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Friday, 14 August 2015

I did very little Friday but work on the blog.  I am guilty of spending more free time blogging about gardening than free time actually gardening lately.  We have not had appreciable rain since March, they say, and I am so tired of the dryness that watering is about all I accomplish at home.  On the other hand, Allan has been busy with the project!

hoisting the beam

hoisting the beam

the center splice, clamped

the center splice, clamped

Here's a photo of the beam splicing he did on our last weekend off.

Here’s a photo of the beam splicing he did on our last weekend off.

Up it goes.

Up it goes.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: second crosspiece going up

Allan’s photo: second crosspiece going up

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Fully in place.

Fully in place.

I’m still looking for the energy to replace that grass path with gravel.

Melianthus major by the front fence shows evidence of some moisture.

Melianthus major by the front fence shows evidence of some moisture.

Someone wanted this elephant garlic?

Someone wanted this elephant garlic by the front sidewalk?

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front sidewalk fence

front sidewalk fence

Along with the project, Allan had to go water the Ilwaco planters and street trees.

He saw this flower stand on the way.

He saw this flower stand on the way.

At the Ilwaco city works yard, where he stores the water pump trailer, he discovered a doe and fawn on opposite sides of the fence.

Mother inside.

Mother inside.

baby outside

baby outside

He tried to herd the doe out of the works yard, to no avail.

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Poor baby!

He had to leave the situation and go do the watering, beginning with filling the tank at the boatyard (where the water has good pressure).

a boat being brought in

a boat being brought in

one of our planters on Spruce Street

one of our planters on Spruce Street

When he took the water trailer back to the works yard, the deer had somehow reunited.  (Or there were two fawns, which is a worrisome thought.  Allan reassures me there is way through at the back.)

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As it happened, Pam Fleming was in town for the evening, as her spouse was playing with a band at the Blues and Seafood Festival at the Port.  She came by afterwards to examine the project, which had been her idea (when I had mentioned to her that I needed a gate there).  We stepped back and forth through the gate opening several times and agreed that it feels good and gives a sense of entry and enclosure.

We sat on the patio for awhile, out of the north wind. (Allan's photo)

We sat on the patio for awhile, out of the north wind. (Allan’s photo)

sunset over the new project

sunset over the new project

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Allan added the gate to the arbour.

He had built it to spec. (Allan's photo)

He had built it to spec. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Our Kathleen came for tea in the early afternoon and then we went to the market, but not for long as the heat (all of 80 something, I suppose, or maybe 75!) made me dizzy.

Ilwaco Saturday Market

Ilwaco Saturday Market

I bought peaches...

I bought peaches…

dinner at Sea Star acres

We had been invited to dinner at Dave and Melissa’s new-since-last-October home near Oysterville.  I was looking forward to seeing their garden and it lived up to my expectations.  Someone who loved plants lived there before, and Dave and Melissa have been making all sorts of discoveries in the overgrown garden.

They used to own a nursery and if I thought *I* sometimes have a lot of ladies in waiting (unplanted plants), it is nothing on their vast and cool collection.  All they need is some time off from working to expand the plantable garden space.

arriving

arriving  (Allan’s photo)

Melissa has told me she does not quite get what blogging is, so since she may not know, I am going to not show you so much that I totally invade their privacy.  I’m not sure she had any idea what she’s in for getting to be friends with a blogger.  (Someone’s already told her that they know we have dinner at the Cove once a week.)

the front of the garden

the front of the garden

I heard the sound of this waterfall pond at the west side of the house.

I heard the sound of this waterfall pond at the west side of the house.

bamboo accents on the house

bamboo accents on the house

Pontederia cordata (blue pickerelweed) in bloom in the pond.

Pontederia cordata (blue pickerelweed) in bloom in the pond.

looking across the pond from next to the house

looking across the pond from next to the house

one of the big frogs

one of the big frogs

We suppose it is the invasive species bullfrog.  Melissa caught one eating a bird the other day!  And yet at a job recently, she caught a snake eating a frog, so…

Frog is so big you can see its head poking up in the water beneath the Japanese maple.

Frog is so big you can see its head poking up in the water beneath the Japanese maple.

the waterfall

the waterfall; what a great feature to get with a home purchase.

four different kinds of figs, in pots, waiting for homes

four different kinds of figs, in pots, waiting for homes

a trio of Geum 'Eos'

a trio of Geum ‘Eos’

lots of fabulous ladies in waiting!

lots of fabulous ladies in waiting!

north side of house

north side of house

triple bridge

triple bridge

a huge eucalyptus

a huge eucalyptus

They are finding all sorts of mysteries and treasures in the overgrown garden.

an old pond with a pump

an old pond with a pump

espaliered pears in among larger trees

espaliered pears in among larger trees

an old outbuidling on the north side

an old outbuilding on the north side

fence along north side

fence along north side

The fence had a Japanese style roofed top.

The fence had a Japanese style roofed top.

exploring the edges of the old garden (Allan's photo)

exploring the edges of the old garden (Allan’s photo)

a box of bamboo had escaped and run...

a box of bamboo had escaped and run…

and run....

and run….

and run!

and run!

more ladies in waiting

more ladies in waiting

There will be room for all, because the property is six acres.  Four are wetlands; that leaves two to plant.

Dave is constructing a most awesome patio.

Dave is constructing a most awesome patio.

I had also so been looking forward to meeting their dogs.  Both Anna and Coulee are Hovawarts, a breed that is rare in this country.

meeting Anna (Allan's photo)

meeting Anna (Allan’s photo)

Anna is a rescue who is rather shy; she was friendly, calm and quiet.

