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at Sea Star garden, photo by Melissa Van Domelen

at Sea Star garden, photo by Melissa Van Domelen

Friday, 28 October 2016

After falling asleep in the wee hours to the sound of pounding rain, I woke to sunshine and windlessness.  What perfect weather to do the last job of round one of bulbing: the Bolstad beach approach.

the work board this morning

the work board this morning

Long Beach

First we went to the World Kite Museum.  After planting some narcissi there a few days ago, I regretted not having added some tall alliums whose flowers would float along the top of the perennials.  Yesterday afternoon while planting my own bulbs at home, I’d found a package of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ from which I could spare some for the kite museum.

more bulbs

more bulbs

This time Allan got a photo of the twirly thing he bought one of the other day.

This time Allan got photos of the twirly thing he bought one of the other day.

It twirls effectively.

It twirls effectively on one magnetic disk floating above another. Allan wanted to buy it to enjoy and study as his last store bought whirligig didn’t whirl.

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We added three eremurus to the west side of city hall, and Allan started a bit of clean up on the east side.

removing spent hosta foliage, before

removing spent hosta foliage, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

On the Bolstad approach, I had 50 cyclamineus narcissi and 150 mixed Crocus tommasinianus (5 colours).  Because we had to weed grasses and sheep sorrel out of all the empty spots where I wanted to add the bulbs, we were there for several hours.  The still air and warm weather (so warm that a summer shirt would have been comfortable) made the job so easy.

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Allan pulled old crocosmia.

Allan pulled old crocosmia.

I was pleased to see my new friend the mighty Quinn.

I was pleased to see my new friend the mighty Quinn.

a visitor feeding gulls

a visitor feeding gulls

When I say we are finishing round one of bulbing, I mean that I will probably order another bag of narcissi for the beach approach and maybe two more for the Klipsan Beach Cottage’s A Frame garden at the end of season sales.  Maybe.  And I will certainly succumb to some bulbs for me if I do that.  Today, we had enough bulbs to get from the west end of the beach approach to halfway to the arch.

planting in freshly weeded areas

planting in freshly weeded areas

I also threw down lots of little poppy seedheads gleaned earlier this year from the boatyard garden.

I also threw down lots of little poppy seedheads gleaned earlier this year from the boatyard garden.

bulbs added this far...

bulbs added this far…

with this far to go if I get more

with this far to go if I get more

Round two will at the very least include planting tulips that I am holding for four downtown planters that are going to be dug into for electrical work sometime between now and Christmas.

We did not take time to weed all of the areas where roses are too thick for bulb planting.

We did not have time to weed all of the areas where roses are too thick for bulb planting.

I don’t think it is cost effective to a thorough weeding of the approach garden at this time of year.  The weeds will be back in March, and I don’t think a bit of weediness will bother passersy here over the winter.

When we dumped our debris at City Works, I saw that the hanging baskets, at rest on the ground, are still blooming.

the last gasp of the Basket Case baskets

the last gasp of the Basket Case baskets

At home, I finished planting my bulbs.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan painting the iron fence

Allan painting the iron fence

At dusk, I took some photos of what is still amazingly in bloom in the garden.

penstemon

penstemon

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' (from Our Kathleen)

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ (from Our Kathleen) and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

sanvitalia

sanvitalia

begonias

begonias

agastache

agastache

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

trailing rosemary

trailing rosemary

lavender

lavender

Helianthus 'Gold Lace'

Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’

big pots of Hot Lips salvia

big pots of Hot Lips salvia

assorted hardy fuchsias

assorted hardy fuchsias

yellow spires of verbascum

yellow spires of verbascum

Ceanothus 'Dark Star'

Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’

Rose 'Nearly Wild'

Rose ‘Nearly Wild’

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’

Persicaria 'Firetail'

Persicaria ‘Firetail’

Clematis 'Freckles'

Clematis ‘Freckles’

calendula

calendula

Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' buds

Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ buds

hellebore

hellebore

cosmos

cosmos

chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum

fuchsia

fuchsia

schizostylis

schizostylis

one last poppy

one last poppy

and more:

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

hips of Rosa moyesii

hips of Rosa moyesii

Callicarpa (beauty berry)

Callicarpa (beauty berry)

'Dortmund' rose hips

‘Dortmund’ rose hips

Skooter and begonias

Skooter and begonias

And now the work board looks like this:

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The next pressing work task is to get the salvageable plants dug up and stored from Diane’s roadside garden.  More importantly, Ilwaco Halloween is almost here and we have some decorating to do.


ginger 1995 (age 71):

Oct 28: Noon-5:45  I did it!  I closed the garden water faucets!  It wasn’t as hard as Bruce said it was.  After I dug all the soil and rocks out there it was a regular faucet handle to turn off.  I did 3 with one to go.  Also I wrapped the shop pipes with the heat thing.

