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24 September 2018

Long Beach, Washington

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

Six blocks of planters, going north to south

 

Block one, east side

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

law office

Dennis storage lot

Dennis storage lot

Block one, west side

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

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

Dennis Co south

Dennis Co south, my favourite

Block two, east side

Elks. Rozanne still good here

Elks

NIVA green with old dwarf rhodie

NIVA green

Block two, west side

Scoopers north

Scoopers north, escallonia left from volunteer days, green santolina

Scoopers south

Scoopers south also has old dwarf rhodie

Block three, east side

Pharmacy parking lot

LB Pharmacy parking lot, finally started pulling the mint

Cottage Bakery

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

Funland

Funland, where someone stole the north side santolina ūüė¶

Police Station

Police Station

Block three, west side

SW of stoplight corner

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

Wind World Kites

Wind World Kites

Stormin’ Norman’s

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

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

Third Street Park (Gazebo)

Gazebo

Block four, east side

Lewis and Clark Square

Lewis and Clark Square

Carnival Gifts, shrubby, and with mint

Carnival Gifts, shrubby from volunteer days

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

Carousel

Fifth Street Park NE

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

Block four, west side

Third Street Park

Third Street Park, tired Rozanne needs clipping

Hungry Harbor

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

Sweet Phees with excessive golden oregano

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

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

Fifth Street Park NW

Block five, east side

Fifth Street Park SE with Salvia leucantha

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

Oceanic RV Park

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

Coastal inn with great zauchsneria in the middle

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

Block five, west side

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

Fifth Street Park SW

smoke shop, tired Rozanne needs clipping

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

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

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

Block six, east side

vacant lot

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

Paws by the Sea pet shop

pet shop, escallonias from volunteer days

Powell and Seillor accounting

Powell and Seillor, very windy planter

Block six, west side

Credit union

credit union, has good pink dahlias

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

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

First Place Mall, the parsley amuses me

First Place Mall with parsley

 

 

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Friday, 31 August 2018

It had not taken long to get used to having Fridays off.  Now we have to shift our work week because of the Monday holiday (Labor Day).

Long Beach

First, I fretted over the dangity blang non blooming cosmos in the welcome sign.  It was a mistake to live in hope.  I had to trim them again so the sign shows.

It occurred to me that at least I could also trim some side branches so that the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ shows better.

Next year will be better.  Could hardly be worse.

the back side (Allan’s photo)

We decided to change up the order and water the Sid Snyder beach approach planters first.

horse rides on Sid Snyder Drive

I enjoyed seeing this youngling.

furthest west planter (Allan’s photo)

After watering, we were parked by Adrift Distillery, so we took a peek inside.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo (I got to pet this nice dog.)

We checked on the Bolstad beach approach planters and garden.  The little bird house with the squirrels is gone.  I have no idea what happened there.

We split up to water the downtown planters.

Wind World Kites guy carried my bucket of water to the far planters in Fish Alley.

Thank you!

downtown

Gladiolus papilio (Allan’s photo)

Gladiolus papilio (Allan’s photo)

Mexican bush sage (Allan’s photo)

Mexican bush sage (Allan’s photo)

Allan got done first and had time to do some string trimming on the dry and dull center parking lot berm.

before

after; the berms get no supplemental water at all.

Ilwaco

I did a walkabout, checking all the planters.  It takes a long time to carefully tidy and de-chickweed each one, time Allan does not have while watering, so I need to do this every other week or so.

by the Sou’wester RV repair shop (where they work on RVs for the Sou’wester trailer court)

NW stoplight corner (We are a one stoplight town.)

by Queen La De Da’s gallery

NE stoplight corner

…where someone had broken the top of the trailing rosemary ūüė¶

by the old Oddfellows hall

by the Doupé Building

by Ilwaco Pharmacy

Ilwaco Pharmacy

The old Doup√© Building had some clean up done, and the crew found and displayed the old HARDWARE sign. ¬†Per the local paper, the work will be done “in stages”. ¬†We are excited to see further developments and hope they begin soon.

by empty lot, before, with lots of chickweed

After: Sometimes clean up leaves a planter looking tired.

also by empty lot

NW corner Lake Street

by Driver Licensing

I did not check closely on the planter by driver licensing because a local person who yells a lot was by the empty storefront next door yelling.