Allan meets Anna.

Allan meets Anna.

a lovely girl

a lovely girl

Coulee is full of energy.

Coulee is full of energy.

soft and affectionate, when not focused on his ball

soft and affectionate, when not focused on his ball

one more of Anna

one more of Anna

In the fenced dog yard is a large Acer griseum (paperbark maple) that made Melissa knew she just had to have this property.  (And I knew she was a plant nut when I first met and she told me about the “Acer griseum” that she saw when she came around the corner.)

Melissa and the maple

Melissa and the maple

Acer griseum. It is gorgeous and positioned to get backlit by the western sunlight.

Acer griseum. It is gorgeous and positioned to get backlit by the western sunlight.

Anna welcomes us in for dinner.

Anna welcomes us in for dinner.

We had strips of steak made on the barbecue, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, corn on the cob, a salad with avocado in it, and chocolate chip cookies.  Delicious.  We also saw the cats, including Jack and Butterbean.  They were too shy for photos.

inside

inside

The long, dark, quiet drive home emphasized how long and mostly rural our Long Beach Peninsula is.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

I felt bad that Allan spent another day working on (and finishing) the project and not doing anything fun for himself.  I felt glad that it is done because I like it very much.

Allan attaches wire to keep the deer out.

Allan attaches wire to keep the deer out.  And for sweet peas!

wiring in progress

wiring in progress

Our neighbours across the street were having a family reunion with about 50 people.  One of their cats (who spends a lot of time in our garden when we are inside or not home) came over to our side.  Allan noticed him and took these photos.

He lay by our fence ...

He lay by our fence …

took a nap

took a nap

and checked up on the goings on from afar.

and checked up on the goings on from afar.

It looked pleasant and made me wish I had a birth family of fifty instead of, now, one.

A 25 mph wind made gardening unattractive.  I did manage to water all but the front garden, and rather miraculously, did a thorough vacuuming of the house, as well.  I did not think turning the sprinkler on the front garden would help Allan finish the project.

Fuchsia 'Pink Marshmallow'

Fuchsia ‘Pink Marshmallow’

Fuchsia 'Jingle Bells'

Fuchsia ‘Jingle Bells’

new growth coming up on a "Todd fern" that we all thought had plotzed.

new growth coming up on a “Todd fern” that we all thought had plotzed.

Echinops (globe thistle) in the back garden

Echinops (globe thistle) in the back garden

There’s a lot I could be doing if the wind would stop and I could get up some energy.

Weeding this area and controlling bindweed from the gear shed lot next door.

Weeding this area and controlling bindweed from the gear shed lot next door.

weeding here and maybe cutting back the most pathetic looking salmonberries.

weeding here and maybe cutting back the most pathetic looking salmonberries. (That poor sad astilbe needs moving this fall.)

Weeding in the old Danger Tree bed would be pretty and fun.

Weeding in the old Danger Tree bed would be pretty and fun.

How the heck did orange montbretia get in there?

How the heck did orange montbretia get in there?

I could expand the end of this bed and use it for all the sad astilbes from other beds. The ones on this corner seem happy.

I could expand the end of this bed and use it for all the sad astilbes from other beds. The ones on this corner seem happy.

a low, hardy impatiens

a low, hardy impatiens omeiana, might be ‘Ice Storm’

I have to admit this heather is rather nice.

I have to admit this heather is rather nice.

The 20 plus mph north wind was blowing so hard that it blew the sprinkler water right away from the north end of this back yard bed:

I had to hose water the end.

I had to hose water the end.

A couple of weeks ago, I got my Sarracenia (brought to me by Debbie Teashon) planted in, well, a black cat litter tray.  They are doing well now on the shelf edge of the water boxes

Sarracenia (pitcher plants)

Sarracenia (pitcher plants)

This Anthemis from The Planter Box keeps blooming without deadheading.

This Anthemis from The Planter Box keeps blooming without deadheading.

With Allan’s help, I got a bathtub water feature moved out to where it shows.  It was hidden under the rose.  By help, I mean I dipped out most of the water, still could only barely budge it, and Allan dragged it forward for me.  We got this elegant water feature from our friend Terry, who used to live in the Cove RV Park.  When the park got new management, residents were no longer allowed to keep “junk” outside their trailers.  This was the same Terry, a Vietnam vet who struggled with PTSD, who died in 2012 and whose well-loved kitties we adopted, Smokey, Frosty, and Mary.  But I digress.  Here is the sort of water feature we see when we tour gardens:

at Little and Lewis garden

at Little and Lewis garden

the Little and Lewis-y water feature

the Little and Lewis-y water feature at Floramagoria

at a Hardy Plant tour in Bellevue

at a Hardy Plant tour in Bellevue

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And here’s what my budget and abilities run to:

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I am going to paint it with some Fusion dark green spray paint, though!

Maybe when we retire, we can learn how to build something more elegant and elaborate.

Tomatoes from the greenhouse almost eluding me by dangling behind the flower pot.

Tomatoes from the greenhouse almost eluding me by dangling behind the flower pot.

End of day: The project is done!

End of day: The project is done!

At some time, Allan will put little crosspieces over the top.

Other than that, there is just one more thing to do, by the front gate: Put up two posts and a simple cross piece to tie this all together.  I wonder if this side will be enough to keep the deer out.  They could jump the low front fence but might not want to.  If they do, I will now have the tall posts to use for running a couple of strands of wire across the front.

Tomorrow: back to the work watering rounds after a long weekend that seemed too short.

