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Monday, 22 May 2017

I couldn’t stay at home with my friends, because we had many plants to plant.






always in the mood for a belly rub


Skooter on the front porch…


blocking the door with his hind legs. “I couldn’t go to work today; my cat wouldn’t let me out.”

We did go to work, starting with picking up some more cosmos at

The Planter Box


I could not resist this gorgeous clematis.


a hot bright day

The temperature was already soaring, and would soon be up to 85 degrees F.

More clematis, that I did resist, so they might still be there for you:




baby birds (Allan’s photo)


little bitty poultry (Allan’s photo)

Erin’s garden

Melissa and Dave were working at our former job, Erin’s garden, and had some Agastaches and boxwoods for me among other Blooming treasures.  We stopped to load up the plants.  I was thrilled to see my old friend Felix:


I’ve missed this guy!

Allan went up the stairs to look at our old garden.  I would not be surprised if those are our original santolinas from the creation of this garden several years ago.  It pleases me to see it looking so good.


Long Beach

For the rest of the day, Allan took all but three of the photos.  My lack of enjoyment in the task of planting translates into not thinking about taking pictures.


No plants stolen out of the most recently completely re-done planter.


City crew member repairing the cracks from when it was driven into by an errant vehicle. They had been repaired, but needed to be mudded with a consistent color.

You can see from the lamp post flag, above, how very windy it had become.  For once, I did not mind the wind so much because it cooled the air.  However, at 20 mph, it was a little hard on the new plants we were planting.


As we went around, I pruned Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ so that it will not be top heavy. Now the flowers will be smaller and the plants won’t splay open.


I almost removed this stray elephant garlic just for looking like a silly onesie. It was saved by being hard to pull.

Because of the heat and wind, we had to water every planter into which we plopped cosmos starts, and each plant had to be pinched for bushier growth.


one of our two watering apparatus


We’re using agastaches from Blooming, via the Basket Case, for uppies by each pole.

I sent Allan to deal with the above planter.  I couldn’t face hacking into the running, aggressive Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’, left over from volunteer days.  (I think that often the volunteers just used to put in free starts from their own gardens.  Which is fine, except that free starts tend to be pushy plants.)


The spot Allan battered out for the new plants probably won’t last for long before being encroached on again.

I swear we will redo that planter this fall, with a total dig out and new soil!


The Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’ had better get giant quickly.


Third Street Park. I wanted to go across and met that dog, The Mighty Quinn, but was too busy planting.  By the time I got over there with some cosmos, he was walking away.



utter chaos in the vehicle by the end of the day

We unloaded all the new plants onto the driveway so I could sort and water them.  Allan went off to water the Ilwaco planters with the first 2017 excursion of the water trailer.


This is the second time this street tree pocket has looked like this. I think someone is helping themselves to golden marjoram starts.  Or lady’s mantle.  Speaking of invasive free plants, the trees were pretty much planted up with what we could find for free, back before there was a plant budget.


Allan lent a hose to the local window washing crew, who had come up short from the nearest faucet.


His loaner hose was not the best.



the one shady planter….with some free hardy begonia transplants struggling a bit.


last task: watering the post office garden

I had taken about the same out of time to sort and water all my new plants, then schlepping them to the ladies in waiting area.  My back hurt like the dickens.  Tomorrow: Planting Time continues.




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Friday, 19 May 2017


I had had a bright idea several days ago of some shrub rearrangement at the J’s across the street.  Of three dwarf hydrangeas, one looked fairly good, one quite sad but with a few leaves, and one looks dead but has green underneath the bark when I scrape a stem.  Putting the good one in the middle would at least make the picture balanced.  And if the good one turns up its toes, we can replace it with three matching ones.  If not, we can maybe replace the outer ones with a matched set of two, so it won’t be off balance.


before (Allan’s photos); the good hydrangea is off to the left.

Underneath the soil, Allan found landscape fabric.  That explains why so many of the shrubs were planted on mounds (by the previous owner, not the J’s).


landscape fabric underneath! No wonder the shrubs could not get their roots down; no wonder they were tipped over sideway.


replanted with the best one in the middle and with all three given some Dr Earth evergreen fertilizer.


a tidy garden at the J’s

I got to pet a sweet dog at the post office.


Allan’s photo

Further down the street, we saw our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and his buddy, Jackson.


Jackson! (Allan’s photo)

On the way out of our town, we had one plant to put in at the main intersection and four at the Ilwaco city hall planters.


PPR means Peninsula Poverty Response.  I should probably replace this leggy Erysimum, right?

Long Beach


City Hall: The Basket Case baskets are hung up all over town now.

While Allan weeded and groomed Fifth Street Park, I checked on a couple of blocks worth of planters.


Sparaxis in a planter. I need to plant this in every planter. It seems not that common in bulb catalogs.


Sparaxis and Cerinthe major purpurascens


a gorgeous tail wagger in a parked vehicle (taken from a distance so as not to get him too excited).


NOOOOOO.  One of my special new orange bidens pulled right out of the soil in a planter.


I had planted a matched pair to tone with this building.

The abused plant still looked alive at the base.  Remembering a live faucet on the outer wall of the Hungry Harbor across the street,  I filled my bucket partway, dunked the plant, lugged plant and water bucket back across, and trimmed and replanted the bidens with water in the hole, then clipped its partner plant to match in size.


dogs big and little outside the Hungry Harbor

Last fall, I had had a big mystery while bulb planting.  A set of three special Camassia ‘Sacajawea’ bulbs had gone astray while I was planting Fifth Street Park.  I looked for them so hard.  Today, I saw the three of them about to bloom under one of the street trees (along with a noxious weed Iris pseudocorus that I had tried to get rid of).  How could this be?



The camassia has variegated leaves.

I figured it out.  I was sorting bulbs and handing Allan sets of narcissi to plant under each street tree, and must have handed him the camassia by mistake.  I thought it would do well in the park where the soil is damp; I will try to transplant it later.  That tree, with its mess of vigorous hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) is not the best place to show off something special.


Fifth Street Park, NW quadrant

You might agree with me that a trio of something tall and columnar would look great in that park.  I’m not supposed to plant anything taller than the fence!


that big dog again


I transplanted some red monarda, divided out from Vet Field garden last night, into this damp bed in the SW quadrant.


Darmera peltata and gunnera in Fifth Street Park (SE quadrant)

Some of that red monarda would do well in the damp bed behind the gunnera, etc.  But will I remember for long enough to get some moved from Vet Field?

We took time to go to Abbraccio Coffee Bar.


crossed dogs outside of Abbracci (I got to pet one). (Allan’s photo)


A delightful Abbraccio break (with no checkers played)….I used to love to play checkers but honestly do not remember how.  Allan challenges his computer to chess on most nights.

I rushed out of the coffee car to meet a tiny Boston terrier…Lily, age 4 months…who was causing quite a sensation.


Before leaving Long Beach, we dumped a small load of debris, mainly so I could ask the city crew to get the water turned on for the welcome sign garden (where we had pulled dead tulips at the beginning of our Long Beach time today).


When we went to city works to dump debris, Allan found this marble in the pile.

The Planter Box

We picked up some cosmos for Long Beach and elsewhere.


The big front greenhouse showed signs of a rush on annuals. (Allan’s photo)


healthy Seashells mix cosmos (Allan’s photo)


with Teresa, some desk-leaning rest

The Basket Case

The gardening grapevine (AKA Melissa) had told me that a Blooming Nursery truck had been seen on its way to Basket Case this morning.  We had to see what was new.


plants overflowing in abundance


Hot Toddy: cute name for a daylily. (I don’t collect daylilies, though.)


I could not resist a new to me red salvia named ‘Free Speech’.


per Blooming Nursery


couldn’t resist some agastaches and echinaceas…

Another new feature: Penny, the grandparents’ dog, who is being dogsat this week.


