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Friday, 4 August 2017

Before work, Jenna (Queen LaDeDa) came over to find out what plant cuttings she could have for a Jake the Alligator Man event costume: a “wild woman”.  While I did not have anything to make a mossy head dress with, we found all sorts of ideas while walking through the garden.  She will come tomorrow morning, probably before we wake, to acquire the materials, because it is too early to cut them now.

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Jenna and I on the hunt for plant costume ideas.

After she departed, I started to pick four bouquets for my favourite Art Night participants.  I ran out of steam after two bouquets.

Port of Ilwaco

I delivered a bouquet to Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery.  (He is Jenna’s spouse.)

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And to Salt Hotel.

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Allan watered the Time Enough Books curbside garden and did some other garden tidying in the area.

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We finished weeding the south end of the boatyard garden.

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battling the scrimmy little horsetail

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I pictured lots of people parading along here between a downtown gallery and the port this evening.

From a distance, Allan thought the name of this incoming boat was “Sleepwear”.

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Allan’s photo

Allan liked the idea shown below, of a rope tied to the hose on the boatyard faucet that people use to power wash their boats.  It keeps the faucet from being yanked by the hose, he says.

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While we had been near Time Enough Books, I’d seen shop owner Karla.   She said she would be at the museum this evening for their exhibit opening and so I thought I might just give a third bouquet to the museum.  We took a break to go home and make one more bouquet.

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Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum

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Seaview

On the way to Long Beach, we stopped by the cannabis emporium to get me a product that the Freedom Market does not have in stock.

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Mr Doobie’s in Seaview

I’ve been taking a tincture called Ethos 2:1, mostly CBD, on the recommendation of a friend.  As promised, it does not get me high but what I think it has done is almost eliminate my back spasms.  I doubt it’s a placebo effect because I combine all new medications with a big dose of skepticism.

We acquired these photos, two blocks from the pot shop, of a garden I enjoy in passing.

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peeking over the fence

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Across the street from that garden, I asked Allan to photograph the deck railing that I quite like.  The garden is good, too.  We had a communication breakdown over getting a photo that included the garden on the corner of the property.  Maybe next week.

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Long Beach

Allan thought a drive-through coffee would be helpful for the day.

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Horses had been through the drive through before us!

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at the drive through window

I thought all we had to do in Long Beach was to give the planter at the end of Sid Snyder Drive some water (done!) and then dump yesterday’s debris.  On the way to city works, we found one more thing to do.

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Minnie Culbertson Park, before

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after

I had seen an ad in the local paper about a wee dahlia “farm” in the town. (I left off the line with the phone number:)

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Of course, we had to have a look.

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gardener Dale picking a bouquet for a visitor

He said there will be lots more dahlias starting next week.  He was also offering lots of little plants for sale in cute little containers:

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My grandma would have loved the wooden shoe.

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Allan’s photo

Dale’s pond had sprung a leak.  You can see it will be good-looking when re-filled.

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Basket Case Greenhouse

We needed soil and plants for an Ilwaco planter.

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new shade cloth entryway

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Allan’s photo

Buddy wanted to get in our van and Allan handed him to me.

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Roxanne and I joked that I was taking him home.

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I gave this little darling back most reluctantly.

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Klipsan Beach Cottages

We’d postponed our weekly cleanup of KBC because of Wednesday’s heat.  I clipped a whole lot of brown lady’s mantle out of the driveway garden and have no photos to show for that.  After working, we took photos for the KBC Facebook page (which I administrate).

The sky was still grey with a smoke haze from the fires in Canada.

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lawn border

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in the fenced garden

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I cannot ID this special plant, a gift from Mary’s plantsman brother, with golden yew.

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Veronicastrum and Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (kind of a fail photographing white, as usual)

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Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

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birdbath view

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Allan’s photo

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the pond island

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I see they bought those string lights that were “shiny objects” to me last time we went to Costco.  If I see them for sale again, I will not resist. Or maybe I will resist because we don’t have effective outdoor outlets.  Oh well!

The Anchorage Cottages

On the way south, we made the briefest stop at the Anchorage.  Since we had been there Monday this week, I felt we should do a second quick deadheading.

I am quite worked up about how this dierema is darker than any of my others.

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This thrills me.  I wonder if it would come true from seeds.

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in the office courtyard (Allan’s photo)

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When it was built, partly by moving WWII cottages from Cape Disappointment, the Anchorage was Ocean Front. Now, because of beach accretion, it is about a half mile from the beach.  A path leads through piney woods to the shore.

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Astilbe and Fuchsia ‘Pat’s Dream’

As I had begun to deadhead, I’d asked Allan to photograph an adorable caravan in the car lot at the corner.

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such a cute face

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I smile in response.

