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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.

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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

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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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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

We only have two and a bit days to get our work done this week, because of leaving for the Hardy Plant Society Study Weekend on Thursday afternoon.  This has been looming over my stick in the mud homebody head for weeks, months even, ever since we registered in February.  There will be gardens to tour and speakers to hear and slideshows to savor.  Dan Hinkley will be the keynote speaker.

On the way to work, we had a brief mission at Ilwaco City Hall.  Allan had spotted a plant that he thought might be a dandelion.  It turned out to be a dog daisy.  I could not pull it without disturbing a nasturtium so I just clipped it as a quick solution to the way it was messing with my symmetry.

It was just not right.

It was just not right.

Next, as related in yesterday’s post, we toured Steve and John’s garden, and then we devoted ourselves to work till 8 PM.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We did but an hour of weeding and grooming.

view over the birdbath in the fenced garden

view over the birdbath in the fenced garden

lily

lily

lily and new rose foliage

lily and new rose foliage

in the garden; cottages on the ridge

in the garden; cottages on the ridge

Mary and Denny picking raspberries.

Mary and Denny picking raspberries.

Mary had learned that the reason her raspberries are not prolific this year is because we did not have a cold enough winter.

Mine look just like that, dried up and sad.

Mine look just like that, dried up and sad.

Allan's photo: Bella in the basement

Allan’s photo: Bella in the basement, got hugs and kisses from me.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

During another brief stop, Allan strimmed the center lawn while I filled the birdbaths and did some light grooming of the four quadrants.

I'm still pleased with my rhododendron pruning from last week.

I’m still pleased with my rhododendron pruning from last week.

Note: I believe in letting rhododendrons get to, and stay at, their full size.  I knew, however, that if I did not prune these, eventually someone else would.  And I knew I could do a better job.

SE quadrant with lots of sweet williams

SE quadrant with lots of sweet williams

lilies; I have a lot of this one around, must be from a Costco bag.

lilies; I have a lot of this one around, must be from a Costco bag.

NE quadrant, still not much pizzazz

NE quadrant, still not much pizzazz

One of my mom's Joseph's Coat roses

One of my mom’s Joseph’s Coat roses

NW quadrant, with a nice cluster of alliums in the shadow

NW quadrant, with a nice cluster of alliums in the shadow

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

I still hope for greater effect from this garden than I manage to create…

Andersen’s RV Park

looking west; Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' is beginning to bloom

looking west; Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ is beginning to bloom

looking east at the poppy field

looking east at the poppy field

Allan's photos: west garden path work, before

Allan’s photos: west garden path in progress

after

after

west side of house and office, and poppies

west side of house and office, and poppies

red Papaver rhoaes and assorted colours of California poppies

red Papaver rhoaes and assorted colours of California poppies

Brodiaea 'Queen Fabioloa' in the Payson Hall planters

Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabioloa’ in the Payson Hall planters

behind the office

behind the office

Miscanthus variegatus and Stipa gigantea west of the office

Miscanthus variegatus and Stipa gigantea west of the office

office planter with Allium schubertii

office planter with Allium schubertii

picket fence garden

picket fence garden

orange lilies peeking over the picket fence

orange lilies peeking over the picket fence

lilies and Allium albopilosum

lilies and Allium albopilosum

cottage with climbing rose

cottage with climbing rose

Anchorage Cottages

The first thing I noticed was something…wrong..with the window boxes.  I analyzed and realized that the lotus vines were no longer on the outside edges.  Someone had taken them out to paint the windowsills and put them back cattywampus!  Allan helped me rearrange them.

lotus vine not supposed to be in the middle!

lotus vine not supposed to be in the middle!

fixed

fixed

I was not entirely content because the four short inserts In two adjacent boxes had gotten switched so much that some of the plants were no longer growing forward.  I could not wrap my brain around getting them back just right.

The lone Hymenocallis festalis (Peruvian daffodil)

The lone Hymenocallis festalis (Peruvian daffodil)

Mitzu coming to greet me

Mitzu coming to greet me

my good friend

my good friend

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

center courtyard

center courtyard

sweet peas in office courtyard

sweet peas in office courtyard

Agastache 'Cotton Candy' in office courtyard

Agastache ‘Cotton Candy’ in office courtyard

These window boxes were all shipshape.  All had responded well to last week's fertilizing.

These window boxes were all shipshape. All had responded well to last week’s fertilizing.

Escallonia iveyi by the sport court

Escallonia iveyi by the sport court

Allan said to take a picture of the cryptomeria grove for Steve and John.

Allan said to take a picture of the cryptomeria grove for Steve and John.

Port of Ilwaco

In the evening, we watered and weeded our way down Howerton Avenue at the port.

at the marina, a bird for Mr. Tootlepedal

at the marina, a bird for Mr. Tootlepedal

reflection in the Bruce Peterson Gallery window

reflection in the Bruce Peterson Gallery window

I began by watering the Peterson Gallery curbside garden. Bruce and Wendi Peterson are supporters of the watering effort (by providing a hose and water); their gallery is open Saturdays during market season, so please do go visit if you can: 223 Howerton Ave SE, Ilwaco, WA.  Tell ’em I sent you.

Allan bucket watered the one garden bed where the only solution is bucketing water or hooking up three hoses to the mayor’s RV park across the street and then having the hoses driven over by passing vehicles. For now, Allan bucket waters it.

round one: buckets lined up to dump

round one: buckets lined up to dump

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The garden was parched.

The garden was parched.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Allan thought this Eryngium looked so thirsty that he filled buckets while weeding and watering by the Ilwaco Pavilion and went back for a second round.

Allan thought this Eryngium looked so thirsty that he filled buckets while weeding and watering by the Ilwaco Pavilion and went back for a second round.

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This is time consuming and back-challenging and we will only do it for places that do not have a hose nearby.

Port Office from Waterfront Way

Port Office from Waterfront Way

Just to the east of the Port Office is the Don Nisbett gallery.  Don and Jenna have been known to go out and water for us, so do stop in and tell them thank you for making Ilwaco more beautiful!

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in Port Office curbside garden on Howerton.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in Port Office curbside garden on Howerton.

I moved on west to water the Port Office and the Time Enough Books garden.  Karla of Time Enough  provides us with a hose and water, which we so appreciate, as the port office hose only reaches one end of her curbside garden…so do stop in and buy a book, greeting card, or just pet the sweet shop dog, Scout.

a hose from Salt Hotel

a hose from Salt Hotel

Julez and Laila, the civic minded owners of the soon-to-open Salt Hotel, are letting us use their water to care for not only the curbside garden in front of their building but also the one in front of the vacant building to their west.  We thank them from the bottom of our hearts and will do everything we can to promote their business venture.

It's already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.

They are already offering surfing lessons, having moved the surf shop down from its previous location in Seaview.  (Photo from last Saturday)

The garden was so dry from last week's watering fiasco and much appreciated some moisture.

The garden was so dry from last week’s watering fiasco and much appreciated some moisture.

Regarding last week’s difficult day, reader William Duchie made this encouraging comment on the blog re-post on our Facebook page:  “A wonderful ministry for the soul of the lower peninsula and its people. Rejoice in it!”  I like that.  I thought at first that a ministry should be free, then remembered that church ministers get paid, so…yes.

Salt owner Julez’ dog had made an escape…

on the loose!

on the loose!

and was rounded up and brought home.  (Allan's photos)

and was rounded up and brought home. (Allan’s photos)

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