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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Despite a forecast of rain on and off all day, I woke to fine weather and decided we must go plant bulbs.  Typing up the spreadsheets would have to wait for evenings.

Onyx, our east side neighbour (Allan’s photo). He and Skooter are mortal enemies.

Skooter (Allan’s photo)

The wheelbarrows showed the amazing amount of rain we had received over the past four days.

the final storm rain tally

 

old chair used as plant stand; its time is over.

many leaves down but only two chairs blown over

I shouldn’t have left this board propped up.

alder branch spear driven into the ground

where we are trying to raise the lawn with sod patches

The newly cleared swale did fill up.

the old swale, now with water.

Here is how it looked on Oct 14, 2016, when it filled earlier than usual.

The south end swale is full…but they all will drain soon.

Outside the fence, at our south property edge, this seasonal pond will now probably have water all winter.

looking back to the house

In the front garden, I admired windblown sanguisorba.

with cardoon overhead

Pretty sure that is S. ‘Pink Elephant’, which grows to about eight feet tall.

It is even towers over the towering Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’.

After that home garden tour, we were off to work.

Ilwaco Post Office Garden

We did a thorough clean up of toppled cosmos, tried to eliminate the volunteer perennials sweet pea that would like to infest our volunteer garden, and planted a selection of bulbs.

before (Allan’s photo)

the damnable sweet pea (Allan’s photo)

bulbing

after

has an austere look now

I put in a row of cuttings from the silver santolina, as I would like it to run all along the front.

I leave my garden much wilder in the winter, but here I needed room for bulbs, and generally people do not understand the wild winter look.

Because we had dug out the non-draining planter at the fire station, we replaced its bulbs.  I was pleased that it still looks so good; the station sheltered it from our recent windstorms.

red plants for the fire station

Allan pulled this crocosmia. I would still like to take over the fire station garden.

Ilwaco Community Building

I was pleased to find that the community building garden, cared for by Allan, needed no weeding.  This gave me time to do some pruning while Allan planted bulbs (and time to help him finish planting them).

I thinned and lowered a tree-like red twig dogwood near the library entrance.

Allan hauling my debris.

Even though this was not my intention, I realized the long red stems will make excellent Halloween decor.

entrance garden today after pruning

Compare to the photo Allan took last week:

Even though it was not the right time of year to prune the mugo pines (which would like to be tree-like), I noticed that one might soon be unable to  read the whole sign.

I was pleased enough with the pruning to clearly reveal the address number…

But the covering of the word Ilwaco had to be fixed.

I don’t want to lose any more pretty red leaves.

I do long to lose this, one of three remaining tatty invasive patches of salal.

Fall crocus knocked down by rain (Allan’s photo)

Port of Ilwaco

Much to my surprise, we had time to plant bulbs in the curbside gardens at the port, as well, even though one rain squall made me think we would not finish.  Yet we did.  We had stopped at home to get a Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ to divide and put in a curbside bed where two huge shrubs had recently been removed.

brief, light rain

planting narcissi in former shrub area

We only plant narcissi at the port (except for tulips in the Time Enough Books garden boat).  Deer would eat tulips in the curbsides, and birds (crows or gulls) pull up most of the little bulbs such as crocus and miniature iris.

Time Enough Books boat before (Allan’s photos)

and after

more bulbing

not a bulb (Allan’s photo)

On the way home, we got some photos of the Halloween preparations going on around the flatlands of Ilwaco.

Spruce Street

The spookiest house on Spruce had skipped Halloween last year. I am thrilled that they are baaaack.

The guy will be in motion on Halloween night.

a block up the hill…I love this front garden.

on top of the hill

The higher one lives on the hill, the less likely one is to get the 400 trick or treaters that we flat landers can expect.

At home, I was able to erase three bulbing jobs from the work board.


 

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

HuffPost headline:

A 5,000-mile-long belt of rain is battering the Northwest this week, an “atmospheric river” stretching across the Pacific Ocean from China to British Columbia.

The storm system, which some weather officials have described as “The Big Dark,” is expected to drop 10 to 15 inches of rain and snow over high elevations and 2 to 5 inches of rain over the Puget Sound region in Washington state.”

storm graphic from China to our west coast

In the rain, UPS delivered Colorblends bulbs (two sets of mixed bulbs for the Long Beach welcome sign).  All photos by Allan today

All I remember of Wednesday is that the expected really big windstorm must have veered north and hit the Seattle Tacoma area much worse than us.  Later, Melissa told me that the wind had been fierce at her home in Oysterville, too. I was in the garage all afternoon getting it ready for Bulb Time.  The rain never ceased.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

My morning began by being awakened by the tsunami siren. Its sound is so much spookier than the regular fire siren.  I had a vague memory that maybe there had been news of a “Great Shakeout” drill.  As I looked on Facebook to see if the siren was a drill or real, I wondered if maybe I should be grabbing my go bag, my laptop, my phone, and hobbling up the hill instead. Fortunately, it was a drill.

You can hear the terrifying siren sound here, after the talking, which I slept through.  How very much I hope I never hear the real thing.  It is a possibility that weighs on our minds here at the beach, and I have a go bag right next to my bed.

Yesterday’s rain:

Storm rain is the amount that comes with each storm; I don’t know how the meteorologists tell when one storm ends and the next begins.

rain gauge at 1 PM

The biggest shipment of bulbs arrived, yet with more to come next week.  I am thrilled that most of them arrived this early (by request).  I will have to use extra brainpower to imagine how I am going to sort the stragglers.

Allan’s photo

Crows were all over the apple tree.  The family (Pink Poppy Bakery and Farm) who usually pick the apples for cider were rather busy, having just had a darling new daughter and granddaughter arrive last weekend, so the apples are still on the tree.  Not for long, it seems.  Allan’s photos:

I went into the garden during a lessening of rain to pick a lot of flowers and foliage for a Friday night event: a fundraiser for local Hispanic families.  I would be in the midst of bulb sorting hell by then, and because my most productive time is evening, I would not be attending the event.  It also sounded to me like too much peopling for someone with bulb brain. But at least I could provide bouquets.  The cosmos had been terribly battered by yesterday’s rain and so I was only able to find a few stems with unsodden flowers.

The swale had not filled with water yet.

our biggest windfall from yesterday’s storm

and a small but deadly spear into the ground

I was in a downpour by the time I finished picking.

Bouquet ingredients in the garage to dry out. I will pick the leaves off of the redtwig dogwood, foreground.

view from inside the garage

The city crew drove by, stopping at each storm drain to clean the leaves out.

Allan’s photo

Allan set up the long tables on sawhorses.  These will be dismantled each night so the van can go back into the garage.  The small card tables in the background can stay up throughout the sorting process.

I laid out newspaper and spray painted some dry eryngiums with purple and blue paint.

spray painting at the end of the bulbs boxes

After a complete change of clothes, I started sorting bulbs.  I like to keep the big door open to get light and air.  It is hard to get my brain in gear for this part of the job.  Before an evening engagement, I managed to at least get the bulbs sorted by kind (big and small narcissi, big and small tulips, alliums, lilies, muscari, and assorted little bulbs).

In the late afternoon, the garden pickings had started to dry out a bit and I made the bouquets.

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Allan’s photo

Because of my determination to finish the bouquets (which turned out to be five), we were a few minutes late to our weekly North Beach Garden Gang dinner at Salt Pub.

This week, we were joined by Teresa of The Planter Box garden centre.

feasting (Allan’s photo)

Our garden club meeting are soothing because none of us has to be “on”, or perky, or talking about anything other than gardening.

Home again, I clustered all the bouquets on one of the inward tables overnight.

Allan’s photo, flowers backed with bulbs

Friday, 20 October 2017

I picked some more light colored flowers to one of the bouquets because it did not have enough pizzazz.

the red rain gauge

the yellow rain gauge

The only photos I got of the bouquets were indoors, with messy garage backgrounds, due to bulb sorting priorities and bad weather.

The one that I improved with more colour.

I later learned that this one raised $60 at the auction to benefit local Hispanic families whose family members have been taken by ICE.

The other bouquets were “bundled” at the auction with piñatas that were filled with local treats and gift certificates from businesses.  I was glad that the flowers helped to raise some money.

One of the local activists who was involved with tonight’s event came to pick them up in the mid afternoon.  She got them all into her little car, amazingly!  We had a half an hour visit before she left, and then I finally got down to some serious bulb sorting. The sorting task ahead of me:

Allan kept me going with snacks and Builders Tea:

Allan’s photo

I did my best, and by 9 PM I had gotten all the tulips large and small sorted, all of the alliums, and most of the little bulbs.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

We had a high wind watch.

I hoped the power would stay on; sorting by flashlights would be difficult.

I had a nice break when Jenna came to visit, wearing her new boots.

Jenna’s nautical new boots (Jenna’s photo)

I sorted for hours.  By 8 PM, I was down to the last of the narcissi and was sorting by dumping bulbs on the floor.  My brain was fried.

A number of friends pool money with me; each wants to spend a certain amount so I have to make each batch of bulbs come to the right amount per person.  This also enables me to get a cool selection of a lot of different bulbs for my garden.

9:30 PM, all sorted, and the work board adjusted to just planting.  Round 2 (much smaller) of sorting will come with the next delivery.

There had been a few short stretches of time when the sun came out today, but mostly the rain went on fiercely.  At 9 o clock, I had seen water coming under the back door of the garage, even though there is a lean to structure enclosing it on the outside.  Allan put towels under the door frame and a shower curtain and tarp over the bulbs in case the garage roof leaked as it sometimes does, a bit.

bulbs tucked in for the night

I expected more rain tomorrow, not as much but enough to spend the day at home typing out proper spread sheets for each recipient from my scrawled lists.  Only I can read my hand written lists because of the abbreviations I use for familiar bulbs.

Calvin and Smoky waiting for me to join them to watch telly. (Scott and Bailey, season three)

Today’s rain:

The top wind gust was 83 mph at Radar Ridge (a high hill to the north of the bridge to Astoria, always gets the biggest gusts).  The gusts howled, the rain came under the door, and yet we kept electrical power all day and evening long, thank goodness.

This had been the most perfect bulb sorting weather.  Other years, nice weather had coincided with bulb arrival, and so I had to sort by night and plant by day, keeping only one batch ahead of the game.  It has been glorious to get round one all sorted at once.

 

 

 

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at Sea Star garden, photo by Melissa Van Domelen

at Sea Star garden, photo by Melissa Van Domelen

Friday, 28 October 2016

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

the work board this morning

the work board this morning

Long Beach

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

more bulbs

more bulbs

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

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

It twirls effectively.

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

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

removing spent hosta foliage, before

removing spent hosta foliage, before

and after (Allan's photos)

and after (Allan’s photos)

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

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Allan pulled old crocosmia.

Allan pulled old crocosmia.

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

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

a visitor feeding gulls

a visitor feeding gulls

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

planting in freshly weeded areas

planting in freshly weeded areas

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

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

bulbs added this far...

bulbs added this far…

with this far to go if I get more

with this far to go if I get more

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

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

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

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

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

the last gasp of the Basket Case baskets

the last gasp of the Basket Case baskets

At home, I finished planting my bulbs.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan painting the iron fence

Allan painting the iron fence

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

penstemon

penstemon

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Nicotiana langsdorfii

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' (from Our Kathleen)

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

sanvitalia

sanvitalia

begonias

begonias

agastache

agastache

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’

trailing rosemary

trailing rosemary

lavender

lavender

Helianthus 'Gold Lace'

Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’

big pots of Hot Lips salvia

big pots of Hot Lips salvia

assorted hardy fuchsias

assorted hardy fuchsias

yellow spires of verbascum

yellow spires of verbascum

Ceanothus 'Dark Star'

Ceanothus ‘Dark Star’

Rose 'Nearly Wild'

Rose ‘Nearly Wild’

Eupatorium 'Chocolate'

Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’

Persicaria 'Firetail'

Persicaria ‘Firetail’

Clematis 'Freckles'

Clematis ‘Freckles’

calendula

calendula

Tetrapanax 'Steroidal Giant' buds

Tetrapanax ‘Steroidal Giant’ buds

hellebore

hellebore

cosmos

cosmos

chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum

fuchsia

fuchsia

schizostylis

schizostylis

one last poppy

one last poppy

and more:

Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

hips of Rosa moyesii

hips of Rosa moyesii

Callicarpa (beauty berry)

Callicarpa (beauty berry)

'Dortmund' rose hips

‘Dortmund’ rose hips

Skooter and begonias

Skooter and begonias

And now the work board looks like this:

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


ginger 1995 (age 71):

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

1997 (age 73):

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

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

I woke to such intense wind and rain that I was sure Melissa and Dave would not be working two doors down on the hedge trimming project.  But when I looked out my window, there they were.  I went over to record their perseverance and fortitude.

Neither wind nor rain keeps Sea Star Gardening from its rounds.

Neither wind nor rain keeps Sea Star Gardening from its rounds.

over the gate, gale warning flags at the port

over the gate, gale warning flags at the port

warning flags flown at the port office

warning flags flown at the port office

Mel tarping debris while Dave uses hedge shears for the final cut.

Mel tarping debris while Dave uses hedge shears for the final cut.

I warned Mel about the spear effect of falling branches from the alder grove.

I warned Mel about the spear effect of falling branches from the alder grove.

The trees made a huge wind noise.

The trees made a huge wind noise.

leaning in

leaning in

a second tarp

a second tarp

I posted a video here with the sound of the wind and the sight of the hedge whipping about.  At least it did not rain on our friends.

This wind record is from a weather station over on Sandridge Road; it was probably 10 mph stronger here:

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Melissa said that she was experiencing Ilwaco weather.  I often complain that it is so windy here when in their sheltered garden way up in Oysterville, the wind is minimal.

I left them to their task and went home to spend my day indoors doing all the bulb spreadsheets.

Calvin and Skooter

Calvin and Skooter face off over the cat door. (A squabble did not ensue.)

Smokey supervising.

Smokey supervising.

my Smokey

my Smokey

Skooter

Skooter

Meanwhile, Allan painted.  He said that any stray drop of paint blew away, sometimes onto the green paint of the gates, which then had to be wiped off with paint thinner because he was using an oil based paint.

painting the back arbor

painting the back arbor

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

before

before

and after

and after

It was all his idea to paint the posts black, and it turned out beautifully.

My view at 6:11 PM

My view at 6:11 PM

I finished the spreadsheets just in time for us to depart to have dinner with Dave and Mel at

The Depot Restaurant.

This was a bonus dinner rather than our weekly meeting.  We like to go sometimes to Wednesday “Burger Night”, an offseason treat offered by the Depot.

You choose from many ingredients.

You choose from many ingredients.

If you get a fried egg and pineapple, you can deconstruct the burger and have the egg as an appetizer and the pineapple as dessert.

view from our table

view from our table

a well filled burger

a well filled burger

vanilla bean flan

vanilla bean flan

chocolate espresso pot de creme

chocolate espresso pot de creme

sorbet duo: Cranberry and Pineapple

sorbet duo: Cranberry and Pineapple

Tomorrow, I am determined to get back to bulbing, rain or shine.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 26: 1:30-5:30  I fell again from the little extra step of back porch.  Messed up my knee.  I started to weed asparagus/strawberry bed.  Ended up pulling up the berry plants and trimming them.  They need replanting now—maybe tomorrow.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 26:  10:30-3:30  SUNNY & WARM  I planted more bulbs in UDFB, PRFB-S and Tam.  Then the perennial order from Parks arrived so I potted them.  I picked up apples then got the recycle and garbage.  Then I came in and peeled two pails of apples.  I may can the applesauce tomorrow.  I quit working at 9:30.

 

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

I slept in a bit because of the sound of lashing rain and vigorous wind.  By the time I was seated for breakfast, I saw sunshine and decided we should brave the wind.  I was partially influenced by getting a text from Sea Star Gardening‘s Melissa, informing me that she and Dave were two doors down hedge trimming at Mary and Jeff’s place and that they had brought me some plants acquired on a recent trip to Blooming Nursery.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

This is a huge hedge trimming project.

My new plants: Some more 'Blauer Heinz' boxwoods and some Euonymus 'Green Spire'

My new plants: Some more ‘Blauer Heinz’ boxwoods and some Euonymus ‘Green Spire’

Another bulb order arrived before we left, including 500 crocus.  What was I thinking?  Perhaps my idea when ordering had been to plant more crocus down the center bed in the back garden.  If I pull all the dead outer foliage off of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river, I could plant them for early spring flowering.

river of Rozanne still blooming today

river of Rozanne still blooming today

I am loving this Helianthus 'Gold Lace'.

I am loving this Helianthus ‘Gold Lace’.

Below is my biggest gardening disappointment of the year.  I spent $70 or so on yet another attempt at growing Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate…for the third or fourth failed time.  We had one very hot 99 degree day in late summer.  The next time I watered, every leaf fell off at the same exact moment and the albizia did not leaf out again, nor do I think it will.

a very expensive apparently very dead stick

a very expensive and apparently very dead stick

I loaded a few boxes of bulbs into the van in hopes of getting through several small jobs today.

Mike’s garden

Mike got some viridiflora and ‘White Parrot’ tulips, some Allium sphaerocephalon and Allium nigrum, some crocuses (with which I am suddenly over-run) and some Iris reticulata and white narcissi.

Mike's garden

Mike’s garden is green, white, pink, and blue.

front garden with Schizostylis, either 'Viscountess Byng' or 'Miss Hegarty'

front garden with Schizostylis, either ‘Viscountess Byng’ or ‘Miss Hegarty’

Ilwaco Post Office

I contributed a selection of this year’s bulbs to add to our volunteer garden at the post office.  I didn’t put in any new tulips this year except for the exciting ‘Green Jay’, a new to me fringed green one from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.

Tulip 'Green Jay', photo from Brent and Becky

Tulip ‘Green Jay’, photo from Brent and Becky

Ilwaco post office

Ilwaco post office with Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ still blooming

schizostylis in the post office garden

schizostylis in the post office garden

World Kite Museum

The tiny pocket garden got some crocuses and some narcissi.  Browsing deer discourage the planting of tulips here.  We had a pleasant chat with gift shop manager Patti, and Allan bought a twirly thing for his garden.  I thought he took a photo of the demo twirly thing that inspired his purchase.  No.  It twirled really well and is made by a fellow who is well known for wind sculptures.

Allan's photo: bulbs ready to plant

Allan’s photo: bulbs ready to plant

I should have planted some alliums in this garden and did not think of it.  That is unfortunate as they would look so good towering above the other plants.  Maybe I will add some elephant garlic later on!

The Anchorage Cottages

Allan installed the newly planted bulb window boxes after removing the summer annuals window boxes.

A lovely, soft furred dog named Kingston was in attendance, companion to the man who is building a new cottage porch near the office.

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me and my new friend, Kingston

me and my new friend, Kingston

Kingston was an absolute delight.

Kingston was an absolute delight.

window box switching (Allan's photo)

window box switching (Allan’s photo)

the old (Allan's photo)

the summer boxes  (Allan’s photo)

We could have left the annuals up for awhile longer.  Over half of them were looking tatty, and I did not want to have to go check on them after every storm.  Maybe I did the switch too soon this year.  On the other hand, I think I often have a habit of letting annuals linger too long.

with manager Beth and two great dogs

with manager Beth and two great dogs

Kingston and Mitzu

Kingston and Mitzu

A cottage guest arrived with a truck.  Allan greatly admired the step and pole that enabled one to get up into the pick up bed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

We headed across Pioneer Road toward Diane’s garden and on the way I saw an open sign at…

The Cranberry Museum.

My dear friend Seattle Carol will be visiting soon and I needed to exchange her birthday present t shirt that had been the wrong size.  I love this little museum and want to share some of its treasures with you here.

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Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.

Wooden cranberry boxes are used for shelving.

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You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

You may sense a theme in the gift shop offerings.

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

bog frog cards by our friend Don Nisbett

looking into the area of museum displays

looking into the area of museum displays

Cranberry Museum

Cranberry Museum

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

We exited past the WSU Research Station cranberry bogs.

Diane’s garden

One pot that had held a tatty old lavender got completely redone and planted with ‘White Parrot’ tulips.  Pastel tulips, iris reticulata, and crocuses went into many of the other planters..  I am counting on lots of small narcissi to return from a planting we did here last fall.

the potted garden

the potted garden

barberry with Helichrysum 'Limelight'

barberry with Helichrysum ‘Limelight’

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

My good friend Misty got a belly rub, of course.

We had dropped our trailer at The Red Barn, next door, to make it easier to fit into Diane and Larry’s driveway.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Disney, one of the Red Barn dogs.

Next door at The Red Barn

at The Red Barn

Ilwaco

We planted two sets of yellow tulips in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, ‘Formosa’, a late bloomer that is one of my favourites, and the elegant ‘Akebono’.

across from the carousel: windblown Tulip 'Akebono' barely holding on

across from the Long Beach carousel: windblown Tulip ‘Akebono’ barely holding on in late spring

Tulip 'Formosa'

Tulip ‘Formosa’ in Long Beach

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole' Bob's seafood market and café

Purly Shell Fiber Arts, Time Enough Books, and Ole’ Bob’s seafood market and café

I miss going to Salt Pub, but lately I just do not have any energy at the end of the day.  I hope we can go try out their new menu after Bulb Time.

We put five little crocuses, one of each colour, under each of the Ilwaco street trees and tidied up some of the planters a bit.  The wind gusts that had been up to 30 mph had died down and we had a much pleasanter time planting.  In fact, I don’t think I would have tackled this otherwise because First Avenue is a wind corridor on a bad day.

Allan's photos: a planter, before

Allan’s photos: a planter, before

and after. The Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' will need replacing in spring.

and after. The weather battered Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ will need replacing in spring.

the last five street tree crocus going in

the last five street tree crocus going in

At home, Frosty and I examined Allan’s handiwork on the temporary structure for the Corridor of Spooky Plants which must be installed before Halloween.

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I have started collecting plant material. With more wind forecast for the next two days, I daren’t install it yet.  And also, I need access to the garden to finish planting my bulbs.

The work board tonight shows that Bulb Time has never gone so quickly.

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One reason for the speed is getting the bulbs before Daylight Saving Time begins, enabling us to work longer hours before dark (since we never get started early).

We need good weather without big wind to plant at the port and the Bolstad beach approach gardens.  Maybe that means that tomorrow will finally be my day to do the bulb spreadsheets.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 25:  11:30-5:30!  Finished strawberry rows.  Mulched them with straw.  Planted my 15 mums in the corn patch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here are the coral bark maples at Steve and John’s bayside garden this week.  The path has been remade by local landscaper Steve Clarke.  It was a simple cedar chip path now transformed into something elegant.

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photo by Steve McCormick

Monday 24 October 2016

Gusty wind and heavy rain promised me a day at home.  What I really want is a rainy day to read right through the third Nella Last book (Nella Last in the 1950s) that arrived a few days ago. I cannot have a full reading day till this fall’s bulb lists are transformed from my messy handwriting to a tidy typed grid. Yet today, I did procrastinate on bulb spreadsheets after getting an email from the library announcing that the book I have been trying to finish is overdue.  So I finished it.

an excellent book

an excellent book

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In the descriptions of food traditions brought from the old world, I was saddened to learn that the Irish, because they were fleeing from the potato famine after decades of deprivation under English rule, had few special recipes or food traditions.

Meanwhile, Allan reclaimed the paper bags which had been used for bulb sorting.  I reuse them year after year after year, letting one go only if it gets wet from a rainy day of planting.

sorted and unsorted bags

sorted and unsorted bags

years worth of my labeling with sharpie and scrawled bulb name abbreviations

years worth of my labeling with sharpie and scrawled bulb name abbreviations

Just last fall, Allan started a new plan of crossing out the old names so the bags are ready to go for autumn 2017.

Just last fall, Allan started a new plan of crossing out the old names so the bags are ready to go for autumn 2017.

all nicey nice

all nicey nice

Any small paper bag that enters the house gets saved for bulb sorting.

While I continued to read, Allan walked to the post office and the library.

autumn leaves in the library garden

autumn leaves in the library garden

library nasturtiums still blooming

library nasturtiums still blooming

On the way home, he noticed a bird nest under the awning of the old (now empty) bingo hall.

a hidden nest

a hidden nest

swallows home

swallows’ home

I finished my book and just as I got my first blank spreadsheet open, out came the sunshine.  We simply had to go plant another batch of bulbs.

work board this morning

work board this morning

Geranium 'Rozanne' and rudbeckia and penstemons still blooming by our driveway.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and rudbeckia and penstemons still blooming by our driveway.

