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Monday, 26 June 2017

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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.

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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.

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beach approach garden

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

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

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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.

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shearing roses by the arch

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after

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):

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

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

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poor li’l slugs

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faucet hooked up (then hose gets attached)

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another search for the hook up

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

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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.

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faucet is often filled up with dirt

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found the hook up

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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.

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not easy to water the corners

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hookup right under a bumper

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another one full of dirt

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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:

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Hungry Harbor Grille

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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…

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And reseeded itself from here:

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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.

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Allan’s photo while watering an Ilwaco planter

 

 

 

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A Real Time Reminder

It’s garden tour day!

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

just a reminder that it is almost time for the Music in the Gardens Tour

Here’s an article about the tour by our friend Debbie Teashon of Rainyside.com.

Now back to our chronological catching up.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office

I began the day still shaken from yesterday’s watering woes.  The sight of our volunteer garden at the post office cheered me up.  Then we were off to our north end jobs, with a couple of small jobs on the way.

The Red Barn and Diane’s Garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

watering the Red Barn Arena garden

one of the pretty horses

one of the pretty horses

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo showing the garden behind the pasture’s gate

Diane and Larry's garden next door

Diane and Larry’s garden next door with Stipa gigantea

California poppies in Diane's roadside garden

California poppies in Diane’s roadside garden

penstemon

penstemon

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

grooming the container garden (Allan's photo)

grooming the container garden (Allan’s photo)

Golden Sands Assisted Living

At Golden Sands, regular watering with the sprinkler system has the courtyard garden looking wonderfully lush.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

The enticing view from the hallway window made me happy.

SW quadrant

SW quadrant

SE quadrant

SE quadrant

NE quadrant

NE quadrant

Marilyn’s Garden

Next, we went all the way up to lower Surfside to do some weeding at Marilyn’s garden.

a neighbour of Marilyn's (Allan's photo)

a neighbour of Marilyn’s (Allan’s photo)

Marilyn's daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

looking south—Marilyn’s daughter, Nancy (of the Depot Restaurant) is doing a good job of watering.

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

elephant garlic about to discard its cap

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours' garage.  The next layer down is Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' which will bloom in late summer.

Tall miscanthus now hiding the neighbours’ garage. The next layer down is Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ which will bloom in late summer.

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

looking north—weeding the gravel path was my project today

Klipsan Beach Cottages

After Marilyn’s we drove south again to our very favourite job, Klipsan Beach Cottages.

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

view from the west gate of the fenced garden

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in the background: tall Thalictrum ‘Elin’ with hazy purple flowers

Thalictrum 'Elin'

Thalictrum ‘Elin’

Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' and Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink'

Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

I wish Mary still knew the names of all her roses.

Lily 'Landini'

Lily ‘Landini’

daylily

daylily

driveway garden

driveway garden

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

Rose 'New Dawn'

Rose ‘New Dawn’

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

This year we are getting an extra long bloom time from Euphorbia characias wulfenii.

Geranium 'Rozanne' embracing a boxwood.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ embracing a boxwood.

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

the weekly view looking southwest over the bird bath

fairy door (Allan's phot)

fairy door (Allan’s photo)

Andersen’s RV Park

We had been weeding and deadheading at Andersen’s for about an hour when owner Lorna came outside and told us the big news:  Barring any unexpected last minute glitch, the deal was about to close on selling the park.   I turned in our restroom key (and said we’d get it back next week if something went wrong at the last minute).  I might as well tell you now that the deal did close for sure a few days later, so our walk around the garden saying goodbye was really the last time.  I have always told Lorna that when she sells, we are leaving with her as it is a good time to further accomplish our goal of cutting back a bit on work.  She says the new owners, a young couple from California, intend to do the gardening themselves so it worked out for the best for everyone.

