Archive for Jun, 2018

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Skooter was knocking books off Allan’s table, waking him up in the wee hours.

Skooter still snoozing (Allan’s photo)

As we drove off to work, I saw over the fence that my Veilchenblau rose is blooming.  It is sentimental to me because I got it from a cutting from Louise Runnings, the wonderful mother of an significant other of mine back in the 80s.  When I moved from Seattle, I took a cutting from it, and I took another cutting when we moved to this house.  It is easy to propagate!

Rose ‘Veilchenblau’

I added a few more painted sage to the Ilwaco Post Office garden.

post office California poppies (Allan’s photo)

Port of Ilwaco

We began with weeding the curbside gardens at the port that I had hoped and failed to get to last night.

By David Jensen architecture office

Jensen office (enter from the other side, on Waterfront Way).

West end gardens, looking east

still not much going on at the much walked on Freedom Market garden

by Salt Hotel

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

I was glad the self seeded (noxious weed) oxeye/dog daisies were still going strong. Cutting them back is quite a chore.

The Depot Restaurant

We did our weekly check on the garden.

I made a note to move a division of this Cherry Red Phygelius to the fire station garden this fall.

Maybe even sooner!

Long Beach

We did another bucket run of Soil Energy mulch out to the beach approach.

I noticed that most of the pines that I had thought were dying for sure have greened up again.

some more than others

We weeded at Veterans Field, where a veterans’ event was in session.

Allan’s photo, Korean and WWII vets

We watered the Long Beach planters.  Thanks to last weekend’s glorious rain, we did not have to water the street tree gardens, so the job went quickly (two hours instead of three or four).

Allan’s photo

The window of Sweet Phee’s reminds us of how we once heard a little boy joyously announce in downtown Long Beach, “We’ll buy our elephant ears, and then we will take our elephant ears to the beach, and then we will eat our elephant ears!”

Many passersby asked me to identify the Allium christophii.

I am amazed that I have about eight alliums left of the 24 I planted at this one intersection.  I did not think even eight would last, because some people find them so irresistible to mess with.  Having even a few makes me happy.

This one is a little wacky.

I love Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’!

creamy California poppies

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan found a painted rock.

Allan’s photo

The owners of Abbracci Coffee Bar came out of their shop to give Allan a bucket of coffee grounds for compost.  We are sorry that Tony and Bernardo have sold their shop; they had the best coffee and we liked them so much.

the final bucket o’ grounds

Shelburne Hotel

We watered and did a touch of weeding.

Theoretically we are going to prune the wisteria, some now and some in winter.  Not sure if we will have time for a summer pruning.  You can hardly see the flowers for the leaves.

I dote on this garden.


I weeded the boatyard garden while Allan watered the planters and street trees.  It was wonderful to not have to water, so that I could focus on the weeding.  Horsetail and a few tall weed grasses were the only problems.

This bird let me know it has a nest in the ceanothus.

Some yobbo has already stolen some of the elephant garlic.

Why? They may have wanted the scapes (buds) for dinner.

a round cloud of lavender

santolina and Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

looking south

rose campion

Echinops (blue globe thistle)

Allium christophii and lavender

a boat waiting till tomorrow to come in or depart

must take a piece of this penstemon to the fire station


Euphorbia surprising me with late bloom.

pale yellow yarrow

looking north from the south end

late evening lavender

Allan finished and picked me up.

He reported back to me with photos that the nasturtium seeds that I planted in the Ilwaco planters are coming up.

He saw someone way up high at the old Shorebank building, which is going to be a hotel called At the Helm with a pub called The Waterline.

He gave the fire station garden a good watering (and the post office garden).

I was glad to be done with a nine and a half hour day, with the reward of three days off starting tomorrow.




Read Full Post »

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

at home before work

The pink rose that overhangs the east corner path was one of the few plants that was here when we moved in.  It is a once bloomer; then I will cut it back to avoid the snagging that is happening now.

Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’

Salvia ‘Caradonna’

We’d had more wonderful rain.

Skooter wanted me to stay home.

Geranium ‘Orion’

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

rambling roses

Clivia indoors, admired while breakfasting

When we went to the Bank of the Pacific before work, I was smitten with the foliage in their landscape:

After the briefest of checks on The Red Barn garden, we went to….

