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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Allan took some photos in the garden.

3.14 inches of rain fell today. (Allan's photo, rain gutter by the shed)

3.14 inches of rain fell today.  (rain gutter by the shed)

in the water box

in the water boxes

our campfire ring

our campfire ring

The bosgy wood swale is filling up earlier than usual.

The bosgy wood swale is filling up earlier than usual.

water under the bogsy wood bridge

water under the bogsy wood bridge

Calvin using the new shelf.

Calvin using the new shelf.

The Cove Restaurant

We did get to have our weekly meeting with Dave and Melissa!  The North Beach Garden Gang had a delicious meal at the Cove.  With daylight being shorter (and a rainy day off for all of us), we started dinner earlier than usual.

standing water on the golf course (Allan's photo)

standing water on the golf course (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

apple and bacon salad

apple and bacon salad

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

fish and chips and Dave's gardening hands

fish and chips and Dave’s gardening hands

Mayan pork conchinita

Mayan pork conchinita

after dinner

after dinner

Sondra's allium bouquet in the foyer (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s allium bouquet in the foyer (Allan’s photo)

The wind kicked up to around 40 mph as we drove home.  Our power stayed on and we watched a DVD of Housewife, 49, a British tv show based on Nella Last’s War. Loosely based, as it turned out. Nella’s life story, her relationship with her son, Cliff, and even her personality were so altered that I was sorely disappointed.  

Friday, 14 October 2016

We had 10 tornado warnings today.  That is simply unheard of.  (I do remember one such warning, several years ago.) A tornado hit Manzanita, a ways down the coast.  Not far enough from us!  Our flimsy manufactured home would be toast.

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I slept through a severe thunder and lightning storm that did wake Allan, and read later that our area had 160 lightning strikes.  This is also unusual and disconcerting.

I remained obsessed with the presidential election news.

Allan had an uneventful trip to the post office and took some photos:

the bogsy woods with seasonal water much earlier than usual.

the bogsy woods with seasonal water much earlier than usual.

We won't be having another camp fire soon.

We won’t be having another camp fire soon.

Our rain gauges are broken now. (Too full to register how much more rain!)

Our rain gauges are broken now. (Too full to register how much more rain!)

high tide at the port

high tide at the port

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storm flag is up

storm flag is up

flags

full gale warning

full gale warning

with the Time Enough Books lions

with the Time Enough Books lions

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windblown gardens

windblown gardens

Cats snoozed all over the house.

Skooter

Skooter

Calvin making himself completely round.

Calvin making himself completely round.

Just before dusk, I decided I had better go outside and do another patrol for loose pots and other blow-able lightweight items.

The storm warning still stands at 90 mph despite one alarmist disreputable faux forecaster calling for a 150 mph apocalypse!


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Oct 13: I started digging up the Hostas in the patio bed and divided.  I potted them and will give as many to Robert as he will take and then plant them in the PRFB-E.  [Patio Right Flower Bed East??   Robert was my spouse at the time.]  Don came out to get the Dutch Gardens bulbs.  I started cutting out the ivy on the fence so I can plant my tall Hollyhocks along the fence.  I was almost sick from exhaustion.

Oct 14: Store and Errand day.  I finished pulling ivy and it took 5 wheelbarrow loads to the pile.

1998 (age 74):

Oct 13:  Ditto. [from yesterday, dried tomatoes and made applesauce] I was very surprised at how few dried tomatoes I got from three trays.  The smallest ziploc bag is only 1/2 full!  I peeled 2 pails of apples—all in slices and got 6 Sealameal bags.  I crammed them into the refrig freezers and I think the freezers are full unless I can throw some out of the chest freezer. [She had two refrigerators, one in kitchen and one in shop.]

Oct 14:  FLU SHOT 143# BLOOD PRESSURE HIGH   Dr E switched medicine for blood pressure (right after I had filled 300 proprandalol).  I only need to take the Atenalol once a day so I’ll be sure to remember that.  I have to go back in 2 weeks to recheck my blood pressure.  I set most of the begonia baskets down on the porch.

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

On the way out of town, we checked a couple of the Ilwaco planters to make sure they were not too dry.  They were fine.

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The Depot Restaurant

north side of dining deck

north side of dining deck

ultra floppy Boltonia 'Snowbank'

ultra floppy Boltonia ‘Snowbank’

I hope it has better posture next year.

I hope it has better posture next year.

pleased with how Cornus 'Hedgerows Gold' lights up this muddled area.

pleased with how Cornus ‘Hedgerows Gold’ lights up this muddled area.

southeast corner of dining deck

southeast corner of dining deck

I so hope my tetrapanax start grows tall here next year.

I so hope my tetrapanax start grows tall here next year.

