Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘our garden’ Category

Saturday, 20 May 2017

I planted in my garden: agastaches, echinaceas, dahlias in the garden boat, a few of those “black and white” gladiolus mix that I mostly gave away, three delphiniums which should make a nice snail snack, and cosmos, cosmos, cosmos and cosmos.

I do not enjoy planting (odd but true) so not one photo was taken by me.

A heavy application of sluggo went everywhere I planted.

Meanwhile, Allan got ambitious over at Mary N’s place.

DSC03317.jpg

before: the barberry stumps

DSC03321.jpg

the heavy pick

DSC03322

weeding in progress

DSC03323

after

DSC03324

We need to find three ‘Endless Summer’ hydrangeas for here.

At home, Allan weeded his own garden bed and planted the one plant that he had in waiting: a Mahonia gracilipes from Todd.

DSC03326

before

DSC03327

after. The centerpiece is Acanthus ‘Hollard’s Gold’.

I looked forward to tomorrow when I have nothing to plant and much to weed.

Nancy Gorshe (co owner of The Depot Restaurant, who is running for another term as hospital commissioner, posted this photo of her campaign sign in my garden in 2011. Must have been late summer because it was the 2011 Hardy Plant Study Weekend that inspired the building of the arbour.

2011.jpg

Here’s the same garden area today (with poles that need repainting).  It was awfully pretty back when it was just annuals!

DSC09295.JPG

DSC09299.JPG

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Despite some plaguing sciatica or some such pain, I decided to take on a hard project rather than small areas here and there.  I needed the satisfaction.

I had been disheartened while planting yesterday about what an all-fired mess my garden is this year.  Then I had the comforting memory of the year 2008.  Friends from Minneapolis visited on Memorial Day weekend, and even though I needed to be gardening, I took the day off to go to Cannon Beach with them.  Before we left for the day, I showed them my garden.  It was a worse mess of weeds than what I have today; back then, we worked seven days a week in May.  I told my friends that we were going to be on the garden tour in just one month.  Even as non gardeners, they looked skeptical.

cb

friends from afar at Cannon Beach, memorial day weekend 2008

Not only did Robert and I get the garden tour-worthy (by neglecting paid work),  we also fit in the Hardy Plant Study weekend before tour day!  You can see the garden on tour day here. (And if you backtrack from that post, you will see some glorious gardens in Eugene, Oregon.)

So there is hope that I will get the awfully weedy garden done before summer.  After all, I’m getting started on the worst part before Memorial Day.

DSC09303

Here’s an area that is always the last to be weeded. South end of east fence border.  

DSC09304

in that bed: a cool Dan Hinkley plant whose name I forget. Has little berries right on the leaves.

Here is the area I went for today, the new-last-year bogsy wood mounds.  It was a matter of urgency to get the velvet grass out before it flowered (because then it gives me sneezing fits).

DSC09301.JPG

I could make life easier by making a debris dump in that one undeveloped corner between two old salmonberries (below):

DSC09305.JPG

…And yet I persist in wanting the debris taken outside the fence.  If Allan did not show up now and then to dump wheelbarrows for me, I think that corner would be a debris dump for sure.  It’s my last frontier, though, and I don’t want to fill it up with a weed pile.

DSC09308

2:30 PM

DSC09309

I like my golden boxleaf honeysuckle and variegated elderberry along the bogsy wood east fence.

I moved to the other side of the bogsy wood mounds.

DSC09120

Here’s how it looked on May 13th.

In the center, the velvet grass had gotten as tall as a human toddler and defeated my hand tools.

DSC09306.JPG

Just then, rescue arrived.

DSC09311

Allan with the big yellow pick.

DSC09313

followed closely by a supervisor

DSC09314.JPG

DSC03332

me contemplating the giant velvet grass

DSC09315

Allan went after the child sized clumps of velvet grass.

DSC03334

huge clumps that would have been much easier to pull a month ago

DSC03335.jpg

velvet grass OUT

With that accomplishment, Allan departed to go for a short hike to some tall trees (which will be tomorrow’s post).

DSC09318

5:10 PM, looking east

DSC09325

looking west

That is certainly not the quality of unraked work that I’d leave behind at a job.  Nevertheless, I was satisfied for today.  The progress had been made despite a 20 mph wind so annoying that it usually would have kept me out from under the trees.

