Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for Apr, 2017

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Pouring rain almost put an end to the idea of work.

DSC08228.JPG

We’d had this much rain overnight.

And then it stopped by midmorning.

I scheduled an easy day, which included a visit to THE Oysterville garden.  That self -guided tour will be our next post.

At home before work

DSC02391.jpg

Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’ and Skooter (Allan’s photo)

DSC08121.JPG

Erythronium (dog tooth violet)

DSC08117.JPG

Allan digging a Tetrapanax sprout, too close to the maple

DSC08118

Acer campestre ‘Carnival’

DSC08119.JPG

Acer campestre ‘Carnival, acquired from Dancing Oaks last year

DSC08122.JPG

Our post office garden looks unexciting so far.  I planted some bachelor button seeds.

The Depot Restaurant

I planted the wee sprout of tetrapanax in the garden on the south side of the dining deck…my second attempt to get one started there. Light weeding and deadheading ensued.

DSC08126.JPG

north side of deck

DSC02392.jpg

Tulip ‘Akebono’ (Allan’s photo)

DSC08123.JPG

the barrel by the east window

DSC08125.JPG

Tulip ‘Virichic’

Long Beach

A stop at city hall to pick up our cheque led to some deadheading and weeding.

DSC08127.JPG

the ramp garden

DSC08128.JPG

north side: pulmonaria still blooming

DSC08130.jpg

north side

DSC08132.JPG

signs of finger blight

DSC08131.JPG

city hall west side

Basket Case Greenhouse

I’m collecting plants for the upcoming Planting Time, so far just perennials.  I consider it too early for annuals, and yet, as always, I am concerned that folks who plant (too) early will get all the good stuff before I’m ready for annuals (round about Mother’s Day).

DSC08139.JPG

Darrel waters the many tempting plants in the annuals house.

DSC02402.jpg

Me and Roxanne with Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and some Erysumum ‘Bowles Mauve’

DSC08140.JPG

Buddy behind the desk

DSC08135.JPG

YOU, yes you (those who live here), should snap these callistemon.  It’s rare to see them for sale on the Peninsula!

DSC08133.JPG

heucheras

DSC08134.JPG

and more heucheras

DSC02406.jpg

Buddy woke up.

We left the Basket Case and took ourselves to Oysterville to tour its premier garden, one of the top two gardens on the Peninsula (the other being Steve and John’s bayside garden).  If there are better gardens here, I have not seen them. That will be tomorrow’s post.

Driving south from Oysterville, we saw Todd gardening at a Nahcotta bed and breakfast.

DSC08198.JPG

in front of the Charles Nelson Guest House

DSC00851.jpg

Todd Wiegardt at work

DSC00852

Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We spent a pleasant two hours at Klipsan Beach Cottages. In a preview of Planting Time, Allan planted four Nicotiana langsdorfii, one Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, and an Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’.

DSC08202.JPG

Sarah

DSC08222.JPG

driveway garden

DSC08223.JPG

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ has been going strong in this spot for years.

DSC08221.JPG

looking in the east gate of the fenced garden

DSC08209.JPG

Allan planting

DSC02412.jpg

He found a furtive dandelion.

DSC08203.JPG

tulips (Flaming Spring Green and a parrot in bud)

DSC08204.JPG

the burgeoning garden

DSC08217.JPG

DSC08218.JPG

Tulip ‘White Parrot’

DSC08219.JPG

DSC08220.JPG

blue inside

DSC08205.JPG

Tulip ‘Artist’ hiding under rhubarb

DSC08206.JPG

Tulip ‘Artist’

DSC08207.JPG

tree peony in bud

DSC08210.jpg

fringed pink tulip

DSC08213.JPG

Thalictrum ‘Elin’ will get about 7 feet tall.

DSC08214.JPG

“pink” narcissi

DSC08215.JPG

more narcissi

DSC08216.JPG

DSC08224.JPG

Fritillaria meleagris, in the lawn bed that I note needs mulching.

