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Tuesday, 29 October, 2013

I awoke to white frost on the back lawn, as predicted.  All the tender plants in pots were safely in the greenhouse.  The ones that I want to save, anyway:  scented geraniums, tender salvias…

frost

frosty morning

Great, thought I, the annuals will perhaps be done in Long Beach.  I have wearied of their tired looking appearance; they have still been looking too colourful to pull as it might make shopkeepers and passersby said if I dispose of them them prematurely.

But NO!  They still look mostly wonderful.

painted sage, Agyr. 'Butterfly', nasturtium

painted sage, Agyr. ‘Butterfly’, nasturtium

still a tangle of colour by Home at the Beach

still a tangle of colour by Home at the Beach

Even a few of the cosmos still look good.

Even a few of the cosmos still look good.

Allan cut back the Panicum ‘Heavy Metal‘ ornamental grass back in the one street tree under which it grows.  I like the name of the grass and its metallic sheen.  However, I think that to most people it probably looks weedy.

Heavy Metal grass

Heavy Metal grass

This particular tree has no working water and has to be bucket watered from a nearby planter.

The park by Marsh’s Free Museum and one of our favourite little cafés, Captain Bob’s Chowder, still looks fine.

obelisk tiles by Renee O'Connor

obelisk tiles by Renee O’Connor

The work in the frying pan park is coming along….By spring, that clam statue will spout every hour on the hour again.

park

Allan took a break from Long Beach city work and pulled Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ from the Summer House  garden while I checked the rest of the planters.  I swear I did not plant the darn hardy geranium at Summer House.  It probably had one little seedling inside another plant.

Below:  Allan stands where a rose trellis should go IF Erin (who owns this vacation rental) wants to keep the rampant climbing rose in there:

I asked him to look like a trellis, but he is sideways.

I asked him to look like a trellis, but he is sideways.

Then he dropped me off to tidy up the Veterans Field garden while he dumped debris.

Veterans Field garden

Veterans Field garden

still very faintly red white and blue

still very faintly red white and blue

We had an appointment at NW Financial and Insurance regarding the Affordable Care Act (which I believe will be very beneficial to us).  The main website was down again, even though it had been working all day.

My friend Bella greeted me at the insurance office!

My friend Bella greeted me at the insurance office!

The best thing I have read about this is:  “War is a crisis.  Poverty is a crisis.”  And then something about the computer problem being an inconvenience.  We will go back next week.  If anyone local (Southwest Washington or Northwest Oregon) needs help figuring out the Affordable Care Act paperwork, Shelly Pollock is a wonderful helper and her services are free.

We concluded our work day by pulling some Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ foliage clumps and a doing a bit of weeding on the Bolstadt beach approach.

Bolstadt approach buoy

Bolstadt approach buoy

two birds

two birds

another two birds

another two birds

bird

Bolstadt beach approach garden, looking toward town

This walk is so popular with townfolk and tourists alike.  One can walk up Sid Snyder Boulevard ten blocks south, then along the boardwalk with its view of the beach and back down this street….or vice versa.

rugosa rose autumn colour

rugosa rose autumn colour

with dwarf mugo pine

with dwarf mugo pine

Something amazing happened when I pulled a weed from the easternmost Bolstadt planter….

full of chocolate mint planted back in volunteer days

full of chocolate mint planted back in volunteer days

The mint started to peel up just like taking up a carpet!   I was thrilled!!

before and after

before and after

Next year we can make this planter right by the arch look so much better.

Next year we can make this planter right by the arch look so much better.

While Allan tidied that up, I cut back a few lily stalks on the south side of city hall and observed with dismay that a purple ajuga had gone aggressively running through the whole bed.

Anyone want some purple ajuga??

Anyone want some purple ajuga??  will fix this later

Just west of city hall, reflections of sunlight fell on the sign for the upcoming new coffee shop.  I was excited to see that Pink Poppy Bakery’s logo had been added to the sign.  My ultimate loyalty still likes with Ilwaco’s Olde Towne coffee café but I will love being able to get Pink Poppy treats while working in Long Beach.

