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Here’s our volunteer project at the Ilwaco Post Office through the year in 2015.  The only catastrophe was when a fellow fell into it and broke the yellow and the dark maroon Asiatic lilies.  So far, this little garden is not plagued by deer, and since we planted many tulips in it this fall, we hope that happy state of affairs continues in 2016.

Plants featured in this garden: tulips, narcissi, lilies, California poppies, Gaura ‘So White’, cosmos, Linaria purpurea (toadflax), ornamental grasses, annuals sunflowers, Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen, Salvia viridis (painted sage), Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’, Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’, penstemon, Papaver rhoeas, and more.

All photos are embiggenable.

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When the Long Beach planters were installed years ago, no plan had been made for their planting and maintenance.  A volunteer “adopt a planter” program began with enthusiastic participants.  Unfortunately, because the enthusiasm tended to not last through the summers, the planters became weedy and unwatered by June.  Finally, a few years ago, we were asked to take over the planting and maintenance of all of them (36 on the main street, and maybe 20 more out on the beach approaches).  Because volunteers chose different plants, some of the planters still have full sized shrubs including non-dwarf barberries, escallonia, variegated euonymous, azaleas, and other too-large choices.  Each year, we re-do a couple of the planters.  In 2016, our mission is to make the planters on the two beach approaches better.  We experience more wind and salt out there, much more vandalism,  and a need, on the Bolstadt approach, to be completely drought tolerant, so wish us luck!

All of the hanging baskets are by Nancy Aust of the Basket Case Greenhouse.

Here are some photos of the planters through 2015.  If you click on a photo to embiggen it, you will get back and forth navigation arrows.

 

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I created the garden on the east side of the Ilwaco boatyard as a volunteer project in the mid 90s, and, over the years, it turned into a job for the Port of Ilwaco.  The garden is a challenge because of being deeply infested with horsetail and bindweed and because it needs to be hand-watered from behind the fence.  Most of it is drought tolerant so we only water once or twice a month.  The silver balls that you’ll see in many of the photos are Santolina (lavender cotton), one of my favourite perennials.  We removed the tall bronze fennel at the end of this season because, while it was a welcome plant back in the 90s, it is now on the noxious weed list.

A good source for multi-coloured California poppies is the One Stop Poppy Shop.  They come not just in orange but also in pinks, dark orange, almost red, pale yellow, and cream.

Here is the garden in 2015.   I decided to present the photos as a gallery rather than a slide show so that those who wish can see them in more detail.  If you click on the first one to biggify, you will get a nice display with backward and forward arrows.

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We care for the curbside gardens along Howerton Avenue in Ilwaco.  Originally, sometime around 2003, the garden beds were installed and planted up with things that proved to be much too tall: pampas grass, New Zealand flax, Arbutus, California wax myrtle.  In 2005, street trees (columnar pears) were planted. We were hired around that time to care for the bed to the north of Time Enough Books, and the job eventually evolved to being hired by the port to care for all of the gardens.  Our mission has been to add drought tolerant plant diversity that can hold up to the wind and to replace tall plants with low ones that allow good traffic sightlines.  The long drought of summer 2015 proved challenging for the gardens.  We especially wish to thank the businesses that let us hook up to their water: Time Enough Books, Bruce and Wendi Peterson and Salt Hotel. There are two places where we can hook up to port water to reach a few of the gardens (at the port office and the Ilwaco pavilion).  We are hoping (or dreaming) for two or three more convenient water hook ups to appear by 2016. Thanks also to CoHo Charters who keep their escallonias nicely trimmed and healthy and to Don Nisbett and Jenna Austin who regularly water the garden near their gallery.

Here are the curbside gardens through the year in 2015.  I decided to present them as a gallery rather than a slide show so that those who wish can see them in more detail.  If you click on the first one to biggify, you will get a nice display with backward and forward arrows.

 

 

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A reminder:

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

Monday, 29 June 2015

The day started well with this note enclosed with a client's cheque.

