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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

I had a little doctor’s appointment…X ray results to see if my wonky knee had caused lower back problems.  I am happy to report that my back is still perfectly aligned.

On our rounds of clinic and errands, we saw some holiday cheer.

at the Ilwaco post office

at the Ilwaco post office

at the Ocean Beach Medical Clinic

at the Ocean Beach Medical Clinic

at the Ocean Beach Medical Clinic

at the Ocean Beach Medical Clinic

I had a look in the lobby of the Ocean Beach Hospital (across the parking lot) at the Memory Tree.

Hospital Memory Tree

Hospital Memory Tree

If I had thought it through, I could have got an ornament from the gift shop to add my mother’s name.  That possibility did not occur to me till later.  I find the memory ornaments deeply touching.  Let us think about these people for a moment:

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On display were the wreaths to be auctioned for Friends of the Hospital.

a treat for the birds...what a great idea!

a treat for the birds…what a great idea!

At the Ilwaco Timberland Library, I picked up the 800+ page tome, Modernity Britain.  I expect it will be the center of my life for the next several days.

in the Ilwaco Timberland Library

in the Ilwaco Timberland Library

Allan suggested that we backtrack a few blocks to Black Lake to see the swans, who had recently arrived for their annual sojourn.  (Allan took the swan photos.)

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In the evening, Melissa and Dave joined us for a Salty Talk at Salt Pub.

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Salty Talks lecture: “There’s a buzz going around, let’s keep it that way!” with beekeeper Julie Tennis at the SALT Hotel and Pub. Learn the differences in bee species living in the Long Beach area and how human intervention can play an important role to help prosper the survival of these pollinators.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Young Flynn was innkeeping.  (Allan's photo)

Young Flynn was innkeeping. (Allan’s photo)

Salt Pub

Salt Pub

window seat

window seat

window reflection

window reflection

a delicious brussel sprouts dish

a delicious brussel sprouts dish

crab mac and cheese

crab mac and cheese

a crowded house

a crowded house

Introduction by a park ranger (Allan's photo)

Introduction by a park ranger (Allan’s photo)

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Julie Tennis interspersed bee facts between passages from this story:

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Julie Tennis at the podium

Julie Tennis at the podium

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Bee Mentor Julie Tennis (Allan's photo)

Bee Mentor Julie Tennis (Allan’s photo)

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After speaking eloquently of the pollinators, the flowers that are most helpful to them (0n the wild side, prunella (self heal), evening primrose, and salal), using alternatives to pesticides (because more insects lead to more birds!), her final slide had an important message…for more than just helping bees:

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We were offered free flower seeds:

We will sow these in the beach approach garden

We will sow these in the beach approach garden and the port gardens.

After the lecture, the four of us lingered till closing time for our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang.

For those of you who have enjoyed the excerpts from my mother’s diaries, please know that I will be publishing her December garden diary later this month.  I haven’t published daily excerpts because I am not writing here every day during our Winterval.

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Tuesday was intermittently rainy and became a day of blogging all about the Cannon Beach Cottage tour.  We sort of called the weather wrong and could have worked and yet it was satisfying to get the cottage tour posts all done in one day.  Allan was proud of the tasty dinner he made with tomatoes, apples, and peppers from the garden.

in the frying pan

in the frying pan

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015

The Anchorage Cottages

I felt inspired to start working our way down the fall projects list by pruning viburnums at The Anchorage.  I knew resort manager Beth did not like the viburnums being up over the gutters.  Also the more leaves it has, the more it stinks when it rains.  (Yes, this viburnum is a bit of a stinker.) It is unfortunate that they were planted so close to the cottages.  I also wanted to make it possible for the staff to get back there to wash windows and do building maintenance.  (The flowering quince in the corner is also due for a trim, but not today.)

If I had been a guest in the cottage behind the green wall, I’d have not wanted to lose the green privacy, so for that reason I felt bad about cutting it down.  Beth thinks that guests will appreciate having more light.

before

before


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I am obsessed with privacy and felt sad when the guest who IS staying in that room said, “I liked the privacy.”  Once you cut it, you can’t put it back.

