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August 13, 2013

After work I walked around the garden in the last light of the day and took photos, mostly of hardy fuchsias because one of my favourite bloggers likes them a lot…Had I known I would someday be blogging so thoroughly, I would have done better labeling.

fuchsia

Debron's Black Cherry

Debron’s Black Cherry

fuchsia

fuchsia

fuchsia

fuchsia

fuchsia

Fuchsia magellanica

Fuchsia magellanica

fuchsia

fuchsia fuchsia

Fuchsia magellanica

Fuchsia magellanica

fuchsia

fuchsia

fuchsia

I have them in almost every bed throughout the garden.

In other plant news:

Smokey came with me on my fuchsia walk.

Smokey came with me on my fuchsia walk.

a tomatillo in the greenhouse...like a green paper balloon...but what to do with it?

a tomatillo in the greenhouse…like a green paper balloon…but what to do with it?

astible

astilbe

that shrubby blue clematis...Sheila found the name for me, but now I have lost it again.

that shrubby blue clematis…Sheila found the name for me, but now I have lost it again.

sweet peas and Robinia pseudoacacia 'Frisia'

sweet peas and Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’

front east side garden: most frustrating area

front east side garden: most frustrating area (will be better when various winter blooming shrubs size up)

Dichroa febrifuga

Dichroa febrifuga

NE corner of house

NE corner of house

The very end of the day was made most pleasant when Mary from two doors down gave us some filleted salmon that her husband Jeff had caught that day out on the Columbia River.  It was delicious and made two wonderful dinners.

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First, a flashback to a few photos from earlier in the week, before and after work:

black Centaurea (perennial cornflower)

black Centaurea (perennial cornflower)

That tall...um..Rubus something?? that I wanted for a long time and now have might be a bit vigourous.

That tall…um..Rubus something?? that I wanted for a long time and now have might be a bit vigourous.

front gate view Saturday as we leave for Doggie Olympic Games

front gate view Saturday as we leave for Doggie Olympic Games

an annual poppy

an annual poppy

a lily in the front garden, admired as we left again to work for an hour in the early evening.

a lily in the front garden, admired as we left again to work for an hour in the early evening.

As always on Saturday morning, we took photos at Ilwaco Saturday Market and uploaded them to Discover Ilwaco. Saturday afternoon, the fun and lively annual Doggie Olympic Games kept us busy taking photos and uploading them well into the evening. Sunday I could not make myself go out into the garden because I was absorbed in uploading the rest of the photos…and it was so hot the cats were sleeping on the cool bathroom counter.

a cool spot when wearing a fur coat

a cool spot when wearing a fur coat

You can see our Doggie photos here; later this summer I may make a post of our favourites from D.O.G. and the upcoming Sand Flea Pet Parade as I did a few years back.

Sunday evening, I finally got out into the garden while Allan bucket watered the Ilwaco planters.  I had felt only mildly guilty all day even though I suspected a cool breeze from the Port might have mitigated the heat. We have worked through all sorts of weather lately without much of a rest, and it felt good to just sit.

I had big plans for my evening session….but remembered that I needed to put some fish fertilizer on the beans and water the greenhouse tomatoes and peppers and plant a few more containers of veg seed.

In looking for another container to use, I disturbed someone.

In looking for another container to use, I disturbed someone.

In the interest of not showing only the pretty things, I did NOT get to weeding this area as I had planned this weekend:

bogsy wood east edge still unweeded

bogsy wood east edge still unweeded

bogsy wood front edge still unweeded!

bogsy wood front edge still unweeded!

I realized one of my favourite garden signs had been sucked in to the salmonberry grove and retrieved it.

sign

Just before going in, I went around and took the kind of pretty picture that shows mostly just the good things. I had some company on the excursion:

Frosty

Frosty

Smokey

Smokey

Mary

Mary

I think this daylily is a keeper.

I think this daylily is a keeper.

and this one?

and this one?

Iris

Iris

and another

and another

Penstemon fallen open in rain and wind

Penstemon fallen open in rain and wind

had to telephoto an annual poppy way in the middle of the garden

had to telephoto an annual poppy way in the middle of the garden

I am loving all my Astilbes.

I am loving all my Astilbes.

another

another

just opening

just opening

another

another

and another

and another

more Astilbe and a Phygelius

more Astilbe and a Phygelius

Clematis 'Etoile Violette'

Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’

Etiole Violette has surpassed my dreams for a beautiful clematis on the arbour leading into the back garden.  Too bad she is never in bloom on a garden tour day.

Pink Campanula

Pink Campanula

Pink Campanula, although a more “cup and saucer” sort which I find very hard to come by, figured large in a bouquet from my past that changed the way I looked at flowers.

On the lawn on Sunday, I found a perfect cap that had blown off the top of an elephant garlic.  I modelled it on a metal crow:

a rakish hat

a rakish hat

But Maddy absolutely refused to wear it for me.

Maddy

 

 

 

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