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Thursday, 8 August 2019

Maybe because we had Tuesday off, I did not feel as desperate to get done with today and get on to our weekend.  All went smoothly from start to finish.

Depot Restaurant

We gave the whole garden a good watering to supplement the sprinklers.

I had a brainstorm that we could mark the two areas that need sprinkler heads with bamboo and string.  Will do that next week.

Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold, Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Nasturtium ‘Moonlight’
SE corner of dining deck

inside the dining deck

Summer privacy has been achieved with the big ornamental grasses except for one spot where diners would be able to see cars in the parking lot:

The hops leaves in deep dining deck shade did not get sooty mold this year (so far):

Long Beach

We deadheaded and weeded the welcome sign.  It has soaker hoses so no watering necessary.

We separated downtown and each watered half of the planters and the six stand alone bucket-watered pots.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Oregano ‘Hopley’s Purple’
cute auto paint job

Last year I said I was going to remove this big, woody old Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ after Rod Run (the last big tourist weekend of the season—just four more weeks to go till the season is over!).  This year I really, really mean it.

I reminisced to myself about the beginning of the volunteer planter program, over 20 years ago.

On the recommendation of Ed Hume, who had a beach house here at the time, each planter got a dwarf blue rhododendron planted on the outside of the light post. Only three of the little rhodies survived and can still be seen in the wind-protected planters by the Elks, Scoopers, and Carnival Gifts.

Each planter had a great big heather planted on either side of the lamp post.  I was horrified (having decided to adopt four planters) because they were short, in the middle, took up a lot of room, bloomed only in winter, and were SO boring.  Fortunately, all the heathers died within a couple of years, or volunteers yanked them out.

All of the planters were downtown then, with none on the beach approaches.  The city decided to plant street trees in place of every other planter because people complained that all the lamp posts made the town look like a runway, so about twenty planters got moved to the approaches. I remember moving some of the heathers to the new beach approach garden, where only one survived.

At the stoplight, World’s End Pub has opened.

I saw this in a shop window and wanted it ever so much, but the shop was closed.  I went back the following Monday and the magnet was gone.

Because I had not seen the film, I thought the cat was, well, just any cat, and that the magnet meant that an orange cat (like our Skooter) was a marvel.  Allan had not seen this magnet.  When he went to the library on Saturday, he happened to pick up the Captain Marvel movie from the “You Got Lucky” shelf of popular films (instead of being number 200 on the hold list).  NOW I understand what the photo means.  I wonder if Marvel fans are naming their orange cats Goose…or Flerken.  (The movie was quite enjoyable, especially Goose.)

The next photo shows the difference in size between the flowers of Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and Cosmos ‘Xanthos’ (smaller and pale yellow).

ratibidia (Allan’s photo)
Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo. glads left over from volunteer days

We found a change in the police station rugosa rose garden.

That must have been painful to install.

Allan checked on our new plants at Fifth Street Park.

much better!

After the downtown planters, we watered the Sid Snyder beach approach planters. Trail ride horses were just heading out for the beach.

gazania in westernmost Sid Snyder planter (Allan’s photos)

We had time to check on the kite museum garden.  It’s not bad but having the museum closed on Wednesday and Thursday seems disappointing to tourists and difficult for the plants, which have to go two days without being watered (not our job!).

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and ornamental oregano
The fabulous and tender oregano came through the winter!

Ilwaco

I hose watered and weeded at the boatyard while Allan bucket watered the street trees and planters.  (His day was therefore harder than mine.)

The euphorbia that fasciated last year looks like it is doing it again, even though I finally cut off last year’s cool stalk and took it home.

Last year, end of summer:

Today:

While watering inside the fence, I saw a pulled up and clipped elephant garlic.

Last time that happened, some garden fans drove by and stopped to compliment the garden, so I gave them the cloves and blossom of a vandalized plant.  They happened by again tonight, and showed me that they still have the garlic flower in their vehicle, so I gave them tonight’s vandalized bulbs.  Made me feel good about it.

Deer had not read the do not pick (or eat?) sign.

Some of the lilies had escaped being nibbled.

I love the paint job on the little boat:

Allan’s photo
Allan’s photo

The Ko Ko is back in the boatyard after an unpleasant mishap.  See this brilliant time lapse video by Aaron Webster.

In nature news, I learned on BBC’s Springwatch how the lack of long grass meadows is contributing to insect decline.  I am sure many people my age remember how a car windshield would be smeared with bugs after a drive in the country in the 60s.  Does that happen to your windshield now? I think not. But even if the windshield phenomenon is still speculative, when you see a meadow like this, let go to long grass…

…please do not agitate for it to be mowed and made tidy.

Allan’s photos while watering:

Look up above the light.

mysterious sunflowers in a planter

We finished our work day by watering our volunteer gardens at the post office and fire station….

…and were home by 7 PM to begin a three day weekend.

Just before bedtime, I had Frosty on my lap, with Jazmine on a chair and Skooter on the table and no growling or hissing.

Let peace reign.

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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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When the Long Beach planters were installed years ago, no plan had been made for their planting and maintenance.  A volunteer “adopt a planter” program began with enthusiastic participants.  Unfortunately, because the enthusiasm tended to not last through the summers, the planters became weedy and unwatered by June.  Finally, a few years ago, we were asked to take over the planting and maintenance of all of them (36 on the main street, and maybe 20 more out on the beach approaches).  Because volunteers chose different plants, some of the planters still have full sized shrubs including non-dwarf barberries, escallonia, variegated euonymous, azaleas, and other too-large choices.  Each year, we re-do a couple of the planters.  In 2016, our mission is to make the planters on the two beach approaches better.  We experience more wind and salt out there, much more vandalism,  and a need, on the Bolstadt approach, to be completely drought tolerant, so wish us luck!

All of the hanging baskets are by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Here are some photos of the planters through 2015.  If you click on a photo to embiggen it, you will get back and forth navigation arrows.

 

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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

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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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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

We did our work route all the way up to Marilyn’s garden and back. The rain yesterday enabled us to wait till tomorrow to water Long Beach, which means we can get a three day weekend again (because the planters will be able to wait till next Tuesday for more water).

Before work, I picked a bouquet for Luanne.

Clematis 'Rooguchi' in the back garden (with a white spider)

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’ in the back garden (with a white spider)

This clematis has been blooming for ages and also has beautiful seed pods.

This clematis has been blooming for ages and also has beautiful seed pods, preceded by fluff.

Olde Towne Café

Olde Towne Café

and this week's bouquet

and this week’s bouquet

Then, off to work. First, we drove all the way up Sandridge Road to the Eric Wiegardt’s art gallery.

today's trip

today’s trip

Wiegardt Gallery

I picked a little bouquet of huge cosmos flowers; they’d be over by the weekend. Gallery manager Christl could enjoy them for one day in a vase.

huge cosmos flowers

holding huge cosmos flowers

We had brought most of the clump of Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) that Allan had dug out of our front garden yesterday. One piece went in the north garden bed at Wiegardt’s.

North bed will be enhanced by another tall plant.

North bed will be enhanced by another tall plant.

Miscanthus sinensis variegatus and Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Miscanthus sinensis variegatus and Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

In the front garden, Eryngium 'Jade Frost' has lost its blue flower colour but the stems are still blue.

In the front garden, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ has lost its blue flower colour but the stems are still lavender-blue.

Cosmos by the front door.

Cosmos by the front door.

I took Christl the bouquet and saw that she could see cosmos from her window now; I’m glad we redid the bed outside the office/framing room last fall.

the view, new this year

the view, new this year

Last week’s photos of Eric’s flower paintings were a hit, so here are some more.

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Eric offers a DVD for sale on how to paint flowers.

Eric offers a DVD for sale on how to paint flowers.

the view from the front door, looking south

the view from the front door, looking south

on the entry walk, oregano and its shadow

on the entry walk, oregano and its shadow

our view as we are about to drive away

our view as we are about to drive away

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we drove north about 45 blocks into Surfside to attend to some deadheading and weeding in Marilyn’s garden.

Marilyn's garden

Marilyn’s garden

fall crocus

fall crocus

I remembered that the colchicum were blooming in the Wiegardt garden also, and I had forgotten to photograph them, AND I had forgotten to check on the little Eucomis that had started to emerge last week. Drat. I had thought of it, and then…no follow through, as Robert used to say.

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Solidago 'Fireworks' and Phygelius

Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Solidago ‘Fireworks’ and Phygelius

Who says you can’t have lots of flowers in a garden with deer?

I had to trim some flopped cosmos back off of the path; the deer do tend to push things over.

I had to trim some flopped cosmos back off of the path; the deer do tend to push things over.

It's a very tall garden.

It’s a very tall garden.

The Miscanthus vareigatus has flopped here.  The deer bed down behind it, I think.

The Miscanthus vareigatus has flopped here. The deer bed down behind it, I think.

I know there is some Joe Pye weed somewhere in the garden; it has gotten hidden so we planted a new piece where it will show next year.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Back south again, below Ocean Park to KBC; we checked Oman Builder’s Supply garden on the way and it needed nothing from us.

the weekly view into the fenced garden

the weekly view into the fenced garden

dahlia in big pot by garage

dahlia in big pot by garage

more fall crocus

more fall crocus

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow'

Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

Fuchsia 'DebRon's Black Cherry'

Fuchsia ‘DebRon’s Black Cherry’

The ridiculously tall lily is done; we will move it this fall.

The ridiculously tall lily is done; we will move it this fall.

The corner by garage wall and greenhouse, above, got a piece of Joe Pye Weed.

one of Mary's roses, a real do-er (with some blackspot problems)

one of Mary’s roses, a real do-er (with some blackspot problems)

Agapanthus is almost over.

Agapanthus is almost over.

Hydrangea 'Izu No Hana', my favourite

Hydrangea ‘Izu No Hana’, my favourite

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Japanese anemone...a thug, but useful now.

Japanese anemone…a thug, but useful now.

Pineapple sage in a pot amid the four yews.

Pineapple sage in a pot amid the four yews.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At the Golden Sands courtyard garden, I thought as usual about all the plants I am going to bring here this fall to make it better in late summer. I have made a list, to which I must add Japanese anemone (another I may regret).

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The Jerusalem artichoke is at the request of one of the residents. It is quite a runner (she even warned me of that), as is the pink phlox from my garden. I may be filled with regrets by this time next year. However, the resident wants to eat some Jerusalem artichoke; she misses it from her old garden “at home”.

The gardens sure need more late season plants.

The gardens sure need more late season plants.

my mom's red velvet rose

my mom’s red velvet rose

Angelica starting to bloom, I think quite late.

Angelica starting to bloom, I think quite late.

While Allan strimmed the patch of lawn, removed another of the old and ugly carex that languish behind the garden beds, and planted the last piece of our former Joe Pye weed, I occupied myself weeding out an awful lot of blue scabiosa starts to make room for new plants to come.

Andersen’s RV Park

I deadheaded endless (seemingly) Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in various containers.

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barrels of butterfly deadheading doom

After these six, there are still five more big containers of the stuff here and there.  It was HOT and I wore my hat.

After these six, there are still five more big containers of the stuff here and there. It was HOT and I wore my hat.

Allan deadheaded Payson Hall planters.

Allan deadheaded Payson Hall planters, tired looking as they are.

a Rod Run car

a Rod Run car, Allan’s photo

This weekend is the last really big tourist weekend of the year, the Rod Run To the End of the World, a massively huge classic car show event. After it is over, I can start tearing tired plants out!

Anchorage Cottages

While weeding an area at the Anchorage by one of the parking spaces, where the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is looking tatty, a lot of ugly evening primrose rosettes have appeared from who knows where, and some horsetail has crept in, I was feeling that it is so hard to make every garden look good now. At that moment, a guest walked by and said “I love your gardens here so much. I come at all different times of the year and they always look so beautiful no matter what the season.” Well! What impeccable timing she had with her compliment.

center courtyard,

center courtyard,

The usual weeding and deadheading of all the planters was my main focus after that.

Some volunteer feverfew make this pot look fresh.

Some volunteer feverfew make this pot look fresh.

Cute little Eryngium 'Blue Hobbit' in a pot by the office.

Cute little Eryngium ‘Blue Hobbit’ in a pot by the office.

with some Alllium albopilosum

with some Alllium albopilosum

more deadheading of you know what

more deadheading of you know what

By the time I had deadheaded those two pots, I felt quite quite done for the day. I barely managed to hobble over to deadhead the brick chimney planter.

sweet pea 'Cupani' against the chimney

sweet pea ‘Cupani’ against the chimney

And yet…if we could just do one more thing, tomorrow would be so much easier. So we did…

The Long Beach Welcome Sign

Agh, Butterfly!

Agh, Butterfly!

Fortunately, I do not tire of deadheading cosmos. Well, not much. Ok, a little tired of it all.

Allan strimmed the weeds around the outside and that helped a lot.

It was a good thing we did the welcome sign. Allan went into the grocery store to buy enough treats and campfire food to get us through the weekend. There will be no shopping during Rod Run; we locals know to stock up in advance. As I waited in the car, I got a text from Jo asking “Did you come to my garden today?” I called her immediately and said I thought we were supposed to come on Friday as she had company coming Monday. No, somehow we got mixed up as she also has company coming…tomorrow night! Fortunately, we got so much done today that we have time for her AND Long Beach tomorrow, and the result is that we just may have most of Friday off. The sooner we can retreat from the crowds, the better, so I am happy.

The one Rod Run event I will attend is Friday night’s slow drag at the port, always amusing and just a block from our house.

 

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Thursday, 14 August 2014

We began the day according to my plan that we’d tidy the planters on the Sid Snyder approach, and the kite museum garden, and weed (quickly) the long long Bolstadt beach approach garden in Long Beach, all to get things spiffing for kite festival (which starts Monday).

We started at the Depot Restaurant in Seaview.

by the east window

by the east window

That was the first of many, many…MANY!!! Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ that I deadheaded today. People do love that plant; it’s one that we are often asked about. When I have planted up what is to me a more interesting perennials and grass based combo, clients want the Butterfly (or “that yellow thing”) back. I’m just saying that to let readers know that I CAN be more modern and cutting edge, given good plant availability and an amenable client.

Depot: the cosmos and the Eryngiums

Depot: the cosmos and the Eryngiums


 

Long Beach Welcome Sign

the sunset colours of the back of the sign

the sunset colours of the back of the sign

and the bright, physically "stopping the eye" colours of the front

and the bright, physically “stopping the eye” colours of the front

Lucy Hardiman in a lecture on colour said that yellow physically stops the eye for a split second so is excellent for roadside planters. We use yellow bidens along the front. The first year, we did a trailing yellow bidens only to discover that the seeds are like painful little needles that stick in one’s clothes when one brushes against them while deadheading the further back plants. Now we use a mounding bidens. They don’t need deadheading, thank goodness. But the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ does… eight of them. I counted plucked flowers; lost count at over 200 and that was only on a few plants.

Cosmos 'Happy Ring' is a lovely, airy addition to the welcome sign planting.

Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ is a lovely, airy addition to the welcome sign planting. And it’s foliage helps camouflage the horsetail!

medium height 'Happy Ring' (grown by The Planter Box) floating above the other plants.

medium height ‘Happy Ring’ (grown by The Planter Box) floating above the other plants.

While deadheading this big planter, I had a lot of time to think and I realized that I simply was not in the mood to do the Long Beach approaches today. We still had all the north end jobs to do, AND we had to go the The Planter Box (almost as far north as Cranberry Road) to get some plants to fix the vandalized Ilwaco planter. I’d been thinking we could do Long Beach>Planter Box>Andersen’s RV Park…but we really needed a whole day for Long Beach.

Suddenly I decided to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow, slingshot around the sun, and do the north end today. There is only one person who’s ever worked with me who took these sudden changes of plan completely in stride. Or I think she did…. Allan puts up with it. So we left Long Beach for tomorrow.


 

The Anchorage Cottages

We began our trip north just to the north of Long Beach at The Anchorage Cottages.

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Anchorage center courtyard

Anchorage center courtyard

planted some dahlias for manager Beth; LOVE these dark spidery ones.

planted some dahlias for manager Beth; LOVE these dark spidery ones.

As we prepared to leave, I saw the viburnum in the south courtyard needs pruning down from the gutters. It has good growth at the base; I would be inclined to cut it to the new growth were it not for exposing the windows of the vacation unit behind it; I would rather have a view of green than a view of the parking lot.

future pruning...no time today!

future pruning…no time today!

The Planter Box garden center

Rudbeckias by the front door

Rudbeckias by the front door

We bought, for the Ilwaco planter that had its center plant swiped, a lavender and some alyssum to fill in. I want an Erysimum. It’s too hard to find good ones at this time of year. In the fall the lavender can go under a street tree to make room for a ‘Bowles Mauve’ later.


 

Wiegardt Gallery

We passed right by Golden Sands and went all the way to Wiegardt’s next, because we did not know how the time would play out. This week, we won’t get all the way north to Marilyn’s garden.

north side of Wiegardt Gallery: Japanese anemone in bloom.

north side of Wiegardt Gallery: Japanese anemone in bloom.

a good patch of Cosmos by the front bay window

a good patch of Cosmos by the front bay window (with Knautia macedonica)


 

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I was beginning to feel hopeful that we would have time for Golden Sands, and indeed, the KBC gardens were in good shape so we did not have to spend more than an hour there.

Tetrapanax payrifer 'Steroidal Giant' is finally a little taller than me....here mixed with Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Tetrapanax payrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’ is finally a little taller than me….here mixed with Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’

Artemisia 'Ghizhou'...not a wonderful photo; I just want to tell you that I love its sprays of off white flowers and its bronzy foliage.

Artemisia ‘Ghizhou’…not a wonderful photo; I just want to tell you that I love its sprays of off white flowers and its bronzy foliage.

The view in the east gate has subtle changes every week.

The view in the east gate has subtle changes every week.

looking over the garden from the stairs to the office

looking over the garden from the stairs to the office

In the mid to upper left of the above photos, you can see the white haze of the stunning tall Eucryphia in bloom behind the garden.

the driveway garden....I am going to snag me some more of that Tiger Eyes sumac this fall!

the driveway garden….I am going to snag me some more of that Tiger Eyes sumac this fall!

Oh, joy! We had time to spend a little while at Golden Sands after all!


 

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Every week lately at Golden Sands, Allan digs out a couple of the horridly dry and miserable low ornamental grass that someone planted there years ago.

Carex, I suppose, and very unsightly

Carex, I suppose, and very unsightly…better to have just beach strawberry behind the garden beds

a charming dahlia

a charming dahlia

I thought of sparing you the four quadrants this week, and then decided, oh what the heck!

NW

NW

SW

SW

SE

SE

NE

NE

The crux of the problem is, I believe, that I did not fertilize in spring. I fell for the idea that I keep reading here and there: If you add good organic matter, you don’t need to fertilize. And we had mulched all the garden beds with delightful washed dairy manure. BUT I believe that the beds would have thrived with an addition of a good fertilizing with Dr. Earth. So…a revelation that is too late for this year; next year will be better.


 

Andersen’s RV Park

We had a good two hours left in our day to devote to Andersen’s…and 21 more Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ to deadhead (along with cosmos, perennials, etc).

showing five out of six barrels with very large 'Butterfly'

showing five out of six barrels with very large ‘Butterfly’

One of the staff had beautifully raked the sand path

One of the staff had beautifully raked the sand path

Those were the only two photos I took because standing and deadheading those Agyranthemums plumb wore me out.


 

The Cove Restaurant

Then: time for our new(ish) Thursday tradition: dinner at The Cove Restaurant.

pretty wildflower garden by the golf course

pretty wildflower garden by the golf course

front garden west of entrance

front garden west of entrance

front garden east of entrance

front garden east of entrance

Parking Lot Cat by the front door

Parking Lot Cat by the front door

my lovely ahi tuna dinner

my lovely ahi tuna dinner

As they left, an older (than us) couple who had been dining next to us asked me “Do you give lessons?” “In gardening?” I asked, figuring that my face blindness was preventing me from recognizing someone I knew. “No, in eating with chopsticks; we were watching you and were just amazed at how well you use them.”

and our desserts (lemon mascarpone cake and a chocolate lava cake)

and our desserts (lemon mascarpone cake and a chocolate lava cake)

I did not think I could eat that whole cake. I did. It went down a treat after a long hard day.

Next: a day of all Long Beach.

 

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Planter Box garden center

Allan wanted to buy some more of our favourite hand tool, the Ho Mi/Korean Hand Plow/Zen Digger/E-Z Digger, so we stopped at the Planter Box and were pleased to find the tool in stock. He had tried ordering some online and had gotten, from two different companies, ho-mis with the handle too long!

too long and all wrong!

too long and all wrong!

Just right

Just right

We saw that there are some gorgeous cosmos for sale, now planted up in large pots:

cosmos

cosmos

including this stunning new colour called 'Antiquity'

including this stunning new colour called ‘Antiquity’

I bought some ‘Antiquity’ for Erin’s garden boat, and then for Larry and Robert’s garden boat, and then decided they both needed some chocolate cosmos as well…and a verbena bonariensis each.

Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, and it does smell like chocolate)

Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos, and it does smell like chocolate)


Andersen’s RV Park

For actual work, we started at Andersen’s RV Park, about six blocks north of The Planter Box.

The west side garden is pretty much poppy-less now.

The west side garden is pretty much poppy-less now.

Payson Hall planters...more wildflowery than formal-ish annuals this year.

Payson Hall planters…more wildflowery than formal-ish annuals this year.

with Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

with Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

three of the six west side whiskey barrels with Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

three of the six west side whiskey barrels with Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, sanvitalia, and white bacopa

I always thought of bacopa as a shade plant but it is doing well in the sun and I am loving not having to deadhead the irksome white petunias that Lorna always wanted in here…I think the bacopa gives a better splash of white and does not get all mushy.

Lavatera 'Barnsley' in the picket fence garden

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ in the picket fence garden

Cosmos and painted sage in the garden shed garden

Cosmos and painted sage in the garden shed garden

When we left Andersen’s, we wanted to pop the new plants into Erin’s boat, but her parking area was full and we were in too much of a rush to walk the plants in from the street. We had an important gardening mission at the Port of Ilwaco.


Larry and Robert’s garden

Back in Ilwaco, we stopped at Larry and Robert’s garden to put a Cosmos ‘Antiquity’, a chocolate cosmos, and a verbena bonariensis in the garden boat.

the east side garden

the east side garden

with alllums and painted sage

with alllums and painted sage

Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer'

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’


Ilwaco Boatyard Garden

The boatyard needed weeding and watering and the Howerton Way gardens needed checking because at 6 PM the monthly summer Art Night would take place at the port. We had planned to spend all day gardening at the boatyard and the port, till we had decided that Andersen’s also had to be fit into the day.

boatyard: battering out oodles of creeping sorrel and horsetail

boatyard: battering out oodles of creeping sorrel and horsetail

The garden looks beat up after so much weeding; Allan says it "got away from us" while we were off garden touring.

The garden looks beat up after so much weeding; Allan says it “got away from us” while we were off garden touring. The haze of assorted poppies is pretty much done and had hidden many ills while blooming profusely.

It's still good overall!

It’s still good overall!

We had time to tidy up the gardens closest to the art night: by the port office, Nibsett Gallery, and Time Enough Books.


Ilwaco Art Night

Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery and Time Enough Books opened at the port for Art Night.

Don's theme for the month

Don’s theme for the month

in Don's gallery

in Don’s gallery

garden and Basket Case hanging baskets at the port office

pur garden and Basket Case hanging baskets at the port office between Nisbett Gallery and the Ilwaco Hospitality Center

Don and Jenna (Queen La De Da) have rented an extra space for the summer that they call the Ilwaco Hospitality center (in the former Tuscany Café building). Inside, Jenna set up some displays representative of Ilwaco festivities, including a small scale crab pot Christmas tree.

Jenna greets some patrons at the Hospitality Center

Jenna greets some patrons at the Hospitality Center

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

to promote the crab pot tree event, always the first Saturday in December.

to promote the crab pot tree event, always the first Saturday in December.

the view from the hospitality center

the view from the hospitality center

a guest and her little dog

a guest and her little dog

Purly Shell fiber arts shop set up a spinning display with their two little dogs in attendance.

Purly Shell fiber arts shop set up a spinning display with their two little dogs in attendance.

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books, north (landward) side

Time Enough Books

Time Enough Books

shop dog Scout at the counter

shop dog Scout at the counter

taking care of customers (Allan's photo)

Scout assisting customers (Allan’s photo)

good reading for dogs (and that book called Quiet is a brilliant book about introverts)

good reading for dogs (and that book called Quiet is a brilliant book about introverts)

Olde Towne Café downtown was open as well with a couple of artists on site.

Luanne's flowers at Olde Towne Café

Luanne’s flowers at Olde Towne Café

with a bouquet from our garden inside

with a bouquet from our garden inside

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Allan looks at a handmade book

Allan looks at a handmade book

by artist Elizabeth Chappelle

by artist Elizabeth Chappelle


The Cove Restaurant

We only stayed an hour at art night as we wanted to have our traditional Thursday dinner at the Cove Restaurant (new tradition as of this summer).

Chef Jason Lancaster's ahi tuna...spectacular

Chef Jason Lancaster’s ahi tuna…spectacular

I was completely stumped by the flowers in the table vase.

I was completely stumped by the flowers in the table vase.

I decided they must be a fancy coreopsis but now I am thinking they might be a fancy Agyranthemum. Owner Sondra does not know what they are; she bought them somewhere…

still stumped!

still stumped!

 

 

 

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