 

 

On the way out of town this morning, we stopped by the new ROOTS Juice, Salad, and Java Bar drive-through to get some photos for Discover Ilwaco.  People are raving about their smoothies and salads.

Roots

Roots

I wish the new owners great success so they can maybe expand to a sit down place!

I wish the new owners great success so they can maybe expand to a sit down place!  I would love that!

It's across the street from city hall, where we checked on our two planters.

It’s across the street from city hall, where we checked on our two planters.

The city hall planters are thriving so well because the staff gives them supplemental water.

The Depot Restaurant

The weekly deadheading session....

The weekly deadheading session….

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

east wall

east wall

As I deadheaded the two Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in the barrel by the window, I reflected cheerfully on no longer having to deadhead the 20 Butterfly at Andersen’s RV Park!  I bet the new owners plant something lower maintenance there next year.

Long Beach

deadheading and supplemental water for the welcome sign

deadheading and supplemental water for the welcome sign

still wondering if echibeckia is too dark; it does pick up a bit of orange in the sun

still wondering if echibeckia is too dark; it does pick up a bit of orange in the sun

the back, mostly cosmos

the back, mostly cosmos

front and back

front and back

Veterans Field: deadheading while the lawn gets mowed

Veterans Field: deadheading while the lawn gets mowed

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' is the star now.

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ is the star now.

The second weekly watering of the planters....

The second weekly watering of the planters….

The planters are a big hit with all sorts of bees, and even damsel flies.

The planters are a big hit with all sorts of bees.

The city crew was hard at work on the parks today.

The city crew was hard at work on the parks today.

Some of the sprinkler heads are not popping up due to a low water pressure problem, so the lawns are not the uniform perfection of green as usual; there is nothing to be done about it this summer.  The sheer amount of green is still impressive.

I found some finger blight by Funland.

I found some finger blight by Funland.

Anything along the edge of Funland gets sat upon. I will put some Cape Blanco sedum in here.

Anything along the edge of Funland gets sat upon. I will put some Cape Blanco sedum in here.

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My favourite planter this year, the one by Dennis Co

My favourite planter this year, the one by Dennis Co

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink': what a great do-er!

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’: what a great do-er!

Here it is from the other side of the street.

Here it is from the other side of the street.

Knautia 'Thunder and Lightning'

Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’

Some of the planters still have the plaques from volunteers, but with one exception, they are all cared for by us now.  The exception is the bright happy planter of annuals at the far west end of Sid Snyder beach approach which is still adopted by Back Country Horse Rides.

Geranium 'Rozanne' and golden marjoram, a bit of cosmos, and two agastaches which have been swallowed by Rozanne.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden marjoram, a bit of cosmos, and two agastaches which have been swallowed by Rozanne.

I like the angularity of Oregano 'Hopley's Purple'.

I like the angularity of Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’.

I went into the Long Beach Pharmacy for a candy bar to give me the energy to finish, and saw this, which reminded me of Joey Ramone:

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For those who don’t know: When Joey recorded that, he was battling the cancer that eventually took his life at age 49.

It was a finger-blighty day.  Allan found one of the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ plants completely missing from the planter by the smoke shop.

all off balance now (Allan's photo, before deadheading the remaining one)

all off balance now (Allan’s photo, before deadheading the remaining one)

(Allan's photo) The symmetry is gone.

(Allan’s photo) The symmetry is gone.  He did a comb-over.

Allan's photo, bench in use by Malai Thai restaurant

Allan’s photo, bench in use by Malai Thai restaurant

Allan got done with his share of the planters before me (he had fewer) and so he deadheaded alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) in Fifth Street Park.  His photos:

before and after, southeast quadrant of park

before and after, southeast quadrant of park

before and after, southwest quadrant, with Sambucus 'Black Lace'

before and after, southwest quadrant, with Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

Toward the end of the work day, we went out to Sid Snyder beach approach, where we had had the soaker hoses in the planters turned on for 24 hours.  It was to no avail, as they were still powder dry.  The hoses are too deep, have too little coverage, and are pretty much useless.

painfully dry (ivy left over from a volunteer)

painfully dry (ivy left over from a volunteer)

We checked up on the kite museum’s tiny entry garden, gave it some Fox Farms Tiger Bloom fertilizer, and headed out to check on the Bolstad beach approach garden and planters.  At the westernmost planter, I saw wilted santolinas and said “OH! They are not as drought tolerant as I thought!” and then saw they were pulled up and left to sit on the planter and die.

why?

why?

Allan thought it might be deer.  I think it is a human.  This stretch of three westernmost planters is repeatedly vandalized with plants pulled up that deer don’t like, and pulled up with force.  The way they are left sitting on the soil is too uniform for deer, in my opinion.  This is why those planters are so empty: plants keep on being destroyed.

Dang BLAST it.

Dang BLAST it.

further inland; it is extra frustrating because santolinas are one of the few plants that will survive out here with just about no water.

further inland; it is extra frustrating because santolinas are one of the few plants that will survive out here with just about no water.

The Lisa Bonney memorial planter has had many plants pulled out.

The Lisa Bonney memorial planter has had many plants pulled out.

So we had time to do some on the main stretch of the beach approach here with hoses hooked up to the in ground faucets…if we could find them all.  (They don’t reach the westernmost five planters.)  We did not look, though, because when we checked the first one, the water was still turned off.

dry under there

dry under there

Adjacent planter remains dry.

