Posts Tagged ‘Bolstad beach approach garden’

Thursday, 23 November 2017

 I woke up to find that Allan had made a workday breakfast (more nutritious than cold cereal).  The weather showed signs of unexpectedly clearing, belying a forecast of constant rain.  So off we went to work.  I was willing to work in drizzle to get a couple more tasks erased from the work board.

First, even though we had no mail to pick up on this holiday, we did some clipping at the Ilwaco post office garden.

in the post office window (Allan’s photo)

Before: The Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ had been blown about by wind.


rain on the post office wall

big raindrops falling

Long Beach

I am weak on just pulling the annuals out once and for all.  At the welcome sign, we stopped to pull the yellow bidens.  We ended up leaving most of them, after all.

On the edge, bidens still showing a bit of yellow. (And some bulb foliage has emerged.)

In Long Beach, I had noticed when driving through on an errand that wind had battered the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ in the police station planter.  I steeled myself to cut it back so that I wouldn’t have to wonder every day at home whether or not it still looked good.

I find it hard to cut when the flowers are still so blue.

Allan’s photo

But we did it!

It looks like the wind took away the “orman” part of the Stormin’ Norman’s sign.

I also made a special stop to cut this knautia back hard:

another plant I am tired of thinking about

With very little wind and increasingly clear weather, we drove out to the Bolstad beach approach to tidy the planters and to pull the stands of Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

Bolstad Avenue, also known as the beach approach, is named after a young Washington State patrolman who died trying to save two young swimmers in 1957.  I often think about his valor when I type the name of the avenue. You can read about him here.

The weather turned fine and almost summerlike as we began tidying the westernmost planters.

The crocosmia in the long garden bed has beauty still to offer.

We pull it now anyway because soon it will be all brown and tattered, and we’d rather not be out pulling it on a stormy winter day.

I tidy for the passersby who would not understand the beauty of a fall and winter garden with perennials left standing.  In my own garden, I leave plants up for the birds.  I wish I could assign a couple of books to anyone who doesn’t understand the splendor of a wilder garden.

And pretty much any book by Piet Oudolf shows fall and winter landscapes with plants left standing.

I’m sad to see how weedy the long garden has gotten with the autumn rains.  There will be much to do when work starts up again in February.  The city budget doesn’t run to a late fall/early winter seven day long weeding of this narrow but enormous garden.

looking west

It will be a carpet of grass by late winter.

looking east

crocosmia intertwined with thorny rugosa roses (Allan’s photo)


after (Allan’s photo)

The weather could not have been better for this job.

a glorious day

tourists taking the classic Long Beach arch photo

one last rose hip

I swear someone has been picking the rose hips to produce tea.  It is too suspicious that someone asked to pick them several weeks ago, and we said no, and yet a week afterwards there were very few rose hips left.  Perhaps I am being paranoid and suspicious.  Usually they would still be clinging to the roses all the way along the approach, although most would be brown by now.

shiny new buds

In the easternmost section, I decided that the roses had to be clipped from along the sidewalk.



In next year’s spring or late winter clean up, we must dig out the roses from along this inner edge.  Some members of the Peninsula Gardeners Facebook group want starts, so the diggings won’t go to waste.  I have warned them of the vigor of this rose.

As I tidied the easternmost planter, I suddenly felt like a hot wind was on my face.  I looked up, and it was the reflection of the sun in the hotel across the road.

reflecting on me like a heat lamp!

a coppery golden willow in the hotel landscape

At city hall, we’d had a request for the Lavatera outside the west office window to be trimmed back for a good view.  I had decided that we should remove the whole shrub.  When it came to doing so, I changed my mind…for now.  We just clipped it hard, and will think about it over the winter.  It probably should be replaced with something that will stay below the windowsill.

We did not plant it.  We used to have Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ in the city gardens, until one year they seemed to lose their vigor, and even newly planted ones seemed to get diseased and peter out all around town.  This one, in a place where it has to have its flowering stems trimmed, is vigorous and happy…of course.


after (Allan’s photos)

My nice variegated hellebore on the north side, that had gotten all lanky, had its stems broken off.


We clipped and weeded in the big pop out a block south of city hall.

after weeding a sheet of little grasses

dwarf pampas grass and rugosa rose

We pulled some tatty evening primrose (the tall scraggly yellow one) from the little popouts a block north of city hall.  When I walked up, a flock of little birds burst into the air.