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Would make a great guest house.

Ilwaco

We drove past the boatyard garden to see the crowds of strolling art walk patrons that I had imagined…and saw no one at all till we drove past the galleries along the port.

We had every intention of immediately finishing the day by planting up the Ilwaco planter that got dug out, due to poor drainage, last weekend.  That is, until I looked at my Ilwaco Facebook feed on my phone to see if there were some last minute Art Walk posts that I could share to Discover Ilwaco.

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I saw this photo from the museum!

The exhibit opening was on a topic that interests us.  We had planned to see it later in the month because of a reluctance for peopling (me) and simply wanting to get the work day done.  But the snacks called to us and soon we were there.

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Join the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum as we explore the history of “Derbyville” and the early years of salmon derbies, recreational fishing, and the emergence of the charter-boat fishing industry on the Long Beach Peninsula. This exhibit will be on view August 4 – October 7, 2017.

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the big room (The plates were about to get replenished)

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Allan’s photo.  Someone at the museum said “No one’s ever brought us flowers before.”  That gives me a new bouquet target.

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center: Dan and his wife had just toured our garden today (by invitation).  (Allan’s photo)

We did not have time to thoroughly peruse the exhibit.  I can see it is one that I will very much enjoy.

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I like this sort of display.

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This history goes back to when our garden was riverfront property, before the port was built out on fill.

Information about the mayor, for whom our street of curbside gardens at the Port if named:

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We had to get back to work and plant the planter by the fire station.

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Allan made the small hole, added this week by the city crew, bigger.

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new plants getting firmed up

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red for the fire station, including Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

At home, our neighbor Mary from two doors down brought us some freshly caught salmon and, of course, I dragged her back to see the towering, fragrant lilies.

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Skooter indicated that he would like to have a campfire some evening soon.

Now for two days off, with some more lily guests invited.

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Now that the blog is 15 days behind, I am trying to catch up.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Our sometime neighbour, Alicia (Nora’s grand daughter), visited for the weekend and in the course of cleaning up her patio, she gave me some fabulous garden items.  The weather was too hot for gardening anyway so visiting was much more pleasant.

metal shelf

metal shelf

potting bench and pots, what a lucky day for me!

potting bench and pots, what a lucky day for me!

Allan cut down the laurel bush in front that was blocking the view of oncoming cars.

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after; should make it easier to back out of the driveway

after; should make it easier to back out of the driveway

That laurel had reseeded itself there and had never been part of Nora’s plan.  Back when she was younger, Nora had had a rose garden running down the side of the driveway in what is now all lawn.

I feel very much in love with Alicia's mom's dog, a Vizsla named Ruby.

I feel very much in love with Alicia’s mom’s dog, a Vizsla named Ruby.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Long Beach

We did the usual watering and grooming of the planters and the street tree pocket gardens.

carousel planter

carousel planter

cosmos and tigridia

cosmos and tigridia

Fun Rides new owners have already added a kicky new paint job.

Fun Rides new owners have already added a kicky new paint job.

Here's a before photo that Allan took on July 14th.

Here’s a before photo that Allan took on July 14th.

Zoltar

I found a Zoltar fortune on the sidewalk.

Zoltar Speaks…to me?

Allan will be glad to know that his pet reseeded Eryngium has recovered from an encounter with the street sweeper.

Allan will be glad to know that his pet reseeded Eryngium has recovered from an encounter with the street sweeper.

finger blight: someone pulled out several plants in one planter, including this painted sage.

finger blight: someone pulled out several plants in one planter, including this painted sage.

planter by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop

planter by the Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop

I pronounce the word “herb” with the “h”.  Some pronounce it “‘erb”. Someone walking by the Herb N Legend smoke shop said “Let’s go into the ‘Erb ‘N Legend” and I suddenly realized, after all this time, that the name is a play on “Urban Legend.”

red and white planters in Veterans Field (Salvia 'Hot Lips' and alyssum) Allan's photo

red and white planters in Veterans Field (Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Calibrachoa ‘Vampire’, and alyssum) Allan’s photo

in Fish Alley: The remnants of the weekend's sand sculpture (Allan's photo)

in Fish Alley: The remnants of the weekend’s sand sculpture (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo shows he noticed the eryngium.

Allan’s photo shows he noticed the eryngium.  (We go in different directions to water.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan got done watering before me and had time to tackle the weediest, most annoying tree-rooty bed in Fifth Street Park.

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finger blight! He noticed someone had swiped a big stalk of lilies.

finger blight! He noticed someone had swiped a big stalk of lilies. We do notice!

We got the little popouts weeded north of city hall.

Before: I was pleased to see some poppies and bachelor buttons had germinated.

Before: I was pleased to see some poppies and bachelor buttons had germinated.

