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Saturday, 20 May 2017

I planted in my garden: agastaches, echinaceas, dahlias in the garden boat, a few of those “black and white” gladiolus mix that I mostly gave away, three delphiniums which should make a nice snail snack, and cosmos, cosmos, cosmos and cosmos.

I do not enjoy planting (odd but true) so not one photo was taken by me.

A heavy application of sluggo went everywhere I planted.

Meanwhile, Allan got ambitious over at Mary N’s place.

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before: the barberry stumps

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the heavy pick

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weeding in progress

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after

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We need to find three ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangeas for here.

At home, Allan weeded his own garden bed and planted the one plant that he had in waiting: a Mahonia gracilipes from Todd.

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before

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after. The centerpiece is Acanthus ‘Hollard’s Gold’.

I looked forward to tomorrow when I have nothing to plant and much to weed.

Nancy Gorshe (co owner of The Depot Restaurant, who is running for another term as hospital commissioner, posted this photo of her campaign sign in my garden in 2011. Must have been late summer because it was the 2011 Hardy Plant Study Weekend that inspired the building of the arbour.

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Here’s the same garden area today (with poles that need repainting).  It was awfully pretty back when it was just annuals!

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Despite some plaguing sciatica or some such pain, I decided to take on a hard project rather than small areas here and there.  I needed the satisfaction.

I had been disheartened while planting yesterday about what an all-fired mess my garden is this year.  Then I had the comforting memory of the year 2008.  Friends from Minneapolis visited on Memorial Day weekend, and even though I needed to be gardening, I took the day off to go to Cannon Beach with them.  Before we left for the day, I showed them my garden.  It was a worse mess of weeds than what I have today; back then, we worked seven days a week in May.  I told my friends that we were going to be on the garden tour in just one month.  Even as non gardeners, they looked skeptical.

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friends from afar at Cannon Beach, memorial day weekend 2008

Not only did Robert and I get the garden tour-worthy (by neglecting paid work),  we also fit in the Hardy Plant Study weekend before tour day!  You can see the garden on tour day here. (And if you backtrack from that post, you will see some glorious gardens in Eugene, Oregon.)

So there is hope that I will get the awfully weedy garden done before summer.  After all, I’m getting started on the worst part before Memorial Day.

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Here’s an area that is always the last to be weeded. South end of east fence border.  

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in that bed: a cool Dan Hinkley plant whose name I forget. Has little berries right on the leaves.

Here is the area I went for today, the new-last-year bogsy wood mounds.  It was a matter of urgency to get the velvet grass out before it flowered (because then it gives me sneezing fits).

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I could make life easier by making a debris dump in that one undeveloped corner between two old salmonberries (below):

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…And yet I persist in wanting the debris taken outside the fence.  If Allan did not show up now and then to dump wheelbarrows for me, I think that corner would be a debris dump for sure.  It’s my last frontier, though, and I don’t want to fill it up with a weed pile.

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2:30 PM

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I like my golden boxleaf honeysuckle and variegated elderberry along the bogsy wood east fence.

I moved to the other side of the bogsy wood mounds.

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Here’s how it looked on May 13th.

In the center, the velvet grass had gotten as tall as a human toddler and defeated my hand tools.

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Just then, rescue arrived.

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Allan with the big yellow pick.

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followed closely by a supervisor

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me contemplating the giant velvet grass

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Allan went after the child sized clumps of velvet grass.

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huge clumps that would have been much easier to pull a month ago

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velvet grass OUT

With that accomplishment, Allan departed to go for a short hike to some tall trees (which will be tomorrow’s post).

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5:10 PM, looking east

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looking west

That is certainly not the quality of unraked work that I’d leave behind at a job.  Nevertheless, I was satisfied for today.  The progress had been made despite a 20 mph wind so annoying that it usually would have kept me out from under the trees.

I wanted next to tackle this area where grass and buttercups were hiding a fairy door.  Maybe the fairies like the privacy.

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While I did not get an after photo, this one from Allan, after his return, shows that area, along with the results of his raking.

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fairy door is on tree to the left

On the lawn side of that area, I have this mess:

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I did wade into it from the other side.  I did not deliberately plant the Limnanthes douglasii (poached egg plant).  Every year, it begins to irritate me as it hides other plants and provides a damp home for slugs.  The meianthemum (false lily of the valley) is also rampant in here.

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But of course the meianthemum worked its way up into this stump planter of pulmonaria.

