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Monday, 17 October 2016

Long Beach

Another inaccurate weather forecast had called for a day of 30 mph wind and a half an inch of rain.  Instead, we got a glorious warm day and were able to do post-storm clean up of the Long Beach planters.  I had been looking forward to that.  Even though the storm had not brought the predicted 90 mph, over 50 mph wind in Long Beach had made the planters look rather battered.

After dropping books off at the Ilwaco library and adding some Geranium sanguineum starts to that garden, we began clean up at the Long Beach welcome sign.

before

before

after

after

both sides. The geraniums 'Rozanne' and 'Orion' on the back side were still blooming.

both sides. The geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’ on the back side were still blooming.

We hoped to have time to return to the sign later in the day.

In town, we tidied up the beat up plants.

 Geranium 'Rozanne' about to be cut back

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ about to be cut back (Allan’s photo)

further tidying

after, further tidying

It was so hot that for awhile I thought I had a flu-ish fever.  (Ok, it was 61 degrees.)

Todd stopped by with some bulbs from a shared order Brent and Becky’s.

I'm showing him a santolina that died.

I’m showing him a santolina that died.

The smoke shop owner told me that the sign she had made to protect the flowers has been stolen…before the wind storm.

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If you see this stolen sign (how ironic), it belongs to the Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop.

Allan trimmed this lavender.

Allan trimmed this lavender.

We had made the right decision last week to leave the blooming, top heavy ‘Super Dorothy’ roses in Fifth Street Park.  The wind was not enough to topple the fence or to remove the flowers.

Super Dorothy Rose (an improved Dorothy Perkins, from Heirloom Roses) Allan's photo

Super Dorothy Rose (an improved Dorothy Perkins, from Heirloom Roses) Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  I am so glad we did not cut these.

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

after, with lots of California poppies pulled from the kitty corner planter

after, with lots of California poppies pulled from the kitty corner planter

This is far from the final clean up.  Another go round will be on bulb planting day and then a last go round will come after a hard frost.  I trimmed the green santolinas after Allan took the photo above.

excellent chrysanthemum, several years old (Allan's photo)

excellent chrysanthemum, several years old (Allan’s photo)

from the other side (Allan's photo)

from the other side (Allan’s photo)

We did have time to get back to the welcome sign.  After dumping our debris at the city works yard, we scraped up the last of the old, tarped, soggy pile of Soil Energy mulch into five buckets.  Now we are officially out of mulch.

parking lot gardens fall colour

parking lot gardens fall colour, euonymous (burning bush)

Aronia

Aronia

At the sign, we planted 200 tulips bulbs, red and yellow for the front of the sign, and purple and pastels for the sunset colors of the back of the sign.

the sprinkling of bulbs food

the sprinkling of bulb food

My favourite garden guru Ann Lovejoy has written that bulbs come with all the food inside of them that they need for the first year.  Here, the bulb food will nurture older bulbs, like the grape hyacinths already coming up along the front.

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This year we planted the tulips more toward the front edges in hopes any tall narcissi will bloom behind them.  Last spring we tried to shift the tall narcissi to the back.  I know we missed some.

a nice ledge to sit on while planting

a nice ledge to sit on while planting

after

after

after. I hope the city crew has time to get us another yard of mulch.

after. I hope the city crew has time to get us another yard of mulch.

At home, I sorted the packages of Todd bulbs into the appropriate areas of Bulb Central.  I am now awaiting the arrival of another batch via UPS and then bulb time will resume.

I planted the questionable Costco bulbs, the ones I had not unpacked soon enough.  The totally soft ones went into the debris pile.  I hope the just slightly soft ones might still have some life in them.


ginger

1998 (age 74):

Oct 17: I peeled apples and tomatoes from about 11:00 to 6:00.  That’s a lot of time to get 5 pts applesauce and 2 pts tomatoes.  (It would have been 6 pts applesauce but I ate the other one.  Delicious even without sugar.)

Next week:

  • Plant hydrangeas in bulkhead
  • Plant primroses in tam area
  • Plant all the perennials from behind house
  • Throw out the annuals
  • Pick up apples daily

 

 

 

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Sunday, 16 October 2016

I woke at five AM to the beeping of the computer battery back up, signifying a power outage.  I immediately grabbed my phone and looked on local Facebook groups to see who else had lost power.  Odd, no one was reporting in.  Perhaps no one else had been woken up.  I then heard a humming noise that sounded like the Jessie’s fish processing plant and opened the curtain, to see that all the lights were on a block away along the port.  A look out other windows showed the house to the north and the one to the east had lights.  Uh oh.

Both Allan and I went outside with flashlights.  He wisely went out the front door.  I foolishly went out the back garage door under the power lines on the wet grass.  I blame this on having only had 2.5 hours of sleep.  I was looking for a fire or a downed power line, and it is a darned good thing I did not find the latter (or the former).  Late that very evening, I saw this video about how a power line can charge the ground all around it with deadly electricity.  I remembered then having seen a suspense show about a damp lawn completely charged by a fallen power line.

Fortunately, my foolishness was not rewarded with death because I found no downed line, and we ascertained that Alycia’s house next door also had no power.  I felt a bit less lonely.  I left a message on the local utility company’s emergency line.

Our community is a close knit one.  When I posted my woe on Facebook, Butch and Terri from the CoHo Motel two blocks away offered us a room with hot water and television, and Salt Pub offered us a Sunday brunch.  (When I had pictured making dinner on the wee camp stove, I had remembered that if we were the only ones without power, we could go out to dinner at the pub.)

I was able to go back to sleep and when I woke three trucks full of linemen had arrived and were already up at the top of the power pole.

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They brought the transformer down to test it.  The foreman said it might have been hit by lightning in the early hours (another storm I slept through).  He told us we are the only ones on the block with underground power line to our house.  (All the other houses are historic and have overhead lines; we have a manufactured home installed in 1979).  It could be, he said, that something was wrong with just our own line underground.  If the problem wasn’t the power pole, he said, he would have to disconnect us and he advised us to wait till Monday to seek help in order to avoid overtime charges.

That was suspenseful.  It would have been embarrassing because a total of four houses were powerless.  I did not want it to be our line’s fault.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am so happy to report that the problem was in the transformer and it was quickly replaced and we were returned to the civilized life of the grid without having to run a long cord from Mary and Jeff’s two doors to the west to power our freezer.  The entire Peninsula had been prepared to lose power in the big storm, and I think the four houses on our block were the only ones to do so, a day later.

Allan's photo of the peaceful street with the trucks gone made me realize the white buckets need to be put away.

Allan’s photo of the peaceful street with the trucks gone made me realize the white buckets need to be put away.

The rain continued on and off all day, an almost perfect reading day.  The only flaw was when the sun came out briefly and I would feel like I should do some gardening.  I read a humor book, Housebroken by Laurie Notaro.  (I’ve read all of her memoirs).  I especially liked her takedown of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.  “I want no part of it.  Or your magically tidy house, which, by the way, I find lifeless, a shell, a corpse of something probably once vibrant and bursting with things to make, read, touch, feel, smell, and explore.”   Laurie’s heartfelt letter from her fifty year old self to her twenty-five year old punk rock self also spoke to me.  (I would advise myself to spend even more time reading books.)

