Archive for May, 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My back hurt something fierce from schlepping my plants around yesterday evening.  It felt on the verge of going into a spasm.  What is this?  My back used to be the strongest part…well, with an occasional but infrequent blow out every few years.

In fact, what is the deal with how long it takes to stand up from a chair after sitting for awhile in the evening?  I was wondering that just last night.


I would like to have stayed home today with Smokey and a book.

I’m not quite done with Hope in the Dark.  Even a short book goes slowly at planting time.  And now I have this heavy tome from the library:


This morning, early, a strong buffeting wind had woken me up.  The wind still prevailed.  I had struggled mightily to get my knee brace on; it took two tries and Allan’s help to get it right. Despite my back, my hope for today was to get cosmos and more planted at The Depot, Long Beach welcome sign, two Long Beach Parks, the Anchorage, and the Kite Museum.


Ilwaco Post Office garden will soon get some cosmos.


lilies and Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass, at the post office.

As we made a welfare check on the new nicotiana in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, I felt so very cold that we went back home (two blocks away) so I could change into warm winter pants and shirt.  I left the knee brace at home; it does not work with heavier clothes.


my mother’s clivia in flower, glowing in the front window


A patch of strangely late blooming Tulip ‘Akebono’


Another clivia blossom had fallen.


Smokey’s nap disturbed

The Depot Restaurant


cosmos going in


Allan’s photo, Allium heads and my head


cosmos in (Allan’s photo)


delicate variegated saxifrage (Allan’s photos)




north side of dining deck

Despite my check of two weather forecasts, both of which promised cool windy weather all day, the sun suddenly came out.  So hot!  I said to Allan that I had to go home (two miles south) and change clothes again.  Every year, there is a day about this time when I have to learn all over again the necessity of having summer and winter clothes with us at all times.

I struggled again with the knee brace.  Some days it just is not easy.  When it is on, it helps me enormously.


Smokey still snoozing.


Frosty wanting a belly rub. He never bites or scratches, so he does get many.


Calvin’s nap disturbed.

Skooter has things to do during the day and is rarely found at home napping.

Long Beach

We started to set up the Long Beach welcome sign planting and I realized the front of the sign’s soil was too low.  Why hadn’t I added enough soil earlier on?  (Later, I decided it was because tulips had been in the way.) This necessitated an emergency trip to get soil from city works.  We took the chance of leaving unplanted gallons of Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ just sitting in the garden.  (Because one of Todd’s new public plantings in Ocean Park got completely dug up and stolen in the night last week, I’m feeling extra concern this week.)

When we got to city works, we saw this shocking sight:


Noooo! The city crew had used most of the heaping pile of Soil Energy!


We managed to scrape up just enough. (Allan’s photo)


in the process of adding soil and pulling the damnable horsetail along the back of the welcome sign bed (Allan’s photo)


low and miserable looking soil


battling it out with horsteail and ripening bulb foliage, trying to not block the lights that shine on the sign.


much better (Allan’s photo)



welcome sign, after

I have always planted yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in this planter.  Because it takes so much deadheading, I’m trying the Summer Glow agastache in hope of an easier maintenance yellow effect.  (Garden designer Lucy Hardiman says “Yellow stops the eye” in drive by public plantings.)


Agastache ‘Summer Glow’


undeadheaded Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’


added Cosmos ‘Sensation’ in the back, and Cosmos ‘Sonata’ (shorter, so as not to overshadow the agastaches) in front.

I decided to skip the Long Beach parks for now and go to the Anchorage…but on the way we saw a perfect and rare parking spot right next one of the two planters we had not added to yesterday.  We had to take that opportunity.  Usually, I end up carrying plants for half a block to this planter and the one across the street.


I do not think we have ever before gotten this prime spot.

Getting the Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and two Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’ into those two planters completes phase two of three of the Long beach planter planting.