We got the little popouts weeded north of city hall.

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While we weeded, there was a ruckus on the roof of the Scoopers Ice Cream Shop. A large flock of small birds flew off in a great flapping of wings. Crows were attacking a hawk…and my telephoto shows what I could not see, that maybe the hawk had a crow in its talons. Avert your eyes if this will upset you.

two of several angry crows

two of several angry crows

This was a really brazen move.

This was a really brazen move.

The hawk was being bombarded by several crows.

The hawk was being bombarded by several crows.

Nature red in tooth and claw.

Nature red in tooth and claw.

The hawk flew away, holding its prize, followed by five cawing crows.

We next went to the beach approach where we were able to weed the whole thing pretty well in less than two hours.  All was well except for my annoyance that someone had felt entitled to shear more than half the flowers off of the lavenders to take home and make themselves a herbal pillow or whatever.

Bolstad beach approach (Allan's photo)

Bolstad beach approach (Allan’s photo)

rose hips and fairy door (Allan's photo)

rose hips and fairy door (Allan’s photo)

I intended for us to do some weeding at the Ilwaco boatyard at the end of the day but I was completely out of steam.  We poked at the Ilwaco planters and decided they could wait till tomorrow for watering.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

I took some photos in my own garden while Allan started work.

My new metal plant shelf makes for another layer of pots.

My new metal plant shelf makes for another layer of pots.

hypericum berries

hypericum berries

Eryngium 'Big Blue'

Eryngium ‘Big Blue’

lilies. probably 'Montego Bay'

lilies. probably ‘Montego Bay’

more lilies

more lilies

Lily 'Conca D'Or', much taller than me

Lily ‘Conca D’Or’, much taller than me

Lily 'Conca D'Or'

Lily ‘Conca D’Or’

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lilies

more lilies to come

more lilies to come

lilies

lilies

Geranium 'Rozanne' swallowing Rosa rubrifolia

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ swallowing Rosa rubrifolia

in the front garden

in the front garden

tetrapanax and lilies

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Melianthus major 'Antenow's Blue'

Melianthus major ‘Antenow’s Blue’

at the J’s

My commute to join Allan at work was a short one: We had taken on a new job just across the street at the J’s house.  Here are some befores and afters of what we accomplished.

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before (Himalayan blackberries coming from next door)

before (Himalayan blackberries coming from next door)

after; we'll cut more after the J's have blackberry cobbler.

after; we’ll cut more after the J’s have blackberry cobbler.

It is a good drought tolerant front yard, especially with the gold carex gone (it wanted more water than it was getting).

It is a good drought tolerant front yard, especially with the gold carex gone (it wanted more water than it was getting).

before: blackberry and bindweed that had crawled under the fence

before: blackberry and bindweed that had crawled under the fence in back

after; Allan did all this.

after; Allan did all this.

Allan gathered up the pile of laurel from Alicia’s front yard and, with the J’s debris, dumped 500 pounds of brush at the dump.

He went on to water the Ilwaco planters while I got to go home and start writing the Aberdeen garden tour blog.

Allan's photo: sweet pea success at the boatyard

Allan’s photo: sweet pea success at the boatyard

and an interesting boat

and an interesting boat

end of the day (Allan's photo)

end of the day (Allan’s photo)

the spectacular sunset (Allan's photo)

the spectacular sunset (Allan’s photo)

 


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 17: goofed off

July 18:  11:00 to 4:30  7:00 to 8:00   Picked berries.  Started to use old hay from pile to mulch tomatoes but it had too many branches.  Maybe I’ll use the “new” hay in garage.  Cut back some of the big plant that had fallen over into ditch.  Did some weeding in lower driveway.  After dinner I weeded the pathway in veggie garden.   By then I was exhausted.

July 19 HOT AGAIN  I was going to plant some perennial seeds but it was too hot and did some watering.  Worked in the garage sorting the stuff piled up under tarps not for sale during garage sales.  I put the “Robert stuff” together along east wall.  [She gave my spouse at the time, Robert, a lot of dad’s old tools and odd and ends.]  I put my garden stuff (trays etc) on tables etc.  I still have several boxes of pots etc in shed to be moved to garage (another day).  I wish I could get the TVs back into the shop but they are too heavy even for Don to move.

1998 (age 74):

July 17:  I went out before breakfast to pick raspberries.  It was cool and stayed that way until I finished picking and then the sun came out.  HOT. 78 degrees.  I worked in the shade transplanting seedlings.  Also watered tomatoes and the trays in the shop.

