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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Our good plan for another torrentially rainy and exceedingly windy day was to attend a gardening lecture at the Ocean Park Timberland Library.

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Ocean Park Timberland Library

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I have had in my possession since it was first published a copy of Maggie’s useful book, The Bountiful Container.  I fill my garden up with so many ornamentals that I leave not much room for a kitchen garden, so my plan is always to grow more veg in containers.  Despite the best of intentions, I don’t follow through well with this.  I’m hoping to do better…one of these years.

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Maggie introducing her lecture

She told such a good joke to begin with that I simply must repeat it for my frog loving friends.  But I must wait to avoid giving a spoiler to anyone who might attend her Saturday lecture at Ilwaco Timberland Library.

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container ingredients

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audience questions (Allan’s photo)

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beginning to plant a small container

 

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demonstrating how to break up the roots

We had all put our names in a bowl, and one winner got to take the planter home.

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one lucky winner

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Maggie’s three books, some rosemary from her garden, and some handmade bookmarks for us to take

 

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Todd was there, too. It had been a standing room only crowd.

On the way home, we stocked up on one of our favourite garden tools at Dennis Company.  I can lose quite a few now without being bereft.

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Goldies: $1 each!

A stop at Long Beach City Hall to get our check inspired Allan to take some photos of the  garden.

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And a stop on the way home at the Ilwaco Timberland Library got a hellebore photo from Allan…

A and netted me a new batch of reading material.

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new books for me

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Saint Patrick’s Day reading at Ilwaco Timberland Library

Between then and dinner, I concentrated on finishing Deep South by Paul Theroux.  After a rough start, I had fallen in love with the book.

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Smokey and Calvin: unusual snuggling!

Dinner and our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang followed at Salt Pub.

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reflection in a rain and wind swept window

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Allan’s photo, heavy rain and wind obscuring the marina view

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delicious pho, and crab hush puppies in the background

Friday, we are expecting good enough weather to go to work.

PSA: An interesting birding event is coming soon at the Port of Ilwaco marina.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Long Beach

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

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

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

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

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

In town, we tidied up the beat up plants.

 Geranium 'Rozanne' about to be cut back

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

further tidying

after, further tidying

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

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

I'm showing him a santolina that died.

I’m showing him a santolina that died.

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

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

Allan trimmed this lavender.

Allan trimmed this lavender.

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

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

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

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

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

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

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

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

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

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

from the other side (Allan's photo)

from the other side (Allan’s photo)

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

parking lot gardens fall colour

parking lot gardens fall colour, euonymous (burning bush)

Aronia

Aronia

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

the sprinkling of bulbs food

the sprinkling of bulb food

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

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

a nice ledge to sit on while planting

a nice ledge to sit on while planting

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

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

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

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


ginger

1998 (age 74):

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

Next week:

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

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

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

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Mike’s garden

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

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Red Barn

After clipping back tall Helianthus along the fence

After clipping back tall Helianthus along the fence

one of two whippets who came to be petted

one of two whippets who came to be petted

mother and son (Allan's photo

mother and son (Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

I like Helichrysum 'Limelight' climbing through a barberry.

I like Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ climbing through a barberry.

Diane's roadside garden

Diane’s roadside garden (Allan’s photo)

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

The Anchorage Cottages

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center courtyard

our good friend Mitzu (Allan's photo)

our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

looking east over the Anchorage lawn

looking east over the Anchorage lawn

Long Beach

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

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

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

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

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

a big project

a big project

combing through the soil for little pieces of root

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

replanting bulbs

replanting bulbs

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

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

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good for us that is not a planter lamp post.

good for us that is not a planter lamp post.

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

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Kite Museum

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

before...and the shade was cold now.

before…and the shade was cold now.

