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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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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

I slept in a bit because of the sound of lashing rain and vigorous wind.  By the time I was seated for breakfast, I saw sunshine and decided we should brave the wind.  I was partially influenced by getting a text from Sea Star Gardening‘s Melissa, informing me that she and Dave were two doors down hedge trimming at Mary and Jeff’s place and that they had brought me some plants acquired on a recent trip to Blooming Nursery.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

My new plants: Some more 'Blauer Heinz' boxwoods and some Euonymus 'Green Spire'

My new plants: Some more ‘Blauer Heinz’ boxwoods and some Euonymus ‘Green Spire’

Another bulb order arrived before we left, including 500 crocus.  What was I thinking?  Perhaps my idea when ordering had been to plant more crocus down the center bed in the back garden.  If I pull all the dead outer foliage off of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river, I could plant them for early spring flowering.

river of Rozanne still blooming today

river of Rozanne still blooming today

I am loving this Helianthus 'Gold Lace'.

I am loving this Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’.

Below is my biggest gardening disappointment of the year.  I spent $70 or so on yet another attempt at growing Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate…for the third or fourth failed time.  We had one very hot 99 degree day in late summer.  The next time I watered, every leaf fell off at the same exact moment and the albizia did not leaf out again, nor do I think it will.

a very expensive apparently very dead stick

a very expensive and apparently very dead stick

I loaded a few boxes of bulbs into the van in hopes of getting through several small jobs today.

Mike’s garden

Mike got some viridiflora and ‘White Parrot’ tulips, some Allium sphaerocephalon and Allium nigrum, some crocuses (with which I am suddenly over-run) and some Iris reticulata and white narcissi.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden is green, white, pink, and blue.

front garden with Schizostylis, either 'Viscountess Byng' or 'Miss Hegarty'

front garden with Schizostylis, either ‘Viscountess Byng’ or ‘Miss Hegarty’

Ilwaco Post Office

I contributed a selection of this year’s bulbs to add to our volunteer garden at the post office.  I didn’t put in any new tulips this year except for the exciting ‘Green Jay’, a new to me fringed green one from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Tulip 'Green Jay', photo from Brent and Becky

Tulip ‘Green Jay’, photo from Brent and Becky

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ still blooming

schizostylis in the post office garden

schizostylis in the post office garden

World Kite Museum

The tiny pocket garden got some crocuses and some narcissi.  Browsing deer discourage the planting of tulips here.  We had a pleasant chat with gift shop manager Patti, and Allan bought a twirly thing for his garden.  I thought he took a photo of the demo twirly thing that inspired his purchase.  No.  It twirled really well and is made by a fellow who is well known for wind sculptures.

Allan's photo: bulbs ready to plant

Allan’s photo: bulbs ready to plant

I should have planted some alliums in this garden and did not think of it.  That is unfortunate as they would look so good towering above the other plants.  Maybe I will add some elephant garlic later on!

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan installed the newly planted bulb window boxes after removing the summer annuals window boxes.

A lovely, soft furred dog named Kingston was in attendance, companion to the man who is building a new cottage porch near the office.


me and my new friend, Kingston

me and my new friend, Kingston

Kingston was an absolute delight.

Kingston was an absolute delight.

window box switching (Allan's photo)

window box switching (Allan’s photo)

the old (Allan's photo)

the summer boxes  (Allan’s photo)

We could have left the annuals up for awhile longer.  Over half of them were looking tatty, and I did not want to have to go check on them after every storm.  Maybe I did the switch too soon this year.  On the other hand, I think I often have a habit of letting annuals linger too long.

with manager Beth and two great dogs

with manager Beth and two great dogs

Kingston and Mitzu

Kingston and Mitzu

A cottage guest arrived with a truck.  Allan greatly admired the step and pole that enabled one to get up into the pick up bed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We headed across Pioneer Road toward Diane’s garden and on the way I saw an open sign at…

The Cranberry Museum.

My dear friend Seattle Carol will be visiting soon and I needed to exchange her birthday present t shirt that had been the wrong size.  I love this little museum and want to share some of its treasures with you here.


Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.

Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.