July 18:  It was cool enough to be nice and comfortable working in the garage.  In order to empty the table in the woodshed, I brought the boxes of canning jars to the garage.  I sorted them so Bill Jr can put them up on shelves tomorrow.  I straightened up the garage and got the things together for him to take to the shop.  Then I checked the trays of plants in the shop and dumped the ones that haven’t germinated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We had to cram all the jobs into the early part of this week because of leaving on Thursday (June 23) for the Hardy Plant Study Weekend.  I was hoping and fretting about rain; it was in the forecast for Thursday but I couldn’t count on that, so watering had to be done as well.

There is very little left on the work board because of yesterday’s accomplishments.

next week....we might finally get the center parking lot berm in Long Beach done. The mulching is ongoing.

next week….we might finally get the center parking lot berm in Long Beach done. The mulching is ongoing.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Ilwaco post office garden

Ilwaco post office garden

I hope to find some good plants for along the front of the post office garden at the Hardy Plant weekend, especially since two fabulous nurseries will be part of the touring.

Now that the poppies are mostly done, the front is blah.

Now that the poppies are mostly done, the front is blah.

The Depot Restaurant

success: ornamental grasses enclosing both the east and south side of the dining deck

success: ornamental grasses enclosing both the east and south side of the dining deck

looking south from the front

looking south from the front…we watered…

front plantings by Basket Case Nancy Aust

front plantings by Basket Case Nancy Aust

The Red Barn Arena

garden was dry...so we watered (Allan's photo)

garden was dry…so we watered (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s Garden

my good friend Misty

my good friend Misty…we watered and fertilized

Misty went under the porch during watering. (Allan's photo)

Misty went under the porch during watering. (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking southwest

looking southwest; thank goodness we do not have to water here.

looking south

looking south

looking west from back porch

looking west from back porch

looking north

looking north

cosmos, lilies, alliums, poppies

cosmos, lilies, alliums, poppies

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poppy

This year, the deer are eating down the Persicaria 'Firetail'; in previous years, they have left it pretty much alone.

This year, the deer are eating down the Persicaria ‘Firetail’; in previous years, they have left it pretty much alone.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

through the gate

through the gate

birdbath view

birdbath view.  Mary and Denny water here, so glad!

Dierama

Dierama

Rose 'Bow Bells'

Rose ‘Bow Bells’

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Towering Thalictrum 'Elin'

Towering Thalictrum ‘Elin’

daylily

daylily

helenium

helenium

lilies

lilies

rose

rose

hydrangea

hydrangea

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu

My good friend Mitzu

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

office planters; that's manager Beth on the left

office planters; that’s manager Beth on the left, watering!

office planter

office planter

mouthwatering Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice'

mouthwatering Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’

window boxes

window boxes

more window boxes

more window boxes

cottage roof (Allan's photo)

cottage roof (Allan’s photo)

As we drove away, we saw this cute truck being utilized by a woman who was doing some pruning nearby.

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1946 Ford

Long Beach

added to the tiny popout an ornamental grass I've had in a pot waiting for a home

added to the tiny popout an ornamental grass I’ve had in a pot waiting for a home

weeded along the front of the big popout and trimmed the roses that were poking out

weeded along the front of the big popout and trimmed the roses that were poking out

While I weeded the popout, I sent Allan a block north to city hall as on Monday, I was sure I’d seen a weed when we drove by.  He took these photos:

Can you see the weed that I saw from our van while driving by?

Can you see the weed that I saw from our van while riding by?

Allan pulled it.

Allan pulled it.

a big dandelion!

a big dandelion!

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all along the port, at least 3/4 of the garden beds.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' by Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ by Ilwaco Pavilion (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium, santolina, achillea (Allan's photo)

Eryngium, santolina, achillea (Allan’s photo)

watering east end garden (Allan's photo)

watering east end garden (Allan’s photo)

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Nasella tenuissima (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Nasella tenuissima and lavender (Allan’s photo)

Yay, another eremerus!

Yay, another eremerus!

at Time Enough Books

at Time Enough Books

view across from port office garden

view across from port office garden, south side

north side of port office

north side of port office

(irritating lens spot today) Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and lavender

(irritating lens spot today) Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and lavender

Santolina at Salt Hotel (Allan's photo)

Santolina at Salt Hotel (Allan’s photo)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

not a round ball anymore (Allan's photo)

not a round ball anymore (Allan’s photo)

looking east from the west end

looking east from the west end

Salt Pub

We had our weekly dinner early this week at the Salt Pub.

Allan, Melissa, and Dave

Allan, Melissa, and Dave (Sea Star Gardening)

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delicious potato soup

delicious potato soup

smoked tuna melt, always scrumptious

smoked tuna melt, always scrumptious

nachos for Allan

nachos for Allan

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Ilwaco

Yesterday, I had forgotten about doing Mayor Mike’s garden so we started there.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden

…Followed by some fussing over the post office garden.

our volunteer garden at the post office

our volunteer garden at the post office

snails picked from lilies, got rehomed

snails picked from lilies, got rehomed

Long Beach

watered along the edges of the welcome sign

watered along the edges of the welcome sign

welcome sign: turned up the soaker hose pressure

welcome sign: turned up the soaker hose pressure

We watered the street trees and planters (fertilized the planters), splitting up and going in different directions.