The Anchorage Cottages

We had to get to the Anchorage by four o clock because of a Situation I’d learned about in an email late last night, after the plants for the Anchorage were already loaded: The parking lots were being resurfaced and so we could not park by the gardens today or tomorrow.  With a big three day holiday weekend coming up, and being determined to get the cosmos and some other plants added to the garden this week, and with today being the only day it would fit well into our schedule, I spent some time last night plotting alternative routes into the garden.  This required getting there while Manager Beth was still working in order to access the office courtyard via the office.


Our good friend Mitzu in the office. (Allan’s photo)

The center courtyard and the south courtyard can be accessed from the west and south lawns by walking around the cottages, without setting one foot on the parking lots, whose stripes were being painted as we gardened.


We had to slither along spaces like this, a secret path between the office and center courtyards that had appeared with the recent painting.

While I planted, I set Allan to clearing out the old scilla flowers and foliage; it is rampant in the center courtyard garden.


before; last week it was a hazy of blue.


why I never ever plant scilla in a garden bed


after. I thought it looked too bare so gave Allan two “Bells of Ireland” and a campanula to add to it.





looking back just before slithering around the side of the office building to depart.

By where we parked, on the grassy road north of the cottages, lives a Fish and Wildlife officer who has a bear trap at the ready.


Allan’s photo

Sometimes, our  local “fish cops’ are featured on a telly show:



from Rugged Justice: Releasing a bear into the wild if said bear has made itself at home scavenging in town.

But I digress.  By now, I knew we would not get cosmos planted in the Long Beach parks today.  I hoped that we might find the oomph to plant up the pocket garden at the Kite Museum.

We drove there.  We looked at it from inside the car.


Imagine the cold whipping of the wind, now 23 mph.

I couldn’t do it, so we went home at 6:30.  Tonight, I will watch Deadliest Catch and be embarrassed that I wimped out.  It was better for the plants to wait till tomorrow…yes, that is it.


working on The Deadliest Catch…puts my wimpiness to shame

At home, I got to make a couple of erasures from the work board, albeit not as many as I had hoped.


Tomorrow: planting time continues.




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Monday, 22 May 2017

I couldn’t stay at home with my friends, because we had many plants to plant.






always in the mood for a belly rub


Skooter on the front porch…


blocking the door with his hind legs. “I couldn’t go to work today; my cat wouldn’t let me out.”

We did go to work, starting with picking up some more cosmos at

The Planter Box


I could not resist this gorgeous clematis.


a hot bright day

The temperature was already soaring, and would soon be up to 85 degrees F.

More clematis, that I did resist, so they might still be there for you:




baby birds (Allan’s photo)


little bitty poultry (Allan’s photo)

Erin’s garden

Melissa and Dave were working at our former job, Erin’s garden, and had some Agastaches and boxwoods for me among other Blooming treasures.  We stopped to load up the plants.  I was thrilled to see my old friend Felix:


I’ve missed this guy!

Allan went up the stairs to look at our old garden.  I would not be surprised if those are our original santolinas from the creation of this garden several years ago.  It pleases me to see it looking so good.


Long Beach

For the rest of the day, Allan took all but three of the photos.  My lack of enjoyment in the task of planting translates into not thinking about taking pictures.


No plants stolen out of the most recently completely re-done planter.


City crew member repairing the cracks from when it was driven into by an errant vehicle. They had been repaired, but needed to be mudded with a consistent color.

You can see from the lamp post flag, above, how very windy it had become.  For once, I did not mind the wind so much because it cooled the air.  However, at 20 mph, it was a little hard on the new plants we were planting.


As we went around, I pruned Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ so that it will not be top heavy. Now the flowers will be smaller and the plants won’t splay open.


I almost removed this stray elephant garlic just for looking like a silly onesie. It was saved by being hard to pull.

Because of the heat and wind, we had to water every planter into which we plopped cosmos starts, and each plant had to be pinched for bushier growth.


one of our two watering apparatus


We’re using agastaches from Blooming, via the Basket Case, for uppies by each pole.

I sent Allan to deal with the above planter.  I couldn’t face hacking into the running, aggressive Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’, left over from volunteer days.  (I think that often the volunteers just used to put in free starts from their own gardens.  Which is fine, except that free starts tend to be pushy plants.)


