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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

apples at The Planter Box, where we shopped for a few plants for Long Beach

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

The gardens are going through a dull patch.

midsummer doldrums

midsummer doldrums

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

We hose watered the sad dry hydrangeas.

The Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' at the back should be so much taller...not enough water.

The Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ at the back should be so much taller…not enough water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

The Helianthus on this side is getting better water.

With the sprinkler system working, the garden is still so much better than previous years that I mustn’t complain!

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I want Golden Sands to be like this garden.  This one has a lot of money lavished on plants and soil amendments and every inch gets watered.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

The birdbath is actually a cat drinking saucer.

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Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Cosmos and Salvia viridis

Mary's pale pink rose

Mary’s pale pink rose

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

with hummingbird

with hummingbird

Cosmos 'Antiquity'

Cosmos ‘Antiquity’

lily

lily

Anchorage Cottages

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My good friend Mitzu

My good friend Mitzu

towering sweet peas

towering sweet peas

Persicaria 'Dimity'; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Persicaria ‘Dimity’; I forgot to get myself some starts of this last year.

Cosmos 'Sonata' in the center courtyard.

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ in the center courtyard.

Long Beach

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

added three plants to the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Still far from lush.

from The Planter Box

from The Planter Box

Port of Ilwaco

We watered all along Howerton Avenue.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Someone had messed with the lavender again. I took a small bouquet of it to Salt Hotel.

Salt Hotel

Salt Hotel

the marina, looking southwest

the marina, looking southwest

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Despite the clouds, no rain is in the forecast this week.

Gardens...struggling by on once a week watering.

Gardens…struggling by on once a week watering.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Walking home, I spy Acanthus by the college building.

Acanthus thriving on neglect

Acanthus thriving on neglect

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reflection in a boat by the street

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

a reward for watering in the greenhouse

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ilwaco

I knew that the owners of Salt Hotel were in a crunch to get all their rooms done by the weekend so they could be fully open.  I took them a bouquet for their office.

I admire their planters and beautification

I admire their planters and beautification

against the wall of Salt Hotel

against the wall of Salt Hotel

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The Depot Restaurant

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

weekly deadheading, bindweed eradication, and supplemental watering

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

north side of dining deck, with hops on the lattice

Long Beach 

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

deadheading and supplemental water at the welcome sign

welcome sign

welcome sign

Then, the watering and deadheading of the Long Beach planters.

outside NIVA green

outside NIVA green

my favourite planter this year

my favourite planter this year

When I watered that planter, a tiny blue damselfly buzzed all around it.  (Photo attempt too blurry.)

Gaura 'So White' in Fish Alley. Too bad the "hens and chickens" around the edges keep getting stolen.

Gaura ‘So White’ in Fish Alley. Too bad the “hens and chickens” around the edges keep getting stolen.

lilies in Fifth Street Park

lilies in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Lily speciosum rubrum and Melianthus major in Fifth Street Park

Allan took this photo of these folks who said "That's the most beautiful lily I've ever seen."

Allan took this photo of these folks who said “That’s the most beautiful lily I’ve ever seen.”

the lily in question (Allan's photo)

the lily in question (Allan’s photo)

in all its glory (Allan's photo)

in all its glory (Allan’s photo)

We had time to turn the soaker hoses on and off on Sid Snyder beach approach (to the usual little effect).

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach

horses out on Sid Snyder beach approach (Allan’s photo)

We even had time to do some weeding and strimming on the parking lot berms.

The three "berms" get NO water.

The three “berms” get NO supplemental water.

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan's photo)

The middle one is so blah it just gets a strimming. Before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan's photo)

middle berm before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)...still not lovely, eh?

after (Allan’s photo)…still not lovely, eh?

I used to dream of making that center parking lot garden more exciting, but with no water, I think not.

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

bird on a wire while we dumped our debris at city works

The Cove Restaurant

Ah, Thursday night, the end of our workweek, and dinner with Dave and Melissa.  This time Todd joined us.

