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Monday, 22 May 2017

I couldn’t stay at home with my friends, because we had many plants to plant.

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Smokey

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Frosty

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always in the mood for a belly rub

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Skooter on the front porch…

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blocking the door with his hind legs. “I couldn’t go to work today; my cat wouldn’t let me out.”

We did go to work, starting with picking up some more cosmos at

The Planter Box

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I could not resist this gorgeous clematis.

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a hot bright day

The temperature was already soaring, and would soon be up to 85 degrees F.

More clematis, that I did resist, so they might still be there for you:

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baby birds (Allan’s photo)

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little bitty poultry (Allan’s photo)

Erin’s garden

Melissa and Dave were working at our former job, Erin’s garden, and had some Agastaches and boxwoods for me among other Blooming treasures.  We stopped to load up the plants.  I was thrilled to see my old friend Felix:

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I’ve missed this guy!

Allan went up the stairs to look at our old garden.  I would not be surprised if those are our original santolinas from the creation of this garden several years ago.  It pleases me to see it looking so good.

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Long Beach

For the rest of the day, Allan took all but three of the photos.  My lack of enjoyment in the task of planting translates into not thinking about taking pictures.

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No plants stolen out of the most recently completely re-done planter.

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City crew member repairing the cracks from when it was driven into by an errant vehicle. They had been repaired, but needed to be mudded with a consistent color.

You can see from the lamp post flag, above, how very windy it had become.  For once, I did not mind the wind so much because it cooled the air.  However, at 20 mph, it was a little hard on the new plants we were planting.

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As we went around, I pruned Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ so that it will not be top heavy. Now the flowers will be smaller and the plants won’t splay open.

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I almost removed this stray elephant garlic just for looking like a silly onesie. It was saved by being hard to pull.

Because of the heat and wind, we had to water every planter into which we plopped cosmos starts, and each plant had to be pinched for bushier growth.

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one of our two watering apparatus

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We’re using agastaches from Blooming, via the Basket Case, for uppies by each pole.

I sent Allan to deal with the above planter.  I couldn’t face hacking into the running, aggressive Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’, left over from volunteer days.  (I think that often the volunteers just used to put in free starts from their own gardens.  Which is fine, except that free starts tend to be pushy plants.)

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The spot Allan battered out for the new plants probably won’t last for long before being encroached on again.

I swear we will redo that planter this fall, with a total dig out and new soil!

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The Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’ had better get giant quickly.

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Third Street Park. I wanted to go across and met that dog, The Mighty Quinn, but was too busy planting.  By the time I got over there with some cosmos, he was walking away.

Ilwaco

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utter chaos in the vehicle by the end of the day

We unloaded all the new plants onto the driveway so I could sort and water them.  Allan went off to water the Ilwaco planters with the first 2017 excursion of the water trailer.

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This is the second time this street tree pocket has looked like this. I think someone is helping themselves to golden marjoram starts.  Or lady’s mantle.  Speaking of invasive free plants, the trees were pretty much planted up with what we could find for free, back before there was a plant budget.

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Allan lent a hose to the local window washing crew, who had come up short from the nearest faucet.

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His loaner hose was not the best.

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the one shady planter….with some free hardy begonia transplants struggling a bit.

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last task: watering the post office garden

I had taken about the same out of time to sort and water all my new plants, then schlepping them to the ladies in waiting area.  My back hurt like the dickens.  Tomorrow: Planting Time continues.

 

 

 

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Ilwaco

I had had a bright idea several days ago of some shrub rearrangement at the J’s across the street.  Of three dwarf hydrangeas, one looked fairly good, one quite sad but with a few leaves, and one looks dead but has green underneath the bark when I scrape a stem.  Putting the good one in the middle would at least make the picture balanced.  And if the good one turns up its toes, we can replace it with three matching ones.  If not, we can maybe replace the outer ones with a matched set of two, so it won’t be off balance.

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before (Allan’s photos); the good hydrangea is off to the left.

Underneath the soil, Allan found landscape fabric.  That explains why so many of the shrubs were planted on mounds (by the previous owner, not the J’s).

