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Saturday, 15 July 2017

The WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County present:

Garden Two: “Colorful and Creative”

Every garden tour has one garden that becomes my favourite.  Gina and Jeff’s garden is one that could be my favourite of many tours.

I was thrilled just by looking at it across the street!

Before we crossed the road, we encountered Wendy and Bill, whose garden had been my favourite on last year’s tour.  Since then, I’d learned that for many years they owned the boat Aallotar which I often see at the Port of Ilwaco.  I longed for Aallotar stories but garden touring won out for everyone.

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closer

 

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walk to the front porch

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wooden window box looks like copper

We finally made it to the check in table!  We could already hear the sound of the river and realized that the garden, while huge, is long and narrow because the river is just past the house and down a steep drop off.

The river sounded wonderful.

a double sort of curb holding the edge of the garden; that lawn is far below

The drop off at the edge of the garden is steep and dramatic.

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garden creator Gina’s friendly little dog (Allan’s photo)

This cat was also getting attention. (Allan’s photo)

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I felt faint just looking at this path between the house and the edge. Folks with a good head for heights breezed along it.

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Gina must have a great head for heights; she had picked every bad leaf off of the statuesque hollyhocks.

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hollyhocks below the edge

I decided to explore the garden that stretched expansively from the other side of the garage.

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This was to cover up some sort of unattractive utilitarian thing. (Allan’s photo)

The long, narrow garden lay on both sides of the house between the road and the drop off to the river.  We began with the longest area, to the left of the house.

a sit spot (Allan’s photo)

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on the side of the garage

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detail

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looking down the expansive lawn

Because this garden is a work in progress, I have a feeling that eventually all of these beds will be as full as the ones right around the house.

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looking back

Squash and big healthy tomatoes grew in the roadside bed.  Someone commented about the fertile farmland valley silt in this area.

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Allan’s photo

One of the folks strolling toward me said (because of my knee brace, cane, and sore heel related limp), “Nothing stops you from garden touring, does it?!”

The garden beds on the river side go right up to the cliff edge.

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right on the edge….I wondered if eventually these trees would go.

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I would have to crawl on my belly to weed up to that edge!

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Allan’s photo

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plants clinging to the very edge of the steep drop off!

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Allan’s photo

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looking down (Allan’s photo)

I tip my gardener’s cap to the bold gardener who weeds along that curving edge.

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Most of the beds are more safely inland.

We turned back and walked toward the house.

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garden tour guests enjoying a sit spot

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peach tree near the garage

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a perfect rose

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I am now thinking about how this garden does not seem bothered by deer.

When Ann (Spiffy Seeds, The Amateur Bot-ann-ist) toured this garden just after we did, she especially noticed the burned tree (which went right over my head).

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photo by Ann Amato-Zorich, who says “Burned tree. Nature’s own shou sugi ban.”

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rustic woodsy planter

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from another angle

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and another….an idea I am going to emulate.

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Allan’s photo

To reach the other side of the garden, I went along the front of the house.

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Brick front porch wrapped front and right side of the house.

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front garden

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looking out from the porch

On the right side of the entry porch, the brick porch narrowed and became L shaped.  Its decor was so fascinating that I could have spent an hour there.

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This area had a concrete floor and a high roof with a chandelier and a skylight.

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story of my life!

I could almost weep with delight over all of these artful vignettes.

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Just off the porch was a waterfall pond.

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Going around the corner of the house, we found another tiny shady pool.

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Allan’s photo

Around the corner at the back of the house, we passed through an arbour to a greenhouse.

We failed to step back and get a long shot.  Ann kindly provided us with this:

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photo by Ann Amato-Zorich

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sink fountain

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Allan’s photo

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in the greenhouse

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We recently saw someone making a cool light fixture like this on a tiny house show.

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in the greenhouse

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in the greenhouse

Near the greenhouse, steps and a path go down to the river level.

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looking down

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plantings on the upper bank (Allan’s photo)

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from the path going down; garden creator Gina in view (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

We learned later that the rock retaining wall was new this past year, and Gina has begun planting it up.

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Allan’s photo

I was still up on the top level by the greenhouse.

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the back porch and sunroom

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the other side of the path I couldn’t do!

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Looking down again, I could see a great temptation for reaching the river level:

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The kitty was there!

Someone told me that an easy access driveway was available at the other end of the garden.  I made my way in that direction.

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by the greenhouse, a basket ready for berries

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past the greenhouse

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looking back at the house and L shaped porch

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an easy road, with a greeter

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kitty welcoming Allan to the river road

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Allan’s photo

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along the river bank

I learned later that the river causes much destruction along this bank during a stormy winter.  The lawn survives!

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looking up the newly cleared area to the greenhouse

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The river made a beautiful sound.