I wanted next to tackle this area where grass and buttercups were hiding a fairy door.  Maybe the fairies like the privacy.

DSC09316.JPG

While I did not get an after photo, this one from Allan, after his return, shows that area, along with the results of his raking.

DSC01034

fairy door is on tree to the left

On the lawn side of that area, I have this mess:

DSC09307.JPG

I did wade into it from the other side.  I did not deliberately plant the Limnanthes douglasii (poached egg plant).  Every year, it begins to irritate me as it hides other plants and provides a damp home for slugs.  The meianthemum (false lily of the valley) is also rampant in here.

DSC09319

But of course the meianthemum worked its way up into this stump planter of pulmonaria.

DSC09320

This fuchsia’s old stems looked kind of tatty.

DSC09321

So I pruned it to the base. Now everything shows.

DSC09322

I’d like to move it, but it is too risky now; it’s an extra pretty one.

DSC09323

I had an audience the whole time.

DSC09328

The salmonberry tunnel needs shaping.

Last minute inspiration: I pruned salmon and elderberry to reveal my bogsy wood plant table.

DSC09327

before

DSC09329

after

DSC09332

something about to happen

DSC09333

something happening

DSC09334.JPG

DSC09335

Smokey might have felt mildly annoyed.

Allan dumped at least six, maybe nine heaping wheelbarrows for me today.

DSC09336

looking back….6:30 PM and I was out of steam.

I wish I had a week of weeding days at home.  Tomorrow Annuals Planting Hell I mean Time starts up again in Long Beach.

Read Full Post »

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

After a morning of rain and wind, as predicted, we had a brief break in the weather.  Allan decided to mow the thin, tall lawn over at Mary N’s house.  Even though we aren’t really a mowing business, we have taken on a couple of such jobs on our own block.

Meanwhile, the light on our garden suddenly became gorgeous.

DSC09177

Allan’s garden, from the front porch

DSC09178.JPG

My hardy begonia (from Windcliff) has spread thoroughly in this box.

DSC09179.JPG

the back garden

DSC09180.JPG

I love the splash of white Miscanthus.

DSC09181.jpg

We’d had this much rain since yesterday.

Suddenly, the sky darkened and hail pelted down.

DSC09182.JPG

Skooter was taken aback.

DSC09183.JPG

DSC09189.JPG

DSC09190.JPG

I felt bad for Allan, mowing two doors down.

Allan’s photos at his mowing job nearby:

DSC03158.jpg

We had just taken this on.  It won’t be allowed to get this long again.

DSC03156.jpg

before

DSC03162.jpg

It took two passes, at a high and then medium setting.

DSC03165.jpg

the storm! from undercover

DSC03167.jpg

after

Those barberries are for the chop sooner than you might think.

Meanwhile, I had decided to be practical and propose that we pick up some plants today instead of immersing myself in a good book from the library…

hope.jpg

Allan agreed with my productive plan, so off we went to

The Planter Box.

DSC09198.JPG

a hardy begonia which I think I must acquire

DSC09197.JPG

ferns

You may recall that a couple of days ago, I was touting the great gardening tool called the Zen Digger, Ho Mi, Korean Hand Plow, and E-Z Digger.  Planter Box has it.

DSC03172.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC03185.jpg

Teresa totals up (Allan’s photo)

On the way home, after buying a pin for his boat rudder at Dennis Company, Allan took a photo of a beautiful scene in Coulter Park.  The loss of that pin on our recent Black Lake rally day had turned his sailing afternoon into a rowing afternoon.

DSC03195.jpg

the old Clamshell Railroad depot at Coulter Park

Ilwaco

We drove by the Ilwaco boatyard garden.  I was thrilled to see that the horsetail had not made a big comeback, so weeding was not urgent.

DSC09207.JPG

boatyard visual check up (without getting out of the van)

DSC09208.JPG

DSC09209.JPG

At home, I sorted plants in the garage.

DSC03197.jpg

Allan was inspired to go back to Mary’s garden to begin the removal of three mean barberries.

DSC03198.jpg

Barberries make weeding the quackgrass in this bed just miserable.

DSC03199.jpg

welding gloves

DSC03201.jpg

DSC03202.jpg

Now just the stumps remain to be dealt with.  Hydrangeas are the goal.

