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Three of five of my mother’s garden diaries from the 90s appeared in among some papers of Allan’s in mid February, 2016.   I am so deeply thrilled to have them.  The others got somehow lost when she moved from her home to Golden Sands Assisted Living in 2009.  She possibly did not think them worth saving.  I can guarantee she would like that they are being shared here.  When these diaries began, she and my dad lived in their retirement home, a manufactured double wide on a 10,500 lot in Nisqually Pines near Yelm, Washington.  (He died in June, 1995.)  A large clearing in the back of the lot held her vegetable garden and berry patch.  Between the house and the vegetable garden were the greenhouse and the large workshop building.

1997 (age 73):

June 3:  Another rainy day so I puttered with house plants.  Then I potted the 3rd planting of Ed Hume’s tomato seedlings.  41 Early Girl and 43 Pik Red.  I put them under lights in shop.  I used the 10″ paper cups that Don gave me.

June 4:  The tomatoes I potted look pretty good today.  Picked first strawberries then started weeding the berries and asparagus bed.  Went to bed at 9:00 PM.

June 5:  11:00-5:45!  Spent all that time on my little stool [a cut down 4 legged wooden stool] pulling weeds from asparagus bed and along the back.  The stool threw me once onto my back hitting my head on ground but no after effects.

June 6: Today I planted the Walla Walla onions—one fill row next to the row of scallions from last year.  Then I planted tomato plants in one row between winter cabbage and strawberries.  There are scads of green berries.  It’s supposed to be sunny days coming up which should ripen them.

[Later she added this note:} My WW onions did not grow at all because I didn’t water them.  I had planted tomatoes right up to the onion row and when I watered I tried to keep the water off the tomato leaves so the onions didn’t get much water.  Must separate better next year.

June 7:  Two years have gone by since Bruce died.

I picked the weeds I pulled using the garden cart from Don.  Then I weeded in front of compost box, next to raspberry row (both sides) and picked strawberries.  The Ft Laramie plants have huge berries like the ones from California but they are hollow in the inside.  I went to bed at 10:00.

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illustration by Frank Fretz

June 9:  9:30-5:00  I used the garden cart for one load of split wood from Wilson’s yard.  The cart is a little awkward but will be ok I think.  Then Daryl had his truck over there loading the wood in and I asked my new neighbor, Frankie, if it is ok to back truck in her driveway which we did—all in one load.  Then I saw Walt cutting more wood so here we go again. In the eve I picked strawbs again.

June 10:  I got 8 pkgs of berries that  picked last night.  Spent from 11:00 to 5:00 planting perennials from Gordon’s (last fall) and petunias and fuchsias (in baskets). [My mom’s one misspelling, which I have corrected all along, is fuschia for fuchsia; I made the same error till around age 50!]  Then when I thought I had everything planted, I found another square tray of dianthus.  I lost quite a few of the fall plants because I didn’t get them planted before.

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Gordon’s Nursery

June 11: Another day of puttering.  Picked strawberries in a misty rain—got another 8 Sealameal bags for the freezer.  Sorted the various boxes I brought up from the garage sale.

The Jazz lost—MJ 3 pointer with seconds left in the game.

June 12: 49th Wedding Anniversary.

I got a late start but did some good.  I moved tomato and snapdragon flats to greenhouse and put them under lights.  Finished planting the dianthus into the deep pots.  In the fall I will put them out in flower beds.

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illustration by Frank Fretz

June 13: 10:30-4:45 Long day.  The Bulls won NBA title again. I set more tomato plants outside in a double row.  These were the ones from the first planting that were too small to plant earlier.  Picked berries—a full bowl (the deep yellow plastic bowl).  Used Safer weedkiller on dandelions in front ditch and lower driveway.

June 15:  I heard Walt’s chain saw again cutting wood in his yard, then he went over next door and cut more but didn’t feel like going over there.  I went out back and picked berries again (10 pkgs).

In Bruce’s things from the shop I found a love letter written to him in January 1946. This girl (woman?) met him in Nov ’45 and he apparently came home from the war in Dec. and left her loving him.  For some reason I can’t get her heartbreak out of my mind.  That was 2 years before I met and fell in love with him.

[Here’s the letter:]

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June 16: Several peonies are blooming for the first time.  Don came and brought $30 from sale of linens and plane and asked for $25 for clock (3) repair.  He moved TV in garage so I can get cart in thru small door. After he left I pulled weeds from patio (those tall ones with tiny yellow flowers).  Weeded PRFB pulling mostly the little green plant.  Now I need to plant some seeds in there to fill up blank spaces.

June 17 Rainy  Went out to pick berries but got rained in after 4 rows so I went to bank, Payless, and market.  Then finished picking berries—very dirty berries from rain splashing dirt on them.  Then decided to light off the full burning barrel and I weeded in that area for over an hour while papers burned.  Then I washed, hulled, and sliced berries but will package them tomorrow.  I’m exhausted!

June 18: Prepared yesterday’s berries—8+ pkgs.  Worked in garage—cleared off plywood table and moved plywood over against the wall.  I boxed up the leftover stuff from garage sale for Skyler and Robert to take what they want.

June 19: Picked berries.  Used Safer weed killer on tam ditch and lower driveway.  [Noted later]: The Safer weed killer didn’t kill those weeds at all.

June 21: Now the days are getting shorter.

June 23: 11:00-4:30  I started loading chopped wood from Wilsons.  Darryl drove his truck over and we moved it all in one load.  Then I worked on tam area [flower bed formerly covered with juniper tams] weeding.  There were some dandelions 4′ tall.  I pulled a huge amount of weeds.  I came in exhausted so had a root beer float for dinner then later had cereal and berries.  Walt said he has more wood to chop for me.

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illustration by Frank Fretz

June 24:  I moved the plants (asters?) from the “salad bowl’ to the tam area and PRFB-W.  Picked berries.  The June bearing strawberries are getting fewer.  I have over 50 pkgs of strawberries for my breakfasts in the winter.  Watered baskets.

June 25:  I goofed off Wed, Thurs, and Friday.  I’ve been in a deep funk ever since I found that love letter to Bruce written to him 51 years ago.  I can feel her heartbreak.

June 26:  Didn’t accomplish anything except picked berries including some raspberries.  Kathy Tye stopped by.  They did sell their place and have moved over close to Debbie.

June 27: Bruce’s 81 birthday.  Again very depressed.  I’ve been thinking of Bruce constantly.  Maybe when June is over with all its reminders I’ll be ok again.

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illustration by Frank Fretz

June 28: 2:00-4:00  Finally I went outside and accomplished something besides picking and taking care of berries.  I planted a double row of tomato plants, some odds and ends varieties and also quite a few Pik Red and Early Girl from my 3rd planting.  Now I need to pot up the rest of those plants to get them in good soil and I hope Skyler will take a lot of them.

June 30:  Picked berries and new weeder. It works pretty good.  It slices weeds at surface, but it doesn’t get the roots.  Then I started putting the tomato plants into gallon milk jugs.  These are the seeds I planted in the 10 oz cups that Don gave me.  I may set out more of these tomatoes in the garden cause I hate to throw any away.

1998 (age 74)

June 1: Noon to 5:00  Gray and comfortably cool to work   I spread two black tarps on the garden area.  I pulled some weeds from that area that look like cabbage but where did they come from?  I move around the tomato plants removing the dead ones and added more soil to each one.  Then I actually planted the old dahlias.  Now if I can remember to mark them (if they bloom).    I then weeded the area around the apple tree (which is loaded with apples). There were two snakes in that area.

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illustration by Carol Inouye

June 2: HOT in afternoon!!  Noon to six  I finally got those tulip bulbs (from the tubs and pots) planted in the garden area next to the onion and asparagus bed.  Boy I’m glad to have it done.  Then I planted seedlings into pots—the next move will be to plant them into the various bowls.  The next main job is to start planting the perennials that are on the picnic table.

June 3:  2:00-5:00  I was late getting outside and couldn’t decide what to do first.  However, I started checking begonia basket hangers.  I repotted a few bulbs into other baskets.  I actually was able to hang the baskets. When I get the pot wire I ordered from Charlie’s I should be able to hang all the baskets.

June 4:  It was gray but would have been a good day to plant the new perennials.  However, I thought I should get more annual seeds planted for my color bowls.  So I planted from about 11:00-7:00.  Tomorrow, I’ll take more trays out to the shop.  In the evening, I sorted and threw out a lot of magazines and catalogs.

June 5:  Sit down before you read this.  I vacuumed and dusted today! The Pines yard sale is tomorrow and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Don.  [He had helped her organize a yard sale the previous year.]  I started cleaning up the utility room and cleaned out the closet.  I needed to change the electric broom bag and managed that but the upright grabbed one of Tabby’s toys and I had to change that bag but couldn’t.  I guess I’ll have to wait for Bill.

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Illustration by Carol Inouye

June 6: Well Don didn’t show as I really thought he would.  72 degrees.  I replanted three trays of violet leaves.  I watered houseplants.  I watered outdoor plants then planted the rest of the “little bulbs” and planted some other plants in various bowls.  Then it was too early to come in (4:15) so I weeded two rows of berries and picked 5 ripe ones.  First berries.  When I decided it was time to feed Tabby it was 6:15.  Quite a productive day.  As soon as I get the 6 new gro light bulbs from Charlie’s I’ll call Bill to do several jobs in one day.

June 7: Al’s birthday [her older brother who lived in Seattle] and 3 years since Bruce died.  I still miss him so much.

The Jazz were getting blown out when Mary Anne came over.  She put on Tabby’s halter and we went out on the porch by the shop.  However, Erik and a friend came over and Tabby bolted.  I figured she was under the shop.  Mary Anne and I kept calling and she came out from under the shed.  I think she was glad to see us.  Mary Anne said I should get another halter with a wider strap.  I called Al to wish him happy birthday.

June 8: 11:30-5:15 cloudy in AM and then sunny

Another good day.  I worked to 3:00 finishing weeding and cultivating the berry rows (that’s the job I started last Friday).  I transplanted some seedlings.  I moved trees around in the shop and raised the two end lights.  That helped.

June 9:  2:00-5:30 grey skies   I was late getting out tho I was awake at 7:30 and got up ar0und 8:00.  I goofed around in the house.  I took Tabby out on her leash—I think she likes it but I have to figure out a way to tire her so I can get something done.  I planted some plants in bowls, I put taller seedlings in pots till they get tall enough to set out.  I planted several begonias in tubs—the ones I don’t know if they are basket or upright.

June 10: I intended to take some trays to the shop but I set them out on the porch until it stopped raining.  So I started planting seeds.  Something seemed to pull me over the card table.  I planted seeds until 10 PM.  Then I had some ramen noodles for dinner and spent until 1:00 AM sorting the rest of my seeds.  I still have gobs left to plant.

June 11:  11:00 to 4:45  Another good day’s work.  I worked in the shop dumping the trays of planted seeds that didn’t germinate—most of them were old seeds.  Then I started on plants on patio—mainly so I can get the saw horses to move the tomatoes out of greenhouse.  I put several dianthus in large bowl.  Planted some other plants in tam area.  After dinner I planted more seeds until 9:00.

June 12:  72 degrees  I had the first big picking up strawberries.  It took an hour and I was hot so I came in and took care of the berries and then planted more seeds until 9:00.  The Jazz beat the Bulls so it isn’t over yet.  Game 6 is on Sunday.

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illustration by Carol Inouye

June 13: 11:00 to 5:00  I watered plants in shop and then intended to put sawhorses behind house, so I can move tomatoes out so I can move seedling trays into greenhouse.  I found myself planting mums in tam area then weeding patio bed and UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] areas.  I pulled several plants of geraniums that have taken over, then planted mums and some asters in those areas.  This was a good week as I worked outside every day.