Long Beach

We decided to take a big chance on the rain storm predicted (35 mph wind and half an inch of rain) for Friday and not water the Long Beach planters.  We would be mighty sorry if the storm did not materialize.

welcome sign...cosmos still low on flowers

welcome sign…cosmos still low on flowers

from the sidewalk, with Echibeckia

from the sidewalk, with Echibeckia

debated pulling cosmos blocking the lights...left them for one more week

debated pulling cosmos blocking the lights…left them for one more week

The only way to not block the lights that are supposed to illuminate the sign at night would be to have extremely low plants.  It is a dilemma.

Long Beach city hall with Basket Case baskets

Long Beach city hall with Basket Case baskets

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With Basket Case’s Nancy Aust retiring, she will be a hard act to follow.  She plans to return and help the new owners with the baskets next spring.  Every time we work in Long Beach, folks ask how the baskets are so great.  I answer that Nancy makes them in very large containers with a soilless mix and time release fertilizer and the city waters them every day and fertilizes them frequently with liquid fertilizer (Miracle gro).

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In the little pop out up the street from city hall, a late planted wildflower mix from seed was successful.

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We did some weeding and some sightline clipping of a sad mugo pine.

Before. Someone (not us) had pruned it.

Before. Someone (not us) had pruned it.

after. I'd like to hoik it out and start over with something lower.

after. I’d like to hoik it out and start over with something lower.

passersby

passersby

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

by the Dennis Co cranberry harvest mural (Allan's photo)

by the Dennis Co cranberry harvest mural (Allan’s photo); it was redone last year but is sadly flaking off.  I had just given this fellow some Schizostylis starts from city hall.

We groomed all the planters..  One I had not attended to for awhile had way too much reseeded columbines:

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The foliage gets hideous with leaf miner.

The foliage gets hideous with leaf miner.

I pull out as much by the roots as I can!

I pull out as much by the roots as I can!

after

after

looking across to the planter from which I yanked much aquilegia

looking across to the planter from which I yanked much aquilegia

I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop) to get a new set of photos for its Facebook page.

lamp by owner/artist Heather Ramsay

lamp by owner/artist Heather Ramsay

some new purses

some new purses

Heather is just about to decorate for Halloween.

Heather is just about to decorate for Halloween.

We finished by weeding Fifth Street Park.

northwest park quadrant with Melianthus major

northwest park quadrant with Melianthus major

Rudbeckia 'Cherry Brandy' and Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

Rudbeckia ‘Cherry Brandy’ and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

a Boltonia actually standing up. Captain Bob and Cathy are on a well deserved vacation.

a Boltonia actually standing up. Captain Bob and Cathy are on a well deserved vacation.

southeast park quadrant with Darmera peltata and gunnera

southeast park quadrant with Darmera peltata and gunnera

a little pruning in a dark corner, before

a little pruning in a dark corner, before

and after

and after

at home

As we arrived at home, with a couple of hours to go before dinnertime, our new neighbours  Thandi and Mike of the beloved Sou’wester Lodge came walking by, with an even newer neighbour, their new baby, Celestine.  (The three of them just moved into one of my favourite old Ilwaco houses two block west.)  Allan got some photos:

tiny Celestine

Thandi and Celestine

We had a tour all around the garden, although Celestine, at two weeks, is too young to truly appreciate the fairy doors in the bogsy woods.

teeny tiny

teeny tiny

a nice sit down on the patio

a nice sit down on the patio for awhile

The Cove Restaurant

Time again for the highlight of our week, our North Beach Garden Gang dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), joined this week by Todd (Willapa Gardening).

Cooley has to wait in the Sea Star van.

Cooley has to wait in the Sea Star van.

Lynn treated us to some warm brie and roasted garlic left over from a catered event!

Lynn treated us to some warm brie and roasted garlic left over from a catered event!

refreshing caesar salad

refreshing caesar salad

Korean noodle bowl with kimchi and turkey egg

Korean noodle bowl with kimchi and turkey egg

Allan opted for a less exotic burger.

Allan opted for a less exotic burger.

As always, we were the last diners to leave the restaurant.  Now for four days off, a luxury that we may have to give up next year but for now…we like it.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Sept 22: Drs appt at 10:00.  My glucose test was 115—which is normal!  He said to quit taking Tolazimide and get another glucose test in 10 days.  Bill Jr started garage roof.  He took off old shingles.  I weeded in the “ditch”.  I thought it was kind of hot.  Later I found out it was 80 degrees.  No wonder I was soaked.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 22:  I planted the new Spring Hill Poppies mostly in the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] and the special red one in tam area [former juniper tam bed, now flowers, by the roadside].  Also planted the armerias I grew from seeds.  I picked some apples and peeled and made apple sauce until 7:00.

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Thursday, 15 September 2016

The Ilwaco post office is place for conversation because everyone in town has to come pick up their mail.

The Ilwaco post office is the place for conversation because everyone in town has to come pick up their mail.

a stop at the library to pick up books

a stop at the library to pick up books

Former client Gene pulled up in his car to ask gardening advice about lavatera, montbretia, and buddleias.