One of the main inspirations for this big chop is that this week, we had room in our wheelie bin for the debris.

DSC03203.jpg

wheelbie bin full of mean stuff

[pickled fish] restaurant

In the evening, we joined Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) for a special weekly garden meeting to celebrate Melissa’s birthday.

I was impressed and kind of jealous of the planters as we entered the Adrift Hotel.  They are stuffed full of cool plants, some of which are hard to find for purchase around here.

DSC02279.jpg

Adrift Hotel (Allan’s photo)

DSC02277.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC02278.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC09211.JPG

This one made me especially jealous; I think that is Ribes brocklebankii.

DSC09212.jpg

good use of a Phormium.  Phormiums don’t make me jealous, though.

DSC09213.jpg

more common, still interesting

They have the budget to switch out their planters frequently.  Our local nurseries are good, and yet there is not the audience for cool collectors’ plants to support that sort of plant availability here.  I’ve noticed when ultra cool plants appear at our local shops, they often just sit until I buy them.

DSC09214.JPG

drinks menu at the [pickled fish]; I had the starvation alley ginger cosmo.

DSC02280.jpg

Melissa and Dave arrive (Allan’s photo)

DSC02282.jpg

birthday girl (Allan’s photo)

DSC02284.jpg

cranberry lemonade (Allan’s photo)

DSC02286.jpg

ginger cosmo (Allan’s photo)

DSC09215.JPG

The memory of this scrumptuous Moroccan chick pea stew makes my mouth water.

DSC09216.JPG

Allan’s clam chowder

DSC09217

Melissa’s starter salad

DSC09219.JPG

a place for tasty pizzas: margherita

DSC02288.jpg

fennel sausage pizza

DSC09220.JPG

the view

DSC09222.JPG

skillet cookie dessert

For Melissa’s birthday:

DSC09210.JPG

a birthday card by Don Nisbett

And a t shirt made from Don’s Crabby Gardener design:

crabby

The Crabby Gardener by Don Nisbett (T shirt was personalized with an M on the seed packet)

And this excellent gardening book:

images.jpg

I think we may be the only gardeners on the peninsula who actually do genuine hellstrip, curbside gardens (at the Port, and the beach approach).  However, the book is excellent in suggesting ideas and plants for droughty areas, and the photos are a treat.

We are now due for several days of dry weather.  Let the planting begin, while the soil is still damp!

Read Full Post »

Saturday, 29 April 2017

It was hard to get started working on my garden because of cold windy weather.

DSC08465.JPG

I started with horsetail control in my pitiful scree garden

I got distracted before getting very far.

DSC08467.JPG

I remembered I had some plants to put in pots, which resulted in some emptying of old pots and some various backing and forthing.

DSC08471.JPG

Skooter was the only cat who came outdoors.  The others were sleeping in the house.

DSC08472.JPG

DSC08473.JPG

Tulip ‘Honeymoon’

DSC08476.JPG

DSC08479.JPG

stunning Vaya Con Dios

DSC08480.JPG

Allan was messing about with a boat.

DSC02717.jpg

DSC08482.JPG

a potting up accompishment (with Allan’s help)

DSC08485.jpg

trying to be elegant with pots like the Oysterville garden (not quite)

Just when I was going to start planting my Nicotiana langsdorfii, a miserable cold and windy torrential rain arrived.

Allan had gone to park his boat over at the Black Lake Yacht Club in preparation for a little event planned for tomorrow.

DSC02721.jpg

just fits on trailer with a hoop removed

DSC02718.jpg

at Black Lake, kayak with dog on back

DSC02725.jpg

Black Lake Yacht Club, largest membership ever.

I was pretty happy to sit and catch up on the Tootlepedal blog and then read more of a rather hilarious book. (More on this one when I finish it.)

bryson.jpg

I kept looking out the window and thinking about how I had decided to nobly pick a few of my MOST special tulips to take to Salt Hotel.  And yet…the horrible weather daunted me.  Finally, I just went and did it and felt better that it was done.

