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Sorry I am no good at coming up with clever titles.  For that, you must go to the Tootlepedal blog!

Ilwaco

We bucket watered some of the Ilwaco planters.  This did not work well, as I pulled a side muscle with the first bucket I picked up out of the trailer.  I had filled them only half full to make them a mere 25 or so pounds instead of a full bucket which, accounting for some water slopping out, weighs about 40 pounds.  After that, I could not bend over to weed.  That’s dire, as I always weed bending over.  This, we concluded, is the end of the bucket watering experiment, and we will be returning to using the water trailer.  That makes it a one person, driving job: thus, Allan’s job from now on this year.

This one features blue flowers because Azure Salon is the shop closest to it.

This one features blue flowers because Azure Salon is the shop closest to it.

I immediately noticed that someone had picked off one of the small-flowered alliums in the planter.

I see finger blight; do you?  Look just to the right of the tree trunk, under the poppy bud.  I ALWAYS see.


The one that got weed-eaten not long ago is starting to recover, with the poppies bravely determined to make a show (and four new plants added).

The tree garden that got weed-eaten not long ago is starting to recover, with the poppies bravely determined to make a show (and four new plants added).


On the way out of town, we wondered when the Buoy 10 sandwich shop would open.

On the way out of town, we wondered when the Buoy 10 sandwich shop (at the stoplight intersection) would open.

The Planter Box

We stopped at the Planter Box garden center to pick up three more flat of Salvia viridis.  I know, I keep saying annuals planting time is over…

At The Planter Box: snapdragons...

At The Planter Box: snapdragons…


dahlias

dahlias


Eryngium 'Jade Frost' and 'Big Blue'

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and ‘Big Blue’


Eryngium 'Big Blue'

Eryngium ‘Big Blue’


an assortment of lovely roses

an assortment of lovely roses

Golden Sands Assisted Living

O happy day!  O happy day-yay!  The sprinkler system is on in the Golden Sands courtyard!  We were able to devote our time solely to weeding, at last.  (And Allan strimming the oval center grassy patch.)  Fortunately, by the time we got here, I was able to bend over and weed again…painfully.

Golden Sands Assisted Living.  The courtyard shows so well on Google earth.

Golden Sands Assisted Living. The courtyard shows so well on Google earth.


SE quadrant

SE quadrant


SW quadrant

SW quadrant


NW quadrant, still the poorest one.

NW quadrant, still the slowest one.


NE quadrant and my mum's old window

NE quadrant and my mum’s old window

The two south quadrants that are heavy with self sown sweet williams (from a wildflower mix) look showiest now.  I am confident that the other two quadrants will come into their own later in the season.

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Next, we went to our favourite job just a few blocks up the highway.  My side was feeling better and the day stopped being miserable.

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I had a few Cosmos ‘Antiquity’ and a few more painted sage to plant.  The weather had become sunny and warm, for the first time in days.

in the fenced garden

in the fenced garden


Agastache 'Acapulco Salmon and Pink' and Erysimum 'Winter Orchid' : color echoes.

Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ and Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’ : color echoes.


made for each other

made for each other


hardy fuchsia

hardy fuchsia


Verbascum

Verbascum


I have thought this was rose 'Bow Bells'...but it is too pale, I think now.

I have thought this was rose ‘Bow Bells’…but it is too pale, I think now.

Gosh, I need a rosarian friend to help me ID some of the roses in this garden…and my own (which is rather embarrassing).

Dianthus 'Charles Musgrave'

Dianthus ‘Charles Musgrave’


Rose 'Jude the Obscure'

Rose ‘Jude the Obscure’


The pink rhododendron by where we park at Joanie's Cottage is still blooming.

The pink rhododendron by where we park at Joanie’s Cottage is still blooming.

While I weeded, Allan took on a pruning project: cutting all the uppies from the rose and the poky-outties from the honeysuckle over the east center gate.  His photos:

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after

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Interlude

Even though it had not orginally been on my work list for today, it occured to me that we should check on a business pocket garden that we care for. As we pulled into the parking lot, I saw something different.

The front had been cut off all of the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, exposing the dead innards.  This is a perennial that gets woody inside after a few years and then needs to be replaced.  I had figured these were almost at that stage but that we could get one more grand year of flowering out of them.  Here they were on May 25:

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And today, with all the poppies that were reseeding into the block wall also gone):

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It had clearly been done with a string trimmer, and whoever had wielded it had gone vertically up the front of the plants.

Perhaps it had been problem to have the flowers poking out over the top of the wall; perhaps it interfered with parking.   We could have trimmed up all the woody bits, and swept up, and tidied up, and spent an hour or two trying to make it fit my personal garden vision (which would have left dark holes in the front of the plants where we clipped dead stems out).  What I did instead was pass on the card of Sea Star landscape maintenance, a good gardening business whose owners live at the north end, much closer to this garden, and we drove away.  We will continue to shop at this excellent  store.  I would not have let the garden go had I not known that I could refer it into the capable hands of Dave and Melissa.

Onward!

Andersen’s RV Park

We spent a couple of hours weeding at Andersen’s to close out the day.   I weeded in the picket fence garden while Allan did more near the back office door.

Allan's photo: before

Allan’s photo: before


Allan's photo: after

Allan’s photo: after


Allan's photo: before

Allan’s photo: before


and after

and after

It is a tough area to weed, with tight soil, invading rugosa roses, and lots of couch grass.

The poppy field is starting to bloom.

The poppy field is starting to bloom.

I also requested that Allan do one of his excellent strimming jobs along the lawn edge of the picket fence garden:

The picket fence garden; today Raymond from the Planter Box had fixed the section of lawn and that had experienced weedkiller overdosing.

The picket fence garden; today Raymond from the Planter Box had reseeded the section of lawn and that had experienced weedkiller overdosing.

Ilwaco 

Just over the course of today, the Buoy 10 signage had been installed.

The sandwich/chowder/fish n chip shop must be almost ready.

The sandwich/chowder/fish n chip shop must be almost ready.

When we got home, I went into the garden to plant just a few of the ladies in waiting (potted plants).  To my shock, I saw a deer track, and a nibbled rose, and then some nibbled Geranium ‘Rozanne’.  WHAT?  I pictured spending my weekend putting more bamboo poles along the fence, which they must be jumping.  I walked around and saw more damage to astilbes, sanguisorbas, and….OH!  The very back gate had been left open on Monday, by either me or Allan.  So the deer had had two night to come in and thoroughly browse.  I noticed that salmonberry and dwarf fireweed were also eaten and thought that if only the deer would concentrate on those, they could come live in the garden.  I closed and very securely latched the gate and wondered how hard they would be trying to get in now that they know about all the tasty items inside the fence.  Allan and I both walked around checking that no deer remained hiding out in the garden.

Allan's photo: Stipa gigantea against the sunset.

Allan’s photo: Stipa gigantea against the sunset.

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