The spot Allan battered out for the new plants probably won’t last for long before being encroached on again.

I swear we will redo that planter this fall, with a total dig out and new soil!


The Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’ had better get giant quickly.


Third Street Park. I wanted to go across and met that dog, The Mighty Quinn, but was too busy planting.  By the time I got over there with some cosmos, he was walking away.



utter chaos in the vehicle by the end of the day

We unloaded all the new plants onto the driveway so I could sort and water them.  Allan went off to water the Ilwaco planters with the first 2017 excursion of the water trailer.


This is the second time this street tree pocket has looked like this. I think someone is helping themselves to golden marjoram starts.  Or lady’s mantle.  Speaking of invasive free plants, the trees were pretty much planted up with what we could find for free, back before there was a plant budget.


Allan lent a hose to the local window washing crew, who had come up short from the nearest faucet.


His loaner hose was not the best.



the one shady planter….with some free hardy begonia transplants struggling a bit.


last task: watering the post office garden

I had taken about the same out of time to sort and water all my new plants, then schlepping them to the ladies in waiting area.  My back hurt like the dickens.  Tomorrow: Planting Time continues.




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Sunday, 21 May 2017


The refuge office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, but not today.  There is a free walk with sculptures, a labyrinth and the usual woods goodies on a well-maintained path that I should be helping to maintain this coming year.


A low tide had most of the bay in mud but the boat launch and old ferry dock are deep enough to avoid getting stuck in the mud. Here’s the ferry.


Here’s the same ferry taking some members of The Friends of the Willapa on a day trip to Long Island last year.



Today it was just a couple in an oar-boat.


Option ‘B’ for a walk was to find the trail head to the Teal Slough.

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Teal Slough climbs up and behind the Refuge headquarters. Others have told me where it was with directions such as, “It is just north of the headquarters on the side of the road.” In twelve years I have never noticed it.


Here’s the sign that gave me the clue and had me turning around. There is a safe turn around at the bridge.

This parking spot is across from a squiggle sign. It is, just north of the headquarters on the side of the road.


Wide enough to drive on when necessary for maintenance.



A side trail to a couple of large old cedars the loggers left behind.


If it took 700 years to grow one of these trees, how long would it take to grow two?


There’s more trees…



There’s moss



There are roots and burls




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Saturday, 20 May 2017

I planted in my garden: agastaches, echinaceas, dahlias in the garden boat, a few of those “black and white” gladiolus mix that I mostly gave away, three delphiniums which should make a nice snail snack, and cosmos, cosmos, cosmos and cosmos.

I do not enjoy planting (odd but true) so not one photo was taken by me.

A heavy application of sluggo went everywhere I planted.

Meanwhile, Allan got ambitious over at Mary N’s place.


before: the barberry stumps


the heavy pick


weeding in progress




We need to find three ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangeas for here.

At home, Allan weeded his own garden bed and planted the one plant that he had in waiting: a Mahonia gracilipes from Todd.




after. The centerpiece is Acanthus ‘Hollard’s Gold’.

I looked forward to tomorrow when I have nothing to plant and much to weed.

Nancy Gorshe (co owner of The Depot Restaurant, who is running for another term as hospital commissioner, posted this photo of her campaign sign in my garden in 2011. Must have been late summer because it was the 2011 Hardy Plant Study Weekend that inspired the building of the arbour.


Here’s the same garden area today (with poles that need repainting).  It was awfully pretty back when it was just annuals!



Sunday, 21 May 2017

Despite some plaguing sciatica or some such pain, I decided to take on a hard project rather than small areas here and there.  I needed the satisfaction.