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This fuchsia’s old stems looked kind of tatty.

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So I pruned it to the base. Now everything shows.

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I’d like to move it, but it is too risky now; it’s an extra pretty one.

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I had an audience the whole time.

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The salmonberry tunnel needs shaping.

Last minute inspiration: I pruned salmon and elderberry to reveal my bogsy wood plant table.

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before

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after

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something about to happen

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something happening

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Smokey might have felt mildly annoyed.

Allan dumped at least six, maybe nine heaping wheelbarrows for me today.

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looking back….6:30 PM and I was out of steam.

I wish I had a week of weeding days at home.  Tomorrow Annuals Planting Hell I mean Time starts up again in Long Beach.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Ilwaco

I had had a bright idea several days ago of some shrub rearrangement at the J’s across the street.  Of three dwarf hydrangeas, one looked fairly good, one quite sad but with a few leaves, and one looks dead but has green underneath the bark when I scrape a stem.  Putting the good one in the middle would at least make the picture balanced.  And if the good one turns up its toes, we can replace it with three matching ones.  If not, we can maybe replace the outer ones with a matched set of two, so it won’t be off balance.

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before (Allan’s photos); the good hydrangea is off to the left.

Underneath the soil, Allan found landscape fabric.  That explains why so many of the shrubs were planted on mounds (by the previous owner, not the J’s).

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landscape fabric underneath! No wonder the shrubs could not get their roots down; no wonder they were tipped over sideway.


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replanted with the best one in the middle and with all three given some Dr Earth evergreen fertilizer.


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a tidy garden at the J’s

I got to pet a sweet dog at the post office.

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Allan’s photo

Further down the street, we saw our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and his buddy, Jackson.

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Jackson! (Allan’s photo)

On the way out of our town, we had one plant to put in at the main intersection and four at the Ilwaco city hall planters.

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PPR means Peninsula Poverty Response.  I should probably replace this leggy Erysimum, right?

Long Beach

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City Hall: The Basket Case baskets are hung up all over town now.

While Allan weeded and groomed Fifth Street Park, I checked on a couple of blocks worth of planters.

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Sparaxis in a planter. I need to plant this in every planter. It seems not that common in bulb catalogs.


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Sparaxis and Cerinthe major purpurascens


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a gorgeous tail wagger in a parked vehicle (taken from a distance so as not to get him too excited).


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NOOOOOO.  One of my special new orange bidens pulled right out of the soil in a planter.


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I had planted a matched pair to tone with this building.

The abused plant still looked alive at the base.  Remembering a live faucet on the outer wall of the Hungry Harbor across the street,  I filled my bucket partway, dunked the plant, lugged plant and water bucket back across, and trimmed and replanted the bidens with water in the hole, then clipped its partner plant to match in size.

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dogs big and little outside the Hungry Harbor

Last fall, I had had a big mystery while bulb planting.  A set of three special Camassia ‘Sacajawea’ bulbs had gone astray while I was planting Fifth Street Park.  I looked for them so hard.  Today, I saw the three of them about to bloom under one of the street trees (along with a noxious weed Iris pseudocorus that I had tried to get rid of).  How could this be?

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The camassia has variegated leaves.

I figured it out.  I was sorting bulbs and handing Allan sets of narcissi to plant under each street tree, and must have handed him the camassia by mistake.  I thought it would do well in the park where the soil is damp; I will try to transplant it later.  That tree, with its mess of vigorous hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) is not the best place to show off something special.

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Fifth Street Park, NW quadrant

You might agree with me that a trio of something tall and columnar would look great in that park.  I’m not supposed to plant anything taller than the fence!

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that big dog again


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I transplanted some red monarda, divided out from Vet Field garden last night, into this damp bed in the SW quadrant.


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Darmera peltata and gunnera in Fifth Street Park (SE quadrant)

Some of that red monarda would do well in the damp bed behind the gunnera, etc.  But will I remember for long enough to get some moved from Vet Field?

We took time to go to Abbraccio Coffee Bar.

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crossed dogs outside of Abbracci (I got to pet one). (Allan’s photo)


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A delightful Abbraccio break (with no checkers played)….I used to love to play checkers but honestly do not remember how.  Allan challenges his computer to chess on most nights.

I rushed out of the coffee car to meet a tiny Boston terrier…Lily, age 4 months…who was causing quite a sensation.