By Azure Salon

by antique shop

I love the little meadow square where a tree got taken out by a drunk driver.

Raymond Millner of The Planter Box is going to replace the tree this fall.  I am not involved, other than making connections, because I am the Gardener of Small Things.

SW corner Lake Street, where an old tavern, now empty, might become a “law enforcement training facility”‚ÄĒquite a change. The blue felicia daisy got too big….

Main Street by the old laundromat, now purchased to become we know not what. Seems like a laundromat was something Ilwaco sorely needs.

Main Street is a deer corridor, so the nasturtiums in the above planter got munched.

Main Street by Col Pacific Hotel. Crossing paths with Allan, watering.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Main Street, another huge felicia daisy

NW corner Eagle Street

NE corner Eagle Street. Tired golden oregano to be dug out this fall.

Eagle Street; due for a total dig out this fall.  Will put this teucrium (?) down in the curbside gardens.

boatyard corner

I went on to water the boatyard garden and do just a small bit of weeding.

Someone(s) keep pulling out the elephant garlic. ūüė¶

I need to use more Jackman’s Blue rue. It is wonderful.

Note to self: also use more baptisia; it does not flop over in dry conditions.

must divide this helenium and put some at fire station

Someone spray painted a Stipa from behind the fence.  (The fence was spray painted, too.)

looking north

looking south

looking north

I walked home by the feral cat colony and was lucky enough to pass by just as a woman was feeding them.

So I got to see the one who looks so much like my Smoky.

could be twins…this one is so shy, or I would take him home…

I was all choked up, thinking about my Smoky, as I walked the four more blocks to home.

My darling Smoky and Calvin, how I miss them.

It had been ten months today since Smoky died (October 31, 2017).

When Allan got home, he saw one of our neighbours in the meadow behind the Nora house.

I’ve been leaving a couple of windfall apples by this corner every day.

 

 

 

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Long Beach, downtown photos for my reference, taken August 13th and 16th, 2018.

Going north to south:

Block one, east side:

law office, just Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden oregano

law office

Dennis Co supply lot

Dennis Co supply lot, pretty much same as when the original volunteer planted it, Barberry is ‘Crimson Pygmy’ so stays just that size.

Block one, west side:

Dennis Co parking lot

Dennis Co parking lot

Dennis Co south, my favourite planter

Dennis Co south

Block two, east side:

Elks Lodge

Elks Lodge

NIVA green

NIVA green

Block two, west side:

Scoopers North

Scoopers north

Scoopers south

Scoopers south: Erysimum is coming out after Rod Run

Block three, east side:

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

Cottage Bakery

Cottage Bakery

Funland

Funland

police station (I wanted it to be all blue, but those darn California poppies!)

police station

Block three, west side:

corner building (for rent)

corner building

Wind World Kites

Wind World Kites (owner loves the crocosmia)

Stormin’ Norman’s

Stormin’ Norman’s

Gazebo park

Gazebo park

Block four, east side:

Lewis and Clark Square

Lewis and Clark Square

Carnival Gifts

Carnival Gifts (shrubby leftovers incl. azaleas and blue star juniper)..with mint!

Carousel

Carousel

Fifth Street Park NE, volunteer left over, shrubby

Fifth Street Park NE, with one giant hebe

Block four, west side:

Third Street Park

Third Street Park

Hungry Harbor Grille

Hungry Harbor Grille

Sweet Phees (too much golden oregano)

Sweet Phees

Fifth Street Park NW

Fifth Street Park NW, crocosmia WILL come out this fall.

Block five, east side:

Fifth Street Park SE

Fifth Street Park SE

Oceanic RV Park

Oceanic RV Park

Coastal Inn

Coastal Inn; I keep trying to get that ivy to match on the other end

Block five, west side:

Fifth Street Park SW

Fifth Street Park SW

Herb N Legend smoke shop

Herb N Legend Smoke Shop

Streetside Tacos

Streetside Tacos

Block six, east side:

empty lot

empty lot (I may regret the Gladiolus papilio before long)

Paws by the Sea

Paws by the Sea pet shop, escallonias left over from volunteer

Powell and Seillor accounting (glads left over from volunteer days)