1997 (age 73):

Oct 28: Store day—PO, Tim’s, and QFC.   I worked  all afternoon planting bulbs and some perennials (mail order).  Got a lot done.  Then I moved all but one tray from shop to picnic table.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

We had wind with no rain at the beginning of our work day.  It seemed like it was going to be easy to plant about 100 bulbs all along the port curbside gardens.

My first stop was Time Enough Books, to ask owner Karla if she wanted her hardy fuchsia pruned yet.

Scout at the door

Scout at the door

Karla and I ended up talking politics for half an hour.  (We are on the same page.)

Here’s a clue: the Facebook profile photo that our friend Sean made for me:

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Meanwhile, Allan pruned an elderberry to the ground (as we do every year so that the Christmas lights on the eaves show better) and did some weeding.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

before

before

after; he saved the branches for Halloween decor

after; he saved the branches for Halloween decor

at Salt Pub: a delivery truck from Fort George Brewery (Allan's photo)

at Salt Pub: a delivery truck from Fort George Brewery (Allan’s photo)

When I finally emerged from the bookstore, the bulbing began.  I had fifty of a mixed set of cyclamineus narcissi, a short early kind.  That is not ideal because you can’t make a nice little clump with a mixed set.  However, the price was good and it will add some interesting variety.  Additonally, I had some Narcissi fernandesii, a new one to me, and ‘New Baby’, a late bloomer (like ‘Baby Moon’ but white and yellow) which should still be blooming for the children’s parade.  (Last spring, freaky weather made it bloom earlier than its usual early May flowering.)

Narcissus 'Baby Moon'

Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ in Long Beach last April

the thrilling two tone color of Narcissus 'New Baby' from Brent and Becky's Bulbs

the thrilling two tone color of Narcissus ‘New Baby’ from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Just a few more went into the Port Office garden.

Just a few new bulbs went into the Port Office garden.

So far, no rain.

So far, no rain.

bulb food and easy access bulbs (Allan's photo)

bulb food and easy access muscari bulbs (Allan’s photo)

We did a few blue runs of muscari down the center of a couple of the gardens.

The wind was plenty annoying.

The wind was plenty annoying.

Then the rain came in earnest.

Then the rain came in earnest.

The next stretch of planting was quite unpleasant.  We got sympathy from Butch of CoHo Charters and later from Bill Clearman, who was shopping at Englund Marine Supply.  I was well aware that if I had not spent half an hour schmoozing at Time Enough Books, we might have escaped some of the rain.

Fortunately, some clearer weather blew in.

Fortunately, some clearer weather blew in after awhile.

Allan planting by the Ilwaco Pavilion.

Allan planting by the Ilwaco Pavilion.

My favourite curbside garden by the Ilwaco pavilion. Fall clean up will come later.

My favourite curbside garden by the Ilwaco pavilion. Fall clean up will come later.

Driving down Lake Street to the boatyard, we saw another house with Halloween decorations (one block west of us).  The bad weather has slowed householders’ preparations for the big Ilwaco holiday.

Halloween house with a ghostie

Halloween house with a ghostie

At the boatyard, I had only some Camassia ‘Blue Melody’ to plant at a damp spot by a faucet that is frequently in use in the summer.

time for the last of the sweet peas to come down

time for the last of the sweet peas to come down

Muscari

Muscari bulbs that had worked there way to the surface could be divided up.

Allan dividing a replanting some muscari

Allan dividing and replanting some muscari

handsome foliage on Jackman's Blue Rue

handsome foliage on Jackman’s Blue Rue

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handsome euphorbia foliage

handsome euphorbia foliage

elephant garlic stuck into the fence

elephant garlic stuck into the fence

At home, I almost—but not quite—got all of my bulbs planted.  If I had not had a little sit down first, I would have finished.

The Cove Restaurant

In the evening, we joined Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) for our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

We had all been working in the blustery wind.

We had all been working in the blustery wind.

in the foyer

in the foyer

I had the carne asada and Allan had the Alfredo

I had the carne asada and Allan had the Alfredo

Caesar salad with anchovies

Caesar salad with anchovies

Carna asada

Carna asada

Sous chef Indus's excellent bread pudding

Sous chef Indus’s excellent bread pudding

Sous Chef Indus’s new baby, a second daughter, had arrived a few days ago and he showed us a darling photo of her and her older sister (who is roundabout three years old).