Fifth Street Park, Super Dorothy rose

Fifth Street Park, Super Dorothy rose, basket by Nancy Aust

agastache, Calif. poppy, lavender

agastache, Calif. poppy, lavender

agastache and cosmos

agastache and cosmos

smoke shop planter

smoke shop planter

Fish Alley sand castle (Allan's photo). The sponsor was the RV park where we used to garden (til our good friend and RV Park owner Lorna retired).

Fish Alley sand castle (Allan’s photo). The sponsor was the RV park where we used to garden (til our good friend and RV Park owner Lorna retired).

Fish Alley, sandcastles every weekend (Allan's photo)

Fish Alley, sandcastles every weekend (Allan’s photo)

by Dennis Co (Allan's photo)

by Dennis Co (Allan’s photo)

reseeded eryngium (Allan's photo)

reseeded eryngium (Allan’s photo)

preachers in Lewis and Clark Square (Allan's photo)

preachers in Lewis and Clark Square (Allan’s photo)

The tree gardens are just not as good as the planters. They get watered less and....I keep meaning to do better.

The tree gardens are just not as good as the planters. They get watered less and….I keep meaning to do better. (Allan’s photo)

The only sad planter thing was that one little lavender we’d planted to replace a tatty old lavender had gotten crispy and sad looking.  No photo.  I am hoping no one notices till I can get a better one.

Veterans Field: Salvia patens, Phygelius 'Cherry Ripe', Salvia 'Hot Lips', Salvia 'May Night'

Veterans Field: Salvia patens, Phygelius ‘Cherry Ripe’, Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, Salvia ‘May Night’

Ilwaco

Allan watered the planters and street trees with the water trailer.

Ilwaco planter (Allan's photo) with sneaky chickweed

Ilwaco planter (Allan’s photo) with sneaky chickweed.  Chickweed got cocky during week of rain when we did not have to water.

Allan's view of the boatyard while watering.

Allan’s view of the boatyard garden while watering planters and trees.

downtown (Allan's photo)

downtown (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco city hall (Allan's photo)

Ilwaco city hall (Allan’s photo).  Deer are nibbling the nasturtiums.

Despite predicted rain tonight, I watered the boatyard garden.  I can’t count on the rain and we won’t be watering again till Monday.  It was one of the hardest boatyard waterings ever due to lots of noise (welding, compressors), a bigger than usual obstacle course of tools and gear behind the boats and fewer hoses available.  I persevered and got it done.

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lots of scrimmy horsetail

lots of scrimmy horsetail

Thorough weeding will have to wait till next week, to get it pretty near perfect for the big Fourth of July festivities (fireworks in Ilwaco on Saturday, July 2nd).

most poppies are looking tatty but can't pull them till they reseed somewhat

most poppies are looking tatty but can’t pull them till they reseed somewhat

I long for time to make an edge along the back.

I long for time to make an edge along the back.

poppies are no longer a blaze of red

Poppies are no longer a blaze of red.

I long to pull them and reveal the shapes of the perennials.

I long to pull them and reveal the shapes of the perennials.

a deer grazing in the boatyard

a deer grazing in the boatyard

an unusual name for a boat

an unusual name for a boat

Finally home, I started running the sprinklers around the garden.  After three of six post-mounted sprinklers had run for half an hour each, a rain started that seemed strong enough so I could stop the watering.  I hope it continues all night and into tomorrow because that will hold the various city planters, so susceptible to drying out, until Monday.

And that, in two days, was all the jobs we still do, except for our occasional check up in Jo’s garden in Long Beach.

Because the blog is running a week late, by the time you read this, we will have returned from Hardy Plant (fate willing).

To give me time to catch up on work next week before beginning the Hardy Plant garden tour posts, tomorrow’s post will be from my mother’s garden diaries, June ’97 and ’98, including some non-gardening entries that I haven’t shared in the daily entries.

And then….a wealth of tour garden posts should appear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 29 February 2016

Rain or shine, I was determined to plant lilies today, and (because the library is closed on Mondays) take some plants to the community building.  Happily, we got started in mild, non-windy, dry weather.

our garden

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some “Pam Fleming” grass

Pretty sure we got the above grass, to the left of the photo, from Back Alley Gardens when Pam was the brilliant plant buyer there.  Or, at least, she admired it in my garden.  Whatever it is, it was spectacular the first year, then disappeared for a year, and then all these seedlings came up.  While it may not be very perennial,  it will serve my purpose at the community building.

