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Monday, 20 March 2017

In honor of the turning of the season, here is my favourite quotation about springtime:

“Every year, back comes spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.”  Dorothy Parker

Skooter was not enthusiastic about the drizzly, cold weather.

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head under the covers (Allan’s photo)

I picked some flowers for an event, and then Allan and I went for our tax appointment with our accountant, Jennifer, whose office is just four blocks west.

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Jennifer’s flowers

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office assistant Helen

We then delivered two bouquets of flowers to Salt Pub for our dear friend Jenna’s evening event.

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There was a new tiny little baby to see!


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flowers for Jenna (and, later, for Salt to have)

We went back home because the cold drizzle was supposed to end in half an hour.  Allan became absorbed in “do not pick” signage for the boatyard and I delved into the excellent book I’m reading.

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I am loving Mr. Theroux’s trip around the English and Welsh coast.

This reminded me of Mr. Tootlepedal:

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Along a branch railway line:

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Two most interesting sounding places:

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Chesil Bank


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Undercliff Walk at Lyme Regis

I googled up some photos of both these areas and even found videos of the Undercliff walk.

This description of tourism in seaside towns certainly reminded me of where I live (even though we love tourists here, and I well remember being one):

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Meanwhile, Allan worked on strengthening the pallets that will make the new compost bins.

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Allan’s photo

I had to leave my book and Allan his projects when the weather seemed to clear.  We drove to

The Anchorage Cottages.

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Our good friend Mitzu

The weather was actually quite miserable, damp, drizzly, with a bitter wind.  We did not last more than an hour.

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Center courtyard: not much happening except too many bluebells coming up


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narcissi


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narcissi and primroses


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hellebores, pulmonaria, and ranunculus


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trilliums


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trillium (Allan’s photo)

I cut back some hardy fuchsias, planted three lily bulbs, we did some weeding and could bear no more of the cold and headed back home.

I did not get to take photos of the Long Beach narcissi display….

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too cold and miserable to stop

After an interlude at home, we went back out to that event for which I had picked bouquets.

Ilwaco Merchants Association Spring Mixer

Oh, how I had tried to weasel out of going.  Because our dear friends Don and Jenna (Queen La De Da) are heading the group this year, Jenna did not let me escape.

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By the time everyone arrived, we had a full house at Salt Pub.


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Our Jenna (Allan’s photo)


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the view (Allan’s photo)

We discovered that Jenna had a special purpose in wanting us to attend: The merchants presented us with a community recognition of our work, both in the gardens and in taking photos for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.

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Thank you plaque by Artist Don Nisbett

Raffle prizes were drawn, hors d’oeuvres were served, drinks were downed, and the crowd was happy.

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Ponytail: Andi from the Visitors Bureau (ponytail), with Jenna and our Mayor Mike, Don Nisbett in black, and Jane from The English Nursery.

We were so touched by that nice award.  And impressed with the fun and liveliness of the event.  If only the usual Ilwaco Merchants Association meetings weren’t at 8 AM!

Tomorrow: more rain, thunderstorms….I do hope the Long Beach narcissi hold strong till I get some of them photographed and closely appreciated.

P.S. After 9 PM, I suddenly had the sniffles and wheezes. This bodes extra ill for work tomorrow. Almost everyone I know has had The Three Week Cold this winter. I thought I had escaped. Am embarking upon all my home remedies. 

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Cold weather, a brief back problem, and an intense desire for hide out and read postponed our starting work this year.  I was using the excuse that the whole peninsula has been economically affected by the lack of clamming tourism this winter so no one would mind if we started up two weeks later than usual. (The clams have tested positive for a toxin, which happens sometimes, and so clam season has been delayed and delayed again.)

I’d written the first work board of the year several days ago.

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Allan had loaded the tools into our van on Saturday.  As he loaded buckets into the trailer, I talked through the window to Jasmine, one of two new neighbours right next door.

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introduced myself to Jasmine

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in our garden (Allan’s photo)

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We began close to home with the Ilwaco street trees and planters.

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Allan’s photo

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weeding at First and Eagle

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The boatyard garden can wait for a couple of weeks.

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Ilwaco boatyard, north side

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crocuses in the planters

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Allan’s photo

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in front of Azure Salon, before

I had been looking forward to tidying the alyssum from under the tree and to pulling a dead erysimum from this planter.

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Rosemary blooming in front of Azure

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Nn front of City Hall, the plant offerings are not from me.

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The Anchorage garden got some clipping and waking up because this coming weekend is a three day holiday (Presidents Day) which will surely attract guests.

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tidied center courtyard in 60 degree sunny weather

Allan trimmed a buddliea at the entrance.

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before

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after

I hadn’t intended it to go that far back but I think it will be fine and probably quite refreshed. If not…well…buddlieas of the old fashioned seedy kind are considered noxious weeds now, anyway.

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Allan pruned one large-ish ornamental grass….harbinger of many to do the same thing to soon.

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after

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spring bulb windowboxes

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Iris reticulata

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I was pleased to see there have been snowdrops.

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In bright sunshine, a hamamelis scents the Zen Courtyard

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We trimmed another grass (Allan) and a hydrangea (me) before heading back to Ilwaco.  Allan’s photos:

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before

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after

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pruning

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Ilwaco again

We finished with a tidying and clipping of sedums and ferns at the Ilwaco Community Building.

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hamamelis, probably ‘Diane’

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crocuses

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Allan’s photo

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Iris reticulata (Allan’s photo)

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by the entrance to the library

At home, I clipped back my Melianthus major, which, as Melissa had put it, was “not amused” by this winter’s heavy freeze.

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That is one small area clipped. So much more to go in our own garden.

We are expecting two more good weather days and are going to focus intensely on Long Beach town next.

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work board t0night

 

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Monday, 19 December 2016

Our friend Bill Clearman, who is going to make a beautiful bathtub enclosure for us, had stopped by twice recently with ideas.  We have been charged with making a trip “overseas” (Warrenton) to look at tile colors.  Today was going to be that day….until the weather was just so good that we had to finish the work list instead.

(I must admit I have recently shortened the work list by just erasing a couple of items.)

This morning, here is all that is left (along with the size of tiles we are supposed to look at).

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Smokey would have preferred that I stay home. 

On the reading chair alone.

We parked at the Red Barn and did a brief tidy of the planters there, then walked over to Diane’s garden.

Red Barn: the frost did take down the last of the nasturtiums. (Allan's photo)

Red Barn: the frost did take down the last of the nasturtiums. (Allan’s photo)

Diane's roadside garden (Allan's photo)

Diane’s roadside garden (Allan’s photo)

We’re still waiting to see when the septic company comes and takes down Diane and Larry’s trees and drives through the long narrow garden strip.  We clipped all the dead annuals in the back yard container garden.  The next time we come here will be February and one of the first things we will do will be to prune the hydrangea:

Diane's hydrangea must have looked grand in the recent snow.

Diane’s hydrangea must have looked grand in the recent snow.

After a mere 15 minutes of work, we were off to The Anchorage Cottages, where Mitzu and Beth greeted us.

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Mitzu (Allan's photo)

Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

center courtyard on a sunny and not so cold day

center courtyard on a sunny and not so cold day

Beth and Allan standing up a trellis

Beth and Allan standing up a trellis of climbing hydrangea

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Mitzu

Mitzu and Beth

Mitzu and Beth

We bid the Anchorage goodbye until early next February.

In Long Beach, we did a bit of clipping on planters by NIVA green.

outside NIVA green, our favourite shop

outside NIVA green, our favourite shop

NIVA green front window

NIVA green front window

Christmas ornament display idea

in NIVA green: Christmas ornament display idea

another idea: a mobile of ornaments

another idea: a mobile of ornaments

I hope I remember those ideas for next year, when perhaps I will be in the mood for decorating.  Part of the problem this year is not just the loss of hope…I also feel like it was JUST last month when I took down last year’s decorations.  And I promise you that I did so on December 31, 2015.  The years go disturbingly fast now.  Maybe Christmas 2017 will feel like a long enough to interval to make decorating a treat again.

We checked on Veterans Field gardens and decided to postpone clipping the plants until late January, 2017.  We watered the window boxes at the Depot Restaurant for the pleasure of the bulbs.

At the Depot: two darling dogs, Rowdy and Rosie. (Allan's photo)

behind the Depot: two darling dogs, Rowdy and Rosie. (Allan’s photo)

a nice end to the afternoon

a nice end to the afternoon

We had NO wind which made for a good work day.  Tonight, a 65 mph gale is supposed to go through and that may delay the trip to look at tiles.

And that brings the work year to an end (and the tile notes transferred to something more portable than the work board):

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With how fast time goes, it will seem like just days before I am filling the board with the first of 2017’s tasks.

Allan and I are both feeling a little bit poorly.  It is my desire to be well enough to attend three more planned holiday festivities (and not disappoint friends who are counting on our presence) and to make the tile-shopping excursion.  I managed to write three blog posts this evening (this being the last of the three) and will now return to my book, Modernity Britain…only 300 pages to go.

 

 

 

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Sunday, 13 November 2016

A rare shot of all four cats at once; they heard the gate click as MaryBeth arrived for a visit.

A rare shot of all four cats at once; they heard the gate click as MaryBeth arrived for a visit.

Monday, 14 November 2016

At 1:30 AM on Monday morning, before sleep time, something gave me the only moment of pure joy I have felt in the past week.  Allan is ever so good to the cats and is the one who gives them their dinner, but he has never bonded with one of them before, till now:

Allan and Skooter

Allan and Skooter

I have had to resort of just a bite of a benadryl to get at least six hours of sleep.  I’d been trying to avoid it because of a tenuous and debatable link between benadryl use and Alzheimers.  Right now, I need sleep more than future sanity (and melatonin does not work for me).

Monday began slowly with the reading of news and getting choked up, for the sixth day in a row, about hate crimes across the nation, including against people in Washington State.  Meanwhile, because I had taken very seriously the rhetoric and the “dog whistles” of DT’s campaign, I was horrified but not surprised to see white supremacist and anti-Semite Bannon entering a high level of government.  

Despite this gloom, we did manage to get out to work only slightly later than usual. During the day, as has been true of every day, we encountered friends who felt as we did and were able to commiserate.

Our work day began with dry weather so that we could go to Peninsula Landscape Supply and get a yard of Soil Energy Mulch for the Anchorage.  As soon as I learned that the supply yard might be closed tomorrow, I wished I had gotten my arse in gear earlier in the day.  PLS closes at 1 o clock during these autumn months and it is difficult to mulch all day with that schedule.  With a sense of urgency, I said we would go to the Anchorage, dump off the soil really quickly, and return for a second load (for a different job) by 1:30; owner Mike readily and kindly agreed to stay open a bit longer for our sake.

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first load

At Anchorage Cottages, we offloaded as fast as possible and just left the mulch in piles.

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Then we rushed back to Peninsula Landscape Supply and got there at 12:45, making it less than a one hour turnaround.  I thought “We Are The Champions” should have been playing for us.

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second load

Back at the Anchorage by 1:05, we got the pavers removed from a circular patio that manager Beth had decided should be turned into garden.  It was cute but its benches never got used and it was terribly hard to weed among the small pavers.  She had already removed half of them.

redoing the patio

redoing the patio (Allan’s photo)

patio, after, with transplanted Japanese maple. (Allan's photo) Beth is going to move the benches to a more accessible spot.

after, with transplanted Japanese maple. (Allan’s photo) Beth is going to move the benches to a more accessible spot.  After that, we will spread the mulch around to match the other garden area.

Beth plans to make this area, which is next to a sidewalk that leads to two cottages, wider with the small pavers and to put the benches along here.

Beth plans to make this area, which is next to a sidewalk that leads to two cottages, wider with the small pavers and to put the benches along here.

And here is Mitzu.

And here is our good friend Mitzu.

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Allan’s photo

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

more Mitzu

more Mitzu

office

office

soil energy (Allan's photo)

soil energy (Allan’s photo)

Anchorage is now off the fall clean up and projects work list and relegated to the post-frost list.

We departed with our second load of mulch, designated for the Ilwaco Community Building, with a pause at the Depot to deadhead the barrel of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and water the window boxes under the eaves.

autumnal Depot

autumnal Depot

Ceanothus

Ceanothus

The Ilwaco Community Building houses the Library, CCAO (which provides low cost lunches for seniors), and a meeting room for the city council, local Toastmasters, and other groups.

 

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Allan’s photo

a two level garden

a two level garden

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We included the many fallen leaves in with the mulch. (Allan's photo)

We included the many fallen leaves in with the mulch. (Allan’s photo)

the tiered garden

the tiered garden

the tiered garden (Allan's photo)

the tiered garden (Allan’s photo)

entry garden

entry garden

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At home, a late rose blossom:

Joseph's Coat rose (Allan's photo)

Joseph’s Coat rose (Allan’s photo)

On the work board, the only project left is to apply a yard of mulch where needed in Long Beach.  We will get to that on the next nice weekday that Peninsula Landscape Supply is open. All other jobs are relegated to post-frost (or pre-holiday) clean up which means that we are one work day away from semi-staycation.  (The purest staycation feeling only begins when the work board is empty, probably in mid December.)

In the evening, we went out to the local Democrat meeting.  Being to the left of Democrats, I did not feel I fit in well.  I probably did not endear myself by saying I’d appreciate talk about “working people” rather than “the workin’ man”.  Only one attendee, a member of the Chinook Nation, brought up the issue of how racism affected the vote.  I am not giving up and am attending, on Monday, a meeting of a different, although overlapping, group of local liberals.

I took to heart the realization (not mentioned in the meeting) that shopping local is key now.  More important than ever.  I think we working poor and children and schools and the non-affluent elderly will be counting more on our dear blue Washington State for social services,  so it is crucial to not succumb to “buy with one click” online but instead to get out to our local shops for holiday shopping.

Meanwhile, I ran across words from a  friend, the great Paul Bonine of Xera Plants:  While we fight we will make the world beautiful. That hasn’t gone away.


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1997 (age 73):

Nov 14:  11:00-1:00  2 hours at the dentist for crown.  I have to go back in 2 weeks.

I spent the afternoon puttering with plants in the Floralight.  I repotted some violets. and cut off bad leaves, added systemic insecticide to soil etc.  I tossed a few dead plants.  I ran out of potting soil and was too lazy to go get more from garage.

1998 (age 74):

Nov 15: At about 4 o’clock when I brought in some wood I was stung by a bee.  It hurt as bad as any migraine I’ve ever had.  It continued hurting terribly. I considered calling 911 or St Peters but felt silly calling about a bee sting.  I used a package of frozen veggies as an ice pack.  Then when I was going to have some toast at about 11 there was a bee on the side of the table!

Next week:

  • clean out the containers
  • turn on shop hot water tank
  • while water in on clean out the BBQ
  • start planting container bulbs
  • rake and bag the fallen leaves
  • set strawberry flats in garden and cover with leaves and Reemay

Nov 14:  7 pails of apples today!  I picked up all those before it started raining.  I got the houseplants watered.  The apples in the 6 trays were almost dry.  I pared more and was then able to empty the trays and fill them up again.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

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Frosty and Smokey at home

Although it was an annoyingly windy day, we decided to get one more fall clean up job done in the afternoon.

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Mitzu demonstrated how windy it was.

Mitzu demonstrated how windy it was.

Allan's photo

Our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

Mitzu and cotoneaster (Allan's photo)

Mitzu and cotoneaster (Allan’s photo)

a late dahlia (Allan's photo)

a late dahlia (Allan’s photo)

parking lot garden near the office, before

parking lot garden near the office, before

after cutting the green shoots out of the variegated fuchsia.

after cutting the green shoots out of the variegated fuchsia.

Wind gusts of thirty miles an hour plagued us by blowing around everything we clipped.

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We had time to tackle the garden by Kabob Cottage (me) and the south side of the police station (Allan).

nearby Veterans field shows the wind. (Allan's photo)

nearby Veterans field shows the wind. (Allan’s photo)

Two little gardens. Above it All Kites closed years ago.

Two little gardens. Above it All Kites closed years ago.

behind Lewis and Clark Square, before

behind Lewis and Clark Square, before

before, with annoying crocosmia (including the pesky orange kind)

before, with annoying crocosmia (including the pesky orange kind)

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after

Allan’s project was a windy one:

south side of police station, before

south side of police station, before

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Right under the police captain’s window, flattened and grown through with roses, Allan found a dessicated but still stinky dead raccoon.  Someone probably put it there.  We turned that problem over the to the city crew when I realized how odiferous it was.  They dealt with it promptly.  I will spare you the rather interesting photo Allan took of it.

While we worked, the city crew was busy putting up Christmas lights, their goal being to have the whole town extensively decorated before Thanksgiving.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

audience (Allan's photo)

audience (Allan’s photo)

There are four planters north of where we worked that we have bulbs in waiting for.  I was pleased to see they had been dug into to try and find an electrical problem that must be fixed.

I should be able to plant bulbs soon.

I should be able to plant bulbs soon.

at home

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Acanthus senii about to bloom

Geranium 'Rozanne' still blooming

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ still blooming

I worked on the blog post about Klipsan Beach Cottages journals as the first election results trickled in.  As the evening progressed, I kept blogging and checking the news, till we finally settled in to watch the telly news.  By then I knew the electoral college was hopeless for Hillary.  I had come to actually love her from reading about her extensively after my hopes for Bernie were dashed.  I don’t demand that a person be perfect and flawless before I love her and I had felt she would accomplish much good, and that anyone who carefully researched the many attacks on her would find her to be someone who had been falsely maligned on many counts.  I had been filled with real horror and disgust by her racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic opponent but I had never underestimated his ability to rile up the masses.

By 11, or maybe it was midnight, we watched a cooking show instead.  Or Allan did.  Because I was fairly quiet about it, he did not know that I couldn’t see through tears brought on by the realization that so much of social justice and environmentalism I had supported since age 12 was very likely about to be dismantled.  Everything that matters to me had been on the line.  It felt like an assault.  I almost wrote everything other than gardening…but…climate change affects gardening in a major way.

Three hours of sleep followed.  Frosty, who has never slept with me before, slept right by my head, purring in a way that did not help me sleep and yet was comforting.

My mother was conservative.  But I can tell you right now, the minute D.T. insulted her hero John McCain, she would have been done with him.  When he said of sexual assault in the military, “What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”, she would have been done with him.  She was a Marine in WWII and she WAS sexually assaulted in the military.  When he made a joke about the Purple Heart, she would have been apoplectic.  I wish I could talk with her about it.


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1995 (age 71):

Nov 8: I started piling new wood.  Some pieces big enough for chopping blocks.  I guess I’ll have to order split wood in future.  If Robert doesn’t have time I’ll have to hire someone to split it although Del offered to help me.  NICE MAN.  [Robert and I visited mom for 3 or 4 days each fall to do chores for her.]

Started hemming the new slacks I have had for months.  Then the shopper came [newspaper circular with ads].  Pansies and mums for 39 cents!  I dashed in and bought 4 full trays (64 plants).  I may go back for more plus some mums.

1997 (age 73):

Nov 8:  It was such a beautiful warm sunny day so I went out and worked in the upper part of the Tam area, cutting back, weeding etc.  I got about a third of the Tam flower bed done.

 

 

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Last Sunday, I had such a poignant moment when I got a message from Nancy (co owner of the Depot Restaurant) that her mother Marilyn’s garden (and house) had sold.  Marilyn had passed away this past summer.  We had not been sure when the real estate closing closing would be, perhaps not even till early November, and so the possibility of one last clean up there had still been on the calendar.  Now it had passed into the hands of new owners.

So with poignant thoughts of Marilyn and her healing garden (which will get a slide show blog post later this autumn), I took my finger to erase the task from the work board.

We will deeply miss making the "healing garden" for dear Marilyn.

We will deeply miss making the “healing garden” for dear Marilyn.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

I had a strong desire to dismantle the Corridor of Spooky Plants, having removed the cobwebs from it last night after 9 PM.

the corridor of spooky plants, de-cobwebbed

the corridor of spooky plants, de-cobwebbed and ready to be undone

Skooter (Allan's photo)

Skooter (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Smokey and Skooter

Smokey and Skooter

However, I had a work plan for today rain or shine: to dismantle Diane’s roadside garden.  I collected from the greenhouse all the big pots emptied from this year’s tomato growing.

Look who I found snoozing in the stacked plastic pots.

Look who I found snoozing in the stacked plastic pots.

Pacific tree frog woken from a nap.

Pacific tree frog woken from a nap.

Basket Case Greenhouse

On the way to Diane’s, we detoured to The Basket Case Greenhouse to buy some potting soil.

at The Basket Case

at The Basket Case

me and new owner Roxanne

me and new owner Roxanne

Basket Case has some handsome cannas for sale.

Basket Case has some handsome cannas for sale.

and some black bamboo.

and some black bamboo.

Diane’s garden

Diane and Larry’s septic system has to be redone and the line of trees cut down along the road, so we dug up a lot of the perennials from the roadside garden.  Heavy equipment will be driving there.  We worked through rain squalls and wind.  Most of the time the weather was tolerable.

getting set up

getting set up

a new ramp for our good friend Misty, whose hind legs no longer work very well.

a new ramp for our good friend Misty, whose hind legs no longer work very well.

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work in progress

The digging was blessedly easy.

The digging was blessedly easy.

We left in the ground the six or more large pink heathers and the rosemary because we did not think they would transplant well.  Perhaps they and the narcissi and crocus bulbs that are still in the ground will survive being driven over.  We plan to recreate this garden in some form after the project is done.

We also saved as many as we could of the river rock that edged the garden because rocks would surely get shoved down into the soil during the construction work.  It would be more expensive to buy another yard of the rock than to spend the labor saving most of it.

removing the river rock edge

removing the river rock edge

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after

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, two handsome purple penstemons, some pink and blue scabiosa, some lavenders, a Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’, an Eryngium and some bulbs were all salvaged.

The garden will live in pots over the winter.

The garden will live in pots over the winter.

piles of river rock stashed and waiting

piles of river rock stashed and waiting

an ominous looking mushroom or toadstool (Allan's photo)

an ominous looking mushroom or toadstool (Allan’s photo)

This was perhaps the most important project of the autumn.  I was glad to have it done.

The Anchorage Cottages

The bad weather held off long enough for us to do some pruning at the Anchorage.

our good friend Mitzu

our good friend Mitzu

Allan's pruning of Escallonia 'Iveyi', before

Allan’s pruning of Escallonia ‘Iveyi’, before

and after

and after.  We did not want it to obscure the sign by spring time.

Long Beach

I had been plagued recently by the memory of a dandelion I had forgotten to pull in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.  Several times recently we had passed through town and I had gotten distracted from stopping to pull it out.

Today I remembered.

Today I remembered.

It was about to bloom!

It was about to bloom!

Geranium 'Rozanne' is still putting on a show in the planters.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is still putting on a show in the planters.

I need to remember to trim back the rugosa rose on the south side of the police station.

I need to remember to trim back the rugosa rose on the south side of the police station.

More 'Rozanne' and lavender

More ‘Rozanne’ and lavender

and this awesome succulent whose name I forget. (I only have two of them.)

and this awesome succulent whose name I forget. (I only have two of them.)

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We got home with just enough time to undo the Corridor of Spooky Plants before dark.

down comes Halloween

down comes Halloween

I took down the plants and Allan dismantled the bamboo and rebar framework.

I took down the plants and Allan dismantled the bamboo and rebar framework.

back to normal

back to normal

one less project on the work board

one less project on the work board


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Nov 1:  Probate [from Dad’s death in June] completed per attorney.  Spent this afternoon digging dahlias tubers from Tam area [former juniper tam bed, now flowers, by the roadside].  Received Wayside and Spring Hill orders mostly perennials and some bulbs on Wayside order.  The shop [large two room outbuilding] was plenty warm this AM so I turned the heat off for the day.

 

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Here are the coral bark maples at Steve and John’s bayside garden this week.  The path has been remade by local landscaper Steve Clarke.  It was a simple cedar chip path now transformed into something elegant.

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photo by Steve McCormick

Monday 24 October 2016

Gusty wind and heavy rain promised me a day at home.  What I really want is a rainy day to read right through the third Nella Last book (Nella Last in the 1950s) that arrived a few days ago. I cannot have a full reading day till this fall’s bulb lists are transformed from my messy handwriting to a tidy typed grid. Yet today, I did procrastinate on bulb spreadsheets after getting an email from the library announcing that the book I have been trying to finish is overdue.  So I finished it.

an excellent book

an excellent book

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In the descriptions of food traditions brought from the old world, I was saddened to learn that the Irish, because they were fleeing from the potato famine after decades of deprivation under English rule, had few special recipes or food traditions.

Meanwhile, Allan reclaimed the paper bags which had been used for bulb sorting.  I reuse them year after year after year, letting one go only if it gets wet from a rainy day of planting.

sorted and unsorted bags

sorted and unsorted bags

years worth of my labeling with sharpie and scrawled bulb name abbreviations

years worth of my labeling with sharpie and scrawled bulb name abbreviations

Just last fall, Allan started a new plan of crossing out the old names so the bags are ready to go for autumn 2017.

Just last fall, Allan started a new plan of crossing out the old names so the bags are ready to go for autumn 2017.

all nicey nice

all nicey nice

Any small paper bag that enters the house gets saved for bulb sorting.

While I continued to read, Allan walked to the post office and the library.

autumn leaves in the library garden

autumn leaves in the library garden

library nasturtiums still blooming

library nasturtiums still blooming

On the way home, he noticed a bird nest under the awning of the old (now empty) bingo hall.

a hidden nest

a hidden nest

swallows home

swallows’ home

I finished my book and just as I got my first blank spreadsheet open, out came the sunshine.  We simply had to go plant another batch of bulbs.

work board this morning

work board this morning

Geranium 'Rozanne' and rudbeckia and penstemons still blooming by our driveway.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and rudbeckia and penstemons still blooming by our driveway.

Geranium 'Rozanne' and calendula

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and calendula

heading north out of Ilwaco in clear but breezy weather

heading north out of Ilwaco in clear but breezy weather

stormy sky in Long Beach

stormy sky in Long Beach

We began by planting a few bulbs at Long Beach city hall.

Allan added one clump of narcissi to the little pop out a block north of City Hall.

Allan added one clump of Narcissi ‘Thalia Sun’ to the little pop out a block north of City Hall.

We then went on to

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu's greeting

My good friend Mitzu’s greeting

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The wind was rather annoying.

The wind was rather annoying.

Anchorage office

Anchorage office

looking east over pampas grass and cryptomerias

looking east over pampas grass and cryptomerias

windy!

windy!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Gusty enough to be bothersome.

Gusty enough to be bothersome.

We planted some narcissi at ground level and some tulips in assorted planters.

I drop the bags where I want the bulbs to be planted. That way if a rbig ain comes, they can be gathered back up quickly.

I drop the bags where I want the bulbs to be planted. That way if a big rain comes, they can be gathered back up quickly.

Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

'Hawkshead' fuchsia, white with green tips

‘Hawkshead’ fuchsia, white with green tips

hardy fuchsia and dried astilbe flowers, which I like to leave up for winter

hardy fuchsia and dried astilbe flowers, which I like to leave up for winter

At my request, Beth had built two sets of window boxes so that we can change them out for winter and summer.  That way, I can have boxes of early spring bulbs that don’t need to be disturbed by the planting of summer annuals.  This year, we switched from plastic liners to larger wooden boxes so last year’s bulbs do need to be replanted and some new ones added.

two of the four summer windowboxes

two of the four summer windowboxes

Because of the wind and the threat of rain, we took the plastic liners and the four new, empty wooden window boxes home to plant up in the comfort of our garage.

on the way home

On the way, a quick stop at The Depot accomplished the planting of an azalea that had been a gift at Marilyn’s memorial service.

memorial azalea (Allan's photo)

memorial azalea (Allan’s photo)

I tucked the wee azalea in at the end of the garden and I hope it is not a tender sort.

I tucked the wee azalea in at the end of the garden and I hope it is not a tender sort.

You may have made the connection that Marilyn, our beloved elderly client who died this summer, was the mother of Nancy, co owner of the Depot Restaurant.  Like Jo’s garden, Marilyn’s garden up in Surfside is about to pass to the care of new owners.

The Oceanside Animal Clinic is located just east of the Depot; we picked up flea drops for the kitties.

veterinarian office staff (Allan's photo)

veterinarian office staff (Allan’s photo)

at home

In the garage, ready to transfer bulbs from plastic liners to the new boxes

In the garage, ready to transfer bulbs from plastic liners to the new boxes

I had four out of eight liners emptied and bulbs replanted in two wooden boxes when I realized the new boxes did not have drainage holes.

Allan to the rescue!

Allan to the rescue!  I shifted the planting to the empty boxes after they got drilled.

He went back to the project I had fetched him from: mowing the pocket sized lawn at the J’s house across the street.

J's lawn, done

J’s lawn, done

boxes, done and ready to go back to The Anchorage

boxes, chock full o’ little spring bulbs and ready to go back to The Anchorage

Now the window boxes of bulbs will not have to be changed out till two or three years from now when the bulbs multiply to the point of overcrowding.

Down the street, Allan noticed a nautical sight: nets over the sidewalk.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Tomorrow, I might get those spreadsheets done; if not, we will get three more smaller batches of bulbs planted.

the work board waning, and waxing as I remember more to do (like plant my own bulbs)

the work board waning, and waxing as I remember more to do (like plant my own bulbs)


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 24:  12:30-4:00 FIRST HARD FREEZE!  It didn’t look like much froze but when I was planting bulbs in the tam area I saw the leaves and stalks were frozen while some of the blooms were ok.  I cut back those dahlias that had no blossoms.  I planted about 100 bulbs in PRFB, Tam and PBB.  [Patio Right Flower Bed and Patio Back Bed, I bet!  The patio was surrounded on three sided by a railroad tie wall about three ties high, with the other side being the house.]  I have about 100 more to go in the ground and lots of various bulbs for my pots, etc.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 24:  Rainy and cool.  I spent all day in the kitchen taking care of ripe tomatoes (one pkg frozen), peeling apples (2 trays drying) and dehydrating potatoes.  I received the instructions and I peeled and filled 4 trays of the spuds I bought a couple of weeks ago at QFC.  It will be interesting to see how they turn out.  I was surprised to learn the spuds had to be blanched before drying them.

 

 

 

 

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