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Thursday, 23 March 2017

I might have tried to work if the weather had been good.  I did not want to go out, feeling poorly, in rain and wind.

When the sun appeared in the mid afternoon, Allan departed for Long Beach to do some weeding and deadheading.


returning a book to the Ilwaco library (Deep Survival, I read it, did not love it)


Long Beach welcome sign


He laid out the deadheads to show me how many there were.


welcome sign


Long Beach city crew putting up banners.


deer-pulled tulips in a planter on one of the main deer intersections (where we no longer plant new tulips)


Narcissi and primrose.  It is hard to get ALL the tatty hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) foliage pulled.


crocuses chomped by deer.  Pretty sure they had flowered first.  Also on one of the main deer intersections (7th South)




deadheads. so glad Allan went to pick them


after, with grape hyacinth


Muscari (grape hyacinth) and lavender


Tulipa sylvestris, one of my favourites


snail damage


Sluggo got applied.


lilies emerging in Fifth Street Park


Muscari, one narcissi, scilla (which I did not plant…it goes back to volunteer days).


by Fifth Street Park



the rain returned


narcissi and rhododendron


more white and blue scilla (which would take over if I let it)


more banners, with Fitz and Parks Manager Mike


in a street tree garden


tulips and crocuses 



By Stormin’ Norman’s. Calocephalus brownii came through the winter.


under a street tree


Allan checked on the Veterans Field gardens:





Meanwhile, at home:


I’ve never seen Skooter and Smokey snuggle up before.  It was Smokey’s idea; he tucked himself in under Skooter’s head.

I had read about Jaywick, a semi-derelict English seaside town recently in A Kingdom By The Sea by Paul Theroux and decided to look at a video about it, which turned into watching several.  I could actually afford a bungalow there.

The longest and most official Jaywick video is here.

From that, instead of reading, I segued into the Bill Bryon Notes from a Small Island series on youtube.  I meant to watch only the first one and ended up watching all of them in my comfy chair. Partway through my watching, Allan returned with a tasty crab roll for me from Captain Bob’s Chowder.

In closing, here is a public service announcement from Steve of the Bayside garden:

There are two upcoming special events which Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden hosts — the “Early Show” and “Mother’s Day” events.    Details on one-sheet, attached.    Both have judged flower shows and plant sales.  Info on rules, etc., on both at:  http://rhodies.org/chapter/pdx_activities_detailed.htm#early a page available at www.rhodies.org, the Portland Chapter’s website.

 It could be a worthwhile day trip for Peninsula people.


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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Not getting home-delivered mail here means a daily trip to the post office.  I was still malingering because of my cold.  Allan went to the Ilwaco Timberland Library as well and photographed the garden there.



It was an especially wet day.



Fritillaria meleagris



At home, Skooter and all the cats slept.


I read a book, just arrived from the library, one I had been looking forward to.


with Calvin


after the yawn


I am sorry to say that the book did not live up to my hopes.  The author wrote about several Mass Observation diarists’ lives but without using enough of their words.

The diarist”Helen” was inspired by my beloved Nella Last, who had three Mass Observation books all in her own words.


Unfortunately, only a few paragraphs of Helen’s own words are in the chapter about her life.  I would like her to get the “Nella Last treatment” with a book all her own.

After starting her adult life as a Tory, she became a “socialist firebrand.”

This reminds me of the recent postcard parties I’ve attended.




In her old age, she went out to Gulf War protests.


I would like to read much more in her own words instead of a few scattered paragraphs.  If only I could spend months at the Mass Observation archives.  I would hope that Helen’s handwriting is more legible than Nella Last’s.

Here’s a guest photo from Todd Wiegardt:


Narcissus ‘Snow Baby’

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Two nights of poor sleep from assorted aches and pains did not dissuade me from willingness to work in a light drizzle.  I couldn’t stand not having the Fifth Street Park roses pruned. My usual goal is to have roses all pruned between Presidents Day and March 1.  This year, the weather has not been conducive.

Fifth Street Park


tree garden nearby with primroses


I pruned by the restroom entrance, with fish bicycle rack…before


working from the Wiegel Cottage side. The restroom building also looks cottagey.

This fence has a double line of fence boards, making for a dead zone of rose canes inside.  Un-gettatable.