Adjacent planter remains dry.

looking southeast

looking southeast

On a happier note, our weeding had held up well.  We cut back two very drought-stressed ground level santolinas and then left because there is not much else we can do out here.  Bravo to the rugosa roses and escallonia! for holding up in this drought, which is serious and unusual.

from The Chinook Observer

from The Chinook Observer

Allan wanted to spend the remainder of our work time on the “big pop out” on Ocean Beach Boulevard, so we did.

big pop out, before

big pop out, before

after

after

Again, bravo to Rosa rugosa alba for blooming with no water, even though its running nature maddens me as I would like to plant more cool stuff in this planter.  Everything gets invaded by the rose.

A gentleman who was staying in the adjacent vacation rental came out to retrieve with his little dog, Sunny, who had squeezed under the fence.

Sunny

Sunny

making friends

making friends

The Cove Restaurant

Sondra's garden

Sondra’s garden

We met Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) for our weekly dinner.

Some of the yummy items.

Some of the yummy items.

the stir fry

the stir fry  and a fish taco (they were out of ahi tuna tonight)

The Mayan Pork Conchinita

The Mayan Pork Conchinita

Melissa got duck with sauce made from Starvation Alley Farm organic cranberries.

Melissa got duck with sauce made from Starvation Alley Farm organic cranberries.

chocolate lava cake, cannoli, lemon mascarone cake

chocolate lava cake, cannoli, lemon mascarone cake

Or, as Ann Amato-Zorich told me, one cannolo!

It is very good to have jobbing gardener friends to share gardening stories with at the end of the week (although it is not the end of their week, as they work at least five days a week and we have cut down to four).  Melissa and I are in agreement that it is our favourite part of the week.

 

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Red Barn Arena…

and Diane’s garden are convenient to check up on as we head up Sandridge Road to our north end jobs.

our little Red Barn garden (Allan's photo)

our little Red Barn garden (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo: This garden is pretty dry and gets a lot of north wind.

Allan’s photo: This garden is pretty dry and gets a lot of north wind.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s Garden

My good friend Misty (who's camera shy)

My good friend Misty (who’s camera shy) in the back yard


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  It was very hot, thus the hat, to try to avoid dizziness.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


the front garden

the front garden


Stipa gigantea, cosmos, Perovskia and more

Stipa gigantea, cosmos, Perovskia, Alliums and more


the long narrow strip along the highway

the long narrow strip along the highway


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


the other driveway corner with lavender and Lavatera 'Barnsley'

the other driveway corner with lavender and Lavatera ‘Barnsley’


Lavatera 'Barnsley' by the house, with new privacy porch

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ by the house, with new privacy porch for shelter from the busy road

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Each room gets a shelf outside the door. A plant nut lives here.

Each room gets a shelf outside the door. A plant nut lives here.


in the hallway: Allan's photo

in the hallway: Allan’s photo


The personal decorations in the Golden Sands hallways definitely show a love of plants. (Allan's photo)

The personal decorations in the Golden Sands hallways definitely show a love of plants. (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: each room (with its own kitchenette and bathroom with walk-in shower) has its own shelf in the hallway.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


sit spot in the hallway

sit spot in the hallway


SE quadrant

SE quadrant


NE quadrant

NE quadrant


monarda (bee balm)

monarda (bee balm)


These two areas by the dining room have siberian iris, which predates our time, and which does not do well. Would like to replace them with santolina and sedums.

These two areas by the dining room have siberian iris, which predates our time, and which does not do well. Would like to replace them with santolina and sedums.


Sweet peas clambering through roses scent the entry to the dining room.

Sweet peas clambering through roses scent the entry to the dining room.

Marilyn’s Garden

Every other week we go all the way to Surfside to check on Marilyn’s garden, where the deer play…and so does a cat or two.

looking southwest from the driveway over a lovely patch of self seeded cosmos

looking southwest from the driveway over a lovely patch of self seeded cosmos


Looking south on the path, after cutting some Phygelius to make it more path-like.

Looking south on the path, after cutting some Phygelius on the right to make it more path-like.


The deer eat some phygelius flowers but leave most for us.

The deer eat some phygelius flowers but leave most for us.


Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' towering over me.

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ towering over me.


My good friend Scooter!

My good friend Scooter!


deadheading shasta daisies, before (Allan's photos)

deadheading shasta daisies, before (Allan’s photos)


and after (Allan's photo)

and after (Allan’s photo)


view west from the back porch

view west from the back porch


Scooter leads the way north down the path.

Scooter leads the way north down the path.


echibeckia and painted sage

echibeckia and painted sage

Bonus garden: The Wiegardt Gallery

We stopped on Sunday at one of our former jobs, now under the expert care of our friend Todd, artist Eric Wiegardt’s brother.  I could not find a smooth way to fit the photos in to the edible garden tour day so decided to put them here, four days later, as it is a north end, Ocean Park garden.

front entry: the old struggling cistus is gone from the bay window

front entry: the old struggling cistus is gone from the bay window


Allan's photo of our pet tiny bun of dianthus. I miss that plant!

Allan’s photo of our pet tiny bun of dianthus. I miss that plant!


oyster shell edge all cleaned up, visible, and looking spiffing

oyster shell edge all cleaned up, visible, and looking spiffing


front bed

front bed


Eric likes cosmos.

Eric likes cosmos.


west side of building by parking lot

west side of building by parking lot


Todd has gotten the watering hoses to work better, evidenced by the height of the cosmos.

Todd has gotten the watering hoses to work better, evidenced by the height of the cosmos.


north bed looking much better than before, fuller, with the awful "orchard grass" (weed) gone

north bed looking much better than before, fuller, with the awful “orchard grass” (weed) gone


It cannot have been easy to get that bad running weed grass out.