Long Beach

deadheading the welcome sign

deadheading the welcome sign

welcome sign

welcome sign with cosmos and echibeckia

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in town....I have my eye on that lavender for removal because it is dead looking on the other side

in town, watering the planters….I have my eye on that lavender for removal because it is dead looking on the other side

Watering the Funland planter was a bit of an obstacle course.

Watering the Funland planter was a bit of an obstacle course.

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This planter will be redone as soon as the crew has time to get me a pile of soil.

This planter will be redone as soon as the crew has time to get me a pile of soil.

Fish Alley entrance

Fish Alley entrance

Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' in Veterans Field

Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ in Veterans Field

This fellow was knitting as he and his cute little blue dachshund strolled by. (Allan's photo)

This fellow was knitting as he and his cute little “blue” dachshund strolled by. (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

a late trigridia bloom

a late trigridia bloom

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park, a Basket Case basket

All the watering and deadheading made us hungry.  For the second time this week, we had lunch out to try to get some energy to finish our workday.

Captain Bob's Chowder

Captain Bob’s Chowder

Ilwaco

This time, I walked around and checked on the Ilwaco planters while Allan watered.

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blue for Azure salon

blue for Azure salon

Allan had to move to another faucet while filling the water trailer tank because a boat was being hoisted in.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

She's been working on her boat, the Ocean Accord, most days. (Allan's photo)

She’s been working on this boat, the Ocean Accord, most days. (Allan’s photo)

I finished up with some more weeding at the boatyard.

a tall pink aster, maybe Harrington's Pink

a tall pink aster, maybe Harrington’s Pink

a dog patiently awaits for a human to come down the ladder

a dog patiently awaits for a human to come down the ladder

'Hopley's Purple' oregano

‘Hopley’s Purple’ oregano

sweet pea 'Black Knight'

sweet pea ‘Black Knight’

And then, at last, a good five hours after lunch at Captain Bob’s, we went for our weekly dinner at

The Cove Restaurant

Cove owner Sondra's dog Lacey

Cove owner Sondra’s dog Lacey

belly rub!

belly rub!

This week, our garden gang had the pleasure of being joined by Our Kathleen, who was down for a week at her beach cottage.

a big harvest moon rising over the treeline

a big harvest moon rising over the treeline

an autumnal pear and beet salad

an autumnal pear and beet salad

Melissa's cod and risotto with lemon sauce

Melissa’s cod and risotto with lemon sauce

Mayan pork conchinita

Mayan pork conchinita

noodle bowl

noodle bowl (Allan’s photo)

poached pears with huckleberries

poached pears with huckleberries

after a wonderful repast

after a wonderful repast

We lingered till the vacuum cleaner came out.

closing time

closing time

We now have four days off. I have no particular plans other than my hope for a good rainy reading day on Saturday (as predicted) and some smallish gardening projects.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

Sept 15:  Wet, rainy and cool.  Would like to build a fire in stove but will wait till Bill Jr cleans chimney.  He said there is a lot of creosote in it.

1998 (age 74):

Sept 15:  I received a box of Hydrangea plants and a box of Poppy plants from Spring Hill.  Both orders had been cancelled by them.  They are really mixed up. My froggie is in the garden sink so I put the frog/toad house in the sink with a latticed tray over him.

 

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Today was Skooter’s freedom day.

Skooter is so ready to get out of the bedroom.

Skooter is so ready to get out of the bedroom.

As soon as I got up, I opened the door to the rest of the house and moved Skooter’s cat tower to the living room.

Skooter's first free foray into the house. (The other episodes were breaks for freedom.)

Skooter’s first free foray into the house. (All but one of the other episodes were breaks for freedom.)


living room freedom

living room freedom


exploration

exploration

Calvin had gone outside.  There was no hissing between Frosty, Smokey, and Skooter.

Smokey was curious.

Smokey was curious.

After some exploring, Skooter went right back to the bedroom.

his familiar south window

his familiar south window

Meanwhile, Frosty had a good play session with his new Kitty Karrot from Snooter-doots.

the illusive caticorn

the illusive caticorn

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"Thanks, Snooter-doots Gina!"

“Thanks, Snooter-doots Gina!”


Smokey abounding in dignity and reserve.

Smokey abounding in dignity and reserve.


hind feet action

hind feet action

Skooter returned to the living room and wished I would open the door.

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I want him to discover the cat door.  I think that will make a clearer memory of how to come back in.

meanwhile....

meanwhile….Frosty has slipped his Birds Be Safe collar.  Too hot to go look for it outside.

Skooter was looking when Smokey went out the cat door.

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Huh.

Huh.


investigating

investigating


"How did he get out there???"

“How did he get out there???”

Maybe the heat was addling Skooter’s brain.  He did not figure out the cat door.

unusual heat for the beach

unusual heat for the beach


back to the bedroom

back to the bedroom

As the weather reached 100 degrees, every cat lay flat.