Allan did leave the house today and returned with photos of the outside world.

In the garden:

standing water (Don't check for downed power lines in this!)

standing water in the back garden (Don’t check for downed power lines in this!)

bogsy wood swale

bogsy wood swale

a seasonal lake between us and the campfire wood pile

a seasonal lake between us and the campfire wood pile

pretty much the full extent of our storm damage

pretty much the full extent of our storm damage

lawn path underwater

east-west lawn path under water

bogsy wood bridge

bogsy wood bridge

This hummingbird must be so glad the wind has gone.

This hummingbird must be so glad the wind has gone.

Allan discovered one other possible storm damage: a sinking fence post by the southwest gate, throwing the door latch off, possibly as a result of saturated soil.

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a quick fix

a quick fix, and not for the first time has this lock been shifted.

from Alycia's yard

from Alycia’s yard

crab pots by the west garage wall

crab pots by the west garage wall (with hops)

In the garage, I finally got the bulb sorting area ready.  Do not do as I did and buy bulbs at Costco and then get too lazy and in denial to inspect them.  I lost ten tulip bulbs and fifteen of one of my favourite narcissi (‘Actea’) to rot.  If I had inspected the bulbs right away and removed any bad’uns, that would not have happened.  Somehow, a month had slipped by during which it had just seemed too early to be dealing with bulbs.

Now all packages are open, each bulb touched to check that it is solid, and areas set up for tulips, narcissi, alliums, and mixed bulbs.

Allan's photo, bulb central

Allan’s photo, bulb central

I expect the rest of the bulbs to arrive by the end of the week and then Bulb Hell, I mean Bulb Time, will officially commence.

To make room, Allan hung up all the empty kitty litter jugs that can be used to store water in summer.

We might be hoarding.

We might be hoarding.

fortifying cuppa Builder's Tea and chili, provided by Allan.

fortifying cuppa Builder’s Tea and chili, provided by Allan.

On a trip to the grocery store, Allan did a bit of garden clean up at the Depot Restaurant.

I knew those tall cosmos were going to blow over.

I knew those tall cosmos were going to blow over.

I'm pleased to see the ornamental grasses still upright.

I’m pleased to see the ornamental grasses still upright.

He found a bit more storm damage in downtown Ilwaco.

a tavern sign missing

a missing tavern sign (which was reinstalled the next day)

The neon had stopped functioning at the Portside Café

The neon had stopped functioning at the Portside Café

In the late evening, I enjoyed a picture book about 97 Orchard Street.

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I would like very much to visit the Tenement Museum in New York.

I’ll be following up with this:

97 Orchard


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 16: Mariners lost—the end of their magic season.  Bought more pansies and some perennials at Gordons.

1997 (age 73):

Oct 16:  1:00-5:00  70+ degrees   I trimmed back the ivy around the tree so I could plant bulbs there.  I planted about 200 tulips and narcissus in that area and in the patio area.  I was quite warm.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 16: Noon-4:30  I finished taking the begonias into the shop.  Most of the time was spent on the upright ones.  Last week I went through them and marked all I could by color.  I took down the baskets from back porch that were pretty much ignored this year.  Also 3 beautiful red baskets from front porch.  There is one basket left that I couldn’t reach.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

The storm arrived in the early afternoon and was mild compared to the anxiety of yesterday’s tornado warnings (a rare warning for us sand dwellers to get).  Today’s 60 mph winds at the port comprised a normal autumn storm.  Unlike the gale of 2007 which battered us for three whole days, during which it was unsafe to go out because of flying debris, today’s blow even enabled Allan to dash out into the garden to rescue a small banner that had been overlooked.

braving the storm for a little banner that Our Susie G gave us

braving the storm for a little banner that Our Susie G gave us

All the cats spent most of the day indoors.

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Skooter and Allan got a lot of reading done.

Skooter and Allan got a lot of reading done.

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view from Allan's desk

view from Allan’s desk

torrents of rain

torrents of rain

I made a brief excursion to bring in a few more garden ornaments.

I made a brief excursion to bring in a few more garden ornaments.

stormy colours

stormy colours

Neither the poles nor any trees came down.

Neither the poles nor any trees came down.

much too windy to do more than telephoto the bogsy woods water

much too windy to do more than telephoto the bogsy woods water

Out the north east window: The variegated Azara is in a sheltered nook and yet was whipping sideways in the wind.

Out the north east window: The variegated Azara is in a sheltered nook and yet was whipping sideways in the wind.

I put a video of the windy view from that window here.

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We were very fortunate that the storm stayed mostly offshore.

Later in the evening, it battered British Columbia with considerably more force.

The Heron Cam showed how very dark Long Beach was in the rain…although we also had some surreal bright sun breaks during the worst wind.

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bucketing rain on our south window

bucketing rain on our south window

local wind

local wind

When the storm had blown over and daylight remained, Allan went out to explore.

our bogsy woods

our bogsy woods

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We got 2.16 inches of rain and 8.65 inches of storm rain. I don’t know the difference.

Allan walked down to the port…

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An impressive video was shared of the storm surge a couple of hours earlier.

at the port: Ilwaco Freedom Market boarded up

at the port: Ilwaco Freedom Market boarded up

Our friend Don Nisbett had also boarded up his art gallery windows.

Allan walked on past the boatyard.

at the boatyard

at the boatyard

battered 4 o 'clocks in our port garden

battered 4 o ‘clocks in our port garden

Just the other day, a regular local passerby told me again how much he loves the 4 o’clocks because they remind him of his mother’s garden.

the cosmos are done

the cosmos are done

I look forward to a big clean up in this garden.

I look forward to a big post storm clean up in this (and every) garden.  Time to pull the sweet peas.

the little inlet at the south end of the boatyard

the little inlet at the south end of the boatyard

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Allan went round behind the boatyard to Second SW, the street we used to live on.

by the Cove RV Park, next to our former house: Allan says those are not real ducks.

by the Cove RV Park, next to our former house: Allan says those are not real ducks.

at Second and Spring, our old road. We think the fellow who bought our house put up the peace sign.

at Second and Spring, our old road. We think the fellow who bought our house put up the peace sign.

Allan walked up and overlooked our cute little former home.

Allan walked up and overlooked our cute little green former home.

I finished my book.

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Written by the author of Jambusters (reissued as Home Fires) and Stranger in the House: Women’s Stories of Men Returning from the Second World War, Julie Summer’s When the Children Came Home was simply perfect, full of fascinating stories.  While there were some sad and painful experiences, many of the stories shared were happy.