Zooming in on my before photo, I can see the little birds were there, by the pole.

Allan said we took their dinner, and we sort of did.

We left a big stand of evening primrose on the other side of the sidewalk for them.

As soon as we were done, they returned to feasting.

We should have/could have weeded the grass better out of those two little beds. But we did not.

We took our substantial load of debris to City Works.

eating what I thought might be our last workday sandwich of 2017 at City Works

We then finished Long Beach by trimming a few planters out on the Sid Snyder beach approach.

still amazing weather at the west end of Sid Snyder Drive

the westernmost planter (Allan’s photo)

I was thrilled that we were going to reach my goal and have time to do the last thing on the pre-frost clean up work list:

Norwood garden

I’ve had on the list for weeks the moving some shade plants to the north side of Mary N’s garden, where earlier this year we replaced mean and thorny barberries with hydrangeas. Allan started weeding the north garden bed while I dug up some plants at home.

I think Allan had reset my red rain gauge and that this is last night’s rain:

Out of this bed, I got some Geranium macrorrhizum and some epimidium.

I looked for some of my best silvery foliaged pulmonarias in Allan’s garden area and could not find them.  I hope they are there, and just dormant.  I managed to find a not so silvery one in another part of the garden, and some hellebore seedlings.

at Mary N’s, a wheelbarrow of some plant starts.

Oh dear, the north bed had gotten so weedy.  I did not mean to neglect it so!

Allan’s before photos, mostly creeping sorrel weed


I took over the weeding while Allan trimmed lavenders in the side garden.

Allan gets credit for weeding the bricks.

lavender, before…




My after picture of the north bed was at dusk.

I am going to have to keep a closer eye on this to keep the sorrel from coming back.

At home, the work list is down to the post-frost clean up and my winter projects at home.

I had planned to declare the beginning pre-frost staycation.  Instead, I consulted with Depot Restaurant co owner Nancy Gorshe and decided that tomorrow, we will pull the old annuals out of the window boxes there, combined with a check up on the Anchorage Cottages garden, which has been on my mind and probably should not be left unattended till frost.  I hope we can accomplish this rain or shine, perhaps with the reward of a late lunch out.

The following morning, Allan got a daytime “after” shot at the Norwood garden.






















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Monday, 28 August 2017

Long Beach

With the terrible flooding in Houston going on, I’d feel like a wretch if I complained about the weather here.  So let me just share:

And let me add that calling this “warm” is nuts.  “Smoke” was also in the forecast for today and created a haze around the edges of the sky.  We think this time it is from wildfires in Oregon rather than in Canada.  Later, someone said we had had “100% humidity”.  It felt very different from any hot weather that I have experienced here.

Fortunately, most (but not enough) of our work day involved watering.

We began with two north blocks so that I could buy some spray paint on sale.  I need to repaint the tall bamboo poles in our garden before winter.

I briefly popped into the always fascinating NIVA green shop to add to my photo collection for the shop’s Facebook page.

in NIVA green

Today we watered the planters and the street trees.

My walkabout photos:

across the street in Fifth Street Park: the classic frying pan photo being taken

Those folks getting their photo taken do not know that they are supposed to fling their arms up like they are clams frying in a pan.  Not that clams have arms.  But that’s what people do.

A fellow walked by and, as often happens, complimented the planters.  Then he asked, “Do you take care of the big pansy buckets, too?”  I somehow knew he meant the big hanging baskets from the Basket Case Greenhouse, which the city crew waters every morning.

Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop

My friend Tam from the smoke shop showing off his whiskers.

California poppies

more California poppies

Agastache ‘Blue Boa’

the carousel

Eryngium and Agastache in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter

Why don’t I plant more eryngiums in the regular sized planters?  How odd that I do not.  Must fix that.

Allan and I met up halfway through and had a break at Abbracci Coffee Bar for refreshing iced coffees.

a black labrador to pet

in Abbracci

Allan’s walkabout photos:

Geranium ‘Rozanne’


Cosmos ‘Sonata’

The bees go round and round the center of the cosmos.

by Wind World Kites

With the trees and planters watered, we moved the van to park by Veterans Field, where I did some weeding while Allan pulled old Crocosmia ‘Lucifer from a corner of Third Street Park.