DSC08488.JPG

DSC08490.JPG

DSC08491.JPG

DSC08492.JPG

Fringed tulip ‘Cummins’ and a parrot tulip

DSC08493.JPG

Salt Pub

DSC01920.jpg

DSC01921.jpg

really miserable weather to go out in

DSC01922.jpg

previous bouquet still looking fine (Allan’s photos)

DSC01923.jpg

We delivered the tulips and attended a concert at Salt.

DSC01931.jpg

Felix is a brand new addition to the Salt family! (Allan’s photo)

DSC08498.JPG

dinner

DSC08495.JPG

view

DSC01933.jpg

DSC08496.JPG

David J was the bassist for Bauhaus, creators of a song I loved decades ago, Bela Lugosi’s Dead. 

 

I found it remarkable to hear David J from Bauhaus do an acoustic performance here in our little town.  Allan got some photos:

DSC01946.jpg

Darwin Meiners, opening for David J, tours with David regularly and grew up in Astoria.

DSC01955.jpg

DSC01962.jpg

DSC01957.jpg

I got all teared up when David sang the classic “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding”, and I found myself giving out a loud whoop, like olden days, when the audience cheered his statement that he would NOT say “President Trump”,  and I also found a couple of other songs to be moving, especially No New Tale to Tell and a rousing political anthem called Gentrification Blues.  From the singing along of many audience members who knew the lyrics, it was clear that we all shared his sentiments.

Our little lives get complicated
It’s a simple thing
Simple as a flower
And that’s a complicated thing

Read Full Post »

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

As predicted, we had a rainy and windy day.  I felt a little restless about it.  Views as I paced from window to window:

IMG_2061.JPG

kitchen


IMG_2064.JPG

north front


IMG_2065.JPG

north front


IMG_2063.JPG

east front


IMG_2068.JPG

Allan’s study, east


IMG_2070.JPG

Allan’s study, east


IMG_2069.JPG

Skooter does not like to go outside in the rain.


IMG_2072.JPG

south

I pondered how if I got my whole south window replaced, I could take photos out of the non screened side.

IMG_2073.JPG

This and one of the front windows is “blown”.

I find it very hard to spend money on things like this.

Just going out on the front porch to take this photo made my hands cold:

IMG_2074.JPG

Allan did take a few photos on his way between house and shed:

DSC02600.jpg

DSC02598.jpg

DSC02602.jpgDSC02603.jpg

and at the post office:

DSC02607.jpg

hesperantha blooming now instead of waiting till fall


DSC02606.jpg

one broken lily sprout

DSC02609.jpg

DSC02612.jpg

Fortunately, I had a big book to read with over 300 pages to go.

IMG_2079.JPG

No Logo

I finished it by nine o clock, and then watched Deadliest Catch and felt wimpy for not being willing to work in the rain.

I felt blessed that we live in a relatively advertising-free environment.  Here at the “lost corner” of Washington State, we have only two chain restaurants (a rather gaudy McD’s and a low key Subway that blends in), and even though two of our three bigger grocery stores are franchises (IGA and, I think a Thriftway), they are still referred to by their old names (Sid’s and Okie’s).  While we do have billboards advertising local businesses, all but two extra large ones (between Black Lake and Seaview) are gentle on the eye compared to most billboards, and just advertise local motels and resorts.  This makes the Long Beach Peninsula a more restful place to live if, like me, you want to get away from advertising, brand names, and glitz.

Post script for those who are interested: No Logo by Naomi Klein

The book was excellent, even though somewhat outdated (published in 2000).

Some particularly interesting points:

How a certain McD restaurant went after any restaurant with McD in its name:

IMG_2081.jpg

This reminds me of the local story of how Starbucks went after an Astoria coffee shop named SamBuck’s.  The owner’s name was Samantha Bucks!  (She had done a logo that was sort of a take off on the SB logo.)  Read more about that case here.

A mention of community gardening:

IMG_2105.JPG

A whole chapter about the Reclaim the Streets movement had this interesting story.

IMG_2106.jpg

IMG_2107.jpg

Of course, they lost…

IMG_2108.JPG

Re child labor, the National Labor Committee, and director Charles Kernaghan:

IMG_2109.JPG

About how sweatshops and child labor get so much more attention when attached to a brand name (Nike, for example):

IMG_2111.JPG

More about the Zapatistas (Klein also wrote about them in The Shock Doctrine).  I just very much like what Marcos had to say:

IMG_2112.JPG

IMG_2113.JPG

Note to those who care: From what I had read recently, some of the Romany people consider “the g-word” to be a racial slur and would prefer that we use the word Romany.  If you care about that sort of thing, as I do, here is some beginning reading about it.  Google will give you much more.  I’d rather err on the side of politeness so have given up “the g word”. 