Diane’s garden

….to weed and tidy and to fertilize the containers.

the raised septic box garden

Brodiaea ‘Pink Diamond’

Allium christophii, Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

our good friend Misty

I weeded an obscure and neglected corner that I should probably take more seriously.

The roadside garden needs more plants:

The Planter Box

We stopped to pick up a few more six packs of painted sage.  I found a Sambucus ‘Lemony Lace’ that I could not resist (but did not photograph it).

zinnias…I love them but don’t use them much. Should try again.

I could not resist buying some flame-like celosia, for the fire station. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

A deer had gotten into the fenced garden and nibbled the roses.

buttercups in the lawn

We groomed the garden for an hour and took some photos for the KBC Facebook page.

Knockout Roses (Allan’s photo)

Geranium sanguineum (Allan’s photo)

the east gate

the birdbath view

Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ and Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’


Long Beach 

We did some tidying of the city hall garden…

a welcome snake in the garden (Allan’s photo)

…and got another buckets-load of mulch to apply to the beach approach garden.

Allan’s photo

We got to pet some adorable pomeranians, a family of four.

Allan’s photo

With hope for a better looking display, I added some painted sage to the welcome sign.

Shelburne Hotel

We had time to work on weeding the paths at the Shelburne.

I had an odd encounter while working there today.  A woman said she admired the garden and asked what the variegated figwort was.  I said the common name and then added that its name is “scrophularia’, kind of an unappealing sounding name and that, like many of the plants in the garden, it was a division from my own garden.  She told me that plants people would think scrophularia  was a fine name and that she had a degree in “plant science” and added, “You probably don’t get many compliments, but it is probably just work to you.”  I had no words to respond to that.  It is actually everything to me.

Ilwaco Fire Station

There was no room in the planter for the silly little celosias; they had to go into the garden, where they are too few.

wish this garden would hurry up

Oh, I do have a photo of the Sambucus ‘Lemony Lace’ after all, and my new “stone troughs” that Allan gleaned for me from the city works yard (with permission).

Allan’s photo

I was hoping to get more port curbside gardens weeded this evening.  We ran out of time after a nine and a half hour day and will have to start there tomorrow.


Read Full Post »

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

at home, an allium about to doff its cap

J’s garden

We weeded and watered.

Allan used his new blower to remove the rhododendron leaves from river rock, something otherwise difficult to do.

Allan’s photo

Ilwaco Fire Station

We checked up on our three month old volunteer garden.  I wish it would fill in faster.

Mike’s garden

More weeding.

Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’

Alan worked on the woodsy back garden area, which we have neglected due to lack of time.  His photos:


Long Beach

We collected another bucket brigade of Soil Energy mulch from our pile at City Works and mulched one of the 13 sections out on the beach approach.

rugosa roses


Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

single rugosa rose…

and doubles (Allan’s photos)

After coveting (again) the stone troughs of the Oysterville garden, I had cast my eye covetously on these old concrete thingies at city works that were removed when the water meter system in town was changed to something more modern.

Allan’s photo

Shelburne Hotel

Today we had time to give the garden some thorough attention.  I have realized while working here that it is the only place where I get the same sense of peace, kind of a floaty feeling, that I get in my own garden.  Not quite as much peace, because I cannot check on it every day, but almost as much.

a Shelburne frog (Allan’s photo)

A blog reader named Tina came up to me and introduced herself.  I always find that surprising and pleasing.

looking south from the north end

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and ‘Jade Frost’, beloved of bees

Allan’s photo

callas with fallen rhododendron flowers (Allan’s photo)

the old rhododendron (Allan’s photo)

looking north from the entryway

In back, the totem pole garden

front garden, from the sidewalk as one approaches from the south

Port of Ilwaco

Because we did not have to water, we were able to work along a good long stretch of the curbside gardens just weeding.

east end of Howerton Ave

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

CoHo Charters

Allan weeded the Coho lava rocks.

passersby (Allan’s photos)


They were on their way to the store about ten blocks away.

Ilwaco Pavilion

The cry of outrage disturbing the evening peace of Ilwaco was me upon seeing that someone had stolen all the flowering stems off of one of the eryngiums in the newly planted area.

finger blight

Those plants were moved from the south side garden of the port office, which now looks like this:

Time Enough Books is doing a good job with their little planters this year.

