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Thursday, 25 May 2017

With the big tourist crowds of Memorial Day weekend and the local extravaganza of “The World’s Longest Garage Sale” (from Chinook to Oysterville), we had to get the port looking fine.

This involved some planting as well as weeding.

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post office garden

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me talking with Betsy, director of the museum, taken from behind the Stipa gigantea

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I could not find the sunflower seeds I wanted to plant at the back.  Added more cosmos.

Then we drove a couple of blocks to the port to start weeding and adding a few plants to the curbside gardens.

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Looking east. We would do the east end if we had time later in the day.

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looking west

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The marina is across the parking lot. (Allan’s photo)

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I got to pet this doggie. (Allan’s photo)

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a good butt scritching

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Pleased to see most of the Eryngiums are budding this year. (Some years, some of them don’t.)

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my favourite bed. Thinking I should get a yellow helianthemum to balance the orange one.

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Helianthemum’s only flaw is a short season of bloom.

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Drive over garden still rather flattened. Lucky the alliums did not get driven over. Would look better with more soil, as the soil is compressed by tires.

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north of the port office

We found time to pull most of the noxious weed, Geranium robertianum (Stinking Bob) from the south side of Purly Shell Fiber Arts; shop owner Heather emerged and helped, which I appreciated so much.

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Stinking Bob would take over the whole port. It went in the garbage can. The pelican is from Basket Case Greenhouse.

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at Time Enough Books, looking west

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Bookseller Karla says the ceanothus is causing a sensation.

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Allan’s photo  OleBob’s café is named for two friends, Ole and Bob.

Karla had recently given  me the wonderful book, Cutting Back. I told her about the author’s encounter with Joan Baez while pruning an old ceanothus.

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perfect book

Leslie was pruning at a retreat when Joan Baez emerged.

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Karla will order the book for you if you want to read more.  Meanwhile, the UPS truck  delivered a new t shirt with Ilwaco’s longitude and latitude on display.

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on the left: a must read for me; I am not very good at growing cutting flowers.

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figuring out where to plant

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weeding the bookstore landscape (Allan’s photos)

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Karen Boardman from Ocean Park stops to give us words of admiration for all our gardens.

After the planting of the garden boat and some curbside plants at Time Enough, Allan went to string trim and weed a bit down by Ilwaco Freedom Market while I backtracked to weed the curbside at Powell Gallery.

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With my knee brace on, I was able to walk on this river rock bed that I have lately had to delegate to Allan.

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velvet grass in a California poppy at Salt (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s string trimming

It seemed we now had time to loop around to the east end curbside beds.  But driving down Lake Street, I realized we hadn’t checked Mike’s garden for a couple of weeks.  We hoped to find nothing to do there. Of course, there was some weeding, deadheading, and path raking.

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path caked with cherry blossoms (Allan’s photo)

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Mike’s raked path

Then on to weed some of the beds from Elizabeth Avenue to the Ilwaco Pavilion.

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Looking west from Elizabeth

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just across the parking lot (Allan’s photo)

I must confess that we skipped over three xeriscape (lava rock, river rock, and bark) gardens that we do not plant up.  We still had the whole boatyard to do and only today for Ilwaco.

After weeding at the old Shorebank building, we stopped at Salt to check on a santolina that Allan thought was not worth saving.  He was right.

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by Ilwaco Freedom Market

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We skipped weeding the last two beds. I hope the dog daises will dazzle people (those who don’t know it’s sort of a noxious weed) and distract from weedy grasses.

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The curbs had been painted all along the port. (Allan’s photo)

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columbine reseeded into the Salt river rock bed, which has soil covered with landscape fabric under the rock (not our doing!) (Allan’s photo)

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Salt had a new and attractive smoker.  Wish I had gotten the whole sign…was tired.

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making brisket, smelled delicious

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Allan’s photo

Next, the boatyard.

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Our friend, former LB city manager Gene Miles stopped by to talk about bonsai.

Allan left me at the boatyard with wheelbarrow and cosmos and went off to hook up the water trailer and water the street trees and planters.  I was mighty tired.  While getting plants out of the van, I found a bag of seeds that had gotten soaking wet…My fault. My proposed kitchen garden of red runner beans and some greens. I would have to plant them as soon as I got home.

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Allan’s photo. He had been cultivating a garden of poppies under the red sign. Someone had string trimmed it flat.

Allan’s photos in town:

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more digging in the corners of the tree beds. What is up with this??? This one has a perennial sweet pea.

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one of the Ilwaco city hall planters; we can plant more delicate plants there because the office staff waters.

Parts of the boatyard garden were so hard and gravelly I could not hammer any cosmos into them.  We simply MUST mulch this whole garden next fall.  I had not realized it had gotten so low in spots.

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7 PM….I had come this far…

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and had this far to go including the long strip beyond the gate.

Being on hour nine of work was just about beyond me.

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The garden had a haze of horsetail again.

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so much to do

I skipped that center section as Allan arrived; it takes him an hour and three quarters to water the Ilwaco planters.  He set to weeding the section above and I went on with cosmos to the end.  My mood was dire as I had to accept that the boatyard would be far from perfect for the holidays.  The only comfort is it looks fairly good driving by, not so good to critical walkers-by.

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weeds and plants in the boatyard garden (Allan’s photo)

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cosmos seedling, watered with a dipper, and sluggo (Allan’s photo). My thought: poor little things.