DSC08225.JPG

double hellebore

DSC08226.JPG

white narcissi

DSC02413

Podophyllum (Allan’s photo)

DSC02415.jpg

Mary, her friend Katie, Bella, and Katie’s dog Libby, back from the beach (Allan’s photo)

DSC02420.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC02421.jpg

Allan’s photos: a hard to reach blackberry sprout across the pond

DSC02422.jpg

He got it.

Ilwaco

We drove around by the port on the way home, just to see how lively the 4-20 event was at the Freedom Market pot shop. (Their outdoor barbecue looked well attended.)

DSC00856.jpg

garden boat at Time Enough Books (PV=Plant Vessel instead of FV for Fishing Vessel).  Allan’s photo

DSC00857.jpg

Tulip ‘Akebono’

While Allan mowed at the J’s (across the street), I planted some poppy and bachelor button seeds in the back garden.  The weeded spots in the east and west bed have seeds, and the unweeded spots will let me know where I can put new plants (after more weeding).

DSC08229.JPG

a seeded spot

DSC02428.jpg

At the J’s (Allan’s photo)

Next, our tour of the Oysterville garden.

And we really do have to get back to the beach approach weeding!

 

 

 

Read Full Post »

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

We had sort of a storm, with lots of wind.  The rain stopped by mid morning, leading to a dilemma.  I had wanted to finish yesterday’s long blog post; an internet glitch had resulted in all the text and photo arrangement being lost, but the photos were in the media library ready to be inserted and captioned.  And then….the power went off.

Someone unfortunate had driven into a power pole two thirds of the way up the Peninsula.  Because we are on the same grid as the hospital, we got our power back within two hours.  (As I write this in the evening, Dave and Melissa, way up in Oysterville, are still without power.)

I used our battery back up’s last bit of oomph to catch up on the Tootlepedal blog.  And then I could find no good excuse to not try to weed.

DSC02363.jpg

Allan’s photo: Skooter blocks the other cats from exiting the cat door

Oh, how very much I did not want to weed, because of the wind!  I told myself that if I just filled one bucket with weeds, I could come back in.

DSC08091.JPG

We had had this much rain overnight.

DSC08092.JPG

Allan string trimming

As I pulled some of the easier weeds, I observed and concluded that my earlier idea of composting in place was just not working.  We just have too many snails and slugs that like to hide in the debris and eat lily buds.

DSC08093.JPG

next to one debris area, a chomped lily bud

DSC08096.JPG

another chomped lily!

Now that I have good compost bins, I carried many armloads of debris and binned them.

DSC02367.jpg

gathering debris

DSC08098.JPG

I told Allan that I now have so much debris that I need a door for Bin B.

DSC08100.jpg

I found another sad columnar evergreen.  Dang blang it!

I tried to focus on weeding the center bed so that I could erase it from the work board.

DSC08099.JPG

It had a wealth of shotweed and horsetail.

My audience all afternoon:

DSC08102.jpg

DSC08095.JPG

DSC08106.JPG

DSC02384.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC08109.JPG

DSC02364.jpg

Devery came over and we had a good chat.

DSC02365.jpg

Debris in the west bed, which I will move on my next day in my own garden, had not stopped a giant ornamental rhubarb from showing off its size.

DSC08107.JPG

While I love my periscaria bistorta ‘Superba’, I think it is getting too vigorous.

DSC08108.JPG

West bed: Persicaria is just starting to show its pale pink spikes.

DSC02366.jpg

tulips in the garden boat (Allan’s photo)

The  wind increased to 30 mph, making the last part of the center bed miserable to weed. Because I wanted so much to erase one thing from the work board, I thought really hard about The Deadliest Catch.

dv.jpg

Deadliest Catch puts my job into perspective.

I had got not just one bucket but four heaping wheelbarrow loads of weeds removed.

DSC08110.JPG

after

However, I think the garden beds need a nice crisp edge.  I had noted the crisp edge on the Tootlepedal’s glorious garden during my blog reading today.  You can see the garden photos in this entry.  Part of the excellence is the trimmed hedges and Mrs. T’s plantings, but I do think the crisp lawn edge is important.