You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

looking into the area of museum displays

looking into the area of museum displays

Cranberry Museum

Cranberry Museum

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

Diane’s garden

One pot that had held a tatty old lavender got completely redone and planted with ‘White Parrot’ tulips.  Pastel tulips, iris reticulata, and crocuses went into many of the other planters..  I am counting on lots of small narcissi to return from a planting we did here last fall.

the potted garden

the potted garden

barberry with Helichrysum 'Limelight'

barberry with Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

We had dropped our trailer at The Red Barn, next door, to make it easier to fit into Diane and Larry’s driveway.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Next door at The Red Barn

at The Red Barn


We planted two sets of yellow tulips in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, ‘Formosa’, a late bloomer that is one of my favourites, and the elegant ‘Akebono’.

across from the carousel: windblown Tulip 'Akebono' barely holding on

across from the Long Beach carousel: windblown Tulip ‘Akebono’ barely holding on in late spring

Tulip 'Formosa'

Tulip ‘Formosa’ in Long Beach

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole' Bob's seafood market and café

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole’ Bob’s seafood market and café

I miss going to Salt Pub, but lately I just do not have any energy at the end of the day.  I hope we can go try out their new menu after Bulb Time.

We put five little crocuses, one of each colour, under each of the Ilwaco street trees and tidied up some of the planters a bit.  The wind gusts that had been up to 30 mph had died down and we had a much pleasanter time planting.  In fact, I don’t think I would have tackled this otherwise because First Avenue is a wind corridor on a bad day.

Allan's photos: a planter, before

Allan’s photos: a planter, before

and after. The Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' will need replacing in spring.

and after. The weather battered Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ will need replacing in spring.

the last five street tree crocus going in

the last five street tree crocus going in

At home, Frosty and I examined Allan’s handiwork on the temporary structure for the Corridor of Spooky Plants which must be installed before Halloween.



I have started collecting plant material. With more wind forecast for the next two days, I daren’t install it yet.  And also, I need access to the garden to finish planting my bulbs.

The work board tonight shows that Bulb Time has never gone so quickly.


One reason for the speed is getting the bulbs before Daylight Saving Time begins, enabling us to work longer hours before dark (since we never get started early).

We need good weather without big wind to plant at the port and the Bolstad beach approach gardens.  Maybe that means that tomorrow will finally be my day to do the bulb spreadsheets.


1995 (age 71):

Oct 25:  11:30-5:30!  Finished strawberry rows.  Mulched them with straw.  Planted my 15 mums in the corn patch.







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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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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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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Our mission today was to get three jobs done so that we could spend the rest of the week concentrating on Long Beach and Ilwaco.  This weekend will be the annual parades in each town.



at home: Tulip ‘Formosa’ proves again to be one of the latest of all.


at home, tulips and Allium bulgaricum


at home: Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’ is threading its airy white flowers through the Melianthus major.


Ilwaco post office garden, lots of green waiting for flowers.


Post Office: Allan calls this “Dog Poop Corner’ because there is often a dog poop deposited there and not cleaned up.

Anchorage Cottages


Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

We got the two remaining window boxes ready for them to put in place when the brackets are done (tomorrow).


flowers will be mostly orangey to go with the sign


honeysuckle, center courtyard


working on center courtyard (Allan’s photo)


Allan did lots of weeding and bluebell-pulling in the center courtyard garden.


Allan’s photo

Manager Beth told us that not all the cottages came from Fort Canby, as we mentioned the other day.  A couple of them came from the nearby golf course and a couple of them were built on the property.



Tulip ‘Greenland’


Tulip ‘Green Wave’, my weird and wonderful alltime favourite


Green Wave


our good friend Mitzu


Mitzu could go to a Prince memorial dance party in her purple coat.

I would go to a Prince memorial dance party if there was one nearby.


Last week’s window boxes installed with new brackets.  More annuals to come with warmer weather.

I had to change into warmer clothes at the Anchorage because of a brisk and chilly wind.


The rhodos are getting tall enough to provide some privacy again.


Three yellow rhodos in a courtyard that is difficult to make look good.

I am so not a fan of bark, at all….”Just say no to barkscapes” is our motto (one of them).  However, maybe some very fine very DARK bark (shredded, not horrid nuggets) would look better around those shrubs, although I would prefer a soil based mulch.


callas and climbing hydrangea

Golden Sands Assisted Living


Allan’s photo


from the hallway to the courtyard (Allan’s photo)

At last, I got the bag of dahlias planted, an assorted mix of pinks and maroons.  Each quadrant got some weeding.  There never seems to be time to achieve perfection.  The four flower gardens are in a green stage between spring bulbs and late spring flowers.  Quite dull:


Future mission: beat back the horrible salal that is jumping into the garden.

I would love to see salal completely out of this whole courtyard….I hope we can remove some every week between now and fall.  By we, I mean Allan.


a bit of colour with daylilies and mom’s Joseph’s Coat rose.

One of the residents told us that a new resident has enjoyed the tulips and been reminded of the tulips she had at her own home.

Klipsan Beach Cottages


driveway to “Joanie’s Cottage” next door, where we park when we work at KBC (Allan’s photo)


looking south from the driveway (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo

He pruned a sword fern that we had missed on the outer lawn:




after (much easier to clip when dormant!)


from our parking spot, we can see Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’ aglow.


Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’




Tulip ‘Marilyn’


Allan’s photo

We missed the elegant shape of that tulip before it opens, as shown below:



My favourite crazy Tulip ‘Green Wave’


Tulip ‘Spring Green’


I cannot remember what this blue flower is!


Tulip ‘Formosa’


Allan’s photo

When good plants go bad:  After years of being well behaved, Allium sphaerocephalon has turned into a grassy looking mess, just like another grassy allium in Fifth Street Park.


very annoying and messy


sword and deer ferns


sword fern and weigela


Camassia cusickii


looking into the fenced garden



looking south from the bench nook 


At the A frame garden, Allan tucked in a teucrium that I’d taken out of a pot at the Anchorage (in prep for something more interesting).


tucked in between tree roots


deadheaded narcissi at the A Frame


Allan produced lots of deadheads.


Hydrangea ‘Lemon Wave’ (probably) Allan’s photo


unfurling fern by the clam shed (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco again

I had clipped back a rosemary at Golden Sands that had been mysteriously bent sideways.  (One of the residents agreed it was like a bear had lain on it, but no bears can get into the courtyard.)  We delivered the clippings to Salt Pub.


an armload of rosemary and “Don’t take my picture!” as I was feeling decrepit.

The curbside gardens need weeding before the weekend…at least, the ones that are not all river rock, because at this point I cannot even walk on river rock, much less stand on it to weed it.  Today I had some plants with me to add to the Ilwaco planters.  I was just too tired to do it.

When we arrived home, Dave and Melissa were about to leave their big pruning job two doors down.


We admired the spiffing job.  If you cut this too hard, it will not grow back from the brown centers.  (Allan’s photo)


Melissa pointed out two deer dossed down in Nora’s back meadow.

I told Nora’s grand daughter (now owner of the house) that it is good to have a wildlife refuge with mown paths back there.


Allan’s photo…and our deer fence

On the other side of the yard, a darling waggle tailed dog watched us.  Allan could read his name tag: Dickens.


Allan’s photo


We were smitten.


the hedge yesterday


today, a job well done.  (The brown cut on the end was already that way…had to be because of the gate.)

Now we have three days to get Ilwaco, the Port of Ilwaco, and Long Beach parks and gardens as perfect as possible before parade weekend.


1995 (age 71):

April 26:  Finished planting begonias in baskets and pots.  Was able to get them all in by moving Forest Farm plants outside.  Next big job is planting the dahlias.

1997 (age 73)

April 26:  11:00-4:00  warm and sunny  Planted the Tristar daughter plans in 3 rows except the small ones which I put into square tray.  That job took until 5:00.  Turned on garden faucets.  Watered strawberry rows.  Then started weeding the pathway until I quit when I was exhausted.

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Friday, 22 April 2016

The day began so rainy that I thought it might allow us to only get some essential Long Beach deadheading done.  The weather-induced late start meant that we did not get to Klipsan Beach Cottages and Golden Sands gardens as intended.  I told myself that they would surely be fine for five more days or so.

The Planter Box

We took the time to go to The Planter Box and use the rainy mid morning to clip back our cosmos being grown in the back green house.  It is so wonderful to have few enough jobs that I actually have time, for the first time in several years, to check on the cosmos now and “pinch” it.


Allan’s photo


at The Planter Box


trimming the cosmos to make it bushier and not leggy; will start planting it around Mother’s Day.  This can be done by “pinching” with fingers or with clippers.

