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Friday, 27 November 2015

tour

We got to eight of the studios on the tour.  Our day included a nursery and a garden visit, as well as a visit to a friend’s art studio, and those will be in our next post(s).

The Picture Attic

our friend Jean Nitzel's Picture Attic

our friend Jean Nitzel’s Picture Attic

The Picture Attic was an excellent place for photo processing during my pre-digital years on the Peninsula and now focuses on picture framing, craft supplies, and art classes.

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card making kits and framing supplies at The Picture Attic

card making kits and framing supplies at The Picture Attic

 

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The Hobbit Shop (Jim Unwin)

down a woodsy road to a magical place

down a woodsy road to a magical place

The Hobbit Shop

The Hobbit Shop

chairs made of pallets

chairs made of pallets sitting by the Unwin residence

an observer

an observer who watched all the comings and goings

I do love just using old branches for decoration.

I do love just using old branches for decoration.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Jim Unwin's art of carving

Jim Unwin’s art of carving

in the workshop

in the workshop

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Jim at work

Jim at work

ingredients for future projects

ingredients for future projects

Naquaiya’s Studio

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the sweet little residence

the sweet little residence

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the entryway

by the entryway

inside the studio

inside the studio

Bette Lu Krause

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leading the way....Allan's photo

leading the way….Allan’s photo

Betty Lu herself

Betty Lu herself

inside

inside

view from the window

view from the window

refreshments

refreshments

We especially like Bette Lu's art

We especially like Bette Lu’s art

And look who crossed paths with us just as we left the Krause studio:

chatting outside with Our Kathleen

chatting outside with Our Kathleen

Don Perry Metal Art

Don's studio; I brought my walking stick for his steep driveway.

Don’s studio; I brought my walking stick for his steep driveway.

Allan's photo, summery weather

Allan’s photo, summery weather

quail and driftwood

quail and driftwood

crab and mermaid

crab and mermaid

inside

inside

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All the metal “sayings” had to do with wine.  However, Don said he could make me one of a garden quotation, so I am pondering that.  Gardening is the slowest of the performing arts?  No…I think Village Green Preservation Society!  That’s it!

Before the next studio, we drove through Oysterville and had a walk through our favourite garden there.  That will be tomorrow’s post!  Then on to…

Carol Couch Watercolors

Carol's dream house that she designed for beauty and comfort

Carol’s dream house that she designed for beauty and comfort

so excited to revisit this house that I love that I had a shaky hand

so excited to revisit this pretty little house that I love that I had a shaky hand

inside the studio, where we found Our Kathleen again

inside the studio, where we found Our Kathleen again

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the living room

the living room

a house full of light

a house full of light

The stromboli was so delicious...

The stromboli was so delicious…

and here is the recipe.

and here is the recipe.

in the kitchen

in the kitchen

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dream deck on north side of the house

dream deck on north side of the house

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Marshmallows for toasting were provided for tour guests.

view from the deck

view from the deck

a hummingbird by the deck (Allan's photo)

a hummingbird by the deck (Allan’s photo)

Wiegardt Studio Gallery

We visited the gallery of Todd’s brother, Eric, and of course had a good look at the garden that we used to do.

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Todd has the garden looking tidy, mulched, with weed free gravel.

Allan's photo of our favourite tiny bun: a dianthus

Allan’s photo of our favourite tiny bun: a dianthus

I think I see deer prints.

I think I see deer prints.

tidy, with a handsome fence repair by our good friend Bill Clearman

tidy, with a handsome fence repair by our good friend Bill Clearman

Bill recently repaired the fence and front door.

Bill Clearman recently repaired the fence and front door.

Todd is winning the battle against montbretia, a battle I never had time to wage here.

Todd is winning the battle against montbretia, a battle I never had time to wage here.

Allan touring the garden.

Allan touring the garden.

Indoors, we found the bouquet that I had provided some of the ingredients for two days ago.

Todd's autumnal bouquet

Todd’s autumnal bouquet

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It was a pleasure to visit Eric’s glorious art again.

the gallery

the gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Eric Wiegardt Gallery

Our good friend Christl was working on framing in the workshop area.  She said she knew we would show up for the tour day because she had read our intentions in this blog.  That made me happy.

Our Kathleen, Christl hard at work

Our Kathleen, Christl hard at work (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Christl: Allan’s photo

Karen Brownlee Pottery

After a side visit and cup of tea at our friend Joe’s gallery (not on the official tour and needs it own journal entry), we ended at about one second before closing time at Karen Brownlee’s pottery studio.  She graciously told us she had been about to post that she would stay open late.

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen in her studio

Karen in her studio

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; Karen tells us what she is up to.

She was making a piece of this kind...

She was making a piece of this kind…

...by doing this.

…by doing this.

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

Karen Brownlee Pottery

I especially like the cranberry pattern.

I especially like the cranberry pattern.

photo borrowed from Karen. I love these pumpkins.

photo borrowed from Karen. I love these pumpkins and apples.

Karen wrapping our purchases.

Karen wrapping our purchases.

I can’t show you what we bought this year; our main mission was Christmas cards, and a few presents just may have been purchased, as well.

Tomorrow, and maybe the next day, too: the rest of our long and eventful day including a garden visit and tea at our friend Joe’s studio.  Regular readers have already read yesterday’s post which included our evening at the Sou’wester listening to the Skinks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

I woke at 7:30 to a heavy frost covering the garden, still too dark to take photos of it even if I felt like getting that cold.  So I fretted for awhile about the need to go out and do some post-frost clean up in Long Beach.  When Allan arose, he had to make pies for tonight’s potluck before we could go out and work; the work part came as rather a shock to him as he had had no warning of it other than the “post frost clean up” list on the work board.

