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Thursday, 22 September 2016

On the way out of town, we checked a couple of the Ilwaco planters to make sure they were not too dry.  They were fine.

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The Depot Restaurant

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

ultra floppy Boltonia 'Snowbank'

ultra floppy Boltonia ‘Snowbank’

I hope it has better posture next year.

I hope it has better posture next year.

pleased with how Cornus 'Hedgerows Gold' lights up this muddled area.

pleased with how Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’ lights up this muddled area.

southeast corner of dining deck

southeast corner of dining deck

I so hope my tetrapanax start grows tall here next year.

I so hope my tetrapanax start grows tall here next year.

Long Beach

We decided to take a big chance on the rain storm predicted (35 mph wind and half an inch of rain) for Friday and not water the Long Beach planters.  We would be mighty sorry if the storm did not materialize.

welcome sign...cosmos still low on flowers

welcome sign…cosmos still low on flowers

from the sidewalk, with Echibeckia

from the sidewalk, with Echibeckia

debated pulling cosmos blocking the lights...left them for one more week

debated pulling cosmos blocking the lights…left them for one more week

The only way to not block the lights that are supposed to illuminate the sign at night would be to have extremely low plants.  It is a dilemma.

Long Beach city hall with Basket Case baskets

Long Beach city hall with Basket Case baskets

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With Basket Case’s Nancy Aust retiring, she will be a hard act to follow.  She plans to return and help the new owners with the baskets next spring.  Every time we work in Long Beach, folks ask how the baskets are so great.  I answer that Nancy makes them in very large containers with a soilless mix and time release fertilizer and the city waters them every day and fertilizes them frequently with liquid fertilizer (Miracle gro).

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In the little pop out up the street from city hall, a late planted wildflower mix from seed was successful.

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We did some weeding and some sightline clipping of a sad mugo pine.

Before. Someone (not us) had pruned it.

Before. Someone (not us) had pruned it.

after. I'd like to hoik it out and start over with something lower.

after. I’d like to hoik it out and start over with something lower.

passersby

passersby

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the Dennis Co cranberry harvest mural (Allan's photo)

by the Dennis Co cranberry harvest mural (Allan’s photo); it was redone last year but is sadly flaking off.  I had just given this fellow some Schizostylis starts from city hall.

We groomed all the planters..  One I had not attended to for awhile had way too much reseeded columbines:

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The foliage gets hideous with leaf miner.

The foliage gets hideous with leaf miner.

I pull out as much by the roots as I can!

I pull out as much by the roots as I can!

after

after

looking across to the planter from which I yanked much aquilegia

looking across to the planter from which I yanked much aquilegia

I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop) to get a new set of photos for its Facebook page.

lamp by owner/artist Heather Ramsay

lamp by owner/artist Heather Ramsay

some new purses

some new purses

Heather is just about to decorate for Halloween.

Heather is just about to decorate for Halloween.

We finished by weeding Fifth Street Park.

northwest park quadrant with Melianthus major

northwest park quadrant with Melianthus major

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

a Boltonia actually standing up. Captain Bob and Cathy are on a well deserved vacation.

a Boltonia actually standing up. Captain Bob and Cathy are on a well deserved vacation.

southeast park quadrant with Darmera peltata and gunnera

southeast park quadrant with Darmera peltata and gunnera

a little pruning in a dark corner, before

a little pruning in a dark corner, before

and after

and after

at home

As we arrived at home, with a couple of hours to go before dinnertime, our new neighbours  Thandi and Mike of the beloved Sou’wester Lodge came walking by, with an even newer neighbour, their new baby, Celestine.  (The three of them just moved into one of my favourite old Ilwaco houses two block west.)  Allan got some photos:

tiny Celestine

Thandi and Celestine

We had a tour all around the garden, although Celestine, at two weeks, is too young to truly appreciate the fairy doors in the bogsy woods.

teeny tiny

teeny tiny

a nice sit down on the patio

a nice sit down on the patio for awhile

The Cove Restaurant

Time again for the highlight of our week, our North Beach Garden Gang dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), joined this week by Todd (Willapa Gardening).

Cooley has to wait in the Sea Star van.

Cooley has to wait in the Sea Star van.

Lynn treated us to some warm brie and roasted garlic left over from a catered event!

Lynn treated us to some warm brie and roasted garlic left over from a catered event!

refreshing caesar salad

refreshing caesar salad

Korean noodle bowl with kimchi and turkey egg

Korean noodle bowl with kimchi and turkey egg

Allan opted for a less exotic burger.

Allan opted for a less exotic burger.

As always, we were the last diners to leave the restaurant.  Now for four days off, a luxury that we may have to give up next year but for now…we like it.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Sept 22: Drs appt at 10:00.  My glucose test was 115—which is normal!  He said to quit taking Tolazimide and get another glucose test in 10 days.  Bill Jr started garage roof.  He took off old shingles.  I weeded in the “ditch”.  I thought it was kind of hot.  Later I found out it was 80 degrees.  No wonder I was soaked.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 22:  I planted the new Spring Hill Poppies mostly in the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] and the special red one in tam area [former juniper tam bed, now flowers, by the roadside].  Also planted the armerias I grew from seeds.  I picked some apples and peeled and made apple sauce until 7:00.

