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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Again, I lost sleep over the Job in Jeopardy.  These nights of five hours or less of sleep are wearing me down.  I had remembered that one of the old women at the place had asked to borrow our three tiered light table, and we had brought it to her on loan last year, and she uses it for African violets and plant starts, and if we no longer have the job we will have to take it away.  I plan to try to grow seedlings with it when I retire.  I researched how much a new one would cost…over $600 so I can’t just give it away.   I feel bad to maybe have to take it away from her.

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As I write this three days later, that situation is resolved, but I will stick to the narrative flow and save the denouement for the proper day.

Although we had work we could have done, like finishing the last bit of the last parking lot berm in Long Beach, I took the day off to plant my own cosmos, and Allan to work on his new arbor.

A drizzle greeted me when I went out the back door.  I thought of the overdue library book that looked like it was mostly photos, and went back in and sat down to read it.

Smokey liked that idea.

Smokey liked that idea.

I heard Thomas Rainier speak on this subject at last year’s Hardy Plant Weekend.

I thought to myself that people who understand interesting plantings might not even be able to see this beautiful plant community as something other than messy:

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Native plantscapes go back to weeds unless something “an awful lot like gardening” is applied:

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Nature is tough, tenacious, and buoyant and it is never too late. -Thomas Rainier

This speaks to me of the Job in Jeopardy:

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Below: Brilliance! Why do I not plant chives at the port?  I will now!

Chives: so plentiful, I can get starts for free for the curbside beds!

Chives: so plentiful, I can get starts for free for the curbside beds!

Sadly, I realized there was a great deal of well written text in the book so I had to give it up and return it to the library or I would not get my cosmos in the ground today.  I will re order it.

Smokey squirmed and fought being removed from the Reading Lap.

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Allan had dug a deep hole to sink to arbor posts.  He found the water table about the length of an entire post hole digger deep.

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I got my cosmos all planted, and any other strays of mine, and took a walk round to admire the garden.

We had had this much glorious rain.

We had had this much glorious rain.

looking south from the patio

looking south from the patio

cosmos in the garden boat

cosmos in the garden boat

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

Maxine's white rose (from a cutting from the garden of our first gardening client, Maxine Daly, Jo's mom)

Maxine’s white rose (from a cutting from the garden of our first gardening client, Maxine Daly, Jo’s mom)

east bed

east bed

middle bed

middle bed

I chopped the Sedum 'Autumn Joy' but did not clean it up.

I chopped the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ but did not clean it up.  Shearing will make it chubbier.

Rosa glauca managing to emerge from the river of Geranium 'Rozanne'

Rosa glauca managing to emerge from the river of Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Rose 'Radway Sunrise'

Rose ‘Radway Sunrise’

Todd knows the name of this little iris.  I don't without a lot of research.

Todd knows the name of this little iris. I don’t without a lot of research.

my plan for tomorrow: weed this

my plan for tomorrow: weed this

and this

and this

probably won't have time for this

probably won’t have time for this

'Night Owl' rose.  If I could get up earlier, I might get all three weedy beds done.

‘Night Owl’ rose. If I could get up earlier, I might get all three weedy beds done.

Work awaits but I need one more day off.

Planting at work awaits but I need one more day off.

I felt very irked looking at these cosmos awaiting word about the Job in Jeopardy.

I felt very irked looking at these cosmos that are awaiting word about the Job in Jeopardy.

the remaining work list

the remaining work list

By the end of the day, I was able to cross “HERE” off the cosmos list.  I also was well chuffed with myself for managing to put fish fertilizer on ALL my container plants, inspired by Melissa doing so regularly for the containers at The Oysterville Garden.

almost sunset

almost sunset

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At almost sunset, Allan raised the last beam for the new arbour…a long one of two boards spliced together.

first beam going up (Allan's photo)

first beam going up (Allan’s photo)

first beam (Allan's photo)

first beam (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo: He did remember to take the sign down.

Allan’s photo: He did remember to take the sign down before the beam covered it.

long board

second beam

out the front gate because too long for a sharp turn in the garden

out the front gate because too long for a sharp turn in the garden

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loop attached to the ladder

loop attached to the ladder

raising one corner

raising one corner

and the other corner

and the other corner

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At this point, I had to go in and do half month billing for some jobs.