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Allan’s photo

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new rock wall with tour guest for scale

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Look at the edge on that lawn.  Allan noticed that all the bare ground was weed free and carefully raked.

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the river bank, which likely gets flooded in rainy winters

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the sound of water always in the background

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the path down from below

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Allan’s photo

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We made our way back up the easy road to the top and appreciated the garden for awhile longer.

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a natural hose hanger

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Look who we met arriving just as we were leaving!

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Dave, Melissa, Todd, Pam (downtown Seaside gardener)

They would be one garden behind us all the way.  Ann and Evan arrived just after this photo was taken. We should have just slowed down and toured with them, because they would notice things that we had missed.  I am always afraid of running out of time, so on we went to the next garden.

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I’m thinking how much I loved this garden and that I did not want to leave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 15 July 2017

The WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County present:

tour

A focus of the Master Gardener tour is very personal gardens that are designed and maintained by their owners.

Garden One: “Shades of Paris”

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Like all of the gardens on this tour, this one was located by a quiet country road.

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impeccably maintained

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tour guests checking in (Allan’s photo)

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I was well chuffed to be there.

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flowers in patterns

There were lots of zinnias and dahlias that would be in bloom not long from now.  If I lived closer than an hour away, I would be trying to get a peek when the bed above is in full bloom.

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Red white and blue in this place could evoke the French flag.

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pasture just beyond the garden

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People were walking back across the pasture from a nature path, possibly for nearby Fuss Creek.

I missed this opportunity and another, in the third garden, to explore further, because I was having an extra problem today of having a sore foot!

To my left was a fenced kitchen and flower garden.

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berries and roses

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I continued to be impressed by the complete lack of weeds.

 

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This fence was possibly designed to keep out more critters than just deer.

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Guests were invited to snack on the berries.  (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

We turned our attention to the large patio at the side of the house.

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I felt this might remind the owners of the tradition of dining outdoors in France.

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waterfall pond

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Allan pointed out that the black and white photo in the program got a better overview of the pond than either of us did.

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Between garden and pasture, a wide maintenance path would make wheelbarrowing easy.

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looking back at the house

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fire circle between pond and pasture

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Allan’s photo

Neither Allan nor I got as good a photo of the fire circle as did our friend Ann (Spiffy Seeds, The Amateur Bot-ann-ist) who was touring just behind us.

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photo by Ann Amato-Zorich: “my dream s’mores making fire pit”

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view over the pond from the fire circle

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beyond the garden

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hot tub

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to the next level

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The red tape was a warning where steps went down.

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a sit spot outside a fenced garden and more zinnias that will be colourful soon

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Allan’s photo

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fenced kitchen gardens with berries

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Allan’s photo

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between the house and the fenced berry patch

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Allan’s photo

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looking back as I walk around the house

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Salix integra ‘Hakuro-nishiki’ (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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zinnias, a big porch, quilt display

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I wish I had asked who was the quilter.

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leaving the colourful and impeccably maintained garden

 

 

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Friday, 15 July 2017

I had done something unpleasant to my right heel toward the end of yesterday’s work day; it even kept me awake for awhile during the night.  Why??? Just before a weekend of touring gardens!  However, on Friday I wanted to do some more weeding because some informal touring of our garden was sure to take place.

Before I began, we hosted the first garden tour of our three day weekend; Dan from the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum came by.

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Like most people, he had assumed the front garden was all there was, and had no idea the lot goes over 200 feet back to the meander line.

After walking all round the garden and talking about the history of how it used to be waterfront before the port expanded by filling and building two blocks south, I embarked upon my plan of thorough weeding.

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weeded the new-ish bogsy wood hillock garden, in the area that was once riverfront beach.

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then managed to snake enough hose to get a sprinkler set up out there

I forgot after awhile to try to take it easy and instead succumbed to the sudden impulse of a rather intense project: Digging huge flopsy clumps of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ out of what used to be a debris pile, to make room for more variety.

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after: lots fewer sedums, lots more room for what is there to grow and breathe.

All afternoon I worked on this, forgetting to wear my knee brace because all I had intended to do was the easy task of pulling dwarf fireweed.  This was not the wisest lead up to a garden tour weekend.

I planted four ladies in waiting, including Chelone obliqua ‘Tiny Tortuga’ and Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’, all acquired at the Basket Case Greenhouse.

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Tricyrtis formosana ‘Samurai’

In the late afternoon, Devery came from next door to pick some strawberries.  I had finished my projects and was able to sit with her on the patio for a spell.

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Devery on the good ship Ann Lovejoy, sailing into Strawberry Land.