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after…to be re-checked later this fall.

at home…a clematis in bloom:

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

Real time update Saturday 15 October:

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

 



ginger

1997 (age 73):

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

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I have some guest photos from Lorna (former owner of Andersen’s RV Park), and a good thing, too, since the first part of this entry is just about a book.  Lorna continues her appreciation of city planters wherever she goes.

photo by Lorna Follis: "This grouping of pots at the Rose Kennedy Memorial Park in Boston was stunning. "

photo by Lorna Follis: “This grouping of pots at the Rose Kennedy Memorial Park in Boston was stunning. “

photo by Lorna Follis: "outside a big church in Boston"

photo by Lorna Follis: “outside a big church in Boston”

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Rain and wind kept even Skooter indoors for the day.

Skooter by Allan's window, on a comfy rag pile

Skooter by Allan’s window, on a comfy rag pile

I had been hoping for rain because I had a book to read that I had been much anticipating.

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I had learned of this book while reading Jambusters (Home Fires), and this is a passage that was quoted.

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Her son Cliff grew up to be a sculptor in Australia.

I fell in love with Nella soon after I began reading. I must go on about this for awhile, although I will refrain from including everything that moved me so much.  If you don’t share my fascination with life during the Blitz, scroll down past the book photos and you will find some garden photos.

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Her description of her cat: “He is not anything to look at, and is not too particular about keeping his white bits as clean as he could, but he has a kind and really thoughtful nature for a cat.

I was thrilled to learn that the book was made into a television show, which I should have by next week.

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Tea was mentioned so often that I had to have a nice cuppa Builder’s Tea.

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Volunteer war work changed Nella, brought her more independence from her domineering husband.

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I was especially moved by her love for her home, and the effect that bombing had on her.  I often reflect on how much I like my sentimental possessions, many from my own grandmother.

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“If I could, I’d gather my dear, wide-windowed house and take it far away, and hide it safely in some quiet spot.  ….It’s not a good attitude of mind, I know—’Thou shalt not make any graven image’—but then the soft sheen of my ‘autumn-tiled’ hall takes my eye…and my hand goes to stroke a cushion or curtain, or to move my brass tray to catch the sun.”

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I loved her idea of inviting soldiers to Christmas dinner when her sons were away at war.  That is exactly what my grandmother did.  I recently published a retrospective of her WWII guest book on my Grandma blog.

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Some of her th0ughts about war:

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I’ve become obsessed with Nella Last now and have ordered the next two books of her 30 year diary that she wrote for the Mass Observation.  She seemed to believe in reincarnation.  I wish she’d come into my life as a friend.  Here are some more quotations as collected by the BBC.

You know how much I like diaries.  Not only do I want to read Nella’s but also all of the Mass Observation, and there is not enough lifetime left to so do.  There are more excerpts of different lives available in several books.  I can see many more interlibrary loans in my future.

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

I finished Nella Last’s War.  It had been a slow read because of my pondering over so many passages and looking up places and people that she mentioned.

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The weather continued wet and wild, perfect for guilt free reading.

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Monday, 3 October 2016

Todd stopped by in the late morning with a gift plant from Joy Creek Nursery.

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planted!  He knowsI like a tiny bun of a plant.

In the afternoon, our dear friends Bill and Carol Clearman came over.  Master craftsman Bill is going to work on our bathrooms with the goal of a new bathtub (to replace an old one which was removed by the previous owner; she put her roll top desk in that nook, and the plumbing is still all there).  I’m getting ready for knee surgery and old age some day by replacing the other old tub with a walk in shower of the same size.

Carol and Bill and me

Carol and Bill and me

Skooter watches Bill depart with sketchpad.

Skooter watches Bill depart with sketchpad. (Allan’s photo)

I finally got out into the garden on a pleasant enough day.

some plants from the Hardy Plant weekend sales

some plants from the Hardy Plant weekend sales

We'd had a fair bit of rain.

We’d had a fair bit of rain.

Skooter enjoying the dryer weather.

Skooter enjoying the dryer weather.

I wish I could remember the name of this vigorous tall shrub from Xera.