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

Dave and Parking Lot Cat

fruit water and pear cider

fruit water and pear cider and Dave

Allan's photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

Allan’s photo as I bore the table with some gardening tale or other.

delicious halibut cakes (Allan's photo)

delicious halibut cakes (Allan’s photo)

Dave's favourite

Dave’s favourite: Pork Conchinita

Our Melissa (Allan's photo)

Our Melissa (Allan’s photo)

After dinner, Melissa and I both got sentimental about how much we look forward to our Thursday dinners and how happy we are that we all met.

If you got this far, thanks for sticking with us for a whole work week in just two posts.  Thank goodness it was four days instead of what it used to be:  six, or seven, or ten or more days in a row.

 

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

Golden Sands: in the courtyard, four quadrants of flowers

SE quadrant, hoping to evoke memories of grandma's garden

SE quadrant, hoping to evoke memories of grandma’s garden

lots of tall maddening horsetail infesting that quadrant (Allan's photo)

lots of tall maddening horsetail infesting that quadrant. It was previously snapped off but now was growing four new shoots from the top and a fifth at the next joint. (Allan’s photo)

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

thrilled that I got sweet peas to climb the Joseph's Coat roses

thrilled that I got sweet peas to climb the Joseph’s Coat roses

monarda and cosmos

monarda and cosmos

persicaria and elephant garlic

persicaria and elephant garlic

mom's coppery rose; I am hoping to strike a cutting of this for me.

mom’s coppery rose; I am hoping to strike a cutting of this for me.

my mum's birdbath

my mum’s birdbath (used to be at her house)

NW quadrant...still the least of the four, possibly because in parts of it the irrigation seems to be missing plants.

NW quadrant…still the least of the four, possibly because in parts of it the irrigation seems to be missing certain plants.

SW: It's all rather a mishmash because of acquiring most of the plants for free (passalong plants)

SW: It’s all rather a mishmash because of acquiring most of the plants for free (passalong plants)

We have been doing supplemental watering with the hose every week as the shrubs outside the quadrants are not hit by the sprinkler system. The white hydrangeas especially need extra water.

White hydrangeas, background, are outside the water pattern.

White hydrangeas, background, are outside the water pattern.

I'm wary of messing with an area that has wiring, but would love to replace those old Siberian iris with something more drought tolerant. Sedum 'Autumn Joy' perhaps, of which I have oodles.

I’m wary of messing with an area that has wiring, but would love to replace those old Siberian iris with something more drought tolerant. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ perhaps, of which I have oodles.

I had found some short lilies blooming at the back of the NW quadrant.  I cut them and gave them to Pam, the activities coordinator, for a bouquet so that the would be seen.  Must remember to move the bulbs forward this fall.

lilies in a bouquet in the common room

lilies in a bouquet in the common room; on the wall are mailboxes for residents.

Edible Garden Sneak Peek

Between jobs, we took a peek at a garden which will be on the August 9th edible garden tour, to get some tantalizing preview photos for the tour’s Facebook page.   It was a fascinating garden, all in containers, with even the artistic home made patio being portable, because the residents are renting and would like to be able to take their whole garden if they have to move.

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sneak peek!

sneak peek!  They even make their own concrete planters.

I’m saving the rest of the photos to incorporate into my edible tour day blog entry.

Marilyn’s garden 

Next, we did some weeding and grooming of Marilyn’s garden, way up in Surfside.

I can report in that echibeckia seems to be deerproof, as a doe and fawns frequent this garden and it's untouched.

I can report that echibeckia seems to be deer-proof, as a doe and fawns frequent this garden and it’s untouched.

The deer are leaving about 3/4 of the phygelius flowers for us.

The deer are leaving about 3/4 of the phygelius flowers for us.

I heard the voice of a friend.

I heard the voice of a friend.

my good friend Scooter!

my good friend Scooter!

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' starting to bloom.

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ starting to bloom.

Scooter and an Echibeckia

Scooter and an Echibeckia

a sweetheart

a sweetheart

I clipped some plants so the path is clearer. (looking south)

I clipped some plants so the path is clearer. (looking south)

Wind, or possibly deer, are knocking some of the tall ornamental grasses all about.

Wind, or possibly deer, are knocking some of the tall ornamental grasses all about.

When I look down, there he is.

When I look down, there he is.

The neighbours' garage is hidden now (looking west)

The neighbours’ garage is hidden now (looking west)

looking north down the path

looking north down the path

There's my friend again.

There’s my friend again.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Agapanthus and Strobilanthes atropurpurea

Agapanthus and Strobilanthes atropurpurea; the strobilanthes is blooming early.

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

I used to have a mental block remembering the name "Agapanthus" til I associated it with "It's a mystery>Agatha Christie".

I used to have a mental block remembering the name “Agapanthus” til I associated it with “It’s a mystery=Agatha Christie”.

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

one of Mary's roses

one of Mary’s roses

looking SW over the birdbath

looking SW over the birdbath

Geranium 'Ann Folkard'

Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’

Bench area will be made bigger this fall.

Bench area will be made bigger this fall.

SW corner of the garden

SW corner of the garden

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

the lower part of the fenced garden

the lower part of the fenced garden

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

the lawn bed

the lawn bed, Allan’s photo

I love all jobs where I don’t have to worry about watering.  Mary and Denny of KBC and Marilyn’s daughter Nancy do an excellent job at the watering.

Ilwaco

While Allan watered the Ilwaco planters and street trees, I watered the boatyard from behind the fence.  The long hose that I loved has gone missing, alas.

this week's obstacle course

this week’s obstacle course

I wonder if anyone has noticed I managed to get a few sweet peas to climb the fence?

I wonder if anyone has noticed I managed to get a few sweet peas to climb the fence?

a new boat

a new boat

Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

supplemental once a week watering

supplemental once a week watering of the new area

cosmos and lilies

cosmos and lilies

east wall

east wall

north wall with flowers by The Basket Case Greenhouse

north wall with flowers by The Basket Case Greenhouse

Long Beach Welcome Sign

front, with echibeckia outflowering agyranthemum

front, with echibeckia outflowering agyranthemum (and needing way less deadheading)

adding supplemental hose water along the front as the soaker hoses are not doing the trick

adding supplemental hose water along the front as the soaker hoses are not doing the trick

back of sign

back of sign; the cosmos takes lots of deadheading, and I still love them

The Anchorage Cottages

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I'm pleased with Agastaches in containers!

I’m pleased with Agastaches in containers! (‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ here)

successful sweet peas in the office courtyard

successful sweet peas in the office courtyard

trimmed back the ceanothus so it no longer pokes into the parking spot

trimmed back the ceanothus so it no longer pokes into the parking spot

Center courtyard: Manager Beth's spouse was hose watering.

Center courtyard agastache: Manager Beth’s spouse was hose watering.

Oh how I tire of fighting against the 20 mph wind at work these days.

our good friend Mitzu leaning into the wind

our good friend Mitzu leaning into the wind

Mitzu (Allan's photo)

Mitzu with the wind blowing her ears (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach planters

the second of two weekly grooming and watering sessions

I always enjoy the happy carousel music.

I always enjoy the happy carousel music.

Allan's photo, planter on 7th South

Allan’s photo, planter on 7th South

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, he dotes on this volunteer Eryngium at the curb of this planter by Lewis and Clark Square.

Allan’s photo, he dotes on this volunteer Eryngium at the curb of this planter by Lewis and Clark Square.

Allan's photo: Lewis and Clark Square planter

Allan’s photo: Lewis and Clark Square planter

northernmost planter

northernmost planter, as the wind continued to blow at 20 mph

I popped into NIVA green, my favourite shop, to get some photos for the Facebook page.

nautical towels

nautical towels

birch tree trunk pattern shower curtain

birch tree trunk pattern shower curtain

kitty things

kitty things

Long Beach parks

deadheading done in Veterans Field gardens

deadheading done in Veterans Field gardens

Allan's photo: FINGER BLIGHT in Fifth Street Park

Allan’s photo: FINGER BLIGHT in Fifth Street Park

Two big daylilies AND this orange montbretia that snuck in MUST go this fall.

Two big daylilies AND this orange montbretia that snuck in MUST go this fall.

feathery pink Sanguisorba canadensis and Melianthus major

feathery pink Sanguisorba canadensis and Melianthus major

a bottlebrush sanguisorba backed with baptisia

a bottlebrush sanguisorba backed with baptisia

We had time to check on the Sid Snyder beach approach planters, in which we had turned on the mostly futile soaker hoses before going to the Anchorage.  The hoses had done very little good and the planters on that stretch look just pitiful.  We deadheading the wee kite museum garden and drove on to dinner.  On Ocean Beach Boulevard, we saw that someone has again adopted one of the little sidewalk popouts by a vacant lot, a tiny garden that otherwise would be just be unwatered ornamental grasses and crocosmia.

Whoever adopted this little garden, bless your hearts!

Whoever adopted this little garden, bless your hearts!

If I could find out who does this, I could show that person where to hook up a hose to water more easily.

The Cove Restaurant

At last, dinner with Dave and Melissa at the Cove.  How we look forward to this all week.  It’s especially pleasant for me and Allan because it’s our last day of the work week nowadays.  We get to schmooze about the workweek with other jobbing gardeners; what a blessing it was for us that they moved here.

Tired but happy diners. In the background, Lynn checks on our table, and to the left in the background is restaurant owner Sondra.

Tired but happy diners. In the background, Lynn checks on our table, and to the left in the background is restaurant owner Sondra.

Dave has settled on this pork dish as his favourite.

Dave has settled on this pork dish as his favourite.

pretty sure it is called Mayan Pork Conchita.

pretty sure it is called Mayan Pork Conchita.

my Caesar salad with anchovies

my Caesar salad with anchovies

ahi tuna

ahi tuna, my favourite

We’ve started having desserts lately at The Cove.

a fruity cheesecake

a fruity cheesecake

Now: three days off.  I am delighted that I have only one small excursion off of our property (lunch with Our Kathleen on Saturday).  Allan has grander plans involving his boat.

 

 

 

 

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real time reminder:

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

coming up August 9th

coming up August 9th

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

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

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

Ilwaco

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

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

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

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

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

Allan's photo: It's grasshopper time

Allan’s photo: It’s grasshopper time.

post office

post office watering (Allan’s photo)

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

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

Mary sees us off.

Mary sees us off.

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

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

I would rather like to have stayed home.

I would rather like to have stayed home.

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

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

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

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

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

The Planter Box

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

Planter Box: me and owner Theresa

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

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roses

roses

shades of gold

shades of gold

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

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

blue agastache (hyssop)

blue agastache (hyssop)

Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit'

Eryngium ‘Blue Hobbit’

Celosia 'Forest Fire'

Celosia ‘Forest Fire’

Allan's photo: snapdragons

Allan’s photo: snapdragons

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

Golden Sands Assisted Living

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

from the south hallway window

from the south hallway window

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SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

dahlias

dahlias

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

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

dahlia

dahlia

NW quadrant

NW quadrant

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

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

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

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

Klipsan Beach Cottages

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

Geranium 'Ann Folkard' drifting around

Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ drifting around

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

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

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

the weekly view SW across the birdbath

the weekly view SW across the birdbath

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

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

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Strobilanthes atropupurea...very hardy here, blooms late

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

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii in front of lilies and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

lily

lily

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

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

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

daisies in the lawn border (outside the deer fence)

daisies in the lawn border (outside the deer fence)

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

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

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

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

Long Beach

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

Fish Alley, Allan's photo

Fish Alley, Allan’s photo

santolina and diascia, Fish Alley, Allan's photo

diascia and santolina, Fish Alley, Allan’s photo

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

old and tired Erysimum

old and tired Erysimum

before

before

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

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

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

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

puppy was getting belly rubs

puppy was getting belly rubs

Ilwaco

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

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

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

sunshine glowing through the thorns

sunshine glowing through the thorns

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

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

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

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

leaving home again...phooey

leaving home again…phooey

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

watering from behind the fence (Allan's photo)

watering from behind the fence (Allan’s photo)

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

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

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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

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

the usual obstacle course for boatyard watering

the usual obstacle course for boatyard watering

as always, interesting boats

as always, interesting boats

boatyard garden, looking north from the gate

boatyard garden, looking north from the gate

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

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

looking east along Howerton

looking east along Howerton

looking northwest back at the boatyard

looking northwest back at the boatyard

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

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

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

West end garden...too dry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

looking west along the Time Enough Books garden

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

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

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

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' starting to fade

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ starting to fade

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

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

Gaura lindheimeri 'Whirling Butterflies'

Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’

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

Allan will water this one also.