Allan’s photo


my sweet, soft, adorable, and quietly talkative new friend Penny





got me some penstemons and agastaches and lemon grass and more

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We drove north to KBC to plant some cosmos and to weed and tidy the garden.


our good friend Bella (Allan’s photo)


Clematis montana in evergreen huckleberry (Allan’s photo)


horrifying bindweed pretending to belong (Allan’s photo), in the debris area behind the garage


creeping buttercup removal featuring the ho mi tool (Allan’s photo)


Mary, garden owner, edged outside the fenced garden. (Allan’s photo)


Mary’s edging tools


nicely edged


belly rub time


Bella will put her foot on your foot or arm to ask for more belly rubbing.


fenced garden weeded and with cosmos planted


bird bath view


sit spot


Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’


the pond (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Although I was tired, we found the energy to plant some agastaches in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.  While I delegated the planting (which I so do not enjoy), I checked on the intersection of planters.


This planter has the weedy, running, short season of bloom blue geranium (‘Johnson’s Blue’?), not nice, long blooming, well behaved Rozanne. I thought about re-doing it this spring. Did not get to it. Maybe in fall.  Originally planted by a volunteer.

We also found the energy to finish planting the two planters at Ilwaco City Hall.  We had meant to plant cosmos in the Kite Museum pocket garden and completely forgot to stop there.

at home

Allan amazed me by finding even MORE energy to mow (while I sat in my chair and read the scintillating news of the day).  Way out in the bogsy woods, he found that our bridge railing had just rotted away and fallen over.  The water in the swale had been up to the base of the railing for most of the winter.




Later: Skooter wants to come in Allan’s window!



We now have two days off, except for maybe having to water all the newly planted Ilwaco planters on Sunday.  (Edited to add: Some drizzle on Friday night saved us from watering Sunday.  I hope we don’t regret waiting till Monday.)

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Thursday, 18 May 2017


Captain of the good ship Ann Lovejoy



our post office garden (Allan’s photo)


creamy California poppies (Allan’s photo)


picking a peck of snails


They went into the garbage with some weeds to snack on. (Allan’s photo)


added some of my perennial begonias to the planter at Round 2 in Ilwaco

We planted up one flat of red trailies in two planters by the Cottage Bakery in Long Beach, and some blue trailies in the police station planter, and then went to…

Diane’s garden


I miss my long streetside garden! It will return eventually.


lots of pots to fill


Allan’s photo


It’s quite a production to plant many small containers.


Diane’s azalea (Allan’s photo)


Misty and Diane

Basket Case Greenhouse


at the Basket Case (Allan’s photo)

I quested for more plants to complete the Ilwaco planters.


small Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ are my favourite size to plant; making sure the base is well foliated.


Ooooh, for me, I found some old fashioned cup and saucer campanulas.


The ever patient proprietor, Darrell, listens to my plant thoughts.


Red Barn Arena

We added some gazanias to the barrels.


Allan had an audience.

Long Beach

The two planters by the Cottage Bakery had looked empty.  I don’t have my main agastaches for center plants yet, so we added some Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to just four planters (which was all the cosmos we had till next week).


Tulip ‘Formosa’ still blooming


Ooops, a car had driven into a garden, and left part of its mirror casing, too.


Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ still blooming.  Bulb foliage mess makes it hard to have these planters look good right now.  I try to plant narcissi with more delicate foliage; some big strappy ones are left over from volunteer days.

After planting (Allan) and checking on a block and a half of planters (me), we weeded Veterans Field, and I remembered that a special Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ was getting swamped by monarda.  Allan fixed that:






Although I was mighty tired, we needed to do two little jobs when we returned to our street.


mowing the back (wet) lawn two doors down


took two passes by Allan



rhododendron behind the house to the west (used to be Nora’s parents’ house)

I weeded in the front garden of the J’s until I could weed no more; I had to give it up to finish tomorrow morning.  Seems it is pretty impossible for me to go for a nine hour work day now.  Eight is the limit.