Veterans Field with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

Crocosmia project, before (Allan’s photos); looked like a bear had sat in it.


We walked along the Bolstad beach approach garden, clipping any rugosa rose stem that had strayed into the street.

the Bolstad approach, looking east

The city crew was dismantling kite festival…(Allan’s photo)

We think this selfie was with the rugosa roses instead of with the arch! (Allan’s photo)

While I went into city hall to sort out some paperwork, Allan pulled some more Crocosmia.


after (The gold shrub is Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’


I had intended to walk the planter route, checking on them for chickweed and so forth.  However, my foot hurt too much so I went home, watered, and belatedly did our B&O quarterly tax forms.  Allan watered the Ilwaco trees and planters:

Pennisetum macrourum at the boatyard

poppies reseeded in the street at sunset

A kind local friend gave me the sort of foot brace you wear while sleeping in order to help cure plantar fasciitis.  I think it is helping…but it is slow going getting better.




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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Skooter in the morning, very much wanting to be let outside.  He has to stay in at least through Saturday, and it casts a pall on my mood as well as his.


Allan’s photo


Our volunteer garden at the post office

We actually had a work day that we could just use for weeding projects, with only a small amount of watering to do.

Long Beach

We started at the westernmost planters on Bolstad, tidied them, and I wished they got more water but we are not hauling buckets to all of them.  That said, a few of the ten or more did get the water we had with us.   They get a misting with the city water truck once a week, enough to stay alive.

The city crew was working nearby on preparatons for the Sandsations sand sculpting contest which will take place this weekend.  During the week, starting on Wednesday,  display sand sculptures will be constructed at the end of the beach approach.


Allan’s photo


In the Lisa Bonney Memorial Planter (Allan’s photo)

The ground level garden gets no supplemental water.  It has survived this way for over four years since we last had water out there to hook hoses up to.  It has been a good test of a droughty windy sandy place, to see what will grow.  Mainly rugosa roses, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, stressed looking coreopsis, and santolinas.  The escallonias are looking less distressed that the mugo pines.


broken barberry (Allan’s photo)


after Allan tidied it up

It took less than three hours to do an adequate weeding of all 13 parts of the beach approach garden.



Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ (Allan’s photo)


working our way east


Armeria (sea thrift) deadheading, before


and after (Allan’s photo)


Parks Manager Mike Kitzman driving by on the sand project

We got to meet Beachdog’sBeachdog’s new rescue Dane, Teacup.


Beachdog Keith and Teacup (Allan’s photo)



Teacup (Allan’s photo)

Lots of people stop to talk about the gardens.



finally at the very end

We took time to deadhead all the sea thrift at city hall.


City Hall west side


Allan’s photo


sea thrift before


and after (Allan’s photos)


Gladiolus nanus


and another Gladiolus nanus


I need to get more of these or spread them around.  (Allan’s photos)


astilbe on north side city hall (Allan’s photo)


I pruned more aruncus on the north side.  That’s the Strange Landscaping truck.  More on that later.

From city hall, I could see the heroncam pond and was reminded that its surrounding landscape needed weeding.


Allan out by the waterfall, scrimming off horsetail.

His photos:






It was high time we attended to this area.



Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ and santolina




The Anchorage Cottages

We had to park down below and schlep up the slope, which felt rather like Mount Everest.


Mitzu the Shihtzu was not at work today.


south end of parking lot (Allan’s photo)


First blooms on the sweet peas.


north (office) courtyard steps


by the office window


center courtyard


Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ (Allan’s photo)


Erygium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and lady’s mantle (Allan’s photo)


Allan’s photo

World Kite Museum

While working at city hall, we’d had a drive by chat with our friend Ed Strange, who told us he has started on the landscaping project at the kite museum.  We had time to have a look on our way south.


Yay, the tatty row of hebes is gone.


landscape fabric is down


river rock to cover the fabric


Allan’s photo


Our little garden will really show now, so we had better pay more attention to it.

Without the hebes crowding the garden, the soil inside might not get as rooty and compact as it has been.


schmoozing with Patty while Ed works

We quit pestering Ed and got back to work at the…

Port of Ilwaco

Our project was to water the east end curbside bed and the Loading Dock Village garden.


Easternmost curbside bed gets watered about every other week.


