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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter brunch at Salt pub was not on our schedule. We have too much work to do after too few nice days. I was pleased to see our flower bouquet in their announcement.

We figured that a clam tide in the late morning would have the beach approach very crowded, so it was a good day to begin with a bit of shopping at The Basket Case.

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Oops, they open at noon on Sundays and we got there at 11:20.  Three other vehicles arrived at the same time so Darrell and Roxanne put the open sign out!

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Beautiful new sign

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garden art

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Darrell putting out a pelican

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Gardener Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and Jackson

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the annuals house

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meeting shop dog Buddy

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the perennials house

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and so it begins

We won’t buy annuals till around Mother’s Day, but perennials and tender perennials are good to go now.

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diascias, erysimum, agastache, nicotiana

Long Beach

On the way to the beach approach, we checked out Veterans Field for signs of an easter egg hunt.

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All ready!

 

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Allan’s photo

 

The hunt would begin in an hour.  We did not take time to wait and see it.

Then back to the beach approach, where we began with the last of the somewhat open of the 13 sections.  All the remaining sections after this are rugosa rose thickets.

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Allan attacks the roses with a pick to get them pushed back from the edge.

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today’s section, before

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today’s section, before, looking east

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Cat stopped for a chat.

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picking some crocus bulbs out of a weed clump

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after

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an old dog and a puppy (Allan’s photo)

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awwww

With the section done, and the time being not quite four o clock, I had the bright idea that we could do just one more section, the 45 foot long one (instead of the usual 55 footers) that we had skipped when it had had a big puddle on the street side.

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before

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two hours and forty five minutes later

Even though we finished it, I was sorry we had started it because I was so very tired and sore by the end.

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before

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after

Allan does the hardest part, swinging the pick to remove rose canes and wheelbarrowing the heavy barrow of weeds off to the long grass.  While I used to just lazily dump right at the far edge of the lawn, he insists on humping the loads up and over the little hill so the piles of weeds don’t show.

As we drove away, we saw yet one more banner had been stolen…probably on the same night as the three missing banners that I noticed yesterday.

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further west than the other three

We were too tired to dump the rose debris at city works so we just took it home.  Then the plants from Basket Case needed to be unloaded and watered and that is when I learned that Allan had since yesterday been feeling tired to the point of being queasy.

At age 64 and 62, are we pushing ourselves too hard? But the work needs to be done (and trust me, over the years I’ve tried finding helpers, and no one works in the way that we do except for folks who have set up their own successful gardening businesses).

While weeding that last section today, I had contemplated how I will find it hard to retire from our public gardening jobs (Long Beach and Ilwaco) unless I knew that someone who cared as much as we do would be taking over.  Someone who is bothered by every weedy spot and every deadhead.  When I give up a private garden, its condition doesn’t bother me because I don’t have to see it again.

What to do?

The short term solution is that rain and 30 mph wind is due tomorrow, and we will take the day off whether or not that forecast comes true.

An even shorter term solution is that Allan took an hour long nap and felt much better.

We will make our next work day something easier than the remaining sections of the beach approach garden (a project that will take us at least three more days, possibly four or five).

Erasing the work board to show that we are over halfway through the approach garden was not as satisfying when I realized I had been pushing both of us too hard.

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work board tonight

Some check-ups on jobs, involving deadheading and tidying, would be easier than anything that is on that work board right now.

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Saturday, 15 April 2017

We planned to return to the beach approach, but first we took Jaime to Time Enough Books.

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Allan and Jaime


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With Karla.  Jaime wants to explore some new ways of thinking so she bought some educational books.

Yesterday’s town hall bouquet went to a new home at Salt Hotel.

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Julez was pleased.

He told me a story the other night, when we left after the Salty Talk, that has been a comfort to me.  From the Salt Pub, I have to go down the stairs backwards because of my knee and balance problems.  Julez told me about a mountain climber who had “blown out his knees” climbing so whenever descending a mountain slope, the climber had to go down backwards.  That story made me feel less old and decrepit.

Long Beach

We weeded the Veterans Field gardens first, in preparation for an easter egg hunt that will happen there tomorrow.

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vet field corner garden


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our version of red, white and blue


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Allan’s photo


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Allan’s photo

Then the continued weeding of the beach approach took the rest of the day.

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Lots of passersby on this nice weather Saturday.


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I got to meet some nice dogs.

Allan started with the end cap by the driveway to the restroom parking lot.

