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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.

Allan's photo

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.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Outdoors again, I admired the handsome tree grate.

Outdoors again, I admired the handsome tree grate.

Allan's photo

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.)

Allan's photo

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.

Allan's photo

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.

Allan's photo

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.

Allan's photo

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

Klipsan Beach Cottages

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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Thursday, 12 May 2016

Woke up at six AM…first thoughts were of the Job in Jeopardy.  Only a tiny sip of ZZZquil (perhaps leading to memory loss) let me return to slumber and get more than four hours of sleep.  I will be glad when this situation is resolved so I can move on mentally!  I should hear an answer by tomorrow (Friday the 13th).

Long Beach

We began the methodical planting of the Long Beach planters with the short cosmos near the centers and enough trailing plants to fill up the edges.  Each plant had to be burbled first in a bucket (pot held under water till it stops bubbling) and each planter had to be thoroughly watered, with water in each planting hole, because our weather has been so dry.  Each plant gets a dose of Dr Earth granular fertilizer mixed with some Quench (a natural corn starch product that helps the soil stay moist between waterings, giving us perhaps one extra day between each watering).

I only took two photos during work time, of the display at the Wooden Horse gift shop.  I loved the dragonfly screen but it was over $100.

Wooden Horse gift shop

Wooden Horse gift shop

a handmade dragonfly screen was worth the price; I hope the artist would get a goodly amount.

a handmade dragonfly screen was worth the price; I hope the artist would get a goodly amount.

The rest of the workday photos are Allan’s.

planting trailies

planting trailies; headband shows I had a headache.

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While focused on planting, one must also be aware of traffic.

Cosmos pinched so they will get chubby.

Cosmos pinched so they will get chubby.

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Could not resist trying this cute little trailing chenille plant. It will not do well with being sat upon and may not be as drought tolerant as I crave.

Could not resist trying this cute little trailing chenille plant. It will not do well with being sat upon and may not be as drought tolerant as I crave.  I try to plant red to go with red paint trim, and so on.

new Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' to replace old leggy ones.

new Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ to replace old leggy ones.

Planting blue flowers by the police station.

Planting blue flowers by the police station.  The orange California poppy crept in on its own.

Owner of Wind World Kites, across from the Bakery, likes the Crocosmia 'Lucifer'; we've taken it out of other planters as its period of bloom is short and it is too pushy.

Owner of Wind World Kites, across from the Bakery, likes the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’; we’ve taken it out of other planters as its period of bloom is short and it is too pushy.

I was stressed about time, as the job was, as always, taking longer than I had hoped.  By three thirty, after much anxious clock watching, we had cleared enough space in the van to take a break and go pick up the next wave of plants.

The Planter Box 

We collected more trailing plants for the edges and some more cosmos, short and tall, and some plants we would need tomorrow.

ornamental grasses, daylilies and more at The Planter Box

ornamental grasses, daylilies and more at The Planter Box

The Basket Case

plants lined up on the counter

plants lined up on the counter

checking my list twice

checking my list twice

Fred adding up

Fred adding up

back to Long Beach

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden marjoram

Cerinthe major purpurascens and golden marjoram

We pushed as hard as we could to get done before our weekly garden club dinner, and failed.  Five planters remained unplanted.  At 6:45, one intersection had not yet been watered and we were out of time…till I checked my phone and saw a text that Dave and Melissa were also running late.  We hurried to water the last four planters on the last intersection of the day and headed to dinner only ten minutes late.

a rose in the last planter to be watered; one of the planters with lots of shrubby plants from volunteer days, no room for cosmos or trailies!

a rose in the last planter to be watered; one of the planters with lots of shrubby plants from volunteer days, no room for cosmos or trailies!

The Cove Restaurant

We all agreed that during this busiest of gardening seasons, we will have to make our reservation for later than 7 PM next time.

me, Dave, Melissa, in the foyer at the Cove

me, Dave, Melissa, in the foyer at the Cove

darling Sondra, owner of the Cove Restaurant at the Peninsula Golf Course.

darling Sondra, owner of the Cove Restaurant at the Peninsula Golf Course.

refreshing salads all round

refreshing salads all round

Allan's fish and chips

Allan’s fish and chips

my middle eastern spicy chicken dish

my middle eastern spicy chicken dish

Dave's noodle bowl

Dave’s noodle bowl

lemon mascarpone cheese cake

lemon mascarpone cheese cake

The four of us gardeners were so very tired and yet managed to carry on the usual amusing (to us) conversation.

at the end, Melissa sleepy with leftovers wrapped by Sondra into a swan

at the end, Melissa sleepy with leftovers wrapped by Sondra into a swan

Tomorrow, we must finish planting the leftover Long Beach planters.