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a proud dad

a proud dad (Allan’s photo)

Tomorrow, if we apply ourselves, we might actually finish round one of Bulb Time.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 27:  11:30-5:30  I decided to trim the one row of strawberry plants in the asparagus bed.  I went ahead and dug them all and trimmed them and ended up with one row of nice big plants and 3/4 row of itty bitty ones—those won’t have fruit probably for 2 years.  Dug potatoes from “tomato patch”.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 27:  I canned 6 pints of applesauce—one didn’t seal so I put it in freezer.  I picked another pail of apples off the ground and off the branches.  There’s still a lot of nice ones out of reach.

 

 

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

I woke to such intense wind and rain that I was sure Melissa and Dave would not be working two doors down on the hedge trimming project.  But when I looked out my window, there they were.  I went over to record their perseverance and fortitude.

Neither wind nor rain keeps Sea Star Gardening from its rounds.

Neither wind nor rain keeps Sea Star Gardening from its rounds.

over the gate, gale warning flags at the port

over the gate, gale warning flags at the port

warning flags flown at the port office

warning flags flown at the port office

Mel tarping debris while Dave uses hedge shears for the final cut.

Mel tarping debris while Dave uses hedge shears for the final cut.

I warned Mel about the spear effect of falling branches from the alder grove.

I warned Mel about the spear effect of falling branches from the alder grove.

The trees made a huge wind noise.

The trees made a huge wind noise.

leaning in

leaning in

a second tarp

a second tarp

I posted a video here with the sound of the wind and the sight of the hedge whipping about.  At least it did not rain on our friends.

This wind record is from a weather station over on Sandridge Road; it was probably 10 mph stronger here:

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Melissa said that she was experiencing Ilwaco weather.  I often complain that it is so windy here when in their sheltered garden way up in Oysterville, the wind is minimal.

I left them to their task and went home to spend my day indoors doing all the bulb spreadsheets.

Calvin and Skooter

Calvin and Skooter face off over the cat door. (A squabble did not ensue.)

Smokey supervising.

Smokey supervising.

my Smokey

my Smokey

Skooter

Skooter

Meanwhile, Allan painted.  He said that any stray drop of paint blew away, sometimes onto the green paint of the gates, which then had to be wiped off with paint thinner because he was using an oil based paint.

painting the back arbor

painting the back arbor

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

before

before

and after

and after

It was all his idea to paint the posts black, and it turned out beautifully.

My view at 6:11 PM

My view at 6:11 PM

I finished the spreadsheets just in time for us to depart to have dinner with Dave and Mel at

The Depot Restaurant.

This was a bonus dinner rather than our weekly meeting.  We like to go sometimes to Wednesday “Burger Night”, an offseason treat offered by the Depot.

You choose from many ingredients.

You choose from many ingredients.

If you get a fried egg and pineapple, you can deconstruct the burger and have the egg as an appetizer and the pineapple as dessert.

view from our table

view from our table

a well filled burger

a well filled burger

vanilla bean flan

vanilla bean flan

chocolate espresso pot de creme

chocolate espresso pot de creme

sorbet duo: Cranberry and Pineapple

sorbet duo: Cranberry and Pineapple

Tomorrow, I am determined to get back to bulbing, rain or shine.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 26: 1:30-5:30  I fell again from the little extra step of back porch.  Messed up my knee.  I started to weed asparagus/strawberry bed.  Ended up pulling up the berry plants and trimming them.  They need replanting now—maybe tomorrow.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 26:  10:30-3:30  SUNNY & WARM  I planted more bulbs in UDFB, PRFB-S and Tam.  Then the perennial order from Parks arrived so I potted them.  I picked up apples then got the recycle and garbage.  Then I came in and peeled two pails of apples.  I may can the applesauce tomorrow.  I quit working at 9:30.

 

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

I slept in a bit because of the sound of lashing rain and vigorous wind.  By the time I was seated for breakfast, I saw sunshine and decided we should brave the wind.  I was partially influenced by getting a text from Sea Star Gardening‘s Melissa, informing me that she and Dave were two doors down hedge trimming at Mary and Jeff’s place and that they had brought me some plants acquired on a recent trip to Blooming Nursery.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

My new plants: Some more 'Blauer Heinz' boxwoods and some Euonymus 'Green Spire'

My new plants: Some more ‘Blauer Heinz’ boxwoods and some Euonymus ‘Green Spire’

Another bulb order arrived before we left, including 500 crocus.  What was I thinking?  Perhaps my idea when ordering had been to plant more crocus down the center bed in the back garden.  If I pull all the dead outer foliage off of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river, I could plant them for early spring flowering.

river of Rozanne still blooming today

river of Rozanne still blooming today

I am loving this Helianthus 'Gold Lace'.

I am loving this Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’.

Below is my biggest gardening disappointment of the year.  I spent $70 or so on yet another attempt at growing Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate…for the third or fourth failed time.  We had one very hot 99 degree day in late summer.  The next time I watered, every leaf fell off at the same exact moment and the albizia did not leaf out again, nor do I think it will.

a very expensive apparently very dead stick

a very expensive and apparently very dead stick

I loaded a few boxes of bulbs into the van in hopes of getting through several small jobs today.

Mike’s garden

Mike got some viridiflora and ‘White Parrot’ tulips, some Allium sphaerocephalon and Allium nigrum, some crocuses (with which I am suddenly over-run) and some Iris reticulata and white narcissi.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden is green, white, pink, and blue.

front garden with Schizostylis, either 'Viscountess Byng' or 'Miss Hegarty'

front garden with Schizostylis, either ‘Viscountess Byng’ or ‘Miss Hegarty’

Ilwaco Post Office

I contributed a selection of this year’s bulbs to add to our volunteer garden at the post office.  I didn’t put in any new tulips this year except for the exciting ‘Green Jay’, a new to me fringed green one from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Tulip 'Green Jay', photo from Brent and Becky

Tulip ‘Green Jay’, photo from Brent and Becky

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ still blooming

schizostylis in the post office garden

schizostylis in the post office garden

World Kite Museum

The tiny pocket garden got some crocuses and some narcissi.  Browsing deer discourage the planting of tulips here.  We had a pleasant chat with gift shop manager Patti, and Allan bought a twirly thing for his garden.  I thought he took a photo of the demo twirly thing that inspired his purchase.  No.  It twirled really well and is made by a fellow who is well known for wind sculptures.

Allan's photo: bulbs ready to plant

Allan’s photo: bulbs ready to plant

I should have planted some alliums in this garden and did not think of it.  That is unfortunate as they would look so good towering above the other plants.  Maybe I will add some elephant garlic later on!

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan installed the newly planted bulb window boxes after removing the summer annuals window boxes.

A lovely, soft furred dog named Kingston was in attendance, companion to the man who is building a new cottage porch near the office.

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me and my new friend, Kingston

me and my new friend, Kingston

Kingston was an absolute delight.

Kingston was an absolute delight.

window box switching (Allan's photo)

window box switching (Allan’s photo)

the old (Allan's photo)

the summer boxes  (Allan’s photo)

We could have left the annuals up for awhile longer.  Over half of them were looking tatty, and I did not want to have to go check on them after every storm.  Maybe I did the switch too soon this year.  On the other hand, I think I often have a habit of letting annuals linger too long.

with manager Beth and two great dogs

with manager Beth and two great dogs

Kingston and Mitzu

Kingston and Mitzu

A cottage guest arrived with a truck.  Allan greatly admired the step and pole that enabled one to get up into the pick up bed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We headed across Pioneer Road toward Diane’s garden and on the way I saw an open sign at…

The Cranberry Museum.

My dear friend Seattle Carol will be visiting soon and I needed to exchange her birthday present t shirt that had been the wrong size.  I love this little museum and want to share some of its treasures with you here.

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Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.

Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.

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You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

looking into the area of museum displays

looking into the area of museum displays

Cranberry Museum

Cranberry Museum

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

Diane’s garden

One pot that had held a tatty old lavender got completely redone and planted with ‘White Parrot’ tulips.  Pastel tulips, iris reticulata, and crocuses went into many of the other planters..  I am counting on lots of small narcissi to return from a planting we did here last fall.

the potted garden

the potted garden

barberry with Helichrysum 'Limelight'

barberry with Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

We had dropped our trailer at The Red Barn, next door, to make it easier to fit into Diane and Larry’s driveway.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Next door at The Red Barn

at The Red Barn

Ilwaco

We planted two sets of yellow tulips in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, ‘Formosa’, a late bloomer that is one of my favourites, and the elegant ‘Akebono’.

across from the carousel: windblown Tulip 'Akebono' barely holding on

across from the Long Beach carousel: windblown Tulip ‘Akebono’ barely holding on in late spring

Tulip 'Formosa'

Tulip ‘Formosa’ in Long Beach

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole' Bob's seafood market and café

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole’ Bob’s seafood market and café

I miss going to Salt Pub, but lately I just do not have any energy at the end of the day.  I hope we can go try out their new menu after Bulb Time.

We put five little crocuses, one of each colour, under each of the Ilwaco street trees and tidied up some of the planters a bit.  The wind gusts that had been up to 30 mph had died down and we had a much pleasanter time planting.  In fact, I don’t think I would have tackled this otherwise because First Avenue is a wind corridor on a bad day.

Allan's photos: a planter, before

Allan’s photos: a planter, before

and after. The Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' will need replacing in spring.

and after. The weather battered Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ will need replacing in spring.

the last five street tree crocus going in

the last five street tree crocus going in

At home, Frosty and I examined Allan’s handiwork on the temporary structure for the Corridor of Spooky Plants which must be installed before Halloween.

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I have started collecting plant material. With more wind forecast for the next two days, I daren’t install it yet.  And also, I need access to the garden to finish planting my bulbs.

The work board tonight shows that Bulb Time has never gone so quickly.

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One reason for the speed is getting the bulbs before Daylight Saving Time begins, enabling us to work longer hours before dark (since we never get started early).

We need good weather without big wind to plant at the port and the Bolstad beach approach gardens.  Maybe that means that tomorrow will finally be my day to do the bulb spreadsheets.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 25:  11:30-5:30!  Finished strawberry rows.  Mulched them with straw.  Planted my 15 mums in the corn patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here are the coral bark maples at Steve and John’s bayside garden this week.  The path has been remade by local landscaper Steve Clarke.  It was a simple cedar chip path now transformed into something elegant.

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photo by Steve McCormick

Monday 24 October 2016

Gusty wind and heavy rain promised me a day at home.  What I really want is a rainy day to read right through the third Nella Last book (Nella Last in the 1950s) that arrived a few days ago. I cannot have a full reading day till this fall’s bulb lists are transformed from my messy handwriting to a tidy typed grid. Yet today, I did procrastinate on bulb spreadsheets after getting an email from the library announcing that the book I have been trying to finish is overdue.  So I finished it.

an excellent book

an excellent book

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In the descriptions of food traditions brought from the old world, I was saddened to learn that the Irish, because they were fleeing from the potato famine after decades of deprivation under English rule, had few special recipes or food traditions.

Meanwhile, Allan reclaimed the paper bags which had been used for bulb sorting.  I reuse them year after year after year, letting one go only if it gets wet from a rainy day of planting.

sorted and unsorted bags

sorted and unsorted bags

years worth of my labeling with sharpie and scrawled bulb name abbreviations

years worth of my labeling with sharpie and scrawled bulb name abbreviations

Just last fall, Allan started a new plan of crossing out the old names so the bags are ready to go for autumn 2017.

Just last fall, Allan started a new plan of crossing out the old names so the bags are ready to go for autumn 2017.

all nicey nice

all nicey nice

Any small paper bag that enters the house gets saved for bulb sorting.

While I continued to read, Allan walked to the post office and the library.

autumn leaves in the library garden

autumn leaves in the library garden

library nasturtiums still blooming

library nasturtiums still blooming

On the way home, he noticed a bird nest under the awning of the old (now empty) bingo hall.

a hidden nest

a hidden nest

swallows home

swallows’ home

I finished my book and just as I got my first blank spreadsheet open, out came the sunshine.  We simply had to go plant another batch of bulbs.

work board this morning

work board this morning

Geranium 'Rozanne' and rudbeckia and penstemons still blooming by our driveway.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and rudbeckia and penstemons still blooming by our driveway.

Geranium 'Rozanne' and calendula

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and calendula

heading north out of Ilwaco in clear but breezy weather

heading north out of Ilwaco in clear but breezy weather

stormy sky in Long Beach

stormy sky in Long Beach

We began by planting a few bulbs at Long Beach city hall.

Allan added one clump of narcissi to the little pop out a block north of City Hall.

Allan added one clump of Narcissi ‘Thalia Sun’ to the little pop out a block north of City Hall.

We then went on to

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu's greeting

My good friend Mitzu’s greeting

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The wind was rather annoying.

The wind was rather annoying.

Anchorage office

Anchorage office

looking east over pampas grass and cryptomerias

looking east over pampas grass and cryptomerias

windy!

windy!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Gusty enough to be bothersome.

Gusty enough to be bothersome.

We planted some narcissi at ground level and some tulips in assorted planters.

I drop the bags where I want the bulbs to be planted. That way if a rbig ain comes, they can be gathered back up quickly.

I drop the bags where I want the bulbs to be planted. That way if a big rain comes, they can be gathered back up quickly.

Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

'Hawkshead' fuchsia, white with green tips

‘Hawkshead’ fuchsia, white with green tips

hardy fuchsia and dried astilbe flowers, which I like to leave up for winter

hardy fuchsia and dried astilbe flowers, which I like to leave up for winter

At my request, Beth had built two sets of window boxes so that we can change them out for winter and summer.  That way, I can have boxes of early spring bulbs that don’t need to be disturbed by the planting of summer annuals.  This year, we switched from plastic liners to larger wooden boxes so last year’s bulbs do need to be replanted and some new ones added.

two of the four summer windowboxes

two of the four summer windowboxes

Because of the wind and the threat of rain, we took the plastic liners and the four new, empty wooden window boxes home to plant up in the comfort of our garage.

on the way home

On the way, a quick stop at The Depot accomplished the planting of an azalea that had been a gift at Marilyn’s memorial service.

memorial azalea (Allan's photo)

memorial azalea (Allan’s photo)

I tucked the wee azalea in at the end of the garden and I hope it is not a tender sort.