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before


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after thinning and weeding


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Our big section today, looking west, before

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after


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sidewalk tile by Renee O’Connor


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planting poppy seeds

We ended by finishing up a section we had not completed the day before (due to jumping ahead to clear some traffic sightlines).

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weeding a challenging thicket of roses

It was not until Allan found a round metal object in the garden that we looked up and realized that three of the prettiest Long Beach banners had been stolen overnight.  I checked, and yesterday’s photos show the banners.

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yesterday

Today…nothing on three posts, and on one the expensive brackets are missing (bottom) and bent (top).

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today

I picture some yobbos standing in the bed of a pick up truck in the dark, stealing banners but not quite able to reach so the brackets got bent and broken.

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missing banner with brackets intact (Allan’s photo)


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no banner to enjoy (Allan’s photo); The little round piece is what he found in the garden.


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Allan’s photo

It is irksome and will make for extra work for the city crew.  (It also demonstrates why placing security cameras on the lamp posts would likely end up with the cameras stolen.)

When we dumped our debris at city works, we loaded eight buckets of soil and mulched the flag pavilion bed at Vet Field.

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all fluffed up

We were both very tired.  (Allan was even tireder than he let me know till the end of the next day.)  The work board shows 7 beach approach sections of 13 still to go.  Tomorrow we hope to reach the halfway point.

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Friday, 14 April 2017

I woke early to sunshine and a sense of urgency about picking flowers and going to work, then heard pounding rain and rested awhile longer.  At the usual time, I got up and then went out to gather a bouquet.

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Skooter on the front steps (Allan’s photo)

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Skooter helping

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I did not pick from here…

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and I did not pick from here…

I picked a few narcissi from the outer beds and then went for a big batch of yellow and red tulips that were in a rather hidden spot…

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I wouldn’t miss these so much!

Another pouring rain drove me to take shelter in the greenhouse.  I did nothing productive like tidying up, just stared at the weather in disgruntlement.

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rainy greenhouse view

I thought that I had better take both my raincoats to work in case intermittent soaking rains happened all day long.

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Frosty and Calvin as the sun emerges again

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a very special gold leafed Eryngium (Allan’s photo)

At the Ilwaco post office:

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I love the white tiny cupped narcissus, and lots of lily foliage

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I planted this little white star and now I did not know what it is.  Looked it up: Ipheion or Triteleia uniflorum.

We delivered our flowers to the Chautaqua Lodge meeting room in north Long Beach, feeling a bit guilty that the setting up of all the chairs had been too early in the morning for us night owls.  Below is artist Michele with the cut-out of our congresswoman, Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler, who had been invited to tonight’s town hall but had instead decided to do a telephone town hall the night before (during which, I heard later, she only took ten questions from constituents).

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Jaime will be at our town hall one way or another.

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our bouquet for the town hall….our only contribution to making it all happen.

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Long Beach

We settled in to the beach approach weeding.  As soon as rain began, I realized I had completely forgotten my rain coats!  I took shelter in the van for a bit.  Fortunately, the rain stopped.  A strong and cold and miserable wind intermittently annoyed me.

Because of puddles next to two of the 13 beach approach sections, we are weeding all out of order, depriving me of the pleasure of seeing the end of the garden get closer bit by bit each day.  The project is all cattywampus this year.

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looking west

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looking east; we started on a sort of middle section today

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Allan used the pick to remove as many roses as possible from right on the edges.

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It is always cheering to get to pet a dog.

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progress

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one section done

 

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another angle of admiration

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We skipped this section; the hardest of all because of rushes interspersed with everything.  We need to start it fresh some day instead of when we are tired.

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Allan has to detour around puddles to dump the wheelbarrow.

We can dump weeds in the tall grass but the rugosa rose roots go to the city dump.

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yellow hoop petticoat narcissi replanted  by the long grass (Allan’s photo)

There is always an interesting assortment of people and dogs walking by (all Allan’s photos):

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This woman was looking for places to put out some painted rocks.

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this beauty

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and this one all studded with tiny shells

The purpose of these artistic rocks by her and her daughter is a simple one: to bring people joy.

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our second target of the day

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mostly done

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section two, after

We did not quite finish the second section; instead, we jumped ahead to the end cap by the arch.  I felt the roses there needed to be cut down for the sake of good traffic sightlines.

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end cape, before

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and after: the sign asks people to not pick the flowers because they are for everyone to enjoy.

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Some had dug two plants out of the planter right by the do not pick sign.