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Allan’s photo

I have been trying to be chipper and say Annuals Planting “Time” instead of “Hell”, but today was most definitely planting hell.  The last minutes were cheered  by two passing young fishermen, one of whom commented that they enjoy the gardens and that “Gardening is hard work!” I said, “Not as hard as The Deadliest Catch!” And he said, “That’s not so hard; it’s all done by hydraulics!”

Sometimes I wish there could be some signage explaining that all the public flower gardens (not the lawns) in Long Beach and Ilwaco are done by just two people, so have mercy with the imperfection.

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geese seen while dumping weeds (Allan’s photos)

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Erasing quite  a bit off the work board was not as cheering as usual.  I really had so much wanted to achieve perfection.  Once upon a time, when I was up to working seven days a week, ten hours a day at this time of year, we could achieve perfection before the holiday weekends.  Maybe we could have if we were not combining weeding with planting.

Of course, I had no oomph left to plant the veg seeds that had gotten wet.  I put them on a plate with a wet paper towel to keep them damp till our Saturday off.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My back hurt something fierce from schlepping my plants around yesterday evening.  It felt on the verge of going into a spasm.  What is this?  My back used to be the strongest part…well, with an occasional but infrequent blow out every few years.

In fact, what is the deal with how long it takes to stand up from a chair after sitting for awhile in the evening?  I was wondering that just last night.

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I would like to have stayed home today with Smokey and a book.

I’m not quite done with Hope in the Dark.  Even a short book goes slowly at planting time.  And now I have this heavy tome from the library:

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This morning, early, a strong buffeting wind had woken me up.  The wind still prevailed.  I had struggled mightily to get my knee brace on; it took two tries and Allan’s help to get it right. Despite my back, my hope for today was to get cosmos and more planted at The Depot, Long Beach welcome sign, two Long Beach Parks, the Anchorage, and the Kite Museum.

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Ilwaco Post Office garden will soon get some cosmos.

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lilies and Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass, at the post office.

As we made a welfare check on the new nicotiana in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, I felt so very cold that we went back home (two blocks away) so I could change into warm winter pants and shirt.  I left the knee brace at home; it does not work with heavier clothes.

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my mother’s clivia in flower, glowing in the front window

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A patch of strangely late blooming Tulip ‘Akebono’

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Another clivia blossom had fallen.

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Smokey’s nap disturbed

The Depot Restaurant

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cosmos going in

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Allan’s photo, Allium heads and my head

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cosmos in (Allan’s photo)

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delicate variegated saxifrage (Allan’s photos)

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closer

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north side of dining deck

Despite my check of two weather forecasts, both of which promised cool windy weather all day, the sun suddenly came out.  So hot!  I said to Allan that I had to go home (two miles south) and change clothes again.  Every year, there is a day about this time when I have to learn all over again the necessity of having summer and winter clothes with us at all times.

I struggled again with the knee brace.  Some days it just is not easy.  When it is on, it helps me enormously.

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Smokey still snoozing.

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Frosty wanting a belly rub. He never bites or scratches, so he does get many.

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Calvin’s nap disturbed.

Skooter has things to do during the day and is rarely found at home napping.

Long Beach

We started to set up the Long Beach welcome sign planting and I realized the front of the sign’s soil was too low.  Why hadn’t I added enough soil earlier on?  (Later, I decided it was because tulips had been in the way.) This necessitated an emergency trip to get soil from city works.  We took the chance of leaving unplanted gallons of Agastache ‘Summer Glow’ just sitting in the garden.  (Because one of Todd’s new public plantings in Ocean Park got completely dug up and stolen in the night last week, I’m feeling extra concern this week.)

When we got to city works, we saw this shocking sight:

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Noooo! The city crew had used most of the heaping pile of Soil Energy!

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We managed to scrape up just enough. (Allan’s photo)

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in the process of adding soil and pulling the damnable horsetail along the back of the welcome sign bed (Allan’s photo)

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low and miserable looking soil

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battling it out with horsteail and ripening bulb foliage, trying to not block the lights that shine on the sign.

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much better (Allan’s photo)

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welcome sign, after

I have always planted yellow Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in this planter.  Because it takes so much deadheading, I’m trying the Summer Glow agastache in hope of an easier maintenance yellow effect.  (Garden designer Lucy Hardiman says “Yellow stops the eye” in drive by public plantings.)

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Agastache ‘Summer Glow’

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undeadheaded Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

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added Cosmos ‘Sensation’ in the back, and Cosmos ‘Sonata’ (shorter, so as not to overshadow the agastaches) in front.

I decided to skip the Long Beach parks for now and go to the Anchorage…but on the way we saw a perfect and rare parking spot right next one of the two planters we had not added to yesterday.  We had to take that opportunity.  Usually, I end up carrying plants for half a block to this planter and the one across the street.

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I do not think we have ever before gotten this prime spot.

Getting the Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and two Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’ into those two planters completes phase two of three of the Long beach planter planting.

The Anchorage Cottages

We had to get to the Anchorage by four o clock because of a Situation I’d learned about in an email late last night, after the plants for the Anchorage were already loaded: The parking lots were being resurfaced and so we could not park by the gardens today or tomorrow.  With a big three day holiday weekend coming up, and being determined to get the cosmos and some other plants added to the garden this week, and with today being the only day it would fit well into our schedule, I spent some time last night plotting alternative routes into the garden.  This required getting there while Manager Beth was still working in order to access the office courtyard via the office.

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Our good friend Mitzu in the office. (Allan’s photo)

The center courtyard and the south courtyard can be accessed from the west and south lawns by walking around the cottages, without setting one foot on the parking lots, whose stripes were being painted as we gardened.

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We had to slither along spaces like this, a secret path between the office and center courtyards that had appeared with the recent painting.

While I planted, I set Allan to clearing out the old scilla flowers and foliage; it is rampant in the center courtyard garden.

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before; last week it was a hazy of blue.

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why I never ever plant scilla in a garden bed

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after. I thought it looked too bare so gave Allan two “Bells of Ireland” and a campanula to add to it.

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looking back just before slithering around the side of the office building to depart.

By where we parked, on the grassy road north of the cottages, lives a Fish and Wildlife officer who has a bear trap at the ready.

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Allan’s photo

Sometimes, our  local “fish cops’ are featured on a telly show:

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from Rugged Justice: Releasing a bear into the wild if said bear has made itself at home scavenging in town.

But I digress.  By now, I knew we would not get cosmos planted in the Long Beach parks today.  I hoped that we might find the oomph to plant up the pocket garden at the Kite Museum.

We drove there.  We looked at it from inside the car.

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Imagine the cold whipping of the wind, now 23 mph.

I couldn’t do it, so we went home at 6:30.  Tonight, I will watch Deadliest Catch and be embarrassed that I wimped out.  It was better for the plants to wait till tomorrow…yes, that is it.

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working on The Deadliest Catch…puts my wimpiness to shame

At home, I got to make a couple of erasures from the work board, albeit not as many as I had hoped.

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Tomorrow: planting time continues.

 

 

 

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

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Captain of the good ship Ann Lovejoy

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our post office garden (Allan’s photo)

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creamy California poppies (Allan’s photo)

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picking a peck of snails

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They went into the garbage with some weeds to snack on. (Allan’s photo)

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added some of my perennial begonias to the planter at Round 2 in Ilwaco

We planted up one flat of red trailies in two planters by the Cottage Bakery in Long Beach, and some blue trailies in the police station planter, and then went to…

Diane’s garden

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I miss my long streetside garden! It will return eventually.

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lots of pots to fill

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Allan’s photo

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It’s quite a production to plant many small containers.

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Diane’s azalea (Allan’s photo)

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Misty and Diane

Basket Case Greenhouse

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at the Basket Case (Allan’s photo)

I quested for more plants to complete the Ilwaco planters.

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small Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ are my favourite size to plant; making sure the base is well foliated.

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Ooooh, for me, I found some old fashioned cup and saucer campanulas.

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The ever patient proprietor, Darrell, listens to my plant thoughts.

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Red Barn Arena

We added some gazanias to the barrels.

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Allan had an audience.

Long Beach

The two planters by the Cottage Bakery had looked empty.  I don’t have my main agastaches for center plants yet, so we added some Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to just four planters (which was all the cosmos we had till next week).

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Tulip ‘Formosa’ still blooming

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Ooops, a car had driven into a garden, and left part of its mirror casing, too.

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Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ still blooming.  Bulb foliage mess makes it hard to have these planters look good right now.  I try to plant narcissi with more delicate foliage; some big strappy ones are left over from volunteer days.

After planting (Allan) and checking on a block and a half of planters (me), we weeded Veterans Field, and I remembered that a special Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ was getting swamped by monarda.  Allan fixed that:

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before

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after

Ilwaco

Although I was mighty tired, we needed to do two little jobs when we returned to our street.

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mowing the back (wet) lawn two doors down

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took two passes by Allan

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rhododendron behind the house to the west (used to be Nora’s parents’ house)

I weeded in the front garden of the J’s until I could weed no more; I had to give it up to finish tomorrow morning.  Seems it is pretty impossible for me to go for a nine hour work day now.  Eight is the limit.

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Before, a gazillion little dwarf fireweeds. Too tired to take an after.

Allan mowed the pocket lawn in the back, and we both admired the roses.

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Allan’s photos

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At home, I reorganized the work board, and I cheated by erasing Ilwaco planters even though we have four more plants to put in tomorrow morning.

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planting round 2, cosmos, coming up

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

patio watering: Skooter comes running when the hose water goes on.  (Allan’s photo)

Every morning, the annuals that I have in waiting have to come out of the greenhouse, and at night be put back in.

I thought I had a nice bag of potting soil in the garage to take to Diane’s garden; she had just let me know that she had acquired a couple of brazelberries to put in containers.  But no, it turned out the bag was a mix for “outdoor garden bed planting”.  It was a new style bag and I had not read the fine print.  This threw the day’s plan into a different order.  To further complicate matters, we still had debris left from the day before that had to be dumped in Long Beach in order to give us an empty trailer.  To make the trip more worthwhile, I gathered some snails to re-home by the old catchment pond in Long Beach, where it is several blocks’ journey for them to find any ornamental plants.

rehoming in progresss

Because I was sleepy, my first thought upon arriving in Long Beach was to stop here for a takeaway coffee:

I had forgotten they were closed on Tuesdays.  We decided to go to the Great Escape drive through coffee stand, just about three blocks north and one block east…and yet by the time we got to the stoplight, we both forgot our coffee goal and did not remember it for several hours.

Basket Case Greenhouse

Look at this pretty peacock.


(mostly) annuals house


garden sign that is more embellished than the one we bought last year

We had with us the four windowboxes for today’s project, so that I could think about what to put in them with the actual size of them right in front of me.

planning (Allan’s photo)

With the plants picked out and potting soil acquired, we drove to

The Anchorage Cottages

Our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)


Mitzu, keeping us company (Allan’s photo)

Now, May 9th is actually too early to plant annuals, in my opinion.  I was hoping they would be ok in boxes right up against a building, if the nights don’t get too cold and all works out perfectly.  The spring bulbs window boxes were completely done blooming and we did want the place to look pretty for Mother’s Day weekend.

working in the trailer (Allan’s photo); used the red bag potting soil, one for each box.


At The Anchorage: planting up the boxes in the back of the trailer.

The orangey-amber colours will enhance the old Anchorage sign.  But the cottages are being painted so those two boxes are just sitting by the office now, which cancels out my plan that the building wall would keep them warmer.  Drat.

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The garden areas where the painters had already worked had not been treated kindly.

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Allan put the blue and pink flowered boxes up by the vintage blue sign.

He also had done a project while I planted:

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after (will get a half moon edging next time)

Diane’s garden

my good friend Misty


Allan had brought a drill to make holes in the new pots.  The planting product is a new one we are trying out in big pots.


He emptied some old pots (not ones we had been involved with) that were planted without holes.  The soggy smelly soil went into a garden bed.


Brazzleberries

 

Brazelberries (misspelled above but I’m editing on my phone) are a small thornless raspberry. Quite delicious. 

Today, I was not snubbed by the Red Barn whippet!

With some time left in the day, I thought about going back to Long Beach to plant some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Agastache (two kinds) in Lewis and Clark Square.  (It’s not too early for perennials).  Oh, but I was tired.  I remembered I’d be watching Deadliest Catch later in the evening and decided I had better dig deep and find a bit more energy.

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It proved to be fortuitous that we went to L&C Square, because there, passersby introduced themselves as the daughter and spouse of Shirley, the woman from whose estate we bought our house in 2010. We had an interesting talk about some Ilwaco history; I wish it could have been longer.

tulip ‘Night Rider’ and another blooming by the police station.


On the other side of the light pole, the tulips had all been picked, throwing off my symmetry.

Last thing, speaking of symmetry: A beach approach planter lacked a matching Dianthus (stolen last year).  We had acquired a two gallon sized one and planted it, and I hope the size will make it look more established so that the chronic Bolstad plant thief won’t take it.

Allan planting in a beach approach planter.

At home, my Clematis montana ‘Rubens’ is blooming on the new-last-year garage trellis.

Anchorage window boxes erased; planting list expanded

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Friday, 20 May 2016

I awoke after five hours of sleep, thought briefly about the lost Golden Sands garden, and went back to sleep for two more hours.  The cycle of sleepless stress is finally broken.

Before work, Allan helped me place my mother’s birdbath in the front garden.  It will make a fine view from my writing desk.

Allan's photo: Two round marks in the center are from yellow duckies that sat on it at Golden Sands...where it was only filled with water on the days we worked there, or by rain.

Allan’s photo: Two round marks in the center are from yellow duckies that sat in the birdbath at Golden Sands…where it was only filled with water on the days we worked there, or by rain.

I found decorative glass pieces to put on those spots.

I found decorative glass pieces to put on those spots.

Mom's birdbath under the Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant'

Mom’s birdbath under the Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’, from the window

On the front gate, we found a treasure:

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Allan’s photo

Later, an email revealed it was from Patti of the Seaview garden.  She’d also given us some cool rusty stuff earlier in the week after Melissa’s birthday party.

rust from Patti (Allan's photo)

rust from Patti (Allan’s photo)

At the library, I had a book to pick up: an interlibrary loan of book 4 of the Cazalet Chronicle.  We did some weeding along the sidewalk while we were there and I cast a stern eye on the clump of salal that wants to run to the right and interfere with the rhododendron.

I am sure its horrid roots are firmly entrenched under the sidewalk.

I am sure its horrid roots are firmly entrenched under the sidewalk.  I want it gone.

I placed the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (rescued from mowing in the Golden Sands lawn) atop the wall  and Allan planted it.  The ones that had not been mowed flat, he cut back hard to avoid them looking wilty to passersby.

placing Rozanne at the Community Building

placing Rozanne at the Community Building

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Allan’s photo, a planting place for Rozanne

pulling bindweed

pulling bindweed

Long Beach

the welcome sign

the welcome sign

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after pulling some horsetail

after pulling some horsetail

Next on the Long Beach town list: weeding the big pop out.

It was a pleasantly cool day for comfy clothes.

It was a pleasantly cool day for comfy clothes.

after...just a little better.  The roses are rambunctious.

after…just a little better. The rugosa roses are rambunctious. I regret planting them here.

We checked on all the planters on the Bolstad approach.  A Mental Health Walk was planned along there for Saturday, sponsored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

lots of sand in planters closest to the beach (Allan's photo) due to recent winds

lots of sand in planters closest to the beach due to recent winds (Allan’s photo)

beach sand and verbascum (Allan's photo)

beach sand and verbascum (Allan’s photo)

This darling little dog was ignoring his guardian.  He came to us and Allan nabbed him and carried him back to her.

little dog on the loose (Allan's photo)

little dog on the loose (Allan’s photo)

I found some of the usual theft (which is one reason why the beach approach planters are especially challenging, the others being sand, salt, drought and wind).

one side: nice little golden thyme tucked in on the edge under the catmint

one side: nice little golden thyme tucked in on the edge under the catmint

other side: matching thyme is gone, and the catmint is a small division to replace one that was stolen earlier.

other side: matching thyme is gone, and the catmint is a small division to replace one that was stolen earlier.

Someone treats these planters as their own personal nursery of free plants.  I put golden thyme back on the shopping list, hoping the Basket Case still had some of the same cultivar.

Allan weeding

Allan weeding

big footprints in the sand

big footprints in the sand

a bit of weeding on the beach approach ground level

a bit of weeding on the beach approach ground level

I realized with glee that our weeding job earlier this spring had been so effective that we could probably touch up the entire beach approach garden in just one day.  Soon, I hope.

rugosa roses

rugosa roses

view looking east

view looking east

the fairy door some good fairy added to a planter

the fairy door some good fairy added to a planter

am thrilled to see some of the poppy seeds that I planted have germinated

am thrilled to see some of the poppy seeds that I planted have germinated

How beautiful thyme is when it is left alone to establish rather than being swiped.

How beautiful thyme is when it is left alone to establish rather than being swiped.

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To my delight, I found another fairy door in the garden.

telephoto so as not to disturb the occupants

telephoto so as not to disturb the occupants

roses that were cut back to the ground not long ago

rugosa roses that were cut back to the ground not long ago

reminder to self while parked near city hall: must remember to weed that tatty garden of not much up head on the corner

reminder to self while parked near city hall: must remember to weed that tatty garden of not much up ahead on the corner

Jo’s Garden

We planted a plethora of painted sage in Jo’s garden.

Jo's center courtyard

Jo’s center courtyard

center courtyard daylily

center courtyard daylily

northwest garden bed

northwest garden bed

The center of the shasta daisy patch is lower than the edges.  I think it because the Cow Wow! mulch got spread more thickly along the edge.

Plants respond to Cow Wow.

Plants respond to Cow Wow.  The center is lower.  Phlox is along the fence.

west garden bed

west garden bed

north side of house

north side of house, looking east

center courtyard

center courtyard

guest cottage

guest cottage

painted sage (Salvia viridis) added to entry garden

painted sage (Salvia viridis) added to entry garden

salvias planted (Allan's photo)

salvias planting before (Allan’s photos)

and after

and after

With all this planting of salvia viridis going on, I had better show new readers what it looks like:

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

I was relieved to see that the entry garden had begun to grow out of a mysterious problem of repeatedly dying foliage.  Jo was not at home till later today, but she texted me that she had figured it out.  She had sprayed with that anti-mosquito recipe that has been making the rounds on Facebook, with ingredients including mouthwash and epsom salts.  In the areas she sprayed, the plant leaves were burned.  Mystery solved!  Beware of where you spray that recipe (and note that Google will tell you it’s not very effective, anyway).

The big Annuals Planting Time is officially over for work, leaving only the rest of my annuals planting at home.

Basket Case Greenhouse

We couriered the cheque for plants from Long Beach over to the Basket Case Greenhouse.

in the perennial house

in the perennial house

Geranium 'Orion', supposed to be even better than 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Orion’, supposed to be even better than ‘Rozanne’

I recommend these echibeckias for long season of colour, even though they were not hardy for me.  I was going to plant eight of them at Golden Sands!  OH WELL!

I recommend these echibeckias for long season of colour, even though they were not hardy for me. I was going to plant eight of them at Golden Sands! OH WELL!

With all the salvias out of the van, I actually had room to buy my two hanging baskets!

perusing the Blooming availability list, and remembering (finally) two hens and chickens for Diane's little planter

perusing the Blooming availability list, and remembering (finally) two hens and chickens for Diane’s little planter

I did get one golden thyme, then ran out of steam to go back to the beach approach and plant it.

World Kite Museum

We added Gardner and Bloome Soil Building Compost to improve the garden.

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It takes an effort to get the tightly compacted mulch out of the bale.

It takes an effort to get the tightly compacted mulch out of the bale.

Our friend Patty, the museum store manager and official Garden Waterer, came out to admire.

Our friend Patty, the museum store manager and official Garden Waterer, came out to admire.

Ilwaco

In order to not have to water on Sunday, we drove around to all the Ilwaco planters and added just enough water to make them happy, without getting out the water trailer or the usual 20 buckets for bucket watering.  Thanks to rain this past week, they each needed just an empty Costco sized mixed nuts jar dipper full of water.

freshly planted not long ago

freshly planted not long ago

I did not plant any nasturtium seeds in the planters this year because last year, the deer feasted on them.

By the boatyard garden: someone had picked a bouquet and then abandoned it in a planter...which is not the meaning of the signs that read "please leave the flowers for everyone to enjoy"!

By the boatyard garden: someone had picked a bouquet and then abandoned it in a planter…which is not the meaning of the signs that read “please leave the flowers for everyone to enjoy”!

boatyard garden, looking south

boatyard garden, looking south

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north fence...once upon a time I had a garden along here, too.

north fence…once upon a time I had a garden along here, too.  It got dug up when new utility lines were installed.

east: the leaning tree garden and one little planter

east: the leaning tree garden and one little planter

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center: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

center: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

south end of boatyard garden

south end of boatyard garden

Salt Pub

After a brief time at home, I went out again to meet Our Kathleen for dinner at Salt Pub.  Allan stayed home because he was loading up his boat for a sailing adventure in Portland tomorrow.

Salt

Salt Hotel and Skookum Surf (surfing lessons)

I had just had time to pick a bouquet, something I try to do weekly for Salt because I value the place highly.

I had just had time to pick a bouquet, something I try to do weekly for Salt because I value the place highly.

my delicious chili

my delicious chili

Kathleen's nachos

Kathleen’s nachos

We had the baked to order cookie with ice cream for dessert; so good, and the end of such an eventful work week, that I forgot to take a photo.  We had been so deep in conversation that I had not even photographed the view of the port.

the moon over Salt after dinner

the moon over Salt after dinner

later, on my lap: Smokey and Frosty

later, on my lap: Smokey and Frosty

Now for two days off in my garden.  I have a desire to not leave my property even for the Saturday Market.  Meanwhile, Allan will be off on a Saturday adventure.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my  mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1995 (age 71):

May 20:  1:00-7:40 with time out to eat.  HOT  Spent almost all afternoon planting flower seed (finally).  I love doing this job outside so it doesn’t matter if I’m sloppy.  Then I spent the evening sorting my seeds into: Do now, do next, do later i.e. plant in fall, winter, etc.

1997 (age 73):

May 20:  ?-5:30  Dahlias were my #1 job for today but it was raining.  It cleared up in early afternoon so I went out and got all the dahlias planted!  Then I started pulling the bedraggled forget me nots, the yellow invasive plants and sweet woodruff.  I am going to plant some seeds in front to see how they do.

1998 (age 74):

May 20: cool-rainy.  I had the blahs today.  I really didn’t want to go out but I did around 2:00.  I potted some tomatoes and needed more room in the greenhouse so I dragged the “window box” begonias out.  (Don’t ask me how I managed that.)  I replaced the tubs of tulips with the begonia boxes.  Then it started raining.  I also moved several trays of tomatoes to the greenhouse to be repotted (maybe tomorrow).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

I woke after five hours of sleep with the feeling of a broken heart.  Of course, my first thought was about the lost (to me) garden at Golden Sands, and the astilbes and lilies that were about to bloom.

I had not yet written the post about it, the one you may have read yesterday.  I would not have time for that catharsis for at least three days (as this blog tends to run four days or more behind).

When I did publish yesterday’s story, I appreciated your many comments, both here and on Facebook. I especially liked this, written by Carol Sheaffer, who perfectly and poetically expressed my vision for that garden:

Your plantings and dedication were given to/for the seniors to experience a peace filled vision of beauty to help with their own memories and day dreams.”

Exactly.  The words of comfort, inspiration about letting go, and appreciation that poured in both here and on Facebook were a great help to me…but that was in the future on this particular Thursday.

I had recently read an article about how helpful gardens are to people with dementia.  “Doctors should prescribe gardening for patients more often”, in The Guardian.  A friend with severe chronic pain pointed out correctly that gardening is not a tonic for that, nor, in the experience of friends of mine, is it a reliable cure for deep depression.  What spoke to me in this article was this:

“Outdoor spaces including gardens can reduce social isolation among older people as well as help patients recover and manage conditions such as dementia, according to the influential King’s Fund health thinktank.  ….

Dementia patients can benefit from being near a garden and one study cited in the report found a 19% reduction in violence in patients staying in garden sites and a sevenfold increase in violence in the non-garden sites during a year. Many studies suggest that a garden changes how residents, staff and visitors interact in the long term and can help people reconnect with their past interests.”  This could have been an argument (among many!) successfully presented to the powers that be that pulled the plug on the Golden Sands garden.  It is one of the many reasons that it would be a shame to have that garden decline.  I still hope some knowledgeable volunteers step up to care for it, and that they (these imaginary volunteers) are allowed to keep it as a flower garden that evokes memories of gardens past.

However, it is done.  Once I got up and went out to check on my mother’s three transplanted shrubs (two roses and a rhodie), I felt fine again except for sleep deprivation.  

Mom's "Red Velvet" rose in the window this morning (her name for it, don't know the actual name).

Mom’s “red velvet” rose flowers in the window this morning (her name for it, don’t know the actual name).


Mom's rhodie looks fine, with no wilt at all.

Mom’s rhodie looks fine, with no wilt at all.


the "red velvet" rose this morning

the “red velvet” rose this morning in the garden


Her melianthus major also looks fine even though a big piece of the root broke off in transplanting.

Her Melianthus major also looks fine even though a big piece of the root broke off in transplanting.


the middle garden with Allium albopilosum

the middle garden with Allium albopilosum

Last night, I finished Lust and Wonder by Augusten Burroughs.  I liked it, although I felt sorry for his former significant other who got written about rather harshly.  And I don’t like the way he judges people by their appearance.  What I liked best were his passages about being a catastrophizer. My own tendency to catastrophize is why I had hoped that my fears that the garden would be lost to me were just another case of me imagining the worst.

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I also enjoyed the following passage because of the many times that Allan and I are almost hit by bicycles tearing down the sidewalks (illegally) in Long Beach.  We much prefer skateboards because we can hear them coming.

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Last night, I had forgotten to update the work board.  Here is what remained this morning:

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We took with us lots of painted sage, the special cosmos ‘Seashells’ and ‘Double Click’, and the tray of Cosmos ‘Sensation’ mix that had been intended for Golden Sands, with the intent of finding other homes for them.

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We planted one of the extra cosmos six packs down at Mike’s garden.

The post office garden has no room for more.

The post office garden has no room for more.


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


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adding some more painted sage at the post office


Allan planting two Helenium at the boatyard garden.

Allan planting two Helenium at the boatyard garden.


at the boatyard (Allan's photo)

at the boatyard (Allan’s photo)

I had considered adding just a few painted sage at the boatyard.  However, next week we will be doing a thorough pre-Memorial Day weekend weeding of horsetail.  IF we have any sage left, that would be the time to add some.  Meanwhile, we went to Time Enough Books and added a few to the garden boat.

moving on in a light mist

moving on in a light mist

The Depot Restaurant

The Depot got its painted sage and Cosmos ‘Seashells’ and ‘Double Click’.  I also found a home there for one of the mown-down Geranium ‘Rozanne’ that I had rescued yesterday.

Allan's photo: It replaced part of an area of Schizostylis.

Allan’s photos: It replaced part of an area of Schizostylis.


a new home for one chopped back Rozanne.

a new home for one chopped back Rozanne.


pulling bindweed

pulling bindweed in the rain


north side of dining deck; one of the big logs has been pushed in by a nosy vehicle.

north side of dining deck; one of the big logs has been pushed in by a nosy vehicle.  No plants were harmed (yet, but I do catastrophize about what would happen if the log gets pushed further in).

Long Beach

The planting session in Long Beach, during which I hoped to get all the painted sage into the planters, started in a cold and gusty rain.

Cornus 'Hedgerows Gold' added to Fifth Street Park.  It will have to grow taller to show up well.

Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’ added to Fifth Street Park. It will have to grow taller to show up well. (Allan’s photo)

The rain lightened to a fine mist, easy to work in, and perfect planting weather.  Nothing needed to be watered in; the soil was damp way down, we did not have to hook up the hose to each planter, and it could not have been more wonderful to plant. We accomplished our mission of finishing every planter.  I even had ONE bidens with me to replace one that I found stolen.  If any more get stolen, I am out of luck as I have used every bidens available at local nurseries.

I noticed that the foliage on the occasional annual had turned purple, indicating it is still too cold for their comfort at night.  It was not endemic so I won’t worry.  If all were like this, I’d be in a right old state.

a purpled, pinched back cosmos

a purpled, pinched back cosmos


and an annual salvia gone purple leaved

and an annual salvia gone purple leaved


Reminder to self: shear these rugosa roses back from the sidewalk edge.  These were cut to ground level in March.

Reminder to self: shear these rugosa roses back from the sidewalk edge. These were cut to ground level in March.


Basket Case basket by the police station

Basket Case basket by the police station

Because the planting had gone so well, we had time to weed the planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach.

a planter we dug out and replanted last fall

Allan photographing a planter we dug out and replanted last fall


variegated thyme (Allan's photo)

variegated thyme (Allan’s photo)


I love santolinas in a beach planter.  But why is there only one catmint?

I love santolinas in a beach planter. But why is there only one catmint?


Mature thymes are so gorgeous if they make it past the tiny, cute, and easily stolen stage.

Mature thymes are so gorgeous if they make it past the tiny, cute, and easily stolen stage.


thyme (Allan's photo)

thyme (Allan’s photo)

We had timed the day to finish it with cleaning up the entry garden and planting some cosmos and painted sage at the World Kite Museum.  Allan’s photos:

before

before


before

before


The soil in this small bed is intensely rooty, perhaps from the escallonia roots invading from the side.

The soil in this small bed is intensely rooty, perhaps from the escallonia roots invading from the side.  Despite all the rain, it was dry underneath, and not from lack of hose watering.


Snails love to hitch a ride on the bottom of the six packs of plants.

Snails love to hitch a ride on the bottom of the six packs of plants.


after

after


after.  I decided it badly needs mulch...tomorrow.

after. I decided it badly needs mulch…tomorrow.


Shrubs on either side are poking up with their roots.

Shrubs on either side are poking up with their roots.  They will enjoy the mulch, too.


after work: still misting

after work: still misting

We left the the Kite Museum with time to dump our load of debris at Long Beach city works yard.  On the way there, in the pocket garden at Culbertson Field, I saw some dead bulb foliage that necessitated an emergency weeding stop.  We ran out of time for our debris dump.

The Cove Restaurant

We arrived at our weekly dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) only a few minutes late.  Outside, Lacey the golf course mascot loved getting a belly rub.

Lacey

Lacey

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Sondra's garden at the restaurant entrance

Sondra’s garden at the restaurant entrance, nicely mulched


I had very much been looking forward to this cider.

I had very much been looking forward to this cider.


Annika was singing.

Annika was singing.


artichoke fries

artichoke fries


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Sondra making us laugh (Allan's photo)

Sondra making us laugh (Allan’s photo)


Melissa's elegantly presented dinner

Melissa’s elegantly presented dinner


after dinner (Allan's photo)

after dinner (Allan’s photo)

Because it was still just light when we left the restaurant at 9:00 o’ clock, we went to the works yard after all and had the satisfaction of getting rid of our debris.  (We have our own key, since our hours differ from that of the city crew.)

almost full moon over the works yard

almost full moon over the works yard

At home, the work board shows that Annuals Planting Time is almost over:

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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

May 19: Robert’s birthday—Omaha Steaks.  Drs appt and errands—dentist office, vets for Tabby’s Advantage, Tim’s for Rx and Gordon’s [Nursery].  [Robert was my spouse and co-gardener during those years.]

1998 (age 74):

May 19:  I decided to plant some of the petunia seeds concentrating on the basket petunias at about two and I got tired of sitting so I went out and started repotting tomatoes and pepper seedlings.  Alan [a neighbor] came over and was real interested and he planted some tomatoes and sieved the seed in the wheelbarrow.  He said he would hang my baskets next week.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Again, I woke after five hours of sleep and was jolted into complete wakefulness by thoughts of the Garden in Jeopardy.  It’s not the job that I worry about, it is the garden, and what will happen to it if someone less experienced in interesting plants works on it.  This is the second business day beyond the day (Friday) when I was supposed to get an answer.

I sent an email to the manager of the Garden In Jeopardy place saying I have cosmos languishing in six packs waiting to be planted there so please give me an answer as soon as possible.

A local woman passerby asked if she knew where she could buy or find some plastic pots to grow tomatoes in.  As it happened, I had extras of just the size she was looking for and took her to the greenhouse to get them.  I should have written down her name before I forgot it!  I did warn her that I have face blindness.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We were looking at this frog.

We were looking at this frog. (Allan’s photo)

frog in the water box (Allan's photo)

frog in the water box (Allan’s photo)

Mike’s Garden

Mike’s garden only gets a very few cosmos, because it does not have much space for annuals.  It needed trimming and weeding.

Allan’s project:

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after

after

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after

after

I still have not trimmed the boxwoods because I would like them to get bigger and meet.

Looking south: I still have not trimmed the boxwoods because I would like them to get bigger first.  I wish the original garden designer had planted them closer together; I prefer a solid line of boxwood edging.

Fuchsia magellanica, Scrophularia variegata

Fuchsia magellanica, Scrophularia variegata

OH!!  The back yard of this garden would be the perfect place to plant my pale pink extra runners of Fuchsia magellanica!

Due to Planting Time, did not have time to deadhead the entire rhodo.

Due to Planting Time, did not have time to deadhead the entire rhodo.

looking north

looking north

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Removing scilla foliage left a gap that I hope will fill in soon.

Removing scilla foliage left a gap that I hope will fill in soon.

I may squeeze some painted sage in here later this week.

I may squeeze some painted sage in here later this week.

Ilwaco 

looking good

post office looking good

added plants to the planter that had had three stolen. fingers crossed....

added plants to the planter that had had three stolen. fingers crossed….

at Ilwaco City Hall, after adding Cosmos 'Sonata' to two planters.

at Ilwaco City Hall, after adding Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to two planters.  City crew member and I discussing why his new lawn is yellow.  (PH?  Lack of nitrogen because of planting on barky mulch?)

Long Beach

the welcome sign

the welcome sign

While weeding at city hall, I saw the goatsbeard already needed trussing.

north side of building

north side of building

We must remember to bring stronger string. We have two eyehooks permanently installed for this plant.

We must remember to bring stronger string. We have two eyehooks permanently installed for this plant.

City Hall west side (Allan's photo)

City Hall west side (Allan’s photo)

The grass is Miscanthus variegatus, my second favourite ornamental grass. (Allan's photo)

The grass is Miscanthus variegatus, my second favourite ornamental grass. (Allan’s photo)

sidewalk tile by Renee O'Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O'Connor

sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor

We planted some cosmos in Veterans Field and then headed out for more plants.

Veterans Field (Allan's photo)

Veterans Field (Allan’s photo)

Veterans Field corner garden

Veterans Field corner garden

Allan's photo

Eschscholzia californica ‘White Linen’ (Allan’s photo)

Salvia 'May Night' (Allan's photo)

Salvia ‘May Night’ (Allan’s photo)

Planter Box

We picked up our first load of Salvia viridis (painted sage).

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lupine

me and Planter Box Teresa (Allan's photo)

me and Planter Box Teresa (Allan’s photo)

me and Teresa's mom, great seed grower

me and Teresa’s mom, great seed grower

Basket Case Greenhouse

Acquired a few more trailies for Veterans Field pots and some plants I wanted for me (agastaches!).

Why is no one buying the last variegated comfrey? Recommended in a gardening book I read over the winter, got three for myself earlier).

Why is no one buying the last variegated comfrey? Recommended in a gardening book I read over the winter, got three for myself earlier).

Hard to believe no one has snatched up these Cornus 'Hedgerows Gold'. I think Fifth Street Park needs one.

Hard to believe no one has snatched up these Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’. I think Fifth Street Park needs one.

a van full again (Allan's photo)

a van full again (Allan’s photo)

Anchorage Cottages

Mitzu greets us (Allan's photo)

Mitzu greets us (Allan’s photo)

Added ‘Double Click’ and ‘Seashells’ cosmos and some painted sage in containers, along with doing the regular maintenance.

climbing hydrangea

climbing hydrangea

north wall shade garden

north wall shade garden

calla lilies (Allan's photo)

calla lilies (Allan’s photo)

calla lilies (Allan's photo)

calla lilies (Allan’s photo)

two of four window boxes

two of four window boxes

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

center courtyard

Allium albopilosum (Allan's photo)

Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

near the office

near the office

Long Beach again

We planted up the two pots pots by the Veterans Field stage (Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ and red calibrachoas and white alyssum) and put some painted sage in the corner garden.

Dutch iris in the corner garden (Allan's photo)

white Dutch iris in the corner garden (Allan’s photo)

bucket watered the edging plants in the welcome sign on the way back to Ilwaco...(Allan's photo)

bucket watered the edging plants in the welcome sign on the way back to Ilwaco…(Allan’s photo)

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cosmos appreciation (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Ilwaco

We added trailing plants to five more Ilwaco planters.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we hope the new plants do not get stolen this time.

home by dark

home by dusk

Our quiet, dignified neighbour, Rudder, came to say hello.

Our quiet, dignified neighbour, Rudder, came to say hello.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

at home: arm rests (Allan's photo)

at home: arm rests (Allan’s photo)

I had checked my email several times.  Still no answer about the Job in Jeopardy.  If it were not for my feeling that it is a blessing to the old folks, I would be done with it.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

May 17: Basketball—The Sonics lost Game 7 at Houston so now I’ll start rooting for the Jazz with my favorite player Jeff Hornacek.

 

 

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