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Before leaving Long Beach, we dumped a small load of debris, mainly so I could ask the city crew to get the water turned on for the welcome sign garden (where we had pulled dead tulips at the beginning of our Long Beach time today).

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When we went to city works to dump debris, Allan found this marble in the pile.

The Planter Box

We picked up some cosmos for Long Beach and elsewhere.

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The big front greenhouse showed signs of a rush on annuals. (Allan’s photo)


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healthy Seashells mix cosmos (Allan’s photo)


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with Teresa, some desk-leaning rest

The Basket Case

The gardening grapevine (AKA Melissa) had told me that a Blooming Nursery truck had been seen on its way to Basket Case this morning.  We had to see what was new.

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plants overflowing in abundance


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Hot Toddy: cute name for a daylily. (I don’t collect daylilies, though.)


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I could not resist a new to me red salvia named ‘Free Speech’.


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per Blooming Nursery


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couldn’t resist some agastaches and echinaceas…

Another new feature: Penny, the grandparents’ dog, who is being dogsat this week.

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Allan’s photo


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my sweet, soft, adorable, and quietly talkative new friend Penny

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Darrell

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got me some penstemons and agastaches and lemon grass and more

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We drove north to KBC to plant some cosmos and to weed and tidy the garden.

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our good friend Bella (Allan’s photo)


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Clematis montana in evergreen huckleberry (Allan’s photo)


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horrifying bindweed pretending to belong (Allan’s photo), in the debris area behind the garage


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creeping buttercup removal featuring the ho mi tool (Allan’s photo)


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Mary, garden owner, edged outside the fenced garden. (Allan’s photo)


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Mary’s edging tools


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nicely edged


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belly rub time


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Bella will put her foot on your foot or arm to ask for more belly rubbing.


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fenced garden weeded and with cosmos planted


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bird bath view


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sit spot


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Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’


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the pond (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Although I was tired, we found the energy to plant some agastaches in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.  While I delegated the planting (which I so do not enjoy), I checked on the intersection of planters.

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This planter has the weedy, running, short season of bloom blue geranium (‘Johnson’s Blue’?), not nice, long blooming, well behaved Rozanne. I thought about re-doing it this spring. Did not get to it. Maybe in fall.  Originally planted by a volunteer.

We also found the energy to finish planting the two planters at Ilwaco City Hall.  We had meant to plant cosmos in the Kite Museum pocket garden and completely forgot to stop there.

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Allan amazed me by finding even MORE energy to mow (while I sat in my chair and read the scintillating news of the day).  Way out in the bogsy woods, he found that our bridge railing had just rotted away and fallen over.  The water in the swale had been up to the base of the railing for most of the winter.

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??!!??


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Later: Skooter wants to come in Allan’s window!


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Skooter

We now have two days off, except for maybe having to water all the newly planted Ilwaco planters on Sunday.  (Edited to add: Some drizzle on Friday night saved us from watering Sunday.  I hope we don’t regret waiting till Monday.)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

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Captain of the good ship Ann Lovejoy

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our post office garden (Allan’s photo)

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creamy California poppies (Allan’s photo)

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picking a peck of snails

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They went into the garbage with some weeds to snack on. (Allan’s photo)

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added some of my perennial begonias to the planter at Round 2 in Ilwaco

We planted up one flat of red trailies in two planters by the Cottage Bakery in Long Beach, and some blue trailies in the police station planter, and then went to…

Diane’s garden

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I miss my long streetside garden! It will return eventually.

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lots of pots to fill

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Allan’s photo

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It’s quite a production to plant many small containers.

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Diane’s azalea (Allan’s photo)

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Misty and Diane

Basket Case Greenhouse

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at the Basket Case (Allan’s photo)

I quested for more plants to complete the Ilwaco planters.

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small Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ are my favourite size to plant; making sure the base is well foliated.

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Ooooh, for me, I found some old fashioned cup and saucer campanulas.

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The ever patient proprietor, Darrell, listens to my plant thoughts.

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Red Barn Arena

We added some gazanias to the barrels.

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Allan had an audience.

Long Beach

The two planters by the Cottage Bakery had looked empty.  I don’t have my main agastaches for center plants yet, so we added some Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to just four planters (which was all the cosmos we had till next week).

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Tulip ‘Formosa’ still blooming

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Ooops, a car had driven into a garden, and left part of its mirror casing, too.