A farewell look at Andersen’s gardens:

picket fence and garden shed gardens

west garden, Payson Hall (blue roof), picket fence and garden shed (upper right) gardens

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall clubhouse

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii

Payson Hall detail with Allium schubertii and Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

one of six whiskey barrels on the west side

the west garden

the west garden

west garden

west garden

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west garden telephoto

west garden telephoto

 

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

garden behind office

garden behind office

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detail: Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' and Crocosmia 'Lucifer' and godetia

detail: Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and godetia

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

picket fence garden (east side of house and office)

lilies

lilies

office

picket fence from inside

picket fence from inside

My only regret in leaving now is that I planted some of every kind of sweet pea that I had here, and now won’t see all the different colours bloom.

old fashioned wooden picket fence

old fashioned wooden picket fence

one of two big hydrangeas

one of two big hydrangeas

the garden shed garden

the garden shed garden

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

a guest arriving (Allan's photo)

a guest arriving (Allan’s photo)

I will miss the fun of seeing a “wagon train” of RVs come in, led by the first driver, who is known as the wagon master.

As we were leaving, Lorna gave us this chair.  She is packing to move full time to her Seattle townhouse.

It's on my covered front porch now.

It’s on my covered front porch now; Thank you, Lorna.

Jo’s garden

Jo and Bob had returned from Montana.  She had called to ask me to stop by because they had brought us a present.

Jo's garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Jo’s garden all ready for Fourth of July company.

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Verbascum and Nicotiana langsdorfii

Jo's back deck with bunting

Jo’s back deck with bunting

Coco! (Allan's photo)

Coco! (Allan’s photo)

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

our present: Thanks, Jo and Bob!

(She did not even know I had been whinging on about my watering woes yesterday.)

Port of Ilwaco boatyard

We ended our day watering at the Ilwaco boatyard.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; we have to water from behind the fence

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual...

a bit of finger blight on the Echinops (blue globe thistle), as usual…

 

 

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and lavender

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

Stipa gigantea and Ceanothus

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard south end (telephoto compression)

boatyard north end

boatyard north end

We took some of our bucket water to give the new curbside plants at the port a boost.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

So….what shall we do with the extra few hours from not going to Andersen’s?  I suppose we could put it toward weeding the Long Beach beach approach garden, or….we just might spend it on our own garden.

We are now down by several jobs, as we quit two small jobs over bad pruning and slow payment, and Todd has the Wiegardt garden, and we gave Casa Pacifica to Sea Star Landscape Maintenance, Cheri is doing her own garden, and Flowering Hedges has been doing Erin’s garden.  It has delighted me to be divested of all of these jobs; however, I suppose we need to be careful that we don’t go too far into early retirement and lose our ability to afford to go garden touring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you wade through a bit about gardening, you’ll get to the vintage trailers.  I have divided the day into three parts to give The Wiegardt Gallery its own entry.  Now, in the late afternoon, we moved on north to Marilyn’s garden in Surfside.  There we found, just as we did at Klipsan Beach Cottages earlier in the day, a big wind flop:  a giant Miscanthus laid out over the top of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and a blue globe thistle.

Oh, dear.

Oh, dear.

All I could do is trim the ends off; there is no amount of tying or staking that will make this grass be what it should be now.  All these problems are due to the very unusually strong winds we have had this June;  old timers agree that the wind has been extreme for this time of year, several days with 29 mph, not the usual thing for June.

The edges where we had to repair the garden after the round up damage  (not caused by us; we don’t use the stuff) are starting to look more natural.

Marilyn's

Marilyn’s

Heading south again, we stopped at Oman Builders Supply to do some deadheading of the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’; there are three big ones so I said “Let’s just get 20 deadheads off of each and that’ll be good enough,” and it was.

OBS garden

OBS garden

Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola'

Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’

I was anxious to get on to the piece de resistance of our day:  a look at the Sisters on the Fly vintage trailers at Andersen’s TV Park, where we had spend extra time making the gardens look perfect.