My favourite was about a mother and two daughters who were billeted with a bachelor named Harry.  I think that all the world could learn from their story (much condensed here):  “He had never encountered a Jewish family at close quarters and they had never been guests of a non Jewish household for such a long period of time. … ‘He had never come across our customs and traditions before and it took time to get used to them. But Uncle Harry was the kindest person you could ever imagine.  He took us into his house and without a moment’s hesitation shared everything with us……   In the spring of that first year, my mother explained to Uncle Harry that we were coming up to Passover and that there were certain customs that we had to observe.  Uncle Harry was fantastic.  He…said…’I always thought Jewish people must be good but now I know for sure’. And with that my mother could relax and share all the Jewish festivals.  She always invited Uncle Harry to join us and he always took part.  It worked the other way around, too.  [At his sister Nell’s for Christmas] we ate plum pudding for the first time, we pulled Christmas crackers and saw the lovely decorated Christmas tree. …..We became family, he became our beloved uncle, and we were proud of the way a single gentile man and a traditional Jewish east end family learned to live together…”  He enjoyed their traditional food and pronounced it delicious and “even fasted with us for twenty five hours on Yom Kippur because he thought it would be unfair for him to eat when we were not permitted.”

Sweet; I simply love that Uncle Harry fasted with them on Yom Kippur.  This happy story goes on for several more more pages, including this:

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Let us all follow this example, shall we?

You will also find stories of how children fell in love with the countryside, including young Jimmy who had an unhappy time with the family who took him in:

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Finally grown, with a home of his own, he “planted snowdrops everywhere.”

Stories such as these had me in tears throughout the book, as has happened with the other two Julie Summers books.

Having just read Nella Last’s War about a Women’s Voluntary Service Red Cross shop (which raised money for POWs), I was moved by this story of a grown woman who remembered lavish boxes from The American Red Cross as a child evacuee:  “...in 2001…she had the opportunity to show her appreciation for the gifts and food that the Americans had sent during the war.  When the 9-11 tragedy struck ‘I went out with a big begging bowl and raised £2000 which I sent to the American Embassy in London’.”

I’ve ordered more books recommended by Julie Summers to continue my reading theme of civilian life in Britain in WWII.

Later in the evening, there was a fair amount of kvetching on Facebook about all the preparation local folks had done for a storm that sort of fizzled.  Plenty of us defended the respected meteorologists who warned us of an event that would have been much worse had the wind not stayed at sea.

And for some locals, it was a most unpleasant storm.  The Planter Box garden center will have some time consuming repairs to their greenhouses:

Planter Box photo

Planter Box photo

Planter Box photo

Planter Box photo

Planter Box photo. Teresa wrote "It was there and then it was gone."

Planter Box photo. Teresa wrote “It was there and then it was gone.”

(The Planter Box has some excellent Christmas presents to buy, bird houses, pots, garden decor, and this would be a good time to shop there.)

In the midnight hour, Sean Crough wrote to me from Gearhart, just down the Oregon Coast:

I did all the things he wanted. I waited. I told everybody about him, all the horrible things he was going to do. And it was all just a big game to him. We’re done, Storm 2016. You made me take out all my candles, my woolly socks, my bottled water, fill my gas tank. You made me afraid to go out and get any good mixer so I had to drink Capri Sun.  All I wanted to do is make a couple corn dogs on the grill and roast a couple marshmallows in my fireplace. You left me hangin’.   I can’t believe I fell for you. Even washed my hair two days in a row in fear that I wouldn’t have hot water to have regular hair. And I washed all my laundry and my dishes.. thinking the power could be out for days and I wouldn’t have any dishes or towels. Oh and don’t even get me started about the charging all my devices. I was so freaked out earlier that I only had 61%, dashing to my last hit of electricity. You really pushed me over the limit Storm 2016. . I just really feel like a big sucker. Just makes me want to fight.”  He concluded by letting me know that “I was reading all your posts about Stormageddon and you were my messiah”.  

Sorry, Sean! I also did laundry and was sort of looking forward to watching Allan make coffee on our new little camp stove.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 15 (Sunday): I actually skipped my [crossword] puzzle and went outside.  Spent about 4 hours planting the Bluestone perennials out in “corn patch” until spring.  I will mulch them with straw and mushroom compost.

1997 (age 74):

Oct 15: 12:00-5:00   Finished digging Hostas and found confusion between them and Polemonium and maybe Skyler can tell the difference.  After I got those potted up I finally started planting bulbs in the patio—all the Hyacinths, 25 narcissus and about 25 red tulips.  Rec’d my 100 hardy glad bulbs from Jackson and Perkins.  Later: It turned out those weren’t Hostas.  They were Primroses.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 15:  11:15-5:00  I put all the hoses away.  I took the tomato cages into garage.  Then I dug out the begonia bulbs from baskets and put them in shop.  I rinsed out the baskets and put them in greenhouse temporarily.  I had moved the strawberry trays out of the greenhouse.  I finished washed a lot of pots.  No sign of Froggie today.  It is supposed to be in mid 30s tonight.

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Allan took some photos in the garden.

3.14 inches of rain fell today. (Allan's photo, rain gutter by the shed)

3.14 inches of rain fell today.  (rain gutter by the shed)

in the water box

in the water boxes

our campfire ring

our campfire ring

The bosgy wood swale is filling up earlier than usual.

The bosgy wood swale is filling up earlier than usual.

water under the bogsy wood bridge

water under the bogsy wood bridge

Calvin using the new shelf.

Calvin using the new shelf.

The Cove Restaurant

We did get to have our weekly meeting with Dave and Melissa!  The North Beach Garden Gang had a delicious meal at the Cove.  With daylight being shorter (and a rainy day off for all of us), we started dinner earlier than usual.

standing water on the golf course (Allan's photo)

standing water on the golf course (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

apple and bacon salad

apple and bacon salad

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

fish and chips and Dave's gardening hands

fish and chips and Dave’s gardening hands

Mayan pork conchinita

Mayan pork conchinita

after dinner

after dinner

Sondra's allium bouquet in the foyer (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s allium bouquet in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

The wind kicked up to around 40 mph as we drove home.  Our power stayed on and we watched a DVD of Housewife, 49, a British tv show based on Nella Last’s War. Loosely based, as it turned out. Nella’s life story, her relationship with her son, Cliff, and even her personality were so altered that I was sorely disappointed.  

Friday, 14 October 2016

We had 10 tornado warnings today.  That is simply unheard of.  (I do remember one such warning, several years ago.) A tornado hit Manzanita, a ways down the coast.  Not far enough from us!  Our flimsy manufactured home would be toast.

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I slept through a severe thunder and lightning storm that did wake Allan, and read later that our area had 160 lightning strikes.  This is also unusual and disconcerting.

I remained obsessed with the presidential election news.

Allan had an uneventful trip to the post office and took some photos:

the bogsy woods with seasonal water much earlier than usual.

the bogsy woods with seasonal water much earlier than usual.

We won't be having another camp fire soon.

We won’t be having another camp fire soon.

Our rain gauges are broken now. (Too full to register how much more rain!)

Our rain gauges are broken now. (Too full to register how much more rain!)

high tide at the port

high tide at the port

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storm flag is up

storm flag is up

flags

full gale warning

full gale warning

with the Time Enough Books lions

with the Time Enough Books lions

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windblown gardens

windblown gardens

Cats snoozed all over the house.

Skooter

Skooter

Calvin making himself completely round.