Powell and Seillor

Block six, west side:

credit union

credit union

bus stop

bus stop

First Place Mall, love the parsley

First Place Mall

 

 

 

 

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23 July 2018: 

I photographed 17 of the 18 downtown Long Beach street tree gardens for my reference. I often feel that these are miserable little gardens. ¬†They get walked on, kids and dogs rootle through them, bicycles get parked on them, and they only get watered once a week. Many of the plants are free divisions that I scrounged up back before there was much of a plant budget. ¬†I always tell myself I will make these tree gardens better. ¬†It is a struggle because of the difficulties just described and because cool new plants will get stolen. ¬†The cooler they are, the sooner they’ll be swiped. (Thorny plants do not prevent theft.) Annual seeds don’t seem to take well in these little beds. ¬†I’ve tried assorted California poppies with little success. ¬†Sometimes I manage to get a Cerinthe to grow, but by this time of summer they are done.

They all have good bulb displays in springtime.

The first four blocks going south to north have four trees each, and then a block is skipped, and the sixth block (by Dennis Company) has two trees. ¬†The trees themselves are a columnar pear and an ornamental purple leaved plum. ¬†We don’t prune them or deal with them other than watering or maybe pruning a lower branch.

The photos were taken while I watered planters and Allan watered trees.  I photographed some of them before he got to them to tidy them up while watering.

From south to north:

Block one:

west side, First Place Mall

I often regret planting variegated vinca in the tree garden by First Place Mall. ¬†It is aggressive and has taken over, battled by Hesperantha, which I also somewhat regret. At least the vinca is variegated and thus rather pretty. ¬†It’s low maintenance except for persistent big grass weeds and cutting the vinca back hard once a year.

East side, below Paws by the Sea
East side, below Paws by the Sea

Rugosa rose self seeded into this bed and I let it, thinking it was charming at first.  Now it is totally taking over, and if we shear it back and pull some once a year, it is prettier than a lot of the other tree beds.  It is smothering two Lonicera that I intend to remove this fall (and put in a park, probably).  One end seems to consistently get walked upon and is therefore bare.

east side, north tree
east side, north tree

An untrampled tree garden with lavenders, santolina, Knautia macedonica, and some blue scabiosa, Eragrostis curvula (grass).  There are no busy tourist businesses nearby so this one fares pretty well.

west side, Credit Union

Only slightly trampled, has santolina, some sad hesperantha, some well behaved (so far) Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, some Knautia macedonica, some low sedums. I wish it looked more interesting.

Block two:

east side, Anchor Realty

A vigorous Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ reigns here, with the edges having golden oregano and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ that get walked on just a bit.

West side, bike rental place

Golden oregano with Pennisetum ‘Heavy Metal’, which I am sure looks like a weed to most passersby. ¬†Some badasters crept into this one, and some actual weed grass. If only people understood how cool ‘Heavy Metal’ is, this would be a success, especially since this tree has no working plumbing so has to survive on Allan’s bucket watering.

east side, Benson’s restaurant
east side, Benson’s restaurant

I suppose that huge and rather tatty lavender could go, but it would be hard to get a new one established, so it stays. ¬†This bed has a big creeping sorrel weed problem. ¬†Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, a white catananche, some oregano, some lady’s mantle that snuck in here. ¬†This tree garden seems to hold its own.

west side, Malai Thai restaurant

Has Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, beach strawberry that I do not want because it gets in everyone’s business, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ behaving itself on one side, looks good in spring because it has a good yellow primula. Verbascum and yellow evening primrose which I have gone soft on pulling this year. ¬†Despite how full it looks, people have parked their dogs and their large baby carriages right in this garden.

Block three:

west side, Marsh’s Free Museum
west side, Marsh’s Free Museum

Too much hesperantha. ¬†A catmint, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, a Hebe ‘Boughton’s Dome’, an invasive running blue “ornamental” grass that was given to me by a nurseryman with “try this”‚ÄĒregret quickly ensued. ¬†Hesperantha looks pretty good when it blooms, but in the summer it is so thirsty and looks yellowish. For some reason the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ has not run rampant in this one. ¬†Some golden oregano, too. ¬†Allan came along watering after this photo was taken and cut back a lot of the Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ (I hope).

east side, Mostly Hats
east side, Mostly Hats

It was mostly Geranium ‘AT Johnson’, which goes through such a sad stage when the flowers are done. ¬†I pulled loads of it out a couple of years ago, with big ideas of adding some hardy fuchsias. ¬†This tree gets so trampled by kids and dogs that I have not been able to get anything new going. ¬†The fuchsias were quickly broken off and destroyed. It is frustrating. ¬†We recently mulched it to at least make it look fluffy. ¬†All the tree beds were mulched well in spring (or maybe it was last fall), but some are so scuffed up you can’t even tell.

