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Friday, 25 August 2017

I felt more like sleeping, followed by blogging, rather than weeding and planting.  My first excuse was that the weather was in the mid 70s.

Smokey helped with blogging…

…which immediately exhausted him.

I felt guilty about not gardening till Allan told me I was resting my foot.  He watered the post office garden, for which we had run out of time last night, and saw this:

Grasshopper says it’s late summer.

In the late afternoon, our friend and former client Lorna arrived for a planned visit with her son, daughter in law, and grandchildren.  Lorna used to own Andersen’s RV park and now lives in Seattle.

Ellie heading straight to the bogsy woods to see if the fairy doors were still there.

Lorna’s observant son commented on the ‘Seashells’ cosmos….

and the pink turtleheads.

Lorna noticed the bright hips on Rosa moyesii.

entering the bogsy woods (Allan’s photo)

When we got to the bogsy woods bridge, Lorna’s son asked if the river was right past the willows.  I told him that was a most insightful question because it used to be riverbank before the port was built two blocks out on fill in the 50s.  He said it feels like the river should be there.  I liked that.  (If the river were right there, I’d have a view point clipped out through the willows.)

Ellie revisiting the fairy doors, which she had last seen in 2012.

The children loved the Impatiens balsamina, a noxious but delightful weed whose seeds pop with vigor.  I grow a tiny patch of it in the middle of the garden for the amusement of visitors (and I don’t let it escape).

Grown ups like it, too.

it was noted that the cup tree has a resident (one snail)

The dogwood propellors were a hit. My hand was unsteady.

Before they left, they had to smell the 7 Up Plant (Stachys ‘Hidalgo) and the peanut butter plant (Melianthus major).  Lorna told me later that when they left for home on Sunday, Josh exlaimed, “I want to see the peanut butter plant!”

After this excellent visit, it was time to go to

The Cove Restaurant

for our North Beach Garden Gang dinner with Dave and Melissa.

a painted rock found outside

Flowers in the foyer were provided by Todd, including some glads from corms I had given him.

Ed Strange and Todd joined us for dinner.  Todd brought zucchinis for all; his dad has now grown and given away 950 zukes (a specially nice one with a thin, tender peel) this summer so far, from 54 plants.

delicious dinner salad

lasagna

Ed puts off an incoming phone call.

Saturday, 26 September 2017

After much sleep, followed by news reading, I felt we should go to the Saturday market, as I had taken no August photos of it for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page—partly because we’d had events on at least one Saturday and partly because of my sore foot.  Today was my last chance for August market photos.   We procrastinated till almost three because the weather was in the upper 70s.

I thought the gardens looked good as we approached.

looking west on Howerton Avenue

This dog did not like hats!

Once I removed my hat, he was a happy, friendly dog.

Port Office garden

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

mushroom (toadstool?) solar lights at Suzy Q’s Magical Glass

Salt Hotel and Pub and OleBob’s Café

tiny birdhouse ornaments from Wood Turnings

hot and windy

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Allan bought some peaches.

Allan’s photo

These are marshmallow guns. (Allan’s photo)  I am mystified as to how they work.

At home again, I did the tiniest bit of gardening by weeding some planters and adding worm castings to the top of the soil.

Frosty helping

Devery arrived home.  I gave her some zukes and a cuke (and a pepper) and she gave us half of a blackberry pie that she had made from blackberries growing against the next door garage.

Devery’s home made pie

Of course, I then had to go next door to see Royal.

Royal seemed happy to see me.

Devery’s begonias

Frosty, who had followed me over, was eager to make friends with Royal.  Both Frosty and his brother Smokey grew up with dogs and quite like nice ones.

headbutting

We heard voices out front, and there were the J’s, with new puppy Julius Caesar.

Jay, Julius, and Junior (who also got petted)

In the background, you can see that Allan has loaded his boat in preparation for boating tomorrow.

I did manage to run four of the sprinklers in the evening.

Skooter demands a toll of petting as I go to turn on the faucet.

Allan went out to work for two hours.

pruning at CoHo Charters (before)

after

And watering at the Ilwaco Community Building, which can only be done when it is closed.  Someone repaired the concrete that was broken last week.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Not only was the weather 79 hot degrees, but I had an almost overdue book which I needed to finish.

This certainly spoke to me, as my Social Security will be less than that:

at a campaign rally

I didn’t have much left to read in that excellent book and could not resist reading another one, a gift from Allan that was as much photos as text, The Making of Dunkirk (the recent film).

This inspired some reading of articles online.  I think this short video is especially good and moving.

I did finally go out and managed to plant all of four plants.

In the background is my bright new Thuja ‘Forever Goldie’ from Westport Winery nursery.

And a ‘Full Moon’ Japanese maple from Westport Winery, probably not in enough sun…but in the place where I can see it from the front window.

The wind had knocked tall plants askew in the front garden.

Veronicastrum now sideways.

cardoon at eye level instead of towering overhead

Skooter avoiding the sun

Somehow the many garden projects I intended to do today, like moving a big tatty daylily to make room for more new plants and saving some poppy seeds into a bucket did not happen.  When I walked back to the bogsy woods to arrange a sprinkler, half an hour before sunset, I noticed sheets of bindweed on the east fence by the neighboring gear shed.  I definitely would have addressed THAT problem if I had seen it earlier in the weekend.  Now it will have to wait four more days.

Pam Fleming, Seaside gardener, sent this photo of a charming bouquet picked by flower expert Prissy:

photo by Pam Fleming

Tomorrow: Allan’s Sunday boating

 

 

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a three day post so we can get back to garden touring!

Friday, 10 July 2015

We certainly are becoming slackers with having so many fewer jobs.  I’d been waiting all week to plant my ladies in waiting.

These are Allan's ladies in waiting.

These are Allan’s ladies in waiting.

and mine

and mine

and more of mine

and more of mine

Speaking of new plants, check out how tall my Eccremocarpus scaber, birthday present from Garden Tour Nancy via Annie’s Annuals, has gotten.

Eccremocarpus scaber and honeysuckle

Eccremocarpus scaber and honeysuckle

I meant to do the planting in the back garden, but instead picked up a few plants for the front garden and went there instead to the west end which had been full of self seeded poppies.

front garden: room for more

front garden: room for more

and more room

and more room

sweet peas on old crab pot

sweet peas on old crab pot

Planted a eucalyptus as I begin my plan to make the front garden more drought tolerant, more Cistus-y.

Planted a eucalyptus as I begin my plan to make the front garden more drought tolerant.

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Here's the plant Allan one at the Hardy Plant Study Weekend as a door prize.  I stole it from him.

Here’s the plant Allan won at the Hardy Plant Study Weekend as a door prize. I stole it from him.

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Baptisia 'Solar Flame'

Baptisia ‘Solar Flame’

Baptisia 'Solar Flame'

Baptisia ‘Solar Flame’ from Blooming Junction

I then had a visitor who proved to be a big distraction.

a dog of mystery

a dog of mystery

This little guy seemed lost, worried, and had no collar.  He’d wander away and then come back.

dog

He seemed happy when he was close by me.

My neighbour Paula drove up and he ran after her truck.  She’s quite a dog person, so since he seemed not traffic savvy, she took him with her on an errand to Salt Hotel and then to her local shop (a crafty design shop she is opening downtown; she’s a carpenter and interior designer and refurbisher of cool vintage stuff, and has worked on the Salt Hotel).  I was then able to get back to planting.

(It turned out later that the dog belonged to a neighbour just three doors down.  I’d only met him once, and though I thought he might be hers, I was not sure.  She was grateful to us for rescuing him, and plans to work on reinforcing her fence where the little rascal dug out.)

A really mean acanthus I got from Xera Plants in Portland.

A really mean acanthus I got from Xera Plants in Portland.

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That plant stabbed me so hard when I was carrying my tray of plants out of Xera that I later found a blood blister on my shoulder!  Someone asked me what I should buy such a mean plant.  Because it is cool!

Hydrangea 'Pistachio' on the north wall side of the front garden.

Hydrangea ‘Pistachio’ on the north wall side of the front garden.

Melianthus major 'Purple Haze'

Melianthus major ‘Purple Haze’

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a handsome penstemon

a handsome penstemon (Sour Grapes)

an Agastache from Blooming Junction

an Agastache from Blooming Junction

filling in

filling in

all planted up...even though it does not look full, these plants will touch when they mature.

all planted up…even though it does not look full, these plants will touch when they mature.

Allan hung up our new sign, present from Jo and Bob, on the sunporch.

porch

Allan did some watering and weeding at the Ilwaco community building garden so missed the whole lost dog adventure; he has taken that community building job on as his full responsibility and gives up part of a day off to maintain it weekly.

watering the ICB garden

watering the ICB garden

Just a few California poppies that I planted came up.

Just a few California poppies that I planted came up.

weeds from the community building (Allan's photo)

weeds from the community building (Allan’s photo)

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Allan took a trip of errands to Astoria, to get the van’s oil changed and shop for groceries.  He began by going to the Saturday market at the port, only to find that because of intense wind, two thirds of the vendors had packed their tents and gone home.  It’s no fun to have your tent and all your goods blow over.

Allan's photo: not much at the market, just a few really tough vendors down at the far end.

Allan’s photo: not much at the market, just a few really tough vendors down at the far end.

In Astoria:  There is no big excitement about crossing the bridge when Allan goes by himself.

Astoria: He bought some spices at The Spice Rack.

Astoria: He bought some spices at The Spice Rack…next door to the above shop.

a nearby planting on his way to sit and wait at the oil change place.

a nearby planting on his way to sit and wait at the oil change place.

Meanwhile, at home, I stayed in working on the Hardy Plant Weekend garden tour entries on this blog, with the excuse of the 20ish mph wind.  A glorious rain fell in the afternoon and I took a walk outside around the house to rejoice in it.

Rain!

Rain!

actual raindrops

actual raindrops

more rain drops

another rain drop

north window view of rain

north window view of rain

view from Allan's room of rain

view from Allan’s room of rain

 checking out the rain barrels

checking out the rain barrels

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rain drop in the water box

rain drop in the water box

We have seven barrels in all.

We have seven barrels in all.

These waterfalls were hugely thrilling to me, as the barrels have been empty.

These waterfalls were hugely thrilling to me, as the barrels have been empty.

a damp front garden

a damp front garden

Rose 'Paul's Himalayan Musk' is done with its blooming for this year.

Rose ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’ is done with its blooming for this year.

Imagine wind roaring in the trees.

Imagine wind roaring in the trees.

my garden boat, the 'Ann Lovejoy'

my garden boat, the ‘Ann Lovejoy’

my river of Rozanne (the the boat floated in on?)

my river of Rozanne (the the boat floated in on?)

sanguisorba

sanguisorba

lilies

lilies

When Allan returned, the light rain had already stopped.  He worked on getting the fixed sprinkler for the front garden positioned just right.

sprinkler on a post, idea from Pink Poppy Farm

sprinkler on a post, idea from Pink Poppy Farm

The sprinkler water that hits the gutter runs into this barrel.

The sprinkler water that hits the gutter that runs into this barrel.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

After all that, this is all the rainwater that collected in each barrel.

After all that, this is all the rainwater that collected in each barrel.

Allan’s trip to Cullaby Lake, Oregon

Allan went to the north Oregon coast for a brief adventure.  In his words:

The tide was too low for the local rivers, or the bay, so a lake was in order.  I came across this one that was close that I’d never visited before, it looked wide, and why not? I was sure to tie the boat tightly and redundantly because if anything fell off on the Astoria bridge, it would get a long drag.

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About the length of Loomis Lake, but wider and with a large park, Cullaby Lake is inland about halfway between Warrenton & Gearhart

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Requires a $3 day pass available in the lot.

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Unlike the lakes around Ilwaco, Cullaby has power boats. This particular boat never started up as something was broken or leaking. Sounded more like a leak from what I heard, but even if the drain plug was missing…anyway a bad day for them.

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The little sailboat with the sail rolled up and the rudder flipped up. Wish there was more wind.

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Today three of these little motorcycle boats were buzzing around, sometimes dragging a raft of shrieking revelers. Still, the lake is not overly crowded, just not the quiet sort.

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There is a little plant growth along the sides but overall the lake is very clear and wide.

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A view south from the narrow northern channel. Except for the duck family, a heron and swallows, the wildlife was shy today.

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A family of ducks just about to cross in front of a gardener’s house. I was photographing from far away as I didn’t want to disturb either.

 

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Here is the gardener tending her daisies and over eight equally spaced potted plants.

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More gardening details, a shed that keeps growing.

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A large mowed grass park for fishing and swimming.

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The wind was less than 10 mph but this is a good lake to sail and is quiet enough for a quiet paddle at either end.

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With large mowed lawns, playground equipment, and marked swimming areas this is a versatile park more like the ones I remember around Seattle. A raft of kids is just taking off.

This cabin is also in the park and can be toured most of the day.

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Once the trees were so big it took only five planks to side a house.

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A house at the corner of the Highway 101 entrance sells bouquets.

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A view over the flower seller’s gate that might tempt Skyler for a visit someday to see the rest of this garden.

meanwhile, at home

I got more ladies in waiting planted in the back garden.

poppies and Geranium 'Rozanne'

poppies and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

redrotune

 

a new grass and a new geranium (lower right)

a new grass and a new geranium (lower right)

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agopyron

an Agastache added...

an Agastache added…

flame

 

done

was flummoxed where to put this "wire bush" so it went in the center of a pot.

was flummoxed where to put this corokia so it went in the center of a pot.

corokia

was flummoxed where to out a 6 foot tall Miscanthus (thought it was shorter)

was flummoxed where to out a 6 foot tall Miscanthus (thought it was shorter)

poor thing went back in partial shade (which the tag says is ok)

poor thing went back in partial shade (which the tag says is ok)

So Allan had gotten in a boating trip and useful errands over our three days off, and I had had my perfect weekend: Except for the adventure of the little lost dog, which required me to walk partway down the block, I had not left my property for three whole days.

 

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