Calvin making himself completely round.

Just before dusk, I decided I had better go outside and do another patrol for loose pots and other blow-able lightweight items.

The storm warning still stands at 90 mph despite one alarmist disreputable faux forecaster calling for a 150 mph apocalypse!


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 13: I started digging up the Hostas in the patio bed and divided.  I potted them and will give as many to Robert as he will take and then plant them in the PRFB-E.  [Patio Right Flower Bed East??   Robert was my spouse at the time.]  Don came out to get the Dutch Gardens bulbs.  I started cutting out the ivy on the fence so I can plant my tall Hollyhocks along the fence.  I was almost sick from exhaustion.

Oct 14: Store and Errand day.  I finished pulling ivy and it took 5 wheelbarrow loads to the pile.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 13:  Ditto. [from yesterday, dried tomatoes and made applesauce] I was very surprised at how few dried tomatoes I got from three trays.  The smallest ziploc bag is only 1/2 full!  I peeled 2 pails of apples—all in slices and got 6 Sealameal bags.  I crammed them into the refrig freezers and I think the freezers are full unless I can throw some out of the chest freezer. [She had two refrigerators, one in kitchen and one in shop.]

Oct 14:  FLU SHOT 143# BLOOD PRESSURE HIGH   Dr E switched medicine for blood pressure (right after I had filled 300 proprandalol).  I only need to take the Atenalol once a day so I’ll be sure to remember that.  I have to go back in 2 weeks to recheck my blood pressure.  I set most of the begonia baskets down on the porch.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The storm forecast for Thursday through Friday changed my work plan to a two day work week.  There seemed no point at all in doing any special tidying or grooming when the news told us all would probably be blown to bits tomorrow.

Port of Ilwaco

We planted a tall clumping aster start (from Jo’s) at the boatyard garden.

beautiful warm autumn weather at the boatyard

beautiful warm autumn weather at the boatyard

a boat coming in

a boat coming in

Some pink flowered strawberries thinned out from Mike’s garden were planted by Allan into a curbside garden by Ilwaco Freedom Market (the new marijuana shop) while I made a delivery of a random bouquet to Salt Hotel for an event they are having this evening (a talk about salt-making).  We won’t be attending the first Salty Talk of the season because we planned to be working till dark to get as much done as possible before the storm.

for Salt Hotel

for Salt Hotel

Salt Hotel courtyard

Salt Hotel courtyard

Salt courtyard sit spot

Salt courtyard sit spots and greenery

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I miss going to the pub; I have felt more like reading than being social beyond our weekly dinner with Dave and Melissa.

The Depot Restaurant

We did just some light deadheading at The Depot (and delivered the big helianthus clump for sous chef Jamie).

autumnal Depot garden

autumnal Depot garden

I bet these cosmos will be taken down by the storm.

I bet these cosmos will be taken down by the storm.

The Planter Box

A quick stop at The Planter Box garnered two lavenders for the planter we cleared yesterday.

pumpkins are in

pumpkins are in

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

and gourds

and gourds

chrysanthemums

chrysanthemums

and chickens! (Allan's photo)

and chickens! (Allan’s photos)

Allan's photo

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We delivered a sign to Kathleen’s cottage….

Allan installing

Allan installing

We bypassed our next job to go to Jack’s Country Store and get a one burner camp stove so we can have coffee and soup if the power goes out.

Jack's had a whole display ready for the storm.

Jack’s had a whole display ready for the storm.

I had to push to get my storm prep errands done.  For some reason, Allan, despite his boy scout youth, does not share my urge to “be prepared”, perhaps because every huge predicted storm since 2007 has fizzled out.  My memories of the long power and telephone (land line and mobile!) phone outages of the 2007 Great Coastal Gale inspired me to at least want a little stove that will make a cup of coffee and a bowl of soup.  (New blog idea:  Allan reads these posts after I write them but before they publish.  He can add his rebuttals in italics!)

We then went on to our one big job of the day…

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We clipped perennials and pulled annuals rather than tidying and grooming.

Allan's photos: Shasta daisies before...

Allan’s photos: Shasta daisies before…

and after clipping

and after clipping; we don’t like leaving sharp little stem stubs.  Allan particularly excels at clipping TO the ground.

Mary asked me to prune back her beloved ‘Jude the Obscure’ climbing rose so that it will not rock loose in the wind.

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ last June

That inspired me to do a big project: cutting a heavy umbrella of  ‘Climbing Cecile Brunner’ rose clambering up through a large bay tree, making a huge umbrella that would catch the wind.  Mary had already agreed that the bay could be cut low to new growth this fall, giving more light to another favourite rose of hers, ‘Polka’, that has gotten overshadows.  I am hoping we can prune the bay in a clever way like the one in THE Oysterville garden.  Denny came along with his chainsaw to cut the bay down to its new growth, as had been planned for sometime this fall.  Meanwhile, Mary had gone to stock up on groceries and bottled water (KBC is on a well so if the power is out there is no running water) and the owners of the A frame next door went out to buy a generator for the upcoming storm.

This gave me an idea for the bay tree at Klipsan Beach Cottages!

The bay tree at the Oysterville gave me an idea for the bay tree at Klipsan Beach Cottages.

Here is the KBC garden last week with bay and roses gone rampant in the background:

last week

last week

Denny attacks the bay.

TodayL Denny attacks the bay; I had already cut and pulled out some roses.

after

after

The wobbly oldest section of old fence could blow down.  At least now it won’t be tangled with large branches.

the sit spot

the sit spot, after

The rose got his face and hand.

The rose got Denny’s face and hand.

our debris (Allan's photo)

our debris (Allan’s photo)

looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate

bird bath view

bird bath view

Long Beach

I was inspired to think we might clip back some ‘Super Dorothy’ roses from a similar wooden fence in Fifth Street Park.  When we arrived there, I couldn’t bear to do it.  The roses are still blooming.

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Rose ‘Super Dorothy’

from behind the fence

‘Super Dorothy’ rose from behind the fence

If the severe storm does not materialize (as often happens after dire warnings), perhaps the roses might bloom for another month.

I had checked the weather again and learned that THURSDAY might have 80 mph winds.  I had thought Thursday would be a normal storm, about 50 mph winds, and Saturday would be the bad one.  As I got anxious to get home for some storm prep, all we did in the park was cut back two clumps of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.

Allan's photos: Helianthus before

Allan’s photos: Helianthus before

and after

and after

I think this will be all windblown by next Monday.

I think this will be all windblown by next Monday.

We rewarded ourselves with pastries from The Cottage Bakery….

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; They were out of Tiger Paws!

…and hurried home with an hour of daylight to spare.  I cut back some Solanum (blue potato vine) from my window, hoping to keep it from banging against the glass, pulled the tomato plants out of the greenhouse and put some tender plants in.  Allan did enough honeysuckle pruning to get the back greenhouse door to shut tight.  At dusk, from inside my room, I saw I still have not cut enough potato vine.  It will have to do unless I have time before the storm to trim some more tomorrow.