I had planned to work till six and then go straight to the town hall.  I simply could not go on so we quit work at about five.

Town Hall

We were so pleased and relieved that an impressive number of local folks came to hear the nine speakers (none of whom was named Jaime Beutler).

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I borrowed this photo from Joe Chasse.

The first speaker was on video: Brian Baird, who after his retirement was replaced by Jaime.  Blake spoke of how during his years in office he held over 350 town halls to communicate with and listen to his constituents.  He said, “In order to represent your constituents, you have to listen to them.” Rep Jaime Beutler is known for very few in person town halls.

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We also heard from local Rep. Brian Blake, from the mayor of Long Beach, from the county sheriff, from a county commissioner, from a concerned citizen, from the chairman of the local Chinook tribe, from a long time school board member, and from David McDevitt, who is running against Jaime in 2017.  As the concerned citizen who gave a rousing speech said about Jaime, “If you don’t want to listen to us, we’ll find someone who will.”  (Sorry, I have forgotten the citizen’s name; she was speaking on behalf of local business luminary Karyn Zigler who had been unable to attend.)

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Rep Blake, Mayor Phillips, Sheriff Johnson, County Commissioner Wolfe

 

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I think Mr McD also looks like a good candidate to play Doctor Who!

At the end of the evening, Allan and I were asked to take Jaime home because no one else had room for her in their vehicles.

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We have an idea for some shopping that she might like to do tomorrow.

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Thursday, 13 April 2017

Long Beach

Despite forecast of a rainy and windy day, the weather looked workable so we went back to the Bolstad beach approach garden.

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windy!

I like to do the beds in consecutive order.  It gives me a sense of progress.  Today, though, we skipped over the ones that had puddles at the curb.

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looking west; we skipped ahead.

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On the other side, deep water picnicking

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before (Allan’s photo)

Allan cut down a volunteer wax myrtle that was encroaching on an escallonia.

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before

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after

I found a new infuriating thing: All along the two sections in which we worked today, someone has been digging up narcissi and crocus bulbs, leaving holes and broken foliage as evidence.  I suspect the same person who is thieving from the planters.

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Holes and broken foliage tell the tale.

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my enraged finger pointing at theft evidence

Allan dug up rugosa roses along the edges.

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Our friend Cat rode by and showed off her bicycled bins made of cat litter buckets.

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Allan removed most of the hard to weed patch of tatty kinnikinnick.

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before

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after

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after (Allan’s photo)

I planted some of that Bee seed mix.

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The strong wind brought two big rain squalls over us, during which we took shelter in the van.  The squalls passed quickly, so that we were able to get our target section done and move on to a second one.

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second section, before (Allan’s photo)

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rain and lots of it! (Allan’s photo)

Before we got very far with the dream of getting two sections done, a serious squall appeared with no bright sky behind it, so we gave up for the day.  So much for being as tough as the crab fishers on Deadliest Catch!

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yikes!

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not much got done in the second section

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Allan’s photo

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heavy rain

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puddles forming quickly

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We got drenched just packing up.

In the works yard, we found a green bucket that we had feared lost!

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found and rescued!

Maddeningly, as we got to city works to dump our debris, we could see blue sky….

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…and by the time we drove out of the city works yard, the squall had passed.

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We had gotten too wet and cold to go back to the approach garden.  Instead, we went home and I turned most of a compost bin.

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compost bliss

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Allan’s photo

Allan worked in his garden…

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floppy hellebore, before

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after

I got to erase just one section of beach approach from the work board…

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Our goal is to get the beach approach and the two parking lot berms weeded by the Clam Festival on April 29th…

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Today, after eleven days inside, Skooter could go back out.  He was befuddled by the cat door, just like when he first moved in with us.  The sequence, as it happened:

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The green jug of water helps keep the door secure at night.

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He growled at the door, perhaps remembering his bad experience when a little dog chased and bit him at 1 AM, 11 days ago.

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Erythronium (dog tooth violet) at home.  I won’t tell Skooter it’s called dog tooth.

Long Beach

We had good enough weather to start the first beach approach weeding of the year.  Of course, I had big dreams that maybe we could get three of thirteen sections done, or at least two, even though past experience does not support that dream.  We started at the west end this year.

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before, looking east

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before, looking west

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Allan using the pick to hack out rugosa roses along the edge.

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It is hard work.  (Allan’s photo)

I did post on Facebook that anyone who wanted could come get some of the rugosa rose starts.  Our only taker was a random passerby (and I did warn her how thuggish they are).