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landscape fabric underneath! No wonder the shrubs could not get their roots down; no wonder they were tipped over sideway.


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replanted with the best one in the middle and with all three given some Dr Earth evergreen fertilizer.


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a tidy garden at the J’s

I got to pet a sweet dog at the post office.

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Allan’s photo

Further down the street, we saw our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and his buddy, Jackson.

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Jackson! (Allan’s photo)

On the way out of our town, we had one plant to put in at the main intersection and four at the Ilwaco city hall planters.

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PPR means Peninsula Poverty Response.  I should probably replace this leggy Erysimum, right?

Long Beach

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City Hall: The Basket Case baskets are hung up all over town now.

While Allan weeded and groomed Fifth Street Park, I checked on a couple of blocks worth of planters.

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Sparaxis in a planter. I need to plant this in every planter. It seems not that common in bulb catalogs.


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Sparaxis and Cerinthe major purpurascens


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a gorgeous tail wagger in a parked vehicle (taken from a distance so as not to get him too excited).


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NOOOOOO.  One of my special new orange bidens pulled right out of the soil in a planter.


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I had planted a matched pair to tone with this building.

The abused plant still looked alive at the base.  Remembering a live faucet on the outer wall of the Hungry Harbor across the street,  I filled my bucket partway, dunked the plant, lugged plant and water bucket back across, and trimmed and replanted the bidens with water in the hole, then clipped its partner plant to match in size.

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dogs big and little outside the Hungry Harbor

Last fall, I had had a big mystery while bulb planting.  A set of three special Camassia ‘Sacajawea’ bulbs had gone astray while I was planting Fifth Street Park.  I looked for them so hard.  Today, I saw the three of them about to bloom under one of the street trees (along with a noxious weed Iris pseudocorus that I had tried to get rid of).  How could this be?

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The camassia has variegated leaves.

I figured it out.  I was sorting bulbs and handing Allan sets of narcissi to plant under each street tree, and must have handed him the camassia by mistake.  I thought it would do well in the park where the soil is damp; I will try to transplant it later.  That tree, with its mess of vigorous hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) is not the best place to show off something special.

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Fifth Street Park, NW quadrant

You might agree with me that a trio of something tall and columnar would look great in that park.  I’m not supposed to plant anything taller than the fence!

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that big dog again


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I transplanted some red monarda, divided out from Vet Field garden last night, into this damp bed in the SW quadrant.


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Darmera peltata and gunnera in Fifth Street Park (SE quadrant)

Some of that red monarda would do well in the damp bed behind the gunnera, etc.  But will I remember for long enough to get some moved from Vet Field?

We took time to go to Abbraccio Coffee Bar.

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crossed dogs outside of Abbracci (I got to pet one). (Allan’s photo)


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A delightful Abbraccio break (with no checkers played)….I used to love to play checkers but honestly do not remember how.  Allan challenges his computer to chess on most nights.

I rushed out of the coffee car to meet a tiny Boston terrier…Lily, age 4 months…who was causing quite a sensation.

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Before leaving Long Beach, we dumped a small load of debris, mainly so I could ask the city crew to get the water turned on for the welcome sign garden (where we had pulled dead tulips at the beginning of our Long Beach time today).

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When we went to city works to dump debris, Allan found this marble in the pile.

The Planter Box

We picked up some cosmos for Long Beach and elsewhere.

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The big front greenhouse showed signs of a rush on annuals. (Allan’s photo)


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healthy Seashells mix cosmos (Allan’s photo)


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with Teresa, some desk-leaning rest

The Basket Case

The gardening grapevine (AKA Melissa) had told me that a Blooming Nursery truck had been seen on its way to Basket Case this morning.  We had to see what was new.

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plants overflowing in abundance


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Hot Toddy: cute name for a daylily. (I don’t collect daylilies, though.)


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I could not resist a new to me red salvia named ‘Free Speech’.


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per Blooming Nursery


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couldn’t resist some agastaches and echinaceas…

Another new feature: Penny, the grandparents’ dog, who is being dogsat this week.