With 80 mph wind predicted for tomorrow, I think that our North Beach Garden Gang dinner might not happen.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 12:  Bought 2 bales of straw from Dels.  I laughed at myself trying to get them out of car, into wheelbarrow, and into the garage.  They are quite a bit larger than the “loaves of bread” kind we used to see in fields.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 12: It was rainy so I worked taking care of ripe tomatoes and apples.  I dried 3 trays of tomatoes and made 5 pints of applesauce.  I picked up some more fallen apples.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

We heard a big storm would arrive at the end of the week, so we embarked on some jobs of light deadheading and grooming, hoping to have time for one fall project.  I had actually started a work board, with a list of bulb planting and a project list.  The bulbs are not here yet and the project list is so far just one thing:

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Mike’s garden

We finally got round to clipping the boxwoods at Mayor Mike’s garden.  I started the project and had to turn it over to Allan when my back went into a big SPROING.

tidy boxwoods; I just wish they were close enough to meet.

tidy boxwoods; I just wish they had been planted close enough to meet.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Red Barn

After clipping back tall Helianthus along the fence

After clipping back tall Helianthus along the fence

one of two whippets who came to be petted

one of two whippets who came to be petted

mother and son (Allan's photo

mother and son (Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

I like Helichrysum 'Limelight' climbing through a barberry.

I like Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ climbing through a barberry.

Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden (Allan’s photo)

I should add the moving of the long narrow portion of this garden to the list of fall projects.  We had been going to delegate it to Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) but now I think we will have the time and energy to do it.  The plants must be dug and stored in a pile of mulch till the septic system is redone and then the garden remade next spring.

The Anchorage Cottages

center courtyard

center courtyard

our good friend Mitzu (Allan's photo)

our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

looking east over the Anchorage lawn

looking east over the Anchorage lawn

Long Beach

We did get done with the Anchorage in time to embark on a project.  We decided to re-do the planter in front of Stormin’ Norman’s kite and gift shop…IF we could find a parking place next to it, and we did, sort of.  (Allan had to unhook the trailer and wheel it to the crosswalk end of Fish Alley.)  I was happy to have a job in the shade because the sun was actually hot.

I had dreaded this project because I thought all the soil would have be dug out and replaced.  We don’t have a pile of new soil at City Works yet and I feared we’d not be able to scrape enough out of the dregs of the old pile.  I also predicted it would be ever so hard to do, and it was.  My motivation was that I felt that Stormin’ Norman deserved a much more interesting planter.

before: a great splodge of Muehlenbeckia axillaris (wire vine)

before: a great splodge of Muehlenbeckia axillaris (wire vine)

I planted the wire vine a few years back, thinking it a house plant that would make a delicate little trailing accent and would not survive the winter!  It swamped the planter and almost everything in it.

a big project

a big project

combing through the soil for little pieces of root

combing through the soil for little pieces of root; moved the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ to the outer corners

replanting bulbs

replanting bulbs

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after

I was surprised at how much soil was salvageable.  We did not have to top the planter up with more.  This disadvantage of not removing all the soil is that I fear the vine will resprout from tiny bits of root.  We will keep a close eye on this planter to remove any that reappears.

On the way south: Something bad had happened to a lamp post downtown.

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!!!!

good for us that is not a planter lamp post.

good for us that is not a planter lamp post.

Oh, how I laughed when I saw this reader board at the bank.  They seem to have run out of “r”s for “Cranberrian Fair”.

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Kite Museum

We even had time to check on the kite museum.  I was glad we did; the cosmos looked pretty awful.

before...and the shade was cold now.

before…and the shade was cold now.

after

after…to be re-checked later this fall.

at home…a clematis in bloom:

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I finally finished reading Nella Last’s Peace and loved it so much.  I will share some of it on a rainy day post later this fall.

Real time update Saturday 15 October:

Here is the storm moving past us offshore. And staying out there, giving us only 60 mph wind gusts at the port, a normal seaside storm. No more tornado warnings today. That was the worst weather anxiety I’ve ever had here. 

 



ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 11:  I only worked about 3 hours.  I was going to plant bulbs in the patio but ended up rolling up the flat hoses, raking up the cut up branches that I chopped a few days ago, picked up the weeds etc that I pulled yesterday in front and brought in wood from the wood box.  I feel I accomplished a lot even tho no bulbs got planted.

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

rain continued....

rain continued….


During a break in the weather, Allan added spacers for where the two metal fence panels will go.

During a break in the weather, Allan added spacers for where the two metal fence panels will go.

The lead up to and the watching of the presidential debate consumed my mind on this mostly rainy Sunday, and I still did not finish Nella Last’s Peace, a book I would have devoted a day to under normal circumstances.  Stress at any possibility that Trump, the opposite to everything I hold dear, might be elected president sapped my peace of mind and ability to sleep.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Allan completed the installation of the last two big metal fence panels that we were given by Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

With good weather Monday, I had to garden rather than read.  I addressed the project of thinning out some Fuchsia magellanica, which unfortunately is a bit of a runner.  It doesn’t make a thicket so much as clumps that grow from joining roots.

before: I've lost a good rose in here somewhere.

before: I had lost a good rose in here somewhere.


Smokey supervising

Smokey supervising


a few hours and some bad back pains later

a few hours and some bad back pains later

My back, usually reliable, went SPROING this morning for no particular reason and continued to give me painful spasms while pulling fuchsias.  This perhaps should have stopped me.  But I was on a mission.

I did find the lost rose, Ghislane de Feligonde, to the left.  I must decide whether to clear out more around it or to risk moving it.  I could replace it from Heirloom Roses so I might risk the move, next February.

Ghilsane de Feligonde and Rosa palustris

Ghilsane de Feligonde and Rosa palustris in my old garden.  I moved Ghislane from there to here.


Rose 'Ghislane de Feligonde'

Rose ‘Ghislane de Feligonde’

On day I was shopping at an old rose nursery near Snohomish, north of Seattle.  It must have been in about 1990.  The proprietor, an old man,  admired my choices and said, “Buy this one, too; you will like it,” handing me a gallon pot of Ghislane.  I did, and he was so right.  I moved it from Seattle, to my first Peninsula garden in Seaview (November 1992), to my second peninsula garden in Ocean Park (February 1994), to my third in Ilwaco July 1994), and finally in November 2010 to here.  It is small now from being swamped by fuchsias due to bad planning on my part.

I still might want to remove one more fuchsia and would need Allan’s help as it is huge.

I think one of two large pale pink Fuchsia magellanica should go—not an easy task.

I think one of two large pale pink Fuchsia magellanica (center, above) should go—not an easy task.


Showier large flowered hardy fuchsias never seem to run.

Showier large flowered hardy fuchsias never seem to run.


Fuchsia 'Celtic Night' in a pot

Fuchsia ‘Celtic Night’ in a pot


Fuchsia 'Celtic Night'

Fuchsia ‘Celtic Night’

I also managed to dig out a big Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ to give to sous chef Jamie of The Depot Restaurant.

a more delicate Helianthus, 'Gold Lace'

a more delicate Helianthus, ‘Gold Lace’


Despite damp grass, Allan mowed.

Despite damp grass, Allan mowed.


I admire his fence project at dusk. He will paint these panels in place, later.

I admire his fence project at dusk. He will paint these panels in place, later.

We decided to reward ourselves for a productive day with perhaps the last fire of the season.

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While Allan (former Boy Scout) built the fire, I checked the meander line ditch and found it is almost full of water again.

rain water

rain water


Skooter, Smokey and I returning to the campfire

Skooter, Smokey and I returning to the campfire

While Skooter prowled in the bogsy woods, Smokey joined us for the campfire.

sausage dinner

sausage dinner


the lights of the port and the moon caught in the alder grove

the lights of the port and the moon caught in the alder grove


Smokey and I by the fire

Smokey and I by the fire

As I write this three days later, an enormous storm is predicted for the next weekend, leading to an extra short work week.  The worst storm is supposed to hit on Saturday, the 15th (the day that this post will publish).  An advantage of still being several days behind in blogging is that the blog will keep posting even if our power goes out.

Frankly, I am kind of scared that our lightly built double wide manufactured home won’t be able to stand up to a storm like the one that may be coming on the 15th.  Even though it passed its tie down inspection in 2010 in order for us to be able to buy it, and it came through the big storm of 2007 just fine, this 1978 model has never faced a storm like the 1962 October storm  which forecasters are saying might be coming our way.  Meteorologist Cliff Mass says: “A true monster storm, potentially as strong as the most powerful storm in NW history [his bold letters!] (the Columbus Day Storm of 1962) will be approaching our area on Saturday.”  Something equivalent to a category 3 hurricane has been mentioned along with hopes that the storm will veer away a bit.  Even the LESSER option looks dire:

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At least some of it will be during the day when we can see what is going on.

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If our house collapses (yes, I am catastrophizing as usual), we will turn Allan’s workshop into a “tiny house”; that might be the reason I have felt compelled to watch a lot of tiny house tv shows lately.  And here I thought it was just because I was reminiscing about the little house I lived in for 14 years.

Allan reminded me after reading the above that when we see scenes of post storm devastation of trailer parks, the damage was usually done by tornadoes, not hurricanes.  And that we are tied down.  And that a manufactured home is closely fitted together (even if with, in my opinion, flimsy materials).  That lessened my anxiety…a bit.

I’m also worried because our bulbs just shipped (as I write this on Thursday) and might spend too long in boxes if the roads are closed.  In 2007, the peninsula was completely cut off for two or three days by fallen trees on all roadways, and we had no power and no cell phone or land line service during that time.  I will add what I hope will be a “real time” reassuring update to tomorrow’s blog post of 16 October if I can.

real time update, Friday 14 October

We were able to have our weekly dinner at the Cove, and we got through Thursday night’s storm ok.  Yesterday we had 3.14 inches of rain.  I slept through a tornado warning this morning.  In fact, there were 10 tornado warnings, pretty much unheard of around here.  THIS happened in Manzanita down the Oregon coast, where windows were blown out of at least one house:

news photo

news photo

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Cliff Mass, renowned local meteoroligist, wrote this afternoon:  I have looked at the latest forecast model output and they are all on pretty much the same page, which increases forecast confidence substantially.  The bottom line is that we have a  dangerous storm, comparable to the 2006 Chanukah Eve storm or the 1993 Inauguration Day Storm, one that is following nearly a perfect track to produce strong winds over the Puget Sound region.   And the coast is guaranteed to be hit hard.

The worst storm is due to arrive on Saturday at about 11 PM, unless it veers (for which I fervently hope).  I don’t like a storm that I cannot see.  I am relieved that it no longer is being compared to the 1962 storm.  Our home survived the 2007 and 1993 storm.  (I am pretty sure that Cliff’s post is meant to reference the 2007 storm, not 2006.)

Our Kathleen just explained that there was a big storm in the Olympia area in 2006: “The 2006 storm was when we got hit here. Branches speared into the ground. I slept in the living room because the master bedroom is in the back of the house, closer to the trees. Power went out about an hour after I got home. It was VERY frightening–didn’t really sleep. The cats were extremely alert and it sounded pretty bad.”

This blog will tick along, though, because I am running a few days behind.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 9:  Spent most of the day hemming two pairs of slacks from years ago.  I’m not satisfied with the hem so may do them over.  Store day also.

Oct 10:  Started planting bulbs.  I worked about 4 hours until I was rained in and was exhausted.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 10:  11:30-6:00 with 1/2 hour for hot chocolate break  I picked 3 pails of apples and then started picking the ripe tomatoes and ended up picking all the tomatoes that showed sign of the blight.  I ended up with 70# of tomatoes in trays in the shop.

Next week:

  • Put hoses away (Done 10/15)
  • Start bringing begonias in (Done 10/16)
  • Try to save fuchsia plants over winter. (Done 10/16)
  • Toss out plants behind house

 

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Saturday, 8 October 2016

It’s just as well I had a social rather than a reading day, because my concentration was scattered by frequent reading of the news about the misogynistic Republican presidential candidate, and I would not have been able to peacefully settle with a book.

Indeed.

Indeed.

I feel I should apologize to all readers in other countries for our even allowing this bozo to be a presidential candidate….but I had nothing to do with it.  Still, it is an embarrassment.

When I recently wrote that Blues and Seafood was the last big Ilwaco event, I was so mistaken.  I should have called it the last big event of the summer.  Today, Allan and I took part of the afternoon to attend…

The Cranberrian Fair

at Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.

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Because of wind and rain, we did not avail ourselves of a trolley trip to the cranberry bogs.  You can see photos from a better weather bog visit here.

fresh cranberries for sale (Allan's photo)

fresh cranberries for sale (Allan’s photo)

pins from previous Cranberrian Fairs

pins from previous Cranberrian Fairs

one of two rooms of vendors

one of two rooms of vendors

Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt

Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt

The Card Lady was at the fair, and I was so glad to be able to stock up on her distinctive handmade cards.

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Local potter Karen Brownlee had her wares on display; she is the force behind the Empty Bowls event that raises money for our food banks every spring.

Karen

Karen

I love her cranberry design.

I love her cranberry design.

The Peninsula Fiberistas had their spinning wheels whirring.

Peninsula Fiberistas, with Rose Power, left

Peninsula Fiberistas, with Rose Power, left

spinning wheels

spinning wheels

Rose showing me the fiber she is mixing together.

Rose showing me the fiber she is mixing together.

Rose gave me the softest of black scarves for the winter and told me it is made of alpaca wool and will keep my neck extra warm because alpaca is a hollow fiber and gets warmer from contact.  It is perfect as I am a member of the “those who wear black club”, or would be, if I didn’t buy almost all my clothes second hand.

No small town fair is complete without a bake sale.

No small town fair is complete without a bake sale.

an autumnal bouquet in the museum gift shop

an autumnal bouquet in the museum gift shop

Lone Wolf Forge set up in the courtyard.

Lone Wolf Forge set up in the courtyard.