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I debated between a book and blogging/Facebook.  The computer won.

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As a breeze came up and the weather cooled a bit, Calvin returned from wherever he had been.

"Is that new guy around??"

“Is that new guy around??”

Calvin is the skittish one.

I found Skooter sleeping in the bathroom sink.  Cool porcelain must feel good.

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I did not set foot outside except to water hanging baskets from the porch.  Allan was more ambitious (as usual) and hung laundry out on the line.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I simply must check the plants in the greenhouse now that it is cooler.

a north wind that makes me happy

a north wind that makes me happy for a change

We have dinner plans and so I think today’s outdoor freedom day won’t happen for Skooter.  Tomorrow, I will give him cat door lessons because I do want his first outdoor day to be one where I am at home.

At The Cove Restaurant

At The Cove Restaurant


the view from our table

the view from our table


joined by Ann Amato-Zorich

Dave, Melissa, and I, joined by Ann Amato-Zorich from Portland (and Naselle)


tuna poke (Allan's photo)

tuna poke (Allan’s photo)


Fish and chips for Ann (who was teasing me when I said "Look cute!")

Fish and chips for Ann (who was teasing me when I said “Look cute!”)


Our Amateur Bot-ann-ist

Our Amateur Bot-ann-ist (Allan’s photo)

Tomorrow, Ann would be going on a boating trip to Long Island in Willapa Bay, a trip that Dave, Melissa, J9, and Allan had all signed up for (and paid $20 to join the sponsoring group).  Allan and J9 did not get in because they read the email address wrong; it was a tremendously dyslexic-unfriendly address.  So even though 100 people (including Todd) got to go, my four friends would have to find other entertainment tomorrow.


ginger

1995 (age 71):

August 19:  I moved the chrysanthemums from the pallet boards and trimmed them and arranged them in trays according to height.  I’ll start planting the healthy ones next week.

1998 (age 74):

August 19: Noon-5:00  WARM  75 degrees  I didn’t get out until noon.  I wanted to finish sieving the compost but it got too hot.  I started sorting the washed pots and trays.  I found 30-40 trays in the garage that were dirty so washed them.  I brought out the last 3 trays from the shop and dumped them.  If it’s hot again tomorrow I think I’ll plant some various seedlings into large pots to set out as they bloom.

 

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

In the morning, like a grown up, I made an appointment for early Sept. to talk with the knee surgeon about surgery in November.

Alicia’s garden

To be kind to Nora’s grand daughter, who now has the house next door, we pruned a tree that was shading and touching the shake roof of the garage and house.  That means Allan did the pruning and I did a lot of pointing.

before

before

Alicia has been concerned that tree branches will damage the wooden roofs by shading them, and the gutters are hard to clean when filled with leaves.  Now, me…I would have let the tree win, but we wanted to make Alicia happy as she has a lot of responsibilities now and we know her dear grandma would like us to help her.

Allan on the ladder

Allan on the ladder

after....happy roofs, happy neighbour

after….happy roofs, happy neighbour

Port of Ilwaco

In the afternoon, buffeted by a COLD 25 mph wind, we watered the Howerton Avenue gardens.  We were done by four, making it an easy day (except for the annoying wind).

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Waterfront Way (Allan's photo, while hooking up a hose at the dock)

Waterfront Way (Allan’s photo, while hooking up a hose at the dock)

I did some streetside pruning...

I did some streetside pruning…

and some sidewalk side pruning at the old Shorebank building where shrubs that get much too big were planted...not by us!)

and some sidewalk side pruning at the old Shorebank building where shrubs that get much too big were planted…not by us!)

a little bitty bird by Time Enough Books (Allan's photo)

a little bitty bird by Time Enough Books (Allan’s photo)

nest in a tree in the garden (Allan's photo)

nest in a tree in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Fog rolled in from the west at 3:30 PM.

Fog rolled in from the west at 3:30 PM.

wind and fog on the marina

wind and fog on the marina

The cold wind inspired us to quit for the day rather than doing some Long Beach gardening.  We had a couple of hours to relax at home; I finished the book I’ve been slowly reading.  What a luxury to spend two daylight hours with a book.

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The Cove Restaurant

At 7 PM, we attended our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang, this time with Todd (Willapa Gardening) in attendance as well as us and Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening).

The Cove entry garden (Allan's photo)

The Cove entry garden (Allan’s photo)

calla lily in the garden (Allan's photo)

calla lily in the garden (Allan’s photo)

Todd, Dave, Melissa, me

Todd, Dave, Melissa, me

strawberry and caesar salads (Allan's photo)

strawberry and caesar salads (Allan’s photo)

burger and fish taco (Allan's photo)

burger and fish taco (Allan’s photo)

We lingered till past closing, as always.  Darling Lynn brought us some strawberry and whipped cream tiny delectable desserts.

