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the scourge of horsetail

the scourge of horsetail

This morning I woke too early and observed a lack of rain. Lay awake torn between being glad to catch up on work and wishing I had a rainy day off to read more of Tootlepedal’s blog. (On a sunny day off, I have to work out in my garden.) Then came the rain, and with it, more sleep, but I woke again to sunshine and a work day.

We began in our town by deadheading narcissi in the street planters. When we parked next to the boatyard to care for the planters at the intersection of First and Eagle, I was saddened but not surprised to see horsetail popping up in the new section. No time to deal with it today, though.

But the narcissi looked lovely.

boatyard narcissi

boatyard narcissi

Then on to weed the Time Enough Books garden (where I did not notice that the heron is tipped over til I looked at the photo just now!). I am not so egotistical as to paint my name on the boat; that was bookstore owner Karla’s idea!

Time Enough Books garden boat

Time Enough Books garden boat

Species tulips bloomed in the Port Office garden (and I did not even think to check the new garden on the other side of the building!):

north side of Port Office

north side of Port Office

The deer that wander the meander line along the Port parking lots have not discovered the tulips!

I like my little rivulet of grape hyancinths:

Muscari

Muscari

more species tulips by Don Nisbett Art Gallery

more species tulips by Don Nisbett Art Gallery

A digression: As I walked the short distance to our next curbside garden , I reflected on what a shame it is that no one has bought the empty Harbor Lights Motel. It could be such a cute motel (although the lounge and restaurant are what have the harbour view), and many of us locals would so welcome a view lounge that is not a dive. I would like one that did not play canned country music. The old one had some…incidents…such a someone being thrown off the balcony. Just in case a reader who dreams of a harbourside motel might see this, here is the information you need:

Harbor Lights for sale

Harbor Lights for sale

Equity Properties Northwest: 360.253.1212; Woodford 360.501.5500

Just past that empty building, we weeded the new gardens by Queen La De Da’s Art Castle and The Imperial Schooner Restaurant.

gardens new last fall

gardens new last fall; I forgot to straighten the photo.

In the lower right is a container holding a mix of Zeba Quench and Doctor Earth All Purpose Fertilizer for the planting of some new Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’ and Armeria.

fat low buds of species tulips—wind resistant.

fat low buds of species tulips—wind resistant.

with cute wavy foliage to boot

with cute wavy foliage to boot

white narcissi

white narcissi

Then we went to the Depot Restaurant garden in Seaview. The bulbs look good in the garden we expanded last May:

Depot bulb display

Depot bulb display

I planted, in the new herb garden by the kitchen door, some oregano brought down from Marilyn’s garden in Surfside (she being the mother in law of Chef Michael).

On the way to our next job, we dropped some more plants by Nancy’s garden. I am snagging the best of the best from the Basket Case Greenhouse’s selection for her. This time, we added 3 Delphinium ‘Butterfly Blue’, 3 Santolina ‘Lemon Fizz’, a Phygelius ‘Cherry Red’, a Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’, a Heuchera ‘Stormy Seas’, and some free divisions fo golden marjoram, pineapple sage, and white phlox. Another friend of Nancy’s had planted some scilla in the main new garden bed and I said “No, no, no!” because I know how invasive it is. Most of my clients are trying to get rid of it. I suggested it go off at the end by the salmonberries, and the suggestion was well-received.

Nancy's new bed

Nancy’s new bed

Of course, some people might think the grape hyacinth that I planted are also invasive…eventually…but their foliage is not as apt to smother other plants.

Nancy's tulips

Nancy’s tulips

Muscari

Muscari

Narcissi with multiple flowers in two colours!

Narcissi with multiple flowers in two colours!

On our last visit, I failed to get a good photo of the new patio and berry patch in progress:

Nancy and Phil's new patio

Nancy and Phil’s new patio

And her excellent edible garden, where she is miles ahead of me:

the edible garden

the edible garden

It would have been nice to stay for coffee, but we moved on because we had not checked on The Anchorage this week and I do try to get to each resort garden once a week. (This week, though, we did not make it to Klipsan Beach Cottages at all, but I know they will take care of anything that looks terrible.)

On the way, traffic through Long Beach was spring break slow, enabling me to photograph a couple of our planters from the car.

Fifth Street

Fifth Street

Bolstadt

Bolstadt

I do hope people are enjoying the nicely weeded Bolstadt Beach Approach garden that we recently spent so much time on.

We made a stop at The Planter Box to buy some amendments for an area at Anchorage where the soil had been looking beaten down.

at the Planter Box

at the Planter Box

When I have time, I will comb through their plant selections for Nancy’s garden. This is definitely where I will be getting my tall cosmos and my painted sage, both of which they are growing from seed.

Clematis armandii 'Snowdrift'

Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ at the Planter Box

At the Anchorage, we spread the nice soil amendment…

Gardener and Bloome Soil Building Compost

Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost

and I contemplated how much I dislike Sweet Woodruff, another groundcover that many love but I have come to loathe.

Sweet Woodruff and wild beach strawberry both annoy me in the garden.

Sweet Woodruff and wild beach strawberry both annoy me in the garden.

Here is a photo for Kathleen Shaw to show just where the trilliums are located. (The Anchorage is her home from home till the happy day for all of us when she can move here.)

where the trillium do grow

where the trillium do grow

I do not like that broken paver, but I did not put it there, so I had better leave it alone.

Allan made a bamboo and string trellis for our traditional sweet pea spot in the office courtyard.

this year's trellis

this year’s trellis

Maroon and Yellow Tulip 'Gavota' goes well with brick.

Maroon and Yellow Tulip ‘Gavota’ goes well with brick.

Fritillaria meleagris 'Alba' in a container by the office.

Fritillaria meleagris ‘Alba’ in a container by the office.

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

I swear I did not mean to line those tulips up like soldiers. I suspect that Allan planted them!

When we departed, Allan suggested that we at last remember to check on the Kite Museum garden and I am happy to say we found only a little bit of cutting back of perennials (especially a Gaura), nothing too embarrassingly neglectful.

I do so much like these Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’.

Ocean Magic grape hyacinth

Ocean Magic grape hyacinth at Kite Museum

I forgot to take a photo of the entire little garden till we were about to drive away.

little kite bed

little kite bed from the car

And then, home. On the way to the Port I had been struck by how good Larry and Robert’s narcissi look so I walked the half block from home to photograph them in the last light, in case tomorrow’s storm beats them up.

the new garden boat

the new garden boat

the narcissi show

the narcissi show

That new Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ had better be leafing out. I need to take a closer look soon. Mine is just barely budding so I hope this one is ok.

I could not get past the Hornbuckle garden without some photos….

Tom and Judy's tulips

Tom and Judy’s tulips

their new porch peace sign: very nice

their new porch peace sign: very nice

and more Hornbuckle tulips

and more Hornbuckle tulips

(I hear they are redoing their back patio water feature. Photos will come…)

At home, I picked a bouquet of tulips for my neighbour, Nora….. I have photographing my garden in bits and pieces all week for tomorrow’s entry.

And that was an easy day. Why, some might ask, would I think it was easy when we went to so many places? Because the wind was only somewhat annoying, and had no rain with it. Because it is much easier to scat about between jobs than work all day doing the same thing (like on the beach approach). Because I got to sleep in, and got to visit with two friends.

The only bad thing about today is that by the time I have finished this, I have no time left to read another month of the year 2011 in Tootlepedal’s blog. Perhaps tomorrow there will be a rainy gale and I can read the entire rest of that year (April through December). He writes prolifically every single day so it will take awhile…and then there will be all of 2012 to enjoy.

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