Long Beach

The weather, while windy, cleared up enough to make it possible to finish deadheading the Long Beach planters (started on Wednesday) and Veterans Field.


Tulip ‘Formosa’ (and an old ‘Bleu Aimable’


rhododendrons and the Long Beach gazebo


Cerinthe major purpurascens across from the police station


planter with golden oregano about to get too rampant


Dutch iris (Allan’s photo)


Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’, N. ‘New Baby’, Tulip ‘Strong Gold’


I’m excited about the new to me me ‘New Baby’ narcissus, late blooming to go with ‘Baby Moon’



Sadly, no time for lunch at the delicious Kabob Cottage


Allan got two buckets of weeds out of the Vet Field beds.  (Allan’s photo)


Vet Field garden (Allan’s photo)

Having gotten enough deadheading and weeding done to move on, we addressed the drifts of spent tulips in the Long Beach welcome sign planter.



We made a trip to city works with the debris (lots of horsetail) and got enough soil to fluff up the front of the sign, and planted some geraniums ‘Rozanne’ alternating with ‘Orion’ (which is supposed to be even better than Rozanne).  I consider it too early to plant the annuals which will fill it out.

I had realized partway through that it was high time to dig out the thickly multiplied narcissi along the front.  It had gotten too thick and tall.  I moved some to the back and put some in buckets. Next fall, we will have the tulips in front.  Now, I have three buckets of extra narcissi to plant on the berms (something I don’t in the least feel like doing but I shall).  It was hard work and I know I missed some bulbs so will be removing more in the fall.




before, with lots of horsetail


after; have used up my mulch pile and need more.

We weeded the west side of Fifth Street Park and I finished up the east side while Allan went back to the difficult center berm weeding job.


Fifth Street Park, NE side


I disturbed this little one’s evening.


The nice guy from the Title Company and I were discussing how the BadAster keeps coming back.

I joined Allan at the berm where he was struggling with slow progress in hard packed thick weeds.


before (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo


I found that even the heavy pick swung full force simply bounced off the weeds and so I got out the string trimmer in a state of high dudgeon.


strimmed…good enough?


after (Allan’s photo)

While dumping weeds at city works (again), I pondered further about how I felt that string trimming was just not good enough to allow the erasure of the third berm from the work board, even though I so want to, and then had a flash of hope: Perhaps next week, I can get that weedy “lawn” out with the half moon edger!  I’d even bought some poppy seeds to plant if only we could get the ground clear.  HUMANS WILL WIN!  (I hope.)

We had carried some plants for the planters around all day and had not got them planted, nor had I gotten more than just a few narcissi replanted in the south berm, nor had I remembered to take a photo of the rather good looking south berm, nor had we made it to KBC or Golden Sands at all.  Even so, I declared a three day weekend because life is short.


at home (Allan’s photo)

Allan captured the intense sunset. 

For those who like the Grandma Scrapbooks blog, I’ve published a new post there.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 71):

April 22: Finished planting 9in pots) the rest of the Foster Farms.  Planted the pansy plants in baskets.  Planted the fuchsia plants in baskets.

1997 (age 73):

April 22:  gray and damp.  Went out to plant strawberries but ended up working on one row moving new daughter plants from middle of row and trimming and/or replanting other plants within the row.  After about 2 hours I was rained in.

1998 (age 74):

April 22 noon-5:00   I worked all this time transplanting tomato seedlings into pots using compost with mushroom compost.  When I thought it was 3:00 and I came in to take a break and was surprised to see it was 5:00 so I closed up shop and came in.  Rec’d the fall Dutch Gardens catalog!


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Thursday, 21 April 2016


Tulip ‘Leo’ at home.  A Christmas gift from Todd that we have been admiring daily.

Garden Tour Nancy and I had our first “swanning about” day of the year as she drove us by five of the excellent gardens she has picked out for this year’s Music in the Gardens Tour.  (She could use a couple more large gardens for the tour, so if you know of any, let me know.  The garden tour rule is that a garden cannot be repeated till four years have passed since last time it was on the tour.)

We picked up delicious chicken salad sandwiches at Roots Juice, Salad, and Java Bar in Ilwaco.


