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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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.

the farm greenhouse, at the back corner of the covered deck

the farm greenhouse, past the back corner of the covered deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bouquets in the greenhouse

bouquets in the greenhouse

duck

the farm

the farm

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

bee hive

bee hive

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

looking back on the farm

looking back on the farm

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around the corner into the front garden

around the corner into the front garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

front garden ferns

front garden ferns

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tiered fern planter near front door

tiered fern planter near front door

screen for front door privacy

screen for front door privacy

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

While I can’t afford a stucco wall and dripping column water feature (and lack the skills to make one), I leave this garden (again) with the ideas that I could paint some bamboo poles and perhaps buy some metal livestock troughs to grow veg in…and get me some sarracenias.

Tomorrow: our very last garden of the 2015 study weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend

study

Barrager garden

Just up the street from Barbara Ashmun’s garden, her nearby neighbour Doug Barrager’s garden was also on tour.  I do love when tour gardens are walking distance from each other.

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from the street

from the street

sideslope

lilies

lilies

lily and dogwood

lily and dogwood

rose borders

side garden rose borders

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, back garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

into the shade

into the shade

shadegarden

more shade beds: Allan's photo

more shade beds: Allan’s photo

hydrangeas

hydrangeas

I want this hydrangea.

I want this lace cap hydrangea.

I like the precisely cut flowers.

I like the precisely cut flowers.  Allan overheard some tour guests saying this is an unusual cultivar.

Jeanne and I marveled at the perfection of the hostas.

Jeanne and I marveled at the perfection of the hostas.

hostas2

more perfect hostas

work area around the side of the house

work area around the other side of the house

the sunny side of the house

the sunny side of the house

variegated dogwood at the corner

variegated dogwood at the corner

roses along the front street

roses along the front street

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

another starry dahlia

another starry dahlia

bonus garden

We enjoyed the view over the picket fence of a garden across the street.

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another gardening neighbour

Next: We return to Floramagoria, one of our favourite Portland gardens.

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Before leaving Ilwaco, we planted two tiny lavender starts in the Time Enough Books garden, where we think they will enjoy the scree-like environment.  The weather was ideal: comfortable, not too hot, very little wind.

The Time Enough Books garden

The Time Enough Books garden

Then we were off toward some north end jobs, beginning with a check up on the planters at

The Red Barn Arena

I finally managed to get two photos of the baby, born earlier this spring.

foal

foal2

one of the barrels

one of the barrels

We couldn’t cut across a pasture to the garden next door as a horse grazed in that pasture today, so we walked along the highway.

Diane’s garden

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.


Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea


back garden planters

back garden planters

On the road again, I remembered that Garden Tour Nancy had asked me if we would check out a potential tour garden for her.  Located in Tides West, it was on our way to our next job.

a garden tour sneak peek

I do believe this one will be on the tour, so I can’t show too much.  I was so impressed; the owner has built all these features herself in just one year.

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I was immediately impressed.

I was immediately impressed.


I wish I had such skills!

I wish I had such skills!


Just one year old

Just one year old


one of two cute dogs

one of two cute dogs

I was inspired to turn two photos into Waterlogues:

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue

The gardener told us that Ed Strange had recommended that she contact Garden Tour Nancy, and that he calls her garden “Neverland”.  She thought he meant it was like a magical fairyland until she learned he actually meant he thought she would never be finished with projects.  It is just around the corner from our friend J9’s and I am surprised I had not noticed it before, until I realized that  I first visited J9’s new abode and walked around that block over a year ago, and this garden had not even begun then.

Back to the world of work…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Next, Golden Sands, where Allan strimmed the center lawn (because its easier to bring a string trimmer than a lawn mower down the hallways to the central courtyard).

outside the dining room

outside the dining room (NW quadrant)


SE quadrant

SE quadrant

I had had a plan for quite some time that I finally got around to.  I wanted to prune the rhododendrons behind the SW quadrant to be closer to the height of the ones in the upper right above, that were severely pruned two years ago (not by me).

