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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My back hurt something fierce from schlepping my plants around yesterday evening.  It felt on the verge of going into a spasm.  What is this?  My back used to be the strongest part…well, with an occasional but infrequent blow out every few years.

In fact, what is the deal with how long it takes to stand up from a chair after sitting for awhile in the evening?  I was wondering that just last night.

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I would like to have stayed home today with Smokey and a book.

I’m not quite done with Hope in the Dark.  Even a short book goes slowly at planting time.  And now I have this heavy tome from the library:

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This morning, early, a strong buffeting wind had woken me up.  The wind still prevailed.  I had struggled mightily to get my knee brace on; it took two tries and Allan’s help to get it right. Despite my back, my hope for today was to get cosmos and more planted at The Depot, Long Beach welcome sign, two Long Beach Parks, the Anchorage, and the Kite Museum.

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Ilwaco Post Office garden will soon get some cosmos.

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lilies and Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass, at the post office.

As we made a welfare check on the new nicotiana in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, I felt so very cold that we went back home (two blocks away) so I could change into warm winter pants and shirt.  I left the knee brace at home; it does not work with heavier clothes.

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my mother’s clivia in flower, glowing in the front window

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A patch of strangely late blooming Tulip ‘Akebono’

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Another clivia blossom had fallen.

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Smokey’s nap disturbed

The Depot Restaurant

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cosmos going in

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Allan’s photo, Allium heads and my head

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cosmos in (Allan’s photo)

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delicate variegated saxifrage (Allan’s photos)

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closer

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north side of dining deck

Despite my check of two weather forecasts, both of which promised cool windy weather all day, the sun suddenly came out.  So hot!  I said to Allan that I had to go home (two miles south) and change clothes again.  Every year, there is a day about this time when I have to learn all over again the necessity of having summer and winter clothes with us at all times.

I struggled again with the knee brace.  Some days it just is not easy.  When it is on, it helps me enormously.

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Smokey still snoozing.

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Frosty wanting a belly rub. He never bites or scratches, so he does get many.

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Calvin’s nap disturbed.

Skooter has things to do during the day and is rarely found at home napping.

Long Beach

We started to set up the Long Beach welcome sign planting and I realized the front of the sign’s soil was too low.  Why hadn’t I added enough soil earlier on?  (Later, I decided it was because tulips had been in the way.) This necessitated an emergency trip to get soil from city works.  We took the chance of leaving unplanted gallons of Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ just sitting in the garden.  (Because one of Todd’s new public plantings in Ocean Park got completely dug up and stolen in the night last week, I’m feeling extra concern this week.)

When we got to city works, we saw this shocking sight:

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Noooo! The city crew had used most of the heaping pile of Soil Energy!

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We managed to scrape up just enough. (Allan’s photo)

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in the process of adding soil and pulling the damnable horsetail along the back of the welcome sign bed (Allan’s photo)

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low and miserable looking soil

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battling it out with horsteail and ripening bulb foliage, trying to not block the lights that shine on the sign.

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much better (Allan’s photo)

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welcome sign, after

I have always planted yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in this planter.  Because it takes so much deadheading, I’m trying the Summer Glow agastache in hope of an easier maintenance yellow effect.  (Garden designer Lucy Hardiman says “Yellow stops the eye” in drive by public plantings.)

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Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

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undeadheaded Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

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added Cosmos ‘Sensation’ in the back, and Cosmos ‘Sonata’ (shorter, so as not to overshadow the agastaches) in front.

I decided to skip the Long Beach parks for now and go to the Anchorage…but on the way we saw a perfect and rare parking spot right next one of the two planters we had not added to yesterday.  We had to take that opportunity.  Usually, I end up carrying plants for half a block to this planter and the one across the street.

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I do not think we have ever before gotten this prime spot.

Getting the Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and two Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’ into those two planters completes phase two of three of the Long beach planter planting.

The Anchorage Cottages

We had to get to the Anchorage by four o clock because of a Situation I’d learned about in an email late last night, after the plants for the Anchorage were already loaded: The parking lots were being resurfaced and so we could not park by the gardens today or tomorrow.  With a big three day holiday weekend coming up, and being determined to get the cosmos and some other plants added to the garden this week, and with today being the only day it would fit well into our schedule, I spent some time last night plotting alternative routes into the garden.  This required getting there while Manager Beth was still working in order to access the office courtyard via the office.

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Our good friend Mitzu in the office. (Allan’s photo)

The center courtyard and the south courtyard can be accessed from the west and south lawns by walking around the cottages, without setting one foot on the parking lots, whose stripes were being painted as we gardened.

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We had to slither along spaces like this, a secret path between the office and center courtyards that had appeared with the recent painting.

While I planted, I set Allan to clearing out the old scilla flowers and foliage; it is rampant in the center courtyard garden.

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before; last week it was a hazy of blue.

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why I never ever plant scilla in a garden bed

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after. I thought it looked too bare so gave Allan two “Bells of Ireland” and a campanula to add to it.

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looking back just before slithering around the side of the office building to depart.

By where we parked, on the grassy road north of the cottages, lives a Fish and Wildlife officer who has a bear trap at the ready.

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Allan’s photo

Sometimes, our  local “fish cops’ are featured on a telly show:

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from Rugged Justice: Releasing a bear into the wild if said bear has made itself at home scavenging in town.

But I digress.  By now, I knew we would not get cosmos planted in the Long Beach parks today.  I hoped that we might find the oomph to plant up the pocket garden at the Kite Museum.

We drove there.  We looked at it from inside the car.

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Imagine the cold whipping of the wind, now 23 mph.

I couldn’t do it, so we went home at 6:30.  Tonight, I will watch Deadliest Catch and be embarrassed that I wimped out.  It was better for the plants to wait till tomorrow…yes, that is it.

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working on The Deadliest Catch…puts my wimpiness to shame

At home, I got to make a couple of erasures from the work board, albeit not as many as I had hoped.

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Tomorrow: planting time continues.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Long Beach

Yesterday, while dumping debris, we had accidentally thrown, into the city dump pile, a bag of mine from the Long Beach Pharmacy.  Since we had to go back to the pile this morning to retrieve it, I thought we should pull some crocosmia from the parking lot “berms” in order to make the trip more worthwhile.

 I’m impressed with whatever shrubs can survive in those beds with no water for three months.

Abelia looks delicate but is being tough and strong.

Abelia looks delicate but is being tough and strong.

Aronia, which never registered with me before this year for some reason, is a champ.

Aronia, which never registered with me before this year for some reason, is a champ.

I read that its common name chokecherry refers to the bitterness of the edible berries.

I read that its common name chokecherry refers to the bitterness of the edible fruits.  Todd tells us its fall leaf colour is excellent; I clearly have not been paying it enough attention.

Of course, the job got bigger than I'd planned as I cut a lot of rugosa rose that were hanging over the side,

Of course, the job got bigger than I’d planned as I cut a lot of rugosa rose that were hanging over the side, as well as pulling crocosmia.

Despite its aggressive nature, Rosa rugosa alba has so much to offer.

Despite its aggressive nature, Rosa rugosa alba has so much to offer.

It thrives in drought, has white flowers...

It thrives in drought, has white flowers…

and gorgeous hips from which you could make rose hip tea or rose hip jelly.

and gorgeous hips from which you could make rose hip tea or rose hip jelly.

I needed a boost of energy, so on our way to the city works yard, we got coffee drinks…

at the Great Escape drive through.

at the Great Escape drive through.

At the works yard, one can see the way we are going after the crocosmia foliage all over town.  It is “going over” earlier this year because of the drought.  It all probably came from a clump of mine, divided and spread to various places where I thought it would be attractive, back when I thought it was a good thing.

Now it's still a good thing, but too much of a good thing.

Now it’s still a good thing, but too much of a good thing.

Now piles of vilella husks are appearing in the work yard, remnants of a huge wash-up onto the beach of this small jellyfish.

Now piles of velella husks are appearing in the work yard, remnants of a huge wash-up onto the beach of this small jellyfish.

This is the city beach sweeper that would have picked up that pile. (Allan's photo)

This is the city beach sweeper that would have picked up that pile. (Allan’s photo)

Jo’s Garden

We checked up on Jo’s garden for a couple of hours, and enjoyed all the beauty there while deadheading daisies and pulling some horsetail.

east wall of guest house, outside the garden

east wall of guest house, outside the garden

front gate, looking west

front gate, looking west

entry garden

entry garden

lily and rugosa rose

lily and rugosa rose hips

That's our Jo!

That’s our Jo!

on Jo's deck

on Jo’s deck

a couple of errant, late clematis flowers over the arbour

a couple of errant, late clematis flowers over the arbour

looking east from the center courtyard, with flowers from The Basket Case Greenhouse

looking east from the center courtyard, with flowers from The Basket Case Greenhouse

Amazing: Jo and kin got rid of a huge climbing once blooming white rambling rose that was so very big for this corner.

Amazing: Jo and kin got rid of a huge climbing once-blooming white rambling rose that was so very big for this corner.  “Room for more flowers”, says Jo.

northwest garden bed

northwest garden bed

What is it with these cosmos that get so tall before they bloom!

Allan sweeping after weeding the path.

Allan sweeping after weeding the path.

I forgot to take a close up; you can see on the very right that one of the cosmos plants is pale yellow!

I forgot to take a close up; you can see next to the weather vane tower that one of the cosmos plants is pale yellow!

There is a pale yellow tall cosmos called Yellow Garden.  One year the Planter Box grew it, but it did not bloom till October, and when I read that it was normal for it to be a very late bloomer, I gave up on it despite its beauty.

After that pleasant interlude, at such a lovely garden with an irrigation system so no worries about water, we were back to the usual rounds of watering.

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I watered the boatyard garden while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  This week, I had the good fortune to find a hose hooked up to every spigot that I needed to reach the whole two block long garden bed, so the job went swimmingly.

this week's obstacle course at the boatyard

this week’s obstacle course at the boatyard

the usual interesting scenery

the usual interesting scenery

boats

The sailboat in the foreground has been there most of the summer; it's getting its new paint job now.

The sailboat in the foreground has been there most of the summer; it’s getting its new paint job now.

I'm so pleased with the sweet pea success at the boatyard. Next year: many more. I did not think it would work this well.

I’m so pleased with the sweet pea success at the boatyard. Next year: many more. I did not think it would work this well.

a salmon coloured four o clock

a salmon coloured four o clock

four o clock

four o clock

Someone had pestered this santolina.

Someone had pestered this santolina.

I walked on to water the gardens on Howerton where I have a hose available, while Allan came behind me later to water the ones where he has to haul three of our own hoses.

Time Enough Books: a thirsty garden boat

Time Enough Books: a thirsty garden boat

the watering rounds, Allan's photo

the watering rounds, Allan’s photo

south side of port office

south side of port office

Don Nisbett Gallery

Don Nisbett Gallery

Don waters his Basket Case baskets like mad.

Don waters his Basket Case baskets like mad, sometimes more than once a day.

the spectacular effect of Don's intensive watering

the spectacular effect of Don’s intensive watering

I am pleased that I never have to water the south side port office garden because office staff member April does it regularly.

marine: looking west

marine: looking west

looking east

looking east

folks heading to a boat

folks heading to a boat

a sit spot

a sit spot

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

By the time I finished watering the Bruce Peterson Gallery garden, Allan was coming behind me and had gotten as far as the pavilion.  I was out of available hose gardens so I walked home while he finished up at the east end.

Peterson Gallery garden, looking east

Peterson Gallery garden, looking east

Agastaches doing pretty well in drought conditions.

Agastaches doing pretty well in drought conditions.  And my shadow.

Agastache 'Summer Glow'

Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

at home

evening light on the back garden

evening light on the back garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Ilwaco

First, the Ilwaco post office planter…

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And then the Ilwaco boatyard…

Chaos floating over the boatyard garden

Chaos floating over the boatyard garden

…where we filled up enough buckets to water half of the Ilwaco trees and planters.  We fertilized with Fox Farms Tiger Bloom, easy to mix into a bucket.

The tree that was vandalized by a weedeater is looking better with new plants.

The tree that was vandalized by a weedeater is looking better with new plants.

In the empty lot/carpark next to that tree, I found this, which of course I want to share: some yobbo had just dumped their whole ashtray out next to the sidewalk and driven on.  I did not pick them up.  Too nasty.  I also did not pick up the dirty rag on the curb by a business.  Two days later, the dirty rag was still there, and so were the butts.  (Then, I disposed of the rag by picking it up with my clippers…but not the dang blang butts.)

what the heck?

what the heck?empty  ciggie pack and all.

Today, after the bucket watering, we headed north to begin our weeding day at…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

As I walked down the hall to the courtyard, I saw that Anna, plant loving resident, had a nice little display on the shelf outside her room.

She loves to start baby plants.

She loves to start baby plants.

Here is her collection of African violets in the courtyard entry foyer, on the lighted plant shelf that we lent to her (used to be my mom’s).

Anna's volets

Anna’s volets; my mom would be pleased.

Allan's photo: Anna sharing her love of flowers

Allan’s photo: Anna sharing her love of flowers

Now I feel all verklempt that my mother and Anna did not overlap in their time at Golden Sands.

The courtyard garden is still poised for ultimate bloom time.  The sprinklers were not on yet (we were promised tomorrow…if it doesn’t get forgotten…so we put in another request and reminder when we left).  Allan had to water with the hose, just in case; that meant less weeding time.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

Ceanothus by the SW quadrant

Ceanothus by the SW quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

a lovely pale California poppy

a lovely pale California poppy

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; he was wielding the water hose so couldn’t help weed.

As I exit the courtyard, Allan looks for one more handful of weeds.

As I exit the courtyard, Allan looks for one more handful of weeds.

I do hope the sprinklers are on next time so that we can both focus on weeding….

On the way out, I was impressed with the staff’s little vegetable garden in a box that used to be all Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.  (The crocosmia had been acquired from my castoffs and planted by a volunteer whose mum no longer resides there.  I think the veg are a better idea.  The box to the other side of the sidewalk has a handsome stand of peas coming up.)

healthy looking veg

healthy looking veg

We were pleased to see that the facility has a brand new bus to take residents on outings; the old one has been giving trouble for awhile.

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My mother would not ride on the bus because she was too proud to use the lift to get up there.  I told her that I would use the lift if my knee hurt and mimicked how easy it would be to ride up.  She said she would not do so because she had been a Marine.  I think I had just about talked her into it being not too much of a sign of weakness when she suddenly died.  How I wish she were still here to enjoy the new bus.

Just ten blocks north was our next job…

Klipsan Beach Cottages

The rhododendron by where we park....

The rhododendron by where we park….

still blooming strongly

still blooming strongly

and popular with bees

and popular with bees

By the pond, Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’ has finished blooming and dropped another drift of flowers.

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Bella, who will otherwise wander, was tied up by Denny so that she supposedly could not get to her favourite resting spot under the rhododendron, because she gets sticky with blooms.

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Bella

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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me and Bella, Allan's photo

me and Bella, Allan’s photo

Mary moved the lead to a tie-out in the lawn so that Bella wouldn’t drag her leash into the garden.  Pretty soon….

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bellflower

all in the sticky rhododendron flowers

all in the sticky rhododendron flowers

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

I simply must remember to get me one of this rose.

Jude the Obscure: I simply must remember to get me one of this rose.

the lawn border

the lawn border

detail

detail

the weekly view, looking southwest from the north east gate

the weekly view, looking southwest from the north east gate

Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’

one of Mary's roses

one of Mary’s roses

Mary’s brother had provided a start of Peony mlokosewitschii (“Molly the Witch”) for Todd, in thanks for the day he helped weed before the Rhodie Tour.  Here it is, in the evening at our house.  It looks sad and got its top broken off on its ride home from Kingston, Washington….but if anyone can revive it, Todd can.

(He picked it up on Friday; it had recovered and he said it would do just fine.)

(He picked it up on Friday; it had recovered and he said it would do just fine.)

Allan rescued the buddliea that had grown through its pot into the ground.  (It had belonged to someone else who did not retrieve it in time.)

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before

after cutting the pot away

after cutting the pot away

Mary was diligently weeding gravel outside the east gate.

Mary was diligently weeding gravel outside the east gate.

We left Mary to the rare enjoyment of spending time weeding (a task she loves but sometimes does not have time for) to go on up the road to…

Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park

We still had a bucket of water enhanced with Fix Farms Tiger Bloom fertilizer.  I wanted to and did give it to an Eryngium at the north end of the garden bed.

Pretty soon this Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' will need extensive deadheading.

Pretty soon this Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ will need extensive deadheading.

Agastache 'Summer Glow'

Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

OBS garden

OBS garden

Next, we drove considerably further up the road to

Marilyn’s garden

Allan worked on clearing the walking path around the east side and back of the house.  I wished I had thought to photograph the Siberian iris by the back swale last time we were here:

They were all in bloom two weeks ago...

They were all in bloom two weeks ago…

Weeding and hose watering took all my time; I left a reminder to start setting up the sprinkler.  I’ll be glad when everyone’s watering becomes as reliable as Andersen’s RV Park and Klipsan Beach Cottages.

the view north

the view north; weeding the path is my ongoing project

the cosmos planting filling in

the cosmos planting filling in

Allium multibulbosum

Allium multibulbosum nigrum

Allium bulgaricum

Allium bulgaricum

bunny tail grass, and Allan weeding

bunny tail grass, and Allan weeding

After clearing overgrown shrubbery and strimming the grass around the non garden side of the house, Allan weeded by the driveway.

east side of driveway, before

east side of driveway, before

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after

While wheelbarrowing a load of debris to the trailer, he surprised someone:

iPhone photo

iPhone photo

curiosity

curiosity

The deer went around the house to the north, and ambled on east down the road.

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view from the road

view from the road

Ilwaco again

We ended by planting two David’s Penstemon (so labeled) in the Time Enough Books curbside bed.  I have realized it is a great spot for scree garden plants, and want more of such little treasures.  The garden boat got a dose of Fox Farms fertilizer.

street view of the Time Enough Books garden

street view of part of the Time Enough Books garden

At home, I had a few moments of garden appreciation while watering the ladies in waiting.

east bed

east bed

looking southwest across the center bed...with HUGE Geranium 'Rozanne

looking southwest across the center bed…with HUGE Geranium ‘Rozanne

Allium albopilosum and schubertii

Allium albopilosum and schubertii

 The very first flowers on 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' rambling rose


The very first flowers on ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ rambling rose

There will be hundreds of flowers on this once blooming rose.

There will be hundreds of flowers on this once blooming rose.

the white rambler from a cutting from the garden of Maxine, Jo's mom

the white rambler from a cutting from the garden of Maxine, Jo’s mom

Rose 'Gloire de Dijon' in the gloaming

Rose ‘Gloire de Dijon’ in the gloaming

 

 

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