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Thursday, 22 September 2016

On the way out of town, we checked a couple of the Ilwaco planters to make sure they were not too dry.  They were fine.

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The Depot Restaurant

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

ultra floppy Boltonia 'Snowbank'

ultra floppy Boltonia ‘Snowbank’

I hope it has better posture next year.

I hope it has better posture next year.

pleased with how Cornus 'Hedgerows Gold' lights up this muddled area.

pleased with how Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’ lights up this muddled area.

southeast corner of dining deck

southeast corner of dining deck

I so hope my tetrapanax start grows tall here next year.

I so hope my tetrapanax start grows tall here next year.

Long Beach

We decided to take a big chance on the rain storm predicted (35 mph wind and half an inch of rain) for Friday and not water the Long Beach planters.  We would be mighty sorry if the storm did not materialize.

welcome sign...cosmos still low on flowers

welcome sign…cosmos still low on flowers

from the sidewalk, with Echibeckia

from the sidewalk, with Echibeckia

debated pulling cosmos blocking the lights...left them for one more week

debated pulling cosmos blocking the lights…left them for one more week

The only way to not block the lights that are supposed to illuminate the sign at night would be to have extremely low plants.  It is a dilemma.

Long Beach city hall with Basket Case baskets

Long Beach city hall with Basket Case baskets

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With Basket Case’s Nancy Aust retiring, she will be a hard act to follow.  She plans to return and help the new owners with the baskets next spring.  Every time we work in Long Beach, folks ask how the baskets are so great.  I answer that Nancy makes them in very large containers with a soilless mix and time release fertilizer and the city waters them every day and fertilizes them frequently with liquid fertilizer (Miracle gro).

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In the little pop out up the street from city hall, a late planted wildflower mix from seed was successful.

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We did some weeding and some sightline clipping of a sad mugo pine.

Before. Someone (not us) had pruned it.

Before. Someone (not us) had pruned it.

after. I'd like to hoik it out and start over with something lower.

after. I’d like to hoik it out and start over with something lower.

passersby

passersby

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the Dennis Co cranberry harvest mural (Allan's photo)

by the Dennis Co cranberry harvest mural (Allan’s photo); it was redone last year but is sadly flaking off.  I had just given this fellow some Schizostylis starts from city hall.

We groomed all the planters..  One I had not attended to for awhile had way too much reseeded columbines:

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The foliage gets hideous with leaf miner.

The foliage gets hideous with leaf miner.

I pull out as much by the roots as I can!

I pull out as much by the roots as I can!

after

after

looking across to the planter from which I yanked much aquilegia

looking across to the planter from which I yanked much aquilegia

I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop) to get a new set of photos for its Facebook page.

lamp by owner/artist Heather Ramsay

lamp by owner/artist Heather Ramsay

some new purses

some new purses

Heather is just about to decorate for Halloween.

Heather is just about to decorate for Halloween.

We finished by weeding Fifth Street Park.

northwest park quadrant with Melianthus major

northwest park quadrant with Melianthus major

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

a Boltonia actually standing up. Captain Bob and Cathy are on a well deserved vacation.

a Boltonia actually standing up. Captain Bob and Cathy are on a well deserved vacation.

southeast park quadrant with Darmera peltata and gunnera

southeast park quadrant with Darmera peltata and gunnera

a little pruning in a dark corner, before

a little pruning in a dark corner, before

and after

and after

at home

As we arrived at home, with a couple of hours to go before dinnertime, our new neighbours  Thandi and Mike of the beloved Sou’wester Lodge came walking by, with an even newer neighbour, their new baby, Celestine.  (The three of them just moved into one of my favourite old Ilwaco houses two block west.)  Allan got some photos:

tiny Celestine

Thandi and Celestine

We had a tour all around the garden, although Celestine, at two weeks, is too young to truly appreciate the fairy doors in the bogsy woods.

teeny tiny

teeny tiny

a nice sit down on the patio

a nice sit down on the patio for awhile

The Cove Restaurant

Time again for the highlight of our week, our North Beach Garden Gang dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), joined this week by Todd (Willapa Gardening).

Cooley has to wait in the Sea Star van.

Cooley has to wait in the Sea Star van.

Lynn treated us to some warm brie and roasted garlic left over from a catered event!

Lynn treated us to some warm brie and roasted garlic left over from a catered event!

refreshing caesar salad

refreshing caesar salad

Korean noodle bowl with kimchi and turkey egg

Korean noodle bowl with kimchi and turkey egg

Allan opted for a less exotic burger.

Allan opted for a less exotic burger.

As always, we were the last diners to leave the restaurant.  Now for four days off, a luxury that we may have to give up next year but for now…we like it.


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1997 (age 73):

Sept 22: Drs appt at 10:00.  My glucose test was 115—which is normal!  He said to quit taking Tolazimide and get another glucose test in 10 days.  Bill Jr started garage roof.  He took off old shingles.  I weeded in the “ditch”.  I thought it was kind of hot.  Later I found out it was 80 degrees.  No wonder I was soaked.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 22:  I planted the new Spring Hill Poppies mostly in the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] and the special red one in tam area [former juniper tam bed, now flowers, by the roadside].  Also planted the armerias I grew from seeds.  I picked some apples and peeled and made apple sauce until 7:00.

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Skooter in the morning.

Skooter in the morning.

Devery came by just before we left for work to scope out our apples for her apple butter making.

me and Our Devery

me and Our Devery

We sampled every apple and agreed that while the golden ones on the old tree are ready, the Cripps Pink are just barely ready and the Cox’s Orange Pippin are not ready at all.  (The latter are supposed to be good only for eating, not cooking.)