DSC08111.JPG

some extra lambs ear and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to go to Long Beach or the port

DSC08112.JPG

Just as I finished, really big rain drops arrived.

Meanwhile, Allan had gone to get a new sheet of plywood, and on the way he went to the library and felt compelled to deadhead at the Ilwaco Community Building.

DSC02370

art in the library

DSC02369.jpg

a stray narcissus at the Community Building

DSC02371.jpg

deadheading, and library books (before the rain came)

DSC02372.jpg

community building garden

He drove home via the high school road to see if their tulip display was on for this year.
DSC02381.jpg

Camera is above the window.

 

DSC02374.jpg

It is indeed on.

DSC02375

AND it is well protected.

DSC02376.jpg

I wish all OUR gardens were as well protected.

DSC02377.jpg

DSC02378.jpg

Back home, Allan lined up the old trailer side on the new cut plywood in order to drill out the holes for bungee cord lashing.

DSC02388.jpg

The old side became a new front for the center compost bin.

DSC02389.jpg

By then, I had made myself a nice cuppa Builders Tea.

DSC08114.JPG

DSC08115.JPG

in my big Don Nisbett Slow Drag mug

DSC08116.JPG

and a bit of a treat left over from my birthday

IMG_1683.JPG

one “home” bed erased from the work board

I have two guest photos to share, texted to me by Melissa, of her and Dave’s garden. The container has Tulip sylvestris. 


Read Full Post »

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

We were revived by our day off but were not ready to face the rest of the beach approach project. Today would be a day of smaller, easier jobs.

Next to the driveway as we left for work:

DSC08000

tulips


DSC07998

Narcissus ‘Chinita’

Port of Ilwaco

An event this Thursday at a port business inspired us to deadhead narcissi all along the Howerton Way gardens.  We won’t be attending but we expect it to draw a crowd.

pot

We want to make sure the gardens look nice for this business that watches out for flower jackers. (A few weeks ago, Allan got asked from the Freedom Market’s upstairs window what he was doing digging up plants in the garden. We appreciate that vigilance.)

We worked our way from east to west.

DSC08002

east end, looking west


DSC08004

The marina is across the east end parking lot.

 

DSC08001

nautical trash

DSC08008

DSC08005

The scrimmy little horsetails are not my mission today.


DSC08009

CoHo Charters lavascape


DSC02330

deadheads by the old Portside Café (Allan’s photo)


DSC08010

by the Fort George Brewery office


DSC02331

The old Shorebank building (now empty)


DSC08011

kinnikinnick looking really quite nice and making one big buzzing bee happy


DSC08013

Wax myrtle and arbutus that got the full windstorm blast from across the Shorebank parking lot…


DSC08014

Another storm blasted wax myrtle

We will trim up those shrubs before the May 6th Children’s Parade and opening day of Saturday Market.  No time for that today.

Allan went on to deadhead the west end while I weeded between Shorebank and the Port Office, including the little garden on the south side of the port office building.  The tide was low…

DSC08015

looking west


DSC08016

Little brown birds scavenging the muddy rocks

Looking east, with lots of interesting driftwood

In the wheelie bin enclosure, I found a salvage piece which will be great to add to our fence.  Its little doors will provide a peekaboo effect.

DSC08019

This went home with us.

 Interlude at home

As we parked in front of our fence, I thought about how interested I would be to see our garden as a passerby.

DSC08047

DSC08048

I’d be looking over the fence for a better view.

DSC08022

I remembered a few gardens in Seattle into which I used to peer through and over fences.

The cats had something to say about how we should stay home for the rest of the day.

DSC08023

DSC08023

Smokey


DSC08027

Skooter appears

DSC08029

DSC08036

Frosty

Calvin, being not especially outdoorsy, doesn’t much care whether we stay home or not.

DSC08042

Calvin woken from his usual daylong nap

The garden looked extra fine and tempting.

