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Monday, 28 May 2018

at home

Yesterday evening, I sheared all of the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to make them less floppy later on.

sheared Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, something I did in Long Beach weeks ago.

I bucket watered and fertilized all the container plants with Liquid Dr. Earth.  We have been conserving water fiercely for two months, because Ilwaco sets its water rate depending on the water a household uses in April and May and September and October.  (We have even been saving bath water in small buckets for flushing the toilet.)  If it makes a difference, it may have been worth it.  On the other hand, it has been hard to not hose water the garden or turn on the sprinklers.  Fortunately, the back yard is still damp underneath.  The front is thirsty.

My watering today used up all the water in 7 out of 8 rain collecting barrels, leaving a foot or so of water in the last one.

That took a long time.

I then plunged deeper into my garden to try to get some center areas weeded enough for planting some sunflower seeds (4-5 feet tall ones, not the giant single flowered one).  It is probably too late to plant the seeds.  (I’m not much of a seed person.)

The befores were taken at 1:30 PM and the afters at 7:30.

east bed before

after (There IS a large clear area in there now.)

east bed before

after

west bed before

west bed after

The biggest before and after took place over two days, with Allan’s help removing the huge winter blooming honeysuckle.

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after

I was so pleased that the many Allium christophii that I moved to the edge of the center bed did not sulk at all.

I had gone off Lysimachia ciliata and was trying to get rid of it till I learned that Monty Don loves it in his Jewel Garden.  I am easily swayed sometimes.

He used one called ‘Firecracker’ which may not quite be this one.

You can see above how well I succeeded in getting rid of it last autumn.

More plants:

Calycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’

Enkianthus

I have forgotten the name of this plant:

Skooter tracked me through the jungle all day.

 

Weeding this bed is next weekend’s first project.

Would this book help?

I think my garden is well beyond “two hours a fortnight” maintenance.

Allan escaped the garden and went boating, which he will share on his own blog when he has time to write it up.

I spent a lot of time thinking about how completely more at peace I feel in my own garden than working out in the public gardens.  It continues to be a dilemma, since I do feel public gardens are my life’s mission—but I want to be at home.

Guest photos from our former client Jo, who moved away and is now creating a new garden:

Look here for the beauties of the garden we used to work on with her.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 31 May 2017

The workday began late because when I was walking peacefully with a mere 1/3 watering can to the greenhouse to water my tomatoes, my back went into a spasm.  I hobbled in (after watering the tomatoes!) and stood against a door for awhile to straighten up and slathered on some Traumica, the miracle cure that Jenna gave me a sample of awhile back.  I am a skeptic about natural cures so it’s not a placebo effect when I say this stuff is amazing.

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I was still somewhat disabled as we took off for work, and I felt anxious about the day.

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Looked at my post office garden from my passenger seat instead of getting out to pull a weed.

Because of the late start, I decided to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow and slingshot around the sun by not doing Diane’s garden first, as originally planned.  The task awaiting there was to move about a half yard of river rocks. They had been used to edge the roadside garden.  We had stacked them against the house when we dismantled that garden for the septic installation project.  That had seemed like an ideal place until we recommended the brilliant Steve Clarke to install her new lawn.  He was going to wrap it around the side of the house, so now the rocks had to go to a new storage spot.  Maybe by end of day I’d be able to bend over to bucket up the rocks.

The Depot Restaurant

I watered; Allan ran the string trimmer by the parking area.

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Depot garden today

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We lowered the escallonia to make the sign show. (Allan’s photo)

The Anchorage Cottages

I filled in the planters with some painted sage while Allan did some weeding.  I put off till next week the pruning of the center courtyard virburnum, which is sneaking forward into the perennials border.  My back was feeling considerably better by now although I still moved cautiously.

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our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

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Anchorage center courtyard

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The Planter Box

I had used up all my painted sage so needed some for Diane’s garden.

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white dahlia at the Planter Box

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a bit more painted sage and some fish fertilizer

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some chicks (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

As we parked behind the fenced garden, we heard a great screaming ruckus up in the trees.  “It’s a bald eagle,” said Allan.  In a rather horrible way, the eagle appeared to be eating out of a stellar jay bird nest.  The jays were off to the side screaming and shrieking.  (Allan later pointed out that the jays are also known to raid other birds’ nests.)