More curbside Eryngium photos by Allan:

It was a ten hour day.

Read Full Post »

4 June 2018

To make this somewhat entertaining for the reader, I will start with some photos that show the Long Beach town scenery, and then get down to the nitty gritty.

Wind World Kites storefront was recently repaired. We hope it gets painted bright blue again.

Third Street Park gazebo

Lewis and Clark Square


Hungry Harbor

Sweet Phee’s

Fifth Street Park NW (We will redo this planter in fall, I hope)

Fifth Street Park SW

Fifth Street Park NE

Fifth Street Park SE

Now for the aforementioned nitty gritty.

Long Beach planter reference post

This is a record I am trying to do once a month while watering the planters.  About half of the planters are photographed from across the street before they get groomed and watered, to avoid the stressful and slightly dangerous crossing back and forth.  The others are lucky enough to get photographed after being watered and tidied.

I took the photos walking north to south on June 4, 2018.

block one, west side:

Dennis Company north

Dennis Co south

Block one, east side:

law office before removing bulb foliage

Dennis Co storage lot

Block two, west side:

Scoopers north with would be huge escallonia cut back hard

Scoopers south, leggy erysimums will need replacing

block two, east:


by NIVA green

block three, west side:

stoplight corner

Wind World Kites (he likes the Crocosmia!)

Stormin’ Norman’s

Third Street Park gazebo

block three, east side:


Cottage Bakery


Police Station

Block four, west side:

Third Street Park.

Hungry Harbor Grille

Sweet Phee’s…pretty much swamped with golden oregano

Fifth Street Park. I WILL redo this one in fall!

Block four, east side:

Lewis and Clark Square

Carnival Gifts, all spring flowering shrubs (blah now except for geraniums)


frying pan, shrubby, dominated by hebe

Block five, west side:

Fifth Street restroom; the plan is redo this one in fall because the veronica blooms too briefly.

Smoke Shop

Block five, east side:

Fifth Street pond

north of tattoo shop

As I write this and get to block five, I just found out that Allan hadn’t remembered to take his set of photos for the last block and a bit.  So the rest of the photos were completed by him on June 14, 2018.  

My idea has been to show how the planters read from the street.  He took a different approach, which makes them look more interesting but is not really what passersby see (since they don’t stand out in the street with a camera held up high).  I like these and am debating whether to switch to this angle in the future.  If you have made it this far, what do you think?

Block five, continued:

Herb N Legend Smoke Shop (west side)

Streetside Taco (west side)

Coastal Inn (east side)

Block six, west side:

Credit Union

bus stop

First Place Mall

Block six, east side:

empty lot

Paws by the Sea Pet Supplies (has big old escallonias that are clipped low in spring)

Powell and Seillor accounting (redone last year after a vehicle smashed the planter)





Read Full Post »

Saturday, 9 June 2018

at home

After our afternoon out at Astoria Pride, I did find the energy to do some gardening.

The Melianthus major, which had many weird long brown flowers, had flopped so much that I needed to cut it back.  I enjoyed the process.

front path

no longer at its most attractive

Before: Acer ‘Carnival’ is being swallowed by melianthus. That’s a variegated pittosporum to the right.

one of two barrows of weeds for the compost bins



We’d had this much rain:

Even the slowest to fill rain barrel was full.

Rose ‘Dortmund’ in the back garden

Allan mowing the lawn

He found that the Willows Loop East path has almost closed in.

Allan’s photo

a ‘Cupcake’ cosmos (Allan’s photo)

The lawn had gotten quite long.

The boat garden is tomorrow’s project.

One of my mom’s Joseph’s Coat roses (just the flower) was an accidental casualty of the melianthus project.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

We’d had more delightful rain overnight, this much:

I thought I would weed the boat garden, intended to be the cat memorial garden, and then weed the front garden.  Ha!  The boat garden turned out to be a full miserable day in hard packed soil.

Mother cat Mary is already buried there, and will eventually be joined by the ashes of Smoky and Calvin—when it is worthy of such fine cats.

before: a horrible mess

the other side, before


You may recall the above area was supposed to be a scree garden.  Then the strawberries took over again, and now they have delicious strawberries, so they’ve won for now.