June 15:  11:00 to 6:00  It took me until 3:00 to pick, rinse, hull, and slice strawberries.  I put 5 pkgs in the freezer.  After a short rest I went out again.  I moved the various bowls over the the cover of the wood box so I could move the tomatoes out of the greenhouse.  Now I’ll move out some seed trays to the greenhouse starting tomorrow?

June 16: I went through the trays to move out to the shop the ones that have germinated, then I went out and decided I had better start planting the perennials from the picnic table.  I planted a lot in the UDFB and patio but there seems to be no end to them.  Maybe if I work on it tomorrow I can finish.  I’ll be so glad to get them in.  Then comes the fun of putting the annuals into my various bowls.  I had a headache all afternoon but two Excedrin and a shower and I feel better.

June 17:  Watered hanging houseplants.  Spent another 4 hours picking and preparing strawberries.  I used the Ho-mi to loosen weeds and cultivate the plants.  [My favourite garden tool…I must have given her one.]  I’m pulling the small plants that are producing small hard berries.  I took Tabby out about 5.  She nosed around in the lower driveway while I pulled waist high weeds.  Tabby started fussing about the harness so I took her in.

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illustration by Carol Inouye

June 18: Got a perm so now I’m set with short hair for the summer.  Also went to bank, Rite Aid, and QFC.

June 19:  I picked berries again. Not very many this time.  I keep pulling the small plants, mostly the ones from the row next to the asparagus row.  Then I worked planting plants from the table.  I dumped a lot of pots of seeds that didn’t germinate in the house and shop.  These were old seeds so I’m surprised at how many did.

June 20:  HOT  I went out to pluck my pink rhody and then I found myself with a shovel digging and pulling out that purple geranium that had taken over all the beds.  I removed a huge number of plants.  That bed looks a little bleak.  I think I’ll direct seed some of the annual seeds in that area.

June 21:  I went out to turn the water on the berry patch and saaw so many ripe berries so I picked them and then watered on Sunday!  Then I had breakfast and retired to my crossword puzzle.

Now the days start to get shorter.

June 22:  Noon to 5:00  I planted more perennials.  Then I started planting annuals into the bowls that I had planted the small bulbs in.  The ranunculus were coming up—the first time.

June 23:  COOL  It rained during the night so everything got a needed watering.  I picked quite nice amount of strawberries, enough for 5 bags in freezer.  And I picked the first raspberries.  The row is very full so I should get a lot of berries this summer.  However, the canes are so thick it is going to be hard to pick them.  I’ll probably be cussing them before I’m done.

June 24:  Cool rainy day.  Since I’ve been itching to plant some seeds I started to plant perennial seeds.  I thought there was just a few till I found another box.  I planted from noon to 7:00.  There are still lots more but I’m running out of room again.  I’ll check tomorrow to see what I can move out of the way.

June 25: Ditto

June 26:  More seeds.  The kitchen is a mess.  I moved germinated plants from the shop to the greenhouse, then I move several trays from house to shop.  Picked berries again.

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illustration by Carol Inouye

June 27: ?

June 28:  It was hot enough that I put away my Sunday puzzle and went out to water the baskets and tomatoes etc etc.  Too hot to pick the berries.

Next January, I am going to try ordering only short annual seeds for color bowls and only a few special perennials.

June 29:  Sunny beautiful hot day.  I am determined to finish planting these darn seeds so I planted from about 10-2.  There are still some odds and ends such as need to be soaked, etc.  I separated the rest to show when they need to be planted such as late summer, fall, etc.  I then moved more germinated plants to greenhouse but no more room in shop.  I picked berries after 7:00.

June 30:  76 degrees  I started to plant tomatoes in the “salad bowl’ but it was too hot.  I separated the Determinate and Indeterminate and made new labels for each one.  I’m going to try to record how many of each type I plant and the first tomato so I can know at the end of the season which ones are the best.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We had to cram all the jobs into the early part of this week because of leaving on Thursday (June 23) for the Hardy Plant Study Weekend.  I was hoping and fretting about rain; it was in the forecast for Thursday but I couldn’t count on that, so watering had to be done as well.

There is very little left on the work board because of yesterday’s accomplishments.

next week....we might finally get the center parking lot berm in Long Beach done. The mulching is ongoing.

next week….we might finally get the center parking lot berm in Long Beach done. The mulching is ongoing.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ilwaco post office garden

Ilwaco post office garden

I hope to find some good plants for along the front of the post office garden at the Hardy Plant weekend, especially since two fabulous nurseries will be part of the touring.

Now that the poppies are mostly done, the front is blah.

Now that the poppies are mostly done, the front is blah.

The Depot Restaurant

success: ornamental grasses enclosing both the east and south side of the dining deck

success: ornamental grasses enclosing both the east and south side of the dining deck

looking south from the front

looking south from the front…we watered…

front plantings by Basket Case Nancy Aust

front plantings by Basket Case Nancy Aust

The Red Barn Arena

garden was dry...so we watered (Allan's photo)

garden was dry…so we watered (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s Garden

my good friend Misty

my good friend Misty…we watered and fertilized

Misty went under the porch during watering. (Allan's photo)

Misty went under the porch during watering. (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking southwest

looking southwest; thank goodness we do not have to water here.

looking south

looking south

looking west from back porch

looking west from back porch

looking north

looking north

cosmos, lilies, alliums, poppies

cosmos, lilies, alliums, poppies

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poppy

This year, the deer are eating down the Persicaria 'Firetail'; in previous years, they have left it pretty much alone.

This year, the deer are eating down the Persicaria ‘Firetail’; in previous years, they have left it pretty much alone.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

through the gate

through the gate

birdbath view

birdbath view.  Mary and Denny water here, so glad!

Dierama

Dierama

Rose 'Bow Bells'

Rose ‘Bow Bells’

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Towering Thalictrum 'Elin'

Towering Thalictrum ‘Elin’

daylily

daylily

helenium

helenium

lilies

lilies

rose

rose

hydrangea

hydrangea

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu

My good friend Mitzu

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

office planters; that's manager Beth on the left

office planters; that’s manager Beth on the left, watering!

office planter

office planter

mouthwatering Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice'

mouthwatering Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’

window boxes

window boxes

more window boxes

more window boxes

cottage roof (Allan's photo)

cottage roof (Allan’s photo)

As we drove away, we saw this cute truck being utilized by a woman who was doing some pruning nearby.

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1946 Ford

Long Beach

added to the tiny popout an ornamental grass I've had in a pot waiting for a home

added to the tiny popout an ornamental grass I’ve had in a pot waiting for a home

weeded along the front of the big popout and trimmed the roses that were poking out

weeded along the front of the big popout and trimmed the roses that were poking out

While I weeded the popout, I sent Allan a block north to city hall as on Monday, I was sure I’d seen a weed when we drove by.  He took these photos:

Can you see the weed that I saw from our van while driving by?

Can you see the weed that I saw from our van while riding by?

Allan pulled it.

Allan pulled it.

a big dandelion!

a big dandelion!

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all along the port, at least 3/4 of the garden beds.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' by Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ by Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium, santolina, achillea (Allan's photo)

Eryngium, santolina, achillea (Allan’s photo)

watering east end garden (Allan's photo)

watering east end garden (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Nasella tenuissima (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Nasella tenuissima and lavender (Allan’s photo)

Yay, another eremerus!

Yay, another eremerus!

at Time Enough Books

at Time Enough Books

view across from port office garden

view across from port office garden, south side

north side of port office

north side of port office

(irritating lens spot today) Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and lavender

(irritating lens spot today) Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and lavender

Santolina at Salt Hotel (Allan's photo)

Santolina at Salt Hotel (Allan’s photo)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

not a round ball anymore (Allan's photo)

not a round ball anymore (Allan’s photo)

looking east from the west end

looking east from the west end

Salt Pub

We had our weekly dinner early this week at the Salt Pub.

Allan, Melissa, and Dave

Allan, Melissa, and Dave (Sea Star Gardening)

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delicious potato soup

delicious potato soup

smoked tuna melt, always scrumptious

smoked tuna melt, always scrumptious

nachos for Allan

nachos for Allan

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Ilwaco

Yesterday, I had forgotten about doing Mayor Mike’s garden so we started there.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

…Followed by some fussing over the post office garden.

our volunteer garden at the post office

our volunteer garden at the post office

snails picked from lilies, got rehomed

snails picked from lilies, got rehomed

Long Beach

watered along the edges of the welcome sign

watered along the edges of the welcome sign

welcome sign: turned up the soaker hose pressure

welcome sign: turned up the soaker hose pressure

We watered the street trees and planters (fertilized the planters), splitting up and going in different directions.

Fifth Street Park, Super Dorothy rose

Fifth Street Park, Super Dorothy rose, basket by Nancy Aust

agastache, Calif. poppy, lavender

agastache, Calif. poppy, lavender

agastache and cosmos

agastache and cosmos

smoke shop planter

smoke shop planter

Fish Alley sand castle (Allan's photo). The sponsor was the RV park where we used to garden (til our good friend and RV Park owner Lorna retired).

Fish Alley sand castle (Allan’s photo). The sponsor was the RV park where we used to garden (til our good friend and RV Park owner Lorna retired).

Fish Alley, sandcastles every weekend (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley, sandcastles every weekend (Allan’s photo)

by Dennis Co (Allan's photo)

by Dennis Co (Allan’s photo)

reseeded eryngium (Allan's photo)

reseeded eryngium (Allan’s photo)

preachers in Lewis and Clark Square (Allan's photo)

preachers in Lewis and Clark Square (Allan’s photo)

The tree gardens are just not as good as the planters. They get watered less and....I keep meaning to do better.

The tree gardens are just not as good as the planters. They get watered less and….I keep meaning to do better. (Allan’s photo)

The only sad planter thing was that one little lavender we’d planted to replace a tatty old lavender had gotten crispy and sad looking.  No photo.  I am hoping no one notices till I can get a better one.

Veterans Field: Salvia patens, Phygelius 'Cherry Ripe', Salvia 'Hot Lips', Salvia 'May Night'

Veterans Field: Salvia patens, Phygelius ‘Cherry Ripe’, Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Salvia ‘May Night’

Ilwaco

Allan watered the planters and street trees with the water trailer.

Ilwaco planter (Allan's photo) with sneaky chickweed

Ilwaco planter (Allan’s photo) with sneaky chickweed.  Chickweed got cocky during week of rain when we did not have to water.

Allan's view of the boatyard while watering.

Allan’s view of the boatyard garden while watering planters and trees.

downtown (Allan's photo)

downtown (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco city hall (Allan's photo)

Ilwaco city hall (Allan’s photo).  Deer are nibbling the nasturtiums.

Despite predicted rain tonight, I watered the boatyard garden.  I can’t count on the rain and we won’t be watering again till Monday.  It was one of the hardest boatyard waterings ever due to lots of noise (welding, compressors), a bigger than usual obstacle course of tools and gear behind the boats and fewer hoses available.  I persevered and got it done.

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lots of scrimmy horsetail

lots of scrimmy horsetail

Thorough weeding will have to wait till next week, to get it pretty near perfect for the big Fourth of July festivities (fireworks in Ilwaco on Saturday, July 2nd).

most poppies are looking tatty but can't pull them till they reseed somewhat

most poppies are looking tatty but can’t pull them till they reseed somewhat

I long for time to make an edge along the back.

I long for time to make an edge along the back.

poppies are no longer a blaze of red

Poppies are no longer a blaze of red.

I long to pull them and reveal the shapes of the perennials.