I wish I could remember the name of this vigorous tall shrub from Xera.

a lacy new-to-me Helianthus from Blooming Nursery.

a lacy new-to-me ‘Gold Lace’ Helianthus from Blooming Nursery.

still blooming tall magnificent white sanguisorba (against a white sky)

still blooming tall magnificent white sanguisorba (against a white sky)

the center bed of the back garden

the center bed of the back garden with Geranium ‘Rozanne’ still throwing out a few blue flowers.

I picked so many Cox's Orange Pippin apples that I will be giving them away to friends.

I picked so many Cox’s Orange Pippin apples that I will be giving them away to friends.

driveway gate

driveway gate

front path with new boxwoods

front path with new ‘Blauer Heinz’ boxwoods

thinking of getting some dwarf boxwoods for this side, too.

thinking of getting some dwarf boxwoods for this side, too.

the driveway garden

the driveway garden

The crab pots, formerly part of the front fence, are now on the west side of the garage. Next year: some sort of small vine here, I think.

The crab pots, formerly part of the front fence, are now on the west side of the garage. Next year: some sort of small vine here, I think.

Grumpy old St Fiacre, having to live in a feminist household.

Grumpy old St Fiacre, having to live in a feminist household.

evening in the back garden

evening in the back garden

Aster lateriflorus 'Prince'

Aster lateriflorus ‘Prince’

At dusk, look what arrived from our friend Maddy of Pink Poppy Bakery!

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Because these signs have been getting vandalized or stolen, Allan mounted it high on the fence, even though he did the project as dusk fell.  Here it is the next day:

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Tomorrow: I’ll catch you up on Allan’s weekend.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 1: RAIN—WIND  My Bluestone perennials came.  I checked them off and put them under light in greenhouse after trimming off dead and broken leaves.  It really poured this afternoon.  Don called re his order of Dutch Garden bulbs.  I told him they should be here soon.

Oct 2:  RAIN  I actually hemmed one of my new jeans.

Oct 3 RAIN  I hemmed the other pair of jeans!

1998 (age 74):

Oct 1:  11:30-5:00  It was warm but not too hot to work.  I started working on strawberries moving the runner plants into the rows.  I was even saving the itty bitty plants at the end of the runners.  I put them in trays in the greenhouse under lights.

Oct 2:  Noon-5:00  It was raining when I got up so I dashed out to pick tomatoes.  I froze 3 Sealameal bags with uncooked tomatoes.  When I finished the sun came out so I started working on the strawberries.  Four rows were just a solid mess of plants.  I finished 3 rows.  It is going to take 3 or 4 days to finish.  I got rained in once but sorted stuff in the garage while I finished.

Oct 3:  11:00-4:00  FIRST FIRE IN STOVE.  I worked on strawberries again.  I got rained in at 2:00 but went back out when the sun reappeared but it really started raining so I had to quit at 4:00.  I still have 3 or 4 rows to finish.  I already have 8 trays of the itty bitty runner plants.  It’s strange how I feel when I’m working on the strawberries—at peace is the way I can describe it.  [Mom told me, after moving to Long Beach, that working on her strawberry rows was her favourite gardening activity.]

 

 

 

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Ilwaco post office is place for conversation because everyone in town has to come pick up their mail.

The Ilwaco post office is the place for conversation because everyone in town has to come pick up their mail.

a stop at the library to pick up books

a stop at the library to pick up books

Former client Gene pulled up in his car to ask gardening advice about lavatera, montbretia, and buddleias.

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deadheading the welcome sign

deadheading the welcome sign

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welcome sign with cosmos and echibeckia

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in town....I have my eye on that lavender for removal because it is dead looking on the other side

in town, watering the planters….I have my eye on that lavender for removal because it is dead looking on the other side

Watering the Funland planter was a bit of an obstacle course.

Watering the Funland planter was a bit of an obstacle course.

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This planter will be redone as soon as the crew has time to get me a pile of soil.

