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I am determined to catch up, having fallen behind on the caterpillar emergency non-blogging day, and skipping a day has been exacerbated by the long hours of daylight.  You see, if I suddenly pop my clogs, Allan would know how to keep the business going just by reading the blog for 2013 and replicating the work!  It is the same every year, pretty much!

He would find three jobs had been quit this year, but there is plenty to fill in on the other jobs (thus the quitting).

So:  Friday and Saturday in Long Beach and Ilwaco.

Friday, we began with some deadheading at Larry and Robert’s garden half a block away.  No watering necessary due to blissful rain!

their garden boat

their garden boat

My dear friends Judy and Tom’s new car shows up pretty and red in this photo.

The empty new planters had been put in place in downtown Ilwaco (more on this later) but not in the best spots (more on THAT later) so Allan shifted two of them.  While we were parked for that task, our good friend and brilliant carpenter Bill Clearman stopped for a by-the-car visit.  Allan provided a bucket for a seat.

catching up with Bill

catching up with Bill

Bill is an inspiration to us, still working hard at 70 plus.

Bill's reaction on learning he was being photographed for The Blog

Bill’s reaction on learning he was being photographed for The Blog

We checked on The Depot Restaurant garden next.

at the Depot

at the Depot

Next we drove up to The Basket Case to get soil for the Ilwaco planters.  Because Basket Case closes for the season in mid July (having originally been mostly annuals and hanging baskets), we are glad to have the chance to help them sell more of their soil now.

Basket Case

I wish I had bought myself one of their yellow Shasta daisies!  I just was not quick enough with the realization that I want one.  Or two.

yellow daisies

“Banana Cream’ yellow daisies

Next:  Long Beach.  I will regale you with some photos of the planters downtown;  I walked around weeding and deadheading all of them while Allan went out to Bolstadt to weed the beach approach….a job we had planned to spend two days on but wind and rain intervened.  At least I did not have to water the planters!

northernmost planter, east side of street

northernmost planter, east side of street

Diascia and Sunbini

Diascia and Sunbini

Geranium 'Rozanne' and golden marjoram

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and golden marjoram

My goal:  to have two Rozanne in each planter.  I formulated this goal too late to add them this year, as I think good, damp planting season is over (and the planters are full of annuals).  Rozanne has surpassed my expectations as a good container plant.  I might buy some and hold for fall planting.

Note:  Plant Brodiaea 'Queen Fabiola' in Vet Field garden.  Great blue for early summer.

Note: Plant Brodiaea ‘Queen Fabiola’ in Vet Field garden. Great blue for early summer.

also...white and blue Nigella (love in a mist)

also…white and blue Nigella (love in a mist)…here in a planter near the LB pharmacy

The big planter by Lewis and Clark Square is a mish mash that I am not very happy about.  I have gone through phases in this planter.  The phormium phase…long gone.  The Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ phase.  Still pulling those as they come back.  I like the Erysimum.  Every time we tear into it to do it over, we manage to puncture some sprinkler hoses, thus not making parks manager Mike K happy.

what to do?

what to do?

I have tried to get rid of all the Lady’s Mantle and look how much has come back.  Oops.

Across the street from Home at the Beach, the painted sage is fabulous in a re-done planter.  Good, new soil has it thriving.

Salvia viridis about to pop

Salvia viridis about to pop

Kitty corner to that by an empty lot is a planter that continues to thwart me.  I keep thinning the yarrow, planted by a volunteer back in the day, in order to add more interest, and the yarrow keeps winning.  This is one that can only be fully changed by ripping out plants, soil and all and starting over.  It is pretty enough when the yarrow blooms….

kind of dull

kind of dull

The planter in front of Home at the Beach cheered me up again.

Agyranthemum 'Butterfly'

Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’

Calibrachoa 'Lemon Slice'

Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’

I made it through all the planters and walked past City Hall to join Allan on the beach approach.

City Hall Astilbe (north side)

City Hall Astilbe (north side)

I love Astilbes and should plant more in LB.

The wind knocked my prize goatsbeard specimen over so badly that we had had to cut half of it back off the sidewalk earlier in the week!

city hall

Now, the beach approach.  The rugosa roses, which have taken over the whole garden pretty much, are glorious right now.

pink ones

pink ones

single pink

single pink

slightly double pink

slightly double pink

pink

white

white

single white (Rosa rugosa alba)

single white (Rosa rugosa alba)

Coreopsis and roses

Coreopsis and roses

I checked the planters all the way to the end, where the two westernmost ones (planted with horribly dense vinca by volunteers way back when) have practically merged into the dunes.

almost a lost cause

almost a lost cause..and that dratted vinca

the westernmost planter

the westernmost planter

The last planter is just feet from the Long Beach boardwalk.  It could be so much better but we would have to tear out ALL the soil because of the dratted vinca and start over.  This has been the case with a number of the volunteer planters.  We manage to redo one or two a year.

The beach approach garden itself, due to our lack of time this week, did not get done as well as we could have with an extra day….the day we went to a sheltered garden to work instead because of 30 MPH winds.   We (especially Allan) did, however, make a difference.

before and after

before and after

Then we had to leave to get those three Ilwaco planters done.  They had been languishing in semi-hidden neglected spots in private yards; the city crew had gathered and emptied them and placed them for us to fill with soil and plants.

First, we did one in yellows down by the Portside Café.

yellow enhancing yellow

yellow enhancing yellow

golden thymes and marjoram, Erysimum 'Fragrant Sunshine'

golden thymes and marjoram, Erysimum ‘Fragrant Sunshine’

I will now illustrate with buckets how we found the planters placed this morning at the intersection of First and Spruce, where big trucks and trailers sometimes swing wide.

Can you see the faint tire tracks?

Can you see the faint tire tracks?  southeast corner

You can definitely see the tire tracks on the northeast corner!

You can definitely see the tire tracks on the northeast corner!

looking southwest

looking southwest; bucket marks where planter WAS placed

The planters would have been wiped out there, so Allan had moved them inboard.

looking east

looking east down Spruce

adding soil

adding soil

That odd little planter is left over from when there used to be a café and antique shop on this corner, whose owner had put out several containers of plants.

one...

one…

The planters are mismatched because I could not find any more good Erysimums for centerpieces.

The Hebe is a good center so I wish I had gotten two!

The Hebe is a good center so I wish I had gotten two!

That Hebe is left over from when I thought I needed one for a spot at Andersen’s RV Park…and didn’t…

When this job was done at sunset Friday evening, we had the refreshing feeling that we now had two days off!

home to a beautiful sunset, blissful prospect of leisure

home to a beautiful sunset, blissful prospect of leisure

Perhaps our plan of a Saturday taking photos at Saturday Market and then the Doggie Olympic Games was not entire a prospect of leisure, and not my perfect day off at home in the garden…but when I checked my email I realized we had to do a bit of work Saturday after all.

One of the port business owners wished to have her garden tidied, and while we did not need to jump to it, I did want to get it done for the fourth of July and especially for the Ilwaco sixth of July fireworks.  So in order to get it off the list, we did it Saturday late afternoon after Doggie Olympics.

hot and tedious work

hot and tedious work

but now it is done

but now it is done (too tired to straighten photo!)

We had a wonderful reward for doing that job when we did.  While dumping the debris out in the field at the east end of the port, we saw the Tall Ships set sail and were able to photograph them on their way to their Battle Cruise.  Cannons, sea shanties, climbing the rigging, and other delights awaited the passengers.  Well, the passengers were not made to climb the rigging, but I do believe they had to sing sea shanties.

We saw two ships go sailing out

We saw two ships go sailing out

Technically, they were motoring, not sailing, till they got farther out.

ships

ships

Avast, me hearties!

Avast, me hearties!

I reflected, as I often do, on what an amazing place Ilwaco is to live in.  Somehow, through a series of events that often seemed like mistakes, we ended up in this glorious place and with right livelihood.

ships

The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftan

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I had a new outlook on life after deciding to quit a very big job. Perhaps now we could finally begin to catch up on work and maybe even get around to a couple of valued private garden clients that we have had to completely neglect. (I prefer doing public gardens, but we tend to become friends with our clients over time and then we like doing their private gardens as well.)

Mike’s garden

We began with Mike the Ilwaco mayor’s garden. I must remember to acquire a nice plant to fill this hole left by pulling out some tatty rose campions. I am thinking a Brunnera ‘Looking Glass’ if Basket Case Greenhouse still has any.

just the spot for a Brunnera

just the spot for a Brunnera

entry

entry

Allan painstakingly weeded the gravel path while I weeded the beds and thinned out more rose campions, too many feverfew, and spent foxgloves.

front path, nicely weeded

front path, nicely weeded

Eryngium 'Jade Frost' and feverfew

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and feverfew

I still want to know for sure what this plant is:

I almost know its name but can't remember.

I almost know its name but can’t remember.

Cheri’s garden

Kitty corner from Mike’s is longtime client Cheri’s garden.

Mike's garden from Cheri's

Mike’s garden from Cheri’s

While we were weeding her garden, a cement truck showed up to make two pads, one for a new compost area and one for the new outdoor haven for the cats.

future cat paradise

future cat paradise

They will be able to enter from inside the house (I think, although I can’t quite picture how).

In the front garden, we found another wind and rain flop:

splayed cranesbill geranium

splayed cranesbill geranium

side garden with cement truck backdrop

side garden with cement truck backdrop

We’ll have to wait till next time to do the garden next to the cat room!

Anchorage Cottages

Next we went up through Long Beach to the Anchorage Cottages where we saw many bees on the Ceanothus, just like last week. I managed to prune one more branch to make the number one show even better. The bees buzzed me but not with apparent anger.

Ceanothus (California lilac)

Ceanothus (California lilac)

bee feast

bee feast

Allium albopilosum in office planter

Allium albopilosum in office planter

Allium

On a shady north wall we found one of the largest Pacific tree frogs I’ve ever seen.

sizeable Pacific tree frog

sizeable Pacific tree frog

lily

lily

The windowboxes are looking great…

windowbox at south end

windowbox at south end

The ones on the north end of the parking lot looked better after we pruned down the Viburnum in front of them.

It's a constant task to keep these at the right height and still let them bloom in winter.

It’s a constant task to keep the Viburnum at the right height and still let them bloom in winter.

We also saw a very large spider in the parking lot and Allan thinks it might light up when the brakes are engaged.

!!

Gene’s garden

We did a quick check on Gene’s in south Long Beach. It looks fine although has room for…more plants!

The porch is perfection.

The porch is perfection.

Eryngium and Lavender

Eryngium and Lavender

more plants, please!

more plants, please!

It’s the “first year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap” perennial syndrome.

Long Beach

Back to Long Beach, we watered and fertilized all the planters on the main street (and also touched up the street tree gardens).

a miniature rose planted by one of the former volunteers

a miniature rose planted by one of the former volunteers

by the credit union

by the credit union

by Home at the Beach (Agyranthemum 'Butterfly')

by Home at the Beach (Agyranthemum ‘Butterfly’)

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

planter by the Cottage Bakery

planter by the Cottage Bakery

We twist our quick connect device into the, er, water place in each planter.

There are two exceedingly boring planters that I keep thinking of redoing; one has just vinca and Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, and the other has azaleas that bloom in the spring, two blue star Junipers, and a lot of very invasive mint mixed with a cranesbill geranium.

boring and more boring

boring and more boring

In some of the planters, I remembered to cut back the Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in June, and it has now recovered into a tidy, compact and smaller flowering shape. The ones I forgot are big, splayed, and floppy.

pruned and not pruned...ooops

pruned and not pruned…ooops

I checked the planters by the Veterans Field Stage and had a gander at the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market which takes place there on Fridays from 4-7 PM. (Gene’s late wife Peggy was one of the prime movers on getting this market going.)

farmers market

farmers market

There, I bought myself five Heirloom tomato plants and was pleased to talk with the seller, Kim, who had had one of my favourite gardens on the 2010 Peninsula garden tour.  [edited later to add:  She and her spouse, Paul, have a flower farm at Deer Island, Oregon called River Rock Farm.]

tomatoes

tomatoes

Her plant selection including fascinating varieties and each plant came with a packet of fertilizer for potting on.

Back to the planter work: I am enjoying the new Calibrachoa ‘Lemon Slice’, very refreshing in name and appearance.

Callie 'Lemon Slice'

Callie ‘Lemon Slice’

One the way to dump our debris at city works, I stopped to photograph this tidy edible garden and left them a note asking if they would be on this year’s Edible tour on August 11th. Have not yet got an email from them, but I know the organizer of that tour is looking for a couple more small edible gardens to include.

charming

charming

Our last task in Long Beach was to cosmetically de-horsetail the welcome sign.

horsetail free (or so it appears)

horsetail free (or so it appears)

Ilwaco boatyard and planters

We closed the day with the rather dreaded bucket watering of the Ilwaco planters, a task for which Allan does the heavy lifting. I pulled a bit horsetail out of the boatyard garden while checking to make sure that it did not need watering yet (not, thank goodness). The evening light at 7:30 PM flatters the garden. The following photos are sort of like the big bunch of fireworks all at once that ends any good fireworks display.

Flanders Field poppies

Flanders Field poppies

Mother of Pearl poppy

Mother of Pearl poppy

daisy

daisy

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue', colour NOT boosted

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, colour NOT boosted

Allium albopilosum

Allium albopilosum

I think a Shirley poppy

I think a Shirley poppy

Allium albopilosum; I am so pleased there has been no finger blight on these!

Allium albopilosum; I am so pleased there has been no finger blight on these!

more poppies

more poppies

Stipa gigantea

Stipa gigantea

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’

more poppies and Stipa gigantea

more poppies and Stipa gigantea

I walked through town and checked the condition, deadleafing, and deadheading of each planter and did some weeding under the ten street trees. At the corner of 1st and Eagle, Ethel has turned her holly hedge into a deer fence around her private garden.

It should work!

It should work! Although deer will crawl to get in…seriously, they will.

I long to remove the irritating-to-weed bricks from around the trees, fill in with soil, and just keep the plants clipped in to the square area.

my nemesis

my nemesis

It would save the city money in the long run as these are a bugger to weed, so I am going to suggest it to Mike the mayor.

I think a plant got swiped out of this planter!

I think a plant got swiped out of this planter! We have to keep filling in…

Finally, Allan waters the library planters, and then there is only one more to go back down at the Port at Peninsula Sanitation’s office.

at the Ilwaco library

at the Ilwaco library

Note how he swiveled the planters so that the two thymes match in position.

At last, home at 9 with time to have a quick look at the garden.

past the alstroemeria by the garage

past the alstroemeria by the garage

back yard

back yard

Leycesteria 'Golden Lanterns'

Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’

a new to me Allium

a new to me Allium in the front garden

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