y, so I decided that the tree should be part of their garden.  I don’t really have the room to plant the specimen trees that they do.

Thus, we visited them before work, we took time for a good tour of their great garden.

When we arrived, they were in the garden, of course.

looking east up the driveway

looking east up the driveway; the house is on the shore of Willapa Bay

This bold little fellow greeted at the garage.

This bold little fellow greeted at the garage.

brighteyes

up and down the garage door frame!

up and down the garage door frame!

arcs of gold

arc of gold

looking north

looking north

looking north

looking north

note the rhododendron still blooming....one of the originals to the site

note the rhododendron still blooming….one of the originals to the site

This garden was once part of Clarke rhododendron nursery and even Steve Clarke can’t identify all the rhodos on it, some of which are, I believe, unnamed crosses propagated by his father.

bed

the veg and dahlia patch

the veg and dahlia patch, next to the pumphouse

dahlia appreciation

dahlia appreciation

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pump house roof

pump house roof

To my surprise, these plants needs lots of water to stay plump and happy.

To my surprise, these plants needs lots of water to stay plump and happy.

At this point, most people would have had a look at the bay, just past a large camellia.  I was so engrossed in plants that I did not even notice if the tide was high or low.

looking up at that rhododendron

looking up at that rhododendron

Right about at this point, maybe from having looked up into the sky, I managed to trip over virtually nothing and fall flat on my face with a screech.  On the way down, I got my iPhone and my camera out of the way, and the grass cushioned my fall like a fluffy mattress.  It was kind of embarrassing, which I am sure is how the guy who fell into the post office garden felt.  Perhaps it was a sign I should feel more sympathy and quit fretting over my lilies! It would have been extra ironic if I had fallen on some plants.  My next few photos were blurry, so I must have been more shaken than I wanted to let on.  You’ll miss out on a few choice plants…

but I did manage to get photos of the hostas.

but I did manage to get photos of the hostas.

more hostas, just a tad blurry

more hostas, just a tad blurry

sunlight through rhododendron

sunlight through rhododendron

the newest garden bed, with a pleasant sit spot

the newest garden bed, with a pleasant sit spot

Let’s have a closer look at that island bed.

Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning'

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’

Berberis 'Orange Rocket'

Berberis ‘Orange Rocket’

a slim, dark-stemmed hebe

a slim, dark-stemmed hebe

John himself

John himself

This salvia? came back, and is running a bit.  Is it a salvia?  Do they do that?

This salvia? came back, and is running a bit. Is it a salvia? Do they do that?

We think it might be Salvia guaranitica.  Later in the season, we will all know for sure.  I wish mine had been that vigorous.

across the pond...Look for the tall Eremerus (foxtail lily)

looking north across the pond…Look for the tall yellow Eremerus (foxtail lily) against a green backdrop

I was assured that my Eremerus might size up eventually, as this one did not do much till now, its second year.

across the road to the south of the pond

across the road to the south of the pond

The plants are all thriving on water from the new sprinkler system, installed by Steve Clarke and our new friends Dave and Melissa.  The sprinklers are saving Steve and John hours of watering time.

The sprinklers are saving Steve and John hours of watering time.

Arneson Flame azalea

Arneson Flame azalea

Steve and John guide us to a newly developed area.

Steve and John guide us to a newly developed area.

They are winning new areas from the clutches of salal.  I know how much effort that takes The new area has already moved out of range of the new sprinklers, as always seems to happen when one expands. 

This goes right up to the deeply set tidal stream at the south edge of the estate.

This goes right up to the deeply set tidal stream at the south edge of the estate.

I tried to make an iPhone note of all the rhododendron specimens that we admired, and yet I have come up short on some.  They are worth admiring, with or without names.  Any errors in naming are mine.

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such glossy leaves

such glossy leaves

new growth

new growth

I believe this one is 'Ever Red'.

I believe this one is ‘Ever Red’.

Rhododendron macabeanum

Rhododendron macabeanum

Rhododendron quinquefolium

Rhododendron quinquefolium

This mahonia is from the Dan Hinkley Monrovia collection.

This mahonia is from the Dan Hinkley Monrovia collection.

more striking new foliage

more striking new foliage on R. ‘Starbright Champagne’

Rhododendron 'Wine and Roses'

Rhododendron ‘Wine and Roses’

The one below is my favourite, and apparently I was so gaga over it that I did not note the name.  I must immediately email Steve because it is one I now especially want to find. (Later:  I remember now that he said he could not come up with the name immediately, and here’s why.  He emailed it to me:  Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum x pachysanthum.)

silvery!

Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum x pachysanthum

At first, I feared to touch the leaves in case the indumentum would rub off.  Although it does come off the lower leaves, it was firmly affixed to the new leaves, which were soft like lambs ears.  It is the most beautiful rhodo I have ever seen.

just stunning

Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum x pachysanthum

On the way back to the house, we admired a large old Kalmia (mountain laurel).

Kalmia

Kalmia

Kalmia flowers

Kalmia flowers

Hydrangea quercifolia

Hydrangea quercifolia

AKA oakleaf hydrangea, just coming into flower

AKA oakleaf hydrangea, just coming into flower

Pittosporum

Pittosporum

a red kalmia

a dark red kalmia

close up Kalmia

close up Kalmia

heuchera and coleus

heuchera and coleus and euphorbia

mahonia (Oregon grape)

mahonia (Oregon grape)

hosta nestled into mahonia

hosta nestled into mahonia

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mahonia berries

mahonia berries

Rhododendron 'Ring of Fire'

Rhododendron ‘Ring of Fire’

(I just learned last night while watching Walk the Line that June Carter, not Johnny Cash, wrote Ring of Fire.)

such well defined plants, each with its own place...

such well defined plants, each with its own place…

south side of driveway

south side of driveway, hebe and lonicera

I presented the gold chamaecyparis and three small Panicum ‘Northwind’, and Steven and John gave us a Rhododendron ‘Capistrano’ — “yellow blooms on an eventual three-footer”.  I am most pleased as one of my mother’s favourite rhododendrons was a smallish yellow one (which is now at Golden Sands, where we went later on—next post—and which was, surprisingly, still in bloom there.  (Sorry, I forgot to photograph it.)  We did have to get on to work, so we made our departure.

Escallonias line the east side of the lower driveway.

Escallonias line the east side of the lower driveway.

Escallonia in bloom

Escallonia in bloom

Next: one of the shortest work weeks ever, because we are leaving on the 24th for the Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend.  By the time you read this, we should have returned with lots of garden tour photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

at home

Smokey

Smokey

I find it so sweet that Smokey now sits on the chair closest to my new table while I have breakfast; he sat next to the other table when I would dine there.

I could not get going outside today despite big plans. I had so little energy for gardening that I wrote two blog posts instead, feeling a nagging guilt the whole time because the weather was warm and not terribly windy.  I attribute some of the lack of energy to having heard this morning that Long Beach won’t hire an intern to weed the beach approach. I don’t get it as they have to pay someone to do it, right? So it seems like the remaining ten sections are again hanging over my head like the axe of doom. Or…it just won’t get done. Other than that, I suppose we all need a rest sometimes and I had to take one.  Fortunately, it was the longest day of the year and so even though I did not begin to garden till 4:30, I still had time to put in a good four plus hours.

I ate the Pink Poppy Bakery Swedish Traveling Cake, which I'd forgotten about yesterday, for energy.

I ate the Pink Poppy Bakery Swedish Traveling Cake, which I’d forgotten about yesterday, for energy.

Allan had already helped me enormously by setting up a sprinkler to water the front garden.

front garden lilies

front garden lilies

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pale yellow lilies in bud

pale yellow lilies in bud

Scrophularia variegata (figwort) and a variegated Hellebore

Scrophularia variegata (figwort) and a variegated Hellebore

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

I had been excited after a rain shower late last week to find the new water bin full…until Allan pointed out it also collected roof water from when we run the oscillating sprinkler.  (Our house is short).

I should have dipped water out before today's sprinkler session.

I should have dipped water out before today’s sprinkler session.

In the back garden, I found two frogs, not Pacific tree frogs but a larger kind (leopard frogs?) hanging out under a piece of driftwood in one of the water boxes.

frogs

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I could also see some small tadpoles swimming around, the ones Allan had rescued last weekend.  They are elusive and dive down when observed.

Allan had mowed the lawn earlier in the day.  I watered with the four back garden sprinklers, weeded the former Danger Tree bed and added whatever mulch I had around (not enough!), and then I partially trimmed out the sides of the salmonberry tunnel back in the bogsy woods…

before...forgot to take an after.  And the results were just middling because of lack of energy.

before…forgot to take an after. And the results were just middling because of lack of energy.

Japanese iris by the woodpile at the tunnel entrance

Japanese iris by the woodpile at the tunnel entrance

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I had company in the garden.

I had company in the garden.

Allan went to water the Ilwaco Community Building.  I observed that he does not mind going to work for a bit on a day off, whereas to me, having to work even a bit makes it completely not count as a day off.

Allan's photo: flooding the sad horsetail-y soil at the community building.

Allan’s photo: flooding the sad horsetail-y soil at the community building.

Allan's photo: Brodiaea at the community building.