The day started well with this note enclosed with a client’s cheque.

Garden Tour Nancy had been texting me during our trip to the Hardy Plant weekend to reassure me that the local weather had turned misty and cool.  All the planters had held up well after not having been watered since Wednesday (Long Beach) and Thursday (Ilwaco).  Our mission of the day was simply to water our city planters and street trees in Long Beach and Ilwaco, and to add some Hellstrip Gardening inspired colour at the port.

Long Beach

my little friend, Tam, the smoke shop dog

my little friend, Tam, the smoke shop dog

planter

santolina

santolina


santolina: clipped in early spring, good from every angle

santolina: clipped in early spring, good from every angle

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California poppies and Cosmos 'Sonata'

California poppies and Cosmos ‘Sonata’


with dahlias

with dahlias


pink California poppies

pink California poppies

bee

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bees

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California poppies and lavender

California poppies and lavender

California poppies

parsley

parsley

Thinning some parsley that I use as an ornamental, I remembered Evelyn Hadden suggesting that taprooted plants might help break up compacted soil and encourage deep water penetration in curbside gardens (hellstrips).

Agastache and Cosmos 'Sonata'

Agastache and Cosmos ‘Sonata’


Geranium 'Rozanne' (Allan's photo)

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ (Allan’s photo)

Allan found this tableau in one of the street tree gardens:

"Hey kids, don’t take up smoking. I found myself tossed to the side of the road. If only I hadn’t…"

“Hey kids, don’t take up smoking. I found myself tossed to the side of the road. If only I hadn’t…”

He was unhappy to find that the hardy fuchsias he had recently planted in the street tree garden in front of Castaways Grille had been destroyed.

dag blag it

dag blag it; even the roots seem to be destroyed


"Doing over" this tree garden seems impossible because any new plants get  trompled.  We need to plant more, and sizeable plants, but now the dry season is not a good time. We may just have to wait for the vigorous golden lemon balm to fill it up again.

“Doing over” this tree garden seems impossible because any new plants get trompled. We need to plant more, and sizeable plants, but now the dry season is not a good time.
We may just have to wait for the vigorous golden lemon balm to fill it up again.


Allan's photo:  The line at the Cottage Bakery is so long in the summer that we don't even try to get tiger paws.

Allan’s photo: The line at the Cottage Bakery is so long in the summer that we don’t even try to get tiger paws.


Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in the Veterans Field garden

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in the Veterans Field garden


I've gone off blue oat grass...these are coming out in the fall (or sooner!)

I’ve gone off blue oat grass…these are coming out of the flag pavilion garden in the fall (or sooner!)


flag pavilion garden

flag pavilion garden


my version of red white and blue

my version of red white and blue


the new vet field corner garden filling in

the new vet field corner garden filling in


hardy gladiolas at city hall

hardy gladiolus at city hall


city hall west side (planted by Gene and Peggy Miles)

city hall west side (planted by Gene and Peggy Miles)


sanguisorba in Fifth Street Parks

sanguisorba in Fifth Street Park


Allan's photo: he tackled the weeds in this damp corner.

Allan’s photo: he tackled the weeds in this damp corner.  (The grassy looking plant is schizostylis, which always needs thinning.)

Ilwaco

In a Long Beach realtor’s window, Allan had noticed how inexpensively one can still move here.

This house only has room for a pocket garden.

This house only has room for a pocket garden.


home to get the battery for the water trailer...with a bit of rain

home to get the battery for the water trailer…with a bit of rain

A sprinkle of rain did not mean that the thirsty Ilwaco planters did not need Allan to water them.

He barely had room to squeeze the water trailer out of the Ilwaco works yard.

He barely had room to squeeze the water trailer out of the Ilwaco works yard.


foggy mist...does not mean not having to water (Allan's photo)

foggy mist…does not mean not having to water (Allan’s photo)

It was one of those frustrating watering sessions at the port where the water at the boatyard was turned off, so he had to fill the tank at the community building (where lesser water pressure makes it take 15 minutes longer).  He used the opportunity to weed a bit and then to give some plants there a drink.

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Our new addition of Sedumn 'Autumn Joy' is doing well.

Our new addition of Sedumn ‘Autumn Joy’ is doing well.


typical: roofers left a mess of sawdust on the sidewalk.

typical: roofers left a mess of sawdust on the sidewalk.


Allan photographed the cute container garden at the Portside Café.

Allan photographed the cute container garden at the Portside Café.

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The city planter by Portside Café

The city planter by Portside Café


Nasturtiums are being browsed by deer.

Nasturtiums are being browsed by deer.

I collected some new plants and went to the port to do a bit of hellstrip improvement, inspired by Evelyn Hadden to make ALL the curbside gardens look as good as the ones by the port office.  I have only recently taken over most of the gardens along the port.  While I’ve been doing the Time Enough curbside bed for years, for some reason I have never packed it full of plants.  I was daunted by all the river rock, until I realized it has the makings of a rock (scree) garden display.  It has perhaps the worst soil of any of the port beds, and I am thinking that I could add some mulch and work it into the rocks.  I can care for these new plants properly because there is hose water available at this garden.

It took swinging a pick to make holes for new plants: perovskia and a penstemon

It took swinging a pick to make holes for new plants: Perovskia and a penstemon


veronica

veronica


ornamental oregano (Kent Beauty, I think)

ornamental oregano (Kent Beauty, I think)


more agastaches and penstemons

more agastaches and penstemons


curbside by the port office

curbside by the port office


port office curbside

port office curbside

I pushed my wheelbarrow with some more plants down to the old Wade Gallery garden.  (Last year, I did not have water there so did not plant anything new, and the old plants there died of thirst.  Now we are reviving it because there is hose water available.)   On the way I saw that someone had further pruned the bank garden.  Why???  Whoever did it had left clippings all over.  GAH!  (I found out later it was an intern from the port who had not been told to pick up the clippings…I guess.  In my opinion, we had already pruned the shrubs short enough, even though I agree the shrubs—not planted by us!— are a problem for sightlines and should be removed.)

clippings...argh!

clippings…argh!


dead clipping dropped down into the shrubs

dead clipping dropped down into the shrubs


more plants for the next section

more plants for the next section


a foggy view while getting the hose...so nice after Portland heat

a foggy view while getting the hose…so nice after Portland heat

Allan joined me and started to clean up the mess at the bank garden, so I did some pruning of a ceanothus to keep busy; now that it is done blooming, it should not be over the sidewalk.

Allan's photo of the mess left all along the bank curbside garden

Allan’s photo of the mess left all along the bank curbside garden


clippings from the bank garden

clippings from the bank garden


before

Pruning the ceanothus, before


after (if it were up to me, I'd let it encroach on the sidewalk more, but I like to keep the powers that be happy)

A bit off the top and sides. (If it were up to me, I’d let it encroach on the sidewalk more, but I like to keep the powers that be happy)


delicious fog

delicious fog

 

 

 

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

It was another grey and chilly day.  I was thrilled to not have to worry about going back to water in the plants we have recently planted.

Smokey had warmed up my coat.

Smokey had warmed up my coat.

Ilwaco

I have a new idea regarding watering the Ilwaco planters.  If we filled up enough buckets each day to water two intersections (eight planters, eight trees) with half a bucket each, and each day rotated to the next intersection, each planter would get watered every three days…and we would not get exhausted by bucket watering all of them at once.  (There are now 26 planters and 12 street trees.)  The math does not come out perfect…  Even in drizzly weather, these planters, being small, do need water, so we watered the ones by the boatyard and Portside Café intersections today.

The Angler floating over our boatyard garden.

The Angler floating over our boatyard garden.

Chaos, one of my favourite boat names.

Chaos, one of my favourite boat names.

Fear Naught and some red poppies

Fear Naught and some red poppies

self sown poppies in the boatyard itself

self sown poppies in the boatyard itself

planter at First and Eagle

planter at First and Eagle

beautiful wisteria at First and Eagle

beautiful wisteria at First and Eagle

The Portside owners liked this photos so much that they made it their Facebook cover photo.

The Portside owners liked this photo so much that they made it their Facebook cover photo.

They've set up a sweet little container garden by their kitchen door.

They’ve set up a sweet little container garden by their kitchen door.

We added a couple of new diascia to the Spruce Street planters, and I met a darling puppy named Kiska.

I got some kisses from Kiska.

I got some kisses from Kiska.

Allan observed the nesting birds at the corner of Spruce and First.

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Allan adding new plants...guess Annuals Planting Time not really over.

Allan adding a few new plants…

I found a big grass weed that we had both previously missed, thinking it was bulb foliage.

I found a big grass weed that we had both previously missed, thinking it was bulb foliage.

I was deeply appalled to see that someone who stained the building at the doctor’s office on Spruce had had a dire effect on their darling little garden.  It was heartbreaking for the gardener who works there and cares for this patch, which has always caught my eye with its well-cared-for beauty.

Why???

Why??? Even part of the little fence is kicked over.

We swung around to the Post Office to get our mail.

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our little post office garden

Long Beach

 Permit me to editorialize a bit:  Just look at how lovely and beachy this landscape by the Long Beach city crew looks, at the intersection of Pacific Way and Sid Snyder.

beachy, with wild beach peas and beach grass in sand.

beachy, with wild beach peas and beach grass in sand.

I have felt for years that the visitors bureau should have a landscape more like this instead of red lava rock and heather on flat, flat ground.  I’m pretty sure the powers that be at our wonderful Viz Bureau agree with me; maybe the LB City Crew could help!  Just bring the right batch of sand, and the beach peas will appear.  If I had a backhoe….The sand could go right on top of the lava rock (and the lousy thin landscape fabric that is underneath it).

I borrowed this image to illustrate my point.

I borrowed this image to illustrate my point.  Red lava rock, not very beachy.

Twas a gloriously windless day…

The flags at Veterans Field tell the happy tale.

The flags at Veterans Field tell the happy tale.

Allan weeded in Veterans Field and Fifth Street Park while I checked on all the planters.

Allan removed all the dead bulb foliage in the new corner garden at Vet Field. (his photo, before)

Allan removed most of the dead bulb foliage in the new corner garden at Vet Field. (his photos, before)

after....

after….

one of the barrels in Fish Alley....just....sigh....

one of the barrels in Fish Alley….just….sigh….

I used my handy new wheelie trolley (above, behind the barrel) from MaryBeth to carry a few trailies, some water, and some Sluggo, and eventually some weeds and clippings, all around town.  The wheels make a sound like thunder, so you can hear me coming.

When I walked by Fifth Street Park, Allan pointed out to me the new fence by the hotel next door.  It is a mystery to me how anyone is going to weed the narrow strip between that fence and the wooden city fence.

new tall white fence

new tall white fence

wild salmonberry shrub now squeezed between old fence and new fence.  Peculiar.

wild salmonberry shrub now squeezed between old fence and new fence. Peculiar.

I’m editorializing again but….why not remove the salmonberry from the hotel garden bed before squeezing it inaccessibly between the two fences?  I just don’t get it.

Allan's photo, by the pond in Fifth Street Park

Allan’s photo, by the pond in Fifth Street Park

Allan's photo, after removing a mess of weeds from the bed by the Fifth Street restrooms

Allan’s photo, after removing a mess of weeds from the bed by the Fifth Street restrooms

I was startled to find that two of the planters don’t have “uppies” yet (tall plants by the lamp post).  I missed them because of floppy bulb foliage.  I will rectify this next week.

Ooops, no uppies!

Ooops, no uppies!

reseeded California poppies

reseeded California poppies

One brave last tiny cupped poeticus narcissi under a street treee.

One brave last tiny cupped poeticus narcissi under a street tree.

This planter also needs two uppies.

This planter also needs two uppies.

While I finished the planters south of the stop light, Allan weeded the Big Pop Out (just south of Boo Boo’s Putt Putt Golf).

Allan's photo: before

Allan’s photos: before

before, with the rugosa rose coming back like fury

before, with the rugosa rose coming back like fury

after

after

after

after

We groomed the two northernmost blocks of planters together. Heather of NIVA green (our favourite shop) came to visit us with her little dog, Buzz.

Our good friend Heather and my good friend Buzz.

Our good friend Heather and my good friend Buzz.

To end the Long Beach day, we gathered some buckets of Soil Energy from our pile in the city works yard and filled up a couple of low planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach, and weeded them all.

This planter's soil level always mysteriously drops.

This planter’s soil level always mysteriously drops.

Pink California poppies in a raised soil level.

Pink California poppies in a raised soil level.

We also groomed the little kite museum entry bed.

We also groomed the little kite museum entry bed (here, before, Allan’s photo).  I suppose it could use some cosmos…but perhaps I want to leave it low maintenance and add a couple of Agastaches instead.

After weeding and adding a few buckets of soil to the city hall garden as well, we rewarded ourselves with our traditional Thursday dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

The Cove

The Cove

We were joined by Dave and Melissa from Sea Star Landscaping, who are probably going to take over our Casa Pacifica job, and we had a lovely time talking about plants and gardens.

refreshing apricot cider (Allan's photo)

refreshing apricot cider (Allan’s photo)

Allan's Caesar salad with anchovies

Allan’s Caesar salad with anchovies

Dave's Elk Burger

Dave’s Elk Burger

strawberry salad

strawberry salad

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

garden stories

garden stories

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I suggested Melissa and Dave find Todd sometime while he is working in the Wiegardt Gallery garden and introduce themselves.  They know their plants!  It is fabulous to have new gardening friends.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

While the weather did not look promising, we headed out anyway as we had much to do before the Memorial Day weekend.

at the Ilwaco Post Office

at the Ilwaco Post Office

We had an all Ilwaco day planned.  At least it would be a good day to plant cosmos without having to water them in.  I reminded myself that at the end of the day, we would watch The Deadliest Catch, and I would feel silly if I complained about working in a little light rain on solid land.

We began by adding a few more diascia to the Ilwaco planters.

A nasturtium is already blooming in this one.

A nasturtium is already blooming in this one.

I planted a Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ from my endless supply under the street tree whose garden got vandalized.

One sedum in...

One sedum in…

While admiring the lush poppies under the unvandalized tree garden just across the street, I noticed some debris from the local tavern.  Fortunately, the tavern owner came out and cleaned it up.

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One of the poppies from that tree had been pulled or kicked out.  Yes, I notice everything.

One of the poppies from that tree had been pulled or kicked out. Yes, I notice everything.

At that moment, Carol Clearman drove by and I told her all about the tree garden being flattened (so you knew, Carol, before it was in published in the blog!)

When we got to the boatyard, I also noticed several places along the sidewalk where soil was missing, and probably little poppies, too.

pretty sure someone dug out a few of the poppies to take home

pretty sure someone dug out a few of the poppies to take home

As you can see, there are many poppies.  I’m glad that poppy scavenging does not happen often, or there would not be many.

I planted six 6 packs of cosmos all along the boatyard, a rather tedious project as planting is so not my favourite thing.  As I was weeding and planting, I heard a familiar voice, and my former partner, Robert, rode up on his bicycle.

Robert (Allan's photo)

Robert (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Robert told me that he had had emergency triple bypass surgery in February, and was feeling much better than he had in years.  He had had his first heart attack in 2002.

Allan and Robert

Allan and Robert

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

It was so poignant to see him, especially since it was his birthday.

He bicycled on to visit a friend at the marina.

Allan then did some strimming behind the north end of the chainlink fence.

Allan's photos: before....

Allan’s photos: before….

after: He also pulled some of the bigger weeds along the fence.

after: He also pulled some of the bigger weeds along the fence.

While Allan was thus occupied, he got an unexpected call from Todd, whose plan was to track us down and help us weed.  I planted the last of the cosmos and then took some photos before Todd arrived, so that I could look industrious after he got there.

It was gratifying that several passersby, including two young 20-ish men that one might stereotype as not being “into” gardens, said that they enjoy the flowers every day.

Lavender and Santolina

santolina and lavender

rose campion and California poppies

rose campion and California poppies

from the gate looking north

from the gate looking north

from the gate looking south

from the gate looking south

burnt orange California poppies

burnt orange stripey California poppies

white California poppies

white California poppies

pink California poppies

pink California poppies

pink California poppies

pink California poppies

Todd arrives to help out

Todd arrives to help out

I had asked him to ID a certain vigorous looking plant whose strongly emerging foliage scared me with its resemblance to Japanese knotweed.  At first. he also thought it looked ominous, and then he asked “Do you grow mirabilis here?”  My response to that was “Huh?” until he said “Four o clocks.”  Why yes, as a matter of fact, I had a clump of four o clocks, of a lovely peach shade, in this very spot.  So that is what the scary clump of foliage was: a good thing.  (Sorry I didn’t take a photo of it.)

the crew

the crew

I told Todd I don’t even really know WHY I insist on planting cosmos all through a garden like this.  It would be good enough without them.  I just love ’em, and in a crowded garden, there is no room for seeding (and unlike our friend Ann, I am not good with growing any but the easiest seeders).

We finished the boatyard garden and went around the corner to Howerton, to weed the garden closest to Nate’s Coastal Cones and Snacks.  This seasonal business would be opening for the year on Saturday.

Todd weeding

Todd about to start weeding

weeding (Allan's photo)

weeding (Allan’s photo)

Todd enjoyed and pointed out this vignette with lambs ears and grasses.

Todd enjoyed and pointed out this vignette with lambs ears and grasses.

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Allan sweeps up

Allan sweeps up

Just before leaving, Todd walked back from his truck and asked if he could “put his sign in the garden”.  Bemused, I said “Sure”, knowing that it could not be a serious “Weeding by Todd Wiegardt” sign.

a t shirt on a frame

a t shirt on a frame

from his former job, Plant Delights Nursery!

from his former job, as display garden curator at Plant Delights Nursery!

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He’d been waiting till he could find us during Annuals Planting Time to show us this.  We all laughed and laughed (and I do not buy petunias.  Well.  I did buy four Pretty Much Picasso petunias, but don’t tell.)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Thanks, Todd, we owe you for a good laugh (and a good prank) and a lotta lotta weeding.  We got the jobs done much more thoroughly than we would have had time for otherwise.

While Allan dumped the debris, I weeded at the other end of Howerton in the easternmost garden bed.  Of course, I got more involved than I intended to so we worked for another hour.

the easternmost garden, looking west

the easternmost garden, looking west

looking east

looking east

Bachelor buttons from seed, maddenly out of focus.

Bachelor buttons from seed, maddeningly out of focus.

'White Linen' California poppies

‘White Linen’ California poppies

The pink armeria would look perfect if we deadheaded it all.  We did not.

The pink armeria would look perfect if we deadheaded it all. We did not.

Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in silver.  (It will turn blue.)

Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in silver. (It will turn blue.)

Stipa tenuissima and Lavender.  I love this bed.

Stipa tenuissima, blue oat grass, santolina, white armeria,  and lavender. I love this bed.

And then, as planned, home to blog and to then watch The Deadliest Catch with our ten o clock dinner.

makes our job look so easy

makes our job look so easy

The annuals planting list is getting gratifyingly smaller on the work board.

The annuals planting list is getting gratifyingly smaller on the work board.

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