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I expected another stormy day off and instead woke to sunshine.  Hoping for nothing worse than a few showers, we decided to finish the mortuary garden (Penttila’s Chapel).

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our Ilwaco Post Office garden

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at the post office

 

On the way, we stopped in at our accountant’s office to sign our tax return.

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Jennifer’s office: tulips

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and accounting mascot, Helen

At Pentilla’s, I did a bit more detwigging of the dead bits on the coral bark maple.

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before

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after

I felt lightheaded enough while pruning to finally get the nerve to call the neurologist’s office for my test results…only to find, through a series of phone calls to his office and the hospital, that he had not been sent the results.  NOW he has them but his office is closed tomorrow, so perhaps I will hear on Monday.Oh, good, three more days that I can indulge in Ostrich Syndrome. If the results are good, he’ll tell me on the phone.  If bad, we have to go to Aberdeen again.  (During the worst of the lightheadedness, which did pass, I thought, well, I’m already at the mortuary, that’s convenient!)

Our main focus today was the north side of the front garden.

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Allan’s photo, during a rain squall

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kinnikinnick full of quack grass and creeping buttercup

The kinnikinnick is a horrible ground cover as its stems are loose and sprawling, giving plenty of room for weeds to come through, and its humped up centers are treacherous foot catchers.  There are ground covers that I think do the job much better: Geranium macrrorhizum and epimediums come to mind, and since we yanked a bunch of kinnikinick today, I think I will bring starts of something better to add to this garden.

Why the kinnikinick is so bad:

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matts of white quack grass roots all tangled up with the kinnikinnick roots; horrible!

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Allan’s photos: before

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after

I got out huge mats of the white grass roots; this involved a lot of standing in one place and eventually my knee hurt like blazes.

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After.  I threw in some poppy seeds.

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lots of heavy and horrible weed roots

With some time left in the day, we deadheaded at Long Beach City Hall…

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City Hall Garden

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poeticus narcissi

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trilliums and hellebore

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after more deadheading at Culbertson Park

We got rained on hard thrice during the day, including when we went to city works to get some buckets of mulch for one of the parks.

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Lightness around the edges always gives us hope.

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more park mulching accomplished

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Allan’s photo: Camassia

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Allan’s photo: tulip

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Allan’s photo: under a street tree

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Allan’s photo with the Long Beach chop sticks; good one!!

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Allan’s photo

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Tulip ‘Portland’ (Allan’s photo)

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primroses still going strong

While working with pain, I tried not to think of the doctor’s word “collapsing” about my knee.  As the upcoming total knee replacement, and how it affects gardening, weighed on my mind, I remembered the ridicule of a (former) friend toward a former neighbour (also a gardener by trade) who sought Facebook sympathy for his hip replacement.   I thought to myself weakly at the time that anyone, no matter how unlikeable, might validly seek sympathy for such an event, but did not speak up.  However…My narrative flow here is not about getting sympathy; it is about the interesting (to some) chronicle of the progression of age on the full time gardener.  So I might go on about my knee on occasion, and that is just the way it will be.

I am reading a good book called Being Mortal by Atul Gawande in which he quotes Philip Roth:  “Old age is not a battle. Old age is a massacre.”  For my grandma, knee pain was chronic from her mid 50s on.  The massacre of extreme debilitation came at about age 78; for my father, at 79 and for my mother, at 85.  Both mum and grandma had a son or daughter or granddaughter to help them live pretty well from 75 on when they began to weaken.  Childless, I wonder how that will go for me.  Many of my friends are childless; if we were together, we could help each other, perhaps.

Upon our arrival back home, the beauty of the garden was cheering, as was my greeting from Smokey:

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Fritillaria meleagris alba

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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another kind of frit, I think?

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Tulip ‘Portland’

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Dutch iris and Ribes speciosum

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Tulip sylvestris

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Arisarum proboscideum are blooming under its leaves.

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common name, Mouseplant, with flowers like little mice diving into the ground

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Allan’s photo

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gold foliage in Allan’s garden

In the back garden, I picked a bouquet to take to Salt Pub.

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back garden

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Tulips

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Tulips, with Smokey and Onyx

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I must find time to weed the horsetail.