I had been disheartened while planting yesterday about what an all-fired mess my garden is this year.  Then I had the comforting memory of the year 2008.  Friends from Minneapolis visited on Memorial Day weekend, and even though I needed to be gardening, I took the day off to go to Cannon Beach with them.  Before we left for the day, I showed them my garden.  It was a worse mess of weeds than what I have today; back then, we worked seven days a week in May.  I told my friends that we were going to be on the garden tour in just one month.  Even as non gardeners, they looked skeptical.


friends from afar at Cannon Beach, memorial day weekend 2008

Not only did Robert and I get the garden tour-worthy (by neglecting paid work),  we also fit in the Hardy Plant Study weekend before tour day!  You can see the garden on tour day here. (And if you backtrack from that post, you will see some glorious gardens in Eugene, Oregon.)

So there is hope that I will get the awfully weedy garden done before summer.  After all, I’m getting started on the worst part before Memorial Day.


Here’s an area that is always the last to be weeded. South end of east fence border.  


in that bed: a cool Dan Hinkley plant whose name I forget. Has little berries right on the leaves.

Here is the area I went for today, the new-last-year bogsy wood mounds.  It was a matter of urgency to get the velvet grass out before it flowered (because then it gives me sneezing fits).


I could make life easier by making a debris dump in that one undeveloped corner between two old salmonberries (below):


…And yet I persist in wanting the debris taken outside the fence.  If Allan did not show up now and then to dump wheelbarrows for me, I think that corner would be a debris dump for sure.  It’s my last frontier, though, and I don’t want to fill it up with a weed pile.


2:30 PM


I like my golden boxleaf honeysuckle and variegated elderberry along the bogsy wood east fence.

I moved to the other side of the bogsy wood mounds.


Here’s how it looked on May 13th.

In the center, the velvet grass had gotten as tall as a human toddler and defeated my hand tools.


Just then, rescue arrived.


Allan with the big yellow pick.


followed closely by a supervisor



me contemplating the giant velvet grass


Allan went after the child sized clumps of velvet grass.


huge clumps that would have been much easier to pull a month ago


velvet grass OUT

With that accomplishment, Allan departed to go for a short hike to some tall trees (which will be tomorrow’s post).


5:10 PM, looking east


looking west

That is certainly not the quality of unraked work that I’d leave behind at a job.  Nevertheless, I was satisfied for today.  The progress had been made despite a 20 mph wind so annoying that it usually would have kept me out from under the trees.

I wanted next to tackle this area where grass and buttercups were hiding a fairy door.  Maybe the fairies like the privacy.


While I did not get an after photo, this one from Allan, after his return, shows that area, along with the results of his raking.


fairy door is on tree to the left

On the lawn side of that area, I have this mess:


I did wade into it from the other side.  I did not deliberately plant the Limnanthes douglasii (poached egg plant).  Every year, it begins to irritate me as it hides other plants and provides a damp home for slugs.  The meianthemum (false lily of the valley) is also rampant in here.


But of course the meianthemum worked its way up into this stump planter of pulmonaria.


This fuchsia’s old stems looked kind of tatty.


So I pruned it to the base. Now everything shows.


I’d like to move it, but it is too risky now; it’s an extra pretty one.


I had an audience the whole time.


The salmonberry tunnel needs shaping.

Last minute inspiration: I pruned salmon and elderberry to reveal my bogsy wood plant table.






something about to happen


something happening



Smokey might have felt mildly annoyed.

Allan dumped at least six, maybe nine heaping wheelbarrows for me today.


looking back….6:30 PM and I was out of steam.

I wish I had a week of weeding days at home.  Tomorrow Annuals Planting Hell I mean Time starts up again in Long Beach.

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Friday, 19 May 2017


I had had a bright idea several days ago of some shrub rearrangement at the J’s across the street.  Of three dwarf hydrangeas, one looked fairly good, one quite sad but with a few leaves, and one looks dead but has green underneath the bark when I scrape a stem.  Putting the good one in the middle would at least make the picture balanced.  And if the good one turns up its toes, we can replace it with three matching ones.  If not, we can maybe replace the outer ones with a matched set of two, so it won’t be off balance.


before (Allan’s photos); the good hydrangea is off to the left.