I tucked the wee azalea in at the end of the garden and I hope it is not a tender sort.

You may have made the connection that Marilyn, our beloved elderly client who died this summer, was the mother of Nancy, co owner of the Depot Restaurant.  Like Jo’s garden, Marilyn’s garden up in Surfside is about to pass to the care of new owners.

The Oceanside Animal Clinic is located just east of the Depot; we picked up flea drops for the kitties.

veterinarian office staff (Allan's photo)

veterinarian office staff (Allan’s photo)

at home

In the garage, ready to transfer bulbs from plastic liners to the new boxes

In the garage, ready to transfer bulbs from plastic liners to the new boxes

I had four out of eight liners emptied and bulbs replanted in two wooden boxes when I realized the new boxes did not have drainage holes.

Allan to the rescue!

Allan to the rescue!  I shifted the planting to the empty boxes after they got drilled.

He went back to the project I had fetched him from: mowing the pocket sized lawn at the J’s house across the street.

J's lawn, done

J’s lawn, done

boxes, done and ready to go back to The Anchorage

boxes, chock full o’ little spring bulbs and ready to go back to The Anchorage

Now the window boxes of bulbs will not have to be changed out till two or three years from now when the bulbs multiply to the point of overcrowding.

Down the street, Allan noticed a nautical sight: nets over the sidewalk.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Tomorrow, I might get those spreadsheets done; if not, we will get three more smaller batches of bulbs planted.

the work board waning, and waxing as I remember more to do (like plant my own bulbs)

the work board waning, and waxing as I remember more to do (like plant my own bulbs)


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 24:  12:30-4:00 FIRST HARD FREEZE!  It didn’t look like much froze but when I was planting bulbs in the tam area I saw the leaves and stalks were frozen while some of the blooms were ok.  I cut back those dahlias that had no blossoms.  I planted about 100 bulbs in PRFB, Tam and PBB.  [Patio Right Flower Bed and Patio Back Bed, I bet!  The patio was surrounded on three sided by a railroad tie wall about three ties high, with the other side being the house.]  I have about 100 more to go in the ground and lots of various bulbs for my pots, etc.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 24:  Rainy and cool.  I spent all day in the kitchen taking care of ripe tomatoes (one pkg frozen), peeling apples (2 trays drying) and dehydrating potatoes.  I received the instructions and I peeled and filled 4 trays of the spuds I bought a couple of weeks ago at QFC.  It will be interesting to see how they turn out.  I was surprised to learn the spuds had to be blanched before drying them.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

The typing out of the bulb lists was not to be today.  We woke to fine autumn sunshine and decided to get as far as possible in the bulb planting of the Long Beach planters and street tree gardens.

Bulb time has started much sooner than usual this year.  For the past several years, my bulbs arrived in early November, and not early enough.  This year I called and requested earlier shipment because of my planned knee surgery.  The knee surgery is not happening this autumn after all because of economic reasons, and the payoff might be an earlier staycation than usual.

Today, we worked our way through the Long Beach blocks out of order, based on where we could find parking on a busy Sunday.

bulbs laid out in the recently redone planter in front of Stormin' Norman's gift shop.

bulbs laid out in the recently redone planter in front of Stormin’ Norman’s gift shop.

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planting

Geranium 'Rozanne' halfway cut back and still blooming in front of the police station

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ halfway cut back and still blooming in front of the police station

Hydrangeas in Third Street Park with fresh blooms on top of old ones.

Hydrangeas in Third Street Park with fresh blooms on top of old ones.

I had a catastrophe at the police station intersection.  I have bulbs for each planter sorted into a separate bag or sometimes a bag for an entire intersection.  I noticed when planting the police station intersection (Third Street) that all of the tulips were viridiflora (green) tulips.  I always use green tulips for the NIVA green block, but since they are my favourite tulips, I did not wonder that I had them for the Third Street block also.  That is, until I got to NIVA green and saw the “POLICE” bag was still in the van.  I had grabbed the NIVA bag by mistake.  Fortunately, I still had one set of green tulips for the NIVA planter itself.  The other three on that block went purple and pink this year.  Dang it all.