The drizzle stopped soon into the job and we had pleasant weather until increasingly hard rain in the last half hour.


after….the rose is ‘Super Dorothy’

Meanwhile, Allan removed a messy patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis).  They will come back, no doubt.






before and after

He then pruned the Super Dorothy roses on the south fence.





That white fence was erected by the hotel next door.  I predict it is going to get weedy between tall white fence and low concrete wall and that neither the hotel staff nor us will be able to get at said weeds.

I had turned my attention to weeding in the northwest quadrant of the park, where wildly invasive alliums are a problem.  For last year’s first clean up, in early 2016, Melissa and Dave had helped us.  She had gone after those alliums with much more determination to get every bulb.  I had been curious if her effort would pay off.  No, there were just as many as always.


northwest quadrant, before


damnable thread like alliums have fairly inconsequential flowers in summer.

Full disclosure: I may have planted a few clumps many years ago.  Sorry now, if so.



a nice clump of ‘Ice Follies’ or some such


after (but not done)

My former spouse had come by on his bike while I was weeding.  We’d had a good time commiserating about politics.


I had gotten my hopes up about having time to also tidy the roses in Coulter Park…till the rain came.


We were fairly well drenched.

While dumping debris at city works (where Allan did all the hard work), I was thrilled to see that the city now has a pile of mulch for us.  Perhaps if we have good weather tomorrow, we will do some mulching in Long Beach.



On the way home, we scouted for pallets at a spot that sometimes has free ones.  We scored two.  Allan did all the heavy lifting.  The scavenging spot also had an unusual offering: a pile of driftwood, maybe cleaned off the shore bank at the marina.


Got some good decorative pieces.


We did not try for the wood in two big bins.

A block from home:


Ocean Thunder and Ocean Lightning parked on Lake Street


home with a good haul.  Have enough pallets now for the first bin. Need four more to make three bins.

I had planted a few lilies in Fifth Street Park and planted more at home.  The weather had gotten fine again.


lily time


planted with a bit of bulb food


It has been windy.


bogsy wood (Allan’s photo)


work board tonight with just three pressing things

It won’t take long to re-fill the board when those last three spring clean up tasks are done.


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Friday, 10 March 2017


Skooter thinks the morning light is just too bright.

We had a break from the rain.  The predicted wind did not arrive, making it even better. Work ensued.


at home: Tulip kaufmanniana ‘The First’

While it looks like that tulip is growing in straw, it is actually in the old growth from Geranium ‘Rozanne’.


Allan noticed and photographed the same tulips.

We went down to the port, just a block south, to finish the garden beds along Howerton Avenue.  Of course, I had high hopes, thinking we could finish there, AND the boatyard, and maybe even prune roses in Long Beach.  Not bloody likely, as it turned out; my ambitions are usually greater than reality.


Curbside gardens run from east to west all along Howerton, on the landward side of the buildings.


Howerton and Elizabeth, looking west, before


after, 1.5 hours later


Partway through that first garden bed, three ibuprofen were required.

I’m kind of old and my arthritic legs ache like fury sometime when I am working.

Allan’s photos of the east end bed, before and after:





He also yanked a dead lavender out of the CoHo Charters garden bed because I felt it was bringing down the tone.


It was really most sincerely dead.


space for something new


Next, I made an executive decision that we simply had to get the sword and deer ferns cut back in a pocket garden in front of the former Shorebank building.  Otherwise, they will bother me all summer long…and they do show very much from the sidewalk.







A sweet 7 month old dog had jumped out a truck and came running up to me.  I held on to her till her daddy got her back.  Reminded me of my escape artist black lab, Bertie Woofter.


Oh, how she wanted to keep running.


The deer fern looked especially unsightly



20 minutes later.  I felt so much better at this being done.


Allan’s photo

We had done all the gardens in between the east and west end last week, so we skipped right ahead to the garden by Salt Hotel.  Allan did most of the clipping of santolinas in the river rock bed; I find that difficult to walk on nowadays.




half an hour later, almost after

Allan had dug out one tatty old blue fescue and, to fill the hole it left, he got a piece of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ from the garden to the west.  Someone called out from the upstairs window of the adjacent building, which now houses the marijuana store, “Why are you taking plants?”  We were thrilled that the folks there are watching out for the garden.  Allan thanked them for their vigilance.


Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, about to be divided


and in its new home

I had clipped all the sword ferns in the Salt’s containers along the sidewalk…because I could not stand not to do so.  The pub readerboard said “beef on weck”; I had to google it and found it was a roast beef dip sandwich.  Good thing I did not google it till I got home or I might have found a lunch break irresistible, and we still had much to do.

Next came the two beds at the west end.  These took much longer than I had expected.


before, looking west


an hour and a half later


We saw our former next door neighbour, Killer.  It had been interesting to move in and learn our neighbour was called Killer.  It means “fish killer”.


I divided and put some sedums and some golden oregano into the pot shop’s garden bed.


narcissi (Allan’s photo)


another dog on the run

In the parking lot across the street, forklifts buzzed around loading crab pots onto trucks.


Last night, when I looked out my south window, I could see the lights from the Ilwaco Pavilion building (a view that disappears when leaves come on the salmonberries and willows at the south end of our property).  This morning, the view had changed to stacks of crab pots.

We drove to the Ilwaco Community Building just to stick some starts of santolina in a sunny bed.  It is an easy plant to start right in the ground just by poking in a short hardwood cutting.


Ilwaco Community Building and its garden beds


sticking cuttings


view of shade garden from inside the building’s corridor.


crocuses at the library entrance (Allan’s photo)


Galanthus nivalis ‘Flora Pleno’ double snowdrop (Allan’s photo)


narcissi (Allan’s photo)


We ended the day down at the boatyard, which of course we did not get near to done.


The long, narrow garden runs along the fence by 1st Ave South.



boatyard, looking south, before


an hour later


Euphorbia in bloom and a disheartening number of weeds and pleasing number of poppy seedlings


so weedy

We ran into one big problem: We had created so much debris that we had to break in order to dump.  I went home at that point because it was but an hour till dark.  If I had realized that Allan had the energy to go till dark, I could have stayed at the boatyard and done more clipping while he disposed of the first load of debris.  My brain is not fully work functional yet and I did not even think of that solution, one we have used many times in the past.

I long for a good weather full work day at the boatyard.  The weeds came out like butter (smooth and easy) and it would be a pleasure to spend a day perfecting this long narrow garden.  There is still so much to do here.


boatyard garden, looking south from the gate


and looking north from the gate

The boatyard had a line of boats in every spot along the fence.



Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


The only item of collateral damage today

The cats were happy I came home early.


Skooter and Calvin

Allan returned to the boatyard and worked till dark.





Rain and wind are again predicted for the weekend, which is just as well because we have political meetings during both days.  At this point, I am feeling behind on work and it would be frustrating to miss a good weather day with indoor events.


workboard tonight, still did not get to erase first clean up


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Sunday, 23 October 2016

The typing out of the bulb lists was not to be today.  We woke to fine autumn sunshine and decided to get as far as possible in the bulb planting of the Long Beach planters and street tree gardens.

Bulb time has started much sooner than usual this year.  For the past several years, my bulbs arrived in early November, and not early enough.  This year I called and requested earlier shipment because of my planned knee surgery.  The knee surgery is not happening this autumn after all because of economic reasons, and the payoff might be an earlier staycation than usual.

Today, we worked our way through the Long Beach blocks out of order, based on where we could find parking on a busy Sunday.

bulbs laid out in the recently redone planter in front of Stormin' Norman's gift shop.

bulbs laid out in the recently redone planter in front of Stormin’ Norman’s gift shop.



Geranium 'Rozanne' halfway cut back and still blooming in front of the police station

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ halfway cut back and still blooming in front of the police station

Hydrangeas in Third Street Park with fresh blooms on top of old ones.

Hydrangeas in Third Street Park with fresh blooms on top of old ones.

I had a catastrophe at the police station intersection.  I have bulbs for each planter sorted into a separate bag or sometimes a bag for an entire intersection.  I noticed when planting the police station intersection (Third Street) that all of the tulips were viridiflora (green) tulips.  I always use green tulips for the NIVA green block, but since they are my favourite tulips, I did not wonder that I had them for the Third Street block also.  That is, until I got to NIVA green and saw the “POLICE” bag was still in the van.  I had grabbed the NIVA bag by mistake.  Fortunately, I still had one set of green tulips for the NIVA planter itself.  The other three on that block went purple and pink this year.  Dang it all.

