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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

presented by the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

Ocean Shores

garden six: Deep in the Woods

Allan’s photo

The base of the front porch has rocks made by the owner, from molds and a cement dye.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

A dry creek bed flows from the side garden to the street.

Allan’s photo

the side garden under the trees

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

That’s Ann taking a detail photo

A windowed gate says something about friendly neighbours.

looking back at the side gardens

A greenhouse draws the eye and the garden tourist into the back garden.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Debra Winslow’s photo

(Debra, Alan and Dawn had come from Lake Tapps for the tour, but they were touring in a different order from us, and, unfortunately, our paths did not cross.)

Ann Amato got a good photo of the stained glass above the greenhouse door.

photo by Ann Amato

I get involved with photographing the narrative flow of a garden and sometimes I miss the details.  While Allan is good at the details, neither of us noticed the stained glass.  I am sure the base of the greenhouse also had the convincing artificial rocks made by the owner.

behind the greenhouse

Allan’s photo

We recall overhearing that the overhead plants were on a drip system, got watered daily and fertilized twice a week.  I love the way the plants look up there.

patio next to the woods (Allan’s photo)

I spy a compost bin.

at one end of the back deck

stairs to the back deck

Allan’s photo

back porch (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

At the back of the garden is the cool green wild woods.

Evan got the best photo of the woodsy feeling.

photo by Evan Bean


I liked this house nearby.  It looked older than most Ocean Shores homes.

The cat likes it, too.

We saw a vibrant stand of dahlias on the way to the next garden.

I love how simply humble Ocean Shores is.  Even near the water, the homes we saw were mostly not large and ostentatious.  It made me want to move there.


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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Ocean Shores

From Markham to Ocean Shores was an hour’s drive.  Upon arrival, we were surrounded by water on three sides.

This tourism map hints at the complexity of roads and canals in the small city of Ocean Shores.

Gardens, Sea and Art tour

presented by the WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties

We began at Garden by the Sea.

Peter and Kilyn awaited us there so that we could do the tour together.

I found it an excellent idea to have the plant sale at the first tour stop instead of somewhere in the middle.

Allan’s photo

Kilyn told us that in Richmond, British Columbia, community gardens are not allowed to have fences or even signs warning against plant theft! Nor can they have sheds.  I thought about how in the UK, each allotment plot gets a little shed of its own.

plant sale

Speaking of sheds…

We toured the garden beds of both flowers and food.

Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a place with a view of a community garden?

At the center of the garden stood a beautiful carved pillar. I could not make out what it said, lacking the patience to go round and round.

And there was compost….

…with a list of compostables.

Now the four of us were off to the first of eight private gardens.  To my delight, these were not designed gardens of the rich but gardens from the heart.  One of the missions of this tour each year is to show gardens that are created by the owners, often without big money.  Please remember that while reading and commenting, and especially remember that the garden owners might be reading the posts. There are blogs that criticize and review gardens.  This is not one of them.  I appreciate anyone who dares to open their garden for a tour.


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24 September 2018

Long Beach, Washington

My monthly planter reference post.  Pretty dull for anyone other than me.

Six blocks of planters, going north to south


Block one, east side

law office (just Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden oregono)

law office

Dennis storage lot

Dennis storage lot

Block one, west side

Dennis Co north (lots of Knautia that used to be variegated, reverted to green)

Dennis Co north, Rozanne is too far gone to look good but still blooming

Dennis Co south

Dennis Co south, my favourite

Block two, east side

Elks. Rozanne still good here


NIVA green with old dwarf rhodie

NIVA green

Block two, west side

Scoopers north

Scoopers north, escallonia left from volunteer days, green santolina

Scoopers south

Scoopers south also has old dwarf rhodie

Block three, east side

Pharmacy parking lot

LB Pharmacy parking lot, finally started pulling the mint

Cottage Bakery

Cottage Bakery, Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ reverted to green


Funland, where someone stole the north side santolina 😦

Police Station

Police Station

Block three, west side

SW of stoplight corner

SW of stoplight corner, has old rose reverted to root stock that I want out

Wind World Kites

Wind World Kites

Stormin’ Norman’s

Stormin’ Norman, needs total dig out because of wire vine, pink gaura has been rather fragile

I put in pink gauras to replace the bad agastaches that were diseased.  Semi-successful, people admire them, but they are brittle.