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nearby: gold hypericum underlaid with crocus

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one of the peonies I got from MaryBeth

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Allan digging out a couple of Fuchsia magellanica (the pale pink one)

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Hellebore ‘Golden Sunrise’ from Xera Plants

 

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Impatiens omeiana, the silver leafed one that I think I got from Xera, is spreading…

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as is this Impatiens omeiana which has finally gotten well established.

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Pulmonaria by the bogsy wood

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double hellebore

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My Smokey

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Tulips closed tightly in grey weather

 

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Pittosporum ‘Marjorie Channon’ from Debbie Teashon

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Lamprocapnos spectabilis ‘Alba’

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hellebore

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hellebores black and white

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one of several dwarf conifers that I cannot name

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plants for the community building garden

A thought to remember: I must take a couple of different pulmonarias to the shade garden there!

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Ilwaco post office garden still looking dull.

I wonder why my garden looks so much more vibrant, even with bulbs, than this garden?

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a bit of colour in our post office garden

Ilwaco Community Building

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with grasses and sedums and libertia added

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Geranium macrorrhizum (a POLITE spreader) instead of kinnikinnick

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Allan’s photos, before, with blackened kinnikinnick

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and after

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Geranium macrorrhizum around the trees

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Most areas still are full of the dreaded quack grass roots.

Those white tough roots that go miles down into the clay soil are one reason I want clumping plants like the sedums, that can be lifted once a year and cleaned up, instead of a groundcover that gets just full of that grass like the kinnikinnick didd.

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Allan planted the Fuchsia in a sheltered nook.

We contributed to the community building garden two colours of Geranium macrorrhizum,  some Ranunculus ‘Brazen Hussy’, three kinds of large flowering sedums, Libertia, the grasses, poppy seeds, golden oregano, and the fuchsia.

Diane’s garden

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We planted violas and another pot of Stargazer lilies.

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Allan’s photo

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Narcissi

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We had an audience.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Basket Case is not open for the season yet.  Fred will sell bagged soil amendments and early violas by appointment.  We were after ten bags of Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost.

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Basket Case, Fred and Nancy’s front garden

Golden Sands Assisted Living

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on the way, going west on Cranberry Road

At Golden Sands, we planted lilies and a couple of Fuchsia magellanica starts.  The garden still looks so dull.  The Costco lily bulbs are much bigger than the pitifully small Fred Meyer lily bulbs.

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NW quadrant

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NE quadrant; wish the garden would hurry up.

Also planted a couple of heleniums from bags.  Two that I wanted, Moorheim Beauty and…another one.  Usually I never buy perennial plants in bags from a general store’s garden department, and yet I wanted these.  They looked pretty small and unpromising.

Anchorage Cottages

The Anchorage owners’ meeting is this coming weekend.  We added violas to the containers and detailed the garden.

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window box

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narcissi

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The Anchorage garden has stuff going on!

Maybe the reason the post office and Golden Sands are lacking is because I don’t spend money on the post office garden like I do my own…and Golden Sands has a low plant budget so I don’t add as many cool plants??  And yet I am sure I planted plenty of early tulips and narcissi at the post office.  Are they being picked? Are deer browsing early tulips?  I must look closer next time.  Maybe the difference is that my garden and the Anchorage have sheltered microclimates that encourage early flowering.

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Anchorage north wall garden

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Allan’s photo: a hardy fuchsia went in by the arbor, cut way back so it won’t look wilty for owners’ meeting

Depot Restaurant

Next we applied two bales of Gardner and Bloome at the Depot Restaurant garden.

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 Gardner and Bloome for fluffing. (Used to be called Soil Building Compost.)

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forgot to take an after photo because THIS started.

Mike’s garden

We were determined to mulch Mike’s garden, because otherwise the heavy bales would have to be stored at home and then reloaded.

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Mike’s garden, front path

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before

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after

The sky grew dark as dusk and we finished in a downpour.

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cold and unpleasant

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big drops of rain

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at home

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two mulching jobs erased from the work board!