Geranium 'Rozanne' and calendula

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and calendula

heading north out of Ilwaco in clear but breezy weather

heading north out of Ilwaco in clear but breezy weather

stormy sky in Long Beach

stormy sky in Long Beach

We began by planting a few bulbs at Long Beach city hall.

Allan added one clump of narcissi to the little pop out a block north of City Hall.

Allan added one clump of Narcissi ‘Thalia Sun’ to the little pop out a block north of City Hall.

We then went on to

The Anchorage Cottages

My good friend Mitzu's greeting

My good friend Mitzu’s greeting

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The wind was rather annoying.

The wind was rather annoying.

Anchorage office

Anchorage office

looking east over pampas grass and cryptomerias

looking east over pampas grass and cryptomerias

windy!

windy!

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Gusty enough to be bothersome.

Gusty enough to be bothersome.

We planted some narcissi at ground level and some tulips in assorted planters.

I drop the bags where I want the bulbs to be planted. That way if a rbig ain comes, they can be gathered back up quickly.

I drop the bags where I want the bulbs to be planted. That way if a big rain comes, they can be gathered back up quickly.

Fuchsia magellanica 'Hawkshead'

Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’

'Hawkshead' fuchsia, white with green tips

‘Hawkshead’ fuchsia, white with green tips

hardy fuchsia and dried astilbe flowers, which I like to leave up for winter

hardy fuchsia and dried astilbe flowers, which I like to leave up for winter

At my request, Beth had built two sets of window boxes so that we can change them out for winter and summer.  That way, I can have boxes of early spring bulbs that don’t need to be disturbed by the planting of summer annuals.  This year, we switched from plastic liners to larger wooden boxes so last year’s bulbs do need to be replanted and some new ones added.

two of the four summer windowboxes

two of the four summer windowboxes

Because of the wind and the threat of rain, we took the plastic liners and the four new, empty wooden window boxes home to plant up in the comfort of our garage.

on the way home

On the way, a quick stop at The Depot accomplished the planting of an azalea that had been a gift at Marilyn’s memorial service.

memorial azalea (Allan's photo)

memorial azalea (Allan’s photo)

I tucked the wee azalea in at the end of the garden and I hope it is not a tender sort.

I tucked the wee azalea in at the end of the garden and I hope it is not a tender sort.

You may have made the connection that Marilyn, our beloved elderly client who died this summer, was the mother of Nancy, co owner of the Depot Restaurant.  Like Jo’s garden, Marilyn’s garden up in Surfside is about to pass to the care of new owners.

The Oceanside Animal Clinic is located just east of the Depot; we picked up flea drops for the kitties.

veterinarian office staff (Allan's photo)

veterinarian office staff (Allan’s photo)

at home

In the garage, ready to transfer bulbs from plastic liners to the new boxes

In the garage, ready to transfer bulbs from plastic liners to the new boxes

I had four out of eight liners emptied and bulbs replanted in two wooden boxes when I realized the new boxes did not have drainage holes.

Allan to the rescue!

Allan to the rescue!  I shifted the planting to the empty boxes after they got drilled.

He went back to the project I had fetched him from: mowing the pocket sized lawn at the J’s house across the street.

J's lawn, done

J’s lawn, done

boxes, done and ready to go back to The Anchorage

boxes, chock full o’ little spring bulbs and ready to go back to The Anchorage

Now the window boxes of bulbs will not have to be changed out till two or three years from now when the bulbs multiply to the point of overcrowding.

Down the street, Allan noticed a nautical sight: nets over the sidewalk.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Tomorrow, I might get those spreadsheets done; if not, we will get three more smaller batches of bulbs planted.

the work board waning, and waxing as I remember more to do (like plant my own bulbs)

the work board waning, and waxing as I remember more to do (like plant my own bulbs)


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 24:  12:30-4:00 FIRST HARD FREEZE!  It didn’t look like much froze but when I was planting bulbs in the tam area I saw the leaves and stalks were frozen while some of the blooms were ok.  I cut back those dahlias that had no blossoms.  I planted about 100 bulbs in PRFB, Tam and PBB.  [Patio Right Flower Bed and Patio Back Bed, I bet!  The patio was surrounded on three sided by a railroad tie wall about three ties high, with the other side being the house.]  I have about 100 more to go in the ground and lots of various bulbs for my pots, etc.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 24:  Rainy and cool.  I spent all day in the kitchen taking care of ripe tomatoes (one pkg frozen), peeling apples (2 trays drying) and dehydrating potatoes.  I received the instructions and I peeled and filled 4 trays of the spuds I bought a couple of weeks ago at QFC.  It will be interesting to see how they turn out.  I was surprised to learn the spuds had to be blanched before drying them.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

The typing out of the bulb lists was not to be today.  We woke to fine autumn sunshine and decided to get as far as possible in the bulb planting of the Long Beach planters and street tree gardens.

Bulb time has started much sooner than usual this year.  For the past several years, my bulbs arrived in early November, and not early enough.  This year I called and requested earlier shipment because of my planned knee surgery.  The knee surgery is not happening this autumn after all because of economic reasons, and the payoff might be an earlier staycation than usual.

Today, we worked our way through the Long Beach blocks out of order, based on where we could find parking on a busy Sunday.

bulbs laid out in the recently redone planter in front of Stormin' Norman's gift shop.

bulbs laid out in the recently redone planter in front of Stormin’ Norman’s gift shop.

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planting

Geranium 'Rozanne' halfway cut back and still blooming in front of the police station

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ halfway cut back and still blooming in front of the police station

Hydrangeas in Third Street Park with fresh blooms on top of old ones.

Hydrangeas in Third Street Park with fresh blooms on top of old ones.

I had a catastrophe at the police station intersection.  I have bulbs for each planter sorted into a separate bag or sometimes a bag for an entire intersection.  I noticed when planting the police station intersection (Third Street) that all of the tulips were viridiflora (green) tulips.  I always use green tulips for the NIVA green block, but since they are my favourite tulips, I did not wonder that I had them for the Third Street block also.  That is, until I got to NIVA green and saw the “POLICE” bag was still in the van.  I had grabbed the NIVA bag by mistake.  Fortunately, I still had one set of green tulips for the NIVA planter itself.  The other three on that block went purple and pink this year.  Dang it all.

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

squeezing bulbs into a busy planter by NIVA green

Each planter is a little different, and many that we have not redone still have rampant plants going back to the days when each one was done by a different volunteer.  We don’t redo all of them, just the ones with extremely annoying plants like a nest of vinca or a thuggish hardy geranium. (In the recent case of the wire vine in front of Stormin’ Norman’s, I had only myself to blame.)  Three planters have would-be huge escallonias that I cannot remove because their roots are all into the “works” of the plumbing, so I am stuck with constant pruning. Some have would be full size barberries that need constant attention, all leftovers from volunteer days.  Each planter started with a dwarf rhododendron (on the street side of the lamp post.  One of two that remain can be seen in the photo above) and two big heathers on either side of the lamp post, provided by the city.  ALL the heathers are gone now.  Oh my, they were boring, and filled up way too much space with flat dullness.  The volunteers themselves eliminated most of the heathers.

I was tremendously annoyed today to find that someone who is hanging out by the NIVA green planter on a regular basis is filling it with cigarette butts even though there is an ashtray receptacle RIGHT NEXT TO THE PLANTER.

truly disgusting

truly disgusting

planting after picking out all the butts

planting after picking out all the butts

I popped briefly into NIVA green to get some Halloween display photos for the shops Facebook page (which I help manage).

in NIVA green

in NIVA green

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Fuchsias still blooming in the planter at the south end of Dennis Co (and the flowers across the street are long lasting chrysanthemums).

Fuchsias still blooming in the planter at the south end of Dennis Co (and the flowers across the street are long lasting chrysanthemums).

My good friend Tam O’Shanter came to the door of the Herb N’ Legend Smoke Shop.

Tam

Tam (Allan’s photo)

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planting at the smoke shop, with more late blooming Geranium 'Rozanne'

planting at the smoke shop, with more late blooming Geranium ‘Rozanne’

Allan planted from the street side of this planter by Sweet Phee's pizza place.

Allan planted from the street side of this planter by Sweet Phee’s pizza place.

To my amazement, we did get all the planters and street tree bulbs installed, except for the four plants (Bolstad stoplight down to the police station) which might get dug up because of a problem with that electric line.  I am holding  tulips for those planters.

I was glad that I had also brought the box for Veterans Field even though I had been almost sure we would not get to it.

Vet Field corner garden before adding bulbs (of blue, white, and red flowers of course).

Vet Field corner garden before adding bulbs (of blue, white, and red flowers of course).

and after

and after

By the time we finished this little project, we were in a drizzle, and by the time we had finished dumping our trailer load of debris at City Works, a lashing rain had begun.

perfect timing for rain

perfect timing for rain

home

The work board is shorter, at least until I think of more projects.

The work board is shorter, at least until I think of more projects.

Skooter and Azara microphylla 'Variegata'

Skooter and Azara microphylla ‘Variegata’

Halloween lights

Halloween spider lights

a pleasing perennial chrysanthemum in the garden (from The Planter Box nursery)

a pleasing perennial chrysanthemum in the garden (from The Planter Box nursery)

late blooming cosmos

late blooming cosmos

Tomorrow it will surely rain and give me time to type up the bulbs spreadsheets.


ginger

1998 (age 74):

Oct 23:  12:00-5:00  I worked in Tam area again planted tulips and narcissus.  Also cleaned up the area by pruning and weeding.  It was a lot cooler than yesterday.  I called the WSU [Washington State University] extension office for up to date instructions on canning tomatoes, freezing, and drying.

 

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guest photo…or is it?  Greg Rogers, owner of The Oysterville Store, shared this photo of THE Oysterville garden on Facebook.  When I asked if I could use it here, he replied that he thought that I had taken it!  Because he thinks it is recent, it could not have been mine because I have not been up there since aster time.

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THE Oysterville garden in autumn

Friday, 21 October 2016

If I had been able to focus my mind instead of checking the news every twenty minutes or so, I might have gotten all the bulbs sorted today.  As it was, I struggled to concentrate and still had an assortment of alliums and some narcissi left to sort by 8 PM.  After eight hours of thinking and bagging and listing, I could do no more.

Bulb Hell, I mean, er, Bulb Time

Bulb Hell, I mean, er, Bulb Time

The weather cooperated with frequent rain squalls so that I did not feel I was missing a gardening day.

Meanwhile, Allan continued to paint, despite the weather.  The oil paint stayed on through the rain.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

The double flag wind warning at the port mystified us.  Wind was not part of the weather today.  (Allan's photo)

The double flag wind warning at the port mystified us. Wind was not part of the weather today. (Allan’s photo)

Allan also got the Halloween lights installed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Saturday, 22 October 2016

The weather forecast was wrong again.  I woke to sunshine and realized that I DID have the Klipsan Beach Cottages bulbs sorted and ready to go.  The rest of the bulb sorting would have to wait till evening.  We could not miss a planting day like this.

We also had the bulbs sorted for

The Depot Restaurant

so we began with some fall clean up and planting there.

before

before

bulb placement

bulb placement

Allan cut back the floppy Solidago 'Fireworks'; I want to leave Coreopsis 'Flower Tower' for now.

Allan cut back the floppy Solidago ‘Fireworks’; I want to leave Coreopsis ‘Flower Tower’ for now.

an hour and ten minutes later, with bulbs in

an hour and ten minutes later, with bulbs in

Allan had trimmed the would-be-eight-feet-tall escallonia that is front of the railway sign.

before

before

after

after

Klipsan Beach Cottages

the entry road.  Cottages straight ahead, A Frame to the left, Mary and Denny's house and the fenced garden to the right.

the entry road. Cottages straight ahead, A Frame to the left, Mary and Denny’s house and the fenced garden to the right.

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Mary and Denny were surprised to see us on a Saturday.

Mary, me, and Bella

Mary, me, and Bella

We got right down to the bulb planting, me in the fenced garden and Allan planting several hundred narcissi next door in the A Frame woods.  We refresh the woodland planting with many more new narcissi each year.  The shaded conditions are not ideal.  I’d be curious to see how many narcissi came back if we ever skipped an autumn planting.

A frame garden around the deck last year

A frame narcissi by the deck in 2013

The Fuchsias went in this area.

The A frame woodsy garden

A frame narcissi last March

A frame narcissi last March

We are going to get even more narcissi planted in there this year if I follow through on making an “end of season sale” order from Van Engelen.

We finished up by planting a few more clumps of narcissi by the vacation cottages on the ridge.

a clump for every empty space in the driveway gardens

a clump for every empty space in the driveway gardens

cottage 8

cottage 8

cottage 8 bunkhouse (Allan's photo)

cottage 8 bunkhouse (Allan’s photo)

a new gate for cottage 8's bunkhouse

a new gate for cottage 8’s bunkhouse (Allan’s photo)

view from the cottages (Allan's photo)

view from the cottages (Allan’s photo)

I took the usual views of the garden before we went home.  We will be back after bulb time for the final autumn clean up.

the pond bed

the pond bed

from the driveway

from the driveway

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looking in the east gate

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In the big grey pot by the white pipe, Allan had transplanted today a large Callistemon from a smaller pot that kept tipping over.  I hope it survives.

birdbath view

birdbath view

sit spot

sit spot

Melianthus major and transplanted callistemon

Melianthus major and transplanted callistemon

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Fuchsia 'Debron's Black Cherry'

Fuchsia ‘Debron’s Black Cherry’

autumn banner

autumn banner

the pond bed

the pond bed

Mary's autumn decor

Mary’s autumn decor

with Sarah

with my good friend Sarah

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At home, I finished sorting all the bulbs by 9 PM….at least until Tuesday, when one more small box will arrive.  If I have a rainy day on Sunday I will be able to type out all the bulb spread sheets, and if it does not rain we will go on planting.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

Oct 21:  Strawberries again.   I combined Row 1 and Row 2—Everbearing Strawberries.  Took all baskets down—put them on porch.  Also put the canna pots down near table.  Soon I must empty the pots and put bulbs to bed for the winter.  Next year I must start the begonia bulbs earlier to get them to bloom sooner.

1997 (age 73):

Oct 21:  1:00-3:00  Well, nothing froze but taking no chances I took in the upright begonias.  I was able to separate them; most of them were still in bloom.  I hosed out the various empty pots etc.  I took in the Pineapple Lily.  Then I planted more bulbs in patio.  I took the Spring Hill plants to the greenhouse.  Also checked the Park Seed perennials and put them in greenhouse.  I’ll try to get those planted tomorrow.

Oct 22: 11:00-5:00!  All in Patio and Shop.  I planted bulbs, mostly Alliums, in patio, also asters. Gallardia, Hollyhocks etc all in patio.  I did some in the rain.  I went into the shop and went through all the trays weeding, pruning, and throwing out some wilted plants.  I have seeds of Gallardia and Hollyhock and Malva.  It was a good day’s work done.  I wore a jacket and kept quite warm.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 21 11:30-4:45  I planted some of the perennials (from seed) in the bulb bed and in front.  Then I took my stool into the tam area [formerly juniper tams, now flowers] and deadheaded a lot of plants and did some weeding.  I’m dumping the soil from the various containers along the front of the tam area.  But it was too late to start the bulbs. When I planted the new hydrangeas I marked them to dig up when I move.

Oct 22:  Noon to 6:00  I planted the rest of the perennials from seed in bulkhead.  I started on the bulbs.  I planted Triumph red and yellow 16-18″ tulips all across the Tam area and the pastel tulips.  Also my foxtail lilies and Poker Plants arrived from Spring Hill and I planted them in the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] the same day!  Then I peeled apples from 5:00-8:00.

 

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Long Beach

Another inaccurate weather forecast had called for a day of 30 mph wind and a half an inch of rain.  Instead, we got a glorious warm day and were able to do post-storm clean up of the Long Beach planters.  I had been looking forward to that.  Even though the storm had not brought the predicted 90 mph, over 50 mph wind in Long Beach had made the planters look rather battered.

After dropping books off at the Ilwaco library and adding some Geranium sanguineum starts to that garden, we began clean up at the Long Beach welcome sign.

before

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after

after

both sides. The geraniums 'Rozanne' and 'Orion' on the back side were still blooming.

both sides. The geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’ on the back side were still blooming.

We hoped to have time to return to the sign later in the day.

In town, we tidied up the beat up plants.

 Geranium 'Rozanne' about to be cut back

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ about to be cut back (Allan’s photo)

further tidying

after, further tidying

It was so hot that for awhile I thought I had a flu-ish fever.  (Ok, it was 61 degrees.)

Todd stopped by with some bulbs from a shared order Brent and Becky’s.

I'm showing him a santolina that died.

I’m showing him a santolina that died.

The smoke shop owner told me that the sign she had made to protect the flowers has been stolen…before the wind storm.

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If you see this stolen sign (how ironic), it belongs to the Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop.

Allan trimmed this lavender.

Allan trimmed this lavender.

We had made the right decision last week to leave the blooming, top heavy ‘Super Dorothy’ roses in Fifth Street Park.  The wind was not enough to topple the fence or to remove the flowers.

Super Dorothy Rose (an improved Dorothy Perkins, from Heirloom Roses) Allan's photo

Super Dorothy Rose (an improved Dorothy Perkins, from Heirloom Roses) Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo.  I am so glad we did not cut these.

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

This catmint is about to be cut to the base.

after, with lots of California poppies pulled from the kitty corner planter

after, with lots of California poppies pulled from the kitty corner planter

This is far from the final clean up.  Another go round will be on bulb planting day and then a last go round will come after a hard frost.  I trimmed the green santolinas after Allan took the photo above.

excellent chrysanthemum, several years old (Allan's photo)

excellent chrysanthemum, several years old (Allan’s photo)

from the other side (Allan's photo)

from the other side (Allan’s photo)

We did have time to get back to the welcome sign.  After dumping our debris at the city works yard, we scraped up the last of the old, tarped, soggy pile of Soil Energy mulch into five buckets.  Now we are officially out of mulch.

parking lot gardens fall colour

parking lot gardens fall colour, euonymous (burning bush)

Aronia

Aronia

At the sign, we planted 200 tulips bulbs, red and yellow for the front of the sign, and purple and pastels for the sunset colors of the back of the sign.

the sprinkling of bulbs food

the sprinkling of bulb food

My favourite garden guru Ann Lovejoy has written that bulbs come with all the food inside of them that they need for the first year.  Here, the bulb food will nurture older bulbs, like the grape hyacinths already coming up along the front.

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This year we planted the tulips more toward the front edges in hopes any tall narcissi will bloom behind them.  Last spring we tried to shift the tall narcissi to the back.  I know we missed some.

a nice ledge to sit on while planting

a nice ledge to sit on while planting

after

after

after. I hope the city crew has time to get us another yard of mulch.

after. I hope the city crew has time to get us another yard of mulch.

At home, I sorted the packages of Todd bulbs into the appropriate areas of Bulb Central.  I am now awaiting the arrival of another batch via UPS and then bulb time will resume.

I planted the questionable Costco bulbs, the ones I had not unpacked soon enough.  The totally soft ones went into the debris pile.  I hope the just slightly soft ones might still have some life in them.


ginger

1998 (age 74):

Oct 17: I peeled apples and tomatoes from about 11:00 to 6:00.  That’s a lot of time to get 5 pts applesauce and 2 pts tomatoes.  (It would have been 6 pts applesauce but I ate the other one.  Delicious even without sugar.)

Next week:

  • Plant hydrangeas in bulkhead
  • Plant primroses in tam area
  • Plant all the perennials from behind house
  • Throw out the annuals
  • Pick up apples daily

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

the view while we were getting ready

the view while we were getting ready…a torrential squall

After that downpour, the day cleared up and turned into excellent weather for the (almost) last work day of the season.  The almost refers to one more job that Allan has, mulching the library garden.

Mike’s garden

We had a few clumps of mixed white narcissi and Narcissi ‘Angel Eyes’ to plant at Mayor Mike’s, just down the street.

Mike's front path

Mike’s front path

a low sprawling conifer with white tips

a low sprawling conifer with white tips

Ilwaco Post Office

More bulbs went into the Ilwaco Post Office garden.

More bulbs went into the Ilwaco Post Office garden.  Crocus tommies, iris reticulate, Narcissus ‘Angel Eyes’, Tulip ‘Flaming Spring Green’, Brodiaea ‘Silver Queen’

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post office window

post office window

The Red Barn

I had a bill to drop off at the Red Barn.  Again, the fields were boggy from rain.

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Allan’s photo

the narrow garden (Allan's photo)

the narrow garden (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

horses in the field next door where we usually park to work at Diane's

horses in the field where we usually park to work at Diane’s

Diane’s garden

Other than a small amount of clipping back potted annuals, our mission at Diane’s was to deliver a pot of Stargazer lilies, ordered at her request.

Misty gets pets.

Misty gets a good scritching.

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my good friend Misty

my good friend Misty

one pot of Stargazers added to the mix

one pot of Stargazers added to the mix

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hydrangea at the corner of the house, will be our first task on a late winter visit

street view with Stipa gigantea

street view with Stipa gigantea

Long Beach

At last it was time to do the final clean up of the Long Beach welcome sign.

A few remaining yellow flowers could not save the bidens along the edge.

A few remaining yellow flowers could not save the bidens along the edge.

a ridiculously early anemone

a ridiculously early anemone

sweeping up

sweeping up

I had mercy on a very few last flowers of the echibeckia.

I had mercy on a very few last flowers of the echibeckia.

We planted lots of little crocus tommasianus and iris reticulata in the Long Beach main street planters and three on the Sid Snyder beach approach.

poppy seeds sprouting in a planter I had strewn with poppy tops

poppy seeds sprouting in a planter I had strewn with poppy tops

Allan's photo: poppy seedhead

Allan’s photo: poppy seedhead

And we cut down some more plants, including chrysanthemums…

Allan's photo, before

Allan’s photo, before cutting these down, because we won’t be back to do it later..

but not these, that are about to bloom still

but we did not cut these, that are about to bloom still

and that little dwarf chrysanthemum is blooming!

and that little dwarf chrysanthemum is blooming!

Long Beach City Hall got some Narcissi ‘Angel Eyes’ in the garden bed that is a memorial to Peggy Miles; she and her spouse, Gene, planted the garden on the east side of city hall about a year before she died.

Inside city hall (Allan's photo)

Inside city hall (Allan’s photo)

The photo above shows a glimpse of a city crewman and City Manager Dave discussing the unpleasant fact that a city water main broke today, a BIG one, and although the crew got it fixed, a boil water advisory is now on for Long Beach and Seaview at least until at least Friday morning.

Inside city hall (Allan's photo)

Inside city hall (Allan’s photo)

Inside city hall (Allan's photo)

Inside city hall (Allan’s photo)

Inside city hall (Allan's photo)

Inside city hall (Allan’s photo)

stocking hung with care for city works (Allan's photo)

stocking hung with care for city workers (Allan’s photo)

The Anchorage Cottages

The very last of the mixed white and ‘Angel Eyes’ narcissi went into the entry garden at the Anchorage, where the buddliea got a trim.

before

before

after

after

Melianthus major still standing

Melianthus major still standing

I’ll send the following photo to manager Beth with the message that she can have someone take the calla lilies to the ground if a frost blackens them or turns them limp, and the same goes for the Melianthus.

Our work season is done and these still remain.

Our work season is done and these callas still remain.

working till dusk

working till dusk

The only clump of callas that did look mushy...

The only clump of callas that did look mushy…

and did get taken down.

and did get taken down.

Next door to the Anchorage: bear traps ready to be deployed as needed.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

In the almost dark, we stopped on the way home and did a last bit of clipping at The Depot Restaurant, which was closed because of the boil water advisory.

Ilwaco

We did the rounds of the flatlands to get some more holiday photos for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page.

CoHo Charters (Allan's photo)

CoHo Charters (Allan’s photo)

Santa's outhouse (!!), Allan's photo

Santa’s outhouse (!!), Allan’s photo

Englund Marine (Allan's photo)

Englund Marine (Allan’s photo)

Griffin Gallery (Allan's photo)

Griffin Gallery (Allan’s photo)

Griffin Gallery (with a bucket to catch a leak)

Griffin Gallery (with a bucket because of a leaky window)

Doupé Building (Allan's photo)

Doupé Building (Allan’s photo)

an extravaganza on Spruce Street

an extravaganza on Spruce Street

At home, I looked at all we had accomplished on the work board…

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And was able to erase all but that one mulching job…

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And because the mulching job can be accomplished any time between now and February, I think I will now declare that staycation has officially begun.  Although there will be some off-season non-publishing days on the blog, I do have a few slide shows set up to keep things ticking along for awhile.

 

 

 

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