If the journal entries seem to pile up on certain days, it’s because rainy days are my best days to catch up! Otherwise, we are working or gardening at home, and as the days get longer, evening blogging time gets shorter.
Along with the big clean up day at Laurie’s garden, we have been doing some of the usual rushing from place to place. Blogging helps me remember to appreciate the gardening sights along the way instead of just being overwhelmed by the stress of a few too many jobs.
Iris chrysographes at KBC
Narcissi at Boreas Inn
Saturday we unexpectedly ended up at Klipsan Beach Cottages after digging some plants from my mother’s old garden to move to the new garden we are making outside her window at Golden Sands Assisted Living. Her house and its garden that I designed and created is for sale and danged if I don’t feel selfish enough to want to get some more of the choice plants out of there rather than have them go to whoever buys the place, a stranger who might even strip out the garden to put a new house on the second lot. So I ended up with four buckets of Erythronium (dogtooth violets) to pass around to favourite clients and of course KBC is at the top of that list.
We found that Denny was almost done building the new fence which will add a new deer-proof area for vegetables, fruit trees, and inevitably more roses:
rhodo and pulmonaria
By the pond, a short and sprawling rhododendron (perhaps formerly known as an azalea) was fronted with the deep blue flowers of Pulmonaria (lungwort or spotted dog), one of my favourite early blooming perennials.
Narcissi at the KBC road sign
Narcissi: A Frame garden
A Frame garden
Along with eight ocean view cottages, KBC offers an A-Frame with its own surround of woodsy garden. Right, you can just see Allan at the left edge of the photo doing some weeding (with one of the cottages in the background). We’ll add lots more narcissi to this wooded area next year.
At Andersen’s RV Park, we worked on preparing the picket fence garden for sweet pea planting later this week. Although this is a garden mostly focused on summer bloom, I was disappointed earlier this month to find that some narcissi that I had in gallon pots to be plunged into the whiskey barrel planters for temporary spring bloom had simply rotted away in our wet cold winter. I think the bulbs froze in early December.
Two weird things in the Andersen’s garden:
(left) Two identically planted ‘Ice Follies’ narcissi, one normal, one blooming right at ground level.
(right) Although the other Alliums are just breaking ground, this one grew and formed its bud, which I think is now frozen. Freaky!
Sunday, we did a clean up all day Long at The Boreas Inn in Long Beach. I got pretty tired of hearing myself whine about how cold my hands were, yet I could not seem to stop. Finally came the happy moment when I realized I was warm enough, and comfortable. We weeded lawn beds, pruned sword ferns, and still did not manage to get the big wildflower bed weeded.
Boreas Inn (and me at work)
Yesterday, we did the once a year job of cleaning up the garden at the Wade Gallery at the Port of Ilwaco.
Wade Gallery before
Wade Gallery after
We were able to get rid of two more Phormiums…fortunately not the size of monsters yet…and replaced them with two Miscanthus ‘Morning Light’ which I had sitting in buckets. I cannot imagine where I got those two nice grasses for free…glad to find them a home. Threw in some California poppy seeds, too: Dusty Rose, Buttercream, Tequila Sunrise, Tropical Sunset.
And here is an example, at the west end of the sidewalk gardens that run all the way down Howerton at the port, of why I did NOT want to leave those two Phormiums.
monster phormium taking over sidewalk…still not full grown!
After the Wade Gallery, we finally got a start on the weeding of the Bolstadt beach approach garden in Long Beach: thirteen long narrow sections…not narrow enough for one person to reach across, and as always full of tiny little maddening grasses. A few years ago we planted rugosa roses from a native plant nursery (even though they are not native) and they have pretty much taken over this strip which used to have lots more variety. I kind of hate them at weeding time (ouch!) but during the summer they are the only thing that will protect the garden from being totally trampled during Kite Festival, and they do thrill the passersby, first with flowers and then with cherry tomato-sized bright red hips.
a long way to go
You can get an idea how far we have to go to get to the Long Beach arch at the eastward end of this garden, and this is how close we are to the beach (below, end of the road, where the cars are parked). I will no doubt be whingeing on about the horrors of this initial beach approach weeding for the next week and a half, since it took us 11 hours total just to weed the first two sections in an imperfect manner.
to the beach
Here’s what cheered me up from the daunting feeling that the beach approach garden gets longer and more difficult every year:
Narcissi in beach approach planter
tulip in downtown planter
Tulip in downtown planter
crocus in downtown planter
Tulip sylvestris at LB City Hall
Tulips in downtown planter
You can see the deer ate tulips leaves but not flowers (yet)
In closing here’s a non-gardening shout out to the delicious little containers of ceviche-like calamari that you can buy for $2 from Ole Bob’s fish shop in Ilwaco; it’s wonderful and helps me keep going almost as much as my chocolate covered coffee beans:
fortifying calamari snack
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