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Saturday, 12 December 2015

my day

Kabob Cottage

Our Kathleen and I had an afternoon out, beginning with lunch at the Kabob Cottage.  The wind was almost of blow-you-over intensity so I did not get an exterior photo.

photo from 11-2-15, now the Kabob Cottage

photo from 11-2-15.  The Kabob House is now called the Kabob Cottage

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Chef Behnoosh’s Christmas tree

This was Kathleen's first meal here. She was impressed.

This was Kathleen’s first meal here. She was impressed.

Boreas Inn

Kathleen and I then attended the holiday open house at the Boreas Inn.  By attended, I mean we sat by one of the cozy fireplaces, ate some cookies, drank some hot cider, and relaxed.

Boreas Inn

Boreas Inn, with the private innkeeper’s house to the left

Susie's windowbox

Susie’s windowbox

on the porch

on the porch

tulip lights

tulip lights

from the foyer

from the foyer

B&B owners Susie and Bill in the kitchen

B&B owners Susie and Bill in the kitchen, with hot spiced cider

I did go from window to window to look out upon the gardens we used to care for.  This is one of the jobs I passed on to Dave and Melissa of Sea Star Gardening, and Susie praised them highly today for hard work, garden knowledge, honesty, and said they just give her a “good feeling” with their work.  (Dave and Mel couldn’t make it to the open house because this weekend they were committed to working on that Oysterville garden that I like so much.)

The Garden Suite

The Garden Suite at the Boreas Inn

looking out the window of the Garden Suite

looking out the window of the Garden Suite

The Garden Suite

The Garden Suite

The Dunes Suite

The Dunes Suite

the west living room

the west living room

a Christmas village

a Christmas village

looking due west

looking west

gardens and hot tub hut

gardens and hot tub hut

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looking back

looking back

Kathleen had tucked herself in by the center fireplace in the room without a view, probably because it felt cozier than the west room with the big windows.

Bill and Kathleen

Bill and Kathleen

delectable mini-cupcakes

delectable mini-cupcakes

view from the couch

view from the couch

Susie's photo: "Our tree at Boreas has quirky decorations that mean something special to us."

Susie’s photo: “Our tree at Boreas has quirky decorations that mean something special to us.”

I was especially taken with some tiny teacup ornaments and should have photographed them for myself.

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The B&B bustled with many guests.  Because of the storm, Susie had expected few and had thought she and Bill would spending the afternoon reading by the fire, so to have so many guests arrive was a welcome surprise.

The entry price to the event was a can of food for the food bank; by the time we left, the receptacle was overflowing.

The entry price to the event was a can of food for the food bank; by the time we left, the receptacle was overflowing.

If your dream happens to be owning a B&B at the beach with a big separate house of your own quarters, you might be interested to know that the Boreas Inn is for sale.

Ilwaco

Kathleen expressed a desire to do a bit of Christmas shopping at the Don Nisbett Art Gallery.

on the way past the boatyard garden

on the way past the boatyard garden

 This necessitated a stop at the Saturday Christmas Market during its last five minutes of the day…

...to get a treat from Pink Poppy Bakery.

…to get a treat from Pink Poppy Bakery.

Walking by Salt Hotel

walking by Salt Hotel

Salt's south-facing doors

Salt’s south-facing doors

Kathleen at the Nisbett Gallery

Kathleen at the Nisbett Gallery

in Don's gallery

in Don’s gallery

just outside, a Christmas boat

just outside, a Christmas boat

At home, I reviewed yesterday’s gardening accomplishments that had been finished as darkness fell:

mulching the center bed

mulching the center bed

extending a shade bed that is presently ending in a big puddle

extending a shade bed by the wood pile (that is presently ending in a big puddle)

twigs blown all the way up to the patio

twigs blown all the way up to the patio

dramatic sky over the back garden

dramatic sky over the back garden

some last minute evening decorating occurred

some last minute evening decorating occurred

yesterday's mulching

yesterday’s mulching

sunset over Lake Street

sunset over Lake Street

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Back at the Boreas Inn, Susie took this sunset photo:

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photo by Susie Goldsmith, looking west from Boreas Inn

meanwhile….

Allan’s day

Allan was out and about taking photos of the high tide and the results of our recent storms.  You may recall that the Coast Guard closed all ocean entrances yesterday.  From the amount of debris at the Port of Ilwaco, you can see why.  So much flooding has taken place upstream that the Columbia River itself, we hear, has turned brown with sediment and is awash with debris.

storm warning flags at the port

storm warning flags at the port office

debris by the boatyard

debris by the boatyard

storm debris

storm debris

You can see from this satellite view how we relate to the mighty Columbia River, explaining why so much debris has washed into our little bay:

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Even so, it is surprising considering the narrow entryway:

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Allan walked out onto the docks this afternoon to get some more photos as boats continue to prepare for the delayed crab season.  The delay must be so frustrating for the crabbers as this season is a huge source of income for them.

ready and waiting

ready and waiting

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on the docks

on the docks

high tide

high tide

Allan decided to drive to the beach, and on the way he passed our old house and stopped to get me a photo of the garden shed.

I was touched that the new owner has kept the purple colour; it has clearly been freshly painted.

I was touched that the new owner has kept the purple colour; it has clearly been freshly painted.

I thought, Oh, Jon painted over the quotation that I had on the front of the shed.  The next photo revealed that he had carefully saved that part of the building, during a repair, and moved it to the side of the shed.  I felt deeply moved that he liked it enough to save it.

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street side of the purple shed

street side of the purple shed, back when it was mine

“This used to be among my prayers, a piece of land not so very large, which would contain a garden, and near the house a spring of ever flowing water, and beyond these a bit of woods.”  -Homer

Oh dearie me, I was hit with a great wave of missing the ever-flowing spring of water that fed a little pond on that piece of property.

Allan peeked at the old place from the street....

Allan peeked at the old place from the street….

Our old fence is still there.

Our old fence is still there.

Ok, as I write this…getting a grip on my emotions.. and returning to Allan’s day, as he next went to Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment.