Allan’s photo: Brodiaea at the community building.

When he returned, he built a campfire.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Later in the evening, I got the impulse to completely get rid of that old tricycle piece at the lower right, above; it has slowly disintegrated, and makes it impossible to expand the garden into that area.  It’s gone now.

Near the fire circle:  two beloved plants, Sambucus laciniata from Joy Creek Nursery and Rose 'Radway Sunrise' from Cistus.

Near the fire circle: two beloved plants, Sambucus laciniata from Joy Creek Nursery and Rose ‘Radway Sunrise’ from Cistus.

Walking to and from the house to collect campfire food and drink, I noticed that the vine that Nancy gave me, from Annie’s Annuals, is blooming.  I have completely forgotten its name even though it is a vine I have wanted to grow, so I hope someone can help me ID it.

exciting!

exciting!  Sorry did not get a long shot of the plant.

Paul's Himalayan Musk rose is still blooming over the big west arbour.

Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose is still blooming over the big west arbour.

Then, we settled in for our campfire.

view of the Danger Tree bed I had weeded earlier today.  I want to build the bed up higher now that the tree is just a snag.

view of the Danger Tree bed I had weeded earlier today. I want to build the bed up higher now that the tree is just a snag.

to my left: the bed that I expanded recently.  Quite satisfying to see those ladies in waiting planted.

to my left: the bed that I expanded recently. Quite satisfying to see those ladies in waiting planted.

fire

At last, a fire, and no wind.  We had hoped for this last night when Kathleen was available to join us.  It has been a couple of windy weeks waiting for a campfire evening.  Tonight was summer solstice, and even though I knew it was the longest light evening of the year, I totally forgot that we should howl and …recite poetry… and other solstice rituals.  We just quietly sat and toasted sausages and had a hard apple cider with lime each.

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lots of wood waiting for future campfires

lots of wood waiting for future campfires

above: trees with no roaring wind; what a delight

above: trees with no roaring wind; what a delight

Monday, 22 June 2015

My plan was to title this post “A lazy day and a busy one” or something like that, as I had expected to do a lot of weeding and pruning at home on Monday (while waiting for the plumber).  And then….because the next six days will be tremendously busy…I completely skived off and read the brand new book in a series that I love: The Seaside Knitters.  How could I resist?  It had come from the library, and if I did not read it today I would only have time for small bits of reading later in the week.  That is no way to read a mystery.

ahhhhh.....

ahhhhh…..

Mary immediately saw that it was going to be a good day for her, as well.

Mary immediately saw that it was going to be a good day for her, as well.

She made a good book rest.

She made a good book rest.

I love this series so much that I wrote a special blog post about it, and when I have time I have some new descriptive details about the fictional town of Sea Harbor to add to that post.  Despite an unusual number of murders, the town is idyllic, and even more so is the friendship among the women who comprise the core characters.  It is possible to find friends like that, and rare, and they should be treasured.  (I can guarantee that none of them would tolerate mean girl shenanigans any more than they tolerate unsolved murders.)

During that time, the plumber came and Allan dealt with the whole interlude so that I got to just keep reading.  He was being much more productive than me and had painted some posts and an old door for an upcoming project.

Allan's photo: He also scraped and repainted an old door that is one of the deer fence gates.

Allan’s photo: He also scraped and repainted an old door that is one of the deer fence gates.

I did not rush through my book despite my usual feelings of garden guilt, so I was not outside until after five.  (A sunny but not too hot day reading indoors is not as purely pleasurable as a winter day….)  In the following three hours, I managed to accomplish some weeding, some watering (including watering can applications from the full rain barrel), picked some strawberries and blueberries, and tied about twenty more tall bamboo stakes to the fence wherever I thought the deer might be jumping over.

bamboo stakes ready to go

bamboo stakes ready to go

evening light

evening light

reseeded Nigella (love in a mist)

under the rose arbor

deep blue nigella

deep blue nigella (love in a mist) reseeded from last year

looking south over the water boxes

looking south over the water boxes

a pretty annual given to me by Teresa from The Planter Box

a pretty yellow annual given to me by Teresa from The Planter Box

tall bamboo stakes in place

more tall bamboo stakes in place

looking south

looking south

looking southwest

looking southwest

Cosmos 'Antiquity'

Cosmos ‘Antiquity’

This daylily is a keeper.

This daylily is a keeper.

This evening I pulled a lot of bindweed off the backside of this area: East side of bogsy woods.

This evening I pulled a lot of bindweed off the backside of this area: East side of bogsy woods.

Salvia 'Hot Lips' came back from last year.

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ came back from last year.