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a good harvest

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on the patio: succulents in an old hibachi (Allan’s photo)

At 7, Allan and I joined seven friends for a gardener’s dinner at the Cove Restaurant: Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), Todd Wiegardt (Willapa Gardening), Debbie Teashon (rainyside.com and author of Gardening for the Homebrewer), Jeanne (Portland gardener), Ann Amato-Zorich (Spiffy Seeds and the Amateur Bot-ann-ist), and Evan Bean (former co worker with Todd at Plant Delights, now with plantlust.com).  Much plant talk ensued.

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in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

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Ann appreciating (Allan’s photo)

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Ann, looking droll, and Evan (Allan’s photo)

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Ann’s fish and no chips

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Todd, me, Debbie (photographing Allan), Melissa (hidden), Dave, Jeanne, Ann, Evan

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plant thoughts with Evan and Todd

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The kitchen produced a special dessert of 9 small portions of strawberry rhubarb cake.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

We were up oh so early for us, although not as early as we would have if Patti J had come with us as we had all sort of planned.  (She was having company and could not take such a long day away after all.)  By 9:15, Allan and I were on the road to Menlo, Washington, to attend the Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific County garden tour.  It moves around each year.  Last year’s tour in Aberdeen was one of the best I’d seen, and I had been counting the weeks and days till this one.  Knee brace, cane, and the fluffiest of fluffy socks for my sore heel would get me through the day of walking.  A bandaid on my right trigger finger would (mostly) keep me from going ouch each time I took a photo (because a thin rugosa rose thorn was sitting in my finger just in the spot where I click on the camera).

Because we left 15 minutes later than I had hoped, we took the dreaded (just by me) Willapa Curves rather than the less harrowing (to me) longer route through Naselle.

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Low tide, scenic view, and ultra squiggly narrow road

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Possibly to most people, it does not seem extra narrow.

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At least going north, we are on the inside!

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So many curves

After ten minutes of that, I was relieved to be on the straight, long road through woods to South Bend and Raymond and on to the much anticipated garden tour.

Join us for the next batch of posts for the Menlo tour, followed by a bonus tour of a South Bend secret garden, and then a Sunday of touring six gardens with friends on the Long Beach Peninsula.

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13 July: the usual watering plus

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Allan told me the rain barrels were partially full.  I asked if there was a puddle in the street and he said no, so I figured that the barrels must just be fuller because I had run a back and forth sprinkler that puts some water into the gutters.  Imagine my thrill when I found that ALL the barrels had more water, and that there WAS a puddle in the street.  We had had blessed rain!

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a full barrel that was empty yesterday

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the official rain gauge

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a refreshed garden

However, none of that meant we could skip watering.  Rain water is rarely strong enough to get down inside the planters.

At the post office:

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Asiatic lilies

I planted the Korean Agastache that Roxanne gave me yesterday.  She grew them from seed.

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Agastache rugosa

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post office planter (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

We began with a check up on the welcome sign.

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Geranium ‘Orion’ and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

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Orion has an empty green middle…

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Rozanne has flowers all over herself!

Plus Orion needs deadheading and Rozanne does not.  Rozanne wins!

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Rozanne and a fan (Allan’s photo)

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 Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ is just not putting on much of a show. (Barely visible in the center of this photo)

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Allan weeding

Before watering, we weeded and clipped the south parking lot berm.

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Rugosa roses got clipped back from hanging over the edge.

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Allan’s photo (with a bucket that got full of garbage. No diapers this time, yay.)

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Allan’s photo, before

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Allan’s photo, after

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making a mess

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another view, after clipping (with one errant leaf!)

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an attractive plant hodge podge

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Rosa glauca (rubrifolia) doing well, witn Stipa gigantea

The soil was faintly damp.  I am sure the three berms appreciated the rain, as they get no supplemental water.

We tidied up the horsetail-infested corner bed at Veterans Field.

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The usual meadow look seems to happen for me everywhere…

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It is red white and blue 😉

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Brodiaea laxa ‘Silver Queen’ and lambs ears

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red monarda

After dumping our load of debris, we drove out to the end of the Bolstad approach to check up on Sandsations progress.

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just the beginning

Then came the watering and, this time, fertilizing of the Long Beach downtown planters.

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My favourite one from last year is finally filling in.  One side lacks the golden fuchsia (it is there but tiny).  Look, very little wind today!

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Agastache, cosmos, and some nice looking painted sage

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Police station planter.  Some trashed Rozanne again!

I made a police report!  Not exactly.  I just went in and kvetched.  It is quite possible this planter is getting targeted repeatedly BECAUSE it is in front of the police station.

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It took a long time to tease out the dead parts.

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Got even more dead stuff than this photo shows…plus the Rozanne on the other side of the planter was also hit, although not as bad.

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next planter down; Todd keeps telling me the name of this plant and I keep forgetting it.