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Allan’s photo


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my sweet, soft, adorable, and quietly talkative new friend Penny

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Darrell

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got me some penstemons and agastaches and lemon grass and more

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We drove north to KBC to plant some cosmos and to weed and tidy the garden.

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our good friend Bella (Allan’s photo)


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Clematis montana in evergreen huckleberry (Allan’s photo)


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horrifying bindweed pretending to belong (Allan’s photo), in the debris area behind the garage


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creeping buttercup removal featuring the ho mi tool (Allan’s photo)


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Mary, garden owner, edged outside the fenced garden. (Allan’s photo)


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Mary’s edging tools


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nicely edged


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belly rub time


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Bella will put her foot on your foot or arm to ask for more belly rubbing.


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fenced garden weeded and with cosmos planted


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bird bath view


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sit spot


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Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’


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the pond (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Although I was tired, we found the energy to plant some agastaches in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.  While I delegated the planting (which I so do not enjoy), I checked on the intersection of planters.

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This planter has the weedy, running, short season of bloom blue geranium (‘Johnson’s Blue’?), not nice, long blooming, well behaved Rozanne. I thought about re-doing it this spring. Did not get to it. Maybe in fall.  Originally planted by a volunteer.

We also found the energy to finish planting the two planters at Ilwaco City Hall.  We had meant to plant cosmos in the Kite Museum pocket garden and completely forgot to stop there.

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Allan amazed me by finding even MORE energy to mow (while I sat in my chair and read the scintillating news of the day).  Way out in the bogsy woods, he found that our bridge railing had just rotted away and fallen over.  The water in the swale had been up to the base of the railing for most of the winter.

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??!!??


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Later: Skooter wants to come in Allan’s window!


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Skooter

We now have two days off, except for maybe having to water all the newly planted Ilwaco planters on Sunday.  (Edited to add: Some drizzle on Friday night saved us from watering Sunday.  I hope we don’t regret waiting till Monday.)

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017, part one

Even though more unfortunate rain had arrived, it was not such a cold and windy rain, so we decided that we could polish off two jobs and two errands and make a pilgrimage to a favourite local garden (which deserves a post of its own, tomorrow).

The Anchorage Cottages

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not an ideal work day


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Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

I had brought four Nicotiana langsdorfii to plant.

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lots of narcissi deadheads  (Allan’s photo)


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sword fern unfurling (Allan’s photo)


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so much scilla in the center courtyard (was there when we first started this job years ago)


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center courtyard


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species tulips

Some of the larger tulips in the office courtyard had just gone all moldy from rain, leaving some pots empty till annuals planting time…which is fortunately coming up soon.

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just sad

I was going to put the little pot into the big pot, above, for some interest, but the sides of the little pot were also sadly moldy.  (Manager Beth said she will clean it and do the tiered pot arrangement.)

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My favourite Tulip ‘Green Wave’ still looked good.


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Spring bulb window boxes will be switched out for summer ones soon.

The Planter Box

We made a brief stop to buy some fertilizer and check on our cosmos seedlings.  I did not actually walk back to look at them, just got a good report from Teresa.

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potted narcissi for sale


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Soon we will be shopping in the big greenhouse.  Mother’s Day is my target date to start planting annuals.


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Allan’s photo

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Even though the rain and wind were increasing, we knew KBC would be more sheltered from wind and figured we could stand an hour of weeding and deadheading, and we did.

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Clematis in bloom


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clematis and evergreen huckleberry (Allan’s photo)


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ajuga at its best (Allan’s photo)


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Pieris


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Euphorbia characias wulfenii (deer proof, outside the fence


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driveway garden


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in the fenced garden


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fringed tulips (Allan’s photo)

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narcissus


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lilies and Thalictrum ‘Elin’


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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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Tulips ‘Green Wave’ and ‘Flaming Spring Green’


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tree peony buds


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more tulips

Mary had placed out some new dianthus to plant.  Allan planted them.

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Now we have more chives to plant in the port gardens!

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Mary and me

We visited the rain drenched garden in Oysterville (next post) and checked on the way home if some interesting new shrubs had arrived at

The Basket Case….

where we learned that said shrubs were being fetched today.