Underneath the soil, Allan found landscape fabric.  That explains why so many of the shrubs were planted on mounds (by the previous owner, not the J’s).


landscape fabric underneath! No wonder the shrubs could not get their roots down; no wonder they were tipped over sideway.


replanted with the best one in the middle and with all three given some Dr Earth evergreen fertilizer.


a tidy garden at the J’s

I got to pet a sweet dog at the post office.


Allan’s photo

Further down the street, we saw our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and his buddy, Jackson.


Jackson! (Allan’s photo)

On the way out of our town, we had one plant to put in at the main intersection and four at the Ilwaco city hall planters.


PPR means Peninsula Poverty Response.  I should probably replace this leggy Erysimum, right?

Long Beach


City Hall: The Basket Case baskets are hung up all over town now.

While Allan weeded and groomed Fifth Street Park, I checked on a couple of blocks worth of planters.


Sparaxis in a planter. I need to plant this in every planter. It seems not that common in bulb catalogs.


Sparaxis and Cerinthe major purpurascens


a gorgeous tail wagger in a parked vehicle (taken from a distance so as not to get him too excited).


NOOOOOO.  One of my special new orange bidens pulled right out of the soil in a planter.


I had planted a matched pair to tone with this building.

The abused plant still looked alive at the base.  Remembering a live faucet on the outer wall of the Hungry Harbor across the street,  I filled my bucket partway, dunked the plant, lugged plant and water bucket back across, and trimmed and replanted the bidens with water in the hole, then clipped its partner plant to match in size.


dogs big and little outside the Hungry Harbor

Last fall, I had had a big mystery while bulb planting.  A set of three special Camassia ‘Sacajawea’ bulbs had gone astray while I was planting Fifth Street Park.  I looked for them so hard.  Today, I saw the three of them about to bloom under one of the street trees (along with a noxious weed Iris pseudocorus that I had tried to get rid of).  How could this be?



The camassia has variegated leaves.

I figured it out.  I was sorting bulbs and handing Allan sets of narcissi to plant under each street tree, and must have handed him the camassia by mistake.  I thought it would do well in the park where the soil is damp; I will try to transplant it later.  That tree, with its mess of vigorous hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) is not the best place to show off something special.


Fifth Street Park, NW quadrant

You might agree with me that a trio of something tall and columnar would look great in that park.  I’m not supposed to plant anything taller than the fence!


that big dog again


I transplanted some red monarda, divided out from Vet Field garden last night, into this damp bed in the SW quadrant.


Darmera peltata and gunnera in Fifth Street Park (SE quadrant)

Some of that red monarda would do well in the damp bed behind the gunnera, etc.  But will I remember for long enough to get some moved from Vet Field?

We took time to go to Abbraccio Coffee Bar.


crossed dogs outside of Abbracci (I got to pet one). (Allan’s photo)


A delightful Abbraccio break (with no checkers played)….I used to love to play checkers but honestly do not remember how.  Allan challenges his computer to chess on most nights.

I rushed out of the coffee car to meet a tiny Boston terrier…Lily, age 4 months…who was causing quite a sensation.


Before leaving Long Beach, we dumped a small load of debris, mainly so I could ask the city crew to get the water turned on for the welcome sign garden (where we had pulled dead tulips at the beginning of our Long Beach time today).


When we went to city works to dump debris, Allan found this marble in the pile.

The Planter Box

We picked up some cosmos for Long Beach and elsewhere.


The big front greenhouse showed signs of a rush on annuals. (Allan’s photo)


healthy Seashells mix cosmos (Allan’s photo)


with Teresa, some desk-leaning rest

The Basket Case

The gardening grapevine (AKA Melissa) had told me that a Blooming Nursery truck had been seen on its way to Basket Case this morning.  We had to see what was new.


plants overflowing in abundance


Hot Toddy: cute name for a daylily. (I don’t collect daylilies, though.)


I could not resist a new to me red salvia named ‘Free Speech’.


per Blooming Nursery


couldn’t resist some agastaches and echinaceas…

Another new feature: Penny, the grandparents’ dog, who is being dogsat this week.