Allan will water this one also.

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

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

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

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

Here’s how he did it:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the lost garden

the lost garden

home just before sunset.  Mary comes to greet me.

home just before sunset. Mary comes to greet me.

So does Smokey.

So does Smokey.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Allan had actually worked while I toured with garden club on August 7, watering, weeding and trimming the Long Beach street tree gardens and the beach approach planters.  He also….bought a van from the owners of The Basket Case!   Now we will be able to buy lots more plants…but it would be a couple of weeks before we would have it ready for work with a trailer hitch installed.  While leaving the car insurance office in Long Beach he overhead the call of “Hey! Ho!  Let’s go!” and followed the sound to Veterans Field where a very youthful band was performing Ramones songs.

These young men had excellent taste in music.

These young men had excellent taste in music.

August 8

On August 8th, we had a normal work day, beginning with a stop at Olde Towne Café to switch the compost pail.  (We take the coffee grounds and fruit and veg trimmings home to enhance our compost production.)

at Olde Towne

at Olde Towne

We stopped at The Planter Box on a small errand, to get some barley to keep our square water boxes clear.

At The Planter Box, a shy little sunflower

At The Planter Box, a shy little sunflower

Then, work.  I felt like I had been slacking, but it was only going to get worse with the edible tour coming up.  We began up north at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  Last year’s dahlia had finally bloomed after just sulking the previous summer.

grown in a very big pot to help protect it from snails

grown in a very big pot to help protect it from snails

at KBC: berries of Billardia longiflora

at KBC: berries of Billardia longiflora

lilies

lilies

the blues:  Agapanthus and Strobilanthes

the blues: Agapanthus and Strobilanthes

I have always found it difficult to get a good photo of the hardy Strobilanthes atropurpureus and it is also hard for me to remember the name of both of these plants.  I now remember Agapanthus as “a mystery…Agatha Christie…Agapanthus” and “bright blue and white…strobe light…Strobilanthes.”

Strobilanthes backed with Agapanthus with a blue globe thistle to the side.

Strobilanthes backed with Agapanthus with a blue globe thistle to the side.

strobilanthes atropurpureus...Hardy Persian Shield from the Himalayas in Northern India

strobilanthes atropurpureus…Hardy Persian Shield from the Himalayas in Northern India

The Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ has so not lived up to its name at KBC.  This year it is finally putting on some height.

not very steroidal nor giant

not very steroidal nor giant

Some of the Alliums have broken or fallen over so I stuck the stems firmly into an ornamental grass.

a good way to display

a good way to display old Alliums (better yet, spray paint them!)

another lily

another lily

inside the fenced garden

inside the fenced garden

and outside, with sweet pea success

and outside, with sweet pea success

After KBC, we spent an hour watering at Golden Sands because…surprise (not!), the oscillating sprinklers for which I long had not been installed yet.

At Golden Sands, a dahlia

At Golden Sands, a dahlia

one of the pretty, twirly, expensive but fairly useless sprinklers

one of the pretty, twirly, expensive but fairly useless sprinklers

We still, due to hand watering needs, had no time to weed or cut back….’

messy

messy

An Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ surprised me by putting out a new flower (pale blue than its earlier ones).

a nice surprise

a nice surprise

The maintenance man had been moving the pretty twirly sprinklers around to help them reach more areas.  Unfortunately, he is not a plants person.

oops

oops

After Golden Sands, Andersen’s RV Park got some time weeding and deadheading.

west side poppy garden

west side poppy garden

And then, Long Beach, for watering the main street planters.

evening light on a planter

evening light on a planter

Geranium 'Rozanne', Coreopsis 'Jive', ornamental oregano 'Hopley's Purple'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Coreopsis ‘Jive’, ornamental oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’

The bench is still gone in that planter (northernmost one on west side).

wondering if the curry plant in that planter will ever brown off so I can cut it back!

wondering if the curry plant and lavender in that planter will ever brown off so I can cut it back!

horses heading for the beach past Long Beach's main street

horses heading for the beach past Long Beach’s main street

We watered Gene’s garden because he had gone out of town for a few days on a trip which was later written about in our local paper.

from an article in The Chinook Observer

from an article in The Chinook Observer

And then home in time to put the barley into the water by our patio.

the barley solution to still, murky water

the barley solution to still, murky water

August 9

Friday was my big day planned to get the garden perfect for Sunday’s edible garden tour.  I did accomplish a lot….perfect weeding in the bogsy wood, deadheading and more weeding all around….and was so busy the only photos that I took were of Smokey being irresistibly cute on the patio.

Smokey and his rock pillows

Smokey and his rock pillows

Smokey

Smokey

He is wearing his BirdsBeSafe collar.

There may have been a bit of sitting and visiting with Judy during the day, which just may be when I noticed Smokey’s cute pose.  Allan did a superb job of mowing the lawn but we decided the edges did not need another go-round with the strimmer.

I had planned to have Saturday off to prepare, as well, but it had transpired that part of the day would be taken up with an edible garden pre-tour.  I decided to relax and go with it as I had heard that at least one of the other gardeners was not aspiring to perfection.  However I still thought that since I would probably have the fewest “edibles” I had darn well better have a perfect garden.

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I continue to review of Klipsan Beach Cottages gardens.  I do have the most photos from this garden because I had them already uploaded to the KBC Facebook page.  The plant assortments reflects many of the favourites that we also had planted in other gardens.

1 August

Cosmos atrosanguineus, smells just like chocolate!

Cosmos atrosanguineus, smells just like chocolate!

cosmos

Cosmos

crocosmia

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Salvia patens

Saliva patens backed with Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

clean up

We dug out some old Tradescantia along the fenced garden path because it always looked tatty.

sweet peas

sweet peas

Coreopsis 'Jive' with Allium and painted sage

Coreopsis ‘Jive’ with Allium, Coreopsis verticillata, and painted sage

Stipa gigantea, our favourite ornamental grass

Stipa gigantea, our favourite ornamental grass

lily

lily

8 August

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden

Sanguisorba....originally from Dan Hinkley's Heronswood.

Sanguisorba….originally from Dan Hinkley’s Heronswood.

garden art

garden art:  Mary does not enforce this fee 😉

garden with view of cottages

garden with view of cottages

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

Agapanthus (lily of the Nile)

I always had a terrible time remembering the name of Agapanthus until I associated it with “It’s a mystery; Agatha Christie!”

lily

lily

lily

lily

I don’t know the names of most of the lilies because they came from divisions from my mother’s old garden.

lily

lily

This intensely fragrant lily bloomed for weeks.

This intensely fragrant lily bloomed for weeks.

15 August

lily

Lily speciosum rubrum

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Sometimes I photograph the same plants each week to show how long they are in bloom.

Strobilanthus atropurpureus

Strobilanthes atropurpureus

For some reason I also had a terrible time remembering the name Strobilanthes until I associated with being showy and blooming late = strobe light!  It is perfectly hardy here and blooms in late summer with curved and frilled blue and white tubes.

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

22 August

Echinacea 'Green Envy'

Echinacea ‘Green Envy’

Veronicastrum

Veronicastrum and Lilies

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

30 August

honeysuckle

honeysuckle

just outside the deer fence

just outside the deer fence

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana'

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’

Climbing rose

Climbing rose

Joseph's Coat rose by the garage

Joseph’s Coat rose by the garage

Sumac 'Tiger Eyes' by the house

Sumac ‘Tiger Eyes’ by the house

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

lily

lily

lily speciosum rubrum

lily speciosum rubrum

Timmy...or Sarah.

Timmy…or Sarah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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