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at The Basket Case


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tomato in a bag


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Basket Case doggie

We were cold and wet and yet very pleased to have the Anchorage and KBC done for this week.  Now we can focus completely on parade garden prep during the next three days that are supposed to deliver nicer weather.

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Saturday, 16 July 2016

After a gloriously satisfying garden tour day, we spent a couple of hours in Aberdeen before the hour and a half drive home.  We parked at this intersection to go to our first destination.

downtown Aberdeen

downtown Aberdeen

Kurt Cobain Days were in session, with a grunge band playing in a lot next to this building and lots of folks in attendance.

Kurt Cobain Days were in session, with a grunge band playing in a lot next to this building and lots of folks in attendance.  Kudos to whoever cares for the hanging baskets.

Nirvana t shirts (Allan's photo)

Nirvana t shirts (Allan’s photo)

We visited the garden store which had been one of the ticket sellers for the tour.

Marshall's Garden and Pets

Marshall’s Garden and Pet

I was smitten with the Dramm sprinklers.  The clerk told us how the works are different from other sprinklers and make them last indefinitely instead of the usual breaking down after a year.  (Allan remembers exactly what was said and may fill in here.)  I imagined how much better these colourful sprinklers would look on our sprinkler posts, but even on sale they were about $30 each and I felt I could only afford one.  Can you guess which colour I picked?

This trio of colours matches our house.

This trio of colours matches our house.

The shop carried ho-mis, our favourite hand tool.

The shop carried ho-mis, our favourite hand tool.

the plant area (Allan's photo)

the plant area (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Here is Mahonia 'Soft Touch', which I had recently acquired at the collectors' plant sale at the Hardy Plant weekend.

Here is Mahonia ‘Soft Touch’, which I had recently acquired at the collectors’ plant sale at the Hardy Plant weekend.

a nice selection of heucheras

a nice selection of heucheras

and hens and chicks

and hens and chicks

I wish I had bought that Fatsia hedera. I deluded myself into thinking I already had it...but that was at my former garden!

I wish I had bought that Fatshedera. I deluded myself into thinking I already had it…but that was at my former garden!

I did get myself another Rudbeckia. Not this one, 'Little Goldstar' instead. And an interesting climber, Hydrangea integrifolia.

I did get myself another Rudbeckia. Not this one, ‘Little Goldstar’ instead. And an interesting climber, Hydrangea integrifolia.

Marshall’s would be a worthwhile detour if we still went to Seattle sometimes.

an interesting mural downtown

I wish my photo of this interesting historic postcard mural downtown had turned out better.  We were at a stoplight at the time.

Next, we explored Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop.

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Allan’s photo

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A full sized speeder bike would be an awesome ornament for our bogsy wood.

A full sized speeder bike (Return of the Jedi) would be an awesome ornament for our bogsy wood.

This smaller model was still out of my price range.

This smaller model was still out of my price range.

Perhaps a Millenium Falcon? I used to have one, not quite this big, that fell by the wayside somehow during our move to the beach.

Perhaps a Millenium Falcon? I used to have one, not quite this big, that fell by the wayside somehow during our move to the beach.

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Allan’s photo

The store was packed with shoppers. (Allan's photo)

The store was packed with shoppers. (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

Outdoors again, I admired the handsome tree grate.

Outdoors again, I admired the handsome tree grate.

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Allan’s photo

...and realized this must be the shop owner's vehicle.

…and realized this must be the shop owner’s vehicle.

The mural on the side of the building is what had brought our attention to the shop when we had visited Aberdeen in March for a medical appointment.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I searched Trip Advisor for a place to eat and found a well-reviewed Salvadoran restaurant.  (A lunch spot in Cosmopolis, called Luna Rana, had been recommended to us by one of the Master Gardeners: “Best potato salad at any restaurant, and the sandwiches are terrific.” It closed at four so we missed out on the tater salad.)

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La Salvadorena, Allan’s photo

I would eat here frequently if I lived in Aberdeen.

I would eat here frequently if I lived in Aberdeen.

We tried four different flavours of pupusa, which I have never had before and now want to eat daily.