Because of a Thursday doctor appointment and because of Rod Run traffic coming into town on Friday, we did our usual Wednesday jobs today. We definitely would prefer to not be watering Long Beach during Rod Run Friday, as the planters will be popular seating for car watchers.  Good rain made this rescheduling possible; Long Beach and Ilwaco planters did not need watering today.

We skipped Diane’s and The Red Barn gardens this week and planned to skip Marilyn’s and Jo’s as well.

The Depot Restaurant

I asked Allan to take a photo showing how enclosed the deck feels with ornamental grasses. Should be even better next year.

I asked Allan to take a photo showing how enclosed the deck feels with ornamental grasses. Should be even better next year.

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

All the rain made the Solidago 'Fireworks' splay open, revealed creeping buttercup and bindweed hidden within.

All the rain made the Solidago ‘Fireworks’ splay open, revealed creeping buttercup and bindweed hidden within.

window box and barrel planted by Nancy of the Basket Case

window box and barrel planted by Nancy of the Basket Case Greenhouse

from the front, looking south

from the front, looking south

I did not plant that escallonia that wants to be at least eight feet tall and has to be pruned to keep from blocking the Clamshell Railroad sign.  I’m not allowed to remove it because it protects the corner of the building from errant vehicles.

Long Beach

On the way north through town, we grabbed the opportunity to snag a parking place right next to a street tree garden with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’.

before, with a passerby

before, with a passerby

after

after

Allan's photos

Allan’s photos

Since we were in Long Beach mode, we also tidied up the Veterans Field gardens and then went to the city works yard to dump.

Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

Vet Field corner garden

Vet Field corner garden

'Seashells', my favourite cosmos

‘Seashells’, my favourite cosmos

To the west of the field, in the Funland pocket park, much progress had been made by the Funland weeder.

They are planning to tackle this area next.

On 30th August: They were planning to tackle this area next.

today

today

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the birdbath view, and hot weather all of a sudden

the birdbath view, and hot weather all of a sudden

I planted this new (to me) Boltonia asteroides and everywhere, it is too tall and toppling over.

I planted this new (to me) Boltonia asteroides ‘Snowbank’ and it is too tall and toppling over.  Much taller than the one I used to grow.

a tall plant with much better posture: Thalictrum 'Elin'

a tall plant with much better posture: Thalictrum ‘Elin’

'Bow Bells' rose

‘Bow Bells’ rose

Marilyn’s garden after all

The deadheading of the shasta daisies at KBC made me decide to go to Marilyn’s after all.  While the house is “pending”, Marilyn’s daughter still wants the garden maintained, probably through October.  By doing Marilyn’s this week, we can start to alternate it biweekly with Jo’s garden, which is in the same state of “pendingness”.

from the street

from the street, looking southwest

Allan did another Crocosmia 'Lucifer' removal.

Allan did another Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ foliage removal. Before and after.

looking south

looking south

further south

further south

The heavy rain bowed down Solidago 'Fireworks'

The heavy rain bowed down Solidago ‘Fireworks’

...and lots of the grasses.

…and lots of the grasses.

I hope the new owners will realize that are getting cool plants, like this Miscanthus 'Gold Bar'.

I hope the new owners will realize that are getting cool plants, like this Miscanthus ‘Gold Bar’.

The garden being as tall and as floppy as it is right now is hiding some treasures at the back, shrubs and trees that will be fun for the new owners to discover.

more Crocosmia foliage removal by Allan.

more Crocosmia foliage removal by Allan.

looking north from the back steps

looking north from the back steps

floppy Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' and Miscanthus giganteus

floppy Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Miscanthus giganteus

looking west from the back steps.

looking west from the back steps.

I clipped some of the seedheads from the now noxious bronze fennel to make future weeding easier on the new owners.  This is one of very few fennel that I still have in any of our gardens.

more Allan tidying behind the porch.

more Allan tidying behind the porch.

We got a lot done and I am glad we visited that garden today.

The Anchorage Cottages

Our good friend Mitzu coming to greet us.

Our good friend Mitzu coming to greet us.

Animal friends add a lot of joy to the workday.

Animal friends add a lot of joy to the workday.

Mitzu the Shih Tzu. I just read that Shih Tzus are "also known as the chrysanthemum dog".

Mitzu the Shih Tzu.

I just read that Shih Tzu’s are also known as “the chrysanthemum dog, a nickname that describes the way the hair on their faces grows out in all directions — they look like a flower with a nose for the center.”

center courtyard and the challenge of working in the low slanting light

center courtyard and the challenge of working in the low slanting light

loving all the rudbeckias I planted this year

loving all the rudbeckias I planted this year

one freaky flower

one freaky flower

Long Beach again

We had time to work the front beds in Coulter Park, along Pacific Highway, where many folks will park chairs in order to watch the cars go by during Rod Run.  There, I took the opportunity to remove the last of the bronze fennels in the Long Beach Parks.  I shovel pruned it and Allan pulled it out.

Look at the size of that root!

Look at the size of that root!

It has taken me a long time to dare to dig out that fennel because it was so close to the flagpole spotlight in the garden bed.

The last clump coming out....

The last clump coming out….

and the light is still shining.

and the light is still shining.

It is a darn shame that bronze fennel reseeds so freely.  It is a stunning plant that I fell in love with years ago when Lucy Hardiman showed a slide of one with feathery foliage glistening with water droplets.  I will miss it.

 

 

SE corner of Coulter Park

SE corner of Coulter Park

Tomorrow: more Long Beach

There is no entry in my mom’s garden diaries for September 6th.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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