Tomorrow more rain is predicted, and I have a book of light reading lined up for a change.

Read Full Post »

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

We had sort of a storm, with lots of wind.  The rain stopped by mid morning, leading to a dilemma.  I had wanted to finish yesterday’s long blog post; an internet glitch had resulted in all the text and photo arrangement being lost, but the photos were in the media library ready to be inserted and captioned.  And then….the power went off.

Someone unfortunate had driven into a power pole two thirds of the way up the Peninsula.  Because we are on the same grid as the hospital, we got our power back within two hours.  (As I write this in the evening, Dave and Melissa, way up in Oysterville, are still without power.)

I used our battery back up’s last bit of oomph to catch up on the Tootlepedal blog.  And then I could find no good excuse to not try to weed.

DSC02363.jpg

Allan’s photo: Skooter blocks the other cats from exiting the cat door

Oh, how very much I did not want to weed, because of the wind!  I told myself that if I just filled one bucket with weeds, I could come back in.

DSC08091.JPG

We had had this much rain overnight.

DSC08092.JPG

Allan string trimming

As I pulled some of the easier weeds, I observed and concluded that my earlier idea of composting in place was just not working.  We just have too many snails and slugs that like to hide in the debris and eat lily buds.

DSC08093.JPG

next to one debris area, a chomped lily bud

DSC08096.JPG

another chomped lily!

Now that I have good compost bins, I carried many armloads of debris and binned them.

DSC02367.jpg

gathering debris

DSC08098.JPG

I told Allan that I now have so much debris that I need a door for Bin B.

DSC08100.jpg

I found another sad columnar evergreen.  Dang blang it!

I tried to focus on weeding the center bed so that I could erase it from the work board.

DSC08099.JPG

It had a wealth of shotweed and horsetail.

My audience all afternoon:

DSC08102.jpg

DSC08095.JPG

DSC08106.JPG

DSC02384.jpg

Allan’s photo

DSC08109.JPG

DSC02364.jpg

Devery came over and we had a good chat.

DSC02365.jpg

Debris in the west bed, which I will move on my next day in my own garden, had not stopped a giant ornamental rhubarb from showing off its size.

DSC08107.JPG

While I love my periscaria bistorta ‘Superba’, I think it is getting too vigorous.

DSC08108.JPG

West bed: Persicaria is just starting to show its pale pink spikes.

DSC02366.jpg

tulips in the garden boat (Allan’s photo)

The  wind increased to 30 mph, making the last part of the center bed miserable to weed. Because I wanted so much to erase one thing from the work board, I thought really hard about The Deadliest Catch.

dv.jpg

Deadliest Catch puts my job into perspective.

I had got not just one bucket but four heaping wheelbarrow loads of weeds removed.

DSC08110.JPG

after

However, I think the garden beds need a nice crisp edge.  I had noted the crisp edge on the Tootlepedal’s glorious garden during my blog reading today.  You can see the garden photos in this entry.  Part of the excellence is the trimmed hedges and Mrs. T’s plantings, but I do think the crisp lawn edge is important.

DSC08111.JPG

some extra lambs ear and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to go to Long Beach or the port

DSC08112.JPG

Just as I finished, really big rain drops arrived.

Meanwhile, Allan had gone to get a new sheet of plywood, and on the way he went to the library and felt compelled to deadhead at the Ilwaco Community Building.

DSC02370

art in the library

DSC02369.jpg

a stray narcissus at the Community Building

DSC02371.jpg

deadheading, and library books (before the rain came)

DSC02372.jpg

community building garden

He drove home via the high school road to see if their tulip display was on for this year.
DSC02381.jpg

Camera is above the window.

 

DSC02374.jpg

It is indeed on.

DSC02375

AND it is well protected.

DSC02376.jpg

I wish all OUR gardens were as well protected.

DSC02377.jpg

DSC02378.jpg

Back home, Allan lined up the old trailer side on the new cut plywood in order to drill out the holes for bungee cord lashing.