Before, a gazillion little dwarf fireweeds. Too tired to take an after.

Allan mowed the pocket lawn in the back, and we both admired the roses.


Allan’s photos



At home, I reorganized the work board, and I cheated by erasing Ilwaco planters even though we have four more plants to put in tomorrow morning.


planting round 2, cosmos, coming up

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017


our garden at the Ilwaco Post Office


Ilwaco post office garden (Allium cowanii) (Allan’s photo)

My goal was to plant some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and a few of the hardier (I hope) annuals in Long Beach to get a head start.  The annuals I trust to be tough are diascia, and I decided to also risk some bidens.  Fortunately, you won’t read this till around Mother’s Day, which is the time that I consider it safer to plant annuals.

Long Beach

I took a bigger risk by planting the white bacopa on the back of the Long Beach welcome sign.  Fingers crossed.  It is sheltered from most wind there.


double bucket burbling before planting…till air bubbles stop rising.


spent tulips pulled (Allan’s photo)

From a Colorblends newsletter:




I hope cold weather doesn’t make me regret this planting.


starting to plant in the south planters on Pacific Way (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan’s photo)

We drove by one of the parking lots berms and I rejoiced in how the shrubs look more defined without a base of weeds.  My right hand and wrist are still riddled with rugosa rose thorns from this and the beach approach weeding.





Yesterday, driving up Washington Ave to get to the Basket Case, I had seen two pleasing garden scenes. Today, I photographed them while on a another Basket Case errand.


A haze of “snow on the mountain” had caught my eye.


While it’s a runner that I would not plant, it looks fabulous here, and now.


with Lithodora, another plant I enjoy in other people’s gardens.


Further north, tulips and driftwood

Basket Case Greenhouse


Basket Case (Allan’s photo)



Roxanne bringing up a tray of bidens.


fairy gardens

Long Beach

With plants replenished, we got back to planting the toughest of annuals and some Geranium ‘Rozanne’.  Rozanne is perennial, blooms from late May through frost, needs no deadheading.  I’m adding it to most planters sort of in preparation for having easier care for someone when I retire.  Also, I love her.


Geranium ‘Rozanne’ last year

When we reached the Abracci block, we succumbed to the temptation to have a coffee break.  We found an Ilwacoan there and chatted for awhile.


Ilwacoan had left by the time I took this.

I was reading the news on my phone when I realized Allan had finished his coffee and gone back to work.  He had told me.  I had not heard.  The news is scintillating this week.


I found him weeding in the park next door.


working our way north in the planters


my awesome asphodel


Cerinthe major purpurascens (Allan’s photo)


Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ (yellow) and ‘New Baby’ (white and yellow)


Tulip ‘Night Rider’ (Allan’s photo)


a rooted piece of Othanna to replant (Allan’s photo)

We had to quit work a couple of hours earlier than usual because our garden club meeting was tonight at the Salt Pub.  Having succumbed to coffee temptation, we stopped work with still two blocks left to plant; I found it rather frustrating.


At home, I picked some flowers to take.  (This and the rest of today’s photos are Allan’s.)

Salt Pub Salty Talk


Hotelier Layla and her new assistant, Felix.



Speaker Gary Kobes and his spouse, who did some reading.


our table of six, with Our Kathleen and Todd joining us tonight.


a full house



This slide spoke to me.


a remarkable feat


shipping channel before and after the jetties

We lingered for an hour after to have our weekly garden discussion.  The predicted rainy weather arrived before we departed, making me think that Thursday and possibly Friday might be days off.  I did so want to finish the last two blocks of Long Beach planting!

Thursday, 11 May 2017, part one

We slept and slept, as rain gave way to better weather.  Good, we could finish the Long Beach planting.

We started with some deadheading at the Ilwaco Community Building.


so many weeds and no time


The rhododendrons are in bloom.