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the occasional poppy seeding from last year!

Dave and Melissa dropped by so that I could share some poppy seeds for a former job of ours, Erin’s garden.

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Dave and Allan

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southwest of us, still lots of standing water in the dunes

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weeding

As I weeded, I thought about how long I’ve been doing this garden and remembered years ago, talking with my then partner Robert about the latest plot developments in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (my all time favourite show).  Just then a family walked by and a boy, about ten, said to his parents, “Into every generation a slayer is born.”  I exclaimed, “I was just thinking about Buffy!” and the mother said that the dad had recently introduced their son to the show.

Another family walked by and the young children complimented our work.  The mother said “They know it’s hard work because they weed our own garden.”  When Allan commented that he had not been able to get his daughter to weed, the mom said “Well, they want to eat!”

Four hours later:

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One section done!

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Allan’s photo

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I love this prostrate juniper…

“Juniperus conferta is a species of juniper, native to Japan, where it grows on sand dunes.”  When I read that years ago, I decided to try it out, and it does love to grow on sand.

I did figure out one thing that amazed me for not having realized it before.  Allan paced off this westernmost section and said it is 70 feet long.  The next section is 45 feet, and the ones east of that are 55 feet long.  No wonder the first section takes awhile!

I was way too sore from the repetitive posture of working here to go on with another section.  While Allan swept up, I walked to the westernmost planters to sow some poppy seeds.

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For once, the Lisa Bonney memorial planter had NOT had plants stolen out of it.

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Discovery Trail entrance, on the way to the westernmost planter

The planters at the west end had had all the new Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, along with a very nice variagated sea thrift from last year, stolen, leaving blatant holes.

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maddening theft holes

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more maddening theft holes and the remaining sea thrift (Ameria martima ‘Nifty Thrifty’, not an easily replaceable plant).

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where once was a matching sea thrift

I fumed while planting poppy seeds.  I cannot put any more plants in these planters because they will just get stolen, so poppy seeds are my only hope.  There is nowhere to mount a security camera that would prevent the camera itself from being stolen (plus the city budget doesn’t run to security cams on the beach approaches).  These planters would look much better if I could actually plant successfully in them without forays by the thievin’ varmint who apparently just waits for new plants to appear.

It cheered me when our client Diane walked by with a friend of hers.

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Whiskey

At City Hall, the red rhododendron had opened its flowers.

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Long Beach City Hall

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narcissi and aruncus (goats beard)

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more narcissi, and I spy finger blight

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Someone’s been pickin’.

.We weeded the tiny popout bed north of city hall; it was so weedy with quack grass that it took almost an hour.

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before

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after

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after

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I planted these seeds.

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sad little mugo pine should probably be cut to the ground….

We finished by deadheading planters in the two north blocks.

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heavy double narcissi (planted by a volunteer years ago) (Allan’s photo)

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fringed tulip in bud despite deer having chomped the leaves

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another fringed tulip

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Tulip ‘Green Star’, across the street from NIVA green

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On the way to dump debris” Minnie Culbertson Park

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Rain arrived while we dumped.

Ilwaco

We did the tiniest bit of deadheading and weeding at the Ilwaco Community Building on our way home, just because we saw deadheads when dropping off some library books.

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tiered garden at Ilwaco Community Building

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detail

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above the bus stop

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tulips and heather

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Allan’s photo: my cheesy little camera

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Narcissus ‘Thalia’, one of my favourites

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one beach approach section erased from the work board

I was concerned after we arrived at home and Skooter did not show up when I called him.  Later, I saw him from my window, sitting by the water boxes.  Allan fetched him in.  The new rule is the cats must stay in after dark.  Skooter did NOT want to come inside.  (Allan’s photos:)

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herding a cat

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disgruntlement

Tomorrow, we expect yet another storm.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

As usual lately, workable weather gave me the big idea that I could cross four things off of the work list.

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Iris reticulata at the Ilwaco post office (Allan’s photo)

After a brief post office weeding, we headed to Long Beach and began with the planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach.

Sid Snyder Drive

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looking west on Sid Snyder

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santolina and narcissi

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clipping santolina (Allan’s photo)

 

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I find it regrettable that this resort replaced drought tolerant lavenders and ornamental grasses with lawn.

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planter, before (Allan’s photos)

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and after

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more narcissi.  I should have paused to break off those echinops stubs.

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west end of Sid Snyder, south end of boardwalk, last planter

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a short scenic break, from the boardwalk, because life is short.