The drama of the waves was nothing like yesterday.

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waves

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Today, the scene was comparatively sedate:

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A park ranger told Allan that during the height of the storm surge, rangers had to move photographers away from the viewpoint because logs were rolling in fast and dangerous.

storm tossed logs

storm tossed logs

debris tossed way past the beach up onto the lawn

debris tossed way past the beach up onto the lawn

storm watchers

storm watchers

a bird who is clearly used to having its picture taken

a bird who is clearly used to having its picture taken

While grocery shopping at the end of his excursion, Allan saw a beautiful sunset in Seaview.

sunset from Seaview

sunset from Seaview from Sid’s Supermarket

On the way home, he stopped at Ocean Beach Hospital to look at this year’s wreath auction.

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This year's display includes gingerbread houses.

This year’s display includes gingerbread houses.

a clever idea

a clever idea

on the way home

on the way home, on Lake Street

Tomorrow, we have an author’s reading to attend at Time Enough Books; perhaps we can also mulch at the library? And perhaps, just perhaps, a few days of reading can commence on Monday before the next round of holiday treats.

 

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Mike’s garden

We began a few blocks east in Mayor Mike’s garden.

weeded the path, did some watering

weeded the path, did some watering

Mike's oriental poppy

Mike’s oriental poppy

lots of pizzazz

lots of pizzazz

boxwood and pulmonaria

boxwood and pulmonaria

Mike wondered if we had cut back the middle of the Echinops (blue globe thistle) below:

floppy globe thistle

floppy globe thistle

I told him that, like a lot of plants this year in my garden, it seems to have reached for the light during our many grey, unusually dark midspring days and then flopped open.

We did not have time today, but soon we must cut back this climbing rose so it does not smother the tree...soon enough so it will put out new growth for next year.

We did not have time today, but soon we must cut back this climbing rose so it does not smother the tree…soon enough so it will put out new growth for next year.

The Depot Restaurant

I still feel that the Depot garden is starting off slowly this year.

I still feel that the Depot garden is starting off slowly this year.

At last is has something to offer: an Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in bloom.

At last is has something besides green to offer: an Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in bloom.

The main reason that the Depot is a slow starter is because almost all the feature plants are tall ones so that they show up behind the big log that marks the edge of the carpark.

Long Beach

We pulled the scrimmy horsetail out of the Long Beach welcome sign garden.  The cosmos are beginning to bloom.

yellow bidens along the front edge

yellow bidens along the front edge

white bacopa along the back edge

white bacopa along the back edge

both sides now

both sides now (with blue bacopa along the sidewalk)

Andersen’s RV Park

First, we weeded the road box.

First, we weeded the road box.

We had not managed to get to Andersen’s at the end of the day yesterday.  That was a good thing, as we had more energy for it today.  Allan weeded on the west side, and fertilized the barrels, and I groomed the picket fence garden and Payson Hall planters.

today's garden areas

today’s garden areas

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

barrels and RVS

barrels and RVs

the west bed

the west bed

The poppy field has popped.

The poppy field has popped.

looking east toward the house and office

looking east toward the house and office

looking west toward the ocean

looking west toward the ocean

some pink California poppies mixed in

some pink California poppies mixed in (with a big silvery verbascum)

one of Allan's projects, before

one of Allan’s projects, before

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He extended the strimmed area so that the staff will know how far they can go without hurting the garden.

The picket fence garden

The picket fence garden

(Above) Raymond from The Planter Box has made the weed-killer burnt patch of lawn all nice and green again.

The sweet peas are looking happy and full of potential.

The sweet peas are looking happy and full of potential.

Asiatic lilies:  Landini or Blackout

Asiatic lilies: Landini or Blackout

On the way out, we did a bit of weeding by the garden shed.

On the way out, we did a bit of weeding by the garden shed.

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden (with fig tree, and with Allan weeding)

The Anchorage Cottages

Anchorage, near the Cove Restaurant at the Golf Course

Anchorage, near the Cove Restaurant at the Golf Course

Our garden areas are the courtyards within the array of cottages.

Our garden areas are the courtyards within the array of cottages.

We made our usual rounds of the garden beds at the Anchorage, and I got the windowboxes and containers all fertilized…some with the blue stuff and some with nice organic Fox Farms Tiger Bloom; I can afford to use the latter at smaller jobs than Long Beach town.

shade garden on a north wall with astilbe, Fuchsia 'Sharpitor Aurea' and Geranium macrorrhizum

shade garden on a north wall with astilbe, Fuchsia ‘Sharpitor Aurea’ and Geranium macrorrhizum

The golden fuchsia is small in the photo above, and is the plant that inspired my first ever contact  with Our Kathleen.  She used to stay at The Anchorage before and had asked at the Planter Box what that fuchsia’s name might be, and Teresa called me up to ask the name.  I may even have talked to Kathleen on the phone; her sharp memory would supply the details.  Later, I met her in person in the Anchorage gardens.  Facebook made communication easier so that we could become real life friends.

Calla lilies on the north wall

Calla lilies on the north wall

The pink hydrangeas in the "Zen courtyard" are enjoying the new mulch and Beth's weeding job, and look much better than last year.

The pink hydrangeas in the “Zen courtyard” are enjoying the new mulch and Beth’s weeding job, and look much better than last year.

center courtyard

center courtyard

happy, fertilized plants in the center courtyard containers

happy, fertilized plants in the center courtyard containers

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' (blue potato vine)

Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ (blue potato vine)

I hope the fertilizer inspires the window box plants.

I hope the fertilizer inspires the window box plants.

office courtyard

office courtyard

Allan took on the project of weeding under the grapevines down by Ocean Beach Boulevard.

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This involved bending and crawling.

This involved bending and crawling.

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after

Boreas Inn

I was well chuffed that we found time to spend an hour at the Boreas Inn garden, just weeding.

Boreas Inn and its trail to the beach.