We tried four different flavours of pupusa, which I have never had before and now want to eat daily.

My mouth waters remembering this tastiness. (Allan's photo)

My mouth waters remembering this tastiness. (Allan’s photo)

an excellent carne asada dinner

an excellent carne asada dinner

on the road again: a farm stand I might frequent if I lived here

on the road again: a downtown Aberdeen farm stand I might frequent if I lived here

leaving Aberdeen

leaving Aberdeen

and…home again to pick up our mail at our little post office.

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I’m left with many thoughts about why Aberdeen appeals to me so much.  It feels like a working class area without as much of a class divide as exists here at the beach. I’d like to live in a place that had so many avid gardeners but is still not a big city.

The unpretentious nature of the Aberdeen garden tour, the consistently excellent gardens, the perfect garden grooming and plant diversity, and the welcoming host of knowledgeable volunteers at each garden had given us such a good day.   I look forward to next year’s tour and hope that I can encourage more gardening friends to make the drive to attend, whether it is in Aberdeen or one of its neighbouring towns.

Buried here at the bottom of this extra post,  is this news:  I recently removed myself as administrator of  the Facebook page for the local Long Beach Peninsula garden tour because of creative differences.  That is a big change in my life, at least from April through July of each year.  Because creating a beautiful page had been so important to me for the past four or five years, I found an able person to pass the page on to so that I felt comfortable with the decision (rather than just abandoning it to an uncertain fate).  I wish them good gardens and continued success and we will buy tickets to attend their tour on any year that it does not conflict with the Aberdeen area tour.  

Never having been a believer in the “when one door closes, another always opens” theory, I was pleased that in this case it all worked out for the best with our discovery of the Aberdeen Master Gardener tour.  I can honestly say that even on tours in Seattle and Portland, it is rare to experience a tour where every garden is one that I find inspirational, beautiful, and satisfying.  So from a disheartening situation, a new door did open and I was glad to share in the previous seven posts the hidden gardens “behind the garden gate” that we otherwise would have missed.

Next: back to the workaday world as I long for time in my own garden (and Allan longs for time to go boating).

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

garden 18: Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

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the enormous iris display garden, past iris bloom season

the enormous iris display garden, past iris bloom season

allium balls floating above the iris beds

allium balls floating above the iris beds

I will confess I was so hot that I did not take a walk down the tempting grass paths.

I will confess I was so hot that I did not take a walk down the tempting grass paths. Now I do wish I had done so.

It turned out that THIS was the shuttle to the personal garden of the owner.

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Allan’s photo

Fortunately, when the driver saw me hobbling with my cane, he gave us directions for how to drive our van over and park near the private garden.

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a green oasis set among brown fields

the access road to the garden

the access road to the garden

satellite view of the wonderland we are about to explore

satellite views of the wonderland we are about to explore

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I fear now that I might have missed the path on the left edge of the garden.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Because it was 85 degrees, I was so happy to take a path into the shade.

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Ray himself presided over the garden entrance and some cookies and ice water.

Ray himself presided over the garden entrance and some cookies and ice water.

and a little dog too (Allan's photo; I think the dog was a guest)

and a little dog too (Allan’s photo; I think the dog was a guest)

entrance to the garden around the house

entrance to the garden around the house

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I felt privileged to enter this space.

I felt privileged to enter this space.

This garden was my favourite today (closely followed by the last garden of the day).  Walk with me while we try to look at every aspect of it.

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a rain chain waterfall

a rain chain waterfall

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garden greeter

garden greeter

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love the multi colored house

love the multi colored house

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lots more trees and shrubs in pots in the gardens around the house...making me want big pots at home.

lots more trees and shrubs in pots in the gardens around the house…making me want big pots at home.

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Allan’s photo

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The steps to the deck were railingless. I asked Allan to go up there take photos of everything.

The steps to the deck were railingless. When I found Allan again, I asked him to go up there take photos of everything.  I wish I had tried harder.  Getting up is not the problem; getting down without a railing is.  I had overheard a tourgoer say “That’s where all the special treasures are”.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: I wonder if this is Acer 'Carnival' like the one I bought at Dancing Oaks.