That was hard and not enjoyable work.  I like weeding, but not in such a mess and not in such hard soil.  I failed on my plan to mulch all the beds last winter because of being down for a month with shingles sapping all my energy.

I got the outside of the fence weeded and some velvet and other tall grasses dug out of the wild poppy bed (hard work because velvet grass makes me sneeze like fury).



Allan mowed paths in the wild meadow behind the Nora house.

during (Allan’s photo)

and a path to the port reclaimed (Allan’s photo)

This process raised so much grass pollen that we both had to go indoors to breathe.

Monday, 11 June 2018

The rain had given us a day off work (no watering to do).  I spent it weeding the west bed of the back garden, and a pleasant weeding session it was because the soil is nice and soft and fluffy there.

Willows Loop West, before

Allan helped in the evening by cutting some overhanging branches on a willow that is on both sides of the west fence.



I was pleased with the result of my weeding.  The light was too bright and dark for photos.

In mid evening, I started weeding around the edges of the east bed, also lovely and fluffy soil.

The plants have gotten huge and it made me sad to see tags of plants planted with optimism, and later swallowed by rampant growth because I am working too much away from home and don’t monitor the garden well.

Where did you go?

Are you still in here somewhere?

Astilbe and Rose ‘Radway Sunrise’ in the bed that swallowed the actaea

Sad.  If I could be home more, perhaps I would not lose so many plants.

Skooter wanted lots of attention.

Skooter wants us to be home more.  I want to be home more.  I long for time to get all the weeding done and then turn the compost bins and mulch the hard-packed boat garden.  Tomorrow, though, we go back to work.

compost bins, honeysuckle, Dortmund rose


Read Full Post »

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Astoria, Oregon

As soon as I saw the crowd gathered by the grandstand next to Buoy Beer, on the Astoria Riverwalk, I was so glad I had not succumbed to my usual desire to stay home in my garden.

There are probably not many Pride events with a tsunami evacuation sign as back drop.

MC Dida DeAngelis

I saw Ilwacoans Todd and Annie, and reflected on Seattle pride marches of the past when teachers wore bags over their heads with signs “Teachers with Pride Still Have to Hide.”  Todd is a local school principal and Annie is a teacher.

Astoria’s parade is open to all who want to show support and solidarity with the local LGBTQ community.

Here comes the parade!

The face on the banner is that of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “The Notorious RBG”, Supreme Court champion of equality.

Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

And then the sound of drumming and tootling…

I got completely choked up, as I did last year, about OUR town’s high school marching band being in the parade.  What a glorious change from when I was in high school in the early 70s.

Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo

left: Ilwaco city councilwoman and school booster Missy “Lucy Dagger” of the Beards Hollow Pirates

Maddy of Pink Poppy Bakery and North Coast Food web, with her daughter Quincy.

You may remember Maddy is last year’s parade, also with Quincy.


Our next door neighbour, Jared of Starvation Alley Farm (and Ilwaco city councilman)

our new neighbour, Willa (Allan’s photo)

Astoria roller derby grrls

Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


The cast of the Astor Street Opry’s annual play, Shanghaied in Astoria (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Poison Waters and Friends, the drag revue which would provide entertainment at the Block Party, rode in the Astoria Trolley.

I followed along rather far behind for many blocks of the Riverwalk….

before the long walk (which would not have felt long a few years ago)

The Columbia River

Allan’s photo


Rainbows marked the way to the Astoria Pride Block Party.

When I arrived, I got a good seat to enjoy the funny, moving, expertly professional entertainment.  It had not rained on the parade, nor did it rain on the block party.  The Poison Waters and Friends revue was so good that I forgot about my gardening plans and we stayed for the afternoon.

food vendors (Allan’s photo)

Our gardening friends Mark and Brian were there.

ambassadors from local small towns

The drag queens lip synched so convincingly that I’d forget they weren’t singing.


Allan’s photo

She sang a soulful song like a church lady.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Daylight, from Astoria (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

local drag queen Ginger Vitus (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Ginger Vitus, from Astoria,  was hilarious and adorable. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

The Astoria Q Center Choir

The block party would go on for hours with assorted bands, but we left because there was no topping Poison Waters and her friends (and I did have gardening to do).

Just to complete our glorious outing, we saw a killdeer along the trolley tracks on our way back to our parking spot.