There is a new Japanese maple there that will grow up and provide some privacy without being right next to the wall.

after

after


Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Fortunately, the guest’s darling corgi gave me a kiss, which I was told was unusual, and everything was better.

She gave me a smooch.

She gave me a smooch.

I had to choose between tree-like or shrub-like on that viburnum, and so much shrub-like growth had started from below that it was easier to cut it down than to keep clipping all the lower sprouts.  My idea is that it will come back like the hedged virburnum in the center courtyard and can be allowed to be about a third of the way up the window for privacy.

center courtyard

center courtyard


center courtyard hedge

center courtyard hedge; there is a path behind it for building maintenance


The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.

The center courtyard arbutus is stunning this week.


Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

Arbutus detail: Strawberry-like fruits will follow.

 

our load of debris (Allan's photo)

our load of debris (Allan’s photo)

Now we had a big trailer load of debris to dump so we drove up Sandridge Road to…

Peninsula Landscape Supply

…where I took some photos for their Facebook page while Allan offloaded the branches.

We live in the land of double wides, including living in one ourselves.  On the way, Allan photographed one arriving while we waited on the shoulder to let them pass.

on Pioneer Road

on Pioneer Road


Peninsula Landscape Supply

Peninsula Landscape Supply


offloaded debris (Allan's photo)

offloading debris (Allan’s photo)


The debris gets ground up into mulch.

The debris gets ground up into mulch.

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new planters that look like bark

new planters that look like bark


shell planter

shell planter


This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic...with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

This water feature basin looked like concrete but was lightweight plastic…with peeling paint so I wondered if I could afford it.

Not wanting to think about another project, I did not pursue my thought about the possible lower price of the peely water bowl.

Another customer had a cute old truck.

Another customer had a cute old ’54 truck.


He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

He was using it as a hauling truck despite its vintage, cute appearance.

Wiegardt Gallery

On the way to our next job, we swung by the Wiegardt Gallery just to have a peek at our old garden which is now in the fine care of Todd, artist Eric’s brother.  Who should be parked between us and the front garden but our good friend Bill Clearman, there to work on the carpentry of the front door.

That's our Bill!

That’s our Bill!


the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery

the familiar sign of the Wiegardt Gallery


Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did...

Todd has the north garden bed much better weeded than we did…

Marilyn’s Garden

Today was our week to go to Surside and attend to Marilyn’s garden.

view from the street

view from the street


colchicum by the driveway

colchicum by the driveway


the north end of the garden

the north end of the garden

The Miscanthus zebrinus below is all splayed out from wind, with a tidy little new tuft coming up in the middle.

Miscanthus zebrinus

Miscanthus zebrinus

We could get in there and trim the old growth off, and we just might…next time.  Although I kind of like the wild swirly wave-like look of it, I have forgotten what other good plants might be buried in there.

center" Solidago 'Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y.

center: Solidago ‘Fireworks. The whole garden is blown about and whirl-y by our big wind a couple of weeks ago.


view straight across from back porch with neighbours' garage hidden

view straight across from back porch with neighbours’ garage hidden


looking northwest from back porch

looking northwest from back porch


Bees were all over the Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'.

Bees were all over the Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’.


a big bumble bee

a big bumble bee

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looks furry and pettable...better not.

looks furry and pettable…better not.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan's photo)

Bella watched us from the deck. (Allan’s photo)

At KBC, I was inspired to do another fall clean up project.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny's bubbler.

Self-seeded ferns blocked the view of Denny’s bubbler.


I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.

I tackled this side and Allan came in from the other side.


after...We were out of time; next week we'll get the roots of those ferns out.

after…We were out of time; next week we’ll get the roots of those ferns out.


Mary's tree peony looking autumnal.

Mary’s tree peony is looking autumnal (the brown leaves behind the cosmos).

(I suddenly have an ominous feeling that I lost my start of that yellow tree peony in my own garden.  Must look for it!)

Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' as tall as the greenhouse.

Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ as tall as the greenhouse.


Schizostylis brightening up the garden.

Schizostylis brightening up the garden.


the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

the weekly view southwest across the birdbath

As we gardened at KBC, the sky got continually darker and I wondered if we would be able to complete our next job before considerable rain arrived.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

The rain did hold off while we did almost an hour of strimming the lawn and weeding and deadheading in the Golden Sands courtyard.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.