I had a few blue scaveoola plants to add to the pots by the front of the office, so that was our excuse.  Lorna was beaming with pleasure that the group had all checked in; as we approached, one of the sisters complimented her on the speech she had made about the history of the park (which was owned and developed by Lorna’s father).  Al told us that the trailers would look better the next day because some had just checked in and and they might not all be fully set up yet.  I knew our schedule might not permit us to come back Thursday or Friday.  I said we would look now and would go out the back door of the office “so it looks like we work here.”

It is probably a good thing that I am posting this about two days after the fact, because it turns out that the Sisters do not want people coming from outside to view the trailers….not to be unfriendly, but they have had hundreds of lookers when the word gets out.  The hubbub interferes with their pleasant vacation time, and the lookers want to see the insides of the trailers as well.  That would be fun as the insides are said to be highly decorative, but I would never dream of asking.

So…here is what we saw.  A big tent was set up next to Payson Hall where the group had had dinner.  We kept getting asked by various Sisters returning from their communal dinner “Are you looking for someone?” and I kept invoking the “We’re the gardeners!” clause.  I sort of felt like I shouldn’t be taking photos, like I was seriously intruding on a private place…but I just had to because I want to remember these cute RVs.  I could not stand and gawk but I can gawk now at the photos. Because I felt we were intruding and really should not walk right into the campsites, I used telephoto to get some decoration details to look at closely later

Note the painted branch trim.

Note the painted branch trim.

Rod and Reel

Rod and Reel

Rod and ReelIs glamping a term for “glamourous camping”?

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blue swirl

blue swirl

knit fast

The light was not perfect for photos, as often happens in the course of our day, but we made do.

entry to the blue swirly

entry to the blue swirly

red and white

red and white

silver

silver

so very shiny

so very shiny

two or three to a site

two or three to a site!

three

All the RV park guest restrooms had been turned into women’s for the occasion.

red and green

red and green

bloomers mansion?

bloomers mansion?

Mission Keep Moving

Mission Keep Moving

very small

very small

little red (and white) Corvette

little red (and white) Corvette

two blues (love the "stone" wall)

two blues (love the “stone” wall)

cobalt blue

cobalt blue

horsey

horsey

horsey

camp martini

camp martini

camp martini

camp martini

Just breez'n along

Just Breez’n Along

Daisy

Daisy

I hope this one liked our field of red poppies near Payson Hall!

I hope this one liked our field of red poppies near Payson Hall!

Adelita

Adelita

sleek and silver

sleek and silver

Wild Honey

Wild Honey

closer

Always saddle your own horse.

good and bad cowgirls

good and bad cowgirls

Blue Moon Ride

Blue Moon Ride

Trailer Trash Diva

Trailer Trash Diva

Diva

I so wanted to get a good view of this mural but did not want to invade their space...

I so wanted to get a good view of this mural but did not want to invade their space…

the shortest?

the shortest?

pink cowgirl

pink cowgirl

pennants

pennants

twoMost trailers are outlined with lights.  Park staffer Rob had plants to get some photos of them lit up and dusk; these might eventually appear on the Andersen’s website.

the lowest?

the lowest?

my favourite

my favourite

My favourite was at the end of the park by the dunes.  I loved the quotations written all over it, similar to the way that I write gardening quotations right on my house.  It’s pretty punk rock, and the quotation “I aim to misbehave” is straight out of Joss Whedon’s Firefly.

quotation trailer

quotes

Never mind the daisies and poppies,  I wanna be friends with this one!  She fascinates me.

Looks like the other sisters were invited to add their thoughts.

I wonder if that is some kind of chalkboard paint?

I wonder if that is some kind of chalkboard paint?

had to telephoto so I could read it later...

had to telephoto so I could read it later…

I had an excuse to walk all the way down to the end of the park…I wanted a photo of the excellent sign offering a tootsie pop to children who help clean up the beach.

clean up sign

beach trail

beach trail

Just over the dune from Andersen’s RV Park, you’ll find the beach.  We hope Sisters on the Fly had a wonderful time there!

Our day was not over; we went on to plant some sedums in the whiskey barrels in Fish Alley, but I will leave you to linger here over the lovely trailers.

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