Allan’s photo



Read Full Post »

Friday, 8 June 2018

at home

The rain started last night around midnight and kept on and on.

breakfast time and no room for my food

In the midmorning, I went out into it to fill from the rain barrels all my little buckets and (with some help from Allan) all the green jugs.  The barrels had been completely empty and by end of day they were full even after all the dipping out.  I found this little guy floating in one as it filled.  He must have been on the bottom—glad I rescued him in time.

I do so enjoy dipping cool water from a barrel.

Skooter observes

buckets and jugs

I walked around the garden to enjoy its happiness.

the new ladies in waiting

back garden, east bed

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

more east bed

Mom’s copper rose

a new lily

Stipa gigantea and Rosa moyesii

cutleaf elderberry, Fuchsia magellanica, Rose ‘Radway Sunrise’

rain gauge as of half past noon

a bogsy wood clearing that needs clipping before it disappears

bogsy wood path that need weeding or mowing

The garden that was battered after last week’s weeding is all fresh again.

unweeded west side border

The white rambling rose below was grown from a cutting from Maxine’s garden…just laid into the soil in autumn till it sprouted…and then from another cutting when we moved from our old garden to here.

In the garden boat, snails ate my smaller cosmos.  And they keep attacking the dahlias so I have these thingies over some of the dahlias so I can put the bad slug bait inside without the cats stepping in it.

Rose ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’

from outside the garden

If I were walking by and looked down the Nora House driveway, I would be intrigued and excited.

Frosty watches me reenter the house.

Now for a reading and Gardeners’ World day.

while trying to read

I finished the book I’d been reading all week at bedtime.

third in an excellent series

In the book, Marie has a health scare.  I am sure most people who have had something that might be, or is, cancer, can identify with this:

I love Marie!  I read on anxiously to find out how she fared.  I was worried about a friend with a similar problem—that turned out to be a hernia, for which we were all oddly grateful.

Marie’s intake for an MRI amused me…

And I enjoyed her enjoyment of the MRI, since I found it most interesting and peculiarly pleasant when I had mine.

This is a rare occurence:

Marie, in her mid 60s,  writes, “I think of…

I think of my grandmother every day also, and am surrounded by her things (furniture, dishes, pictures).

Gene is her grandson, and Jack her son, in this passage that expresses how I feel about my house.

Marie joins Facebook in this group, and I must admit I share her cynicism about happy-all-the-time memes.

I can’t recommend these books highly enough.  As I write this, I have finished the fourth one and I hope there will be a fifth one.

I went on to have a wonderful time watching three episodes of Gardeners’ World.

I happened on an old one that was labeled 2017 but must have been from before Monty Don hosted the show from his own garden, and therefore must have been before he had a stroke and took a few years off from the show.  The setting was different.

My notes:

Rose ‘Souvenir du Dr. Jaimon’ likes some shade.

Stipa gigantea’s common name is ‘Golden Oats’.

Monty says, “You don’t get as many seeds to the packet as you used to.  But maybe that’s a truism about life.”

Thinning carrots attracts carrot fly.

In the evening, Allan and I agreed that we both would rather stay home than go to the Pride parade tomorrow, as we both feel we have so much to do here.  However, we WILL go…unless, as some forecasts predict, it is pouring rain and windy.

By the end of the day, we had had a wonderful 1.08 inches of rain, which will enable us to take Monday off instead of watering planters. Thanks to our having watered planters yesterday, the soil will stay damp even in the thickest of plantings.  The water barrels all were full again.

Read Full Post »

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Today we will have used up all of our green jugs of rain water and now are completely dry.


Allan pulled the last three from under the dryer vent.

These are kitty litter jugs and so useful!

We began work today with watering at the ….

Depot Restaurant

…where I fretted over the escallonia ugliness.

If it were mine, I would take the sides back to the new green growth inside.

But that might look even more ugly for a public place.

Allan found frogs on the hose reel.

I have to get sorted whether this message on the sprinkler system means it only runs once every seven days…

north of the dining deck

white camassia

SE corner of dining deck

Long Beach

welcome sign

The welcome sign is still blah.  Why are the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ so slow to bloom this year?  Our work does not involve the sort of bedding out for every season that some city gardeners do.  We have to wait for the summer show instead of making an extra late spring show.

We checked on Fifth Street Park….