Boreas Inn and its trail to the beach.

island beds on the west lawn; round roof is hot tub hut

island beds on the west lawn look so small!; round roof at mid photo is hot tub hut

looking west to beach trail

looking west to beach trail

I was shocked to find the deer have been eating Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'

I was shocked to find the deer have been eating Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’

and Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

and Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

but not all the Eryngiums, thank goodness.

but not all the Eryngiums, thank goodness.

Deer have never bothered my Gauras before.  Two days later, I found Gaura at the Ilwaco boatyard garden also severely browsed.  Darn it.

Verbascum 'Jackie in Yellow', back for a third year (albeit rather small)

Verbascum ‘Jackie in Yellow’, back for a third year (albeit rather small)

The Cove Restaurant

Thursday night means Fish Taco night at the Cove Restaurant.  We were joined by Dave and Melissa from Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, who had been to Portland and back today.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

menu

I just realized that Thai soup with prawns is Tom kha goong, and with chicken is tom kha gai.  I think I am showing off a little by saying that.  I used to go out for Thai food probably once a week in Seattle. Never mind; Jason’s soup is spectacularly delicious.  He sent us out a scallop amuse bouche that had us all exclaiming with pleasure.

Jason's scallops

Jason’s scallops

with tiny Peruvian peppers

with tiny, sweet Peruvian peppers

Tom kha soup

tom kha soup

Patti J and Lisa and Buzz were there.  I had to name drop and tell Melissa that Buzz is the one who wrote the recent interview article with Caitlin Jenner that has been all the media rage.  A woman came over and said she reads my blog every day (hi! and thank you!) and I said “Even the whining?” and she said “That’s the best part!”.  That is reassuring, as I’ve been doing a lot of whining lately.

As we departed, Parking Lot Cat came to greet us, leading to this amusing set of photos by Allan as all the “cat people” fawned over him.

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PLC is a star!

PLC is a star!

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

With many annuals already planted, we were able to make a dent in the weeding side of the work board list.

Mike’s Garden

Mayor Mike’s garden is a few blocks east of us.  If it were to the west, we would see the weeds on our way to the post office and would keep up with it better.  As it was, I was surprised at how weedy it had gotten.  Al;l the photos are after we got done…

Mike's garden, looking south

Mike’s garden, looking south

red Oriental poppy

red Oriental poppy

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

looking south

looking south

tall white allium

tall white allium (Mt Everrest, I believe)

Pulmonaria and boxwood

Pulmonaria and boxwood

Red Barn Arena and Diane’s Garden

We tried to polish off the last two little annuals jobs, going up Sandridge Road to plant some Blue Denim diascias in three of the Red Barn planters.  I just like to use this one because of the name, since blue denim goes well with horses and riders and barrel racers, it seems.

Allan planting at the Red Barn

Allan planting at the Red Barn

Diascia is not as hardy here as the tag implies.

Diascia is not as hardy here as the tag implies.

The plants were a bit leggy,  Next time around, I will probably sheer them for more compact blooming.

The plants were a bit leggy, Next time around, I will probably sheer them for more compact blooming.

At Diane’s next door, we were able to add a couple of annuals and some hardy fuchsias.  We could not finish the job because her new little bicycle planter was not yet set out for us to plant.

Zaluzianskya (night scented phlox) should add a surprising sweetness to this container garden by the back porch at dusk.

Zaluzianskya (night scented phlox) should add a surprising sweetness to this container garden by the back porch at dusk.

We next swung quickly by the Basket Case Greenhouse to pick up a few perennials for our next job,

The Boreas Inn garden

When we edged the Boreas beds last Friday, I felt that the garden beds cried out for some more plants.  Our rather brief stop today resulted in about ten more perennials in the ground.  Allan took all the photos here.

added one more Salvia 'Hot Lips'

added one more Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

Allium multibulbosum

Allium multibulbosum nigrum and ‘Mount Everest’

green santolina

green santolina

Driving through Long Beach on the way to our last job of the day, I saw a tall single blade of grass sneering at me from atop a shrublet in one of the Long Beach planters.  This could not stand! We circled the block, parked, and Allan went across and got it, and also found a dandelion.

All I did was point and watch from the van.

All I did was point and watch from the van.

Penttila’s Chapel by the Sea

We finally got back to Penttila’s Chapel, after doing a spring clean up way back on March 2.  Many small weeds awaited us.

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before, south side

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I cannot cross this weeding job off the work list yet, unfortunately, because a bed at the north end of the property still has lots of grass among the kinnickkinnick groundcover.

I hope we can get to this next week.

I hope we can get to this next week.

Working at the mortuary garden always makes me think of my mother, who died the week we first helped install this garden in September 2010 and whose body was actually at the mortuary during the day we, by arrangements made before her death, helped plant the garden.  Of course, today I pondered death for awhile, and was reminded that last week I finished an excellent memoir with the best chapter on mourning that I’ve ever read. More on this at the end of this post.

We saw a pretty bird nearby as we were packing up to go home.

a pretty little goldfinch

a pretty little goldfinch

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

On the last homestretch in Ilwaco, we used the last of our burble water to quench the thirst of seven of the Ilwaco planters.

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We are trying to rotate through watering them a few a day, since right now we don’t have time for one big watering session every three days.

bonus book report: The Stations of Solitude by Alice Koller

You may recall that I was smitten with Alice Koller’s An Unknown Woman.  Last week, I read her second memoir…at bedtimes, not all at once.  I would give it twenty stars if I could instead of the five star Goodreads rating.  I love it so much, I just have to share some passages.

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I appreciate and agree with her non-ownership attitude about her dogs:

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On learning to co-exist peacefully and welcomingly with snakes and other critters, in a woodland home near Washington DC.

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Her description of bloodroot is of special interest since Todd gave me a bloodroot plant for my birthday.

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Of course, the theme of the book is solitude, a subject dear to me:

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In the chapter on “Colliding” (conflict with others):

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I certainly have experienced that!

The chapter on Mourning is the best exploration of that subject I have ever read.  Her first dog, Logos, and her father, are her two most mourned loved ones.  If you don’t take seriously the love for a dog, or if it would pain you to read of mourning by someone who does not believe in an afterlife, I don’t recommend it.