Allan making pies with ginger snap crusts

Allan making pies with ginger snap crusts

The recipe was one that Our Kathleen had found online.

The recipe was one that Our Kathleen had found online.  It turned out deliciously.

The sunny day would have called me into my own garden. (Acanthus 'Hollard's Gold' from our front porch)

The sunny day would have called me into my own garden. (Acanthus ‘Hollard’s Gold’ from our front porch)

Long Beach

After the pies were out of the oven, we emerged from staycation to do the post frost clean up in Long Beach.

The front of the welcome sign, with the bidens on the edge STILL not ready to pull.

The front of the welcome sign, with the bidens on the edge STILL not ready to pull.

The bidens WILL come out when we make our last bulb planting go-round.

The bidens WILL come out when we make our last bulb planting go-round.

I like the look of new and old flowers on the echibeckia.

I like the look of new and old flowers on the echibeckia.

At least the back of the sign clearly had some bacopa on the edge that could be pulled.

At least the back of the sign clearly had some bacopa on the edge that could be pulled.

In Fifth Street Park, the gunnera was down.

In Fifth Street Park, the gunnera was down.

Allan clipped the stems and laid old leaves over the crown for winter protection.

Allan clipped the stems and laid old leaves over the crown for winter protection.

Meanwhile, I trimmed any planters that looked like this...blue flowers or not...they had to go today.

Meanwhile, I trimmed any planters that looked like this…blue flowers (Geranium ‘Rozanne’ or not…they had to go today.

primroses under the tree in front of Malai Thai restaurant.

primroses under the tree in front of Malai Thai restaurant.

another primrose under the same tree

another primrose under the same tree

'Twas time to chop down the pineapple sage in Fifth Street Park

‘Twas time to chop down the pineapple sage in Fifth Street Park (center)

Fifth Street Park's NW quadrant

Fifth Street Park’s NW quadrant

When I clipped back the foliage of California poppies in front of The Hungry Harbor Grille, even though the leaves still looked pretty fine, the owner came out and said thank you.  This validated my opinion that most people like to see planters looking tidy now instead of having old foliage hanging on till a frost hard enough to turn it black comes along.

Allan's photo: Gaura 'So White' in Fish Alley

Allan’s photo: Gaura ‘So White’ in Fish Alley, before and after

Also I just can’t keep coming out and checking on planters every time there is a frost.  It is time to be done.

northernmost planter, Geranium 'Rozanne' still blooming...

northernmost planter, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ still blooming…

It got the chop anyway.

It got the chop anyway.

We took the debris, clean and not weedy, home to our debris pile.

We took the debris, clean and not weedy, home to our debris pile.

Ilwaco

But first, we cleaned up the Ilwaco planters.

These pedestrians crossed the street to avoid me.

These pedestrians crossed the street to avoid me.

Perhaps they were going to the free community Thanksgiving dinner that was taking place at the Inn at Harbour Village just down the street.

Perhaps they were going to the free community Thanksgiving dinner that was taking place at the Inn at Harbour Village just down the street.

As dusk approached, we limbed up some of the street trees at the intersection of Main and First.  I was especially pleased to make the sign for the Portside Café more visible (and just wish I had taken before and after photos as it was not showing at all from this direction before).

Portside neon sign

Portside neon sign

Allan's photo: at the port at dusk

Allan’s photo: at the port at dusk

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the work board: If only I had remembered to do the Ilwaco Post Office planter!

the work board: If only I had remembered to do the Ilwaco Post Office planter!

We had only a half hour turn around time before going out again to the potluck Thanksgiving dinner at…

The Sou’wester

Allan's photo: entering the pavilion

Allan’s photo: entering the pavilion

the pavilion tables set for the potluck

the pavilion tables set for the potluck

two tables loaded with food

Two tables were laden with food (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

an accidental photo that our dining companions quite liked (by Allan)

an accidental photo that our dining companions quite liked (by Allan)

in the pavilion (Allan's photo); the Sou'wester loves vinyl.

in the pavilion (Allan’s photo); the Sou’wester loves vinyl.

Kathleen’s curried carrot salad with raisins was so good (and I usually don’t like raisins) that I made a note of her recipe:

curried carrot raisin salad

curried carrot raisin salad

group raising a toast, photo courtesy The Sou'wester

group raising a toast, photo courtesy The Sou’wester

Later, we all adjourned to the warmer living room in the lodge for an array of desserts.  I managed to get a video (still dark ish) that shows the motion of that sign that I love.

Sou'wester vintage Spartan trailers (Allan's photo)

Sou’wester vintage Spartan trailers (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The dessert table; that's Sou'wester owner Thandi's mum on the right.

The dessert table; that’s Sou’wester owner Thandi’s mum on the right.

Thandi’s mother made several desserts including baklava and Turkish delight.

an array of delights

an array of delights

me, our Kathleen, and Julez, the owner of Salt Hotel

me, our Kathleen, and Julez, the owner of Salt Hotel

replete (Allan's photo)

replete (Allan’s photo)

Friday, 27 November 2015

Today’s excursion to the Peninsula Art Association Studio Tour will be a separate post, tomorrow.

Just down the street, the Ocean Lightning is parked where a boat called the Ocean Thunder used to sit.

Just down the street, the Ocean Lightning is parked where a boat called the Ocean Thunder used to sit.

post office planter, before and after

post office planter, before and after

We drove onto the Anchorage Cottages property just enough to see if the calla lilies had gone to mush. They had not.

