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Friday, 15 July 2016

Ann from Portland and Our Kathleen from Olympia converged upon our garden at noon for a day of garden touring, just the four of us.

me, Ann, Kathleen

me, Ann, Kathleen

 

We repaired to the Salt Pub...

We repaired to the Salt Pub for lunch…

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...where we enjoyed the view...

…where we enjoyed the view…

...tuna medallions fresh off the day boats.

…and tuna medallions fresh off the day boats.

Some money glued to the curb of our garden there caused confusion.

Some money glued to the curb of our garden caused a moment of confusion.

Oysterville

We then zoomed, all in our van, straight up Sandridge Road to Oysterville and started our touring by stopping by a garden where Dave and Melissa were hard at work.

nothing like distracting friends from a productive work day

nothing like distracting friends from a productive work day

 

Peter and Linda's house

Peter and Linda’s house

Ann, Melissa, and David

Ann, Melissa, and David (Allan’s photo)

Peter and Linda's garden

Peter and Linda’s garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Just across a grassy meadow from the garden is the Oysterville Sea Farms, our next destination.  Ann desired a good touristy hoodie.

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oyster processing room (Allan's photo)

oyster processing room (Allan’s photo)

classic orange oyster basket, also great for gardening (Allan's photo)

classic orange oyster basket, also great for gardening (Allan’s photo)

the land of oyster shells (Allan's photos)

the land of oyster shells (Allan’s photo)

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She picked the historic design rather than the mermaid one.

Ann picked the historic design rather than the mermaid one.

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another customer?

another customer?

on the deck

on the deck overlooking Willapa Bay

Oysterville

Oysterville

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at the edge of the bay

at the edge of the bay

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where oysters abound

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Allan’s photo

mermaid tail chairs

mermaid tail chairs (Allan’s photo)

Next: The real purpose of our visit to O’ville, a walk through…

THE Oysterville garden.

the most attractive parking prevention

the most attractive parking prevention

We are already ga ga over the garden.

We are already ga ga over the garden.

Stakes mark the planting of a beech hedge.

Stakes mark the planting of a beech hedge.

peering in

peering in

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I feel deeply privileged to have permission to enter this garden.

Ann, a plantswoman to the core, noticed every plant.

Ann, a plantswoman to the core, paid heed to every plant. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I always start to feel a little weepy here.

I always start to feel a little weepy right about here.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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The south side terrace always gets me all choked up with its perfection.

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Chair backs echo shape of windows. Ann said “Of course they do, a true designer.”

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further down the driveway (Allan's photo)

further down the driveway (Allan’s photo)

into the allée (Allan's photo)

into the allée (Allan’s photo)

the allée of Hydrangea 'Incrediball'

the allée of Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the shaded walk in the back (Allan's photo)

the shaded walk in the back (Allan’s photo)

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tree ferns in pots (Allan's photo)

tree ferns in pots (Allan’s photo)

a monster thalictrum, maybe 'Elin'?

a monster thalictrum, maybe ‘Elin’?

returning to the allée

returning to the allée

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looking back

looking back

the vast, plush lawn

the vast, plush lawn

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

coming round the north side

coming round the north side

Looking back...The wall of green hornbeam is the outside of the allée

Looking back…The wall of green hornbeam is the outside of the allée

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love that little window up top

love that little window up top

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love the little fringe of begonias

This reminds me I need to refresh my own display of Allium sphaerocephalon (drumsticks!)

This reminds me I need to refresh my own display of Allium sphaerocephalon (drumsticks!)

The exact moment when I realized I no longer have enough of those.

The exact moment when I realized I no longer have enough of those and had already placed my bulb orders.

the rose bed

the rose bed

another look at the fabulously encircled boxwood

another look at the fabulously encircled boxwood

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inside the gate

inside the gate

at the front gate

at the front gate; I sit and gaze at these photos to see all the details I am too overwhelmed by when I’m there.

coming full circle

coming full circle

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a friend stops by

A friend stops by

...and joins the conversation.

…and joins the conversation.

from the outside again (Allan's photo)

from the outside again (Allan’s photo)

We depart both reluctantly and with eagerness to see the next garden, halfway down the bay.  On the way south, we stop to pester Todd at his job (formerly mine till he moved back), at his brother’s art studio…

The Wiegardt Gallery

sneaking up on Todd

sneaking up on Todd

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Todd was so hard at work we almost snuck up on him.

Todd was so hard at work we almost snuck up on him.

The garden is looking wonderful under his care.

The garden is looking wonderful under his care.

Ann went in to look at Eric Wiegardt's art.

Ann went in to look at Eric Wiegardt’s art.

I petted my favourite plant, a slow growing, mounding dianthus.

I petted my favourite plant, a slow growing, mounding dianthus.

And then on we went to another great garden.

 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

trumpet lilies in our front garden (with Melianthus major)

trumpet lilies in our front garden (with Melianthus major)

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Long Beach

The surroundings of the welcome sign were looking rather shabby...

The surroundings of the welcome sign were looking rather shabby…

...so Allan got out our rechargable electric string trimmer.

…so Allan got out our rechargable electric string trimmer.

a tiny tree frog on Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

a tiny tree frog on Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

Allan's gloved hand with a huge hissing June bug.

Allan’s gloved hand with a huge hissing June bug.

both sides

both sides

the back side

the back side

Just for the record:  I could do a beachy theme here with grasses and santolinas and it might be more cutting edge gardening.  However, the bed is infested with horsetail so other than the Geranium ‘Rozanne’, I like to use annuals so I can totally clean it out in fall and spring.  (I’ll never get all the roots out, because the planters have an open base.)  And I figured out over years of gardening in Long Beach that for a tourist town, bright and cheerful annuals are what get the most happy comments.