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speaking of names I have forgotten…this Phygelius with dark leaves…

Allan’s photos while watering:

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birdsfoot trefoil in a planter

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With the downtown planters, we weeded in Fifth Street Park.  A group of young women told me that they thought the flowers looked like “fairy flowers”.  They were especially pleased when I told them the Dierama is called “Angel’s Fishing Rod”.

 

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Dierama, right side

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Sanguisorba may also have seemed like a fairy plant…

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especially the feather pink one (right)

We get a lot of much appreciated compliments about the planters being beautiful.  I especially liked the observation about fairy flowers.

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By the restroom with Rose ‘Super Dorothy’, lady’s mantle still going strong, and a Basket Case Greenhouse basket

We watered the Sid Snyder beach approach planters at the end of our Long Beach time.

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a whole field of birdsfoot trefoil

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Allan bucket watered the end planter, the one where the water does not work. The plants, with the cute little “This is my home” (and so on) tags, are still not stolen.

World Kite Museum

Ed had driven by and told us his project at the kite museum was done, so we had a look and were impressed.

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Tatty hebe hedges replaced with river rock

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much improved

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how it used to be

Ilwaco

I walked the planter route, checking them all in a more time consuming way than Allan has time for when watering (which he did, starting in the other direction).

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I still recall someone making me mighty mad by telling me, while deep in his cups (meaning drunk), that the planters don’t make any difference to Ilwaco and that no one even notices them because the town itself is shabby.  I strongly disagree (and I love my town, too).

I had time, while Allan continued watering, to water almost all of the boatyard garden and accomplish some weeding.  I say almost all because one end had its hose access curtailed by the hose running up into a boat.  I decided last night’s rain would have to do for that part.

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Someone has been picking flowers off the globe thistle, as usual…

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…despite its close proximity to a do not pick sign.

I want the sign right OVER the blue globe thistle, just for proper outrage when it gets picked.

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strong evening shadows

Toward the end, I realized it was a darn good thing I was weeding.  Clamshell Railroad Days will be on Saturday and Sunday at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and folks will for sure be taking the driving tour.

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one of many railroad history signs from Ilwaco to Nahcotta

Around 8 PM, I found a message from Jenna requesting a bouquet for something special.  I picked it at home, Allan delivered it, and it looked like this.

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Allan’s photo

We now have a three day weekend with some weeding time at home (Friday, for me) and some exciting garden tour plans.

 

 

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Before we got started, the mum of our friend Thandi came to visit the garden.  (As we have with many of our friends, we had told her to tour it anytime as long as she closes the deer gates.)

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alliums and santolina in the back garden

The Depot Restaurant…

…got the usual watering and grooming.

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Dierama (angel’s fishing rod) in bloom

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Allan’s photo

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Dierema

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assorted eryngiums

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Allan’s photo

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north side of dining deck

Red Barn Arena

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Allan’s photo

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Misty was at the barn today…

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…with Holly and Diane (Allan’s photo)

In the barrels, even the red diascia have almost dried up.

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sad diascias, a plant I usually think of as pretty tough

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I cut them way back.

Even though the red diascia were by request, I swear that next year I am going to go all ultra-drought tolerant in those barrels.  Small red sedums and sempervivums around the edges would be a good solution.

Diane’s garden

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between Diane’s and the Red Barn (Allan’s photo)

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Diane’s garden

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a belly rub was insisted upon

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We made a quick stop on the way north to pick up some blue “Korean agastache” that Roxanne had grown from seed (and a few other impulse buys, of course, including a gold leafed four o clock called ‘Limelight’).

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still lots of choices in the annuals house

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Look who stopped to say hi.  (Allan’s photo)

On the way further north to Klipsan Beach, we delivered a life jacket to J9, who is planning to go boating with a friend this weekend.

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J9’s place

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J9 made a planter out of this old crab pot.

Of course, we then had to drive by Ed Strange’s place on the way back to the highway and were fortunate to find him home.

touring Ed’s Garden

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Ed’s place

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He is slowly landscaping the neighbours’ front garden, as well.

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gold and more gold by the dog run

Awhile ago, Ed ran a culvert pipe along the road, thus being able to expand the front edge of the garden into what used to be a bank of salal and a ditch.  You can see the salal in this old photo:

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2014

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same area today

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My good friend Jackson Strange (He’s a Springer Spaniel.)

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Allan’s photo

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front porch

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fancy pelargoniums

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Ed’s east facing porch and deck

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I had delphinium envy.  Maybe I could grow them in a pot.

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On the deck; he’s had this cactus for 46 years.

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view east from the deck.  The old single wide next door is going to be demolished soon.

Ed waters his handsome clump of gunnera for an hour a day, he says, and mulches it heavily.

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Allan’s photo

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The round grey “pavers” are Sedum ‘Cape Blanco’

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by the garage

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Note the gunnera on this painting.