When the vacuum cleaner starts, it is time to go! (Allan's photo)

When the vacuum cleaner starts, it is time to go! (Allan’s photo)

Friday, 5 August 2016

Long Beach

First, deadheading at the welcome sign.

First, deadheading at the welcome sign. Low yellow bidens is along the edge.

welcome sign: Geraniums 'Rozanne' and 'Orion', Echibeckia, cosmos,

welcome sign: Geraniums ‘Rozanne’ and ‘Orion’, Echibeckia, cosmos, godetia, etc

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back of sign with white bacopa along the edge

Last night at dinner, Dave and Melissa had given us a five gallon fig tree to plant for Behnoosh in the park next to Kabob Cottage.  Out would come some montbretia and a Leycesteria that we had cut back severely because it was always bothered by caterpillars in late spring.

Allan wades in.

Allan wades in.

new fig tree

new fig tree

'Desert King' fig

‘Desert King’ fig in place

Look who I saw while we dumped our debris at City Works.

Look who I saw while we dumped our debris at City Works.

After our fig tree planting project, we split up and watered the planters.

I weeded the city hall garden.

I weeded the city hall garden.

carousel planter (Allan's photo)

carousel planter (Allan’s photo)

dahlias and painted sage (Allan's photo)

dahlias and painted sage (Allan’s photo)

Oh NO!!!   At the south end, Allan found this disaster.

Oh NO!!! At the south end, Allan found this disaster.

part of the car (Allan's photo)

part of the car (Allan’s photo)

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan's photo)

Fifth Street Park, east side (Allan’s photo)

As we watered planters at different areas in town, Todd drove by and informed each of us that we ROCK.

two kinds of Fish Alley art projects

two kinds of Fish Alley art projects

Local people are in the painting.

Local people are in the painting.

This fellow, whose panache I always enjoy, had been meticulously repainting the Long Beach chopsticks.

This fellow, whose panache I always enjoy, had been meticulously repainting the Long Beach chopsticks.

found online: They definitely needed touching up.

found online: They definitely needed touching up.

Fifth Street Park got weeded and deadheaded.

Fifth Street Park got weeded and deadheaded.

Fifth Street Park

Fifth Street Park

I just learned that Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ has a new name.  My mind balks at this: Hylotelephium telephium ‘Autumn Joy’.

eryngium and helenium

Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ and Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’

Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis

A quick break garnered us treats from the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market.

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market

Columbia Pacific Farmers Market, 3-6 PM Fridays in Veterans Field

Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery (Allan's photo)

Jacob of Pink Poppy Bakery (Allan’s photo)

Next, bucket watering of just some of the Bolstad beach approach planters…poor things are so dry.

also, deadheading of some of the santolinas

also, deadheading of some of the santolinas

MORE thieving of lavender wands.

MORE thieving of lavender wands.

So glad Sid Snyder approach planters have faucets in each where we can hook up short hoses to water.

Sid Snyder approach

Sid Snyder approach

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

off to ride on the beach (Allan's photo)

off to ride on the beach (Allan’s photo)

Ilwaco

Allan watered the trees and planters in Ilwaco.  I made his job easier by just going home instead of starting another port weeding or watering project.

his photo of sweet peas while filling the water trailer at the boatyard

his photo of sweet peas while filling the water trailer at the boatyard

 
kitty corner from the post office (Allan's photo)

kitty corner from the post office (Allan’s photo)

hydrangeas and picket fence

hydrangeas and picket fence

and finally…home, for a three day weekend of gardening (me) and some boating for Allan.

at home....three days off commences.

at home….three days off commences.

Sitting in the van looking at my garden from the outside, I was reminded again of Ryan Gainey, whose untimely death has been weighing on my mind.  I thought of his gentle voice at the end of this video, Creating the Romantic Garden:

At the end of the wonderful story of his garden in Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Gainey spoke of how he looked at his own garden from across the street and thought “I wish that were mine” and then he says “I realized it was mine because I chose to make it mine.”

With limited resources, I also choose: not to travel afar, not to live in a finer house or have fancier things, but to have this, a dream garden.


ginger

1997 (age 73):

August 4:  HOT  Picked enough berries for a nice serving with cereal tomorrow morning.  I should get more TriStar plants for next year.  There are lots of raspberries for fall picking but they aren’t ready yet.

August 5: HOT  Watered tomatoes and houseplants.  Planted some of the snapdragons UBW.  [Upper Bed West]  Brought the trays in from shop and there were only about 20 violet leaves still unrotted.  After dinner I started making labels for perennials to be planted.  I’ll try to spend most of my time tomorrow planting those seeds.

1998 (age 74):

August 4:  HOT  Water day.  I actually got up early enough to water from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  Store day—electric and phone bill—bank and QFC.  Lettuce 39 cents each!

August 5: Did a lot of deadheading mostly in front.  Since the seat of my garden stool split, I tried using the good kitchen stool (17″ high).  I can use it but it is a little high as I have to bend over so far my innards are all scrunched up.  I think I’d look dumb if I used it in the front so I probably will use it in the back.

