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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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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

The Oysterville Garden

We continued our day of garden touring with Ann, Evan, and Paul.

new gate

Allan’s photo

I so love this terrace.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ allée

Allan’s photo

west end of the allée

the shady back path, running south to north (Allan’s photo)

Evan, Ann, Paul (Allan’s photo); reminds me of Charlie’s Angels.

Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

through the allée and onto the north lawn

Evan (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

reminded again that I used to have (in my old garden, and know the name of) that double blue geranium

north lawn

around to the front of the house

Allan’s photo

Meanwhile, next door, a friend has moved in and the garden is expanding into his garden:

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Now we are heading back to our vehicles to drive south to Steve and John’s garden, where we will end our tour day.

Evan, Ann, Paul

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

We next toured Dave and Melissa’s garden just north of Oysterville.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

a human-made pond right off the deck

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Eucalyptus named Elvis (by Melissa)

Ann, Evan and Paul go into the woods

bamboo from previous owner escaping from a box

mysterious stone circle that Dave and Mel cleared out

the goddess of the stone circle checks her text messages

on the big septic mound garden

Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Now we are going to the Oysterville Garden.  See you there in an hour!

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Wednesday, 4 July, part one

We toured four gardens on July 4 with Ann, Evan, and Paul (those links go to each of their blogs), and I am publishing the whole tour today, but broken down into each garden so the posts will not be terribly long.  This is sort of what it would be like if you were actually touring with us in real time. So buckle up and don’t forget to bring a snack and to hydrate!

in Oysterville (Allan’s photo)

Martie and Steve’s Garden

Our day of touring four gardens began at Martie and Steve’s garden in Oysterville.

Many photos were taken.

Schefflera. (I am so happy Ann brought me one from Cistus.)

Allan’s photo

along the front

north side

Allan’s photo

Melianthus major

Allan’s photo

The croquet lawn

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

back deck, more scheffleras


back garden

Paul and the kitchen garden


Allan’s photo

view from the deck, sculpture and blueberries

Ann, Paul, and Evan

They have gone off botanizing in the far garden.

Willapa Bay in the distance

Allan’s photo

Someone had recently given Martie a gift of a Xera plant.

this one

view from inside


Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Next: Sea Star Acres




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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

I was a little intimidated by who was coming to visit my garden today: our friend Ann accompanied by Evan Bean from Plant Lust AND Paul Bonine from Xera Plants, who had not seen my garden before but whose nursery is the source of some of the plants in it.  I took the day off because they were not sure when they would arrive from Portland.  I did a little more weeding and fluffing of the garden and a lot of blogging about the Hardy Plant tour.

When they arrived in the early evening, my neighbour Rudder walked right into the garden with Evan.  Rudder never does that even though I try cozying up to him.

Rudder and Evan

Rudder in the garden

Rudder going home (Allan’s photo)

Evan, Paul, Ann

Allan’s photo

Ann (Allan’s photo)

me and Paul (Allan’s photo)

Evan and Ann (Allan’s photo)

Ann botanizing

She found seeds on my variegated Azara.

Allan’s photo

Ann always has an eye out for seeds and she sells seeds at her Spiffy Seeds site.  Ann also works at Cistus Nursery and had brought me some plants from there.  Evan brought me some starts from his garden.  I was happy.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo, Eryngium pandanifolium var. lesseauxii’ from Xera

Paul, me, Xera tag, photo by Ann Amato

Paul liked the garden.  Whew!

He identified some lost tag plants for me, ones I had bought from Xera via Pam Fleming’s former Gearhart nursery.

translation: Olearia traversii and Rhamnus alaternus ‘Variegata’

We took them for dinner at the Shelburne Pub, and for touring of the garden there, of course.  We were joined for dinner by Melissa and David (Sea Star Gardening).

Ann at the Shelburne

photo by Ann Amato, Nasturtium ‘Caribbean Cocktail’ (mix)

photo by Ann Amato

Paul Bonine at the Shelburne!

jambalaya at the Shelburne Pub

We lingered till after closing time and the staff were kind to let us do so.

after dinner (Allan’s photo): Paul, Dave, Evan, Ann

A perfect evening. To be followed by a perfect day.

Brace yourselves, because there will be four (comparatively short) posts tomorrow.  It will be like going garden touring here on the Long Beach Peninsula with us for all day July Fourth….exhausting and, I hope, fun.  I just can’t let this blog fall five days further behind with two more tour days (Grayland/Markham and, soon after, Tillamook) to blog about.