SW quadrant

SW quadrant: Behind the maple tree are the rhodies I have had my eye on.

The best time to prune them is shortly after they bloom, so last month would have been better.

before: the view out the back hallway window

before: the view out the back hallway window


Here they are pruned...

Here they are pruned… and not looking all bare and stubby.


Well done, if I do say so...and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.

Well done, if I do say so…and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.


And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

It might seem like a bad plan to have large shrubs blocking the view.  However, before we got our hands on them, the four quadrants were just scrubby sections of lawn.

Allan hauled four wheelbarrowloads of branches down the halls and out to the debris pile.

With a great sense of accomplishment, we went about ten blocks up the road to

Klipsan Beach Cottages

looking in the east deer fence gate

looking in the east deer fence gate


a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and not the dreaded English ivy)

a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and a more delicate choice than the dreaded English ivy)


the birdbath view

the birdbath view


sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’


Alliums and roses

Alliums and roses


bright orange lilies, bright sunshine

bright orange lilies, bright sunshine


River of Geranium 'Rozanne' in the shade along the road to the cottages

River of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the shade along the road to the cottages


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


I'm pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.

in the A Frame garden: I’m pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.


A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum

A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

On the way further north, we stopped at Jack’s for some snacks and a hose fitting.

Jack's Country Store, Ocean Park

Jack’s Country Store, Ocean Park


I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita's Coastal Café.

I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita’s Coastal Café.

Marilyn’s garden

At our northernmost garden, I had at long last remembered to bring 13 little painted sage plants, and when they were in the ground, Annuals Planting Time was finally truly done!

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' at Marilyn's

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ at Marilyn’s


one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

Just as I thought we were done with our weeding session, I saw an Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ that needed deadheading.

before

before


after

after


path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today

path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today


the buds of Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

the buds of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’


more Crocosmia 'Lucifer' buds

more Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ buds


Cosmos

Cosmos


the back deck

the back porch


looking north from the back porch

looking north from the back porch

I had pulled out a big clump of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, behind the montbretia to the right, because I felt it blocked Marilyn’s view of the garden.  Her assistant told me a mother deer and two baby fawns are frequenting the garden and Marilyn loves to observe them.  There is still plenty of ‘Lucifer’ on the other side of the path.

  I wish there were not so much orange montbretia.  It was the only plant in the landscape when we began, just a bit here and there.  That clump got huge before I realized it.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.


north view with catmint  sprawling on the path

north view with catmint sprawling on the path


Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum


Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

I had hoped we would be done in time to do Andersen’s RV Park today.  It was not to be, so that will have to wait for tomorrow.

We finished with a tiny pruning job at the south side of the port office, where once again we were in the cold north wind.  A volunteer elderberry needed some branches trimmed.  The wind discouraged photos of the process.

Allan's photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

Allan’s photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Despite having a first-cleanup-of-the-year list that has spilled over into March, we took a day off, because we needed one, and because life is short.  Ed Strange stopped by mid morning, as he often does on a Sunday on his way to his garden maintenance job for the Shorebank building at the Port, two blocks from our house.  Because he is a morning person, he had already been to Seven Dees nursery all the way down in Seaside.

While we were visiting, he got a phone call to tell him that his puppy had been born.  He put in on speakerphone so Allan and I could both here the description of the 2 day old littermates.  The breeder talked baby talk to the pups.  We so look forward to the puppy arriving later this spring.

Ed and I listening to puppy talk.

Ed and I listening to puppy talk.

I showed off my Rustia, in prolific bloom.  It’s to the left in the photo above.  This is the plant that, when Ciscoe Morris visited my garden, caused him to say “Ooh la la! You don’t just have ordinary plants!”

Rustia

Rustia

rustia

 

rustia

We walked around the garden, and Ed laughed and said “I see you have your favourite plant in a garbage can; how appropriate.”  (He knows I’ve eliminated many phormiums over the last few years.)

phormium

Actually, that’s an idea I got from a restaurant garden near Heronswood Nursery, on a tour day several years back.