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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

in which we do all the jobs but Long Beach and Ilwaco

at home

at home

front path, looking east

front path, looking east

The Depot Restaurant

Grasses enclosing the deck. This fall, I will try transplanting some Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' there.

Grasses enclosing south and east side of dining deck. This fall, I will try transplanting some Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ there.

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

east wall

east wall

Dierama (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Dierama (Angel’s Fishing Rod)

looking southeast from the parking lot

looking southeast from the parking lot

The Red Barn Arena

our little Red Barn garden

our little Red Barn garden

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Diane’s garden

along the highway

along the highway

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We stopped to see what was left of the end of season sale and I bought a few variegated oregano and thyme for the Ilwaco post office edge.

me and Fred (Allan's photo)

me and Fred (Allan’s photo)

Fred and Nancy are retiring right after this end of season sale…and that is another “letting go” that is happening this year.  They have buyers who will take over the business.  I am fighting the “It’ll never be the same!” feeling.

Marilyn’s garden

looking southwest from the road

looking southwest from the road

from the driveway

from the driveway

looking south

looking south

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' (Allan's photo)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ (Allan’s photo)

looking north

looking north

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

There is a lot of plant snobbery about plain ol’ shasta daisies.  Well.  I like ’em, and that is my truth.

looking west from the back porch

looking west from the back porch

Allan weeded along the back wall.

Allan weeded along the back wall.

While we were away garden touring, Marilyn’s daughter sent me this:

"so love all the poppies and red this year. thank you, garden magician" photo by Nancy Gorshe

“so love all the poppies and red this year. thank you, garden magician” photo by Nancy Gorshe

And I don’t think I have posted these yet:

Scooter and a deer

Scooter and a deer, photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe; the deer are eating the Crocosmia this year.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

my good friend Bella

my good friend Bella

and Sarah or Tommy

and Sarah or Tommy

Clematis 'Rooguchi'

Clematis ‘Rooguchi’

Helenium 'Autumn Lollipop'

Helenium ‘Autumn Lollipop’

Helenium 'Autumn Lollipop' is so cute!

Helenium ‘Autumn Lollipop’ is so cute!

Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty'

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’

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birdbath view

birdbath view

sit spot

sit spot

lily

lily

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roses and hydrangea

roses and hydrangea with Thalictrum ‘Elin’ on the left

Allan's deadheading of 'New Dawn' rose, before

Allan’s deadheading of ‘New Dawn’ rose, before

and after

and after

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Anchorage Cottages

center courtyard

center courtyard

A ceanothus that had been slowly dying had finally completely plotzed, so Allan cut it down.  I recently read that it is not unusual for ceanothus to die off like this.

before

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after

after

Now the one on the other end of the center courtyard garden a tall healthy ceanothus throws the garden off balance…drat.

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

east wall near office

east wall near office

office courtyard

office courtyard

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Since the Hardy Plant Society garden tour weekend, I have had a nagging feeling that I need a new client who is a plant nut, with a big budget, and no need for hardscaping, and who would just let me play with planting new plants.  I realized today that that client is ME.

At home, Allan found this unusual carrot in a package and thought it should be recorded:

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Monday 20 June 2016

Before work, we went two doors down to Jeff and Mary’s house to lend some long handled loppers.

Mary's tiny little Yorkie, Missy.

Mary’s tiny little Yorkie, Missy, all of two pounds.

The sweet and friendly dogs in the next yard over: Dickens and Harley (Allan's photo)

The sweet and friendly dogs in the next yard over: Dickens and Harley (Allan’s photo)

Dickens and Harley, the sweetest guys

Dickens and Harley, the sweetest guys

Still delaying work, we stopped up on School Hill to visit Todd, Dave, and Melissa, who were all working together on a property that will soon be for sale.   The yard was huge and enviable with one of the more private back yards I’ve ever seen in the city. The house is said to be seven bedrooms and will be far out of our price range.

from the back deck of the house

from the back deck of the house looking toward the port

The yard from Google Earth...so private...will soon be for sale. The house is said to be seven bedrooms.

The yard from Google Earth

We began our work day by poking at the Ilwaco planters and then the Long Beach planters.  Both felt like they could wait till Wednesday for water.  Because of going to the Hardy Plant Study Weekend on Thursday June 23, and not returning till Sunday June 26, I was glad to not have to water Monday and then again on Wednesday.  Leaving for four days is always stressful for me because of watering worries.  Ideally, we would water Tuesday and Friday.  Not this week.

in Long Beach: Hallelujah! Wet enough!

in Long Beach: Hallelujah! Wet enough!

We then delivered a check from Long Beach to the Basket Case Greenhouse, and were kindly given a preview of the clearance sale prices that will start on Wednesday.

Fred and me at the Basket Case

Fred and me at the Basket Case

I got myself several hens and chickens at 25 percent off.

I got myself several hens and chickens at 25 percent off.