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hebe in the back garden

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Ed’s enviable hostas

Ed agreed to be the one who will dig up and take away my sad tattered hostas and give them a better life.

We had a tour of Ed’s home.  My home would never be tidy like this if someone dropped by.

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vintage light fixture and stained glass inset

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his grandma’s pug

Then we all had to get back to work.

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We weeded and tidied.  The garden had held up well since last week.  In gardens like this one, where we can count on not having to water, we get a lot more actual gardening done.

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It suddenly felt quite hot out.  (About 70 F)

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Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

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One of Mary’s glorious rose bushes

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sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

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Allan’s photo

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Echinops (blue globe thistle)

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Allan noticed them, too.

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another healthy rose

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I wish I knew the names of all the roses Mary has.

Deadheading Rose ‘Bow Bells’ (Allan’s photos):

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before

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after

We headed all the way back to Ilwaco for our last job of a pleasantly easy day.

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Allan shopped at Sid’s Supermarket on the way (his photo)

Port of Ilwaco

We watered 9 of the curbside gardens, some long, and some just little pockets.

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Looking west on Howerton from the port office

I had an unnerving experience while watering the Time Enough Books garden.  A baby bird hopped out onto the street, followed by its anxious mother.

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The mother cheeped frantically.

The baby went further out into the street.  The mother played “I have a broken wing!”  I tried to stop traffic but had to back up…in the street!…because a woman just would not stop.  Finally she did…on top of the baby bird, which I could no longer see.  When she finally asked what was wrong, and I said there was a baby bird under her car, she asked what to do, and I told her I really had no idea.  (I could not get down and crawl under the car plus I did not trust her not to move.)  Thank all creation that when she drove on, the bird was fine.  I gently boosted it back up into the garden while the mother made another dramatic broken wing pantomime.

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The parents continued to keep a close eye on me.

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There’s a baby bird somewhere in the garden.

Allan’s photos:

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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parsley, poppy, toadflax

Tomorrow: Back to the watering rounds in Long Beach and Ilwaco.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Skooter in the morning, very much wanting to be let outside.  He has to stay in at least through Saturday, and it casts a pall on my mood as well as his.

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Allan’s photo

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Our volunteer garden at the post office

We actually had a work day that we could just use for weeding projects, with only a small amount of watering to do.

Long Beach

We started at the westernmost planters on Bolstad, tidied them, and I wished they got more water but we are not hauling buckets to all of them.  That said, a few of the ten or more did get the water we had with us.   They get a misting with the city water truck once a week, enough to stay alive.

The city crew was working nearby on preparatons for the Sandsations sand sculpting contest which will take place this weekend.  During the week, starting on Wednesday,  display sand sculptures will be constructed at the end of the beach approach.

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Allan’s photo

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In the Lisa Bonney Memorial Planter (Allan’s photo)

The ground level garden gets no supplemental water.  It has survived this way for over four years since we last had water out there to hook hoses up to.  It has been a good test of a droughty windy sandy place, to see what will grow.  Mainly rugosa roses, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, stressed looking coreopsis, and santolinas.  The escallonias are looking less distressed that the mugo pines.

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broken barberry (Allan’s photo)

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after Allan tidied it up

It took less than three hours to do an adequate weeding of all 13 parts of the beach approach garden.

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Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ (Allan’s photo)

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working our way east

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Armeria (sea thrift) deadheading, before

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and after (Allan’s photo)

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Parks Manager Mike Kitzman driving by on the sand project

We got to meet Beachdog’sBeachdog’s new rescue Dane, Teacup.

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Beachdog Keith and Teacup (Allan’s photo)

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Teacup (Allan’s photo)

Lots of people stop to talk about the gardens.

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finally at the very end

We took time to deadhead all the sea thrift at city hall.

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City Hall west side

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Allan’s photo

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sea thrift before

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and after (Allan’s photos)

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Gladiolus nanus

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and another Gladiolus nanus

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I need to get more of these or spread them around.  (Allan’s photos)

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astilbe on north side city hall (Allan’s photo)

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I pruned more aruncus on the north side.  That’s the Strange Landscaping truck.  More on that later.

From city hall, I could see the heroncam pond and was reminded that its surrounding landscape needed weeding.

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Allan out by the waterfall, scrimming off horsetail.

His photos:

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before

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after

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It was high time we attended to this area.

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Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ and santolina

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honeysuckle

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The Anchorage Cottages

We had to park down below and schlep up the slope, which felt rather like Mount Everest.

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Mitzu the Shihtzu was not at work today.

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south end of parking lot (Allan’s photo)

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First blooms on the sweet peas.

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north (office) courtyard steps

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by the office window

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center courtyard

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Allan’s photo)

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Erygium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and lady’s mantle (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

World Kite Museum

While working at city hall, we’d had a drive by chat with our friend Ed Strange, who told us he has started on the landscaping project at the kite museum.  We had time to have a look on our way south.

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Yay, the tatty row of hebes is gone.

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landscape fabric is down

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river rock to cover the fabric

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Allan’s photo

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Our little garden will really show now, so we had better pay more attention to it.

Without the hebes crowding the garden, the soil inside might not get as rooty and compact as it has been.

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schmoozing with Patty while Ed works

We quit pestering Ed and got back to work at the…

Port of Ilwaco

Our project was to water the east end curbside bed and the Loading Dock Village garden.

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Easternmost curbside bed gets watered about every other week.

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Crocosmia, quite possibly plucked by deer (Allan’s photo)

People often stop to chat with us while we are working. Usually, at the port, the conversations are as much about boats as about gardens.

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This was Allan this evening.

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This was me yesterday evening.

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lavender in a nest of Nasella tenuissima

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Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

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Loading Dock Village garden

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west of the Loading Dock Village

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Allan’s photo

at home

While watering…

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astilbes

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Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’

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fluffy red poppy and yellow achillea

 

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Monday, 10 July 2017

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front path


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our garden from the street


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detail (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s garden

We began at Mike’s garden a few blocks east, where most of my time was spent watering.  There are very few clients who water as much as I would like them to.

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Mike’s garden

Allan’s pruning:

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Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’

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Long Beach

We began Long Beach with an hour spent pulling weeds at the north parking lot berm; all three of the so called berms are going to be getting more attention because of the expanded Fun Rides.

The berm (Allan’s photos), which gets no supplemental water at all:

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lupines going to seed


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with birds foot trefoil


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and without


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This Long Beach resident, Maria, was on her way home to weed and to plant some new plants in her own garden.

Then we watered downtown: 27 planters for me, 10 planters and 18 trees and six stand alone smaller containers for Allan.

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The Smoke Shop planter is one of my favourites this month.


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Unhappy words were said…


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…over this cosmos pulled out and left to wilt.


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Fifth Street Park is starting to look more colourful.


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I had had to switch to my phone camera because of zoom and lens cap-opening camera dysfunction.


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Armeria (sea thrift) with an interesting fasciated stem and two flowers.

The Geranium ‘Rozanne’ that had been messed with last week was still looking wilted because of pulled stems entangled with good ones.  It took a while to tease the dying ones out.

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Once again, the pile was twice this big when I was done.

Allan’s photos on his watering round:

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outside the Long Beach Tavern; their flower display


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by the Fun Rides

For awhile at one planter, I could sense a man standing behind me.  I thought he was some random guy invading my personal space while talking on his phone….Until I finally realized it was my former partner, Robert, actually talking to me.  (Traffic was loud.)  We had a laugh about it.  I’m used to negotiating around people while watering.  Sometimes, a person will park herself on the bench despite me, my hose, and my bucket.

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Ignoring Robert because I did not look to see who he was.

I had been looking forward to seeing him downtown because I was able to tell him that I had had my DNA tested and came up 39 percent Irish.  (Robert is very Irish.)

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in a tree garden

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Eryngium variifolium under a street tree.  I just now found out there is an E variifolium called ‘Miss Marble’; I had a cat by that name and MUST have that Eryngium!


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by Dennis Company


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A common sight.  This is the route from the Red Barn Arena to the beach.


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There is a path that goes through woods to residential streets that lead to the beach.


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If you recall the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ that was dug up for a plumbing repair and then cut way back and replanted, here it is doing well.


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Coulter Park with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Berberis ‘Helmond Pillar’


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cosmos, knautia, Cerinthe major purpurascens, sweet alyssum


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painted sage and cosmos

We finished with some weeding at Veterans Field, where I got to meet a puppy.

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Pup’s name was Eleanor

Also got to talk to this wonderful and good dog:

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Aww….This dog was watching me as I walked away, after me saying words about it being such a very good dog.

We remembered to give some bucket water to the thirsty end planter on Sid Snyder Drive.  A fellow was sitting on the bench shaking sand out of his shoes, just yards from the beach.  I had to firmly remind myself, as I often do, that the benches ARE for people, not just for me to put my bucket and tools and hose on.

Ilwaco

I had Allan drop me and the trailer off by the Freedom Market so that I could pull a lot of the dog daisies out of the curbside beds there.  He picked up the water trailer to water the 10 street trees and 25 planters.

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Freedom Market curbside bed, before


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before


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after

A passerby thought the the lambsear flowers looked like the finest marijuana buds, ones that “you’d be really proud of.”  He was right, and I found it amusing with the juxtaposition of the pot shop.