 

 

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Our mission continued to get Long Beach and Ilwaco gardens close to perfection before the Fourth of July weekend.  I hoped to finish today in order to avoid the crowds streaming into town on Friday for the most chaotic weekend of the year.

Ilwaco Post Office

I decided the “weeping love grass” by the little triangle of gravel that people cut across sometimes had to go.  It was too much of a foot grabber.

closest thing to a before pic is the grass in the trailer

closest thing to a before pic is the grass in the trailer, along with some debris from yesterday

I added some new eryngiums from Dancing Oaks Nursery.

I added some new eryngiums from Dancing Oaks Nursery.

much too empty now!

much too empty now!

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I want time to dig up the dratted columbines along the front; they had reseeded too freely.

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Allan's photo. The law allows fireworks to be shot off for about seven days in a row. It is tiresome.

Allan’s photo. The law allows fireworks to be shot off for about seven days in a row. It is tiresome.

Someone had pushed over the anchor at Veterans Field, and the garden was smashed up in the middle, too.

Someone had pushed over the anchor at Veterans Field, and the garden was smashed up in the middle, too.

I wonder what happened.

I wonder what happened.

Although I love agastaches, I’m not impressed with the red one that I put in the planter by the tattoo shop.

The red agastache is small and weak.

The red agastache is small and weak.

I wanted a showy red one because the planter is near Red Dog Tattoo.

I wanted a showy red one because the planter is near Red Dog Tattoo.

Geranium 'Rozanne' excels in these planters.

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ excels in these planters.

I weeded by Scrappucino.

I weeded by Scrappucino.

carousel (Allan's photo)

carousel (Allan’s photo)

petunia array by the Long Beach Tavern (Allan's photo)

petunia array by the Long Beach Tavern (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo (while watering street trees)

Allan’s photo (while watering street trees)

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Geranium 'Rozanne' and California poppy

Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and California poppy

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Note to self: Put Geranium 'Rozanne' at each end of this planter by Funland that gets frequently sat upon.

Note to self: Put Geranium ‘Rozanne’ at each end of this planter by Funland that gets frequently sat upon.

Someone broke a big old lavender apart.

Someone broke a big old lavender apart.

It looks even uglier now on the inside.

It looks even uglier now on the inside.

still good on the outside

still good on the outside

I took the lavender from the broken part to Heather at NIVA green, my favourite shop.

NIVA green (Allan's photo)

NIVA green (Allan’s photo)

sand sculpture in Fish Alley

sand sculpture in Fish Alley

The sculptor will have to knock down last week’s sculpture to make room for the new one. He says he puts that off as long as possible.

by Wind World Kites: Crocosmia 'Lucifer' will still be blooming for the Fourth of July.

by Wind World Kites: Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ will still be blooming for the Fourth of July.

A thought in Third Street Park:  Which shrub is better for a summer tourist town, rhododendrons or hydrangeas?

old rhododendrons

old rhododendrons

the new hydrangeas I planted a few years back to replace some tatty old rhodos. I rest my case.

the new hydrangeas I planted a few years back to replace some tatty old rhodos. I rest my case.  (Steve and John, they were not special rhodos!)

Lately, I have been distressed about the string trimmer whacking my along the edges of city parks.  I finally called and left a message about this one.  (No swearing or yelling, I promise.)

Weed-eater damaged Eryngium 'Jade Frost'

Weed-eater damaged Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’

Nasturtiums swallowing the other plants on Seventh Street.

Nasturtiums swallowing the other plants on Seventh Street.

We checked the planters out on the beach approaches.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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Some wedding flowers had been left last week in the Lisa Bonney planter. Our friends Bill and Susie (Boreas Inn) had been close friends of Lisa and had officiated at her daughter’s wedding.

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The wedding flowers were dried up by now, so I placed them in the spot where she died, close to this planter.  Felt choked up about it, as I often do in this place.

There was a snake out in the road by the next planter.  Allan herded it into the safety of dune grass.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo; I wish we had taken it home to eat slugs and snails.

We would have nabbed that snake for home, but a tourist passing by was terrified so we had to get it off the sidewalk quickly.

I decided that one section of roses needed to be pruned back, even though I knew this meant we would be pressed to find time to water Ilwaco tonight.

Allan's photos: before

Allan’s photos: before

and after

and after

On the Sid Snyder approach, the planter closest to Ocean Beach Boulevard had had both of its lovely lavenders stolen by next to the lamp post.

Damn the hide of whoever is doing this...and I think it is one person, and local.

Damn the hide of whoever is doing this…and I think it is one person, and local.

It should have lavenders like this one, further along.

It should have lavenders like this one, further along.  The plaque goes back to volunteer days of yore.

As the plants repeatedly get stolen from the planters on both beach approaches, I have stopped replacing them.  The bareness of the planters probably makes people think that we (or the volunteers that they may think still do the planters) are not doing our job.  I have given up, quite frankly.