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1995 (age 71):

May 12:  Repotted cuke plants.  They are so tall.  I’m not sure they will survive transplanting.  If they don’t I’ll replant direct in garden.  Planted several pots of last year’s marigold seeds into plant trays in greenhouse.

1997 (age 73):

May 12:  Moved boxes and boxes of my pots etc from garage to shed to make room for yard sale stuff.  Weeded in patio flower bed.

1998 (age 74):

May 12: Still cool and rainy so I started checking my violets.  I reduced the width of the plants by removing the outer two rows of leaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday, 22 April 2016

The day began so rainy that I thought it might allow us to only get some essential Long Beach deadheading done.  The weather-induced late start meant that we did not get to Klipsan Beach Cottages and Golden Sands gardens as intended.  I told myself that they would surely be fine for five more days or so.

The Planter Box

We took the time to go to The Planter Box and use the rainy mid morning to clip back our cosmos being grown in the back green house.  It is so wonderful to have few enough jobs that I actually have time, for the first time in several years, to check on the cosmos now and “pinch” it.

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Allan’s photo


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at The Planter Box


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trimming the cosmos to make it bushier and not leggy; will start planting it around Mother’s Day.  This can be done by “pinching” with fingers or with clippers.

Long Beach

The weather, while windy, cleared up enough to make it possible to finish deadheading the Long Beach planters (started on Wednesday) and Veterans Field.

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Tulip ‘Formosa’ (and an old ‘Bleu Aimable’


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rhododendrons and the Long Beach gazebo


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Cerinthe major purpurascens across from the police station


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planter with golden oregano about to get too rampant


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Dutch iris (Allan’s photo)


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Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’, N. ‘New Baby’, Tulip ‘Strong Gold’


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I’m excited about the new to me me ‘New Baby’ narcissus, late blooming to go with ‘Baby Moon’

 

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Sadly, no time for lunch at the delicious Kabob Cottage


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Allan got two buckets of weeds out of the Vet Field beds.  (Allan’s photo)


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Vet Field garden (Allan’s photo)

Having gotten enough deadheading and weeding done to move on, we addressed the drifts of spent tulips in the Long Beach welcome sign planter.

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before

We made a trip to city works with the debris (lots of horsetail) and got enough soil to fluff up the front of the sign, and planted some geraniums ‘Rozanne’ alternating with ‘Orion’ (which is supposed to be even better than Rozanne).  I consider it too early to plant the annuals which will fill it out.

I had realized partway through that it was high time to dig out the thickly multiplied narcissi along the front.  It had gotten too thick and tall.  I moved some to the back and put some in buckets. Next fall, we will have the tulips in front.  Now, I have three buckets of extra narcissi to plant on the berms (something I don’t in the least feel like doing but I shall).  It was hard work and I know I missed some bulbs so will be removing more in the fall.

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after

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before, with lots of horsetail


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after; have used up my mulch pile and need more.

We weeded the west side of Fifth Street Park and I finished up the east side while Allan went back to the difficult center berm weeding job.

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Fifth Street Park, NE side


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I disturbed this little one’s evening.


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The nice guy from the Title Company and I were discussing how the BadAster keeps coming back.

I joined Allan at the berm where he was struggling with slow progress in hard packed thick weeds.

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before (Allan’s photo)


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Allan’s photo

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I found that even the heavy pick swung full force simply bounced off the weeds and so I got out the string trimmer in a state of high dudgeon.

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strimmed…good enough?


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after (Allan’s photo)

While dumping weeds at city works (again), I pondered further about how I felt that string trimming was just not good enough to allow the erasure of the third berm from the work board, even though I so want to, and then had a flash of hope: Perhaps next week, I can get that weedy “lawn” out with the half moon edger!  I’d even bought some poppy seeds to plant if only we could get the ground clear.  HUMANS WILL WIN!  (I hope.)

We had carried some plants for the planters around all day and had not got them planted, nor had I gotten more than just a few narcissi replanted in the south berm, nor had I remembered to take a photo of the rather good looking south berm, nor had we made it to KBC or Golden Sands at all.  Even so, I declared a three day weekend because life is short.

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at home (Allan’s photo)

Allan captured the intense sunset. 




For those who like the Grandma Scrapbooks blog, I’ve published a new post there.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 71):

April 22: Finished planting 9in pots) the rest of the Foster Farms.  Planted the pansy plants in baskets.  Planted the fuchsia plants in baskets.

1997 (age 73):

April 22:  gray and damp.  Went out to plant strawberries but ended up working on one row moving new daughter plants from middle of row and trimming and/or replanting other plants within the row.  After about 2 hours I was rained in.

1998 (age 74):

April 22 noon-5:00   I worked all this time transplanting tomato seedlings into pots using compost with mushroom compost.  When I thought it was 3:00 and I came in to take a break and was surprised to see it was 5:00 so I closed up shop and came in.  Rec’d the fall Dutch Gardens catalog!