Fifth Street Park’s four quadrants

NW Fifth Street Park

I saw that the Dorothy Perkins rose was in a terrible mildewy state.

disgusting; was chosen by a landscape architect

Meanwhile, just across the street to the south, Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ is doing wonderfully as always.

Super Dorothy, chosen by me and Parks Manager Mike on a trip we took to Heirloom Roses

Allan took another section of poor old Dorothy, and I trimmed the one by Captain Bob’s Chowder.  I seriously think it should just be removed.  Because of rose replant disease, it might be hard to put Super Dorothy there, plus she is so strong she would soon hide the restaurant from view.

We watered the downtown planters.

I got asked several times about the identity of the Allium christophii.  One passerby who asked said that they were beautiful “but one is broken a block further up.”  It certainly was.

finger blight!!

I took the flower home, and as I write this a week later, it still looks good.  I would rather it was looking good in its planter than in a vase at home.

LBT’s pots (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

My next goal today was to mulch another section of the beach approach garden.  However, with an ominous feeling, I looked at Facebook to see if the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market was opening soon.  My plan changed when I saw it opens tomorrow (Friday afternoons, starting June 8th), so we had to tidy up the Veterans Field gardens.  They don’t even show much because booths block them during market hours, but I still must have them looking good.

I have gone off planting Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’.  Despite such pretty blue flowers, her foliage is floppy all over the place before bloom.  Most of the Vet Field time was spent pulling the foliage off, which is surely not advisable yet never seems to affect her coming back just as messy the next year.

Allan’s photo from a previous year: Brodiaea at the Ilwaco community building, showing the messy foliage

Look at the caption on this old photo.  I followed through, to my regret today.

Note: Plant Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ in Vet Field garden. Great blue for early summer.

In the corner garden of Vet Field, I found an agastache that I had failed to pull (probably buried with brodiaea foliage).  Having had the opportunity to grow out of its diseased foliage, it did not, and the foliage still looks awful.  I am not going to name and shame the non-peninsula nursery that refused to give a credit on all these bad plants, but shame, shame, shame on them.


When I realized that the roses by the police station were encroaching on the sidewalk, I felt overburdened with responsibilities.  I sheared back the worst offenders, feeling grumpy.

After Long Beach, Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  I was hoping for rain tomorrow so did not water the boatyard.  If no rain, will have to water it Saturday.  I wanted to get the Shelburne watered today, rain or no rain, but I could not find the energy to spend two hours working there while Allan did Ilwaco.  (Don’t ask me where he gets his energy; I am amazed.  He is famous for it among those who know him.)  We had dinner plans for eight with our garden gang.

Instead, I went home while Allan watered Ilwaco and rather surprised myself by spending the time vigorously shifting some heavy pots and tables around on our patio.

Allan got done with the planters in jig time and we were able to water the Shelburne after all.

Shelburne Hotel

back west garden

back south garden

Front garden, Nicotiana langsdorfii

Front garden, phlomis (Jerusalem sage)

front garden: success with evening scented stock from seed

We saw Thandi of the Sou’wester Lodge with her darling daughter, who had somehow managed to turn from a baby into a little girl.

Dave and Melissa joined us for our North Beach Garden Gang dinner meeting.

Dave’s French onion soup

Allan’s drink, an Arnold Palmer

tired working gardeners

Melissa and I comparing the effect of hard work on our hands

At home after dinner, I just happened to notice on the counter that one of the seed packets in my gift of a Gardeners’ World magazine is one of the plants that is high on my must have list after seeing it on the show.

I must sow them in July in a prepared seed bed and keep them moist.  Wish me luck.

We have two rewards for today.  By working a 9 hour day (Allan did, anyway), we now can take three days off.  If the rain comes, we might even get four days off.  One day includes the Astoria Pride parade, which I feel duty bound to attend even though, as always of late, all I want is to be home in my own garden.


Read Full Post »

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

We were pleased to have time to visit the Oysterville garden, which has been on my mind.

looking in (Allan’s photo)

from the road

looking north inside the front border

below the terrace that always makes me misty eyed

chair pattern echoes the window

Allan’s photo

Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) was working there today.  I asked her what the soft white ball plant was and she said some kind of geranium!  I asked on “Plant idents” Facebook group and before I had added five more photos, I got the answer.

