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Monday, 21 August 2017 (part two)

After a beautiful solar eclipse experience, we had our breakfast and got a late start on the work day.

Long Beach

The work got further delayed when I remembered my desire to walk out to the Washington State Kite Festival at the end of the Bolstad beach approach.

On the way, I was pleased to see some bachelor buttons that I had planted from seed.

First, we picked up our cheque at city hall.

The hanging baskets (from Basket Case Greenhouse) are getting huge.

heading out to the kite festival (Allan’s photo)

I was so pleased that this year, none of the vendors were selling Confederate flag gear (unlike previous years when one vendor heavily featured it).

Instead, I saw this!

We viewed the kite trains, today’s special festival feature, from the boardwalk.

Allan’s photo

a sign that should not be necessary, but is (Allan’s photo)

City crew at work

a basset and a boxer

I was ever so pleased that roses still bloomed in the beach approach garden.

Allan’s photo

lots of rose hips, too

Finally, we got to work!  We went split up to water the planters and street trees.

Allan’s walkabout photos:

A pink flamingo had landed in the Heroncam pond.

a tiny bit of sweet pea success in a planter

southernmost planter

Basket Case Greenhouse basket from underneath

parsley in a planter (it was windy today)

Oddly, the power had gone out on the west side of the street AND the kite festival booths at about the time we started work.  We each bought a chowder from Captain Bob’s Chowder, which was on the power outage side of the street.

Allan ate his chowder while working. I sat in the chowder house and visited with Captain Bob and Cathy. 🙂

My walkabout  photos:

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

This visitor’s husband had built this wonderful motorized cart.

flying Canadian and American flags, even had a little ladder on the side

carriage rides

Angel the carriage horse

The bulldog is Brodie.

A tiny passenger is napping.

window boxes at Long Beach Tavern

I found this tiny bit of cuteness in a planter.

Fifth Street Park

by Renee O’Connor

sneaky dandelion

Basket Case Greenhouse basket

We got done in good time despite our chowder break and kite festival excursion.

Ilwaco

Allan watered the Ilwaco trees and planters while I sat for awhile.  When I did go into the garden to water, I found a present from MaryBeth.

a handsome urn that looks great with gold foliage

In a messaging conversation later, I said we must pay her back for these urns that she finds.  She replied that she considers them an entry fee for garden touring; she delivers them “and then wanders”.  I find that utterly charming.

In the greenhouse, I harvested regular and lemon cucumbers, five in all, shared one each with Devery and kept these:

kitchen gardening success

I had neglected to check my email till I got home and then learned that the port crew might be able to dig out three oversized shrubs from the curbside gardens and that we needed to tag them.  When Allan returned from watering, we did so.

The pink-tagged shrubs are three arbutus that want to be tree like. To keep pruned to the desired three feet tall just makes them ugly so I rebelled and stopped pruning them last year.

With yellow tape, I tagged a small evergreen huckleberry that I hoped could be saved.

We also tagged the middle street tree with yellow tape.  When we got home, I realized that if no one read the tag color decoding email I sent, the crew might think that every tagged item was to be removed, so I sent Allan back to untag the tree and avoid potential catastrophe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot garden on north side of deck gets its weekly deadheading and supplemental watering.

The Depot garden on north side of deck gets its weekly deadheading and supplemental watering.

cosmos and (new this year) lilies

cosmos and (new this year) lilies

Cosmos and Gladiolus papilio

Cosmos and Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio

Gladiolus papilio

Depot east wall

Depot east wall

Long Beach welcome sign

The godetia at the sidewalk end are starting to decline, as they do.

The godetia at the sidewalk end are starting to decline, as they do.

front of sign

front of sign

Echibeckias are now joining with Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

Echibeckias are now joining with Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

I'm not sure what I think of that colour combo.

I’m not sure what I think of that colour combo.  Wish the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ would size up and cool it down with blue.

back of sign

back of sign

Anchorage Cottages

We do love a job where the watering is taken care of.

We do love a job where the watering is taken care of.

windowboxes and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' on east wall

windowboxes and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and cosmos on east wall

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard with Nicotiana langsdorfii

center courtyard with Nicotiana langsdorfii

Tigridia and Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve

Tigridia and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

colour coordinated lilies

colour coordinated trumpet lilies

lilysign

I don’t know the name of that particular lily and wish I did.  I probably got it from my mother’s garden.

lily2

lily3

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' by the office

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ by the office

Agastache 'Cotton Candy'

Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’ and cosmos and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' with Gaura 'So White' and Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso'

Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ with Gaura ‘So White’ and Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’

the successful sweet pea patch against east wall chimney

the successful sweet pea patch against east wall chimney

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

sweet peas

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Long Beach

We watered all the planters and groomed Fifth Street Park.

Rose 'Super Dorothy' in Fifth Street Park

Rose ‘Super Dorothy’ in Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park with Basket Case Greenhouse basket

Fifth Street Park with Basket Case Greenhouse basket (watered and fertilized daily by city crew)

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Lewis and Clark Square planter, looks perkier than when just re-planted yesterday.

Lewis and Clark Square planter, looks perkier than when just re-planted yesterday.

center newly planted

center newly planted

I pruned down the rhodo behind the wall so this new restaurant shows better.  (The top of the rhodo was looking windburnt and pitiful anyway.)

I pruned down the rhodo behind the wall so this new restaurant shows better. (The top of the rhodo was looking windburnt and pitiful anyway.)

I'm excited about a kabob house opening soon.

I’m excited about a kabob house opening soon.

Uh oh, the horsetail is already back at the Bolstadt pond.

Uh oh, the horsetail is already back at the Bolstad pond.

sign at NIVA green

sign at NIVA green

I was getting lots of compliments on the planters, and on the hanging baskets (which I always credit to Basket Case Nancy and the care of the city crew), so I was in a happy place on this day.

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Coulter Park

Coulter Park

'Hopley's Purple' oregano

‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano

early evening light

early evening light

pink Salvia viridis and pink dahlia, Allan's photo

pink Salvia viridis and pink dahlia, Allan’s photo

We finished the workday with weeding and deadheading at the City Hall gardens.

lily by city hall entrance

lily by city hall entrance

Basket Case baskets

Basket Case baskets

hall2

I just had a revelation.  I have spelling Bolstad as “Bolstadt” lo these many years.  Ooops.  It’s far too late to go back and correct dozens of blog entries.

baskets

basket4

Allan's photo: hostas lace-leafed by snails

Allan’s photo: hostas lace-leafed by snails

City Hall west side

City Hall west side

Allan's photos: grooming a gladiolus

Allan’s photos: grooming a gladiolus

Allan's photos: making annual poppies look better by taking off old leaves

Allan’s photos: making annual poppies look better by taking off old leaves (because we want them to reseed); they are in front of the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

city hall lily

city hall lily

The Cove Restaurant

Ah, I’d been looking forward all week to our dinner with Melissa and Dave (Sea Star Landscape Maintenance) at The Cove.

Sondra's garden at The Cove

Sondra’s garden at The Cove

open doors to evening light

open doors to evening light

dinner salad

dinner salad

strawberry salad

strawberry salad

Melissa's noodle bowl

Melissa’s noodle bowl

ahi tuna for me, of course

ahi tuna for me, of course

scrumptious cannolo for dessert

scrumptious cannolo for dessert

PLC (Parking Lot Cat)

PLC (Parking Lot Cat)

We enjoy having this Thursday tradition, and Allan and I were ready for our new-this-year tradition of three days off.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Real Time Reminder

It’s garden tour day!

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Here’s an article about the tour by our friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.

Now back to our chronological catching up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office

I began the day still shaken from yesterday’s watering woes.  The sight of our volunteer garden at the post office cheered me up.  Then we were off to our north end jobs, with a couple of small jobs on the way.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

one of the pretty horses

one of the pretty horses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the garden behind the pasture’s gate

Diane and Larry's garden next door

Diane and Larry’s garden next door with Stipa gigantea

California poppies in Diane's roadside garden

California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden

penstemon

penstemon

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

grooming the container garden (Allan's photo)

grooming the container garden (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, regular watering with the sprinkler system has the courtyard garden looking wonderfully lush.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we went all the way up to lower Surfside to do some weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

a neighbour of Marilyn's (Allan's photo)

a neighbour of Marilyn’s (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn's daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

looking south—Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours' garage.  The next layer down is Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' which will bloom in late summer.

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours’ garage. The next layer down is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which will bloom in late summer.

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After Marilyn’s we drove south again to our very favourite job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

rose

rose2

in the background: tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with hazy purple flowers

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

daylily

daylily

driveway garden

driveway garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

Geranium 'Rozanne' embracing a boxwood.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ embracing a boxwood.

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

fairy door (Allan's phot)

fairy door (Allan’s photo)

Andersen’s RV Park

We had been weeding and deadheading at Andersen’s for about an hour when owner Lorna came outside and told us the big news:  Barring any unexpected last minute glitch, the deal was about to close on selling the park.   I turned in our restroom key (and said we’d get it back next week if something went wrong at the last minute).  I might as well tell you now that the deal did close for sure a few days later, so our walk around the garden saying goodbye was really the last time.  I have always told Lorna that when she sells, we are leaving with her as it is a good time to further accomplish our goal of cutting back a bit on work.  She says the new owners, a young couple from California, intend to do the gardening themselves so it worked out for the best for everyone.

A farewell look at Andersen’s gardens:

picket fence and garden shed gardens

west garden, Payson Hall (blue roof), picket fence and garden shed (upper right) gardens

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii and Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

the west garden

the west garden

west garden

west garden

west3

west garden telephoto

west garden telephoto

 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

garden behind office

garden behind office

office2

detail: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and godetia

detail: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and godetia

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

lilies

lilies

office

picket fence from inside

picket fence from inside

My only regret in leaving now is that I planted some of every kind of sweet pea that I had here, and now won’t see all the different colours bloom.

old fashioned wooden picket fence

old fashioned wooden picket fence

one of two big hydrangeas

one of two big hydrangeas

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a guest arriving (Allan's photo)

a guest arriving (Allan’s photo)

I will miss the fun of seeing a “wagon train” of RVs come in, led by the first driver, who is known as the wagon master.

As we were leaving, Lorna gave us this chair.  She is packing to move full time to her Seattle townhouse.

It's on my covered front porch now.

It’s on my covered front porch now; Thank you, Lorna.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob had returned from Montana.  She had called to ask me to stop by because they had brought us a present.

Jo's garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Jo’s garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Jo's back deck with bunting

Jo’s back deck with bunting

Coco! (Allan's photo)

Coco! (Allan’s photo)

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

(She did not even know I had been whinging on about my watering woes yesterday.)

Port of Ilwaco boatyard

We ended our day watering at the Ilwaco boatyard.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we have to water from behind the fence

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual...

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual…

 

 

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard north end

boatyard north end

We took some of our bucket water to give the new curbside plants at the port a boost.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

So….what shall we do with the extra few hours from not going to Andersen’s?  I suppose we could put it toward weeding the Long Beach beach approach garden, or….we just might spend it on our own garden.

We are now down by several jobs, as we quit two small jobs over bad pruning and slow payment, and Todd has the Wiegardt garden, and we gave Casa Pacifica to Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, Cheri is doing her own garden, and Flowering Hedges has been doing Erin’s garden.  It has delighted me to be divested of all of these jobs; however, I suppose we need to be careful that we don’t go too far into early retirement and lose our ability to afford to go garden touring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Jo’s garden

There’s never any aggro in Jo’s beautiful garden, which we weeded and groomed today in preparation of Jo and Bob having the usual houseful of guests for the 4th of July.

guest cottage windowbox

guest cottage windowbox

entering Jo's garden

entering Jo’s garden

to the right

to the right

verbascum and Nicotiana 'langsdorfii'

Nicotiana ‘langsdorfii’ and  verbascum and Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Allium albopilosum and schubertii

Allium albopilosum and schubertii

diascias

diascias and annual geraniums

gate to west garden

gate to west garden

opening the gate

opening the gate

center courtyard

center courtyard

north wall of house, center courtyard

north wall of house, center courtyard

container by Basket Case Greenhouse

container by Basket Case Greenhouse

looking west

looking west

Here’s something cool and amazing:  One of the cosmos came out yellow.  There is a tall garden cosmos called ‘Yellow Garden’ that I have grown before, but it did not bloom till October here so I only used it one year.  (The Planter Box started it for me.)

yellow cosmos

yellow cosmos

If this were in my garden, I'd be hoping to collect seeds.

If this were in my garden, I’d be hoping to collect seeds.

Bees like all colours of cosmos.

Bees like all colours of cosmos.

The work session at Jo’s took a few hours, and ended up with the pretty much perfection you see above.  Jo and Bob were on a trip to Montana so we did not get to see them or their darling dog, Coco.

The Anchorage Cottages

The Anchorage is also a pleasant and aggravation-free job.  We groomed the gardens and planters in the happy atmosphere of a quiet, popular cottage resort.

Anchorage center courtyard

Anchorage center courtyard

sit spots among the flowers

sit spots among the flowers

The "Peruvian daffodil" in the center planter has been a big hit with guests.

The “Peruvian daffodil” in the center planter has been a big hit with guests.

one of the old signs

one of the old signs

Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' by the office

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ by the office

office courtyard with thriving sweet peas

office courtyard with thriving sweet peas

Petunia 'Pretty Much Picasso' and Viola 'Etain'

Petunia ‘Pretty Much Picasso’ and Viola ‘Etain’

Port of Ilwaco

We cheerfully began watering down at the Port of Ilwaco.

April of the port office staff waters this garden on the south side.

April of the port office staff waters this garden on the south side.

hanging baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

hanging baskets from The Basket Case Greenhouse

by Nancy of the Basket Case Greenhouse

by Nancy of the Basket Case Greenhouse

a grey evening at the port (view from port office)

a grey evening at the port (view from port office)

We have the curbside gardens along Howerton Avenue at the port planted with drought tolerant plants so that (except for new plants) they need watering but once a week.

watering (telephoto by Allan)

watering (telephoto by Allan)

hauling hose to hook up at the next garden (Allan's photo)

hauling hose to hook up at the next garden (Allan’s photo)

This evening, we watered the gardens north of Ilwaco pavilion, the Nisbett Gallery, the port office, Time Enough Books, The Salt Hotel and the garden by the empty building next to the Salt Hotel; Salt is kindly letting us use their water to keep that one alive.

Allan's photo: the son of the owners of Salt Hotel, helping out.

Allan’s photo: the son of the owners of Salt Hotel, helping out.

Salt Hotel helping

Salt Hotel helping

Meanwhile, Allan had hauled 20 buckets of water from the boatyard to the east end garden bed, the one that has no hosepipe anywhere near.   Then we went to the garden bed where the port office staff and port manager had, two weeks ago, gotten an assurance that we could use the business’s hose to water once a week.  I’d had an email to that effect, that even stated that if the building owners put a lock on the faucet, we would be given a key.  I felt so happy that the problem had been resolved.  However, when we approached the hose, the same person who last time told me “You want me to subsidize you for being old” (when I said that, at age 60, I was not up to hauling 40 pound buckets of water from elsewhere to water that garden) emerged to say we could not use it.

I explained that the plants were dry and distressed.  He said he had watered three days ago and that “it rained”.  (Believe me, the few drops of rain were not enough to help any garden, but I chose not to engage on that issue.)  I said I needed to get some water on the plants because they were very stressed and added that it would save money if we did the watering because we knew which plants to target and which needed less water. He said he found me difficult to deal with because I was telling him what he needed to do. I said no, it is what I need to do, get some water on the plants.  (I felt desperate because a couple of the plants were screaming to me for help.)  He then looked said “I don’t trust you because you told me that last year someone told you it was okay to use our hose.”  As I often do, I tried to defuse my shock with some (no doubt not funny) humor.  Allan was standing right next to me and I said “Well…How about it I throw Allan under the bus because he’s the one that was told last year that it was ok to use the hose, so if you want to distrust someone, don’t trust him, but trust ME and let me water the plants.”  But then something exploded inside my mind, and I got my spine back, and I said, “You say that I am difficult to deal with, but you have been very rude to me.  Two weeks ago you told me I wanted you to subsidize me for being OLD. Now you are saying that we are liars.  You’ve never let me explain to you that we have promoted your business on Discover Ilwaco.  You are not treating me like a human being.  Now I am going to walk down to Salt Hotel, because they are civic minded, and I know that they will let me use THEIR hose to water the garden in front of YOUR building.”  It is interesting to look back and realize this was the first time he had not interrupted me (and I wasn’t shouting).  I walked away, and of course the owners of Salt let me use their hose, because they know that beautiful gardens benefit us all (down to the very bees who frequent the portside gardens).

(I thought later, what did I mean by “not treating me like a human being”?  Human beings frequently get treated badly.  I suppose I meant not treating me according the the precepts of the Society for the Humane Treatment of Gardeners.)

By the way, Allan had gone to city hall and found out that 50 gallons of water allegedly costs a great big 26 cents, so each garden would cost a maximum of $4 to $5 extra per month to water from June through September. Probably less on an established bed with no new plants. Might I add that every day we carry, and usually use up, between 10 and 15 gallons of our own water on other people’s gardens.

us, hauling our own water to other people's gardens

us, hauling our own water to other people’s gardens

I was deeply shaken by being told, by someone who does not even know my name, that he does not trust me.  (And yes, we were told we could water that garden last year, and did so openly and obviously all summer long during hours when the business was open.)

Even though I can be articulate in a situation like that, afterwards I cry.  I managed to wait till we had the garden watered with the Salt Hotel hose. We then went to weed the garden at the east end.  Even though Allan had already watered it, I added my tears.  In fact, I blubbered.  I realized that my feelings were hurt. It was physically painful to be treated like someone dishonest and worthless.

east end curbside garden, watered with my tears

east end curbside garden, watered with my tears

east end garden (Allan's photo)

east end garden (Allan’s photo)

parsley and Stipa tenuissima (Allan's photo)

parsley and Stipa tenuissima (Allan’s photo)

I felt defeated.  If this sounds familiar, it is because I already wrote about it in this blog on the day it happened.  I wonder if other public gardeners run into business owners who cannot see that gardens beautify a town and benefit all the businesses?  It’s discouraging to have two businesses at the port this year with an anti-garden attitude.

I am determinedly reminding myself that two bad apples do not spoil my whole barrel and that the wonderful business owners who do care far outweigh the naysayers.

I went home and purchased two squares for the community sourced capital fund for Salt Hotel.  The campaign runs through June 22, so there is still time to participate, which I encourage locals to do.  Here’s the link.  The motto of the community sourced capital program speaks strongly to me: “Fund the world you want to live in.”  I want to live in a world with people who care about beauty, gardens, bees, community, civic mindedness, sharing.

salt

Tomorrow: I try to get a grip, shake off my malaise, and enjoy gardening again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Ilwaco

We had to attend to a pruning job for the port, one that might be our friend Ed’s job technically but which he did not have time to do.  For the length of four garden beds along Howerton, associated with the former location of the now defunct Shorebank Ilwaco, we have a continuing problem with shrubs that are too tall and wide for the space.

The Shorebank building and Ilwaco Pavilion

The Shorebank building (tall) and Ilwaco Pavilion (pale blue roof)

We used to maintain the entire garden for Shorebank but gave it up to our friend Ed; last year, we started doing just the weeding of the curbside garden.  The shrubs, some of which have been pruned in the photo above (you can see Allan sweeping up) can block the sightline of people driving out of the Sportsmen’s Cannery carpark next door.

today: before

today: before

The Arbutus, which would have beautiful strawberry like fruit, can never be allowed to get big enough to bloom.  Our plan is to have the port crew completely pull them out in the fall and end this hopeless situation.  If the shrubs were pulled out now, the garden would look raw during the summer.

after

after


after: We also cut a wax myrtle completely to the ground and clipped back some red twig dogwood.

after: We also cut a wax myrtle completely to the ground and clipped back some red twig dogwood.

Beyond the end of that line of shrubs begins my long run of low plantings all the way to the west end, with the exception of one sprawling ceanothus that would love to be too tall.  It is the only large shrub or grass that I have spared along the rest of our Howerton Street gardens.  (There are a few escallonias left but those are pruned by individual business owners who planted them.)

This job had not even been on the schedule so our day was thrown into some disarray and we barely had time to take a look at the tall ship that had sailed into port before moving on to other jobs.

Ilwaco marina

Ilwaco marina (Allan’s photo)

tallship

the poster for the event

the poster for the event, by our friend Don Nisbett

We had other plans than to attend the weekend’s tall ship events.  If you’d like to see our album of previous visits of the tall ships, here it is.

Diane’s garden and The Red Barn

With the port garden all shipshape, we did the tiniest of jobs at Diane’s garden, planting up a tiny bicycle.  For such a tiny project, it took awhile because of cutting landscape fabric rounds to hold the soil.

tiny plant bike

tiny plant bike


all planted up with some sedums and diascias.

all planted up with some sedums and diascias and one wee Penstemon davidsonii


Allium schubertii in Diane's garden

Allium schubertii in Diane’s garden

We briefly checked on the planted barrels at the Red Barn next door and then moved on.

by the Red Barn

by the Red Barn

The Basket Case Greenhouse

Scabiosa in the greenhouse

Scabiosa in the greenhouse


a frilly dianthus

a frilly dianthus

I got a couple more Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ for the Long Beach planters as I had used the previous purchase at the Boreas Inn garden instead, and a bale of mulch for the Anchorage Cottages garden.

The Anchorage Cottages

Other than applying the mulch bale, we had time for only a brief grooming of the Anchorage gardens.

by the office

by the office


Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’


the last of the Dutch Iris

the last of the Dutch Iris


Since we had to cut back an ailing ceanothus, this rose is doing much better in the light.

Since we had to cut back an ailing ceanothus, this rose is doing much better in the light.


Allium bulgaricum

Allium bulgaricum backed with Melianthus major


manager Beth was diligently weeding the patio pavers.

manager Beth was diligently weeding the patio pavers.


She did an excellent job.

She did an excellent job.

Allan’s mulching project:

Gardner-Bloome-Soil-Building-Compost

before, where we had replaced a tatty leatherleaf viburnum

before, where we had replaced a tatty leatherleaf viburnum with some small sea thrift


after

after


with enough left over for this

with enough left over for this

Long Beach

Finally, we got to our big job of the day, the first official watering of all the Pacific Way Long Beach planters.  This is where the struggle came in (although the pruning had been a bit of a struggle and so had planting up the tiny bicycle): Of course, it turned out that some of the in-planter water was not turned on. We water by hooking up a short hose with a quick-connect to a faucet in each planter. Allan bucket watered one block of planters (consisting of just two of them) at the north end of town.  I called Parks Manager Mike in despair at the next block with no water, to find that the fixture that runs that whole block (with two trees and four planters) was broken and might not be fixed till next week.  The planters were DRY and needed water badly.  Bless his heart, he promised that the next day, the crew member who waters the hanging baskets would also water those planters so we did not have to haul heavy buckets across the street.

 The first watering is always stressful, finding out which hose connectors are clogged, and which ones are going to give us trouble of some sort of another, so I struggled through it without taking photos…except for a brief stop, at the very beginning, at NIVA green to collect some new photos for the shop’s Facebook page.  The fifteen photos I took will keep the page refreshed for another fifteen days.

NIVA green, my favourite shop

NIVA green, my favourite shop


outside NIVA green

outside NIVA green


inside, a new lamp by Heather Ramsay

inside, a new lamp by Heather Ramsay


I should have bought this; was too frazzled to think of how it matches some other little dishes that I have.

I should have bought this; was too frazzled to think of how it matches some other little dishes that I have.

We were trying to fertilize with Fox Farms Tiger Bloom instead of Miracle Gro.  That lasted for two blocks.  I realized that it was taking much much longer, as the fertilizer had to be mixed in a bucket because I’m not sure how to make it work in a hose end sprayer…and I also realized it would cost $100 each time we fertilize because the stuff is over $50 a jug.  That is ridiculous.  It only costs about $6 to water all the planters with the blue stuff.   And the jug was heavy, and and and….  This is impossible!!! With my mind simply exploding I said we are going back to Miracle Gro.  I’m sad, and wanted to go completely organic, but it is just too hard in Long Beach, and seems like a futile quest when the hanging baskets there are watered with Miracle Gro anyway.  The Fox Farms fert will be fine in planters at the Anchorage, Ilwaco, and my garden, where there aren’t so many and they aren’t such BIG planters.  So much for my principles, huh?

I must have recovered and had a burst of inspiration when we got to Fifth Street Park, as I managed a few photos there.

Sanguisorba in the park ('Pink Elephant', perhaps)

Sanguisorba in the park (‘Pink Elephant’, perhaps)


Allium bulgaricum in the park

Allium bulgaricum in the park


Geranium 'Rozanne' in one of the planters

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in one of the planters


I was closely observed.

I was closely observed.

As we went along watering, we added “uppies” to the planters that had been missed before.

Allan's photo: adding two uppies

Allan’s photo: adding two uppies (Salvia ‘Hot Lips’), one on each side of the pole

After the watering was done, with our shirt sleeves soaked by hose mishaps, we planted a couple of Agastaches to fluff up the garden at the World Kite Museum.

Allan's photo: placing two agastaches

Allan’s photo: placing two agastaches


I fretted over not having a matched set...but that's the way it worked out, with one 'Blue Blazer' and one 'Kudos Gold'.  The best laid plans....

I fretted over not having a matched set…but that’s the way it worked out, with one ‘Blue Blazer’ and one ‘Kudos Gold’. The best laid plans….


Allan planting at the kite museum entry garden

Allan planting at the kite museum entry garden

The Cove Restaurant

We did not get to the Cove till after seven for our traditional Thursday dinner.

Parking Lot Cat greeted us.

Parking Lot Cat greeted us.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


my good friend Parking Lot Cat

my good friend Parking Lot Cat

When we entered, we heard the singing of happy birthday, and knew it was for our friend J9 who was having one of several birthday dinners tonight, this one with her friend Judi.  Our celebration with her will be next week.

Their birthday dessert: cannoli

Their birthday dessert: cannoli

When we saw the cannoli, I immediately asked owner Sondra if there were any left, and she saved the last cannolo for us.

Allan's noodle bowl

Allan’s noodle bowl


Thursday evening rest and relaxation

Thursday evening rest and relaxation


my ahi tuna

my ahi tuna


so delicious

so delicious, with tiny Peruvian peppers


our cannolo

our cannolo


We shared nicely.

We shared nicely.


golf course wildflower garden

golf course wildflower garden

At home, just look at the work board; all the annuals are planted.

home

I might get some more cosmos and painted sage to plant here and there, but the official Annuals Planting Time is done.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Long Beach

During this busy time of year, I sometimes don’t even remember to pick up our check in Long Beach.  Today, we did that first thing and discovered that the planter along the entry ramp was very dry (because it is under the roof overhang, on the east side, where rain water is rarely blown in).

dry

dry

Emergency watering ensued.  We learned that the planters from the Basket Case Greenhouse would be hung later that day, so the bed underneath will get overflow water from the city crew watering the baskets each day from now on.

We had an audience.

We had an audience.

Next to the ramp, the hostas in Peggy's Park look handsome.

Next to the ramp, the hostas in Peggy’s Park look handsome.

north side of city hall.  The white narcissi and red rhododendron display is over.

north side of city hall. The white narcissi and red rhododendron display is over.

Dutch Iris carrying on the flower show for now

Dutch Iris carrying on the flower show for now

The Basket Case Greenhouse

Next, we shopped at the Basket Case for plants for the Anchorage.

Fred and Nancy live right next door, behind this impressive wisteria arbour.

Fred and Nancy live right next door, behind this impressive wisteria arbour.

wisteria

wisteria

wisteria from below

wisteria from below

wisteria

As I carried in the four empty windowbox liners for the Anchorage, who should arrive but Patti J and Stella.

happy and exciteable Stella

happy and exciteable Stella

After catching up with Patti, I set the eight window box liners on an empty spot and started filling them with plants.  It was harder for me to think than I had expected when Nancy and Allan started stocking the begonia table behind me.  It daunts my mind that using two liners per window box means there is a seam in the middle of the planting, so there cannot be a center plant.  While I had a hard time getting my brain to function, I managed, eventually.

pretties at the Basket Case

pretties at the Basket Case

Allan's photo of a young gardener

Allan’s photo of a young gardener

The Anchorage Cottages

I’ve used Agastaches in containers before, with success.  This year, I plan to use a lot of them.  I chose Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ for two big pots by the Anchorage Cottages office.  I hope they will be showy and will require much less deadheading that the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ that I used here last year.

I'm still deadheading the two Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' at the office.

Last year on Novemeber 2: “still deadheading the two Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ at the office.”

an Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' still blooming

an Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ still blooming in September a couple of years ago

office planters

office planters today with well budded Agastaches in place

I set up the window box liners in the trailer, filled them with soil, and planted.  So much easier than doing them in place.  Meanwhile, Allan removed the liners that had held the display of spring bulbs and stored them behind the office building.

Allan's photo: a wheelbarrow with a bag of potting soil dumped in it.

Allan’s photo: a wheelbarrow with a bag of potting soil dumped in it.

moistening the soil

moistening the soil; we carried some of the plants from the nursery loaded into the liners

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo: He planted the violas from the bulb containers the brick chimney planter.

Allan’s photo: He planted the violas from the bulb containers into the brick chimney planter.

Allan's photo: one windowbox emptied

Allan’s photo: one windowbox emptied

I cannot recommend highly enough the method of switching out plastic window box liners between spring bulb time and summer annuals time.

Mitzu did some supervising.

Mitzu did some supervising. (Allan’s photo)

violas got replanted here (Allan's photo)

violas got replanted here (Allan’s photo)

sweet peas are this tall (Allan's photo)

sweet peas are this tall (Allan’s photo)

windowbox liners in place

one of for new windowbox liners in place

While I did that project, Allan pruned the viburnums in the center courtyard garden.  Last week, I had realized they were leaning forward into the garden and shading out lilies and Melianthus major.

Allan's photo: before

Allan’s photo: before

Allan's photo:  I had done a bit of cutting last week, back to dark green.

Allan’s photo: I had done a bit of cutting last week, back to dark green.

Allan almost immediately ran into a glitch: a nest of bird eggs.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The chirp chirp chirp of the mother bird should have alerted us.  Fortunately, Allan saw the nest before he pruned enough to expose it.

agitation (Allan's photo)

agitation (Allan’s photo)

He was closely supervised.

He was closely supervised.

The end pruning job left a nice home for the little nest.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We hope the birds were not too upset to return to the nest; we had to strike a balance between saving the plants that were being smothered by the viburnums and bothering the birds.  Allan worked in great haste to get out of the area as fast as possible.

center courtyard

center courtyard with blue potato vine, Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’

Beth especially admired the brown Dutch Iris.  I told her it was Eye of the Tiger.  Later I remembered it is 'Bronze Beauty'.  Ooops.

Beth especially admired the brown Dutch Iris (right). I told her it was Eye of the Tiger. Later I remembered it is ‘Bronze Beauty’. Ooops.

more Dutch Iris

more Dutch Iris

Dutch Iris 'Eye of the Tiger'

(Dutch Iris ‘Eye of the Tiger’ in Long Beach)

back to Long Beach

After the Anchorage mission was accomplished, I asked Allan if he thought we could get the most horrible Long Beach planter redone and planted in just about an hour.  He thought it would be doable.  We went to the south end of Dennis company and dove into the job.  This planter has been on my list of things to do for at least two years.

a horrible planter of vinca dating back to volunteer days

a horrible planter of vinca dating back to volunteer days

We salvaged bulbs and this aquilegia (It went under a tree.)

We salvaged bulbs and this aquilegia (It went under a tree.)

We tried to salvage a small hardy fuchsia and almost succeeded till it got completely lost in the shuffle of debris buckets.

Allan's photo: horribly dry and rooty under the nasty vinca.

Allan’s photo: horribly dry and rooty under the nasty vinca.

The heuchera also got salvaged and replanted.

The heuchera also got salvaged and replanted.

One of the things I liked least about this planter was how two evergreen candytufts were planted on either side of the lamp post.  Once they were done with their mid-spring bloom, they became green boring low messy blobs for the rest of the summer.

after

after

before

before

after

after

The push of trying to get it done in the time we had before a dinner date was exhausting and led to using a bag of potting soil that we had on hand rather than going to get buckets of mulch from our new Soil Energy Pile in the works yard.  (The extra labour of getting the buckets full and driving back probably made up for the extra cost of the potting soil.)  More annuals will come later; for now, we added two green santolinas, two Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’, and a couple of diascia and some blue bacopa.

The Cove Restaurant

After the mad rush of yanking all that vinca and replanting, we repaired to the Cove for our Thursday tradition at rather too early of an hour: 6:30.  We were making it easier for J9 to join us after work; our Kathleen made up a party of four.

Allium schubertii in the Cove entry garden

Allium schubertii in the Cove entry garden

Allium schubertii backed with lavender

Allium schubertii backed with lavender

Allan's photo: a wildflower patch of garden with bachelor buttons

Allan’s photo: a wildflower patch of garden with bachelor buttons

When we sat down, I realized it was not too early at all as we were plenty tired of working.

The strawberries in the strawberry salad were extra delicious today.

The strawberries in the strawberry salad were extra delicious today.

my so scrumptious and nutritious ahi tuna

my so scrumptious and nutritious ahi tuna

Kathleen's lomo soltado; J9 and Allan had some of the $2 fish tacos that are the main Thursday feature.

Kathleen’s lomo soltado; J9 and Allan had some of the $2 fish tacos that are the main Thursday feature.

Allan's photo of the delectable lomo saltado

Allan’s photo of Chef Jason’s delectable lomo saltado

We lingered on till we were the last people in the restaurant and the sweeping up had begun, which, as always, reminded me of My Dinner with André.

my-dinner-with-andre-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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