We drove onto the Anchorage Cottages property just enough to see if the calla lilies had gone to mush. They had not.  So we backed out and returned to the studio tour.

At home after the studio tour: Only two frost clean ups and one go-round with bulbs (and Allan’s mulching of the library/community building garden) stands between us and true staycation.

amended work board with all Ilwaco clean up erased.

amended work board with all Ilwaco clean up erased.

At 7:30, we were off again to an event I’d been looking forward to for a couple of months:

The Skinks (are the Village Green Preservation Society) at the Sou’wester

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WE are the Village Green Preservation Society so that song is one of my favourites.  Can one song be my favourite ever?  I deeply regret having forgotten that my camera takes a few seconds to set up for a movie, so I missed the all important first few words on the following clip that does get across how well The Skinks captured the chugging, clunky, proto-punk, endearing sound of the Kinks.

God save the village green!

The Skinks filled my heart with joy.

The Skinks filled my heart with joy.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

from the song Village Green by the Kinks (from the same album):

I miss the village green,
And all the simple people.
I miss the village green,
The church, the clock, the steeple….

And I will return there….
And we’ll sip tea, laugh,
And talk about the village green.
We will laugh and talk about the village green. 

It’s not often that a much anticipated event lives up to one’s expectation.  This evening was one of the those times.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

at home with the cats, catching up on this blog

at home with the cats, catching up on this blog and doing some billing for our November work

In the afternoon, we attended the Long Beach city council’s budget workshop about the distribution of the Business and Occupancy tax monies.

Allan's photo, city council in session

Allan’s photo, city council in session

We were especially impressed with Del Murry’s council skills (second from left, in black) and we are happy to report that the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market funding was approved.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Allan's photo: ice!

Allan’s photo: ice! in the Lake Street puddles

I slept ridiculously long and felt guilty when I saw the sun was out…till I realized that the morning had been cold and icy.  In the afternoon, the weather inspired me to put in four hours of intense gardening.

in bloom: Jasminum nudiflorum on the east fence

in bloom: Jasminum nudiflorum on the east fence

Jasminum nudliforum

Jasminum nudliforum

Mahonia in Allan's garden

Mahonia in Allan’s garden

Icy birdbath made me feel better about sleeping late.

Icy birdbath made me feel better about sleeping late.

bird bath ice

bird bath ice

Allan mowing; the lawn had gotten long during all the rain and then a week of workdays.

Allan mowed; the lawn had gotten long during all the rain and then a week of workdays.

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Allan's photo, before he mowed the lawn

Allan’s photo, before he mowed around the fire circle

perhaps the final mowing of the year

perhaps the final mowing of the year

a belated kniphofia

a belated kniphofia

penstemon

penstemon

penstemon, Geranium 'Rozanne' and Erysimum 'Winter Orchid'

penstemon, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’

I decided to tackle the project of moving the floppy sanguisorbas from the front to the back (moister) garden.

front path view, before, looking west

front path view, before, looking west

before, looking east

before, looking east

a large frog awoken from a sanguisorba nap

a large frog awoken from a sanguisorba nap

Allan's photo: a large frog in my gloved hands, disturbed in the front garden

Allan’s photo: a large frog in my gloved hands, disturbed in the front garden. “NOW I’m awake.”

relocated to a wilder spot in the back garden

relocated to a wilder spot in the back garden

The sanguisorbas that got so floppy in dry soil got moved to the back.

The sanguisorbas that got so floppy in dry soil (like the ones above) got moved to the back garden.

Some with a more upright form were allowed to stay.

Some with a more upright form were allowed to stay.

I bagged some to give away to friend at dinner tonight.  This one, infested with carex, went into the garbage can.

I bagged some to give away to friend at dinner tonight. This one, infested with a too-vigorous carex, went into the garbage can.

back garden, mowed

back garden, mowed

future staycation project: arrange some of the river rock around the back of the boat

future staycation project: arrange some of the river rock around the back of the boat

We hauled a few more plants into the greenhouse.

We hauled a few more plants into the greenhouse.

Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' in Allan's garden

Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’ in Allan’s garden

Allan put his mother's pot, now a water feature, away for the winter.

Allan put his mother’s pot, now a water feature, away for the winter.

It would be a shame if it froze and broke.

It would be a shame if it froze and broke.

I don't think I'm supposed to put my sarracenia in the greenhouse...

I don’t think I’m supposed to put my sarracenia planter into the greenhouse…

I did put it in a small sheltered spot.

I did put it in a small sheltered spot.

This had been my breakfast view.

This had been my breakfast view.

same view, end of the afternoon

same view, end of the afternoon

front path, end of day, looking west

front path, end of day, looking west

and looking east

and looking east

I was deeply pleased to have the sanguisorbas dug (and, later in the evening, Todd and Dave & Mel seemed happy to each get one in a big trash bag).  Last year at this time, I’d gone out to dig them and been discouraged by how hard it was and given up, so there they had sat for a whole ‘nother year..  Today, I asked for Allan’s help with only one of them.

At the end of the work session, I also asked Allan if he could “sometime” put one more line of wire along the sidewalk side of the garden.  With more plants cut down, I feared the deer would be inspired to try to jump over.  It seemed that in just moments, I turned around and he had it done.

deer proof

deer proof, with a second wire added above (not very visible)

Allan finishing the second wire

Allan finishing the second wire

Allan's photo: dusk

Allan’s photo: dusk

We had a dinner engagement with Dave, Melissa, and Todd. Shortly before dark, Todd texted to ask if I had anything in the garden that would look good in a bouquet that he needed to make on Friday.  Allan and I hightailed it to the port, where we knew of a red twig dogwood that could be clipped.