The museum’s Nahcotta railway car from the Clamshell Railway (the historic “train that ran by the tides” up the Long Beach Peninsula until 1930) was open today.  I always find it a treat to go into the rail car.  If I could do one thing via time travel, it would be to take a ride on the Nahcotta back in the day.

Nahcotta railway car

Nahcotta railway car

the conductor (Allan's photo)

the conductor (Allan’s photo)

inside the Nahcotta

inside the Nahcotta

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door between sections of the car

door between sections of the car

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On the way home, we made a half block side trip so Allan could show me the bright autumn leaves on this arbor:

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Later, at home, I admired my new scarf from Rose.

soft and stylish black

soft and stylish black

I had time at home to fret over the news some more, and then we met Our Kathleen for a belated birthday dinner at

The Depot Restaurant

appetizer

appetizer: Thai calamari

Behind the calamari is a gift bag which contained a mug from Bailey’s Café….ever so nice black with a drawing of marsh grasses by the bay.  That was the real reason we stopped at Bailey’s last week; it is a favourite haunt of Kathleen’s.

I made sure to have the Baja salad because it will be gone from the fall/winter menu.

I made sure to have the Baja salad because it will be gone from the fall/winter menu.

and cold smoky gazpacho for the same reason

and cold smoky gazpacho for the same reason

I must admit I also had clams buccatini, but the blurry photo showed too much excitement over good food.

the award winning creamy clam chowder for Allan

the award winning creamy clam chowder for Allan

Kathleen had the duck with blackberries.

Kathleen had the duck with blackberries.

Allan's favourite is the parmesan chicken.

Allan’s favourite is the parmesan chicken.

birthday candle in sorbet for Kathleen; she remembered to make a wish.

birthday candle in sorbet for Kathleen; she remembered to make a wish.

vanilla bean flan for me

vanilla bean flan for me

We now have two days off with no plans.  I hope I can focus on my book if we are lucky enough to get rainy reading days.  I have a feeling the news will continue to be a distraction.

As I write this, an enormous storm is predicted for the next weekend, leading to an extra short work week.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 8: Received big bag of Perlite etc from Peaceful Valley Farm Supply.  Received Spring Hill perennial order.  Put them as close under shop lights as I could.

 

1998 (age 74):

Oct 8:  11:00-4:00  Are you sitting down?  I actually put all those clothes on bed in little room into the chest of drawers.  Those clothes have been on the bed since last November.  Then I did the filing that had piled up for 2 or 3 months!  I had to toss out some old files to make room in the filing cabinet.  (Tabby slept on bed all this time.)

[How very much alike my mother and I were in household habits.]

 

 

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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Ilwaco Post Office with Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' still in bloom.

Ilwaco Post Office with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ still in bloom.

The Ilwaco post office garden got a tidy because this weekend the Cranberrian Fair will be in session at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum across the street.

Long Beach

The first thing I saw when we got to the city hall garden was a hole in the ground where there used to be a beautiful amber-leaved Heuchera.

This theft made me mad.

This theft made me mad.

Later, I was checking on planters on the two southernmost blocks of downtown.  I was cheered by this sign that the Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop owner had made, so much so that I went in and gave her a hug.

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Herb 'N Legend. Do you get the pun?

Herb ‘N Legend. Do you get the pun?

a great show of schizostylis in Fifth Street Park

a great show of schizostylis in Fifth Street Park

Allan’s project was to dig a not-showy-enough baptisia out of Fifth Street Park.

By the time I had checked on two blocks worth of planters and Allan had dug the baptisia, a drizzle had begun.  I still had a couple of small projects I wanted to accomplish:  pulling the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ from in front of Wind World Kites and digging out the ugly-on-one-side big old lavender in front of the Cottage Bakery.

Allan tackled the lavender.

Allan tackled the lavender.  I pulled the Crocosmia.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photos, before

after

after

Crocosmia and Lavender both gone now.

Crocosmia and Lavender both gone now.

Don’t be surprised if you see Wadworth Electric company digging in the planters next week.   Something wrong must be fixed with the electrical line that runs the lamp posts between the stoplight and the police station, but first they have to find it by digging.

We remembered to drag the far back containers in Fish Alley out to where they will get rain.

We remembered to drag the far back containers in Fish Alley out from under the eaves to where they will get rain.

Allan sweeping up. The hanging baskets have been taken down by the city crew.

Allan sweeping up. The hanging baskets have been taken down by the city crew.

By now, the rain had become fierce and we were soaked through and envied folks who were indoors.  I had been in denial and had not put on my raincoat.

It would be cozy to be indoors having a drink!

It would be cozy to be indoors having a drink!

At City Works, the street sweeper was dumping at the same time that we were.

cute l'il sweeper

cute l’il sweeper

on the ground along the edge: all of the hanging baskets from the Basket Case Greenhouse

on the ground along the edge: all of the hanging baskets from the Basket Case Greenhouse

I suggested that Allan retrieve a white tree trunk that has been catching my eye every time we dump debris for the past two weeks.

Good sport Allan goes to climb the pile for the trunk.

Good sport Allan goes to climb the pile for the trunk.  I think it would make a showy railing for some future project.

On the way home, I looked at the weather and was surprised to see a storm with 50 mph winds was predicted for the evening and overnight.

A quick stop at the library netted me some books I had been eagerly awaiting.

crocus at the library (Allan's photo)

crocus at the library (Allan’s photo)

in the library

in the library

Two books came in that I was ever so eager to read.

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Nella Last won, and I so wished I had nothing to do but read for the next four days.

Nella Last won, and I so wished I had nothing to do but read for the next four days.

We later drove back out into the wind to meet Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) for our weekly dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

We got the coziest table by the fire.

We got the coziest table by the fire.

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Chef Jason Lancaster sent us a scrumptious appetizer plate.

Chef Jason Lancaster sent us a scrumptious appetizer plate.

an autumnal salad with cranberries

an autumnal salad with cranberries

house salad (Allan's photo)

house salad (Allan’s photo)

noodle bowl (Allan's photo)

noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

Thai Street Prawns (Allan's photo)

Thai Street Prawns (Allan’s photo)

When I reminisced about last autumn’s menu dish of Cajun Chicken Alfredo, darling Chef Jason made me a dish of Cajun Prawns Alfredo.

dinner AND the next day's lunch

dinner AND the next day’s lunch

Over dinner, we talked about our work weeks.  Melissa and Dave had cut back the hydrangea allée in THE Oysterville Garden the day before.

photo by Melissa Van Domelen, the hydrangea allée cut to one foot tall

photo by Melissa Van Domelen, the hydrangea allée cut to one foot tall

the allée

the allée a couple of weeks ago

Friday, 7 October 2016

Storm damage: One plate had blown down. (Allan's photo)

Storm damage: One plate had blown down. (Allan’s photo)

unbroken (Allan's photo)

unbroken (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

more storm damage across the street in the J's garden: a blown over ghost in their Halloween display (Allan's photo when he went to fix it)

more storm damage across the street in the J’s garden: a blown over ghost in their Halloween display (Allan’s photo when he went to fix it)

Allan worked outdoors on the fence panel project.