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1997 (age 73):

May 15: Started planting spring bulbs.  Put 4 o’clocks in UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] along RR ties; lilies in front of white rhody; giant cannas in PRFG-W [Patio Right Flower Bed West??].  Pulled a lot of sweet woodruff in front to make room for dahlias.  Planted crocosmia and something else in PRFB-W in front of giant cannas.

1998 (age 74):

May 15: Still cold and rainy so I worked in kitchen planting seeds.

 

 

 

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Diane’s garden

We loaded up with lots of annuals in pinks and pastels for Diane’s garden.

After arriving there, while sorting and burbling all the plants, I found a hitchhiker in a pot hidden under foliage.

We put him in an empty jar.

We put him in an empty jar.


lots of containers all planted up in the back yard

lots of containers all planted up in the back yard


my good friend Misty

my good friend Misty


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am reminded by the above photo that I had a headache all day, thus the cold, wet headband was worn.

Misty's smile

Misty’s smile (Allan’s photo)


Diane is a champion barrel racer.

Diane is a champion barrel racer; this tile reflects her love of horses.


a bright pink agyranthemum for Diane

a bright pink agyranthemum for Diane


Meanwhile, Allan planted cosmos in the roadside strip...

Meanwhile, Allan planted cosmos in the roadside strip…


after

after


Nepeta and a pale pink allium

Nepeta and a pale pink allium


allium, catmint, and bee

allium, catmint, and bee


I made room to plant some cosmos in front of the Stipa gigantea.

I made room to plant some cosmos in front of the Stipa gigantea.


Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass

Stipa gigantea, my favourite ornamental grass


a fragrant apricot coloured azalea against the house

a fragrant apricot coloured azalea against the house


back container garden all planted up

back container garden all planted up

Basket Case Greenhouse

with yellow aquilegia (columbine)

with yellow aquilegia (columbine)

Allan released the little hitchhiker frog in the greenhouse.

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Later, when we got home, we found another frog in the van, so we hope they were not best friends traveling together.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo


Basket Case staff members (Allan's photo)

Basket Case staff members (Allan’s photo)

The Red Barn Arena

At the Red Barn, we had twelve yellow calibrachoas to add to the four whiskey barrels.

Then I briefly visited Hugo.

Then I briefly visited Hugo.

Long Beach

Next, we did some more Long Beach work, weeding and planting cosmos in Fifth Street Park and adding a few more plants to the planters.

Brodiaea in Fifth Street Park...I love the little flowers, but the foliage is always a mess before the flowers bloom.  Here, I have pulled some foliage off sideways.

Brodiaea in Fifth Street Park…I love the little flowers, but the foliage is always a mess before the flowers bloom. Here, I have pulled some foliage off sideways, trying to preserve the flower buds.


planter by Fifth Street park with a perennial veronica

planter by Fifth Street park with a perennial veronica and columbine


This bicycle parking job mightily displeased us.

This bicycle parking job mightily displeased us.


Fifth Street Park after weeding and planting

Fifth Street Park after weeding and planting


roses by Funland

roses by Funland


Veterans Field Flag Plaza: a somewhat windy day

Veterans Field Flag Plaza: a somewhat windy day

We cleaned up under a tree by Stormin’ Norman’s kite shop.  Now, you may wonder how this is different from the tree garden being flattened in Ilwaco that I wept about in yesterday’s post.  The difference is we know what we are doing, and we did not decimate any good plants.  The golden lemon balm which was smothered by a wild sedge grass will now have room to regrow.

before (Allan's photo); I had noticed a big sedge in here last week.

before (Allan’s photo); I had noticed a big sedge in here last week.


after (Allan's photo); also removed the old floppy schizostylis leaves

after (Allan’s photo); also removed the old floppy schizostylis leaves


In the shop, Zoltar kept offering to tell our fortune.

In the shop, Zoltar kept offering to tell our fortune.


Basket Case baskets are up at City Hall.

Basket Case baskets are up at City Hall.

The Depot Restaurant

We had acquired two Miscanthus strictus, a tall zebra grass, at the Basket Case, so on the way south Allan added it to the east side deck garden at the Depot Restaurant.

planting

planting at the Depot


after (Allan's photo)

after (with limited seating available to watch the garden grow)

Ilwaco

Our last task was to replace a few more old Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in the Ilwaco planters.

old and leggy

old and leggy


an Erysimum in flower

a healthy Erysimum in flower

We bucket watered two blocks worth of planters with our leftover bucket water from the day’s planting.  As I rounded the corner onto Spruce, I was thrilled to see our friend Jenna (Queen La De Da) watering; turns out she waters the planter in front of her shop and also the one across the street.

