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Tuesday, 5 March 2019

I persist in using my phone for photos instead of my crisper new (used) camera. This must change, soon. It all has to do with the lazy desire to blog from my comfy chair rather than my computer desk.

Before work:

I asked Allan to take some photos of his black hellebore. He took all of these in his garden:

We began the workday with our first call of the year to

The Red Barn.

I was pleased to see Cosmo the barn cat…

…and Junior the dog.

Next door at..

Diane’s garden

….we trimmed perennials in the garden beds and the raised box garden.

My good friend Misty woofed a greeting, and got a belly rub.

The raised septic bed:

Allan’s photo

Allan trimmed the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and more in the roadside garden:

Long Beach

We polished off two little jobs by trimming the Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ in Veterans Field…

Allan’s photo

…and then, in the big pop put, trimming lavender and the regrettably vigorous rugosa roses and some of the so-called dwarf pampas grass (now on the noxious weed list).

At home, the work list is getting streamlined. With rain mixed with…snow!…predicted, we may have a few days off, not least because my friend of 40 years is coming to the peninsula for three nights.

Work board tonight

I will be taking a break from working and blogging while she is here.

In garden show news, I discovered that a website called Tubi has the entire series of Glorious Gardens from Above AND that the DailyMotion website has a wealth of Love Your Garden shows that I haven’t seen. I’m thrilled to have more Love Your Garden to watch. So far, Love Your Garden has played without ads, but an episode of Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens had an ad every three minutes. It’s fair for a site to support itself with ads…but every three minutes makes my head spin.

Soon it will be daylight saving time, time to put my all-consuming British garden show addiction aside for gardening season. I have been greatly moved and inspired and given new energy by my hours of watching. I’m sure I will still be watching some (especially if BritBox has the new Gardeners’ World). But it is almost time to leave the comfy chair for the long days of spring and summer.

Yesterday evening, one of the glorious gardens that Christine Walkden took me to was Powis Castle, of great interest because of course I grow lots of Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’.

My year of plans for my garden are much smaller but are quite exciting to me.

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

I was so glad to be done with the rounds of big spring clean ups and back to regular maintenance that we got kind of a late start on work; the pressure was off, and we skived off a bit on the way.  First, we dropped some tax forms off at the Port Office and admired the garden on the south side of the building.

Port office garden

Port office garden

Note the cute dog at the end.

Note the cute dog at the end.

The transit bus parked outside had murals showing some of what our town has to offer.

bus

bus2

Speaking of Discover Ilwaco, we had noticed quite a few new boats in the boatyard on the way, so we headed back there just to take some photos for the Facebook page.

Ilwaco boatyard

maui

Maui just arriving

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Laura Marie

Steel Breeze

Steel Breeze

Fear Naught and Island Star

Fear Naught and Island Star

Allan's photo of me taking photos

Allan’s photo of me taking photos

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

You can see photos from a couple of years back on Our Ilwaco blog (which has pretty much been superseded by this one, at least until I retire) here (its beauty) and here (working on boats) and here  (how the Travelift works) and here (boat names).  A lot of boats have Marie as a middle name.

Basket Case Greenhouse

We followed a truck with two dogs along Sandridge Way toward The Basket Case Greenhouse.

a matched set

a matched set

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Our mission at The Basket Case: to acquire some violas to make the Anchorage Cottage planters look perkier for the owners’ meeting this weekend.  (We got some for Ilwaco and Long Beach, too.)

violas

first open day of the season at our favourite local nursery

I like violas with small flowers better than the ruffly pansies.

I like violas with small flowers better than the ruffly pansies.

two staff members

two staff members

inspecting the plant boxes for sturdiness

inspecting the plant boxes for sturdiness

Tomorrow (March 6th) we will return to get some photos for the Basket Case page of the first shipment of plants that will considerably increase the plant variety on offer.

The Anchorage Cottages

We finally arrived at our first job!  Yesterday, we had encountered manager Beth at the coffee drivethrough and she had asked if we could come this week to fluff up the gardens for the owners’ metting.  Fortuitously, we had planned to be here on this very day.  The Anchorage was our first stop on spring clean up work rounds and therefore became our first stop on our maintenance rounds.

Allan went to work on the south end gardens and courtyard.  Left, a shade garden on the north wall of two of the cottages.

Allan went to work on the south end gardens and courtyard. Left, a shade garden on the north wall of two of the cottages.

Beth herself had done a great job of removing an annoying glut of Lady's Mantle out of the circle courtyard.

Beth herself had done a great job of removing an annoying glut of Lady’s Mantle out of the circle courtyard.  Allan weeded the rest of it.

We brought three bales of Gardner and Bloome for fluffing.  (Used to be called Soil Building Compost.)

We brought three bales of Gardner and Bloome for fluffing.

Soil Building Conditioner used to be called Soil Building Compost.  How odd of them to change the name to Conditioner and to make Gardner and Bloome small print with “G&B” in big letters!

before, Allan's photo

before, Allan’s photo

after, Allan's photo

after, Allan’s photo

I planted violas and then weeded all around.

The bed on the east wall near the office does not look like much yet.

The bed on the east wall near the office does not look like much yet.

anch

Here it was last summer….

anch

with a lily that perfectly matched the sign

our viola haul

our viola haul

My favourites have faces with whiskers.

My favourites have faces with whiskers.

viola

viola

viola

I burbled them in water buckets till they stopped producing air bubbles...

I burbled them in water buckets till they stopped producing air bubbles…

and planted two in each of the four window boxes

and planted two in each of the four window boxes

along with Narcissi and Tulip sylvestris in bloom.

along with Narcissi and Tulip sylvestris in bloom.

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circle courtyard after Allan was done

circle courtyard after Allan was done

hellebore in the shade bed

hellebores in the shade bed

pulmonaria (spotted dog)

pulmonaria (spotted dog)

Center courtyard all weeded again

Center courtyard all weeded again.  (It has way too many scilla from olden days; used to have way too many calla lilies but I seem to have prevailed over them, at least.)

Anchorage center courtyard

Anchorage center courtyard in summer 2014

A couple of tulips have returned in the garden bed.  I'm surprised the visiting deer have not eaten them.

A couple of tulips have returned in the garden bed. I’m surprised the visiting deer have not eaten them.

'Sailboat' Narcissi in the center courtyard

‘Sailboat’ Narcissi in the center courtyard

The office window

The office window

with Hyacinth

with Hyacinth and golden variegated vinca

Beth had recently purchased this lemon cypress from Dennis Co in Long Beach...quite a find!

Beth had recently purchased this lemon cypress (now in center of pot) from Dennis Co in Long Beach…quite a find!

against the chimney in the office courtyard

against the chimney in the office courtyard

Gavota tulip looks great with brick.  This one returned from a planting about three years old.

Gavota tulip looks great with brick. This one returned from a planting about three years old.

Maroon and Yellow Tulip 'Gavota' goes well with brick.

from 2013:  Maroon and Yellow Tulip ‘Gavota’ goes well with brick.

Long Beach

After the Anchorage, we went to Dennis Co where I hoped to find some lemon cypress for myself…but they were all gone.  We at least got a couple of big garbage cans for catching downspout rain water at home.

tree garden in front of Dennis Co

tree garden in front of Dennis Co

Allan drove to the “Big Pop Out” to cut down a pampas grass while I walked two blocks worth of planters, checking for deadheads and small weeds.

planter just north of Dennis Co

planter just north of Dennis Co

This planter by Dennis Co is the one I keep meaning to dig out as it has too much vinca.  This is the only time of year it looks good.

This planter by Dennis Co is the one I keep meaning to dig out as it has too much vinca. This is the only time of year it looks good.

Tulip sylvestris

Tulip sylvestris

I thought this Sedum 'Autumn Joy' was so old it would need replacing; now look how happy it appears.

I thought this Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ was so old it would need replacing; now look how happy it appears.

Just north of the Heron Pond, I stopped into NIVA green to take some photos for proprietor and artist Heather Ramsay’s Facebook page, making the third page for which I’d gleaned photos today.

inside NIVA

inside NIVA

the very cool birch trunk shower curtain in stock again!

the very cool birch trunk shower curtain in stock again!

an old rake turned into a thing holder

an old rake turned into a thing holder

After that interlude, I joined Allan at the Big Pop Out, just south of Boo Boo’s Putt Putt Golf on Ocean Beach Boulevard.  While mini-golfers shouted with glee, Allan chopped away at a “dwarf” pampas grass.

hard at work

hard at work

Meanwhile, Susie from Boreas called and asked us to join her and Bill for dinner at the Cove.  Even though we had planned to not dine there till dusk, we left the weeding partly undone to meet them at 5:30, because life is short.

before, Allan's photo

before, Allan’s photo

before, Allan's photo

before, Allan’s photo, with damnable rugosa roses

after today, but not really after, as we must return tomorrow

after today, but not really after, as we must return tomorrow (Allan’s photo)

as we left it (Allan's photo)

as we left it (Allan’s photo)

We dumped debris at the City Works yard as quickly as we could and hurried to the restaurant at the Long Beach Golf Course, arriving only ten minutes late.

The Cove Restaurant…

where “Fish Taco Thursday” is a tradition of ours.

in the foyer, tulips in a vase, bulbs and all

in the foyer, tulips in a vase, bulbs and all

menu1

menu

The menu reflects plans to open a “noodle Wednesday” dinner evening starting at the end of March.

menu perusal and discussion (Allan's photo)

menu perusal and discussion (Allan’s photo)

Chef jason Lancaster and Boreas Bill discuss the menu.

Chef jason Lancaster and Boreas Bill discuss the menu.

Bill looks appreciative as golfer stroll by outside.

Bill looks appreciative as golfer stroll by outside.

spicy chicken wing appetizer for the table (two each)

spicy chicken wing appetizer for the table (two each)

Bill's Mayan Puerco Conchinita

Bill’s Mayan Puerco Conchinita

Susie's noodle bowl

Susie’s noodle bowl

Allan and I had ahi tuna

Allan and I had ahi tuna

and I fulfilled my craving for prawns solo

and I fulfilled my craving for prawns solo

We all had Sondra's apple cake for dessert...

We all had Sondra’s apple cake for dessert…

Next, our maintenance rounds continue in Long Beach and at Andersen’s RV Park.

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