Allan's photo: Local kiteflier Dave was walking his kite through the port parking lot despite the cold evening temperature.

Allan’s photo: Local kite flier Dave was walking his kite through the port parking lot despite the cold evening temperature.

From my own garden, I gathered some elephant garlic heads, some sanguisorba flowers, and some more  twiggy bits.  Two days later, we got to see the resulting bouquet at the Wiegardt Gallery during the studio tour.

studio tour sneak preview, Todd's autumnal arrangement

studio tour sneak preview, Todd’s autumnal arrangement

The Depot Restaurant

Burger Night (Wednesdays during off season)

Burger Night (Wednesdays during off season): Melissa, Allan, Dave, Todd

burger night at The Depot (Allan's photo)

burger night at The Depot (Allan’s photo)

We began our burger night meal at 7 and were the last to leave the restaurant.

 

 

 

 

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Here’s our garden bed on the north side of the Depot Restaurant dining deck through the year.  Some of the plants:  tulips and narcissi, Cosmos ‘Sensation’ mix, lilies, Solidago ‘Fireworks’, Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’, Eryngiums, Verbascum, and hops on the lattice.  How quickly a year goes.  Just before we did this year’s fall clean up, we were dining at the Depot and Allan said we had “just cut the hops down”.  I suddenly had a strong tactile memory of the way the vines feel as I clip them and it did seem we must have already done it this fall and forgotten about it.  But when we went outside after dinner, the hops were still there, so that powerful memory came from a year before and seemed like it had just happened.

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23 Nov: erasing fall clean up

Monday, 23 November 2015

Would the rain hold off long enough to let us get the last of the fall clean up done?

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breakfast table view

I'm longing for staycation so I can stay home with cats and books.

I’m longing for staycation so I can stay home with cats and books.

my Tetrapanax

my Tetrapanax

I wish the Tetrapanax had time for these buds to open.

I wish the Tetrapanax had time for these buds to open.

On the way to our first job, I did some clipping at the Post Office, and would have done more weeding and tidying were it not for an audience of two that formed.  One of the two audience members had a van covered with evangelical religious slogans so I decided to hightail it out of there before getting proselytized.

Post Office garden, almost all tidied

Post Office garden, almost all tidied

Port of Ilwaco

Yesterday evening, I’d erased the port from the fall clean up list on the work board, and yet I was still bothered by the thought of the unclipped  lavender in the port office curbside garden.  So we clipped it.

before

before

after (with the UPS truck)

after (with the UPS truck)

Garden: much better. Next week this truck will be bringing me, Dave and Mel, and Todd one more box of bulbs to share.

Garden: much better. Next week this truck will be bringing me, Dave and Mel, and Todd one more box of bulbs to share.

dump run

We still had a large load of debris, from Marilyn’s garden, that had to go to the dump.

to the dump, east of Sandridge Road

to the dump, east of Sandridge Road

entering with 5980 pounds.

entering with 5980 pounds.

to the wood and yard waste pile, straight ahead ($15 a load for clean green)

to the wood and yard waste pile, straight ahead ($15 a load for clean green)

muddy and I had no boots, so Allan offloaded

muddy and I had no boots, so Allan offloaded.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Out with 5640 pounds.

Out with 5640 pounds.  Comes to 340 lbs of garden debris from Marilyn’s yesterday.

Long Beach

Ah, here are the chrysanthemums that I meant to photograph a couple of days ago.

Ah, here are the chrysanthemums that I meant to photograph a couple of days ago.

We began out on the Bolstadt beach approach, figuring that would be the most unpleasant place to be if the rain or wind came.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

remains of a beer and smokes picnic in one of the planters

remains of a beer and smokes picnic in one of the planters

Thirteen sections of weedy mess in the beach approach garden loom in our weeding future next year.

looking east

looking east

and west

and west

the horrible prospect

the horrible prospect

grass in the rugosa roses

grass in the rugosa roses

I could weep.

I could weep.

The Horror!

The Horror!

Long Beach does not pay us enough to be able to hire Dave and Mel and/or Todd to help us with this mess next year, even if they were kind enough to help.  I am obsessed with the LB job, but our gardener friends have no reason to devote their time doing such hard and nasty weeding for less than top dollar.

At least, with fewer jobs, Allan and I hope to be able to get to this earlier next year.  (Like financial fools, we gave away our highest paying jobs and kept this one, out of love, I guess!)

One last rugosa rose flower.

One last rugosa rose flower.

Today, we just tidied the planters and pulled crocosmia from the garden.  There is no point in wasting the city’s money on weeding in November, when the weeds would have just returned by early springtime.

Crocosmia Lucifer among the roses

Crocosmia Lucifer among the roses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photos, before

and after

and after

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The vista grew dark; I was sure a downpour would arrive any second. It did not.

The vista grew dark; I was sure a downpour would arrive any second. It did not.

The easternmost roses, protected by this building from the southwest wind, are tallest.

The easternmost roses, protected by this building from the southwest wind, are tallest.

The parking lot berms just east of downtown also got some attention.  Their weed quotient is also high, and again, it is not worth the city’s money or our time to weed them before winter, so we just pulled crocosmia and clipped Stipa gigantea.

shabby looking center berm

shabby looking center berm

I often wonder what the story is with this little house.

I often wonder what the story is with this little house.