As usual, Shadow wanted to ride along.

As usual, Shadow wanted to ride along.

On the way to work (finally!), I had such sad news in a message: My very good friend and all around wonderful dog, Ralph, had passed away; he had been diagnosed with cancer not long ago at age 12.  Here he is last December at his home, which he shared with his best friends, Bayside Debbie and Dave.

My very good friend Ralph did not find our conversation scintillating.

At last December’s Christmas party, a napping Ralph.  My very good friend Ralph will be sorely missed by all his fans.

Long Beach

We had time for some projects, beginning with the weeding of the pond garden by Pacific Realty.

We parked outside NIVA green, where I got to pet this soft and handsome Great Pyrenees.

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I refreshed my collection of photos for the NIVA green Facebook page.

Heather Ramsay models a new hat for sale.

Heather Ramsay models a new hat for sale.

some advice

some advice

Outside, I got to pet Jeff, one of the Pacific Realty dogs.

Outside, I got to pet Jeff, one of the Pacific Realty dogs.

an important realtor

an important realtor

pond, before

pond, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

There was an antique car event in town. (Allan's photo)

There was an antique Franklin car event in town. (Allan’s photo)

With the pond garden weeded, we went to the parking lot berms and weeded the north and the south ones.

blackberry from north berm

blackberry from north berm

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Rosa rubrifolia (Allan's photo)

Rosa rubrifolia (Allan’s photo)

birds foot trefoil...a shame it is considered a weed, as it is so pretty

birds foot trefoil…a shame it is considered a weed, as it is so pretty

Spiraea douglassii

Spiraea douglassii

The spiraea is swallowing a hydrangea.

The spiraea is swallowing a hydrangea.

I pretty much let the most vigorous shrub win on these berms, which have to get by with no supplemental water in summer.

This hood ornament adorned a parked car. (Allan's photo)

This flying pig hood ornament adorned a parked car. (Allan’s photo)

Some grass weeds have returned, and the soil is low, and the red hot pokers needed deadheading.

Some grass weeds have returned, and the soil is low, and the red hot pokers needed deadheading.

This chokecherry will have oodles of black shiny berries later on.

This chokecherry will have oodles of black shiny berries later on.

berm edge, before

berm edge, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

We dumped our load of debris, including rugosa rose clippings that had been sticking out sideways, and filled all our buckets from our city works Soil Energy mulch pile for the berms and for Fifth Street Park.

some mulch for Fifth Street Park

some mulch for Fifth Street Park

Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' (Allan's photo)

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ (Allan’s photo)

Sanguisorba 'Pink Elephant' (Allan's photo)

Sanguisorba ‘Pink Elephant’ (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park, NW corner mulched along the edge

Fifth Street Park, NW corner mulched along the edge

Much nicer at the berms, although could use more.

Much nicer at the berms, although could use more.

before

before

after (Allan's photos)

after (Allan’s photos)

Some nice vignettes can be found on the berms.

Some nice vignettes can be found on the berms.

I had hoped to get done with work by six to have an evening at home (because I don’t like the thought of leaving home for four days!).  I keep trying to tell myself a different story, that I am going to have a great time and that I WANT to go on a garden touring adventure.  I will, and I do, but nothing for me beats a weekend at home in my own garden and I agonize over giving one up, and city traffic (Salem) is a horror to me, so I do feel anxious.

We checked on the little garden at the World Kite Museum.  It’ll be quiet after hours, I thought, only to find the board was just finishing a meeting so the parking lot was bustling.  That meant I got to meet another dog!  I’d been weepy over Ralph today, and I like to think that all the dogs I got to pet today were a gift from my good friend.

Benny!

Benny!

a cutie pie

a cutie pie. with a soft coat

Ilwaco

Getting home was delayed by the sight of much chickweed in a planter, leading to the checking of several planters for weeds that had gone rampant in the rain; the planters had not had their twice weekly once over for about ten days.  I saw a sightline problem as well, on a small columnar pear that had been broken off by vandals several years ago and had come back from the snapped trunk.

a planter that had had a mass of chickweed....

a planter that had had a mass of chickweed….

and a sightline problem...

and a sightline problem…

fixed

fixed

That’s all I wanted to do as was so eager to get home.  It will do for now.

At home. Those sneaky snails...everywhere!

At home. Those sneaky snails…everywhere!

front garden lilies

front garden lilies


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 20:  HOT  I went out to pluck my pink rhody and then I found myself with a shovel digging and pulling out that purple geranium that had taken over all the beds.  I removed a huge number of plants.  That bed looks a little bleak.  I think I’ll direct seed some of the annual seeds in that area.

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Real time announcement: On today, Wednesday, June 22nd, the Basket Case Greenhouse summer clearance sale begins with 40% off annuals, 25% off perennials, and $5 off baskets!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Smokey and our neighbour, Onyx

Smokey and our neighbour, Onyx

I like the way these Landini lilies have arranged themselves...

I like the way these Landini lilies have arranged themselves…

compared to this clump more out in the open.

compared to this clump more out in the open.