This planter will be redone as soon as the crew has time to get me a pile of soil.

Fish Alley entrance

Fish Alley entrance

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in Veterans Field

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Veterans Field

This fellow was knitting as he and his cute little blue dachshund strolled by. (Allan's photo)

This fellow was knitting as he and his cute little “blue” dachshund strolled by. (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

a late trigridia bloom

a late trigridia bloom

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, a Basket Case basket

All the watering and deadheading made us hungry.  For the second time this week, we had lunch out to try to get some energy to finish our workday.

Captain Bob's Chowder

Captain Bob’s Chowder

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This time, I walked around and checked on the Ilwaco planters while Allan watered.

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blue for Azure salon

blue for Azure salon

Allan had to move to another faucet while filling the water trailer tank because a boat was being hoisted in.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

She's been working on her boat, the Ocean Accord, most days. (Allan's photo)

She’s been working on this boat, the Ocean Accord, most days. (Allan’s photo)

I finished up with some more weeding at the boatyard.

a tall pink aster, maybe Harrington's Pink

a tall pink aster, maybe Harrington’s Pink

a dog patiently awaits for a human to come down the ladder

a dog patiently awaits for a human to come down the ladder

'Hopley's Purple' oregano

‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’

And then, at last, a good five hours after lunch at Captain Bob’s, we went for our weekly dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

Cove owner Sondra's dog Lacey

Cove owner Sondra’s dog Lacey

belly rub!

belly rub!

This week, our garden gang had the pleasure of being joined by Our Kathleen, who was down for a week at her beach cottage.

a big harvest moon rising over the treeline

a big harvest moon rising over the treeline

an autumnal pear and beet salad

an autumnal pear and beet salad

Melissa's cod and risotto with lemon sauce

Melissa’s cod and risotto with lemon sauce

Mayan pork conchinita

Mayan pork conchinita

noodle bowl

noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

poached pears with huckleberries

poached pears with huckleberries

after a wonderful repast

after a wonderful repast

We lingered till the vacuum cleaner came out.

closing time

closing time

We now have four days off. I have no particular plans other than my hope for a good rainy reading day on Saturday (as predicted) and some smallish gardening projects.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Sept 15:  Wet, rainy and cool.  Would like to build a fire in stove but will wait till Bill Jr cleans chimney.  He said there is a lot of creosote in it.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 15:  I received a box of Hydrangea plants and a box of Poppy plants from Spring Hill.  Both orders had been cancelled by them.  They are really mixed up. My froggie is in the garden sink so I put the frog/toad house in the sink with a latticed tray over him.

 

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

THE Oysterville garden

Having heard that the  Oysterville garden had reached another peak of glory,  we made our workday one or two jobs shorter than usual and headed north in the late afternoon, arriving at 4:30 PM.  I had been thinking about the aster collection so was glad to be invited to visit while they were all blooming.  They are the gardener’s mother’s favourite flower and a herald of autumn.

looking in from the street

looking in from the street

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autumn crocus along the roadside lawn

It is the season of glory for ornamental grasses.

It is the season of glory for ornamental grasses.

late blooming clematis and asters

late blooming clematis and asters

looking in (Allan's photo)

looking in (Allan’s photo)

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approaching the front gate

approaching the front gate

potted plants on either side of the brick entry path

potted plants on either side of the brick entry path

asters and ornament

asters and ornament

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clipped boxwood in pots

As expected, we found Melissa at work in the garden.

As expected, we found Melissa at work in the garden.

Our Melissa (Allan's photo)

Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)

golden cotinus

golden cotinus

tall pink asters to tone with the house of palest lovely pink

tall pink asters to tone with the house of palest lovely pink

All this, and we still have not set foot inside the garden.

We are happy to have an invitation to enter.

We are happy to have an invitation to enter.