We checked for windstorm damage in Fifth Street Park and I was pleased to find it had held up well.  My own Bapstisia australis at home had completely flopped open in the wind and looked terrible when I cut back off of its neighbours, because the lower growth had no leaves.  I then read that you can prune them by a third right after they bloom,  Fortunately, that worked much better on the one at Fifth Street than it did on mine.

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Fifth Street Park.

It looks disconcertingly dull right now.

It looks disconcertingly dull right now.

We walked around the town watering and fertilizing all the planters.

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

Agastache 'Blue Boa'

Agastache ‘Blue Boa’

Agastache 'Blue Boa'

Agastache ‘Blue Boa’

Criminy! I've lost the sidewalk by the police station.

Criminy! I’ve lost the sidewalk by the police station.

Some clipping ensued.  I left the pile for us to pick up after watering.

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' and Salvia viridis

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ and Salvia viridis

The planters had not been watered for a week.  I had counted on the excessively heavy rain.  The plants were mostly fine except for this one corner of the planter by the Bolstadt stoplight.

the only wilted ones

the only wilted ones

It is the only planter that has these annual pelargoniums (geraniums). More next year, I think.

It is the only planter that has these annual pelargoniums (geraniums). More next year, I think.  I copied from Seaside’s Pam Fleming the idea of using these variegated ones.

Agastache, probably 'Sangria', AKA 'Mexican Giant'

Agastache, probably ‘Sangria’, AKA ‘Mexican Giant’

Agastache 'Little Adder' (son of Blackadder)

Agastache ‘Little Adder’ (son of ‘Blackadder’)

Not only do the Agastaches bloom for months with little need for deadheading, but they also have foliage that smells deliciously of licorice.

Salvia patens (Allan's photo)

Salvia patens (Allan’s photo)

from when the planters were done by volunteers

from when the planters were done by volunteers: a euonymus that would get huge without frequent shearing. (Allan’s photo)

variegated oregano (Allan's photo)

variegated oregano (Allan’s photo)

sweet pea success (Allan's photo)

sweet pea success (Allan’s photo)

dahlias and Salvia viridis (Allan's photo)

dahlias and Salvia viridis (Allan’s photo)

We tidied up the little park by the Kabob Cottage. We've been too busy to have lunch there, unfortunately.

We tidied up the little park by the Kabob Cottage. We’ve been too busy to have lunch there, unfortunately. The rhododendron has excellent new foliage.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The northernmost planter that was vandalized is still paltry on one side:

Plant theft had decimated one side.

Plant theft had decimated one side.

The stub that was left of Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning' is regrowing. I am pleased.

The stub that was left of Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ is regrowing. I am pleased.

I love the precise flowers of Oregano 'Hopley's Purple'.

I love the precise flowers of Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’.

I did a bit of shopping at NIVA green, my favourite shop, and admired owner/artist Heather Ramsay’s latest creations.

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Meanwhile, Allan trimmed the now ugly Lady’s Mantle by the pond.

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I remembered that we should put some water on the little popout that we redid not long ago…Only to find it weedy again, and us out of time to weed it.

Weeding will have to go on next week's agenda.

Weeding will have to go on next week’s agenda.

I had been confident all day that we would get done early enough to have a leisurely amount of time to water in Ilwaco before dinner.  The pruning and clean up to regain the police station sidewalk sucked up that time, leaving us only two remaining hours in our workday.

Ilwaco

I walked and checked on all the street planters while Allan got the water trailer, filled, and started watering.

The funny little one was made by a shop that used to be here.

The funny little one was made by a shop that used to be here.

I don't plant trailing rosemary in planters anymore because it gets too big.

I don’t plant trailing rosemary in planters anymore because it gets too big.

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Someone on a local charity board once told me that the planters are so small, they do nothing to make the town look better. I beg to differ…even though they ARE small.

Deer are eating the nasturtiums in the planter by Queen La De Da's studio.

Deer are eating the nasturtiums in the planter by Queen La De Da’s studio.

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

I don’t plant nasturtiums in Ilwaco anymore now that the deer have discovered them.  The ones you see this year came back on their own.

Diascias and Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Diascias and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Just one of these gorgeous variegated oreganos have been stolen recently (by the Ilwaco Pharmacy).

Just one of these gorgeous variegated oreganos have been stolen recently (by the Ilwaco Pharmacy).

more deer chomping

more deer chomping

With all the planters and street tree pocket gardens checked and Allan still watering, I weeded at the boatyard for the rest of our time.

Looking south from the end. Most of the red poppies are done.

Looking south from the end. Most of the red poppies are done.

thrilled to see a sweet pea on the fence

thrilled to see a sweet pea on the fence

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a vigorous perennial sunflower

a vigorous perennial sunflower

The silver plant is Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

The silver plant is Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

Looks like a finger blighter picked a sweet pea bouquet.

Looks like a finger blighter picked a sweet pea bouquet.

Poor Stipa gigantea lost much of its flower structure to the windstorm.

Poor Stipa gigantea lost much of its flower structure to the windstorm.

I look forward to pulling all the annual poppies soon to reveal the shape of the garden.

I look forward to pulling all the annual poppies soon to reveal the shape of the garden.

Long Beach

On the way to dinner, I got some photos at the end of town where Allan had done the watering.

nasturtiums hitting the ground

nasturtiums hitting the ground

lilies, east side of Fifth Street Park

lilies, east side of Fifth Street Park

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driving on

driving on; note how well the lilies tone with the Benson’s sign.

The Cove Restaurant

We called to order our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

celosia bouquet on our table

celosia bouquet on our table

with Melissa (Allan's photo)

with Melissa (Allan’s photo)

refreshing Caesar salad

refreshing Caesar salad

Two $3 fish tacos would make an economical meal.