Roots, a drive through for espresso, juice drinks and lunches


inside Roots

I did not take any preview photos of the gardens as we were viewing them just from the road.  Soonish, we will have a proper walk through for the purpose of description writing.

the bayside garden

We took a lovely break for a picnic at one of my two favourite private gardens on the Peninsula: Steve and John had invited us to include their bayside garden, now at its rhododendron peak, in our day of swanning about.  (It was on the garden tour just two years ago and also on last year’s Rhodie tour).


along the driveway, rhododendrons going back to when this was Clarke Nursery


redtwig dogwoods coppiced along the right side of the drive (for brighter red stems)


an old rhododendron to the right of the long drive

Advance garden touring is hungry work, so our picnic came first.


a perfect seat for a picnic

Nancy had brought me a bag of birthday gifts, delightfully stretching my birthday celebration out for an extra month.


Clever wrapping for a St Patrick’s Day birthday book: Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul


and a bunny to go in a flower pot, and a pot holder much too pretty to hold pots with.  It will go on the wall.

And a customized card by our good friend Artist Don Nisbett with a perfect quotation inside:


Roots picnic lunch: chicken salad sandwich on flatbread


the view from our picnic spot


picnic view

Satisfied with our yummy sandwiches, Nancy and I took a walk all around the garden.  Formerly part of a rhododendron nursery, it is a skillfully planted combination of young plants intermixed with mature shrubs and trees.






Nancy inhaling the fragrance of Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’


Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’


The garden abounds in young rhododendrons.


hostas and perfectly trimmed sword ferns

(Last week when driving north on the road past this garden, I had noticed that even the ferns along the highway are perfectly trimmed.)


Ulmus x hollandica ‘Wredei’ by the pumphouse

The succulents on the pump house roof have sailed through the mild winter:



the Willapa Bay side of the garden; in winter, the highest tide comes up to (and maybe over) the plantings.


clipped naturescape of evergreen huckleberries and sword ferns


north side path


the north upper garden







old rhododendrons




woodland glade with rhodos and evergreen huckleberries




along the south side of the driveway










This tidal stream marks the south edge of the acreage.




The old irrigation pond

Due to my knee playing up today, we did not walk across the lawn to explore the pondside bed.


east of the pond

As always, this garden refreshes and inspires me (and makes me go to the internet to try to find a source for buying a reasonably large Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’).

Meanwhile….Allan’s day at work

Allan took the opportunity to work on his own particular garden job at

The Ilwaco Community Building


Rhododendrons and Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’


Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’


Tulip batalinii ‘Bright Gem’


Rhododendron by the bus stop


the curse of horsetail before weeding


in the tiered garden bed


before pulling the accursed bindweed in the tiered bed

Long Beach

Allan went on to continue the weeding of the center berm by the Long Beach parking lot.




It is a hard packed and miserable challenge.


some progress made





There are still several feet to go.


Allan and I briefly intersected before I had an evening of quiet reading whilst he went to dinner at the Salt Pub with his former spouse, Arlene, who was having a Long Beach interlude on her way to a beach vacation on the Oregon coast.


Arlene, who had recently acquired a darling mini Cooper.


I have been reading the first of the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard.  The library only has the first so I’ll have to acquire the rest of the series through interlibrary loan.  I am completely smitten with The Light Years.  EJH had been a favourite author of mine years ago.


How well she captures the joy of a child making a miniature landscape:


and the English landscape itself:


Tomorrow:  If we can get enough work done, we can have another three day weekend.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries


from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 71):

April 21:  Wasted whole day waiting to go to the store.  Bought 12 pansy plants from Gordon’s [Nursery].

1997 (age 73):

April 21:  about 2:30-6:00   It was warm enough to work outside.  I planted the 2 astrantia replacements from VB in the patio bed next to RR ties.  Planted the 10 raspberry plants that have been potted since Feb.  Then cleaned weeds out of RB row and the path between RB and SB rows [raspberries and strawberries].  When I quit and came in it was 6 and Tabby was starved.

1998 (age 74):

April 21:  Dentist appt 1:00 for a filling.  The dentist office asked me to change appt to Thurs due to emergency in other office so this day is shot.  I called in $150 Bluestone order—mostly mums.  I cut the tulip flowers in tam area.  There are lots of weeds again.

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