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by the bogsy woods

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Pulmonaria, corydalis, and Smokey

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Corydalis

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our neighbour Onyx

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debating whether to cut that golden Hypericum to new growth at base

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The Ann Lovejoy

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Frosty

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Fuchsia magellanica is already blooming!

Then we were off to Salt Hotel to meet Dave and Melissa for our weekly garden club meeting.

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a bouquet for Laila

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a nerve-soothing Gibson

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our view

I had a Black Forest Ham melt in honor of having been working on a blog about my grandma’s recipes; she loved a ham dinner.

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I almost forgot to take a photo of Melissa’s crab cakes.

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Mel backs off from her dinner so I can take a photo.

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Just in time!

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We do enjoy our meetings! (Allan’s photo)

With Penttila’s erased from the workboard, nothing but bad weather and deadheading and doctors can keep us from the beach approach and berms.

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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 72):

March 24:  Don brought another check which makes more than 12 grand [for selling toy trains that had belonged to her husband, who had died in 1995].  He followed me over to the Texaco station down the road and I discovered they don’t have that thing on the hose that makes it so hard to put gas in the car so I should be able to pump my own gas!  Got gas for chipper, too.

1998 (age 73):

March 24:  Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower seeds are up in 3 days!

 

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

A beautiful warm sunny day began with my taking a photo of one of the spider azaleas that I got for Steve and John to make sure that they wanted it. (They might already have one in their vast collection.)

Smokey agreed it's a cool plant.

Smokey agreed it’s a cool plant.

As I understand it, all azaleas are really rhododendrons.

As I understand it, all azaleas are really rhododendrons.

By the time we got to our first project, getting some mulch from Peninsula Landscape Supply, I’d had an email back that they would love to have it, so I should have followed my instinct and carried it along with us.  We’ll be back up that way to get more mulch in two or three days, depending on weather.  Any excuse to see their fabulous garden!

Peninsula Landscape Supply

Colleen on her way to load our mulch

Colleen on her way to load our mulch (Allan’s photo)

the acquisition of a yard of soil energy

the acquisition of a yard of Soil Energy

Peninsula Landscape Supply pond

Peninsula Landscape Supply pond (Allan’s photo)

a pretty container by the pond

a pretty grouping in a container by the pond

I quite like this new line of mossy birdhouses and planters.

I quite like this new line of mossy birdhouses and planters.

I toyed with the idea of getting this lighted tree for evening when we have campfires!

I toyed with the idea of getting this lighted tree for evening when we have campfires!

I'm also thinking this might be our liquid fertilizer of choice this year for planters;  still pondering.

I’m also thinking this might be our liquid fertilizer of choice this year for planters; still pondering.  I want an organic one, and fish fertilizer does not work well in a sprayer. We hear this one was developed for pot farmers.

Marilyn’s Garden

My mission today was to get several things erased from the work list.  First, mulching Marilyn’s garden; second, planting poppy seeds there.  Note that it would probably be better that all poppies and sweet peas were already planted, but it hasn’t happened yet.  March 17th is supposed to be sweet pea planting day, which also happens to be my birthday and as you know, I skived off the the Sylvia Beach Hotel.  Renowned Cannon Beach gardener June Kroft says it is ok to plan sweet peas later at the coast.  But I digress.

Before: I found a massive influx of bad aster in one of Marilyn's garden beds...From where???

Before: I found a massive influx of bad aster in one of Marilyn’s garden beds…From where???

after, cleared, mulched, poppy seeds in

after, cleared, mulched, poppy seeds in (and aster roots still lurking in the clumps of other perennials)

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before

 

before, the main border

before, the main border

Goldie kept me company.

Goldie kept me company.

after:  Allan did almost all the mulching; I did weeding and seeding.

after: Allan did almost all the mulching; I did weeding and seeding.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

almost done

almost done

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Klipsan Beach Cottages

Next, I wished to get the sweet peas and a few poppy seeds planted at Klipsan Beach Cottages.  We checked on Oman Builders Supply garden on the way but I completely forgot to photograph it.  It felt odd not to have to check on the Wiegardt garden; Eric’s brother Todd has that garden now.  It felt odd…and GREAT because much as we love the Wiegardt Gallery, and we do, we are trying to cut back.  I am looking forward to seeing the changes Todd makes as he will have more time to devote to that one than we did.  I apologize for leaving behind the dratted Geranium ‘A.T. Johnson’ and the bad aster that had appeared from wherever the heck it appears from.  But again, I digress.

The bay tree was blooming above blueberry bushes in bloom at KBC.

The bay tree was blooming above blueberry bushes in bloom at KBC.

I worked in the fenced garden, weeding and de-bad-astering along the fence (where the heck does that damn aster come from everywhere?) and then planting sweet peas.  Allan ranged all over the grounds deadheading narcissi.

Allan's photo: rag tag narcissi deadheads (before)

Allan’s photo: rag tag narcissi deadheads (before)

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Allan's photo: narcissi in the A Frame garden

Allan’s photo: narcissi in the A Frame garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Clematis on a deer fence gate

Clematis on a deer fence gate

Pieris in bloom

Pieris in bloom

Pieris with the clematis arbour in background

Pieris with the clematis arbour in background

the lawn border and fountain

the lawn border and fountain

hellebores in the lawn border

hellebores in the lawn border

double white hellebore

double white hellebore

hellebore

hellebore

Japanese maple and deer fern by the pond

Japanese maple and deer fern by the pond

new bench by the pond

new bench by the pond

pulmonaria next to the new bench

pulmonaria next to the new bench

The adorableness of Arisarum proboscideum (mouseplant)

The adorableness of Arisarum proboscideum (mouseplant)

You have to look under the leaves to see the cunning little mice.

You have to look under the leaves to see the cunning little mice.

exciting! Cardiocrinum giganteum

exciting! Cardiocrinum giganteum in the fenced garden

Also exciting: tree peony bud

Also exciting: tree peony bud

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driveway garden

driveway garden

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driveway garden, Tulip 'Lilac Wonder'

driveway garden, Tulip ‘Lilac Wonder’

fullblown rose in March

fullblown rose in March

Timmy...or maybe Sarah

Timmy…or maybe Sarah

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the fenced garden

 

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Since I administrate the Klipsan Beach Cottages Facebook page, among many many more, I was pleased to see a recent guest leave this excellent review.

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The Cove Restaurant

The Cove is at the Peninsula Golf Course.  Co Owner Jim was taking two dogs for a ride in a golf cart.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; he said the dog to the left wanted to shake hands.

The dog on the right is 16!!  Allan's photo

The dog on the right is 16!! Allan’s photo

Allan's photo...so cute!

Allan’s photo…so cute!

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Since we are both now OVER SIXTY years old, I thought it would be just fine to knock off early for our Thursday night meal at the Cove.    It was on my mind that narcissi need deadheading at the Port…but driving all the way down and back seemed more wasteful then letting those deadheads wait till tomorrow.  I clearly am still not back into high gear.

We rarely dine this early in the evening!

We rarely dine this early in the evening!

We saw Todd there, come to have dinner with some friends.  (Todd, you are now officially blog fodder!)   It was a treat to have a brief chat with him and we look forward to some good garden talk in the future.

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ahi tuna

ahi tuna

the most amazing Thai curry soup

the most amazing Tom Kha Gai

Allan had a Peruvian stir fry which was simply delectable.

Allan had Lomo Saltado, a Peruvian style stir fry which was simply delectable.

Susie of the Boreas saw me “check in” to the Cove on Facebook (a good way to promote local businesses as long as you don’t have “friends” who will break into your house while you are dining) and could not resist showing up to join us for some ahi tuna.  We had such a good time we ended up staying till after seven (which is about the time we usually used to arrive).

When we got home, I had the pleasure of reducing the work list; since returning from my trip to the Sylvia Beach Hotel, I’ve been able to erase Andersen’s, Long Beach, and KBC from the sweet pea list, Marilyn and KBC from the poppy seed list, and mulching Marilyn’s from the projects list!

Next up: The Boreas Inn sweet peas and poppies

Next up: The Boreas Inn sweet peas and poppies

I thought my birthday celebration was completely over, but no!  Mary of KBC gave me a lovely purple scarf from the Deux Chapeaux gift shop.  My cat Mary (no relation) agreed to model it for you:

The cats are sticking close to my computer spot since I came back from a five night absence.

The cats are sticking close to my computer spot since I came back from a five night absence.

 I thought the sentiments of their card were exceptionally inspirational:

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