Bless her everloving heart!

Bless her everloving heart!  (I wish there really were an English Pub there; it has been closed for years.)

At home, I appreciated a few things in my own garden before going inside….

Rose 'Gloire de Dijon'

Rose ‘Gloire de Dijon’


the back garden, with Mary

the back garden, with Mary


back garden, west bed

back garden, west bed (also with Mary)


back garden, east bed

back garden, east bed


back garden, center bed

back garden, center bed

The second little frog that had hitchhiked with us today got released back by the water boxes on the patio.

I hope he doesn't miss his friend.  (Allan's photo)

I hope he doesn’t miss his friend. (Allan’s photo)


the work board today

the work board today

The work board had a couple of items simply eliminated:  I decided not to plant any cosmos in Mike’s garden, in order to make it easier maintenance, and I had observed that the Depot rhododendron does NOT need pruning in order for the painters to get behind it.  I added the planting of painted sage, when the second batch at the Planter Box is ready.  Carter and The Red Barn remain on the planting list because each will get a few more annuals.  I suppose Long Beach should still be on it for the same reason…and yet I somehow feel that Long Beach qualifies as done, as any annuals left to plant will be popped in to fill gaps  the first time we do the big planter watering there.

 

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

We did not treat ourselves to a day off. The push to get the annuals planted continued.

Ilwaco

On the way to add a couple more annuals to the planter at the Peninsula Sanitation office, we noticed some plant growth in the Sea Warrior, an old boat in the storage yard.

The Sea Warrior looks permanently landbound now. (Allan's photo)

The Sea Warrior looks permanently landbound now. (Allan’s photo)

From Peninsula Sanitation:  The name of this boat spoke to me of Annuals Planting Time.

From Peninsula Sanitation: The name of this boat spoke to me of Annuals Planting Time.

We traded out some old, leggy Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ for some new ones in the planters by Eagle and Main Streets.  This one had, unusually, formed a nice tight new set of growth at the base so we will give it a chance to come back:

a hopeful Erysimum

a hopeful Erysimum

(As I write this a week later, I feel less kindly and as if we should move that plant to the boatyard garden and put in a new one with more chance of blooming soon.)

adding some trailies by the Portside Café

adding some trailies by the Portside Café

We made a detour back home to pick up a few more plants.

Helianthemum by our driveway

Helianthemum by our driveway (Wisley Primose, I think)

poppies!

poppies!

Allium and Dutch Iris

Allium albopilosum and Dutch Iris

We then finally checked closely on the Ilwaco street tree that I had noticed, a couple of days ago, had a mysteriously flat garden.  I had simply not wanted to deal with this problem because I knew it would be upsetting.

This was AFTER I pulled off most of the chopped and dropped foliage.

Today: This was AFTER I pulled off most of the chopped and dropped foliage.

What happened??  It looks like it was hit with a strimmer, although there are no string trimmer cuts into the bark of the tree.  Or hedge shears? This was human work, not a deer browsing; deer do not mow a garden down neatly to all one level like this.  Catmint, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, golden oregano and schizostylus, all leveled to the ground.  I said to myself I was going to remain calm, which lasted until, at the end of picking up all the broken pieces and adding one little sea thrift plant, I burst into tears and a big rant of WHY??????.

WHY??????

WHY??????

Was someone string trimming this lot, and just...jumped the sidewalk?

Was someone string trimming this lot, and just…jumped the sidewalk?

This is what the tree garden would have looked like had this not happened (more or less as they don’t all have the same plants):

across the street to the south

across the street to the south

across the street to the north in front of Azure Salon

across the street to the north in front of Azure Salon

The little red poppies were already struggling to grow back and I watered them with angry and sorrowful tears.  Times like this I think I am making a mistake by focusing almost entirely on public gardens.  Private gardens are so much safer.

I immediately posted about it, with photos, on Facebook (from my phone) and got some gratifying sympathy and outrage over the rest of the day.

The Depot Restaurant & The English Nursery

I had scheduled a job that would require some battering out of a lawn area, good for releasing some steam: expanding the end of the Depot Garden

before

before

about an hour later

about an hour later

Chef Michael emerged from the kitchen and asked us if we could plant tall grasses on the south side of the deck to add to the sense of enclosure that the ornamental grasses on the east side provide.  The rosemary plants are not doing the job; I had never realized that the original idea of the garden had been for grasses to enclose the whole deck.  I knew just where to get some: three blocks away at The English Nursery.

When we arrived there, owner Dirk was hard at work trying to control the horsetail in the streetside garden.  Way back when this garden was created by volunteers, as an entry corridor along the highway intersection, both Dirk and I had pleaded with them to find the funds from the Visitors Bureau to BUY and bring in clean soil.  But no, some diggings from who knows where were provided for “FREE” and of course the “soil” was full of horsetail and bindweed.  It had been a struggle ever since.  I was offered the job twice and both times turned it down.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, Dirk vs. horsetail

a stunning iris in that garden

a stunning iris in that garden

He was possibly happy to take a break and help us buy plants.

He was possibly happy to take a break and help us buy plants.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the nursery

in the nursery

daylilies and lilies

daylilies and lilies

His specialty is hostas.

His specialty is hostas.

hostas

a vast array of hostas

a vast array of hostas

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Dirk shows me some recently potted but not ready giant Miscanthus

Dirk shows me some recently potted but not ready giant Miscanthus

We couldn’t get the tall Miscanthus, so we returned to the Depot with three Miscanthus ‘Karl Foerster’ that we hope will get five feet tall, and one each of two exceptionally tall perennials, Filipendula and Macleaya cordata (plume poppy).  Both perennials are aggressive runners; since this garden is going to become all tall things, that will be fine.  They can fight it out among themselves.  Later, Michael will figure out a different place to put some rosemary plants, perhaps in the next door yard that also belongs to the restaurant.

Allan planting

Allan planting

While he planted, I sheared the escallonia from hiding the railway history sign.  Talk about wrong plant for the place!  It’s been there since before I started this job, and Michael feels it helps prevent rain water from washing against the building corner.

This escallonia would love to get taller than me.

This escallonia would love to get taller than me.

Boreas Inn

Next, we planted cosmos at the Boreas Inn.

This called for some wake up beans!  (Chocolate covered coffee beans)

This called for some wake up beans! (Chocolate covered coffee beans)

The Boreas garden, looking west to the beach trail

The Boreas garden, looking west to the beach trail

I got the sudden urge to put an edge on the garden beds.  Oh, how I longed to do so.  I almost got out the half moon edger.  Good thing I resisted, as some guests emerged to take photos of each other, and some other guests emerged to use the hot tub room.  We would have been in the midst of a big project had I started edging.  As it was, we were able to quickly pick up our empty plant containers and supplies and exit, leaving the guests in peace.

It sure does need edging.  That has been on the work board for ages!

It sure does need edging. That has been on the work board for ages!

The Depot Restaurant & Seaview

With a little time left, we returned to finish the Depot garden instead of leaving it to the next day.

Depot garden with mulch, cosmos, and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' added.

Depot garden with mulch, cosmos, and Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ added.

Why did I not make this garden larger two year ago?  So much better.

Why did I not make this garden larger two year ago? So much better.

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

Here’s the before from yesterday.

Since it was seven o clock, and since we were right there, we went into the Depot for a delicious dinner.

Asian salad from the new summer menu

Asian salad from the new summer menu

Mediterranean prawns

Mediterranean prawns

Allan's photo

clam chowder, Allan’s photo

Allan's Steak Killian

Allan’s Steak Killian

On the way home, we paused to take some photos of the Seaview garden that used to belong to Maxine, Jo’s mother.  Maxine loved her rhododendrons.  Her garden was my first gardening job on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Maxine's garden (Allan's photo)

Maxine’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Maxine's garden (Allan's photo)

Maxine’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Maxine's garden (Allan's photo)

Maxine’s garden (Allan’s photo); I used to pick off each and every yellow leaf.

just around the corner, at a house whose lawn I used to mow back in the late 90s

just around the corner, at a house whose lawn I used to mow back in the late 90s

home

arriving home:  Allan's photo—"cats on patrol" in Nora's driveway

arriving home: Allan’s photo—”cats on patrol” in Nora’s driveway

the work board...with the annuals list getting noticeably shorter

the work board…with the annuals list getting noticeably shorter

 

 

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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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