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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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before

after cutting the pot away

after cutting the pot away

Mary was diligently weeding gravel outside the east gate.

Mary was diligently weeding gravel outside the east gate.

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

Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park

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

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

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

Agastache 'Summer Glow'

Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

OBS garden

OBS garden

Next, we drove considerably further up the road to

Marilyn’s garden

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

They were all in bloom two weeks ago...

They were all in bloom two weeks ago…

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

the view north

the view north; weeding the path is my ongoing project

the cosmos planting filling in

the cosmos planting filling in

Allium multibulbosum

Allium multibulbosum nigrum

Allium bulgaricum

Allium bulgaricum

bunny tail grass, and Allan weeding

bunny tail grass, and Allan weeding

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

east side of driveway, before

east side of driveway, before

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after

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

iPhone photo

iPhone photo

curiosity

curiosity

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

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view from the road

view from the road

Ilwaco again

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

street view of the Time Enough Books garden

street view of part of the Time Enough Books garden

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

east bed

east bed

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

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

Allium albopilosum and schubertii

Allium albopilosum and schubertii

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


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

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

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

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

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

Rose 'Gloire de Dijon' in the gloaming

Rose ‘Gloire de Dijon’ in the gloaming

 

 

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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

after

after

 

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before

after

after

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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