Someone left a present, and that was a bit cheering.

Someone left a present, and that was a bit cheering.

The Long Beach welcome sign, both sides

The Long Beach welcome sign, both sides

front

front

and back

and back

There was no way that we could get all of the Ilwaco gardens done as well today.  At least we had time to water the planters before our weekly garden club dinner, and we would not have to return to Long Beach on Friday.

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This time I walked around and checked on all the planters.

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right: Diascia 'Blackthorn Apricot', my favourite

right: Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’, my favourite

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I crossed paths with Allan and his water trailer.

I crossed paths with Allan and his water trailer.

I spent the rest of my time weeding at the boatyard.

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NOOOOOO. I pulled out a healthy sweet pea.

NOOOOOO. I pulled out a healthy sweet pea.

I blame the low angle of sun being in my eyes....

I blame the low angle of sun being in my eyes….

and the damnable horse tail that grows along the fence.

and the damnable horse tail that grows along the fence.

I was awfully glad when Allan arrived to pick me up.

I was awfully glad when Allan arrived to pick me up.

We even had time to drop the trailer off at home before meeting Dave and Melissa for dinner at…

The Cove Restaurant

…where we were joined by Bill and Susie of the Boreas Inn.  The Boreas garden is one I have let go, last year, and passed into the capable hands of Dave and Mel (Sea Star Gardening).

Sondra's gladiolas in the entry garden (Allan's photo)

Sondra’s gladiolas in the entry garden (Allan’s photo)

and lilies (Allan's photo)

and lilies (Allan’s photo)

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

Melissa, Susie, me, and delicious warm bread

Melissa, Susie, me, and delicious warm bread

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caesar salad

caesar salad

strawberry feta salad (Allan's photo)

strawberry feta salad (Allan’s photo)

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

spicy Thai prawns (Allan's photo)

spicy Thai prawns (Allan’s photo)

Moroccan chicken (Allan's photo)

Moroccan chicken (Allan’s photo)

 

 

 

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Thursday, 2 June 2016

I accompanied Allan on a grocery shopping trip to Warrenton, Oregon, solely to detour into Seaside and see Pam Fleming’s public gardens.  (Checking out the plant selection at Fred Meyer would be a bonus.)

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Pam Fleming has been the public gardener for downtown Seaside for as long as I can remember, and every year her gardens get better.  The gardens run along both sides of Broadway from the main highway to the beach view turnaround.

Broadway in Seaside

Broadway in Seaside

We drove and looked at the first couple of blocks as I took photos from the passenger window.

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Love that dusky Phygelius; I wonder if it is 'Salmon Leap'.

Love that dusky Phygelius; I wonder if it is ‘Salmon Leap’.

Then a parking place opened up on the busy street and we decided to walk to the turnaround and back to get a close look at the gardens.  What a good decision!

One of Seaside's well designed sit spots.

One of Seaside’s well designed sit spots.

on the bridge

on the bridge

bridge

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I love gold and variegated foliage.

I love gold and variegated foliage.

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Nigella (love in a mist) (Allan's photo)

Nigella (love in a mist) (Allan’s photo)

Pam plants flowering tobacco and head-whirling type flowers in front of the Bridgetender Tavern.

Pam plants flowering tobacco and head-whirling type flowers in front of the Bridge Tender Tavern.

Nicotiana langsdorfii (a flowering tobacco)

Nicotiana langsdorfii (a flowering tobacco)

a whirly spoon leaved osteospermum; she likes the kind with more of a color pattern but it has become hard to find.

a whirly spoon leafed osteospermum; she likes the kind with more of a color pattern but it has become hard to find.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

I hope no tavern patron gets thrown into this pocket garden this year.

The Bridge Tender

The Bridge Tender

As we strolled by a café with outdoor seating, a walker approaching said to two folks seated there, “Looks like the perfect life.”   “It’s our think tank,” said the sitters; “We’re solving the world’s problems.”  “How far have you gotten?”  “Not very far.”

Pam often plants culinary plants in front of restaurants, like this seafood place.

Pam often plants culinary plants in front of restaurants, like this seafood place.

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I spy parsley in the Dooger's garden.

I spy parsley in the Dooger’s garden.  Maybe sage, rosemary, and thyme, too.

by Dooger's

by Dooger’s

This is the "swinging tree" of a little local girl who has swung from the branches for years.

This is the “swinging tree” of a local girl who has swung from the branches for years.

I'd say put leatherleaf viburnum here except I don't much like it!

I’d say put leatherleaf viburnum here except I don’t much like it!

When the business storefronts change hands, sometimes Pam’s planting scheme is thrown off; she might have plants from Mexico in front of a Mexican restaurant and then have it turn into a souvenir shop instead.

another culinary garden by the Pig 'n' Pancake, with golden lemon balm.

another culinary garden by the Pig ‘n’ Pancake, with golden lemon balm.  (I think.)