Allan’s photo


my sweet, soft, adorable, and quietly talkative new friend Penny





got me some penstemons and agastaches and lemon grass and more

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We drove north to KBC to plant some cosmos and to weed and tidy the garden.


our good friend Bella (Allan’s photo)


Clematis montana in evergreen huckleberry (Allan’s photo)


horrifying bindweed pretending to belong (Allan’s photo), in the debris area behind the garage


creeping buttercup removal featuring the ho mi tool (Allan’s photo)


Mary, garden owner, edged outside the fenced garden. (Allan’s photo)


Mary’s edging tools


nicely edged


belly rub time


Bella will put her foot on your foot or arm to ask for more belly rubbing.


fenced garden weeded and with cosmos planted


bird bath view


sit spot


Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’


the pond (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Although I was tired, we found the energy to plant some agastaches in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.  While I delegated the planting (which I so do not enjoy), I checked on the intersection of planters.


This planter has the weedy, running, short season of bloom blue geranium (‘Johnson’s Blue’?), not nice, long blooming, well behaved Rozanne. I thought about re-doing it this spring. Did not get to it. Maybe in fall.  Originally planted by a volunteer.

We also found the energy to finish planting the two planters at Ilwaco City Hall.  We had meant to plant cosmos in the Kite Museum pocket garden and completely forgot to stop there.

at home

Allan amazed me by finding even MORE energy to mow (while I sat in my chair and read the scintillating news of the day).  Way out in the bogsy woods, he found that our bridge railing had just rotted away and fallen over.  The water in the swale had been up to the base of the railing for most of the winter.




Later: Skooter wants to come in Allan’s window!



We now have two days off, except for maybe having to water all the newly planted Ilwaco planters on Sunday.  (Edited to add: Some drizzle on Friday night saved us from watering Sunday.  I hope we don’t regret waiting till Monday.)

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Thursday, 18 May 2017


Captain of the good ship Ann Lovejoy



our post office garden (Allan’s photo)


creamy California poppies (Allan’s photo)


picking a peck of snails


They went into the garbage with some weeds to snack on. (Allan’s photo)


added some of my perennial begonias to the planter at Round 2 in Ilwaco

We planted up one flat of red trailies in two planters by the Cottage Bakery in Long Beach, and some blue trailies in the police station planter, and then went to…

Diane’s garden


I miss my long streetside garden! It will return eventually.


lots of pots to fill


Allan’s photo


It’s quite a production to plant many small containers.


Diane’s azalea (Allan’s photo)


Misty and Diane

Basket Case Greenhouse


at the Basket Case (Allan’s photo)

I quested for more plants to complete the Ilwaco planters.


small Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ are my favourite size to plant; making sure the base is well foliated.


Ooooh, for me, I found some old fashioned cup and saucer campanulas.


The ever patient proprietor, Darrell, listens to my plant thoughts.


Red Barn Arena

We added some gazanias to the barrels.


Allan had an audience.

Long Beach

The two planters by the Cottage Bakery had looked empty.  I don’t have my main agastaches for center plants yet, so we added some Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to just four planters (which was all the cosmos we had till next week).


Tulip ‘Formosa’ still blooming


Ooops, a car had driven into a garden, and left part of its mirror casing, too.


Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ still blooming.  Bulb foliage mess makes it hard to have these planters look good right now.  I try to plant narcissi with more delicate foliage; some big strappy ones are left over from volunteer days.

After planting (Allan) and checking on a block and a half of planters (me), we weeded Veterans Field, and I remembered that a special Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ was getting swamped by monarda.  Allan fixed that:






Although I was mighty tired, we needed to do two little jobs when we returned to our street.


mowing the back (wet) lawn two doors down


took two passes by Allan



rhododendron behind the house to the west (used to be Nora’s parents’ house)

I weeded in the front garden of the J’s until I could weed no more; I had to give it up to finish tomorrow morning.  Seems it is pretty impossible for me to go for a nine hour work day now.  Eight is the limit.