Akari Space

Akari Space

Although I could tell a great sunset was brewing, the dumping of debris had to take priority.

looking west from city hall

looking west from city hall

While at the city works yard, we could see the sunset developing.

over the water treatment plant

over the water treatment plant

With work done, we went back to Bolstadt.

Another sunset watching group had gathered on the big picnic shelter.

crows

closeup

The sunset started as a moody grey and pink one, and I thought it would continue that way.

Allan’s photos:

bird

grey

grey

grass

west of the boardwalk

buoy

my photos:

from the end of the Bolstadt approach

from the end of the Bolstadt approach

pink

boardwalk

boardwalk

band of colour

band of colour

Thinking it was fading, we turned to go back to town and saw the tail lights of the cars of other sunset watchers driving away….

Long Beach from the boardwalk

Long Beach from the boardwalk

One glance back and we turned to the west again as the colour suddenly intensified.

colour

bright

And then it did fade.

last

At home, I took a quick walk along Spruce and Lake Streets to check out progress in the Ilwaco flatlands Halloween preparations.

the J's house across the street

the J’s house across the street from ours

on Spruce

on Spruce

Soon would come the yearly Halloween extravaganza.

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Monday, 28 October, 2013

We started at Casa Pacifica, a few minutes east of the Peninsula.  My first subject for thought was that the non gardening punter may not “get” Helichrysum petiolare.  Here, the small leaved cultivar swamps a whiskey barrel by the lower garage:

Helichrysum (licorice plant)

Helichrysum (licorice plant)

As I mentioned once before, a long ago client called it “that grey junk.”  I think most clients might like this sort of thing better:

flowers

flowers (Sanvitalia, Calibrachoa, Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ still blooming.

Walking up the road, I was shocked to see so many branches down.  There had been piles of tree branches and a couple of fallen trees on the side of the road as we drove in.  At the top of the driveway, an alder had snapped off in the windstorm of a couple of weeks ago.

a wind-topped alder

a wind-topped alder

from above

from above

one of several piles of branches

one of several piles of branches

My friend Dusty met me at the top of the driveway.

Dusty

Spook was standoffish and skittish as usual.  I wonder if I could lure her if I remembered to bring some cheese.

Spook eyeing me from the porch

Spook eyeing me from the front deck

At least she lets me look at her now; she used to hide under the deck the whole time we were there.

one of Leanne's dragons in fallen maple leaves

one of Leanne’s dragons in fallen maple leaves

We did a before and after on the lawn island, mostly pulling toppled orange montbretia and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

before and after

before and after

Allan also weeded atop the back garden and clipped away some branches that were obscuring the well water pump.

fall colour in the back garden

fall colour in the back garden

While we worked at Casa Pacifica, I got a call from Chester of Olde Towne Trading Post Antiques saying that he could deliver Erin’s garden boat today.  Fortunately, we had time to finish job number one with a little extra time to spare in Long Beach.

I stopped at the Wooden Horse shop in Long Beach to talk to the manager about being on the cash mob.  They hadn’t requested to be mobbed…but I like the store a lot.  They will the mob site in January.

The shelving entrances me.

The shelving entrances me.

As does the Boston Terrier tin.

As does the Boston Terrier tin.

A bit before the appointed time, we went to Erin’s garden to meet Chester and Michael.

house and cotoneaster

house and cotoneaster

entry lamp

entry lamp

While waiting, I thought about the future garden beds.  I want to leave a path along the fence at least as tall as the picket shadows.

looking southwest

looking southwest

Erin likes to set up a table for dining al fresco, so I don’t want to start the garden too close to the gazebo.

gazebo

gazebo

There will be a long garden bed on each side, with the picket fence width path along the edge, and I want to keep the center wide open for children to play.

tetherball

open center for tetherball and other games

Felix was there and happy to see us.