Two $3 fish tacos would make an economical meal.

spicy Thai prawns

spicy Thai prawns

noodle bowl (Allan's photo)

noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

I was touched when owner Sondra visited with us and, as she often does, told us how much she appreciates our regular patronage and that it is the locals that keep the restaurant thriving.

in the parking lot with Sondra's sweet dog, Lacey.

in the parking lot with Sondra’s sweet dog, Lacey.

My good friend Lacey likes a belly rub.

My good friend Lacey likes a belly rub.

Now we have two days of garden touring, first a visit to three of my favourite local gardens with friends, and then an official garden tour day.  Therefore, I am doing a couple of days in advance of….


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 71):

[Her husband, Bruce, had died the month before.]

July 14:  I mailed claim to CUNA to file for Bruce’s accidental death.  City pays for $2000 and we pay $3 a month for $39,000 “contributory coverage”, but would be 50% reduction after 70 years.  It would be nice if they will approve the claim but I’m not holding my breath.  [Both of my parents had worked for the city of Seattle for about 15 years before their retirement.  He fell while in the hospital and died from hitting his head.  The city rejected the claim.]

Pulled weeds most of the day.  Top Ramen noodles for dinner.

July 15:  Planted more of the bulbs.  I punched holes in the boiler and the two black “wood” buckets and planted dahlias in them.  I tried drowning the garden bee nest. I’ll see tomorrow if they are still there.

Roast beef sandwich, pineapple, and rhubarb bread. I’m going to try and write down what I eat for dinner to see what kind of diet I’m on.  (7/24 Good idea but I can’t eat.)

July 16:  I threw away my Sunday crossword puzzle.  Now I’ll see if I can leave it next Sunday.

1997 (age 73):

July 14: Picked berries.  Don came out—just to visit (?)  He changed bulb in light over utility sink by taking the bulb out of the light over the dryer.  We took old clocks back to the shop.  I went to FCB bank to sign form to stop payment on the $5000 check I sent to SFCB on 6/10 for a new CD.  They didn’t get it.

July 15:  12:00-4:30  I got out and did some yard work.  I planted all of the rest of the Pik Red tomatoes and some Early Girls.  Watered in front.  Pulled a bunch of the perennial geraniums that are everywhere!  I used the “trench” system when I planted the tomatoes.  It will be interesting to see how this method works.

July 16:  11:00 to 5:30  Picked berries—there were some nice strawberries from everbearing plants.  Finished planting all the tomatoes—some pretty small and may not survive.  Planted a row of pepper plants out but saved a few in greenhouse to see which do the best.  Then I potted snapdragon and poppy seedling.  Then I heard Walt and Mary Anne so I went over and brought home 5 barrow loads of wood that he had split.

1998 (age 74):

July 14: I went to QFC to buy the chicken that was on sale. I picked raspberries, enough for 4 packages.  Then I froze the chicken and the milk.  I threw out all the jars of applesauce that I canned several years ago.  I fixed coleslaw and spanish rice for my dinner.  Also made large jello with carrot and cabbage.

July 15:  Skyler called to say they have an appt to see a place in Long Beach—two manufactured homes across the street from each other.  One is a 3 bedroom and the other a 2 bedroom.  It has a lot of water damage though.  They want 90,000+.  [By this year, mom was considering moving to Long Beach and we were beginning to look at houses for her.]

June 16: Today was too hot to work in the sun.  I watered baskets and pots.  Then I worked in shade planting seedlings.  I pretty much caught up transplanting the seedlings that are large enough.  I am tossing out the ones that haven’t germinated.  I am surprised how many of the old seeds came up.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Today was the all over the place day of weeding and deadheading.

still hating the bare soil at the front of the post office garden. I did poke some creeping sedums in there.

still hating the bare soil at the front of the post office garden. I did poke some creeping sedums in there.

We checked on the Ilwaco planters first to make sure they were damp enough to hold till tomorrow.  Just to start the day with some finger blight, Allan found a deep hole where a plant and soil had been removed, and I filled it in, knowing that the stolen plant had been one of the pretty variegated oreganos.  Damn the hides, or singuler hide, of the plant thieves or thief.

Allan's photo, a hole

Allan’s photo, a hole

Beautiful plant is gone and I have given up replacing them this year.

Beautiful plant is gone and I have given up replacing them this year.

an attractive tableau by our downtown Ilwaco parking spot

attractive tableaus by our downtown Ilwaco parking spot

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The Depot Restaurant

Finger blight? A lily was lying in the garden.

Finger blight? A lily was lying in the garden.

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

The background vine is hops.

The background vine is hops.

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod) at its peak

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod) at its peak

looking south

looking south

The Dierama WILL insist on sticking way out into the parking lot.

The Dierama WILL insist on sticking way out into the parking lot.

The Red Barn 

I like shasta daisies, so there!

I like shasta daisies, so there!  Next year, am going to put some of the bright yellow sedum to the right into the three barrels.  I need more drought tolerant plants in the barrels.

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One clump of shasta daisies was the only plant here when we started this garden years ago.

While we were working, a young woman and a girl led several horses past to go out into the field.  Being around horses is a good bonus for working here.

the barrel on the wind protected side of the barn

the barrel on the wind protected side of the barn

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

my audience, Karma by name

my audience, Karma by name

Diane’s garden

Allan took all the photos here today.

Penstemon 'Sour Grapes' in the roadside garden

Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’ in the roadside garden (or maybe ‘Midnight’)

looks like the edge got round-upped again...dang it

looks like the edge got round-upped again…dang it

Agastache 'Cotton Candy'

Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’

Perovskia (Russian sage)

Perovskia (Russian sage)

the roadside garden

the roadside garden

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Toward the end of the day, we drove by the boatyard garden and all the Stipa gigantea had their flowers stripped by wind.  I am so glad that Diane’s escaped that fate.

The Planter Box

I shopped at the Planter Box for potting soil, some bagged mulch for a job later in the day, and a big peat pot for home.  A tricolor hydrangea joined my purchases when I thought how well it would look in the bogsy wood…inspiration to keep clearing ground.

the field of shrubs

the field of shrubs

my new hydrangea

my new hydrangea

On the way out, I saw a gentle looking fellow and fell in love.  I don’t usually go for beards, but something about his face, the flowers, the shovel.  Where had he been all my life?

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I asked Teresa.  She said he had been there for 15 years, in different locations, and she had recently moved him to the front.

I must have him!

I must have him!

He is Saint Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners, and he came home with us.

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This is also quite lovely.

This is also quite lovely.

Or one could have some humorous piggies.

Or one could have some piggies.  I rather love them.  They are not silly or cutesy. I think I need them rooting around in my bogsy woods. Later…found out they are $50 each….oh well!

Marilyn’s garden

Way up in Surfside, I was afraid I would find Marilyn’s ornamental grasses seriously flopped by the wind.  It was not as bad as I had feared.

looking southwest from the street

looking southwest from the street

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looking south

looking south

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intensely fragrant lilies

intensely fragrant lilies

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I did a little bit of trimming on the grasses.

I did a little bit of trimming on the grasses.

I love the way the lonicera (boxleaf honeysuckle, center of photo) and the evergreen huckleberries in the back of the garden reflect light from their shiny little leaves.

I love the way the lonicera (boxleaf honeysuckle, center of photo) and the evergreen huckleberries in the back of the garden (not shown here) reflect light from their shiny little leaves.

very pleased finally got Macleaya cordata (plume poppy) established here in the back (the amber plumes)

very pleased finally got Macleaya cordata (plume poppy) established here in the back (the amber plumes)

drumstick alliums

drumstick alliums

Meanwhile, Allan furthered his pruning on the east side of the house:

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Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella waited in the shade for some petting.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Mary told me that about three days after the week of fireworks finally stopped, Bella felt happy to be outside again and seemed to express joy and relief by prancing around (after cowering in fear for a week, despite medication).

My very good friend Bella

My very good friend Bella

Just look at that eyeliner.

Just look at that eyeliner.

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looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate

Dierama pulcherrimum. I so want to get the new dark one, Merlin.

Dierama pulcherrimum. I so want to get the new dark one, Merlin.

me weeding while Mary watered

me weeding while Mary watered

Cosmos, probably 'Psyche' (Allan's photo)

Cosmos, probably ‘Psyche’ (Allan’s photo)

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cosmos

statuesque lilies

statuesque lilies

Lily, possibly Conca D'Or

Lily, possibly Conca D’Or

birdbath view

birdbath view

Agapanthus and Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Agapanthus and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

The Anchorage Cottages

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Allan fertilized the pots and window boxes while I spread two bales of Gardner and Bloome soil conditioner in the “Zen Courtyard”.  The bright glaring sun and dark shade made photos impossible there.

Someone had pruned a big Japanese quince since we were last here.  And left a lot of debris on the ground.  Allan fixed that.

before and after

before and after

Lately, the Anchorage parking lot has been full so we have had to park down by the street and haul stuff up (not far).

The cryptomeria by Ocean Beach Boulevard look like they would be prickly, but they are soft like a cloud.

The cryptomeria by Ocean Beach Boulevard look like they would be prickly, but they are soft to the touch.

Long Beach

We took time to weed the Veterans Field gardens, which we had not done at all last week.

The wind whipped the plants around. The anchor was already tipped.

The wind whipped the plants around. The anchor was already tipped.

flag pavilion border

flag pavilion border

Windy. Again.

A strong evening wind was hard to work in.

A strong evening wind was annoying to work in.

American flags stuck all along the edge. Made in China, probably.

American flags stuck all along the edge. Made in China, probably.

Port of Ilwaco

Even though it meant working later than I had wanted (especially with a new fountain to set up at home), we weeded several of the Port of Ilwaco beds so they would look good for the local garden tour on Saturday…not that the garden tour goes to the port.  However, our friend Debbie Teashon had written an article about it that kindly mentioned our gardens.  So a knowledgeable gardener just might stroll by.

I’m planning a pre-tour of some special gardens with visiting friends on Friday so must get the work done now.

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sedums and santolina

sedums and santolina

looking west

looking west, my favourite bed

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The wind last Saturday had really messed up the Port Office south side garden.  (The hanging baskets had been moved to the north side of the building, out of the storm.)

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I thought, “I should send the port an email letting them know it was me who pulled the plants,” and later forgot.  The next morning, I got an email from Nancy, port office manager: “We are missing a few ‘plants’ not just the flowers but the whole plant! Did you guys remove them, or were we flower jacked?” I called to reassure her.  She said that she was wondering if she needed to check the security camera to find the culprit, so I sent her the above photo.

after

after

pulled a lot of shabby rose campion

pulled this many shabby rose campion

I made a new friend named Romeo while weeding. (Allan's photo)

I made a new friend named Romeo while weeding. (Allan’s photo)

bright late sun and Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

bright late sun and Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ with lavender

by Salt Hotel

by Salt Hotel

Front desk person, Mike, likes the green santolina.

Front desk person, Mike, likes the green santolina.

Mike has a Facebook page featuring his excellent photography.  I figured out when I got home that he’s the one who has taken marvelous photos at our neighbours’ Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm.

at home

After working a nine and a half hour day, we managed to get a bit more done.

got my new Hibiscus 'Big Girl Pink' into a big pot. I can't afford big pots of ceramic of concrete. I think the peat pots look rustic and they last for a few years.

Got my new Hibiscus ‘Big Girl Pink’ into a big pot. I can’t afford big pots of ceramic or concrete. I think the peat pots look rustic and they last for a few years.

Ruella elegans 'Ragin' Cajun' has a pot all to herself now.

Ruella elegans ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ has a pot all to herself now.

Meanwhile, Allan got Saint Fiacre situated in his new home.

Meanwhile, Allan got Saint Fiacre situated in his new home.

Two days later, a friend told me St. Fiacre reputedly hated women.  We discussed this for awhile and decided he was probably gay and oppressed.  Not being religious, I’ve decided to call him Mr. Fiacre and to stick with the feeling of positivity that I got the moment I saw this statue.  Besides, if there is a heaven, he would have gotten a talking to from Jesus, who is said to have treated women with respect.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 72):

July 13:  [about a month after her husband died] Went to bed at 2:45.  (I had the Reader’s Digest and lost all track of time.)  No sleep so got up at 5 and read till 6 AM.  Went back to bed.  Went right to sleep and woke at 1:45 PM.  After breakfast and the mail I went outside not knowing what I would do.  Weeded north area for squash and tomatoes.  Found a new bee nest in rock wall.  Also the nest in the garden is still active.  I want to plant carrots and tomatoes there but I have to get rid of the nest first.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 11 July 2016

We took a day off because of waiting for the fence delivery and because I had strong intentions of getting a whole lot done in the garden and then because it was raining.

I got a whole lot done on the blog and caught up for the first time since June 22, but…my gardening achievements were unimpressive.

Allan, on the other hand, decided to do some work at the J’s house across the street and made good progress on the back yard.  He saved the much prettier front yard for me.

at the J’s garden

Allan’s photos

bindweed attack, before and after

bindweed attack, before and after

beforeafter

more bindweed, etc, before and after

Meanwhile, at home…

I finally got out into the garden as afternoon merged into evening.  My mission: To clear an area in the bogsy wood.

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before

1.25 hours later

1.25 hours later

I have been inspired (not for the first time) by recent garden touring to try to claim more territory in the bogsy wood.  Thoughts: I need to find somewhere else for that float rope.  It is hard to weed with it there.  The soil is loose and good.  Some big creeping buttercups popped right out.  Last year the salmonberry died in this area, from drought.

How will I get those stumps out of here?

How will I get those stumps out of here?

And do I want to take these out, across a little dip in the ground? (I think these hillocks are made of old rubble.)

And do I want to take these out, across a little dip in the ground? (I think these hillocks are made of old rubble.)

And if so, do I have the OOMPH to hoik these out?

And if so, do I have the OOMPH to hoik these out?

If I could clear this whole area, it would create a large new shade planting area.

If I could clear this whole area, it would create a large new shade planting area.

I don't yet feel the urge to do battle with the southernmost salmonberries.

I don’t yet feel the urge to do battle with the southernmost salmonberries.

If the salmonberry on the left was gone and the salmonberry on the right still there, would it look...wrong?

If the salmonberry on the left was gone and the salmonberry on the right still there, would it look…wrong?

I still like my salmonberry tunnel (not well clipped at the moment).

I still like my salmonberry tunnel (not well clipped at the moment).

But I don’t like the way the salmonberry encroaches from the tunnel into my gunnera and hydrangea bed.

As I finished this contemplation, I heard voices.  My Facebook friend Tony, up till this time an imaginary friend, showed up to tour the garden with his partner Scott and friend Kelly.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This was so great because I often feel that not very many people see this garden outside this blog.  And the lilies smell so good right now.

Tony, me, Scott

Tony, me, Scott

I found a huge fireweed that I had missed in my recent weeding.

I found a huge fireweed that I had missed in my recent weeding.  (Behind the verbena bonariensis.)

me and Scott

me and Scott

Tony and Scott

Tony and Scott

Soon after their arrival, Maddy and Jacob arrived with the fence pieces.  To my amazement, the two of them had hoisted the heavy metal pieces onto the top of their little red car, and brought them two at a time.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Maddy (Pink Poppy Bakery) is a powerhouse.

Maddy (Pink Poppy Bakery) is a powerhouse.

Scott and Tony pitched in for the offload.

Scott and Tony pitched in for the offload.

Jacob (at the other end) is the welder who made the new fence for the museum.

Jacob (at the other end) is the welder who made the new fence for the museum.

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Tony agreed that this fence is an awesome thing to get for the garden.

I used to be a lot stronger and could have hoisted one end of that fence.  Maybe after the knee replacement, I will get back some of that power.  I hope its not old age that has sapped it all.

impressive ingredients for gothic garden improvement

impressive ingredients for gothic garden improvement

schmoozing over the front fence

schmoozing over the front fence at the end of our excellent visit.  No longer “imaginary friends”.

I told Tony to please come by any time and that he is welcome to bring friends to see the garden.  Secret gardens are good but sometimes the plants need to hear a new voice.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 72):

July 12: 1:00-6:15  I accomplished something today (finally).  Planted some dahlias in VBW [I am mystified as to which flower bed this means] and tam bed [flower bed by roadside, formerly juniper tams].  Still a lot of new ones plus those in shop.  Picked raspberries—4 cups frozen.

 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Today would be our last workday in Jo’s garden.  I picked a bouquet to take to her (and added two Allium albopilosum after Allan took this photo).

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at home, the bouquet

Allan's photo: Our planter at the Ilwaco post office

Allan’s photo: Our planter at the Ilwaco post office

post office planter and someone playing Pokemon Go.

post office planter and someone playing Pokemon Go.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob have sold their house to a beloved niece who has always dreamed of having a cottage like her aunt Jo’s.  Now she has that very cottage.

I started working for Jo’s mother, Maxine, in 1993.  In ’94, I helped with re-make of Jo’s garden from rhododenrons and bark to a cottage garden.  The garden became my most longterm continuous job and a place of beauty that has been on the local garden tour twice.  When I started working for Jo, she was one year younger than the age I am now and had realized she could not entirely keep up the garden by herself.  Thus I feel that at my age it is a good thing to let one more garden go, and I have recommended that Sea Star Gardening (Dave and Melissa) become the gardeners there if new jobbing gardeners are desired.  (If they do, I will revisit the garden occasionally.)

saying goodbye to my dear friend Coco. (Allan's photo)

saying goodbye to my dear friend Coco. (Allan’s photo)

garter snake and horsetail (Allan's photo)

garter snake and horsetail (Allan’s photo)

When we had finished the “spiffying up” of the garden today, I took a last set of photos of Jo’s own garden which will pass to its new owner later today.

Entry. Amazingly, these geraniums have thrived every year in full shade.

Entry. Amazingly, these geraniums (always alternating pink and red and edged with white alyssum) have thrived every year in full shade….

...as does this window box on the north wall of the tiny guest cottage.

…as does this window box on the north wall of the tiny guest cottage.

Entry garden was blown about by Saturday's wind.

Entry garden was blown about by Saturday’s wind.

I'm glad Jo got to see the glads blooming that she bought and had me plant this spring. My mom loved them, too. She donated some to me for Golden Sands but I did not get to see them bloom there.

I’m glad Jo got to see the glads blooming that she bought and had me plant this spring. My mom loved them, too. She donated some to me for Golden Sands but I did not get to see them bloom there.

entry patio

entry patio

Every year Jo bought impatients to go under the rhodie.

Every year Jo bought impatiens to go under the rhodie.

east wall of the house

east wall of the house

gate to northeast garden bed, with agapanthus

gate to northeast garden bed, with agapanthus

northeast bed

northeast bed

planting nook by the entry patio

planting nook by the entry patio

Middle patio.

Middle patio. Container on gate, left, by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse.

Jo always said the Persicaria 'Firetail' did not have enough "bang for the buck". We agreed Kathy, the new owner, might like it better than Jo does. (It is a favourite of mine because I like spikes.)

Jo always said the Persicaria ‘Firetail’ did not have enough “bang for the buck”. We agreed Kathy, the new owner, might like it better than Jo does. (It is a favourite of mine because I like spikes.)

north wall of house, under the kitchen window, wall hanging container by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse.

north wall of house, under the kitchen window, wall hanging container by Nancy Aust of Basket Case Greenhouse.

northwest garden

northwest garden

Allan said "We won't have to deadhead the daisies this year!" and later Jo said the same thing.

Allan said “We won’t have to deadhead the daisies this year!” and later Jo said the same thing.

west garden

west garden

west garden

west garden

monkshood in west garden; Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', Strobilanthes atropurpureus and asters will bloom later.

monkshood in west garden; Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, Strobilanthes atropurpureus and asters will bloom later.

looking back

looking back.  That area to the right had columbines and bellflowers earlier in spring.

Jo her ownself.

Jo her ownself.

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Our Jo.

I was in control of my emotions and only felt small pangs.  However, the next day, writing this and looking at the photos I am all verklempt.

Long Beach

We did some weeding on the Bolstadt Beach Approach and then addressed the horrible center parking lot berm east of town.

before

before, a miserable thing.

after some weeding and some string trimming, I am calling it good enough and will erase it from the work board.

after some weeding and some string trimming, I am calling it good enough and will erase it from the work board.

Allan had hacked out this difficult area:

before

before

after

after.  “Good enough!” sez I.

Across the parking lot: The owners of Stormin’ Norman’s Kite Shop, Castaways Grille and more have bought the fun rides and are fixing them up.

The ferris wheel that has been defunct for years is getting repairs!

The ferris wheel that has been defunct for years is getting repairs!

The cutest fun ride I have ever seen has appeared in the parking lot.

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“Needs a lot of work”

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wish I could fit in this rocket ship!

wish I could fit in this rocket ship!

the little fish fun ride (Allan's photo)

the little fish fun ride (Allan’s photo)

ferris wheel parts (Allan's photo)

ferris wheel parts (Allan’s photo)

When we went to dump our debris at city works, a dump truck came in twice from a big remodel project at a nearby playing field.  I was impressed at the driver’s skill in what looked like a huge Tonka truck.

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driver's helper

driver’s helper

We took a bucket of mulch back out to the beach approach to fix a planter that had been severely hit by finger blight.

One side of the planters is like this. (Allan's photo)

One side of the planters is like this.Soil tucked in where someone tried to pry up a sea thrift in the corner. (Allan’s photo)

The other side with new soil. It been completely finger blighted so that the soil was low and the underlying fabric showed around the edges. It will remain empty for now.

The other side with new soil. It been completely finger blighted so that the soil was low and the underlying fabric showed around the edges. It will remain empty for now because I am sick of the continuing thefts.

A new heuchera at city hall had been trampled flat so I had to cut it back. (Allan's photo)

A new heuchera at city hall had been trampled flat so I had to cut it back. (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

We weeded for an hour at the community building.

Why I loathe salal in the garden; this root was in a rhodendron's space.

Why I loathe salal in the garden; this root was in a rhodendron’s space.

glorious Allium flavum

glorious Allium flavum

We needed to get a Depot gift certificate for Jacob and Maddy, which I had promised for their moving of the heavy fence pieces from the museum to our place.  (They would have done it for free, but I believe in paying.)  This was a good excuse for Allan and I to have a comforting dinner at…

The Depot Restaurant

I had a look at the dining deck.  The grasses will give even more enclosure next year.

Depot deck has southeast exposure.