Phormium contained

Phormium contained at a restaurant near Kingston

Ed and I had a good long chat about work related topics.  We are both trying to reduce our schedules to allow more time for leisure.  I showed him our new tin garden sign and he wanted one, too.  When he departed for the Basket Case Greenhouse on a sign quest, I settled on my project for the day: cutting back hardy fuchsias in the back garden.  The air was chilly enough that I was not entirely happy to be outdoors at all, despite the sunshine, and the soil felt too cold to make weeding enjoyable.

Allan helped with three different projects (AND mowed the lawn).

First, he fixed my best plant table that I got from a “free” pile of stuff over on Spruce Street.

The underlying fabric had collapsed at one end.

The underlying material had collapsed at one end.

Inside the second hand table is a lip which used to hold a sheet of glass.

Inside the second hand table is a lip which used to hold a sheet of glass.

fixed with "two skinny planks and a small piece of plywood and a piece of bamboo"

fixed with “two skinny planks and a small piece of plywood and a piece of bamboo”

It was a mistake (mine!) to use asphalt roofing as the underlayment.  It should have been a piece of plywood with holes drilled in it.  I can see now that it will slowly need more fixing and replacement as the shingles sag.

Allan also removed the hardy fuchsia whose base was infested with horrid orange montbretia.  It is one of several of the same kind of hardy fuchsia magellanica so I did not lose anything special.

pick attack

pick attack

success!  It would have taken me a lot longer.

success! It would have taken me a lot longer.

all clear, and the only collateral damage was one big fat lily bud

all clear, and the only collateral damage was one big fat lily bud

I did decide to cut the big fuchsia that had new growth up high all the way to the ground.  I like walking through a forest of fuchsias, so I don’t know what possessed me except that the up high growth was thin, and the basal growth looked so thick and healthy.

chopped down

chopped down

I used to love the fuchsia walk at my old house, over behind the boatyard, in a garden so sheltered that the fuchsia magellanica turned into trees that were taller than me.

the fuchsia path

the fuchsia path

fuchsia walk, silver shed

fuchsia walk in winter at our old garden

In our new(ish) garden, a lot of winter wind is probably what causes the die back and lack of tree-like height.

golden ninebark

Physocarpus…golden ninebark

I was trying out my new Olympus camera today and perhaps it was the overcast day that led to a lack of detail.  Hmmm.

the center bed river of Geranium 'Rozanne'

the center bed river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

I do love my blue Rozanne river in summer, and yet reading The Miserable Gardener blog by Bob Nold, the author of High and Dry, has made me cast about for more areas to put a scree garden.  I now have a small one by the garden boat, and yet…would not this center bed make an incredible scree garden?  I just don’t think I can give up my Rozanne effect though….even though it makes the garden all soft and fuzzy and not a home for special little things.  I loved his suggestion of using buried rubble of all sorts to build up the spine of a garden bed.

raised-beds

 

Maybe I can find room somewhere else in the garden….or next door in Nora’s yard, where her granddaughter said I could plant anything I wanted.  That would be a surprise!  I am grateful to her for letting us use her grandma’s parking pad for loading and unloading the trailer.

We created this much debris, and that's after Allan walked on it.

We created this much debris, and that’s after Allan walked on it.

Time to put out the bogsy wood sign, as one hopes no more big branches will fall from storms.

Time to put out the bogsy wood sign, as one hopes no more big branches will fall from storms.

narcissi by the bogsy woods

narcissi by the bogsy woods

Look at the growth on one of the peony starts that MaryBeth gave me!

Look at the growth on one of the peony starts that MaryBeth gave me!

I decided to clip the dead tips on my Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

I decided to clip the dead tips on my Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’.

after...rather tidier

after…rather tidier

Nearby, big fat lily buds emerging

Nearby, big fat lily shoots emerging

more

more lily shoots

Frosty was also checking out the garden.