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interpretive signs on the boardwalk

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whale sculptures

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Allan’s photo

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Allan’s photo

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Discovery Trail (Allan’s photo)

Allan noticed two socks abandoned by a tourist excited to see the ocean.

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World Kite Museum

Also on Sid Snyder is the Kite Museum. While we began a little touch up clipping on the small entry garden, museum store manager Patty emerged and I was able to ask what the plans were for a newly cleared entry area.

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Kite Museum entry; our little garden is out of frame to the right.

The answer is that the museum will have a new bike rack and picnic table spot and some big flower pots.  Patty and I agreed that the row of tatty old hebes to the right should be pulled out, as the ones on the left side had been removed.  I like that idea even more if someone other than us does the digging.  Then our little garden will show better.

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before, with shabby hebes to the left that will be gone

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after

Allan did all the work while Patty and I discussed big ideas.  She knew we were coming soon because she watches the work board on this blog.

Bolstad beach approach

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west end of Bolstad

I had brought some Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ starts from home to fill in these planters; last year we had a startling amount of theft of good plants along this approach.

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an interesting display showing local volcanos (Washington and Oregon)

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I myself have found pumice stone on this beach, probably from the 1980 eruption of Mt. St Helens.

In the second planter to the east, I found the first finger blight of the year.

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two recently stolen armeria (sea thrift) plants

Our thief is at it again.  I wish I could catch her.  I could tell her that sea thrift does not transplant well.  I put Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in its place.  She may like that, too.

Allan had gone to the beach approach garden to clip ornamental grasses.  He brought the van back to me so that we could sit out a heavy rain squall.

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looking east

Fortunately, it was but a squall and we were able to get back to work without misery.

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lots of standing water in the dunes

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beach approach garden, looking east

Today we were only clipping.  The big weeding of the beach approach garden still awaits us.  I do not think it will be as tough a job as usual; the weeds are not a thick carpet this year.

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not too bad!

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some poppy seedlings; I scattered lots of seedpods last fall.

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looking west, rugosa roses

One of the things we will be doing along with the weeding is pulling out as many rugosa roses from right along the edge as we can.  So if any of you locals want some, let me know and I’ll tell you when that is about to happen.

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What have we here? Deer or thieving human? I think someone was trying to steal bulbs that are planted deep.

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Not very weedy.  I wish there were more poppy seedlings.  Maybe later.

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Looking east.  A volunteer wax myrtle is fighting it out with an escallonia.

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definitely deer eaten tulips

Parks Manager Mike drove by and agreed to get us a pile of Soil Energy mulch.  I am thrilled we do not have to drive up peninsula to get it ourselves.  We will bucket it from a pile in the works yard.

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rugosa rose stems sticking out too far into the sidewalk area

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a temporary fix by clipping

While I weeded and clipped in the planters, Allan had clipped tall grasses all along this garden.  It’s a tedious task.

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before and after

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before and after

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before and after

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before and after

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It’s especially unpleasant to pull old crocosmia leaves from inside prickly roses.

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This leads to thorns in the fingers.

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planter work

Parking Lot “Berms”

We tidied up several Stipa gigantea and a few perennials on the north and south parking lot gardens, east of downtown.

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Allan’s photos: Stipa gigantea before

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and after

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the north berm

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last Stipa, south berm, before trimming

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end of south berm

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While pulling crocosmia, I found an old bird next.

I had had a dream today of getting the rambling roses pruned in Fifth Street Park. Since the temperature was dropping, a wind kicking up, and not enough time left, we did one more small project that had never even made it to the work board.

Minnie Culbertson Park

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before

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after, with a vigorous trimming of the lithodora

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The first clean up column is almost done!

While we might be able to polish off the Port of Ilwaco spring clean up in one day or two, the weather forecast is dire so I cannot count on it happening tomorrow.

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at Sea Star garden, photo by Melissa Van Domelen

at Sea Star garden, photo by Melissa Van Domelen

Friday, 28 October 2016

After falling asleep in the wee hours to the sound of pounding rain, I woke to sunshine and windlessness.  What perfect weather to do the last job of round one of bulbing: the Bolstad beach approach.

the work board this morning

the work board this morning

Long Beach

First we went to the World Kite Museum.  After planting some narcissi there a few days ago, I regretted not having added some tall alliums whose flowers would float along the top of the perennials.  Yesterday afternoon while planting my own bulbs at home, I’d found a package of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ from which I could spare some for the kite museum.

more bulbs

more bulbs

This time Allan got a photo of the twirly thing he bought one of the other day.

This time Allan got photos of the twirly thing he bought one of the other day.

It twirls effectively.

It twirls effectively on one magnetic disk floating above another. Allan wanted to buy it to enjoy and study as his last store bought whirligig didn’t whirl.

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We added three eremurus to the west side of city hall, and Allan started a bit of clean up on the east side.

removing spent hosta foliage, before

removing spent hosta foliage, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

On the Bolstad approach, I had 50 cyclamineus narcissi and 150 mixed Crocus tommasinianus (5 colours).  Because we had to weed grasses and sheep sorrel out of all the empty spots where I wanted to add the bulbs, we were there for several hours.  The still air and warm weather (so warm that a summer shirt would have been comfortable) made the job so easy.

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Allan pulled old crocosmia.

Allan pulled old crocosmia.

I was pleased to see my new friend the mighty Quinn.

I was pleased to see my new friend the mighty Quinn.

a visitor feeding gulls

a visitor feeding gulls

When I say we are finishing round one of bulbing, I mean that I will probably order another bag of narcissi for the beach approach and maybe two more for the Klipsan Beach Cottage’s A Frame garden at the end of season sales.  Maybe.  And I will certainly succumb to some bulbs for me if I do that.  Today, we had enough bulbs to get from the west end of the beach approach to halfway to the arch.

planting in freshly weeded areas

planting in freshly weeded areas

I also threw down lots of little poppy seedheads gleaned earlier this year from the boatyard garden.

I also threw down lots of little poppy seedheads gleaned earlier this year from the boatyard garden.

bulbs added this far...

bulbs added this far…

with this far to go if I get more

with this far to go if I get more

Round two will at the very least include planting tulips that I am holding for four downtown planters that are going to be dug into for electrical work sometime between now and Christmas.

We did not take time to weed all of the areas where roses are too thick for bulb planting.

We did not have time to weed all of the areas where roses are too thick for bulb planting.

I don’t think it is cost effective to a thorough weeding of the approach garden at this time of year.  The weeds will be back in March, and I don’t think a bit of weediness will bother passersy here over the winter.

When we dumped our debris at City Works, I saw that the hanging baskets, at rest on the ground, are still blooming.

the last gasp of the Basket Case baskets

the last gasp of the Basket Case baskets

At home, I finished planting my bulbs.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan painting the iron fence

Allan painting the iron fence

At dusk, I took some photos of what is still amazingly in bloom in the garden.

penstemon

penstemon

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' (from Our Kathleen)

Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ (from Our Kathleen) and Geranium ‘Rozanne’

sanvitalia

sanvitalia

begonias

begonias

agastache

agastache

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

trailing rosemary

trailing rosemary

lavender

lavender

Helianthus 'Gold Lace'

Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’

big pots of Hot Lips salvia

big pots of Hot Lips salvia

assorted hardy fuchsias

assorted hardy fuchsias

yellow spires of verbascum

yellow spires of verbascum

Ceanothus 'Dark Star'

Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’

Rose 'Nearly Wild'

Rose ‘Nearly Wild’

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’

Persicaria 'Firetail'

Persicaria ‘Firetail’

Clematis 'Freckles'

Clematis ‘Freckles’

calendula

calendula

Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' buds

Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ buds

hellebore

hellebore

cosmos

cosmos

chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum

fuchsia

fuchsia

schizostylis

schizostylis

one last poppy

one last poppy

and more:

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

hips of Rosa moyesii

hips of Rosa moyesii

Callicarpa (beauty berry)

Callicarpa (beauty berry)

'Dortmund' rose hips

‘Dortmund’ rose hips

Skooter and begonias

Skooter and begonias

And now the work board looks like this:

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The next pressing work task is to get the salvageable plants dug up and stored from Diane’s roadside garden.  More importantly, Ilwaco Halloween is almost here and we have some decorating to do.


ginger 1995 (age 71):

Oct 28: Noon-5:45  I did it!  I closed the garden water faucets!  It wasn’t as hard as Bruce said it was.  After I dug all the soil and rocks out there it was a regular faucet handle to turn off.  I did 3 with one to go.  Also I wrapped the shop pipes with the heat thing.

1997 (age 73):

Oct 28: Store day—PO, Tim’s, and QFC.   I worked  all afternoon planting bulbs and some perennials (mail order).  Got a lot done.  Then I moved all but one tray from shop to picnic table.

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