Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Tuesday was intermittently rainy and became a day of blogging all about the Cannon Beach Cottage tour. We sort of called the weather wrong and could have worked and yet it was satisfying to get the cottage tour posts all done in one day. Allan was proud of the tasty dinner he made with tomatoes, apples, and peppers from the garden.
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
The Anchorage Cottages
I felt inspired to start working our way down the fall projects list by pruning viburnums at The Anchorage. I knew resort manager Beth did not like the viburnums being up over the gutters. Also the more leaves it has, the more it stinks when it rains. (Yes, this viburnum is a bit of a stinker.) It is unfortunate that they were planted so close to the cottages. I also wanted to make it possible for the staff to get back there to wash windows and do building maintenance. (The flowering quince in the corner is also due for a trim, but not today.)
If I had been a guest in the cottage behind the green wall, I’d have not wanted to lose the green privacy, so for that reason I felt bad about cutting it down. Beth thinks that guests will appreciate having more light.
I am obsessed with privacy and felt sad when the guest who IS staying in that room said, “I liked the privacy.” Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.
There is a new Japanese maple there that will grow up and provide some privacy without being right next to the wall.
Fortunately, the guest’s darling corgi gave me a kiss, which I was told was unusual, and everything was better. I had to choose between tree-like or shrub-like on that viburnum, and so much shrub-like growth had started from below that it was easier to cut it down than to keep clipping all the lower sprouts. My idea is that it will come back like the hedged virburnum in the center courtyard and can be allowed to be about a third of the way up the window for privacy.
Now we had a big trailer load of debris to dump so we drove up Sandridge Road to…
Peninsula Landscape Supply
…where I took some photos for their Facebook page while Allan offloaded the branches.
We live in the land of double wides, including living in one ourselves. On the way, Allan photographed one arriving while we waited on the shoulder to let them pass.
Not wanting to think about another project, I did not pursue my thought about the possible lower price of the peely water bowl.
On the way to our next job, we swung by the Wiegardt Gallery just to have a peek at our old garden which is now in the fine care of Todd, artist Eric’s brother. Who should be parked between us and the front garden but our good friend Bill Clearman, there to work on the carpentry of the front door.
Today was our week to go to Surside and attend to Marilyn’s garden.
The Miscanthus zebrinus below is all splayed out from wind, with a tidy little new tuft coming up in the middle. We could get in there and trim the old growth off, and we just might…next time. Although I kind of like the wild swirly wave-like look of it, I have forgotten what other good plants might be buried in there.
Klipsan Beach Cottages
At KBC, I was inspired to do another fall clean up project.
(I suddenly have an ominous feeling that I lost my start of that yellow tree peony in my own garden. Must look for it!)
As we gardened at KBC, the sky got continually darker and I wondered if we would be able to complete our next job before considerable rain arrived.
Golden Sands Assisted Living
The rain did hold off while we did almost an hour of strimming the lawn and weeding and deadheading in the Golden Sands courtyard.
As we drove home, the rain arrived with perfect timing. After yesterday’s watering, this will hold all the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters well into next week.