I long to pull them and reveal the shapes of the perennials.

a deer grazing in the boatyard

a deer grazing in the boatyard

an unusual name for a boat

an unusual name for a boat

Finally home, I started running the sprinklers around the garden.  After three of six post-mounted sprinklers had run for half an hour each, a rain started that seemed strong enough so I could stop the watering.  I hope it continues all night and into tomorrow because that will hold the various city planters, so susceptible to drying out, until Monday.

And that, in two days, was all the jobs we still do, except for our occasional check up in Jo’s garden in Long Beach.

Because the blog is running a week late, by the time you read this, we will have returned from Hardy Plant (fate willing).

To give me time to catch up on work next week before beginning the Hardy Plant garden tour posts, tomorrow’s post will be from my mother’s garden diaries, June ’97 and ’98, including some non-gardening entries that I haven’t shared in the daily entries.

And then….a wealth of tour garden posts should appear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday 20 June 2016

Before work, we went two doors down to Jeff and Mary’s house to lend some long handled loppers.

Mary's tiny little Yorkie, Missy.

Mary’s tiny little Yorkie, Missy, all of two pounds.

The sweet and friendly dogs in the next yard over: Dickens and Harley (Allan's photo)

The sweet and friendly dogs in the next yard over: Dickens and Harley (Allan’s photo)

Dickens and Harley, the sweetest guys

Dickens and Harley, the sweetest guys

Still delaying work, we stopped up on School Hill to visit Todd, Dave, and Melissa, who were all working together on a property that will soon be for sale.   The yard was huge and enviable with one of the more private back yards I’ve ever seen in the city. The house is said to be seven bedrooms and will be far out of our price range.

from the back deck of the house

from the back deck of the house looking toward the port

The yard from Google Earth...so private...will soon be for sale. The house is said to be seven bedrooms.

The yard from Google Earth

We began our work day by poking at the Ilwaco planters and then the Long Beach planters.  Both felt like they could wait till Wednesday for water.  Because of going to the Hardy Plant Study Weekend on Thursday June 23, and not returning till Sunday June 26, I was glad to not have to water Monday and then again on Wednesday.  Leaving for four days is always stressful for me because of watering worries.  Ideally, we would water Tuesday and Friday.  Not this week.

in Long Beach: Hallelujah! Wet enough!

in Long Beach: Hallelujah! Wet enough!

We then delivered a check from Long Beach to the Basket Case Greenhouse, and were kindly given a preview of the clearance sale prices that will start on Wednesday.

Fred and me at the Basket Case

Fred and me at the Basket Case

I got myself several hens and chickens at 25 percent off.

I got myself several hens and chickens at 25 percent off.

As usual, Shadow wanted to ride along.

As usual, Shadow wanted to ride along.

On the way to work (finally!), I had such sad news in a message: My very good friend and all around wonderful dog, Ralph, had passed away; he had been diagnosed with cancer not long ago at age 12.  Here he is last December at his home, which he shared with his best friends, Bayside Debbie and Dave.

My very good friend Ralph did not find our conversation scintillating.

At last December’s Christmas party, a napping Ralph.  My very good friend Ralph will be sorely missed by all his fans.

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We had time for some projects, beginning with the weeding of the pond garden by Pacific Realty.

We parked outside NIVA green, where I got to pet this soft and handsome Great Pyrenees.

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I refreshed my collection of photos for the NIVA green Facebook page.

Heather Ramsay models a new hat for sale.

Heather Ramsay models a new hat for sale.

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some advice

Outside, I got to pet Jeff, one of the Pacific Realty dogs.

Outside, I got to pet Jeff, one of the Pacific Realty dogs.

an important realtor

an important realtor

pond, before

pond, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

There was an antique car event in town. (Allan's photo)

There was an antique Franklin car event in town. (Allan’s photo)

With the pond garden weeded, we went to the parking lot berms and weeded the north and the south ones.

blackberry from north berm

blackberry from north berm

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Rosa rubrifolia (Allan's photo)

Rosa rubrifolia (Allan’s photo)

birds foot trefoil...a shame it is considered a weed, as it is so pretty

birds foot trefoil…a shame it is considered a weed, as it is so pretty

Spiraea douglassii

Spiraea douglassii

The spiraea is swallowing a hydrangea.

The spiraea is swallowing a hydrangea.

I pretty much let the most vigorous shrub win on these berms, which have to get by with no supplemental water in summer.

This hood ornament adorned a parked car. (Allan's photo)

This flying pig hood ornament adorned a parked car. (Allan’s photo)

Some grass weeds have returned, and the soil is low, and the red hot pokers needed deadheading.

Some grass weeds have returned, and the soil is low, and the red hot pokers needed deadheading.

This chokecherry will have oodles of black shiny berries later on.

This chokecherry will have oodles of black shiny berries later on.

berm edge, before

berm edge, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

We dumped our load of debris, including rugosa rose clippings that had been sticking out sideways, and filled all our buckets from our city works Soil Energy mulch pile for the berms and for Fifth Street Park.

some mulch for Fifth Street Park

some mulch for Fifth Street Park

Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' (Allan's photo)

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ (Allan’s photo)

Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' (Allan's photo)

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park, NW corner mulched along the edge

Fifth Street Park, NW corner mulched along the edge

Much nicer at the berms, although could use more.

Much nicer at the berms, although could use more.

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after (Allan's photos)

after (Allan’s photos)

Some nice vignettes can be found on the berms.

Some nice vignettes can be found on the berms.

I had hoped to get done with work by six to have an evening at home (because I don’t like the thought of leaving home for four days!).  I keep trying to tell myself a different story, that I am going to have a great time and that I WANT to go on a garden touring adventure.  I will, and I do, but nothing for me beats a weekend at home in my own garden and I agonize over giving one up, and city traffic (Salem) is a horror to me, so I do feel anxious.

We checked on the little garden at the World Kite Museum.  It’ll be quiet after hours, I thought, only to find the board was just finishing a meeting so the parking lot was bustling.  That meant I got to meet another dog!  I’d been weepy over Ralph today, and I like to think that all the dogs I got to pet today were a gift from my good friend.

Benny!

Benny!

a cutie pie

a cutie pie. with a soft coat

Ilwaco

Getting home was delayed by the sight of much chickweed in a planter, leading to the checking of several planters for weeds that had gone rampant in the rain; the planters had not had their twice weekly once over for about ten days.  I saw a sightline problem as well, on a small columnar pear that had been broken off by vandals several years ago and had come back from the snapped trunk.

a planter that had had a mass of chickweed....

a planter that had had a mass of chickweed….

and a sightline problem...

and a sightline problem…

fixed

fixed

That’s all I wanted to do as was so eager to get home.  It will do for now.

At home. Those sneaky snails...everywhere!

At home. Those sneaky snails…everywhere!

front garden lilies

front garden lilies


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 20:  HOT  I went out to pluck my pink rhody and then I found myself with a shovel digging and pulling out that purple geranium that had taken over all the beds.  I removed a huge number of plants.  That bed looks a little bleak.  I think I’ll direct seed some of the annual seeds in that area.

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

would the night blooming cereus open tonight?

would the night blooming cereus open tonight?

I’d been anxious for this bud to open because we would be gone to the Hardy Plant Study Weekend for four days at the end of this week.  (We will have returned by the time this post publishes.)

looks promising!

looks promising!

A wind of 20-25 mph was highly annoying for working outside.  I persevered and did get some weeding done in the afternoon, reminding myself frequently that at least wind means no mosquitoes.

Frosty thought it was rather too windy to be out.

Frosty thought it was rather too windy to be out.

He chose the indoor life...

He chose the indoor life…

All day long.

All day long.

Outdoors, there were tadpoles...

Outdoors, there were tadpoles…(next to the floating log)

frogs

and frogs…

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I tacked a project in an overgrown corner by the blue potato vine and the wickedly thorny Mermaid rose:

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after…I need more fortitude and time to worm my way way back in there and weed.

In the afternoon, Allan went to weed at the Ilwaco Community Building.

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one small area at the community building, before and after

And he watered at the post office, where the Asiatic lilies are blooming:

post office lilies

post office lilies

Back home, as the wind roared through the bogsy wood, Allan mowed.

He looks up...

He looks up…I heard cracking among the branches.

I suggested he not do the path under the trees, and he did wait until the wind died down a bit in the evening to finish the woodsy paths.

He mowed our path through Nora's wild meadow next door.

He mowed our path through Nora’s wild meadow next door.

...and disturbed a deer who was snoozing in the long grass.

…and disturbed a deer who was snoozing in the long grass.

He painted the edge of his porch roof project.

He painted the edge of his porch roof project.

I tried to do one more weeding project.

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another project, before

and a very half-arsed after, as the wind was wearing me out.

and a very half-arsed after, as the wind was wearing me out.

patio: should I pull the poppies?

earlier on the patio: should I pull the poppies?

yes...

later:  yes…

evening light on the garden

evening light on the garden

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At seven thirty when I went in, the flower was opening!

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8 PM

8 PM

8:15 PM

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8:30 PM

8:30 PM. I texted pics to Todd and Melissa.  Todd texted  back “It must be on eastern time.”  They usually open at nightfall.

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11:30 PM This big.

11:30 PM This big.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

As I posted photos of it on Facebook, my FB friend Joan Biddlecomb wrote me this story, which she gave me permission to share:

I used to live (Monterey Park, California) a half block from a very old plant like this. 2nd year I was there I noticed a lot of buds developing on it – took to walking by daily. They enlarged and one afternoon I could see that petals were no longer tightly in the bud, and knew they would open around 9 that night. Counted 54 buds that looked about open! Went out at 9 PM, stood watching until 10:30 – returned home. All 54 had opened that same night! Got up early next morning – immediately went to look – blossoms still good at 6 AM but by 8 AM they began to wilt. By 10 AM all 54 had drooped, closing their petals! A Chinese neighbor of mine asked permission and picked all of the wilted blooms , came home and set them in the sun to dry. She told me they were good to eat. Later I dined on some in a local restaurant – used with many other ingredients in a stir fry with sauce served over rice. Delicious! Later I saw dried ones imported in bags for sale in our local markets! Carefully tended fruits are also used for food – called Dragon Fruit!

The plant was in a grassy parkway – supported by a Bottlebrush tree trunk – tree had died years ago – top just cut off. Plant had had cuttings made over the years and now it really was multiple plants in a 16-20 jnch ring around the trunk base. Plant made a yard plus diameter column 10 feet high. Have no idea what root spread was. Town was located just north east of Los Angeles in an inland strip of Banana belt climate according to Sunset Magazine plant zoning. We also had bananas bloom and then bear fruit (warmer winters), peach trees bore fruit if it was a cold winter (this froze banana plant tops – no fruit). Persimmon trees bloomed and bore fruit in almost every yard. Chinese are very adept at using a larger tree or shrub to shade another one from 100 degree summer heat and protect it from freezing if we have winter frost, and planting climbers next to stronger plants. Squash & pumpkins vines were trained and supported 3-4 feet up and then allowed to lay over horizontal wire fencing (flat horizontal trellis) with 4 – 6 inch openings. Fruit then encouraged to hang down through the wire openings- as it did enlarged old T shirts were used to provide hammocks for the fruit to rest in – tied to the wire. Result ? No rot because of moist soil – no skin blemishes.

  *Joan Emerson Biddlecomb

The next morning at 5 AM, Allan woke and looked and said the flower had wilted, and by the time I got up at 10 AM Monday morning, it looked like this:

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Last night Allan had gone out just after dark with a tall ladder to affix my new birdhouse on Danger Tree’s snag, a task so brave that I think it deserves a photo even though it did not fit well with the cereus flower’s narrative flow.