It cannot have been easy to get that bad running weed grass out.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo: He was clearly impressed with the weeding.

Allan’s photo: He was clearly impressed with the weeding.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo with Teresa and I looking at the garden on edible garden tour day.

Loved seeing the garden looking so well cared for.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Back to the real work day!

looking in the gate of the fenced garden

looking in the gate of the fenced garden


on the arbour: Billardia longiflora

on the arbour: Billardia longiflora


sanguisorba

sanguisorba and cosmos


my friend Tommy...or Sarah?

my friend Tommy…or Sarah? (eating ornamental grass)


southwest corner of fenced garden

southwest corner of fenced garden


Lilium speciosum rubrum

Lilium speciosum rubrum


lilium speciosum rubrum

Lilium speciosum rubrum


lilies

lilies


Agapanthus and blueberries. I confess I ate at least ten berries.

Agapanthus and blueberries. I confess I ate at least ten berries.


Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’


Izu No Hana

Izu No Hana


Izu No Hana

Izu No Hana


view southwest over the birdbath

view southwest over the birdbath


Tiger Eyes sumac in the driveway garden

Tiger Eyes sumac in the driveway garden


in the driveway garden (Allan's photo)

in the driveway garden (Allan’s photo)


looking west across the lawn from the driveway

looking west across the lawn from the driveway

I could not bear deadheading more shasta daisies in the lawn border, so Allan did it.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I visited with my good friend Bella the Great Pyrenees but did not get a photo this time.

Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu!

Mitzu!

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playing the noble hound

playing the noble hound


even more noble

even more noble


Manager Beth told me the sweet peas had fallen over—a broken string—but she managed to fix it, with help (not Mitzu's).

Manager Beth told me the sweet peas had fallen over—a broken string—but she managed to fix it, with help (not Mitzu’s).


Salvia viridis (painted sage) in center courtyard

Salvia viridis (painted sage) in center courtyard


center courtyard

center courtyard


rugosa roses by the sport court

rugosa roses by the sport court


Chamaecyparis and pampas grass in unwatered area. I hope the trees will be all right.

Chamaecyparis and pampas grass in unwatered area. I hope the trees will be all right.  (They always turn that colour in late summer, but maybe not this early.)

Tomorrow, the Long Beach watering rounds again.

 

 

 

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Long Beach

Yesterday, while dumping debris, we had accidentally thrown, into the city dump pile, a bag of mine from the Long Beach Pharmacy.  Since we had to go back to the pile this morning to retrieve it, I thought we should pull some crocosmia from the parking lot “berms” in order to make the trip more worthwhile.

 I’m impressed with whatever shrubs can survive in those beds with no water for three months.

Abelia looks delicate but is being tough and strong.

Abelia looks delicate but is being tough and strong.

Aronia, which never registered with me before this year for some reason, is a champ.

Aronia, which never registered with me before this year for some reason, is a champ.

I read that its common name chokecherry refers to the bitterness of the edible berries.

I read that its common name chokecherry refers to the bitterness of the edible fruits.  Todd tells us its fall leaf colour is excellent; I clearly have not been paying it enough attention.

Of course, the job got bigger than I'd planned as I cut a lot of rugosa rose that were hanging over the side,

Of course, the job got bigger than I’d planned as I cut a lot of rugosa rose that were hanging over the side, as well as pulling crocosmia.

Despite its aggressive nature, Rosa rugosa alba has so much to offer.

Despite its aggressive nature, Rosa rugosa alba has so much to offer.

It thrives in drought, has white flowers...

It thrives in drought, has white flowers…

and gorgeous hips from which you could make rose hip tea or rose hip jelly.

and gorgeous hips from which you could make rose hip tea or rose hip jelly.

I needed a boost of energy, so on our way to the city works yard, we got coffee drinks…

at the Great Escape drive through.

at the Great Escape drive through.

At the works yard, one can see the way we are going after the crocosmia foliage all over town.  It is “going over” earlier this year because of the drought.  It all probably came from a clump of mine, divided and spread to various places where I thought it would be attractive, back when I thought it was a good thing.

Now it's still a good thing, but too much of a good thing.

Now it’s still a good thing, but too much of a good thing.

Now piles of vilella husks are appearing in the work yard, remnants of a huge wash-up onto the beach of this small jellyfish.

Now piles of velella husks are appearing in the work yard, remnants of a huge wash-up onto the beach of this small jellyfish.

This is the city beach sweeper that would have picked up that pile. (Allan's photo)

This is the city beach sweeper that would have picked up that pile. (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s Garden

We checked up on Jo’s garden for a couple of hours, and enjoyed all the beauty there while deadheading daisies and pulling some horsetail.

east wall of guest house, outside the garden

east wall of guest house, outside the garden

front gate, looking west

front gate, looking west

entry garden

entry garden

lily and rugosa rose

lily and rugosa rose hips

That's our Jo!

That’s our Jo!

on Jo's deck

on Jo’s deck

a couple of errant, late clematis flowers over the arbour

a couple of errant, late clematis flowers over the arbour

looking east from the center courtyard, with flowers from The Basket Case Greenhouse

looking east from the center courtyard, with flowers from The Basket Case Greenhouse

Amazing: Jo and kin got rid of a huge climbing once blooming white rambling rose that was so very big for this corner.

Amazing: Jo and kin got rid of a huge climbing once-blooming white rambling rose that was so very big for this corner.  “Room for more flowers”, says Jo.

northwest garden bed

northwest garden bed

What is it with these cosmos that get so tall before they bloom!

Allan sweeping after weeding the path.

Allan sweeping after weeding the path.

I forgot to take a close up; you can see on the very right that one of the cosmos plants is pale yellow!

I forgot to take a close up; you can see next to the weather vane tower that one of the cosmos plants is pale yellow!

There is a pale yellow tall cosmos called Yellow Garden.  One year the Planter Box grew it, but it did not bloom till October, and when I read that it was normal for it to be a very late bloomer, I gave up on it despite its beauty.

After that pleasant interlude, at such a lovely garden with an irrigation system so no worries about water, we were back to the usual rounds of watering.

Ilwaco

I watered the boatyard garden while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  This week, I had the good fortune to find a hose hooked up to every spigot that I needed to reach the whole two block long garden bed, so the job went swimmingly.

this week's obstacle course at the boatyard

this week’s obstacle course at the boatyard

the usual interesting scenery

the usual interesting scenery

boats

The sailboat in the foreground has been there most of the summer; it's getting its new paint job now.

The sailboat in the foreground has been there most of the summer; it’s getting its new paint job now.

I'm so pleased with the sweet pea success at the boatyard. Next year: many more. I did not think it would work this well.

I’m so pleased with the sweet pea success at the boatyard. Next year: many more. I did not think it would work this well.

a salmon coloured four o clock

a salmon coloured four o clock

four o clock

four o clock

Someone had pestered this santolina.

Someone had pestered this santolina.

I walked on to water the gardens on Howerton where I have a hose available, while Allan came behind me later to water the ones where he has to haul three of our own hoses.

Time Enough Books: a thirsty garden boat

Time Enough Books: a thirsty garden boat

the watering rounds, Allan's photo

the watering rounds, Allan’s photo

south side of port office

south side of port office

Don Nisbett Gallery

Don Nisbett Gallery

Don waters his Basket Case baskets like mad.

Don waters his Basket Case baskets like mad, sometimes more than once a day.

the spectacular effect of Don's intensive watering

the spectacular effect of Don’s intensive watering

I am pleased that I never have to water the south side port office garden because office staff member April does it regularly.

marine: looking west

marine: looking west

looking east

looking east

folks heading to a boat

folks heading to a boat

a sit spot

a sit spot

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

By the time I finished watering the Bruce Peterson Gallery garden, Allan was coming behind me and had gotten as far as the pavilion.  I was out of available hose gardens so I walked home while he finished up at the east end.

Peterson Gallery garden, looking east

Peterson Gallery garden, looking east

Agastaches doing pretty well in drought conditions.

Agastaches doing pretty well in drought conditions.  And my shadow.

Agastache 'Summer Glow'

Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

at home

evening light on the back garden

evening light on the back garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 10 August 2015

Today: Watering and grooming the Long Beach planters and street tree pocket gardens.  And fertilizing the planters with The Blue Stuff.

I am loving the spikes of Agastache 'Estella Indigo'.

I am loving the spikes of Agastache ‘Estella Indigo’.


I like it better than the fluffier blue one ('Mexican Giant', I think).

I like it better than the fluffier blue one (‘Mexican Giant’, I think).


Cosmos 'Sonata' and pink California poppies

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and pink California poppies


Also loving this succulent, that I got in Seattle once upon a trip, and can't remember what it is. I'll ask Todd!

Also loving this succulent, that I got in Seattle once upon a trip, and can’t remember what it is. I’ll ask Todd!  I did.  …It’s Othonna cheirfolia.


Allan and were sad that the little volunteer Eryngium at the curbside of this planter was snicked off.

Allan and were sad that the little volunteer Eryngium at the curbside of this planter was snicked off.


Allan's photo of the way it was...before. Sigh.

Allan’s photo of the way it was…before. Sigh. He doted on it.


New planting in the Lewis and Clark Square planter

New planting in the Lewis and Clark Square planter: some dwarf Rudbeckia and another Agastache…


..got new companions, two annual salvias and two blue statice.

..got new companions, two annual salvias and two blue statice.

It is a mishmash due to some cosmos being pulled out and later a nice big Eryngium being pulled out from the center and left to die.  Why do people do that?  I mentioned it to a woman who was admiring the planter and she said “People are shits.”  Twice she said it.  I appreciated the sympathy and yes, they sometimes are.

I find this planter most unsatisfactory this year.

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We added two good sized Cosmos ‘Antiquity’ from the Planter Box to another planter that was, for some reason, not full.

by Fifth Street Park

by Fifth Street Park; the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is past its prime.


filling a gap

filling a gap

Someone in the park was avidly admiring Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’.  I showed her the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ only to find it has but one flower left due to finger blight.  Someone picked themselves a nice bouquet.

Dang blang it!!!!

Dang blang it!!!!

Right next to the finger blight, yellow jackets were all over a mugo pine, and my insect expert friend Julie Tennis says they are probably enjoying the sweet sap.

I won't say a word about how just it would be for a finger blighter to get stung.

I won’t say a word about how just it would be for a finger blighter to get stung.

These are the kinds of flower admirers we like: the ones who take photos, not flowers.

someone taking flower photos (Allan's photo)

someone taking flower photos (Allan’s photo)


Cerinthe major purpurascens (Allan's photo)

Cerinthe major purpurascens (Allan’s photo)


Here's a planter combo I like: golden oregano with a nice dark leaved hardy Geranium from Joy Creek Nursery. (forgot the name!)

Here’s a planter combo I like from early spring to fall: golden oregano with a nice dark leaved hardy Geranium from Joy Creek Nursery. (forgot the name!)


Looking from the planter with oregano and geranium toward the ferris wheel.

Looking from the planter with oregano and geranium toward the ferris wheel.

Allan got done watering the trees and the eight northernmost planters first, so he pulled some Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ out of Third Street Park.

during

during (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I would love to get that Crocosmia dug up out of that corner this fall, as it is just too much for that spot.

We checked on the park by where the new kebab shop is going to be, behind Lewis and Clark Square.  I realized that the acid loving plants there (a good rhododendron with nice indumentum, an azalea, and a hydrangea) were all coated with concrete dust from pressure washing the patio.  Argh.  I washed them off with the handy hose from the kebab shop. (Note: In “real time”, The Kabob House has opened, and the food is delicious.)

Poor little rhodo.

Poor little rhodo.


all concreted up

all concreted up with concrete dust all over the soil

I seemed to be on a mission to pull old Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, so while I tried to get some of the concrete dust out from under the rhodo, I delegated Allan to pulling another clump of it in the same little park.

during (Allan's photo)

during (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I used to think Lucifer so well behaved compared to its thuggish relative, the running orange monbretia.  But it is still a thug.  Here, it has swamped a poor little hydrangea and I know its corms have gone deep.  The Crocosmia is not a plant I much like anymore, even if it gets lots of positive comments from passersby during its month of bloom.

On the way to Ilwaco, I felt so very tired that the prospect of watering the boatyard while Allan watered the planters was almost too much to bear.  I suggested we poke at the planters to see if maybe they could wait till tomorrow.  Saturday’s very small rain might have been enough to make it possible to wait one more day.  A light summer rain will not penetrate through a planter’s foliage into the soil unless it falls at the perfect time, while the soil is still damp from a watering session.  Joy!  The rain’s timing had been perfect. They were wet enough, so we went home early.

Allan pokes at a planter.

Allan pokes at a planter.


I note that Azure has put out two columnar plant accents. Very good.

I note that Azure has put out two columnar plant accents. Very good.


damp enough!

damp enough!

We were home by six, deferring the watering of Ilwaco till tomorrow.  I started blogging about yesterday’s edible garden tour, and Allan got some photos of the sunset.

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

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Homewood

“A young food forest on about ½ acre, with some big changes underway this season”

Homewood lives up to its name with such a feeling of hominess.  The house was designed to have windows on two sides of every room and has an entire wall of books, something I always like to see.  Lisa, the owner of this garden, is the organizer of the Edible Tour.  She and her late spouse designed and built the house together.  She is a fiber artist as well as a food forest gardener, and her creations can be found at the Bay Avenue Gallery.  While some of her creations are elegant fashion accessories like her beaded purses, you can see that others are inspired by her kitchen garden.

photos courtesy Bay Avenue Gallery

photos courtesy Bay Avenue Gallery

So what is a food forest?  “A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals make up the lower levels.”

Lisa’s garden lives up to the description, with food at all levels of the garden.

arriving at the garden

arriving at the garden

entry, with climbing roses

entry, with climbing roses

Teresa and I enter the garden (Allan's photo)

Teresa and I enter the garden (Allan’s photo)

I love the blue trim on the house.

I love the blue trim on the house.  The white cages hold blueberries.

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Lisa told us that she had at last successfully managed to make a deer-proof fence all around the perimeter of the property.  The smaller cages are to protect fruit from the birds; otherwise, there would be none left for Lisa of the special delicacies like blueberries.

looking south over the rain gauge: The summer has been exceptionally dry.

looking south over the rain gauge: The summer has been exceptionally dry.

I first took the path around the south side of the garden.

past the outdoor sink

past the outdoor sink

sink

sink

handy for washing soil off produce out in the garden

handy for washing soil off produce out in the garden

apples

apples (Allan’s photo)

Asian pear, Lisa's photo

Asian pear, Lisa’s photo

chairs

hydrangea

hydrangea

path

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Just this last month, Lisa laid this stone path instead of having grass paths.

Just this last month, Lisa laid this stone path instead of having grass paths.

nettle, a beneficial plant, caution-taped to avoid accidental contact

nettle, a beneficial plant, caution-taped to avoid accidental contact

aronia (chokecherry)

aronia (chokecherry)

path destination, a secret sit spot

path destination, a secret sit spot

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around

path back to the house

path back to the house

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Malva (mallow) flower

Malva (mallow) flower

Lisa and Teresa

Lisa and Teresa

The sunny center of the garden on the south side of the house is given to kitchen garden rows.

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Lisa made numbered edging for the garden beds and told us that she is planning to do so for other beds, with tree names set into the concrete.

concrete mosaic row numbers

concrete mosaic row numbers

center

sun

beans

beans

beans

beans

I am sure that earlier in the year there were edible peas, as well.  By the almost mid-August date of this tour, the early season crops are done, especially in this hot dry year when the season for most flowers and fruits is earlier than usual.

sunflowers, turned away

sunflowers, turned away

sunflowers

sun

sun

cucumber tower, Lisa's photo

cucumber tower, Lisa’s photo

Bay Avenue Gallery art

Bay Avenue Gallery art (Allan’s photo)

cat from Bay Avenue Gallery

cat from Bay Avenue Gallery

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compost

east end of deck

east end of deck

refreshing herbal tea

refreshing herbal tea

edibles on display

edibles on display

cuke

Allan, Lisa, and Teresa look at the garden plan and plant lists.