Allan's photo of the wires and netting that will have to come down.

Allan’s photo of the wires and netting that will have to come down.

I had had every intention of Friday being a day off.  After the wind storm had blown through, though, and Friday had turned out to be a pleasant weather day, I became anxious about the Long Beach planters.  I had only checked half of them yesterday before getting rained out.  I had two home visits scheduled for the day: The “knee brace” woman was coming by to do a quick fitting, and Bill and Carol were coming over so that Bill could show us the beautiful plans he had drawn for our bathtub replacement project.  After that enjoyable visit, Allan and I headed out to do just a couple of hours of Long Beach tidying.

Allan had already tidied the Ilwaco post office planter when he went to pick up the mail.

after tidying (Allan's photo)

after tidying (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a bucket of debris removed from the post office planter

Long Beach

sign in the shop window (Allan's photo)

sign in the shop window (Allan’s photo)

The city crew was taking the flags down from the lamp posts.

The city crew was taking the flags down from the lamp posts.

a late bee on Geranium 'Rozanne'

a late bee on Geranium ‘Rozanne’

After tidying two blocks of planters and one bed of Fifth Street Park, we decided to check on…

Jo’s Garden

…for sideways cosmos and such.  At last there was a “sale pending” added to the For Sale sign so we knew that the wheels of bureaucracy were successfully turning.  I was glad we visited because a big rose branch had come down at the inside of the entry arbor.

the wee guest house

the wee guest house

I did pull some tall leaning cosmos from the back of this entry bed...

I did pull some tall leaning cosmos from the back of this entry bed…

...and from this area just before the center courtyard.

…and from this area just before the center courtyard.

I must admit I got myself a side piece of this well behaved tall aster.

I must admit I got myself a side piece of this well behaved tall aster.

center courtyard with cosmos and Salvia 'Hot Lips' still blooming

center courtyard with cosmos and Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ still blooming

center courtyard sit spot

center courtyard sit spot

northwest garden

northwest garden

Ilwaco

Because of the weather and impending dusk, we decided not to bother with the Ilwaco planters.  We will save the city some money by just letting them go into a mild decline for another week or so.   I did want to have a look at the port gardens and fix anything blown over or trash blown in by the storm, so we did a drive by.  We found nothing amiss enough to warrant more work.

Ilwaco boatyard

Ilwaco boatyard

pink sweet peas with a boat that came in recently

pink sweet peas with a boat that came in recently

Sweet peas survived the storm.

Sweet peas survived the storm.

cosmos still blooming

cosmos still blooming

The Dream, a boat name that I particularly like.

The Dream, a boat name that I particularly like.

Around the corner on Howerton Avenue, a new shop has opened with a green theme.  It was an ice cream shop, thus the pink theme.  I’d repaint the trim with green if I were the Ilwaco Freedom Market.

changing times in Washington State

changing times in Washington State

Now we would have three days off, two of which I hoped to spend just reading, IF I can concentrate instead of obsessively reading the news about the increasingly infuriating Republican candidate.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 6:  SUNNY—WARM  I spent a couple hours pulling the blighted tomato plants, throwing them into the garbage can.  It was in the 40s last night so I must get started planting the plants from the shop and the Bluestone perennials.

Oct 7: Received Dutch Gardens bulbs and spent time in the evening checking them against my list.   All ok.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 6:  I picked all the tomatoes that were ripening—got 4 Sealameal pkgs from the ripe ones.  I also picked up apples and some from tree and got 4 Sealameal pkgs.

Oct 7:  It stopped raining in the afternoon so I went out and labeled the upright begonias and did some watering (by hand).  I set up the hose to water in PRFB in the morning if I get up early enough.  Note: It rained all night and during day so I didn’t water in morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

I would like to stay home with cats and books.  Soon, in maybe six weeks, maybe less, staycation will allow that.

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The Depot Restaurant

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

A sad thing happened at the Depot last week.  The water did not get turned on to the window box sprinklers, because it was thought that rain would be enough to keep them damp.  It was forgotten that they are under wide eaves that keep the rain off.  I am not going to name names here about who forgot.

So the northwest window box is still gorgeous because some rain drifted in with the wind.

west window box

west window box

east window box lost almost everything to drying up

east window box lost almost everything to drying up

looking south from the NE corner

looking south from the NE corner

Long Beach welcome sign

I decided it was time to pull all the cosmos, partly because some are still refusing to bloom and partly so the lights illuminate the sign better on increasingly dark evenings.

front of sign

front of sign

back

back

and the sidewalk end

and the sidewalk end

Klipsan Beach Cottages

looking west into the fenced garden

looking west into the fenced garden

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’

this week's birdbath view after pulling a tall, toppled cosmos

this week’s birdbath view after pulling a tall, toppled cosmos

flippety floppety Boltonia asteroides 'Snowbank'

flippety floppety Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’

This boltonia is just silly.

This boltonia is just silly.

Melianthus major 'Antenow's Blue'

Melianthus major ‘Antenow’s Blue’

autumnal blueberries

autumnal blueberries

golden haze of Thalictrum 'Elin' with pinky purple stems

golden haze of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with pinky purple stems

Sedum 'Autumn Joy, hardy fuchsia

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy, hardy fuchsia

west gate of fenced garden

west gate of fenced garden

Mary and Denny's apples

Mary and Denny’s apples

I was so mad at myself for forgetting to bring Mary some Cox’s Orange Pippin apples.

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Marilyn’s garden

We did our twice a month check up on Marilyn’s, which is still “sale pending” through this month.  I tried to decide how much gardening to do.  It seemed right to clip back some of the wind and rain toppled Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Solidago ‘Fireworks’ so that the new owners, if non gardeners, will get an idea of what else is there.  This is a garden that we leave semi-wild in the winter for the pleasure of birds and critters.

before

before

during

during

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after

after

I left the stems somewhat stubby to hold back the plants in the background from flopping.

after

after

looking west from the back steps

looking west from the back steps

stems left to hold back the giant Miscanthus

stems left to hold back the giant Miscanthus

We don’t like orange monbretia but have never, in ten years, got round to eliminating it from the very north end of the garden bed.  Allan’s project today:

before

before

after

after (the corms are still in there)

view from the street

view from the street

I am going to miss this garden.

I am going to miss this garden.

home

Skooter awaited us on the fence.  I wondered how long he had been sitting there; perhaps he had just jumped up.  Inside the fence, in the garden, is one of his favourite nice weather spots to nap.

arriving at home

arriving at home

our Skooter

our Skooter

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Tomorrow, we hope for enough good weather before a predicted storm to get some tidying done in Long Beach and on the Ilwaco planters.


ginger

1998 (age 74):

Oct 5:  11:30-4:00 Sunny and WARM  I think I finished the strawberry rows—but I think I was done at 3:00 and then saw another row that was partly done so I finished it (9+ trays of itty bitty plants).  Then I pulled some weeds around compost box.  By then I was so tired I felt sick.  I assembled garbage—finally getting rid of junk in garage.  When I came in I did a load of clothes and felt better after I took a shower.

 

 

 

 

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