Allan’s photo: I wonder if this is Acer ‘Carnival’ like the one I bought at Dancing Oaks.

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Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo. As you can see, it turned out to be a raised patio rather than a wooden deck.

Allan’s photo. As you can see, it turned out to be a raised patio rather than a wooden deck.

abutilon (Allan's photo)

abutilon (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Taking grassy paths away from the tightly planted house garden, we found wide paths among large mixed borders.

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A greenhouse from which almost everything had been planted. Very few ladies in waiting here.

A greenhouse from which almost everything had been planted. Very few ladies in waiting here.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo...at one of the edges of the garden

Allan’s photo…at one of the edges of the garden

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I wonder if the hoses meant that he does a lot of hand watering.

I wonder if the hoses meant that he does some hand watering.

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over a stream, a bridge with benches

over a stream, a bridge with benches

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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astrantia, one of Mr. Tootlepedal's favourite flowers.

astrantia, one of Mr. Tootlepedal’s favourite flowers.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I had wandered back to the house again.

I had wandered back to the house again.

I went round this garden twice and I wish I was still there.

looking back: I want to be there now.

I am sure I missed something, or many things, and have been ejected from paradise.

Next: three small gardens

 

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Hardy Plant Study Weekend in Salem, Oregon

Grand Hotel, Salem

from the Grand Hotel: goodbye to our view of Salem

from the Grand Hotel: goodbye to our view of Salem

a plaza with hanging baskets

a plaza with hanging baskets

and sculptures

and sculptures

in the distance: train tracks and a mysterious globe

in the distance: train tracks and a mysterious globe

kudos to the hotel for a good room design with a divider between sleeping and sitting areas.

kudos to the hotel for a good room design with a divider between sleeping and sitting areas.

At breakfast, we overheard another Hardy Planter saying that the fourth garden of the list of eight on today’s tour was south, and all the others were north.  We saved considerable driving time by going to the Salem garden first (even though it meant a late arrival to the plant sales at the first official stop of the day).

garden 20: Laveryne’s Garden

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The front garden was indeed a show stopper.

The front garden was indeed a show-stopper.

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I do love a boardwalk anywhere in a garden.

I do love a boardwalk anywhere in a garden.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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bountiful arrays of clematis

bountiful arrays of clematis

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into the back garden

into the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a hedge of clematis

a hedge of clematis

Just over this privacy hedge was a vast ballfield.

Just over this privacy hedge was a vast ballfield.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

clematis embracing lilies

clematis embracing lilies

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dahlias and the ballfield

dahlias and the ballfield

salvias and conifers

salvias and conifers

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looking back at the garden

looking back at the garden

Allan's photo. Allan says: According to http://www.tractordata.com the Bolens 800 garden tractor was only built from 1963 to 1965, over fifty years ago.

Allan’s photo. Allan says: According to http://www.tractordata.com the Bolens 800 garden tractor was only built from 1963 to 1965, over fifty years ago.

We couldn’t linger because of wanting to get to the plant sales while the pickings were still good, so on we drove to…

garden 17: Sebright Nursery

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After we parked in a grassy field, I made a beeline to the vendors.  It was hot, by the way, in the upper 80s.

I don't think there were ten vendors...maybe five...unless I missed some.

I don’t think there were ten vendors…maybe five…unless I missed some.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the famous and affable Roger Gossler.

the famous and affable Roger Gossler.

Dan Hinkley and a hardy planter

Dan Hinkley and a hardy planter

This is when I succumbed to Hacquetia ‘Thor’, and a hardy begonia.  Dan said I had a good eye and had made two excellent choices.  I said he must say that to everyone, but he said not so.  😉

amusing Dan Hinkley tag.

amusing Dan Hinkley tag, photographed at Dancing Oaks the previous evening.

Allan with my acquisitions from Windcliff and from Secret Garden Growers.

Allan with my acquisitions from Windcliff and from Secret Garden Growers.

While I was browsing the Secret Garden Growers table, I overheard one of the owners quote a garden lecturer as having spoken of planting in “generous drifts of one”…what Ann Lovejoy calls the “onesies” of the plant collector.  Or ones-sie-ing, which is impossible to spell.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Hardy planters admiring a cool acquisiton.