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

Each planter is a little different, and many that we have not redone still have rampant plants going back to the days when each one was done by a different volunteer.  We don’t redo all of them, just the ones with extremely annoying plants like a nest of vinca or a thuggish hardy geranium. (In the recent case of the wire vine in front of Stormin’ Norman’s, I had only myself to blame.)  Three planters have would-be huge escallonias that I cannot remove because their roots are all into the “works” of the plumbing, so I am stuck with constant pruning. Some have would be full size barberries that need constant attention, all leftovers from volunteer days.  Each planter started with a dwarf rhododendron (on the street side of the lamp post.  One of two that remain can be seen in the photo above) and two big heathers on either side of the lamp post, provided by the city.  ALL the heathers are gone now.  Oh my, they were boring, and filled up way too much space with flat dullness.  The volunteers themselves eliminated most of the heathers.

I was tremendously annoyed today to find that someone who is hanging out by the NIVA green planter on a regular basis is filling it with cigarette butts even though there is an ashtray receptacle RIGHT NEXT TO THE PLANTER.

truly disgusting

truly disgusting

planting after picking out all the butts

planting after picking out all the butts

I popped briefly into NIVA green to get some Halloween display photos for the shops Facebook page (which I help manage).

in NIVA green

in NIVA green

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Fuchsias still blooming in the planter at the south end of Dennis Co (and the flowers across the street are long lasting chrysanthemums).

Fuchsias still blooming in the planter at the south end of Dennis Co (and the flowers across the street are long lasting chrysanthemums).

My good friend Tam O’Shanter came to the door of the Herb N’ Legend Smoke Shop.

Tam

Tam (Allan’s photo)

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planting at the smoke shop, with more late blooming Geranium 'Rozanne'

planting at the smoke shop, with more late blooming Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Allan planted from the street side of this planter by Sweet Phee's pizza place.

Allan planted from the street side of this planter by Sweet Phee’s pizza place.

To my amazement, we did get all the planters and street tree bulbs installed, except for the four plants (Bolstad stoplight down to the police station) which might get dug up because of a problem with that electric line.  I am holding  tulips for those planters.

I was glad that I had also brought the box for Veterans Field even though I had been almost sure we would not get to it.

Vet Field corner garden before adding bulbs (of blue, white, and red flowers of course).

Vet Field corner garden before adding bulbs (of blue, white, and red flowers of course).

and after

and after

By the time we finished this little project, we were in a drizzle, and by the time we had finished dumping our trailer load of debris at City Works, a lashing rain had begun.

perfect timing for rain

perfect timing for rain

home

The work board is shorter, at least until I think of more projects.

The work board is shorter, at least until I think of more projects.

Skooter and Azara microphylla 'Variegata'

Skooter and Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’

Halloween lights

Halloween spider lights

a pleasing perennial chrysanthemum in the garden (from The Planter Box nursery)

a pleasing perennial chrysanthemum in the garden (from The Planter Box nursery)

late blooming cosmos

late blooming cosmos

Tomorrow it will surely rain and give me time to type up the bulbs spreadsheets.


ginger

1998 (age 74):

Oct 23:  12:00-5:00  I worked in Tam area again planted tulips and narcissus.  Also cleaned up the area by pruning and weeding.  It was a lot cooler than yesterday.  I called the WSU [Washington State University] extension office for up to date instructions on canning tomatoes, freezing, and drying.

 

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guest photo…or is it?  Greg Rogers, owner of The Oysterville Store, shared this photo of THE Oysterville garden on Facebook.  When I asked if I could use it here, he replied that he thought that I had taken it!  Because he thinks it is recent, it could not have been mine because I have not been up there since aster time.

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THE Oysterville garden in autumn

Friday, 21 October 2016

If I had been able to focus my mind instead of checking the news every twenty minutes or so, I might have gotten all the bulbs sorted today.  As it was, I struggled to concentrate and still had an assortment of alliums and some narcissi left to sort by 8 PM.  After eight hours of thinking and bagging and listing, I could do no more.

Bulb Hell, I mean, er, Bulb Time

Bulb Hell, I mean, er, Bulb Time

The weather cooperated with frequent rain squalls so that I did not feel I was missing a gardening day.

Meanwhile, Allan continued to paint, despite the weather.  The oil paint stayed on through the rain.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The double flag wind warning at the port mystified us.  Wind was not part of the weather today.  (Allan's photo)

The double flag wind warning at the port mystified us. Wind was not part of the weather today. (Allan’s photo)

Allan also got the Halloween lights installed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The weather forecast was wrong again.  I woke to sunshine and realized that I DID have the Klipsan Beach Cottages bulbs sorted and ready to go.  The rest of the bulb sorting would have to wait till evening.  We could not miss a planting day like this.

