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Friday, 13 October 2017

At long last, we were going to replace the roadside garden at Diane’s.

At the post office, Allan found some decorating going on.

Basket Case Greenhouse

We went to Basket Case first to buy baled mulch.  Peninsula Landscape Supply has gone to its winter hours of Tues-Thurs-Sat only.  Besides, sometimes applying bales of Gardner and Bloome Soil Conditioner goes faster by far than offloading bulk mulch, so labor time saved makes up for the more expensive (and better) product.

My good friends Penny and Buddy came to greet me.


I love Buddy so much! (Penny, too.)


Roxanne was sorting seeds.  (Allan’s photo)

Roxanne had recently been to see the marvellous Janet Jackson and told us that Michael Jackson had appeared as a hologram while she performed one of his songs.  Oh, I would love to have seen that.

fairy gardens for sale


a subtly color-echoing container

Allan loaded up seven bales of Gardner and Bloome, the last of the pallet, wet and heavy.  He lifts the things I can no longer lift because my leg would give out.  It worries me that he had to do that. 

Roxanne said a new delivery would come today.  As we were about to leave, the delivery truck rolled up full of nice dry comparatively lightweight bales.  If only we had had one of our slow to start mornings, we could have gotten dry bales.  Roxanne and Darrell do have a plan to add some sort of cover to the soil amendments storage area, among the many improvements they have made to the structures at the nursery.

Diane’s garden

Here is a reminder of what the garden looked like before it had to be removed for the new septic installation.

Diane’s roadside garden August 2016


Diane’s streetside garden  May 2016 (Allan’s photo)


California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden, July 2015.


Diane’s roadside garden August 2013

The trees are gone now and the garden area is more level.  I think the new version will be better.

today, before (Allan’s photo)

Our first mission was to remove the hard-to-maintain strip of sod outside the fence.  The fence was originally going to be built at the edge of the new lawn, and then got moved inboard because of reasons.

before (Allan’s photo)


The half moon edger line had to be cut on the inside, to avoid grass growing up right under the fence.


Peeling the sod off in two strips.  There’s nowhere to run to get away from traffic now!


Diane comes out to chat.


The full length with one strip done (Allan’s photo). It was quite tiring.


The bales were so wet they made puddles in the trailer. SO heavy. Poor Allan.

Allan wheelbarrowed the nice pieces of sod to the back yard, because Diane can pass them on to someone who is putting in a new lawn.

Allan’s photo

We took the scrappy little weird shaped pieces home.

adding the mulch


Local author Lorrie Haight stops to ask for a plant ID in the driveway corner garden. (Cosmos)


Allan raking mulch


That is our local trash collector waving at us.

A further connection: Diane retired last year as the owner of Peninsula Sanitation.

inside view after adding back the river rock edge (they were in a pile in the corner garden)   Allan’s photo


after (Allan’s photo)

I put in one new Euphorbia ‘Blue Glacier’ and divisions of one of the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ that was saved from the previous incarnation of this garden.

all done for now


Diane’s roadside garden as it looked one year ago.  I like the new look much better; those were not especially attractive trees.

Allan weeded the raised septic bed in the back yard while I deadheaded containers and give Diane’s sweet old dog, Misty, a belly rub.  We put some old bricks all around the top edge of the raised bed.  Too tired to take photos of any of that.

At home, we patched a low piece of lawn with the scrappy sod bits.

patch job


I am curious to see, with the lawn patched, how much rain water will stand in this newly cleared area next to the lawn.

We had a short spell of relaxation (collapse) before going to our North Beach Garden Gang dinner at

Salt Pub

Salt Hotel

I had my favourite drink, the vodka Sea Cucumber, while admiring the names of the wines.


our view


jerk spiced clam fritters


Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) pronounced her clam chowder to be excellent.


dinner salad


my favourite smoked tuna sandwich

On the way home, we drove by Lucy Dagger’s house one block east to admire her Halloween decorations.

Missy “Lucy Dagger’s” house

We now have a very welcome four day weekend, the last planned long weekend for awhile as Bulb Time begins with the arrival of my order next Wednesday.  (Yikes.)  Getting our Halloween lights put up is one of Allan’s priorities.  After a busy Saturday, my big plan is gardening at home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

While divesting ourselves of the Ilwaco street tree branches that we had pruned yesterday evening, we  admired of the east end of the marina.