There is a big fuss on the internet lately about lilies being toxic to cats, even pollen that might fall on them.  This does concern me, but…I have had cats coexisting with lilies for over thirty years with no problem.  I hope my luck (and the cats’ luck) continues.

I'd like to stay home and enjoy my garden and cats...

I’d like to stay home and enjoy my garden and cats…

Going to work was required.  At least I had a couple of nursery visits to anticipate.

The Red Barn Arena

The Red Barn garden has clearly enjoyed all our good rain (including more last night).

The Red Barn garden has clearly enjoyed all our good rain (including more last night).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Diane’s garden

Misty!

Misty!

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back yard pots got groomed

back yard pots got groomed

from the street

from the driveway

curbside garden

curbside garden with penstemon

Agastache, probably 'Cotton Candy'

Agastache, probably ‘Cotton Candy’

Misty following me around

Misty following me around

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The Basket Case Greenhouse

We picked up the bill to take to Long Beach city hall, and found some white bacopa to replace the ones missing at the welcome sign.

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

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“What you looking at?”

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"You are disturbing me."

“You are disturbing me.”

a bigger tray

a bigger tray

Some neighbours were visiting.

Some neighbours were visiting.

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Hen liked pets!!!

Hen liked pets!!!

The duck had feasted on slugs under the bench.

The duck had feasted on slugs under the bench.

Hen and duck brought joy.

Hen and duck brought joy.

Fred says they visit often.

Fred says they visit often.

The Planter Box

I acquired a second heuchera for Long Beach city hall.

Teresa's hanging baskets; she said they got hailed on yesterday.

Teresa’s hanging baskets; she said they got hailed on yesterday.

silver and white baskets

silver and white baskets

fuchsia, an award winner at RHS or Chelsea

fuchsia, an award winner at RHS or Chelsea

I still have not found time to browse the selection of healthy and happy roses.

I still have not found time to browse the selection of healthy and happy roses.

We headed up to Surfside for an hour of weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

Marilyn’s Garden

from the street

from the street

looking south

looking south

Scooter!

Scooter!

Scooter (Allan's photo)

Scooter (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Scooter keeping me company while I detail the path.

Scooter keeping me company while I detail the path.

looking north

looking north

view west from back porch

view west from back porch

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Garden Tour sneak peek

On the way south again, we stopped for half an hour at a friend’s home in Ocean Park.  Her tiny garden will be on this year’s Music in the Gardens tour. I needed some sneak peek photos for the tour’s Facebook page.

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a dreamy little cottage

I will be feeding some of these photos onto the page between now and tour day (July 16th).  Blog readers get an advance look today.

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

pink on pink

pink on pink

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This campanula will be done blooming by tour day. I recently bought one like it at The English Nursery in Seaview, and a cobalt blue version at The Planter Box.

This campanula will be done blooming by tour day. I recently bought one like it at The English Nursery in Seaview, and a cobalt blue version at The Planter Box.

The sneak peek trick is to get photo vignettes that don’t give away too much.  The following photos gives a lot away; Allan helped our friend Debbie trim some errant kiwi off the side of the cottage.

Ocean Park Debbie's cottage

Ocean Park Debbie’s cottage

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You may recall that we had dinner there last winter and watched a documentary about Dead Moon.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

A little over an hour of weeding and deadheading got the KBC gardens looking pretty near perfect, our goal for every week.

bird bath view

bird bath view

If only Geranium 'Ann Folkard' reseeded like the annoying blah pink one!

If only the gold and purple Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ reseeded like the annoying blah pink one!

daylilies, Asiatic lilies, Allium albopilosum

daylilies, Asiatic lilies, Allium albopilosum

elephant garlic

elephant garlic

pulmonaria under rhododendron

pulmonaria under rhododendron

rockwork by the pond

rockwork by the pond

south gate with rose New Dawn

south gate with rose New Dawn

Garden Tour Sneak Peek

The next sneak peek garden was conveniently located a few blocks south of Klipsan Beach Cottages.  And across the street from the Lost Garden, leading me to reflect that I was grateful to now have the free time to run pleasant errands.  However, the administration at our former job has not paid us for February, March, April or May despite submitting the earlier invoices twice…so I fear we are going to have to engage with them again eventually and I am not looking forward to that.

The particular garden at which I was going to sneakily peek is one that I greatly admired when it was on the tour several years ago.  My peek at it today was particularly sneaky as I just took some photos from the street.

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It's a garden featuring choice trees and shrubs.

It’s a garden featuring choice trees and shrubs…

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...lots of garden art...

…lots of garden art…

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and a collector's eye for plants.

and a collector’s eye for plants.

I look forward to seeing the hidden areas of this garden again on tour day.  It is one of my top ten favourites of the tour gardens over the past ten years.

The Anchorage Cottages

Back to work in north Long Beach, Allan did a weeding project and I did the general grooming of the gardens at The Anchorage Cottages.