Frosty was also checking out the garden.

crocuses and lily shoots

crocuses and lily shoots (and shotweed)

Oh, and I put up some fence slats that I got from the Long Beach city works debris pile.  (I did ask!)  They are just tied on the the fence behind which, later, will be a tarped pile of crab pots by the neighbours’ gear shed.  Now that they are in place, maybe Allan can help to affix them better.  He’s clever like that.

just tied in place with string

just tied in place with string…to stop the eye for eight slats wide, at least

The third project that Allan helped with today was putting up the new garden sign that we got at the Basket Case yesterday.  Ed had gone straight from our house to the Basket Case, gotten one of his own, and texted me a photo of it already up!  The pressure was on.  Allan still had to coat ours with a rust proof product and let it dry.

Ed's sign already up

Ed’s sign already up

I had suggested that ours go on the arbour on the front of the house.  Allan thought that would be too show-offy, so we compromised on the west side arbour, which still shows from the street.

centered on the west arbour

centered on the west arbour

garden

garden

He also added two stars that have been kicking around.

He also added two stars that have been kicking around.

star

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am now on a casual quest for something not quite as gaudy to decorate the top of the front arbour.

 

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Ilwaco Blues and Seafood festival will take place at the Port of Ilwaco this coming weekend (the 15th and 16th) so we spent Tuesday tidying up all the port gardens.  Blues and Seafood is moving to a new venue in a big tent at the east end of the marina, instead of its former cozy location by the civilized Ilwaco Pavilion with its nice restrooms.  So people will not be strolling right by the gardens as they used to….Still, there will be more traffic, so we cleaned the gardens from one end of Howerton to the other.

leaving Calvin behind as we go to work

leaving Calvin behind as we go to work

looking south over the front fence

looking south over the front fence

We began at the east end of Howerton.  Allan hooked up a hose to the Beacon RV Park (owned by the mayor, who happened to be there).  We did not have enough hose to stretch all the way; at least it made bucket watering easier.

easternmost Howerton Way garden

easternmost Howerton Way garden

bucket watering

bucket watering

I pruned down the shrubs at the bank by the port.  The bank is moving all its business to Portland this fall and putting the very large building up for sale.

pruning before

pruning before

after a gentle, naturalistic pruning

after a gentle, naturalistic pruning

It is a darned shame that someone planted tall shrubs there (wax myrtle and arbutus) as the constant pruning pretty much keeps the arbutus from flowering or having its attractive strawberry-like fruits.  If I keep them gently shaped, it may keep someone from pruning them with a chainsaw as happened just before Blues and Seafood last year.

before

before

after

after

call Plant Amnesty!

this time last year:  call Plant Amnesty!  This is what we are trying to prevent from happening.

In one of our newly planted areas we cut two huge wax myrtles right to the ground in the spring; better to go all the way than half-arsed butchery.  The myrtles are just sprouting back and can be kept small enough to not be a traffic sightline hazard.

new this year garden area

new this year garden area

Something so sweet happened while we were weeding.  A fellow who lives on a boat at the port walked by, someone of slender means, and shared with me some radishes and mushrooms he had gotten at the daily lunch program for the poor and elderly.  He had some radishes, which he does not like, and some mushrooms.  He just wanted six of the mushrooms to make himself a pasta sauce on the boat.  I was touched and thought if we were more hoity toity than working class, we would not have sharing moments like those.  (The radishes were yummy too, the next evening.)

We slogged through (weeding and watering) all the garden beds.  Not all of them have easy access to water.  We did no more bucket watering, though, as we had read that it might rain.   At the east end, we paused to deadhead the container at the Peninsula Sanitation building.

very attractive for folks paying their garbage bill

very attractive for folks paying their garbage bill

Then on to finish weeding the boatyard garden.

boatyard looking north

boatyard looking north

offloading our pile of debris

offloading our pile of debris

I’m careful to not dump anything invasive out here by the marsh.  There is already a bad weed in there:

pretty sure that's Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife) out there...bad.

pretty sure that’s Lythrum salicaria (Purple loosestrife) out there…bad.