Felix on the front porch

Felix on the front porch

orange

From the porch, I thought further about the garden design.  Erin wants it to be like mine,  a big sweep of grasses and perennials and some shrubs, nothing that will block the ocean view.

porch

The line of the sprinkler system could be the inner edge of the south garden bed.

Felix thought I might have the power to open the door for him.

Felix thought I might have the power to open the door for him.

We tested the lawn with the half moon edger to see how hard it would be to dig the trenches around the edges of what will be newspaper based beds.  The digging seemed pretty easy!  Then Chester arrived.  I had thought he would need a boat trailer, but he and his stepson Michael had loaded the quite heavy boat onto his truck.

in the driveway

in the driveway

Chester looked at the steps going up to the lawn, and at the rather distant point past the gazebo where I had stuck in a half moon edger to say “the boat stops here”, and then he looked at an opening in the fence on the northwest corner of the lawn and suggested he drive in that way.  I texted Erin with the question, “Can Chester drive his truck on the lawn” and she texted back “YES!” and then “I think so.”  So he drove up the outside access road by the picket fence and very carefully backed all the way in to the boat spot.

truck backed into the future garden

truck backed into the future garden

audience

audience

Chester and the boat on the Olde Towne truck

Chester and the Olde Towne truck

preparing to offload...

preparing to offload…

olde

Chester and Michael

Chester and Michael  (note Felix on his way to investigate)

down

down

boat

Felix and the Olde Towne truck

Felix and the Olde Towne truck

After Chester and Michael departed, I realized the boat was sitting too straight ahead.  I wanted it at an angle that looked like it had washed up from the ocean.  As I grabbed the sides and pulled and yanked to no avail, I said to Allan “Can you help me shift the front over about a foot?”  He grabbed the rope and pulled to the side.  Easy peasy.

Very smart, Allan!

Very smart, Allan!

Here’s what she looks like.  The boat will be at the beginning of the south garden bed, leaving plenty of room for outdoor dining and parties.

boat in place

boat in place

washed ashore

washed ashore

I have known of several garden boats placed so they could be imagined to have washed ashore.  At Linda’s garden, even though the boat was a half mile from the beach, sometimes her guests really believed it had washed in.   Now someone might think we are imagining the boat washed in from Japan, and that is not it at all; there is too much sadness associated with that.  Besides, it is clearly not a Japanese boat.  (That reminds me to recommend again a beautiful book recommended to me by my friend Kathleen Shaw:  Facing the Wave by Gretel Erlich.)

With the boat all set, we finished daylight at the Boreas Inn garden and in Long Beach.

Boreas garden in long shadow time

Boreas garden in long shadow time

I remembered my plan to remake this raised bed along the north edge of the lawn with some good medium-tall grasses:

note to self

note to self; maybe Ilex ‘Sky Pencil’ also!

the glorious Lobelia tupa; would that all the ones I planted had done as well.

the glorious Lobelia tupa; would that all the ones I planted had done as well.

We cut down the tall fennel in Long Beach’s Coulter Park and got home in time for a Lake Street sunset.

from in front of our house...

from in front of our house…

I added most of the fennel stalks to our Corridor of Spooky Plants.  The last of the spooky tall stalks will be added on Halloween day, to make sure the structure is not too heavy if we get wind between now and then.

spooky plant walkway for trick or treaters

spooky plant walkway for trick or treaters

Allan made the little ghosts with small white rags over apple heads.

spiders

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Sunday, 27 October, 2013

Ah, a day off at home…After breakfast I started the breakdown of a big debris pile.  It began as Mount Sod when we dug up the front  lawn upon moving in here in October of 2010.  Then it became a spud hill.  Potatoes are said to “clean the soil” and they certainly did seem to help the sod break down in jig time.  Because it is in a spot convenient for  debris disposal from my own garden, and only somewhat inconvenient for hauling in clean garden debris from jobs, it has been growing, and sinking with decomposition, and growing again over three years.  I am moving the un-decomposed material to a new pile on the other side of the yard.