I won’t share the passages from it here because it would make you so sad, whether or not you mourn.  Seek the book out if you might find the chapter on mourning to be helpful and cathartic.  I just read my favourite parts of that chapter all again  and it is much too intense to share even brief passages from it in a (mostly) gardening journal even in a book review of a deeply beloved book.

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Friday, 22 May 2015

Another drizzly day was not going to stop us from working, because we were about to reach our goal of having an almost three day weekend.  Twelve days in a row is nothing on what we used to do; I remember working 21 days in a row not many years ago.

misty moisty view

misty moisty view

At Andersen’s RV Park a couple of days ago, I had accidentally clipped an iris in the road box.  Don’t tell.  I put the stalk in a bucket of water in the garage, and it had bloomed, so it went into a vase in our kitchen.

a casualty

a casualty

The weather was so wet when we left for work that I re-ordered the day.  We had two jobs far apart from each other, something I try to avoid scheduling.  If we went to KBC first, a longish drive away, we might escape working in heavy rain.

leaving our place

leaving our place

leaving Ilwaco...the drive north to KBC would give the weather time to improve.

leaving Ilwaco…the drive north to KBC would give the weather time to improve.

The traffic up the highway was slow all the way with lots of vehicles suddenly turning to go to one after another of “the world’s longest garage sale”, a Peninsula wide event every Memorial Day weekend.

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We detoured up Sandridge Road and stopped briefly at The Basket Case to get a few plants for the Ilwaco planters, in case we got done in time.

Nancy has planted up these wheelbarrows by the Basket Case carpark.

Nancy has planted up these wheelbarrows by the Basket Case carpark.

Hot Lips salvia (Allan's photo)

Hot Lips salvia (Allan’s photo)

The reason our upcoming three day weekend was ALMOST three days off is that the truck from Blooming Nursery will not arrive till Saturday morning, so we will have to shop before our time off.

A oetunia fell from a hanging basket and lodged in the passenger mirror.

A petunia fell from a hanging basket and lodged in the passenger mirror.

Next we stopped at Peninsula Landscape Supply so that I could buy two large (and pricey) bottles of Fox Farms Tiger Bloom.  I am trying to not use Miracle Gro anymore, even though the blue stuff is “like candy” to plants as someone told us this week.  It is difficult to find an organic fertilizer that goes through a sprayer as easily and cheaply as Miracle Gro.  We’ll see how long my resolve lasts.  Mainly, I don’t want to financially support Monsanto (associated with the Miracle Gro company).  (I don’t Miracle Gro in garden beds, only containers, and the one place where its convenience has been a boon has been in the many planters of Long Beach and Ilwaco.)

Tiger Bloom (the small jug)

Tiger Bloom (the small jug)

Peninsula Landscape Supply in action

Peninsula Landscape Supply in action

Oman Builders Supply, Ocean Park

It occurred to me to begin north of KBC at the little entry garden of Oman Builders Supply.  I was glad we did start there, as part of an Erysimum was dead and there were some mighty big grassy weeds in one area.

a glaringly dead branch

a glaringly dead branch

OBS does not carry many bagged soil amendments (not that we found, anyway).  Their small bag of mushroom compost was perfect for mulching the rather sad north end of the garden.

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looking south

looking north

looking north

Klipsan Beach Cottages

By our parking place at Joanie’s Cottage grounds next door, one of the best rhododendrons had just come into bloom.  During the Rhodie Tour, I had wondered why my memory of it being fabulous was so strong, as the buds just looked like normal red ones.

The rhododendron in question

The rhododendron in question

The buds just look red...

The buds just look red…

They open to pink and white.

They open to pink and white.

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I expected it to be like this red one.

From the buds, I expected it to be like this red one.

Across the gravel road from our parking spot, I admire this naturescape every week.

Across the gravel road from our parking spot, I admire this naturescape every week.

The KBC wheelbarrow was half full with spent blossoms from their Rhododendron 'Cynthia'.

The KBC wheelbarrow was half full with spent blossoms from their Rhododendron ‘Cynthia’.

We simply weeded and groomed the garden for an hour or so.

the weekly view

the weekly view

Mary's pink rose

Mary’s pink rose, with all black spotty leaves removed

the first lily

the first lily

right, the evergrowing glaucous blue Thalictrum 'Elin'

right, the evergrowing glaucous blue Thalictrum ‘Elin’

There should be two white alliums floating in front of that Thalictrum.  Mary told me there had been some sort of mysterious battle in the garden, with tufts of fur around (not from her cats), a cosmos pulled OUT and lying on the path (she replanted it) and one of the alliums broken off.

Mary's abutilon has emerged from the greenhouse.

Mary’s abutilon has emerged from the greenhouse.

rose and the airy white Anthriscus sylvestris 'Ravenswing'

rose and the airy white Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’

view from east gate

view from east gate

by the driveway: a well behaved perennial geranium

by the driveway: a well behaved perennial geranium

llium bulgaricum (Nectroscordum siculum) in the driveway garden

Allium bulgaricum (Nectroscordum siculum) in the driveway garden

Corokia cotoneaster by the garage

Corokia cotoneaster by the garage

shade bed by the lawn (Allan's photo)

Podophyllum in shade bed by the lawn (Allan’s photo)

Mary and Allan agree that its a smart plant to know that all it needs is one stunning leave to make a great show.

Boreas Inn

With KBC done, we drove south to Long Beach to finally, FINALLY edge the beds at the Boreas Inn.  This has been on the work list for ages.  My weather strategy had worked, and we had not done any rainy gardening at all today.

Boreas lawn beds, before

Boreas lawn beds, before

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before

The rainstorm had clearly been here recently.

on the leaves of Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

on the leaves of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

The Alchemilla mollis (lady’s mantle) reminded me of why it is more than just an annoyingly weedy re-seedy perennial.  When I first began to explore the world of perennials, I read that alchemists (supposedly) collected rain drops from this plant for their potions:

Alchemilla's perfect raindrop

Alchemilla’s perfect raindrops

Later, Susie told me that she likes to use the chartreuse sprays of flowers in bouquets, further reminding me of its value.