Third Street Park (Gazebo)


Block four, east side

Lewis and Clark Square

Lewis and Clark Square

Carnival Gifts, shrubby, and with mint

Carnival Gifts, shrubby from volunteer days

Carousel, must pull crocosmia, and oh! the horses have been taken in for the winter


Fifth Street Park NE

Fifth Street Park NE, shrubby from volunteer days, giant hebe, running rose, woody old lavenders, should at least get the lavenders out

Block four, west side

Third Street Park

Third Street Park, tired Rozanne needs clipping

Hungry Harbor

Hungry Harbor, has a good very dark leaved phygelius but too much golden oregano

Sweet Phees with excessive golden oregano

Sweet Phees, more interesting from the inside with heuchera and astilbe

Fifth Street Park NE, just redone, big lavender has to go soon

Fifth Street Park NW

Block five, east side

Fifth Street Park SE with Salvia leucantha

Fifth Street Park SE, Rozanne is tired, will clip next time

Oceanic RV Park

Oceanic RV Park, Crocosmia trying to come back, must pull

Coastal inn with great zauchsneria in the middle

Coastal Inn, all in a boring muddle from the other side

Block five, west side

Fifth Street Park SW, where the veronica redeemed itself with a rebloom along the edge

Fifth Street Park SW

smoke shop, tired Rozanne needs clipping

Smoke shop has nice yellow dahlias. Rozanne looks good from inside

Streetside Tacos, love the very old santolina, Rozanne still good

Streetside Tacos, this was one of my four original volunteer planters so those santolinas are about 20 years old

Block six, east side

vacant lot

Vacant lot, too much running Gladiolus papilio on south end, must pull!, and Rozanne is tired

Paws by the Sea pet shop

pet shop, escallonias from volunteer days

Powell and Seillor accounting

Powell and Seillor, very windy planter

Block six, west side

Credit union

credit union, has good pink dahlias

bus stop, boring but ok, just took out and replaced old lavender

bus stop, boring low cranesbill geranium of some sort from volunteer

First Place Mall, the parsley amuses me

First Place Mall with parsley



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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

We did part of the usual Wednesday route, this week without Klipsan Beach Cottages, which will be every other week now.  (This is only because of two reasons: one, the job is ending at the end of autumn and two, I am tired.  A third reason, specific to this week, is that having Labor Day Monday at the beginnning of the week and Rod Run Friday at the end limits the time for working on public gardens.)

The Depot Restaurant

We deadheaded and watered.  I picked some unsightly leaves off of the hops at the entry to the dining deck.

Depot dining deck entryway from the restaurant

south and east side of dining deck

North side; the white flower is Boltonia asteroides.

The Red Barn Arena

The garden had been watered so we only needed to do a few minutes of deadheading.

Red Barn garden

I got to pet Cosmo the barn cat.  Oh, how I want him to be the one I take home to be my best friend cat.  He is darling.

sweet, soft, loves to be petted

I want him to be mine.

Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

My very good friend Misty

roadside garden (Allan’s photo)

perovskia (Allan’s photo)

In the roadside garden, white sweet peas and Cosmos ‘Cupcake’

the raised box garden

shadows of statice

shadows of bachelor buttons (cornflower)

Allan’s photo

I had to cut down one aster because its foliage had rust or some such.

before, with brown foliage (the other such aster is green)

after (the base of the plant got sprayed with fungicide)

Allan managed to get a photo of puppy Holly between her running around and jumping.

The Shelburne Hotel

We watered, weeded, deadheaded, dead-leafed.

looking east down the bocce ball court

back garden; Sunset runner beans in the trellis pots are getting tired.

Allan was able to get into the three south balcony rooms (you can see two of the balconies in above photo) to check on our succulent planters.  He had not checked on them since we planted them. (They cannot be accessed when the rooms are occupied.) Red clover had infiltrated two of them.

before, room 12

room 14

I planted the lovely Sedum ‘October Daphne’, which in my garden and elsewhere always gets chomped by snails.  Here, it is snail free.