the former Mount Sod

the former Mount Sod (with full wheelbarrow in the foreground)

I have a selection of evergreens that I bought from Back Alley Gardens. I have had the best of intentions of trying Pam Fleming’s advice that columnar evergreens would look great in the big flower beds.  And yet, I resist.  I worry that the ones I chose, especially a couple of Eucryphia, will not be columnar enough.  And I want to block this truly unoffensive view:

crab pots under silver tarp behind the next door gear shed

crab pots under silver tarp behind the next door gear shed

There is absolutely nothing wrong with crab pots under a tarp.  They are, of course, much more picturesque when first stacked there in late winter after crabbing season.

colourful crab pots in spring

colourful crab pots in spring

But they have to be covered to protect them through three seasons of weather.   I do think a nice evergreen backdrop along that edge of the garden will look better than the tarped pots.

near the debris pile, cosmos as high as the fence

near the debris pile, cosmos as high as the fence

Nearby, in my usual easy distracted way (“something shiny syndrome”!), I started to dig out a great big Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.  I do like Pam’s idea of replacing it with a columnar evergreen.  But…it was hard work.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

I imagined Allan might come help dig it, even though he was busy constructing the framework for our annual Halloween Avenue of Spooky Plants.  At least I got it all loosened up.  It had gotten, in just two years, much too big for the space, crowding a nearby Enkianthus.  In fact, it may be that when Lemon Queen comes out, I should just leave that space blank….

I took a break and checked on Allan’s project along the front walkway.

constructing Spooky Plant Avenue

constructing Spooky Plant Avenue

While in the front garden, I noticed my largest Melianthus major is blooming.  That is odd as when it does bloom, it is usually in very early spring.

mel

the odd flowers of Melianthus major (and the leaves smell like peanut butter)

the odd flowers of Melianthus major (and the leaves smell like peanut butter)

In early afternoon, Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com came to photograph the autumn dishevelled garden.  We agree there is beauty to be found in late season dishabille.

Debbie at work...She has been a pro photographer for many years.

Debbie at work…She has been a pro photographer for many years.

Allan had finished the Avenue of Spooky Plants framework so I began to add the plants while Debbie wandered without me dogging her every step to see what she was finding good enough to photograph.  When she was done, we walked four doors down to Tom and Judy’s garden.

The Hornbuckle "kids", Towbeh, Stymie, and Beep

The Hornbuckle “kids”, Towbeh, Stymie, and Beep wanted to join us in the front garden

Judy's excellent patch of moss

Judy’s excellent patch of moss

two trees

two trees

The one in the background is right on the property line between two lots…

a hummingbird on Judy's porch

a hummingbird on Judy’s porch

I love Tom and Judy's porch sign

I love Tom and Judy’s porch sign.  Their garden is pure evidence of their industriousness.  In the typical way of small town talk, someone new to town who must have observed through the window that Tom and Judy sometimes watch telly put about that they were lazy people….and within less than a day the story had gotten right back to Judy!  One of the first lessons learned, often the hard way, upon moving here from a city is that remarks like that zoom quickly through the small town grapevine.

After a garden tour and visit with Judy, Debbie and I walked back to her vehicle for her drive back north to her home near Heronswood Nursery.  On the windshield, next to a little pot of Ajuga ‘Pink Silver‘ that I had given her a start of, we found the oddest note.

PiOnly the fact that it was on an index card, like we use for our daily time cards, tipped me off that it was from Allan.  I tracked him down weedeating in the back yard to tell him that we did not understand.  He said “It means if you don’t understand it, you don’t get any pie.”  Huh???   He had to give me a couple more hints before I got it…Pie on Porch!!  He had packaged some of his home made pumpkin pie in bite sized pieces for Debbie to snack on while driving.

(Judy’s review of Allan’s pumpkin pie:  “Allan’s pie is the best pumpkin pie I’ve had since my mom’s last which was probably 23 years ago. Excellent and more !”)

