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Sunday, 23 August 2015

The cold north wind blew all day at 20 mph.

I had an audience while I was writing the blog.

I had an audience while I was writing the blog.

It was not very exciting for anyone.

It was not very exciting for anyone.

I spent most of the rest of the day reading The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson, and stayed in until early evening, when the wind finally slowed.  The good thing: it had blown the wildfire smoke away.

evening back garden

evening back garden

I accomplished but one thing: pulling old calla lilies and cleaning up the potted plants area along the shed wall.

A before photo would have shown how much better it looks.

A before photo would have shown how much better it looks.

Allan’s back was still bothering him so much that he canceled his reservation for a guided nature kayak trip at Fort Clatsop.  We are hoping he will be able to reschedule that for September.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Ilwaco post office garden got some weeding and deadheading.

Ilwaco post office garden got some weeding and deadheading.

Long Beach

Downtown Long Beach street trees and planters got their first watering of the week.

Even though the city crew does a great job of keeping litter picked up, I’m getting annoyed in mid summer by the smokers’ litter that builds up so quickly.

That round thing is an ashtray, and the wind was not blowing in a direction to blow those butts out of it.

That round thing is an ashtray, and the wind was not blowing in a direction to blow those butts out of it.

I'm still annoyed that an Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' was stolen from this planter.

I’m still annoyed that an Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ was stolen from this planter.

Focusing on good things: the remaining Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' and Coreopsis 'Star Cluster'

Focusing on good things: the remaining Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and Coreopsis ‘Star Cluster’ and a yellow dahlia

dahlias and Agastache 'Estella Indigo'

dahlias and Agastache ‘Estella Indigo’

Tigridia has been a great do-er all summer.

Tigridia has been a great do-er all summer.

This is a dream house of mine with big fenced yard just one block off of downtown Long Beach.

This is a longtime dream house of mine with big fenced yard just one block off of downtown Long Beach.

Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl' reblooming in Fifth Street Park

Dianthus ‘Raspberry Swirl’ reblooming in Fifth Street Park’s east side

looking across to the west side of Fifth Street Park

looking across to the west side of Fifth Street Park

The new Kabob House behind Lewis and Clark Square has a fresh paint job.

The new Kabob House behind Lewis and Clark Square has a fresh paint job.

hanging basket (from Basket Case Greenhouse) by the police station

hanging basket (from Basket Case Greenhouse) by the police station

Seems like Gaura reseeded from the pink one is more white than pink.

 Gaura (left) reseeded from the pink one (right) is more white than pink.

This seedling is definitely not showing the pink leaves.

This seedling is definitely not showing the pink leaves.

Long Beach's Worlds Largest Chopsticks, just because.

Long Beach’s Worlds Largest Chopsticks, just because.

When we were done with watering Long Beach, we took a break to have a meal at the Kabob House.

It is getting more decorative inside.

It is getting more decorative inside.

combo plate

combo plate

chicken sandwich

chicken sandwich

We met this little dog named Lily.

We met this little dog named Lily.

You can see Lily watching the door for her person, Charlotte, who is doing the café decorations.

You can see Lily (by the table) watching the door for her person, Charlotte, who is doing the café decorations.

Ilwaco

We watered the port gardens with the exception of the most difficult two sections at the west end of Howerton Avenue.  After Allan throwing his back out last week wrestling with three long hoses, we have had it with watering that one for the rest of this season.  Some rain is due…we hope.  A solution would be to run a water line that gives us access, by the sidewalk, to a “hole in the ground” with a hatch and a short hose we can hook up to.  We surely do need something like that for next year.

the boatyard garden

The boatyard garden came first.

Driving to turn around, I was startled to see the yellow Portside Café no longer yellow!

Driving to turn around, I was startled to see the yellow Portside Café no longer yellow!

photo next day from the Portside's Facebook page

photo next day from the Portside’s Facebook page

So much for doing the planters on that interesection in yellow flowers every year!  Next year, they will be shades of blue.

We split up and each took different sections of the port gardens.  For variety, we started at the east end and worked our way west.

from the port office south side

from near the port office south side

a still, calm evening

a still, calm evening

sail

Cosmos, south side of port office

Cosmos, south side of port office

variety in one clump of cosmos

variety in one clump of cosmos

port office window reflection

port office window reflection

Salt Hotel and Skookum Surf Shop

Salt Hotel and Skookum Surf Shop

Allan had company while watering by Salt Hotel. To the west: the gardens we are skipping because of no easy hose access.

Allan had company while watering by Salt Hotel. To the west: the gardens we are skipping because of no easy hose access.

dumping debris in the eastern field: almost dusk

dumping plant debris in the eastern field: almost dusk

At home, I opened a package sent me by Montana Mary: two little baskets, one made of cedar by my old Seattle friend Phyllis Pearson, and the one on the right by my old friend Pat Reese.  Both of these retired English teachers and (later) basket making instructors have gone into assisted living and no longer make baskets, so these are precious.

at home, in the mail

at home, in the mail, with memories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 10 August 2015

Today: Watering and grooming the Long Beach planters and street tree pocket gardens.  And fertilizing the planters with The Blue Stuff.

I am loving the spikes of Agastache 'Estella Indigo'.

I am loving the spikes of Agastache ‘Estella Indigo’.


I like it better than the fluffier blue one ('Mexican Giant', I think).

I like it better than the fluffier blue one (‘Mexican Giant’, I think).


Cosmos 'Sonata' and pink California poppies

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and pink California poppies


Also loving this succulent, that I got in Seattle once upon a trip, and can't remember what it is. I'll ask Todd!

Also loving this succulent, that I got in Seattle once upon a trip, and can’t remember what it is. I’ll ask Todd!  I did.  …It’s Othonna cheirfolia.


Allan and were sad that the little volunteer Eryngium at the curbside of this planter was snicked off.

Allan and were sad that the little volunteer Eryngium at the curbside of this planter was snicked off.


Allan's photo of the way it was...before. Sigh.

Allan’s photo of the way it was…before. Sigh. He doted on it.


New planting in the Lewis and Clark Square planter

New planting in the Lewis and Clark Square planter: some dwarf Rudbeckia and another Agastache…


..got new companions, two annual salvias and two blue statice.

..got new companions, two annual salvias and two blue statice.

It is a mishmash due to some cosmos being pulled out and later a nice big Eryngium being pulled out from the center and left to die.  Why do people do that?  I mentioned it to a woman who was admiring the planter and she said “People are shits.”  Twice she said it.  I appreciated the sympathy and yes, they sometimes are.

I find this planter most unsatisfactory this year.

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We added two good sized Cosmos ‘Antiquity’ from the Planter Box to another planter that was, for some reason, not full.

by Fifth Street Park

by Fifth Street Park; the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is past its prime.


filling a gap

filling a gap

Someone in the park was avidly admiring Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’.  I showed her the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ only to find it has but one flower left due to finger blight.  Someone picked themselves a nice bouquet.

Dang blang it!!!!

Dang blang it!!!!

Right next to the finger blight, yellow jackets were all over a mugo pine, and my insect expert friend Julie Tennis says they are probably enjoying the sweet sap.

I won't say a word about how just it would be for a finger blighter to get stung.

I won’t say a word about how just it would be for a finger blighter to get stung.

These are the kinds of flower admirers we like: the ones who take photos, not flowers.

someone taking flower photos (Allan's photo)

someone taking flower photos (Allan’s photo)


Cerinthe major purpurascens (Allan's photo)

Cerinthe major purpurascens (Allan’s photo)


Here's a planter combo I like: golden oregano with a nice dark leaved hardy Geranium from Joy Creek Nursery. (forgot the name!)

Here’s a planter combo I like from early spring to fall: golden oregano with a nice dark leaved hardy Geranium from Joy Creek Nursery. (forgot the name!)


Looking from the planter with oregano and geranium toward the ferris wheel.

Looking from the planter with oregano and geranium toward the ferris wheel.

Allan got done watering the trees and the eight northernmost planters first, so he pulled some Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ out of Third Street Park.

during

during (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I would love to get that Crocosmia dug up out of that corner this fall, as it is just too much for that spot.

We checked on the park by where the new kebab shop is going to be, behind Lewis and Clark Square.  I realized that the acid loving plants there (a good rhododendron with nice indumentum, an azalea, and a hydrangea) were all coated with concrete dust from pressure washing the patio.  Argh.  I washed them off with the handy hose from the kebab shop. (Note: In “real time”, The Kabob House has opened, and the food is delicious.)

Poor little rhodo.

Poor little rhodo.


all concreted up

all concreted up with concrete dust all over the soil

I seemed to be on a mission to pull old Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, so while I tried to get some of the concrete dust out from under the rhodo, I delegated Allan to pulling another clump of it in the same little park.

during (Allan's photo)

during (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

I used to think Lucifer so well behaved compared to its thuggish relative, the running orange monbretia.  But it is still a thug.  Here, it has swamped a poor little hydrangea and I know its corms have gone deep.  The Crocosmia is not a plant I much like anymore, even if it gets lots of positive comments from passersby during its month of bloom.

On the way to Ilwaco, I felt so very tired that the prospect of watering the boatyard while Allan watered the planters was almost too much to bear.  I suggested we poke at the planters to see if maybe they could wait till tomorrow.  Saturday’s very small rain might have been enough to make it possible to wait one more day.  A light summer rain will not penetrate through a planter’s foliage into the soil unless it falls at the perfect time, while the soil is still damp from a watering session.  Joy!  The rain’s timing had been perfect. They were wet enough, so we went home early.

Allan pokes at a planter.

Allan pokes at a planter.


I note that Azure has put out two columnar plant accents. Very good.

I note that Azure has put out two columnar plant accents. Very good.


damp enough!

damp enough!

We were home by six, deferring the watering of Ilwaco till tomorrow.  I started blogging about yesterday’s edible garden tour, and Allan got some photos of the sunset.

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