DSC08030

tulips and cardoon


DSC02334

Japanese maple (Allan’s photo)


DSC08032

golden bleeding heart


DSC08033

Tulip ‘Green Star’


DSC08045

Ribes speciosum still in full flower


DSC08044

Ribes speciosum and tulips


DSC08039

patio tulips


DSC08040

a lavishly fringed tulip (and Frosty saying, “Do stay!”)


DSC08041

tempting

I have pretty good willpower about going to work (necessary for longterm self employment).  Off we went.

DSC02335

Allan photographed this good old dog when we stopped at the bank to put a cheque in.

The Anchorage Cottages

DSC02337

Beth and Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

We expected to just deadhead and weed.  However, Beth needed help with the climbing hydrangea which had fallen over in the recent big windstorm.

DSC08049

They got it pushed back and well tied to the new trellis.

The wind was hard on a lot of the tulips in containers, especially in the office courtyard.  They fared better in the more protected center courtyard.

DSC08061

center courtyard; an array of pots is just to the right


DSC08057.JPG

some courtyard containers


DSC08060

purple fringed tulips


DSC08058

pink fringed tulip


DSC08056

window boxes with tiny species flowers


DSC08050

narcissi and unfurling sword fern

Long Beach

Next, we picked up from the city works yard as much Soil Energy Mulch as today’s buckets would carry.

DSC02338

our mulch stash, with plants that were removed from a defunct planter

DSC02339

Our first mission was to mulch the corner bed at Veterans Field.  Some sort of Veterans walk is beginning there later this week so we want it to look fluffy.

DSC02340

Allan’s photos, before….


DSC02343

during; an annoying and constant wind made the day cold.


DSC02344

after

With that done, I went on a deadheading walkabout of the city planters and street tree gardens, while Allan went to weed and add some mulch in two areas of Fifth Street Park.

DSC02348

He found this big lily bulb…


DSC02351.jpg

a bright orange tulip


DSC02354

and some annoyingly persistent horsetail

My photos while walking the planters:

DSC08063

Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

DSC08065

DSC08068

foreground: parrot Tulip ‘Rococo’ in bud


DSC08066

Tulip bakeri  ‘Lilac Wonder’


DSC08064

bench sitter

Reminder to self: Put “dig out planter ivy” on the work board so I will remember it.

DSC08069

horrible variegated ivy.  I blame myself from many years ago.


DSC08070.JPG

exciting bud on Asphodeline


DSC08071.JPG

orange tulips


DSC08073.JPG

and a painted rock placed by California poppies that might be orange later on!


DSC08072.JPG

pink fringed tulip, and progress on defunct planter (the lamp post has now been removed)


DSC08074.JPG

some big tulips, windblown, chomped by deer, broken, or picked


DSC08076.JPG

In the same planter, Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ have been blooming for weeks.

Note to self: plant many more ‘Lilac Wonder’.  They are my favourite species tulip and they do so well here.

DSC08077.JPG

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’

I was awfully tired for the last two blocks of deadheading and figured as soon as we got home, I would sit down.

at home

At home, I took four buckets of deadheads out to the compost bins while Allan (almost always a man of boundless evening energy) set to mowing the lawn.

The compost bins inspired some compost turning.  A day of varied jobs is much less exhausting than an all day, same place weeding project.

DSC02357.jpg

I had gotten all excited when seeing the bottom of bin B:

DSC08080.JPG

It looked like it might be siftable!

It wasn’t.  But soon will be if I keep turning frequently.

DSC08082.JPG

bins after today’s turning

I need more green stuff before flipping another layer.

While Allan also mowed the next door lawn for our next door neighbour, I checked the hydrangeas over at the J’s garden for signs of life.  The twigs are green when snapped but still no leaves, not even at the base.

DSC08085.JPG

good looking sword ferns at the J’s

Back at home, a stunning narcissus with a deep green center (and tiny spider):

DSC08087.jpg

I got a bit of a start when I thought each leaf of my Davidia tree had a snail in it.  No, those are flowers buds

DSC08090.JPG

Not like the horrible snails everywhere in my garden due to lack of time to properly police them.