After Debbie’s departure, I moved a couple more wheelbarrows full of debris;  I had had no intention of finishing that project today.  It might get done on the next reasonably nice day off at home…or not until winter staycation time.

decreased pile

decreased pile

Now I can see the lower layer of good soil beginning to appear.

Now I can see the lower layer of good soil beginning to appear.

While collecting tall plants for the spooky avenue, I took some photos of the garden.

front garden rose

front garden rose

back garden, east bed

back garden, east bed

birdbath draped with fuchsia

birdbath draped with fuchsia

another hardy Fuchsia

another hardy Fuchsia

the spooky avenue, coming along nicely

the spooky avenue, coming along nicely

Before dusk, I took a four block walk to photograph some Halloween decorations on Lake, Spruce, and Willow Streets.

punkin

punkins

skulls

skulls

the scariest house

at the scariest house…I bet this thing will be in motion on Halloween night

Willows Street

Willows Street

I love this old house on Advent Avenue:

What stories it must have...

What stories it must have…

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

At dusk, I gathered the remaining Cox’s Orange Pippin apples from my little tree of that name.  The three orangey coloured ones were the ripest ones I had tried yet and oh MY!   I have never had an apple so good.  Allan agreed.  They have a citrusy overtone and put any other apple I have ever eaten to shame.

Cox's Orange Pippin

Cox’s Orange Pippin

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Saturday, 26 October, 2013

I had been photo-promoting the first Peninsula Cash Mob of the season for a couple of weeks on Facebook, teasing with photos of the wide range of local art at Bay Avenue Gallery in Ocean Park. We had to get up “early” on Saturday to get there….by 11:05. The starting time was 11:00. I was in suspense over whether or not the event would be successful.

window of Bay Avenue Gallery

window of Bay Avenue Gallery

Reflected in the gallery window is the old Taylor Hotel, now home of Adelaide’s coffee and the café that we had promoted as a possibility for cash mobbers to have lunch.

I should explain that “A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases and have a fun and positive impact on our local economy.” The Idea is to spend between $5 and $20 dollars. Usually a café is also mentioned for those who want to dine with friends and chat about the day (and life, the universe, and everything).

the main room of the gallery

the main room of the gallery

gallery staff waiting....

gallery staff waiting….

At the desk, above, is Lisa who organizes the Peninsula Edible Garden Tour.

The first group of shoppers and browsers arrived a little after 11:15 and the pace kept steady and most satisfying all day long.

I realized early on that a wonderful piece of art that I had, in the past, voted for people’s choice award (it won!) at the Peninsula Art Show was by our new friend Joe Chasse. It had been a creative sculpture somewhat like these:

by Joe Chassee

by Joe Chasse

I loved this description of Joe’s art:

joe

Joe Chasse

Joe Chasse

(We met Joe through artist Heather Ramsay of my favourite shop ever, NIVA green.)

The gallery continued to be well filled with people and I felt a great relief that the event was a success. One of the shoppers was our friend Debbie Teashon, writer and photographer of Rainyside Gardeners!

Debbie deciding what her cash mob purchase will be.

Debbie deciding what her cash mob purchase will be.

Carol Thompson began a plein air painting in the courtyard while her husband tended a barrel in which pots were baking:

painting and pots

painting and pots

barrel firing and painting

barrel firing and painting

fire

fire

I couldn’t help but notice the space between the Bay Avenue studio building (where classes are given and where artists can come work on projects). The narrow, damp area called out to be for a fabulous swale garden with stepping stones, and I was told a friend of the owners has exactly that in mind.

Just some of the offerings at the gallery, all by local artists:

lighthouse

card

flowers

clams

These three golfers might amuse Mr. Tootlepedal and his golfing friends as well as P.G. Wodehouse fans.

golfers three

golfers three

golf

cranberry plate by Karen Brownlee

cranberry plate by Karen Brownlee

steampunk jewelry

steampunk jewelry

flying machine

flying machine

You can see more art in the background as I appreciated the presence of various well liked local folk.

Charlene and Debbie, regular blog readers!