Crocosmia, quite possibly plucked by deer (Allan’s photo)

People often stop to chat with us while we are working. Usually, at the port, the conversations are as much about boats as about gardens.


This was Allan this evening.


This was me yesterday evening.


lavender in a nest of Nasella tenuissima


Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’


Loading Dock Village garden


west of the Loading Dock Village


Allan’s photo

at home

While watering…




Sanguisorba ‘Lilac Squirrel’


fluffy red poppy and yellow achillea


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Friday, 30 June 2017

We had today to get the boatyard garden weeded for tomorrow’s Port of Ilwaco fireworks display crowd….and the beach approach, for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  I did want very much want Saturday and Sunday off.

I began in my own garden by picking a bouquet for Salt Hotel’s holiday weekend.




Astilbes are good in bouquets…



…and I have lots of astilbes right now.



‘Sugar Shack’ continues to come back after being given up for dead!


Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ lives up to its name.

I am going to plant MORE Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ next year, and I would very much like to find Nicotiana sylvestris ‘Only the Lonely’, as well. (I’d rather be able to buy a flat of it than buy just one on mail order.)  Annie’s Annuals says this one self sows!


yellow hearts of Lamprocapnos scandens


Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’


post office garden


delivering bouquet to Salt (mostly astilbes and sanguisorba)

Ilwaco Boatyard garden

Our first project was to finish weeding the boatyard garden…not to absolute perfection, but as close to it as we could get.


In three hours, we finished it!


a boat on the move (Allan’s photos)



Before moving on ourselves, I decided to walk the length of the garden, south to north, for a photographic record.



Halmiocistus wintonensis


Geranium ‘Rozanne’




an unfortunately unclipped santolina (which is why we clip them)



Catananche (Cupid’s Dart)



mysteriously empty area (plant jacking?)


Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’


finger blight


Allan noticed it, too.


sweet pea (Allan’s photo)


clipped santolina


past the gate




Cistus (the one remaining of several)



I love the way fallen ceanothus flowers look like a crushed glass mulch.


Deer are not eating the lilies so will plant more.


Echinops (blue globe thistle)



A lot of the pink sidalcia clump had been broken or picked.


Persicaria ‘Firetail’




This spot was also mysteriously empty…filled in now with some cosmos and (disappointing) painted sage


a daisy from a start from Jo’s garden


Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’



a running perennial sunflower from a start from Andersen’s RV Park




looking south from the north end

We took a short break at home…


Skooter in the garden (Allan’s photo)

before heading to…

Long Beach

We had about five sections left to weed on the Bolstad beach approach.



Allan manually jug watering one planter (the only way to water out here)

All but 6 of the remaining photos today are Allan’s.


birds foot trefoil and vetch swamping the roses










before (well, during)


Rugosa rose and Sweet William


filmy white vetch, not even pretty like the purple one


happy tourists (telephoto) taking the obligatory arch photo





We got through all the remaining sections of the approach garden.


rolling out the debris at city works

We just got done in time to have the weekend off and to meet Dave and Melissa and Todd for Friday night dinner at

The Cove Restaurant


Sondra’s cat by the parking lot


North Beach Garden Gang arrives


in the foyer


perusing the tempting menu


Sondra’s dog Lacey out on the golf course


clams for Melissa


lemon caper pasta for me


noodle bowl and harvest salad


Todd and Dave tuck in


a dessert shared by all

We stayed till we were by far the last table and the vacuum cleaner was about to come out, the hint that it is time for us to go home.

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Monday, 26 June 2017


Our post office garden

We headed to Long Beach to begin with some weeding and mulching of the Bolstad beach approach.  We’d already gotten a late start (because of the Monday doldrums) and had done a bit of a garden driving tour in Seaview, waiting till the magic moment of noon when registration would open for a Willapa Bay barge trip for members of the Willapa friends group.  We parked in the Long Beach big parking lot so Allan could register with “Eventbrite” on his phone.  That did NOT work so we drove all the way home so he could do it via computer.  Therefore, we did not even start work till 1 PM!

First, we gathered Soil Energy at the works yard (and saw the killdeer family hustling about too fast for photos).  The mother only played “broken wing” for a moment so she might be starting to trust us.