DSC02388.jpg

The old side became a new front for the center compost bin.

DSC02389.jpg

By then, I had made myself a nice cuppa Builders Tea.

DSC08114.JPG

DSC08115.JPG

in my big Don Nisbett Slow Drag mug

DSC08116.JPG

and a bit of a treat left over from my birthday

IMG_1683.JPG

one “home” bed erased from the work board

I have two guest photos to share, texted to me by Melissa, of her and Dave’s garden. The container has Tulip sylvestris. 


Read Full Post »

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

We were revived by our day off but were not ready to face the rest of the beach approach project. Today would be a day of smaller, easier jobs.

Next to the driveway as we left for work:

DSC08000

tulips


DSC07998

Narcissus ‘Chinita’

Port of Ilwaco

An event this Thursday at a port business inspired us to deadhead narcissi all along the Howerton Way gardens.  We won’t be attending but we expect it to draw a crowd.

pot

We want to make sure the gardens look nice for this business that watches out for flower jackers. (A few weeks ago, Allan got asked from the Freedom Market’s upstairs window what he was doing digging up plants in the garden. We appreciate that vigilance.)

We worked our way from east to west.

DSC08002

east end, looking west


DSC08004

The marina is across the east end parking lot.

 

DSC08001

nautical trash

DSC08008

DSC08005

The scrimmy little horsetails are not my mission today.


DSC08009

CoHo Charters lavascape


DSC02330

deadheads by the old Portside Café (Allan’s photo)


DSC08010

by the Fort George Brewery office


DSC02331

The old Shorebank building (now empty)


DSC08011

kinnikinnick looking really quite nice and making one big buzzing bee happy


DSC08013

Wax myrtle and arbutus that got the full windstorm blast from across the Shorebank parking lot…


DSC08014

Another storm blasted wax myrtle

We will trim up those shrubs before the May 6th Children’s Parade and opening day of Saturday Market.  No time for that today.

Allan went on to deadhead the west end while I weeded between Shorebank and the Port Office, including the little garden on the south side of the port office building.  The tide was low…

DSC08015

looking west


DSC08016

Little brown birds scavenging the muddy rocks

Looking east, with lots of interesting driftwood

In the wheelie bin enclosure, I found a salvage piece which will be great to add to our fence.  Its little doors will provide a peekaboo effect.

DSC08019

This went home with us.

 Interlude at home

As we parked in front of our fence, I thought about how interested I would be to see our garden as a passerby.

DSC08047

DSC08048

I’d be looking over the fence for a better view.

DSC08022

I remembered a few gardens in Seattle into which I used to peer through and over fences.

The cats had something to say about how we should stay home for the rest of the day.

DSC08023

DSC08023

Smokey


DSC08027

Skooter appears

DSC08029

DSC08036

Frosty

Calvin, being not especially outdoorsy, doesn’t much care whether we stay home or not.

DSC08042

Calvin woken from his usual daylong nap

The garden looked extra fine and tempting.

DSC08030

tulips and cardoon


DSC02334

Japanese maple (Allan’s photo)


DSC08032

golden bleeding heart


DSC08033

Tulip ‘Green Star’


DSC08045

Ribes speciosum still in full flower


DSC08044

Ribes speciosum and tulips


DSC08039

patio tulips


DSC08040

a lavishly fringed tulip (and Frosty saying, “Do stay!”)


DSC08041

tempting

I have pretty good willpower about going to work (necessary for longterm self employment).  Off we went.

DSC02335

Allan photographed this good old dog when we stopped at the bank to put a cheque in.

The Anchorage Cottages

DSC02337

Beth and Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

We expected to just deadhead and weed.  However, Beth needed help with the climbing hydrangea which had fallen over in the recent big windstorm.

DSC08049

They got it pushed back and well tied to the new trellis.

The wind was hard on a lot of the tulips in containers, especially in the office courtyard.  They fared better in the more protected center courtyard.

DSC08061

center courtyard; an array of pots is just to the right


DSC08057.JPG

some courtyard containers


DSC08060

purple fringed tulips


DSC08058

pink fringed tulip


DSC08056

window boxes with tiny species flowers


DSC08050

narcissi and unfurling sword fern

Long Beach

Next, we picked up from the city works yard as much Soil Energy Mulch as today’s buckets would carry.