DSC02355.jpg

Allan’s photo

Tomorrow, yet another storm is due.  I look forward to reading a book.

Read Full Post »

17 April: day off projects

Monday, 17 April 2017

We were happy that the weather cooperated with a good relaxing day off.  Our relaxation would have been perfect had we not each made a mistake in a project.

I thought I would start to assemble a collage sign for an upcoming Earth Day event.

DSC02328.jpg

materials: poster board, glue stick, seed catalogs, scissors, and gardening magazines.

Five hours later:

IMG_1663.JPG

front

IMG_1662.JPG

back

The centerpiece of the back side is a poster I bought after seeing it on Facebook.  (I agree with everything it proposes except for “abolish prison”…I think prison has to be fair, and not indentured servitude, and not racially biased, and not include minor drug offenders, but I can”t quite imagine abolishing prison completely.  For more on how the prison system must be changed, I recommend reading The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander).  When I googled the abolish prison movement, I found that some thoughtful and reasonable solutions were proposed.

The artist is Ricardo Levins Morales.

But anyway…I was well chuffed with what I had come up with to represent the sky.  Sunflowers!

IMG_1664.JPG

.I was just admiring my posters when I realized I had made a terrible mistake.  I had used one piece of poster board!  Nooooo!  There was no way to insert the stick to turn it into a proper sign!

Even Allan could not think of a solution.  Fortunately, I had just tacked down the pictures (because Allan would be covering them with a clear plastic adhesive sheet) so I was able to peel them off and re-do the backside on another board.  I only lost part of one picture. So, two hours later:

IMG_1665.jpg

I had forgotten how much I enjoy gardening magazines.  Just perusing a couple of old Garden Designs, I found inspiration:

IMG_1658.jpg

could be done with columnar evergreens

IMG_1657.jpg

saw this waterfall running off a wall, and another running down a concrete grooved railing

IMG_1661.JPG

love this beachy look

I think I need to look at more magazines on paper, not just online sources.

Meanwhile, Allan had gone out to buy a piece of outdoor grade plywood ($59!) to make new sides for the trailer.  He dumped yesterday’s rose debris at city works and acquired buckets of lava rock to add to a tricky spot in Veterans Field.

I am not a fan of lava rock.  However, it was used around the stage in Vet Field and so it will match, and besides, there is a pile of it in the works yard—a pile that shows that it is not popular for use anywhere but Vet Field.  I do not think the color of lava rock looks beachy at all.  It reminds me of gas station landscaping in Eastern Washington.

DSC02316.jpg

The rain that was giving us an almost day off got much heavier while Allan did this small project.  His target area, a garden end of the flag pavilion arc that always gets walked across, was a lake.

DSC02317.jpg

I had suggested he get ” a couple of buckets” of rock.

DSC02318.jpg

That was nowhere near enough so he had to go back for more.

 

DSC02319

That’s more like it.

He then drove out to the beach approach to see what was up with the missing banners.  New banners were already up, thanks to quick work by the city crew.  They do not take days off because of bad weather.

DSC02322.jpg

DSC02323.jpg

DSC02324.jpg

Allan purchased his plywood at Oman & Son Builders Supply, brought it home, unloaded it (heavy!), prepared to cut it…and realized that it was the wrong width…5/8, instead of 3/4 of an inch.  Just 1/8 of an inch too thin.  If he had installed it, it would have rattled.  It will be exchanged tomorrow.

He spent the next hour or two carefully putting the clear shelf paper over the new posters and inserting a proper carrying stick in between them.

In the evening, I saw online this darling photo which is now a guest photo:

IMG_1670.JPG

No need for an umbrella!  Photo by Todd Wiegardt

Read Full Post »

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter brunch at Salt pub was not on our schedule. We have too much work to do after too few nice days. I was pleased to see our flower bouquet in their announcement.

We figured that a clam tide in the late morning would have the beach approach very crowded, so it was a good day to begin with a bit of shopping at The Basket Case.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Oops, they open at noon on Sundays and we got there at 11:20.  Three other vehicles arrived at the same time so Darrell and Roxanne put the open sign out!