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Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ still blooming.  Bulb foliage mess makes it hard to have these planters look good right now.  I try to plant narcissi with more delicate foliage; some big strappy ones are left over from volunteer days.

After planting (Allan) and checking on a block and a half of planters (me), we weeded Veterans Field, and I remembered that a special Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ was getting swamped by monarda.  Allan fixed that:

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before

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after

Ilwaco

Although I was mighty tired, we needed to do two little jobs when we returned to our street.

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mowing the back (wet) lawn two doors down

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took two passes by Allan

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rhododendron behind the house to the west (used to be Nora’s parents’ house)

I weeded in the front garden of the J’s until I could weed no more; I had to give it up to finish tomorrow morning.  Seems it is pretty impossible for me to go for a nine hour work day now.  Eight is the limit.

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Before, a gazillion little dwarf fireweeds. Too tired to take an after.

Allan mowed the pocket lawn in the back, and we both admired the roses.

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Allan’s photos

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At home, I reorganized the work board, and I cheated by erasing Ilwaco planters even though we have four more plants to put in tomorrow morning.

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planting round 2, cosmos, coming up

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

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Frosty and Skooter

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Calvin

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at home (Allan’s photo)

I had loaded up plants with great optimism.  We would, I thought, get the Ilwaco planters planted (till I ran out of uppies and trailies), then the barrel at the Depot Restaurant, then two planters of red trailies in Long Beach, then the annuals at Anchorage, and then zip over to Diane’s and plant up all her pots.

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ready to go (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

As we were about to put an Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in the center of the post office planter, the postmistress gave us a purple rose…I hope it’s a miniature!  She had found it sitting on the bench one morning.  If anyone is missing it, I suppose they will see it in the planter.

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This one even gets some Cosmos ‘Sonata’ because it is one that it’s easy for us to water almost daily.

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Allan’s photo

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Planted an Agastache and four Cosmos ‘Daydream’.  Garden is still a bit blah.

Today someone said to me while I was weeding our volunteer post office garden, “It’s going to be so pretty.”  Then she corrected herself and said it already is pretty.  I appreciated that.  Maybe my expression spoke to her.

Last Sunday, while shopping at the Port, I had seen a weedy patch that had been much on my mind (but not enough to do anything about it on a day off or in the rain).

Allan’s photos:

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grass in the pinks! (dianthus and armeria)

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after

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curbside garden

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Alliums

At Peninsula Sanitation, I got back out of the van and replaced two pink trailies with two blue felicia daisies, when it suddenly sunk to my brain in that the building has blue trim.

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Peninsula Sanitation planter

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Jessie’s has a new road sign.

I had a very hard time deciding to leave or remove the old erysimums that have gotten woody yet are still blooming their hearts out.  I decided to leave them on the southernmost intersection (Eagle and First) because three of the four were just about the same size (and one was missing and got replaced with a small one).  I may regret leaving them later this summer.

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The planters in most of the rest of First Ave did get their erysimums ripped out and bagged up.  They went to an acquaintance who takes the old ones and gets one more year out of them in a private rather than a public garden.

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The Erysimum are just too woody.

Along Spruce Street, we found the two planters on the south side stripped clean of all of last year’s plants, erysimum, perennial trailies, and any vestige of annuals.  I felt suspicious.

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Allan adds soil to the last one.  We were almost out of plants by then.

Because this project had taken hours, I realized our day was not going to be as accomplished as I had hoped.  Only by being philosophical about that can I keep Annual Planting Time from being Annuals Planting Hell.

We decided to wait to plant up two planters on the way home that are easier to access when driving south.

With three fewer jobs than last year, I was sure we would be well caught up by this time of spring, but no….weather has us as far behind as ever.  The nurseries are also behind on some plants, so we are all experiencing the same problem.

The Depot Restaurant

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north side of dining deck with lots of lily foliage. and the hops already well up the lattice.

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closer

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I met a darling dog named Sophie, on a walk while being boarded at Oceanside Animal Clinic next door.

In Long Beach, I admired a nice circular bed while dropping off the old Erysimums.

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Dutch Iris display at Midway Printery

Just a note:  I have a technologically outdated two year degree in offset printing, circa 1976.

The Anchorage Cottages

Soon after we began planting at the Anchorage, I realized we were not even going to get those last two planters in Ilwaco done today.  It was almost seven by the time we were done.  I simply had no more oomph.