Hardy planters admiring a cool acquisiton. (Allan’s photo)

Having spent another small fortune, we walked down a long road to the Sebright display garden and nursery.

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display gardens

display gardens

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Arisaema candidissima

Arisaema candidissima

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

welcome shade

welcome shade

It was so hot that I must admit I did not walk over to that bed.

It was so hot that I must admit I did not walk over to the gazebo.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: He liked the way this dierama had space to show off its form.

Allan’s photo: He liked the way this dierama had space to show off its form.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

hostas, Sebright's specialty

hostas, Sebright’s specialty

My three hostas at home are all pathetic, snail-chewed things.  At garden after garden on the hardy plant tour, I had seen gorgeous, perfect hostas, all probably from this renowned nursery.

Hardy Planters, including Lucy Hardiman (in purple top) and Nancy Goldman (right).

Hardy Planters, including Lucy Hardiman (in purple top) and Nancy Goldman (right).

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how so perfect? how?

how so perfect? how?

cardiocrinum (center); the snails always get mine before it barely starts.

cardiocrinum (center); the snails always get mine before they barely start.

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the nursery

the nursery

I did acquire a choice Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’ and wish I could have acquired more plants.  I was daunted by having to carry them up the hill, and because Allan’s back was still “out”, I could not load him down like a pack pony.

a small purchase (Allan's photo)

a small purchase (Allan’s photo)

On the way out, Allan photographed this amazing flower; I had to ask on Facebook for an identification:

Caesalpinia gilliesii . Bob Nold said probably easy from seed and is hardy in Denver.

Caesalpinia gilliesii . Bob Nold said probably easy from seed and is hardy in Denver.

Next: an iris nursery and owner’s personal garden

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Ilwaco

We began by gathering bucket water at the boatyard for that one unwatered bed in Ilwaco, the one with the water turned off at an unoccupied building.

While pulling a few weeds, I met a lovely woman from Belgium and New Mexico who was photographing the garden and we had an enjoyable talk about the flowers.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

She loved the ceanothus and the Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'.

She loved the ceanothus and the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’.

Vivian. I hope to hear from her. (Allan's photo)

Vivian. I hope to hear from her. If I do, I will mail her some poppy seeds.  (Allan’s photo)

boatyard garden

boatyard garden

Ceanothus and Flanders Field poppies

Ceanothus and Flanders Field poppies

bucket watering

bucket watering

nearby: We do not care for this particular curbside garden at all except for pulling a big dandelion now and then.

nearby: We do not care for this recently pruned curbside garden at all except for pulling a big dandelion now and then.

I pulled some yellowing poppies and we planted three different kinds of Rudbeckias at the post office.

I pulled some yellowing poppies and we planted three different kinds of Rudbeckias at the post office.

post office close up

post office close up

volunteer post office garden with poppy glory almost over

volunteer post office garden with poppy glory almost over

kitty hanging out by the post office

kitty hanging out by the post office

Red Barn Arena

We checked on the watering.  I was glad we did because some of the barrels are just not getting enough.

the sad sight of thirsty plants

the sad sight of thirsty plants

Allan watering

Allan watering the happier barrel that is sheltered from north wind

All I can do is leave reminders and encouragement….as we only visit here once a week.

Diane’s garden

Next door at Diane and Larry’s, we chatted with Diane who has retired and therefore will have time to keep her own garden well watered.

Also got to see my good friend Misty, whose getting some problems in the hind legs. Makes me sad.

Also got to see my good friend Misty, whose getting some problems in the hind legs. Makes me sad.

our audience

our audience

me and Diane

me and Diane

Basket Case Greenhouse

On a quest to get a Salvia ‘May Night’ to replace one that disappeared from Veterans Field, I found an Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’, which is pink enough (dark pink) to replace the one that was stolen from a Long Beach planter earlier this week.  So I won’t have to take the one that Melissa offered.

Allan told me to look happy, taking me by surprise!

Allan told me to look happy, taking me by surprise!

the perennials house

the perennials house

the annuals house

the annuals house

This plant is just not selling, except for the one I bought.