DSC07969.JPG

Beautiful new sign

DSC07966.JPG

garden art

DSC07967.JPG

Darrell putting out a pelican

DSC07971.JPG

Gardener Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and Jackson

DSC07973.JPG

the annuals house

DSC02282

meeting shop dog Buddy

DSC07963.JPG

the perennials house

DSC02270.JPG

and so it begins

We won’t buy annuals till around Mother’s Day, but perennials and tender perennials are good to go now.

DSC02280.JPG

diascias, erysimum, agastache, nicotiana

Long Beach

On the way to the beach approach, we checked out Veterans Field for signs of an easter egg hunt.

DSC07976.JPG

All ready!

 

DSC02285

Allan’s photo

 

The hunt would begin in an hour.  We did not take time to wait and see it.

Then back to the beach approach, where we began with the last of the somewhat open of the 13 sections.  All the remaining sections after this are rugosa rose thickets.

DSC07978.JPG

Allan attacks the roses with a pick to get them pushed back from the edge.

DSC02288.JPG

today’s section, before

DSC07980.JPG

today’s section, before, looking east

DSC02298.JPG

Cat stopped for a chat.

DSC02297.JPG

picking some crocus bulbs out of a weed clump

DSC02306.JPG

after

DSC02292.JPG

an old dog and a puppy (Allan’s photo)

DSC02294

awwww

With the section done, and the time being not quite four o clock, I had the bright idea that we could do just one more section, the 45 foot long one (instead of the usual 55 footers) that we had skipped when it had had a big puddle on the street side.

DSC02310.JPG

before

DSC02314.JPG

two hours and forty five minutes later

Even though we finished it, I was sorry we had started it because I was so very tired and sore by the end.

DSC07983.JPG

before

DSC07988.JPG

after

Allan does the hardest part, swinging the pick to remove rose canes and wheelbarrowing the heavy barrow of weeds off to the long grass.  While I used to just lazily dump right at the far edge of the lawn, he insists on humping the loads up and over the little hill so the piles of weeds don’t show.

As we drove away, we saw yet one more banner had been stolen…probably on the same night as the three missing banners that I noticed yesterday.

DSC07990.JPG

further west than the other three

We were too tired to dump the rose debris at city works so we just took it home.  Then the plants from Basket Case needed to be unloaded and watered and that is when I learned that Allan had since yesterday been feeling tired to the point of being queasy.

At age 64 and 62, are we pushing ourselves too hard? But the work needs to be done (and trust me, over the years I’ve tried finding helpers, and no one works in the way that we do except for folks who have set up their own successful gardening businesses).

While weeding that last section today, I had contemplated how I will find it hard to retire from our public gardening jobs (Long Beach and Ilwaco) unless I knew that someone who cared as much as we do would be taking over.  Someone who is bothered by every weedy spot and every deadhead.  When I give up a private garden, its condition doesn’t bother me because I don’t have to see it again.

What to do?

The short term solution is that rain and 30 mph wind is due tomorrow, and we will take the day off whether or not that forecast comes true.

An even shorter term solution is that Allan took an hour long nap and felt much better.

We will make our next work day something easier than the remaining sections of the beach approach garden (a project that will take us at least three more days, possibly four or five).

Erasing the work board to show that we are over halfway through the approach garden was not as satisfying when I realized I had been pushing both of us too hard.

DSC07991.JPG

work board tonight

Some check-ups on jobs, involving deadheading and tidying, would be easier than anything that is on that work board right now.

Read Full Post »

Saturday, 15 April 2017

We planned to return to the beach approach, but first we took Jaime to Time Enough Books.

IMG_1630.JPG

Allan and Jaime


IMG_1635.JPG

With Karla.  Jaime wants to explore some new ways of thinking so she bought some educational books.

Yesterday’s town hall bouquet went to a new home at Salt Hotel.

DSC02226.jpg

DSC02227.jpg

Julez was pleased.

He told me a story the other night, when we left after the Salty Talk, that has been a comfort to me.  From the Salt Pub, I have to go down the stairs backwards because of my knee and balance problems.  Julez told me about a mountain climber who had “blown out his knees” climbing so whenever descending a mountain slope, the climber had to go down backwards.  That story made me feel less old and decrepit.

Long Beach

We weeded the Veterans Field gardens first, in preparation for an easter egg hunt that will happen there tomorrow.

IMG_1637.JPG

vet field corner garden


IMG_1638.JPG

our version of red, white and blue


DSC02235.jpg

Allan’s photo


DSC02231.jpg

Allan’s photo

Then the continued weeding of the beach approach took the rest of the day.

DSC02238.jpg

Lots of passersby on this nice weather Saturday.


DSC02250.jpg

I got to meet some nice dogs.

Allan started with the end cap by the driveway to the restroom parking lot.

DSC02240.jpg

before


DSC02287.JPG

after thinning and weeding


IMG_1639.jpg

Our big section today, looking west, before

DSC02244.jpg

IMG_1644.jpg

after


DSC02241.jpg

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor


DSC02253.jpg

planting poppy seeds

We ended by finishing up a section we had not completed the day before (due to jumping ahead to clear some traffic sightlines).

DSC02259.jpg

weeding a challenging thicket of roses

It was not until Allan found a round metal object in the garden that we looked up and realized that three of the prettiest Long Beach banners had been stolen overnight.  I checked, and yesterday’s photos show the banners.

IMG_1609.JPG

yesterday

Today…nothing on three posts, and on one the expensive brackets are missing (bottom) and bent (top).

IMG_1645.JPG

today

I picture some yobbos standing in the bed of a pick up truck in the dark, stealing banners but not quite able to reach so the brackets got bent and broken.

DSC02247.jpg

missing banner with brackets intact (Allan’s photo)


DSC02260.jpg

no banner to enjoy (Allan’s photo); The little round piece is what he found in the garden.


DSC02262.jpg

Allan’s photo

It is irksome and will make for extra work for the city crew.  (It also demonstrates why placing security cameras on the lamp posts would likely end up with the cameras stolen.)

When we dumped our debris at city works, we loaded eight buckets of soil and mulched the flag pavilion bed at Vet Field.

IMG_1647.JPG

all fluffed up

We were both very tired.  (Allan was even tireder than he let me know till the end of the next day.)  The work board shows 7 beach approach sections of 13 still to go.  Tomorrow we hope to reach the halfway point.

IMG_1648.JPG

 

 

Read Full Post »

Friday, 14 April 2017

I woke early to sunshine and a sense of urgency about picking flowers and going to work, then heard pounding rain and rested awhile longer.  At the usual time, I got up and then went out to gather a bouquet.

DSC02173.jpg

Skooter on the front steps (Allan’s photo)

gateview4-14.JPG

Skooter helping

IMG_1595.JPG

I did not pick from here…

IMG_1598.JPG

and I did not pick from here…

I picked a few narcissi from the outer beds and then went for a big batch of yellow and red tulips that were in a rather hidden spot…

IMG_1596.JPG

I wouldn’t miss these so much!

Another pouring rain drove me to take shelter in the greenhouse.  I did nothing productive like tidying up, just stared at the weather in disgruntlement.

IMG_1601.JPG

rainy greenhouse view

I thought that I had better take both my raincoats to work in case intermittent soaking rains happened all day long.

IMG_1602.JPG

Frosty and Calvin as the sun emerges again

DSC02174.jpg

a very special gold leafed Eryngium (Allan’s photo)

At the Ilwaco post office:

IMG_1604.jpg

I love the white tiny cupped narcissus, and lots of lily foliage

IMG_1606.JPG

I planted this little white star and now I did not know what it is.  Looked it up: Ipheion or Triteleia uniflorum.

We delivered our flowers to the Chautaqua Lodge meeting room in north Long Beach, feeling a bit guilty that the setting up of all the chairs had been too early in the morning for us night owls.  Below is artist Michele with the cut-out of our congresswoman, Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, who had been invited to tonight’s town hall but had instead decided to do a telephone town hall the night before (during which, I heard later, she only took ten questions from constituents).