When we had worked alongside Pelicano Restaurant earlier in the day, I developed a strong desire to have our monthly meal there.  It is a luxury that we indulge in when we can, especially since I have read that one’s taste buds become less sensitive as one ages, so if we are going to enjoy fine food we had better do so now.  Later, when we can’t work and don’t have the income, we’ll be happy with home made pasta sauce.

The good fortune of the day continued as we spontaneously ended up sitting, at their invitation, with Heather of NIVA green and two delightful friends of hers.  We had excellent conversation about topics such as the nature of friendship (the three women) and motorcycles (the two men).

Along with the topic of friendship, Heather and  I also talked briefly about my idea of working four day weeks.  When I said that we could not count on three day weekends regularly because of plants needing to be watered, she said we could take a bonus day during the week instead.  Not quite as good as three days off in a row, but still more time in my own garden (or, for Allan, messing about in boats).

Pelicano bouquet

Pelicano bouquet

cocktails

Flamenco for me and a cosmospolitan for Allan

Flamenco for me and a cosmospolitan for Allan

salmon

the salmon

the salmon

meringue cookies and ice cream dessert

meringue cookies and ice cream dessert

After dinner, Allan, David and Heather watch a heron come in its evening roost at the marina.

After dinner, Allan, David and Heather watch a heron come in its evening roost at the marina.

I hope in later years when we almost always dine at home, we can have such fine company sometimes.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Rain had begun the evening before and continued all day long.

joyous view from the front window

joyous view from the front (north) window

and the front (east) window

and the front (east) window

rain in the wheelbarrow behind the house

rain in the wheelbarrow behind the house

We had such a relaxing day off.  We have much to do in Long Beach to get parks and planters ready for next week’s Kite Festival.  We’ve been saved a whole day of watering the Ilwaco planters, Long Beach planters and Ilwaco boatyard garden so the day off was not a problem (I hope).  Usually rain is not enough for the planters, but this particular event was an excellent soaking lasting almost 24 hours.

I worked on this blog, getting almost caught up, and Allan did office work as well.  Partway through the day, he picked up the mail and we got an excellent package of plants from the generous blog reader Todd Wiegardt.  The plant list was addressed to the “Baker Bay CPN Rehab Department” which made me chortle then and still does now.  (Baker Bay is the Ilwaco marina bay; CPN=Certified Plant Nut.)

Read it and weep with envy, fellow CPNs:

list

I am going to have to do some Googling on some of these.  I love the name Kniphofia ‘Nose Job’.

The box contained a selection of ferns for Allan to try:

ferns

Allan starts to sort out which plants are ferns.

Allan starts to sort out which plants are ferns.

We set up a potting area in the garage and got all the plants potted up; when I planted the Colchicum and Crocus sativus bulbs out in the garden, the soil was still shockingly dry underneath and I think that makes it essential to wait awhile before putting the plants in.

Allan's new ferns all potted up

Allan’s new ferns all potted up

ferns

my new plants all potted up

my new plants all potted up

Of course, while putting the plants on a bench by the greenhouse, I admired the damp garden.

Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns' from Joy Creek Nursery, with Lily 'Anastasia' (I think)

Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’ from Joy Creek Nursery, with Lily ‘Anastasia’ (I think)

looking southwest, white lilies and a foggy Cape Disappointment

looking southwest, white lilies and a foggy Cape Disappointment

an elephant garlic wearing a yarrow hat

an elephant garlic wearing a yarrow hat

Hyericum berries by the front stairs

Hypericum berries by the front stairs

This spot might absorb a small new plant or two.

This area might absorb a small new plant or two.

I have an awful lot of Geranium macrorrhizum in the garden.  Even though I love its piny foliage smell,  I think some of it might have to go to make room for other plants.

lilies in the front garden

fragrant lilies in the front garden (with Jared and Jessika’s house as backdrop)

Ack! A big area of dwarf fireweed in the front garden...Too wet to wade in there to weed it, said I to myself.

Ack! A big area of dwarf fireweed in the front garden…Too wet to wade in there to weed it, said I to myself.

