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At last I have come to the last entry for 2012.  Through the mild end of the year we had no snow and only minimal frost.

south window view, 1 November

south window view, 1 November

On the day after Thanksgiving, the Christmas star was lit at Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company, here photographed from my neighbour’s back yard.

Jessie's star

Jessie’s star

26 November, full moon

26 November, full moon

full moon over Allan's shed and the greenhouse

full moon over Allan’s shed and the greenhouse

We barely….well, Allan barely managed to get our lights up in time for Ilwaco’s traditional night of lighted crab pot tree and lighted boat parade.  In fact, the hazardous stormy weather prevented the boat parade on December 1st.

2 December, our holiday lights

2 December, our holiday lights

one string of lights on the back of the house to show from the Port

one string of lights on the back of the house to show from the Port

lighted tree in east side garden.

lighted tree in east side garden.

Due to mild weather, our Melianthis major was going strong on December 6th.

Due to mild weather, our Melianthis major was going strong on December 4th.

I rejoiced in plenty of rain.

I rejoiced in plenty of rain.

Although the part of the storms I did not like was trying to get the last of the bulbs planted and the lighted boat parade being cancelled.

On December 4th, grape hyacinths were confusedly blooming very early in the front garden.

Muscari, much too soon

Muscari, much too soon

9 December

9 December

10 December

10 December

By Dec 12th we had our tree...very early.

By Dec 12th we had our tree…very early.

12 December

12 December

On December 13th, a wonderful present arrived from my friend Mary F., a great gardener (and a jobbing gardener to whom I had passed on several jobs).  She had had to leave the Peninsula for health reasons, and I miss her.

Miss Mary's gift

Miss Mary’s gift

The gift theme for my Christmas seemed to be vehicles, because meanwhile Allan had been painting a little VW bus model to exactly replicate my beloved old “Beaky”, the vehicle that Robert and I had moved to the Peninsula with on December 24th, 1992.  It had indeed been twenty years since I had moved from Seattle to the Long Beach Peninsula.

Allan even included a gardening figure who looked somewhat like a younger me.

Beaky

Beaky

Beaky and me

Smokey took an interest in the Beaky tableau as I took the photos in the back garden.

Smokey, upper right

Smokey, upper right

For reference, here are some photos of Beaky from Seattle, a camping trip, and from 1992 when we first lived and worked at the Sou’wester Lodge in Seaview.

Beaky history

Beaky history

Beaky’s name came from the beak-shaped chrome around the VW logo. It had been a orange van. The stripe came from masking tape that divided the colours. We painted it with XO Rust paint with little rollers.

Every van camping trip we went on, Robert had to fix something on the van: clutch cable, starter, something!  So he may have loved it less than I did.

Just one thing is missing from the model of the van:  our bumper stickers.

1991

1991

Back to 2012:  On December 25th, another present from Allan:

gardening Scrabble

gardening Scrabble

Now who can I possible get to play REAL Scrabble (garden themed, with a few different rules) with me? It won’t tell us if our words are right or not like Words with Friends does.

On December 27th, we still had flowers in bloom in the front garden.

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Calendula

Calendula

Agyranthemum and Christmas lights

Agyranthemum and Christmas lights

And with that, I have at last officially caught up with the present year in this journal.

My goal for 2013:  to blog regularly and sometimes more briefly year-round as I did in 2007, and during the rainy days of late winter and spring to take you on some more garden tours that took place BEFORE 2007.

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We continued to care for the lovely green landscape at Cranks’ Roost.  Probably because of being preoccupied with our garden tour, we did not clear any further into the wooded area, which I want to do.  Here are some photos of the garden through the year.

spring

March

early March

22 march

22 march

22 March

22 March

22 March

22 March

summer

front gate

front gate

patio

patio

boxwood and daisies

boxwood and daisies

boxwood

boxwood

gold and green

gold and green

green on green

green on green

a rivulet of Geranium 'Rozanne'

a rivulet of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

view south from patio

view south from patio

Cryptomeria 'Sekkan Sugi'

Cryptomeria ‘Sekkan Sugi’

The plant for 2013 is to get two more of these, which is going to require some plant juggling.

Japanese maple (looking north to patio)

Japanese maple (looking north to patio)
stump birdhouse

stump birdhouse

back porch

back porch

tools

tools

rose

rose

rose

rose

bench

bench

daisies by the patio

daisies by the patio

Autumn

One way that we will find room for another Cyrptomeria is with the removal of this Juniper.  It is not happy with wet feet.

sad Juniper

sad Juniper

Fortunately it was very inexpensive tree.  The same one is going great at Marilyn’s garden in dryer soil.

the first fallen leaves with dark pink Schizostylis in bloom

the first fallen leaves with dark pink Schizostylis in bloom

honeysuckle berries on front fence

honeysuckle berries on front fence

autumn

autumn

lacecap hydrangea

lacecap hydrangea

willows after pruning (to keep the path open)

willows after pruning (to keep the path open)

in the flower bed

in the flower bed

leaves

leaves

autumn carpet

autumn carpet

Japanese maple

Japanese maple

So…for 2013, our main task is to get two more gold Cryptomerias and do some more pruning of willows to let more light into the back yard and make the other trees happier.

I wish it were easier to get the Cryptos here….I think we will have to go at least as far as Seaside, Oregon, to acquire them.

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We now come to the less showy months in the Klipsan Beach Cottages garden, but it still has beautiful structure.  And at last we got some rain!

9 November

the fenced garden from the driveway

the fenced garden from the driveway

Rose 'Jude the Obscure' still has the occasional bloom

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ still has the occasional bloom

Euphorbia characias wulfenii and bronze fennel both have architectural folaige.

Euphorbia characias wulfenii and bronze fennel both have architectural foliage.

the pond island bed

the pond island bed

Allan and I planted hundreds of narcissi in the woodsy areas of the A Frame gardens.

Allan and I planted hundreds of narcissi in the woodsy areas of the A Frame gardens.

25 November

a misty day of soft focus…

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

Hardy fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'

Hardy fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’

There used to be a specialty hardy Fuchsia nursery near Portland called “Moniere’s?? Country Garden” or something like that.  Our local Basket Case Greenhouse now carried many hardy fuschsias from their collection.

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

Hardy Fuchsia

Hardy Fuchsia

hardy Fuchsia 'Hawkshead'

hardy Fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’, one of my favourites: white with a green tinge

black currants

black currants

blueberry autumn colour

blueberry autumn colour

king frog and cottages

king frog and cottages

hydrangeas and the A Frame deck

hydrangeas and the A Frame deck

planted MORE narcissi in the A Frame garden

planted MORE narcissi in the A Frame garden

10 December

Mary and Riley walk into the picture

Mary and Riley walk into the picture

the pond island

the pond island bed

Rose 'Jude the Obscure' still has some crumpled flowers.

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ still has some crumpled flowers.

Thalictrum 'Elin' has been cut down.

Thalictrum ‘Elin’ has been cut down.

We had used the tall stems of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ and some of the other autumn trimmings to make our Halloween avenue of spooky plants at home.

pot by office stairs

pot by office stairs

Mary and Denny go all out decorating for the holidays.

on the pond island bed by driveway

on the pond island bed by driveway

by the small fenced garden water feature

by the small fenced garden water feature

the lady fountain in the lawn bed

the lady fountain in the lawn bed

lighted sweet pea tuteur

lighted sweet pea tuteur

Mary and Denny's deck

Mary and Denny’s deck

the deer fence

the deer fence

in the fenced garden with cottages in background

in the fenced garden with cottages in background

13 December

We come for the last work session of the year, and add mulch to the fenced garden.  This is almost our last day of work before we take our six week staycation.

mulch

mulch

Rose 'New Dawn' in late bloom

Rose ‘New Dawn’ in late bloom

Knock Out roses

Knock Out roses

faded last blooms

faded last blooms

Hardy Fuchsia magellanica

Hardy Fuchsia magellanica

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

And at the very end of the last KBC workday, Mary and I find and put out this sign…

at rest

at rest

So…come stay at Klipsan Beach Cottages in 2013.  (For reservations call 360.665.4888.) We promise we will do our best to make the garden just as wonderful next year.

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into the autumn….still with no rain…at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

4 October

Agapanthus seedheads

Agapanthus seedheads

Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Sanvitalia

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Sanvitalia

climbing roses

climbing roses

roses

roses

rose and Melianthus major

rose and Melianthus major

Knock Out rose

Knock Out rose

Knock Out roses

Knock Out roses

sweet peas

sweet peas

white sweet peas

white sweet peas

Hydrangea 'Izu no Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu no Hana’

a Clematis from Joy Creek Nursery

a Clematis from Joy Creek Nursery

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod) seedheads

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod) seedheads

driveway garden

driveway garden

Mary’s idea for 2013 is to make the shape of the driveway garden by the house more curvaceous.

10 October

office

office

At last I have some photos that show how it all fits together.  You drive in and park below the office…where you would have the view below:

from the driveway parking:  view across lawn to the fenced garden (looking northwest)

from the driveway parking: view across lawn to the fenced garden (looking northwest)

Fuschia containers by the driveway

Fuschia containers by the driveway

golden yews at center of fenced garden

golden yews at center of fenced garden
second area of fenced garden.  To the left, Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

second area of fenced garden. To the left, Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana' flower

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’ flower

lower fenced garden with Knock Out roses and view of cottages

lower fenced garden with Knock Out roses and view of cottages

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas and cottages

sweet peas and cottages

figs

figs

Bronze fennel (now officially considered something of a noxious weed)

Bronze fennel (now officially considered something of a noxious weed)

In the foreground, above, Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ and Euphobia characias wulfenii, which bloomed mightily and at length in the early spring.

Salvia patens and Helichrysum 'Limelight' in center of fenced garden

Salvia patens and Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ in center of fenced garden

Salvia africana-lutea in a container

Salvia africana-lutea in a container

The above very cool brown Salvia has leaves that smell, to me, a bit of root beer.  I have brought it through winter in a cold greenhouse before.

In the background above, the fabulously tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ from Dan Hinkley’s Heronswood.

Rose, Coreopsis 'Flower Tower', Melianthus major

Rose, Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’, Melianthus major

I got Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ from Joy Creek Nursery a couple of years ago, and in summer 2012 was able to get more at The Basket Case Greenhouse locally.  It is a fun plant because the usual small yellow coreopsis flowers bloom on a towering stem that can get taller than me.

25 October

flowering currant

flowering currant

From the bench above, looking south, we have this view of the garden:

looking south

looking south

On the very right in the background, above, you can see the tallness of Thalictrum ‘Elin’.

The showy autumn stems of the very tall Thalictrum 'Elin'

The showy autumn stems of the very tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Japanese maple at the A Frame

Japanese maple in the A Frame garden

mophead hydrangeas in the A Frame garden

mophead hydrangeas in the A Frame garden

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Continuing the review of the 2012 gardens at Klipsan Beach Cottages

5 September

rose

rose

Rose 'Jude the Obscure' with honeysuckle

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ with honeysuckle

Melianthus major

Melianthus major (leaves smell like peanut butter)

mixed bed with ocean view cottages in background

mixed bed with ocean view cottages in background

boxwood and garden art

boxwood and garden art

Echinops (Blue Globe Thistle)

Echinops (Blue Globe Thistle) and Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' behind the bench

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ behind the bench

sweet peas on the deer fence

sweet peas on the deer fence

deer fence gate closed at end of day

deer fence gate closed at end of day

13 September

September 13th was a very hot day.

September 13th was a very hot day.

Cosmos 'Double Click'

Cosmos ‘Double Click’

rose bud

rose bud

the cobalt blue berries of Billardia longiflora

the cobalt blue berries of Billardia longiflora

20 September

garden bed with view of cabins

garden bed with view of cabins

The summer drought continued throughout September.  I think we had two months with no appreciable rain.

Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso' in center of fenced garden

Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ in center of fenced garden

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

26 September

sweet peas and endlessly blue sky

sweet peas and endlessly blue sky

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

gold on gold in center of fenced garden:  Helichrysum 'Limelight', golden yew, Miscanthus 'Gold Bar'

gold on gold in center of fenced garden: Helichrysum ‘Limelight’, golden yew, Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’

autumn crocus

autumn crocus from my mother’s garden

a refreshing spot of green

a refreshing spot of green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I continue to review of Klipsan Beach Cottages gardens.  I do have the most photos from this garden because I had them already uploaded to the KBC Facebook page.  The plant assortments reflects many of the favourites that we also had planted in other gardens.

1 August

Cosmos atrosanguineus, smells just like chocolate!

Cosmos atrosanguineus, smells just like chocolate!

cosmos

Cosmos

crocosmia

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Salvia patens

Saliva patens backed with Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

clean up

We dug out some old Tradescantia along the fenced garden path because it always looked tatty.

sweet peas

sweet peas

Coreopsis 'Jive' with Allium and painted sage

Coreopsis ‘Jive’ with Allium, Coreopsis verticillata, and painted sage

Stipa gigantea, our favourite ornamental grass

Stipa gigantea, our favourite ornamental grass

lily

lily

8 August

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

Sanguisorba....originally from Dan Hinkley's Heronswood.

Sanguisorba….originally from Dan Hinkley’s Heronswood.

garden art

garden art:  Mary does not enforce this fee 😉

garden with view of cottages

garden with view of cottages

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

I always had a terrible time remembering the name of Agapanthus until I associated it with “It’s a mystery; Agatha Christie!”

lily

lily

lily

lily

I don’t know the names of most of the lilies because they came from divisions from my mother’s old garden.

lily

lily

This intensely fragrant lily bloomed for weeks.

This intensely fragrant lily bloomed for weeks.

15 August

lily

Lily speciosum rubrum

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Sometimes I photograph the same plants each week to show how long they are in bloom.

Strobilanthus atropurpureus

Strobilanthes atropurpureus

For some reason I also had a terrible time remembering the name Strobilanthes until I associated with being showy and blooming late = strobe light!  It is perfectly hardy here and blooms in late summer with curved and frilled blue and white tubes.

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

22 August

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

Veronicastrum

Veronicastrum and Lilies

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

30 August

honeysuckle

honeysuckle

just outside the deer fence

just outside the deer fence

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Climbing rose

Climbing rose

Joseph's Coat rose by the garage

Joseph’s Coat rose by the garage

Sumac 'Tiger Eyes' by the house

Sumac ‘Tiger Eyes’ by the house

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

lily

lily

lily speciosum rubrum

lily speciosum rubrum

Timmy...or Sarah.

Timmy…or Sarah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Continuing the review of our best garden photos from Klipsan Beach Cottages gardens 2012…

4 July

New Dawn rose

New Dawn rose

dayily

dayily

12 July

lily

lily

Salvia viridis (painted sage), one of our favourite annuals.  The colour comes from bracts.

Salvia viridis (painted sage), one of our favourite annuals. The colour comes from bracts.

Climbing Rose 'New Dawn'.tends to suffer from black spot, unfortunately.

Climbing Rose ‘New Dawn’.
tends to suffer from black spot, unfortunately.

Iris ensata

Iris ensata

18 July

Dierama (angel's fishing rod)

Dierama (angel’s fishing rod)

Lily

Lily

by the greenhouse

by the greenhouse

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

27 July

lily

lily

drumstick Allium

drumstick Allium

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

daisies

daisies

cottage windowbox

cottage windowbox

cottage windowbox

cottage windowbox

A Frame

A Frame

Hydrangea

Hydrangea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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