Uh oh, I missed the west side tree.  I hope I remember to photograph it before this publishes.  Here it is, taken on July 30th.:

west, Long Beach Tavern

Has mint, which I tried to get rid of and now let be there because it is a survivor and is certainly well contained.  Two little variegated boxleaf euonymous which I love.  Two hardy fuchsias which amazingly survive.

As I took the photo, I saw something in my viewfinder, across the street.

child running in garden
child number two running in garden (had just jumped in and out)
While dad gets something out of trunk, two children repeatedly run back and forth through the little garden bed.

Unless I planted full sized sub shrubs there and managed to get them established well over the winter, nothing will hold up to this. ¬†I think, no matter what I may have written elsewhere in this post a couple of days ago, that I just plain old give up on the trees on this particular block that get so thoroughly walked on. ¬†Shrubs tend to get broken off (yes, even dwarf barberries got kicked to pieces in the Veterans Field garden). ¬†I’m just tired now. I don’t want valuable money wasted on things that are destroyed, so it might just be a last ditch attempt at Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Lysimachia punctata. ¬†Back to the tour as written up not long ago:

Block four:

west side, Castaway’s Bar and Grille

One of the most frustrating tree gardens.  Just golden lemon balm, hesperantha, and a self seeded aster.  Two years ago we cleaned it all out and planted some lovely hardy fuchsias.  Within a week, we found a bike and later a large dog parked here, and the fuchsias were completely decimated.  So we gave up and let the horrible aster come back.  Pointless.

east side by Funland

This Lysimachia punctata is under this tree only, and it blooms for such a long time that I am thinking of adding it at least to the tree across the street. ¬†I wouldn’t plant it in anyone’s garden. ¬†There’s quite a lot of it at the Shelburne Hotel garden, and I am trying to eliminate most of it there. ¬†It certainly stands up to all damage caused by pedestrians, dogs, and bikes.

Here it is from across the street:

west side, clothing shops

The plumbing is broken on this tree garden so it only gets an occasional bucket of water hauled from another tree’s faucet. ¬†A low hardy geranium, one hardy Fuchsia magellanica (the other one got smashed to bits), and Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’, which is drying up by now, and Japanese anemone and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’. ¬†It will look quite sad by mid August due to drought. ¬†It was planted when the plumbing still worked. ¬†Wouldn’t it be great to be able to redo it with succulents? But they would be swiped. ¬†Here it is from across the street, showing how dry it is already:

east side by Pharmacy and Home at the Beach
east side by Pharmacy and Home at the Beach

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ has absorbed most of this tree garden, with some reseeded rose campion. ¬†I don’t like Lucifer’s pushy ways, usually, and yet I am considering adding to a couple of the tree gardens that are terribly walked upon. ¬†It also has Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson and a very prickly eryngium.

Block six:

west side, Dennis Company

Has some tough little sedums, self seeded alyssum, a variegated iris on one side (the other one got destroyed somehow), a helianthemum that does well but has such a short bloom time.  Major chickweed problem and one end gets constantly trampled, I suppose by people walking around the front of their parked vehicles, so is bare.

east side: Hebe ‘Boughton’s Dome’, catmint, sneaky badaster, santolina, dog daisy. Doesn’t get walked on much so does well in its own rather dull way.

One of the things I would enjoy most about retiring from Long Beach is seeing someone else figure out some better plantings for these tree gardens.