Long Beach


found in a planter (Allan’s photo)



by the Elks big blank wall.

Looking down the street, I could see an ominous black rain storm blowing north from llwaco.

Just as we got plants into the last of the two north blocks’ planters, the storm arrived.


finishing up in rain

We repaired to Abbracci Coffee Bar to see if perhaps the storm would pass.


intense rain (Allan’s photo)


from inside the coffee bar



Mexican hot chocolate

Meanwhile, a text had let me know that we could perhaps shift a planned Friday garden tour to the better weather that today might still offer.  I could see hints of blue sky. 


light around the edges

Without a confirmation message incoming yet, we decided to try to work for an hour at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Partway there, I received garden visit confirmation, so we turned instead toward the Bayside Garden….tomorrow’s post.



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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

patio watering: Skooter comes running when the hose water goes on.  (Allan’s photo)

Every morning, the annuals that I have in waiting have to come out of the greenhouse, and at night be put back in.

I thought I had a nice bag of potting soil in the garage to take to Diane’s garden; she had just let me know that she had acquired a couple of brazelberries to put in containers.  But no, it turned out the bag was a mix for “outdoor garden bed planting”.  It was a new style bag and I had not read the fine print.  This threw the day’s plan into a different order.  To further complicate matters, we still had debris left from the day before that had to be dumped in Long Beach in order to give us an empty trailer.  To make the trip more worthwhile, I gathered some snails to re-home by the old catchment pond in Long Beach, where it is several blocks’ journey for them to find any ornamental plants.

rehoming in progresss

Because I was sleepy, my first thought upon arriving in Long Beach was to stop here for a takeaway coffee:

I had forgotten they were closed on Tuesdays.  We decided to go to the Great Escape drive through coffee stand, just about three blocks north and one block east…and yet by the time we got to the stoplight, we both forgot our coffee goal and did not remember it for several hours.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Look at this pretty peacock.

(mostly) annuals house

garden sign that is more embellished than the one we bought last year

We had with us the four windowboxes for today’s project, so that I could think about what to put in them with the actual size of them right in front of me.

planning (Allan’s photo)

With the plants picked out and potting soil acquired, we drove to

The Anchorage Cottages

Our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

Mitzu, keeping us company (Allan’s photo)

Now, May 9th is actually too early to plant annuals, in my opinion.  I was hoping they would be ok in boxes right up against a building, if the nights don’t get too cold and all works out perfectly.  The spring bulbs window boxes were completely done blooming and we did want the place to look pretty for Mother’s Day weekend.

working in the trailer (Allan’s photo); used the red bag potting soil, one for each box.

At The Anchorage: planting up the boxes in the back of the trailer.

The orangey-amber colours will enhance the old Anchorage sign.  But the cottages are being painted so those two boxes are just sitting by the office now, which cancels out my plan that the building wall would keep them warmer.  Drat.

future window box site

The garden areas where the painters had already worked had not been treated kindly.

Allan’s photo

Allan put the blue and pink flowered boxes up by the vintage blue sign.

He also had done a project while I planted:


after (will get a half moon edging next time)

Diane’s garden

my good friend Misty

Allan had brought a drill to make holes in the new pots.  The planting product is a new one we are trying out in big pots.

He emptied some old pots (not ones we had been involved with) that were planted without holes.  The soggy smelly soil went into a garden bed.



Brazelberries (misspelled above but I’m editing on my phone) are a small thornless raspberry. Quite delicious. 

Today, I was not snubbed by the Red Barn whippet!

With some time left in the day, I thought about going back to Long Beach to plant some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Agastache (two kinds) in Lewis and Clark Square.  (It’s not too early for perennials).  Oh, but I was tired.  I remembered I’d be watching Deadliest Catch later in the evening and decided I had better dig deep and find a bit more energy.

Long Beach

It proved to be fortuitous that we went to L&C Square, because there, passersby introduced themselves as the daughter and spouse of Shirley, the woman from whose estate we bought our house in 2010. We had an interesting talk about some Ilwaco history; I wish it could have been longer.

tulip ‘Night Rider’ and another blooming by the police station.

On the other side of the light pole, the tulips had all been picked, throwing off my symmetry.

Last thing, speaking of symmetry: A beach approach planter lacked a matching Dianthus (stolen last year).  We had acquired a two gallon sized one and planted it, and I hope the size will make it look more established so that the chronic Bolstad plant thief won’t take it.

Allan planting in a beach approach planter.

At home, my Clematis montana ‘Rubens’ is blooming on the new-last-year garage trellis.

Anchorage window boxes erased; planting list expanded

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Monday, 8 May 2017

I was determined to get the two scratchiest, thorniest, physically hardest jobs done today at last.

First, though, I had a couple of Nicotianas for the Ilwaco post office garden and for the Time Enough Books garden boat.

Geum ‘Mango Lassi’ in the Time Enough garden (Allan’s photo)

Ceanothus starting to bloom

a visit with bookseller Karla, someone who agrees with us about the world’s problems.

my good friend Scout

good reading

Long Beach

Before the hard jobs, we planted some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and a few agastaches in the planters.

Rozanne and an agastache…in

The white tulips lasted through the weekend!


Then, the harder work began. I finished weeding the third parking lot berm while Allan used the string trimmer on the middle berm, which is almost all grass.

Look, the information booth that was parked there is gone!

Our Kathleen stopped by for a chat. World problems discussed.

weeding whilst chatting; she had just come from Abbraccio Coffee Bar

Our Kathleen is here on vacation; she is usually not a weekday lady of leisure.


Allan’s middle berm project, before:

You can imagine after, like a mowed lawn.

After a brief moment of rejoicing at the berms being done for now, we headed out to weed the very worst section of the beach approach garden.  This called for a handful of wake up beans.

wake up beans=chocolate covered coffee beans

Allan’s photo

The worst section, full of a swamp rush that defeats us.

huge clovers (Allan’s photo)

weeds along the sidewalk edge, before…

and being dealt with (Allan’s photos)


Still grassy. Nature wins this battle every time.

Other sections have clear areas and not the horrible running rush (the one I call tube grass).

I can only think there was a swamp under that one section and all those roots were lying in wait.  It’s the only section that is so daunting.

We weeded grasses down the street side of three other sections that we had not completed on our last beach approach workday.




a tidier edge (Allan’s photos)

And we could finally take the celebratory photo of the arch to signify that all the approach garden had had its first spring weeding.

As we finished, two women cyclists arrived from the west and took photos of each other under the sign.  They told us they had not ridden a bike in 20 years, and that they had just turned 62.  At age 17, they had come to Long Beach together with fake IDs for a wild weekend, and for this birthday, they came to recreate their long ago journey.  The longterm friendship reminded me of my friend Montana Mary, with whom I will celebrate (perhaps long distance) a 50 year friendship anniversary this September.

At home: some glorious erasing from the work board.

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I was so tired while writing that I called yesterday’s post “Friday” instead of Thursday. In real time, here is a PSA:



Friday, 5 May 2017

The predicted rain storm and thirty mile an hour winds did not arrive!

I was so hoping we could accomplish a whole lot of garden tidying pre-Sunday’s parade so that we would not have to go back to Long Beach on a crowded Saturday afternoon.  (We will be attending the Saturday parade in Ilwaco, but not the Sunday one in Long Beach.)

Others in our household had no particular worries:

on the porch

Smokey and Skooter

Skooter is not to be walked on.

Peace was soon restored.



Before leaving our block, we did two tiny garden tasks: mowing at the J’s and weeding round the Norwood garden.

We spent a little while weeding our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office.  The garden is still looking rather dull.  While we weeded, an old man said “Why don’t you plant something I like so that I’ll have something good to look at?”  While I chuckled weakly, here is a hint: Gardeners  prefer to not be teased while they are working.

dullsville garden at the moment

Depot Restaurant

Just some quick deadheading…

north side of deck

Tulips ‘Night Rider’ (left) and ‘Virichic’ (right)

Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’

Tulip ‘Green Wave’

Long Beach

When we got to the welcome sign and I opened the back of the van, I was momentarily appalled to see a flat of bidens sitting there, that had not been unloaded last night.  I then decided to just plant the darn things, since the welcome sign was their destination.  I would usually wait for annuals planting till the magic date of Mother’s Day (which is next Sunday).

low yellow bidens along the front edge

The tulips on the back side had gone over, every one.

all moldy and unattractive

too much rain! (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Too bad that boring moment between spring bulbs and annuals happened this weekend.

Here’s how the whole welcome sign would look if we didn’t control the horsetail:

the east end, around the faucet….

cheatin’ weedin’ with string trimmer (Allan’s photos)

The Red Barn 

Part of the weekend’s events will include a “cowboy breakfast” at the Peninsula Saddle Club.  Figuring that the patrons might spill over to the Red Barn Arena next door, we detoured to make sure the little garden there looked ok.

after some weeding (Allan’s photo)

Diane’s garden

I was eager to talk to Diane about garden plans, while deadheading her narcissi.

Misty, as you can tell, is getting older. Diane and I discuss….

The roadside garden will return as soon as a fence is built. (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Allan and I finished the north parking lot berm at last.

North “berm”

 I had high hopes that the second one would also be done today.  I even had a fantasy that Allan would have time to do the string trimming that is the way we handle the less planted middle berm.  I left Allan to it….

south berm

Allan’s photos:

cleaning up along the edge

…while I went to groom four blocks of tree garden and planters.

lots of Baby Moon narcissi still blooming for parade day

‘New Baby’ is white and yellow.  (really)

fringed tulips still blooming

escallonias that would like to be eight feet tall (left over from someone’s volunteer planting)

crocus foliage

I used to tidy up foliage like that before parade day.  Now I leave it, on the theory that it is good for the bulbs…and that the fuller the planter is, the less likely to be sat or stood upon.

Primulas have been blooming for weeks.

thrilled that Fifth Street Park, west side, did not need weeding

Fury: Out of 20 of these late blooming tulips in two adjacent planters, all but 7 had been stolen.

I called Allan to see how he was doing…and due to the plethora of weeds, the south berm was still not done.  We had to abort that mission so that he could de-horsetail by the Heron Pond while I tidied the north two blocks of trees and planters.

more late blooming narcissi on the northernmost block

These tulips might hang on for Sunday.

As I weeded the tree garden outside Dennis Company, a friend and business owner stopped by to tell me of her anger at a politician who had just said that “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”  (Really? It took me less than one minute to remember two people I knew who had died of exactly that.)

As I deadheaded tulips in a planter five minutes later, a friend and valued community member walked by and told me how she and her family are seriously exploring a move to Canada.  I felt sad to hear it but I certainly understand.

Meanwhile, Allan’s project:


Someone had deposited painted rocks at the edge of the waterfall (without falling in).

“love” rock and some leftover easter egg decor


sidewalk edge, before


We still had the east side of Fifth Street Park to check up on with some light weeding.


Darmera peltata leaves…


and flowers (Allan’s photos)

7 PM shadows

Just last year, I would have been able to push till 8:00 PM to try to finish the berms.  Now, I find that I just cannot.  We drove by to look…and found a stack of lost buckets!  Allan said he thought he was running inexplicably short on buckets.  This is a sign of how tired we both are.

He had been too tired to remember where the buckets had gone to…. They had been just sitting by the north berm.

Nobody’s parade day is going to get ruined by some weeds in the parking lot beds and so…we are not going to finish the berms till next week.

workboard tonight

Planting Time is starting to show up on the work board.

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