Allan’s project: weeding alongside the sport court under the grape arbour for the first time this year (oops).

before

before

weeds creeping under

weeds creeping under

under the grapes, before

under the grapes, before

after

after

after

after

after

after

vigorous grapes, not pruned for ages

vigorous grapes, not pruned for ages

this many weeds!

this many weeds!

evening light on a north wall garden

evening light on a north wall garden

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office courtyard

office courtyard

Snails are making dahlias unsuccessful center plants for the two smaller pots...dang it.

Snails are making dahlias unsuccessful center plants for the two smaller pots…dang it.

center courtyard

center courtyard

Long Beach

out on the beach approach...poignant half mast flag

out by the beach approach…poignant half mast flag

This gull actually did have two legs.

This gull actually did have two legs….

and dozed off while I watched.

and dozed off while I watched.

We added another heuchera at City Hall....

We added another heuchera at City Hall….

I noticed this "weeping love grass" looked utterly decrepit.

which looked like this two days ago.

We added more white bacopa back in to the welcome sign garden, and I had a revelation…The area where the whole stretch of plants is missing is right where I saw a guy reclining with a rucksack next to the planter last week.  I thought it odd at the time that he would not have chosen a more private spot to nap.

welcome sign back, edged properly again

welcome sign back, edged properly again

welcome sign front

welcome sign front

The Depot Restaurant

We made the spontaneous decision to try to get in on the last burger night of the season at the Depot.  The sign on the door said “closed” but as it was before eight, we barged in anyway, and they were kind enough to serve us.

the very last burger of the last burger night before summer 2016!

the very last burgers of the last burger night before summer 2016!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Depot garden at dusk

Depot garden at dusk

home

at home: the cereus bud is getting fatter

at home: the cereus bud is getting fatter


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 73):

June 15:  I heard Walt’s chain saw again cutting wood in his yard, then he went over next door and cut more but didn’t feel like going over there.  I went out back and picked berries again (10 pkgs).

1998 (age 74):

June 15:  11:00 to 6:00  It took me until 3:00 to pick, rinse, hull, and slice strawberries.  I put 5 pkgs in the freezer.  After a short rest I went out again.  I moved the various bowls over the the cover of the wood box so I could move the tomatoes out of the greenhouse.  Now I’ll move out some seed trays to the greenhouse starting tomorrow?

 

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Ilwaco

We began by gathering bucket water at the boatyard for that one unwatered bed in Ilwaco, the one with the water turned off at an unoccupied building.

While pulling a few weeds, I met a lovely woman from Belgium and New Mexico who was photographing the garden and we had an enjoyable talk about the flowers.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

She loved the ceanothus and the Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'.

She loved the ceanothus and the Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’.

Vivian. I hope to hear from her. (Allan's photo)

Vivian. I hope to hear from her. If I do, I will mail her some poppy seeds.  (Allan’s photo)

boatyard garden

boatyard garden

Ceanothus and Flanders Field poppies

Ceanothus and Flanders Field poppies

bucket watering

bucket watering

nearby: We do not care for this particular curbside garden at all except for pulling a big dandelion now and then.

nearby: We do not care for this recently pruned curbside garden at all except for pulling a big dandelion now and then.

I pulled some yellowing poppies and we planted three different kinds of Rudbeckias at the post office.

I pulled some yellowing poppies and we planted three different kinds of Rudbeckias at the post office.

post office close up

post office close up

volunteer post office garden with poppy glory almost over

volunteer post office garden with poppy glory almost over

kitty hanging out by the post office

kitty hanging out by the post office

Red Barn Arena

We checked on the watering.  I was glad we did because some of the barrels are just not getting enough.

the sad sight of thirsty plants

the sad sight of thirsty plants

Allan watering

Allan watering the happier barrel that is sheltered from north wind

All I can do is leave reminders and encouragement….as we only visit here once a week.

Diane’s garden

Next door at Diane and Larry’s, we chatted with Diane who has retired and therefore will have time to keep her own garden well watered.

Also got to see my good friend Misty, whose getting some problems in the hind legs. Makes me sad.

Also got to see my good friend Misty, whose getting some problems in the hind legs. Makes me sad.

our audience

our audience

me and Diane

me and Diane

Basket Case Greenhouse

On a quest to get a Salvia ‘May Night’ to replace one that disappeared from Veterans Field, I found an Agastache ‘Mexican Giant’, which is pink enough (dark pink) to replace the one that was stolen from a Long Beach planter earlier this week.  So I won’t have to take the one that Melissa offered.

Allan told me to look happy, taking me by surprise!

Allan told me to look happy, taking me by surprise!

the perennials house

the perennials house

the annuals house

the annuals house

This plant is just not selling, except for the one I bought.

Azara integrifolia variegata

Azara integrifolia variegata

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I hate to see them languishing unbought, but I only needed one!

The Anchorage Cottages

By two o clock, we were at The Anchorage, with a sense of ease.  We had plenty of time to do three more jobs, even our most northern one.  A huge difference has been made by not having Golden Sands anymore.  That one and a half to two hours extra per week has made it possible to put all the “small” jobs on one day and translated into an extra day a week off.

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Mitzu runs to greet me. (Allan's photo)

Mitzu runs to greet me. (Allan’s photo)

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Buddleia already browning off. (We keep it well deadheaded.) I think it is 'Lochinch'.