Before the stern “keep out” signs, folks would just wander through at any time, thinking perhaps that it was a park.  The other day when Melissa was working there, a fellow slowed his vehicle down and called out “What is this place FOR?”  Her reply was that it is a private garden, but she wishes she had said “An amusement park for honeybees!”

phlox, Joe Pye Weed, asters

phlox, Joe Pye Weed, asters

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking north down the front lawn

looking north down the front lawn

the south side of the house

the south side of the house

brick path inside the boxwood hedge, which I just realize matches up with...

brick path inside the boxwood hedge, which I just realize matches up with…

south side of the driveway

…brick path on south side of the driveway; the stakes mark new(ish) columnar beeches

south side of driveway

south side of driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

north side of driveway

north side of driveway

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None of us know the name of this tufted grass.

None of us know the name of this tufted grass. I intend to find out by asking Scott Weber of Rhone Street Gardens.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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the terrace that always makes me weepy

the terrace that always makes me weepy

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Let's go up there.

Let’s go up there.

Melissa and me in plant appreciation mode (Allan's photo)

Melissa and I in plant appreciation mode (Allan’s photo)

on the terrace

on the terrace

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For the first time, I notice how the boxwoods come to a point.

For the first time, I notice how the boxwoods come to a point.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a stray salvia

a stray salvia

across the driveway

across the driveway

Japanese anemones and asters

Japanese anemones and asters

south side of garage

south side of garage

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button sized orange chrysanthemums

looking east along the driveway

looking east along the driveway

south side of driveway, Japanese anemone and solidago

south side of driveway, Japanese anemone and solidago

fennel and solidago

fennel and solidago

Japanese anemone

Japanese anemone

anemone and aster

anemone and aster

behind the garage

behind the garage

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pumpkins and sunflowers at the west end of the driveway (Allan's photo)

pumpkins and sunflowers at the west end of the driveway (Allan’s photo)

We noticed the many different shapes of the sunflowers.

We noticed the many different shapes of the sunflowers.

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We turned the corner to the allée of ‘Incrediball’ hydrangeas.

entering the allée (Allan's photo)

Melissa and Dave and I entering the allée (Allan’s photo)

the allée

the allée, running east west (looking east)

lawn path, running north south

lawn path, running north south (looking north)

white begonias

white begonias

urns of tree ferns and begonias

urns of tree ferns and begonias

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hamamelis foliage

hamamelis foliage

Primula vialii in the woodsy garden along the west side of the north-south lawn path

Primula vialii in the woodsy garden along the west side of the north-south lawn path

at the west end of the allée

at the west end of the allée

progressing up the allée

progressing up the allée

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looking west

looking west

We have emerged onto the north lawn.

We have emerged onto the north lawn.

the outside of the allée

the outside of the allée

asters and angelica

asters and angelica

tall pink aster backed with hornbeam

tall pink aster backed with hornbeam

the north border

the north border

more of the aster collection

more of the aster collection

Japanese anemones; there's room here for their running habit.

Japanese anemones; there’s room here for their running habit.

more tall pink asters

more tall pink asters

the front border

the front border

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This begonia ruffle around a big potted boxwood has looked perfect all summer long.

This begonia ruffle around a big potted boxwood has looked perfect all summer long.

'Queen Elizabeth' roses

‘Queen Elizabeth’ roses

Rosa 'Queen Elizabeth'

Rosa ‘Queen Elizabeth’

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borrowed view of yews across the street

borrowed view of yews across the street

Artemisia 'Powis Castle' and Joe Pye weed

Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ and Joe Pye weed

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

front gate from inside

front gate from inside

sarracenia

sarracenia

Tetrapanax, Allan, Dave

Tetrapanax, Allan, Dave

new tetrapanax leaves

new tetrapanax leaves

proceeding south on the front path

proceeding south on the front path

some dark pink asters

some dark pink asters

More of that grass. Scott thinks it might be Pennisetum 'Red Head' going to seed.

More of that grass. Scott thinks it might be Pennisetum ‘Red Head’ going to seed.