But one stem was broken, maybe was getting too much water…

Room 15, a fine October Daphne…but with red clover.

That’s better.

Room 4’s cosmos container needs way too much deadheading.

before, definitely a mistaken choice of plant

I remember now, I had some extra Cosmos ‘Xanthos’ and wanted a place to put them.  Ooops.  This planter is getting a re-do this very month.

Guests can charge their electric cars on the north side of the Shelburne.

Allan’s photo

watering in front (Allan’s photo)

Mary Norwood stopped to chat and I gave her a little sweet pea bouquet.

Just as we left, we saw Scott of Scott and Tony and had a little natter.

I must show you Tony’s photos of his night blooming cereus.  He has had to come to their beach cottage two days later than Scott because he simply had to see his plant bloom (in their city home) with a multitude of flowers.  How does he do it? I am lucky to get one a year.

photos by Tony!

Meanwhile, Scott and his beloved car are in the biggest photo of this year’s promo article for the Rod Run.

Allan is going to get to go hang out with them at the event because we are skipping the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour this year.  (I want to stay home in my own garden.)

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all but the two east end gardens (and one other that is just escallonias and bark that we never water).  Allan drove in six posts that we are going to use for roping off my favourite garden bed during the Friday evening Slow Drag.  It has delicate plants.  Other gardens can hold up better to being walked and sat upon, although there are a few other plants that I want to safeguard with some individual protection.  All photos at the port by Allan.  I was out of steam for photos.

stake pounder, a great tool. No stakes were broken.

plus a big metal pry bar to make holes with and tamp them tight afterward

We will rope it off tomorrow night.

Must protect my agastaches!

I planted some Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ bulbs in this bed.  I have read that they are drought tolerant so I want to try them in these “hellstrip” gardens.  Maybe they will be less floppy that in more cushy gardens.

Later in the watering, Jenna stopped to show me some signs she has made for Slow Drag, “Please keep off the gardens and plants”.  I appreciate that very much.

J’s garden

Allan mowed and I did some deadheading and borrowed his camera for two vignettes:

elephant garlic, tied up by the J’s, well done!







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Saturday, 25 August 2018

I had been tipped off about a Hardy Plant Society open garden down in Manzanita, and when Seaside and Cannon Beach gardeners Pam and Prissy decided to go with us to see it, the one garden visit blossomed into a day of garden touring with friends.  As always with good garden tours, I have divided the day into several posts.

our day trip

Seaside, Oregon

We got up quite early, for us, and managed to get to Seaside by 10 AM to beat the Hood to Coast relay race traffic.  We did such a good job of being ahead of the race that we had some extra time, and so we drove along Broadway, admiring Pam’s downtown public garden beds.  This time there definitely was nowhere to park and admire them on foot.

The fire department had stationed themselves at intersections, asking for donations.  We gladly complied.  Like the firefighters on the Long Beach Peninsula, these brave souls are volunteers.

“Fill the boot!”

Pam’s glorious gardens

As always, I envied the size of Pam’s garden beds and her freedom to choose an assortment of small street trees.  (She told me that gingkos have been performing well as street trees here.) I also desperately envy that each bed has a good automatic sprinkler system.

The double bench with arbors beds are my favourite.  (Excuse the from-the-van-on-the-move photos, some through the windshield.)

Through the windshield = impressionistic.

the turnaround

The beach had all sorts of tents set up for the relay race event.

You can just see, to the left, part of a big inflatable castle thing that seemed to be the finish line.

the turnaround garden, total exposure to coastal wind

Oops, traffic speeded up a bit.

A few days later, the Visit Seaside Oregon page posted a video tour of Pam’s gardens, hosted by Pam herself.  It is well worth going along on this tour by watching it here.  We then drove to Pam’s house nearby.

by Pam’s stairway

driveway display


We spent a short while indoors at Pam’s waiting till time to go meet Prissy.  I was moved by the lyrics laid out on the table, a song that Pam’s musician spouse Dave would be performing at a show this evening.