 

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The simple fact that I had four new kinds of oriental lilies, 9 bulbs each, inspired me to go to three north end jobs that I felt needed more of that wonderful flower. Weeding and deadheading happened, too.

On the way, we took a bouquet to our dear friend Jenna (Queen La De Da).

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flowers on their way to Jenna

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Our sweet Jenna

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Our volunteer garden at the Post Office got one each of lilies.

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I wish all the tulips in the post office bed would hurry up!

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a quick weeding

Golden Sands Assisted Living…

…got two each of the lilies. Golden Sands garden is also slow to get started.  If my test results come back good and I don’t have to start a new round of medical things, I hope to add some mulch to it soon.  On the way up, we’d seen that the Planter Box now has the “cow fiber” mulch!  It is so hard to get it into this garden through the hallways…and Allan would have to do all the wheelbarrowing.  Just one yard would help.

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NW quadrant.  As always, mulch would be good for this garden.

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some early tulips by the dining room at Golden Sands

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NE quadrant, Golden Sands, still so very drab

Marilyn’s garden

Marilyn’s got two each of the four lilies, or was it one each?  One. I think.

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Allan’s photo

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looking south at Marilyn’s

I went on a rampage against the Bad Aster in the driveway bed and had Allan dig out a big clump of Tradescantia that was infested it.  Tradescantia bores me anyway.  One small piece got saved and replanted on the other side of the driveway.

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OUT with the aster-ridden spiderwort

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view southwest from the street’ ferns are unfurling in foreground

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Allan’s photo, sword fern

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view west from the porch.

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looking north

Marilyn’s daughter Nancy told me that not only do deer stroll this path daylily—so do coyotes…so Scooter is brought in at night.

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Scooter grew up wild so likes to be outdoors.

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Scooter rolling about in the garden.

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Marilyn’s garden as we depart

Klipsan Beach Cottages

KBC got one each of the four lilies.

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It was time to remove the winter signs as the garden is awake now.

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by the garage

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deep red tulips

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more tulips

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Narcissi

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hellebores

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primroses and pieris

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sword fern unfurling

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a delicate double primrose

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Hellebore ‘Sparkling Diamond’

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Podophyllum

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Allan’s photo

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rhododendron

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gunnera in the swale garden (Allan’s photo)

The dappled woods around the A Frame garden holds the largest display of narcissi.

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The A Frame garden

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

Basket Case Greenhouse

I’m so bad at answering my phone that I had missed a message from Basket Case Fred last Friday saying the nursery was open with a new shipment of perennials.  I found the message while checking my phone looking for medical phone calls (none).  So we went over there to get some photos for their Facebook page and to buy just a few plants.

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Me pondering the variegation colour of the Azara I had ordered

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garden art

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perennial greenhouse filling up

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pansies and violas

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That’s our friend with a goodly assortment of garden art.

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more garden art

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a little canned ham trailer with wings!

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Our friend Shadow jumped right into our van, because it used to be his van.

On the way home, we checked the boatyard garden.  The horsetail is coming up; I still think we can put off weeding it for another week.

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

home

Home, with daylight left, I planted two each of the lilies in my own back garden, along with two plants from Basket Case: Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’ and Symphytum variegata…a comfrey, raved about by Ken Druse, but…a comfrey so I’m a little filled with dread.

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looking north from the bogsy woods

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Allan mowed ours and Nora’s

I have left out considerable whining about having a really horribly bad time with my knee this afternoon.  It went completely “out” for awhile at the Basket Case and distracted me from my plant purchases.  Nevertheless, I got one (measly) bucket of the many weeds pulled at home.

I’m mystified by my other plant purchase, labeled Azara variegata.

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I thought it was going to be like my Azara microphylla variegata.  But no, it is yellow in variegation.  So maybe it’s Azara integrifolia variegata…but that is still described as having white margins.  I have to Google some more about this one.

I uploaded photos to the Klipsan Beach Cottages page and the Basket Case page, took photos of my grandma’s old recipe cards for the grandma blog, wrote up this post, and now at 10 PM it is time for dinner and Survivor.  (If I had to cook dinner, too, this would be impossible, so thanks to Allan we eat.)

A couple of guest photos:

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“The thrillium of the trillium” is Melissa’s caption (Sea Star Gardening) when she texted me this today.

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Todd Wiegardt (Willapa Gardening) planted a new bed at his brother’s gallery.  Why didn’t we ever think of that?

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 73):

March 16: 12:15-3:45.  Today I started digging out the rows of strawberries by the asparagus rows.  I trimmed the plants and heeled them into the 2 large square trays.  When I finish digging them I’ll start trimming up the strawberry patch and interplant these in the rows.

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