IMG_1608.jpg

Jaime will be at our town hall one way or another.

IMG_1613.JPG

our bouquet for the town hall….our only contribution to making it all happen.

IMG_1612.JPG

Long Beach

We settled in to the beach approach weeding.  As soon as rain began, I realized I had completely forgotten my rain coats!  I took shelter in the van for a bit.  Fortunately, the rain stopped.  A strong and cold and miserable wind intermittently annoyed me.

Because of puddles next to two of the 13 beach approach sections, we are weeding all out of order, depriving me of the pleasure of seeing the end of the garden get closer bit by bit each day.  The project is all cattywampus this year.

IMG_1609.JPG

looking west

IMG_1610.JPG

looking east; we started on a sort of middle section today

DSC02177.jpg

DSC02179.jpg

Allan used the pick to remove as many roses as possible from right on the edges.

DSC02180.jpg

It is always cheering to get to pet a dog.

DSC02182.jpg

progress

DSC02184.jpg

one section done

 

DSC02186.jpg

another angle of admiration

DSC02187.jpg

We skipped this section; the hardest of all because of rushes interspersed with everything.  We need to start it fresh some day instead of when we are tired.

DSC02192.jpg

Allan has to detour around puddles to dump the wheelbarrow.

We can dump weeds in the tall grass but the rugosa rose roots go to the city dump.

DSC02195.jpg

yellow hoop petticoat narcissi replanted  by the long grass (Allan’s photo)

There is always an interesting assortment of people and dogs walking by (all Allan’s photos):

DSC02206.jpg

DSC02212.jpg

DSC02196.jpg

This woman was looking for places to put out some painted rocks.

DSC02197.jpg

this beauty

DSC02202.jpg

and this one all studded with tiny shells

The purpose of these artistic rocks by her and her daughter is a simple one: to bring people joy.

DSC02189.jpg

our second target of the day

DSC02209

mostly done

DSC02210.jpg

section two, after

We did not quite finish the second section; instead, we jumped ahead to the end cap by the arch.  I felt the roses there needed to be cut down for the sake of good traffic sightlines.

DSC02214.jpg

end cape, before

DSC02221.jpg

and after: the sign asks people to not pick the flowers because they are for everyone to enjoy.

DSC02219.jpg

Some had dug two plants out of the planter right by the do not pick sign.

I had planned to work till six and then go straight to the town hall.  I simply could not go on so we quit work at about five.

Town Hall

We were so pleased and relieved that an impressive number of local folks came to hear the nine speakers (none of whom was named Jaime Beutler).

townhall.jpg

I borrowed this photo from Joe Chasse.

The first speaker was on video: Brian Baird, who after his retirement was replaced by Jaime.  Blake spoke of how during his years in office he held over 350 town halls to communicate with and listen to his constituents.  He said, “In order to represent your constituents, you have to listen to them.” Rep Jaime Beutler is known for very few in person town halls.

IMG_1620.JPG

We also heard from local Rep. Brian Blake, from the mayor of Long Beach, from the county sheriff, from a county commissioner, from a concerned citizen, from the chairman of the local Chinook tribe, from a long time school board member, and from David McDevitt, who is running against Jaime in 2017.  As the concerned citizen who gave a rousing speech said about Jaime, “If you don’t want to listen to us, we’ll find someone who will.”  (Sorry, I have forgotten the citizen’s name; she was speaking on behalf of local business luminary Karyn Zigler who had been unable to attend.)

DSC01913.jpg

Rep Blake, Mayor Phillips, Sheriff Johnson, County Commissioner Wolfe

 

IMG_1622.JPG

I think Mr McD also looks like a good candidate to play Doctor Who!

At the end of the evening, Allan and I were asked to take Jaime home because no one else had room for her in their vehicles.

IMG_1623.JPG

We have an idea for some shopping that she might like to do tomorrow.

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »