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Monday, 16 February 2015

We finally made it to Andersen’s RV Park, and thanks, I hope, to our thorough weeding last fall, we did not find a sheet of weeds as I had feared.

At Andersen’s:

WHY are the narcissi not up in the barrels?  I poked around and felt nothing.  I hope they have not plotzed and that the bulbs are just...late, but why?

WHY are the narcissi not up in the barrels? I poked around and felt nothing. I hope they have not plotzed and that the bulbs are just…late, but why?

I looked at last February’s blog and don’t see thick foliage in the barrels so there is hope.  But oh my…the blog is almost exactly the same story last February as this February.  I hope regular readers forget that it’s all almost the same year after year.

The Payson Hall planters don't have much to show yet...

The Payson Hall planters don’t have much to show yet…

except for these anemones...

except for these anemones…

and a few narcissi with that look I especially like...

and a few narcissi with that look I especially like…

the windblown look

the windblown look

Behind the office, these oriental poppies are freakishly tall with large buds already.  At least two months early, I'd say.

Behind the office, these oriental poppies are freakishly tall with large buds already. At least two months early, I’d say.

tulip and allium foliage in pots by the office

tulip and allium foliage in pots by the office

I say pots by the office, but it actually is pot, singular, now, as someone drove into one of the two big metal pots.

the second pot relegated the the supply yard

the second pot relegated the the supply yard

I moved the bulbs from the damaged pot into another one and was going to take the pot home, as I don’t mind damaged pots.  Unfortunately, I found that someone (not I, and not Allan!) had mixed styrofoam peanuts in with the soil so it could not be dumped out into a garden area.

NUTS!  I'll deal with this some other day.

NUTS! I’ll deal with this some other day.

Allan began working on the west side.

Allan began working on the west side.

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I tackled the hydrangeas on the east wall of the house.

I tackled the hydrangeas on the east wall of the house.

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after

leucojum blooming in the east wall planter

leucojum blooming in the east wall planter

And then weeding the picket fence garden.  Before: not nearly as bad as I had feared.

And then weeding the picket fence garden. Before: not nearly as bad as I had feared.

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after

Meanwhile, Allan had also dug out a big grass infested sea thrift, at my request.

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before

after: more room for poppies

after: more room for poppies

before: he weeded in the shade by the clam cleaning shed

before: he weeded in the shade by the clam cleaning shed

after:  Really great job, Allan.

after: Really great job, Allan.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We had fun looking at the record of the Andersen’s job on Map My Walk.

my work at Andersen's

my work at Andersen’s

an overlay showing my work and Allan's.  He added the Map my Walk app to his phone, as well.

an overlay showing my work and Allan’s. He added the Map my Walk app to his phone, as well.

overlaid on satellite view, which is not entirely accurate as we were not inside the roofed buildings.

overlaid on satellite view, which is not entirely accurate as we were not inside the roofed buildings.

I walked 4.3 miles in 4.28 hours.  Too bad its not aerobic.

The Planter Box

Allan had a brainstorm that, since we need to take tomorrow off (because I have a lunch date and that will make the day too short), I could get a load of washed dairy manure for myself.  Yes!  Spreading much mulch at home would make me feel more productive on an afternoon off (after the lunch).

crocus at The Planter Box

crocus at The Planter Box

and a primrose that I found irresistible

and a primrose that I found irresistible

These wallflowers had an outstanding fragrance.

These wallflowers had an outstanding fragrance.

Raymond dumping the mulch into our trailer...

Raymond dumping the mulch into our trailer…

fabulous dairy manure, first load of the season

fabulous dairy manure, first load of the season

Ilwaco

I was thrilled to have the mulch to put on the Ilwaco Post Office garden.

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before

after...now crossed off the list of projects!

after…now crossed off the list of projects!

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a little bit dumped on the front corner at home...The rest, in the trailer, awaits my free time tomorrow afternoon.

a little bit dumped on the front corner at home…The rest, in the trailer, awaits my free time tomorrow afternoon.

When I turned on my computer to blog, I found a message from Sheila telling me that Chess, the great blog dog, had died.  I immediately turned to The Miserable Gardener, Robert Nold’s blog (one of my top two favourite blogs), and I burst into floods of tears over Chess, the purebred border Collie.  I know him from so many excellent blog posts told in his voice.  I also knew that Chess was a living link to Cindy Nold, Robert’s artist extraordinaire wife who died suddenly at age 51.  If you scroll down in this PDF of the Rock Garden Quarterly, you can read an article about Cindy written by Panayoti Kelaidis  Some of her watercolours are reproduced starting on page 25.  The article is on page 34.  Chess was her most special beloved dog. I knew Chess had been feeling poorly and had been dreading this day.  It helped that when I posted about it on Facebook, other readers of Robert’s blog joined in with their sorrow.  His skill in writing in the voice of Chess had us all pretty much convinced that when we commented on a blog post, we were writing to Chess himself.  (You can read more about Bob’s garden here.)

Here are a couple of screenshot from the blog; I suggest that you go and read it, from the beginning, back to where it was written in Bob Nold’s voice and then segued into Chess’s point of view.

The Miserable Gardener.  A great read.

The Miserable Gardener. A great read.

Chess, I will miss you so much.  screenshot from The Miserable Gardener blog..

Chess, I will miss you so much. screenshot from The Miserable Gardener blog..

I am going to miss Chess so much.

While I sat in floods of tears over my computer, Allan went out and took some sunset photos:

flowering tree one lot away

flowering tree one lot away

This man and his dog take a kite flying walk on many evenings.

This man and his dog take a kite flying walk on many evenings.

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From Panayoti Kelaidis’ eulogy for Cindy Nelson-Nold:  “I have heard it said that we think we are our corporeal selves, flesh and blood and substance. But in fact, who we really are is our myriad reflections in the hearts and eyes of those we know. Without a community, the body may exist in its physical inertness, but what constitutes our lives is the warp and weft of our conversations, our interactions, our passions and our day-to-day interplay with other people. It could be that perhaps we are immortal, since even when our physical body perishes, our interactions continue to reverberate forever, really. “We” are the stone, but the waves we splash circle out forever into the cosmos. Our image and words live on in the hearts and minds of those we love long after body is buried or burned. Intellectually, philosophy seeks to assuage. I only wish it could or would.

 

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Monday, 17 November 2014

We now have a brief lull till the last, mercifully small, shipment of bulbs come.  We decided to see how far we could get on the post-frost garden cleanups.  On the way to our first job, I thought to pull over and check the backside of the Long Beach welcome sign.  Indeed, the white bacopa I had taken pity on last week had turned to blackened mush and needed pulling.

the back of the welcome sign, really done for the season (foliage is of grape hyacinth for next spring)

the back of the welcome sign, really done for the season (foliage is of grape hyacinth for next spring)

My first plan had been to cut back the roses in Fifth Street Park BEFORE the city crew started to erect the Christmas sea serpent lighted sculpture on top of the fence.  When we got to that intersection, I saw the serpent already in place and all aswarm with busy city crew members.  One of them had cut the rose already.  It had not been part of my job decription; I’d just thought it would be a nice gesture.  And I was thrilled we did not have to do it and could just drive on to another job.

Here's a photo from last year.

Here’s a photo from last year.

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We headed north, stopping on the way at The Planter Box to replenish our bags of Gardner and Bloome potting soil.  The Planter Box owners showed us a new product, from the local Biocharm Farm: a soil mix containing “10% biochar, balanced minerals, microbiology compost, and sea crop”.

We were told it is going by the name "Sexy Soil".

We were told it is going by the name “Sexy Soil”.

Andersen’s RV Park

Our first task was to clean up all the annuals at Andersen’s RV Park, starting with the big box down by the highway.

the road box, before, with nasturtiums turned to mush

the road box, before, with nasturtiums turned to mush

My back is usually relatively pain free.  Today, I had started with a terrible back ache, probably due to the awkward angles of leaning over the Long Beach planters bulbing for two days.  A couple of Doan’s back pills were helping just a little bit.

As we were working, a car honked madly as it drove by.  As usual, I did not look because that happens so often.  The driver turned and came back and it was our good friend J9, who had just taken her new kittens to the vet for a check up.

Jake (orange) and Louie!

Jake (orange) and Louie!

J9 with Jake...

J9 with Jake…

and Louie

and Louie

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Back to work after a brief kitten interlude:

the road box, after

the road box, after

In the park, we began on the west side at Payson Hall clubhouse.

Payson Hall, before and after

Payson Hall, before and after

I was relieved to see that ALL the annuals were crispy, including the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in the whiskey barrels, so we could put the job to bed for 2014.

Six barrels, three on each side

Six barrels, three on each side

crispy at last!

crispy at last!

looking west, after.  The barrels have narcissi which I hope will rebloom well in 2015.

looking west, after. The barrels have narcissi which I hope will rebloom well in 2015.

After a bit of weeding and further cutting back, I bade farewell to the west garden of Andersen’s for 2014.

Payson Hall has blue roof

Payson Hall has blue roof

looking southeast from Payson Hall

looking southeast from Payson Hall

looking east

looking east toward the house

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goodbye to this garden till 2015!

behind the office.  The weather was so warm and windless that we shed our jackets and scarves.

behind the office. The weather was so warm and windless that we shed our jackets and scarves.

We pulled the annuals from pots ar0und the east side of the office.

The hydrangeas on the east wall of the house had been well frozen.

The hydrangeas on the east wall of the house had been well frozen.

the east wall brick planter cleaned up

the east wall brick planter cleaned up

goodbye to the picket fence garden till 2015!!

goodbye to the picket fence garden till 2015!!

I was so focused on getting done that I did not even think to say goodbye to the staff for the year.  All that was on my mind was how many jobs I could cross off the work board by the end of the day.  That oversight calls for a phone call later this week.

Anchorage Cottages

Next, we went to Anchorage Cottages and I was happy to see the annuals in the pots and windowboxes were done.  While I pulled plants from the pots, Allan emptied the windowboxes completely.

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Early this morning, I had remembered and then forgotten a certain fact.  Allan had done two windowboxes standing on buckets when he remembered the same thing:  The boxes lift off their brackets!  So he was able to carry the last two to our trailer and just upend them to empty them.  The soil was dry, making them light.  I noticed today that the soil in many of the containers is very dry.  We need rain (although I hope it holds off for three more days).

With the windowboxes empty, we put in the liner insets that are planted with early spring bulbs.

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Goodbye to the courtyard garden till 2015!!!

Goodbye to the courtyard garden till 2015!!!

I suppose it is possible that a big windstorm or a spell of extreme cold will get us out for one more midwinter check of the gardens…

We dumped our debris from yesterday at the Long Beach city works dump.  Yesterday’s dead van battery had resulted in us working till it was too dark to dump.  Then we went to…

Jo’s garden

…for the last annuals clean up.  I pulled, out of the windowboxes, the geraniums  that I had not had the heart to pull before.

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I might have still relented till Allan asked me if I wanted to be pulling them later on a rainy or icy day.  No.

Jo's nasturtiums, all mush now

Jo’s nasturtiums, all mush now

all cleaned up

all cleaned up

the last sweep of 2014

the last sweep of 2014

Long Beach

At the city works yard we had collected a few buckets of leftover mulch to add to the semi circle garden at Veterans Field and we managed to get that done and some perennials cut back as the sun went down.

Veterans Field at dusk

in Veterans Field at dusk

Allan's photo, looking west.  Note blissful lack of wind.

Allan’s photo, looking west. Note blissful lack of wind.

I thought we could do one last little mission at….

The Depot Restaurant

My idea was to finally pull the annuals from  the two windowboxes on the north side of the building.  And yet…they have refused to die so far.  I had even picked up a few pinecones from Jo’s driveway to decorate the empty boxes.  I stashed them in a planter there for later.

the annuals that will not die

the annuals that will not die

Food at the Depot had been on my mind as we almost had a visit yesterday from our friend Marla of Seattle, a visit that would likely have included a Depot dinner.  She had not been able to make the drive.  Today, I had seen THIS on Facebook, and the temptation was great.

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We could not resist, and I was delighted that the Cioppino special was still available.

Chef Michael writes "chocolate Guiness cake" on the dessert board

Chef Michael writes “chocolate Guiness cake” on the dessert board

views from our table

views from our table

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French onion gratinee

French onion gratinee

It is a joyous moment when one’s spoon pushes down on the cheese of a French onion soup.

cioppino and steak Killian

cioppino and steak Killian, Pinot Noir and Guiness

and chocolate Guiness cake

and chocolate Guiness cake

At home, I had the joy of removing Andersen’s, Anchorage, and Jo from frost clean ups, along with the task of mulching at Veterans Field.

a workboard getting sparser by the day

a workboard getting sparser by the day

We are in the midst of watching season 2 of The Americans in the late evening.  Tomorrow, I urgently desire that the last of the bulbs arrive on schedule so that we can get them planted before rain returns.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Today, I was determined to cross two jobs off the bulb planting AND fall clean up lists.  Before we buckled down to bulbing, we stopped at the Ilwaco boatyard garden because I remembered that I had a piece of a nice, tall, well behaved aster to plant there.  It’s a division from a handsome plant at Andersen’s RV Park; I’m wondering if it might be Aster ‘Hella Lacy’. Or ‘Alma Potschke’.   It is similar in habit to ‘Harrington’s Pink’ but darker.

Aster 'Harrington's Pink'

Aster ‘Harrington’s Pink’ at the boatyard earlier this year

reminder to self: It's planted here.

reminder to self: It’s planted here.

with a truly good aster ('Harrington's Pink', I think)

Here it is, earlier this year at Andersen’s

I had noticed while leaving our place this morning how very good Geranium ‘Rozanne’ still looks, and here it is at the boatyard:

Have never known it to look this fine in mid November.

Have never known it to look this fine in mid November.

We are rushing to get bulbs in before some cold weather that I am sure will knock all sorts of plants back to mush.  Although we can keep planting as long as the ground is not frozen solid,  cold hands do not make for a happy workday.

the bench at the south end of the boatyard

the bench at the south end of the boatyard

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

After that quick boatyard planting task, we were off to the real jobs of the day.

Andersen’s RV Park

Andersen's RV Park

Andersen’s RV Park and the ocean

all the garden areas

all the garden areas

above, left: the field with the six planted whiskey barrels.  Middle, the house and restroom buildings with white roofs, showing the west garden (poppies in summer) on the left side of the house and the white picket fence garden on the right side of the house.  Payson Hall clubhouse has the blue roof.  To the upper right is the garden shed (grey roof) and its garden.  The trailers parked to the right of the house mostly belong to the park staff.

Today we worked on the west and picket fence gardens.

Today we worked on the west and picket fence gardens.

So, first I planted the very few bulbs that I had sorted for Andersen’s.  Can’t plant tulips all over the place here because of deer, and the gardens are already chockablock with narcissi, so I just planted some tulips (Angelique and Apricot Parrot) in pots right the the office and some short alliums (Christophii and Schubertii) in the Payson Hall planters.  Our main purpose here was to finish the fall clean up.  As soon as we have a hard frost, the last clean up of the season will follow.

The Payson Hall planters still have yellow flowers from Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' and sanvitalia.

The Payson Hall planters still have yellow flowers from Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and sanvitalia.

The field with six barrels of 'Butterfly'; I am totally OVER deadheading it this year.

The field with six barrels of ‘Butterfly’; I am totally OVER deadheading it this year.

fall colour behind the office (which is in the north end of the house)

fall colour behind the office (which is in the north end of the house)

looking west from behind the office

looking southwest from behind the office

While Allan worked on getting the last of the golden rod out by the restroom and luandry building (the same goldenrod I had THOUGHT we would have cut and dug by Halloween!), I planted the bulbs.

Allan's first task, in the cold, cold shade: tall goldenrod by the restrooms.

Allan’s first task, in the cold, cold shade: tall goldenrod by the restrooms.

It's a mad runner, so we try to get out all the roots, and then have a pleasant amount by accident the following year.

It’s a mad runner, so we try to get out all the roots, and then have a pleasant amount by accident the following year.

With that done and the bulbs in, we both tackled the picket fence garden which so far has had only minimal clean up this autumn.  The east wind blew unrelentingly.  Although it was chilly and I was not especially happy to begin, as soon as I got started, I enjoyed the project.

a red rose blooming inside the fence...Unfortunately, deer now eat all the roses on the outside the fence.

a red rose blooming inside the fence…Unfortunately, deer now eat all the roses on the outside the fence.

picket fence garden, before, looking north from the office door area

picket fence garden, before, looking north from the office door area

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after

As you can see, I was inspired to put an edge on the lawn.  We dug out a lot of phlox along the fence, and Allan removed an old rose that had reverted to its root stock and was no longer of interest.

before: looking east from the house

before: looking east from the house

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after; the sweet peas will have less competition along the fence next spring!

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After a hard frost, we will return to cut down a few more plants, like the pineapple sage in the foreground.

After a hard frost, we will return to cut down a few more plants, like the pineapple sage in the foreground.

We always run out of steam in the fall before cutting down the annoying clump of asters at the very south end of the picket fence.

We always run out of steam in the fall before cutting down the annoying clump of asters at the very south end of the picket fence.

We had perhaps an hour and a half of daylight left as we headed off to a job that would be protected from the nagging and increasing wind.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, we work in a courtyard completely enclosed by the building so were saved from the wind for the rest of the day.

I found this photograph on the GS website, showing the courtyard when it was first installed.  The corner quadrants were fresh green lawn.

the courtyard at the beginning

the courtyard at the beginning

By the time my mom moved in in fall of 2009, the corner beds had turned to messy scrubby grass and weeds, and we gradually turned all four corners into garden.

Today I had some bulbs to plant, not nearly as many as I would like.  I want the gardens to be an absolute mass of tulip colour.  No deer can get in here to munch on them.  However, there is a budget to consider so I only planted about 25 bright tulips and six alliums.  And I added two clumps of that bright pink tall aster (free!) that I’d planted at the boatyard this morning.

While I bulbed, Allan worked on clearing some of the reseeded pink cranesbill geranium that was infesting the southeast bed, having snuck in from a clump that someone in the past (not me!) had planted under a tree outside the garden bed.

Allan at work

Allan at work

I decided to plant all of the bulbs in the beds down by the dining rooms at the north end of the courtyard.

The NW quadrant and the dining room windows

The NW quadrant and the dining room windows

The NE quadrant

The NE quadrant

My mother’s room was to the right of and had a view of this quadrant.  Were it not for her residency here, this flower garden would not have come to be.  I thought about how appropriate it was to be planting bulbs outside her old window on Veterans Day, after having published her Marine Corps story on this blog that very morning.  (The blog is still running a few days behind.)

The garden beds, weeded (mostly weeded) and tidied, look better in photos than in real life.  All the beds need mulching to even them out.  And yet mulching is such a hard job here as one has to wheelbarrow the dairy manure or soil energy mulch down a long carpeted hallway, after arranging with the staff to keep a fire door propped partway open.

and the long, rather surreal trek down the carpeted hallway to the courtyard door...

last spring:  the long, rather surreal trek down the carpeted hallway to the courtyard door…

I just had to add mulching this garden to the work list.  However, I put it under “projects”, which means it might not get done till the 2015 work season begins.  I think we are out of steam for such a big task this fall.

We worked till after the courtyard lights came on.

Looking south: We worked till after the courtyard lights came on.

looking north:  I'm happy with how the center lawn is turning to moss spangled with a few plants.

looking north: I’m happy with how the center lawn is turning to moss spangled with a few plants.

I remember one of the residents telling me how the center lawn had turned to all moss and it was “like a fairyland”, until someone put moss killer on it.  I hope the courtyard is enough OUR territory now that that will not happen again.  I prefer the moss to grass.

Indoors, a nice sit spot overlooks the south end of the garden (where no bulbs were added, so I hope some return from last year).

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Garden Tour Nancy’s husband’s aunt used to arrange a cocktail hour here one day a week.

her little cocktail bar

her little cocktail bar

I wonder if it still goes on now that the auntie has passed away?

While perusing the website today, I found this photo of their charming little library at the other end of the building.

I've often seen residents doing jigsaw puzzles here.

I’ve often seen residents doing jigsaw puzzles here.

We left at dusk.  I had forgotten to eat all day, having survived on a hot mocha that we bought for comfort on our way to Andersen’s.  So, on the way home, when we got to Seaview, we found it impossible to drive past the beckoning lights of …

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot after dark

The Depot after dark

so inviting

so inviting

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We were there in time for the small bites happy hour.  Hunger inspired us to have proper dinners instead.

wilted spinach (and kale and cabbage) salad, smoky paprika fries, and a nice glass of pinot noir

wilted spinach (and kale and cabbage) salad, smoky paprika fries, and a nice glass of pinot noir

Steak Killian: Chef’s Special Cut Chargrilled prime grass fed, hormone free 7 oz Filet Mignon topped with a Charred Green Onion Sauce accompanied by Potato Gratin

Steak Killian: Chef’s Special Cut Chargrilled prime grass fed, hormone free 7 oz Filet Mignon topped with a Charred Green Onion Sauce accompanied by Potato Gratin

As we dined (and warmed up and relaxed, although Allan did say his feet stayed cold), I enjoyed the view from our table.

depot

depot

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I really had thought we’d wait and have a celebratory dinner when all the bulbs were planted.  That probably won’t happen till next week, with all the rain and cold due to arrive for a few days starting Thursday.

The work board does look better tonight, with Andersen’s and Golden Sands removed from two columns, fall clean up and bulbs!

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You can see I had to add those darn end of season sale bulbs which will be divided among the port, Long Beach…and me.

Work and blogging done, it’s time to put our feet up and watch some True Blood before the DVD box gets overdue at the library.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

We expected a storm to arrive Friday so decided we should make an appearance at several of our public garden jobs. But before we went public, we attended to Cheri’s garden a few blocks east. You may recall the Margaret Drabble short story I had read recently in which a vacationer’s idyll with nature is interrupted by several days’ work by a gardener.

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Not wanting to cause such disruption is what had kept us away from Cheri’s while she and Charlie had housesitters there. Now that Cheri and Charlie are back from vacation, we did some more fall cleanup.

Cheri’s Garden

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after (after not cutting down the foreground plants (Anthemis ‘Sauce Hollandaise’) due to lack of time)

Penstemon 'Burgundy Brew' still blooming

Penstemon ‘Burgundy Brew’ still blooming

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Long Beach

I wished to accomplish one thing in Long Beach: cutting back a tatty Geranium ‘Rozanne’ that had been plaguing me each time we drove through town.

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after, with the concrete damp in the area where old foliage was removed

Next, we drove all the way north to Ocean Park (although NOT all the way to Marilyn’s in Surfside).

Wiegardt Gallery

I tackled the task of clearing out some of the Bad Aster and Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ that has had its way with the garden this summer.

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Look who I found!

Look who I found! (So glad I did not hurt it.)

Meanwhile, Allan chopped Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ down in the north garden bed. It didn’t look bad yet, but this year we are on a mission to get most fall clean up done before bulb time, instead of during or after bulb time.

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north bed, minus Helianthis, with Miscanthus variegatus

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We drove south a short ways to Klipsan Beach Cottages. As we got out of the van, I said a squall was on its way, and at that moment Denny came out the back door of the garage and said we probably had fifteen minutes before the rain came. That was about right. I only wanted to get a little bit done, mainly to cut down the tall stalks of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ and move one lily.

east gate of fenced garden

east gate of fenced garden

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fall colour on blueberries

fall colour on blueberries

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after

after (at home, I won’t cut the Thalictrum till much later because I love its stem colour)

a late rose

a late rose

with a little spider

with a little spider

My friend comes to say hello.

My friend comes to say hello.

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Look at the size of that lily bulb!!  It's one that I have been planning to move as it is quite tall and too close to the front of the bed.

Look at the size of that lily bulb!! It’s one that I have been planning to move as it is quite tall and too close to the front of the bed.

Miscanthus 'Gold Bar' in a pot in the center of the garden

Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’ in a pot in the center of the garden

pineapple sage in the rain

pineapple sage in the rain

I yanked some spent cosmos and some aster. Then the rain came just as we thought. I could see that it was only a squall as the sky was light to the south, so we left to drive to the next job 90 blocks to the south.

Andersen’s RV Park

looking southwest

looking southwest

nice shapes and colours behind the office

nice shapes and colours behind the office

All we did was a bit of deadheading; we still have one big project to do here, the picket fence garden clean up, but we did not have time today. I wanted to make sure we accomplished some work at The Anchorage before the next squall hit.

Anchorage Cottages

There were several more things I might have gotten done at the Anchorage had the skies not opened with a dramatic hailstorm and thunder and lightning.

This golden hardy fuchsia is trying to revert to green and needs to have the green stems removed.

This golden hardy fuchsia is trying to revert to green and needs to have the green stems removed.

gardens by south wing of cottages

gardens by south wing of cottages

on the roof

on the roof

I groomed the remaining annuals in pots while Allan did a hard cutback of some lady’s mantle near the office. I was able to take shelter in the office while the hail pelted down. Poor Allan was stuck hunkering against a wall near the garbage bin behind the building, while trying to dump some debris.

north cottages and office

north cottages and office

stormy colours down on the edge of the lawn

stormy colours down on the east edge of the lawn

We had managed to work till almost dusk, and then went for our traditional Thursday dinner.

The Cove Restaurant

The Cove

The Cove

There was no ahi tuna on the revolving “Chef’s Mercy” menu this week, so I had the prawns solo and Allan had the fish tacos ($2 each!), with an apple ginger salad for each of us and the hard apple cider that I find so refreshing on Thursday evening.

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Alternating with some stormy bookish days (more on these later), we settled into a routine of going to Andersen’s RV Park. Other than Long Beach, it’s our biggest fall clean up job. I don’t do this sort of clean up at home. I would rather leave most old plants tall until springtime. At resorts, the guests expect tidiness. Even in my own garden, I do some clean up earlier in the late winter than I would if I were retired, just because garden jobs will keep me too busy in the spring.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

On the way to work (yes, on a Saturday, as one must do fall clean up whenever the weather allows, no matter how much one skived off work in the month of September), we popped into The Planter Box to get a lavender plant for one of the Ilwaco planters. I was reminded of how much I like this perennial chrysanthemum that they carry.

Planter Box plant display

Planter Box plant display

Our work mission was to continue the attack on the Bad Aster at Andersen’s RV Park. We had, as usual, let it invade the west garden way too much after the annual poppies. It had redeemed itself with a show of pale blue flowers through the mid-autumn, but now it has to be removed or it will completely take over and there will be no room for poppies next year.

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before

Allan tackled the middle section while I went through the area to the left, that he had cleared two days ago, using the pick to get out masses of roots.

It's a hard slog to get the roots out.  (Allan's photo)

It’s a hard slog to get the roots out. (Allan’s photo)

Often the Stipa tenuissima plumes in the wind catch my eye and make me think for a second that there's a golden dog wagging its tail next to me.

Often the Stipa tenuissima plumes in the wind catch my eye and make me think for a second that there’s a golden dog wagging its tail next to me.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

the roots are horrendous

the roots are horrendous

I got out several wheelbarrows full.

I got out several wheelbarrows full.

after

after

after

after

before and after, Allan's photos

before and after, Allan’s photos

The dratted aster will re-emerge from any piece of root left behind, as will the accursed quack grass, so this will have to be gone over again in late winter before planting poppy seeds. By then, we will probably find that the red Flanders Field poppies will have reseeded themselves, but we will add more seeds of assorted poppies to be sure to have a good display.

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On our next day here, we will clear the south side of the garden, below.

Next!

Next!

I gave a bit of attention to the Payson Hall planters. All of the sanvitalia (short and yellow) reseeded from last year. The end is bare where a Salvia patens got cut back due to looking utterly tatty.

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To my surprise, a late Tigridia bloomed:

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

Tigridia (Mexican Shell Flower)

Monday, 20 October 2014

Allan found a frog under the trailer while hooking up for work.

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As you can see, there had been much rain the day and night before.

After a stormy bookish Sunday, we went back to work at Andersen’s, clearing the south side of the west garden of (some) goldenrod, a lot of asters, and assorted weeds.

before

before

I was going to take all the goldenrod out. However, the main clump got spared for now by still looking interesting. We’ll take down the rest next week so we can use the stalks in our Halloween corridor of spooky plants. At that time, we’ll get out as many roots as we can, knowing that some goldenrod WILL come back next year. It’s the tough old running kind, not the very polite and clumping Solidago ‘Fireworks’ that I favour now.

before

before

We would also try to finish the end of the center bed where we left off on Saturday.

before

before

after

after weeding among assorted good plants

after

after

after

after

after

after

after....I guess you can tell I am well chuffed with our job.

after….I guess you can tell I am well chuffed with our job.

Allan's before and after

Allan’s before and after

We worked till almost sunset.

We worked till almost sunset.

We treated two old friends of mine from my mid 20s, Xan and Marla, to dinner at The Depot Restaurant. I had not seen either of them for well over 25 years. I realized as they filled me in on many former acquaintances of my punk rock years, that the only ones I had truly cared what happened to were my former housemate, Wilum Pugmire, and the two of them, so it was perfect that they were our dinner companions. My mind sort of reeled at all the names that were invoked and thus no photos were taken of the occasion.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Despite a threatening weather forecast, we managed to get just a bit of work done.

First, I did some weeding at our volunteer Ilwaco Post Office garden while Allan dug a large and very tatty old lavender out of the city planter there. The lavender was originally donated and planted by Painted Lady Lavender Farm, so we planted a new lavender in its place.

I am picking away at the post office garden columbine seedlings...far too many.

I am picking away at the post office garden columbine seedlings…far too many.

One little lavender gives room for planting bulbs in the post office planter.

One little lavender gives room for planting bulbs in the post office planter.

Way back when, someone (not us) had put some bottles or something like that in this planter to take up some room, then put in soil and a lavender plant. The soil had then sunk ridiculously low, so we were very glad to get it filled up with potting soil again.

Back at Andersen’s RV Park, we continued the fall cleanup at the garden shed garden.

before

before

As we were getting toward the end of the project, I felt an ominous darkening of the sky and advised Allan to get at least one of the two wheelbarrows of debris dumped. As he did, a pelting fierce rain began, the kind that drenches one to the skin almost immediately. I had to keep picking up debris and then got into the van, thinking I would not even be able to get a proper after photo.

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from in the van

Then the squall had passed. Had I known it was only a squall, I would have hopped into the van earlier. We were able to do a bit more weeding till more rain came, and with a dark sky all the way to the south and clothing sodden from rain, we decided work was over for the day.

In the second rain squall, the "after" photo of the day

In the second rain squall, the “after” photo of the day

On the way home, we saw the city crew out making a new garden bed in Veterans Field. It will soon be ready for us to plant up (with more red white and blue-ish plants).

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The little monument is a tribute to former senator and local groceryman Sid Snyder; we all agreed that it is a lettering about Sid (lower part) is a little hard to read and might need some touch up with black.

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We decided to have a look at the weather on the port. The wind was whipping at about 28 mph. Allan’s the one who walked out to get the photos while I sheltered in the van.

The two flag warning was up.

The two flag warning was up.

warning flags flown at the port office

warning flags flown at the port office

The Mystique, whose progress in the boat yard we have been following all summer, is now in the marina.

Mystique

Mystique

Mystique's owner plans to sail off to Mexico with his dog.

Mystique’s owner plans to sail off to Mexico with his dog.

The Discovery, which we saw being brought into the boatyard a few days ago, is in the water again.

quick turnaround on the Discovery

quick turnaround on the Discovery

We found it poignant to see the for rent sign on the space formerly occupied by the late lamented Pelicano Restaurant.

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the restaurant, now being marketed as a turnkey establishment

the restaurant, now being marketed as a turnkey establishment

At home, I wrote out the work board, just from memory, so it probably does not even include all the jobs we have to do before staycation. (I forgot to list The Boreas Inn garden, for example.) There are two fall clean ups: The one we are doing now, cutting plants back, and the post-frost clean up at jobs that have annuals. We are awaiting the bulb arrival for bulb time to begin.

After a month or more of being blank, the work board returns to action.

After a month or more of being blank, the work board returns to action.

The forecast for the next day or two is dire and I predict at least one bookish day off before returning to do the Andersen’s picket fence garden fall clean up.

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The wall of china on the shed had already begun to rattle in the wind, so for the second and final time this autumn, down they come till springtime.

battening down the hatches

battening down the hatches

The wind was already too fierce to go back into the bogsy woods to rescue a couple of decorative items from there.

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danger of falling branches from the alder grove

It’s so much better at our current residence than back at the old Tangly Cottage which was so scarily overhung by tall trees that each storm was an ordeal.

Finally, Allan’s photos of a late rose blooming in Nora’s garden next door:

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

We did the rounds of most of our public garden jobs because rain was predicted for Friday and we wanted to make sure they got done. Wiegardt Gallery, Oman Builder’s Supply and Marilyn’s garden, the three most north jobs, and Golden Sands got neglected this week.

Before work, I took a quick spin around the garden.

out the front door, Stewartia fall colour

out the front door, Stewartia fall colour

coleus by the shed

coleus by the shed

Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia' by the greenhouse

Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ by the greenhouse

Soon it will be time to take my few tender succulents into the greenhouse.

Soon it will be time to take my few tender succulents into the greenhouse.

I picked up more fallen branches, so our campfire wood pile grows.

I had picked up more fallen branches yesterday, so our campfire wood pile grows. Allan had added some branch pieces from the ornamental plum pruning.

autumnal astilbes

autumnal astilbes

fuchsia magellanica

fuchsia magellanica

and another hardy fuchsia

and another hardy fuchsia

In the greenhouse, the appalling-looking tomato plants are still producing.

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I picked some tomatoes, and then had to get to work.

I picked some tomatoes, and then had to get to work.

Ilwaco Post Office garden

We simply had to do a little bit of weeding in our volunteer garden.

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And I planted the best of the rudbeckia divisions given us by Kathleen Shaw.

And I planted the best of the rudbeckia divisions given us by Kathleen Shaw.

The Depot Restaurant in Seaview

We are no longer trying to completely deadhead the cosmos...

We are no longer trying to completely deadhead the cosmos…

I did deadhead the Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' by the window, behind that maddenly late blooming cosmos.

I did deadhead the Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ by the window, behind that maddenly late blooming cosmos, some of which had broken off.

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Long Beach

We paused to clip Lysimachia under one Long Beach street tree.

carrying an armload of debris to the trailer

carrying an armload of debris to the trailer

On the way north out of town, I was maddened to see a very unattractive stalk of spent Schizostylis (a late blooming perennial) in the planter just north of the pharmacy. I had noticed it last week, too; something would have to be done later.

Anchorage Cottages

At the Anchorage, I was inspired to do a good fall clean up of one end of the courtyard garden, getting rid of two tatty old lavenders and a cluster of Bad Aster.

after

after

The area above got a piece of Kathleen’s rudbeckia; she used to stay at the Anchorage while visiting, before she bought her little cottage halfway up the Peninsula.

The annuals in the courtyard planters are still looking pleasant enough...although not for much longer.

The annuals in the courtyard planters are still looking pleasant enough…although not for much longer.

Lotus vine has been a big success in the four windowboxes...

Lotus vine has been a big success in the four windowboxes…

and is blooming now.

and is blooming now.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella was out on the lawn when we got to KBC.

She's a little camera shy.

She’s a little camera shy.

There she is!

There she is!

Mary was raking leaves.

Mary was raking leaves.

A critter of some kind had gotten into the fenced garden. I think it was a bear, over the fence! Or maybe a deer, standing on its hind legs to get the apples off the top of the young apple tree. Whoever it was, the top of the tree was broken off, and the apples were gone.

Luis pruning the broken parts off the tree, deciding what would be the new leader.

Luis pruning the broken parts off the tree, deciding what would be the new leader.

I clipped a plethora of perennials back in this corner by the greenhouse.

I clipped a plethora of perennials back in this corner by the greenhouse.

a good aster that has bloomed for weeks

a good aster that has bloomed for weeks

hardy fuchsias

hardy fuchsias

a late rose

a late rose

and a spider web on rose 'Jude the Obscure'

and a spider web on rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

Andersen’s RV Park

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While I deadheaded the ubiqitous Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, Allan began the fall clean up of the west beds, pulling of the Bad Aster along the westernmost edge of the beds.

the aster project begins

the aster project begins

As usual, I berate myself for letting the aster take over so thoroughly after the poppies are done, when its cloud of pale blue seems welcome. Worse yet, we let it go to seed.

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Allan’s photo: before

after

Allan’s photo: after

root length of the bad aster, Allan's photo

root length of the bad aster, Allan’s photo

I went in after him and got more roots out, as the aster roots are pernicious and have given shelter to swathes of quack grass. We would return soon for more aster mayhem.

While we were working, park owner Lorna came out to visit and told me that she now reads the Tootlepedal blog every day. I was so pleased. Now there are at least three Tootlepedal fans on the LB Peninsula. We worked till the sun was low in the sky, and then indulged in our Thursday tradition.

The Cove Restaurant

the cats of the Cove

the cats of the Cove

This Thursday's menu

This Thursday’s menu

J9, Jill and their friend Judy McP. were also there (finishing their early dinner), as I knew they would be, and, as secretly planned, J9 presented Allan with a bag of sweet goodies from a recent trip to Trader Joe’s, to thank him for the plaque he made in memory for her cat, Buddy.

Allan's treats

Allan’s treats

I had been counting the hours till I could have a glass of crisp and frosty hardy apple cider.

I had been counting the hours till I could have a glass of crisp and frosty hardy apple cider.

fried artichokes with creole mayo

fried artichokes with creole mayo

apple ginger salad with craisins

apple ginger salad with craisins and feta cheese

I had the ahi tuna; Allan had fish tacos.

I had the ahi tuna; Allan had fish tacos.

Allan had chocolate cake; I had this bread pudding with cranberries, so rich I took half home for tomorrow.

Allan had chocolate cake; I had this bread pudding with cranberries, so rich I took half home for tomorrow.

Long Beach again

That is not a finger blighter…That’s Allan, pulling the ugly schizostylis stalk that I noticed much earlier in the day. I remembered!

Now it will stop haunting my dreams.

Now it will stop haunting my dreams.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Long Beach City Hall garden, where we picked up our check.

Long Beach City Hall garden, where we picked up our check.

Pink Poppy Bakery is closed for a bit for good reason.

Pink Poppy Bakery is closed for a bit for good reason.

The Planter Box

Our first mission of the day was to get a few plants for KBC Mary’s birthday.  The Planter Box was right on our way, although I forgot to get some lavenders for the port gardens.

fall colour at the planter box

fall colour at The Planter Box

gloriosa daisies

more fall colour

The Planter Box is pumpkin central....

The Planter Box is pumpkin central….

and also has lots of adorable little gourds.

and also has lots of adorable little gourds.

Teresa's favourite pumpkin

Teresa’s favourite pumpkin

They may have a "guess the weight" contest for this giant pumpkin.

They may have a “guess the weight” contest for this giant pumpkin.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

One of the Golden Sands residents had asked if we could bring back my mother’s three tiered lighted plant growing rack.  So we did, but what a trial it turned out to be.

Allan re-assembling it in the parking lot

Allan re-assembling it in the parking lot

It took time at home to break it down to ride in the van, and then 40 minutes at Golden Sands to reassemble it.  The parking lot was not a wise choice for an assembly site, or perhaps the unwise choice was trying to save time by leaving the fluorescent light tubes in…because we lost one in a great crash, and much time had to be spent sweeping up the pieces.

Not one tiny piece could be left behind in case a dog was walked along that area.

Not one tiny piece could be left behind in case a dog was walked along that area.

It was a bad and time-sucking start to the workday.

In the courtyard garden, I went after the usual problems while Allan strimmed the center lawn.  (We find it quicker to weedeat it than to take time to bring a mower and have to wheel it in and out via the long carpeted hallway.)

from the south end of the courtyard

from the south end of the courtyard

I am trying to control the rampantly reseeded aquilegia (columbine) and the spreading white achillea (yarrow) and the beach strawberry.

columbine, yarrow, and beach strawberry...pesky.

columbine, yarrow, and beach strawberry…pesky.

The SW quadrant is particularly full of columbine.

The SW quadrant is particularly full of columbine.

We had no time to pull the annoying pink hardy geranium from the SE quadrant.

We had no time to pull the annoying pink hardy geranium from the SE quadrant.

One wheelbarrow load of assorted thugs was all we had time to pull today.  Allan took some detail photos:

A rose planted by a volunteer.

A rose planted by a volunteer….

...outside of the quadrant gardens.

…outside of the quadrant gardens.

My mom's Joseph Coat rose

My mom’s Joseph Coat rose

mom's copper coloured rose

mom’s copper coloured rose

Klipsan Beach Cottages

from the east gate of the fenced garden, with part of Mary's gift at lower right.

from the east gate of the fenced garden, with part of Mary’s gift at lower right.

We brought her three Rudbeckia 'Irish Eyes'.

We brought her three Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’.

and three ornamental cabbages (in the lower pot)

and three ornamental cabbages (in the lower pot) to add to the display she had already made.

a well behaved aster in the fenced garden

a well behaved aster in the fenced garden

aster with Agapanthus seedheads

aster with Agapanthus seedheads

the little hebes that Mary planted last week

Hebe ‘McKeanii’, the little hebes that Mary planted last week; tag claims the foliage is chartreuse, probably in springtime.

one of the hardy fuchsias

one of the hardy fuchsias

Golden Sands needs hardy fuchsias!

Golden Sands needs hardy fuchsias!

Eupatorium 'Chocolate' blooms late with white flowers

Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’ blooms late with white flowers

Persicaria 'Golden Arrow' is going strong.

Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’ is going strong.

Schizostylis will bloom for weeks longer.

Schizostylis will bloom for weeks longer.

Some of the bad aster has prevailed and looks pretty now.

Some of the bad aster has prevailed and looks pretty now.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' has been wonderful this year.

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ has been wonderful this year.

Melianthus major close up

Melianthus major close up

black currants and tetrapanax

black currants and tetrapanax

Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry' with a small rhodo throwing some late blooms

Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’ with a small rhodo throwing some late blooms

Wiegardt Gallery

A bit further north, we found havoc being wreaked along Bay Avenue: the utility company and the highway department were cutting lots of big trees along the edge of the road, a very radical form of keeping tree limbs off the power lines.  Citizens were wielding chain saws to collect firewood so the atmosphere was far from peaceful.  It was a startling change and I read later on Facebook that some locals were displeased.

looking south with chainsaw wielders in the background and tall trees gone from the skyline

looking south with chainsaw wielders in the background and tall trees gone from the skyline

lots of noise and ruckus

lots of noise and ruckus

Cosmos still blooming in the front garden of the gallery

Cosmos still blooming in the front garden of the gallery

Gallery manager Christl came out to chat and to show us that she had been to The Planter Box and purchased our favourite gardening tool, the Ho Mi (Korean Hand Plow, Zen Digger, EZ Digger):

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While we chatted over the sound of chainsaws, I admired the light on the berries of the  cotoneaster that grows on the front lawn.

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

not sure which cotoneaster, but it is taller than me.

not sure which cotoneaster, but it is taller than me.

with the stems of Stipa gigantea

with the stems of Stipa gigantea

Andersen’s RV Park

We then headed south to halfway down the Peninsula and Andersen’s.  I deadhead the many, many, many Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’, a non stop annual bloomer.

looking west

looking west

busy

The park was busy midweek because of clam digging days.  The clam tides are set to certain days in fall, winter, and very early spring, and a license is required to dig a limited amount.

Allan had deadheaded and tidied the Payson Hall clubhouse planters.

Allan had deadheaded and tidied the Payson Hall clubhouse planters.

I had intended to start pulling asters and weeding the west side garden.  I could not get motivated.  All I could think of was how much I wanted to go home and have just one more fire.  So I told myself the asters still had a bit of blue and should not be pulled yet.

Don't you see the haze of blue?

Don’t you see the haze of blue?

goldenrod in the west garden, far from ready to cut back

goldenrod in the west garden, far from ready to cut back

My work ethic is not what is once was.  Off we skived to have a fire and roast some sausages, using the fairly good excuse that rain was due in two days, and then more rain for a week, and Allan needed to get the lawn mowed before it became too long and wet.

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On the way home, it looked like fog was blanketing the south end of the Peninsula.

On the way home, it looked like fog was blanketing the south end of the Peninsula.

When we got to Ilwaco's Black Lake, the sky became blue again.

When we got to Ilwaco’s Black Lake, the sky became blue again; the fog had just been over Seaview.

In the back garden, I took some flower photos and then had much enjoyment snapping dry salmonberry stems for kindling.

Fuchsia 'Grayrigg'

Fuchsia ‘Grayrigg’

another hardy Fuchsia

another hardy Fuchsia

another very flouncy Fuchsia

another very flouncy hardy Fuchsia

One of my newer acquisiton which has lost its tag.

One of my newer acquisiton which has lost its tag.

After the so satisfying session of snapping dry salmonberry branches, and with the lawn successfully mowed, we settled in to burn up all the rest of last year’s fallen alder branches.  I felt a strong urge to not have any left, to start afresh and see if enough dry branches fall this winter to provide all of next summer’s fires.

view from my fireside chair

view from my fireside chair

Allan said he saw something spooky over the port, and at first he could not figure out what it was…then he realized it was local resident Dave’s kite high up in the fog.

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The building in the background used to house our beloved Pelicano restaur

He went to get a closer look.  Every evening, Dave takes his dog and his kite for a walk along the port.

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Allan was not thrilled with my fire building technique.

Allan was not thrilled with my fire building technique.

sausage roasting

sausage roasting

less elegantly known as a hot dog with cheese and chipotle filling

less elegantly known as a hot dog with cheese and chipotle filling

and the wood burns down

and the wood burns down

the ceremonial burning of this year's fire poking branch

the ceremonial burning of this year’s fire poking branch

and naught left but coals

and naught left but coals

The fog had rolled in, the fog horns were sounding on the river, and the lights of boats in the marina were reflected in the luminous night sky.

marina lights south of the bogsy woods

marina lights south of the bogsy woods

peaceful night view

peaceful night view

to the southwest, the much brighter lights of Jessie's Fish Company

to the southwest, the much brighter lights of Jessie’s Fish Company where workers were bustling with forklifts

the very end of campfire season?

the very end of campfire season?

I’m already sad that all the wood is burned up and might get enough dry firewood from J9 for maybe just one more fire if we have another clear autumn evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 22 September 2014

It was so hard to shake the spell of the Sylvia Beach Hotel and get back to work. I just wanted to turn around and go back. If I drove, perhaps I would have. (Destiny told me that she once stayed there for fifteen nights, trying and failing to leave twice during that time. Once she almost got away but then turned back.) However, we buckled down to work instead.

We spent all day at Nelly and Don’s garden in Ilwaco, cutting plants back and weeding.

Nelly's back yard garden before

Nelly’s back yard garden before

and after

and after

Allan's project on the east side, before...

Allan’s project on the east side, before…

Someone had been hired to prune the hedge; Nelly is so kind that she had sent him home out of concern on the 91 degree day two days before.

Allan raking out the hedge clippings

Allan raking out the hedge clippings

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one of the areas Allan tackled, before and after

one of the areas Allan tackled, before and after

I do think Nelly's house is one of the two prettiest houses in town.

I do think Nelly’s house is one of the two prettiest houses in town.

That probably leads to the question: Which is the other prettiest house? This one, up on School Hill:

LB Williams House (1899)

LB Williams House (1899)

Nelly’s garden took all day (there is a side garden, too, and the front beds, none of which I photographed). Afterwards, we took Carol to dinner at the Depot Restaurant on her last night of her beach vacation.

Depot Restaurant garden

our Depot Restaurant garden

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We shared artichoke fritos.

We shared artichoke fritos.

I had delicious smoky borscht.

I had delicious smoky borscht.

and parmesan artichoke risotta with a micro Greek salad on top.

and parmesan artichoke risotta with a micro Greek salad on top.

Carol and Allan each had the renowned Southern Comfort Pork.

Carol and Allan each had the renowned Southern Comfort Pork.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

I truly just wanted to stay home with these two:

Mary and Smokey

Mary and Smokey

It had rained considerably overnight, as this puddle in front of our house showed.

It had rained considerably overnight, as this puddle in front of our house showed.

I was glad to see the garden invigorated by rain (and not needing to be watered).

front garden, looking east from driveway

front garden, looking east from driveway

Allan would like the city to put gravel here, but I like the big puddle for photos.

Allan would like the city to put gravel here, but I like the big puddle for photos.

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

We decided to do the northern jobs earlier than usual this week as rain was predicted for later.

Andersen’s RV Park

Andersen’s also had a garden reflected in a puddle.

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

fig tree and cosmos

fig tree and cosmos

The park looks off-season-ish. It will fill back up on clamming weekends this autumn.

looking west

looking west

We deadheaded the many Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ plants.

Payson Hall clubhouse planters

Payson Hall clubhouse planters

west side garden

west side garden

picket fence garden (east side of house) looking autumnal

picket fence garden (east side of house) looking autumnal

spent white phlox and hydrangea

spent white phlox and hydrangea

back to the garden shed garden, for some weeding...

back to the garden shed garden, for some weeding…

and some mulching

and some mulching

really quite stunning

really quite stunning

I suddenly realized that without my even planning it, fall clean up had begun!

As we were leaving Andersen’s, just outside the grounds a neighbour was walking the most beautiful Bengal mix cat on a leash. I got to meet it (have forgotten its name). Allan’s photos:

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Klipsan Beach Cottages

At KBC, Allan began by clipping more uppies off of the rose and honeysuckle arbour. He said he had wanted to do so for the last three times, but our long handled clippers had disappeared. He had found them in the back garden of Marilyn’s last week, where he had left them behind while clipping some blackberries, so he was back in business pruning without a ladder.

pruning

I was getting mentally back in business; this was the first day since my recent trip that I did not feel heavily burdened with longing to get back to the Sylvia Beach Hotel. I love fall clean up and it had me all revitalized.

inside the south gate of the deer fence

inside the south gate of the deer fence

a fall clean up project before

a fall clean up project before

My goal was to get rid of all the Lysimachia punctata so that there could be a more formal feel to this little walkway to Denny’s mini-pond. Mary of KBC does like a formal look to her garden, and I had realized that this would be a good spot to do something pleasing for both Mary and Denny, as Denny also likes his little pond to show up better. We’ll get some sort of small formal plant to border the pathway.

after

after; the Coreopsis verticillata, lower left, will come out next time. A little piece can go somewhere else.

also cleaned out a lot of asters and old foliage from this area....

also cleaned out a lot of asters and old foliage from this area….

The garden still has much to offer on the first day of autumn:

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower'

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’

cosmos as tall as the arbour

cosmos as tall as the arbours

the very last of the sweet peas ('Streamers')

the very last of the sweet peas (‘Streamers’)

Allan noted later that the outdoor fireplace at KBC”s A Frame rental reminded him of something.

AFrame with fire circle

AFrame with fire circle

Allan made this mental connection.

Allan made this mental connection.

Rain began as we finished at Klipsan Beach Cottages. We decided to do one more job so we would not have to drive north later in the week.

Wiegardt Gallery

We didn’t do much, just deadheaded cosmos and clipped some lavender back so that patrons would not brush against wet plants to go up the entry walk.

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I was glad to see the good rain on the gardens after a hot dry weekend.

I was glad to see the good rain on the gardens after a hot dry weekend.

home again

On the way home we stopped at Long Beach city hall to pick up our check. A sure sign of autumn is that the hanging baskets had been taken down all over town.

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At home, there had been slight movement by the cats.

Mary and Smokey

Mary and Smokey

Calvin

Calvin (He looks a little weird because he is a neurotic nervous licker)

The new rainwater feature was sort of working but needs some adjustment.

Most of the water is going onto the ground and missing the top of the gutter piece.

Most of the water is going onto the ground and missing the top of the gutter piece.

autumnal look to the back garden

autumnal look to the back garden

a delightful amount of rain water

a delightful amount of rain water

Rain had refilled the water boxes.

Rain had refilled the water boxes.

The rainwater barrels were all overflowing except for the gutter one.

The rainwater barrels were all overflowing except for the gutter one.

With considerable wind predicted, we took down the great wall of china.

50 mph winds were due overnight (but did not quite materialize).

50 mph winds were due overnight (but did not quite materialize).

I harvested the second to last plateful of tomatoes from the greenhouse.

I harvested the second to last plateful of tomatoes from the greenhouse.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

My work behavior, or lack of it, is shocking these days. Just took three days off, and we are going to cram the work into just two days now so that I can go to the Sylvia Beach Hotel with old friend Carol from Thursday through Sunday. I am hoping we get enough done so that all Allan will have to do for work during that time is water Ilwaco (and maybe Larry’s garden if we have dry weather).

Long Beach

After the hot, dry weather, we definitely had to water the Long Beach trees and planters. Some showers are predicted for Wednesday and Thursday. Getting the soil moist now will help the rain water to soak in; otherwise, just showers would not penetrate the soil.

Allan wished to promote this decal that he saw on a car; the owners were happy to see him photographing it.

Allan wished to promote this decal that he saw on a car; the owners were happy to see him photographing it.

Wouldn’t it be ironic if this inspired me to really pursue adopting a greyhound? (Because Allan does not want a dog.) I have heard that some greyhounds chase cats, and that would not do in our house.

All the retired greyhound friends that I’ve had have been wonderful dogs indeed.

Allan's photo:  This planter was complimented as a unique one and a visitor wanted to know what was the plant mix and where to get them.

Allan’s photo: This planter was complimented as a unique one and a visitor wanted to know what was the plant mix and where to get them.

This is the same planter I was fretting over last week as being full of creeping red clover.

Allan's photo:  Trying to reduce the fall die back under a dry tree.

Allan’s photo: Trying to reduce the fall die back under a dry tree.

The tree south of the stoplight on the west side has no working water system so unless Allan hauls a bucket to it from the next planter down, it stays dry.

Allan's photo:  The next thing for your car, the tail wags with the wiper!

Allan’s photo: The next thing for your car, the tail wags with the wiper!

Allan's photo:  Long Beach was blessed as a field trip destination.

Allan’s photo: Long Beach was blessed as a field trip destination.

Allan's photo:  a very dry hanging basket before it got watered by city crew with 75 foot hose.

Allan’s photo: a very dry hanging basket before it got watered by city crew with 75 foot hose.

Some of the baskets looked so stressed I thought they might have been missed on the weekend watering, or maybe it was just from the 85 degree weather. This and the other one by the Fifth Street Park restroom are just about at the end, while the four at the gazebo and police station still look excellent.

Allan's photo: city crew member watering a hanging basket

Allan’s photo: city crew member watering a hanging basket

Allan's watering life would be easier if his water trailer was set up like this.  Unfortunately, to water Ilwaco he needs 100 feet of hose (two 50 footers joined together).

Allan’s watering life would be easier if his water trailer was set up like this. Unfortunately, to water Ilwaco he needs 100 feet of hose (two 50 footers joined together).

Fifth Street Park...loving the striped cannas although only two out of three bloomed.

SW quadrant of Fifth Street Park…loving the striped cannas although only two out of three bloomed. Next year: fertilizer so they get bigger. This is a damp corner, which they should like.

across the street kitty corner in the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park:  Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' steals the show.

across the street kitty corner in the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park: Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ steals the show.

moldy old Dorothy Perkins rose

moldy old Dorothy Perkins rose

I would love to dig out that Dorothy Perkins rose, always whiteish with powdery mildew, from the NW quadrant to the park. That would undo the match with the healthy and beautiful Super Dorothy on the other side the of the street. Even so, I think plain old Dorothy has to go. It is irksome to have to constantly clip her back from the driveway, which she would love to engulf.

The city has replaced the bench that disappeared during Rod Run last weekend.

The city has replaced the bench that disappeared during Rod Run last weekend.

This was our original planter, one of four, back in volunteer days. In fact, my four planters caught the eye of the city administrator back then (Nabiel Shawa) and that led to my getting the city flower-care job eventually.

the planter by the credit union...still excellent with dahlias and California poppies

the planter by the credit union…still excellent with dahlias and California poppies and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Andersen’s RV Park

The park was still almost full of RVers.

The park was still almost full of RVers.

Clamming season will soon begin and bring even more park guests.

Clamming season will soon begin and bring even more park guests.

The Bad Aster is putting on a good show.  As soon as it is done, I will pull as much as possible so it does not take over the whole park.

The Bad Aster is putting on a good show. As soon as it is done, I will pull as much as possible so it does not take over the whole park.

the picket fence garden looking autumnal

the picket fence garden looking autumnal

I'm currently reading a delightful and amusing book about 'trailerites'; I highly recommend it.

I’m currently reading a delightful and amusing book about ‘trailerites’; I highly recommend it.

Anchorage Cottages

I was delighted to see a good review of The Anchorage on Trip Advisor with raves about the garden. I snagged the photos from the Trip Advisor app on my phone. As you can see, I have been setting my blog to publish in the early morning, but it gets written in the late evening. At least, I think these are taken by a guest, because photos from the management say “Anchorage Management” on them. Anyway, whoever took them, I like seeing the gardens (even undeadheaded cosmos) through someone else’s eyes.

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Today at the Anchorage:

Fuchsia 'Golden Gate' (I think)

Fuchsia ‘Golden Gate’ (I think)

Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

Persicaria 'Dimity' still looking good in its decline.

Persicaria ‘Dimity’ still looking good in its decline.

center courtyard

center courtyard with painted sage

arbutus in bloom

arbutus in bloom

cosmos and Fuchsia magellanica; windowboxes are mismatched now as one Calibrachoa died.

cosmos and Fuchsia magellanica; windowboxes are mismatched now as Calibrachoa died on the lefthand one.

Anchorage office

Anchorage office

home

At home in the evening, I did some hose watering and especially admired two plants.

Mahonia gracilipes, for which I once paid $45 from the Heronswood catalog even though I was rather poor.  Note the white back to the leaves.

Mahonia gracilipes, for which I once paid $45 from the Dan Hinkley Heronswood catalog even though I was rather poor. Note the white back to the leaves.

I had seen a photo of the gleaming white leaf undersides in a photo during a Dan Hinkley lecture and could not resist. As a young plant, the under-leaves were not white; that developed later.

I've had it for years and it is blooming for the first time.  (It was set back from being transplanted from our old house.)

I’ve had it for years and it is blooming and berrying for the first time. (It was set back from being transplanted from our old house.)

And I noticed some pink berries on a special snowberry that I bought...somewhere.  Maybe Back Alley Gardens when Pam Fleming was there.

And I noticed some pink berries on a special snowberry that I bought…somewhere. Maybe Back Alley Gardens when Pam Fleming was there.

Allan made the second tasty dinner with Nancy’s and Phil’s gift of salmon.

with our seemingly endless supply of cherry tomatoes

with our seemingly endless supply of cherry tomatoes

This post is set to publish on 9-27 (as I fell way behind again with cottage tour posts) so:

Happy Birthday, Kathleen!

Garden theme birthday cake with white picket fence and ladyug and bee

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Yesterday, we had lots of butterflies on Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’; today, we had much deadheading of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ (getting tiresome!).

Just before going to work, I got neighbour dog Rudder to walk over to me for a good scritchy scratch.

Rudder

Rudder

He got just as much as he wanted, and then walked away with great dignity to lie down again.

next door

next door

We took enough time to water our volunteer garden at the post office; in full sun, it gets terribly dry.

We took enough time to water our volunteer garden at the post office; in full sun, it gets terribly dry.

The Depot Restaurant

We gave the cosmos a good deadheading and some water to supplement the sprinkler system. There is only one Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ to deadhead there.

It's to the far right in the half barrel.

It’s to the far right in the half barrel (behind the sideways railroad history sign).

I never tire of deadheading the cosmos.  Perhaps that is because they are just the right height.

I never tire of deadheading the cosmos. Perhaps that is because they are just the right height.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Long Beach Welcome Sign

The welcome sign, on the other hand, has about 12 Butterflies. I thought the Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’ were going to be shorter; the Butterflies are partially hidden behind them (so I slacked off a bit on the grooming, I must admit).

welcome sign front and back

welcome sign front and back

the front with Cosmos 'Happy Ring', Geranium 'Rozanne' (hope it will be bigger next year), and Bidens.

the front with Cosmos ‘Happy Ring’, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (hope it will be bigger next year), and Bidens.

Red Barn Arena

Up Sandridge Road to the Red Barn and Diane’s garden…

An awfully cute truck was parked at the Red Barn, where we deadheaded four half barrels of Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.

I think it was from Idaho.

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I have a feeling that is the truck's name.

I have a feeling that is the truck’s name.

If I had the ability, our van would look something like that (except it would be called Cosmos).

We had an audience near the side door of the barn.

half barrel with Cosmos 'Sonata' and Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

half barrel with Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

horse

crab pots stacked near the barn awaiting the winter season

crab pots stacked near the barn awaiting the winter season

Diane’s garden

Next door to the Red Barn by Diane’s house, Misty was snoozing but woke up for a belly rub.

misty

my good friend Misty

 

the roadside garden

the roadside garden with cosmos, Stipa gigantea, Perovskia (Russian sage)

Andersen’s RV Park

Over Cranberry Road to Pacific Highway and Andersen’s RV Park…

the sunwashed west side former poppy garden now full of blue beach asters

the sunwashed west side former poppy garden now full of blue beach asters

The park was filling up with an RV club or two. We weeded, deadheaded cosmos and deadheaded something like twenty Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’.

six half barrels

six half barrels (three each side) on the drive to the RV spaces

Tigridia (Mexican shell flower) in the Payson Hall clubhouse planters

Tigridia (Mexican shell flower) in the Payson Hall clubhouse planters. (The dark blue is painted sage.)

One Airstream was parked down by the garden shed in the solitary spot that gives the park guest a private garden setting of their own.

an Airstream by the garden shed

an Airstream by the garden shed

It was 79 degrees, much too hot for our comfort, as we headed south toward Long Beach and Ilwaco.

It was 79 degrees, much too hot for our comfort, as we headed south toward Long Beach and Ilwaco.

We made a quick stop at home where I saw that my young Rosa pteracantha, newly planted in the front garden, is indeed in a good spot to have its thorns backlit by afternoon sun.

Rosa pteracantha (winged rose)

Rosa pteracantha (winged rose)

Port of Ilwaco

Due to the prolonged warm dry spell, I watered the Ilwaco boatyard while Allan did some watering of the Howerton Way garden beds at the Port.

I like the way the boatyard garden is being allowed to jump behind the fence a bit without the boatyard crew resorting to Round Up.

I think the escapees look great.

I think the escapees look great.

California poppies behind the fence by the sanican.

California poppies behind the fence by the sanican.

The boatyard watering is done with hoses hooked up to various faucets behind the fence, so I can only look at the garden, not weed it.

Behind the fence is a line of electrical and water hook ups for boats being worked on.

Behind the fence is a line of electrical and water hook ups for boats being worked on.

It's interesting to see the boats come and go, and most of the boat people express appreciation for the garden.

It’s interesting to see the boats come and go, and most of the boat people express appreciation for the garden.

I hadn't seen Chaos from Alaska before.

I hadn’t seen Chaos from Alaska before.

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The Mystique has been here all summer, as its owner fixes it up for a long winter sail to southern climes.

Mystique

Mystique

Steve's dog barks all the way to getting petted.

Steve’s dog, Aleutia, barks all the way to getting petted. I like her very much.

Our local paper had an excellent article recently about the stories behind some of these summer’s boats, including Steve’s.

“Steve Van Ronk is working on the masts of 41-foot sailing boat, Mystique.

“I’m a single guy with a dog, why not sell my house and sail around the world?” said Van Ronk, an artist and committed world traveler.

He hopes to have the masts finished and a crew in place so he can sail down the coast and spent the winter in Mexico — and figure out the rest when he reaches Panama.

Aleutia, Van Ronk’s certified wilderness search and rescue dog, will join him.” (writer Katie Wilson)

I could see enough weeds from behind the fence to decide to put some weeding of the boatyard on tomorrow’s agenda if we have time.

the garden side of the boatyard fence

the garden side of the boatyard fence

Meanwhile:

Allan's photo: leftovers in the gardens from Slow Drag at the Port

Allan’s photo: leftovers in the gardens from Slow Drag at the Port

Allan's photo, west end of Howerton Way

Allan’s photo, west end of Howerton Way

When he joined me back the boatyard, I asked him to cut down some big annual strawflower-something at the end (a plant given us to try out by The Planter Box).

before

before

after!

after! They had been thriving in such a narrow, dry spot (and had been pretty with yellowy amber flowers earlier in the season)

Before we had our traditional Thursday night dinner treat, we checked on the garden by the Port Office, with this view.

the marina

the marina

port office garden

port office garden

You can tell the difference between the port hanging baskets and Don’s Nisbett’s at his art gallery right next door. All were from The Basket Case Greenhouse at about the same time.

Don Nisbett Art Gallery

Don Nisbett Art Gallery

Don babies his with lavishings of water and miracle gro. Nancy at the port says she is going to get him to take care of the office baskets, too…but if the office baskets hang this low, they will smother my garden! What a dilemma.

Dinner at the Cove

Parking Lot Cat was too interested in this vehicle's bumper to greet us.

Parking Lot Cat was too interested in this vehicle’s bumper to greet us.

PLC

PLC

We joined Steve and John of the bayside garden and their funny and endearing neighbour, Ron (whose garden was part of the old Clarke Nursery and was also on the recent garden tour) at the Cove Restaurant for fish taco Thursday. Ron is a golfer and it was clear that he was a favourite of the restaurant staff.

Steve and John just know they are going to be blog fodder.

Steve and John just know they are going to be blog fodder.

At the table right next to us sat our friends Don Nisbett and Jenna (Queen La De Da) and their son Joe.

At the table right next to us sat our friends Don Nisbett and Jenna (Queen La De Da) and their son Joe (posing as blog fodder).

tonight's menu

tonight’s menu

Steve and John had delicious, cool Caesar salads…the best anywhere, they say. I had no idea till tonight that one can get them served with anchovies! Next time…

caesar salad and a nice glass of white wine

caesar salad and a nice glass of white wine

fried artichokes with cajun dipping sauce

fried artichokes with creole dipping sauce

Allan's strawberry salad

Allan’s strawberry salad

Allan was the only one who actually ordered a $2 fish taco.  They are tasty.

Allan was the only one who actually ordered a $2 fish taco. They are tasty.

John braised the lemony broth bathing the steamer clams.

John braised the lemony broth bathing the steamer clams.

I can't seem to break away from ordering the ahi tuna.

I can’t seem to break away from ordering the ahi tuna.

A slice of peach pie was Allan's reason for just getting one fish taco and a salad.

A slice of peach pie was Allan’s reason for just getting one fish taco and a salad.

There was much talk about gardening and plants, of course. Steve has started to read the Tootlepedal blog daily, and showed us a photo that he particularly admired.

After dinner, we examined the new art show, painting by a retired Fish and Wildlife employee named David Shipley. I think it was safe for him to give up his day job to paint.

Ron very much liked this painting.

Ron very much liked this painting.

I found the geese remarkably realistic.

I found the geese remarkably realistic.

We were all among the last to leave the restaurant after dark, which is what always seems to happen when we dine with friends there.

 

 

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