Lady's Mantle and Astrantia

elsewhere and elsewhen: Lady’s Mantle and Astrantia; it is delicately gorgeous in bloom.

.On this grey day, we did not have an audience of guests.

looking east to the inn

looking east to the inn

Allan's photo: beginning the half moon edging

Allan’s photo: beginning the half moon edging

Allan’s photo. Rock the edger back to loosen the sod.

Allan’s photo: after

Allan’s photo: two little beds before

and after (He managed to straighten the arbour somewhat)

Allan’s photo: Some horses passed by; their riders were seeking the road.

Allan’s photo: the last bed

after putting a crisp edge on all the beds with the half moon edger

after putting a crisp edge on all the beds with the half moon edger

That makes me happy.

That makes me happy.  And there’s room for more plants.

Ilwaco

We did have time to work on the Ilwaco planters at the end of the day.

added some Cosmos 'Sonata' to the city hall planters, because the staff gives them supplemental water

added some Cosmos ‘Sonata’ to the city hall planters, because the staff gives them supplemental water

We pulled out old, leggy Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ from four planters and replaced them with new, compact ones.  Allan thinks it a shame that the old ones are blooming so well, and the new ones are not in bloom yet.  The new compact ones will provide flowers for much longer, and will be less teetery.

out with the old

out with the old

Last time we replaced Erysimums, at the intersection by the Portside Café, I gave the café owners a bouquet of the blossoms.  At 7 PM, there was no one to give flowers too (and I was too tired to deal with it, anyway).

The new ones are well leafed out to the base.

The new ones are well leafed out to the base.

Just as we went home, the rain returned…perfect timing to make the plants happy.

turning toward home

turning toward home

After 12 days in a row of Annual Planting Time, we were so ready for three days almost off.

poppies by our own driveway

poppies by our own driveway

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, showing why the poppy is called “Maltese Cross”

the work board tonight

the work board tonight

 

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

We did not treat ourselves to a day off. The push to get the annuals planted continued.

Ilwaco

On the way to add a couple more annuals to the planter at the Peninsula Sanitation office, we noticed some plant growth in the Sea Warrior, an old boat in the storage yard.

The Sea Warrior looks permanently landbound now. (Allan's photo)

The Sea Warrior looks permanently landbound now. (Allan’s photo)

From Peninsula Sanitation:  The name of this boat spoke to me of Annuals Planting Time.

From Peninsula Sanitation: The name of this boat spoke to me of Annuals Planting Time.

We traded out some old, leggy Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ for some new ones in the planters by Eagle and Main Streets.  This one had, unusually, formed a nice tight new set of growth at the base so we will give it a chance to come back:

a hopeful Erysimum

a hopeful Erysimum

(As I write this a week later, I feel less kindly and as if we should move that plant to the boatyard garden and put in a new one with more chance of blooming soon.)

adding some trailies by the Portside Café

adding some trailies by the Portside Café

We made a detour back home to pick up a few more plants.

Helianthemum by our driveway

Helianthemum by our driveway (Wisley Primose, I think)

poppies!

poppies!

Allium and Dutch Iris

Allium albopilosum and Dutch Iris

We then finally checked closely on the Ilwaco street tree that I had noticed, a couple of days ago, had a mysteriously flat garden.  I had simply not wanted to deal with this problem because I knew it would be upsetting.

This was AFTER I pulled off most of the chopped and dropped foliage.

Today: This was AFTER I pulled off most of the chopped and dropped foliage.

What happened??  It looks like it was hit with a strimmer, although there are no string trimmer cuts into the bark of the tree.  Or hedge shears? This was human work, not a deer browsing; deer do not mow a garden down neatly to all one level like this.  Catmint, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, golden oregano and schizostylus, all leveled to the ground.  I said to myself I was going to remain calm, which lasted until, at the end of picking up all the broken pieces and adding one little sea thrift plant, I burst into tears and a big rant of WHY??????.

WHY??????

WHY??????

Was someone string trimming this lot, and just...jumped the sidewalk?

Was someone string trimming this lot, and just…jumped the sidewalk?

This is what the tree garden would have looked like had this not happened (more or less as they don’t all have the same plants):

across the street to the south

across the street to the south

across the street to the north in front of Azure Salon

across the street to the north in front of Azure Salon

The little red poppies were already struggling to grow back and I watered them with angry and sorrowful tears.  Times like this I think I am making a mistake by focusing almost entirely on public gardens.  Private gardens are so much safer.

I immediately posted about it, with photos, on Facebook (from my phone) and got some gratifying sympathy and outrage over the rest of the day.

The Depot Restaurant & The English Nursery

I had scheduled a job that would require some battering out of a lawn area, good for releasing some steam: expanding the end of the Depot Garden

before

before

about an hour later

about an hour later

Chef Michael emerged from the kitchen and asked us if we could plant tall grasses on the south side of the deck to add to the sense of enclosure that the ornamental grasses on the east side provide.  The rosemary plants are not doing the job; I had never realized that the original idea of the garden had been for grasses to enclose the whole deck.  I knew just where to get some: three blocks away at The English Nursery.

When we arrived there, owner Dirk was hard at work trying to control the horsetail in the streetside garden.  Way back when this garden was created by volunteers, as an entry corridor along the highway intersection, both Dirk and I had pleaded with them to find the funds from the Visitors Bureau to BUY and bring in clean soil.  But no, some diggings from who knows where were provided for “FREE” and of course the “soil” was full of horsetail and bindweed.  It had been a struggle ever since.  I was offered the job twice and both times turned it down.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo, Dirk vs. horsetail

a stunning iris in that garden

a stunning iris in that garden

He was possibly happy to take a break and help us buy plants.

He was possibly happy to take a break and help us buy plants.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

in the nursery

in the nursery

daylilies and lilies

daylilies and lilies

His specialty is hostas.