You can read the complete lyrics here. If you desire more poignancy, read the lyrics of the next song, An Old Box of Memories, too.

The Waves, Cannon Beach

With Pam driving a four seater car, we went south to The Waves to meet Prissy, who is the gardener there (and other places) and who was finishing up her morning watering of many containers.  It was a treat for Allan to be able to enjoy the views without driving.

an ocean front bed

hebe and rosemary

a pretty pink something

The Waves oceanfront promenade

a dog walker (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Pam said she would train the little dogs to “mush”.

Pam and I touring while Prissy finishes work. (Help was offered and declined.)

tricolor hebe, maybe reverting to green

Prissy’s pots on a glassed in deck

Allan’s photo: the only place for variegated ground elder: in a pot on concrete (lower right)

The resort is an interesting maze of outdoor corridors between buildings.

idyllic view

hydrangeas against cedar shakes


salpiglossis; both Pam and I realized we have been forgetting to use this.

Allan’s photo

These very cool whorls of flowers are on pennyroyal.

Berkheya purpurea “Zulu Warrior”

agastaches, which of course I adore

Bupleurum, Allan’s photo

Bupleurum and lavender, Allan’s photo

mimulus in a container

a pelargonium

and another pelargonium

Prissy had arranged for us to see two other gardens in Cannon Beach before going to Manzanita.  She finished watering, loaded her gear into her truck and then joined us in Pam’s car, and we were off to see Beth Holland’s garden.




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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Js garden

Allan mowed the little pocket lawn and I weeded at J’s across the street.

front garden with carpet of thyme (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Long Beach

We had to trim more off the top of the dang blangity non-blooming Cosmos ‘Sensation’ mix.

feeling irritated

Of course, that will delay bloom even more.  If I had more time or energy, I might tear it all out and put something else in….but the tourist season only has two weeks to go, and by mid September surely it will throw out some side flowers…?? I live in hope.


back—I should have cut more.

As the director of the Bellevue Botanical Border said at Hardy Plant Weekend, “When we make a mistake, it is in public for everyone to see.”  This was not exactly a mistake because this once was a reliably good plant.

Here is the frog who lives in the water box. (Allan’s photo)

Downtown, Allan went south and I went north watering planters. While watering planters on Third Street in Long Beach, I enjoyed the music of this busker and I gave him a few dollars.

The sky was blue, the sun was out, and not too hot, and we had a brisk but not too brisk wind.  Perfect for the kite festival.  The entryway to the Bolstad approach was as close as either of us got to kite festival this week.

A city crew member jokingly asked us, “Why aren’t you out flying your kite today?” When I said no energy, he knew just how I felt.  Work consumes all my energy and then I just want to be home, gathering up some new energy from my garden for the next work week.

I walked a block to the east to get a closer look at a little garden that someone has made behind the Elks lodge in a raised round bed that used to be all horsetail.

Someone is deadheading regularly here.

I wish my fiery celosia at the fire station had done this well.

Allan noticed someone was stripping flowers off the two of the lavenders in two of the planters.

I swear I just might hang signs in them like I did on the blue globe thistle in the boatyard garden (“Please don’t pick me”, on a card hung right on the plant, proved to be effective).

We finished Long Beach with a tidy of the Veterans Field gardens.

Helenium ‘Mariachi’ (pretty sure) in Vet field

Shelburne Hotel

 We had made good time in Long Beach and got to the Shelburne 45 minutes early than usual.  We managed to keep that lead, a good thing as it is now getting dark around eight.  No more ten hour days!

We watered, deadheaded, did some but not a lot of garden clean up.  Deadheading the sweet peas is the most time consuming thing now.

sweet peas and Japanese anemones

Sweet pea ‘Blue Shift’ (maybe)

looking north

looking south

Allan was able to get onto the Room Four deck to do some much needed deadheading.  We are going to move the rose down into the garden this fall and replace it with a non deadheading sort of plant.

It looked quite sad when he got there, with black spot and dead flowers.

And will replace the cosmos with some sort of non deadhead-y plants. And will put the dahlia in the garden. It’s a nice red one.