The lights glowed from the rooms and the residents were in the dining room having dinner.  (Southwest quadrant of the garden)


Southeast quadrant

Southeast quadrant


Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)

Northeast quadrant and dining room window (left)


northwest quadrant

northwest quadrant

As we drove home, the rain arrived with perfect timing.  After yesterday’s watering, this will hold all the Long Beach and Ilwaco planters well into next week.

A good rain fell overnight.

A good rain fell overnight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Garden Bloggers Fling, Portland

Floramagoria Part 3, “The Farm”

We’ve explored the front NW/Asian garden and the luscious tropical themed back garden; now let’s walk around the side of the house and look at what our host calls “our farm area”.  I’ll reprise a couple of photos for orientation.

The path beside the deck leads to a side garden.

Leaving the back yard: The path beside the deck leads to the side garden.

Allan's photo

To our right, we say goodbye to the pool boy.  (Allan’s photo)

little shed against the house

little shed against the house

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in the shed

in the shed

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

duck pond, Allan’s photo

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

shallow bee bath

shallow bee bath

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a bathing bee

a drinking bee

I learned while on the Bloggers Fling that bees like a shallow bowl of water.

bee hive

bee hive

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

back

looking back:  Allan's photo

looking back: Allan’s photo

 

a last look bacK:  Allan's photo

a last look back: Allan’s photo

And we go around the corner to the front garden:

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Next, we revisit one of my favourite gardens for our last soiree with the Bloggers Fling.

 

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We woke to pouring rain and I got the idea that it would be a great day to go to Costco and get some plants to complete a few areas…at Back Alley gardens in Gearhart.  But then the sun came out and we went to work after all.

We finished weeding the garden at the east end of Howerton:

at Howerton and Elizabeth

at Howerton and Elizabeth

And did a weeding job at the Red Barn Arena.

before and after at Red Barn

before and after at Red Barn

 a horsey view

a horsey view

By then I was still feeling the urge to go to Gearhart, partly because of a tiresome wind and partly just because I knew I would probably find some special plants there.  And we needed canned cat food in quantity; as Allan said, that was important to five members of the household (Frosty, Smokey, Mary, Maddy, and Calvin).  First, we would have to make sure Long Beach was reasonably ready for the weekend so we went to the Fifth Street Park and Allan weeded it while I walked and checked four and a half blocks of the tree and planter gardens.

Fifth Street park, NW corner

Fifth Street park, NW corner

planter detail

planter detail with Veronica (blue)

planter detail with Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

planter detail with Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

Cosmos and Bee

Cosmos and Bee

Bees buzzed about in many of the planters.

across from Home at the Beach

across from Home at the Beach

It was rather stressful getting far enough along by 3 PM to have time to get to Back Alley Gardens (across the river and down the coast a bit) before they close at five.  We both hustled.  I did not do the four northernmost planters but did get to all the others and got the Veterans Field garden weeded and deadheaded as well.  We had a brief turnaround time at home to make room in the car and drop off the trailer and then we were on the road.

I had called ahead to Back Alley and learned that they mostly had annuals at this time, with one new shipment of perennials having arrived today and more expected tomorrow.  Tomorrow and Saturday would not do for our shopping trip because of work.  By Sunday the weather was predicted to be good and I knew I would want to be in my own garden IF we could get the day off.  So it had to be today, and I was sure I would find something worthwhile.

Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Back Alley Gardens and The Natural Nook

Sure enough, right inside the display area entrance, I found two plants I wanted, a Salvia and an Agastache.

some of the plant tables

some of the plant tables

on the Back Alley deck

on the Back Alley deck

Agastache and Salvia

Agastache and Salvia

At Back Alley

At Back Alley

I hope we can find time to go back in a couple of weeks when the nursery has acquired, as they plan to, more cool perennials.

I did find a little over a square flat of interesting plants, including Hebe ‘Quicksilver’, and had a good gardening business talk with one of the owners.

Hebe 'Quicksilver'

Hebe ‘Quicksilver’

The Natural Nook side of the business has home decor and a florist shop.

The Natural Nook florist car

The Natural Nook florist car

and a welcome sign for dogs

and a welcome sign for dogs

Allan wanted a fern for his garden and, failing to find one at Back Alley that he did not already have, proposed we go south past Seaside to 7 Dees.  I thought it might be an excursion doomed to failure as they might close at five.  Their website assured me they stayed open till six (at least the Portland store does!), so we went south.  And indeed when we got there, it turned out they are now open till seven PM.

7 Dees garden center

7 Dees garden center

The plant selection was much better than it had been on my visits there last year. I still miss the olden days when it was Raintree Nursery and had, I feel, more unusual plants and a more personal feel.  It is where I first discovered my favourite perennial, Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, which I bought because it had a sign saying it was the favourite of one of the staffers…back in the Raintree days.

The access through the nursery is better now, with level paths and only a few stairs, and they have changed it around somewhat over the winter and added some appealing decor.

at 7 Dees

at 7 Dees, Allan looks at ferns

gazebo and baskets

gazebo and baskets

planted chair

planted chair

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rustic door with view of lower level

rustic door with view of lower level

shop cat

shop cat

dinnertime

dinnertime

plummy pots

plummy pots

Gunnera leaf cascade fountain

Gunnera leaf cascade fountain; I like this!

I bought a blue and gold Tradescantia for myself, having fallen in love with it years ago in Lucy Hardiman’s garden, even though every time I have tried one the slugs have gotten it.

gold Tradescantia...maybe this time...

gold Tradescantia…maybe this time…

I can’t resist brown leaves.

had to have it

had to have it

I think I already have this so resisted.

I think I already have this so resisted.

tried and failed to talk Allan into this for his shade garden

tried and failed to talk Allan into this for his shade garden

It was only on the drive home that I found out Allan had resisted the above Saxifrage…or I probably would have bought it.

pulsatilla seedheads

pulsatilla seedheads

We headed home via two tedious grocery shopping stops at Costco and Fred Meyer.  I will not admit the chain that we stopped at to get two reasonably priced Heucheras.  (Hint:  The plants there were DRY.  Caveat:  It was not a Walmart, whose door I will NEVER darken.  Excuse: Even my most liberal friends Tom and Judy shop for plants there despite the conservative reputation of the chain.  Reason:  Heuchs were much much less expensive than at 7 Dees and I spend sooo much on plants…)

At home, we now are back in the world of unplanted plants.  They all got a deep burbling in one of the rain barrels, and the chain store plants (ok, Home Depot) were especially thirsty.

in the car to go with us to a friend's garden tomorrow

in the car to go with us tomorrow

on a shelf waiting to be squeezed in here

on a shelf waiting to be squeezed in here

to fill in Gene and Peggy's garden

to fill in Gene and Peggy’s garden

and those artichokes for Leanne...they were being eaten by a slug!

Allan’s fern and those artichokes for Leanne…they were being eaten by a slug!

I hope by Monday evening to be back to an everything-planted state, except for the artichokes.

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garden three

The third stop on the tour pleased us with its interpretive signs.

garden history

a classic bungalow

Down at the end of one of the parking strip gardens of the corner lot, I could see other tourists reading something.  It turned out to be a poetry pole.

poetry pole

poetry protected from weather

Euphorbias spilled over the wall as garden tourists walked back from reading the poem.

While the note at the top of this page apologized for having an area “stuffed with the ordinary”, I thought this parking strip garden looked wonderful with its run of cheerful daylilies.

parking strip

a grand entrance

The gardener kept bees, gentle ones….and we did get very close to the hive with no harm.

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espaliered tree

a place to sit near water

As well as friendly and kind bees, the gardener kept chickens.  (If I had more free time, I would love to have chickens.  Oddly, Ilwaco does not allow chickens.  I don’t have time to petition the city council to change this, but I think someone should.)

chicken story

chickens

to the right: chickens...almost straight ahead, the garage...The bees are behind the woman, left.

garage story

beside the garage

Walking through the path between garage and house and next to the bees, we emerged on the sunny vegetable garden.

structured vegetable garden

On a sunny end of one of the parking strips, metal grid protected some plants.  Behind, you can see the view over a river.

parking strip

As we departed we noticed the next door neighbour had some good garden beds and wondered if their garden would expand and perhaps someday be on tour.

neighbouring garden

On the parking strip

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