We also had the bulbs sorted for

The Depot Restaurant

so we began with some fall clean up and planting there.

before

before

bulb placement

bulb placement

Allan cut back the floppy Solidago 'Fireworks'; I want to leave Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' for now.

Allan cut back the floppy Solidago ‘Fireworks’; I want to leave Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ for now.

an hour and ten minutes later, with bulbs in

an hour and ten minutes later, with bulbs in

Allan had trimmed the would-be-eight-feet-tall escallonia that is front of the railway sign.

before

before

after

after

Klipsan Beach Cottages

the entry road.  Cottages straight ahead, A Frame to the left, Mary and Denny's house and the fenced garden to the right.

the entry road. Cottages straight ahead, A Frame to the left, Mary and Denny’s house and the fenced garden to the right.

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Mary and Denny were surprised to see us on a Saturday.

Mary, me, and Bella

Mary, me, and Bella

We got right down to the bulb planting, me in the fenced garden and Allan planting several hundred narcissi next door in the A Frame woods.  We refresh the woodland planting with many more new narcissi each year.  The shaded conditions are not ideal.  I’d be curious to see how many narcissi came back if we ever skipped an autumn planting.

A frame garden around the deck last year

A frame narcissi by the deck in 2013

The Fuchsias went in this area.

The A frame woodsy garden

A frame narcissi last March

A frame narcissi last March

We are going to get even more narcissi planted in there this year if I follow through on making an “end of season sale” order from Van Engelen.

We finished up by planting a few more clumps of narcissi by the vacation cottages on the ridge.

a clump for every empty space in the driveway gardens

a clump for every empty space in the driveway gardens

cottage 8

cottage 8

cottage 8 bunkhouse (Allan's photo)

cottage 8 bunkhouse (Allan’s photo)

a new gate for cottage 8's bunkhouse

a new gate for cottage 8’s bunkhouse (Allan’s photo)

view from the cottages (Allan's photo)

view from the cottages (Allan’s photo)

I took the usual views of the garden before we went home.  We will be back after bulb time for the final autumn clean up.

the pond bed

the pond bed

from the driveway

from the driveway

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looking in the east gate

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In the big grey pot by the white pipe, Allan had transplanted today a large Callistemon from a smaller pot that kept tipping over.  I hope it survives.

birdbath view

birdbath view

sit spot

sit spot

Melianthus major and transplanted callistemon

Melianthus major and transplanted callistemon

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Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'

Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’

autumn banner

autumn banner

the pond bed

the pond bed

Mary's autumn decor

Mary’s autumn decor

with Sarah

with my good friend Sarah

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At home, I finished sorting all the bulbs by 9 PM….at least until Tuesday, when one more small box will arrive.  If I have a rainy day on Sunday I will be able to type out all the bulb spread sheets, and if it does not rain we will go on planting.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 21:  Strawberries again.   I combined Row 1 and Row 2—Everbearing Strawberries.  Took all baskets down—put them on porch.  Also put the canna pots down near table.  Soon I must empty the pots and put bulbs to bed for the winter.  Next year I must start the begonia bulbs earlier to get them to bloom sooner.

1997 (age 73):

Oct 21:  1:00-3:00  Well, nothing froze but taking no chances I took in the upright begonias.  I was able to separate them; most of them were still in bloom.  I hosed out the various empty pots etc.  I took in the Pineapple Lily.  Then I planted more bulbs in patio.  I took the Spring Hill plants to the greenhouse.  Also checked the Park Seed perennials and put them in greenhouse.  I’ll try to get those planted tomorrow.

Oct 22: 11:00-5:00!  All in Patio and Shop.  I planted bulbs, mostly Alliums, in patio, also asters. Gallardia, Hollyhocks etc all in patio.  I did some in the rain.  I went into the shop and went through all the trays weeding, pruning, and throwing out some wilted plants.  I have seeds of Gallardia and Hollyhock and Malva.  It was a good day’s work done.  I wore a jacket and kept quite warm.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 21 11:30-4:45  I planted some of the perennials (from seed) in the bulb bed and in front.  Then I took my stool into the tam area [formerly juniper tams, now flowers] and deadheaded a lot of plants and did some weeding.  I’m dumping the soil from the various containers along the front of the tam area.  But it was too late to start the bulbs. When I planted the new hydrangeas I marked them to dig up when I move.

Oct 22:  Noon to 6:00  I planted the rest of the perennials from seed in bulkhead.  I started on the bulbs.  I planted Triumph red and yellow 16-18″ tulips all across the Tam area and the pastel tulips.  Also my foxtail lilies and Poker Plants arrived from Spring Hill and I planted them in the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] the same day!  Then I peeled apples from 5:00-8:00.

 

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