I am pretty sure we will have tomorrow off, as this came to me via email, Facebook, and my weather apps:

HIGH WIND WARNING:

SOUTH WASHINGTON COAST
Areas Affected:
South Washington Coast
Effective: Mon 1:05 pm Updated: Mon 5:52 pm Urgency: Expected
Expires: Tue 4:00 pm Severity: Severe Certainty: Likely

Details:

.A STRONG PACIFIC FRONT WILL PRODUCE STRONG WINDS ALONG THE SOUTH
WASHINGTON AND NORTH OREGON COASTS AND THE EXPOSED AREAS OF THE
ADJACENT COASTAL MOUNTAINS ON TUESDAY…WITH QUITE WINDY
CONDITIONS INLAND.
…HIGH WIND WATCH UPGRADED TO HIGH WIND WARNING…IN EFFECT FROM
6 AM TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND NORTH AND
CENTRAL OREGON COASTS…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 4 PM PST TUESDAY.
* WINDS: BEACHES AND HEADLANDS…SOUTH WIND 30 TO 40 MPH WITH
GUSTS 60 TO 70 MPH. COASTAL COMMUNITIES…SOUTH WIND 25 TO 35
MPH WITH GUSTS 50 TO 60 MPH.
* TIMING: WINDS WILL INCREASE FAIRLY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING AND
CONTINUE THROUGH A GOOD PART OF THE AFTERNOON.
* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: ASTORIA…TILLAMOOK…LINCOLN CITY…
NEWPORT…FLORENCE…RAYMOND…LONG BEACH…OCEAN PARK.
* IMPACTS: WINDS WILL LIKELY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES ON ROADS
SUCH AS HIGHWAY 101 ALONG THE COAST…AS WELL AS FOR HIGH
PROFILE VEHICLES SUCH AS TRUCKS AND VEHICLES PULLING TRAILERS.
THE WINDS MAY ALSO CAUSE TREE DAMAGE AND LOCAL POWER
DISRUPTIONS.

Information:

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED
OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS
OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

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That’s a long storm to go all the way from Ocean Park (north of Long Beach) to Florence.

Newport is the location of the beloved Sylvia Beach Hotel which will surely be creaking in the wind.

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Here’s our volunteer project at the Ilwaco Post Office through the year in 2015.  The only catastrophe was when a fellow fell into it and broke the yellow and the dark maroon Asiatic lilies.  So far, this little garden is not plagued by deer, and since we planted many tulips in it this fall, we hope that happy state of affairs continues in 2016.

Plants featured in this garden: tulips, narcissi, lilies, California poppies, Gaura ‘So White’, cosmos, Linaria purpurea (toadflax), ornamental grasses, annuals sunflowers, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen, Salvia viridis (painted sage), Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, penstemon, Papaver rhoeas, and more.

All photos are embiggenable.

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Here is the same view, through the year, at our garden at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Looking southwest in the fenced garden, just inside one of the east gates (except for the first photo, before I formulated my slide show plan).

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Allan’s back, while not quite as bad as yesterday, was still “out” so we knew from the beginning that the day would be a challenge.

We did our usual Thursday routine:

The Depot Restaurant

Depot, north side of deck, looking west

Depot, north side of deck, looking west

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

Lily speciosum rubrum

Lily speciosum rubrum

Lily speciosum rubrum

Lily speciosum rubrum: I love the green furrows.

Depot garden, east wall of dining room

Depot garden, east wall of dining room

Long Beach welcome sign

Deadheading the cosmos and Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ takes a good while now.  We also give supplemental water along the outer edges of the long beds where the soaker hoses have little effect.

the front: Is the echibeckia too dark? I still wonder.

the front: Is the echibeckia too dark? I still wonder.  I am told it is fine!

front

front: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is in there but doing almost nothing.

back of sign (north side)

back of sign (north side)

back, mostly cosmos, Geranium 'Rozanne' is not being a do-er.

back, mostly cosmos, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is not being a do-er.

Anchorage Cottages

The usual weeding and deadheading took place.

one of the east walls

one of the east walls

Crocosmia 'Lucifer" seedheads mimicking the rope in the sign

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer” seedheads mimicking the rope in the sign

Although I’d like to take credit for that effect, it was an accident.

on a north wall

on a north wall

The bed above is a mess.  It has an annoying mish mash of plants that have been there for years, with a few hellebores and fuchsias that I added.  I had a revelation I must make it better, starting with trying to get rid of the lady’s mantle.  This bed needs more of a pattern.

Fuchsia 'Hawkhead'

Fuchsia ‘Hawkhead’

Fuchsia, maybe 'Pat's Dream'? on another north wall

Fuchsia, maybe ‘Pat’s Dream’? on another north wall

center courtyard

center courtyard

Agastaches doing so great in containers by the office.

Agastaches doing so great in containers by the office.

Agastache 'Navajo Sunset' and 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Agastache ‘Navajo Sunset’ and ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Office courtyard: the sweet peas climbing for the top of the chimney???

Office courtyard: the sweet peas climbing for the top of the chimney???

Long Beach planters and parks

We weeded Veterans Field first.  I got Allan to deadhead some tall white cosmos: less bending, although he still got down to weed.  He was walking like a stereotypical elderly man.

Veterans Field, Allan's photo

Veterans Field, Allan’s photo

corner garden, Veterans Field, Allan's photo

corner garden, Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

a picnic cooler at Veterans Field, Allan's photo

a picnic cooler at Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

nearby: the Tilt-A-Whirl rides, behind the carousel. The old ferris wheel is defunct.

nearby: the Tilt-A-Whirl rides, behind the carousel. The old ferris wheel is defunct. (Allan’s photo)

the carousel (Allan's photo)

the carousel (Allan’s photo)

Then we watered the planters.  The very first ones did not have running water! Fortunately, only two were in that shape, because of a leak (I found out with a phone call).  Still, it meant a slow down with more bucket watering for me.  And the planters are at a heavy deadheading stage with the painted sage, so the routine took a long time today.

a cheering sight" my favourite cookie jar in the Cottage Bakery window.

a cheering sight” my favourite cookie jar in the Cottage Bakery window.

a cute dog (Allan's photo)

a cute dog (Allan’s photo)

This same nice woman had told me how much she liked the flowers around town. (Allan's photo)

This same nice woman had told me how much she liked the flowers around town. (Allan’s photo)

outside NIVA green, my favourite shop

outside NIVA green, my favourite shop

delicious smelling daphne still blooming like mad in a planter north of NIVA green

delicious smelling daphne still blooming like mad in a planter north of NIVA green

going round and round and round the center of Geranium 'Rozanne'

going round and round and round the center of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Geranium 'Rozanne' is a big hit with pollinators.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is a big hit with pollinators.

my favourite planter at the south end of Dennis Company

my favourite planter at the south end of Dennis Company

Allan's photo: a plucked fuchsia flower on the sidewalk

Allan’s photo: a plucked fuchsia flower on the sidewalk that a finger blighter dropped just outside the bank.

Fish Alley and a long walk with a buckets, to water those far away barrels.

Fish Alley and a long walk with buckets, to water those far away barrels.

I carry one bucket to the back for one barrel, to save steps, then get more water from a faucet around the corner back there for the other barrel.

Just before I got to Fish Alley, a friend came by with her visiting family.  I had emailed this particular person last night just to let off steam about having to bucket water the Ilwaco planters because of Allan hurting his back hauling triple hoses to water at the Port.  She looked me in the eye and said ‘Just STOP WATERING!”  I said, “Oh, but I can’t, we are SO CLOSE, only three more weeks [of tourist festival weekends].”  She repeated that we should just stop, let those hard to water garden areas die, and then something will be done.  It was definitely food for thought.  However, later I thought to myself that we had stopped bucket watering the Bolstad beach approach planters, and had announced that we were no longer going to do so…and now they are more than half dead.  And yet…there is only so much we can physically manage to do.  And later in the evening Allan said “What if we retire and are so banged up we can’t do anything?”  More food for thought.

Allan got done watering before I did so he worked on weeding Fifth Street Park, which I am sure was painful for his back.

the park at 6:45 PM

the park at 6:45 PM

The good thing about this difficult, worrisome day was that the sky stayed grey and the weather stayed cool.  (That was not so good for kite festival, which benefits from blue skies for good photos.)  Due to being tired and sore, we are not going to kite festival this year.  If you would like to see some photos, look here.

Increasing clouds and coolness came with the early evening, and we were tantalized with the forecast of some drizzle or even showers…that did not materialize.   As far as I can recall, we have not had any appreciable rain since late March.

silver maple against silver sky

silver maple against silver sky

We just barely got done in time for our traditional Thursday night dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

a delicious dinner salad

a delicious dinner salad

a halibut special for Melissa (the last one; it had been popular)

a halibut special for Melissa (the last one; it had been popular)

strawberry salad for Allan, and a fish taco

strawberry salad for Allan, and a fish taco

In case you ever wonder why we are going to the Cove so much instead of our other favourite, the Depot: $3 fish tacos is the answer.  Although clearly we almost always get sidetracked by more expensive offerings.  Dave got his favourite, the pork conchinita. I had ahi tuna, my favourite.

ahi tuna for me

ahi tuna for me

Allan's photo: Melissa and I were sharing stories of how DRY many gardens are.

Allan’s photo: Melissa and I were sharing stories of how DRY many gardens are.

That's Our Dave. (Allan's photo)

That’s Our Dave. (Allan’s photo)

in the parking lot, under the moon (Allan's photo)

in the parking lot, under the moon (Allan’s photo)

Next week, Seattle Carol will be visiting me on Thursday, so our traditonal gardeners’ dinner will be moved to Noodle Night at the Cove on Wednesday.

Now: three days off, some social plans, recovery time for Allan’s back (except for having to water the Ilwaco planters in three days) and an unfortunately timed boating trip that may or may not happen.

 

 

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