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looking north; we have come full circle.

looking north; we have come full circle.

outside again

outside again

outside, the pear sculpture, and way in the background is a tall old pear tree.

outside, the pear sculpture, and way in the background is a tall old pear tree.

Sea Star Garden

Before going home, we went to see the garden of Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening).  Contractors had just finished putting in a new septic system, involving a new dirt road and the knocking down of a derelict old house toward the front of the property.

the new road

the new road

Dave and his favourite hen

Dave and his favourite hen

the chicken yard; left: big old paperbark maple

the chicken yard; left: big old paperbark maple

Deer chomped the hosta collection in the shade garden.

Deer chomped the hosta collection in the shade garden.

coleus with miraculous lack of snail damage

coleus with miraculous lack of snail damage

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the tall old eucalyptus that they call "Elvis"

the tall old eucalyptus that they call “Elvis”

pond and waterfall just off the front deck

pond and waterfall just off the front deck

with very large frogs

with very large frogs

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beside the deck

beside the deck

on the exterior garage wall

on the exterior garage wall

This glorious hour and a half of garden touring had made a good end to a short workday.

Tomorrow: back to the gardening rounds in Long Beach and Ilwaco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Our volunteer post office garden

Our volunteer post office garden

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I will soon remedy the bareness along the front edge. I do not like seeing soil!

I will soon remedy the bareness along the front edge. I do not like seeing soil!

Long Beach

Along with some tidying of parks, we watered all the Long Beach planters.  They had not been done since Wednesday because of our garden touring trip.  Fortunately, it had rained on Thursday and misted on Friday.

dierama and Dorothy Perkins rose in Fifth Street Park

dierama and Dorothy Perkins rose in Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Asiatic lilies Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park: I moved two tiny cannas from shade to sun in hope they will do better (like the ones we saw while garden touring in Salem).

Fifth Street Park: I moved two tiny cannas from shade to sun in hope they will do better (like the ones we saw while garden touring in Salem).  Not happy that front corner is bare.

in a planter: trimmed some nasturtium leaves so the poor agastache shows

in a planter: trimmed some nasturtium leaves so the poor agastache shows

I so love these santolinas.

I so love these santolinas.

First Place Mall planter and lovely grey weather

First Place Mall planter and lovely grey weather

The parsley in this planter reseeds itself and I edit it to the right amount.

The parsley in this planter reseeds itself and I edit it to the right amount.

parsley, cosmos, agastache

parsley, cosmos, agastache

one of my favourite planters, by Dennis Co

one of my favourite planters, by Dennis Co

Fish Alley (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley (Allan’s photo)

Fish Alley planter (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley planter (Allan’s photo)

A visitor was taking photos of his gnome. (Allan's photo)

A visitor was taking photos of his gnome. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by Lewis and Clark square (Allan's photo)

by Lewis and Clark square (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

reseeded eryngium is still there (Allan's photo)

reseeded eryngium is still there (Allan’s photo). It got wiped out by a street sweeper before the next Long Beach day.

We mulched the L&C Square planter. (Allan's photo)

We mulched the big L&C Square planter. (Allan’s photo)

L&C Square planter (Allan's photo)

L&C Square planter (Allan’s photo)

L& C Square planter (Allan's photo)

L& C Square planter (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

While Allan watered the street trees and planters, I weeded the boatyard.

one of the Ilwaco planters (Allan's photo)

one of the Ilwaco planters (Allan’s photo)  The deer are not bothering the nasturtiums as much this year.

Ilwaco planter, with orange lilies somebody else stuck in (Allan's photos)

Ilwaco planter, with orange lilies somebody else stuck in (Allan’s photos).  I would have cut off those erysimum flowers.

This kitty follows his person down Lake Street. (Allan's photo)

This kitty follows his person down Lake Street. (Allan’s photo)

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It took me an hour and a half to make a big mess just in this one small stretch of garden.