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center courtyard

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more center courtyard

Looking at these photos, I am glad I used orange flowers plants over by the office instead of by these red chairs.

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On the way home, we saw that the Basket Case Greenhouse baskets have been collected and installed by the city crew.  (Allan’s photos:)

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At home, the work board got just one little thing crossed off: The Depot.  And it got round 2 added, which is mostly cosmos.  KBC and Kite Museum really should be shifted to that column; we don’t plant fiddly annuals in pots there.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

After a morning of rain and wind, as predicted, we had a brief break in the weather.  Allan decided to mow the thin, tall lawn over at Mary N’s house.  Even though we aren’t really a mowing business, we have taken on a couple of such jobs on our own block.

Meanwhile, the light on our garden suddenly became gorgeous.

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Allan’s garden, from the front porch

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My hardy begonia (from Windcliff) has spread thoroughly in this box.

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the back garden

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I love the splash of white Miscanthus.

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We’d had this much rain since yesterday.

Suddenly, the sky darkened and hail pelted down.

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Skooter was taken aback.

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I felt bad for Allan, mowing two doors down.

Allan’s photos at his mowing job nearby:

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We had just taken this on.  It won’t be allowed to get this long again.

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before

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It took two passes, at a high and then medium setting.

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the storm! from undercover

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after

Those barberries are for the chop sooner than you might think.

Meanwhile, I had decided to be practical and propose that we pick up some plants today instead of immersing myself in a good book from the library…

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Allan agreed with my productive plan, so off we went to

The Planter Box.

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a hardy begonia which I think I must acquire

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ferns

You may recall that a couple of days ago, I was touting the great gardening tool called the Zen Digger, Ho Mi, Korean Hand Plow, and E-Z Digger.  Planter Box has it.

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Allan’s photo

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Teresa totals up (Allan’s photo)

On the way home, after buying a pin for his boat rudder at Dennis Company, Allan took a photo of a beautiful scene in Coulter Park.  The loss of that pin on our recent Black Lake rally day had turned his sailing afternoon into a rowing afternoon.

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the old Clamshell Railroad depot at Coulter Park

Ilwaco

We drove by the Ilwaco boatyard garden.  I was thrilled to see that the horsetail had not made a big comeback, so weeding was not urgent.

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boatyard visual check up (without getting out of the van)

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At home, I sorted plants in the garage.

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Allan was inspired to go back to Mary’s garden to begin the removal of three mean barberries.

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Barberries make weeding the quackgrass in this bed just miserable.

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welding gloves

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Now just the stumps remain to be dealt with.  Hydrangeas are the goal.

One of the main inspirations for this big chop is that this week, we had room in our wheelie bin for the debris.

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wheelbie bin full of mean stuff

[pickled fish] restaurant

In the evening, we joined Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) for a special weekly garden meeting to celebrate Melissa’s birthday.

I was impressed and kind of jealous of the planters as we entered the Adrift Hotel.  They are stuffed full of cool plants, some of which are hard to find for purchase around here.

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Adrift Hotel (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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This one made me especially jealous; I think that is Ribes brocklebankii.

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good use of a Phormium.  Phormiums don’t make me jealous, though.

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more common, still interesting

They have the budget to switch out their planters frequently.  Our local nurseries are good, and yet there is not the audience for cool collectors’ plants to support that sort of plant availability here.  I’ve noticed when ultra cool plants appear at our local shops, they often just sit until I buy them.

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drinks menu at the [pickled fish]; I had the starvation alley ginger cosmo.

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Melissa and Dave arrive (Allan’s photo)

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birthday girl (Allan’s photo)

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cranberry lemonade (Allan’s photo)

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ginger cosmo (Allan’s photo)

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The memory of this scrumptuous Moroccan chick pea stew makes my mouth water.

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Allan’s clam chowder

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Melissa’s starter salad

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a place for tasty pizzas: margherita

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fennel sausage pizza

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the view

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skillet cookie dessert

For Melissa’s birthday:

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a birthday card by Don Nisbett

And a t shirt made from Don’s Crabby Gardener design:

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The Crabby Gardener by Don Nisbett (T shirt was personalized with an M on the seed packet)

And this excellent gardening book:

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I think we may be the only gardeners on the peninsula who actually do genuine hellstrip, curbside gardens (at the Port, and the beach approach).  However, the book is excellent in suggesting ideas and plants for droughty areas, and the photos are a treat.

We are now due for several days of dry weather.  Let the planting begin, while the soil is still damp!

Monday, 15 May 2017

I did not mind in the least that we had a cold, rainy, windy day off, because I had an excellent book to read.  Karla from Time Enough Books had lent me an advanced reading copy. I had started it recently at one chapter a day.  It was much better to be able immerse myself for a whole afternoon in the world of gardening in Japan.

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I had been immediately interested in Ms. Buck’s description of the difference between public gardening in California and Japan:

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And that was just the preface.  I am completely smitten by this book and consider it perfect in every way, as it tells a very personal story along with expert advice about pruning and about techniques to make every inch of a garden impeccably beautiful.

More, from later in the book, about the respect given to gardeners:

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Later:

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And not just designers are given respect:

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I do remember quitting a garden once when I was supposed to follow the design of a landscape designer with absolutely no personal input (or respect).  Especially when I heard that said designer was famous among jobbing gardeners for planting everything too close together.

I learned a new way to think about Japanese gardens, quite different from some of my assumptions:

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The passage below reminded me of how I have never adopted the term “master gardener” and feel uncomfortable when people call me that (even though I did once take the Master Gardener class with its 56 hours of training and volunteer time):

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The hard work impressed me, in all weather, including winter cold.  While I no longer work such long hours, and in all weather, I used to (although I never did start at dawn, making my winter hours much shorter than the ones Leslie worked at age 34 in Kyoto).

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When given the choice of taking rain days off, she was determined to work as hard as the rest of the crew.

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This is one reason why today, I felt a bit guilty in my comfy chair reading a wonderful book, knowing that our good friends Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) still work in all weather.

Throughout the book, I identified with the hard work of full time gardening.

“Nature….

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…carry thorns and sticky sap that attracts dirt and sometimes causes infection.”

Later: “We loved pruning, touching the plants directly.  We both understood the monetary and physical sacrifice of working on behalf of nature.”

When I read the following passage, I asked Allan to go across the street to the J’s and give the three small struggling hydrangeas a good dose of Dr Earth fertilizer.  (I could not leave my book, you see.)

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I learned of a new-to-me product, cuffs to wear over one’s wrists while pruning to protect from scratches.  If only I had thought of this while weeding among the rugosa roses in the beach approach garden.  This could save much pain in the future.  (I cannot weed in heavy rose gauntlets, but protective cuffs would be just the thing.)

I found some for sale in New Zealand.  I’ll keep searching for some closer to home.

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an excellent concept

I was reminded in the following passage of private clients of the past who treated us well:

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She had some especially kind clients:

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A later passage reminded me of a recurring problem in private gardening: bathroom access.  A few clients immediately would offer us use of their bathrooms.  Others would never think of it even if we were there all day.

I learned a new term, one that explained why I often teared up while reading about Leslie’s gardening experiences:

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Author Keane also said the original Japanese word for gardening includes “humans in nature as an inherent and indivisible part of it.”

I could hardly bear for the book to end.  It is rare to read the story of a hard working gardener, whether a highly skilled pruning specialist like Leslie or a maintenance gardener like many I know.  Her descriptive prose beautifully captures the gardens where she worked, and her pruning advice is invaluable and will prove to be of great use and inspiration to me.  I had to stop many times to ponder what she had written and, especially toward the end, to feel some deep emotion.  (A passage that mentioned President Obama brought actual tears.)

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It was a good day for Smokey, as well.

I think that during gardening season, it would help me to only read gardening books, for inspiration.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

It is the official start of annuals planting time; the annuals in waiting here can now stay out of the greenhouse overnight.  My garden is not well weeded enough to plant very many annuals  (mostly cosmos) in it yet.  As for going to work…Sunday is not a good day for public gardening in tourist gardens—a good excuse for another day off for me.

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This clivia, which used to belong to my mother, in bloom on Mother’s Day.

We had about an hour to putter before going on an errand.

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Allan’s photo, with yellow bird (top right)

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Thalictrum in bloom

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Alliums just opening

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Allium bulgaricum AKA Nectroscordum siculum

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two garden helpers

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Acer campestre ‘Carnival’ (right) with lots of Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’

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OH! I’d forgotten I have a little curly guy like this.

My conifer experiment has not worked out well.  First, I did not keep track of the names.  Then, I started to lose some of my favourites over this past winter:

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I had loved this pretty gold one.

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another sad sight

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another small tragedy in an area I have yet to weed.

I read in passing in a Hardy Plant Society email (that I can’t seem to find again) that conifers don’t like to be touched.  It is quite possible that I overcrowded them.  They were all pretty fine, though, until this past, cold, wet winter.

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We’d had this much rain overnight!

I heard much yowling and tracked down Onyx from next door, facing down Skooter, with some orange fur on his mouth.  This does not mean much, as Skooter is blowing his winter coat and leaving orange fur everywhere.

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Onyx in pursuit after I broke up the showdown

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Now Skooter in pursuit, in an area I hoped to weed later today.

Before I got more than a few weeds pulled, it was time to do some birthday shopping at the Port, for Melissa.

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port office garden

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Allan’s photo

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a visit to Don Nisbett’s art gallery

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strolling down to Time Enough Books, I saw the pelican that had been purchased from The Basket Case.

I also see a lot of Geranium robertianium (Stinking Bob), and contemplated whether or not it is on the noxious weed list.  I looked later, and yes, it is, as a Class B weed.  So….I need to pull it, but not today.

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In Time Enough Books:

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Some good books that I have read (Sundown Towns, especially)…and a new book by Lee Smith!

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I met somebody sweet.

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snazzy new sign for the port office

I saw and ignored some weeds in the curbside garden nearby (although I am still thinking about them now).

With presents acquired, we went back home, where I began weeding the back garden’s big east bed while Allan returned to his weeding at the Ilwaco Community Building.

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Skooter on the front porch

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one yellow spider

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foliage of Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’

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weeding beginning, left side

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Enkianthus

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a pale blue Camassia (cusickii, maybe)

I will show you one of my poor Nicotiana’s, which have never been attacked by snails and slugs like this in my experience.  I even found some sanguisorbas all chewed up.  Unusual.

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I had forgotten to put sluggo by this one!   Right is Hosta ‘Mouse Ears’, which usually resists being eaten.

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This volunteer had to go.

Fortunately for me, Allan returned about then and dug that grass up for me, and dumped my heavy wheelbarrow of weeds.

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grass removed, planted with room to breathe (Allan’s photo)

He then went off boating on Black Lake, while I continued weeding.

My project had started badly, with a headache that migraine medicine would not touch other than to make me tired.  In the late afternoon, I realized the headache was gone—joy!—and that I was going to be able to finish the entire east bed.

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heading up the east path, Blueberry Lane.

All the yellow flowering creeping buttercups went away, and very satisfactory it is to pull them out in loose, rich soil.  The best tool I have ever found for hoiking them out is the ho-mi:

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from Lee Valley, or, locally, The Planter Box

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In just a few feet, I made a wheelbarrow overflow.  The bed on the left is along the fence and for another day.

Fortunately, I had another wheelbarrow available.

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almost all the way around the east bed

I stopped weeding at 7 PM and enjoyed the garden as I applied more Sluggo.

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Center bed needs weeding again, of course!

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Skooter also enjoying the garden

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The Tetrapanax stalk I thought was dead is putting out growth lower down.

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Two conifers that appear to be happy (right)

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and another that I quite like….

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and two dwarf conifers that I foolishly planted in shade (why?) five years ago.  I should move them, come what may.

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pulsatilla and maple (and a shotweed)

Allan’s project at the Ilwaco Community Building:

He said the hardest part was the salal at the back of the tiered garden…of course.  The salal situation there is why it is Allan’s job; I at first refused to even consider the job because working around that plant just bugs me.  Since it was planted there on purpose, there is (probably) a limit to how much we can remove.  Although I did make it clear we’d (he’d) only take it on if we could make the plant decisions.

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back of tiered garden with bindweed

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Both bindweed and salal are messing with the heather.

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I am always happy to see a photo of salal decreased.

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a fern revealed

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splendid!

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after.  That salal is just waiting till our backs are turned to go right into the heather again.

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after

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removing native lupine that would totally take over

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after

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poppies about to bloom

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looking down on the lower tier

ALL that salal could go, and be replaced with, say, sword ferns (which I could maybe get for free, because of budgetary constraints).  The maintenance would then take less time in the future.

Allan’s well deserved evening sail on Black Lake:

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He had to paddle back when the wind died.

 

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a caterpillar had taken a round trip

 

There will be more boating excursions coming up as soon as Annuals Planting Time is over.  One item got erased from the “at home” tasks on the workboard.

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I hope the weather tomorrow permits the start of planting.