Depot deck has southeast exposure.

delicious Baja salad (Allan's photo)

delicious Baja salad (Allan’s photo)

clam chowder (Allan's photo)

clam chowder (Allan’s photo)

salmon with chantarelle sauce

salmon with chantarelle sauce

We sat at the counter with this view.

We sat at the counter with this view.

The comfort food was comforting indeed.

The dierama is temporarily interfering with parking. I hope folks don't mind. This driver has given it space.

The dierama is temporarily interfering with parking. I hope folks don’t mind. This driver has given it space.

the garden behind parked cars

the garden behind parked cars

Tomorrow, we will take the day off because it is the planned day for fence panel delivery and I have plans to do more weeding at home.

a comforting sight: The work board tonight.

a comforting sight: The work board tonight.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 72):

July 11:  Cut off the leaves from tulip tree branches.  Got a box full of “twigs” for stove.  There are a few branches that need to be chopped up.  I had to go to Jayhawks for cat litter.  I got out of the driveway ok on first try.

1997 (age 73):

July 11: Picked berries.

1998 (age 74):

July 11:  11:00 – 4:30 WITH TABBY  Tabby didn’t want to come out but seemed to like being out.  She was laying down in the strawberries and then in the tomatoes.  I had to move her when she got into the area where there is old slug bait.  Later on she got spooked by something so I brought her in.  She ran under the bed with the chain following.  I finished planting some tomatoes that didn’t get planted last week.

 

 

weekend at home

Saturday, 9 July 2016

On Friday, this notice came out from the organizer of the Saturday Market:

market

The dire weather forecast came true with many hours of lashing rain and 35 mph winds.  This enabled me to finish blogging about the recent Hardy Plant Study Weekend.

Smokey likes to sit in the chair next to me while I type.

Smokey likes to sit in the chair next to me while I type…

...or on the bookshelf on my other side.

…or on the bookshelf on my other side.

The wind was intense and noisy, whipping shrubs and trees back and forth.

The wind was intense and noisy, whipping shrubs and trees back and forth.

Frosty

Frosty got the prime spot later on.

In the evening, the sky cleared and the setting sun cast a beautiful light on the garden.

lots of little apples blown off the trees

lots of little apples blown off the trees

alder leaves blown from the bogsy woods to the front walkway

alder leaves blown from the bogsy woods to the front walkway

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant' in the front garden

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ in the front garden

front path

front path looking east

dichroa febrifuga

Dichroa febrifuga

Scrophularia 'Variegata'

Scrophularia ‘Variegata’

front path looking west

front path looking west

The snails have been voracious this year and I lack the killer instinct to deal with it daily, as I should do.

The snails have been voracious this year and I lack the killer instinct to deal with it daily, as I should do.

back garden, with the wind still blowing so hard that I could not walk back to the trees.

back garden, with the wind still blowing so hard that I could not walk near the trees

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

I got out into the garden soon enough to put in a good eight hour day of plain old weeding and clipping, my favourite sort of gardening.

before

before

after

after

I cannot bear to pull this cute pink fuzzy weed from the patio.

I cannot bear to pull this cute pink fuzzy weed from the patio. Later identified by a friend as Trifolium arvense.

before

before

after

after

before

before

after

after

Allan's photos: He weeded the raspberry area.

Allan’s photos: He weeded the raspberry area.  Before…

after

after

before

before

after

after

lilies, daylilies, and sanguisorba

lilies, daylilies, and sanguisorba

I bought this berberis from Dancing Oaks eight years ago because it looked amazing in their display garden, with berries. Lost the tag. If it does not manage to look amazing in my garden pretty soon, it's coming out of this border in the fall.

I bought this berberis from Dancing Oaks eight years ago because it looked amazing in their display garden, with berries. Lost the tag. If it does not manage to look amazing in my garden pretty soon, it’s coming out of this border in the fall.

The bad thing about being kind of a recluse is that I don't arrange for people to see my amazing lilies.

The bad thing about being kind of a recluse is that I don’t arrange for many people to see my amazing lilies.

Allan's photo: He redid my sign that had become blistered and faded, using a photo as reference.

Allan’s photo: He redid my sign that had become blistered and faded, using a photo as reference.

Allan redid my sign that had become blistered and faded. Thank you. This quotation is meaningful to me.

Thank you, Allan. This quotation is meaningful to me.

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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 72):

 [The journal takes up in mid July after my dad’s death in early June.]

July 9:  Went out to pick raspberries and found the north post fallen over.  The middle one is ready to fall too but is held up by the wire.

July 10:  Picked RB—5 cups frozen.  Also was going to plant some tomatoes, but ran into a below ground beehive.  Got stung twice.  Then found another huge nest in the box of cedar rounds next to green table.  Sprayed them as they came crawling out.  [I like to think these were hornets or wasps, not bees.  Remember, back in 1995 the idea of bee colony collapse was not in the news.]

1997 (age 73);

July 9:  Continued trimming violets.  Divided some. Finally vacuumed the Floralight corner.  Picked berries.  Dale and his new wife Jean stopped in.  They travel a lot in their 30′ motor home.

July 10:  Finished trimming violets.  If all the leaves sprout I’ll have to move out to make room for the new plants.

There are two tomatoes on one plant almost Ping Pong size.

1998 (age 74:)

July 9:  I took another day off.  Slept until 2:00.

July 10:  I checked all the trays in the shop again and dumped out the ones that didn’t germinate when they should.  I’m surprised at how many of the old seeds are growing. My color bowls are almost full.  I’m anxious to see how they will look when and if they bloom.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Today was our day for all the jobs other than Long Beach and Ilwaco.  At this time of year, about an hour and a half of deadheading and weeding is all we need to do at the bigger ones.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

in the post office window

in the post office window

The Depot Restaurant

Dierama at the Depot

Dierama at the Depot

"angel's fishing rod"

“angel’s fishing rod”

camera now known as Spot

camera now known as Spot

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.