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

Each planter is a little different, and many that we have not redone still have rampant plants going back to the days when each one was done by a different volunteer.  We don’t redo all of them, just the ones with extremely annoying plants like a nest of vinca or a thuggish hardy geranium. (In the recent case of the wire vine in front of Stormin’ Norman’s, I had only myself to blame.)  Three planters have would-be huge escallonias that I cannot remove because their roots are all into the “works” of the plumbing, so I am stuck with constant pruning. Some have would be full size barberries that need constant attention, all leftovers from volunteer days.  Each planter started with a dwarf rhododendron (on the street side of the lamp post.  One of two that remain can be seen in the photo above) and two big heathers on either side of the lamp post, provided by the city.  ALL the heathers are gone now.  Oh my, they were boring, and filled up way too much space with flat dullness.  The volunteers themselves eliminated most of the heathers.

I was tremendously annoyed today to find that someone who is hanging out by the NIVA green planter on a regular basis is filling it with cigarette butts even though there is an ashtray receptacle RIGHT NEXT TO THE PLANTER.

truly disgusting

truly disgusting

planting after picking out all the butts

planting after picking out all the butts

I popped briefly into NIVA green to get some Halloween display photos for the shops Facebook page (which I help manage).

in NIVA green

in NIVA green


Fuchsias still blooming in the planter at the south end of Dennis Co (and the flowers across the street are long lasting chrysanthemums).

Fuchsias still blooming in the planter at the south end of Dennis Co (and the flowers across the street are long lasting chrysanthemums).

My good friend Tam O’Shanter came to the door of the Herb N’ Legend Smoke Shop.


Tam (Allan’s photo)


planting at the smoke shop, with more late blooming Geranium 'Rozanne'

planting at the smoke shop, with more late blooming Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Allan planted from the street side of this planter by Sweet Phee's pizza place.

Allan planted from the street side of this planter by Sweet Phee’s pizza place.

To my amazement, we did get all the planters and street tree bulbs installed, except for the four plants (Bolstad stoplight down to the police station) which might get dug up because of a problem with that electric line.  I am holding  tulips for those planters.

I was glad that I had also brought the box for Veterans Field even though I had been almost sure we would not get to it.

Vet Field corner garden before adding bulbs (of blue, white, and red flowers of course).

Vet Field corner garden before adding bulbs (of blue, white, and red flowers of course).

and after

and after

By the time we finished this little project, we were in a drizzle, and by the time we had finished dumping our trailer load of debris at City Works, a lashing rain had begun.

perfect timing for rain

perfect timing for rain


The work board is shorter, at least until I think of more projects.

The work board is shorter, at least until I think of more projects.

Skooter and Azara microphylla 'Variegata'

Skooter and Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’

Halloween lights

Halloween spider lights

a pleasing perennial chrysanthemum in the garden (from The Planter Box nursery)

a pleasing perennial chrysanthemum in the garden (from The Planter Box nursery)

late blooming cosmos

late blooming cosmos

Tomorrow it will surely rain and give me time to type up the bulbs spreadsheets.


1998 (age 74):

Oct 23:  12:00-5:00  I worked in Tam area again planted tulips and narcissus.  Also cleaned up the area by pruning and weeding.  It was a lot cooler than yesterday.  I called the WSU [Washington State University] extension office for up to date instructions on canning tomatoes, freezing, and drying.


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guest photo…or is it?  Greg Rogers, owner of The Oysterville Store, shared this photo of THE Oysterville garden on Facebook.  When I asked if I could use it here, he replied that he thought that I had taken it!  Because he thinks it is recent, it could not have been mine because I have not been up there since aster time.


THE Oysterville garden in autumn

Friday, 21 October 2016

If I had been able to focus my mind instead of checking the news every twenty minutes or so, I might have gotten all the bulbs sorted today.  As it was, I struggled to concentrate and still had an assortment of alliums and some narcissi left to sort by 8 PM.  After eight hours of thinking and bagging and listing, I could do no more.

Bulb Hell, I mean, er, Bulb Time

Bulb Hell, I mean, er, Bulb Time

The weather cooperated with frequent rain squalls so that I did not feel I was missing a gardening day.

Meanwhile, Allan continued to paint, despite the weather.  The oil paint stayed on through the rain.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The double flag wind warning at the port mystified us.  Wind was not part of the weather today.  (Allan's photo)

The double flag wind warning at the port mystified us. Wind was not part of the weather today. (Allan’s photo)

Allan also got the Halloween lights installed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The weather forecast was wrong again.  I woke to sunshine and realized that I DID have the Klipsan Beach Cottages bulbs sorted and ready to go.  The rest of the bulb sorting would have to wait till evening.  We could not miss a planting day like this.

We also had the bulbs sorted for

The Depot Restaurant

so we began with some fall clean up and planting there.



bulb placement

bulb placement

Allan cut back the floppy Solidago 'Fireworks'; I want to leave Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' for now.

Allan cut back the floppy Solidago ‘Fireworks’; I want to leave Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ for now.

an hour and ten minutes later, with bulbs in

an hour and ten minutes later, with bulbs in

Allan had trimmed the would-be-eight-feet-tall escallonia that is front of the railway sign.





Klipsan Beach Cottages

the entry road.  Cottages straight ahead, A Frame to the left, Mary and Denny's house and the fenced garden to the right.

the entry road. Cottages straight ahead, A Frame to the left, Mary and Denny’s house and the fenced garden to the right.


Mary and Denny were surprised to see us on a Saturday.

Mary, me, and Bella

Mary, me, and Bella

We got right down to the bulb planting, me in the fenced garden and Allan planting several hundred narcissi next door in the A Frame woods.  We refresh the woodland planting with many more new narcissi each year.  The shaded conditions are not ideal.  I’d be curious to see how many narcissi came back if we ever skipped an autumn planting.

A frame garden around the deck last year

A frame narcissi by the deck in 2013

The Fuchsias went in this area.

The A frame woodsy garden

A frame narcissi last March

A frame narcissi last March

We are going to get even more narcissi planted in there this year if I follow through on making an “end of season sale” order from Van Engelen.

We finished up by planting a few more clumps of narcissi by the vacation cottages on the ridge.

a clump for every empty space in the driveway gardens

a clump for every empty space in the driveway gardens

cottage 8

cottage 8

cottage 8 bunkhouse (Allan's photo)

cottage 8 bunkhouse (Allan’s photo)

a new gate for cottage 8's bunkhouse

a new gate for cottage 8’s bunkhouse (Allan’s photo)

view from the cottages (Allan's photo)

view from the cottages (Allan’s photo)

I took the usual views of the garden before we went home.  We will be back after bulb time for the final autumn clean up.

the pond bed

the pond bed

from the driveway

from the driveway


looking in the east gate


In the big grey pot by the white pipe, Allan had transplanted today a large Callistemon from a smaller pot that kept tipping over.  I hope it survives.

birdbath view

birdbath view

sit spot

sit spot

Melianthus major and transplanted callistemon

Melianthus major and transplanted callistemon


Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'

Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’

autumn banner

autumn banner

the pond bed

the pond bed

Mary's autumn decor

Mary’s autumn decor

with Sarah

with my good friend Sarah





At home, I finished sorting all the bulbs by 9 PM….at least until Tuesday, when one more small box will arrive.  If I have a rainy day on Sunday I will be able to type out all the bulb spread sheets, and if it does not rain we will go on planting.


1995 (age 71):

Oct 21:  Strawberries again.   I combined Row 1 and Row 2—Everbearing Strawberries.  Took all baskets down—put them on porch.  Also put the canna pots down near table.  Soon I must empty the pots and put bulbs to bed for the winter.  Next year I must start the begonia bulbs earlier to get them to bloom sooner.

1997 (age 73):

Oct 21:  1:00-3:00  Well, nothing froze but taking no chances I took in the upright begonias.  I was able to separate them; most of them were still in bloom.  I hosed out the various empty pots etc.  I took in the Pineapple Lily.  Then I planted more bulbs in patio.  I took the Spring Hill plants to the greenhouse.  Also checked the Park Seed perennials and put them in greenhouse.  I’ll try to get those planted tomorrow.

Oct 22: 11:00-5:00!  All in Patio and Shop.  I planted bulbs, mostly Alliums, in patio, also asters. Gallardia, Hollyhocks etc all in patio.  I did some in the rain.  I went into the shop and went through all the trays weeding, pruning, and throwing out some wilted plants.  I have seeds of Gallardia and Hollyhock and Malva.  It was a good day’s work done.  I wore a jacket and kept quite warm.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 21 11:30-4:45  I planted some of the perennials (from seed) in the bulb bed and in front.  Then I took my stool into the tam area [formerly juniper tams, now flowers] and deadheaded a lot of plants and did some weeding.  I’m dumping the soil from the various containers along the front of the tam area.  But it was too late to start the bulbs. When I planted the new hydrangeas I marked them to dig up when I move.