It took me an hour and a half to make a big mess just in this one small stretch of garden.  It hurts to step in and out of the garden, just a slight step down.

had to cut back an echinops that had placed itself next to the sidewalk...phooey.

had to cut back an echinops that had placed itself next to the sidewalk…phooey.

at the boatyard (Allan's photo). Allan helped clean up the mess I made.

at the boatyard (Allan’s photo). Allan helped clean up the mess I made.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

at home

At last I had time for a quick look around the garden while picking a bouquet for Salt Hotel.

nicely full barrel from some overnight rain

nicely full barrel from some overnight rain

I did not mind that we had watered yesterday and then it rained.  It was good to get hose water down to the surface of the planters; sometimes rain does not penetrate through the thick foliage.

looking SE from back gate

looking SE from entry gate

Mermaid rose

Mermaid rose

a leptospermum that I bought from Pam Fleming

a leptospermum that I bought from Pam Fleming

Clematis 'Rooguchi' blooming way up high

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ blooming way up high

my new Hydrangea 'Edgy Orbits'

my new Hydrangea ‘Edgy Orbits’

the curse of bindweed and no time to deal with it

the curse of bindweed and no time to deal with it

Fuchsia Lane

Fuchsia Lane

on Fuchsia Lane

on Fuchsia Lane

Danger Tree bed; I missed the peak of the Dranunculus vulgaris.

Danger Tree bed; I missed the peak of the Dranunculus vulgaris.

the rose that Jo gave me

the rose that Jo gave me

I wanted very much to stay home with Smokey.

I wanted very much to stay home with Smokey.

I wish for time to weed my front garden.

I wish for time to weed my front garden.

Port of Ilwaco

bouquet delivered to Salt Hotel

bouquet delivered to Salt Hotel (astilbes and sanguisorba)

at the marina

at the marina

We had some weeding to do at the port before our main job of the day.  Our goal for the week: To get Long Beach and the port and the boatyard gardens looking great for the Fourth of July weekend.

chatting with Don Nisbett at his gallery

chatting with Don Nisbett at his gallery

Time Enough Books curbside garden

Time Enough Books curbside garden

a veronica and beach strawberry

a veronica and beach strawberry

pulling spent poppies by Salt Hotel

pulling spent poppies by Salt Hotel

garden at west end

garden at west end, looking east

west end garden, looking west

west end garden, looking west

FINGER BLIGHT! Some swiped an eryngium flower stalk.  Grrr.  (Allan's photo)

FINGER BLIGHT! Some swiped an eryngium flower stalk. Grrr. (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s garden

Our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) was working on a garden kitty corner from Jo’s and popped over to visit before we got started.

Ed and Jackson

Ed and Jackson (Allan’s photo)

my good friend Jackson

my good friend Jackson

We spent the rest of the day weeding and grooming Jo’s garden, perhaps for the second to last time.  Jo, our longest time client for over 20 years, is passing her beach garden and cottage on to a beloved niece.  I have decided it is time to pass the garden on to Dave and Melissa and/or Todd.  I am now a year older than the age Jo was when she first hired me in 1994.

I'll miss Jo and Bob and my good friend Coco.

I’ll miss Jo and Bob and my good friend Coco.

Coco (Allan's photo)

Coco (Allan’s photo)

Jo's entry garden

Jo’s entry garden

entry flower bed, before

entry flower bed, before

and after some weeding and trimming

and after some weeding and trimming

inside the entry flower garden (Allan's photo)

inside the entry flower garden (Allan’s photo)

middle courtyard, with Jo behind the screen door

middle courtyard, with Jo behind the screen door

northwest path, before

northwest path, before

and after Allan trimmed it up

and after Allan trimmed it up

me and Jo

me and Jo

west garden

west garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

before...and...

before…and…

after (Allan's photos)

after (Allan’s photos)

the west gate (Allan's photo)

the west gate (Allan’s photo)

It has been a year of letting go.  This is a favourite garden to say goodbye to, even though it is one that we only care for once every month or so.

 

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