Allan’s photo

I had walked from the yard half a block to the office to ask for another heap of mulch to be acquired.  (After the Fourth of July, I was told; they crew is very busy right now.)  On that short walk, I realized I had completely forgotten to wear my knee brace after a weekend of intermittent gardening at home.  I would regret that as the day progressed.


beach approach garden




rose hips and a painted rock (Allan’s photo)

We are already getting asked by passersby what the rose hips are.


rugosa rose and beach strawberry (Allan’s photo)

I said to Allan that if we just did the “end cap” section by the arch, we would be halfway done with the beach approach garden (because I had done the other short “end cap” section last week).  When I saw how many roses were poking out into the street, we ended up trimming the end cap and the first section, so now, HALLELUJAH!, we are more than halfway done with the 13 sections of this rather half-arsed, rushed weeding job.


shearing roses by the arch



We then started the watering of the Long Beach planters AND trees.  Because of so much rain, this is the first time the street tree pocket gardens have needed watering this year.  Allan did the 18 trees and 5 planters and the Fish Alley barrels while I did the rest of the 37 main street planters.  (There are fewer trees than planters, but the trees are much harder to water because the quick-connect dealie is down in a hole, and the first time, the hole is often filled with mud.)

Allan’s photos (brace yourself for something yucky in the second one and a later one):


the quest for the faucet, which is in a slightly different spot in each tree.


EWWWWWWWW baby slugs.  (I find this in the planter faucet caps, too.)


poor li’l slugs


faucet hooked up (then hose gets attached)


another search for the hook up


found it (just for fun, they are not always on the same side of the tree)


EWWWWWWWW I don’t even want to see this!  I don’t even like seeing the picture on slug bait boxes.  But this is the true life of gardeners.


faucet is often filled up with dirt


found the hook up


tree garden by Abbraccio coffee bar is all smashed up by some recent roofing next door (we think)

I’d like the Abbraccio tree to be the best because I like the new coffee bar so much.  Unfortunately, it is one of the most boring tree gardens.  Next year will be better.


not easy to water the corners


hookup right under a bumper


another one full of dirt


Dirt has to be pried out so that the quick connect bayonet can go in.

My watering round photos were few because I was really missing my knee brace:


City crew member at work.

I noticed big blackberries emerging from a rhododendron at the back of this park, way up high.  I didn’t have time or equipment to deal with it today.  Must remember later.


Someone yanked a gladiolus right out of the ground, for no good reason, and left it there.  I did not plant big glads in the planters but I leave the ones planted by volunteers years ago.  I replanted this one.  It will now not bloom this year because it was distressed, and so was I.


looking across the street at a planter by the Elks drab wall.


Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ making up for its annoyingly messy foliage


I saw where the corner of a tree garden was dry because of car bumper problems.


Hungry Harbor Grille


Glad I planted the tough and pretty Knautia macedonica under some of the trees.  (It’s not a noxious weed here, yet.)

Speaking of noxious weeds….I had been unable to get one of the planter’s water to turn on (one where the faucet is really low in the planter) so we finished by moving the van to that one, so that Allan (with more manual dexterity than me by far) could hook up the hose for me.  Then he removed a problem that has been bugging me: a fennel under one of the trees.  It is definitely on the noxious list…


And reseeded itself from here:


And has been setting a bad example under that tree.  He couldn’t get the root out because it went under the concrete.

I completely forgot my idea that we should check and water the planters in Long Beach on Sid Snyder drive.  Now that will have to wait till Wednesday.  We would not have had time, anyway.  Allan worked till dark.

My big plan had been to water the Ilwaco boatyard while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters.  I simply could not; my leg hurt and the boatyard watering takes a lot of stepping over and around obstacles.  It can wait till tomorrow, which will be one of my favourite kind of work days: an all Ilwaco day.  In fact, we will have two all Ilwaco days while we try to get the public gardens perfect for this Saturday’s fireworks show at the port.


Allan’s photo while watering an Ilwaco planter




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On Monday, our friend J9 dropped by some delicious mulligatawny soup as a belated birthday present.  She also showed me this postcard I had sent her 25 years ago. I met her in 1993 when I was working at the Sou’wester Lodge and she was a guest.  She came with her old dog, Cassie, and her lovebird, B-bird.