Allan's photo: birdhouses after dark

Allan’s photo: birdhouses after dark


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 19: Picked berries.  Used Safer weed killer on tam ditch and lower driveway.  [Noted later]: The Safer weed killer didn’t kill those weeds at all.

1998 (age 74):

June 19:  I picked berries again. Not very many this time.  I keep pulling the small plants, mostly the ones from the row next to the asparagus row.  Then I worked planting plants from the table.  I dumped a lot of pots of seeds that didn’t germinate in the house and shop.  These were old seeds so I’m surprised at how many did.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

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We crossed the mighty Columbia to attend a match by the mighty Shanghaied Roller Dolls, Astoria’s roller derby team.  Attending sporting events is not in our usual roster of activities.  Allan’s sister, Pam “Farrah Toss-It” Stockman, was a coach for the Rat City Roller Girls, I like tough women and the punk rock aura of roller derby, and so both of us had planned to attend a match one of these days.  When we saw the Dolls in last week’s Astoria Pride March, and then learned that tonight would be the last match of this season, one of these days became today.  Without further blather, here are our photos, all taken with little pocket cams, nothing fancy..  Allan’s are marked with an asterisk *.

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The Astoria Armory

The Astoria Armory

The Astoria Armory

The Astoria Armory

*view from The Armory

*view from The Armory

* It was a mash up rather than two separate teams

* It was a mash up rather than two separate teams

*children's art on the walls

* art on the walls

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warm up

For the first hour after the doors opened, the skaters went round and round the arena warming up.  It was pleasantly mesmerizing to watch.

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*stretching out before the match

*stretching out before the match

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*referee

*referee

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the match

As soon as the match began, the jammer was mostly out of focus as she skated rapidly around and through the blockers.  The referee skated along with her, pointing at her, I think so we could keep track of her.  Other than that, I am fairly clueless about what was going on.  That did not stop me from finding it highly entertaining.  The music was good, too, sort of a dance club feel.

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*starting position

*starting position

Uh oh, little pocket cam is going to have a hard time keeping up with this!

Uh oh, little pocket cam is going to have a hard time keeping up with this!

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*The jammer, wearing a star, is the scoring player. The others are blockers.

*The jammer, wearing a star, is the scoring player. The others are blockers.  Read more here.

*The referees skated around along with the jammers. (I don't exactly know why.)

*A referees skated along with the jammer.

*The one the right was my favourite as she reminded me of our friend J9.

*The one the right was my favourite as she reminded me of our friend J9.

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*Sgt. Goodding was a kind and community minded Seaside police officer who was fatally shot while on duty this past spring.

*Sgt. Goodding was a kind and community minded Seaside police officer who was fatally shot while on duty this past spring.

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Then it was over.  I don’t know who won, and that did not matter to me.  The fans lined up around the ring and the skaters high fived them all.

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*fan appreciation after the match

*fan appreciation after the match

*some future plans and dreams for the Armory

*some future plans and dreams for the Armory

As we departed, we saw that the Armory project, which also houses the Q Center, was funded by Ilwaco’s Craft 3 Bank.

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south of the Armory, beautiful Astoria hillside

south of the Armory, beautiful Astoria hillside

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Saturday, 18 June 2016

We had a mission for the late afternoon: To see a match in Astoria by the Shanghaied Roller Dolls.  We had wanted to go for some time, but staying home in my garden has always won out for me.  After seeing their presence in last week’s Pride Parade, I had a stronger interest in attending a match, and this would be the last one of the season.  However, that will be the next post.

Port of Ilwaco

At 11:45, I went down to Salt Hotel to meet Our Kathleen for lunch.  Allan dropped me off and went for his own stroll through the market before returning to his roofing project.

the weekly bouquet for Salt

the weekly bouquet for Salt

view from the pub

view from the pub

a new booth selling lavender

a new booth selling lavender

a salad for me (as I had had breakfast just an hour before)

a salad for me (as I had had breakfast just an hour before)

a burger for Kathleen

a burger for Kathleen

On the deck, I noticed that Salt does not have a room 13.

On the deck, I noticed that Salt does not have a room 13.

After our good lunch, Kathleen and I strolled the market.

from the port office balcony

from the port office balcony (Allan’s photo, earlier)

Pink Poppy Bakery

Pink Poppy Bakery

Allan had already been by and bought some lemon curd cupcakes.

Allan had already been by and bought some lemon curd cupcakes.

port office

port office

Allan's photo (earlier)

Allan’s photo (earlier)

We visited Don Nisbett and Jenna (Queen La De Da) at the Don Nisbett Art Gallery, so that Kathleen could get a rainbow fish t shirt.

outside Don's gallery

outside Don’s gallery (Allan’s photo, earlier)

Kathleen and Don, with Jenna looking on

Kathleen and Don, with Jenna looking on

Don has been continuing his rainbow theme inspired by Astoria Pride.

Don has been continuing his rainbow theme inspired by Astoria Pride.

Don, Jenna, and their son Joe are most welcoming to customers.

Don, Jenna, and their son Joe are most welcoming to customers.

view from Don's window

view from Don’s window

Back outside to the market: The English Nursery

Back outside to the market: The English Nursery

Blue Coast Farms

Blue Coast Farms

heart tarts

heart tarts

more plants for sale

more plants for sale

Northwest Natural

Northwest Naturals

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Northwest Naturals

Northwest Naturals

Northwest Naturals

a puppy to pet!

a puppy to pet!

and a tiny Pomeranian, not a puppy

and a tiny Pomeranian, not a puppy

quilt art

quilt art

This time, I bought myself one of these birdhouses.

This time, I bought myself one of these birdhouses.

After an unproductive middle afternoon (because I find it hard to get much done if I know I am going out again soon), we left just after four to go to Astoria.

Allan had been much more productive and finished his shed porch roof.

Allan had been much more productive and finished his shed porch roof.

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Astoria, Oregon

You’ll have to wait till tomorrow’s post to see the Shanghaied Roller Dolls in action!