His specialty is hostas.

hostas

a vast array of hostas

a vast array of hostas

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Dirk shows me some recently potted but not ready giant Miscanthus

Dirk shows me some recently potted but not ready giant Miscanthus

We couldn’t get the tall Miscanthus, so we returned to the Depot with three Miscanthus ‘Karl Foerster’ that we hope will get five feet tall, and one each of two exceptionally tall perennials, Filipendula and Macleaya cordata (plume poppy).  Both perennials are aggressive runners; since this garden is going to become all tall things, that will be fine.  They can fight it out among themselves.  Later, Michael will figure out a different place to put some rosemary plants, perhaps in the next door yard that also belongs to the restaurant.

Allan planting

Allan planting

While he planted, I sheared the escallonia from hiding the railway history sign.  Talk about wrong plant for the place!  It’s been there since before I started this job, and Michael feels it helps prevent rain water from washing against the building corner.

This escallonia would love to get taller than me.

This escallonia would love to get taller than me.

Boreas Inn

Next, we planted cosmos at the Boreas Inn.

This called for some wake up beans!  (Chocolate covered coffee beans)

This called for some wake up beans! (Chocolate covered coffee beans)

The Boreas garden, looking west to the beach trail

The Boreas garden, looking west to the beach trail

I got the sudden urge to put an edge on the garden beds.  Oh, how I longed to do so.  I almost got out the half moon edger.  Good thing I resisted, as some guests emerged to take photos of each other, and some other guests emerged to use the hot tub room.  We would have been in the midst of a big project had I started edging.  As it was, we were able to quickly pick up our empty plant containers and supplies and exit, leaving the guests in peace.

It sure does need edging.  That has been on the work board for ages!

It sure does need edging. That has been on the work board for ages!

The Depot Restaurant & Seaview

With a little time left, we returned to finish the Depot garden instead of leaving it to the next day.

Depot garden with mulch, cosmos, and Agastache 'Golden Jubilee' added.

Depot garden with mulch, cosmos, and Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’ added.

Why did I not make this garden larger two year ago?  So much better.

Why did I not make this garden larger two year ago? So much better.

Today's plans did not allow time to implement the idea.

Here’s the before from yesterday.

Since it was seven o clock, and since we were right there, we went into the Depot for a delicious dinner.

Asian salad from the new summer menu

Asian salad from the new summer menu

Mediterranean prawns

Mediterranean prawns

Allan's photo

clam chowder, Allan’s photo

Allan's Steak Killian

Allan’s Steak Killian

On the way home, we paused to take some photos of the Seaview garden that used to belong to Maxine, Jo’s mother.  Maxine loved her rhododendrons.  Her garden was my first gardening job on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Maxine's garden (Allan's photo)

Maxine’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Maxine's garden (Allan's photo)

Maxine’s garden (Allan’s photo)

Maxine's garden (Allan's photo)

Maxine’s garden (Allan’s photo); I used to pick off each and every yellow leaf.

just around the corner, at a house whose lawn I used to mow back in the late 90s

just around the corner, at a house whose lawn I used to mow back in the late 90s

home

arriving home:  Allan's photo—"cats on patrol" in Nora's driveway

arriving home: Allan’s photo—”cats on patrol” in Nora’s driveway

the work board...with the annuals list getting noticeably shorter

the work board…with the annuals list getting noticeably shorter

 

 

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

After a wonderful rainy and windy reading Monday (finished The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer), I thought we might get a second rainy, windy day off.  By 11:30, the sky showed signs of clearing.  We have much to do at work before the clam festival on Saturday, not the least of which is to get all the Long Beach parks and planters looking as perfect as possible.  Because the rain was continuing as we drove north, we did a rainy- time errand and picked up a bag of Dr. Earth rhododendron and evergreen fertilizer at The Planter Box.

pb

entry display at The Planter Box

That saw us through to clearer skies.  On the way south to Long Beach, we paused at the Boreas Inn long enough to do a bit of weeding and to fertilize one area that did not get done last week.  (Someone had been reading a book on the porch of the Garden Suite and I had not wanted to invade her private reverIe.)

Boreas Inn

Boreas Inn

back yard view to the west, with trail to the beach

back yard view to the west, with trail to the beach

dogtooth violets at the Boreas, originally transplanted from my mother's garden

Erythronium (dogtooth violets) at the Boreas, originally transplanted from my mother’s garden

Long Beach

Back on our main mission in Long Beach, we tackled the four quadrants of Fifth Street Park.  We are sure people will want to see the squirting clam sculpture during clam fest weekend.

Allan took on the SW garden, including weeding under the fence; you can see to the left of the photo below that the soil extends to a cement wall belonging to the hotel next door.  It’s a dank and damp bed, perhaps due to water run off from the roof.

before

before

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo.  I would like to get even more schizostylis out of here.  It does love the damp soil and does look good in autumn.

after (Allan’s photo. I would like to get even more schizostylis out of here. It does love the damp soil and does look good in autumn.  I just resent its thuggish ways.

When that was done, he did a difficult bed under three trees in the SE quadrant of the park…difficult because the roots of the trees and the sprinkler system and damp soil make weeding mighty hard.

before

before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan's photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

before (Allan's photo)

before (Allan’s photo) with swamp hedge having made its way into the garden

after (Allan's photo); the blades left behind are of schizostylis

after (Allan’s photo); the blades left behind are of schizostylis

While Allan was weeding, parks manager Mike Kitzman stopped by and we all decided this nasty little bed has to go.  Mike and crew will eliminate the plants and replace it with river rock on landscape fabric, to match the other side of the park.  I’ll be awfully happy to see all the lady’s mantle go.  It is not a plant I love at all.  It just accidentally took over this bed and was allowed to because not much else thrived there.