Buddleia already browning off. We keep it well deadheaded. (Allan’s photo)

a small edging project, before...

a small edging project, before…

and after

and after

We now have time to do little projects like that instead of always rushing.  Life is better.

Callas needed deadheading.

Several clumps of callas needed deadheading, which means pulling out the whole stem. (Allan’s photo)

dead callas

dead callas (Allan’s photo)

Finally found a spot for a hamamelis that will be so glad to be out of a big pot.

Finally found a spot for a hamamelis that will be so glad to be out of a big pot.  (Allan’s photo)

climbing hydrangea and blue hydrangea

climbing hydrangea and blue hydrangea

Allan fertilized the pots.

Allan fertilized the pots…

and the windowboxes

and the windowboxes

center courtyard

center courtyard

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Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

The Planter Box

We had time to stop at The Planter Box just for our own amusement.  I wanted some pulp pots, and to see what new plants they might have.  Got a dark red astrantia and a dark blue campanula.  I like pulp pots: simple, natural looking, cheap, and they last for several years.

pulp pots

pulp pots

lots of cosmos left

lots of cosmos left

roses

roses

roses

roses

more roses

more roses

and a rose

and a rose

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Allan up-potted this handsome hamamelis.

Allan up-potted this handsome hamamelis.

I recently learned that Hamamelis do well in large pots.

I recently learned that Hamamelis do well in large pots. (Allan’s photo)

in the greenhouse

in the greenhouse

view from the greenhouse door

view from the greenhouse door

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Allan did a great job of pruning the yellowing leaves off the bottom of Thalictrum 'Elin' (right)

Allan did a great job of pruning the yellowing leaves off the bottom of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ (right)

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Asiatic lily

Asiatic lily

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Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Allium schubertii

Allium schubertii

birdbath view

birdbath view

driveway garden

driveway garden

Marilyn’s Garden

We had plenty of time to drive north to Marilyn’s garden, weed, and plant some rudbeckias, before our dinner engagement.

view from the driveway

view from the driveway

looking south

looking south

looking north

looking north

looking west from the back porch steps

looking west from the back porch steps

Todd had a brilliant solution when I said this was the last place where I still had big bronze fennel.  Just deadhead it!  I always have left the seedheads on, because they are so attractive in winter, and then had a veritable lawn of seedlings…which is why it is a class 2 noxious weed.  From now on, I will grow it here only for the luscious foliage and for the flowers before they go to seed.

allium assortment

allium assortment

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elephant garlic

elephant garlic

from the street just before we leave

from the street just before we leave

We got done in time to stop at Long Beach’s Veterans Field and plant that Salvia ‘May Night’ before meeting Dave and Melissa at…

The Depot Restaurant

We held our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang at the Depot’s burger night this week because of a busy Thursday schedule for Dave and Melissa.

the penultimate burger night of the season

the penultimate burger night of the season

with a starter of their award winning clam chowder

with a starter of their award winning clam chowder

Not another photo was taken as we all chowed down on our burgers.  By the end of dinner, Melissa had rearranged her schedule and we decided to meet again on Thursday night at the Cove because there is always more gardening to talk about.

my new plants from The Planter Box

my new plants from The Planter Box


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 8: 11:30-5:15 cloudy in AM and then sunny

Another good day.  I worked to 3:00 finishing weeding and cultivating the berry rows (that’s the job I started last Friday).  I transplanted some seedlings.  I moved trees around in the shop and raised the two end lights.  That helped.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

As our jobs get fewer, by our choice except for one, it has become possible to do a check up on almost all the small jobs in one day.  (By small, I mean that all of Ilwaco and all of Long Beach are the big jobs.)

a pink penstemon at the Ilwaco post office

a pink penstemon at the Ilwaco post office

applying Sluggo (Allan's photo)

applying Sluggo (Allan’s photo)

The Depot Restaurant

Because the Depot dining deck is open for the summer, I am pleased that the ornamental grasses are beginning to give it enclosure.

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Allan weeding

Allan weeding

I remembered to prune the escallonia so that the railway history sign shows.  The restaurant is in a former train depot for the Clamshell Railroad.

Uh oh, the escallonia (wanting to be eight feet tall or more) is up over the sign again.

Last night

today

today

The escallonia does serve a purpose: protecting the corner of the building from bad drivers.

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Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' backed with Lonicera 'Baggeson's Gold'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ backed with Lonicera ‘Baggeson’s Gold’

I got to pet two dogs, my friend Ella (Betty’s dog) and a cute little passerby dog named Jack.

The Red Barn Arena

The Red Barn boards horses and also PushMePullYous.

The Red Barn boards horses and also PushMePullYous.

our garden at the Red Barn

our garden at the Red Barn

Diane’s Garden

Next door at Diane and Larry’s, we did a lot of watering including the streetside garden.

from the driveway

from the driveway

along the road

along the road

Allium in Diane's garden (Allan's photo)

Allium in Diane’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Nepeta 'Walker's Low' (catmint)   (Allan's photo)

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (catmint) (Allan’s photo)

patio planters

patio planters

and more patio planters

and more patio planters

from the back gate:  We couldn't park in the field today.

from the back gate: We couldn’t park in the field today.