This sort of pot, on the room 11 deck, needed no care and looks just fine.

chatting with some appreciative guests

the back garden (where you can dine from the pub menu)

one of the succulent pots on the back lower decks


Allan watered the street trees and planters while I watered and did some weeding at the boatyard.

What a relief it was to breathe clean, non smoky air.

view from the south end of the boatyard today….

and on Monday, when it was so smoky I could barely see a boat coming in.

an interestingly fasciated euphorbia at the boatyard

taken from behind the fence because I water from behind the fence

as I walked along pulling horsetail; looking south

I walked home via some weeding and deadheading at the Ilwaco Fire Station garden.

Now for three much anticipated days off, two at home and one garden tour day on the north Oregon coast.  It will be the last touring trip off the peninsula this year.  We are skipping the Cannon Beach cottage tour so that Allan can enjoy the Rod Run auto show here with Scott and Tony.  And…I am tired and just want to stay on the peninsula for September. So…if you count on us to show you that tour by blogging about it, you had best get yourself tickets and go.

Allan’s photo: He finished watering at the post office garden at sunset.

I wrote a blog post while Allan worked on his boating blog and then made dinner.  (For those who wonder how I garden, read, and blog, it is because Allan cooks dinner that this blog can happen on a daily basis in work season.)  Just as we sat down to eat and watch telly at ten PM, I noticed that my night blooming cereus flower had opened.  It did not seem as scented as usual.  To think we might have missed it!

As we watched our telly, the delicate scent of the flower emerged and floated around the room.

I am so happy that our three day weekend starts tomorrow.  This time, I will not stay on the property the whole time, because on Saturday we are going garden touring.

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Long Beach, downtown

Photos for my reference, taken July 10th and July 12th.  I used Allan’s idea of a sidewalk angle as well as the street view angle.  They almost all have some diascia and some bidens, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and a couple of santolinas (some newly added this year so still small). Also added Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple to almost all of them this spring.

Going north to south:

Block one, east side:

Lawyer’s office

lawyer office

Lawyer office, just golden oregano and two Geranium ‘Rozanne’, with a Sanguisora ‘Pink Elephant’ that is determined to stay even though I thought I moved it all to Fifth Street Park (because it is so tall).

Dennis Co storage lot

Dennis storage lot

Shrubby, two Crimson Pygmy Barberry that stay small, two gold euonymus that want to get huge, a chrysanthemum, left over from volunteer days

Block one, west side:

Dennis Co north

Dennis Co north

Dennis Co north, by parking lot, Rozanne and golden oregano plus Knautia ‘Thunder and Lightning’ that reverted to green foliage and some wonderful Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’ (the original; most of the planters have it now).

Dennis Co south

Dennis Co south

My favourite planter. Agastache, golden fuchsia, heuchera, cosmos and painted sage, diascia, Rozanne,  and more…and tigridia, which a lot of them have

Block two, east side:



Narrow sidewalk passageway on this block.  Heucheras, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, cosmos and painted sage, a stray lady’s mantle or two, aquilegias that I keep pulling out

NIVA green

NIVA green

Lilies and Iberis left over from volunteer days, lambs ears, chrysanths, heuchera, a dwarf rhododendron from volunteer days. Originally someone thought would be a good idea to have a dwarf rhodie at the post in each planter.  Not me! Only two survive out of many (I did not remove them; they died from sun and wind).

Block two, west side:

Scoopers north

Scoopers north

Maybe the windiest planter, two wanna be huge escallonias from volunteer days, two lavender, sedums, green santolina, lots of annoying little red clover

Scoopers south

Scoopers south

Boring groundcover that blooms in spring, tatty old Erysimum that is coming out in fall, chrysanths, the other dwarf rhodo, all but the Erys. from volunteer days.  Used to be the most vandalized planter.  Now it seems to be left alone, i should re do the ground cover with something better, at least.  Two old daylilies, boring, used to regularly get their foliage torn off.  Theory: the vandal grew up and moved away.