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Long Beach, downtown

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

Going north to south:

Block one, east side:

Lawyer’s office

lawyer office

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

Dennis Co storage lot

Dennis storage lot

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

Block one, west side:

Dennis Co north

Dennis Co north

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

Dennis Co south

Dennis Co south

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

Block two, east side:

Elks

Elks

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

NIVA green

NIVA green

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

Block two, west side:

Scoopers north

Scoopers north

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

Scoopers south

Scoopers south

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

Block three, east side:

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

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

Cottage Bakery

Cottage Bakery

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

Funland

Funland (most sat upon planter)

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

police station

police station

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

Block three: west side:

corner building for rent

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

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

Wind World Kites

Wind World Kites

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

Stormin’ Norman’s

Stormin’ Norman’s

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

park by Gazebo

park by gazebo

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

Block four: east side:

Lewis and Clark Square

Lewis and Clark Square

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

Carnival Gifts (shrubs left over from volunteer days)

Carnival Gift shop

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

Carousel

Carousel

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

Fifth Street Park (NE)

Fifth Street Park (NE) (Frying Pan Park)

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

Block four, west side:

park by Long Beach Tavern

by LBT

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

Hungry Harbor Grille

Hungry Harbor Grille

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

Sweet Phees (too much golden oregano!)

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

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

Fifth Street Park (NW)

Fifth Street Park (NW)

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

Block five, east side:

Fifth Street Park (SE)

Fifth Street Park (SE)

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

RV park

RV Park

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

Coastal Inn

Coastal Inn

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

Block five, west side:

public restroom

public restroom

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

smoke shop

smoke shop

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

Streetside Tacos

Streetside Tacos

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

Block six, east side:

empty lot

empty lot

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

pet shop (two sheared wanna be full size escallonias)

pet shop

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

Powell and Seiller accounting

Powell and Seiller accounting

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

Block six, west side:

credit union

credit union

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

bus stop

bus stop (mostly a hardy geranium that blooms early)

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

First Place Mall

First Place Mall

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

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Even though this post is for me to review as I try to improve the planters (especially during this awkward time after most spring bulbs, with lots of floppy bulb foliage, and before the soon-to-bloom May flowers), you may enjoy the tour of Long Beach town. ¬†I especially want to know which planters need more Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’, a great late bloomer. The budget does not run to planting up each planter for full colour in every month. ¬†This is always the most exasperatingly dull time…and I failed to get a reference record last month when the planters looked great with big tulips and narcissi. ¬†Every planter has a couple of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ which will bloom from late spring till frost.

Going south to north…

 block one:

First Place Mall, no idea how the white scilla got in there. Has parsley, which I find amusing and pretty. ¬†Can’t seem to get a lavender to grow all matchy on the empty side. ¬†Very windy.

by Powell Seillor accounting, was redone last spring, windy spot.

planter with big escallonias, cut back hard in spring (left over from when volunteers chose the plants)

same planter, by Paws by the Sea pet shop

by the bus stop, all perennials, looks dull after late spring, hard to fit in any new plants but easy maintenance

by credit union, a good one in summer

by empty lot. I love that house.  Planter has some Tulip batalinii, need lots more of those.

Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’

block two:

good later, blah now. Tulip ‘Lilac Wonder’ just got done with a long period of bloom.

by Coastal Inn, lots of Baby Moons

big old lavenders starting to flower, otherwise unexciting right now

by Herb N Legend Smoke Shop; they added the pampas grass flowers. Has some Baby Moons.

SE Fifth Street Park, has too much vinca, and some good tulips hanging on

Fifth Street Park SW; the edging of veronica is OUT as soon as it is done blooming, too dull all summer long, too many columbines despite all effort to get rid of them

Block three:

Fifth Street Park NW, so dull, all teucrium and crocosmia left over from volunteer days. Redo for 2019?

Fifth Street Park NE, leftover volunteer planting, HUGE hebe,a running once blooming rose, spirea, etc etc…quite drab most of the time. ¬†Nice shapes, I guess…

carousel, has a few late tulips, a favourite planter later on. ¬†Catmint, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, and room for annuals.

Fun Rides shop, left over from volunteer days, all dwarf rhododendrons and juniper and mint (!), so dull in summer but low maintenance.

Sweet Phee’s, almost all gone to golden oregano, at least it has some heucheras. Low maintenance…

Hungry Harbor, dullish now, some Baby Moons. Good later!  Lots of Cali. poppies coming on.

Lewis and Clark Square with big planter behind the street planter

Third Street Park SW. Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ would be great in all planters but the wind decimates it too soon.