Stipa gigantea, before

Stipa gigantea, before

and after

and after

before and after, Allan's photos

before and after, Allan’s photos

Sheets of grass have returned with the autumn rains.

Sheets of grass have returned with the autumn rains.

Even the biggest dandelions must wait till next early spring.

Even the biggest dandelions must wait till next early spring.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in 2016: must have some mulch to loosen up these beds.

in 2016, must have some mulch to loosen up these beds.

This year, the crocosmia we pulled last month is already coming back in the mild weather.

This year, the crocosmia we pulled last month is already coming back in the mild weather.

I think the solution for those flat grassy sunken areas is to just plant more Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.  I always have it to spare, and it does keep the grass down, and the tourists like it.  Or even more mugo pines.  Or…something.  More ornamental grasses. Red hot poker seems to prevail over weeds. Delicate perennials get trodden upon or choked up with grasses.  Anything planted here must survive the summer with NO supplemental water.  This year was a harsh test and I am impressed with all that survived.

Next, we groomed the planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach.

The furthest west planter is the only one still done by volunteers, Back Country Horse Rides.  They filled it with annuals.  And watered it frequently.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, before weeding it today

I guess we should have been checking up on it this fall!

I guess we should have been checking up on it this fall!

Allan's photo, after weeding. If the geraniums were mine, I would pull them now.

Allan’s photo, after weeding. If the geraniums were mine, I would pull them now.  I did not as there is just a faint chance they might make it through a mild winter.

before and after, Allan's photos

before and after (Allan’s photos)

We clipped the tiny pocket garden at the World Kite Museum.  While we were there, Museum Store manager Patty came outside and said “I knew I’d see you soon because I saw our name on your work board!” (on this blog).  That made my day.

Kite Museum: We did not clip the Oregano 'Hopley's Purple' because it adds winter interest.

Kite Museum: We did not clip the Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’ because it adds winter interest.

Our last Long Beach task: to trim the roses on the south wall of the police station.  They were about six inches out over the sidewalk, along which folks will be walking to get to the Christmas festivities at Veterans Field.

Long Beach Police Station

“Well, well, well. What do we have here then?” says the British bobby in Christmas lights.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Roses clipped back

Roses clipped back (Rosa rugosa ‘Blanc Double De Coubert’)

Veterans Field from next to the police station

Veterans Field from next to the police station

Meanwhile, two members of the city crew had been decorating the city Christmas tree in Veterans Field.

Vet Field tree being installed and decorated

Vet Field tree being installed and decorated

crew

stringing the lights

stringing the lights

flying bird of the day? Allan's photo

flying bird of the day? Allan’s photo

We won’t get to see the tree lighting ceremony on December 5th because it conflicts with the lighting of Ilwaco’s Crab Pot Christmas Tree.

Just before 4 o’clock, we dumped our large load of Long Beach debris at city works.

The front mountain of debris is from out of the city parks and planters.

The front mountain of debris is from out of the city parks and planters over the last couple of weeks.

The rain that had been forecast for 3 PM arrived at 4 as we were on our way not only to our last job of the day but to the last job of the fall 2015 fall clean up.

as we head south down Pacific Highway

as we head south down Pacific Highway

The Depot Restaurant

I’d decided to do a pre-emptive removal of the annuals in the Depot window boxes (planted by Basket Case Greenhouse owner Nancy Aust).  A restaurant needs to look good always, and this way we won’t have to rush up there and check on the windowboxes any time there’s a frost.  Last year, we drove by several times during staycation to check on the Annuals That Would Not Die (till they finally did).

before: The escallonia in front of the Clamshell Railroad interpretive sign would like to be ten feet tall.

before: The escallonia in front of the Clamshell Railroad interpretive sign would like to be ten feet tall.

after: Allan clipped it. I did not have the heart to pull the annuals in the barrels.

after: Allan clipped it. I did not have the heart to pull the annuals in the barrels.

before and after (Allan's photos)

before and after (Allan’s photos)

after: windowboxes decorated with some redtwig dogwood

after: windowboxes decorated with some redtwig dogwood

after: Allan also clipped the boxleaf honeysuckle

after: Allan also clipped the Lonciera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’ (boxleaf honeysuckle).

And then the rain came in earnest.

And then the rain came in earnest.

That is it for the fall clean up.  We are now on Staycation(ish).  The “ish” is because we will have to emerge to do post-frost go-rounds of most of the gardens, and plant a few more bulbs here and there from the end of season sale order I made yesterday.  (Why???)  Oh, and I will have to spend some time doing billing!

To celebrate, we decided to dine at the restaurant of a friend who appreciates the importance of arriving at staycation time.

Captain Bob’s Chowder

the season sea serpent in Fifth Street Park

the season sea serpent in Fifth Street Park, as we arrive at Captain Bob’s

with that banner that I want for my arbour (but it costs 3-4 thousand dollars!)

with that poinsettia banner that I want for my arbour (but it costs 3-4 thousand dollars!)

Allan's photo. I have banner envy.

Allan’s photo. I have banner envy.

Captain Bob's right behind Fifth Street Park

Captain Bob’s right behind Fifth Street Park

Allan's photo, including the corner of Marsh's Free Museum

Allan’s photo, including the corner of Marsh’s Free Museum

Captain Bob's: aglow and inviting

Captain Bob’s: aglow and inviting

Inside: almost closing time (it is mostly a lunch café)

Inside: almost closing time (it is mostly a lunch café although good for early dinners and take out)

a view of the Christmas lights

a view of the Christmas lights

We got almost the last of the chowder, and two delicious crab rolls.