Block three, east side:



I let mint (volunteer days leftover) take hold this year.  I shouldn’t have but this planter is so windy and it just smells good when I water.  I will be sorry in the fall when I try to pull it all out.  Used to be all mint from a volunteer!  Now thyme, some badaster that snuck in, santolina…Oh, almost all of them have a couple of santolinas, which I have been forgetting to mention. Lambs ears, cosmos, Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’, a tall armeria

Cottage Bakery

Cottage Bakery

CB has that variegated Knautia that reverted to green, pink gaura, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Calif poppies, cosmos and so forth


Funland (most sat upon planter)

flat creeping sedums, S Autumn Joy, cosmos, pink Gaura, painted sage, Rozanne

police station

police station

Blue agastache, Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola, Rozanne, Allium christophii, lambs ears; wanted it to be all blue but I don’t pull the orange Calif poppies just because I don’t.

Block three: west side:

corner building for rent

corner building (has boring climbing rose by pole that needs to go!)

That annoying rose, fuchsias, Autumn Joy, chrysanths, daisies left over from volunteer days, Rozanne

Wind World Kites

Wind World Kites

a couple of fuchsias and lavenders swamped by Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ that nice shop keeper loves, and some white fruited strawberries

Stormin’ Norman’s

Stormin’ Norman’s

redone in autumn 2015, the damnable wire plant is coming back, so it has to be dug out again.  Pink gaura, cosmos, santolina, Rozanne, lavenders, Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’ (like most of the planters now)

park by Gazebo

park by gazebo

Recently redone (last fall), Allium christophii, bkue agastache, santolinas, Rozanne, and diascia and boring old Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ trying to come back but I won’t let it.

Block four: east side:

Lewis and Clark Square

Lewis and Clark Square

Rozanne, Autumn Joy, agastache, way too many calif poppies, Allium c! and othonna of some sort, which I love and am trying to spread around.

Carnival Gifts (shrubs left over from volunteer days)

Carnival Gift shop

Carnival Gifts has most boring planter except for a week in spring. Easy care! Also left from volunteer: mint all through the shrubs. Smells nice.



Catmint, golden oregano, agastache, cosmos, creeping sedums, Rozanne, tigridia (which many of the planters have), Crocosmia ‘Lucifer trying to come back, green santolina

Fifth Street Park (NE)

Fifth Street Park (NE) (Frying Pan Park)

Left over from volunteer days, a running once blooming rose, tatty lavenders, a spiraea (why??) and a huge hebe (also why???)  Quite nice when the roses are briefly in bloom.

Block four, west side:

park by Long Beach Tavern

by LBT

all the usual suspects: Rozanne, agastache, Autumn Joy, lavender, Calif poppies

Hungry Harbor Grille

Hungry Harbor Grille

Golden oregano, too many calif poppies, a dark leaved Phygelius whose name I have forgotten

Sweet Phees (too much golden oregano!)

Sweet Phees (probably the shadiest planter because of roof overhang)

Too much golden oreg. for sure, with an astilbe and two heucheras

Fifth Street Park (NW)

Fifth Street Park (NW)

Lavender, a running curly teucrium, badaster, Lucifer! Due for a big redo this fall.

Block five, east side:

Fifth Street Park (SE)

Fifth Street Park (SE)

Rozanne, golden vinca that i wish was not there, cosmos and Calif poppies (too many) and the usual annuals (cosmos, diascia) plus Allium C.

RV park

RV Park

Sort of redid this one to get rid of Lucifer, which is trying to come back.  Big old lavenders, creeping sedums, blue agastache, red diascia (red tattoo shop is just south of here)

Coastal Inn

Coastal Inn

Golden oregano, santolina, variegated bulbous oat grass, which I have been told “looks like a weed”, Calif poppies, Salvia patens, a Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ that snuck in!. Used to be swamped by nasturtiums, did not let that happen this year.

Block five, west side:

public restroom

public restroom

Due for a redo, at least of the edge where a pretty veronica blooms much too briefly.  Teucrium, which I regret, must go, too.  Rozanne. Big ol’ lavender.

smoke shop

smoke shop

blue agastaches, lots of Calif poppies, aster that I try to eradicate, Rozanne, of course. Maybe the messiest most meadowy planter.