DSC02338

our mulch stash, with plants that were removed from a defunct planter

DSC02339

Our first mission was to mulch the corner bed at Veterans Field.  Some sort of Veterans walk is beginning there later this week so we want it to look fluffy.

DSC02340

Allan’s photos, before….


DSC02343

during; an annoying and constant wind made the day cold.


DSC02344

after

With that done, I went on a deadheading walkabout of the city planters and street tree gardens, while Allan went to weed and add some mulch in two areas of Fifth Street Park.

DSC02348

He found this big lily bulb…


DSC02351.jpg

a bright orange tulip


DSC02354

and some annoyingly persistent horsetail

My photos while walking the planters:

DSC08063

Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

DSC08065

DSC08068

foreground: parrot Tulip ‘Rococo’ in bud


DSC08066

Tulip bakeri  ‘Lilac Wonder’


DSC08064

bench sitter

Reminder to self: Put “dig out planter ivy” on the work board so I will remember it.

DSC08069

horrible variegated ivy.  I blame myself from many years ago.


DSC08070.JPG

exciting bud on Asphodeline


DSC08071.JPG

orange tulips


DSC08073.JPG

and a painted rock placed by California poppies that might be orange later on!


DSC08072.JPG

pink fringed tulip, and progress on defunct planter (the lamp post has now been removed)


DSC08074.JPG

some big tulips, windblown, chomped by deer, broken, or picked


DSC08076.JPG

In the same planter, Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ have been blooming for weeks.

Note to self: plant many more ‘Lilac Wonder’.  They are my favourite species tulip and they do so well here.

DSC08077.JPG

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’

I was awfully tired for the last two blocks of deadheading and figured as soon as we got home, I would sit down.

at home

At home, I took four buckets of deadheads out to the compost bins while Allan (almost always a man of boundless evening energy) set to mowing the lawn.

The compost bins inspired some compost turning.  A day of varied jobs is much less exhausting than an all day, same place weeding project.

DSC02357.jpg

I had gotten all excited when seeing the bottom of bin B:

DSC08080.JPG

It looked like it might be siftable!

It wasn’t.  But soon will be if I keep turning frequently.

DSC08082.JPG

bins after today’s turning

I need more green stuff before flipping another layer.

While Allan also mowed the next door lawn for our next door neighbour, I checked the hydrangeas over at the J’s garden for signs of life.  The twigs are green when snapped but still no leaves, not even at the base.

DSC08085.JPG

good looking sword ferns at the J’s

Back at home, a stunning narcissus with a deep green center (and tiny spider):

DSC08087.jpg

I got a bit of a start when I thought each leaf of my Davidia tree had a snail in it.  No, those are flowers buds

DSC08090.JPG

Not like the horrible snails everywhere in my garden due to lack of time to properly police them.

DSC02355.jpg

Allan’s photo

Tomorrow, yet another storm is due.  I look forward to reading a book.

Read Full Post »

Friday, 14 April 2017

I woke early to sunshine and a sense of urgency about picking flowers and going to work, then heard pounding rain and rested awhile longer.  At the usual time, I got up and then went out to gather a bouquet.

DSC02173.jpg

Skooter on the front steps (Allan’s photo)

gateview4-14.JPG

Skooter helping

IMG_1595.JPG

I did not pick from here…

IMG_1598.JPG

and I did not pick from here…

I picked a few narcissi from the outer beds and then went for a big batch of yellow and red tulips that were in a rather hidden spot…

IMG_1596.JPG

I wouldn’t miss these so much!

Another pouring rain drove me to take shelter in the greenhouse.  I did nothing productive like tidying up, just stared at the weather in disgruntlement.

IMG_1601.JPG

rainy greenhouse view

I thought that I had better take both my raincoats to work in case intermittent soaking rains happened all day long.

IMG_1602.JPG

Frosty and Calvin as the sun emerges again

DSC02174.jpg

a very special gold leafed Eryngium (Allan’s photo)

At the Ilwaco post office:

IMG_1604.jpg

I love the white tiny cupped narcissus, and lots of lily foliage

IMG_1606.JPG

I planted this little white star and now I did not know what it is.  Looked it up: Ipheion or Triteleia uniflorum.

We delivered our flowers to the Chautaqua Lodge meeting room in north Long Beach, feeling a bit guilty that the setting up of all the chairs had been too early in the morning for us night owls.  Below is artist Michele with the cut-out of our congresswoman, Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, who had been invited to tonight’s town hall but had instead decided to do a telephone town hall the night before (during which, I heard later, she only took ten questions from constituents).

IMG_1608.jpg

Jaime will be at our town hall one way or another.

IMG_1613.JPG

our bouquet for the town hall….our only contribution to making it all happen.

IMG_1612.JPG

Long Beach

We settled in to the beach approach weeding.  As soon as rain began, I realized I had completely forgotten my rain coats!  I took shelter in the van for a bit.  Fortunately, the rain stopped.  A strong and cold and miserable wind intermittently annoyed me.

Because of puddles next to two of the 13 beach approach sections, we are weeding all out of order, depriving me of the pleasure of seeing the end of the garden get closer bit by bit each day.  The project is all cattywampus this year.

IMG_1609.JPG

looking west

IMG_1610.JPG

looking east; we started on a sort of middle section today

DSC02177.jpg

DSC02179.jpg

Allan used the pick to remove as many roses as possible from right on the edges.

DSC02180.jpg

It is always cheering to get to pet a dog.

DSC02182.jpg

progress

DSC02184.jpg

one section done

 

DSC02186.jpg

another angle of admiration

DSC02187.jpg

We skipped this section; the hardest of all because of rushes interspersed with everything.  We need to start it fresh some day instead of when we are tired.

DSC02192.jpg

Allan has to detour around puddles to dump the wheelbarrow.

We can dump weeds in the tall grass but the rugosa rose roots go to the city dump.

DSC02195.jpg

yellow hoop petticoat narcissi replanted  by the long grass (Allan’s photo)

There is always an interesting assortment of people and dogs walking by (all Allan’s photos):

DSC02206.jpg

DSC02212.jpg

DSC02196.jpg

This woman was looking for places to put out some painted rocks.

DSC02197.jpg

this beauty

DSC02202.jpg

and this one all studded with tiny shells

The purpose of these artistic rocks by her and her daughter is a simple one: to bring people joy.

DSC02189.jpg

our second target of the day

DSC02209

mostly done

DSC02210.jpg

section two, after

We did not quite finish the second section; instead, we jumped ahead to the end cap by the arch.  I felt the roses there needed to be cut down for the sake of good traffic sightlines.

DSC02214.jpg

end cape, before

DSC02221.jpg

and after: the sign asks people to not pick the flowers because they are for everyone to enjoy.

DSC02219.jpg

Some had dug two plants out of the planter right by the do not pick sign.

I had planned to work till six and then go straight to the town hall.  I simply could not go on so we quit work at about five.

Town Hall

We were so pleased and relieved that an impressive number of local folks came to hear the nine speakers (none of whom was named Jaime Beutler).

townhall.jpg

I borrowed this photo from Joe Chasse.

The first speaker was on video: Brian Baird, who after his retirement was replaced by Jaime.  Blake spoke of how during his years in office he held over 350 town halls to communicate with and listen to his constituents.  He said, “In order to represent your constituents, you have to listen to them.” Rep Jaime Beutler is known for very few in person town halls.

IMG_1620.JPG

We also heard from local Rep. Brian Blake, from the mayor of Long Beach, from the county sheriff, from a county commissioner, from a concerned citizen, from the chairman of the local Chinook tribe, from a long time school board member, and from David McDevitt, who is running against Jaime in 2017.  As the concerned citizen who gave a rousing speech said about Jaime, “If you don’t want to listen to us, we’ll find someone who will.”  (Sorry, I have forgotten the citizen’s name; she was speaking on behalf of local business luminary Karyn Zigler who had been unable to attend.)

DSC01913.jpg

Rep Blake, Mayor Phillips, Sheriff Johnson, County Commissioner Wolfe

 

IMG_1622.JPG

I think Mr McD also looks like a good candidate to play Doctor Who!

At the end of the evening, Allan and I were asked to take Jaime home because no one else had room for her in their vehicles.

IMG_1623.JPG

We have an idea for some shopping that she might like to do tomorrow.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »