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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Ilwaco

We began our Saturday with a brief trip to the Ilwaco Saturday Market, for photos and for a treat from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Allan's photo from the port office deck

Allan’s photo from the port office deck

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a damp day

a damp day

We bought Swedish Traveling Cake for work, and Chai cupcakes for after dinner.

We bought Swedish Traveling Cake for work, and Chai cupcakes for after dinner.

Allan could not resist some pickled garlic.

Allan could not resist some pickled garlic.

our neighbours' booth (Allan's photo); They have a staff of booth-runners at markets all over the Northwest.

our neighbours’ booth (Allan’s photo); They have a staff of booth-runners at markets all over the Northwest.

inside Time Enough Books at the Port (Allan's photo)

inside Time Enough Books at the Port (Allan’s photo)

I bought Ken Druse’s new shade garden book, having ordered it at Time Enough Books.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Bookstore owner Karla and I talked about how excited we are that the Salt Hotel is about to open at the end of the block, and how much it will revitalize the port.

I’ve been so busy that as I write this a week later, my new Ken Druse book has not yet emerged from its bag.

On the way north, Allan had a book to pick up at the Ilwaco Timberland Library.  He photographed the handsome unfurling of the ferns that I pruned there fairly recently:

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Dutch iris still blooming in the tiered garden (Allan's photo)

Dutch iris still blooming in the tiered garden (Allan’s photo)

As we headed north to work, I took the first of several photos for the Rhodie Driving Tour photo album.

in Seaview

in Seaview

The Depot Restaurant

a check up on the Depot garden

a check up on the Depot garden

Allan planting some bright yellow sanvitalia in the barrel by the east window.

Allan planting some bright yellow sanvitalia in the barrel by the east window.

I had a sudden revelation: Why does not the garden on the north side of the deck extend further east?  What was I thinking, stopping it an an angle like that.  No one does much mowing or strimming of that grass, so why not get rid of it?

needs expansion!

needs expansion!

Today's plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Today’s plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Long Beach

We had forgotten to add two Geranium ‘Rozanne’ to the back of the welcome sign.

sweeping up after some horsetail control

sweeping up after some horsetail control

The Planter Box

We needed more cosmos, necessitating a stop at The Planter Box.

snapdragons

snapdragons

calendula

calendula

Back in the employees only greenhouse, I saw a gorgeous Dicentra called ‘Valentine’.  I’ve never seen one so red.  I want it badly…but it is sold already.

Dicentra 'Valentine', now on my must have list.

Dicentra ‘Valentine’, now on my must have list.

want it, can't have it!

want it, can’t have it!

a cart full of six flats of Cosmos 'Sensation' and 'Psyche' (Allan's photo)

a cart full of six flats of Cosmos ‘Sensation’ and ‘Psyche’ (Allan’s photo)

On the way out of the back greenhouse, I noticed some Cosmos ‘Candy Stripe’ on the sales floor.  They had got past me thus far; I snagged one 6 pack for my own garden.

Wish I had more of this picotee cosmos.

Wish I had more of this picotee cosmos.

Allan's photo of me carrying the Candy Stripe cosmos; he thought the flowers looked like bagpipes.

Allan’s photo of me carrying the Candy Stripe cosmos; he thought the flowers looked like bagpipes.

Traveling north to our next job, we sustained ourselves with our Pink Poppy Bakery treat.

Swedish Traveling Cake

leaving the Planter Box carpark with Swedish Traveling Cake

Golden Sands Assisted Living

wheelbarrowing cosmos down the hallway (Allan's photo)

wheelbarrowing cosmos down the hallway (Allan’s photo)

I truly entered Annuals Planting Hell while planting 60 cosmos in the Golden Sands garden.  Maybe the sprinklers weren’t on yet; I found some of the ground was dry underneath so had to put water in each small hole.  I had not brought a dipper, so tried a tiny plastic dish that Allan found.  My head just about exploded with how long it took and after about ten cosmos, I walked out to the car (a long trip down the hallways) for a proper dipping container (a reasonable sized Costco plastic jar that had held nuts).  Life immediately became easier.

On one side of the courtyard, the red rhodos are blooming at their unpruned height.

southwest corner

southwest corner

On the other side, they got pruned severely.  I did not and do not approve, but everything outside the four quadrants of flowers is out of my hands.

the tall and the short of it (short ones are in southeast corner)

the tall and the short of it (short ones are in southeast corner)

I also noticed that the shrubs under the windows had been pruned to window sill height, but apparently at the same time someone had severely chopped two of the roses, planted by volunteers (outside the flower quadrants).

roses chopped severely...at the wrong time of year.  Why?  I do not get it.

roses chopped severely…at the wrong time of year. Why? I do not get it.  You can hardly even tell there is a rose in each of these photos.

detail:  WHY????

detail: WHY????

Oh well…I must just focus on our four quadrants…which are about to burst into bloom.

Northwest quadrant

Northwest quadrant

mom's red rose in NW quadrant

mom’s red rose in NW quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

acquilegia

aquilegia

Rudbeckia  starts from our Kathleen are sizing up!

Rudbeckia starts from our Kathleen are sizing up!

SW quadrant; Allan handwatering in case the sprinklers are not yet on.

SW quadrant; Allan handwatering in case the sprinklers are not yet on.

SE quadrant with the first of the sweet williams.

SE quadrant with the first of the sweet williams.

I'm horrified to see salal appearing at the edge of the SE quadrant!

I’m horrified to see salal appearing at the edge of the SE quadrant!

No time for salal control.,..and can’t find out about sprinklers because it is Saturday.

Allan strimmed the center lawn and spared a scabiosa that had reseeded there.

Allan strimmed the center lawn and spared a scabiosa that had reseeded there.  (I’d like it to be all moss and flowers…)  (Allan’s photo)

We have a mini-river of Geranium 'Rozanne' in that lawn.

We have a mini-river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in that mossy lawn.  Allan weeded around them. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

I did some light weeding and planted 24 cosmos.  While I did so, Allan weeding along the north fence.

before:  Allan's photo.  That buddliea, belonging to a neighbor who never retrieved it, has languished in that pot for years and has now rooted into the ground.

before: Allan’s photo. That buddliea, belonging to a neighbor who never retrieved it, has languished in that pot for years and has now rooted into the ground.

After:  I didn't agree with cutting the pot away, but now I regret that so he can do so next time! (Allan's photo)

After: I didn’t agree with cutting the pot away, but now I regret that so he can do so next time! (Allan’s photo)

I resisted the buddleia rescue because they are now maligned and considered weedy (except for the new sterile cultivars).  We can just keep the old flowerheads trimmed and it will be fine.  Poor thing.

Dutch iris

Dutch iris

rose clambering into the bay tree

rose clambering into the bay tree

to the right: Thalictrum 'Elin'

to the right: Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Allium multibulbosum (white) and albopilosum (purple)

Allium multibulbosum (white) and albopilosum (purple)

Allium multibulbosum

Allium multibulbosum

rose

rose with Anthricus ‘Ravenswing’ and Dutch Iris

I wish I knew this rose's name.

I wish I knew this rose’s name.

another of Mary's roses

another of Mary’s roses

...whose name I wish I knew.

…whose name I wish I knew.

the weekly view

the weekly view

looking in the east gate

looking in the east gate

the lower level of the fenced garden, with Knockout roses

the lower level of the fenced garden, with Knockout roses

Next door, by where we park, a couple of the rhododendrons at Joanie’s cottage have come into bloom too late for the Rhodie Tour.

red one...

red one…

and pink one

and pink one

In the dump pile, Allan found this pile of spent flowers from Rhododendron 'Cynthia', raked from the lawn.

The prettiest compost in the dump pile.  Allan found this pile of spent flowers from Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’, raked out of the pond

Ocean Park

On the way north to our next job, we did a driveby check on the Oman Builders Supply garden….It did not appear to need our urgent attention.

Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park

Oman Builders Supply Ocean Park

This house and rhododendron caught my eye.

This house and rhododendron caught my eye.

This lineup at the Ocean Park Post Office caught Allan's eye.

This lineup at the Ocean Park Post Office caught Allan’s eye.

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we planted cosmos in Marilyn’s garden in Surfside, our northernmost job.  The garden had gotten terribly weedy in our absence.

Allan's photo, along the house, before

Allan’s photos, along the house, before

and after

and after

He rescued a buried Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' at the corner of the house.

He rescued a buried Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ at the corner of the house.

That Phygelius has to be pulled out from around that Eryngium, though; the Phygelius has crept sideways out of its alloted space and will get much taller than the Eryngium and will hide it again.  Next time!

during...it was worse when I started!

during…it was worse when I started!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

horsetail among the phygelius

horsetail among the phygelius

after

after

Virburnum

Virburnum

Cosmos in

Cosmos in

looking north down the path

looking north down the path

and south

and south

At the very end, I had to wade in to clip the blackberries that i saw while taking photos.

At the very end, I had to wade in to clip the blackberries that i saw while taking photos.

on the way home

There was some excitement at an intersection when three emergency vehicles drove by, and a large fire axe flew off the firetruck and landed in the ditch just north of us…and not, as it could have a few seconds earlier, in the nose of our van.

Allan retrieved it.

Allan retrieved it.

We took it back to the fire fighters, as we had seen where they were going (a few blocks north).  They were surprised that it had come loose.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The axe was riding in that slanted holder; very odd that it flew out so forecefully.

The axe was riding in that slanted holder; very odd that it flew out so forecefully.

After that adventure, we took the Nahcotta route home and photographed just a few more rhododendrons before dusk.

Rhododendrons on Willapa Bay

Rhododendrons by Willapa Bay (just south of Nahcotta Post Office)

At home, I was able to erase a few more planting tasks from the work board.

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Long Beach

With the van full of annuals, we headed to Long Beach hoping to make it through all the planters with Cosmos ‘Sonata’, painted sage, and assorted annuals that I call “uppies” and “trailies”.

This involves more thinking than usual for me, so I asked Allan to be the principal blog photographer for the day.

a full van

a full van

One reason why what used to be “Annuals Planting Hell” has become  “Annuals Planting Time” (mostly) for the past two years is that we are working out of a comfy sized van instead of a tiny two door Saturn.  I shudder with horror at the memory of eight years of bending and twisting to get plants in and out of the back seat of that car.

The trailer was also loaded with short plants (less likely to be damaged by wind while driving) and buckets of water for burbling.

The trailer was also loaded with short plants (less likely to be damaged by wind while driving) and buckets of water for burbling.


deer in the grassy lot next to the credit union (which is the same block in which they nip at the plants in the planters)

deer in the grassy lot next to the credit union (which is the same block in which they nip at the plants in the planters)

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one of the planters

one of the planters


Cosmos 'Sonata' and painted sage all burbled and set up for planting

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ and painted sage all burbled and set up for planting


the big Lewis and Clark Square planter ready for planting

the big Lewis and Clark Square planter ready for planting


L&C Square

L&C Square


all planted up with the lemon-pink Osteo and Cosmos 'Sonata'

all planted up with the lemon-pink Osteo and Cosmos ‘Sonata’

I wish I could get the lady’s mantle permanently gone from the right side of the planter, above.  We can’t get the darn roots out without damaging the sprinkler system, so some experiments with perennials (lady’s mantle, a variegated ivy, some trailing cotoneaster) along the edges have become permanent fixtures.

The street planter next to L&C Square has a wealth of reseeded violas.  We cleared it out of a dull perennials geranium last fall.

The street planter next to L&C Square has a wealth of reseeded violas. We cleared it out of a dull perennial geranium last fall.


Geranium 'Rozanne' has been a successful perennial experiment in some of the planters.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ has been a successful perennial experiment in some of the planters.  I’d like to plant more; it’s surprisingly hard to come by.


planting

planting

Passersby often want to converse.  The fellow in the photo below is one of my favourites.  He used to be a landscaper, for thirty years.  I told him that I do not enjoy planting, and he said he did not enjoy weeding but had liked planting, so we agreed we would have made a good team.

garden talk

garden talk

As Allan and I went along, we sheared back the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.  Although they will look regrettably sad for a couple of weeks, they will later bloom more profusely with smaller flowers and won’t fall open from the center.

sheared Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

halfway sheared Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’; it could have been done earlier before the set of flowers.


more planting

more planting


Allan got artistic with this one.

Allan got artistic with this one.


Occasionally, it was possible to sit and plant.

Occasionally, it was possible to sit and plant.

We ran out of blue painted sage just after the Police Station planter.  A second sowing from The Planter Box should be ready for us in a couple of weeks to finish up the blues in the last three blocks of planters.  We ran out of trailies by the Cottage Bakery, not unexpectedly.  Part of the plan is to be able to count how many more we will need to finish on a second planting day.  We also ran out of time by 7 PM and did not finish the cosmos in the last two blocks.  Allan asked if we had ever gotten it all done in one day, and I agreed probably not, but I live in hope.

almost 7:30 PM after dumping debris at City Works

almost 7:30 PM after dumping debris at City Works

The Cove Restaurant

We arrived for Thursday night at the Cove too late for ahi tuna.  Fortunately, Prawns Solo is a splendid second choice.

Prawns Solo

Prawns Solo


and a $2 fish taco

and a $2 fish taco


Allan had Lomo Soltado

Allan had Lomo Soltado. Left overs made for a splendid omelettte the following night

To make the evening perfect, Chef Jason sautéed us some freshly foraged fiddlehead ferns in butter.

fiddlehead ferns

fiddlehead ferns

Tomorrow: finishing Long Beach and more

bonus book report

Over the past week, in small portions, I enjoyed book about statistics gleaned from users of OK Cupid and Facebook and other social internet sites.  I gave it five stars.  It dealt only with people under 50, as the author felt older people did not use the social internet as much.  As a 60 year old, I certainly don’t find that to be true of folks my age, as plenty of us are social internet addicts.  I suppose not as many of us are looking for online dating success, though.

Some takeaways from the entertaining book:

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About John Waters and fandom:

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John Waters said:  “Beauty is looks you never forget.  A face should jolt, not soothe,” inspiring Christian Rudder to reflect: “He’s completely correct, for as with music, as with movies, and as with a wide variety of human phenomena, a flaw is a powerful thing.  Even at the person-to-person level, to be universally liked is to be relatively ignored.  To be disliked by some is to be loved all the more by others.”  (I actually don’t think that’s true but it is a thought provoking statement and sort of comforting.)

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I found it sweet how he then added a photo of his own self at age fourteen.

the author

the author

some true thoughts about writing in the modern world:

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Monday, 11 May 2015

We usually are careful to wait till Mother’s Day for planting annuals, to avoid cold nights. Jo’s annuals never suffer from being planted (at her request) a week or two before any of our other clients, but I don’t want to risk it unless the client is determined (like Jo!).  This year, we’d begun annuals last week, here and there.  However, annuals time can’t officially begin without changing the work board.

as it was

the work board as it was

I still have not gotten my back garden weeded enough to fertilize more than a few plants, and we have no sign of when we might have time to weed the 13 sections of the beach approach garden.

The annuals board has begun.

The annuals board has begun.

While we have some of annuals in at Andersen’s and the Red Barn already, they won’t get crossed off till they are completely done.  Cosmos are an annual, too.  Here, “annuals” means container plants like calibrachoas and trailing lobelia, quite a different planting experience than putting cosmos in the ground.

Mary watched us leave for work.  I wished I could spend the day with her in our garden.

Mary watched us leave for work. I wished I could spend the day with her in our garden.

First stop: check the painting situation at the Depot Restaurant.  The lattice is done.

First stop: check the painting situation at the Depot Restaurant. The lattice is done.

planted three Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' and two Helichrysum 'Limelight' in the barrel.

planted three Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and two Helichrysum ‘Limelight’ in the barrel.

The Planter Box

We began to collect our flats of cosmos from the back greenhouse of the Planter Box.

some handsome heucheras on our way back to the last greenhouse

some handsome heucheras on our way back to the last greenhouse

I often ponder this table and two chairs, as we have a larger chair that matches this set.

I often ponder this table and two chairs, as we have a larger chair that matches this set.

Teresa at The Planter Box

Teresa and Raymond,  sibling owners at The Planter Box

a van packed with cosmos

a van packed with cosmos (Allan’s photo)

With the van stuffed with flats of cosmos and more, we drove to Andersen’s RV Park, just a few blocks up the road.

Andersen’s RV Park

Allan watering the garden shed garden after some weeding and the planting of cosmos there.

Allan watering the garden shed garden after some weeding and the planting of cosmos there.

Alliums in the garden shed garden

Alliums in the garden shed garden

allium closeup

allium closeup

Allan's photo: We also have Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' and some Salvia viridis (painted sage).

Allan’s photo: We also have Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ and some Salvia viridis (painted sage).

Cosmos 'Sonata' short) and some Agyranthemum 'Butterfly' went into the Payson Hall planters.

Cosmos ‘Sonata’ short) and some Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ went into the Payson Hall planters.

pinching after planting

pinching after planting

planting cosmos in the picket fence garden (Allan's photo)

planting cosmos deep down in the picket fence garden (Allan’s photo), with sweet peas

Each plant gets some Dr Earth fertilizer mixed with Quench, or whatever natural moisture retentive product that we are using now that Zeba Quench has seemingly disappeared from the market

If you plant cosmos deep, they root along the stems like tomato plants do.

I have a feeling we won't be working here all summer to see this garden mature...

I have a feeling we won’t be working here all summer to see this garden mature…

It’s weird planting annuals at places that are for sale.  I always wonder if I will see those gardens through the summer.

Having one fewer job would be wonderful.  I just don’t want a sale to happen right after we’ve added all the new babies.  Either before or at least two months after annuals planting time would be perfect.  

Speaking of fewer jobs, I completely forgot to tell you about the moment of truth while we were planting at Jo’s last week.  I realized, after spending all day (as usual when behind on work) trying to figure out which job to quit to make life more manageable, that one job did have to go.  I chose the most private one, because it has less impact on the world.  I wrote to the client with much sadness at quitting in May, of all the times…but said truthfully that I had thought I could manage one more year at this pace and I’d been wrong.  I recommended three other gardening businesses.  Because the home is being extensively remodeled right now, it would not be a bad year to have the garden in transition.  In the long run, I don’t have time to implement a whole new garden bed around the newly shaped house, nor do I have time to make the woods parklike, as the client dreams of, and I think one of the younger and possibly less busy local gardening businesses could find the time and energy to turn it into something wonderful.  Fortunately, our client understood.  So, a poignant farewell to Casa Pacifica and its darling dogs….   I knew I wouldn’t be able to make the break in person in the presence of my good canine friends Dusty and Spook.

On the way home from Andersen’s today, we drove by the hotel at the port to admire the increasingly charcoal grey paint job.

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At home: I burble every flat of painted sage so that they stay healthy and vigorous till we get them planted.

At home: I burble every flat of painted sage so that they stay healthy and vigorous till we get them planted. (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo: waiting for the air bubbles to stop.

Allan’s photo: waiting for the air bubbles to stop.

Allan had to clean up an entire bin of hand tools from the van because the container of corn starch based soil moisture product sprung a massive leak and coated everything in the large tote bin.

Allan's photo, as he transfers to product to a new container.  That was a big leak.

Allan’s photo, as he transfers to product to a new container. That was a big leak.

It had happened at Andersen’s and fortunately we did not spill any on the ground, as that would have made the lawn dangerously slippery.  I miss Zeba Quench; it had more substance, like fine grains instead of a powder.  I learned about it from Ann Lovejoy.  Allan says whenever he tries to order it online nowadays, it is unavailable.  On one order, a synthetic gel like product was substituted and we refused it.  Allan even corresponded with the man behind Zeba Quench, who sent us some directly, and then that contact fizzled out.  It’s frustrating.

One job got erased from the work board: Cosmos at Andersen’s.

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Annuals planting time probably could have started full force by now because of an early spring…although I am wary of planting tender annuals when the nights are still chilly.

On the way, I added some Agastaches to the Ilwaco post office garden.

On the way, I added some Agastaches to the Ilwaco post office garden.

There, we saw our neighbour Jessika of Starvation Alley Farms and got their attractive new postcard.

There, we saw our neighbour Jessika of Starvation Alley Farms and got their attractive new postcards,

I had one lavender to plant (for balance) in the Ilwaco boatyard.

I had one lavender to plant (for balance) in the Ilwaco boatyard.

at the boatyard, Stipa gigantea in bloom

at the boatyard, Stipa gigantea in bloom

lavender and lupines at the boatyard

lavender and lupines at the boatyard

Still on the way to Jo’s, we did some planting in Veterans Field in Long Beach:

added some more eryngiums

added some more eryngiums

At last, we arrived at Jo’s at about one thirty.

Jo’s garden

I wish I had thought to take a photo of all the flats of annuals lined up when we arrived.  I moved them because we needed to start planting in that area.

The flats covered the soil on both sides of the entryway.

The flats had covered the soil on both sides of the entryway.

flats of impatiens...

flats of impatiens (on the bench) and godetia (lower left)

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

more impatiens

more impatiens

and more

and more

and flats of mixed annuals for the windowboxes...

and flats of mixed annuals for the windowboxes…

Allan's photo: his project of planting geraniums edged with white alyssum

Allan’s photo: his project of planting geraniums edged with white alyssum

Allan's photo: me sorting plants for the windowboxes

Allan’s photo: me sorting plants for the windowboxes

Allan's photo: his first project done

Allan’s photo: his first project done

We had one lovely little break:  Ed Strange, who had been mowing just north of us at the Boreas Inn, came by with his new puppy, whom we had first met on April 23rd..

me and Jackson

me and Jackson; how he has grown!

Ed and Jackson

Ed and Jackson

finding a place for Jackson to piddle

finding a place for Jackson to piddle

Allan's photo: planting impatiens

Allan’s photo: planting impatiens

Allan's photo: after

Allan’s photo: after

Allan's photo: north wall, before

Allan’s photo: north sunporch wall, before

after

after

About five hours after we began:

window boxes on west side of guest cottage

I did all the but one of window boxes (here, on west side of guest cottage)

overflow geraniums in pots

overflow geraniums and diascia in pots

Allan has to stand on a bucket to plant geraniums up here.

Allan has to stand on a bucket to plant geraniums in this windowbox.

impatiens under a rhodo

impatiens under a rhodo

impatiens by the middle gate

impatiens by the middle gate

impatiens down the north side in the area we'd cleared of Bad Aster and Geranium 'AT Johnson' (the too rampant pink one) last fall.

Allan planted the impatiens down the north side in the area we’d cleared of Bad Aster and Geranium ‘AT Johnson’ (the too rampant pink one) last fall.

Allan waters in some new perennials we had brought with us to also plant.

Allan waters in some new perennials we had brought with us to also plant.  All the geraniums are in along the entry.

Alliums and perennials

Alliums and perennials

all planted up.  Jo's magic makes her geraniums bloom all summer in heavy shade.

all planted up. Jo’s magic makes her geraniums bloom all summer in heavy shade.

pink rose in bloom and empty space waiting for cosmos (next week)

pink rose in bloom and empty space waiting for cosmos (next week)

Here’s what Jo’s looks like in midsummer, whether or not it is on a garden tour.

Other than puppy love, we had some good entertainment at the end of the evening when the neighbour’s girlfriend rode up on her horse.

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Allan’s photo

I thought, wouldn’t it be great to be young again and have a girlfriend who comes to visit on a horse?  After awhile, they all left with the young woman sitting in the back of the truck with the horse, whose name was Goose, placidly following on a lead.

Very very Long Beachy

Very very Long Beachy (Allan’s photo)

Just as we were finally packed up (and utterly tired), Fred and Nancy from the Basket Case drove by to say hi.  They had just had dinner at the Depot’s burger night and knew (from Fred’s morning delivery of the plants) that we would be unable to join them.  They were impressed that we had gotten it all done in five hours.

I’d begun the day with a fantasy that we could also get a messy planter in Long Beach completely redone.  How silly to think we’d have had time for that.

On the way home we had a look at the hotel at the port that is being restored.

We were thrilled to see the dark grey paint job covering the red.

Hotel on Howerton Avenue by the Port: We were thrilled to see the dark grey paint job covering the red.

Many buildings around here are painting the same “beach red”.  The story may be apocryphal, but I heard that once years ago there was a big sale on red paint….

Next: annuals planting time continues….

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Annuals Planting Time day 12

We had taken all the plants for Casa Pacifica out of the van to water them last night, so this morning began with reloading them and driving to the private garden near Wallicut Farms, our only job east of the Peninsula.   Sometimes I think of this being the one more job we need to resign from to keep our schedule manageable…because it’s off of our usual driving route and parts of the garden are on difficult terrain for me…but I sure do love their dog, my friend Dusty.

Dusty shares my string cheese.

Dusty shares my string cheese.

a soft mouth

a soft mouth

Dusty helping

Dusty helping

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Most of the time, he walks around quietly right next to me so that my hand rests on the top of his sleek head.

my good friend

I so love my good friend.

The other dogs are more skittish but deigned to have bites of cheese that I threw to them.

Darcy

Darcy

Spook lurking

Spook lurking

I got closer to Spook today than I have ever managed to before.  I have been trying for years to cultivate her affection.  She is perfectly loving with her people but was rescued and does not trust strangers.

Dusty usually hogs the attention when I try to reach out to Spook.

Dusty usually hogs the attention when I try to reach out to Spook.

this close, no telephoto

this close, no telephoto

such a shy girl

such a shy girl

In other critter news, we heard a loud croaking from our trailer and found a frog that had hitched a ride from our house and was hiding in a fold of a tarp.

We left it there, hoping it would ride back home with us.

We left it there, hoping it would ride back home with us.

Oh, right, gardening, the real subject of the blog…

We planted 141 annuals from small pots and 13 6 packs (cosmos ‘Sonata’, lobelia, alyssum) for a total of 219 plants.  Or more, as Dusty may have absconded with a pot or two.  All went into 12 whiskey barrels and some other pots.  Calibrachoa, assorted colours, and Agyranthemum (white, and yellow ‘Butterfly’), lotus vine and diascia.  I am capable of planting pots with cool perennials, grasses, and more “sophisticated” designs, but the materials are not necessarily available here, and besides, my clients like colour all season long and lots of it.

barrels near the house

five barrels near the house parking area

and seven are around the big garage further down the entry drive

and seven are around the big garage further down the entry drive

Someone had cut the dying narcissi foliage down in all the barrels before we came, making our jobs so very much easier and quicker.  That kindness left us with some time for weeding around the garden, as well.

This is how happy I felt when that big batch of annuals was planted.

This is how happy I felt when that big batch of annuals was planted.  Allan noticed the face on the driftwood and put it on display.

the back garden

the back garden

the guardian

the guardian

healthy hostas and heucheras

healthy hostas and heuchera

I delegated all the hilly weeding to Allan and weeded the level areas around the house myself.

I delegated all the hilly weeding to Allan and weeded the level areas around the house myself.

colour coordination with peony, rose, and rhodo

colour coordination with peony, rose, and rhodo

one of the peonies I planted for Leanne, blooming at last.

one of the peonies I planted for Leanne, blooming at last.

Baptisia (false indigo)

Baptisia (false indigo), one of my favourite perennials

Halmioscistus wintonensis

Halmioscistus wintonensis

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I have added some of my favourites to this garden; I’d add more if I could just get some mulch onto that garden atop the stone wall.  But it is a difficult wheelbarrowing and bucketing job and I’m too old and tired to do it!  I’ll wheelbarrow all day if I need to, but not uphill.

would that someone young and strong would add some nice Soil Energy or Cow Fiber mulch to this garden

would that someone young and strong would add some nice Soil Energy or Cow Fiber mulch to this garden.

a challenging garden to mulch

a challenging garden to mulch

Much to my surprise, we were done in time to go to the Basket Case and get some bags of potting soil for our evening project in Long Beach.

Basket Case greenhouse

Basket Case greenhouse

While at The Basket Case, I realized we had not planted any godetia in Long Beach, and it is a favourite of parks manager Mike K.

awhile later: adding some godetia on the west side of Long Beach city hall

awhile later: adding some godetia on the west side of Long Beach city hall

We put in 12 more white alyssum to fill in along the edges of the Veterans Field garden. As soon as they were in the ground, I was able to declare Annuals Planting Time 2014 officially over.  There will be more to add here and there, but our gardening life will return to the pleasures of maintenance instead of ALL planting ALL the time.

I am very pleased with how nicely the red dianthus have returned from last year.

I am very pleased with how nicely the red dianthus have returned from last year.

Finally, we went out to that last planter on the Sid Snyder beach approach to dig it out.

what a horrible weedy mess

what a horrible weedy mess

after much stressful muddy nasty digging, and three and a half bags of potting soil

after much stressful muddy nasty digging, and adding three and a half bags of potting soil

Argh, the weed roots went all the way down to the gravel fill, so even 3.5 big bags of soil were not enough.  It’s fortunate that I had not thought we’d get this far with our day, as if I had had the plants with me I’d have been even more frustrated.  (They are perennials so do not count as Annuals Planting Time.)

It would have been satisfying to have a celebratory End of Annuals cocktail at The Pickled Fish which loomed high over the area where we were working.  Unfortunately I had a headache and a cocktail would have made it worse.  (Those who know me well would have been able to tell from the first photo in today’s entry that I had a headache; the clue is that I only wear a headband when my head is hurting.  Keeping it wet with cold water really helps.  Like anything I wear these days, it’s not a fashion statement.)

The Pickled Fish, atop the Adrift Hotel

The Pickled Fish, atop the Adrift Hotel…oh well….

We also were streaked with mud from the heavy sticky clay that for reasons unknown was mixed in with the potting soil of the planter we had just finished digging out.  And another thing, I was too tired to make words and if someone I knew happened to be at the restaurant, that might be misunderstood as unfriendliness.

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the work board, now with just the kind of jobs I like best.

The day had a happy ending.  Remember the little frog who rode with us to work?  It came back home quite safely and is again back by the water boxes outside my window croaking loudly with its friends and family.

frog on the wheelbarrow

frog on the wheelbarrow, at home

being carried by Allan back to the water

being carried by Allan back to the water

safely back home

safely back home

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Tomorrow begins a three day slam to try to get all the resorts and the town of Long Beach looking spiffing for Memorial Day weekend so that we can take two or three days off….I hope with every fiber of my being.

Now to watch Deadliest Catch and feel rather silly about all my complaining about planting annuals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, 19 May 2014

annuals planting time day eleven

It’s the birthday today of the late Joey Ramone and my former partner, Robert.

And we are rapidly approaching the end of annuals planting he….  time.

We began at Mayor Mike’s garden, just weeding the front beds a bit and adding some white and blue painted sage, a six pack of cosmos, and a Dianthus ‘Fancy Knickers’ (frilly and white!) in keeping with the mostly blue and white theme of his garden.

Last fall, we planted tall alliums (Purple Sensation and Everest).

Last fall, we planted tall alliums (Purple Sensation and Everest).

They are a good focal point at the corner of the front garden.

They are a good focal point at the corner of the front garden.

Mike and his partner must have been doing some weeding or there would have been more work for us.

Mike and his partner must have been doing some weeding or there would have been more work for us.

looking across to Cheri's house...was bright yellow, now red.

looking across to Cheri’s house…was bright yellow, now red.

The above photo tells me that white is a colour that will look good with that red, and also yellow, and clear, not purple-y blues.  The pinky mauve of most cosmos would NOT look good there now.

Cheri and Charlie seem to be doing well with their garden without us having had time to show up to help them!  Cheri did tell me once that she would pave it over if we ever quite…and I have no intention of quitting this one, as it is nice and level and quite easy.

They've replaced some lawn with bark...

They’ve replaced some lawn with bark…

and they have a nice pile of mulch...

and they have a nice pile of mulch…

and new raised boxer-dog-proof veg beds.

and new raised boxer-dog-proof veg beds.

We had forgotten to pay our accountant, which I usually do the minute she finishes our taxes.  A pause at her office to pay did not result in the usual greeting from Helen, who was fast asleep.

no belly rub today

no belly rub today

Next, The Basket Case, where we bought oodles and scads of plants for the 12 whiskey barrels at Casa Pacifica tomorrow.  We will be all set up to go there first thing on Tuesday.  It takes a lot of plants to fill a whiskey barrel full of colourful annuals, and they really look  best with 9 or even 12 trailies around the edges.  Once, I planted fewer trailies and Dan saw us downtown a couple of days later and asked if we had planted up the barrels yet.  So impact, quick and impressive, is key.

flower basket maker extraordinaire Nancy Aust and me at the Basket Case on the previous visit.

flower basket maker extraordinaire Nancy Aust and me at the Basket Case on the previous visit.

I shop in the back employees-only greenhouse to avoid decimating the stock in the front, public greenhouses.

I shop in the back employees-only greenhouse to avoid decimating the stock in the front, public greenhouses.

basket cat

basket cat

Allan prepares to load the van

Allan prepares to load the van with many plants for Casa Pacifica

We saw Charlene at the Basket Case; it is common to encounter friends shopping there.  Allan told me later that she got herself a nice shrub, and when he described it I knew it was the excellent Sambucus ‘Black Lace’.

And while Allan went off to Marilyn’s to weed and prep for annuals planting there, I swanned off with Garden Tour Nancy on a prearranged garden tour diversion.

As usual, a delicious lunch was part of the deal.  (I hope there is a garden tour expense account for her!)  Generously, she came up with the idea of the lunch treat in thanks for me skiving off work for a few hours.

We went to Bailey’s Cafe in Nahcotta.

Bailey's Cafe, with a Sambucus 'Black Lace' in a big pot at the front door.

Bailey’s Cafe, with a Sambucus ‘Black Lace’ in a big pot at the front door.

Next door to the café in the same building is the post office, with a little lending library.

Next door to the café in the same building is the post office, where Nancy showed me the little community lending library….

and just a few post office boxes for such a small town (which has no mail delivery).  Sometimes there is a waiting list for a box.

and just a few post office boxes for such a small town (which has no mail delivery). Sometimes there is a waiting list for a box.

inside Bailey's Café

inside Bailey’s Café

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I had the tuna sandwich in pita bread, my favourite Bailey’s fare, and Nancy and I shared a most scrumptious golden beet soup with a spicy kick to it; Jayne is such an amazing cook.  I could have eaten a vat of that soup.  I knew Allan would find out about our yummy meal by reading today’s blog, so we sweetened the deal by getting him a chocolate chip cookie.  While we ate, Nancy and I solved the world problems, or at least some of our own.

on the wall at Bailey's

on the wall at Bailey’s

After lunch, Nancy and I drove across Oysterville Road and went a little bit past our turn off and ended up almost to the beach.

the beach approach road

the beach approach road

and on our way to the garden; the deer is probably on its way to a garden, as well

and on our way to the garden; the deer is probably on its way to a garden, as well

Nancy needed a few back up gardens for this year’s tour, and I suggested one I remembered from years ago.

Jonathan and Vicky's garden

Jonathan and Vicky’s garden

The gorgeous house was designed and built by Jonathan.  If his is not on the tour this year, it should be next year and he will welcome visitors in to see the inside of the house, which is as interesting as the outside.

over the garage

over the garage

Inside the house, he had a hoya climbing all around the dining nook windows.  I flashed back to my grandma’s hoya plant and how as a child I would taste the drop of honey on each flower.  I must have one!

Hoya; our old house would have been too cold for it.

Hoya; our old house would have been too cold for it.

Outside, the laburnum and rhodos were in full bloom.

laburnum

rhodos

The tuteur in the middle of the boxwood features glass fishing floats of which he found in over a hundred one day years ago on the beach in Oregon.

floats

We only had the one garden in Surfside to look at, so Nancy dropped me off at Marilyn’s garden where I joined Allan hard at work.

He had weeded this area...

He had weeded this area…

and was working his way around the house.

and was working his way around the house.

hours later, weeded and with cosmos and painted sage planted

two hours later, weeded and with cosmos and painted sage planted

much better!

much better!

The sun felt terribly hot although 642weather.com says it was only 60.  It had to have been more like 70 at Marilyn’s.

The giant miscanthus is on its way to hiding the neighbours' garage.

The giant miscanthus is on its way to hiding the neighbours’ garage.

The privacy planting at the south end is finally filling in, with a shrubby lonicera being the best doer.

The privacy planting at the south end is finally filling in, with a shrubby lonicera being the best doer.

By the backyard swale, Siberian iris were at their peak.

By the backyard swale, Siberian iris were at their peak.

I usually miss this moment!

I usually miss this moment!

I should add some white ones, as well.

I should add some white ones, as well.

Allan went next door to retrieve a long tendril of Akebia vine that had fallen off of its host, an old dead tree trunk, and got a different view of the garden from the driveway to the west.

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the view from my passenger seat; every time we work here, I'll be looking to see how tall the garden gets

the view from my passenger seat as we leave; every time we work here, I’ll be looking to see how tall the garden gets

Since it was only five, and since I had forgotten to plant a few painted sage at the Wiegardt Gallery last week, we went there on our way south.  We mustered up an hour of energy to weed, mostly on the neglected north side.

before, north side of Wiegardt Gallery

before, north side of Wiegardt Gallery

after; somewhat improved

after; somewhat improved

Allium schubertii in the front garden

Allium schubertii in the front garden

and knautia macedonica

and Knautia macedonica

When we arrived home at seven (quite early compared to recent days), I decided I would feel so good if I could count my OWN annuals among the ones planted; I managed to get the cosmos and painted sage and a few container plants in the ground and into the garden boat and even got six Sweet 100 tomatoes potted up in the greenhouse (and two cukes in a pot on the patio; I had good luck with them last year, enough to share with a friend).

The board now looks like this with only ONE annuals job left.  Why, that is so great that I’ve started making the next set of lists: Weeding and Projects, tasks I deeply enjoy.

a joyous sight

a joyous sight

We still have several flats of perennials to plant here and there, but they are not as pesky and exhausting as the endless parade of annuals during Annuals Planting He—  Time.

 

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

annual planting time day ten

I slept in to the sound of pounding rain, occasionally waking just to wonder if we were going to get to work at all.  Even at 11:30 AM, the view looked iffy.

out the fogged front window

out the fogged front window

and the east window

and the east window

By noon, the promise of lightness to the south had turned into a pleasantly workable day of perfect, not too hot, not too sunny, not too windy weather, and with the soil beautifully pre-moistened for planting.  The rain saved us from having to water Larry’s garden and the north two blocks of the Long Beach planters and, in fact, quite a few other gardens are suddenly not a water worry for a little while.

Ilwaco 

We began at the boatyard garden and spent four hours weeding (Allan) and in a startling switch, I did all the planting (and weeded where I put in 6 flats of cosmos and 4 of painted sage and a couple of penstemons).

Here are some detail photos of the new historic Clamshell Railroad tour sign that has been placed in the garden.

Oh...it's one of the Clamshell Railroad history markers.  I am really pleased.

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(I wish they had asked me to proofread it!)

(I wish they had asked me to proofread it!  I am good at noticing it’s vs. its unless my iPhone does a sneaky autofill.)

We got several pleasing compliments about the garden today, especially from a woman who was here with the Nora J from Westport….

The Nora J; this is not the boat named Nora after my former neighbour, Nora Jane.

The Nora J; this is not the boat named Nora after my former neighbour, Nora Jane.

…and from the owner of the Mystique.

Mystique, an elegant sailboat

Mystique, an elegant sailboat

The garden is beginning it season of many flowers.

The garden is beginning it season of many flowers.

poppies

annual poppies and nepeta (catmint) and santolina

lupines (can reseed into too much of a good thing)

lupines (can reseed into too much of a good thing)

oriental poppies

oriental poppies

lupines and

lupines and yarrow

spectacular.  I will cut them back before they go to seed and choke out other plants with their vigor.

spectacular. I will cut them back before they go to seed and choke out other plants with their vigor.

Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding'

Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’

Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl'

Dianthus ‘Raspberry Swirl’

One of the lupines decided to be creamy white.

One of the lupines decided to be creamy white.

California poppy 'Rosa Romantica' or 'Rose Chiffon'

California poppy ‘Rosa Romantica’ or ‘Rose Chiffon’, probably

 lavender and lupine

lavender and lupine

pink achillea (yarrow) and poppies

pink achillea (yarrow) and poppies

'Mother of Pearl' poppy

‘Mother of Pearl’ Shirley poppy

This is probably, of all our gardens, the one I am most proud of.

This is probably, of all our gardens, the one I am most proud of, because it made such a big difference when I originally created it as a volunteer garden years ago.  (Later it became a paid job.)

Here's yet another cistus that looks sad this year.

Here’s yet another cistus that looks sad this year.

By the time we finished weeding and planting, boats were coming into the marina from a day of fishing.

south of the boatyard

south of the boatyard

We had a lovely Verbascum ‘Eleanor’s Blush’ to plant in the port office garden, and while Allan did so, I looked at the pretty planters done by the new Purly Shell yard shop two storefront to the west.

outside Purly Shell

outside Purly Shell

I noticed that they had some unplanted plants on a cart...

I noticed that they had some unplanted plants on a cart…

and oh no! some were all dried out, so I filled a bucket  with water and burbled them.

and oh no! some were all dried out!

I could not stand to see them gasping for thirst, so I filled one of our buckets at the port office, carried the water over to Purly Shell and, reader, I burbled them.

Long Beach

We had some perennials for those beach approach planters that we had dug out and redone last fall, so after Ilwaco, we drove up there, pausing to plant 12 white alyssum in the Veterans Field garden.

Veterans Field

Veterans Field

Salvia 'May Night', Geum 'Double Bloody Mary' (I think), white Cosmos 'Sonata', blue violas

Salvia ‘May Night’, Geum ‘Double Bloody Mary’ (I think), white Cosmos ‘Sonata’, blue violas, alyssum, Barberry ‘Crimson Pygmy’, blue oat grass, and more

Then the three westernmost Bolstadt beach approach planters got some new plants: perennials, mostly, which I find so much more pleasurable to deal with than annuals.

The planters definitely needed more.  Last year, this one was all miserable, parched vinca.

The planters definitely needed more. Last year, this one was all miserable, parched vinca and some dead tea roses, of all things, planted by volunteers back in the day.

A selection of plants that will take beachy conditions, way out by the dunes:

A selection of plants that will take beachy conditions, way out by the dunes:

Variegated lemon thyme, woolly thyme, ice plant (annual), armeria (sea thrift), Lavender ‘Grosso’, Sedum tricolour, green santolina; silver santolina also works well and other sorts of thyme, and catmint

fuller: now just let it not be finger blighted.

fuller: now just let it not be finger blighted.

a wild beach pea overhanging a planter

a wild beach pea overhanging a planter

We added some plants to the planter by the arch, as well, and before leaving the Bolstadt approach, I admired an orange Helianthemum in the townhouse garden.

helianthemum

I love helianthemums although I don’t use them much in public gardens because of their short period of bloom.

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Yesterday, while adding plants to the kite museum garden on the other approach road, Allan said we really should weed those planters more often as lots of folks from the Adrift Hotel and Worldmark resort walk that sidewalk.  He is right, so we did.  Here are the planters, going east to west, each very different depending on who the volunteer was back when they were volunteer tended.  (Each started out with great intentions and then most did not keep up on the weeding at all, which is why it is no longer a volunteer program.)

the first planter, lots of little weed grasses

the first planter, lots of little weed grasses

weeded.  Shasta daisies, too much creeping Jenny, a lavender.

weeded. Shasta daisies, too much creeping Jenny, a lavender, some lithodora.

planter two, a lupine, armeria, a rampan white stripy grass

planter two, a lupine, armeria, a rampan white stripy grass, some lithodora

planter three, was all vinca and a lupine; we redid it last fall.

planter three, was all vinca and a lupine; we redid it last fall so the planting of santolina, armeria, catmint etc is still young.

The third planter gets lots of snails, perhaps because it is by a grove of beach pines.

The third planter gets lots of snails, perhaps because it is by a grove of beach pines.

Allan weeds the fourth planter.

Allan weeds the fourth planter. daylily, armeria, variegated bulbous oat grass, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

The fifth planter has Sedum 'Autumn Joy', hardy pink (blah) geranium,

The fifth planter has Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, hardy pink (blah) geranium, armeria…

santolina, thyme, and we added some California poppy seeds after digging out some big weedy grass earlier this spring.

santolina, thyme, and we added some California poppy seeds after digging out some big weedy grass earlier this spring.  The soil in the fifth one, and only that one, always sinks way down…a mystery.

For the next planter, we park nosed in to the turnaround with our four way flashers on.

the turn around

the turn around

I have memories of when the Worldmark resort garden was being designed; the landscape architect repeatedly called me to ask me what would grow this close to the beach.  I got tired of it after a short while, and if I could have bolder, I’d have asked for a consulting fee!  He did follow some of my suggestions, but not others.

lavender I probably suggested

lavender I probably suggested

and Ceanothus...but not heather (it does well, but I don't love it).

and Ceanothus…but not heather (it does well, but I don’t love it).

Some huge phormiums were planted right by the entryway, and were torn out when expert local gardener Steve Clarke took over this garden and made everything right.

The sixth planter by the Worldmark is handsomely planted although its lack of symmetry jars me.

rosemary at one end, Echinops (blue globe thistle, which I love) at the other, two ornamental grasses, underplanted with chocolate mint.

rosemary at one end, Echinops (blue globe thistle, which I love) at the other, two ornamental grasses, underplanted with chocolate mint.

Finally, the seventh and westernmost planter has Japanese blood grass, and at first I thought ok, we will just let the creeping buttercup and birds foot trefoil BE there.  It’s not like they are so terribly ugly right by the beach.

one side of the last planter

one side of the last planter

But the other side is so horrid with weed grass that I have put a complete re-do of this planter on the project list.

what an awful mess, will be the work of several hours to fix this.

what an awful mess, will be the work of several hours to fix this.

the beach from near the westernmost planter

the beach from near the westernmost planter

We just might get to that project before midsummer.  Meanwhile, that planter is very…naturalistic.

Just as we began the drive home, rain began after a day with nary a drop since we started work almost eight hours before.

home

We got home before eight and I took a walk around, anticipating eagerly that soon I will get to weed my own needy garden.

front bed, an embarassing mess

front bed, an embarassing mess

a good smoky blue Baptisia in bud: 'Praire Blues', I think

a good smoky blue Baptisia in bud: ‘Prairie Blues’, I think

Where did all the leaves on my moss rose go?  !!  If deer, why are they not eating other plants they like in the front garden (with its short fence)

Where did all the leaves on my moss rose go? !! If deer, why are they not eating other plants they like in the front garden (with its short fence)??

Tradescantia, a plant I want to collect more of (only have three or four of them)

Tradescantia, a plant I want to collect more of (only have three or four of them)

back yard: hops suddenly taking over a table of pots.

back yard: hops suddenly taking over a table of pots.

Geranium 'Rozanne' is overcoming the weeds in the center bed.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is overcoming the weeds in the center bed.

Crisis: Penstemon 'Garnet' died back and is now infested with the horrible grass that came in with some free horse manure (a big mistake)

Crisis: Penstemon ‘Garnet’ died back and is now infested with the horrible grass that came in with some free horse manure (a big mistake)

my cutleaf elderberry in misty rain

my cutleaf elderberry in misty rain

Oh for time to weed out the impatiens balsamina...

Oh for time to weed out the impatiens balsamina…

crisis: I planted some new shrubs in there!  This must be top priority on next day off.

crisis: I planted some new shrubs in there! This must be top priority on next day off.

red contorted filbert all leafed out

red contorted filbert all leafed out (so much better than the green one, whose contorted leaves looked diseased.

A guest, when I lived and worked at the Sou’wester Lodge in 1993, told me repeatedly that my contorted filbert there was “sick” and needed to be “sprayed” because of the contorted leaves.

another needy, and fairly empty when weeded, spot, could be a good place for some of my new North Carolina plants!

another needy, and fairly empty when weeded, spot, could be a good place for some of my new North Carolina plants!  when the dratted impatiens is gone

Our gunnera has plotzed; will hope for Allan's help planting our new two gallon sized one.

Our gunnera has plotzed; will hope for Allan’s help planting our new two gallon sized one.

I think we only have two more days of annuals planting time, if all goes according to plan.  Then we must get the resort and public gardens looking good for Memorial Day weekend (this weekend, so we will have three days to get THAT done) and THEN one, two, maybe even three days off in our own garden.

maybe we will even have a campfire...

maybe we will even have a campfire…

The work board looks hopeful tonight.

The work board looks hopeful tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

annuals planting time day nine

Ilwaco

I have told myself that I will not feel pressured to take Saturday Market photos this year (a task I set for myself for the Facebook page “Discover Ilwaco” in 2010 and have volunteered to do faithfully since then…till now, when I am feeling less driven to do the job). Sometimes I entertain the forlorn hope that someone might actually pay me a small sum to take time out of work time to do the photos… This year, I’ve decided that gardening takes precedence over walking the entire length of the market every week.

However, one thing did draw us there today: the delicious flaky crusted “hand pies” from Pink Poppy Bakery. The rest of our Saturday Market photos are over on today’s Ilwaco blog.

Madeline of Pink Poppy

Madeline of Pink Poppy

We’ve been invited to her wedding in late July at her parents’ stunning garden (where she and her fiancé also have a kitchen garden that will provide herbs and salad mixes for her market booth later this year). Pink Poppy Farm was one of the two favourite gardens of last year’s garden tour (the other being our dear client Jo’s garden). I told Madeline today, more or less facetiously, that I was concerned about dressing in “garden cocktail party” attire. She assured me it did not matter at all, that the event was “beach casual.” I said I would try to dress fancier than usual but that the results would probably be mediocre.

We got to meet new Saint Bernard puppy Katie, successor to Arthur who we met and loved last year:

resting up at a market booth for more adventures

resting up at a market booth for more adventures

The English Nursery from Seaview offered a good selection of plants.

The English Nursery from Seaview offered a small selection of plants.

Port Office manager Nancy wanted to see where the Alliums in the office garden had been broken off last week. She said she is going to put a sign in the window; later in the day, we encountered her again at the Basket Case Greenhouse and we came up with the wording “Take as many pictures as you want, but please don’t take our flowers.”

Port Office garden

Port Office garden

Two work tasks were on the list for Ilwaco today.

We checked on the boat at Time Enough books...not a very impressive cosmos display yet.

We checked on the boat at Time Enough books…not a very impressive cosmos display yet.

and planted the two planters at the community building/Ilwaco library entrance.

and planted the two planters at the community building/Ilwaco library entrance.

We are still waiting on the city to install water spigots to do the planters on the main street. Here, we can count on the librarians to water.

The community building garden is a terrible mess in spots…

It bothers me to look at it.

It bothers me to look at it.

Anyone who takes on that garden is supposed to follow the exact planting plan of the original design. That’s not something I’m willing to do; too rebellious, me.

After our small Ilwaco tasks, we went on to still more planting of annuals.

The Depot

First, cosmos at The Depot Restaurant.

First, cosmos at The Depot Restaurant.

cosmos in!

cosmos in!

Turns out delegating works. Chef Michael wanted us to deal with a big nasty dead Phormium. After not getting to it for three weeks, I asked him if the restaurant worker who mows the lawn could do that job. And today, the Phormium is gone!

Now all we have to do is find time to cut back that big Miscanthus in the corner (before it's filled with new growth) and prune the big rhodo (after it blooms).

Now all we have to do is find time to cut back that big Miscanthus in the corner (before it’s filled with new growth) and prune the big rhodo away from the window (after it blooms).

World Kite Museum

Next, we planted cosmos, painted sage, and a Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ at the kite museum garden on Sid Snyder Drive beach approach in Long Beach..

annuals are in!

annuals are in!

a very small garden bed at the big World Kite Museum

a very small garden bed at the big World Kite Museum

Oops, we were going to dig that grass out from in front of the bed. No time now! I hope I remember to get it done before kite festival in August.

our favourite tool for planting gallon sized plants:  the transplanting shovel from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart

our favourite tool for planting gallon sized plants: the transplanting shovel from Back Alley Gardens in Gearhart

I also realized I needed another Gaura to balance the first one and we needed more tall cosmos for other jobs, so we had to go plant shopping yet again.

Nurseries

First we got the tall cosmos, two more flats of it, at The Planter Box.

a pansy of an unusual colour at The Planter Box

a pansy of an unusual colour at The Planter Box

And then, we swung by the Basket Case to pick up the Gaura, some more penstemons, and some plants for the beach approach planters (sedums, armeria, santolina). I even got a few perennials for me as I can guarantee I will take a day off next weekend.

basket

Allan thought the port office garden needed one of those beautiful Verbascum ‘Eleanor’s Blush’ from right by the front door of the middle greenhouse. Just as we selected it, Nancy of the port office arrived to shop and she agreed that it would be a most enjoyable plant to see from her window.

We had a bit of a crisis when we arrived at our next job, Erin’s garden, and realized one of our planting mix jars had been left, with the top off, back at the kite museum. I worried all the way down there that it would have been kicked over, creating a slippery mess later with the Quench soil moisture stuff we mix together with Dr Earth fertilizer. It was a great relief that the jar was just as we had left it. While we were there, we planted the second Gaura and then went back (at least twenty blocks north) to Erin’s garden to begin anew.

Erin’s Garden

the garden boat on the horizon, with Alliums

the garden boat on the horizon, with Alliums

I am having moments of mental exhaustion dealing with the conglomeration of plants in the van these days.  So much easier than our little car, though.

I am having moments of mental exhaustion dealing with the conglomeration of plants in the van these days. So much easier than our little car, though.

My friend Felix

My friend Felix

Felix accompanied me and plants to the boat garden.

Felix accompanied me and plants to the boat garden.

felix3

felix4

from silliness to elegance

from silliness to debonair elegance

While I set up plants in the boat garden, Allan worked on other areas.

He planted a hydrangea that Erin had placed.  No time to pull the bindweed in this garden bed yet.

He planted a hydrangea that Erin had placed. No time to pull the bindweed in this garden bed yet.

I placed a Zaluzianskya, night scented phlox, near Erin’s back porch, and Allan planted it and protected it with a bamboo teepee.

Zaluzianskya

Zaluzianskya

I had placed and Allan planted cosmos and painted sage in the cottage garden.

I had placed and Allan planted cosmos and painted sage in the cottage garden.

Erin has done a nice wheelbarrow planting with fuchsias and a fern.

Erin has done a nice wheelbarrow planting with fuchsias and a fern.

We both finished putting cosmos in the garden boat in the big house’s garden.

Allium schubertii in the back of the boat

Allium schubertii in the back of the boat

some perennials were added to the new garden bed

some perennials were added to the new garden bed

The deer are, as usual, eating plants I do not expect them to eat…like the tops off the armeria (sea thrift). That’s a first.

the big house

the big house

historic and magestic

historic and magestic

Boreas Inn

Finally, I placed and Allan planted (and then I helped) cosmos, painted sage, and some perennials in the Boreas garden.

The Boreas Inn, looking east

The Boreas Inn garden, looking east

Allium christophii (albopilosum) and Buddha

Allium christophii (albopilosum, Star of Persia) and Buddha

after seven in the Boreas garden, looking east

after seven in the Boreas garden, looking east

and turning to look west at the trail to the beach

and turning to look west at the trail to the beach

Home

At home, just look at the board! Yesterday, I thought we might get the boatyard cosmos planted, too. That was before I remembered that we needed to do the kite museum garden and thus needed another shopping trip.

Three more days might polish off annuals time 2014.

Three more days might polish off annuals time 2014….except for my planting at home.

Mayor Mike’s garden just gets a few white painted sage so that planting is negligible. Marilyn’s gets some cosmos and will involve a fair amount of weeding to make space (unfortunately). Sass (Casa Pacifica) has 12 whiskey barrels to plant with lots of annual colour, easier to deal with than putting plants in the ground.

Speaking of planting at home, here are some photos of our garden from yesterday evening, weeds and all, photos I was too tired to add to last night’s blog.

white verbascum

white verbascum

Siberian iris...I'll dislike the floppy foliage later on but now, wow.

Siberian iris…I’ll dislike the floppy foliage later on but now, wow.

an Agastache.  I like spikes.

an Agastache. I like spikes. and I collect Agastaches.

Oriental poppy buds (more irksome foliage to come)

Oriental poppy buds (more irksome foliage to come)

more spikes, Persicaria bistorta superba

more spikes, Persicaria bistorta superba

still more spikes, Camassia leichtlinii alba

still more spikes, Camassia leichtlinii alba

and more, Primula vialii

and more, Primula vialii

a Sanguisorba

a Sanguisorba

The berberis I got from Dancing Oaks might do, this year, whatever it was that impressed me so much in their display garden in 2007!

The berberis I got from Dancing Oaks might do, this year, whatever it was that impressed me so much in their display garden in 2007!

I see something in that photo above that looks…buggy. Must remember to check. Better not be a little caterpillar tent.

Clematis on east fence is throwing most of its flowers to the neighbours' side.

Clematis on east fence is throwing most of its flowers to the neighbours’ side.

The tag is buried in weeds.

The tag is buried in weeds.

I don’t have much time to read these days. Over the course of a few evenings, I read a memoir by Jeanette (“Oranges are Not the Only Fruit”) Winterson.

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I rate if five stars. Here are my three favourite bits:

librarian

I leave most emotions out of the blog.

I usually leave most emotional drama out of the blog.

reminds me of why I won't sign contracts to get jobs

reminds me of why I won’t sign contracts to get jobs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

annuals planting time, day six

It was hot!

Not one cat wanted to accompany me outdoors.

Not one cat wanted to accompany me outdoors.

My first task of the day was to make miniature lagoons for the plants we were not planting today. For this purpose, I had bought some cat litter boxes last year.

I put all the plants in a couple of inches of water.

I put almost all the plants in a couple of inches of water.

painted sage with wet feet

painted sage with wet feet

You can’t leave the plants like this for more than a couple of days unless they are real water lovers, but it surely does help them get through a hot day of waiting to have their roots in the ground.

When we picked up our mail, I said “Help me remember, we must water the post office garden at the end of the day.”

Unfortunately, until I saw this photo after getting home after dark, I completely forgot that plan.

Unfortunately, until I saw this photo after getting home after dark, I completely forgot that plan.

First thing tomorrow: Water the Ilwaco post office garden.

Although we have sworn off jobs that require bucket watering in large quantity, Allan did have to haul buckets across Spruce Street to water Queen La De Da’s three container trees. (She’s on vacation.) The yellow lines had just been painted by a paint striping truck moments before so we could not drive across the lines to get into the parking lot.

Allan hauls water to thirsty trees.

Allan hauls water to thirsty trees, not stepping on the wet painted line.

We switched compost buckets at Olde Towne Café and got cool fruit smoothies for the road; I was feeling run down and Luanne’s smoothies are a cure all.

Olde Towne Café, now with a bird bath which the birds have already discovered.

Olde Towne Café, now with a bird bath which the birds have already discovered.

On our way past Black Lake, Allan pulled over for this reflective photo.

Ilwaco's Black Lake

Ilwaco’s Black Lake

This guy looked set for a good day.

This guy looked set for a good day.

We headed to the Basket Case for the plants for the Long Beach welcome sign, checking the Red Barn planters on the way. Only one had not been watered (all alone, it had been forgotten).

doing the semi-limbo

Allan doing the semi-limbo

It was hot.

It was hot.

On the way up Sandridge Road, we were listening to the other CD sent to me by Bill Dale, songwriter of the brilliant Luckiest Man Alive.

 

As we arrived at the Basket Case, another song of his had me in tears. I think it’s called Things Change, something about going to visit his friend Bob, who doesn’t remember him anymore, but Bill goes to visit him anyway, and “Things change”. His perfect lyrics never disappoint. The lyrics are not to be found online; I will have to transcribe them (in my spare time).

At The Basket Case; there are now only FOUR Eryngium 'Jade Frost' left.

At The Basket Case; there are now only FOUR Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ left.

and still a wide selection of baskets.

and still a wide selection of baskets.

south again on Sandridge, with the van stuffed full of plants, I watched as the temperature went from 87 to 89.

south again on Sandridge, with the van stuffed full of plants, I watched as the temperature went from 87 to 89.

time for an iced mocha at The Great Escape coffee drivethrough in Long Beach

time for an iced mocha at The Great Escape coffee drive-through in Long Beach

We had three perennials to put in at City Hall (jade frost and two Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’) and found the sprinklers weren’t on yet. While watering the planters at the Veterans Field stage, we found a city crew member who said he’d make sure that the city hall sprinkler system got turned on. We also were found there by a member of the Ilwaco Merchants Association who said THEY could now hire us to do the Ilwaco planters. I said absolutely, I would love to, as long as I don’t have to sign a contract AND…the telling point…we can’t do it till we have those four water spigots installed by the city. If the water source is provided, we will be back on the job. Bucket watering a few temporarily dry Long Beach planters is one thing, but we are too elderly to return to thrice weekly hauling of 20 five gallon buckets each time to the Ilwaco planters. I do hope the water spigots arrive soon. (For new readers: we do have a water pump trailer, but it makes the job take 45 minutes longer to fill the tank and then discharge the water through a hose. And 45 minutes three times a week is time we do not have.)

I am pretty excited at the thought of doing those planters, really did not want to lose the job. I’m just not a signer of fine print contracts, especially when one of the stipulations was “work must be done in daylight”. Even today, we were still watering after dark.

Around the same time as I chatted with the Ilwaco merchant, I got an email that Eric Wiegardt’s brother Todd has sent me a box of plants from his garden somewhere near Plant Delights Nursery! For my garden!! I’m thrilled and have been assured that the little plants will be kept damp till we can get up to the gallery on Friday and retrieve them.

Then: Planting up the Long Beach welcome sign would use up a lot of the plants we were carrying, making it easier to finish the downtown planters without having to sift through flats and flats of material. The sign garden, since the narcissi and tulips stopped blooming, had become a mess of horsetail.

horsetail and old bulb foliage, not much of a welcome

horsetail and old bulb foliage, not much of a welcome

The planter for the sign is an open bottomed structure, and underneath is a field of horsetail. Of course, it came up right through the soil. Landscape fabric would not have stopped it. Perhaps the area could have been sprayed with crossbow first, but then the horsetail would have just crept in from the sides (where it comes up in the gravel.) I don’t know what the solution would have been; perhaps a box raised a couple of inches off the ground, with drainage holes.

I took my three ibuprofen BEFORE I was in serious pain, a wise move.
To avoid sunburn, I wear a long sleeved cotton shirt over a t shirt. I was so hot when we began work on the sign garden that I dunked the whole shirt in one of our buckets of cool water and put it back on dripping wet. Refreshing. It dried out amazingly fast.

I burbled each hot and thirsty plant before placing it. My grandmother taught me that, and she also taught me to put water in each planting hole. I skimp on that when we have much to plant and the soil is slightly damp as it was here. If the soil had been dry, each hole would have gotten a splash of water, and then it would have all been watered in afterwards.

six burble buckets

six burble buckets

Burbling Geranium 'Rozanne' till there are no more air bubbles.

Burbling Geranium ‘Rozanne’ till there are no more air bubbles.

Smaller plants you can burble three at a time, six if you aren't taking a photo and can use both hands and two buckets.

Smaller plants you can burble three at a time, six if you aren’t taking a photo and can use both hands and two buckets.

We used Geranium ‘Rozanne’ down the middle to provide the blue that we used to get from annual brachychome. In the back, on the sunny front side: yellow bidens on the edge, yellow Agyranthemum “Butterfly’ behind, Cosmos ‘Cutesy’ to fill in till the geraniums size up. On the back, where the sign is of cool sunset colours, we planted pink and white Agyranthemum, Rozanne and cosmos, and white bacopa along the edge. That’s the new scheme instead of yellow bidens on both front and back edge. The edge is the right height to sit on while planting; that helps a lot.

after

after

Allan hose watered and we applied Sluggo and then were on our way to finish the Long Beach planters. One whole block had the water turned on only in one of them so a bucket watering of all the new plantings ensued. I’ll call city works to make sure that block has water from now on. The hardest planter job today was the one in front of Campiche Gallery. We dug out masses of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ corms and gave it a makeover.

It was difficult but will be worth it.

It was difficult but will be worth it.

The sun was still high enough so we'd have time to do the last six planters.

The sun was still high enough so we’d have time to do the last six planters.

We worked till dark (and the mosquitos were out in force), watered the newly planted barrel at The Depot Restaurant on the way home after dark, and wished we could have gotten done in time for what might have been the final burger night of the off-season. It was well worth it to have the work list looking like this, with Long Beach parks and planters done.

as it now stands

as it now stands

Sadly, one job that is now off the list is one that I resigned from today. Made me sad, as I like the job and the clients, but it is just too hilly for me. If we had a lot fewer other jobs, I could handle it. I recommended another very good gardener and I hope that works out.

And Nelly has now made it onto the list; she bought annuals at The Basket Case today so we’ll help her plant them tomorrow in her garden that is as level as a playing field.

 

 

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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Day one of Annuals Planting Time was at Jo’s garden, before the rains came. Now we have entered the stretch of nothing much but planting annuals for as long as the weather holds.

Before we left home, I took two photos of Nora’s back lawn. The Peninsula mowing services are all running behind and it has gotten long and looks magical spangled with yellow creeping buttercups. Yes, it is one of the most annoying weeds in the garden, but doesn’t it look rather grand?

lawn

buttercup lawn

buttercup lawn

We started work by planting some sunflower seeds and six ‘Sea Shells’ Cosmos in our post office volunteer garden. As we drove away, I realized I had forgotten to apply Sluggo. Then we planted cosmos in the boat at Time Enough Books and I realized I had forgotten to bring bookstore owner Karla her bill AND I needed just one more cosmos to fill out the boat. So home we went. It wasn’t a very effecient start. After a brief chat with Karla (and Bill Clearman who had popped in to pick up a book!), we took a quick tour of the Ilwaco Saturday Market. At last, a week late, the market had good weather for opening. You can tell we were in a rush; a photo of Bill buying a book would have been charming, but off we went at high speed and I did not even think of it.

market

Pink Poppy Bakery was top of our list of booths to visit.

Pink Poppy Bakery:  Madeline gets us four little hand pies.

Pink Poppy Bakery: Madeline gets us four little hand pies, 2 lemon curd and 2 chocolate espresso.

These tiny pies have the most perfect flaky crust, worthy of my grandmother's pie making skills.

These tiny pies have the most perfect flaky crust, worthy of my grandmother’s pie making skills.

dogs strolling the market

dogs strolling the market

The Port Office garden; I had to check to rememeber which plant had died and left a big hole.  Lavender!

The Port Office garden; I had to check to rememeber which plant had died and left a big hole. Lavender! It went on my shopping list.

market goers enjoying the view behind a plant booth

market goers enjoying the view behind a plant booth

Our second shopping stop

Our second shopping stop

I needed a new bag to replace the one that friend J9 gave me years ago. The middle one, with a blue and green flower on it, is now mine.

a flower pot arrangement

a flower pot arrangement

We were in such a rush that we did not make it past the market halfway mark and turned back to the parking lot.

Narcissi 'Baby Moon' is still blooming in the curbside gardens.  It has been in bloom for at least three weeks.

Narcissi ‘Baby Moon’ is still blooming in the curbside gardens. It has been in bloom for at least three weeks.

We remembered to double park at the post office and throw some sluggo into the garden and to trade compost buckets at Olde Towne Café. There I was pleased to see regular blog reader Ann and a friend.

Ann and Phil at Olde Towne

Ann and Phil at Olde Towne

I had heard that her father, Pete Hanner (formerly a professional singer, who sang so beautifully at Nora’s funeral last year), had performed at the recent talent show. Ann told me yes, he had, and his song of choice was “What a Wonderful World”. I do wish I had seen that; we got home from work that night halfway through the show time and saw many cars parked at the community theatre three blocks west of us. Not only is it just a good song, but I have a real soft spot for it because my beloved Joey Ramone made a recording of it near the end of his life. To celebrate the world so soulfully at that time moves me deeply. I see friends shaking hands. Saying, “How do you do?” They’re really saying, “I love you”. It was so good to see Ann; she said she had taken a friend on a walk through of my garden recently. She knew I wouldn’t mind at all and she was not bothered by all the weeds.

Unfortunately we could not linger and on we went. On the way out of town, Allan saw such a pretty sailboat on Black Lake and took a few photos. I know he wished he was out sailing.

sailing Black Lake

At The Anchorage Cottages we planted four 6 packs of tall cosmos and some painted sage and I counted up how many more Uppies and Trailies I would need for the containers there (lots!).

Anchorage, west side with an old hawthorn

Anchorage, west side with an old hawthorn

Anchorage beach trail

Anchorage beach trail

By the fervent request of one of the housekeepers, we planted a chocolate cosmos.  I had forgotten last year!

By the fervent request of one of the housekeepers, we planted a chocolate cosmos. I had forgotten last year!

one of four window boxes

one of four window boxes

The violas in the window boxes still look great. I had been going to plant the annuals this year in some plastic window boxes that would fit (sort of) into these wooden ones, after emptying the soil. I may change my mind if the soil (fresh last year) is still soft in the wooden ones; if planting is easy, I just may wait till next fall’s bulb time to start the new regimen, which will be to rotate plastic liners containing bulbs for early spring and annuals for summer.

The astonishing 'Green Wave' tulip, last to bloom!

The astonishing ‘Green Wave’ tulip, last to bloom!

Green Wave

Green Wave

the center courtyard

the center courtyard

blue oat grass, backlit

blue oat grass, backlit

a once blooming and somewhat rampant rose

a once blooming and somewhat rampant rose

With a list of how many annuals we needed, we were off to the Basket Case Greenhouse. However, we were not buying for The Anchorage yet. Today was buying day for Andersen’s RV Park, a job I have been doing so long that I don’t even need a list. I pretty much know exactly what to get…and it’s a lot of plants.

just some of the plants lined up for loading

just some of the plants lined up for loading

The Basket Case was bustling on this day before Mother’s Day, not the best day to shop. We kept out of the way of the regular customers and waited for a lull to tally up.

a busy day

a busy day

At Andersen’s, I set up the plants and Allan planted six whiskey barrels:

this shows three of them

this shows three of them

the barrel arrangment

the barrel arrangment

Each gets one Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’ in the middle, and on the outside a ring of three Callibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’, three Sanvitalia ‘Aztec Gold’, and three white Bacopa. The Bacopa is a new twist this year. Lorna has always wanted white petunias in this barrels, and every summer they look like little wilted handkerchiefs, requring much deadheading and never looking wonderful. I made an executive decision to use bacopa instead; the new cultivars have much bigger blooms than they used to, and Basket Case Nancy says they do great in full sun. As I placed them, I chanted “Slice, Bacopa, Callie” over and over again to keep my order right. The three bright pots in the poppy field each get a ‘Butterfly’ and three plain yellow callies and some trailing nasturtium seeds. Which I did not get around to planting.

three bright pots, freshly painted; one is behind the rosemary

three bright pots, freshly painted; one is behind the rosemary

Just one Papaver rhoeas (Flanders Field Poppy) has flowered.  Soon there will be many.

Just one Papaver rhoeas (Flanders Field Poppy) has flowered. Soon there will be many.

the poppy field about to pop

looking east: the poppy field about to pop

looking west

looking west

The weather was perfect: sunny, not too hot, with just a little breeze.

Allan planting the Payson Hall planters

Allan planting the Payson Hall planters

An RV club was in the hall playing games and laughing and about to have a potluck dinner. Three ibuprofen enabled me to keep moving. It was dicey there for a bit and I started to think planting time had already turned into annuals planting hell. I helped Allan plant (more butterflies
at the back and some apricot and orangey callies along the front edge of the Payson planters and eight 6 packs of short cosmos, and some Salvia ‘Victoria Blue’ down the middle) and then I went round to plant four big pots by the office door. We both worked a tall raised bed right next to the east wall of the house. Only five sun coleus plants went in today (later, it will get some begonias); the hard part was removing a wheelbarrow full of floppy bulb foliage first.

From my shopping from memory, I had ended up only short of 11 “uppies” (upright plants such as Agyranthemums, Osteospermums, or Cosmos ‘Sonata’) for Andersen’s and I will get them tomorrow.

I had also completely forgotten a most important item: GODETIA, one of Lorna’s favourite annuals.

I fretted over the sweet pea seedlings, or lack thereof, along the picket fence. I could see some, but where the heck are the many that I am sure I saw earlier? Did my weekly application of sluggo fail to protect them, or did the rain beat them to mush? We will be back tomorrow to plant cosmos (tall ones, which task will involve some weeding and some thinning of phlox) and then will get all those annuals for the Anchorage, and hope we can get those planted as well.

Home by about 7:30, I explored the plant stash for more cosmos. Where did that tray of tall Sensation Cosmos go? Oh, they all went to Jo’s garden! Hope the Planter Box is open on Mother’s Day so we can get more. I smelt the most delicious scent on the back patio and searched for a large plant or vine that could be giving off some a quantity of sweetness, and then realized it was my new acquisition from the Basket Case:

Zaluzianskya ovata, night scented phlox

Zaluzianskya ovata, night scented phlox: INTOXICATING

I hope Sunday goes smoothly and efficiently. I would love to cross both Andersen’s and Anchorage off of my annuals planting work list. (I had forgotten to put Erin’s garden on the list, so despite completing Time Enough books, the list has not gotten any shorter.)

 

 

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