Charlene and Debbie, regular blog readers! (Charlene left me a Daphne plant the other day!)

Charlene in the foreground, Allan to the left

Charlene in the foreground, Allan to the left

local writer Birdie Etchison of the Olde Towne writers group

local writer Birdie Etchison of the Olde Towne writers group

Jan Richardson with Allan and local artist Martha Lee

Jan Richardson with Allan and local artist Martha Lee

Jan’s garden, Windy Meadows, was on the Peninsula garden tour in 2012, Her little cottages at Windy Meadows Pottery fill me with joy.

I like the originals even better.

I like the originals even better.

For lunch, Debbie and Allan and I met Michelle, cash mob co organizer. across the street at Adelaide’s.

Adelaide's Coffee

Adelaide’s Coffee

at Adelaide's

at Adelaide’s

Debbie, me, Michelle

Debbie, me, Michelle

Allan's artistic latte

Allan’s artistic latte

absolutely scrumptious turkey special with some kind of cranberry chutney

absolutely scrumptious turkey special with some kind of cranberry chutney-like sauce

Adelaide's also houses a small bookstore.

Adelaide’s also houses a small bookstore.

With lots of talk about cash mob itself, and Debbie and Michelle proving to be sympatico, lunch took well over an hour. Allan and I then returned to the gallery to take more photos.

Michelle arrives at the Gallery

Michelle arrives at the Gallery

The barrel firing had burned up a considerable amount of wood.

the pots were beginning to show...

the pots were just beginning to show…

Debbie had gone to her hotel (at the Breakers in Long Beach) by then. Just before four o clock, Allan and I walked three blocks east to the new shop Beach Home Old and New which will be “cash mobbed” in May. It is the first time we had been there. I found it completely charming.

Beach Home Old and New on Bay Avenue in Ocean Park

Beach Home Old and New on Bay Avenue in Ocean Park

utterly delightful!

utterly delightful!

We happened upon two artists there who assemble sturdily constructed garden decor with plates, and carefully picked our way around the plates laid on the floor.

My favourite:  Desert Rose

My favourite: Desert Rose

We stayed long enough to see the display set up.

We stayed long enough to see the display set up.

This is my kind of place. I love the alder used as decoration over the door between two rooms.

alder

alder branch

The owner, Bonnie, had described this new item as "insect balls" and then thought...oops!

The owner, Bonnie, had described this new item as “insect balls” and then thought…oops!

Orbs would be a better word.

In the same way that I realized I had voted for a piece of art by Joe Chasse once upon a time, when I saw shopkeeper Bonnie Lou Cozby’s photographs for sale, I recognized her style and knew that one of my favourite art pieces in my home is a photo by her, of sunflowers in the village of Nahcotta.

I’m so very taken with this shop that I have to share a string of photos. The funny thing is, I don’t shop much for home decor things, having so many items already from my grandmother. But I love everything here:

Beach Home Beach Home Beach Home

Beach Home

Beach Home

love the angry kitten at lower right!

Beach Home

Beach Home

Beach Home

I have a strong urge to go back and buy that angry kitten picture….but we probably will not be up there on the days (end of the week) when the shop is open…

When we walked back to Bay Avenue Gallery, we found that the pots in the barrel firing were enticingly peeking out of the ashes.

barrel

The next day, the gallery posted this photo of one of the resulting pots.

beautiful barrel fired pot

beautiful barrel fired pot, photo courtesy Bay Avenue Gallery

Allan and I had some time at home before our planned dinner out. We took that hour and a half to process and upload 161 photos to the Peninsula Cash Mob Facebook page for today’s event.

We then met Debbie at Pelicano Restaurant at the Port of Ilwaco and dined from 7 until 9:46 PM. Pelicano co owner Shelly (spouse of the amazing chef) once told me that when you book a table at Pelicano, “you own that table” till closing time. The pace is elegantly relaxed and of course Allan and Debbie and I had much to talk about. When we looked up, another restaurant had become empty and was being tidied by the staff. Shelly told us that we did not have to hurry to leave.

