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Monday, 14 September 2015

Long Beach

Today we went round all the planters fluffing them up after they were so sat upon by Rod Run spectators.  Even though a big rain was predicted, we watered them as well.  That way they will be well soaked enough to not need watering again till next week.  (And there is always the hope at this time of year that the necessity of the watering of planters will end soon.)

We both found lots of beer cans tucked in among the foliage.

We both found lots of beer cans tucked in among the foliage.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan found a remnant of a different kind of drink.

Allan found a remnant of a different kind of drink.

Allan's photo: The ashtray is right there, but the planter is the preferred receptacle.

Allan’s photo: The ashtray is right there, but the planter is the preferred receptacle.

A vestige of Rod Run at The Wooden Horse gift shop.

A vestige of Rod Run at The Wooden Horse gift shop.

Allan's photo: It is officially post-tourist season!

Allan’s photo: It is officially post-tourist season!

I was pleased that some plants had survived unscathed.

I was pleased that some plants had survived unscathed.

Others did not fare well.

Others did not fare well.  (Note the sideways cosmos.)

Geranium 'Rozanne' got sat upon on the side facing the cars.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ got sat upon on the side facing the cars.

same planter on the side not facing oncoming traffic

same planter on the side not facing oncoming traffic

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo, before tidying

Allan’s photos, before tidying

and after, all fluffed up

and after, all fluffed up

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo (This planter used to have trailing plants on the edge)

One dangly section escaped the sitters on this one.

One dangly section escaped the sitters on this one.

Almost every planter needed extensive trimming and fluffing.

Almost every planter needed extensive trimming and fluffing.

I do wish the sitters did not scooch their butts so far back.

I do wish the sitters did not scooch their butts so far back.

some snails trying to escape as I carried them to a new home

some snails trying to escape as I carried them to a new home (a weedy wild area far from planters)

This planter held up well.

This planter held up well.

The lambs ears by NIVA green came through beautifully.

The lambs ears by NIVA green came through beautifully.

at NIVA green: I wish I had a planter-shaped cage for each planter during Rod Run.

at NIVA green: I wish I had a planter-shaped cage for each planter during Rod Run.

inside NIVA green: some cute new dog ornaments

inside NIVA green: some cute new dog ornaments

NIVA: a shop stuffed full of wonders.

NIVA: a shop stuffed full of wonders.

I should have bought this bird for our Halloween decor (and will if it is still there next week).

I should have bought this bird for our Halloween decor (and will if it is still there next week).  (It wasn’t!!)

I found some very big smashing in my favourite planter by Dennis Co.

I found some very big smashing in my favourite planter by Dennis Co.

All fluffed...could have been much worse.

All fluffed…could have been much worse.

Back when Rod Run had an official car parade through town, and was on Labor Day weekend, the planters were thoroughly destroyed and turned to blackened mush by people standing in them.  Now the event is the weekend after Labor Day and the official parade is only at the north end of the Peninsula.  Even though onlookers gather in Long Beach and party into Saturday evening, and the car owners drive their vehicles round and round the town, the damage to our plants is not as extensive as in the past.

This lovely daphne has been blooming all summer.

This lovely daphne has been blooming all summer.

Much to my surprise, we got done in Long Beach in time to attend to the gardens at The Red Barn and Diane’s home next door.

The Red Barn

Red Barn garden

Red Barn garden got a good weeding.

Diane’s garden

I sent Diane this photo of the back porch container garden to remind her to smell the chocolate cosmos (right)

I sent Diane this photo of the back porch container garden to remind her to smell the chocolate cosmos (right)

Diane and Larry's roadside garden

Diane and Larry’s roadside garden

the other end of the roadside garden

the other end of the roadside garden

cosmos

cosmos

This pink heather was the inspiration to make this roadside garden; Diane fell in love with it when she saw it at The Planter Box.

the heather in question

the heather in question

I did not want to plant a whole border with one plant that would have a short season of bloom, so other complementary plants got included.

heather with Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

heather with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Ilwaco 

We had a little bit of time left before a dinner engagement and we used it to water and groom the Ilwaco planters.  Because of expected rain, we did not have to water the street trees so we chose to bucket water the planters.  That goes much faster than using the water trailer.  While Allan filled the buckets at the boatyard, I walked ahead and did some light grooming of the boatyard garden.

some new boats

some new boats

Janice R is getting a paint job.

Janice R is getting a paint job.

Allan's photo: bucket watering

Allan’s photo: bucket watering

sweet peas on the chainlink fence

sweet peas on the chainlink fence

sweet peas and cosmos

sweet peas and cosmos

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’ almost to the top of the fence (planted where a faucet dribbles sometimes)

Blue flowers by Azure Salon

Blue flowers by Azure Salon

Azure has planted two handsome containers by their door.

Azure folks have planted two handsome containers by their door.

Allan's photo: planter grooming

Allan’s photo: planter grooming

Allan's photo: Spruce Street by Queen La De Da's

Allan’s photo: Spruce Street by Queen La De Da’s

They probably are finding it difficult to find the Ilwaco Market.

Allan’s photo.  To the right: Note how the Ilwaco Market has made a sideways sign after their big sign was blocked by the sign for a new café (which is now “closed for the season”!)

We just had time to drop off the work trailer at home.

new Fremontodendron by the garage

new Fremontodendron by the garage

a quick glance into the back garden

a quick excursion into the back garden (with my oddly shaped Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’)

sweet pea by the patio

sweet pea by the patio

I'm loving Sedum 'Strawberries and Cream'

I’m loving Sedum ‘Strawberries and Cream’

Smokey was hoping we were home for the evening.

Smokey was hoping we were home for the evening.  But no.

The Depot Restaurant

Our Kathleen was down for a week at her cottage.  We sure do wish she could move here full time; her job up north offers a pension, so she has to stick it out for a few more years.  To celebrate her vacation and her upcoming birthday, we took her to dinner and were joined by Dave and Melissa.

Allan's photo: The gardeners are more slumped than the gal who is on vacation!

Allan’s photo: The gardeners are more slumped than the gal who is on vacation!

the view from our table

the view from our table

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

artichoke fritos appetizer (after we had dived in)

artichoke fritos appetizer (after we had dived in): “Fried Artichoke Flowerets served with traditional Spanish Almond Romesco Sauce and Olive Mix”

Allan's photo of Kathleen's "Peruvian Mango Sea Scallops: Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions"

Allan’s photo of Kathleen’s “Peruvian Mango Sea Scallops: Three giant pan seared wild Atlantic Sea Scallops on a spicy Mango Salsa topped with Pickled Red Onions”

Allan's photo of his Parmesan Chicken: Crispy Parmesan Crusted boneless naturally raised Chicken Breast on Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes topped with house Pomodoro Sauce

Allan’s photo of his “Parmesan Chicken: Crispy Parmesan Crusted boneless naturally raised Chicken Breast on Yukon Gold Smashed Potatoes topped with house Pomodoro Sauce”

Steak Killian

Steak Killian

for Melissa: "Kowloon Duck: Pan roasted Duck Breast simmered in Orange Supremes and Brandy Glaze Sliced and presented on Charred Pineapple Sticky Rice"

for Melissa: “Kowloon Duck: Pan roasted Duck Breast simmered in Orange Supremes and Brandy Glaze Sliced and presented on Charred Pineapple Sticky Rice”

vanilla bean flan

vanilla bean flan

The food and socializing were superb.  Later: Our Kathleen reminds me that she had the duck and Melissa had the scallops. The memory is clear to me now. 

Speaking of restaurants, I just finished my last book by Jon Ronson; he will have to write more!

Them

Among many scintillating true stories, he tells of a conservative politician named Rupert Allasan who did not tip well.   The tale is a bit blurry here, but well worth a read.

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