During that time, I did the NW garden, and a long project it was with lots of shotweed, a bit of horsetail, and the maddening wild garlic popping up through other plants.

a small area before

a small area before

and after

and after

There just might be a tiny green thread of sweet pea coming up along the fence in back.

after two and a half hours of steady weeding (including two more smaller areas not pictured)

after two and a half hours of steady weeding (including two more smaller areas not pictured)

I wanted to accomplish more.  I had had my eyes on a black cloud approaching from the west, driven toward us by a cold wind, and it finally got to us.

much rain

much rain

We made a trip to dump debris at the city works yard.  As we turned the corner to swing west and north to the stoplight, I saw bright sky coming from the west.

a hopeful sign

a hopeful sign

One of the best things that has happened in our Long Beach job is when we got our own key to the works yard.  Before, every Long Beach day was full of the pressure to get debris dumped before the gate closes at 4 PM, and we often had to take debris home overnight.  The crew starts at 7 AM, long before we do.

Now we can dump anytime we want.

Now we can dump anytime we want.

view to the east from the dump area...light all around the edges

view to the east from the dump area…light all around the edges

Sure enough, the rain disappeared and we were able to get back to work.  There would be a Mermaid Lagoon, hosted by our friend Queen La De Da, at the Coulter Park historic train depot.  We made the corner bed, by which many people will pass, look much better.

coulterbefore

before

after

half an hour later

after

coulter

the old train depot

the old train depot

We still had time to weed and to plant three Nicotiana langsdorfii in the narrow bed by the NE quadrant of Fifth Street Park.

You can see clam statue and the famous Long Beach frying pan.

You can see clam statue (at the end of the benches, kind of washed out in this photo) and the famous Long Beach frying pan.

Dutch Iris 'Eye of the Tiger'

Dutch Iris ‘Eye of the Tiger’

detail

detail

In all the planters, Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ is in full bloom instead of blooming in May as it usually does.  I have decided to just be glad that it is blooming for the Clam Festival weekend and not be bothered about what will be in bloom for the May 3 parade.  Maybe Baby Moon will last that long.

Narcissus 'Baby Moon'

Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’

In the foreground, above, is Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.  We will cut each one back by half during our next planter session after the May 3 parade.  That way they will not splay open by midsummer.  By the lamp post, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, which was purged from this planter, is trying to come back.  After the photo was taken, I yanked all the hopeful little starts right out.

Tomorrow, clam fest preparation will continue with lots of weeding and fertilizing at the Port of Ilwaco.  Thursday we will try to do Klipsan Beach Cottages and Golden Sands and Andersen’s, and Friday will be the pre-festival walk around of all the Long Beach parks and planters.  I learned to my shock that Allan is going motorcycling on Saturday so KBC can’t be done that day as I had thought.  While that trip makes me anxious (because I saw the dire results of motorcycle accidents on his dad and his brother), it should lead to some good photos….

Big telly excitement tonight: The season premiere of The Deadliest Catch.  The bad weather work of the crabbers always helps me to feel that my job is easy.

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Ilwaco

We had an ambitious agenda today, starting with deadheading some narcissi that I noticed during yesterday evening’s drive by of the Howerton Way gardens. (I simply had no energy then to get out of the vehicle and pick off the dead flower stems).

By the Loading Dock Village building, I found room in the garden for three Agastaches (hyssops), which I hope will do well with minimal watering.  In his excellent book High and Dry, Robert Nold warned that they need more water than most people think, so this is a test of their endurance. 

three hyssops added

three hyssops added

I do wish we could just weed all along the port this week.  I saw little creeping sorrels coming back, and pulled some.  However, fertilizing elsewhere must take a priority as a good rainy (reading! I hope!) day is due on Friday and would nicely wash it all in.

same bed: Blue Ceanothus, blue sky

same bed: Blue Ceanothus, blue sky

same garden bed: narcissi

same garden bed: narcissi

Further west by the Ilwaco Pavilion and restrooms:  Oh how mildly infuriating to see all the ‘Baby Moon’ narcissi blooming now, when in other years I have always been able to count on them being in bloom for the parade on the first Saturday in May.

my favourite of all the Howerton Way garden beds

my favourite of all the Howerton Way garden beds

Narcissus 'Baby Moon' and santolinas

Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ and santolinas, dianthus, etc

I will be curious to see what IS in bloom for parade weekend in Ilwaco and Long Beach!  One glimmer of hope is that this California poppy was already flowering in this same little garden:

California poppy (probably 'White Linen')

California poppy (probably ‘White Linen’)

reseeded from last year

reseeded from last year

If the ones reseeded from last year start to bloom this early, and the ones I sowed this year come on later, we should have a long lasting poppy show.

I long for a day to weed the boatyard; I will fertilize lightly as we go, when that happy day arrives, to work it in well so loose dogs don’t dig in it (or not too much, one hopes).

We drove by with no time to weed.  This cute boat caught my eye enough to get her photo taken out the van window.

We drove by with no time to weed. This cute boat caught my eye enough to get her photo taken out the van window.

At the post office, I got an exciting small box from Bluestone Perennials so we paused at home so I could free the plants.

plants

plants

photos from Bluestone Perennials....wowie zowie, eh?

photos from Bluestone Perennials….wowie zowie, eh?

And Sambucus 'Lemony Lace', makes my mouth water.

And Sambucus ‘Lemony Lace’, makes my mouth water.

In the garden, I took one photo before we headed back to our work day.

a deep red primula given to me by Jayne of Bailey's Café in Nahcotta.

a deep red primula given to me by Jayne of Bailey’s Café in Nahcotta.

The Depot Restaurant

The day’s fertilizing began at The Depot Restaurant in Seaview.

Depot garden with some narcissi and tulips

Depot garden with some narcissi and tulips

I wish we had time today to severely edit the ajuga.  Soon its day of doom will come. 

Ajuga (bugleweed) creeping forward from the back...

Ajuga (bugleweed) creeping forward from the back…

and backward from the front...

and backward from the front…

On the way to run two nursery errands, we paused long enough to photograph the tulips at the welcome sign.

welcome

back

The Planter Box

We needed to buy several more bags of Dr. Earth fertilizer.

Limonium Suworowii, for sale as you walk in.