Pelicano host Shelly tells us not to worry about the late hour

Pelicano host Shelly tells us not to worry about the late hour

flowers by the door at Pelicano

flowers by the door at Pelicano

I’ll close with part of the menu for those who are interested in such things. It changes monthly and the food is delectable.

Pelicano October menu

Pelicano October menu

For those who are REALLY interested, Allan had the pasta, I had the scallops, and Debbie had the Vietnamese chicken. We each had our own serving of the chocolate pot de creme. It is too good to share.

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Friday, 25 October, 2013

Last July when Sheila and Debbie were here to have a pizza dinner during Peninsula garden tour weekend, I filled a cardboard box with papers from the dining room table in case the cold north wind inspired us to dine inside.  I did go through the papers as I boxed them to make sure I was not losing any urgent bills.  Three months later, ththat box still sits, unsorted, on the floor.  I might get the papers sorted when staycation finally arrives in mid-December.  Meanwhile, the cats enjoy assorted piles, to sleep on.

Mary and Smokey having a late October snooze

Mary and Smokey having a late October snooze

The workday started as usual with a little admiration of plants in the front garden at home.

Dichroa febrifuga

Dichroa febrifuga

white sanguisorba

white sanguisorba

Just down the street, Allan had already started loading debris that our client Larry had cut yesterday on the edge of his property.

Allan's photo of the rather large pile

Allan’s photo of the rather large pile

It was a big pile; Allan got it into one load.

It was a big pile; Allan got it into one load.

Meanwhile, I tidied up Larry and Robert’s garden by pulling some worn out Cosmos.

Their beauty berry still far outshines mine.

Their beauty berry still far outshines mine.

I think it is crazy that a hellebore is blooming now!

I think it is crazy that a hellebore is blooming now!

Larry and Robert's, looking south

Larry and Robert’s, looking south

pineapple sage

pineapple sage

I heard Judy’s voice talking to her dogs in her own courtyard and had to pop over to say hello and to photograph her gorgeous maples while they still had leaves.

over the courtyard fence

over the courtyard fence

maple

courtyard corner

courtyard corner

west

This birdbath looks perfect, much more than a round one would.

This birdbath looks perfect, much more than a round one would.

Two weeks earlier, Judy had taken a photo of one of the courtyard maples in its full autumn colour:

October 13th

13 October, photo by Judy Hornbuckle

by the driveway

back to 25 October: by the driveway

front garden

front garden

I walked the half block home as Allan finished loading, to get an empty bucket to make the compost bucket switch at Olde Towne.  While there the UPS man came with the first of the bulbs…fortunately, just the small box that comes from Colorblends.

and so it begins

and so it begins

I have resolved to start out by calling the sorting and planting of the bulbs “Bulb Time” instead of “Bulb Hell.”  We’ll see how long that lasts when the rest of the bulbs get here.

While Allan switched the buckets, I went into Larry’s shop, Antique Gallery, Too! and we made quick work of getting a couple of problems solved in setting up his new Facebook business page.

in Antique Gallery Too!, the sister store to the Antique Gallery

in Antique Gallery Too!, the sister store to the Antique Gallery

If you need a lamp...

If you need a lamp…

During Allan’s bucket switching errand, he encountered a friend who urgently needed some assistance and so I waited for him at Olde Towne with a coffee while he helped with the crisis elsewhere.  (It all turned out well in the end.)  Who should I find at the window table but our visiting friend Debbie T, working on her novel.  Since she was taking a break, our visit passed the time till Allan returned.  Fortunately, it was a day with only two jobs definitely planned, both of which could be shortened if need be.

Since our next stop was to head north to dump debris, we made a detour to check out a boat for Erin’s garden.  Oh yes, this will be perfect!

measuring a garden boat!

measuring a garden boat!

I will be able to fit a lot of bulbs in that, and am working on an arrangement to get it delivered to Erin’s garden before the end of November.