Allan, Lisa, and Teresa look at the garden plan and plant lists.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking southeast from the deck

looking southeast from the deck

Lisa and her garden, showing the south wall of the greenhouse

Lisa and her garden, showing the south wall of the greenhouse

figs against the south wall of the greenhouse

figs against the south wall of the greenhouse

fig, Lisa's photo

fig, Lisa’s photo

in the window

in the window

inside the lean-to greenhouse on the south wall of the garage

inside the lean-to greenhouse on the south wall of the garage

in the green house

in the green house

stacked rock art piece, a gift from a friend

stacked rock art piece, a gift from a friend

We walked between the house and garage to see the north side of the garden.

between house and garage, looking north

between house and garage, looking north

the between garden

the between garden

ladies in waiting against the east garage wall

ladies in waiting against the east garage wall

hydrangea and buddleia

hydrangea and buddleia

fire circle

fire circle

north side of house

north side of house

shed on north side, with a little sit spot

shed on north side, with a little sit spot

east side of house: A work area is always of interest to me.

east side of house: A work area is always of interest to me.

almonds, Lisa's photo

almonds, Lisa’s photo

We returned to the deck on the south side of the house and sat with Lisa for awhile as the tour drew to a close.

deck

view from the deck

view from the deck

south view from living room

south view from living room

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east windows over bookshelves

east windows over bookshelves

one of Lisa's many books

one of Lisa’s many books

At five o’clock, the official end of tour time, we departed and saw Lisa taking in the tour sign.

the end of garden tour season

the end of garden tour season

That’s the end of our local garden tour season!  There will be one more tour, the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour, in mid-September.  Meanwhile, it’s back to focusing on work and my own garden.

 

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Long Beach Peninsula Edible Garden Tour

The annual edible garden tour, presented by the Long Beach Grange, is a benefit for local food banks.

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Lavender And Farm

“Living sustainably on 3 acres on the Bay.”

This lavender farm and large kitchen garden was also on the tour in 2013.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: looking east from the road

Allan’s photo: looking east from the road

looking west over the lavender field; the big building is for drying and processing.

looking west over the lavender field; the big building is for drying and processing.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking south

looking south

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tour guests and guide (Allan's photo)

tour guests and guide (Allan’s photo)

fragrant field

fragrant field

tour host and lavender wand maker

tour host and lavender wand maker (Allan’s photo)

Tours are available on most days, it seems.

Tours are available on most days, it seems.

making lavender wands

making lavender wands

the harvest

the harvest

lavender wands

lavender wands

lavender cookies and tea

lavender cookies and tea

by the lavender products sales shed

by the lavender products sales shed

We then to the path along the south side of the animal field and the large kitchen garden.  There, I saw baby goats on the loose!

They are allowed to wander as they will always come back to their mother.

They are allowed to wander as they will always come back to their mother.

Allan's photo

Hershey and Honey: Allan’s photo

The one with the tiny ears (left) is a Lamancha goat; the ears are not cropped.  The long eared one is a Nigerian Dwarf goat.

In the fenced field, grown up goats rest in the shade.

In the fenced field, grown up goats rest in the shade.

Or bask in the sun.

Or bask in the sun.

ducks

ducks

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

This is the male goat.

This is the male goat.

His name is Darling.

His name is Darling.

looking west

looking west

Teresa brought the babies, whom she has known since their birth. (Allan's photo)

Teresa brought the babies, whom she has known since their birth. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

They have a great interest in the fenced kitchen garden.

They have a great interest in the fenced kitchen garden. (Allan’s photo)

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corn

corn

I love the rusty fence panels, which is concrete reinforcing grid that we were able to find at Home Depot…after a search all around these parts to find some.  It was too big to transport, and we eventually used regular wire grid for our fence (a stronger more symmetrical kind than chicken wire).  This would be my favourite fence material if I could have acquired it.

looking east

looking east

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east side of garden

east side of garden

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greenhouse at east end of garden

greenhouse at east end of garden

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greenhouse (and the residence, to the right in background)

The door is on the north side.

The door is on the north side.

Garden People

Garden People

Further east, a huge pole barn and more fenced veg on its south wall

Further east, a huge pole barn and more fenced veg on its south wall

rhubarb in quantity

rhubarb in quantity

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

road down the hill to the bay

road down the hill to the bay

Teresa and Allan walked down.  I decided not to because chunky gravel is hard on the knees.

another fenced area

another fenced area

lower level: another fenced area with fruit trees

lower level: another fenced area with fruit trees

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This yellow flower down by the bay...

This yellow flower down by the bay…

(gumweed)

(gumweed)

We IDed it through this article on the lavender wand table...but is the painting upside down?

We IDed it through this article on the lavender wand table…but is the painting upside down?  Maybe not, as it seems to grow all floppy like that.

looking up from bayside to the pole building

looking up from bayside to the pole building

wild yarrow

wild yarrow

Willapa Bay

Willapa Bay

looking west

looking west

looking east. If the Lavender Farm owners also own the tideland, they could add oysters to their sustainability.

looking east. If the Lavender Farm owners also own the tideland, they probably add oysters to their sustainability.

returning to the top of the road

returning to the top of the road

Meanwhile, I had just sat at a picnic table on the east side of the pole barn and enjoyed the view.

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Willapa Bay

Willapa Bay

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telephoto with oyster beds

telephoto with oyster beds

lavender planted along the ridge

lavender planted along the ridge

buzzing with bees

buzzing with bees

The three of us walked down the road along the north side of the house, where the owners of the farm were cleaning an enormous tuna. I wondered if they had caught it or if they knew a tuna fisher-person.  With goats, ducks, chickens, a huge kitchen garden and lavender farm for an income, Lavender And is an impressive exercise in living off the land.

Next: the last garden of the day and one of my favourites

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