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looking up

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Not a nice bird at all. (Allan’s photo)

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talking back to the angry jays (Allan’s photo)

In the garden, Allan’s project was to prune the honeysuckle over an entry gate.

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before

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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view from on high (Allan’s photo)

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after, no longer raggedy with uppies

After weeding and grooming the garden, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page.

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driveway garden with purple and pink Geranium sanguineum

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pink Geranium sanguineum

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with chartreuse Lady’s Mantle

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a crevice garden!

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dianthus

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Allium schubertii getting starrier.

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Allium albopilosum just getting started

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Allium bulgaricum

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Thalictrum ‘Elin’ getting taller (in front of the dark pink rugosa rose)

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Another angle: The thalictrum has the blue-grey foliage.

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birdbath view

I asked Allan to take some photos of the big rhododendron by where we park.

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The Basket Case Greenhouse

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Allan’s photo

I needed to pick up some plants for one beach approach planter in Long Beach.

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a hen visiting from the house next door (Allan’s photo)

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another bird

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hens n chicks

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afternoon snack

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Allan’s photo

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got two of these gorgeous diascia for me

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Gazania ‘Sunshine’

I also had the pleasure of picking out two baskets for our house.  (I’ll have to get photos of them later at home.)

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Allan’s photo: The center basket with pink and yellow was one that I picked.

Diane’s garden

We got to Diane’s at five, prepared to move a pile of river rock.  As we entered the garden, I saw the most joyous sight:

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Steve had already moved it with a back hoe!

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yard looks leveled in preparation for lawn installation

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Allium (Allan’s photo)

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Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

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some of the back garden pots

I squeezed Diane’s painted sage into a couple of the pots rather than out in the garden bed by the road; that bed seems dusty now with everything that is going on.

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my good friend Misty

I also got to see the new puppy, Holly, twice!  Once here, and once at our last job of the day…

The Red Barn

Diane brought Holly over while checking on Diane’s horse.

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I was snubbed by a whippet again!

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He breezed right by me.

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Our little Red Barn garden

At home, I was able to erase more from the planting list.

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Allan prepped for our first job tomorrow by hauling soil amendments two doors down.

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Guest photo:  Steve and John saw an Allium bulgaricum in Astoria and sent me this photo from a small garden on Exchange, just above the Fort George Brewery:

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Steve’s photo

And Melissa sent me this from THE Oysterville garden:

Melissa’s photo

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Today was our day for all the jobs other than Long Beach and Ilwaco.  At this time of year, about an hour and a half of deadheading and weeding is all we need to do at the bigger ones.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Calvin says he would like me to stay home.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

Post office garden looks bare where we removed some grasses along the edge. I do not like to see so much soil.

in the post office window

in the post office window

The Depot Restaurant

Dierama at the Depot

Dierama at the Depot

"angel's fishing rod"

“angel’s fishing rod”

camera now known as Spot

camera now known as Spot

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.

Persicaria was abuzz with bees.

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garden north of dining deck

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone's shoulders.

I trimmed the pollen out of the flowers that might brush someone’s shoulders.

The Red Barn Arena

our little Red Barn garden

our little Red Barn garden

I carry with me some organic mint horse treats for occasions such as these.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

garden supervisor

garden supervisor

a noble profile

a noble profile

"Horses make a landscape more beautiful." -Alice Walker (Allan's photo)

“Horses make a landscape more beautiful.” -Alice Walker (Allan’s photo)

barn cat

barn cat

Diane’s Garden

along the road

along the road

Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’

blue veronica

blue veronica

back yard containers

back yard containers

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The Planter Box

We stopped to get me a couple more bags of potting soil.

front patio display

front patio display

Calendula 'Strawberry Blonde'

Calendula ‘Strawberry Blonde’

roses

roses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking south

looking south

Scooter

Scooter

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Moments communing with animal friends are the best part of my day.  It was HOT, thus the hat.

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking west from the deck, giant Miscanthus hiding the garage next door

looking north

looking north

my good friend Scooter

my good friend Scooter

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telephoto

telephoto

I asked Allan to prune some shrubs away from the house in the native hedge by the narrow east side path.

before

before

after

after

Klipsan Beach Cottages

When we arrived and parked, the warm sweet piney smell reminded me of childhood camping near Lake Wenatchee.

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

blue sky, sweet smells, looking up by where we park

Melissa texted this photo from The Oysterville Garden, where she and Dave were working today.  She wrote “[The garden owner] wanted you to see the allée.”  If I had gotten this text while we were still way further north at Marilyn’s, we would have driven over to Oysterville.

Hydrangea 'Incrediball' in Oysterville

Hydrangea ‘Incrediball’ in Oysterville

At Klipsan Beach Cottages:

sit spot with Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Bella

Bella

Sarah

Sarah

birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

birdbath view, for the weekly record, spots or not

The Anchorage Cottages

my good friend Mitzu

greeted by my good friend Mitzu

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

Escallonia iveyi at The Anchorage

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

An old yucca that had sat not doing much for years decided to bloom this year.

center courtyard

center courtyard

in the center courtyard

in the center courtyard

Kindly note how the purplish inside of the Allium tones perfectly with the purplish part of the Agastache.

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This was completely intentional, as always.  😉

Allan made a bench in the Zen Courtyard sittable again.

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during.  Allan says the bench was buried when he started.

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after

Long Beach

We added some nice Soil Energy mulch to two of the Long Beach street trees.  We are planning to do this to several of the trees where soil shows.  Soon we will be out of our mulch pile, and the city crew is so busy we may not get another pile till fall.

all fluffy

all fluffy

Ilwaco

evening light on our apple tree

evening light on our apple tree

On the way home, I got a text from Jodi across the street asking if we could take on the garden of their little beach house.  I like it, it is small, and the commute is short, so I said yes.  Later in the evening, we went over to look at the project and sat around their fire circle with glasses of fine wine.

...along with my new friend, Daphne.

…along with my new friend, Daphne.

We’ll be starting the project after the upcoming garden tour weekend of July 16th.  It will give you something new to look at on this blog.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

I had not intended to have a two day work week.  Today was supposed to be the watering day for Long Beach and Ilwaco.  Pouring rain made it a Garden Tour Blogging day.  The rain barrels filled up and I was happy and content.

Because of the rain, Allan and I went to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (3.5 blocks west) to see a photography exhibit.  A modern photographer has photographed the landscapes described in a book that Allan recently read:

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swan

While we were there, the museum director, Betsy Millard, offered us four panels of some old fencing.  It is marvelous stuff that would make our garden look like something from The Addams Family.  I looked at it and tried to lift an end of one section and felt my leg sort of give way and sorrowfully said we just couldn’t do it.

I used to be much stronger.

With Betsy.  I used to be much stronger.

The fence  has been replaced by local welder Jacob Moore (also of Pink Poppy Bakery) with a fence that echoes the railroad theme of the museum courtyard, where an old train car from the Clamshell Railroad is on display.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

new fence by Jacob's Hammer (Allan's photo)

new fence by Jacob’s Hammer (Allan’s photo)

the old train car "Nahcotta" (Allan's photo)

the old train car “Nahcotta” (Allan’s photo, taken yesterday)

I went home and brooded and fretted and realized I have an almost impossible time asking people for favours.  I posted about this issue on Facebook along with the realization that I could actually pay someone to deliver those excellent gothic fence pieces (not that I know exactly what to do with them yet).  I am used to being the one paid or asked to do things for people, not the other way around. Within an hour, I had offers of help and an arrangement to get them delivered on some later day by Jacob himself.

Meanwhile, Allan fetched the one small piece that would fit in our trailer.

sliding it under the new fence

sliding it under the new fence

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

at home. You can see how the wide pieces would overpower our tiny little wooden trailer.

 In the evening, we had our meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang at…

The Cove Restaurant

We were joined by Todd this time, always a treat.

same old story...going on about finger blight or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

same old story…going on about finger blight (plant theft) or some such thing. Allan, please feature someone else talking next time. It does happen!

strawberry and feta salad

strawberry and feta salad

spicy Thai prawns

spicy Thai prawns

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan's photo)

vegetable noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

We stayed till after closing, as always, and were given sweet little desserts by the delightful Lynn, our server.

Thank you!

Thank you!

We always know it is time to go when she gets the vacuum cleaner out.

Sondra's Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s Cove Restaurant garden at dusk. (Allan’s photo)

There would be no lingering and talking in the parking lot today because of sideways wind and rain.

I’ve already written about July 8th in the “plant tag” post of a couple of days ago so next will be the July 9th weekend.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries 

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

July 7: cool and cloudy  Picked raspberries—froze 2 pkgs.  Worked from 3:00 to 5:00 “pruning” rows 1 and 2 of strawberries.  Called in Bluestone Perennial order.

1998 (age 74):

July 6: HOT  Today I worked in the shade planting seedlings into several bowls.  There are several plants (annuals) too tall for bowls.  I think I’ll plant these in some big peat pots and some in the peat trays so I can plant them directly into the flower bed when they are big enough to fend for themselves.

July 7: Another morning headache so I took this day off.

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Because life is more than just touring gardens, we had to get back to work.  We are indulging ourselves by only working four days a week.  We may financially regret this later. For now, it’s wonderful.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Long Beach

The first of two weekly waterings of the planters…and the once-weekly watering of the street trees.  Oh how I am thinking about Pam’s lushly irrigated Seaside gardens!  I wish our street tree gardens, small though they are, could be as lush.  The planters I don’t mind watering because I use the time for deadheading and other grooming tasks.  The street tree water hook ups are much harder to access and frustrate me so much that Allan waters them, and they only get done once a week.

Seventh and Pacific

Seventh and Pacific

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

Salvia viridis (painted sage)

Geranium 'Rozanne and a blue Agastache

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and  Agastache ‘Estella Indigo’

pink dahlia, pink painted sage

pink dahlia, pink painted sage

pink dahlia, pale pink California poppy

pink dahlia, pale pink California poppy

finger blight on the lavender!!!

finger blight on the lavender!!!  someone picked a nice big bouquet….grr.

Basket Case Greenhouse basket

Basket Case Greenhouse basket

hangs right over the planter

hangs right over the planter

If, as the sign says, no bicycles are allowed on sidewalks, why are we a couple of times a week almost collided into by a sidewalking bike!? I’m all for bicycling as an ecological form of transport, but not on the busy sidewalk. One cannot hear them coming till the whooooosh is almost next to one.  Skateboards are banned in LB town, and yet they are more audible and I think actually safer to work around.

Stormin' Norman's Kites and clothing

Stormin’ Norman’s Kites and clothing

Geranium 'Rozanne', Allan's photo. Our planters are hugely attractive to bees.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Allan’s photo. Our planters are hugely attractive to bees.

Geranium 'Rozanne' and golden oregano

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden oregano (Allan’s photo)

Allan was watering the trees and the two north blocks of planters so he got to admire my favourite one.

by Dennis Company

by Dennis Company (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

When I still had more planters to water, Allan got the horsetail off the pond garden by the stoplight.

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before

after

after, de-fuzzed

After watering, we went out to weed on the beach approach.

the long narrow Bolstad garden

the long narrow Bolstad garden, that thin strip along the street

Out at the west end of the beach approach

Out at the west end of the beach approach

I have become so re-inspired by the beach approach since Andersen’s RV Park sold and I realized my dread of the beach approach garden was mostly because it had been years since we had enough time for it.  I felt so inspired that I thought we might even hook up a hose to the underground spigot and pour some water on the garden while we weeded it.  Allan found the hatch, swept the sand off, pried it off…

sand

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

He dug the sand off of the buried faucet....

He dug the sand off of the buried faucet….

And then he turned on the faucet…and there was no water.  We called the parks manager and it will be turned on later this week.  We have not watered out here for two years, which certainly says something about the drought tolerance of rugosa roses.  I am, however, thinking of finding ALL the buried hatches so that we can put some water on the poor dry planters along this street.  We quite simply stopped hauling buckets out to them when we both got to be 60!  The city water trailer guy (who diligently waters the hanging baskets every day, thus earning much praise from me) has been spraying them sometimes…but it is not enough.

so sad and thirsty. Heathers and rosemary left over from a volunteer planting.

so sad and thirsty. Heathers and rosemary left over from a volunteer planting.

Something must be done about this watering situation.  It is time consuming to hook up long hoses to water these planters.  OH how I envy Pam’s irrigation.

The rugosa roses are so tough. And that gallardia gets a gold star for still being alive out here.

The rugosa roses are so tough. And that gallardia gets a gold star for still being alive out here.

today's weeding job, before

today’s weeding job, before

My friend Lady B came by.

My friend Lady B came by.

Allan at work

Allan at work

I did not manage to take an after photo; Allan took this little sequence:

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We had high hopes that the next day, we would finally finish this year’s first complete weeding of the beach approach garden.

Tuesday: 28 July 2015

Ilwaco Post Office: one flower left on the ridiculously giant lily, and someone keeps stripping off the flowers. It's a mystery.

Ilwaco Post Office: Someone keeps stripping off the flowers of the ridiculously giant lily. It’s a mystery.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

The Red Barn garden from across the parking lot (looking north)

The Red Barn garden from across the parking lot (looking north)

I always feel I must be looking west here.  The map shows otherwise because of a deceptive curve in Sandridge Road.

Red Barn

Red Barn Arena

Red Barn Arena

the most wind-protected of four barrels at the Red Barn

the most wind-protected of four barrels at the Red Barn

my camera shy friend Misty at Diane's garden

my camera shy friend Misty at Diane’s garden

Diane's garden along the highway, with Stipa gigantea

Diane’s garden along the highway, with Stipa gigantea and cosmos

Diane's alliums

Diane’s alliums

perovskia

perovskia

Diane and Larry do a good job of keeping this garden watered.

It's harder to water this end.

It’s harder to water this end.

Long Beach Bolstad Beach Approach

We have every intention of finishing the weeding of the beach approach garden today.

We have every intention of finishing the weeding of the beach approach garden today.

Allan's photo: This garden has not been watered all summer, and it has not rained appreciably for over two months.

Allan’s photo: This garden has not been watered all summer, and it has not rained appreciably for over two months.

Allan's photo: trimming the sidewalk side

Allan’s photo: trimming rugosa roses on the sidewalk side

Allan's photo: brave gaillardia

Allan’s photo: brave gaillardia and one last rose

The gardens seems dull to me, being almost all rugosa roses.  We used to have an assortment of gorgeous perennials until I realized this could never be because of the trampling it gets during kite festival.  Only rugosa roses and other small, tough shrubs can hold their own during that.

I do wonder though, if it had irrigation and could be as lush as Pam’s Seaside gardens, would it be so garden-y that people would not trample it?  I suppose I will never know.  We do get many compliments on the garden and many questions about the rose hips.  Are they tomatoes? Persimmons? Edible? And then we talk about rose hip tea and rose hip jelly.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

During the approach weeding, I had a revelation that we needed to quit one more job, and that we COULD because Dave and Melissa, Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, are so good that I can turn over any garden to them and they can dive right into it with no coaching; they know ALL the plants.  Over the following couple of days, we arranged to pass on the Boreas Inn garden to them, one that we never have enough time for.  They now have several pretty big former jobs of ours,  with happy and satisfied clients.  I am hoping this translates next year into getting the first complete beach approach weeding done by April or May instead of August.

I felt so inspired that we went back to the beach approach section that I had given up and just string-trimmed earlier this summer and actually weeded it properly.

weeding with the pick (Allan's photo)

weeding with the pick (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

almost done (Allan's photo)

almost done (Allan’s photo)

We have prevailed! (Allan's photo)

We have prevailed! (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo, as we checked on the garden at city hall

Allan’s photo, as we checked on the garden at city hall

The Port of Ilwaco

The watering of the Port of Ilwaco went more smoothly than last week.  It is still frustrating having to wrestle with 300 feet of hose when there are spigots so much nearer the gardens.  However, this fall I will be moving all but the most drought tolerant plants out of the westernmost section that is hardest to water.  It won’t hurt if some sections of the gardens are better than others.  Salt Hotel, Time Enough Books, The Port Office, Don Nisbett Gallery, the Ilwaco Pavilion and Peterson Gallery will have the show-off garden beds.

Port Office curbside garden with Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Port Office curbside garden with Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (I don’t know what that white triangle is, some sort of oops!)

Lavender and Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies, port office curbside

Lavender and Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies, port office curbside

looking east over the port office curbside garden

looking east over the port office curbside garden

The Port Office garden, south wall

The Port Office garden, south wall

looking south from the port office garden

looking southwest from the port office garden

looking southeast

looking southeast

The east end garden can now have hose watering because Allan has enough hose to drag across the parking lot from a dockside spigot.  This is not annoying like the other long drag, as there is no business owner’s spigot next to that garden.  I do, wish, though, that years ago, under a previous port administration, some thought had been given to exactly how the gardens were going to be watered. Why was irrigation not installed during the time that the street was torn up to make these beds?  I asked a local pro gardener ‘Why???” and she said wisely “Because people always think, ‘You don’t need to water around here because it rains!'”  She is so right, and people are so wrong, because even in a normal year we have dry weather for at least two months in summer.

Allan's photo: Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' at the east end

Allan’s photo: Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ at the east end

Allan's photo: Catananche (Cupid's Dart)

Allan’s photo: Catananche (Cupid’s Dart)

Allan's photo: a happy dog at the port

Allan’s photo: a happy dog at the port

Allan worked east to west, just for variety. West end: Salt Hotel is open for business, and we highly recommend them.

Allan worked east to west, just for variety. West end: Salt Hotel is open for business, and we highly recommend them.

I got done earlier than Allan and walked home.  At the Lost Garden on the corner, I had a look at the pond and found it completely dry.  I’ve never seen it this dry even at the end of August.

That is disturbing. (The pallets are from a children's fort that blew apart in a storm.)

That is disturbing. (The pallets are from a children’s fort that blew apart in a storm.)

at home

in my garden: Billardia longiflora in evening light.

in my front garden: Billardia longiflora in evening light.

Further sign of drought: Some of the salmonberry shrubs in the bogsy woods have dried up.  A friend who has lived here for 40 years says she has never seen this happen til autumn, if then.

It's a spooky sight.

It’s a spooky sight.

The work board finally had beach approach weeding, all 13 sections, erased!  I immediately replaced it with the Long Beach parking lot (not really) berms…three sections that have been sadly neglected due to lack of time.

Job Satisfaction!

Job Satisfaction!

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Before leaving Ilwaco, we planted two tiny lavender starts in the Time Enough Books garden, where we think they will enjoy the scree-like environment.  The weather was ideal: comfortable, not too hot, very little wind.

The Time Enough Books garden

The Time Enough Books garden

Then we were off toward some north end jobs, beginning with a check up on the planters at

The Red Barn Arena

I finally managed to get two photos of the baby, born earlier this spring.

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one of the barrels

one of the barrels

We couldn’t cut across a pasture to the garden next door as a horse grazed in that pasture today, so we walked along the highway.

Diane’s garden

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.

This Stipa gigantea puts on a good show for those driving by.


Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea


back garden planters

back garden planters

On the road again, I remembered that Garden Tour Nancy had asked me if we would check out a potential tour garden for her.  Located in Tides West, it was on our way to our next job.

a garden tour sneak peek

I do believe this one will be on the tour, so I can’t show too much.  I was so impressed; the owner has built all these features herself in just one year.

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I was immediately impressed.

I was immediately impressed.


I wish I had such skills!

I wish I had such skills!


Just one year old

Just one year old


one of two cute dogs

one of two cute dogs

I was inspired to turn two photos into Waterlogues:

Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Waterlogue

The gardener told us that Ed Strange had recommended that she contact Garden Tour Nancy, and that he calls her garden “Neverland”.  She thought he meant it was like a magical fairyland until she learned he actually meant he thought she would never be finished with projects.  It is just around the corner from our friend J9’s and I am surprised I had not noticed it before, until I realized that  I first visited J9’s new abode and walked around that block over a year ago, and this garden had not even begun then.

Back to the world of work…

Golden Sands Assisted Living

Next, Golden Sands, where Allan strimmed the center lawn (because its easier to bring a string trimmer than a lawn mower down the hallways to the central courtyard).

outside the dining room

outside the dining room (NW quadrant)


SE quadrant

SE quadrant

I had had a plan for quite some time that I finally got around to.  I wanted to prune the rhododendrons behind the SW quadrant to be closer to the height of the ones in the upper right above, that were severely pruned two years ago (not by me).

SW quadrant

SW quadrant: Behind the maple tree are the rhodies I have had my eye on.

The best time to prune them is shortly after they bloom, so last month would have been better.

before: the view out the back hallway window

before: the view out the back hallway window


Here they are pruned...

Here they are pruned… and not looking all bare and stubby.


Well done, if I do say so...and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.

Well done, if I do say so…and now someone in the corner has a view of the garden.


And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

And there is a garden view from the back hallways window.

It might seem like a bad plan to have large shrubs blocking the view.  However, before we got our hands on them, the four quadrants were just scrubby sections of lawn.

Allan hauled four wheelbarrowloads of branches down the halls and out to the debris pile.

With a great sense of accomplishment, we went about ten blocks up the road to

Klipsan Beach Cottages

looking in the east deer fence gate

looking in the east deer fence gate


a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and not the dreaded English ivy)

a little frog in a nest of ivy (not planted by us, and a more delicate choice than the dreaded English ivy)


the birdbath view

the birdbath view


sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer 'Steroidal Giant'

sit spot in the fenced garden, with Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Steroidal Giant’


Alliums and roses

Alliums and roses


bright orange lilies, bright sunshine

bright orange lilies, bright sunshine


River of Geranium 'Rozanne' in the shade along the road to the cottages

River of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the shade along the road to the cottages


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


I'm pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.

in the A Frame garden: I’m pleased that some Fuchsia magellanica that I brought from my garden are sizing up.


A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum

A Frame garden: hydrangea and Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

On the way further north, we stopped at Jack’s for some snacks and a hose fitting.

Jack's Country Store, Ocean Park

Jack’s Country Store, Ocean Park


I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita's Coastal Café.

I noticed someone working on a nice curbside garden at Anita’s Coastal Café.

Marilyn’s garden

At our northernmost garden, I had at long last remembered to bring 13 little painted sage plants, and when they were in the ground, Annuals Planting Time was finally truly done!

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' at Marilyn's

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ at Marilyn’s


one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

one of the cosmos that reseeded from last year

Just as I thought we were done with our weeding session, I saw an Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ that needed deadheading.

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path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today

path, looking south; we did a fair amount of gravel weeding today


the buds of Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

the buds of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’


more Crocosmia 'Lucifer' buds

more Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ buds


Cosmos

Cosmos


the back deck

the back porch


looking north from the back porch

looking north from the back porch

I had pulled out a big clump of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, behind the montbretia to the right, because I felt it blocked Marilyn’s view of the garden.  Her assistant told me a mother deer and two baby fawns are frequenting the garden and Marilyn loves to observe them.  There is still plenty of ‘Lucifer’ on the other side of the path.

  I wish there were not so much orange montbretia.  It was the only plant in the landscape when we began, just a bit here and there.  That clump got huge before I realized it.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.

Tall Miscanthus now blocks the view of the garage to the west.


north view with catmint  sprawling on the path

north view with catmint sprawling on the path


Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum


Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

Agastaches and poppies by the driveway

I had hoped we would be done in time to do Andersen’s RV Park today.  It was not to be, so that will have to wait for tomorrow.

We finished with a tiny pruning job at the south side of the port office, where once again we were in the cold north wind.  A volunteer elderberry needed some branches trimmed.  The wind discouraged photos of the process.

Allan's photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

Allan’s photo: the port wind warning flag was up, as it has been often this month.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Bella

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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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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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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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

With many annuals already planted, we were able to make a dent in the weeding side of the work board list.

Mike’s Garden

Mayor Mike’s garden is a few blocks east of us.  If it were to the west, we would see the weeds on our way to the post office and would keep up with it better.  As it was, I was surprised at how weedy it had gotten.  Al;l the photos are after we got done…

Mike's garden, looking south

Mike’s garden, looking south

red Oriental poppy

red Oriental poppy

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

looking south

looking south

tall white allium

tall white allium (Mt Everrest, I believe)

Pulmonaria and boxwood

Pulmonaria and boxwood

Red Barn Arena and Diane’s Garden

We tried to polish off the last two little annuals jobs, going up Sandridge Road to plant some Blue Denim diascias in three of the Red Barn planters.  I just like to use this one because of the name, since blue denim goes well with horses and riders and barrel racers, it seems.

Allan planting at the Red Barn

Allan planting at the Red Barn

Diascia is not as hardy here as the tag implies.

Diascia is not as hardy here as the tag implies.

The plants were a bit leggy,  Next time around, I will probably sheer them for more compact blooming.

The plants were a bit leggy, Next time around, I will probably sheer them for more compact blooming.

At Diane’s next door, we were able to add a couple of annuals and some hardy fuchsias.  We could not finish the job because her new little bicycle planter was not yet set out for us to plant.

Zaluzianskya (night scented phlox) should add a surprising sweetness to this container garden by the back porch at dusk.

Zaluzianskya (night scented phlox) should add a surprising sweetness to this container garden by the back porch at dusk.

We next swung quickly by the Basket Case Greenhouse to pick up a few perennials for our next job,

The Boreas Inn garden

When we edged the Boreas beds last Friday, I felt that the garden beds cried out for some more plants.  Our rather brief stop today resulted in about ten more perennials in the ground.  Allan took all the photos here.

added one more Salvia 'Hot Lips'

added one more Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Allium multibulbosum

Allium multibulbosum nigrum and ‘Mount Everest’

green santolina

green santolina

Driving through Long Beach on the way to our last job of the day, I saw a tall single blade of grass sneering at me from atop a shrublet in one of the Long Beach planters.  This could not stand! We circled the block, parked, and Allan went across and got it, and also found a dandelion.

All I did was point and watch from the van.

All I did was point and watch from the van.

Penttila’s Chapel by the Sea

We finally got back to Penttila’s Chapel, after doing a spring clean up way back on March 2.  Many small weeds awaited us.

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before, south side

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I cannot cross this weeding job off the work list yet, unfortunately, because a bed at the north end of the property still has lots of grass among the kinnickkinnick groundcover.

I hope we can get to this next week.

I hope we can get to this next week.

Working at the mortuary garden always makes me think of my mother, who died the week we first helped install this garden in September 2010 and whose body was actually at the mortuary during the day we, by arrangements made before her death, helped plant the garden.  Of course, today I pondered death for awhile, and was reminded that last week I finished an excellent memoir with the best chapter on mourning that I’ve ever read. More on this at the end of this post.

We saw a pretty bird nearby as we were packing up to go home.

a pretty little goldfinch

a pretty little goldfinch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On the last homestretch in Ilwaco, we used the last of our burble water to quench the thirst of seven of the Ilwaco planters.

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We are trying to rotate through watering them a few a day, since right now we don’t have time for one big watering session every three days.

bonus book report: The Stations of Solitude by Alice Koller

You may recall that I was smitten with Alice Koller’s An Unknown Woman.  Last week, I read her second memoir…at bedtimes, not all at once.  I would give it twenty stars if I could instead of the five star Goodreads rating.  I love it so much, I just have to share some passages.

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I appreciate and agree with her non-ownership attitude about her dogs:

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On learning to co-exist peacefully and welcomingly with snakes and other critters, in a woodland home near Washington DC.

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Her description of bloodroot is of special interest since Todd gave me a bloodroot plant for my birthday.

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Of course, the theme of the book is solitude, a subject dear to me:

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In the chapter on “Colliding” (conflict with others):

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I certainly have experienced that!

The chapter on Mourning is the best exploration of that subject I have ever read.  Her first dog, Logos, and her father, are her two most mourned loved ones.  If you don’t take seriously the love for a dog, or if it would pain you to read of mourning by someone who does not believe in an afterlife, I don’t recommend it.

I won’t share the passages from it here because it would make you so sad, whether or not you mourn.  Seek the book out if you might find the chapter on mourning to be helpful and cathartic.  I just read my favourite parts of that chapter all again  and it is much too intense to share even brief passages from it in a (mostly) gardening journal even in a book review of a deeply beloved book.

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