Then the actual workday resumed.  Upon arriving at Peninsula Landscape Supply to dump our debris, my heart warmed to see a good friend of mine.

the neighbour dog, Bob

the neighbour dog, Bob

Bob has a wonderful personality.

Bob has a wonderful personality.

In Peninsula Landscape Supply's u-pick dahlia garden

In Peninsula Landscape Supply’s u-pick dahlia garden

Finally, at 3:30 PM we started the workday I had originally planned for today, before Larry emailed about the pile of debris, and before our friend had a need for help.  I am so bored with deadheading Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ that I did not at all mind having to do a rather slipshod job of it!

a cute rig at Andersen's RV Park

a cute rig at Andersen’s RV Park

(Note the blue sky; it is quite sad that a certain blog reader I know came to the beach for just one day earlier in the week, hoping for the sunshine we were having here, and the day she was here was the one cold grey day this week.)

Then I helped Allan finish up his weeding project…a really tough one with lots of horrible white rooted couch grass.

before and after....

before and after….

It is such a ghastly area that we reset the rock to make the garden area smaller, so some of the grass can just be hit with the strimmer when it pops back up.

We got to The Anchorage Cottages shortly before five; that did not give us much time.  Fortunately, there was not a lot that urgently needed doing.

shrubs at The Anchorage

shrubs at The Anchorage

While it is normal to see the Arbutus (lower right, above) blooming now, I find it surprising that the three ceanothus are all in bloom.  In October.  That seems unusual.

One of the Anchorage guest’s cars had a bumper sticker with a message that I much appreciated.

next to "One People One Planet"

next to “One People One Planet”

faded bumper sticker

faded bumper sticker

As someone who strongly dislikes nationalist slogans like “God Bless America”,  I appreciate the sentiment “God bless the whole world; no exceptions”.   I would probably like that guest a lot; I first met my friend Patt through appreciation of her marriage equality bumper stickers.

At 6:20 we stopped off at Crank’s Roost to leave a housewarming present for Lisa and Buzz.  I had to take a photo of Allan’s wrapping paper job; he used some blue bubble wrap to represent the blue tile roof of their new home on the bay.

the box

the box

Inside was a book of which Allan is fond:  The Caliph’s House by Tahir Shah.  The true story would make the move into almost any house look easy in comparison.

I took a photo of Crank’s Roost in the dusk:

Crank's

my photo

Allan took a better one:

Allan's photo

Allan’s much better photo

At 6:30, we met Debbie Teashon of Rainyside Gardeners for dinner at the Depot Restaurant.  Here is a good example of the power of internet forums.  We had “met” on her Rainyside forum as early as the year 2000, then occasionally met in person at Joy Creek/Cistus Nursery “Rainyside get togethers”.  In 2005, Allan and I gathered with her, Sheila and others in Portland for a Rainyside weekend.  This past July, she came here for the Music in the Gardens tour, and this weekend she stayed at the cosy Arcadia Court Hotel,  belonging to someone she had “met” on another forum.  Meanwhile, my cash mob co-organizer, Michelle, just “met” Debbie on Facebook through me and comped her two nights in a suite at the Breakers resort, enabling her to stay through the entire weekend.  I have warned Deb of the danger of falling in love with the Long Beach Peninsula…and five days here of perfect weather and great food and good accommodations could be very seductive.

We talked for so long and with such enthusiasm that the restaurant had closed, all the other diners had left, the chef and his wife were having their own dinner,  and the staff was cleaning up around us when we finally stood to leave at 8:30.

Depot after closing

Depot after closing

Next: a social art and garden weekend…

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Another slight delay

After a busy day with the Peninsula Cash Mob and a delicious dinner at Pelicano with Debbie of Rainyside.com, where again we stayed past closing time, I am putting off blogging for another day.

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Slight delay

Dinner at the Depot Restaurant w Debbie from Rainyside.com. As often happens, we talked so long that the restaurant was closed and empty of other diners before we left our table. Back to blogging tomorrow.

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