Before, a gazillion little dwarf fireweeds. Too tired to take an after.

Allan mowed the pocket lawn in the back, and we both admired the roses.


Allan’s photos



At home, I reorganized the work board, and I cheated by erasing Ilwaco planters even though we have four more plants to put in tomorrow morning.


planting round 2, cosmos, coming up

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17 May: big ideas

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Frosty and Skooter




at home (Allan’s photo)

I had loaded up plants with great optimism.  We would, I thought, get the Ilwaco planters planted (till I ran out of uppies and trailies), then the barrel at the Depot Restaurant, then two planters of red trailies in Long Beach, then the annuals at Anchorage, and then zip over to Diane’s and plant up all her pots.


ready to go (Allan’s photo)


As we were about to put an Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in the center of the post office planter, the postmistress gave us a purple rose…I hope it’s a miniature!  She had found it sitting on the bench one morning.  If anyone is missing it, I suppose they will see it in the planter.



This one even gets some Cosmos ‘Sonata’ because it is one that it’s easy for us to water almost daily.


Allan’s photo


Planted an Agastache and four Cosmos ‘Daydream’.  Garden is still a bit blah.

Today someone said to me while I was weeding our volunteer post office garden, “It’s going to be so pretty.”  Then she corrected herself and said it already is pretty.  I appreciated that.  Maybe my expression spoke to her.

Last Sunday, while shopping at the Port, I had seen a weedy patch that had been much on my mind (but not enough to do anything about it on a day off or in the rain).

Allan’s photos:


grass in the pinks! (dianthus and armeria)




curbside garden



At Peninsula Sanitation, I got back out of the van and replaced two pink trailies with two blue felicia daisies, when it suddenly sunk to my brain in that the building has blue trim.


Peninsula Sanitation planter


Jessie’s has a new road sign.

I had a very hard time deciding to leave or remove the old erysimums that have gotten woody yet are still blooming their hearts out.  I decided to leave them on the southernmost intersection (Eagle and First) because three of the four were just about the same size (and one was missing and got replaced with a small one).  I may regret leaving them later this summer.


The planters in most of the rest of First Ave did get their erysimums ripped out and bagged up.  They went to an acquaintance who takes the old ones and gets one more year out of them in a private rather than a public garden.


The Erysimum are just too woody.

Along Spruce Street, we found the two planters on the south side stripped clean of all of last year’s plants, erysimum, perennial trailies, and any vestige of annuals.  I felt suspicious.


Allan adds soil to the last one.  We were almost out of plants by then.

Because this project had taken hours, I realized our day was not going to be as accomplished as I had hoped.  Only by being philosophical about that can I keep Annual Planting Time from being Annuals Planting Hell.

We decided to wait to plant up two planters on the way home that are easier to access when driving south.

With three fewer jobs than last year, I was sure we would be well caught up by this time of spring, but no….weather has us as far behind as ever.  The nurseries are also behind on some plants, so we are all experiencing the same problem.

The Depot Restaurant


north side of dining deck with lots of lily foliage. and the hops already well up the lattice.




I met a darling dog named Sophie, on a walk while being boarded at Oceanside Animal Clinic next door.

In Long Beach, I admired a nice circular bed while dropping off the old Erysimums.


Dutch Iris display at Midway Printery

Just a note:  I have a technologically outdated two year degree in offset printing, circa 1976.

The Anchorage Cottages

Soon after we began planting at the Anchorage, I realized we were not even going to get those last two planters in Ilwaco done today.  It was almost seven by the time we were done.  I simply had no more oomph.


center courtyard


more center courtyard

Looking at these photos, I am glad I used orange flowers plants over by the office instead of by these red chairs.


On the way home, we saw that the Basket Case Greenhouse baskets have been collected and installed by the city crew.  (Allan’s photos:)



At home, the work board got just one little thing crossed off: The Depot.  And it got round 2 added, which is mostly cosmos.  KBC and Kite Museum really should be shifted to that column; we don’t plant fiddly annuals in pots there.



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