Cyperus in the water boxes

Cyperus ‘King Tut’ in the water boxes

While I had a couple of productive hours in the garden, Allan went out to water the Ilwaco planters and street trees, so again it was not a true day off for him.  I find that a shame.  I think it bothers me more than it bothers him to see him have to go to work instead of having a real two day weekend.

We finished the day with the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line.  In one scene, June Carter uses the phrase “a hitch in your giddyup”, which is sort of cosmic because I just heard and adopted “hitch in your getalong” last week.

Tomorrow:  the north end jobs come early this week.  I am hoping, oh so fervently hoping, that the Long Beach planters will hold out till Wednesday and will not need watering tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

I would have liked to stay home.  I have spoiled myself with Saturdays off lately, However, we had to work today so that we can be home Monday for the plumber, and we have fallen behind enough so that we cannot have a three day weekend this time.

I was leaving good company behind.

I was leaving good company behind.

As we got ready for work, Jessika from next door, co owner of Starvation Alley Farms (purveyors of the finest organic cranberry juice) came over to pick a big bowl of strawberries.  We had offered them to her as well as Devery, because we simply do not have time to keep up.

Jessika

Jessika

She suggested we come out with a bowl to pick berries for our breakfast, not realizing that both Allan and I are pretty non-functional during the first hour of our mornings.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

Before work, I fulfilled my self-imposed obligation of taking some Saturday Market photos for the Discover Ilwaco page.  Pink Poppy Bakery was also a draw.

I continue to be thrilled to see the progress of the soon-to-open Salt Hotel.

It's already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

It’s already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

We strongly advise taking Surfing Lessons from Salt Surfing owner Julez Orr, as the ocean is dangerous around here and he knows how to navigate it for safety and fun.

Eventually, the view bar and restaurant will reopen on the second level.

Eventually, the view bar and restaurant will reopen on the second level.

As I walked past OleBob’s Café, I thought “What in the world is that man doing?” and then realized it was Allan trying to get a photo of the crab steamer flame.

on the north side of OleBob's

on the north side of OleBob’s

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

At the market, vendors were battening down their hatches because of a strong north wind.

At the market, vendors were battening down their hatches because of a strong north wind.

As you can guess, I was not pleased that we were facing another windy day of work.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I briefly popped into my favourite bookshop to check up on its owner, Karla, who had recently had minor surgery.  She was fine and had her niece’s new puppy to show off!

south side of Time Enough Books

south side of Time Enough Books

Kelli and Karla with puppy love

Kelli and Karla with Gimli

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I got puppy kisses from Gimli.

market reflection

market reflection in OleBob’s south window

As always, lots of cute dogs

As always, lots of cute dogs

a doggie pile up

a doggie pile up

Pink Poppy produce

Pink Poppy produce

Jacob and Pink Poppy baked goods

Jacob and Pink Poppy baked goods

Allan's photo: He noticed this guy's t shirt.

Allan’s photo: He noticed this guy’s t shirt.

This reminds me of a friend recently telling me that Ilwaco will be a hipster mecca when purple monkeys fly out of his butt.  We are expecting purple monkeys soon.

This reminds me of a friend recently telling me that Ilwaco will be a hipster mecca when purple monkeys fly out of his butt. We are expecting purple monkeys soon.

We got ourselves some Swedish traveling cake for work, and some German chocolate brownies for dinner later with Our Kathleen.  We were going to her place in the evening.  We’d wanted to have a campfire here, but would not be able to because of the accursed wind.

well tended flowers at Purly Shell Fiber Arts

well tended flowers at Purly Shell Fiber Arts

Long Beach

Now, for work.  Our first project was to get the horsetail weeded off the pond garden by the stoplight.  On this busy Saturday, we parked a block away and walked with the wheelbarrow, buckets and tools south to the pond…

...past NIVA green, my favourite shop.

…past NIVA green, my favourite shop.

The pond, before

The pond, before

I weeded all around the edges.

I weeded all around the edges.

Allan's photo.  It was like a wind tunnel there.

Allan’s photo. It was like a wind tunnel there.

Allan went out onto the slippery waterfall area.

Allan went out onto the slippery waterfall area.

The heroncam watches this pond and is watched by people who wish they were in Long Beach.  So far, no one has ever gotten to see Allan fall in.

The horse wagon went by.  (Allan's photo)

The horse wagon went by. (Allan’s photo)

I crossed the street to the south to check on the dampness of the nearest planter.  I am hoping they will hold till Wednesday, because of the watering schedule changes due to needing to take Monday off.

Fortunately, the city crew waters the baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) every day.

Fortunately, the city crew waters the baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) every day.