We got almost the last of the chowder, and two delicious crab rolls.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Cathy, who is going to close through Thanksgiving, gave us a to go container with the rest of her yummy crab mix for us to enjoy later tonight.

as we leave Captain Bob's

as we leave Captain Bob’s

In this regrettably slightly jerky video clip, you can see the NW and NE quadrants of Fifth Street Park, ending at the World’s Largest Frying Pan.  I tried to do a better version but a passerby kept wanting to talk to me about it!

at home

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The fall clean up list is erased from the right side of the work board.

Just have a gander at that work board.  The frost check up list is easier than it looks and would probably only take a day, day and a half at most.  As for the library garden mulching, that is Allan’s job (although I might help).

And have a gander at THIS, as well:

The first wave of staycation reading from the library. (I'm presently reading The Family Man by Elinor Lipman.)

The first wave of staycation reading from the library. (I’m presently reading The Family Man by Elinor Lipman.)

Gardening books I have acquired and not yet read...

Gardening books I have acquired and not yet read…

AND this book of fiction and cartoons lent to me by Bayside Garden Steve!

AND this book of fiction and cartoons lent to me by Bayside Garden Steve!

I already am feeling that while staycation might last till the end of January, it won’t be long enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

The plan was to get right out the door and get a lot done, polishing off the Port and boatyard gardens and the last few tasks in Long Beach.  However, upon looking at my phone before breakfast, I found a text from Todd that the Van Engelen end of season sale had begun.  This led to a phone call with Todd, who was working with Dave and Melissa at the Oysterville garden, as I scribbled down what each of them wanted from the order, and of course I ordered some more for myself.  Much discussion seemed necessary, leading to some anxiety at the end when I saw that the company will only hold the chosen items in one’s “wheelbarrow” for 20 minutes, as the competition nationwide is fierce for these choice and well priced items.

frantic bulbs scribblings

frantic bulbs scribblings

Allan's photo, after the bulb ordering frenzy

Allan’s photo, after the morning’s bulb ordering mayhem

We therefore got out the door later than I had planned to the gardens at…

Port of Ilwaco

We started at the easternmost garden on Howerton Avenue.  A glance at the weather on the way there had me thinking hard about altering the day’s plan.  Rain tomorrow would make it likely that we might drive all the way to Marilyn’s garden and then get rained out.  Just perhaps we could get the port done in time to do Marilyn today and Long Beach tomorrow.

looking west, before

looking west down Howerton, before

before: blurry with low weeds

before: blurry with low weeds

I was thrilled that the weeds peeled off ever so easily (due to having mulched with cow fiber a year or more ago).  We did not even seem to lose much soil with the sheets of weeds (grasses and little dandelions).

 

after

after

after

after

Allan noticed a kayak launching and went for a closer look.  He commented to me that the boater was going out on a falling tide.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: a Sunny Inflatable Kayak made for backpacking

At my request, Allan took out a few more Pacific Reed Grass by the Ilwaco pavilion.  They reseed like mad and I prefer to have just one group of three in this area (which is in a stretch with the original plantings of lots of too-big shrubs).

Allan's photo: before

Allan’s photo: before with one already removed

after. I just don't love that particular grass.

after. I just don’t love that particular grass.  I try but….can’t…

I clipped the lavenders at the Port Office south side garden.

I clipped the lavenders at the Port Office south side garden.

the view with a falling tide

the view with a falling tide

I debated whether to clip these lavenders on the north side of the port office:

clipping dilemma

clipping dilemma

I decided not to, for lack of time, and on the theory that gardeners could go either way on that question, and non gardeners will probably not notice the difference.  My time decision proved to be wise. I may still be tempted to clip them on the last go-round after a hard frost.

Time Enough Books garden with ceanothus in full bloom, again

Time Enough Books garden with ceanothus in full bloom, again

freaky out of season ceanothus

freaky out of season ceanothus

Allan's photo: no time for a café lunch today

Allan’s photo: no time for a café lunch today

Allan weeding in the river rock bed at Salt Hotel.

Allan weeded in the river rock bed at Salt Hotel.  (his photo)

two westernmost beds....

two westernmost beds…an after but not a before. We left loads of poppy seedlings; the peskiest problem here was a dandelion infestation.

I was feeling hopeful about Marilyn’s.  Next, the boatyard garden.  Allan had weeded it while I was sorting bulbs, so today’s mission was to pull cosmos and sweet peas.

the biggest most amazing sweet pea of the year (Allan's photo)

the biggest most amazing sweet pea of the year (Allan’s photo); it was ‘Black Knight’.

boatyard: yarrow still blooming

boatyard: yarrow and blue globe thistle still blooming

Knautia macedonica still blooming; lots of poppy seedlings

Knautia macedonica still blooming; lots of poppy seedlings

Persicaria 'Firetail' still blooming

Persicaria ‘Firetail’ still blooming

not a perfect job...trying not to blow out the port's budget with end of season perfection

not a perfect job…trying not to blow out the port’s budget with end of season perfection

Although I long to clip the santolinas, last time I did so in the fall, many died over the winter. I will wait till at least mid February.

Although I long to clip the santolinas, last time I did so in the fall, many died over the winter. I will wait till at least mid February.

looking north upon two blocks of boatyard garden, as good as it is going to get till 2016

looking north upon two blocks of boatyard garden, as good as it is going to get till 2016

Last thing at the port today (other than dumping debris): limbing up a columnar pear at the request of a business, for traffic sightline:

before

before

after

after

As I had hoped, we were done by 2:30.  I figured it would take half an hour to get to Marilyn’s, way up in Surfside, giving us two hours before dark.