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In real time, this is tomorrow:

Monday, 2 July 2018

Long Beach

We tidied up the much neglected popouts on Ocean Beach Boulevard, because they will get lots of walk-bys on the Fourth of July.  These three popouts never get supplemental water.

little pop out before


sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

next little pop out before

after (Allan’s photos)

big pop out; so far, the roses are not too tall to block traffic sightlines.


after (Allan’s photos)

There is a fourth tiny popout that I completely forgot about.  Ooooops.

We dumped a load of debris.

in the pond at the city works yard (Allan’s photo)

We watered the street trees (Allan) and planters (both of us–18 trees and 36 plus planters).

Allan’s photo: oenothera on the run

busy town (Allan’s photo)

It is hard to make one’s way through with hose and buckets sometimes.

Salvia viridis, Cosmos ‘Pop Socks’, Geranium ‘Rozanne’, diascia (Allan’s photo)

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ and Alchemilla mollis (Allan’s photo)

Allium christophii and California poppies

No one asked about Alliums today.  The Fourth of July draws a different sort of crowd. I have noticed this before.

A snail tried a great escape from my bucket. I have a place where I release them.

Third Street intersection

The most sat upon planter with Calif poppy pushed over.

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ at Wind World Kites

Baskets by Basket Case Greenhouse

The smell of sugar for a block around Scoopers ice cream shop…

We need to find time to weed the pond garden….

Fifth Street Park

lots of Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’

sidalcea and Melianthus major


This veronica has to go…when we have time. Cutting back did not inspire new growth fast enough.

Shelburne Hotel

Allan did the watering while I focused on weeding.

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in time for July 4th…and hummingbird!  (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Hymenocallis narcissiflora (Allan’s photo) AKA Peruvian daffodil

north end front garden (with the dreaded variegated ground elder, right)

looking north

looking south from the entry

looking south from the north end

I had gotten the garden looking as good as possible in the time that I had, because we were expecting extra special company tomorrow and Wednesday to tour some peninsula gardens.

Allan went on to water the Ilwaco street trees and planters while I went home to do some more weeding in our garden to prepare for company.




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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Skooter, joining me for breakfast (berries from the garden)

The cats have been keeping a close eye on us since we got back from our five day trip.

I had much to do to get the garden ready for company.  I still felt slightly poorly but had not gotten a cold.

These two branches hanging over the front steps are a bit annoying, but I will leave them for the apples.

I did some weeding in the worst areas.  Skooter helped.

I repainted my bamboo poles.

a bright sight outside the garage

Callistemon ‘Woodlander’s Red’

Allan set up the supports for the stone bench.  Even those are heavy.  He cleverly made a pattern for the side of the bench top to plan where it will fit.

Allan’s photo

I halp! (Allan’s photo)

rolling the legs across the lawn, which he had just mowed.

Inspired by the tabletop garden at Old Goat Farm, I redid my neglected bogsy wood tabletop garden with some of my ladies in waiting.

Asplenium scolopendrium ‘Angustatum’

Athyrium filix-femina ‘Frizelliae’

Uvularia grandiflora

Asarum splendens

The table planting  had declined over the years to just the golden sedum that is now in the center front.

I will add more plants later…

I tackled one bogsy wood area.


20 minutes later

A drizzle turned to heavy enough rain to drive me inside.

I would wait to install the painted poles on Sunday because of the rain.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Allan went boating.  You can read about it on his blog; if you subscribe, you may have read it already.

Here is the driveway garden without the poles:

And after the poles were reinstalled (on short pieces of rebar that were left in the ground):

Here is the front garden without the poles (last night):

And with all the poles but turquoise (I was out of turquoise spray paint; Allan would get me some on his day out):

I like what I like.

Our friend Jan Bono stopped by with copies of her new book.  Allan took the cover photo, I helped with proofreading.

I recommend it. You could buy it by mail here.  Use the contact form to contact Jan.

I managed to get a few more ladies in waiting in the ground.

Penstemon ‘Carillo Purple’

Fascicularia pitcairnifolia, purchased from Dan Hinkley at the Hardy Plant weekend

I had asked Dan to recommend a plant that would be the envy of all.

A customer at Old Goat Farm recommended this Digitalis ‘Milk Chocolate’.

Clematis montana ‘Pink a Boo’ from Dan Hinkley

Allan returned in the evening with paint.  He had reminded me of some bamboo poles given me by our friend Bill Clearman! So I had several more to paint, which I did immediately.

Next morning before work: All the poles.



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