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lambs ear “bud”

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removed three heaping wheelbarrows of daisies


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new mural on Salt Hotel

Allan’s photos while watering:

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me starting to pull daisies


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Sweet peas at the boatyard (Allan’s photo while filling the water tank)


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at the boatyard


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Griffin Gallery’s own planter


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an old, slightly wobbly Erysimum that I’m not replacing …yet


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Asiatic lilies at the post office

Evening at the marina, after another 9.5 hour day:

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9 July: garden visitors

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Even though I only had five hours of sleep due to my cat Smokey scratching and crying at the closed cat door at 6 AM, and then my wakeful worries about Skooter’s happiness while he recuperates indoors, I found a lot of energy for weeding.

During the day for the next 7 days, the other three cats get to go outdoors, while poor Skooter stays in the bathroom feeling grumpy.

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Calvin and Frosty outdoors

We had a lovely mid afternoon garden visit from Mark, Brian, and their friend John.  We had toured Mark and Brian’s garden on Wednesday.  Today, Mark and Brian brought us a dozen eggs from their happy hens.

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Allan’s photo

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Brian, Mark, me, John

It was a good long visit to every corner of the garden.

I immediately recognized Mark’s “Lavender Winds Kite Club” t shirt, a club whose existence very much pleased me when I would see their banner years ago at the Long Beach Kite Festival.

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This was the Lavender Winds banner.

I am always interested in what other people want to remember when they see our garden.  With Mark’s permission, here are some of the photos that he took that day.

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front path

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front garden

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looking out the trowel gate

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Allan’s garden (and the ladies in waiting table)

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Allan’s shed

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path to  back garden

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The various plant tables were a hit.

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Geranium ‘Rozanne’

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back garden

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Danger Tree bed

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bogsy wood

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west front garden

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west back garden

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garden talk

We are planning a campfire when the tallest lilies are in bloom.  I’m so glad to have connected with these local gardeners.

Allan had had a productive weekend, with these projects completed on Sunday evening:

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the work trailer, before

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and after

He painted a cool salvaged thingie I had found down at the port and installed it and four shutter panels that he’s painted months before:

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before

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after

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The doors open for looking through!

I weeded till late and feel pretty well pleased with how the garden looks right now.  One more long weeding day might achieve near perfection, but first come at least four work days.

 

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Friday, 7 July 2017

I picked two bouquets of flowers, which Allan delivered to the Don Nisbett Art Gallery and to Salt Hotel for this evening’s art walk.  I would have sent one to Time Enough Books, as well, if I knew for sure they would be open.

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two bouquets

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my 3 new plants from the Basket Case

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at the Nisbett Gallery

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our Don

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at Salt Hotel, last week’s flowers were still good.

I was inspired to keep on edging, this time the front garden.

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before

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trusty half moon edger

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after

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after

I weeded inside the beds as I went along.  That Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ is sending out runners all over.  I pruned up the main shrub and went after the ill placed starts. Fortunately, they came out easily.

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Eleagnus coming up across the driveway!

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another before

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and after; I see a bulge to the left that I might edge out.

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Allan’s garden during…

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and after

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and further along toward the back garden

That was most satisfying. (Thanks to Allan for dumping the barrows of sod.)

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Even though I had a strong desire to stay home, we did go to the Saturday Market.  I had been looking at last week’s photos and wondered if the gold leaf plant in the Northwest Naturals display could perhaps have been Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’!

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Last week…could it be?

Unfortunately, their booth was not there this week.

I had just had breakfast, so two mouth watering food booths were passed by.

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a new booth

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hanging flower pots

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De Asis Farm produce

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cuties

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curbside garden by Ilwaco Pavilion

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a mural getting painted on the side of Salt Hotel (Allan’s photo)

We used our drinking water bottles to water two newish plants in the curbside gardens and then went home.  Our Kathleen stopped by for a good visit, having picked up our tickets for next Saturday’s garden tour in Menlo (near South Bend).  I was excited to read the descriptions of the five gardens that will be on offer.

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I then had big plans to weed from late afternoon till dark for company tomorrow and next weekend.  All that changed when Skooter walked by my wheelbarrow and I saw he had a big wound (about half an inch, and gaping) on a back leg.  He got bundled into a cat box and we were off to the emergency vet, Columbia Animal Hospital. in Astoria.

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on the way

We were so lucky, because sometimes the weekend emergency vet is much further afield.  I had not time to mentally prepare myself for the bridge and “city” traffic (not that preparation helps much).  We got in after an hour a a half wait in the vet’s lobby; there were many emergencies, and some before us had waited longer.