Now we have two days to get the north end jobs done and get Long Beach ready for kite festival, after having had a deliciously restful rain-inspired bonus day off.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 3 August 2014

my day

Having completely blown off gardening the day before…I don’t think I even walked around the garden when Kathleen Shaw visited in the late afternoon on into the evening!…I really had to get some weeding done. I think I was suffering from a post-garden tour malaise, so well described by Dulcy Mahar:

from Back in the Garden with Dulcy

from Back in the Garden with Dulcy

I have no desire for a formal green garden; in fact, the formal green gardens on the tour (one here, one in Seattle, none in Portland) were the ones I did not especially like. However, I am perhaps feeling the lack of a gravel garden, of coloured stucco walls, and of fabulous expensive water features with some Little and Lewis columns..

Allan had been working on his garden the evening before while Kathleen and I visited in the house.

Allan's garden

Allan’s garden

I have turned this area over to him, as well.

I have turned this area over to him, as well.

and this, sort of, well, except for the plants I already have in there.

and this, sort of, well, except for the plants I already have in there.

I have encouraged him to rip out all but one special cranesbill geranium. (I want to protect ‘Amy Doncaster’ and move her in the fall; I thought I had lost her, but she has popped up and bloomed in Allan’s garden…or one just like her! Maybe I have a great new plant as she is blooming now, and the Amy I used to have bloomed only in spring! I had better take a photo…soon.)

I have ALL these plants to plant, but the weather is too dry now.

I have ALL these plants to plant, but the weather is too dry now.

I set to weeding in the back garden. I kept at it for a few hours, pausing only for a garden tour walk when Ed Strange came over with his friend Irene. Something odd happened there; maybe due to a burst of social anxiety at meeting someone new, I said “Irene was my mom’s name” and really believed it for over an hour before I suddenly recalled, after they left, that my mother’s name was Ginger and my aunt was Irene. Is this impending dementia???

no before photos to prove that this area was a mass of weeds, especially dwarf fireweed

no before photos to prove that this area was a mass of weeds, especially dwarf fireweed

However, that is a wheelbarrow COMPLETELY hidden with weeds with another pile on the path beyond.

However, that is a wheelbarrow COMPLETELY hidden with weeds with another pile on the path beyond.

The whole garden has become a crisis when I look closely.

Good things:

white Echinops

white Echinops

Echinops ‘Arctic Glow’ reseeded since last year; I did not know what it was going to be, so I pulled a lot of the seedlings thinking they might be a common thistle. They looked much coarser than the blue Echinopes (blue globe thistle). Now I wish I had transplanted some of them at the boatyard. I’ll know better next time.

Irene was gratifyingly impressed with my tall lilies.

Irene was gratifyingly impressed with my tall lilies.

Anastasia, I believe

Anastasia, I believe

Allan’s day

Meanwhile, Allan went sailing on Ilwaco’s Black Lake and here’s his report:

“Borrowed a fellow Black Lake Yacht Club member’s boat with plenty of time & a 20 mph wind. Flooded & too windy to figure out how to get back. Paddled to dock, hiked back, rowed & towed it back.”

Chris's boat with too much water!

Chris’s boat with too much water!

towing it back

towing it back

Rowed to south end, spotted a nest & boys fishing off a dock.

nest

nest

boys on dock

boys on dock

Water lilies at north end & a pic of a ‘rescue’ boat that was offered if I got stuck and couldn’t get the yellow boat home. I installed a set of oars on the white magenta one like my dad’s to be sure to have a way home.

water lilies

water lilies

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For the first time, actually ‘sailed’ upwind successfully back to the dock. Only needed the oars when I slammed onto the shore a few times. (Still need practice.)

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Thursday, 24 July 2014

I had to get a grip and go back to work; it’s not as if I can afford to simply retire.   Besides, my own garden might not provide enough to blog fodder.  My three days off had done my knee some good, so we did all our north end gardens.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

When we arrived, we saw evidence of bears getting into and onto the big wheelie bins by where we park.