Block four:

police station, will be quite good later, has a blue theme

Third Street Park NW, redid this one last year so it had lots of room for bulbs

Stormin’ Norman’s, re-did a year ago, has good amount of Baby Moon…will have red theme…

Funland; the big center tulips were all done by this week. Waiting till after parade to add annuals.

Wind World Kites; the owner loves the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and doesn’t want us to take it out ūüėČ

Cottage Bakery; erysimums scraggly after just one year.

corner building, used to be Campiche Gallery, being redone, planter looks good behind all that mess, with Strong Gold tulips

Pharmacy…I MUST use all Strong Gold tulips or find out which others are this long lasting. That would solve my early May planter doldrums. ¬†I will plant 500 next year!

Block five:

Scoopers. Used to be the most vandalized planter; now it is left alone, is out of the wind, and has leftover spring planting from volunteer days. Looks dull in midsummer.

Scoopers north, windiest planter, and has wannabe full sized escallonias that we cut back hard recently. I mean ALL the way down.  They are just putting out some green now, on the stumps on either side of the pole.  They want to be at least 8 by 8 feet.

between Elks and NIVA green, quite good right now

the drab wall of the Elks. Has the great Strong Gold tulip.

block six:

shrubby, left over from volunteer days, has golden euonymus that would love to be huge, and Crimson Pygmy barberries.

Dennis Co south, my favourite planter in summer

northernmost, east side, has nothing but golden oregano and Geranium ‘Rozanne’, and lots of narcissi that are done now.

Dennis Co parking lot; the deer ate all the tulips in this one. A good one in summer.

I promise tomorrow will be slightly more interesting of a story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a reference post showing the Pacific Way Long Beach planters on 7 September 2017

As much plant life as possible has been left along the edge, even when tatty, to discourage sitters during the Rod Run event (Sept 9-11).  The planters get watered only twice a week except for some spill over water when the baskets above some of them get watered daily by city crew.  The plants are sourced from local nurseries Basket Case Greenhouse and The Planter Box.

I have found when I plant ornamental grasses and other more sophisticated plants in these planters, even people I know comment that they “look like weeds”.

west side south to north

block one west: 

First Place Mall

empty lot (very windy, full of a running hardy geranium from volunteer days)

credit union

block two west:

cottages and Streetside Taco

Herb N Legend Smoke Shop

Fifth Street Park SW (way too much veronica with too short a bloom time)

block three west:

Fifth Street Park NW (full of annoying crocosmia and a running teucrium)

Sweet Phees (shady, lost a couple of cool hardy geraniums last winter)

Hungry Harbor

Third Street Park SW

block four west:

Third Street Park NW ¬†(boring and pushy Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ from volunteer days, re-doing soon)

Stormin’ Norman

Wind World Kites (shopkeeper loves Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’)

Bolstad and Pacific, SW corner

block five west:

Scoopers south (used to be the most vandalized, now seems like it could be made better. Vandal maybe moved away or grew up!)

Scoopers north (full sized escallonias (‘Pink Princess’) left over from volunteer days). The escallonias would be eight feet tall and wide if not clipped.

block six west:

Dennis Co south

Dennis Co north

east side south to north:

block one east:

Powell and Seillor accounting

Paws by the Sea Pet shop  (full size escallonias (Pink Princess) and barberry and euonymus planted in volunteer days, too big to remove)

empty lot (has Gladiolus papilio which I might spread around to others)

block two east:

Coastal Inn (only one with nasturtiums; they swallow other plants)

tattoo shop

Fifth Street Park SE (has way too much variegated vinca)

block three east:

Fifth Street Park NE (hebe, roses, lavenders left from volunteer days)

carousel

souvenir shop (azaleas and junipers and mint from volunteer days, pretty boring except in spring)

Lewis and Clark Square

block four east:

police station, recovering from vandalism earlier in summer

Funland

Cottage Bakery

Long Beach Pharmacy (very windy)

Block Five east:

NIVA green

Elks Lodge

Block Six east:

Dennis Co storage lot (full sized barbarries and euonymus from volunteer days)

lawyer’s office (left side was dug out for plumbing problems, thus smaller Geranium ‘Rozanne’ this year)

 

 

 

 

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