Marilyn’s garden

It took 40 minutes to get there via Sandridge and Joe Johns Road.  We pushed ourselves to get as much done as we could, as this will be the last of the fall clean up (except for a possible post-frost visit to pull some mushy foliage here and there).

before, looking west from the driveway

before, looking west from the driveway

two hours later

two hours later

Allan's photos: trimming along the east side of the house

Allan’s photos: trimming along the east side of the house, before

and after; might not look much different, but he emerged with a lot of clipped shrubbery

and after; might not look much different, but he emerged with a lot of clipped shrubbery, so no branches will bang on the gutters on windy nights.

In this third session of fall clean up at Marilyn’s, we ended up clipping way more than we usually do in this wildlife friendly garden.  This year, I felt inspired to reveal the shapes of the grasses and shrubs more.  I will be curious to here whether this has any effect on how much the deer bed down in the garden.  They certainly will have fewer places to hide while sleeping.

one of Allan's projects, before

one of Allan’s projects, before, looking south

and after. The pesky montbretia was the only perennial here when the lot was newly cleared, and it persists.

and after. The pesky montbretia was the only perennial here when the lot was newly cleared, and it persists.

looking north, before and after

looking north, before and after

path before, looking south

path before, looking south, before

before: another miscanthus that had grown a fresh new center after the outside flopped open.

before: another miscanthus that had grown a fresh new center after the outside flopped open.

after, in the gloaming

after, in the gloaming, with the buddliea (a sterile form) clipped, as well

I clipped madly till almost dark, with Allan pointing out that if I did not stop it would be mighty hard to clean up.

after, looking northwest

after, looking northwest

My good friend Scooter came to visit at sunset.

My good friend Scooter came to visit at sunset.

basic fall clean up: as done here as it is going to get

basic fall clean up: as done here as it is going to get.  (Bye bye, Scooter!)

Allan lashing down the load; we will be stuck with it overnight.

Allan lashing down the load; we will be stuck with it overnight.

Allan's photo: moonrise over the trailer

Allan’s photo: moonrise over the lashed-in trailer

at home

Bulbs have made a reappearance on the work board.  The Long Beach planters would benefit by my sharing my soon-t0-arrive very early blooming crocus tommasinianus and iris reticulata with them.

work board tonight

work board tonight

Staycation is so close: just that short fall clean up column and, later, one day of post-frost checkups from south to north.  I think, because cold weather is due this week, we can do a pre-emptive strike on the Depot windowbox annuals tomorrow, and finish Long Beach, if only it does not rain too much.

 

 

 

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

My big plan for the day was to get Klipsan Beach Cottages and Marilyn’s garden both erased from the fall clean up work list, and then to finish Ilwaco and Long Beach tomorrow and have staycation begin on Monday.  (Except for the post frost clean up.)  Didn’t quite work out that way.

We pulled the last of the cosmos out of the post office garden.

We pulled the last of the cosmos out of the post office garden.

post office window

post office window

Before driving north, we swung by the west end of the port to get some photos of the crab pot tree decorating party.

My good friend Misty was there.

My good friend Misty was there.  (That’s Allan taking photos.)

Misty getting her butt scritched.

Misty getting her butt scritched.

That meant our gardening client Diane was there, also.

Diane decorating the crab pot tree

Diane decorating the crab pot tree

Saturday Market manager Bruce Peterson on the right

Saturday Market manager Bruce Peterson on the right

Our former garden client and realtor Cheri Diehl (Discovery Coast Real Estate)

Our former garden client and realtor Cheri Diehl (Discovery Coast Real Estate)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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On the way to KBC, we dumped yesterday’s last partial load of debris in the city works pile, figuring we would need room for lots more at Marilyn’s.

park debris from Long Beach, and a sign we found floating in Fifth Street Park pond yesterday.

park debris from Long Beach, and a sign we found floating in Fifth Street Park pond yesterday.

The day was progressing as planned when, about halfway to KBC, we passed a cat lying in the road, and Allan said “he’s alive”.  A surprising amount of traffic was on the highway and as we slowed and turned around (not easy with the trailer on), we saw him get bumped twice by cars, one of which appeared to run over his tail and one which maybe just jostled him or came really close.  It was a traumatic sight.  Allan ran back and scooped him into a bucket (while I hobbled along).  With the bucket set down on the edge of the side street, I hurried to the nearest house and knocked, and asked if the resident knew of the cat.  He did not, nor did his sister who lived just north.  Meanwhile, the cat lay sideways in the bucket.  We called the shelter and were told we could bring him in.  Thank goodness, because we could then count on a volunteer from there to take him to the emergency vet, which we knew from experience might be all the way to Seaside, Oregon.

Allan’s photo: After looking almost deceased, the cat nestled into the bottom of the bucket.

In the van, the cat curled into a ball and let me pet his head.

In the van, the cat curled into a ball and let me pet his head.  His breathing was ragged.

The rescue operation went pear shaped when we got to the shelter.