Limonium Suworowii, for sale as you walk in.

rose

The Basket Case

After planting three Agastaches at the port, I had gotten anxious about running out of them, so back we went to The Basket Case to snag some and some more Gaura ‘Whirling Butterfly’ and ‘So White’.

more, more more!

more, more more! (Allan’s photo)

Fred totals up.

Fred totals up.  (Allan’s photo)

Now we could get back to fertilizing.  Because we had skipped Klipsan Beach Cottages yesterday, we headed there.  I am trying a new plan, just getting through as many gardens as possible without getting anxious about how far along we are.  It worked yesterday….sort of….

Klipsan Beach Cottages

At KBC, owner/manager Mary helped rake the fertilizer in, and that helped speed things along.  Allan and I did some weeding and deadheading and then took some photos for the KBC Facebook page (which I help run, along with many more).

boxwood and Euphorbia

boxwood and Euphorbia

Clematis (Allan's photo)

Clematis (Allan’s photo)

Clematis on a deer fence gate (Allan's photo)

Clematis over a deer fence gate (Allan’s photo)

In the fenced garden, two pots of Angelique tulips

In the fenced garden, two pots of Angelique tulips

In the fenced garden, Tulip 'Angelique'

Tulip ‘Angelique’

Tulip 'Formosa'

Tulip ‘Formosa’

multi flowering tulip 'Florette'

multi flowering tulip ‘Florette’

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

a tulip which has come back in the ground for over five years now

a tulip which has come back in the ground for over five years now

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)  (taken without each other’s knowledge)

one of two yellow tree peonies

one of two yellow tree peonies

tree peony flowers

tree peony flowers

I was thrilled that this year I was there during their bloom time!

I was thrilled that this year I was there during their bloom time!

Pieris by the lawn garden

Pieris by the lawn garden

more Clematis (Allan's photo)

more Clematis (Allan’s photo)

detail (Allan's photo)

detail (Allan’s photo)

Joseph's Coat rose (Allan's photo)

Joseph’s Coat rose (Allan’s photo)

shadows by the A Frame woods

shadows by the A Frame woods

Narcissi in the A Frame garden (Allan's photo)

Narcissi in the A Frame garden (Allan’s photo)

cool plant from Mary's brother (Allan's photo)

cool plant from Mary’s brother (Allan’s photo)

One of Mary’s brothers lives near Heronswood and is quite the plantsman.  He’s the one who gave her the yellow tree peonies and also the Cardiocrinum giganteum that bloomed last year, a choice plant with which his own garden abounds.

the garden below the house deck

the garden below the house deck

As we left, I lazily asked Allan to photograph two things that I spotted from the vehicle’s passenger seat:

a container planting by Mary by the office door (Allan's photo)

a container planting by Mary by the office door (Allan’s photo)

Easter decor

Easter decor

a narcissi with a darling tiny cup

a narcissi with a darling tiny cup

The smaller the cup, the more I like them.

The smaller the cup, the more I like them.

Anchorage Cottages

I had brought four window box inserts to see if they would fit.  They are too short to fill the length of the windowbox frames.

not gonna work

not gonna work

Manager Beth said she would order more of the kind that the bulbs are planted in.  Two of those in each frame fill up the whole length.  The bulb ones are sort of narrow which is why I was hoping the terracotta ones would work.  Oh well.  So…we fertilized and I planted Agastaches and Nicotiana langsdorfii.

My good friend Mitzu was there.

My good friend Mitzu was there.

m2

m3

m4

trying a new thing: Agastaches added to containers.  I think they will bloom most of the summer.

trying a new thing: Agastaches added to containers. I think they will bloom most of the summer.

Across the street: a classic scene of beach clothes drying in the sun on a white picket fence:

fence

Boreas Inn

Allan was tormented when we drove up to the Boreas Inn’s west gardens to see Susie’s whirligig garden sculpture madly twirling.  He had bought himself one at a close out sale at Fred Meyer and his has never agreed to spin despite tinkering and oiling.

(Allan's photo)

Susie’s taunted him by whirling rapidly in very little wind. (Allan’s photo)

We fertilized and planted some Agastaches and some Nicotiana langsdorfii.  On the future work list is the task of  edging the lawn beds.

looking west

looking west

some stray narcissi in the long grass

some stray narcissi in the long grass

Long Beach

We had eight plants to plant in Long Beach:

two Champion hebes by the little monument in Coulter Park

two Champion hebes by the little monument in Coulter Park

three nicotianas at City Hall, where the red rhodo has popped into bloom overnight.

three nicotianas at City Hall, where the red rhodo has popped into bloom overnight.

City Hall

City Hall

City Hall...I love the foliage of the Aruncus (goatsbeard); I rescued this one from our old road when it was widened, years ago.

City Hall…I love the foliage of the Aruncus (goatsbeard); I rescued this one from our old road when it was widened, years ago.

and three nicotiana in Fifth Street Park, where I am determined to have them even though it was hard to squeeze them in.

and three nicotiana in Fifth Street Park, where I am determined to have them even though it was hard to squeeze them in.

home again

I managed to cast fertilizer around the front garden, and get magnesium sulfate on the roses front and back.  (The deer are still coming in and nibbling the front garden roses, hopping the low fence.)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

(Allan's photo)

(Allan’s photo)

I was quite excited to find, inside the front fence, a runner from the Tetrapanax!

(Allan's photo)  It's next to Melianthus major.  I may be sorry later but for now I love that the Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' is spreading.

(Allan’s photo) It’s to the left, next to Melianthus major. I may be sorry later but for now I love that the Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ is spreading.

I did not have time to work the fertilizer in and only looked at the weeds.  It will get worked in by rain and later by me when I can finally have some weeding days at home.

Tomorrow: If we can spend most of the day at Andersen’s and get its gardens fertilized and weeded, I will feel we have put in a very good six days of work.

three jobs erased, and a couple added

three jobs erased, and a couple added

Further accomplishment:  We finished watching the latest season of Doctor Who tonight and will be able to return it to the library on time.

 

 

 

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