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garden north of dining deck

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone's shoulders.

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone’s shoulders.

The Red Barn Arena

our little Red Barn garden

our little Red Barn garden

I carry with me some organic mint horse treats for occasions such as these.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden supervisor

garden supervisor

a noble profile

a noble profile

"Horses make a landscape more beautiful." -Alice Walker (Allan's photo)

“Horses make a landscape more beautiful.” -Alice Walker (Allan’s photo)

barn cat

barn cat

Diane’s Garden

along the road

along the road

Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’

blue veronica

blue veronica

back yard containers

back yard containers

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The Planter Box

We stopped to get me a couple more bags of potting soil.

front patio display

front patio display

Calendula 'Strawberry Blonde'

Calendula ‘Strawberry Blonde’

roses

roses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking south

looking south

Scooter

Scooter

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Moments communing with animal friends are the best part of my day.  It was HOT, thus the hat.

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking north

looking north

my good friend Scooter

my good friend Scooter

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telephoto

telephoto

I asked Allan to prune some shrubs away from the house in the native hedge by the narrow east side path.

before

before

after

after

Klipsan Beach Cottages

When we arrived and parked, the warm sweet piney smell reminded me of childhood camping near Lake Wenatchee.

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

Melissa texted this photo from The Oysterville Garden, where she and Dave were working today.  She wrote “[The garden owner] wanted you to see the allée.”  If I had gotten this text while we were still way further north at Marilyn’s, we would have driven over to Oysterville.

Hydrangea 'Incrediball' in Oysterville

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ in Oysterville

At Klipsan Beach Cottages:

sit spot with Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Bella

Bella

Sarah

Sarah

birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

The Anchorage Cottages

my good friend Mitzu

greeted by my good friend Mitzu

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

center courtyard

center courtyard

in the center courtyard

in the center courtyard

Kindly note how the purplish inside of the Allium tones perfectly with the purplish part of the Agastache.

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This was completely intentional, as always.  ;-)

Allan made a bench in the Zen Courtyard sittable again.

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during.  Allan says the bench was buried when he started.

after

after

Long Beach

We added some nice Soil Energy mulch to two of the Long Beach street trees.  We are planning to do this to several of the trees where soil shows.  Soon we will be out of our mulch pile, and the city crew is so busy we may not get another pile till fall.

all fluffy

all fluffy

Ilwaco

evening light on our apple tree

evening light on our apple tree

On the way home, I got a text from Jodi across the street asking if we could take on the garden of their little beach house.  I like it, it is small, and the commute is short, so I said yes.  Later in the evening, we went over to look at the project and sat around their fire circle with glasses of fine wine.

...along with my new friend, Daphne.

…along with my new friend, Daphne.

We’ll be starting the project after the upcoming garden tour weekend of July 16th.  It will give you something new to look at on this blog.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

I had not intended to have a two day work week.  Today was supposed to be the watering day for Long Beach and Ilwaco.  Pouring rain made it a Garden Tour Blogging day.  The rain barrels filled up and I was happy and content.

Because of the rain, Allan and I went to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (3.5 blocks west) to see a photography exhibit.  A modern photographer has photographed the landscapes described in a book that Allan recently read:

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swan

While we were there, the museum director, Betsy Millard, offered us four panels of some old fencing.  It is marvelous stuff that would make our garden look like something from The Addams Family.  I looked at it and tried to lift an end of one section and felt my leg sort of give way and sorrowfully said we just couldn’t do it.

I used to be much stronger.

With Betsy.  I used to be much stronger.

The fence  has been replaced by local welder Jacob Moore (also of Pink Poppy Bakery) with a fence that echoes the railroad theme of the museum courtyard, where an old train car from the Clamshell Railroad is on display.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new fence by Jacob's Hammer (Allan's photo)

new fence by Jacob’s Hammer (Allan’s photo)

the old train car "Nahcotta" (Allan's photo)

the old train car “Nahcotta” (Allan’s photo, taken yesterday)

I went home and brooded and fretted and realized I have an almost impossible time asking people for favours.  I posted about this issue on Facebook along with the realization that I could actually pay someone to deliver those excellent gothic fence pieces (not that I know exactly what to do with them yet).  I am used to being the one paid or asked to do things for people, not the other way around. Within an hour, I had offers of help and an arrangement to get them delivered on some later day by Jacob himself.

Meanwhile, Allan fetched the one small piece that would fit in our trailer.

sliding it under the new fence

sliding it under the new fence

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

 In the evening, we had our meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang at…

The Cove Restaurant

We were joined by Todd this time, always a treat.

same old story...going on about finger blight or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

same old story…going on about finger blight (plant theft) or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

strawberry and feta salad

strawberry and feta salad

spicy Thai prawns

spicy Thai prawns

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan's photo)

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

We stayed till after closing, as always, and were given sweet little desserts by the delightful Lynn, our server.

Thank you!

Thank you!

We always know it is time to go when she gets the vacuum cleaner out.

Sondra's Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan’s photo)

There would be no lingering and talking in the parking lot today because of sideways wind and rain.

I’ve already written about July 8th in the “plant tag” post of a couple of days ago so next will be the July 9th weekend.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries 

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 7: cool and cloudy  Picked raspberries—froze 2 pkgs.  Worked from 3:00 to 5:00 “pruning” rows 1 and 2 of strawberries.  Called in Bluestone Perennial order.

1998 (age 74):

July 6: HOT  Today I worked in the shade planting seedlings into several bowls.  There are several plants (annuals) too tall for bowls.  I think I’ll plant these in some big peat pots and some in the peat trays so I can plant them directly into the flower bed when they are big enough to fend for themselves.

July 7: Another morning headache so I took this day off.

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