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Columbia River view from the vet exam room

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lovely flowers on the desk

The most upsetting story was a mom and daughter who came in after us, with the daughter, in her 20s, carrying a little dog.  They had come down all the way from Seattle and after driving five hours had gone straight to the beach on the Long Beach peninsula, where a truck had hit their dog on the “beach highway” and just driven off without stopping.  I think and hope the little dog was going to be all right.  I’m still thinking about how scary it must have been to try to find the emergency vet, and the drive to Astoria, and a vacation ruined.  Makes me tear up right now in sympathy for them.

Now Skooter will have to stay indoors for a week and that makes me sad, too.  I liked the vet very much.  She had the same philosophy as me: That is is dangerous for cats to go outdoors, and that it is also dangerous for humans to go outdoors.  And that she, and I, and Skooter, would rather take the risk than never breathe free air or walk on grass.  On the other hand…we humans have to deal with Skooter’s wounds, and this is the second time he has gotten into trouble.

The day’s weeding session was an extremely short evening one, as we did not get home till after six and had to set up the cat convalescent room in the second bathroom.  I just have to relax and accept that the garden is not going to be perfect for company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 6 July 2017

It was just an ordinary watering day.

On the way out of town, I saw something that displeased me.

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bike parked in a tree garden (Allan’s photo)

No one in the adjacent business knew whose bike it was.  😦  It’s a garden, not a bike rack.

Long Beach

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Long Beach welcome sign

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We gave the welcome sign some fertilizer.  It is heavy on blue with Geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’.

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Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ does not provide the big show that we used to get from Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.  I have regrets.

We saw our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and crew working on the garden at Subway and stopped for a chat and a pet for Jackson.

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My good friend Jackson and me

Allan and I watered the 37 downtown planters; he walked south and I walked north.

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This Geranium ‘Rozanne’ looked wilted.  Had I forgotten to water it last time?

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Nope…someone had pulled out a bunch of stems and just left them in the plant (twice this many once I was done teasing all the broken ones out).

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Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

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Queen Fabiola and Rozanne

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Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ finally blooming.  It was WINDY.

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delicately delicious white alpine strawberries in a planter…the shopkeeper gets to snack on them because people don’t think they are ripe yet.

Allan’s Long Beach watering photos:

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Rozanne, cosmos, California poppies

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Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’, and the not showy enough painted sage with just a tuft of pink bracts at the top.

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Why is the painted sage not coloring as much along the stem this year? (or last year)

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white painted sage, also not showy…

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compare to these from pre-2016 with more colour from bracts

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elephant garlic losing its little hat

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lots of people by Hungry Harbor and Sweet Phee’s

We got done with our watering in time for the luxury of a sit down break at Abbracci Coffee Bar.

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leaving our weeding buckets and hoses outside

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Pink Poppy Bakery’s “Dad Tested Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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my favourite of the new paintings by Brad Carlson

Revived, we weeded Veterans Field and Fifth Street Park.

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Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

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I clipped back this big Miscanthus to show off lilies that are planted too close and must be moved this fall.

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Allan’s photo

We watered the seven Sid Snyder beach approach planters.

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I should bring two Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to replace the plants that got stolen from either side of the lamp post, and plant them with plaintive “I want to live here!” tags.  It’s been so long I can’t remember what was stolen.  Eryngiums, I think.

We met this little rescue dog named Molly.  Her person told us that Molly had been thrown out of a car in a bag.  Thank goodness she was rescued and now has a great life.

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Molly (Allan’s photos)

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Echinops (blue globe thistle) in the planter by Worldmark resort. (Allan’s photo)

Allan carried big jugs of water to the westernmost planter, whose water does not work and whose new plants are still there.

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New gazanias are a bit distressed, must remember to water this planter twice next week.

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I would have trimmed off the wilted foliage. Maybe Allan did after taking this photo.

On the way to Ilwaco, we went around the block for a closer look at the planted boxes in front of Artistic Bouquets.  They were planted up by John, an apprentice of Mark whose garden we toured yesterday.

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Artistic Bouquets planter…I got Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ envy.

Ilwaco

Allan dropped me off at the boatyard to weed and water, while he got the water trailer and watered the Ilwaco street trees and planters.

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weeding the back edge while watering from behind the fence

All had to look good because Friday night would be an art walk with people walking from downtown businesses to the port.  We would not be going because for the past three years, I find art walks to be too peopley for my social comfort zone.  Today marks the three year anniversary of a shunning situation that represented the worst side of small town living.  However, the resulting increased desire for reclusiveness has gifted me with much higher productivity and less aimless “hanging out”.  I think it is a good thing, and also quite possibly a bad thing, or, as Monk would say, a blessing and a curse.

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south one third of the boatyard garden

The weeding went pretty easily, and I had long enough hoses to do over half of the watering from the front side, which enabled multi-tasking.

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Allan’s photo, looking south

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo: reseeded poppies by the sidewalk

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Allan’s photo

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a flying bird!

Our reward for a long work day will be three days off.

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