Lovage, I think, on the right.

Lovage, I think, on the right.

The vigorous houttuynia was already in the gardens when she took them on.

The vigorous houttuynia was already in the gardens when she took them on.

Why don't I ever remember to mass plant like she does? Looks so much better.

Why don’t I ever remember to mass plant like she does? Looks so much better.

I just realized my own Primrose vialii may be petered out at home.

I just realized my own Primrose vialii may be petered out at home.

Unlike some people, when I see a plant that I want in a public garden (like the primrose above), I do NOT help myself.

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As always, I envy the variety of street trees...not just boring old columnar pears like we have. Here: paperbark maple.

As always, I envy the variety of street trees…not just boring old columnar pears like we have. Here: paperbark maple.

another sit spot

another sit spot

Forever is a long, long time.

Forever is a long, long time.

a wintry windowbox

a wintry window box

shop window (Allan's photo)

shop window (Allan’s photo)

There is alchemilla (lady's mantle) looking frothy and glorious.

There is alchemilla (lady’s mantle) looking frothy and glorious.

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looks like Helenium 'Sahin's Early Flowerer' being way early!

looks like Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ blooming way early!

Sambucus 'Black Lace'

Sambucus ‘Black Lace’

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Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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I also envy the reliable sprinkler system in every pocket garden.

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Last year, Pam told us her mulch of choice was bales of Gardner and Bloome soil building compost.

Last year, Pam told us her mulch of choice was bales of Gardner and Bloome soil building compost.

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I was deeply smitten with this bed with its candelabra primroses.

I was deeply smitten with this bed with its candelabra primroses.

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I spy little statice. I've had helpful people pull them out as dandelions before they bloom.

I spy little statice. I’ve had helpful people pull them out as dandelions before they bloom.

Allan's photo

Allan’s photo

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almost to the turnaround

almost to the turnaround

At first, I thought this kid might be one of Pam's workers, till I realized he was playing hide and seek.

At first, I thought this kid might be one of Pam’s workers, till I realized he was playing hide and seek.

Now I had reached the turnaround.  Allan had walked back to get the van and come pick me up.

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looking east

looking east

looking west

looking west

I found these two plaques deeply touching:

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looking south

in full wind and weather...and irrigated

in full wind and weather…and irrigated

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On the way back to the highway, one block over:

a big fluffy peony under a beach pine

a big fluffy peony under a beach pine

some flying birds by a Seaside storefront

some flying birds by a Seaside café

On the way north, we had a look at the garden of an ironworks shop in Gearhart.

Gearhart Ironworks

Gearhart Ironworks

the ironworks garden

the ironworks garden

We accomplished our grocery shopping at Costco.  I miss the old, smaller store behind the Fred Meyer.  The big new one has lighting that makes me feel dizzy and disoriented.  I find myself thinking that I must visit an optometrist immediately:

too much glare

too much glare, I feel like I am seeing double.

I prefer mood lighting while shopping.

Further toward home, I succumbed to the siren call of the Fred Meyer plant department.

petunias of interesting hues

petunias of interesting hues; I bought a yellowy-pinky one.

another unusual petunia

another unusual petunia

a haul of plants for my garden (Allan's photo)

a haul of plants for my garden (Allan’s photo)

eastern view from the highest part of the 4 mile long Astoria Megler bridge over the Columbia river.

eastern view from the highest part of the 4 mile long Astoria Megler bridge over the Columbia river.

The only flaw in this excellent day (other than the lighting at Costco) was that I had not organized a visit with Pam herself.  I felt we would not have time to do that, shop, and get to our weekly dinner in time.  Oh, how wrong I was because we got home with two hours to spare.  I did spend it puttering with my new plants; however, visiting with Pam would have been better, and rare.

The Cove Restaurant

We were slightly late to our North Beach Garden Gang meeting because I found it hard to tear myself away from my new plants.

a tad bit late to the party

a tad bit late to the party

artful dinner salad

artful dinner salad

strawberry feta salad (Allan's photo)

strawberry feta salad (Allan’s photo)

prawn scampi

prawn scampi

ahi tuna

ahi tuna

Dave, Melissa and me

Dave, Melissa and me

Todd and Dave (Allan's photo)

Todd and Dave (Allan’s photo)

We usually stay until the serving staff start sweeping up and vacuuming.  Carmen made an amusing show of sweeping right by our table.

a hug from our Carmen

a hug from our Carmen

After dinner, the usual lingering in the parking lot:

The plant that got away?

The plant that got away?

Tomorrow: back to the watering rounds.


Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1998 (age 74):

June 2: HOT in afternoon!!  Noon to six  I finally got those tulip bulbs (from the tubs and pots) planted in the garden area next to the onion and asparagus bed.  Boy I’m glad to have it done.  Then I planted seedlings into pots—the next move will be to plant them into the various bowls.  The next main job is to start planting the perennials that are on the picnic table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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