As we were driving north to Long Beach an hour or so earlier, I had gotten a message from MaryBeth asking if Allan might be interested in a small kayak that she wanted to divest herself of.  It is a little too wide for her to easily paddle.  He was very interested, as it would make it possible for him to take another friend along on a boating excursion, so she brought it to us.  As you can see, it is so compact that it actually fit inside our van!

Allan and MaryBeth loading the kayak

Allan and MaryBeth loading the kayak

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We finished up the pond and it looks beautiful again.

after

after

after

after

Above is an example of how salal takes over a garden.  I tried planting other stuff because Mike wanted more colour.  The darn salal comes up in everything all along the back side of the pond.  Its roots are like iron.

This pond, built years ago by a pond builder, has a bad case of the underwear showing in spots.

This pond, built years ago by a pond builder, has a bad case of the underwear showing in spots.

If the pond were mine, I would be trying to cover all the fabric with driftwood, rocks, or…something.

It shows in the middle, too, and that would be hard to conceal, although the right piece of driftwood would do it.

It shows in the middle, too, and that would be hard to conceal, although the right piece of driftwood would do it.

a fish handing out restaurant samples (Allan's photo)

a fish handing out fish ‘n’ chips samples (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We needed some coffee, not fish, to keep going through the next project.

Great Escape Coffee drive-through

Great Escape Epsresso drive-through

Allan thought these pampas grass demonstrated the strong cold wind that plagued us all day.

Allan thought these pampas grass demonstrated the strong cold wind that plagued us all day.

Our next project: Allan weeded the north side at the back of Coulter Park, while I went after bindweed sneaking up through various shrubs.

the south fence garden bed in Coulter Park

the south fence garden bed in Coulter Park

The south garden bed is easy to maintain, as the other side of the fence is mowed lawn.  The north side is a nightmare, as the neighbouring property line is made of salmonberry, blackberry, and bindweed, all of which run fiercely into the park’s garden bed and intermingle with the roots of the roses.  This disheartening situation had discouraged me from scheduling this weeding job till now.

south bed

south bed

The trees at the southwest corner of the park have an habit of being ugly inside:

trees

I spend a bit of time cutting dead wood out of them; they’ve been pruned to allow access at the back entry to the park so the dead interiors show.

I could spend hours at this....but did not.

I could spend hours at this….but did not.

made it just a little better

made it just a little better

Allan’s project:

before

before

after

after

I don’t think many citizens know that there is such a peaceful park area behind the Long Beach depot building in Coulter Park.

looking east

looking east

looking west; It used to have picnic tables.

looking west; It used to have picnic tables.

We were hoping to strim the long grass from the center parking lot berm.  When we found that there were too many cars parked close to it (as we sort of expected on a Saturday), we cancelled that mission and just weeded the pocket garden by Culbertson Field. (Allan remembered it!) 

it’s three blocks east of the Long Beach arch.

 
Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

after

after

all tidied up

all tidied up

Minnie Culbertson

Minnie Culbertson

In the little garden, I found a prize: a little tin box (photographed later at home):

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I expected to find a treasure, or a stash, but it was empty.

I expected to find a treasure, or a stash, but it was empty.

nearby: a day out at Culbertson Field

nearby: a day out at Culbertson Field

Dumping our load of debris at City Works ended the Long Beach part of our day.

one of the City Works killdeer family

one of the City Works killdeer family

Ilwaco Boatyard Garden

Back in our town, we tackled the north stretch of the boatyard garden, weeding out the horsetail.  It is determined to take over; we are determined to prevail against it.

boatyard garden with Stipa gigantea

boatyard garden with Stipa gigantea

boatyard Ceanothus

boatyard Ceanothus

I also diagnosed, easily, a problem with the city planter at the corner of the boatyard.  Instead of being dry, it is not draining, and the Erysimum is rotting.

soupy!   This one will need very little watering till autumn when we can dig it all out.

soupy! This one will need very little watering till autumn when we can dig it all out.

At last, work was done, we dumped our debris, went home, and changed clothes, picked a bouquet and dropped off the trailer and headed out for the evening.

by the Ilwaco stoplight, heading north

by the Ilwaco stoplight, heading north

evening out

On the way to Kathleen’s cottage, we picked up delicious tacos at the truck by North Jetty Brewing in Seaview.

tacos

Chef Jason Lancaster from the Cove Restaurant only works there in person on Sundays.  However, we learned Thursday evening that his Korean and Hawaiian tacos are featured there every day now.  We are thrilled.

tacomenu

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I liked the look of this vignette across the street.

I liked the look of this vignette across the street.

We arrived at Kathleen’s with Waikiki tacos for her and spicy Korean and Bahn Mi tacos for me and Allan.

Our Kathleen

Our Kathleen

at Kathleen's cottage

at Kathleen’s cottage

Our Kathleen

Our Kathleen

Kathleen had been to the Garlic Festival today and had met Debbie, who recognized her from the blog.  Kathleen invited Debbie to join us for Ilwaco Halloween at our house.  I hope she does!

a simple bouquet

a simple bouquet

Now for two days off, except for watering the Ilwaco planters…I do hope I muster up enough energy to get some gardening projects done at home.  And I hope our slightly leaky pipe does not blow, as my garden needs a thorough watering so I simply must have water.

 

 

 

 

Friday, 19 June 2015

First thing in the morning, I heard an ominous hissing sound under the bathroom floor.  Allan crawled under the house to check and indeed, we had a small leak.  We called the plumber, but of course it was midmorning by then, so we were told they would call back if they could get to us.  With the house water and water heater turned off, we went to work but had to be aware of a possible phone call all day; we would have had to quickly stop our Long Beach watering mission and get back to Ilwaco.  I was so hoping for the call as I did not want to go into the weekend with a house leak.

We’d had a blessed rain shower the night before.  It had been enough to fill one third of the water bins under the gutters (plastic garbage cans), not enough to water the planters thoroughly.

On the way, I checked out my post office garden.  One allium that got fallen on last week by an unfortunate passerby is somewhat reviving.

It might get round after all...

It might get round after all…

But this one is thoroughly smashed.

But this one is thoroughly smashed.

Long Beach

I began by grooming the gardens in Long Beach’s Veterans Field, as the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market would be in session from mid afternoon till 7 PM.  The weather: blue sky, not too windy, not too hot.  Just about perfect!

Some vendors began setting up by noon-ish.

Some vendors began setting up by noon-ish.

our flag pavilion garden

our flag pavilion garden

The corner garden, new this year, still looks young.

The corner garden, new this year, still looks young.

Half a block away is a streetside cottage garden that I always admire.  It was pinker a month ago when the sea thrift was freshly in bloom.  Today, I remembered to take a photo of this gift to the street.  Lucy Hardiman would call this a “garden advance instead of a garden retreat”.

still very pretty

an admirable garden with roses, sea thrift, rose campion, daisies

I began my watering rounds of most of the main street Long Beach planters.  Allan watered the 18 street tree pocket gardens, the eight planters in the two northernmost blocks, and the Fish Alley barrels.

Lady's mantle redeeming itself in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

Lady’s mantle redeeming itself in the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

A section of lady’s mantle, a perennial that I have mostly gone off, looks lovely right now and reminds me with its frothy charteuse flowers why I planted it in the first place.  (Its short period of bloom is why I have gone off it over the years.) I have not been able to remove it from here because it is too entwined with the sprinkler system.

As I watered the planter across from Fifth Street Park, I saw two women clearly admiring the flowers.  I read in their body language that they needed a plant ID, and went across to talk to them.  To my surprise, the ID was for Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.  I pulled up a small side plant and gave to the woman who had fallen in love with it.  The plant in her garden will always remind her of the fun town of Long Beach. The man who was with them lay down on a bench while we talked plants for a bit.  I went back across the street to get my hose and move it to a planter on the west side of the street.  The man came up to me and insisted on giving me $5.  I demurred but he was determined, so I took it as a donation for the Ilwaco Post Office garden!

I noticed in the southwest quadrant of the park that the Super Dorothy climbing rose is looking simply splended, heavily budded without a hint of mildew.

Rose 'Super Dorothy'

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’

Meanwhile, in the northwest quadrant, plain old Dorothy Perkins rose is, as always, covered with powdery mildew.  Years ago, when parks manager Mike Kitzman and I went to Heirloom Roses and some other inland nurseries to buy plants for the parks, we were advised that Super Dorothy was a vast improvement.  (The landscape architect had already gotten the Dorothy Perkins roses into the ground on the one side.)  The rose experts were so right.

I took a break when I got to my northernmost planter at the pharmacy to go to NIVA green, my favourite shop, to get a now belated birthday present for Seattle Carol.  (Her birthday is the 19th.) On the way, I took a photo of the horsetail over-run pond garden as a reminder that we (meaning Allan) must clamber out to the waterfall soon and clean it up.

It is a mess!

It is a mess!

inside NIVA green

inside NIVA green

cute little planter

cute little planter

I knew exactly what I wanted: an embroidered tea towel.  I snagged a series of photos to slowly feed onto the NIVA green Facebook page and got back to work.

the tea towel, embroidered by local artisan Shellie Thomas

the tea towel, embroidered by local artisan Shellie Thomas

Allan and I had crossed paths while watering and I’d asked him to address the powdery mildew problem on the Dorothy Perkins rose.  By the time I got back to the park, he had the worst of the greyed, ugly canes trimmed off.  The park looked so much better.

You might still be able to see that the flower buds have a haze of powdery mildew.

You might still be able to see that the flower buds have a haze of powdery mildew.

The four quadrants of Fifth Street Park

The four quadrants of Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, southwest quadrant

Fifth Street Park, southwest quadrant, with Captain Bob’s Chowder to the left

Close up: Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant'

Close up: Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ entiwined with Baptisia australis

daylily and Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

daylily and Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’

While we were almost done with weeding and grooming the park, we ordered crab rolls to go from Captain Bob’s Chowder.

They get good reviews on Trip Advisor...

They get good reviews on Trip Advisor…

and have recently acquired this comfortable new seating.  I do love a restaurant booth.

and have recently acquired this comfortable new seating. I do love a restaurant booth.

The plumbing company had not called and would now not be available till Monday.  Rats.  We would have to work on Saturday instead of Monday, then, in order to be home, and this would sort of throw off the watering schedule for next week, along with my plans to have a Saturday lunch with Our Kathleen at the Portside Café.

Ilwaco

Our evening project: Watering the Ilwaco street trees and planters (Allan) and weeding and watering the Ilwaco boatyard (me).  I weeded the garden south of the gate this time.

Ilwaco boatyard garden

Ilwaco boatyard garden

boatyard2

three year old lavender

three year old lavender

pink California poppy (Eschscholzia californica 'Rosa Romantica')

pink California poppy (Eschscholzia californica ‘Rosa Romantica’)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and green santolina

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and green santolina

From the gate to the north only got water, no weeding, this evening.

From the gate to the north only got water, no weeding, this evening.

I have a pleasant view of the boats while dragging the hose around and watering from behind the fence.

The Northern Star

The Northern Star

Allan crawled under the house and managed to tape up the leaky pipe so it has but a tiny drip.  If we are lucky and it does not “blow”, we can have water this weekend during the hours we are at home and awake.  He had plumbing problems on his mind all day and took no photos.

While fretting around outside while he was enduring the unpleasantness of lying in a puddle in the crawl space, I did see a beautiful sunset.

from the front yard

from the front yard

from the back yard over the Paul's Himalayan Musk rose arbor

from the back yard over the Paul’s Himalayan Musk rose arbor

old pink rose by the house

old pink rose by the house

Hymenocallis festalis still blooming

Hymenocallis festalis still blooming

south view in the dusk

south view in the dusk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Mike’s garden

We began a few blocks east in Mayor Mike’s garden.

weeded the path, did some watering

weeded the path, did some watering

Mike's oriental poppy

Mike’s oriental poppy

lots of pizzazz

lots of pizzazz

boxwood and pulmonaria

boxwood and pulmonaria

Mike wondered if we had cut back the middle of the Echinops (blue globe thistle) below:

floppy globe thistle

floppy globe thistle

I told him that, like a lot of plants this year in my garden, it seems to have reached for the light during our many grey, unusually dark midspring days and then flopped open.

We did not have time today, but soon we must cut back this climbing rose so it does not smother the tree...soon enough so it will put out new growth for next year.

We did not have time today, but soon we must cut back this climbing rose so it does not smother the tree…soon enough so it will put out new growth for next year.

The Depot Restaurant

I still feel that the Depot garden is starting off slowly this year.

I still feel that the Depot garden is starting off slowly this year.

At last is has something to offer: an Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in bloom.

At last is has something besides green to offer: an Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in bloom.

The main reason that the Depot is a slow starter is because almost all the feature plants are tall ones so that they show up behind the big log that marks the edge of the carpark.

Long Beach

We pulled the scrimmy horsetail out of the Long Beach welcome sign garden.  The cosmos are beginning to bloom.

yellow bidens along the front edge

yellow bidens along the front edge

white bacopa along the back edge

white bacopa along the back edge

both sides now

both sides now (with blue bacopa along the sidewalk)

Andersen’s RV Park

First, we weeded the road box.

First, we weeded the road box.

We had not managed to get to Andersen’s at the end of the day yesterday.  That was a good thing, as we had more energy for it today.  Allan weeded on the west side, and fertilized the barrels, and I groomed the picket fence garden and Payson Hall planters.

today's garden areas

today’s garden areas

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

barrels and RVS

barrels and RVs

the west bed

the west bed

The poppy field has popped.

The poppy field has popped.

looking east toward the house and office

looking east toward the house and office

looking west toward the ocean

looking west toward the ocean

some pink California poppies mixed in

some pink California poppies mixed in (with a big silvery verbascum)

one of Allan's projects, before

one of Allan’s projects, before

after

after

before

before

after

after

He extended the strimmed area so that the staff will know how far they can go without hurting the garden.

The picket fence garden

The picket fence garden

(Above) Raymond from The Planter Box has made the weed-killer burnt patch of lawn all nice and green again.

The sweet peas are looking happy and full of potential.

The sweet peas are looking happy and full of potential.

Asiatic lilies:  Landini or Blackout

Asiatic lilies: Landini or Blackout

On the way out, we did a bit of weeding by the garden shed.

On the way out, we did a bit of weeding by the garden shed.

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden (with fig tree, and with Allan weeding)

The Anchorage Cottages

Anchorage, near the Cove Restaurant at the Golf Course

Anchorage, near the Cove Restaurant at the Golf Course

Our garden areas are the courtyards within the array of cottages.

Our garden areas are the courtyards within the array of cottages.

We made our usual rounds of the garden beds at the Anchorage, and I got the windowboxes and containers all fertilized…some with the blue stuff and some with nice organic Fox Farms Tiger Bloom; I can afford to use the latter at smaller jobs than Long Beach town.

shade garden on a north wall with astilbe, Fuchsia 'Sharpitor Aurea' and Geranium macrorrhizum

shade garden on a north wall with astilbe, Fuchsia ‘Sharpitor Aurea’ and Geranium macrorrhizum

The golden fuchsia is small in the photo above, and is the plant that inspired my first ever contact  with Our Kathleen.  She used to stay at The Anchorage before and had asked at the Planter Box what that fuchsia’s name might be, and Teresa called me up to ask the name.  I may even have talked to Kathleen on the phone; her sharp memory would supply the details.  Later, I met her in person in the Anchorage gardens.  Facebook made communication easier so that we could become real life friends.

Calla lilies on the north wall

Calla lilies on the north wall

The pink hydrangeas in the "Zen courtyard" are enjoying the new mulch and Beth's weeding job, and look much better than last year.

The pink hydrangeas in the “Zen courtyard” are enjoying the new mulch and Beth’s weeding job, and look much better than last year.

center courtyard

center courtyard

happy, fertilized plants in the center courtyard containers

happy, fertilized plants in the center courtyard containers

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

I hope the fertilizer inspires the window box plants.

I hope the fertilizer inspires the window box plants.

office courtyard

office courtyard

Allan took on the project of weeding under the grapevines down by Ocean Beach Boulevard.

before

before

This involved bending and crawling.

This involved bending and crawling.

after

after

Boreas Inn

I was well chuffed that we found time to spend an hour at the Boreas Inn garden, just weeding.

Boreas Inn and its trail to the beach.

Boreas Inn and its trail to the beach.

island beds on the west lawn; round roof is hot tub hut

island beds on the west lawn look so small!; round roof at mid photo is hot tub hut

looking west to beach trail

looking west to beach trail

I was shocked to find the deer have been eating Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

I was shocked to find the deer have been eating Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

and Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

and Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

but not all the Eryngiums, thank goodness.

but not all the Eryngiums, thank goodness.

Deer have never bothered my Gauras before.  Two days later, I found Gaura at the Ilwaco boatyard garden also severely browsed.  Darn it.

Verbascum 'Jackie in Yellow', back for a third year (albeit rather small)

Verbascum ‘Jackie in Yellow’, back for a third year (albeit rather small)

The Cove Restaurant

Thursday night means Fish Taco night at the Cove Restaurant.  We were joined by Dave and Melissa from Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, who had been to Portland and back today.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

menu

I just realized that Thai soup with prawns is Tom kha goong, and with chicken is tom kha gai.  I think I am showing off a little by saying that.  I used to go out for Thai food probably once a week in Seattle. Never mind; Jason’s soup is spectacularly delicious.  He sent us out a scallop amuse bouche that had us all exclaiming with pleasure.

Jason's scallops

Jason’s scallops

with tiny Peruvian peppers

with tiny, sweet Peruvian peppers

Tom kha soup

tom kha soup

Patti J and Lisa and Buzz were there.  I had to name drop and tell Melissa that Buzz is the one who wrote the recent interview article with Caitlin Jenner that has been all the media rage.  A woman came over and said she reads my blog every day (hi! and thank you!) and I said “Even the whining?” and she said “That’s the best part!”.  That is reassuring, as I’ve been doing a lot of whining lately.

As we departed, Parking Lot Cat came to greet us, leading to this amusing set of photos by Allan as all the “cat people” fawned over him.

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PLC is a star!

PLC is a star!

 

 

 

 

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