The Basket Case

Nancy, Shadow, and Fred (Allan's photo)

Nancy, Shadow, and Fred (Allan’s photo)

We had an errand next: to deliver the invoice from Basket Case to Long Beach. Of course, it cost me money because I could not resist buying some scented geraniums.

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Shadow gets a head-scritching from Allan.

Shadow gets a head-scritching from Allan.

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan accomplished some viburnum pruning, clipping carefully around an empty birdnest in case it might still be precious.

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

from behind the hedge (Allan's photo)

from behind the hedge (Allan’s photo)

maintenance path reclaimed (Allan's photo)

maintenance path reclaimed (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

arbour with New Dawn rose

arbour with New Dawn rose

center courtyard

center courtyard

office planters filling out nicely

office planters filling out nicely

Lower right: Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice', whose name makes my mouth water.

Lower right: Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’, whose name makes my mouth water.

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Don't know the name of this verbena that someone gave Beth.  Love it.

Don’t know the name of this verbena that someone gave Beth. Love it. (Allan’s photo)

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Allan did not quite capture the two dogs, a friend and Mitzu.

Allan did not at first quite capture the two dogs, a friend and Mitzu.

The little white dog was visiting while its people went camping; Beth said the dog did not like camping without a couch.

There they are! (Allan's photo)

There they are! (Allan’s photo)

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Next, the long drive north to Klipsan, past the garden we recently lost. It can’t be seen from the road and is bothering me much less now that its loss is leading to being able to do ALL the  “small” jobs in one day!

in the fenced garden with Thalictrum 'Elin' on right

in the fenced garden: Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with tall glaucous foliage 

Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’

birdbath view

birdbath view

outside the fence

outside the fence

I am thrilled that the KBC crew are doing weeding around the edges so that we have less to do here.  I was, however, slightly crabby that the rocks, which used to be flat and walkable, are now all up and pointy.

Apparently I feel a little shaky about the rocks being all upended.

Apparently I feel a little shaky about the rocks being all upended.  They used to be set evenly in the soil with the flat side up.

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Mary’s callistemon, a gift from her plantsman brother

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I once thought this rose was ‘Nearly Wild’, so I bought Nearly Wild and it is not as lovely as this one.

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Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave'

Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’

honeysuckle

honeysuckle

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peony, outside the deer fence; revelation that deer don't eat peonies?

peony, outside the deer fence; revelation that deer don’t eat peonies?

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the pond island bed

the pond island bed

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Marilyn’s Garden

We spent some time weeding and trimming on this garden that we now share every other week with Melissa and Dave.

view from the street

view from the street

from the driveway

from the driveway

looking north

looking north

from the back steps

from the back steps

south end now with a good shrub screen

south end now with a good shrub screen

from where we park

from where we park

Allan found and clipped some more Himalayan blackberries.

Allan found and clipped some more Himalayan blackberries.

and he cleaned up along the south wall...before

and he cleaned up along the south wall…before

and after

and after

Recently, Marilyn’s daughter has posted on Facebook some charming photos of our dear friend Scooter (and friend) in the garden.

photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe

skooter

photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe

photo by Nancy Gorshe

back to Ilwaco

We left Marilyn’s at six and I had every intention that we would weed out on the beach approach till eight.  A welcome rain put the end to the plan and we just drove home.

Something interesting is going on in a long vacant historic building at the Ilwaco stoplight intersection.

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at home: a welcome rain

at home: a welcome rain

By morning, all the rain barrels had filled again and we had a slight reprieve on our watering rounds, which called for a day off to go shopping and visit Pam’s Seaside gardens.

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 1: Noon to 5:00  Gray and comfortably cool to work   I spread two black tarps on the garden area.  I pulled some weeds from that area that look like cabbage but where did they come from?  I move around the tomato plants removing the dead ones and added more soil to each one.  Then I actually planted the old dahlias.  Now if I can remember to mark them (if they bloom).    I then weeded the area around the apple tree (which is loaded with apples). There were two snakes in that area.

 

 

 

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Friday, 27 May 2016

I sorely felt the need for this long weekend.

First thing, we headed to the Basket Case because a new Blooming shipment was in and there were a couple of plants on my wish list.

Geranium 'Amy Doncaster'

Geranium ‘Amy Doncaster’

I had acquired Geranium ‘Amy Doncaster’ some years ago after having heard Dan Hinkley speak about the emotional association of colour in the garden.  Black mondo grass reminded him of his beloved scotty dog who had died.  We all teared up over that.  I was especially affected when he described visiting the elderly Amy Doncaster herself in a nursing home and said that she had Alzheimer’s but could remember and discuss plants, and that the geranium named after her was as blue as her eyes.  It was the most moving gardening talk I have ever heard.

me and Amy

me and Amy

schmoozing with Fred...

schmoozing with Fred…

and Nancy

and Nancy

On the way home, we drove the loop around the port to check on the gardens and happily we saw no flower pickers or egregiously weedy spots.

boatyard garden

boatyard garden

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and boats parked on our street

and boats parked on our street

Just as I began to weed back at home, a woman going to an estate sale down the block peered over the fence and said admiring things about the garden.  I invited her in and we walked through.  She was lovely, from Snohomish, and of course I forgot her name immediately.