I found out later that the floating enclosure is a pen…


…for young salmon, used in a recent study of some sort.


Butch, the owner of Coho Charters (the red building) is my go to person for fishing questions.

We headed north, with a brief stop at the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Allan’s photo, getting rady for Halloween


a selection of new plants at the Basket Case


including nice Euphorbia ‘Glacier Blue’

Next stop: picking up a yard of Soil Energy at Peninsula Landscape Supply. We were worried because the Soil Energy pile had been way low last time, and might be all gone.  When we arrived, we saw a truck and trailer ahead of us.  Who were these people competing with us for the last of the pile, I thought anxiously….until I saw they were our good friends Judy and Larry.

Allan’s photo


Larry, Judy, me: friends with similar goals


We were glad there was enough in the Soil Energy bin for two loads.


We parked off to the side and the mulch came to us. (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages  

Our first actual job of the day was a tidying and some cutting back at KBC.

Allan dug out a daylily, the same kind that he dug out for me in my own garden recently.

It is prone to daylily leaf streak. (Allan’s photo).  The flowers are hardy fuchsia.


before cutting back Thalictrum ‘Elin’


and after


The thalictrum will come home with us for Halloween decor.

Allan cut down one part of the rugosa rose.  The whole shrub is going to come down later.

After. Now you can see through to the lower fenced garden.

As you can see, the day was (too) warm and bright.

view in the east gate


the birdbath view


the inner bench circle


a huge bud on the Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’


fall colour on hamamelis


Allan captured the moment when Mary noticed the leaf colour.

We didn’t see Denny today.  He had had a knee replacement (his second) on Tuesday and was at home napping.

                           Long Beach

On the way south, we checked up on the beach approach gardens and the Long Beach city hall garden.  This weekend’s two days of clamming will generate a lot of passersby.

the foyer at city hall (Allan’s photo)

MaryBeth stopped by when she saw us at City Hall.  She gave us a present that she had been carrying with her for the next time our paths crossed.

After checking on the Sid Snyder approach planters…

the westernmost Sid Snyder planter (Allan’s photo)

…we made sure the World Kite Museum garden looked good, because their annual One Sky One World event is this weekend.  The philosophy of One Sky, One World is needed more than ever now.

Pleased with the new containers at the kite museum.

Ilwaco

The south third of the Ilwaco boatyard garden was our destination for the yard of Soil Energy that we’d been hauling with us.

looking south from the gate, before


soil applied by bucket


cutting back Pennisetum macrourum from the sidewalk


and after….I had suddenly realized the garden should start where the paved sidewalk starts.

The dredge has been at work lately, clearing mud from the channel which is so necessary for the marina to thrive.

scooping up mud


and depositing it on a barge.


boats


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo

We still have sweet peas blooming on the fence.

sweet peas all the way to the top


bright red sweet peas

We had run out of Soil Energy about twenty feet from the end of the garden, so another load will be necessary.  The end needs such a small amount that I sort of cheated and erased boatyard mulching from the work list, changing it to mulching at the port and Time Enough Books.

The summer is long gone and I still have not accomplished one thorough, end to end good weeding at home.

At home: The garden gift from MaryBeth.

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El Compadre Mexican Restaurant

We had this week’s North Beach Garden Gang dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) at El Compadre.

hard to get a good photo of the inlaid tables that I admire so much.


Allan’s photo


tiled window frames


As often happens, we were the last to leave.

Now for an extra long weekend, during the quiet time before fall clean up and bulbs.  My goal is to not leave my property for four days while I accomplish some gardening.  Allan has some boating goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The work board has sprouted a list for fall.

The top “later” project at Diane’s, restoring the roadside garden, has to wait for a new fence.

While I struggled to get going, Allan hauled my clipped salmonberries from the bogsy woods and loaded them into the trailer.

It’s about a 200 foot drag. (Allan’s photo)

J’s garden

We began across the street. While painters are working on the house and garage, we had let the blackberries come through from the yard next door.  How did that happen so fast?

before

Allan’s photo

after

This load went to the dump.

The Depot Restaurant

The soil was damp enough so that we did not have to water.

north side of dining deck

autumnal Solidago ‘Fireworks’

Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’

Basket Case window box and planter

and another Basket Case window box and planter

We had time to do a good clipping of the escallonia that always wants to block the railway history sign.  (No photos of that project.  I was having a very hard time getting myself in gear for today.)