Geranium maderense ‘Guernsey white ‘

foliage of G. ‘Guernsey White’

Geranium maderense ‘Guernsey white ‘; Allan’s photo shows flower and foliage together

Melissa hard at work, applying liquid fish fertilizer (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

looking south from the terrace

Allan’s photo for scale

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

the allée of Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’

the west end of the allée

the south-north path

Allan’s photo

tree fern unfurling


Allan’s photo


looking south

returning to the allée

looking west

looking back after emerging onto the lawn

clematis climbing a tree

the north bay of the lawn

inside the front border

along the front walkway


The lawn sprinkler turned me back along the way I came.

Melissa had kept fertilizing the pots (with fish fertilizer) the whole time we were there.  Allan had pitched in to help her.

the driveway from inside

Meanwhile, next door, a friend of the gardener has moved in and the garden is being expanded across the front of his house.

across the road, a meadow and Willapa Bay

Allan’s photo

looking across the front of the Oysterville garden before departing

Read Full Post »

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

We had an easy day planned, with a garden tour and a garden visit after work.

The Red Barn Arena

bees on California poppies (Allan’s photo)

I dug out some more wilted Helianthus, determined to grow only plants here that will look good without much watering.

This little patch of helianthus might get enough spill over water from the barrel, which gets watered more often than the garden does.

doesn’t make me happy to dig these out

in the barn (Allan’s photo)

horses going to pasture

Two coreopsis in a barrel also came out.  They have been wilted the last two times so they cannot live here anymore.

out they came

I need plants here that will thrive only on our once a week watering.  It is a windy area, which makes it even harder.

By the front gate, drought tolerance is even more necessary as water has to be schlepped out there.

Delosperma ‘Fire Spinner’ (not invasive here)

Diane’s garden

We weeded and did not need to water.

allium going to seed (Allan’s photo)

our good friend Misty (Allan’s photo)

Diane’s roadside garden

The Planter Box

I found a few succulents for the planter we had taken the coreopsis out of.

dazzling pelargoniums at the Planter Box (did not buy these for the barrel)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We weeded and tidied for an hour, and took photos for the KBC Facebook page.

a bud on Salvia ‘Black and Bloom’, an improvement on ‘Black and Blue’

This will be our last summer in this garden because managers/owners Denny and Mary are retiring.  It feels odd.  Can’t do planting for the future here.

Thalictrum ‘Elin’ and rugosa rose


fern by the clam shed (Allan’s photo)

the pond (Allan’s photo)


Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

Now that KBC is the only job we have north of Long Beach, we try to sometimes add a fun north end garden tour or some such thing to make the round trip (about forty minutes driving) worthwhile.  (Next year, not having KBC will probably give us an extra day off on some of the summer weeks.) This time, we visited the Oysterville garden (which will be tomorrow’s post).

This was at the Oysterville Church afterward.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

behind the church

If you are ever taking a walking tour of Oysterville (a map is available inside the church), it is useful to know that there is a sani-can behind the church.

On the way back south, we stopped briefly in Ocean Park at

Mark and Brian’s garden.

You may remember our tour of their garden last summer.  Today, we were just picking up some Japanese anemone that they had potted up for us (to go in the bogsy wood).  Of course, we did have a good walk around the garden.

calendulas and marigolds

the front garden

The air immediately becomes cooler and fresher when one enters the back garden with its two waterfall pond.

Allan’s photo

a garden expansion in front of the pond

rock dragonfly

fancy pelargonium

succulent pot

hellebore foliage

Rhododendron ‘Pink Walloper’

Rhododendron ‘Pink Walloper’

Brian with maples from seedlings found in a parking lot planting

the deckside garden (The deck has an enviable view of the pond.)

a gift of Japanese anemones. I gave them a six pack of Cosmos ‘Cupcake’.

a bit more work

On the way home, we swung by the Red Barn again and bunged some succulents and gaillardia into the barrel.  I also put in a small, perhaps too small, sign that says “Water me!”  The poor erysimum got awfully dried up, but I left it in there for now because it is blooming so well.  The bulb foliage (in an awkward place) is tigridia.

Allan’s photos

After we got home, Allan watered at the J’s….

and the Norwoods….

The forecast still calls for rain on the weekend.  We hope so…as long as it does not fall on the Pride parade in Astoria.



Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »