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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

The Red Barn Arena…

and Diane’s garden are convenient to check up on as we head up Sandridge Road to our north end jobs.

our little Red Barn garden (Allan's photo)

our little Red Barn garden (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo: This garden is pretty dry and gets a lot of north wind.

Allan’s photo: This garden is pretty dry and gets a lot of north wind.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Diane’s Garden

My good friend Misty (who's camera shy)

My good friend Misty (who’s camera shy) in the back yard


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  It was very hot, thus the hat, to try to avoid dizziness.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


the front garden

the front garden


Stipa gigantea, cosmos, Perovskia and more

Stipa gigantea, cosmos, Perovskia, Alliums and more


the long narrow strip along the highway

the long narrow strip along the highway


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


the other driveway corner with lavender and Lavatera 'Barnsley'

the other driveway corner with lavender and Lavatera ‘Barnsley’


Lavatera 'Barnsley' by the house, with new privacy porch

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ by the house, with new privacy porch for shelter from the busy road

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Each room gets a shelf outside the door. A plant nut lives here.

Each room gets a shelf outside the door. A plant nut lives here.


in the hallway: Allan's photo

in the hallway: Allan’s photo


The personal decorations in the Golden Sands hallways definitely show a love of plants. (Allan's photo)

The personal decorations in the Golden Sands hallways definitely show a love of plants. (Allan’s photo)


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo: each room (with its own kitchenette and bathroom with walk-in shower) has its own shelf in the hallway.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


sit spot in the hallway

sit spot in the hallway


SE quadrant

SE quadrant


NE quadrant

NE quadrant


monarda (bee balm)

monarda (bee balm)


These two areas by the dining room have siberian iris, which predates our time, and which does not do well. Would like to replace them with santolina and sedums.

These two areas by the dining room have siberian iris, which predates our time, and which does not do well. Would like to replace them with santolina and sedums.


Sweet peas clambering through roses scent the entry to the dining room.

Sweet peas clambering through roses scent the entry to the dining room.

Marilyn’s Garden

Every other week we go all the way to Surfside to check on Marilyn’s garden, where the deer play…and so does a cat or two.

looking southwest from the driveway over a lovely patch of self seeded cosmos

looking southwest from the driveway over a lovely patch of self seeded cosmos


Looking south on the path, after cutting some Phygelius to make it more path-like.

Looking south on the path, after cutting some Phygelius on the right to make it more path-like.


The deer eat some phygelius flowers but leave most for us.

The deer eat some phygelius flowers but leave most for us.


Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' towering over me.

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ towering over me.


My good friend Scooter!

My good friend Scooter!


deadheading shasta daisies, before (Allan's photos)

deadheading shasta daisies, before (Allan’s photos)


and after (Allan's photo)

and after (Allan’s photo)


view west from the back porch

view west from the back porch


Scooter leads the way north down the path.

Scooter leads the way north down the path.


echibeckia and painted sage

echibeckia and painted sage

Bonus garden: The Wiegardt Gallery

We stopped on Sunday at one of our former jobs, now under the expert care of our friend Todd, artist Eric Wiegardt’s brother.  I could not find a smooth way to fit the photos in to the edible garden tour day so decided to put them here, four days later, as it is a north end, Ocean Park garden.

front entry: the old struggling cistus is gone from the bay window

front entry: the old struggling cistus is gone from the bay window


Allan's photo of our pet tiny bun of dianthus. I miss that plant!

Allan’s photo of our pet tiny bun of dianthus. I miss that plant!


oyster shell edge all cleaned up, visible, and looking spiffing

oyster shell edge all cleaned up, visible, and looking spiffing


front bed

front bed


Eric likes cosmos.

Eric likes cosmos.


west side of building by parking lot

west side of building by parking lot


Todd has gotten the watering hoses to work better, evidenced by the height of the cosmos.

Todd has gotten the watering hoses to work better, evidenced by the height of the cosmos.


north bed looking much better than before, fuller, with the awful "orchard grass" (weed) gone

north bed looking much better than before, fuller, with the awful “orchard grass” (weed) gone


It cannot have been easy to get that bad running weed grass out.

It cannot have been easy to get that bad running weed grass out.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Allan's photo: He was clearly impressed with the weeding.

Allan’s photo: He was clearly impressed with the weeding.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo with Teresa and I looking at the garden on edible garden tour day.

Loved seeing the garden looking so well cared for.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Back to the real work day!

looking in the gate of the fenced garden

looking in the gate of the fenced garden


on the arbour: Billardia longiflora

on the arbour: Billardia longiflora


sanguisorba

sanguisorba and cosmos


my friend Tommy...or Sarah?

my friend Tommy…or Sarah? (eating ornamental grass)


southwest corner of fenced garden

southwest corner of fenced garden


Lilium speciosum rubrum

Lilium speciosum rubrum


lilium speciosum rubrum

Lilium speciosum rubrum


lilies

lilies


Agapanthus and blueberries. I confess I ate at least ten berries.

Agapanthus and blueberries. I confess I ate at least ten berries.


Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’


Izu No Hana

Izu No Hana


Izu No Hana

Izu No Hana


view southwest over the birdbath

view southwest over the birdbath


Tiger Eyes sumac in the driveway garden

Tiger Eyes sumac in the driveway garden


in the driveway garden (Allan's photo)

in the driveway garden (Allan’s photo)


looking west across the lawn from the driveway

looking west across the lawn from the driveway

I could not bear deadheading more shasta daisies in the lawn border, so Allan did it.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I visited with my good friend Bella the Great Pyrenees but did not get a photo this time.

Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu!

Mitzu!

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playing the noble hound

playing the noble hound


even more noble

even more noble


Manager Beth told me the sweet peas had fallen over—a broken string—but she managed to fix it, with help (not Mitzu's).

Manager Beth told me the sweet peas had fallen over—a broken string—but she managed to fix it, with help (not Mitzu’s).


Salvia viridis (painted sage) in center courtyard

Salvia viridis (painted sage) in center courtyard


center courtyard

center courtyard


rugosa roses by the sport court

rugosa roses by the sport court


Chamaecyparis and pampas grass in unwatered area. I hope the trees will be all right.

Chamaecyparis and pampas grass in unwatered area. I hope the trees will be all right.  (They always turn that colour in late summer, but maybe not this early.)

Tomorrow, the Long Beach watering rounds again.

 

 

 

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Because of another bout of strong wind, I stayed indoors working on this blog, and with this post I finally have caught up after all the June and July garden touring.  It won’t last long, as the edible tour is on Sunday, and it won’t make the posts publish in real time, as I’m still about ten days behind.

I didn’t even have to water the ladies in waiting today, as Allan had done so while watering his own garden.  Since I didn’t have room to share these photos during the work blog, here are a few of our garden taken four days before:

second wave of lilies coming on

second wave of lilies coming on, looking southeast

lilies and cosmos

lilies and cosmos

Miscanthus and lilies

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’ and lilies

hips of Rosa moyesii with Stipa gigantea

hips of Rosa moyesii with Stipa gigantea

looking west

looking west

the west bed, with the last wave of lilies

the west bed, with the last wave of lilies

It’s not all beauty: I must remember to move the poor astilbe, below, which I also told myself to move last summer when the same thing happened.

It is not getting watered and needs a new location, poor thing.

It is not getting watered and needs a new location, poor thing.

Echinops sphaerocephalus 'Arctic Glow'

Echinops sphaerocephalus ‘Arctic Glow’

center bed: river of Geranium 'Rozanne'

center bed: river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

I take this quiet day as a chance to recommend the book I finished last week:  It’s informative and also personal in perfect combination:

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Cabin Lessons by Spike Carlsen

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from the book

from the book

That reminds me of the work triangle, which says you can get two out of these three qualities: fast, cheap, and good…but never all at once.

The workers that are fast, good AND cheap are probably going to struggle financially.  I speak from experience.

Allan worked on his project, and watered the Ilwaco planters.

He saw a moth on a daisy...

He saw a moth on a daisy…

a new boat in the boatyard...

…a new boat in the boatyard…

and watered a stray poppy...

…and watered a stray poppy…

admired some good nasturtiums in a planter...

…and admired some good nasturtiums in a planter…

and talked with the owner of this boat, in town for the Tuna Classic.

and talked with the owner of this boat, in town for the Tuna Classic.

 Saturday, 8 August 2015

Allan's photo: Our neighbour, Onyx, comes for a drink.

Allan’s photo: Our neighbour, Onyx, comes for a drink.

At one-ish, I walked down to the Saturday Market.  Allan had already started working on his project.

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Ilwaco Saturday Market

I had a feeling I had better get to the market before it was closed down by heavy 25 mph wind aimed right at the market tents.

looking west down Waterfront Way

looking west down Waterfront Way

Northwest Natural

Northwest Natural

Northwest Natural leaf molds

Northwest Natural leaf molds

bought some Ginger Gold apples from De Asis Farm

bought some Ginger Gold apples from De Asis Farm

Meanwhile, the Oregon Tuna Classic was taking place in the stormy weather; the marina is full of tuna sport fishing boats for this annual event.  Much tuna will be donated to local food banks.

Oregon Tuna Classic

Oregon Tuna Classic

a heavy load of tuna

a heavy load of tuna

tuna catch

tuna catch

icing down the fish

icing down the fish

more fresh produce at the market

more fresh produce at the market

Ankeny Street

Ankeny Street

(We toured a garden on Ankeny Street in June.)

Every week at the market, I see folks admiring the Basket Case Greenhouse’s hanging baskets.

baskets

I found Maddy of Pink Poppy Bakery dismantling her tent because of the wind and managed to buy some lemon cupcakes at the last minute, then went into Time Enough Books to give owner Karla a gardening invoice.

shop dog Scout and a friend

shop dog Scout and a friend

When I departed after a good long chat with Karla, I found actual rainfall outside.

When I departed after a good long chat with Karla, I found actual rainfall outside.

At home, I excitedly checked all the rain barrels.

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Yay!

Yay!

rainbarrel

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This one had a head start with osciillating sprinkler run off from our low roof.

This one had a head start with osciillating sprinkler run off from our low roof.

Frosty and Smokey observing the weather.

Frosty and Smokey observing the weather.

Much as I would love to see several days of heavy rain, I must request a break from rain from noon to five tomorrow (August 9th) for the edible garden tour.

Now I am at last going to catch up on posts I’ve missed (due to garden touring and blogging about garden tours) in the Tootlepedal blog.

I also plant to finish an excellent gardening memoir:

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real time reminder:

The day that this post publishes is Edible Tour day.  See you there?

coming up August 9th

coming up August 9th

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Every year seems to have one day that drags on till dark and qualifies as the longest day, and today may have been it for 2015.

Copy editors:  I know I change tenses a lot.  I don’t mean to switch from past to present tense.  Sometimes, a work memory is so immediate that I switch to present tense as I relive it.

Ilwaco

Allan watered our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office garden while I watered my potted plants and ladies in waiting at home.

Allan's photo: someone is stripping the flowers off this lily at the post office, on a daily basis.

Allan’s photo: someone is stripping the flowers off this lily at the post office, on a daily basis.

Allan's photo: lily buds dropped on the ground.  The stripping is too thorough to be a deer.

Allan’s photo: lily buds dropped on the ground. The stripping is too thorough to be a deer.  You can see his  and the cameras shadow.

Allan's photo: It's grasshopper time

Allan’s photo: It’s grasshopper time.

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post office watering (Allan’s photo)

Nicotiana langsdorfii has been a champ in the garden this year, whether here in the drier front garden or in the more lush back garden.

at home: Nicotiana langsdorfii has been a champ in the garden this year, whether here in the drier front garden or in the more lush back garden.

Mary sees us off.

Mary sees us off.

I am sure she would rather I stay home, as she likes to be with me in the garden.

I am sure she would rather I stay home, as she likes to be with me in the garden.

I would rather like to have stayed home.

I would rather like to have stayed home.

on the way out of town: the planter by Queen La De Da's on Spruce Street.

on the way out of town: the planter by Queen La De Da’s on Spruce Street.

Jenna gives this one and the one across the street from her shop extra water, so it is thriving.  Too bad all the merchants don't do that for their adjacent planters...It would be so easy.  (The Portside Café does!)

Jenna gives this one and the one across the street from her shop extra water, so it is thriving. Too bad all the merchants don’t do that for their adjacent planters…It would be so easy.

A planter that gets watered daily does better than one that is watered every third day, which is what the city budget and our time allows.  Just sayin’….it’s not that hard to take a jug of water out to the planter by one’s business…or is that too much to wish for?  The Portside Café owners also give theirs extra care, and it shows.

The Planter Box

On the way north, we stopped at the Planter Box to get some new plants for the biggest Long Beach planter.  I was impressed with how lush the plants look; it is not easy at all to keep them all watered.

Planter Box: me and owner Theresa

Planter Box: me and co-owner Theresa; it’s a family business started by her dad and mom, who have almost retired.

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roses

roses

shades of gold

shades of gold

Rudbeckia 'Irish Eyes' (I had to buy one for me)

Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ (I had to buy one for me)

blue agastache (hyssop)

blue agastache (hyssop)

Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit'

Eryngium ‘Blue Hobbit’

Celosia 'Forest Fire'

Celosia ‘Forest Fire’

Allan's photo: snapdragons

Allan’s photo: snapdragons

With some plants acquired, we went onward to our first job.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I hope that our four flower quadrants in the courtyard at Golden Sands remind residents of cottage gardens they once knew.

from the south hallway window

from the south hallway window

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SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

dahlias

dahlias

oh, yay...have successfully grown sweet peas up my mom's Climbing Joseph's Coat roses.

oh, yay…have successfully grown sweet peas up my mom’s Climbing Joseph’s Coat roses.

dahlia

dahlia

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

just one third of the length of hallways that we traverse to the garden

just one third of the length of hallways that we traverse to the garden

This was actually a short day for the north end jobs, because we did not have Marilyn’s today; we do it every other week now. So we went straight from Golden Sands to…

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Photos taken after an hour of weeding and deadheading; Mary and Denny keep the gardens well watered.

Geranium 'Ann Folkard' drifting around

Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ drifting around

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

the straight path (made for easy wheelbarrow access) in the fenced garden

the straight path (made for easy wheelbarrow access) in the fenced garden

the weekly view SW across the birdbath

the weekly view SW across the birdbath

I wish I knew the names of Mary's roses.

I wish I knew the names of Mary’s roses.

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Strobilanthes atropupurea...very hardy here, blooms late

Strobilanthes atropupurea…very hardy here, blooms later than this usually

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii in front of lilies and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

lily

lily

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

We planted the Clematis 'Rooguchi' that we acquired at the Basket Case end of season sale.

We planted the Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ that we acquired at the Basket Case end of season sale.

daisies in the lawn border (outside the deer fence)

daisies in the lawn border (outside the deer fence)

It was a hot day.  The refreshing splash of the pond waterfalls helped.

It was a hot day. The refreshing splash of the pond waterfalls helped.  That’s a plastic fern hiding the pipes…good idea.

The A Frame deck: I often think it would be nice to be a guest here, sipping a glass of cold white wine and just chillaxin'.

The A Frame deck: I often think it would be nice to be a guest here, sipping a glass of cold white wine and just chillaxin’.

Long Beach

First, we went to the city works yard and got several buckets of Soil Energy mulch from my pile.  Allan took some to Fish Alley to top off the four barrels there.

Fish Alley, Allan's photo

Fish Alley, Allan’s photo

santolina and diascia, Fish Alley, Allan's photo

diascia and santolina, Fish Alley, Allan’s photo

At last, we took the crapulous old Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ out of the Lewis and Clark Square planter.

old and tired Erysimum

old and tired Erysimum

before

before

after; we had picked up some soil at LB city works to fill in.

after; we had picked up some soil at LB city works to fill in.  The white is sluggo, because we found lots of snails.

It did not look as great as I had pictured to I added two zinnias that I had bought for me.

It did not look as great as I had pictured so I added two zinnias that I had bought for me.

Because it did not end up looking as full and wonderful as I had imagined,  I wished I had brought more plants.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Next, we went to Oman Builders Supply to get some lumber for a home project which you will be reading about soon-ish.  It’s for an idea proposed by Pam of Seaside.  $200 plus of lumber later…  A worker there had brought her new puppy!

puppy was getting belly rubs

puppy was getting belly rubs

Ilwaco

A brief stop at home to unload lumber and pick up the water trailer battery and some hoses….

In the front garden, my Rose pteracantha was giving just the effect I wanted...

In the front garden, my Rose pteracantha was giving just the effect I wanted…

sunshine glowing through the thorns

sunshine glowing through the thorns

Even thought the foliage does not look impressive, I was thrilled to see a flower on one of my pineapple lilies.

Even thought the foliage does not look impressive, I was thrilled to see a flower on one of my pineapple lilies.

Mary probably thinks we are home for the evening.  (Allan's photo)

Mary probably thinks we are home for the evening. (Allan’s photo)

leaving home again...phooey

leaving home again…phooey

Allan did his usual hour and a half watering session of the Ilwaco trees and planters while I watered the boatyard garden.

watering from behind the fence (Allan's photo)

watering from behind the fence (Allan’s photo)

We have had no rain to speak of.  Across the street, birds were pecking at ice from one of the fish trucks.

We have had no rain to speak of. Across the street, birds were pecking at ice from one of the fish trucks.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo of a local fellow heading to the water.  (I bet Allan wished to be boating instead of watering.)

Allan’s photo of a local fellow heading back from paddling out in the Port of Ilwaco. (I bet Allan wished to be boating instead of watering.)

the usual obstacle course for boatyard watering

the usual obstacle course for boatyard watering

as always, interesting boats

as always, interesting boats

boatyard garden, looking north from the gate

boatyard garden, looking north from the gate

the south stretch of boatyard garden as I leave for further watering rounds

looking north at the whole length of boatyard garden as I leave for further watering rounds

looking east along Howerton

looking east along Howerton

looking northwest back at the boatyard

looking northwest back at the boatyard

My mission now was to water all of the Howerton Avenue gardens at which I have hose access: Time Enough Books, the port office and Nisbett Gallery gardens, and the Bruce Peterson gallery garden.

As i walk east, I ponder this scruffy little spot.  I decide to imperialize it by throwing a bunch of poppy seeds in here this fall.  If we get some rain...could be good next spring into early summer.

As I walk east, I ponder this scruffy little spot. I decide to imperialize it by throwing a bunch of poppy seeds in here this fall. If we get some rain…could be good next spring into early summer.

West end garden...too dry.

West end garden…suffering in the drought.  The most difficult one to water.

a soothing view while I unhook the port office hose to hook it up to a faucet closer to the Howerton gardens.

a soothing view while I unhook the port office hose to hook it up to a faucet closer to the Howerton gardens.

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As I water the gardens by the Nisbett Gallery, Don comes out to chat and tells me he has been watering them also, and he means absolutely drenching them.  He unhooks the hose for me and hooks it back up at the port office, bless his heart.

thriving gardens by Nisbett Gallery and Port office, thanks to Don's extra watering.

thriving gardens by Nisbett Gallery and Port office, thanks to Don’s extra watering.

looking west along the Time Enough Books garden

looking west along the Time Enough Books garden, which has extra cool plants because we’ve been doing this one for years.  Sometimes bookstore owner Karla adds some extra water, too.

I show Don where someone snipped themselves a bouquet of lavender.  Do they think I won't notice?  I notice everything.  If everyone did that, there would be NO flowers left.

I show Don where someone snipped themselves a bouquet of lavender. Do they think I won’t notice? I notice everything. If everyone did that, there would be NO flowers left.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' starting to fade

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ starting to fade

I love that I can flood these small beds with water and let them soak in.  Happy plants.

I love that I can flood these small beds with water and let them soak in. Happy plants.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’

Allan, having finished the Ilwaco planter watering, is coming along after me.  His plan is to use a long series of hoses to water the gardens at the west end, and to also use it to water Salt Hotel’s curbside garden to pay them back for their water generosity.  They’ve been letting us use their hose and water to water two businesses other than their own.

Allan will water this one also.

Allan will water this one also.

I do a bit of trimming and weeding the garden above but I give it up and move on when a drunk guy who has hunkered down between two buildings starts yelling at me.  Not a pleasant working environment.

By now, I have realized Allan is having trouble because he is so far behind me.  I call him and he tells me what is going on:  Because the owners of the business close to the garden will not let us use their water, Allan is hooking up to a faucet at the docks, but wrestling with three hoses takes time.  Then he found that even three hoses was not long enough to reach, so he borrowed the Salt Hotel hose.  The Salt hose sprung a leak and he said he felt responsible because he has been using it to water for the last few weeks.  But the leak looked like the hose had been burned…but did he have to get them a new hose?  I said Oh my gawd I am too tired to even think about that, but if it looked burned, it was not our fault.  (He talked to Salt owner Laila and she agreed, but he still felt bad.)

Allan manages to get the hose all the way to the Salt garden.

Allan manages to get the hose all the way to the Salt garden.

Here’s how he did it:

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I leave him to his struggles and walk several storefronts to water the Peterson Gallery.  Then, even though I am so tired, I unhook the Peterson hose and haul it several storefront west to the bank, where I have found a faucet that I can use just to get enough water for their street trees, so they won’t die in this drought.  This will save Allan some time and I know he must be exhausted.

When he gets to the Pavilion, I water the garden there with his hoses while he takes the Peterson hose back to hook up to THEIR faucet.  I lack manual dexterity and am lousy at threading and unthreading hoses to faucets. I imagine how good the gardens could be if I could devote the time we now spend hose watering to garden design and care instead.

I am so tired, I can only imagine how tired Allan must be.  Fighting with four hoses is like being stuck in a nest of (nonvenomous) snakes.  I can’t help him water the east end garden, so I leave to walk three blocks to home.  (Using the water trailer would take him twice as long, because he has to wait for the tank to fill, and then wait for the water to pump back out of the tank onto a garden.)

Allan hauling hose back to the trailer, to drive down to the east end garden.

Allan hauling hose back to the trailer, to drive down to the east end garden.

By hooking up to the newly discovered (by us) dock faucet, Allan is able to give the east end garden a proper soaking for the first time this summer.  He had been hauling 20 or more five gallon buckets there once a week and tipping them out onto the garden.  (Picture also having to lift 20 heavy buckets of water out of the trailer.)

I walk home past “the lost garden”, thinking about how it once was carefully bordered with rocks, that now show because it has been strimmed.  The woman who created it is long dead, and the garden is gone.

the lost garden

the lost garden

home just before sunset.  Mary comes to greet me.

home just before sunset. Mary comes to greet me.

So does Smokey.

So does Smokey.

Allan gets home after dark.  Next time he will take another length of our hose and he’ll know his routes and the lengths he needs, so it should go faster. Thus ends what I hope will be the longest workday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First, a real time reminder:

coming up August 9th

coming up August 9th

Monday, 20 July 2015

Our mission of the day was to water the Long Beach trees and planters and spend some time on the beach approach garden.

As we got our hoses together, I found a snail in the trailer.  Before I took it to a grassy spot (because I don’t like to kill them), I wondered if it would like a drink…and it did.  (Allan’s photos)

It was actually swallowing water.

It was actually swallowing water.

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"Thanks for the drink, friend."

“Thanks for the drink, friend.”

off to water with my hose and quick-connect

off to water with my hose and quick-connect

the planter by the carousel

the planter by the carousel with tigridia and cosmos

lilies in Fifth Street Park

lilies in Fifth Street Park

nasturtiums

nasturtiums

seventh street intersection

seventh street intersection with Salvia patens and a blue Agastache

a refreshing bottle of water given to me by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop clerk

a refreshing bottle of water given to me by the Herb N Legend Smoke Shop clerk

Allan planted some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts under a tree that has been repeatedly trampled.  They will be tougher than the hardy fuchsias that we tried (and that got smashed to nothingness).

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with high hopes

with high hopes

By Dennis Company (the cranberry harvesting mural), Allan's photo

By Dennis Company (the cranberry harvesting mural), Allan’s photo with cosmos and Agastache

Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

wee eryngium seedling (Allan's photo)

wee eryngium seedling (Allan’s photo)

The Hungry Harbor (Allan's photo)

The Hungry Harbor (Allan’s photo)

When we finished watering, we went out to the Bolstad beach approach garden to weed.  Some of the semi-permanent sand creations from Sandsations were still there.  The rest are built on the beach and washed away by the tide.  These are constructed with some glue in the mix and last about a week.

joy

castle

This castle had a shout out to one of our favourite restaurants...

This castle had a shout out to one of our favourite restaurants…

The Cove

The Cove

detail

impressive details

We went to work pulling weeds at a couple of garden sections near the arch.

We went to work pulling weeds at a couple of garden sections near the arch.

Allan's photo: clipping roses that poke out into the street

Allan’s photo: clipping roses that poke out into the street and pulling the long grasses

The beach approach job did not seem bad at all today.  I think I actually like it again, and I think the reason is that we finally have TIME now that Andersen’s RV Park has sold.  I also remembered that one of the perks of the job is getting to see lots of cute canines strolling by with their people.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Lorna from our bank, our client Diane, and Misty (Allan's photo)

Lorna from our bank, who helped us with our mortgage, and our friend and client Diane, and our good friend Misty (Allan’s photo)

They helped pull some long grasses while we chatted.

They helped pull some long grasses while we chatted.

at home

Because Allan had watered the Ilwaco planters the night before, we got home in time for a walk around and some garden appreciation.

sweet peas

sweet peas

the towering lilies

the towering lilies

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lilies3

lilies4

roses well matched with a hardy gladiola

roses well matched with a hardy gladiola

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lilies12

lilies and Sambucus 'Sutherland Gold'

lilies and Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’

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Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Nicotiana langsdorfii and daisies

Nicotiana langsdorfii and daisies

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It's mostly about lilies right now.

It’s mostly about lilies right now.

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

I had been so busy garden touring over the weekend that I had done no gardening at all, and I now had a new batch of ladies in waiting, mostly ones brought me by Debbie Teashon from her selection at Kingston Henery Hardware.

pitcher plants from Debbie Teashon

pitcher plants from Debbie Teashon

little bluestem grasses

little bluestem grasses

variegated pittosporum

variegated pittosporum

Sophora

Sophora ‘Little Baby’ and another Pittosporum and a Black Cherry fuchsia

ladies in waiting!

ladies in waiting!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

in the east window: the remnant of the night blooming cereus flower is still hanging on.

in the east window: the remnant of the night blooming cereus flower is still hanging on.

view out the east window

view out the east window

front garden with Tetrapanax, lilies, cardoon

front garden with Tetrapanax, lilies, cardoon

Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’

a new sheaf of lilies opening

a new sheaf of lilies opening

My poor sanguisorbas in the front garden just can never get enough water.

My poor sanguisorbas in the front garden just can never get enough water.

Mike’s garden

We began our work day at Mayor Mike’s garden a few blocks east.

The garden is being watered regularly now and looks better.

The garden is being watered regularly now and looks better.

west side of house

west side of house

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

ongoing project: clipping some of the old growth from the climbing rose

Geranium 'Rozanne'...

Geranium ‘Rozanne’…

and pulmonaria showing signs of good watering.

and pulmonaria showing signs of good watering.

I was glad to see a happy, unthirsty garden there today.

Ilwaco Post Office

At our volunteer post office, something, or more likely someONE, has been stripping flowers off the tall lily.

the ridiculously tall lily...

the ridiculously tall lily…

with flowers stripped right off, not in the way a deer would.

with flowers stripped right off, not in the way a deer would.  Irritating!

Long Beach

the Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

the Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

red, white, mostly blue

red, white, blue

Salvia patens that came back big and strong from last year.

Salvia patens that came back big and strong from last year.

After weeding the Vet Field gardens, we were back out weeding the Bolstad beach approach.  It felt so wonderful to have time.

before

before

before

before

after

after

The weeding is rough, and we are not getting all the grass roots out because the sand is dry and compacted like cement.  However, it looks much more restful to the eye…and until it rains, the grasses will be dormant. I like the motto of a pro gardening friend we know:  If I can’t see it, it’s not there.

restful to the eye

restful to the eye

I'm so impressed with Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' for doing this well with no water.

I’m so impressed with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ for doing this well with no water.

Allan at work

Allan at work

looking east to the Long Beach arch

looking east to the Long Beach arch

It is a wonderful thing to go home after a productive day and cross two more sections off the beach approach on the work list.  From 13 sections, we are now down to only 2 left to weed.

the work board!

the work board!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 18 June 2015

Music in the Gardens Tour, Long Beach Peninsula

a benefit for the Water Music Festival and music programs in local schools

ticket tour map

ticket tour map

Garden 1: Lily and Rose Garden

The lush green entry gives you but a small clue to what is beyond. Kristine’s secret garden slopes down from a deck filled with bountiful containers of flowers and a small kitchen garden. This gentle change in elevation provides a vista of the perennials and roses she grows for bouquets. This is a classic cutting garden and bird watchers’ paradise. Continuing through a second gate to the west, you’ll discover an artistic deer fence enclosing flowers and vegetables. Granddaughter Lily’s delightful playhouse, The Lily Pad, has been the site of many tea parties.

Garden Tour Nancy and I previewed this garden on July 3rd; those photos are included in this post.

On tour day, look for the pink and red balloons.

On tour day, look for the pink and red balloons.

Kristine made all the beautiful signs for parking, guest book, and refreshments.

Kristine, an avid photographer, made all the beautiful signs for parking, guest book, and refreshments.

The day was already hot, so the greenery and shade of the front garden was restful to the eyes.

The day was already hot, so the greenery and shade of the front garden was restful to the eyes.

The garden is close to the  dunes. (Allan's photo)

The garden is close to the dunes. (Allan’s photo)

front garden

front garden

up the front door (but we are not going that way)

up the front door (but we are not going that way); note the well trimmed sword fern

front

the gate to the secret garden, with our friend Gene emerging

the gate to the secret garden, with our friend Gene emerging

(Gene’s garden was on the 2013 tour, and we have some new photos of his garden to show you in an upcoming post.)

through the gate (Allan's photo)

through the gate (Allan’s photo)

tour guests entering

tour guests entering

another of Kristine's photo signs on the entry table

another of Kristine’s photo signs on the entry table

welcome

guest book and bouquet inside the front gate

guest book and bouquet inside the front gate

The Mozart Chicks were playing under a tent in the front corner of the garden, to the right as we entered the gate.  Hot bright sun made photos difficult today.

The Mozart Chicks

The Mozart Chicks

Mozart Chicks

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the Mozart Chicks, tootling

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Kristine her ownself

Kristine her ownself

path curving around the house

path curving around the house

south wall of house

south wall of house

from a pre-tour visit on July 3

from a pre-tour visit on July 3

rose on pre-tour visit, July 3

rose on pre-tour visit, July 3

pink

I want this pale pink fringed sidalcea or whatever it is; Kristine says I can have seeds.

I want this pale pink fringed sidalcea or whatever it is; Kristine says I can have seeds.

Kristine doesn't spray anything toxic for blackspot on roses; she told us she picks off any bad leaves.

Kristine doesn’t spray anything toxic for blackspot on roses; she told us she picks off any bad leaves.

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Allan's photo, looking through flowers to the deck

Allan’s photo, looking through flowers to the deck

looking up at the back deck, pre-touring on July 3

looking up at the back deck, pre-touring on July 3

July 3

July 3

July 3

July 3

tour day

tour day

guests

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

poppies

treats

bouquet, Kristine's cards, and treats

bouquet, Kristine’s cards, and treats

choc

 

pecan

Cool liquid refreshment was so refreshing on such a hot day.

Cool liquid refreshment was so refreshing on such a hot day.  It was a scorcher by beach standards, possibly up into the 90s.

containers on the deck

containers on the deck

Brodiaea in deck container

Brodiaea in deck container

flowers

view from the deck

view from the deck

from the deck, Allan (right) taking a photo

from the deck, Allan (right) taking a photo

This is the photo Allan was taking.

This is the photo Allan was taking.

roses

pinks

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view looking west from next to the deck

view looking west from next to the deck

looking southwest from the deck (telephoto)

looking southwest from the deck (telephoto)

I never find time to just sit on these garden tours, especially the Peninsula tour which always has at least eight gardens.  I know that some folks here just skip and garden or two, but as the administrator of the Facebook page, I need our photos of each one, and also I just cannot bring myself to skip a garden.

southeast corner of the garden at the top of the grassy slope, next to the deck

southeast corner of the garden at the top of the grassy slope, next to the deck

photo by Kathleen Shaw

photo by Kathleen Shaw

ferns

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Halfway down the garden from the deck, on the south side, is Kristine’s cutting garden.

cutting garden

cutting garden

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

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Kristine said she wished there had been more lilies in bloom.

Kristine said she wished there had been more lilies in bloom.

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pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

Allan's photo, the Mozart Chicks viewed from the cutting garden

Allan’s photo, the Mozart Chicks viewed from the cutting garden

Allan told me he found out halfway through this garden that his camera was on a “night” setting so he did not get many photos here.

gladiola

gladiola

cutting garden path

cutting garden path

clematis in the cutting garden

clematis in the cutting garden

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

cutting

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3rd

pre-tour visit, July 3, 2015; a second garden area is on the other (west) side of this fence.

pre-tour visit, July 3, 2015; a second garden area is on the other (west) side of this fence.

Beside the conical tree, one enters the second (west) garden area.

Beside the conical tree, one enters the second (west) garden area.

astilbe inside the gate

astilbe inside the gate

deer fenced garden in second area

deer fenced garden in second area (pre tour visit, July 3rd)

rose climbing on deer fence, July 3rd

rose climbing on deer fence, July 3rd

looking through the deer fence

looking through the deer fence

with my camera lens poked through the fence

with my camera lens poked through the fence

a picotee gladiola

a picotee gladiola

rose

that flower that I want

that flower that I want

Outside the fence, lavender is unbothered by deer.

Outside the fence, lavender is unbothered by deer.

July 3rd

July 3rd

tours

looking through the veg patch into the playhouse patio

looking through the veg patch into the playhouse patio

and from the playhouse path looking north

and from the playhouse path looking north

veg patch, July 3rd

veg patch, July 3rd

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

Kristine’s grand daughter, Lily, is three, and could not come visit from the east coast this summer because Lily’s mom is expecting a baby soon.  As you can imagine, this has been sad for grandma Kristine.  Thanks to Skype, grandma and granddaughter can communicate daily.  This tea party was set up to Skype to Lily for her birthday.

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

tea

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a message to Lily

a message to Lily

Oh, how I do wish I had a granddaughter named Lily (or Rose, Iris, Violet, Jasmine, Poppy, Willow, Fern…)

The Lily Pad

The Lily Pad

view west from the Lily Pad

view west from the Lily Pad

monkey puzzle tree to the west of the Lily Pad

monkey puzzle tree to the west of the Lily Pad

a simple border along the north fence

a simple border along the north fence

looking along the north fence toward the house

looking along the north fence toward the house

Kristine’s was a contender for my favourite tour garden because of the driftwood gate on the deer fence and the assortment of colourful plants, especially the lilies.

Next: an inspirational one year old garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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a three day post so we can get back to garden touring!

Friday, 10 July 2015

We certainly are becoming slackers with having so many fewer jobs.  I’d been waiting all week to plant my ladies in waiting.

These are Allan's ladies in waiting.

These are Allan’s ladies in waiting.

and mine

and mine

and more of mine

and more of mine

Speaking of new plants, check out how tall my Eccremocarpus scaber, birthday present from Garden Tour Nancy via Annie’s Annuals, has gotten.

Eccremocarpus scaber and honeysuckle

Eccremocarpus scaber and honeysuckle

I meant to do the planting in the back garden, but instead picked up a few plants for the front garden and went there instead to the west end which had been full of self seeded poppies.

front garden: room for more

front garden: room for more

and more room

and more room

sweet peas on old crab pot

sweet peas on old crab pot

Planted a eucalyptus as I begin my plan to make the front garden more drought tolerant, more Cistus-y.

Planted a eucalyptus as I begin my plan to make the front garden more drought tolerant.

xera

Here's the plant Allan one at the Hardy Plant Study Weekend as a door prize.  I stole it from him.

Here’s the plant Allan won at the Hardy Plant Study Weekend as a door prize. I stole it from him.

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Baptisia 'Solar Flame'

Baptisia ‘Solar Flame’

Baptisia 'Solar Flame'

Baptisia ‘Solar Flame’ from Blooming Junction

I then had a visitor who proved to be a big distraction.

a dog of mystery

a dog of mystery

This little guy seemed lost, worried, and had no collar.  He’d wander away and then come back.

dog

He seemed happy when he was close by me.

My neighbour Paula drove up and he ran after her truck.  She’s quite a dog person, so since he seemed not traffic savvy, she took him with her on an errand to Salt Hotel and then to her local shop (a crafty design shop she is opening downtown; she’s a carpenter and interior designer and refurbisher of cool vintage stuff, and has worked on the Salt Hotel).  I was then able to get back to planting.

(It turned out later that the dog belonged to a neighbour just three doors down.  I’d only met him once, and though I thought he might be hers, I was not sure.  She was grateful to us for rescuing him, and plans to work on reinforcing her fence where the little rascal dug out.)

A really mean acanthus I got from Xera Plants in Portland.

A really mean acanthus I got from Xera Plants in Portland.

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That plant stabbed me so hard when I was carrying my tray of plants out of Xera that I later found a blood blister on my shoulder!  Someone asked me what I should buy such a mean plant.  Because it is cool!

Hydrangea 'Pistachio' on the north wall side of the front garden.

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’ on the north wall side of the front garden.

Melianthus major 'Purple Haze'

Melianthus major ‘Purple Haze’

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a handsome penstemon

a handsome penstemon (Sour Grapes)

an Agastache from Blooming Junction

an Agastache from Blooming Junction

filling in

filling in

all planted up...even though it does not look full, these plants will touch when they mature.

all planted up…even though it does not look full, these plants will touch when they mature.

Allan hung up our new sign, present from Jo and Bob, on the sunporch.

porch

Allan did some watering and weeding at the Ilwaco community building garden so missed the whole lost dog adventure; he has taken that community building job on as his full responsibility and gives up part of a day off to maintain it weekly.

watering the ICB garden

watering the ICB garden

Just a few California poppies that I planted came up.

Just a few California poppies that I planted came up.

weeds from the community building (Allan's photo)

weeds from the community building (Allan’s photo)

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Allan took a trip of errands to Astoria, to get the van’s oil changed and shop for groceries.  He began by going to the Saturday market at the port, only to find that because of intense wind, two thirds of the vendors had packed their tents and gone home.  It’s no fun to have your tent and all your goods blow over.

Allan's photo: not much at the market, just a few really tough vendors down at the far end.

Allan’s photo: not much at the market, just a few really tough vendors down at the far end.

In Astoria:  There is no big excitement about crossing the bridge when Allan goes by himself.

Astoria: He bought some spices at The Spice Rack.

Astoria: He bought some spices at The Spice Rack…next door to the above shop.

a nearby planting on his way to sit and wait at the oil change place.

a nearby planting on his way to sit and wait at the oil change place.

Meanwhile, at home, I stayed in working on the Hardy Plant Weekend garden tour entries on this blog, with the excuse of the 20ish mph wind.  A glorious rain fell in the afternoon and I took a walk outside around the house to rejoice in it.

Rain!

Rain!

actual raindrops

actual raindrops

more rain drops

another rain drop

north window view of rain

north window view of rain

view from Allan's room of rain

view from Allan’s room of rain

 checking out the rain barrels

checking out the rain barrels

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rain drop in the water box

rain drop in the water box

We have seven barrels in all.

We have seven barrels in all.

These waterfalls were hugely thrilling to me, as the barrels have been empty.

These waterfalls were hugely thrilling to me, as the barrels have been empty.

a damp front garden

a damp front garden

Rose 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' is done with its blooming for this year.

Rose ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ is done with its blooming for this year.

Imagine wind roaring in the trees.

Imagine wind roaring in the trees.

my garden boat, the 'Ann Lovejoy'

my garden boat, the ‘Ann Lovejoy’

my river of Rozanne (the the boat floated in on?)

my river of Rozanne (the the boat floated in on?)

sanguisorba

sanguisorba

lilies

lilies

When Allan returned, the light rain had already stopped.  He worked on getting the fixed sprinkler for the front garden positioned just right.

sprinkler on a post, idea from Pink Poppy Farm

sprinkler on a post, idea from Pink Poppy Farm

The sprinkler water that hits the gutter runs into this barrel.

The sprinkler water that hits the gutter that runs into this barrel.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

After all that, this is all the rainwater that collected in each barrel.

After all that, this is all the rainwater that collected in each barrel.

Allan’s trip to Cullaby Lake, Oregon

Allan went to the north Oregon coast for a brief adventure.  In his words:

The tide was too low for the local rivers, or the bay, so a lake was in order.  I came across this one that was close that I’d never visited before, it looked wide, and why not? I was sure to tie the boat tightly and redundantly because if anything fell off on the Astoria bridge, it would get a long drag.

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About the length of Loomis Lake, but wider and with a large park, Cullaby Lake is inland about halfway between Warrenton & Gearhart

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Requires a $3 day pass available in the lot.

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Unlike the lakes around Ilwaco, Cullaby has power boats. This particular boat never started up as something was broken or leaking. Sounded more like a leak from what I heard, but even if the drain plug was missing…anyway a bad day for them.

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The little sailboat with the sail rolled up and the rudder flipped up. Wish there was more wind.

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Today three of these little motorcycle boats were buzzing around, sometimes dragging a raft of shrieking revelers. Still, the lake is not overly crowded, just not the quiet sort.

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There is a little plant growth along the sides but overall the lake is very clear and wide.

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A view south from the narrow northern channel. Except for the duck family, a heron and swallows, the wildlife was shy today.

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A family of ducks just about to cross in front of a gardener’s house. I was photographing from far away as I didn’t want to disturb either.

 

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Here is the gardener tending her daisies and over eight equally spaced potted plants.

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More gardening details, a shed that keeps growing.

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A large mowed grass park for fishing and swimming.

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The wind was less than 10 mph but this is a good lake to sail and is quiet enough for a quiet paddle at either end.

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With large mowed lawns, playground equipment, and marked swimming areas this is a versatile park more like the ones I remember around Seattle. A raft of kids is just taking off.

This cabin is also in the park and can be toured most of the day.

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Once the trees were so big it took only five planks to side a house.

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A house at the corner of the Highway 101 entrance sells bouquets.

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A view over the flower seller’s gate that might tempt Skyler for a visit someday to see the rest of this garden.

meanwhile, at home

I got more ladies in waiting planted in the back garden.

poppies and Geranium 'Rozanne'

poppies and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

redrotune

 

a new grass and a new geranium (lower right)

a new grass and a new geranium (lower right)

geraniumharveyi

agopyron

an Agastache added...

an Agastache added…

flame

 

done

was flummoxed where to put this "wire bush" so it went in the center of a pot.

was flummoxed where to put this corokia so it went in the center of a pot.

corokia

was flummoxed where to out a 6 foot tall Miscanthus (thought it was shorter)

was flummoxed where to out a 6 foot tall Miscanthus (thought it was shorter)

poor thing went back in partial shade (which the tag says is ok)

poor thing went back in partial shade (which the tag says is ok)

So Allan had gotten in a boating trip and useful errands over our three days off, and I had had my perfect weekend: Except for the adventure of the little lost dog, which required me to walk partway down the block, I had not left my property for three whole days.

 

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

study

Floramagoria

(or, Return to Floramagoria)

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I was thrilled to return to the gloriously colourful Floramagoria garden.  Last year, during the Garden Bloggers Fling, I was so taken with the garden that it got three whole blog posts which show the garden in much more organized detail than today:

the front garden

the back garden

and the farm area

During the Bloggers Fling, we were divided into groups of (I think) 50…or 80…and since everyone was blogging, there was a lot of everyone moving out of each other’s photos.  Today, the garden was more crowded with possibly 400 people touring at approximately the same time.  It was fun to see how well it absorbed the large number of people, as it is a garden made for entertaining.  This time, just walk with me here and there through the garden, and look at my favourite bits from many angles, and you can have a browse through the old posts if you want a careful explanation of how it all fits together.

entering the front garden

entering the front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

signs made of styrofoam (Allan said)

signs made of styrofoam 

dog

as one walks around the side of the house

as one walks around the side of the house

clematis at the side of the house

clematis at the side of the house

entering the back garden

entering the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

slug

slug

glass

little greenhouse/shed at corner of house

little greenhouse at corner of house

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the greenhouse: Allan's photo

in the greenhouse: Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the back garden

the back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pitcher plants...I want any and all of them.

pitcher plants…I want any and all of them.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I think this is crambe maritma.

I think this is crambe maritma (sea kale)

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

kniphofia

kniphofia

looking back at the corner greenhouse

looking back at the corner greenhouse

a stunning grass

a stunning grass

I figured that grass was a Stipa, and indeed, one of the garden owners told me it was a Stipa…something or other….I must do some Googling because I must have it.

must...

must…

have...

have…  (Is it Stipa pennata??)

nigella seed pods

nigella seed pods

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the Little and Lewis-y water feature

the Little and Lewis-y water feature

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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That’s what I want for my garden.  My budget runs more toward plastic tubs.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

yellow

Allan's photo  (What is it?)

Allan’s photo (What is it?)

at the corner of the dining pavilion

at the corner of the dining pavilion

photo appreciation

photo appreciation

daylily (one that made me think, last year, that I need some frilly ones like this)

daylily (one that made me think, last year, that I need some frilly ones like this)

hakmak

one of two matched pillars near the dining pavilion

one of two matched pillars near the dining pavilion

I know little about the different varieties of pitcher plants, because we cannot get them anywhere around here....

I know little about the different varieties of pitcher plants, because we cannot get them anywhere around here….

(looking down from above): I want them ALL.

(looking down from above): I want them ALL.

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I wonder if they are hardy?  I seem to recall that when I did have a few, they came back after winter.

I wonder if they are hardy? I seem to recall that when I did have a few, they came back after winter.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pitcher7

pitcher8

(Two weeks later, when we stopped by Garden Tour Nancy’s to see her recent plant acquistions from her visit to Dancing Oaks nursery, what did she have?  YES, a pot of pitcher plants!!  ARGH!

Okay, enough obsessing about this one area.

Okay, enough obsessing about this one area.

(Looks like maybe I can mail order them from here: Sarracenia Northwest, which tells me that they are indeed cold hardy.)

cannas

 

blue

 

into the shade, having walked through the dining pavilion

into the shade, having walked through the dining pavilion

the shade and bubble corner

the shade and bubble corner, so welcome because the day, while overcast, was hot

looking up into the sequoia

looking up into the sequoia  (bubbles were floating down)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shady bench

shady bench

on the walls of the shade corner

on the walls of the shade corner

shade corner stucco walls painted green; this is the back of the blue water feature wall

shade corner stucco walls painted green; this is the back of the blue water feature wall

leaves

flower

Maybe I just need to settle for this kind of pitcher plant.

Maybe I just need to settle for this kind of pitcher plant.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking back through the dining pavilion

looking back through the dining pavilion

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, Dan Hinkley and one of the garden owners

Allan’s photo, Dan Hinkley and one of the garden owners

dining pavilion chair

dining pavilion chair

from the pavilion

from the pavilion

the solidly floriferous side of the garden

the solidly floriferous side of the garden

daylilies3

daylilies

flowers3

my favourite shape of dahlias

my favourite shape of dahlias

flowers4

flowers5

another ruffly daylily

another ruffly daylily

After seeing this garden last year, I swore I was going to paint some bamboo poles and put them in the garden.

After seeing this garden last year, I swore I was going to paint some bamboo poles and put them in the garden.

Did I?  No.  Will I this year? I surely do hope so.

Did I? No. Will I this year? I surely do hope so.

poles5

poles6

cobalt

stripes

an astrantia for Mr. Tootlepedal

an astrantia for Mr. Tootlepedal

combo2

astrantia, closer

astrantia, closer

looking over the garden to the dining pavilion

looking over the garden to the dining pavilion

at the end of a dead end path in the floriferous garden

at the end of a dead end path in the floriferous garden

in the shade at the back of the flower garden

in the shade at the back of the flower garden

the covered deck behind the house

the covered deck behind the house

from up on the deck

from up on the deck

from the deck: the patio right behind the house

from the deck: the patio right behind the house

one of the hosts (Allan's photo)

one of the hosts (Allan’s photo)

near the back door

near the back door

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

corner2

on the corner of the deck (from where I had sat down)

on the corner of the deck (from where I had sat down)

another sitting down view

another sitting down view

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I spy Dan Hinkley!

I spy Dan Hinkley!

from my comfy couch seat

from my comfy couch seat

tour guests and host

tour guests and host

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (he entered the garden via the farm area and this side entry to the deck)

more garden gazing

more garden gazing

crowds

Allan rejoined me and we exited via the “farm” side of the house.