The Red Barn

While Allan got started on weeding and watering, I had a look at a horse.

tail brushing

“One Last Cruise”, nickname Cruise, named because he was the last foal of his breeder.

That was Mr. Amy with Cruise, and here comes Amy her ownself.

Allan’s photo

Diane’s garden

I then walked across the field to Diane’s garden.

My good friend Misty awaits her belly rub.

Oh, look, fence posts!  Looks like the fence is going to go up sooner than I thought.  I hope we can remove the strip of sod that will be outside the fence; that would be very hard to maintain.  Of course, it will be harder to remove the sod edge once the fence is in.

Holly peeking out from the porch. Soon she will have a big place to play.

Basket Case Greenhouse

I was on a quest for Lavender ‘Hidcote Blue’, but I had bought them all last time.  I will check at The Planter Box next week.  It was still pleasant to visit with Darrell and Roxanne..

Basket Case

The Dodge truck display that Basket Case put together for Rod Run.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

schmoozing with owner Darrel

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We did a lot of deadheading and cutting back of rose canes.  I made it so this hydrangea shows again:

A before and after would have been dramatic. Rugosa rose with a rambling red rose threaded through it.

Allan pulled Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ to make a better view through the deer fence.

before

after

I’m going to ask if I can do a severe pruning of that big rugosa rose later on.  (Mary was away for the week, and I did not have time today, anyway.)

the east gate

gate detail; the glass ball was my idea!

It is sad that my former partner, Robert, got post polio syndrome and could no longer do heavy work like welding.  He was so talented at it.

east gate

He called this one the Fish Gate.

south gate

sit spot with Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’…and a sprout, in the foreground.

seeds of tree peony

The leaves of the peony always get crispy and ugly in the late summer, so I pick more off every week.

ugly tree peony leaves (Allan’s photo); I wonder if this is normal or if they are diseased?

Allan found that the fairy door had gone missing!

home regained

Billardia longiflora

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’ (Allan’s photo)

cottages on the ridge

Long Beach

We decided that we had time to get a head start on Long Beach tasks by tidying Veterans Field.  On the way, we saw a new garden at a cottage that I always admire.

“Kite Flyers Only” Cottage

The Long Beach Peninsula could have an amazing cottage tour of its own if enough people could be found to open their cottages to strangers.

Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

Vet Field corner garden, cosmos (Allan’s photos)

cosmos and eryngium

home

While Allan mowed the tiny lawn in the J’s back garden, I somehow got a burst of energy after watering the tomatoes in the greenhouse and decided to rescue a container of bamboo from being overrun with hops and honeysuckle.

Allan’s shed repair photo from two days ago shows the before.

tonight: rescued bamboo

this much debris! J9 wants some hops for decorating.

Skooter

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 5 July 2017 (part one)

Allan had not gotten enough sleep because of Skooter’s 2 AM antics:

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Skooter somehow attained the highest bookshelf.

We set off on our work rounds that take us north once a week, along with a plan for a garden tour (which will be tomorrow’s post).

Port of Ilwaco

We began by bucket watering the drive over garden, a small pocket between two driveways,  at the port.

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It had been driven over.  (Allan’s photo)

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driving by the boat yard

The Depot Restaurant

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southeast of dining deck (Allan’s photo)

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north side of dining deck

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The Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’, which wants to be ten feet tall, is growing again to hide the Clamshell Railroad sign.  The restaurant was a train depot in days of old.

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I’ve suggested removing the escallonia.  Chef Michael thinks, I am sure correctly, that it keeps a bad driver from running into the corner of the building.

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after

The Red Barn

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These helianthus have to go.  They don’t get enough water.  (Allan’s photo)

After watering the garden and the planted barrels, we walked next door to

Diane’s garden.

We had to walk along the highway because the field we usually cross was occupied.

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These tire tracks did not inspire confidence.

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One of the back yard planters

I got to see my good friend Misty, although she went straight into the house when Diane brought her home from errands.  Then Holly came out of the truck.

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Do I hafta sit?

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not for long!

Whiskey was also visiting.

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So ready to play with Holly.

We drove back to the beach side on Sid Snyder Road to…

The Anchorage Cottages

Many guest vehicles were in the parking lot, so we parked behind the office, giving you a different entry view as I walked around the west side of the cottages.