After a great sporting event, we repaired to Himani Indian Cuisine for dinner, and there we found Don, Jenna, and Joe, dining at their favourite place and visiting with their god daughter, Nirah.

Joe and Nirah

Joe and Nirah

a feast

a feast

Joe's tandoori chicken

Joe’s tandoori chicken

Jenna and Nirah

Jenna and Nirah

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Don and Sujay, the wonderful owner/restaurateur of Himani, Nirah’s dad

On the way home...I like how they have covered these cement planters.

On the way home…I like how they have covered these cement planters.

on the Riverwalk

on the Riverwalk (Allan’s photo)

by the river

by the river (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

view from the bridge going home, with a golden glow over Ilwaco

view from the bridge going home, with a golden glow over Ilwaco

where we live!

where we live!

looking east upriver

looking east upriver

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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 18: Prepared yesterday’s berries—8+ pkgs.  Worked in garage—cleared off plywood table and moved plywood over against the wall.  I boxed up the leftover stuff from garage sale for Skyler and Robert to take what they want.

 

 

 

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17 June: at home

Real time update: Correction from yesterday: A dear friend is having heart surgery on the 30th, not today.

Friday, 17 June 2016

  The problem with pushing hard at work to get an extra day off is being so tired on the day off that it takes me till the afternoon to get out into the garden.  Fortunately, my energy is highest in the evening so I got a great deal done between three and eight o clock.

The morning had been rainy, heavily so at times, a good excuse for sleeping and Facebooking and reading the news.

this much rain water over the past few days

this much rain water over the past few days

and this much...

and this much…

and this much...so delightful

and this much…so delightful

Smokey glad of the day off

Smokey glad of the day off

Leaves on some of my roses are under attack from something. Fortunately, I'm not on any garden opens this year.

Leaves on some of my roses are under attack from something. Fortunately, I’m not on any garden opens this year.

lovely rainwater

lovely rainwater

elephant garlic

elephant garlic

strange tracks on the lawn....has happened before...Allan thinks it is a lawnmower thing.

strange tracks on the lawn….has happened before…Allan thinks it is a lawnmower thing.

The center bed was noisy with bees.

The center bed was noisy with bees.

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Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

spinning round and round the center of California poppy

spinning round and round the center of California poppy

Geranium 'Rozanne' climbing into Rosa rubrifolia

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ climbing into Rosa rubrifolia

Lilies towering overhead will bloom in July.

Lilies towering overhead will bloom in July.

a floppy Sanguisorba

a floppy Sanguisorba

The rain was hard on big rose blooms.

The rain was hard on big rose blooms.

But rain has helped my mom's late-transplanted roses to start putting out new growth.

But rain has helped my mom’s late-transplanted roses to start putting out new growth.  (Moved to my garden from the lost garden)

fierce foliage on white echinops. upper right, a block away is a tall house that can see a bit of my garden from the attic...long empty, now occupied (maybe)

fierce foliage on white echinops. upper right, a block away is a tall house that can see a bit of my back garden from the attic…long empty, now occupied (maybe)

Fuchsia magellanica and Rose 'Radway Sunrise'

Fuchsia magellanica and Rose ‘Radway Sunrise’

I managed to get into the middle of here to weed.

I managed to get into the middle of here to weed.

It's a good thing I weeded this area last week. Today was too windy to work under the trees.

It’s a good thing I weeded this area last week. Today was too windy to work under the trees.

My plan had been to weed this bed...too windy under the brittle alders.

My plan had been to weed this bed…too windy under the brittle alders.

The salmonberry will take over the back of that bed if I can't get to it some non windy day...

The salmonberry will take over the back of that bed if I can’t get to it some non windy day…

a fluffy poppy in a sunny bed

a fluffy poppy in a sunny bed

Acanthus spinosissimus

Acanthus spinosissimus

Asiatic lilies and heuchera

Asiatic lilies and heuchera

Clematis 'Etoile Violette' is in bloom.

Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’ is in bloom.

red flowers stacked up

red flowers stacked up

I seem to have a red theme here, too, including red Brazelberries

I seem to have a red theme here, too, including red Brazelberries

tadpoles

tadpoles

So many strawberries I can't keep up.

So many strawberries I can’t keep up.

Fortunately Devery came over and harvested.

Fortunately Devery came over and harvested.

She filled this container all the way and still left some behind.

She filled this container all the way and still left some behind.

Allan was reroofing the porch roof on his shed.

Allan was reroofing the porch roof on his shed.

It had been quite worn out.

It had been quite worn out. (Allan’s photo)

in progress with cedar shakes

in progress with cedar shakes

That's how he got this photo of Devery picking and me continuing to weed.

That’s how he got this photo of Devery picking and me continuing to weed.

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overview from the shed roof (Allan’s photos)

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view from the patio

view from the patio

Arisaema consanguineum

Arisaema consanguineum

Calvin

Calvin

Indoors: night blooming cereus bud coming along

Indoors: night blooming cereus bud coming along

mixed berries went on Allan's shortcake for dessert

mixed berries to go on Allan’s homemade shortcake for dessert

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 17: Rainy  Went out to pick berries but got rained in after 4 rows so I went to bank, Payless, and market.  Then finished picking berries—very dirty berries from rain splashing dirt on them.  Then decided to light off the full burning barrel and I weeded in that area for over an hour while papers burned.  Then I washed, hulled, and sliced berries but will package them tomorrow.  I’m exhausted!

1998 (age 74):

June 17:  Watered hanging houseplants.  Spent another 4 hours picking and preparing strawberries.  I used the Ho-mi to loosen weeds and cultivate the plants.  [My favourite garden tool…I must have given her one.]  I’m pulling the small plants that are producing small hard berries.  I took Tabby out about 5.  She nosed around in the lower driveway while I pulled waist high weeds.  Tabby started fussing about the harness so I took her in.

 

 

 

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