Streetside Tacos

Streetside Tacos

Agastaches, which are not showing much (but many of the planters have two by the post), the best silver santolinas, old and big, Geranium macrorrhizum.  Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.  The former city manager loved this planter so much when i did it as a volunteer that I think it is why I got the city job.

Block six, east side:

empty lot

empty lot

Rozanne, santolina, blue agastache, pink oenothera which always makes me think of Ann Lovejoy, Gladiolus papilio which I am beginning to regret because it is so aggressive, the usual annuals (diascia, cosmos, which most of the planters have)

pet shop (two sheared wanna be full size escallonias)

pet shop

volunteer left over escallonia and euonymous and big old lavender; did not succeed in getting sweet peas growing on the pole thingie this year.  Sad.

Powell and Seiller accounting

Powell and Seiller accounting

Re did this one a year ago, pink Calif poppies,, a couple of yellow glads left over from volunteer along with two left over miniature roses and a silene, added agastache, sedums, Rozanne, diascias, cosmos, painted sage.

Block six, west side:

credit union

credit union

lots of different coloured Calif poppies, Rozanne, blue agastaches, two pink dahlias that do so well I always swear I will add more dahlias to planters and then I forget. Plus it takes awhile to win against the snails.

bus stop

bus stop (mostly a hardy geranium that blooms early)

The hardy geranium, boring now, swamping lavender and Autumn Joy and a big old armeria on the street side.  Easy care!

First Place Mall

First Place Mall

Rozanne, lavender, armeria, cosmos and diascia and so forth and …parsley! Which is so fun I should use it more in other planters.

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Wednesday, 11 july 2018

Red Barn Arena

The garden had been watered! (Yay!) So we only had a bit of deadheading to do.

Our good friend Misty was there (with her human, Diane).

and our good friend Rosie

the first tigridia of the year in one of the barrels

Diane’s Garden

Next door to the barn, we added a few perennials to Diane’s garden.  We are going to just call the septic box garden the raised box garden from now on.  Sounds so much nicer.

Allan deadheading

Cosmos ‘Pop Socks’

also Cosmos ‘Pop Socks’

also Cosmos ‘Pop Socks’!

It is quite variable.

drumstick alliums

Basket Case Greenhouse

We stopped for a few Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’.  I could not resist some echeverrias, as well.

still lots of healthy annuals and baskets for sale.

green fireworks display

and a really big healthy blue agastache

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We spent an hour tidying and then I took photos for the Facebook page.  We skipped KBC last week because of the holiday and company.  Mary says she could get by with us just every other week, which would be great, but she says “Not yet, though!”  This is now our only north end job, and it is a long drive for one hour of work.  The cottage cleaning staff also like to weed the paths and beds, so we can be somewhat dispensible, for which I am grateful.  It is an odd feeling to work there knowing this longtime job ends in the late autumn, when Denny and Mary retire.

Allan had stood on a bucket and deadheaded the roses over the arbors.

Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ with sanguisorba, probably ‘Pink Elephant’

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’

Timmy (Timothea)

All these years I thought Timmy, Sarah’s sibling, was a boy!  Mary and I talked about how I might take ten year old Timmy and Sarah if Mary and Denny move to Arizona.  I would love to have them.

more Timmy

I want to take her home right now!

Shelburne Hotel

I had had a wee brainstorm.  In the back garden, we took the variegated mint out of a low pot and put it into the pot that does not drain well.

Then we made a succulent pot out of the low pot for the one deck that had no plant container.

I laughed when I found myself thinking, “I wish there were some river rock to decorate these pots with.”  Of course, the front garden has river rock all along the edge of the path!

no shortage!

lavender and thyme pot in back garden

front garden

71 degrees on the way home at the early hour of 5 PM.

I did no evening gardening at home other than watering all my pots and running one sprinkler because the north wind was a ridiculously strong and miserable thirty something miles an hour.