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I weeded, Allan string trimmed and mowed.  I was so distressed to find that the darn snails have, in the past four busy work days, chowed down on my special cosmos in the garden boat.  They chose ‘Seashells’ and ‘Double Click’, of course, the ones I can’t get more of.

dag nab it, stripped to just the stem

dag nab it, stripped to just the stem

frogs in the pond

Frogs in the water boxes were a comfort.

Later in the afternoon, Devery popped in the gate and we had a good natter on the patio.

She laughingly posed with the last wee drop of vodka that we provided for an afternoon lime drink.

our Devery

our Devery

I had some potting up to do so was able to visit and garden at the same time.  Devery said that at least she had gotten me to sit down.  As I planted some basil and lemongrass, she told me that they grow wild where she grew up: Saint Kitt’s Island.  Sounds like paradise.

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a good afternoon

a good afternoon

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I got every plant I had acquired in the morning planted and planned to get to my favourite gardening activity, weeding, tomorrow.

one of my new callas

one of my new callas

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back garden at 7 PM

back garden at 7 PM

I like agastaches in pots.

I like agastaches in pots.

Frosty's evening stroll

Frosty’s evening stroll

Diascia 'Blackthorn Apricot', my favourite

Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’, my favourite

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

in the back garden

in the back garden

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love this grass that seeded itself into a little hole

love this grass that seeded itself into a little hole

Lamprocapnos scandens

Lamprocapnos scandens

Meanwhile, up the street on School Hill, Ann Saari saw this from her window:

photo by Ann Saari; bear is heading to the high school.

photo by Ann Saari; bear is heading to the high school.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Because I like to show support for a business that is a joy to have at the port, I took our weekly bouquet down to Salt Hotel and Pub.

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I felt sympathy for the Saturday Market vendors as the wind was intense and they had been rained on earlier in the morning.

a low tide

a low tide

a sparse market

a sparse market

Quite a few vendors had packed it in because of the weather.  That must be disappointing for folks who came to shop on this big holiday weekend.  The vendors who make a living from markets are the ones more likely to brave any sort of weather.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; The rain makes our lives easier with less watering worries.

Jane of The English Nursery all bundled up.

Jane of The English Nursery all bundled up.

Jane said that not long before, she had been desperately trying to hold down her tent in the wind while a passerby helped her.

English Nursery

English Nursery

I bought a campanula from Jane because for some strange reason, I only have one kind (a trailing one) in my garden.

Mandolin Pete had friends today outside Don Nisbett's Art Gallery.

Mandolin Pete had friends today outside Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery.

This lad played well and we contributed to his fund.

This lad played well and we contributed to his fund.

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a happy dog (Allan's photo)

a happy dog (Allan’s photo)

a dampish day

a dampish day

Port Office garden

Port Office garden

Now I do wish I had planted some cosmos in here.

Now I do wish I had planted some cosmos in here.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We bought our treat from Pink Poppy Bakery…where we can count on Madeline or Jacob toughing it out in bad weather.

By the state of empty plates, Jacob had had a good day.

By the state of empty plates, Jacob had had a good day.

Allan bought a cutting board from this vendor.

Allan bought a cutting board from this vendor.

Scout in the doorway of Time Enough Books.

Scout in the doorway of Time Enough Books.

Walking past the Time Enough Books garden led to some weeding and trash pick-up.  The contents of a McDonalds bag had blown all around.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in the Time Enough curbside garden.

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in the Time Enough curbside garden. (Allan’s photo)

pulling some bulb foliage from the Time Enough garden boat.

pulling some bulb foliage from the Time Enough garden boat.

Back home again, I used the cold wind as an excellent excuse for finally settling down with volume four of the Cazalet Chronicle.

Smokey soon joined me in my reading chair.

Smokey soon joined me in my reading chair.

Not today.

at last

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Frosty preceded Smokey into the chair.

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Despite the rain, and by working partly in the garage, Allan got the top pieces nailed onto the new arbour.

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I read on—with an interruption to watch an episode of a new to us British detective show, Luther—till two AM and did not quite finish.  The next day I’d be torn between weeding and reading.

A fine use for the new cutting board. (Allan's photo)

A fine use for the new cutting board. (Allan’s photo)


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

gdiaries

from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

May 27:  Cool and rainy.  I started about 10:30 to plant seeds and quit at 9:00 with time out for dinner.  I have about 20 flats 3 deep in Floralight and on card table etc.

May 28:  12:30-5:00 beautiful day  I started bringing trays of begonias and seedlings out of the shop and then took trays from the house into the shop.  Then I sieved mushroom compost into the garden cart and sieved compost soil (mud) into wheelbarrow.  Then I dumped the bulbs and soil from the tubs, etc, and washed them out so I can plant begonias and other flowers in them.

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