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We were greeted by our good friend Mitzu, who has had to take tranquilizers because of a week’s worth of fireworks noise.

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Mitzu has had a stressful week of fear.  (Allan’s photo)

I weeded and deadheaded; Allan fertilized all the containers and the window boxes.

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center courtyard, Rose ‘New Dawn’

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by the office

We drove across Pioneer Road to the bay side to see what new plants might have arrived at

The Basket Case Greenhouse.

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successfully growing a tomato in a bag of soil

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greeted by my friend Penny

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a real sweetheart

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Darrell in the center greenhouse (Allan’s photo)

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gazanias coming forward

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gazanias

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gazanias

We drove back to the ocean side on Cranberry Road to make a delivery to

Jim Unwin’s Hobbit Studio.

We were giving Jim and Annie a Feliway cat comfort diffuser that I no longer needed, for Annie to try to help their two cats get along better.  This entailed a tour of the art studio, which we have visited before on the peninsula wide studio tour that takes place every Thanksgiving weekend.

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Jim’s Hobbit Studio

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Jim at his work bench.

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a double silhouette and a little sailboat (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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art ingredients

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Annie’s rose (Allan’s photo)

We drove north to

Klipsan Beach Cottages

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Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ taller than the fence (Allan’s photo)

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Tetrapanax

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red dragonfly (Allan’s photo)

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June bug

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lily and roses

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birdbath view

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east gate

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garden art from the Forsythea shop in Astoria

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Mary’s new rose

Our good friend Bella was in the basement and did not want to come out.  She is terrified of fireworks and despite being given tranquilizers and having music played for her to drown out the noise, she has tried to dig through the floor, has hidden in the closet, and has climbed into the bathtub for safety.

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She had her paw over one ear.

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Nine days of fireworks fear for peninsula animals (Allan’s photo); from June 28th to July 5th.  Ridiculously long.

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on the basement couch

We drove further north, almost to Nahcotta, for a garden tour which will be tomorrow’s post, and then south to do some watering of the curbside gardens at

The Port of Ilwaco.

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Ilwaco pavilion curbside garden (Allan’s photo)

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Something happened at the port.  (Allan’s photo)

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the condor (Allan’s photo)

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Westernmost bed needs its daisies clipped or pulled.  Next week.

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a fasciated Linaria stem in the Salt Hotel garden

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eryngium, yarrow, and parsley

Join us tomorrow on the garden tour that delighted us today.

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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Another two part post, as this blog falls further behind real time.  Our day had only four jobs, two of them brief, and would end with a tour of THE Oysterville garden, which always deserves its own post.

The Red Barn Arena

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Amy and her barrel racing horse

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Allan’s string trimming alternative to using round up right behind the garden

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My friend Disney, the mother whippet, who likes me. It is her son who snubs me. Unless I have a treat.

Diane’s garden

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new lawn going in by Steve Clarke and crew

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All we did was fertilize and deadhead the three groups of back yard pots.

The Basket Case Greenhouse

I had a check to deliver and a few plants to seek.

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middle greenhouse

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north greenhouse

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Middle greenhouse; all three greenhouses have many choices.

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Allan’s photo

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I love this peachy diascia, and that is my favourite tender fuchsia, Pink Marshmallow.

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I got myself an Orange Rocket Barberry, shown here with Roxanne. This time, I won’t forget to water it. I’ve killed two Orange Rockets by neglect in the first year.

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a poster by the sales desk

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan pruned the center courtyard viburnums to keep them from coming forward into the perennial border.

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Allan’s photo: before, coming too far forward

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 before (Note that I do not like the look of the Arbutus on the right.  I gave it some Dr Earth fert.)

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after

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Mitzu supervising

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during

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after

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Dutch Iris

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with gorgeous markings

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‘Eye of the Tiger’ Dutch Iris

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Dutch Iris and Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

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Two of the four windowboxes

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Climbing hydrangea

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north end garden

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climbing rose and ceanothus

The Planter Box

I wanted 18 more painted sage for me, and more Dr Earth rhododendron fertilizer, and then I saw some Cosmos ‘Double Click’ and ‘Seashells’ and ended up with two full flats of plants.  Oops.

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at The Planter Box entrance

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We spent an hour in intensive grooming of the garden.

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east side of fenced garden with Climbine Cecile Brunner rose and honeysuckle

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looking in the east gate

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birdbath view

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Allium ‘Mount Everest’

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The gold is Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’

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clematis

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Mary had a little time to work with me. She is picking snails that are hiding in a daylily.

Allan had planned to clean up buttercups along the roadside edge of the swale (by the road up to the cottages).  He found that the housekeeping and grounds crew had done a beautiful job there, so he did not have to.

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Allan’s photo: well done, and not by us.

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Allan’s photo

This gave him time to do a good clean up on the outside of the fenced garden.

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Podophyllum (Allan’s photo)

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bindweed on the weigela! (Allan’s photos)

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Allan’s photo: One of Mary’s snails on the run.

We then went north to THE Oysterville garden: Tomorrow’s post. On the way, we took a scenic route through Ocean Park.  Allan’s photos:

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on Park Avenue

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While I went into the Oysterville garden, Allan detoured on foot to the bay to look at the boats.

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Oysterville by the bay

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These are all part of the Oysterville regatta, a July event that seems to be an invitational event sort of for the Oysterville crowd.    Everyone uses the same kind of boat so that skill is the factor in winning, followed by a barbecue.

On the way home down Sandridge Road, we saw that (as expected) Steve Clarke and Co had completed laying Diane and Larry’s new lawn to perfection.  We did not stop; it did look like there will be room to create a very narrow remake of our roadside garden although I’m concerned about it being closer to the road, thus more nervewracking to work on.  We shall see!

In Ilwaco, we drove down Howerton to assess the gardens and saw both artist Don Nisbett and Butch of Coho Charters.

Fisherman Butch

Butch said, “No matter what they say about you, I still think you do a great job!”

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 31 May 2017

The workday began late because when I was walking peacefully with a mere 1/3 watering can to the greenhouse to water my tomatoes, my back went into a spasm.  I hobbled in (after watering the tomatoes!) and stood against a door for awhile to straighten up and slathered on some Traumica, the miracle cure that Jenna gave me a sample of awhile back.  I am a skeptic about natural cures so it’s not a placebo effect when I say this stuff is amazing.

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I was still somewhat disabled as we took off for work, and I felt anxious about the day.

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Looked at my post office garden from my passenger seat instead of getting out to pull a weed.

Because of the late start, I decided to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow and slingshot around the sun by not doing Diane’s garden first, as originally planned.  The task awaiting there was to move about a half yard of river rocks. They had been used to edge the roadside garden.  We had stacked them against the house when we dismantled that garden for the septic installation project.  That had seemed like an ideal place until we recommended the brilliant Steve Clarke to install her new lawn.  He was going to wrap it around the side of the house, so now the rocks had to go to a new storage spot.  Maybe by end of day I’d be able to bend over to bucket up the rocks.

The Depot Restaurant

I watered; Allan ran the string trimmer by the parking area.

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Depot garden today

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We lowered the escallonia to make the sign show. (Allan’s photo)

The Anchorage Cottages

I filled in the planters with some painted sage while Allan did some weeding.  I put off till next week the pruning of the center courtyard virburnum, which is sneaking forward into the perennials border.  My back was feeling considerably better by now although I still moved cautiously.

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our good friend Mitzu (Allan’s photo)

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Anchorage center courtyard

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The Planter Box

I had used up all my painted sage so needed some for Diane’s garden.

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white dahlia at the Planter Box

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a bit more painted sage and some fish fertilizer

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some chicks (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

As we parked behind the fenced garden, we heard a great screaming ruckus up in the trees.  “It’s a bald eagle,” said Allan.  In a rather horrible way, the eagle appeared to be eating out of a stellar jay bird nest.  The jays were off to the side screaming and shrieking.  (Allan later pointed out that the jays are also known to raid other birds’ nests.)

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looking up

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Not a nice bird at all. (Allan’s photo)

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talking back to the angry jays (Allan’s photo)

In the garden, Allan’s project was to prune the honeysuckle over an entry gate.

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before

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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view from on high (Allan’s photo)

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after, no longer raggedy with uppies

After weeding and grooming the garden, I took some photos for the KBC Facebook page.

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driveway garden with purple and pink Geranium sanguineum

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pink Geranium sanguineum

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with chartreuse Lady’s Mantle

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a crevice garden!

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dianthus

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Allium schubertii getting starrier.

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Allium albopilosum just getting started

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Allium bulgaricum

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Thalictrum ‘Elin’ getting taller (in front of the dark pink rugosa rose)

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Another angle: The thalictrum has the blue-grey foliage.

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birdbath view

I asked Allan to take some photos of the big rhododendron by where we park.

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The Basket Case Greenhouse

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Allan’s photo

I needed to pick up some plants for one beach approach planter in Long Beach.

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a hen visiting from the house next door (Allan’s photo)

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another bird

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hens n chicks

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afternoon snack

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Allan’s photo

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got two of these gorgeous diascia for me

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Gazania ‘Sunshine’

I also had the pleasure of picking out two baskets for our house.  (I’ll have to get photos of them later at home.)

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Allan’s photo: The center basket with pink and yellow was one that I picked.

Diane’s garden

We got to Diane’s at five, prepared to move a pile of river rock.  As we entered the garden, I saw the most joyous sight:

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Steve had already moved it with a back hoe!

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yard looks leveled in preparation for lawn installation

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Allium (Allan’s photo)

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Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)

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some of the back garden pots

I squeezed Diane’s painted sage into a couple of the pots rather than out in the garden bed by the road; that bed seems dusty now with everything that is going on.

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my good friend Misty

I also got to see the new puppy, Holly, twice!  Once here, and once at our last job of the day…

The Red Barn

Diane brought Holly over while checking on Diane’s horse.

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I was snubbed by a whippet again!

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He breezed right by me.

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Our little Red Barn garden

At home, I was able to erase more from the planting list.

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Allan prepped for our first job tomorrow by hauling soil amendments two doors down.

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Guest photo:  Steve and John saw an Allium bulgaricum in Astoria and sent me this photo from a small garden on Exchange, just above the Fort George Brewery:

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Steve’s photo

And Melissa sent me this from THE Oysterville garden:

Melissa’s photo

 

 

 

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Friday, 19 May 2017

Ilwaco

I had had a bright idea several days ago of some shrub rearrangement at the J’s across the street.  Of three dwarf hydrangeas, one looked fairly good, one quite sad but with a few leaves, and one looks dead but has green underneath the bark when I scrape a stem.  Putting the good one in the middle would at least make the picture balanced.  And if the good one turns up its toes, we can replace it with three matching ones.  If not, we can maybe replace the outer ones with a matched set of two, so it won’t be off balance.

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before (Allan’s photos); the good hydrangea is off to the left.

Underneath the soil, Allan found landscape fabric.  That explains why so many of the shrubs were planted on mounds (by the previous owner, not the J’s).

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landscape fabric underneath! No wonder the shrubs could not get their roots down; no wonder they were tipped over sideway.


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replanted with the best one in the middle and with all three given some Dr Earth evergreen fertilizer.


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a tidy garden at the J’s

I got to pet a sweet dog at the post office.

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Allan’s photo

Further down the street, we saw our friend Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and his buddy, Jackson.

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Jackson! (Allan’s photo)

On the way out of our town, we had one plant to put in at the main intersection and four at the Ilwaco city hall planters.

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PPR means Peninsula Poverty Response.  I should probably replace this leggy Erysimum, right?

Long Beach

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City Hall: The Basket Case baskets are hung up all over town now.

While Allan weeded and groomed Fifth Street Park, I checked on a couple of blocks worth of planters.

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Sparaxis in a planter. I need to plant this in every planter. It seems not that common in bulb catalogs.


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Sparaxis and Cerinthe major purpurascens


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a gorgeous tail wagger in a parked vehicle (taken from a distance so as not to get him too excited).


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NOOOOOO.  One of my special new orange bidens pulled right out of the soil in a planter.


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I had planted a matched pair to tone with this building.

The abused plant still looked alive at the base.  Remembering a live faucet on the outer wall of the Hungry Harbor across the street,  I filled my bucket partway, dunked the plant, lugged plant and water bucket back across, and trimmed and replanted the bidens with water in the hole, then clipped its partner plant to match in size.

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dogs big and little outside the Hungry Harbor

Last fall, I had had a big mystery while bulb planting.  A set of three special Camassia ‘Sacajawea’ bulbs had gone astray while I was planting Fifth Street Park.  I looked for them so hard.  Today, I saw the three of them about to bloom under one of the street trees (along with a noxious weed Iris pseudocorus that I had tried to get rid of).  How could this be?

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The camassia has variegated leaves.

I figured it out.  I was sorting bulbs and handing Allan sets of narcissi to plant under each street tree, and must have handed him the camassia by mistake.  I thought it would do well in the park where the soil is damp; I will try to transplant it later.  That tree, with its mess of vigorous hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) is not the best place to show off something special.

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Fifth Street Park, NW quadrant

You might agree with me that a trio of something tall and columnar would look great in that park.  I’m not supposed to plant anything taller than the fence!

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that big dog again


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I transplanted some red monarda, divided out from Vet Field garden last night, into this damp bed in the SW quadrant.


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Darmera peltata and gunnera in Fifth Street Park (SE quadrant)

Some of that red monarda would do well in the damp bed behind the gunnera, etc.  But will I remember for long enough to get some moved from Vet Field?

We took time to go to Abbraccio Coffee Bar.

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crossed dogs outside of Abbracci (I got to pet one). (Allan’s photo)


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A delightful Abbraccio break (with no checkers played)….I used to love to play checkers but honestly do not remember how.  Allan challenges his computer to chess on most nights.

I rushed out of the coffee car to meet a tiny Boston terrier…Lily, age 4 months…who was causing quite a sensation.

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Before leaving Long Beach, we dumped a small load of debris, mainly so I could ask the city crew to get the water turned on for the welcome sign garden (where we had pulled dead tulips at the beginning of our Long Beach time today).

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When we went to city works to dump debris, Allan found this marble in the pile.

The Planter Box

We picked up some cosmos for Long Beach and elsewhere.

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The big front greenhouse showed signs of a rush on annuals. (Allan’s photo)


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healthy Seashells mix cosmos (Allan’s photo)


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with Teresa, some desk-leaning rest

The Basket Case

The gardening grapevine (AKA Melissa) had told me that a Blooming Nursery truck had been seen on its way to Basket Case this morning.  We had to see what was new.

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plants overflowing in abundance


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Hot Toddy: cute name for a daylily. (I don’t collect daylilies, though.)


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I could not resist a new to me red salvia named ‘Free Speech’.


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per Blooming Nursery


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couldn’t resist some agastaches and echinaceas…

Another new feature: Penny, the grandparents’ dog, who is being dogsat this week.

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Allan’s photo


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my sweet, soft, adorable, and quietly talkative new friend Penny

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Darrell

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got me some penstemons and agastaches and lemon grass and more

Klipsan Beach Cottages

We drove north to KBC to plant some cosmos and to weed and tidy the garden.

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our good friend Bella (Allan’s photo)


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Clematis montana in evergreen huckleberry (Allan’s photo)


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horrifying bindweed pretending to belong (Allan’s photo), in the debris area behind the garage


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creeping buttercup removal featuring the ho mi tool (Allan’s photo)


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Mary, garden owner, edged outside the fenced garden. (Allan’s photo)


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Mary’s edging tools


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nicely edged


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belly rub time


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Bella will put her foot on your foot or arm to ask for more belly rubbing.


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fenced garden weeded and with cosmos planted


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bird bath view


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sit spot


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Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’


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the pond (Allan’s photo)

Long Beach

Although I was tired, we found the energy to plant some agastaches in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter.  While I delegated the planting (which I so do not enjoy), I checked on the intersection of planters.

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This planter has the weedy, running, short season of bloom blue geranium (‘Johnson’s Blue’?), not nice, long blooming, well behaved Rozanne. I thought about re-doing it this spring. Did not get to it. Maybe in fall.  Originally planted by a volunteer.

We also found the energy to finish planting the two planters at Ilwaco City Hall.  We had meant to plant cosmos in the Kite Museum pocket garden and completely forgot to stop there.

at home

Allan amazed me by finding even MORE energy to mow (while I sat in my chair and read the scintillating news of the day).  Way out in the bogsy woods, he found that our bridge railing had just rotted away and fallen over.  The water in the swale had been up to the base of the railing for most of the winter.

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??!!??


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Later: Skooter wants to come in Allan’s window!


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Skooter

We now have two days off, except for maybe having to water all the newly planted Ilwaco planters on Sunday.  (Edited to add: Some drizzle on Friday night saved us from watering Sunday.  I hope we don’t regret waiting till Monday.)

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