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Thursday, 5 July 2018

at the post office

our post office garden

matchy matchy Asiatic lily (probably ‘Landini’) and a sanguisorba

Depot Restaurant

weeding and watering…

Dierama (Angels’ Fishing Rod) is blooming.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Agastache (‘Blue Boa’, maybe) and Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’

Long Beach

Allan string trimming around the welcome sign

back side

We watered the Long Beach planters downtown.

busy tourist town (Allan’s photo)

Cosmos ‘Xanthos’

We will crisscross the street to do the other three planters in a group of four while waiting for a large crowd to move on.  Still, we do end up having to ask people to move so we can water.

Only once years ago did someone get angry and ask me to come back later; I said gently that we were on our way to water all the Ilwaco planters after Long Beach so no, we could not come back later—and she did move.

Sometimes, even though Long Beach is fun, I get tired of the noise and traffic in summer and end up counting off how many planters I have to do before I am done watering.

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ persists in a planter even after I decided it was too tall and moved it to Fifth Street Park.

One of the shop workers arrives to work on this. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

We tidied up the gardens in Veterans Field for the Friday farmers market.

Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’…and a white one.

Due to sprinkler problems, the monarda looks stressed. I think I don’t want it in this bed anymore. (Sprinkler probably blocked by too many plants—typical of our gardens.)

Port of Ilwaco

We watered some, but not all, of the curbside gardens.

my one pitiful eremerus (Allan’s photo)

by Ilwaco pavilion

A pleasant fellow stopped to ask about santolinas; he liked them.

My favourite bed is still marred by finger blight.

The lavenders may not heal up. Certainly not by the big fireworks show on July 7th.

The santolina will heal…eventually.

Don Nisbett’s signs have been installed!

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ gets the most comments and queries nowadays.

We were tidying because of fireworks show crowds on Saturday and Art Walk on Friday.

This is what a properly pruned santolina looks like.  It will flower later.

This is the only one I forgot to clip!

We got the watering done from David Jensen’s architecture office all the way to Time Enough Books; then I did a walkabout of the Ilwaco planters while Allan watered them.

downtown window

before chickweed removal

after…it lurks beneath though

Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’ (top) is my favourite. I was worried people would not find it bright enough.


Good citizen Ethel was string trimming and then raking along the sidewalk for art walk night.

Ethel’s efforts to beautify the town were a perfect example of action instead of big talk and complaints.

While Allan continued watering the planters, which takes an hour and a half minimum, I watered the boatyard garden.  It used to take us half an hour or forty five minutes to water the planters back when we bucket watered them, before the water trailer.  But we are just no longer up to hauling what was literally 800 pounds of water twice a week.

view from behind the boatyard fence; the shadow is of a boat prow that was above me

While watering, I pulled some horsetail and grass away from the back of the fence.

I was daunted by huge slugs hiding down there.  I had not brought to the far end of the fence my slug disposal tools or a pair of gloves.  I was just pulling with bare hands.  I do hate touching a slug.

Afterwards, I looked at my particularly arthritic finger and for a creepy few moments I felt like it was just going to break right off at the joint.

horrific, depressing old age

I walked down to the other far end of the boatyard and the hose was not there.  (I use a series of hoses that lay around by the faucets…usually.)  I simply could not hobble all the way back to the middle of the other stretch of fence and drag a hose back.  Fortunately, Allan, who has no arthritis that we know of, showed up in the nick of time and watered the south end of the garden while I sat in the van in a state of collapse.  So glad to be home at dusk.




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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

presented by the Northwest Perennial Alliance

Geometry in Motion Garden

approaching the garden

At the neighbours’, where a real estate open house was in session, lemonade was for sale under an umbrella.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

small lawn in front garden

bright front porch

front garden


many tour guests

In walking along the easy path on one side of the house, I was amused by the window wells.

approaching the back garden

the water feature and its reflections

at one end of the water feature


The pot of sarracenia floated freely in the water.

garden admiration

back porch

back wall of house

at the back of the garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

I enjoyed the next set of window wells on the way out.

plants to enjoy from a basement room

more supplicating hands

a narrow, level path and dappled light

plants tucked in wherever possible

Now for some more exploration of the front garden, while most of the tour guests have gone to the back.

Before going to the next garden, I admired the house across the street:

I like the windows.


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