South Pacific County Humane Society

South Pacific County Humane Society

Thinking the cat was pretty much comatose, Allan got the bucket out to carry kitty into the shelter and suddenly kitty woke from his stupor and ZOOMED out of the bucket and around the neighbouring building.  We and three humane society people followed; they got a cat carrier and a blanket to catch him with.

in an open storage area

in an open storage area

humane worker goes with blanket to nab him

humane worker goes with blanket to nab him

And VROOM, kitty ran out and around the building and disappeared.  Damn it.  We felt like pretty lousy rescuers even though he was better off than an awful death in the road.  The humane society folk said they will put out food for him and I suppose they will put out a live trap.  Feeling frazzled and unhappy, we went off to work an hour later than we had planned.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

The first thing on my mind for the job was to clip a climbing rose that had been drooping last time.  Today, it was right down in the path, so both Allan and I worked on it in succession.

rose over path

rose over path

later the same work session

later the same work session

Meanwhile, Allan spread 10 bales of Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost and I got myself into a pruning mess.

This rose and honeysuckle combo was way tall over the fence, which unfortunately this before photo does not show.

This rose and honeysuckle combo was way tall over the fence, which unfortunately this before photo does not show.

Once I began clipping, I simply could not stop till the climbers were well thinned and off the fence and level with the top of the arbour.  Mary and Denny were grateful because now they will have a winter view of the garden from their dining room and kitchen.

end of day, Allan rakes the debris while Denny enjoys "beer-thirty".

end of day, Allan rakes the debris while Denny enjoys “beer-thirty”.

What with embarking on that project and the hour lost to feline almost-rescue, I realized we were not going to get to Marilyn’s in time to accomplish enough, and therefore we stayed at KBC to make the pruning job pretty near perfectly detailed.  You can see in the background, above,  the deck from which Mary and Denny will now have a good garden view.

I clipped some perennials as well: shasta daisies, old hellebore leaves, Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’, lavender.

garden all mulched

garden all mulched

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view

KBC garden is now officially cleaned up for 2015.

KBC garden is now officially cleaned up for 2015.

the debris pile from the rose and honeysuckle pruning

the debris pile from the rose and honeysuckle pruning

Score! Denny gave us this picnic table that he built years ago.

Score! Denny gave us this little picnic table that he built years ago.

On the way home, we drove by the humane society again just to look for Mr. Orange, to no avail.

sunset from the humane society parking lot

sunset from the humane society parking lot

He is very much on my mind.  At least I noticed, back at the shelter,  many doorless storage areas, nooks and crannies where he could shelter out of wind and frost.

We had a look at the progress on the crab pot tree.

We had a look at the progress on the crab pot tree.

I hope Mr. Orange Cat ends up as safe and contented as these two who had snoozed the day away at home.

I hope Mr. Orange Cat ends up as safe and contented as these two who had snoozed the day away at home.

Staycation will be delayed by one day as we will now hope to do Ilwaco and Long Beach tomorrow and Marilyn’s on Monday.  That will be better.  We won’t be rushed, we won’t end up doing a half-arsed job trying to fit Marilyn’s final fall clean up into the end of a day, and we will be able to take the debris to the dump instead of ending up stuck with it at home.  (Later: or so we th0ught!)

the work board as of tonight

the work board as of tonight

I just had time to post the crab pot tree photos on Discover Ilwaco and write up this post before turning around and going out again to a musical evening at:

The Sou’wester

The band tonight was Jenny Don’t and the Spurs, an ensemble featuring an alumnus of Napalm Beach, one of my favourite punk rock bands from olden days.   Click here to listen to a love ballad by Napalm Beach with an unusual subject, one of my favourite pop songs of all time.

Jenny Don't

jenny don't

Later: We had an exceptionally excellent evening at the Sou’wester.  Not only was the band great, but I had the delightful experience of finding out that a Peninsula acquaintance of mine (soon to be a closer friend, I think!) was the mother of the bass player and therefore had known many of the punk bands that I knew back in the day.  I’ll call her Ocean Park Debby to differentiate her from my good friend Bayside Debbie (with whom I share plants for the Master Gardener Plant sale).  We’ve met before when her garden was on the 2007 Long Beach Peninsula garden tour, and she’s friends with Prissy, the legendary plantswoman who used to be at Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart.

OP Debbie and I enjoyed our conversation and agreed that it is funny how people who meet us now just think of us as nice older ladies.  I certainly would not have guessed the truth, that her spouse played in a band that even predated my days attending show after punk rock show in Seattle.

on the sun porch at the Sou'wester

on the sun porch at the Sou’wester

It's an honor system store.

It’s an honor system store.

Jenny Don't and the Spurs

Jenny Don’t and the Spurs

I love the new neon sign in the living room; the trailer and car rock up and down.

I love the new neon sign in the living room; the trailer and car rock up and down.

It is based on this image.

Here is a clearer photo from a seller of this charming piece.

At the beginning of this brief video clip, if you look closely, you can see the trailer and jeep rocking.  It just made me happy and I gazed upon it frequently during the evening.

Allan’s photos:

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my friend Debbie's son!

my friend Debbie’s son!

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appreciate audience

appreciate audience

the wonderful sign

the wonderful sign

Folks got up and danced.

Folks got up and danced.

Debbie and I

Ocean Park Debbie and I

I was quite possibly telling her that sometimes, at a show like this, I desperately miss being young and not in pain and able to dance until the wee hours of the morning.  Yes, sometimes that makes me sad.  I feel so old when I hobble around but in my mind I am still dancing.

Debbie recommended to the entire audience that we watch the band’s video filmed in the desert.  While they were filming, a fellow offered to do a shot for them with his drone and it turned out very well.  Here it is: Rattlesnakes and Dogs.

If all goes as planned, we’ll return to the Sou’wester for their Thanksgiving Potluck and then for a show I’ve been anticipating for a month:  A band called The Skinks will perform the entire Village Green Preservation Society album!  We ARE the Village Green Preservation Society, so I can hardly wait!skinks

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