J9 , Cassie, B.Bird in 1993.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

at home before work


Akebia on the arbor




Allan’s photo, wild cucumber vine

Port of Ilwaco

We did a brief deadheading all along Howerton Avenue because of the Saturday Market’s early opening this year (on April 29 to coincide with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival).


east end



sneaky dandelion


Allan’s photo


heading west for more deadheads


Note to self: Must trim up these shrubs before the May 6 children’s parade!

I am thinking of cutting the wax myrtle all the way down, because usually they come back quite nicely.  However, the one a couple of gardens west has not revived from being chopped last fall.


hmmm.  I don’t really want it here, anyway.


The maybe dead wax myrtle is part of this garden by the Ilwaco Pavilion.

I tire of BIG shrubs that were planted at the port (not by me) and need frequent pruning to preserve traffic sightlines.

The driveover garden got driven over (or something).


some smashing happened…


This is why it’s “the driveover garden”.


Port office garden with some orange tulips…


and spaces for at least two new plants

Next, we finished a rough weeding of the boatyard, to be repeated next week in a more perfect way before the children’s parade.




a boat coming in (Allan’s photo)


an hour later (boat was being power washed, too)


at the south end, a tangle of bindweed left unpulled for now

Sunday, before we go to an afternoon Indivisible event at Black Lake, I hope we can find time to make a trench or gap by pulling grasses along the back of the chain link fence.  I’ve done it in previous years and it is easier than it sounds.

While he was taking a couple of boat photos (below), Allan talked to the port manager, Guy, and his dad, also Guy, who happens to be our lawyer.  The elder Guy commented that our garden at Diane’s was gone.  It is nice to know the roadside garden was noticed.  Allan reassured him it is not gone for good and that we will be recreating it.

Allan’s boat photos:





Long Beach

We went to the beach approach with the hope of getting one more section done.  I decided to shake things up by weeding four sections of thick rugosa roses.  There is no way to weed the centers of those sections without thorns and eye pokings, so they actually go faster than the more open sections.  I also wanted to get the roadside edge dealt with before all the traffic arrives for the weekend’s clam festival.


a painted rock by where we parked  (Allan’s photo)


before, looking west


Allan’s photo


another painted rock (Allan’s photo)


more edge pulling of roses (Allan’s photo)


4.25 hours later


before, looking east, 1:45 PM


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


Allan’s photo


6:10 PM


Allan’s photo


 A dog named June out by the restrooms.   Part boxer part Great Pyrenees! (Allan’s photo)

During the job:


I might have left some clover “for the bees”.


Allan pruned some but not all the stubs on mugo pines that keep getting cut back (not always by us) for traffic sightlines.  



I’d like to find time to tidy up all the pines.  Some of them look so beaten by all the wind that I’m not sure they will provide any soothing greenness this year.


in the wheelbarrow: an accidental narcissus casualty

Fortunately, Martha walked by with her dog Ray, so I was able to give her the flowers.  She said it was the most beautiful casualty she had ever seen.


The lawn ponds across the sidewalk are finally drying up.


thick grass in the thickest rose thicket

I am hoping that next fall, we can cut back the three thickest rose sections to the ground, giving us a chance to weed in fall and early spring.  Meanwhile, I hope the roses distract passersby from the weeds.

At the city works yard, a killdeer was finding food amongst the green debris.


at home

I can’t erase “boatyard” from the work board till it is done well next week.  I decided to count today’s beach approach sections as three done, two to go.  We have one, the worst  section (rugosa roses and swamp rushes, almost impossible), untouched, and I’d like to do some further weeding of the ones I worked on today, probably less work than a whole section would take.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


‘Tomorrow: a check of all planters and of Veterans Field before the clam festival, and maybe time to finish weeding one berm.

I had been planning to go to a climate vigil in Seaside on Saturday.  It would have been fun to see Pam Fleming’s downtown gardens.  A combination of exhaustion and of not looking forward to the actual ride down there and of my own garden being a mess has me seriously considering Saturday being a day off at home.

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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.

Basket Case Greenhouse

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!


Beautiful new sign


garden art


Darrell putting out a pelican


Gardener Ed Strange (Strange Landscaping) and Jackson


the annuals house


meeting shop dog Buddy


the perennials house


and so it begins

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


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.


All ready!



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.


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


today’s section, before


today’s section, before, looking east


Cat stopped for a chat.


picking some crocus bulbs out of a weed clump




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



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.




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.





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.


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.


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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