Azara integrifolia variegata

Azara integrifolia variegata

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I hate to see them languishing unbought, but I only needed one!

The Anchorage Cottages

By two o clock, we were at The Anchorage, with a sense of ease.  We had plenty of time to do three more jobs, even our most northern one.  A huge difference has been made by not having Golden Sands anymore.  That one and a half to two hours extra per week has made it possible to put all the “small” jobs on one day and translated into an extra day a week off.

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Mitzu runs to greet me. (Allan's photo)

Mitzu runs to greet me. (Allan’s photo)

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Buddleia already browning off. (We keep it well deadheaded.) I think it is 'Lochinch'.

Buddleia already browning off. We keep it well deadheaded. (Allan’s photo)

a small edging project, before...

a small edging project, before…

and after

and after

We now have time to do little projects like that instead of always rushing.  Life is better.

Callas needed deadheading.

Several clumps of callas needed deadheading, which means pulling out the whole stem. (Allan’s photo)

dead callas

dead callas (Allan’s photo)

Finally found a spot for a hamamelis that will be so glad to be out of a big pot.

Finally found a spot for a hamamelis that will be so glad to be out of a big pot.  (Allan’s photo)

climbing hydrangea and blue hydrangea

climbing hydrangea and blue hydrangea

Allan fertilized the pots.

Allan fertilized the pots…

and the windowboxes

and the windowboxes

center courtyard

center courtyard

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Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

The Planter Box

We had time to stop at The Planter Box just for our own amusement.  I wanted some pulp pots, and to see what new plants they might have.  Got a dark red astrantia and a dark blue campanula.  I like pulp pots: simple, natural looking, cheap, and they last for several years.

pulp pots

pulp pots

lots of cosmos left

lots of cosmos left

roses

roses

roses

roses

more roses

more roses

and a rose

and a rose

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Allan up-potted this handsome hamamelis.

Allan up-potted this handsome hamamelis.

I recently learned that Hamamelis do well in large pots.

I recently learned that Hamamelis do well in large pots. (Allan’s photo)

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

view from the greenhouse door

view from the greenhouse door

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Allan did a great job of pruning the yellowing leaves off the bottom of Thalictrum 'Elin' (right)

Allan did a great job of pruning the yellowing leaves off the bottom of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ (right)

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Asiatic lily

Asiatic lily

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Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii

birdbath view

birdbath view

driveway garden

driveway garden

Marilyn’s Garden

We had plenty of time to drive north to Marilyn’s garden, weed, and plant some rudbeckias, before our dinner engagement.

view from the driveway

view from the driveway

looking south

looking south

looking north

looking north

looking west from the back porch steps

looking west from the back porch steps

Todd had a brilliant solution when I said this was the last place where I still had big bronze fennel.  Just deadhead it!  I always have left the seedheads on, because they are so attractive in winter, and then had a veritable lawn of seedlings…which is why it is a class 2 noxious weed.  From now on, I will grow it here only for the luscious foliage and for the flowers before they go to seed.

allium assortment

allium assortment

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elephant garlic

elephant garlic

from the street just before we leave

from the street just before we leave

We got done in time to stop at Long Beach’s Veterans Field and plant that Salvia ‘May Night’ before meeting Dave and Melissa at…

The Depot Restaurant

We held our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang at the Depot’s burger night this week because of a busy Thursday schedule for Dave and Melissa.

the penultimate burger night of the season

the penultimate burger night of the season

with a starter of their award winning clam chowder

with a starter of their award winning clam chowder

Not another photo was taken as we all chowed down on our burgers.  By the end of dinner, Melissa had rearranged her schedule and we decided to meet again on Thursday night at the Cove because there is always more gardening to talk about.

my new plants from The Planter Box

my new plants from The Planter Box


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 8: 11:30-5:15 cloudy in AM and then sunny

Another good day.  I worked to 3:00 finishing weeding and cultivating the berry rows (that’s the job I started last Friday).  I transplanted some seedlings.  I moved trees around in the shop and raised the two end lights.  That helped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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