Oct 22:  Noon to 6:00  I planted the rest of the perennials from seed in bulkhead.  I started on the bulbs.  I planted Triumph red and yellow 16-18″ tulips all across the Tam area and the pastel tulips.  Also my foxtail lilies and Poker Plants arrived from Spring Hill and I planted them in the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] the same day!  Then I peeled apples from 5:00-8:00.


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Monday, 17 October 2016

Long Beach

Another inaccurate weather forecast had called for a day of 30 mph wind and a half an inch of rain.  Instead, we got a glorious warm day and were able to do post-storm clean up of the Long Beach planters.  I had been looking forward to that.  Even though the storm had not brought the predicted 90 mph, over 50 mph wind in Long Beach had made the planters look rather battered.

After dropping books off at the Ilwaco library and adding some Geranium sanguineum starts to that garden, we began clean up at the Long Beach welcome sign.





both sides. The geraniums 'Rozanne' and 'Orion' on the back side were still blooming.

both sides. The geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’ on the back side were still blooming.

We hoped to have time to return to the sign later in the day.

In town, we tidied up the beat up plants.

 Geranium 'Rozanne' about to be cut back

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ about to be cut back (Allan’s photo)

further tidying

after, further tidying

It was so hot that for awhile I thought I had a flu-ish fever.  (Ok, it was 61 degrees.)

Todd stopped by with some bulbs from a shared order Brent and Becky’s.

I'm showing him a santolina that died.

I’m showing him a santolina that died.

The smoke shop owner told me that the sign she had made to protect the flowers has been stolen…before the wind storm.


If you see this stolen sign (how ironic), it belongs to the Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop.

Allan trimmed this lavender.

Allan trimmed this lavender.

We had made the right decision last week to leave the blooming, top heavy ‘Super Dorothy’ roses in Fifth Street Park.  The wind was not enough to topple the fence or to remove the flowers.

Super Dorothy Rose (an improved Dorothy Perkins, from Heirloom Roses) Allan's photo

Super Dorothy Rose (an improved Dorothy Perkins, from Heirloom Roses) Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  I am so glad we did not cut these.

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

after, with lots of California poppies pulled from the kitty corner planter

after, with lots of California poppies pulled from the kitty corner planter

This is far from the final clean up.  Another go round will be on bulb planting day and then a last go round will come after a hard frost.  I trimmed the green santolinas after Allan took the photo above.

excellent chrysanthemum, several years old (Allan's photo)

excellent chrysanthemum, several years old (Allan’s photo)

from the other side (Allan's photo)

from the other side (Allan’s photo)

We did have time to get back to the welcome sign.  After dumping our debris at the city works yard, we scraped up the last of the old, tarped, soggy pile of Soil Energy mulch into five buckets.  Now we are officially out of mulch.

parking lot gardens fall colour

parking lot gardens fall colour, euonymous (burning bush)



At the sign, we planted 200 tulips bulbs, red and yellow for the front of the sign, and purple and pastels for the sunset colors of the back of the sign.

the sprinkling of bulbs food

the sprinkling of bulb food

My favourite garden guru Ann Lovejoy has written that bulbs come with all the food inside of them that they need for the first year.  Here, the bulb food will nurture older bulbs, like the grape hyacinths already coming up along the front.


This year we planted the tulips more toward the front edges in hopes any tall narcissi will bloom behind them.  Last spring we tried to shift the tall narcissi to the back.  I know we missed some.

a nice ledge to sit on while planting

a nice ledge to sit on while planting



after. I hope the city crew has time to get us another yard of mulch.

after. I hope the city crew has time to get us another yard of mulch.

At home, I sorted the packages of Todd bulbs into the appropriate areas of Bulb Central.  I am now awaiting the arrival of another batch via UPS and then bulb time will resume.

I planted the questionable Costco bulbs, the ones I had not unpacked soon enough.  The totally soft ones went into the debris pile.  I hope the just slightly soft ones might still have some life in them.


1998 (age 74):

Oct 17: I peeled apples and tomatoes from about 11:00 to 6:00.  That’s a lot of time to get 5 pts applesauce and 2 pts tomatoes.  (It would have been 6 pts applesauce but I ate the other one.  Delicious even without sugar.)

Next week:

  • Plant hydrangeas in bulkhead
  • Plant primroses in tam area
  • Plant all the perennials from behind house
  • Throw out the annuals
  • Pick up apples daily




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